The Latest Podcasts from BBC Radio 4

World at One

World at One

Forty-five minutes of news, analysis and comment, with Sarah Montague.

Farming Today

Farming Today

The latest news about food, farming and the countryside

The Digital Human

The Digital Human

Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day

Reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news.

Radio 4 Quiz

Radio 4 Quiz

Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini, Tom Sutcliffe and Russell Davies.

Woman's Hour

Woman's Hour

The programme that offers a female perspective on the world

The Long Road to Baby

The Long Road to Baby

A post-IVF exploration into the alternative ways to become parents.

Short Story

Short Story

Brand new stories, from today’s best writers written exclusively for Radio 4 – the home of the Short Story Radio 4 is the world’s leading commissioner of new short stories. Expect excellent writing from the hottest names offering compelling snapshots of the way we live now, produced by the experts behind the BBC National Short Story Award and other in-house readings teams.

Home Front

Home Front

Drama serial tracking the fortunes of a group of characters on the home front as they try to maintain normality while Britain is involved in the First World War.

Start the Week

Start the Week

Weekly discussion programme, setting the cultural agenda every Monday

Best of Today

Best of Today

Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme

Comedy of the Week

Comedy of the Week

Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Sindhu Vee.

Westminster Hour

Westminster Hour

The big political stories with lively discussion and expert comment and analysis. Presenter Carolyn Quinn is joined by politicians and journalists 10pm every Sunday on BBC Radio 4

The Archers

The Archers

Contemporary drama in a rural setting

Six O'Clock News

Six O'Clock News

The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4

Books and Authors

Books and Authors

This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.

The Food Programme

The Food Programme

Investigating every aspect of the food we eat

Desert Island Discs

Desert Island Discs

Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.

Broadcasting House

Broadcasting House

The Sunday morning magazine programme with a fresh approach to the news and discussion about the big stories of the week. Presented by Paddy O'Connell

The Archers Omnibus

The Archers Omnibus

The week's events in Ambridge

Best of Natural History Radio

Best of Natural History Radio

The BBC Natural History Unit produces a wide range of programmes that aim to immerse a listener in the wonder, surprise and importance that nature has to offer.

Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day

Discover birds through their songs and calls. Each Tweet of the Day begins with a call or song, followed by a story of fascinating ornithology inspired by the sound.

Tweet of the Week

Tweet of the Week

Weekly podcast in which five stories of birds and birdsong are told by the people inspired by them.

Sunday

Sunday

A look at the ethical and religious issues of the week

Saturday Review

Saturday Review

Presenter Tom Sutcliffe and guests offer sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events

Profile

Profile

An insight into the character of an influential figure making news headlines

Loose Ends

Loose Ends

Clive Anderson and guests with an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy

Any Questions? and Any Answers?

Any Questions? and Any Answers?

Any Questions? with Jonathan Dimbleby: topical debate in which guests from politics, business, science, arts and the media answer questions from members of the public. BBC Radio 4

Money Box

Money Box

The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.

From Our Own Correspondent Podcast

From Our Own Correspondent Podcast

Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.

The Week in Westminster

The Week in Westminster

Radio 4's weekly assessment of developments at Westminster

Mastertapes

Mastertapes

John Wilson talks with musicians about a career-defining album, and a live audience also puts questions. Featuring exclusive live performances

Today in Parliament

Today in Parliament

News, views and features on today's stories in Parliament

The World Tonight

The World Tonight

In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and major breaking news from a global perspective

Home Front - Omnibus

Home Front - Omnibus

Omnibus editions of the epic drama series tracking the fortunes of characters on the home front as they try to maintain normality while Britain is involved in the First World War.

A Point of View

A Point of View

A weekly reflection on a topical issue

Front Row

Front Row

Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music

Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

Download the best new comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and The Museum of Curiosity.

iPM: We Start With Your Stories

iPM: We Start With Your Stories

A weekly companion to PM where the expertise and insights of the BBC Radio 4 audience shape a programme that sees news differently. Presented by Luke Jones.

Feedback

Feedback

Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations

Last Word

Last Word

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme, telling the life stories of those who have died recently

More or Less: Behind the Stats

More or Less: Behind the Stats

Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4

Gardeners' Question Time

Gardeners' Question Time

A panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience. Recorded in a different location each week

Fortunately... with Fi and Jane

Fortunately... with Fi and Jane

A frank look behind the scenes with broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover as guests from Radio, TV and podcasting share stories they probably shouldn’t. Released every Friday.

You and Yours

You and Yours

On your side in a world of scams, frauds and rip-offs. The best in consumer journalism from You & Yours on BBC Radio 4.

Drama of the Week

Drama of the Week

Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.

Seriously...

Seriously...

A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds. No subject is too strange, no idea too weird. Released twice a week, this podcast is introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.

Yesterday in Parliament

Yesterday in Parliament

Five-minute reports on the key events in Parliament presented with insight and humour by BBC correspondents.

The Briefing Room

The Briefing Room

David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news

File on 4

File on 4

Award-winning current affairs documentary series investigating major issues at home and abroad

The Film Programme

The Film Programme

The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world

Political Thinking with Nick Robinson

Political Thinking with Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson talks about what’s really going on in British politics.

Four Thought

Four Thought

Thought-provoking talks in which speakers explore original ideas about culture and society through their own thinking, experience and stories. Recorded in front of audiences at events around the UK.

In Our Time

In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas

In Our Time: Culture

In Our Time: Culture

Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.

In Our Time: History

In Our Time: History

Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.

Moral Maze

Moral Maze

Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze

The Media Show

The Media Show

Social media, anti-social media, breaking news, faking news; stories about a revolution in media with Amol Rajan, the BBC's Media Editor. New episode every Wednesday

Thinking Allowed

Thinking Allowed

New research on how society works

Flip

Flip

Box set comedy from BBC Radio 4 featuring the funniest people around. The series will flip about once a month and episodes are available for 30 days.

Late Night Woman's Hour

Late Night Woman's Hour

Lauren Laverne and guests in intimate, frank and funny Late Night Woman’s Hour.

Inside Health

Inside Health

Dr Mark Porter demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of regular contributor GP Margaret McCartney

In Touch

In Touch

News, views and information for people who are blind or partially sighted

Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth

Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them

Costing the Earth

Costing the Earth

Exploring man's effect on the environment and how it reacts, questioning accepted truths, challenging those in charge and reporting on progress towards improving the world.

Analysis

Analysis

Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics

This is Capitalism

This is Capitalism

Capitalism is the hidden economic wiring which puts money and markets at the centre of our lives. This collection of programmes includes David Grossman’s story of the explosive growth of modern capitalist power told in 10 parts - The New Age of Capitalism - plus many others.

Intrigue: The Ratline

Intrigue: The Ratline

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. 10 episodes.

Bookclub

Bookclub

Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels

Saturday Live

Saturday Live

Real life but not as you know it. Radio 4's Saturday morning show brings you extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

Inheritance Tracks

Inheritance Tracks

Celebrating the music that special guests cherish and would like to bestow to future generations.

The Kitchen Cabinet

The Kitchen Cabinet

Jay Rayner hosts a culinary panel show packed full of tasty titbits that might change the way we think about food, cooking and eating. An expert panel answers audience questions.

The Amazing Maya Angelou

The Amazing Maya Angelou

An extraordinary real-life story. This is the world premiere audio drama series of Maya Angelou’s autobiographies, exclusively dramatised by the BBC, including the iconic I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, plus archive factual programmes.

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters

Cook The Perfect...

Cook The Perfect...

Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey are joined by leading chefs and food writers who share their secrets for perfect home-cooked dishes. From BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

When Greeks Flew Kites

When Greeks Flew Kites

Monthly series in which historical novelist Sarah Dunant delves into the past for stories and moments that help frame the present, bringing to life worlds that span the centuries.

How to Invent a Country

How to Invent a Country

When did countries become countries? Misha Glenny on the borders, the stories and the people of countries worldwide.

All in the Mind

All in the Mind

Programme exploring the limits and potential of the human mind

Ramblings

Ramblings

Clare Balding joins notable and interesting people for a walk through the countryside

In Our Time: Religion

In Our Time: Religion

Discussion of religious movements and the theories and individuals behind them.

Great Lives

Great Lives

Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.

Natural Histories

Natural Histories

Brett Westwood explores our relationship with nature and its impact on human culture and society, complimented by comedy sketches and the Natural History Heroes series. UK Only.

Brexit: A Love Story?

Brexit: A Love Story?

You know we’re leaving the EU but this is the story of how the UK got here. Mark Mardell uncovers the fractious yet intriguing story of Britain’s relationship with the EU.

In Our Time: Science

In Our Time: Science

Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.

Crossing Continents

Crossing Continents

Series focusing on foreign affairs issues

Tara and George

Tara and George

Series exploring the lives of two people in their late 40s who sleep rough in London's Spitalfields.

Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

Series exploring the place and nature of faith in today's world

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry

The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry

Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.

Open Country

Open Country

Countryside magazine featuring the people and wildlife that shape the landscape of the British Isles

Morality in the 21st Century

Morality in the 21st Century

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks explores what morality means in the 21st Century. He speaks to some of the world’s leading thinkers, together with voices from the next generation: groups of British 6th form students.

Sweet Reason

Sweet Reason

Evan Davis presents a series in which he looks for reasonable ways to address the most divisive of issues.

BBC Inside Science

BBC Inside Science

Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

The Infinite Monkey Cage

The Infinite Monkey Cage

Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince

The Untold

The Untold

Grace Dent presents a series documenting the untold dramas of 21st-century Britain.

The Home Babies

The Home Babies

Becky Milligan tells the story of how one woman, in her sixties, discovered a secret which lay beneath the ground of an old Mother and Baby Home in the west of Ireland. Standing up to the state, church and local opposition, she doggedly went on until she found out the truth. It is a moving and shocking story which sparked headlines around the world.

Making History

Making History

Popular history series where the past connects with the present.

The Reith Lectures

The Reith Lectures

Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series

National Health Stories

National Health Stories

On 5 July 1948, for the first time anywhere in the world, healthcare in Britain became free for all. Sally Sheard reveals the characters, innovations and heroic standoffs that have shaped our NHS.

GrownUpLand

GrownUpLand

What makes a bearable housemate? Does sex warrant the feeling of shame? How does fear, guilt and lust shape our everyday lives? Mae Martin, Bisha K Ali and Ned Sedgwick talk honestly about the issues they’ve faced in their lives. Nothing is off limits. Each week a special guest helps to answer listener questions and candidly shares their experiences, from failed dates and bizarre confrontations to guilty pleasures and worst nightmares. And every week the charming Steve Ali, a refugee from Syria now living, working (and podcasting) in the UK, helps to put it all into perspective. Co-created by Deborah Frances-White for The Spontaneity Shop and BBC Radio 4. Produced by Al Riddell.

Science Stories

Science Stories

Surprising stories from the history of science told by Naomi Alderman and Philip Ball.

Law in Action

Law in Action

Joshua Rozenberg presents Radio 4's long-running legal magazine programme, featuring reports and discussion on matters relating to law

Short Cuts

Short Cuts

Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long

One to One

One to One

Series of interviews in which broadcasters follow their personal passions by talking to the people whose stories interest them most

The Life Scientific

The Life Scientific

Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them and asking what their discoveries might do for mankind

In Our Time: Philosophy

In Our Time: Philosophy

From Altruism to Wittgenstein, philosophers, theories and key themes.

Only Artists

Only Artists

Only Artists from BBC Radio 4 brings two artists together to talk about their creative work. The agenda is theirs, the conversation is free-flowing, and there is no presenter. The title derives from the art historian EH Gombrich, who began his highly influential book The Story of Art with the famous line “There really is no such thing as art. There are only artists”. Here are some of them…

The Long View

The Long View

Jonathan Freedland presents the series in which stories from the past are compared with current events.

FutureProofing

FutureProofing

Series examining the implications - social and cultural, economic and political - of the big ideas that are set to transform the way society functions

Chinese Characters

Chinese Characters

Series of essays exploring Chinese history through the life stories of key personalities.

Soul Music

Soul Music

Series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact

The Voices of...

The Voices of...

Musicians talk about their life and work.

Voices of the First World War

Voices of the First World War

Dan Snow brings together the sound archive collections of the Imperial War Museums and the BBC for the first time to tell the story of World War I through the voices of those who were there.

The Eddie Mair Interview

The Eddie Mair Interview

Eddie Mair speaks at length to people with interesting things to say, for Radio 4's PM.

The Unforgiven

The Unforgiven

It is 1984, a world without DNA, CCTV, mobiles, or the internet. Trouble erupts as a serial killer launches a huge legal appeal against his conviction, claiming police corruption.

Out of the Ordinary

Out of the Ordinary

Documentary series uncovering stories from the left field. Presented by Jolyon Jenkins

Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed

Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed

As the UK prepares to begin leaving the EU, what are the key deals to be done? Chris Morris cuts through the jargon to discover how everyone's lives could change.

Will Self's Great British Bus Journey

Will Self's Great British Bus Journey

Will Self takes a 1,000-mile tour of the UK by bus and coach, exploring urban Britain and British identity at a time of flux.

The Public Philosopher

The Public Philosopher

Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel examines the thinking behind a current controversy

We Need to Talk About Death

We Need to Talk About Death

Joan Bakewell and her panel discuss death and dying, exploring the choices open to us and confronting the questions we fear the most.

The Reservoir Tapes

The Reservoir Tapes

Short story series by Jon McGregor set in the Peak District.

At Lunch With...

At Lunch With...

Politicians and public figures talk candidly and engagingly over lunch with reporter Becky Milligan. This is the off-the-record lunch, on the record. These interviews are broadcast on Radio 4’s PM programme.

Don't Log Off

Don't Log Off

Alan Dein takes nocturnal excursions via Facebook and Skype, discovering the real-life dramas behind the online profiles

Living With The Gods

Living With The Gods

Neil MacGregor explores the role and expression of shared beliefs in communities around the world. Produced in partnership with the British Museum.

The Adoption

The Adoption

The award winning podcast. A family is being shattered; can a new one be created? A UK adoption through the eyes of those affected. Lives being changed forever.

David Baddiel Tries to Understand

David Baddiel Tries to Understand

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

Punt PI

Punt PI

Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that perplex, amuse and beguile

BBC National Short Story Award

BBC National Short Story Award

Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award

Funny from the Fringe

Funny from the Fringe

A daily podcast full of features, news and interviews with the hottest comedians from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, hosted by award-winning comedian Phil Ellis.

Museum of Lost Objects

Museum of Lost Objects

Tracing the histories of antiquities and landmarks that have been destroyed or looted in Iraq and Syria, India and Pakistan.

A New Life in Europe: The Dhnie Family

A New Life in Europe: The Dhnie Family

The story of one Syrian family heading for Europe in search of a better life. For the last two years, the Dhnie family has been living as refugees in Jordan. In August, the family decided there was no future for them there and little prospect of returning to Syria. They packed up their lives and set off for the EU. Manveen Rana documents the twists and turns of their journey in a series of reports for BBC Radio 4’s The World at One.

The Invisible College

The Invisible College

Lessons in creative writing from a ghostly array of great novelists, poets and playwrights such as Ted Hughes, W.B. Yeats and Allen Ginsberg. Presented and produced by Cathy FitzGerald.

Comedy Election

Comedy Election

Comedy electioneering from The Vote Now Show and John Crace’s Digested Manifestos with highlights of The News Quiz from BBC Radio 4. The Vote Now Show features Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt.

Quake

Quake

Drama in 12 short parts. Inspired by the digital transformation in disaster response.

Wireless Nights

Wireless Nights

Jarvis Cocker explores the human condition after dark, with stories of night people

Midweek

Midweek

Lively and diverse conversation with weekly guests

Body on the Moor

Body on the Moor

A body is found on the moor, with no clue as to who the man was. And he died from poisoning. Who is he? Why was he there? Jon Manel follows the police inquiry for BBC Radio 4.

Mars

Mars

A season of programmes from Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra exploring the Red Planet of our dreams and, maybe, our futures...

The Philosopher's Arms

The Philosopher's Arms

Matthew Sweet examines philosophical problems with a live audience in a pub

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1976-1980

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1976-1980

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

The High Street Abduction

The High Street Abduction

How a toddler was snatched by two teenage girls in a busy High Street store.

The New World

The New World

Are we at a series of global tipping points? Radio 4 explores the paradigm shifts that are taking place across the globe, from the arrival of the post-truth society to the potential departure of globalisation, taking in shifting demographic sands, the backlash against the political elite and pivot of power to the East along the way.

Shared Experience

Shared Experience

Fi Glover hosts a series in which her guests discuss things they have in common.

Self Drives: The Trabant

Self Drives: The Trabant

Will Self goes on a 700-mile road trip in a Trabant, the iconic East German car.

Recycled Radio

Recycled Radio

Welcome to the chopped-up, looped-up, sped-up world of Recycled Radio, where old programmes are reused to explore a series of weighty subjects.

A History of the Infinite

A History of the Infinite

Adrian Moore journeys through philosophical thought on infinity over the last two and a half thousand years.

The Human Zoo

The Human Zoo

The Human Zoo explores the foibles, quirks and behaviour of that most fascinating of species - us

The Report

The Report

The current affairs series combining original insights into major news stories with topical investigations

Putting Science to Work

Putting Science to Work

Jim Al-Khalili and guests work out how science can best be put to work to solve a pressing problem facing society.

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives

The history of India told through the lives of 50 phenomenal people.

Laura Barton's Notes from a Musical Island

Laura Barton's Notes from a Musical Island

Music writer Laura Barton visits four corners of Britain and listens closely to the music found in different landscapes.

UK Confidential

UK Confidential

Martha Kearney, in conversation with former government ministers, reveals the truth behind the headlines of previously secret government files that have been released to the public

The Educators

The Educators

Sarah Montague interviews the people whose ideas are challenging the future of education.

In Pod We Trust

In Pod We Trust

Miranda Sawyer presents a round-up of the best spoken word audio podcasting from around the world

Self Drives: Maxwell's Equations

Self Drives: Maxwell's Equations

Will Self goes on a 600-mile road trip from Edinburgh to Cambridge on the trail of physicist James Clerk Maxwell, who pioneered the theory of electromagnetic waves

Lives in a Landscape

Lives in a Landscape

Documentary series telling original stories about real lives in Britain today

Computing Britain

Computing Britain

Hannah Fry looks back at 75 years of computing history to reveal the UK's lead role in developing the technologies we rely on today

Who Killed Elsie Frost?

Who Killed Elsie Frost?

Elsie Frost was murdered on 9 October 1965 in Wakefield in the UK. She was 14. The murderer hasn't been caught. iPM investigates this unsolved case.

A History of Ideas

A History of Ideas

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the work of key philosophers and their theories.

The Robert Peston Interview Show (with Eddie Mair)

The Robert Peston Interview Show (with Eddie Mair)

Late-night interview programme. Robert Peston and Eddie Mair join forces to spring surprise guests on each other.

Napoleon: The Man and the Myths

Napoleon: The Man and the Myths

Historian Andrew Roberts presents a series, recorded partly on location in Paris, which dispels some myths about Napoleon Bonaparte.

Across the Board

Across the Board

Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess.

Codes that Changed the World

Codes that Changed the World

Aleks Krotoski tells the story of the languages that have been used to talk to machines.

Healthy Visions

Healthy Visions

Five experts set out their ideas for the future of public health in Britain.

The Business of Film with Mark Kermode

The Business of Film with Mark Kermode

Film critic Mark Kermode reveals the economic realities behind the film industry.

Tales from the Ring Road

Tales from the Ring Road

Documentary series. Anne-Marie Duff narrates stories of life and death on the UK's ring roads.

Self Orbits CERN

Self Orbits CERN

Will Self goes on a 50-kilometre walking tour of the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, just outside Geneva.

Front Row: Archive 2014

Front Row: Archive 2014

Magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music.

Frontiers

Frontiers

Programme exploring new ideas in science and meeting the scientists and researchers responsible for them, as well as hearing from their critics

The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy

The Frequency of Laughter: A History of Radio Comedy

Grace Dent presents a conversational history of radio comedy, from 1975 to 2005.

Germany: Memories of a Nation

Germany: Memories of a Nation

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, explores 600 years of Germany's complex and often challenging history using objects, art, landmarks and literature.

Hidden Histories of the Information Age

Hidden Histories of the Information Age

Aleks Krotoski explores technological innovations and cultural events from the age of communication.

21st Century Mythologies

21st Century Mythologies

Peter Conrad dissects the popular culture of his era, as French semiotician Roland Barthes did 60 years earlier in his Mythologies.

Radio 4 on Music

Radio 4 on Music

From Armstrong to Zappa - music documentaries from the Radio 4 archive.

1914: Day by Day

1914: Day by Day

Historian Margaret MacMillan chronicles the road to war in 1914.

Front Row: Archive 2012

Front Row: Archive 2012

Magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music.

Britain at Sea

Britain at Sea

Admiral Lord West tells the story of the Royal Navy during the 20th century.

Intelligence: Born Smart, Born Equal, Born Different

Intelligence: Born Smart, Born Equal, Born Different

Adam Rutherford charts the rise, fall and rise of the genetics of intelligence over the last hundred years

Five Hundred Years of Friendship

Five Hundred Years of Friendship

Dr Thomas Dixon presents a history of the changing meaning of friendship over the centuries.

Woman's Hour Power List 2014 – Game Changers

Woman's Hour Power List 2014 – Game Changers

Which ten women in the UK have done most to game-change the way power operates in the UK, whether in culture, business, politics or campaigns? Emma Barnett, chairs our 2014 panel. From BBC Radio 4

Pop-Up Ideas

Pop-Up Ideas

Tim Harford presents a series of talks inspired by ideas in anthropology, culture and the social sciences

Front Row: Archive 2013

Front Row: Archive 2013

Magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music.

A History of Britain in Numbers

A History of Britain in Numbers

Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority, brings to life the numbers that highlight the patterns and trends that have transformed Britain

Seven Ages of Science

Seven Ages of Science

A history of science in Britain from the Restoration to the present day. Weaving science back into everyday life, Lisa Jardine shows how the concerns of the scientist are the concerns of us all

Cultural Exchange

Cultural Exchange

Creative minds talk about the cultural work that inspires them, an arts project for BBC Radio 4. Each Cultural Exchange podcast contains the curator’s recommendation.

Techno Odyssey

Techno Odyssey

Poet Paul Farley reimagines technology we rely on but take for granted

1913: The Year Before

1913: The Year Before

Michael Portillo explores the cultural, political and economic upheaval forgotten in the familiar images of Edwardian and Georgian calm before the brutal shock of the Great War

My Own Shakespeare

My Own Shakespeare

Public figures talk about the piece of Shakespeare that inspires them most.The pieces are read by well known actors. From BBC Radio 4

The Value of Culture

The Value of Culture

Melvyn Bragg explores the history of the idea of culture, and its value today.

Desert Island Discs: Archive 2011-2012

Desert Island Discs: Archive 2011-2012

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island.

In Alistair Cooke's Footsteps

In Alistair Cooke's Footsteps

Alvin Hall travels the USA revisiting the insights and observations of Alistair Cooke's Letter from America, on subjects as diverse as jazz, immigration and the American Dream

China: As History Is My Witness

China: As History Is My Witness

Carrie Gracie presents a series exploring what ten great lives from Chinese history reveal about China today

The Reith Lectures: Archive 1976-2012

The Reith Lectures: Archive 1976-2012

Series of annual radio lectures on significant contemporary issues, delivered by leading figures from the relevant fields

Excess Baggage

Excess Baggage

Travel magazine, featuring travellers' tales, experiences and anecdotes

Front Row: Archive 2011

Front Row: Archive 2011

Magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music.

Inheritance Tracks: Inheritance Tracks 2008-2011

Inheritance Tracks: Inheritance Tracks 2008-2011

Celebrating the music that special guests cherish and would like to bestow to future generations.

Tracing Your Roots

Tracing Your Roots

Series exploring the practice of researching family history, one of the UK's most rapidly growing pastimes

The House I Grew Up In

The House I Grew Up In

Series revisiting the childhood neighbourhoods of influential Britons

Desert Island Discs: Archive 2005-2010

Desert Island Discs: Archive 2005-2010

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrates 100 programmes that retell humanity's history through the objects we have made

A Brief History of Mathematics

A Brief History of Mathematics

Professor of Mathematics Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations and argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science

A Point of View: A Point of View: Clive James

A Point of View: A Point of View: Clive James

Clive James presents reflections on topical issues ranging from politics to pop culture in this award-winning series of BBC Radio 4's A Point of View. These programmes were first broadcast between 2007 and 2009.

Desert Island Discs: Archive 2000-2005

Desert Island Discs: Archive 2000-2005

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island.

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Bush Jr Years (2001- 2004)

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Bush Jr Years (2001- 2004)

The 9/11 attacks, the war on terror and invasion of Iraq defined George W Bush’s first term. A fascinating social, cultural and political look at American life from Alistair Cooke

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Clinton Years (1997-2000)

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Clinton Years (1997-2000)

Bill Clinton’s second term was dominated at home by the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the attempt to impeach him, but there were major events abroad with the al-Qaeda attack on US embassies in east Africa and the war in Kosovo. A fascinating social, cultural and political history of American life, through the words of British-American journalist and broadcaster, Alistair Cooke (1908 – 2004).

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1996-2000

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1996-2000

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1991-1996

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1991-1996

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Clinton Years (1993-1996)

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Clinton Years (1993-1996)

Bill Clinton’s first term encompassed controversies from the Israeli-Palestinian Oslo accords and gays in the military to the North American Free Trade Agreement and an attempt at healthcare reform. A fascinating social, cultural and political history of American life, through the words of British-American journalist and broadcaster, Alistair Cooke (1908 – 2004).

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Bush Sr Years (1989-1992)

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Bush Sr Years (1989-1992)

George Bush’s presidency, the Panama invasion, the Soviet bloc collapse and the first war in Iraq. Alistair Cooke's fascinating look at American life.

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1986-1991

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1986-1991

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Reagan Years (1981-1988)

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Reagan Years (1981-1988)

Ronald Reagan’s presidency, from Reagonomics and the invasion of Grenada in his first term, to the Iran-contra scandal and reconciliation with Soviet leader Mihail Gorbachev in his second. A fascinating social, cultural and political history of American life, through the words of British-American journalist and broadcaster, Alistair Cooke (1908 – 2004).

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1981-1985

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1981-1985

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

Desert Island Discs: Fragment Archive 1970-1986

Desert Island Discs: Fragment Archive 1970-1986

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: From Nixon to Carter (1969-1980)

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: From Nixon to Carter (1969-1980)

From America’s great hope after Nixon’s election victory, to disillusionment after Watergate through to President Carter’s election. A fascinating social, cultural and political history of American life, through the words of British-American journalist and broadcaster, Alastair Cooke (1908 – 2004).

The Reith Lectures: Archive 1948-1975

The Reith Lectures: Archive 1948-1975

Series of annual radio lectures on significant contemporary issues, delivered by leading figures from the relevant fields. Please note that relatively few recordings survive from this period.

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1971-1975

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1971-1975

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1966-1970

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1966-1970

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

Desert Island Discs: Fragment Archive 1960-1969

Desert Island Discs: Fragment Archive 1960-1969

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Early Years (1940s, 1950s and 1960s)

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke: The Early Years (1940s, 1950s and 1960s)

The assassinations of John F Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy through to Vietnam and America’s shame at the My Lai massacre. A fascinating social, cultural and political history of American life, through the words of British-American journalist and broadcaster, Alistair Cooke (1908 – 2004).

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1961-1965

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1961-1965

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1956-1960

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1956-1960

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island.

Desert Island Discs: Fragment Archive 1942-1959

Desert Island Discs: Fragment Archive 1942-1959

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1951-1955

Desert Island Discs: Archive 1951-1955

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island.