Matthew Sweet discusses Iris Murdoch's philosophical essay of 1970
Landmark: Iris Murdoch's The Sovereignty of Good
Caine Prize. Ivo van Hove. Female Desire.
Shahidha Bari looks at staging Ayn Rand's ideas and meets the 2019 Caine Prize winner.
An insider's view of war
Ex-Marine & journalist Elliot Ackerman on Al Qaeda and the Iraq War. Rana Mitter presents
Camille Paglia in conversation with Philip Dodd about free speech and feminism
New Thinking: City Talk
Mapping the accents of Greater Manchester with a camper van and a laptop
New Thinking: Pregnancy Puzzles
What happens when one becomes two?
New Thinking: Shakespeare's Language
From Juliet's uncertainty, to finding a phrase for descending the stairs
New Thinking: Neolithic Revelations
A lack of Neolithic dental floss proves to be a boon for archaeologists,
New angles on post-war Germany and Austria
Anne McElvoy with Florian Huber, Sophie Hardach, Adam Scovell, Tom Smith
Book Parts and Difficulty
Matthew Sweet looks at frontispieces, titles and marginalia, and hard texts.
Proms Plus: Moon Landing
Richard Wiseman and Melanie Vandenbrouck discuss the impact of the first Moon landing
Proms Plus: Music and Health
Naomi Paxton discusses the latest science and clinical practice
Proms Plus: 1969 The Sound of a Summer
Poets Rachael Allen & Jacob Polley join Preti Taneja to reflect on the summer of 1969.
Proms Plus: Nordic Summers Light and Dark
The legends and landscapes that inspire composers from Finland and Russia
Revisit Spike Lee in Conversation on Free Thinking
The film-maker talks to Matthew Sweet about BlacKkKlansman & his 2000 film Bamboozled
Proms Plus: Swans
Sacha Dench & Sarah Crompton discuss swans in the natural world & on the ballet stage.
Proms Plus: Tragedy
Tragedy ancient and modern with Clare Pollard and Jennifer Wallace
Proms Plus: Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe and the gothic
Proms Plus: 'Queering' Tchaikovsky
Shahidha Bari and Rolf Hind discuss Tchaikovsky’s letters, with readings from Tom Stuart
Proms Plus: Childhood, innocence and experience
Books for children and children in books from Romanticism via the Victorians to now.
Revisit Mike Leigh in Conversation about Peterloo, politics and his Salford upbringing.
The film-maker talks to Matthew Sweet about depicting history and politics on film.
Revisit Napoleon in Fact and Fiction
Anne McElvoy looks at Napoleon's biography, caricatures and professional impersonators.
Proms Plus: Literary Hoaxes
Shahidha Bari and Nick Groom on invented monks, fake Shakespeare and a "discovered" diary
What Victorians Did For Fun
Historians Kathryn Hughes & Lee Jackson discuss 19th century entertainment.
Revisit Slavery Stories, William Melvyn Kelley & Esi Edugyan
Laurence Scott meets the family of a rediscovered African American writer & 3 historians
Proms Plus: Russian Folktales
Marina Warner & Sophie Anderson enter a world of walking huts and fish that grant wishes
Proms Plus: Kipling's Jungle Books
Anindya Raychaudhuri discusses Kipling's Jungle Books with Frances Hardinge and Sue Walsh
Proms Plus: Beethoven's 9th Symphony
Seán Williams explores Beethoven’s 9th and Schiller’s accompanying text, An Ode to Joy.
Proms Plus: Nina Simone's life and legacy
Nina Simone’s achievement with Kevin Legendre, Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Zena Edwards
Bank Holiday Fiesta!
Podcast recommendations for the long weekend, as picked by BBC podcast stars.
Rewarding children for passing exams
Is it right for parents to offer rewards to their children to pass exams?
Wynne finds out about Cardiff Goodgym, a project to motivate runners and help people.
News, views, issues and culture from across the north west of Northern Ireland.
Zeb Soanes, The Dark Crystal and TechFest Aberdeen
Nicola Meighan chats with Radio 4’s Zeb Soanes about his latest children’s book.