Jules Verne's classic adventure novel
Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas
Chess: a chequered history
A war on the board - one of the oldest strategy games in the world
Inside the mind of Leonardo da Vinci
The Italian artist’s unique understanding of science and the natural world
Queen Njinga of Angola: Fearless fighter
The remarkable 17th Century leader who defied European oppression
Fado: Portuguese soul music
Nostalgic song from Portugal, a small country with a big heart
Thoreau: the writer who went to the woods
The author of the American classic ‘Walden’
Pearls: Treasures of the sea
The social history of pearls as a fashion and status symbol over the centuries
The Moon from Earth
The science, culture and mythology of the Moon
Rasputin: The Siberian mystic who charmed the Tsar
Untangling the web of contradictions of the spiritual guide to the Romanov dynasty
How Afghanistan won its freedom from Britain
1919 and the creation of independent Afghanistan
Cnut: England's Viking king
King Cnut the Great ruled much of northern Europe a millennium ago
The Bhagavad Gita: A guide to spiritual wisdom
The metaphysical and philosophical manual for Hindus and non-Hindus alike
James Watt: The power of steam
How the Scottish engineer's ingenuity transformed industry
Hugh Masekela: The iconic South African musician
Looking back at the life and career of the South African musician and activist
Kafka's The Metamorphosis: A man turns into a monstrous bug
A man transforms into a kind of huge vermin overnight – Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis
Leeuwenhoek: The fabric seller who discovered bacteria
The life and work of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the Dutch pioneer of microscopy
The Spartans: Ancient Greece’s fighting machine
The warriors famed for their discipline, fearless self-sacrifice and brutality
Nineteen Eighty-Four: Orwell's dystopian classic
Why George Orwell's novel remains topical 70 years after publication
Coco Chanel: French style icon
Exploring the rags to riches life story of the French fashion designer
Andy Warhol: The prince of Pop Art
Exploring the life and work of artist Andy Warhol
Imhotep: The Man behind the Mummy
Uncovering the identity of the bandaged villain of Hollywood legend
Ethics of taking Good from Evil
The ethics of today's surgeons using a Nazi guide to human anatomy.
What are young people writing and reading?
A special edition of Open Book from the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
A special edition of Open Book recorded at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
The best of BBC Radio this week with broadcaster Liz Barclay.
Conversations with stars of stage and screen, plus music from musicals and the movies.