How stories of mental illness are told in fiction and news.
The Mind in the Media
It's Just a Joke, Comrade: 100 Years of Russian Satire
Comedian and Russophile Viv Groskop explores a century of revolutionary comedy.
Dads and Daughters
Lauren Laverne and her dad Les explore the relationship between fathers and daughters.
Who's Looking At You?
Novelist Nick Harkaway says we need to talk about surveillance before it is too late.
Political Violence in America
Inside the world of the anti-fascists known as 'antifa' and their far-right opponents.
The Trainspotter's Guide to Dracula
Miles Jupp boards the train to Transylvania on the trail of Count Dracula.
Savitri Devi: From the Aryans to the Alt-right
Maria Margaronis explores the life and legacy of right-wing thinker Savitri Devi.
BONUS: Russia – 100 Years on from Revolution
Steve Rosenberg visits four Russian cities closely tied to the revolution of 1917.
Close to the Edit
Filmmaker Mike Figgis explores the age of the edit.
Where Are All the Working Class Writers?
Why are so few novelists from working class backgrounds? Author Kit de Waal investigates.
The Glasgow Boys: Chaos and Calm
Byron Vincent joins a scheme turning young men away from violence.
Mysteries of Sleep - Sleepwalking
Why do some of us do bizarre things in our sleep?
The Unconscious Life of Bombs
Daniel Pick traces how aerial bombardment has made the unconscious mind a field of battle.
Iceland's Dark Lullabies
Storyteller Andri Snær Magnason is dreaming of a dark Christmas, in Iceland.
The Power of Sloth
Lucy Cooke discovers the joy of sloth and sloths and the benefits of being really slow.
Thinking Outside the Boxset: How Technology Changed the Story
Mark Lawson explores how technology is changing the way people write stories.
The Far Future
How do we prepare for the distant future? Helen Keen meets the people who try to.
Why the Moon, Luke?
Artist Luke Jerram is obsessed with the moon, so he has made one to take around the world.
Good Luck Professor Spiegelhalter
Rhianna Dhillon brings you another seriously interesting story from Radio 4.
The Dawn of British Jihad
The British Muslims who joined Jihad in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kashmir in the 80s and 90s
From the Steppes to the Stage
Mongolia's remarkable rise to being an opera superpower.
Inside the Brain of Gerald Scarfe
What is going on inside Gerald Scarfe's brain?
The Death of Illegitimacy
Has the stigma of illegitimacy died out? Caroline Flint MP finds out.
Find Me a Cure
Can we cure the most common form of leukaemia? Simon Cox reports.
Inside the Killing Jar
Is it okay to kill insects in the name of science? Adam Hart explores the issues.
A Brief History of Cunning
American satirist Joe Queenan explores cunning.
Behind the Scenes: Dawn Walton
A portrait of artistic director Dawn Walton as she leads a revolutionary theatre programme
In the Wake of Wakefield
Adam Rutherford explores the 20-year legacy of a paper linking the MMR vaccine and autism.
The Bald Truth
Ian Marchant investigates hair loss and why so many men (and some women) care so much.
Mums and Sons
Lauren Laverne explores how artists treat the relationship between mums and sons.
What Are the Odds?
Rajesh Mirchandani goes on an exploration of coincidence.
The Art of Now - Band Politics
6 Music's Chris Hawkins investigates a new wave of politically engaged bands.
The Vet with Two Brains
Claudia Hammond follows the 'vet with two brains' before, during and after brain surgery.
The Turban Bus Dispute
Sathnam Sanghera on the battle for the turban in Enoch Powell's constituency.
The Opt Out
What will an opt-out organ donation system really mean for the families asked to consent?
Is Eating Plants Wrong?
Plants can do much more than we might think. So is it wrong to eat them?
A Church in Crisis
William Crawley explores the decline of the Catholic church's authority in society.
Matthew Sweet looks at how commuting has changed the world.
Pursuit of Beauty: Slow Art
Illuminated snails dancing, sculpted volcanoes and music playing for 1,000 years.
The Sisters of the Sacred Salamander
Why are Mexican nuns breeding a rare salamander? Could they save this remarkable species?
Pink Rabbits and Other Animals
A profile of the beloved children's author Judith Kerr as she works on her latest book.
Out of Tredegar
Michael Sheen explores Aneurin Bevan's roots in Tredegar.
Could the PM Have a Brummie Accent?
Chris Mason examines how politicians' accents - and attitudes towards them - have changed.
The Silence and the Scream
Garrett Carr on the radical commune which broke the silence of rural Donegal in the 1970s.
In Search Of Sovereignty
Sovereignty - what is it? How old is it? What colour is it?
Pop Star Philosophy
Comedian Steve Punt exhumes the philosophical outpourings of pop stars through the ages.
The Infinite Monkey Cage
A special edition of the science and comedy podcast hosted by Brian Cox and Robin Ince.
Game Changer: Fortnite on 4
Kevin Fong explores the latest video gaming smash hit Fortnite as a cultural phenomenon.
The Five Foot Shelf
Ian Sansom asks people to choose the books they think should be included on his 5ft shelf
What Happened Last Night in Sweden?
Ruth Alexander looks at the rise in violent crime in Sweden.
Intrigue: The Ratline
Introducing the new podcast from Radio 4 - A story of love, denial and a curious death.
The Sound Odyssey: Nadine Shah travels to Beirut
Gemma Cairney takes Nadine Shah to Beirut for a musical collaboration.
The Ballad of the Blade
The story of knife crime, told in verse by the weapon itself.
The Eternal Life of the Instant Noodle
How instant noodles went global with the help of students, travellers and prisoners.
The Art of Now: Border Wall
Art on the US-Mexico Border
Alex Bellos meets the supercalculators taking part in the Mental Calculation World Cup.
Ghosts in the Machine
Exploring the people who hear spooks in random sound and the world of auditory illusion.
Pursuit of Beauty: Art Beneath the Waves
Underwater artists who paint, sculpt and dance beneath the sea.
Pursuit of Beauty: Dead Rats and Meat Cleavers
Turning base metal into musical gold - swordsmiths and Dead Rats!
Pursuit of Beauty: The Spider Orchestra
The art of Tomás Saraceno who makes sculptures and music with spiders and their webs
Contracts of Silence
Tiffany Jenkins on the use and misuse of 'gagging clauses' or non-disclosure agreements
Introducing Life Lessons
Young UK adults talk about the issues that matter most to them.
The Power of Twitter
The story of how Twitter accidentally became the 21st century forum for political debate.
Two very different families join together to raise a baby - and change each others' lives
The first mission to take human beings beyond the earth's orbit
Let's Raise the Voting Age
Fifty years on from votes at 18, how should we set the voting age?
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - Episode One
From H.P. Lovecraft: The investigation into a mysterious disappearance.
Behind the Scenes: Marianela Nunez at Covent Garden
Argentinian dancer Marianela Nunez shares her life behind the scenes at the Royal Ballet
I Feel for You: Empaths and empathy
Is it a good idea for us to feel each other's pain? Jolyon Jenkins investigates empathy.
I Feel for You: Narcs and narcissists
Jolyon Jenkins investigates whether we're really in the grip of a narcissism epidemic.
Millennials in the Workplace
India Rakusen discovers how her generation is changing the workplace.
How To Burn A Million Quid: Rule 1
Bill sets off on a mission to shake up the music industry by causing chaos and confusion.
Who owns Shakespeare? Graphic designer Teresa Monachino goes in search of Brand Bard.
Does talk of 'toxic masculinity' mean we are now seeing boys as potential perpetrators?
NB - Episode 1: Realising
What do you do when you realise you’re non-binary?
Macpherson: What Happened Next
20 years on from the publication of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, how much has changed?
Flat 113 at Grenfell Tower
What went wrong in flat 113 at Grenfell Tower? Katie Razzall pieces together the evidence
The Puppet Master – Episode 1. Snipers
This is the story of the most powerful man you’ve never heard of.
The Puppet Master – Episode 2. Ascension
The man from nowhere slides up the greasy pole.
The Puppet Master – Episode 3. Impresario
All the world – or at least all of Russia – is a stage.
The Puppet Master – Episode 4. Unravelling
Loyalties are tested as street power grows.
The Puppet Master – Episode 5. Enemies
A fight for survival and a message for the West.
A Job for the Boys
What are the hidden consequences of having so few women in the tech industry?
The Monster Downstairs
Life for the child of an alcoholic can be lonely. Camilla Tominey hears their stories.
A Sense of Time
Does a second feel the same for a fly, a bird, or a swordfish, as it does for me?
Mona Chalabi asks why female facial hair still seems to be a source of such shame.
Two social media users swap accounts and live in each other's bubble during Brexit.
The Fast and the Curious
Tom Heap's confessions of a petrol-headed environmentalist.
Hannah Catherine Jones meets instrument inventors challenging the status quo.
Greg James digs into the BBC's archives, using current stories as a portal to the past.
What's in a Game?
Alex Humphreys asks if video games should be appreciated as a form of art.
A History of Hate - Bosnia: The Weaponisation of History
Allan Little explores how anti-Muslim hatred was mobilised during the Bosnian war.
The Art of Now: Istanbul's Factory of Tears
In Istanbul, Isobel Finkel explores the kitsch, melancholy, forbidden music of Arabesk.
The Age of Emulsion: with Laurence Llewelyn Bowen
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen explores the social history of DIY home improvements.
America's Child Brides
The tense argument on child marriage in the USA.
The Death of the Eccentric
Will Self goes in search of an endangered species - the eccentric.
How did a single starling mentioned in Shakespeare cause ecological disaster in the USA?
The Pleasures of Brecht
A celebration of the simple joys in life, and Brecht’s poem that described them.
The Dying of the Ice: Olafur Eliasson
Andrew McGibbon talks with artist Olafur Eliasson about ice and his return to Tate Modern
The Unexpected History of Clean Eating
Guilty pleasures, cheeky treats – Sofie Hagen asks why we put moral judgements on food.
Deadliest Day – a new investigative series from Beyond Today
Claire Read introduces her special series about the impact of one day of the Afghan war.