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The Dawn of British Jihad

39:10 | Jan 16th, 2018

Before 9/11 British attitudes to partaking in faith-inspired armed combat were... different. British Muslims travelled freely to fight in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Burma and Kashmir for a few weeks or months, and then returned home to their day jobs or...Show More

Good Luck Professor Spiegelhalter

58:40 | Jan 12th, 2018

Rhianna Dhillon brings you another seriously interesting story from Radio 4. This week, luck. Whether we believe in luck or not, we do use the word- a lot! More as a figure of speech than an article of faith perhaps but some do pray for luck, ...Show More

Welcome to Wakaliwood

30:16 | Aug 11th, 2017

In the slums of Wakaliga, Uganda, a group of self-taught filmmakers run one of the world's most unlikely movie studios. Known as Wakaliwood they have released fifty-two feature films in ten years, with kit built from scrap metal and old car jacks. ...Show More

The Myth of Homosexual Decriminalisation

59:55 | Aug 8th, 2017

On the 50th Anniversary of the ground breaking 1967 Sexual Offences Act, the campaigner Peter Tatchell takes a sceptical look at its impact on Britain's gay communities. Although it was a major staging post in the long and tortuous fight for the d...Show More

Jarvis on McCullers

30:26 | Feb 9th, 2016

The writing of Carson McCullers has perhaps never been as popular or acclaimed as that of contemporaries such as Harper Lee and Tennessee Williams, but nonetheless she remains one of the most remarkable and individual writers to come out of twentieth...Show More

The Art of Now: The Return of Voguing

28:45 | Apr 19th

Clara Amfo assesses the rise of voguing in the UK, a dance form with its origins among queer, mostly black and Latino people in the Harlem ballroom scene. Voguing is currently having a resurgence in popularity thanks to shows like Pose, Top 40 artist...Show More

Introducing The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry

05:16 | Apr 17th

Hannah Fry and Adam Rutherford present highlights from their podcast in which they investigate everyday mysteries using the power of science.

Can Hip Hop Save Ballet?

28:34 | Apr 16th

In the world of classical ballet, black dancers are conspicuous by their absence. Eric Underwood, a former soloist with The Royal Ballet, wants to understand what might be restricting their participation. In Amsterdam, Eric meets Michaela DePrince,...Show More

A Sense of Time

29:05 | Apr 12th

Animal senses reveal a wealth of information that humans can't access. Birds can see in ultra violet, and some fish can 'feel' electricity. But how do different species sense time? If you've ever tried to swat flies, you'll know that they seem to ha...Show More

The Monster Downstairs

28:40 | Apr 9th

Life for the child of an alcoholic can be lonely, locked inside a house of secrets. A code of silence means they don't want to talk to friends, or neighbours, or even their brothers and sisters. Journalist Camilla Tominey, whose mother was an alcoh...Show More

Where are all the black women in Grime?

28:58 | Apr 5th

Journalist and Grime fan Yomi Adegoke noticed something lacking when it comes to discovering and enjoying the genre of music she loves. Women who look like her. Whether it’s behind the scenes or at the forefront, black women seem noticeably absent w...Show More

A Job for the Boys

29:31 | Apr 2nd

Women once made up 80% of the computer industry. They are now less than 20%. Mary Ann Sieghart explores the hidden and disturbing consequences of not having women at the heart of the tech. Who is the in room today when technology is designed determi...Show More

The Puppet Master – Episode 1. Snipers

18:26 | Mar 25th

The Puppet Master is a series that gets to the bewildering heart of contemporary Russia by exploring the fortunes of a secretive, complicated and controversial man called Vladislav Surkov. Reporter Gabriel Gatehouse speaks fluent Russian and has ac...Show More

The Puppet Master – Episode 2. Ascension

18:32 | Mar 25th

This is the story of the most powerful man you’ve never heard of. He can spot an ex-spy with presidential potential and help turn him into a world leader. He creates opposition movements out of thin air. He’s got a nation’s news directors on speed ...Show More

The Puppet Master – Episode 3. Impresario

18:20 | Mar 25th

The story of Vladislav Surkov, the most powerful man you’ve never heard of, continues. His background is in theatre and PR, but his profession is politics. And in this episode, Gabriel Gatehouse tells the story of how it all comes together in a bold ...Show More

The Puppet Master – Episode 4. Unravelling

18:15 | Mar 25th

Is it all getting too much for the hero – or is he the villain of our series? His name is Vladislav Surkov and his enemies are circling. Gabriel Gatehouse continues the story of the most powerful man you've never heard of.

The Puppet Master – Episode 5. Enemies

18:28 | Mar 25th

Effigies, aliases, and a 'golden cage': it all comes down to this in the series finale about Vladislav Surkov, the most powerful man you’ve never heard of. Presented by Gabriel Gatehouse.

Flat 113 at Grenfell Tower

58:03 | Mar 22nd

On the 14th floor of Grenfell Tower, firefighters moved eight residents into flat 113. Only four would survive. Using evidence from stage 1 of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, Katie Razzall pieces together what went wrong that night in flat 113. Th...Show More

The Turtle Dove Pilgrimage

28:45 | Mar 19th

Folk singer Sam Lee, along with William Parsons of the British Pilgrimage Trust, lead eleven pilgrims on a journey across Sussex tracing the origins of the iconic folk song The Turtle Dove. Over a hundred years ago, the composer Ralph Vaughan Willia...Show More

Macpherson: What Happened Next

28:42 | Mar 15th

In April 1993, a black teenager, Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a racist attack in the London suburb of Eltham. The Metropolitan Police bungled the investigation into his killers. The Inquiry which followed by Sir William Macpherson produced one of...Show More

Barristers on the Brink

28:58 | Mar 12th

Journalist Afua Hirsch used to be a barrister, but after only two years advocating for some of the most vulnerable people in society she quit. For Afua, cuts to legal aid and burgeoning caseloads were making it impossible to do the job to the standar...Show More

The Deported

28:25 | Mar 8th

What’s it like to be deported or forcibly removed from the UK? Recorded over the past year, these are the stories of three people sent to Nigeria, a country they left many years ago, and what happens to them once they arrive. Fola was training to be ...Show More

A New School for New Orleans

29:04 | Mar 5th

Clara Amfo travels to New Orleans to meet the staff and artists from The Embassy, a dynamic, groundbreaking music studio in the 8th and 9th Districts. Based in one of the city’s most deprived areas, the studio works with music artists of all kinds to...Show More

NB - Episode 1: Realising

28:36 | Mar 4th

What do you do when you realise you’re non-binary? How do you come out to yourself? How do you find people like you? Caitlin Benedict is coming out. But before they begin, they need to really understand what it’s like to live as non-binary: to exist ...Show More


29:28 | Mar 1st

With “toxic masculinity” high on the agenda, are we are now viewing boys as potential perpetrators of sexism and violence? Is this fair - and what should we be teaching them? After #MeToo with phrases like “toxic masculinity” on everyone's lips, are ...Show More

I Can't Be Racist

29:12 | Feb 26th

Social psychologist Dr Keon West explores racial bias, and the concepts of both conscious and unconscious bias, drawing on the latest pyschological and sociological research. He examines common misconceptions surrounding racism and examines how bias ...Show More

Branding Genius

28:50 | Feb 22nd

Who owns Shakespeare? The English? The tourist industry? The world? Branding and Graphic Designer Teresa Monachino goes in search of the 21st century phenomenon that is William Shakespeare and uncovers his contradictory brand values, with the help of...Show More

The Placebo Paradox

29:37 | Feb 19th

Imagine a therapy that made use of the body's own biology to specifically and selectively attack illness, with no side effects and at minimal cost - one that could treat pain and relieve subjective symptoms. It would be one of the most powerful tools...Show More

Driven to Distraction

29:11 | Feb 15th

Are we really more distracted than ever before? Historian Rhys Jones explores the history of distraction and how previous generations have fought back We are often told we are in the middle of a distraction crisis - big tech companies have learned ho...Show More

Behind the Scenes: PJ Harvey

29:12 | Feb 12th

John Wilson follows PJ Harvey as she creates the score for a new West End theatre production of All About Eve. Singer songwriter Polly Jean Harvey is the only artist to have twice won the Mercury Prize for Album of the Year – for Stories from the Ci...Show More

Paris Blue

29:42 | Feb 8th

Jazz writer Kevin Legendre explores the encounter between American modern jazz and the French New wave in Paris in the late 1950s and 60s. Paris in the civil rights era was a hub of artistic collaboration as well as a kind of political refuge - a de...Show More

American Civility: Year Zero

58:20 | Feb 5th

America today is an uncivil society with a President who calls for his opponent to be locked up, a legislature that seems to be interested only in partisan shouting, not governing, and with large chunks of the media egging on the bad behaviour. This ...Show More

Pausing Puberty

28:33 | Feb 1st

Britt Wray investigates the drugs used to delay puberty in children questioning their gender. A growing number of children in Britain are being seen by the NHS Gender Identity Development Service. Referrals have increased from just over 200 in 2011/1...Show More

Powers of Persuasion: How Britain Learned to Sell

57:52 | Jan 29th

Designer Wayne Hemingway examines 100 years of British advertising on film and television, with special behind-the-scenes access to the one of the world’s largest advertising collection at the British Film Institute. Wayne follows advertisers’ first ...Show More

How To Burn A Million Quid: Rule 1

27:15 | Jan 28th

Bill sets off on a mission to shake up the music industry by causing chaos and confusion.

Millennials in the Workplace

28:13 | Jan 25th

Beanbags! Beanbags are what Millenials want from a job - along with free food and the lofty idea of ‘making an impact’. That’s what academic Simon Sinek's video about "Millennials in the Workplace", enjoyed by over 10 millions viewers, would have you...Show More

Searching For Swimming Pools

28:10 | Jan 22nd

Writer Charles Sprawson reflects on his life as he copes with advancing dementia. Charles Sprawson is the author of Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer As Hero - a romantic history of swimming and a memoir of his own adventures in water. Now 77,...Show More

Annalisa Is Awkward

28:27 | Jan 18th

What are we all so awkward about? Annalisa Dinnella explores this slippery emotion. Can she and a group of comedians outsmart awkwardness - and should they even be trying? Annalisa has 5% vision and regularly navigates the fog of other people’s awkwa...Show More

I Feel for You: Narcs and narcissists

28:22 | Jan 15th

At a time when we're being told we need more empathy, some experts claim that narcissism - empathy's evil twin - is on the rise. Narcissism has vaulted off the psychotherapist’s couch, sprinted away from the psychiatric ward, and is now squatting in ...Show More

I Feel for You: Empaths and empathy

28:19 | Jan 15th

Empathy is the psycho-political buzzword of the day. President Obama said - frequently - that America's empathy deficit was more important than the Federal deficit. Bill Clinton said "I feel your pain", and Hillary urged us all "to see the world thro...Show More

Behind the Scenes: Marianela Nunez at Covent Garden

28:56 | Jan 11th

As she prepares to perform two roles in a new production of the classic "White ballet", La Bayadere, the Royal Ballet's charismatic Argentinian-born principal dancer, Marianela Nunez shares her life behind the scenes. Marianela Nunez is considered on...Show More

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - Episode One

23:31 | Jan 9th

From H.P. Lovecraft: The investigation into a mysterious disappearance.

Let's Raise the Voting Age

28:32 | Jan 8th

In 1969 Harold Wilson's Government lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. Fifty years on, with calls for votes at 16 gaining support, Professor James Tilley explores not just whether reducing it further makes sense, but if arguments could be made for ...Show More

Apollo 8

58:20 | Jan 4th

Six months before Neil Armstrong’s ‘one small step’ came humanity’s giant leap. It was December 1968. Faced with President Kennedy’s challenge to land a man on the Moon before the end of the decade, NASA made the bold decision to send three astronaut...Show More

Doorstep Daughter

58:29 | Jan 1st

Two families from very different backgrounds, one street and a baby on a doorstep. This series charts the story of how a young Christian couple came to entrust the care of their little daughter to a Muslim family that lived nearby in 1990s Watford. T...Show More

Game Over, Humans

28:58 | Dec 28th, 2018

Ever since an Artificial Intelligence called Deep Blue beat human chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997, it has been clear that the days of humans’ supremacy at the games table have been numbered. But twenty years later, it still came as a surpris...Show More

The Power of Twitter

37:51 | Dec 25th, 2018

How did Twitter, invented to allow friends to keep track of each other's social lives and interests, become a key forum for political debate? And what effect has the social media platform had on the nature and quality of public life? Presenter David ...Show More

Along the Peaceline

29:16 | Dec 21st, 2018

In February 2016 a controversial wall in Belfast was demolished. It was the first of over a hundred such structures across Northern Ireland set to disappear by 2023. Collectively, they’re known as peacelines. Some are just a few hundred yards long, o...Show More

Introducing Life Lessons

02:27 | Dec 20th, 2018

Young UK adults talk about the issues that matter most to them - and why they should matter to all of us. A new podcast from Radio 4.

Contracts of Silence

29:19 | Dec 18th, 2018

'Gagging clauses' - NDAs or non-disclosure agreements - have been rarely out of the headlines in recent months. High profile cases in business, politics and celebrity life have prompted calls for an outright ban, particularly when used to cover up ap...Show More

Trust Me, I'm a Scientist

38:23 | Dec 14th, 2018

Presenting his first programme for Radio 4, the evolutionary biologist, author and former Professor for Public Understanding of Science, Richard Dawkins, investigates trust in science. It's an issue of concern for scientists as well as others. Despit...Show More

The Art of Living: Elvis - A Tribute in Dance

29:55 | Dec 11th, 2018

Claire Cunningham is a Scottish choreographer and contemporary dancer who performs with crutches. We join her in the studio during the research period for a new work, Thank You Very Much, which draws on Claire’s current fascination with Elvis Tribute...Show More

Pursuit of Beauty: The Spider Orchestra

29:09 | Dec 7th, 2018

The Berlin-based Argentinian artist, Tomás Saraceno, trained as an architect. He was struck by the beauty of spider webs, their structural intricacy and began making them into sculptural works. Then he realised that every time a spider tugs a string ...Show More

Lights Out: A Sense of Quietness

29:25 | Dec 4th, 2018

Documentary adventures that encourage you to take a closer listen. This episode follows a line of connection through four women across two referendums to explore the unexpected consequences of talking about abortion. Starting on live television at a ...Show More

Joni Mitchell Taught Me How to Feel

58:07 | Nov 30th, 2018

Music writer and broadcaster Ann Powers explores Joni Mitchell’s impact on her fans and on songwriting. "Even the songs of hers I’ve heard a thousand times can still give me the weird feeling that she knows me personally," she says. In the month of J...Show More

A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea

29:29 | Nov 27th, 2018

Singer-songwriter Emma Lee Moss (aka Emmy the Great) returns to the playground to re-explore one of her earliest musical influences, the clapping game. Emma finds the playground very much alive with song, new and old . So how is this seemingly old-fa...Show More

Pursuit of Beauty: Dead Rats and Meat Cleavers

29:27 | Nov 23rd, 2018

The sounds of casting, chiming, singing and clanging are fused together to make a magical sound track to the story of how meat cleavers have been used as musical instruments for over 300 years.. Growing up in Suffolk, Nathaniel Mann, heard stories pa...Show More

The Black Footballer’s Dilemma

58:13 | Nov 20th, 2018

Forty years ago this month, Viv Anderson made his debut for England against Czechoslovakia - the first black player to play for his country. Former footballer Clark Carlisle looks back at the challenges black players faced at a time when racist abuse...Show More

Pursuit of Beauty: Art Beneath the Waves

29:20 | Nov 16th, 2018

Artist Emma Critchley meets filmmakers, photographers, sculptors and painters who are drawn beneath the sea to create underwater art. Julie Gautier performs a graceful, lyrical ballet on the floor of the deepest pool in the world. Without a tank of a...Show More

Thankful Villages

29:24 | Nov 13th, 2018

A Thankful or ‘Blessed’ village is a place where every soldier returned alive from World War One. Songwriter Darren Hayman heard about ‘Thankful Villages’ and knew that he had his next album title. He then embarked on a three year odyssey to visit al...Show More

Un-forgetting Julius Eastman

29:12 | Nov 9th, 2018

Experimental vocalist and movement artist Elaine Mitchener remembers the life and music of the brilliant New York composer-performer, Julius Eastman, whose work, she feels, has been wrongly overlooked. Born in 1940, Eastman was black and gay when the...Show More

Guy Garvey: Recording Dad

29:27 | Nov 6th, 2018

Guy Garvey spent a decade recording his dad’s stories and now he wants you to do the same. When Elbow singer Guy Garvey began to record his father Don's anecdotes, he already knew a lot of the stories he was capturing. What he didn't know was his fat...Show More

Would You Go To Bed With Me?

28:28 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Forty years after the infamous 'would you go to bed with me?' experiment, what are the social repercussions of biological inequality if men have a higher sex drive than women?

Ghosts in the Machine

29:15 | Oct 30th, 2018

Laurie Taylor investigates the people who hear the voices of the dead in recorded sounds - and uncovers the strange and haunting world of auditory illusion. Believers in EVP, or Electronic Voice Phenomena think they're hearing the voices of the beyon...Show More

Witnessing the Worst

57:39 | Oct 26th, 2018

On the fields of battle, and in conflict zones, women reporters are now commonplace but, in the past, the female perspective was much harder to find. War reporters spend their careers giving voice to the survivors of violence, but the reporter's own ...Show More

Class Act

29:15 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Lenny Henry on how to get more young working-class and BAME actors into the industry. Of course, acting is one of the most difficult careers to crack no matter what your background. But the hurdles are certainly higher for aspiring actors from low in...Show More

The Supercalculators

29:07 | Oct 19th, 2018

Alex Bellos is brilliant at all things mathematical, but even he can't hold a candle to the amazing mathematical feats of the supercalculators. Alex heads to Wolfsburg in Germany to meet the contestants at this year's Mental Calculation World Cup. Th...Show More

Right Click: The New Online Culture Wars

29:00 | Oct 16th, 2018

Gavin Haynes, editor-at-large of VICE UK, goes in search of this new wave of political thought. On the internet, and on YouTube specifically, a huge new political movement is taking shape in the shoes of a very old one. Some are calling it classical ...Show More

Behind the Scenes: Kwame Kwei-Armah

42:50 | Oct 12th, 2018

Backstage access to director Kwame Kwei-Armah's debut at the Young Vic - his version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub. Kwame Kwei-Armah is facing high expectations as the new Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theat...Show More

Mamma M.I.A.: Influence of an Icon

29:44 | Oct 9th, 2018

Rapper, mother, director, refugee and activist - Maya Arulpragasam is one of Britain's most successful and provocative working-class artists - M.I.A. Ten years on from the release of M.I.A’s single Paper Planes - a global hit blending agitprop pop, s...Show More

The Art of Now: Border Wall

29:13 | Oct 5th, 2018

Donald Trump's pledge to build a "big beautiful wall" along the US-Mexico border has inserted a political urgency into the mainstream art world and made the Latino experience a point of inspiration for many. Seven artists working on either side of th...Show More

The Cod Wars Revisited

58:26 | Oct 2nd, 2018

When a country unilaterally takes back control of its waters, the results are dramatic. This isn't a prediction about Brexit. It's a statement about our recent history. The modern cod wars were a series of disputes (starting in the late 1950s and end...Show More

The Eternal Life of the Instant Noodle

28:48 | Sep 28th, 2018

How instant noodles, now 60 years old, went from a shed in Japan to global success. What is the most traded legal item in US prisons? Instant Noodles. According to the World Instant Noodles Association, 270 million servings of instant noodles are eat...Show More

The Ballad of the Blade

28:47 | Sep 25th, 2018

The story of knife crime, told in verse by the weapon itself. Why do teenagers carry knives? How does it feel to live in a world where that's normal? How should we respond to the moral panic generated by the current wave of youth crime? Momtaza Mehri...Show More

The Sound Odyssey: Nadine Shah travels to Beirut

28:35 | Sep 21st, 2018

The Sound Odyssey is a new series in which Gemma Cairney takes British artists for musical collaborations in different countries around the world, hearing the musicians in a new light, and exposing their artistic process as they create something new ...Show More

Intrigue: The Ratline

20:15 | Sep 19th, 2018

A story of love, denial and a curious death. Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi, Otto Wachter, and journeys right to the heart of the Ratline.

The Art of Now: Outsiders

28:41 | Sep 18th, 2018

"Art saved my life", says David Tovey. He experienced homelessness, homophobia, and despair so deep that he killed himself - twice - before being resuscitated. His ongoing recovery is intertwined with his stunning visual and textile work, which has b...Show More

The Lightning Field

29:21 | Sep 14th, 2018

In 1977 the sculptor Walter De Maria erected a field of stainless steel poles in the New Mexico high desert, where lighting frequently strikes. The only way to see this electrifying art work, one of the largest sculptures on earth, is to spend the ni...Show More

The New Age of Consent: Part 2 - Re-writing the Rules

29:36 | Sep 11th, 2018

Actress and broadcaster Jameela Jamil tackles the explosive conversation around sexual assault to determine what consent in sex and relationships should look like in a modern, digital world. The recent sexual assault allegations that have surfaced fr...Show More

The New Age of Consent: Part 1 - Crossing the Line

29:35 | Sep 11th, 2018

Actress and broadcaster Jameela Jamil tackles the explosive conversation around sexual assault to determine what consent in sex and relationships should look like in a modern, digital world. The recent sexual assault allegations that have surfaced fr...Show More

The Persistence of Analogue

28:22 | Sep 7th, 2018

Technology writer Leigh Alexander explores the growing popularity of analogue culture in a digital world. For 30-something technology writer Leigh, the digital world is just a part of her everyday life - there's no logging off. But despite all the bo...Show More

Being Gerry Adams

28:44 | Sep 4th, 2018

Thirty years ago the British government took an almost unprecedented decision - to ban the voices of Sinn Fein and other groups in Northern Ireland associated with terrorism from being heard on television and radio. The Belfast based broadcaster Step...Show More

The Ballads of Emmett Till

58:06 | Aug 31st, 2018

Emmett Till, 14 & black, was put on the train from Chicago by his mother Mamie in August 1955. She got him back in a pine box. His corpse mutilated & stinking. He had been beaten, shot and dumped in the Tallahatchie River for supposedly whistling at ...Show More

What Happened Last Night in Sweden?

29:21 | Aug 28th, 2018

In February 2017, President Trump made a speech to his supporters. He moved on to the topic of immigration and Sweden. "You look at what's happening last night in Sweden," he told the crowd at a rally in Florida. "They took in large numbers; they're ...Show More

The Architecture of Incarceration

29:05 | Aug 24th, 2018

As Britain opens the latest in a series of large new jails, architect Danna Walker looks at the unique tensions in architecture's relationship with the judicial system - where the go-to design for prisons is 250 years old, and where ideological confl...Show More

The Five Foot Shelf

28:54 | Aug 21st, 2018

According to Charles W. Eliot - President of Harvard and cousin of T.S. - everything required for a complete, liberal education could fit on a shelf of books just 5-feet in length. In 1909 the first volume of the Harvard Classics were published - and...Show More

The Deep State

37:58 | Aug 17th, 2018

Donald Trump and his supporters have spoken of a Deep State in America, undermining his presidency from within - a shadowy coalition of security and intelligence services, hidden from plain sight, bent on sabotaging an elected government. The term ha...Show More

Game Changer: Fortnite on 4

28:41 | Aug 14th, 2018

If you are a parent, you probably do not need an introduction to Fortnite Battle Royale. It's the online video game that's been absorbing the minds and time of millions of children and young adults since its launch last September. To the uninitiated,...Show More

The Infinite Monkey Cage

17:36 | Aug 13th, 2018

In a special edition of the science and comedy podcast to mark the 100th episode, Brian Cox and Robin Ince reminisce about their favourite moments from the show.

Out of Line

28:39 | Aug 10th, 2018

Horizontal stripes have been used to draw the eye and sign-post the audacious for centuries - from Medieval miniatures to the films of Tim Burton. Whether used on a lighthouse or a zebra crossing, stripes grab our attention and in the very same momen...Show More

Pop Star Philosophy

57:46 | Aug 7th, 2018

Broadcaster and comedian Steve Punt scours the archives to exhume the often pretentious and opinionated philosophical outpourings of pop stars through the ages. With the help of music journalists Paul Morley, Kate Mossman, DJ and record producer ...Show More

In Search Of Sovereignty

29:05 | Aug 3rd, 2018

The American satirist Joe Queenan goes in search of sovereignty. He wants to know what it is, what's it for, and how old it is "Now I know this is a big issue for you all right now. Over here we've been fighting over sovereignty since the eightie...Show More

The Silence and the Scream

31:27 | Jul 31st, 2018

Donegal is an Irish county where silence is a virtue. You can find it in the desolate landscape, the big skies and far horizons - but silence can be found in the people too. Maybe it's discretion or reticence. It could be shyness or a kind of wisdom....Show More

Could the PM Have a Brummie Accent?

1:00:04 | Jul 27th, 2018

BBC political correspondent Chris Mason examines the changing accents of politics and politics of accents, with help from politicians, language experts and an impersonator. The programme examines the ways that stereotypes and prejudices can be loa...Show More

Black Girls Don't Cry

31:35 | Jul 24th, 2018

Journalist Marverine Cole explores why some black women in the UK are more prone to anxiety and depression. Research suggests that women of African-Caribbean heritage living in the UK are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, panic attac...Show More

No Sex Please

30:34 | Jul 20th, 2018

Why are the Japanese having less sex? Chie Kobayashi and Ruth Evans investigate. Kunio Kitamura, the head of Japan's family planning association is worried he may soon be out of a job. The birth rate, condom use, the pill, abortions and sexually t...Show More

A Hack's Progress

1:01:21 | Jul 17th, 2018

Journalist and author Jonathan Freedland looks at how journalists and newspapers have been depicted in fiction from the advent of the mass popular press to the present day, examining the changing public image of the fourth estate and its practitioner...Show More

Spitting Blades

30:44 | Jul 13th, 2018

Former gang member Simeon Moore (aka Zimbo) sets out to explore, challenge and understand the complex relationship between certain urban art forms and knife violence. The recent increase in incidents of knife crime has flooded our media, yet for S...Show More

The Cult of Aphex Twin

31:12 | Jul 10th, 2018

Music writer John Doran ventures into the strange world of Richard D James. Over the course of three decades James, known to his legion of hardcore fans as Aphex Twin, has achieved the primary but evasive aim of most serious musicians - the invention...Show More

Out of Tredegar

30:48 | Jul 6th, 2018

Michael Sheen explores Aneurin Bevan's roots in Tredegar. A spectre is haunting Tredegar. It feels a little like that at least. This town high in the South Wales Valleys is understandably proud of its most famous son and makes the most of his memo...Show More

Journeys in Afrofuturism

31:22 | Jul 3rd, 2018

In the light of the phenomenal success of the Black Panther movie, Emma Dabiri explores the resurgence of Afrofuturism in arts, and particularly in music. Afrofuturism is a term used to describe much art and music of black of origin, often when it...Show More

Face in the Crowd

31:47 | Jun 29th, 2018

In 1977, Africa Liberation Day took place in Handsworth Park, Birmingham. Vanley Burke was there to document it. Now he meets four of the people he caught on camera. All children of Windrush immigrants, they were the first generation to be born in...Show More

The Fight of the Century

1:01:12 | Jun 26th, 2018

Bonnie Greer tells the story of one of the most famous sporting contests of all time - a boxing match in June 1938 between the American Joe Louis and the German Max Schmeling. The fight took on massive international, social and cultural significance ...Show More

Pink Rabbits and Other Animals

31:51 | Jun 22nd, 2018

The writer and illustrator Judith Kerr has created some of our best-loved books for children since publishing her first, and perhaps most famous book, 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea', which celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Judith's life has alw...Show More

Echo in a Bottle

32:20 | Jun 19th, 2018

The echo has always been a source of fascination for composer and sound designer Sarah Angliss. She reveals how writers, poets and musicians have tried to capture and bottle the thrill of the echo down the ages. Sarah travels to Maidenhead to enco...Show More

The Sisters of the Sacred Salamander

30:47 | Jun 15th, 2018

A convent of Mexican nuns is helping to save the one of the world's most endangered and most remarkable amphibians: the axolotl, a truly bizarre creature of serious scientific interest worldwide and an animal of deep-rooted cultural significance in M...Show More

The Walk: For Richer, For Poorer

59:42 | Jun 12th, 2018

How do the rich and the poor live together, side-by-side every day? Journalist Cole Moreton walks across the London Borough of Kensington in a revealing series of real-life encounters that build and tell a story like a drama. From a food hall to a...Show More

Pursuit of Beauty: Slow Art

30:50 | Jun 8th, 2018

So - how slow are we talking about, when it comes to art? French anarchist vegetarian artists Elizabeth Saint-Jalmes & Cyril Leclerc rescue snails bound for the cooking pot, and display them as a sound and light installation - Slow Pixel - before ...Show More

Moondog: Sound of New York

30:19 | Jun 5th, 2018

New Yorker Huey Morgan examines the life, work and enduring appeal of a musician known as Moondog who lived and worked on the city's streets in the 1950s and 60s. Born Louis Thomas Hardin in Kansas in May 1916, he played musical instruments from a...Show More

Is That Machine On?

59:07 | Jun 1st, 2018

Stuart Maconie celebrates the golden age of the music press interview. In the heyday of the printed music media between the mid-sixties and the early noughties, the music interview was many things - combative, intimate, confessional, unhinged, fli...Show More


59:02 | May 29th, 2018

It is 175 years since the word "commuter" was used for the first time. (The word does not in fact describe a traveller, it describes a transaction: regular travellers on the railroad into Manhattan were given the opportunity to "commute" their indivi...Show More

Present at the Creation

40:16 | May 25th, 2018

Jonathan Freedland recalls the extraordinary day in 1948 when Israel declared its independence. On May 14 1948, a few hundred people crammed into the Tel Aviv Museum of Art to hear a proclamation that would change the course of history - and alter...Show More

A Church in Crisis

30:53 | May 22nd, 2018

Since Ireland's independence, the Catholic Church has played a preeminent role in defining morality south of the border. However in recent decades, its position as moral arbiter has come under attack. Congregation sizes have fallen dramatically, and ...Show More

Beautiful Britain

29:54 | May 18th, 2018

Over the sound of ripping wax-strips, nail drills, clippers and trimmers, Toyah Willcox invites us to eavesdrop on usually private conversations taking place in hair and beauty salons across the UK. We drop in on appointments at Totally Polished i...Show More

Is Eating Plants Wrong?

30:19 | May 15th, 2018

Are plants rather cleverer than once thought? Scientists from around the world are claiming that plants cannot just sense, but communicate, learn and remember. In an experiment in Australia, plants appeared to learn to associate a sound with a food s...Show More

To Rhyme and Chime for a Chair

29:54 | May 11th, 2018

Join the gravelly-voiced Welsh poet Twm Morys as he takes a sonorous journey into a world of sound-harmony and chiming consonants, to explore the ancient craft of Cynghanedd. Over many centuries, the people of Wales developed a unique set of poeti...Show More

American Art: From the Outside In

31:18 | May 8th, 2018

Art collector and broadcaster Alvin Hall, examines how the dynamic work of African-American self-taught artists is gaining recognition from American institutions today - and how much more needs to be done to address this neglected canon. Having to...Show More

Single Black Female

32:40 | May 4th, 2018

"I don't date black women." This is a phrase Bridgitte Tetteh has heard many times. Black, single and searching for Mr Right, she was even told by one man that he was looking for a white wife "to help him progress in society". Shifting attitudes t...Show More

The Art of Immersion

30:46 | May 1st, 2018

Artist and sceptic Adham Faramawy asks if virtual reality's fantastical spaces can offer new ways to make and experience art. He sets out to discover what VR can offer beyond the shock of its novelty - from new bodies to new lovers, to new spaces for...Show More

The Man Who Buries Planes

30:20 | Apr 27th, 2018

Turner-prize nominated artist Roger Hiorns has always been fascinated by the idea of burying aeroplanes. "The idea is to take infrastructure from the world - an object that is so powerful and so dominant - and essentially put it in your own contex...Show More

Inherited Fear

29:39 | Apr 24th, 2018

The American journalist Sally Herships has long felt she carries within herself a sense of the trauma suffered by her grandmother a century ago, in Russia, and subsequently passed down through her own mother. How is it possible to explain a fear that...Show More

The Opt Out

29:28 | Apr 20th, 2018

In 2014 Polly Weston's sister Lara died. She had just turned 22. Lara and her family had never discussed organ donation, and she wasn't on the register. But when the family were asked if they would consider donation, they said yes. Out of the tragedy...Show More

The Turban Bus Dispute

30:38 | Apr 17th, 2018

Journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera returns to his home town of Wolverhampton where a battle raged over the right to wear the turban on the buses in Enoch Powell's constituency at the time he made his Rivers of Blood speech. In 1967 Sikh bus dr...Show More

Meeting the Man I Killed

38:22 | Apr 12th, 2018

Jonathan Izard killed a man in a road traffic accident. It wasn't his fault. In an attempt to come to terms with what happened, he tries to get to know the man he killed, Michael Rawson. Jonathan goes back to the place on the road where his car hi...Show More

The Art of Now - Guantanamo

30:56 | Apr 10th, 2018

Mansoor Adayfi spent 15 years detained without charge at the American military prison in Guantanamo Bay. Now released, he guides us vividly through an unlikely exhibit of artworks made by former and current Guantanamo war-on-terror detainees. The ...Show More

The Vet with Two Brains

32:48 | Apr 6th, 2018

Adam Tjolle is a vet with two brains - who once starred on the BBC's Animal Hospital. His second brain - in reality a slow-growing tumour - was discovered by accident on a scan when he fell off his bike. The presenter of the programme, his friend ...Show More

The Art on Now - Band Politics

29:29 | Mar 30th, 2018

BBC 6 Music's Chris Hawkins listens to new music every day - and he's noticing a trend. More and more of the bands he plays on the station are writing about politics. Acts like Nadine Shah, Cabbage, Idles and Life are covering topics as diverse as T...Show More

What Are the Odds?

31:49 | Mar 20th, 2018

Rajesh speaks with Professor David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University who has been collecting stories of coincidence since 2011. Rajesh wants to find out why he is so prone to coincidence. Along with discovering mind blowing coincidences Rajesh se...Show More

Mums and Sons

31:44 | Mar 11th, 2018

The relationship between mothers and sons as depicted in the arts is complex and, as anyone familiar with Medea's story will attest, not always terribly positive. As Lauren Laverne discovers, however, there are many examples of stories, films and ...Show More

The Bald Truth

59:48 | Mar 6th, 2018

For thousands of years, bald men have been the subject of ridicule. As a result they've felt ashamed and have resorted to desperate measures to hide their condition. During the decades when hair style was a cultural battleground between youth and the...Show More

The Art of Now - Greek Revival

31:02 | Mar 2nd, 2018

As Athens struggles through what's been called a "forever crisis", the critic Alastair Sooke reports on the arts boom in Greece. Culture is experiencing a moment of richness in debt-stricken Athens. In light of declining state support for the arts...Show More

In the Wake of Wakefield

1:00:39 | Feb 27th, 2018

Twenty years ago, in February 1998, one of the most serious public health scandals of the 20th century was born, when researcher, Andrew Wakefield and his co-authors published a paper in the medical journal The Lancet suggesting a link between the MM...Show More

Behind the Scenes: Dawn Walton

31:41 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Dawn Walton, artistic director of Eclipse, the black theatre touring company, was bored of only ever coming across three black stories in British theatres - slavery stories, immigrant stories, and gang stories. She knew there was a far greater range ...Show More

A Brief History of Cunning

59:52 | Feb 20th, 2018

How cunning is Donald Trump? In Queenan on Cunning, the satirist Joe Queenan explores a word rarely associated with the current President of the USA. "From Odysseus to Bismarck, via Brer Rabbit and Machiavelli's The Prince, there's a fine tradi...Show More

Inside the Killing Jar

31:49 | Feb 16th, 2018

The work of the entomologist very often involves the killing of insects in large numbers. This happens in the search for new species in the exploration of the planet's biodiversity and in ecological investigations to monitor the health of wild insect...Show More

Find Me a Cure

32:01 | Feb 13th, 2018

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia or CLL, is the most common form of leukaemia. It's a disease which kills. The most common treatment is with chemotherapy. If that doesn't work, most patients can only expect to live for another few years at most. But ...Show More

The Death of Illegitimacy

1:00:42 | Feb 9th, 2018

Illegitimacy once meant you were a 'bastard'. The MP Caroline Flint wants to know what the word 'illegitimate' means now. Caroline has always been open about her unmarried Mum having her when she was 17 years old and that she had her first son bef...Show More

Sylvia Pankhurst: Honorary Ethiopian

30:52 | Feb 6th, 2018

Helen Pankhurst presents the previously untold story of one of the foremost Suffragettes, as she uncovers her grandmother Sylvia's role in the fight for Ethiopian Independence, and reveals a lifelong love for the fascinating country that became her h...Show More

Back to Vietnam

1:00:42 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Julian Pettifer, the BBC's 'man in Saigon' during the Vietnam War, reflects on the Tet Offensive of 1968 as a turning point in world history. On the evening of 30th January 1968, Julian dined with his cameraman Ernie Christie in a hotel in Saigon,...Show More

Inside the Brain of Gerald Scarfe

30:35 | Jan 30th, 2018

The brain - the final frontier. Radio 4 is setting out on an exploration of the creative mind. Gerald Scarfe's drawings have intrigued and alarmed for more than fifty years but where do his ideas come from? Professor Vincent Walsh of the Institute...Show More

The Medium Is the Message

59:28 | Jan 26th, 2018

Generation X author Douglas Coupland explores the ideas, sound and vision of media seer Marshall McLuhan who in the 1960s coined the phrases "the medium is the message" and "the global village". Marshall McLuhan was the first great prophet of what...Show More

Her Story Made History - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

36:34 | Jan 24th, 2018

Fifth of five special podcasts marking the centenary of the first women in the UK gaining the vote. Lyse Doucet interviews remarkable women from across the world who are making a real impact on the democratic process in their countries. Lyse Douce...Show More

Her Story Made History - Shukria Barakzai

33:19 | Jan 24th, 2018

Fourth of five special podcasts marking the centenary of the first women in the UK gaining the vote. Lyse Doucet interviews remarkable women from across the world who are making a real impact on the democratic process in their countries. BBC Chief...Show More

Her Story Made History - Vigdis Finnbogadottir

32:17 | Jan 24th, 2018

Third of five special podcasts marking the centenary of the first women in the UK gaining the vote. Lyse Doucet interviews remarkable women from across the world who are making a real impact on the democratic process in their countries. In 1980, t...Show More

Her Story Made History - Madeha Al Ajroush

31:52 | Jan 24th, 2018

Second of five special podcasts marking the centenary of the first women in the UK gaining the vote. Lyse Doucet interviews remarkable women from across the world who are making a real impact on the democratic process in their countries. Lyse Douc...Show More

Her Story Made History - Monica McWilliams

31:50 | Jan 24th, 2018

First of five special podcasts marking the centenary of the first women in the UK gaining the vote. Lyse Doucet interviews remarkable women from across the world who are making a real impact on the democratic process in their countries. Monica McW...Show More

From the Steppes to the Stage

1:02:28 | Jan 23rd, 2018

From the nomads of the vast steppe - to the glamour and adulation of the stage. Kate Molleson unravels the story of Mongolia's remarkable rise to being an opera superpower. And, in this special double bill, producer Steven Rajam joins Rhianna Dhillo...Show More

Frankenstein Lives!

1:00:21 | Jan 19th, 2018

January 2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein - Mary Shelley's extraordinary, ground-breaking novel about the creation of a living being who becomes a monster. Cultural historian and writer Christopher Frayling considers ho...Show More

Why the Moon, Luke?

29:51 | Jan 9th, 2018

Luke Jerram is that rare bird, a genuinely popular yet acclaimed contemporary artist. And he's obsessed with the moon. So he's made one: seven metres wide featuring 120dpi detailed NASA imagery, and he's taking it around the world. This is his story,...Show More

The Far Future

31:25 | Jan 5th, 2018

How do we prepare for the distant future? Helen Keen meets the people who try to. If our tech society continues then we can leave data for future generations in huge, mundane quantities, detailing our every tweet and Facebook 'like'. But how long ...Show More

Thinking Outside the Boxset: How Technology Changed the Story

30:07 | Dec 29th, 2017

For centuries tales were shared around the camp-fire; modern settlements share data via wi-fi. But what hasn't changed across the ages is our passion for histories and information - we shape and make sense of our lives by telling stories about what h...Show More

The Power of Sloth

30:28 | Dec 26th, 2017

Zoologist and founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society, Lucy Cooke, unleashes her inner sloth to discover why being lazy could actually be the ultimate evolutionary strategy. The explorers of the New World described sloths as 'the lowest form of ...Show More

Iceland's Dark Lullabies

30:54 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Dreaming of a Dark Christmas, in Iceland At the darkest time of the year in Iceland scary creatures come out to play. Storyteller Andri Snær Magnason used to be terrified by his grandmother's Christmas tales of Gryla the 900 year old child eating ...Show More

The Unconscious Life of Bombs

29:43 | Dec 19th, 2017

Historian and psychoanalyst Daniel Pick of Birkbeck College, University of London tells the story of how aerial bombardment - from Zeppelins to B52s, from H-Bombs to drones - has made the unconscious mind a field of battle. Daniel explores how, in...Show More

The Art of Living - Listening without Ears

43:31 | Dec 15th, 2017

Rhianna Dhillon speaks to Eloise Garland about her journey to explore how people with hearing loss engage with music, challenging assumptions about the deaf community. Eloise began to lose her own hearing fifteen years ago. Now aged 23, she's a pr...Show More

Mysteries of Sleep - Sleepwalking

30:08 | Dec 12th, 2017

Why do some of us do bizarre things in our sleep? Like riding a motorbike, using a shoe to 'phone for a pizza or even having sex while sleeping? These are complex behaviours and yet sleepwalkers aren't aware of what they're doing and often have no me...Show More

The Skipped Beat

29:42 | Dec 8th, 2017

There's science, music, poetry and the deepest human experience in the rhythm of the heartbeat. That rhythm - the normal, heaving violence and beauty of an inner beast - sets the tempo for everything we do. That is when it's dancing in time. Becau...Show More

A Picture Held Us Captive

29:11 | Dec 5th, 2017

Novelist, Harvard Fellow and Social Entrepreneur Zia Haider Rahman explores the powerful impact the use and abuse of metaphor can have on the world around us. Metaphors are not simply there for the use of novelists or poets. They are integral to t...Show More

Frank Ormsby's Parkinson's

30:23 | Dec 1st, 2017

When the poet Frank Ormsby was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, his response was unexpected. He embarked on a newly fertile creative period, documenting his experiences and finding a voice in his poetry that he was beginning to lose in his daily c...Show More

The Glasgow Boys: Chaos and Calm

46:16 | Nov 29th, 2017

Byron Vincent joins the Violence Reduction Unit in Glasgow to see how they turn young men away from lives of violence and chaos. Three years ago, after he discussed his own violent and chaotic youth in a Four Thought talk on Radio 4, Byron was in...Show More

Where Are All the Working Class Writers?

29:40 | Nov 24th, 2017

"The more we reinforce the stereotypes of who writes and who reads, the more the notion of exclusivity is reinforced. It takes balls to gatecrash a party." Kit de Waal, published her first novel, My Name is Leon, in 2016 at the age of 55. She has ...Show More

The Strange Case of the Arab Whodunnit

29:56 | Nov 21st, 2017

Journalist Jonathan Guyer examines the different forms of noir fiction addressing the failed revolutions, jihadism, and chaos in Egypt. Away from caliphate building and sectarianism, a neo-noir revolution has been creeping across the Middle East, ...Show More

A Call to Art

30:43 | Nov 17th, 2017

Protest art in Latin America. A continent-wide commitment by many artists to social activism makes Latin America not just one of the most diverse art scenes in the world - but also one of the most compelling, with music, visual arts and street art ca...Show More

Songwriting with Soldiers

30:39 | Nov 14th, 2017

Trevor Dann reports from the USA on an innovative scheme which helps military veterans suffering with post traumatic stress by pairing them with songwriters. Former soldiers discuss the therapeutic effects of creating songs about their experiences...Show More

Jim - We Love You Because...

30:43 | Nov 10th, 2017

Tayo Popoola explores Nigeria's enduring love of Jim Reeves and country music. Over 50 years after his death, American country music legend Jim Reeves has maintained his popularity to a truly remarkable extent. Up until the 1980s, his label RCA c...Show More

Close to the Edit

59:41 | Nov 7th, 2017

Filmmaker Mike Figgis explores the story of edited film, audio and culture, and how the simple process of cutting and splicing has changed the way people view the world. We are living in an age of the edit. From the jump-cuts of Eisenstein and...Show More

BONUS: Russia – 100 Years on from Revolution

29:33 | Nov 6th, 2017

A century ago, the Russian Revolution took place. It was a seismic event that changed the course of the 20th century. In this special, bonus episode of Seriously…, we visit four cities closely linked to the events of 1917. With Moscow correspo...Show More

Savitri Devi: From the Aryans to the Alt-right

29:49 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Savitri Devi-devotee of Hitler, proponent of Hindu nationalism, associate of both the British BNP and the American Nazi party-was a prolific author and energetic member of the international Nazi network after the Second World War. Now, her paeans to ...Show More

The Trainspotter's Guide to Dracula

29:46 | Oct 31st, 2017

"3 May. Bistritz. Left Munich at 8:35 P. M, on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late." The first line of Bram Stoker's Dracula makes it clear what the novel will be about: trains. A...Show More

Political Violence in America

30:15 | Oct 27th, 2017

The events in Charlottesville were just one example of the sharp rise in the number of violent confrontations in America between far-right white nationalists and left-wing groups known as 'antifa' - short for "anti-fascists". Those on the right c...Show More

Who's Looking At You?

58:57 | Oct 17th, 2017

Once upon a time, total surveillance was the province of George Orwell and totalitarian states, but we now live in a world where oceans of data are gathered from us every day by the wondrous digital devices we have admitted to our homes and that we c...Show More

Dads and Daughters

31:11 | Oct 13th, 2017

The relationship between fathers and daughters has been the subject of countless cultural explorations down the centuries, from Elektra's distress to Bonjour Tristesse. Some of them are idealised ('To Kill A Mockingbird', 'All the Lights We Cannot Se...Show More

It's Just a Joke, Comrade: 100 Years of Russian Satire

30:22 | Oct 10th, 2017

The Russian Revolution unleashed a brand of humour that continues to this day. In this two-part series, comedian and Russophile Viv Groskop explores a century of revolutionary comedy and asks how it continues to shape the national psyche. The ser...Show More

Passing Dreams

30:27 | Oct 3rd, 2017

A portrait of singer, songwriter and truck driver Will Beeley. The myth of the road is deeply rooted in America - it's the thing that delivers escape, promises freedom, fuels new hopes and, once upon a time at least, thoughts of a new nation. And ...Show More

My Muse: Lynne Truss on Joni Mitchell

29:43 | Sep 29th, 2017

Not everyone appreciates the tonalities, lyrics or even the shrieky voice of Canadian artist and musician Joni Mitchell but in a dusty class room in 1971 Lynne Truss decided she loved the writer of Woodstock, Big Yellow Taxi and Both Sides Now. It wa...Show More

Art in Miniature

31:03 | Sep 26th, 2017

Tiny bathers relax in a puddle of oily water on a pavement; a galleon sails on the head of a pin, a dancer twirls next to a mote of dust under a microscope - Dr Lance Dann, lover of miniature worlds, crouches down on hands and knees to better observe...Show More

Make It Real

33:04 | Sep 22nd, 2017

The poet Ross Sutherland takes a visceral look at the art of professional wrestling - from its violent theatre to its tendency to bleed through the fourth wall. Exploring the porous boundary between the reality of the ring and the world outside, sear...Show More

My Secret Wig

30:05 | Sep 19th, 2017

Lots of people wear wigs, and go to great lengths to keep them secret - but why? Perhaps it's because the hair on top of our heads means so much to us. It's a crucial part of our identity, the person we see when we look in the mirror, so what happens...Show More


31:58 | Sep 15th, 2017

With more than 30 million presentations being given around the world every day, PowerPoint has become the single most ubiquitous tool for presenting ideas. Yet it's the software many of us love to hate - vilified for simplifying the complex and compl...Show More


29:33 | Sep 12th, 2017

This summer's spate of acid attacks have caused concern for both the public and authorities. The seemingly random selection of victims by perpetrators, and the suspected use of acid by criminal gangs, seems to be a new twist in a story which has prev...Show More

Little Shop of Colours

30:08 | Sep 8th, 2017

What stories are hiding among the paints and pigments in an art supplies shop? L Cornelissen & Son has been supplying artists since the 19th century. Based in a little shop near the British Museum, it's a Victorian throwback - all dark wood, high ...Show More

Queens of Chapeltown

29:57 | Sep 5th, 2017

After the violence directed at black people in Nottingham and Notting Hill in the 1950s, and the naked racism expressed in Smethwick during the 1964 general election, a group of pioneering West Indians came up with a simple and defiant riposte: Carni...Show More

Diana: A Life Backwards

58:48 | Aug 31st, 2017

Marking the 20th anniversary of her untimely death, Archive on 4 presents a unique and moving portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales - her life documented in reverse chronology. Diana, Princess of Wales was arguably the most famous - and most photog...Show More

The Edge of Life

39:01 | Aug 29th, 2017

Suicide is the number one killer of men under-50 in England and Wales. A 'zero suicide' approach to prevention first devised in Detroit is now changing attitudes to care in the UK. Merseyside is leading the way. Radio 4 gains exclusive access to a he...Show More

U and Non-U: Does Anyone Still Care?

30:18 | Aug 25th, 2017

Etiquette expert and author William Hanson was raised to say 'what' over 'pardon', 'sofa' over 'couch' and, of course, 'lavatory' rather than 'toilet'. In other words, he's very much U rather than Non-U. These terms first came to light in 1954 whe...Show More

Grayson Perry: En Garde

59:33 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Grayson Perry goes backwards in the archive in search of the moment the avant-garde died. It's a century since Marcel Duchamp submitted his artwork called Fountain to an exhibition staged by the Society of Independent Artists in New York. Fountain...Show More

Driving Bill Drummond

30:45 | Aug 18th, 2017

Bill Drummond is many things. As well as an artist, a writer and former pop-star - he's the owner of an old curfew tower in Northern Ireland which he runs as an artists' residency. Last year some poets from Belfast's Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry s...Show More

The Race to Fingerprint the Human Voice

30:12 | Aug 15th, 2017

Impressionist Rory Bremner explores the role of the human voice in forensic phonetics. Forensic phonetics - or voice identification - has long been used in legal proceedings to help determine if the voice on a recording is that of the defendant. B...Show More

High Rise

39:09 | Aug 4th, 2017

Since the Grenfell Tower fire in June, the architectural dream of Le Corbusier's 'streets in the sky' has, in many minds, become a living nightmare. Every high rise building in the country, and each of their residents, has become embroiled in the Gre...Show More

A Brief History of the Truth

59:14 | Aug 1st, 2017

It's time to travel down the rabbit hole of truth as American satirist Joe Queenan explores a murky world of fake news, prejudice and alternative facts. "Recent politics have shown that the truth is no fun," he explains. "It's like a vegetable your...Show More

The Pigeon Whistles

30:01 | Jul 28th, 2017

The sound of music flying through the air, carried on the tails of pigeons. "I knew it was a noise maker, but it was the only thing in the museum that I had no idea what it might sound like. Because it works in a way no other instrument does. No ...Show More

And Then There Were Nun

30:28 | Jul 25th, 2017

What is life like for nuns and monks today? With a lack of new blood coming into the traditional monasteries and convents, Bishop Martin Shaw supports some of these aging communities in their painful final days as they are forced to leave their homes...Show More

The Symbols of Bliss

32:09 | Jul 21st, 2017

Charles Bliss was a remarkable utopian visionary, whose experiences as a young witness to the pogroms and then Dachau and Buchenwald made him determined to put all his effort into finding a means of bringing about peace between nations. His big inspi...Show More

A Split in the Sisterhood

30:25 | Jul 18th, 2017

Anita Anand embarks on a highly personal exploration of an angry dispute which is fracturing the feminist movement. The daughter of Indian parents, Anita was disconcerted to find herself drawn into the controversy in which black feminists were acc...Show More

Music to Strip To

30:04 | Jul 14th, 2017

How is modern music helping striptease to adapt its traditional image? Some of the biggest stars and producers of 21st century burlesque reveal what makes a great striptease soundtrack. Sixty years ago it was all sassy, jazzy show tunes. Today it ...Show More

Speaking with Smaller Tongues

29:56 | Jul 11th, 2017

Penzance-born Rory McGrath writes and performs a Cornish song at the SUNS International Festival - a multilingual alternative to the Eurovision song contest, where English is banned. Rory talks with fellow performers, and to academics, about how ...Show More

Yangon Renaissance: Punks, Poets and Painters

30:16 | Jul 7th, 2017

After decades suppressed by Myanmar's military regime, we go inside Yangon's booming counter-cultural art scene to reveal the city as seen through the eyes of the young artists on the frontline of change. Until censorship was lifted in 2012, dissi...Show More

The Wine Detectives

29:42 | Jul 4th, 2017

How do you know the wine in a bottle is what it says on the label? Master of Wine Susie Barrie goes hot on the scent of counterfeit wines and follows the experts employed to distinguish plonk from prestige vintages. Fraudsters have targeted expen...Show More

999 - Which Service Do You Require?

58:23 | Jun 30th, 2017

999 was the first emergency telephone number in the world when it was launched on June 30th, 1937. Within the first week, more than a thousand calls were made to the service with one burglar arrested less than five minutes after a member of the publi...Show More

Port Talbot Paradiso

31:01 | Jun 27th, 2017

Actor Michael Sheen explores the history of Port Talbot's Plaza Cinema. A beautiful art-deco building , first opening in 1940, the Plaza was the heart of cinema entertainment for the people of Port Talbot for decades - a place where Richard Burton an...Show More

Butterbeer and Grootcakes

30:47 | Jun 16th, 2017

Aleks Krotoski takes her seat at the table to explore the amazing world of fictional food made real. Food is not a new force in fiction, but increasingly fictional food is finding its way onto the table. And fan communities from the new breed of m...Show More

When Women Wore the Trousers

30:04 | Jun 13th, 2017

Laura Barton explores the little known story of a pioneering group of women who unknowingly challenged conventional notions of femininity and their working roles. The Pit Brow Lasses worked within the collieries of 19th century Wigan, Lancashire. The...Show More

Miss Simpson's Children

29:35 | May 12th, 2017

The story of how one woman offered refuge to leading intellectuals fleeing from the Nazis, helping transform the cultural and intellectual landscape of Britain and the United States. Shortly after Hitler came to power, an organisation was set up in B...Show More

The Invention of the USA: Borderlands

33:19 | May 9th, 2017

Just two centuries ago, no one had a clue where the borders of the USA actually were. Hemmed in by the Atlantic, the Appalachian mountains and Canada to the north, early Americans could only dream of the massive territory Donald Trump and his governm...Show More

The Organ Beauty Pageant

39:42 | May 5th, 2017

Is it fair to find your own kidney donor on the internet? UK patients who need new organs are using social media to advertise their plight and appeal directly for a Good Samaritan who's willing to share their spare kidney with a stranger. As Lesl...Show More

The Lost Cockney Voice

29:35 | May 2nd, 2017

What does the way we speak say about us? Why do we still judge each other that way? And why do so many of us still feel the need to "improve" our accent to fit in? Cole Moreton did that as a teenager, trying to escape the East End, but now he goe...Show More

Trump at Studio 54

38:24 | Apr 28th, 2017

Frances Stonor-Saunders explores how the young Donald Trump stormed into Manhattan from the outer boroughs in the late 1970s and headed straight for New York's most outrageous nightclub. He didn't dance, didn't drink, and didn't take drugs. So what w...Show More

The Honky Tonk Nun

30:20 | Apr 25th, 2017

Kate Molleson travels to Jerusalem to meet a legend of Ethiopian music, the piano-playing nun, Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou. Born in 1923 to a noble Ethiopian family, Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou was celebrated as a young musician in Addis Ababa -...Show More

The Half: A Countdown to Performance

30:31 | Apr 21st, 2017

The Half - called over the tannoy backstage at the theatre - is the beginning of the countdown to facing an audience. Regardless of the highs and lows of daily life, performers have to harness themselves, step into the spotlight and use pressure to t...Show More

A Woman Half in Shadow

36:44 | Apr 18th, 2017

Zora Neale Hurston. You might not recognise her name. She was an African American novelist and folklorist, a queen of the Harlem Renaissance and a contemporary of Langston Hughes and Richard Wright. But when she died in 1960 she was living on welf...Show More

Do Pass Go

30:55 | Apr 14th, 2017

Board games are back. Samira Ahmed sets out to uncover the modern allure of an analogue table top game in an increasingly digital world. When a computer finally beat the world's best player of Go, we had a problem. If even the most complex game ca...Show More

Rock Transition

30:24 | Mar 31st, 2017

For centuries musicians have defied gender boundaries to create some of the most evocative and provocative art and music. Journalist and culture critic Laura Snapes joins the dots of a fascinating musical history that encompasses musical icons suc...Show More

The Mind in the Media

59:29 | Mar 21st, 2017

If you ask the author, Nathan Filer, when he first came into contact with mental illness, he'll tell you it was in 1999 when he first became a psychiatric nurse. But, like many of us, he'd actually met it much earlier : through film, drama and the ne...Show More

Moving to the Red Planet

30:57 | Mar 14th, 2017

As we dream of sending humans to Mars, the psychological problems of a mission loom large. As part of Radio 4's Mars season. Claudia Hammond investigates the mind-set behind the desire of those of us who want to colonise the red planet. What does it ...Show More

1917: Eyewitness in Petrograd

1:00:00 | Mar 10th, 2017

Emily Dicks visits St Petersburg to trace her grandfather's teenage memories of the excitement and fear of the 1917 Revolutions - as preserved on a never-previously-revealed tape. This extraordinary recording - kept in family archives - describes ...Show More

Writing a New Caribbean: Under the Surface

30:36 | Mar 7th, 2017

A picture of the Caribbean, as seen by a new generation of writers and poets. Elisha Efua Bartels talks to Trinidadian writers Sharon Millar, Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, and Andre Bagoo about the sense of place in their work. For Sharon Milla...Show More

Radioactive Art

30:54 | Mar 3rd, 2017

Radioactive waste can remain dangerous to humans for 100,000 years. Nations with nuclear power are building underground storage facilities to permanently house it, but how might they mark these sites for future generations? The nuclear industry is tu...Show More

Mark Steel Does Hip Hop

30:15 | Feb 28th, 2017

Mark Steel loves Hip Hop in foreign languages. Even though he can't understand a word; he loves the energy and attitude. In this programme he hopes to persuade you that far from the violent, misogynistic 'anti-music' it is sometimes thought to be by ...Show More

Intrigue: Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

23:55 | Feb 26th, 2017

A true story of death, sex and elite politics in China.

A Brief History of Lust

58:49 | Feb 21st, 2017

Does what makes the heart beat faster really make the world go round? Oh yes. Welcome to a new history of lust presented by the American satirist Joe Queenan. From Helen and Paris of Troy to Bill and Monica via Rasputin, Edwina Currie and John Major,...Show More

A Brief History of Failure

58:30 | Feb 14th, 2017

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal," said Winston Churchill. The American satirist Joe Queenan thinks he might be wrong. In this archive hour follow up to his previous programmes on Blame, Shame, Anger and Irony, Queenan rails against the ve...Show More

Late Returns

30:22 | Feb 10th, 2017

The writer Nicholas Royle is a passionate supporter of libraries and a devoted bibliophile. As a young man his passion for books was so strong, in fact, that some of the books he borrowed from libraries didn't manage to find their way back to their h...Show More

Tunes from the Trash

30:22 | Feb 7th, 2017

Just outside the Paraguayan capital city of Asuncion lies the town of Cateura. It's an impoverished settlement ranged along the banks of a stinking, polluted river, in the shadow of a giant landfill site. Many of its inhabitants scratch a living by r...Show More

Meet the Cyborgs

30:41 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Frank Swain can hear Wi-Fi. Diagnosed with early deafness aged 25, Frank decided to turn his misfortune to his advantage by modifying his hearing aids to create a new sense. He documented the start of his journey three years ago on Radio 4 in 'Hac...Show More

Generation Grime

30:10 | Jan 31st, 2017

Radio 4 explores why the music genre of Grime has blown up in the UK in the last few years by following Wales' Astroid Boys on their recent UK tour. Once just the sound of the London underground, Grime's popularity has spread all over the country and...Show More

Laura Mvula's Miles Davis

30:24 | Jan 27th, 2017

Singer-songwriter and composer Laura Mvula meets jazz musicians Jason Yarde and Laura Jurd, and music broadcaster journalist Kevin Le Gendre, to discuss her musical inspiration, the visionary American jazz musician Miles Davis. 'He has always bee...Show More

I, by the Tide of Humber

30:22 | Jan 24th, 2017

BBC coverage of Hull City of Culture will be extensive across 2017. At its very start, the award-winning poet Sean O'Brien reflects upon why his native city, its waterscape and landscape, have inspired poets past and present. The programme featur...Show More

On a Knife Edge

31:02 | Jan 20th, 2017

This hospital based youth violence work is taking place in the four London major trauma centres and Producer Sue Mitchell was given exclusive access to follow what happens. The charity, Redthread, now has teams in each of the trauma centres and their...Show More


30:55 | Jan 13th, 2017

John Toal meets former death-row inmates Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle at the retreat they have set up in rural Ireland to offer restorative treatment to other victims of wrongful conviction in order to help them back to a normal life. Peter Prin...Show More


31:31 | Dec 9th, 2016

Poet Mab Jones explores the concept of 'Hiraeth' in the poetry of Wales and further afield Hiraeth, a central theme of Welsh language poetry and song, is a feeling of something lost, a long time ago, whether national identity or a once-important l...Show More

The Green Book

38:51 | Dec 6th, 2016

In the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, travelling in the United States was fraught with difficulties if you were black. At best it was inconvenient, as white-owned businesses refused to serve African American motorists, repair their cars or offer...Show More

Bursting the Social Network Bubble

30:22 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Bobby Friction has started to realise that his day-to-day online activities are not only being monitored but in some senses manipulated. How often he interacts with specific friends, pages or sites sculpts and filters everything and everyone he comes...Show More

GCHQ: Minority Report

40:06 | Nov 29th, 2016

The domestic challenge facing Britain's biggest secret intelligence service. What's stopping members of the ethnic minorities from playing a key part in Britain's spy network: discrimination, loyalty or simple old-fashioned prejudice? DJ Nihal Arthan...Show More

Being Bored: The Importance of Doing Nothing

58:45 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Is boredom under threat? There are more TV channels than we can count, Smartphones keep us engaged around the clock, and the constant white noise of social media coerces us to always 'interact'. In fact, there is so much to stimulate our everyday liv...Show More

Steve Earle's Songwriting Bootcamp

29:41 | Nov 11th, 2016

Legendary country singer-songwriter Steve Earle unveils the secrets of composing a great song. Every year he runs a four-day intensive training session in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. Journalist and aspiring songwriter Hugh Levinson jo...Show More

Butterfly Mind

30:03 | Nov 8th, 2016

Can a Shaman cure writer's block? David Greig goes on a very personal quest in an attempt to find out. David Greig is one of our most respected and successful playwrights. He's also the Artistic Director of the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. But ...Show More

Searching for Tobias

30:24 | Nov 4th, 2016

In 2008 Chloe Hadjimatheou was covering Barack Obama's first election campaign when she came across a 15 year old black boy in a Mississippi trailer park. Back then the young Tobias was full of potential and had big dreams of becoming a policeman. 8 ...Show More

Keepsake for My Lover

31:17 | Nov 1st, 2016

'Like talking on the phone but a thousand times more thrilling,' voice recording booths invite you to 'hear yourself as others hear you' by entering a weird machine to cut a record. Once a technological novelty, these recordings leave a unique legacy...Show More

A Cello in the Desert

30:22 | Oct 25th, 2016

Winner of this year's prestigious BBC/RGS dream journey award is Nina Plapp who sets off from the Isle of Wight with her cello 'Cuthbert' en route to India via Transylvania in a search for the roots of gypsy music. Nina is a cellist from a large m...Show More

Gunning For Education

30:14 | Oct 18th, 2016

On 1st August 2016, Texas became the first big American state to allow students aged over 21 to carry concealed handguns on campus. Ian Peddie explores the impact of the new law. This change is seen by many as a litmus test and, despite a few sma...Show More

Arthur Russell: Vanished into Music

31:21 | Oct 4th, 2016

The writer Olivia Laing presents an imaginative portrait of Arthur Russell. Arthur Russell was a cellist, a composer, a songwriter and a disco auteur. He was active in the New York downtown scene of the 1970s and was a frequent collaborator with t...Show More

The Villain in 6 Chapters

57:49 | Sep 30th, 2016

Exploring characters from literature, stage and screen, actor Toby Jones celebrates the mercurial world of the villain. There are the characters we love, and then there are the characters we love to hate. Some of the most memorable ones in drama a...Show More

Songs for the Dead

28:53 | Aug 19th, 2016

Keeners were the women of rural Ireland who were traditionally paid to cry, wail and sing over the bodies of the dead at funerals and wakes. Their role was to help channel the grief of the bereaved and they had an elevated, almost mythical status amo...Show More

Frightened of Each Other's Shadows

28:47 | Aug 16th, 2016

It's part of contemporary life we experience but are ashamed to discuss. But Nihal Arthanayake wants to talk it: about the things that are left unsaid. The empty chair next to a person from an ethnic minority on a packed bus or train. That anxious gl...Show More

Stalking under Scrutiny

28:36 | Aug 5th, 2016

'Stalking' - repeated, unwanted contact or intrusive behaviour from another person which causes fear or distress - affects huge numbers of people. The public perception is that only celebrities are the victims of stalkers, but over the course of thei...Show More

You May Now Turn Over Your Papers

29:37 | Jul 8th, 2016

Cambridge Classics professor, Mary Beard, tells the intriguing story of the history of exams and asks what are exams really for. In her quest for an answer, she scales the rooftops of King's College, Cambridge, grills a well-known comedian in Latin a...Show More

Roald Dahl: In His Own Words

57:19 | Jul 5th, 2016

With the help of his granddaughter Sophie, Roald Dahl tells his own remarkable story in the style of one of his much-loved books. Illustrated with newly discovered archive recordings and songs and music exclusively recorded by the cast and musicians ...Show More

In Wales the Ball is Round

56:14 | Jun 17th, 2016

Football is the Welsh national sport. Yes, you read that right. Comedian and writer Elis James gives a polemical appraisal of football's role in constructing modern Welsh identity. (1/2) The story of football in Wales tells a richer, geographicall...Show More

While My Guitar Gently Bleeps

28:55 | Jun 14th, 2016

A plumber eating a mushroom, and a spiny mammal jumping on a golden ring - you'd be forgiven for thinking these actions would make pretty indistinct or ambiguous sounds. But comedian, writer and musician Isy Suttie discovers why - thanks to Super Mar...Show More

Moss Side Gym Stories

56:12 | Jun 10th, 2016

Moss Side Gym Stories - Part 1: Moss Side is a small neighbourhood just outside of Manchester's city centre. In the 19th century Elizabeth Gaskell, inspired by the area, made her literary debut with the novel Mary Barton. She described Moss Side a...Show More

Life Under Glass

28:11 | May 31st, 2016

At Coney Island amusement park between 1903 and 1943 there was an extraordinary exhibit: tiny, premature babies. 'Dr. Martin Couney's infant incubator' facility was staffed by nurses in starched white uniforms and if you paid a quarter, you could see...Show More

The Camera Never Lies

57:20 | May 27th, 2016

Does documentary ever really tell the truth? BAFTA award winning filmmaker Molly Dineen examines the concept of truth and the creation of narrative in documentary film making. Robert Flaherty's 'Nanook of the North' is considered the first documen...Show More

The Power of Cute

28:17 | May 24th, 2016

Zoologist and broadcaster Lucy Cooke explores the science behind our seeming obsession with all things adorable. There has been an explosion in interest in cuteness, particularly online, with an ever growing number of websites dedicated to pandas, ki...Show More

Return to Subtopia

56:57 | May 13th, 2016

The distinguished architectural writer Gillian Darley retraces the story of "Subtopia", one of the most significant architectural debacles of the post-war era, and considers its long shadow. Her story starts with Ian Nairn, the maverick young arch...Show More

The Force of Google

35:40 | May 10th, 2016

Google dominates internet searching across most parts of the globe. The algorithm which produces its search results is highly secret and always changing, but is crucial in influencing the information we all obtain, the viewpoints we read, the people ...Show More

For Better or Worse

28:09 | May 6th, 2016

Writer and activist Peter McGraith married his long-term partner David in March 2014, the first gay wedding registered in the UK. Two years on he meets gay and lesbian couples and speaks with them about their relationships - why did they decide to...Show More

The Drop Out Boogie

29:16 | Apr 22nd, 2016

There can surely have never been so much pressure on young people to go to university and get a degree, but while for many it remains the best option for securing a decent future, many thousands of others choose to leave higher education and make the...Show More

How to Turn Your Life Around

37:56 | Apr 5th, 2016

What does it take to succeed if you are born into poverty and neglect? Two people who have done just that explore whether it was down to personality, circumstances or plain luck. Why do so few people manage it? Byron Vincent, a writer and poet, an...Show More

Suck It and See

29:06 | Apr 1st, 2016

Grammy Award-Winning songwriter Amy Wadge fell in love with the harmonica after winning one in a fancy dress competition (she was dressed in a bin liner!). Now she investigates the history and potential of the diatonic instrument, a European the toy ...Show More

The Women Who Wrote Rock

28:52 | Mar 29th, 2016

Kate Mossman tells the story of the long-overlooked female pop and rock writers of the 1960s. As a music journalist herself, when Kate entered the profession she found herself surrounded by men - men who had very definite ideas about how it should...Show More

The Returnees

37:19 | Mar 25th, 2016

On an August bank holiday in 2014, Shiraz Maher at the International Centre for Study of Radicalisation at Kings College London received an email sent by a disillusioned British jihadist from Syria. "We came to fight the regime and instead we are ...Show More

The Actors' Gang & The Actors' Gang on the Outside

56:45 | Mar 22nd, 2016

A two part Seriously following actor Tim Robbins and Rajesh Mirchandani and the theatre programme the Actors' Gang in Norco prison. Part 1: The Actors' Gang Just outside of LA in the Californian desert, presenter Rajesh Mirchandani joins 'Shaws...Show More

The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: Anarchy Must Be Organised

58:31 | Mar 18th, 2016

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band going "professional" - kick-starting the chaos with a performance on the bastion of psychedelia and avant-garde: Blue Peter. The legendary Neil Innes looks back at the influence and inf...Show More

Tim Key Delves Into Daniil Kharms and That's All

29:42 | Mar 15th, 2016

Daniil Kharms (1905-1942) is one of Russia's great lost absurdists - a writer whose world still alarms, shocks and bewitches more than half a century after he died in prison during the siege of Leningrad. In his short, almost vignette-like writing...Show More

A Brief History of Disobedience

57:44 | Mar 11th, 2016

"Oh my goodness, look at that sign over there. Keep Off The Grass. Makes me wonder who put it there. Makes me wonder why I should keep off the grass. And it makes me want to go on the grass!" American satirist Joe Queenan presents A Brief History of...Show More

Glad to Be Grey

28:32 | Mar 8th, 2016

Professor Mary Beard is a distinguished Cambridge Classical scholar with a string of highly-regarded books on Ancient Rome to her name, so it's slightly irksome to her that she is almost better known for her long grey hair. In this highly-authored...Show More

Laverne in the Willows

29:08 | Mar 4th, 2016

Lauren Laverne has long been a firm fan of Kenneth Grahame's classic children's book 'The Wind in the Willows', in particular that most sparky of characters Mr. Toad, whose desire to have everything and anything new makes him such a vibrant fore-runn...Show More

Six Degrees of Connection

29:00 | Mar 1st, 2016

Is everyone in the world really connected by only six links? A famous experiment by social psychologist Stanley Milgram in the 1960s claimed that it took on average only six steps for a message to pass between two strangers in America. Since then ...Show More

Musical Variations: The Life of Angela Morley

29:17 | Feb 26th, 2016

Stuart Barr uncovers the colourful career of British composer and transgender pioneer, Angela Morley. In 1972, Wally Stott's transition to Angela Morley made front page news. Wally was famous. He was composer for the Goon Show and Hancock's Half H...Show More

Batman and Ethan

29:33 | Feb 19th, 2016

Ethan was born blind. He's now a 10 year-old boy who collects sounds on his 51 dictaphones, composes music, and performs on stage in concerts. Until now he's been home-schooled, but last year he was offered a place at St Mary's Music School in Scotla...Show More

Reaction Time

31:29 | Feb 14th, 2016

"Your breasts look fantastic in that dress." From abysmal chat-up lines like this, to love at first sight in Victoria Train Station, BBC Radio Four listeners have some incredible relationship stories. Reaction Time broadcasts them to the nation, ...Show More

Gay Bombay

28:47 | Feb 5th, 2016

Why is homosexuality still illegal in the world's so-called largest democracy? In his celebrated family memoir 'And All is Said', historian Dr Zareer Masani made no bones about his own homosexuality and the problems it posed growing up in the India...Show More


42:40 | Feb 2nd, 2016

In 1915 women could neither vote, divorce nor work after marriage, yet in that same year the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman envisaged a revolutionary world populated entirely by women who were intelligent, resourceful and brave. Her great s...Show More

Raising the Dead

28:58 | Jan 26th, 2016

For the past few decades music teacher and pianist Francesco Lotoro has been collecting music written in concentration camps from the Second World War. Francesco's life is entirely given over to recovering the creations of composers and performers, m...Show More

Deciding Fast and Slow

29:00 | Jan 22nd, 2016

What is it really like to make decisions affecting millions of people, knowing that a mistake might be pounced upon instantly and your career left in tatters? Government ministers face this challenge every day, and now under ever-rising pressures - n...Show More

Work Is a Four Letter Word

58:08 | Jan 8th, 2016

Many of us have grown up with the belief that a strong work ethic is a positive thing, and that by contrast idle hands are the devil's playthings. According to Professor Andrew Hussey, that argument makes very little sense. Starting off with a line f...Show More

Miles Jupp and the Plot Device

28:41 | Jan 5th, 2016

How many stories are there in the world? According to William Wallace Cook, dime novelist and prolific producer of American pulp, there were precisely 1,462 and in Plotto, his "Master Book of All Plots", he anatomised them all in the service of strug...Show More

Brain Tingles

31:26 | Dec 29th, 2015

The comedian and actor Isy Suttie sets out to explore how creativity is influenced by the mysterious and medically controversial phenomenon ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response). Ever since she was little, Isy has been experiencing what she and...Show More

Hippy Internet - The Whole Earth Catalog

28:31 | Dec 22nd, 2015

Sukhdev Sandhu travels to the epicentres of countercultural America in Woodstock and San Francisco to tell the story of a book of hippy philosophy that defined the 1960s and intimated how the internet would grow long before the web arrived. With Luc ...Show More

Seriously... Today Reports from Russia

17:04 | Dec 20th, 2015

How is Russian President Vladimir Putin perceived by the people in his own country? How is his intervention in Syria shaping the public mood? In a series of reports, Steve Rosenberg investigates Putin's Russia. From December 2015

The Art of StarCraft

29:52 | Dec 15th, 2015

Stephen Evans goes deep into the Milky Way to look at the phenomenon of StarCraft and reveals how, in South Korea, it is more than just a computer game and is a key part of the rapidly growing multi-billion dollar world of esports. Worth over $620 mi...Show More