An exploration of the rich and surprising history of jazz in Japan. Read more
An exploration of the rich and surprising history of jazz in Japan.
The Deluxe Edition
Dr Seán Williams takes a first class trip through the enduring contradictions of luxury.
Sally Marlow uncovers the creative legacy of residents at the Institute for Advanced Study
John Ashbery - Portrait in a Convex Mirror
Colm Toibin presents an intimate portrait of the American poet John Ashbery
Wild swimming enthusiast Alice Roberts examines the legacy of Waterlog by Roger Deakin.
Alexander Korda: Producer, Director, Exile, Spy
Matthew Sweet unearths the film-maker Alexander Korda's wartime role as a British agent.
Robinson Crusoe Road-Trip
300 years since Robinson Crusoe was published, Emma Smith traces it across the centuries
Literary Pursuits: Lord of the Flies
Golding's classic novel was saved from being rejected by Faber by the luckiest chance.
A Unicorn Quest
Hetta Howes sets off to find the unicorn of myth in 21st century Britain.
Sir Isaac Newton and the Philosopher's Stone
Dafydd Mills Daniel investigates Isaac Newton's more obscure studies in Alchemy.
Cold War in Full Swing - Louis Armstrong in the GDR
Kevin Le Gendre discovers how Louis Armstrong came to play jazz in communist East Germany
Plot 5779: Unearthing Elizabeth Siddall
Actor Lily Cole plays Elizabeth Siddall who climbs out of her grave to tell her story.
Al Andalus - The Legacy
Andrew Hussey journeys through Andalusia searching for the legacy of Muslim Spain
How theatre challenged the East German government - but was swept aside as communism fell
The Hidden Reservoir
Carlo Gebler on the role of art in remembrance and reconciliation in Northern Ireland
The unknown tale of cold war communist Poland’s love affair with electronic music
Rewiring Raymond Scott
Ken Hollings assesses the legacy of the American electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott.
Glitter and Villainy
Daisy Black, Radio 3 New Generation Thinker, investigates the camp villain in history.
Ken Campbell as Never Heard Before
David Bramwell with actors whose lives were transformed by director Ken Campbell.
The East Speaks Back
We are used to getting a worldview from the west, but what did the east make of us?
The Queen Of Technicolor
Maureen O’Hara’s journey from Dublin's suburbs to star of the Golden Age.
The Crankiness of C.W.Daniel
New Generation Thinker Elsa Richardson on the radical 20th century publisher C.W.Daniel.
Silent Witness: John Cage, Zen and Japan
How experimental composer John Cage came to write his infamous silent piece, 4’33”
New Generation Thinker short Feature: COVID and The Black Death, an imperfect fit.
Medievalist Dr Seb Falk questions the comparisons between COVID19 and The Black Death.
The Silence of My Pain
Hannah French explores a hidden disability for many musicians: pain.
Sunday Feature: The Fake Poet
Why does the image of the forlorn and abandoned poet Thomas Chatterton haunt us today?
Sunday Feature - Dissecting Beethoven
An exploration of Beethoven’s music through the body that gave him so much trouble.
Everybody Likes Music Don’t They?
How can a song mean terror for one person and boredom for another?
The Apple and the Tree
Carlo Gébler, son of Edna O’Brien, asks why the children of writers often become writers