BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4, a speech station for curious minds.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Today in Parliament

    BBC correspondents report from Westminster on the most significant of the day's stories in Parliament.

  • BBC Radio 4 - 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

  • BBC Radio 4 – A Point of View

    Weekly reflections on topical issues from a range of contributors including historian Lisa Jardine, novelist Sarah Dunant and writer Alain de Botton.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Front Row Daily

    Interviews with leading novelists, musicians, film directors, artists and more, from Radio 4's flagship arts show, presented by Mark Lawson, Kirsty Lang and John Wilson. Front Row is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 each weekday evening at 7.15 - 7.45pm. New editions will be available each night following the live broadcast.

  • The Archers

    Contemporary drama in a rural setting

  • 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.

  • The Bottom Line

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

  • BBC Radio 4 - Feedback

    Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations. Roger Bolton airs listeners' views on BBC radio programmes and policy.

  • BBC Radio 4 - iPM: Share What You Know

    iPM is the news programme that starts with its listeners. A weekly companion to the nightly PM, it's where the expertise and insights of the Radio 4 audience shape a programme that sees news differently. Presented by Jennifer Tracey and PM's Eddie Mair.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Last Word

    Radio 4's obituary programme, marking the lives of significant figures who have died recently, presented by Matthew Bannister and broadcast every Friday at 16.00. The podcast episode is published on Friday evening.

  • Gardeners' Question Time

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

  • Documentary of the Week

    The Documentary of the Week podcast brings you our pick of the week's documentaries on BBC Radio 4. A new episode is published every Friday.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour: News, Politics, Culture

    Radio 4's Woman's Hour brings you topical subjects in the news, interviews and discussions on issues affecting women around the world. Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey bring you the big celebrity names and leading women in the news and subjects range widely from politics to health, law, education, arts, parenting, relationships, work, fiction, food and fashion. Woman's Hour is broadcast Monday to Friday on BBC Radio 4 from 10.00 - 11.00. The podcast features highlights from each day's programme and will be published daily Monday to Friday. Find out more at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour

  • 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

  • Thought for the Day

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

  • Farming Today

    The latest news about food, farming and the countryside

  • BBC Radio 4 - The Film Programme

    Interviews and analysis from the world of cinema. Francine Stock talks to directors, writers and critics about the latest film releases, classics on DVD and movies on television.

  • BBC Radio 4 - A Week of You and Yours

    BBC Radio 4's daily consumer programme is presented by Julian Worricker, Winifred Robinson and Peter White. You and Yours brings news, discussion and special investigations on a wide range of consumer subjects, everyday between 12 noon and 1. Topics include health, energy, leisure, retail and disability, and the podcast features the best of the week's programmes, with a new episode published every Friday.

  • From Our Own Correspondent

    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.

  • BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg

    The history of ideas discussed by Melvyn Bragg and guests including Philosophy, science, literature, religion and the influence these ideas have on us today.

  • In Our Time: History

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

  • The Media Show

    Topical programme about the fast-changing media world

  • Thinking Allowed

    New research on how society works

  • Money Box

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

  • BBC Radio 4 - Medical Matters

    The latest medical information and advice from Radio 4's health programmes. In Case Notes Dr Mark Porter takes an in-depth look at a different topic each week, speaking to doctors, patients and researchers about the latest treatments. In All in the Mind, psychologist, Claudia Hammond examines how we think and why we behave as we do.

  • BBC Radio 4 - In Touch: News for Blind People

    News, views and information for people who are blind or visually impaired. Presented by Peter White every Tuesday evening from 20:40 on BBC Radio 4.

  • BBC Radio 4 - File on 4

    A podcast offering Radio 4's award winning, flagship investigative series File on 4.

  • 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.

  • Costing the Earth

    Programme looking at man's effect on the environment and how the environment reacts, questioning accepted truths, challenging those in charge and reporting on progress towards improving the world

  • 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

  • BBC Radio 4 - Analysis

    Analysis makes sense of the ideas that change the world. What made Islam political, whether the Government can make us go green, why we think the market in human organs is repugnant are just some of the subjects the series tackles. With thought-provoking and expert presenters, Analysis aims to make the world of policy and ideas both interesting and surprising. There are 26 episodes a year, in three series. Podcasts are available for a week after transmission while the programme is on air.

  • Food Programme

    Investigating every aspect of the food we eat

  • Start the Week

    Weekly discussion programme, setting the cultural agenda every Monday

  • BBC Radio 4 - Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young

    Kirsty Young asks castaways to choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island. Sundays at 11.15 repeated Friday at 0900.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Broadcasting House

    News, discussion & a few gags. The Sunday papers & the BH quiz. Broadcast every Sunday morning on BBC Radio 4 between 9 and 10. Presented by Paddy O'Connell. Each week discussion about the key themes in the news, there's a review of the Sunday newspapers and a quiz with a special prize. Updated each Sunday. Subscribe to the BH Newsletter and the podcast at www.bbc.co.uk/bh

  • The Archers Omnibus

    The week's events in Ambridge

  • 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.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Sunday: Religious News

    Ed Stourton presents religious news and analysis of the top stories from the UK and abroad. From Christianity to Islam, Hinduism to Judaism, every week.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Profile

    Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturdays at 7pm.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Weekly Political Review

    Top political commentators reflect on the week's political events in discussion with MPs, Peers and others.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Live

    Real life but not as you know it. Radio 4's Saturday morning show is full of the stuff that matters, extraordinary stories, inheritance tracks, guerrilla reports, secret lives, poetry and more.

  • Saturday Review

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

  • BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time : Culture

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

  • David Baddiel Tries to Understand

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

  • BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time Archive: Religion

    The history of ideas discussed by Melvyn Bragg and guests including Philosophy, science, literature, religion and the influence these ideas have on us today.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Reith Lectures

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

  • BBC Radio 4 - Peter Day's World of Business

    Insights into the business world with Peter Day - featuring content from his Radio 4 In Business programme, and also Global Business from the BBC World Service.

  • Great Lives

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

  • Beyond Belief

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

  • BBC Radio 4 - General Knowledge Quizzes Podcast

    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.

  • In Our Time: Philosophy

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

  • BBC Radio 4 - Crossing Continents

    On the ground reporting from around the world which focuses on the human dimension of the big international stories.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Coast and Country

    Countryside magazine featuring people, walks and wildlife from rural Britain. Clare Balding's ‘Ramblings' and ‘Open Country' with Matt Baker and Helen Mark join forces to bring you a weekly tour of the best of the British countryside. In ‘Ramblings' Clare joins her guests on a country walk that's been significant in their lives. ‘Open Country' travels to a different corner of the British Isles every week, seeking out the wildlife, the landscapes and the controversies that excite the passions of local people. Each twenty-five minute programme is broadcast on Saturday at 6.07am and repeated on Thursday at 3pm. New episodes are added every Saturday morning.

  • BBC Radio 4 - The Long View with Jonathan Freedland

    Examining the past behind the present, the Long View finds stories from history that resonate in today's headlines. Presented by Jonathan Freedland, this series will throw old light onto new stories about super-injunctions, the space shuttle and the BBC's move to Salford. The half hour programme is broadcast weekly on Tuesdays at 9am on Radio 4 with series in the winter and the summer.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Making History

    Making History explores ordinary people's links with the past. The programme is presented by Vanessa Collingridge and is broadcast on Tuesday at 3pm for 26 weeks a year in two series.

  • BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time Archive: Science

    The history of ideas discussed by Melvyn Bragg and guests including Philosophy, science, literature, religion and the influence these ideas have on us today.

  • Law in Action

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

  • Midweek: Diverse Conversation

    Diverse conversation with Libby Purves and her four guests. The focus of Midweek is personal experience, the story behind the story. A mix of the famous, the infamous, and first time broadcasters. Forty-five minutes of lively conversation to start the day.

  • Collège de France - Histoire contemporaine du monde arabe

    Professor Henry Laurens¹ Chair, History of the Contemporary Arab World Program, has been created in 2003. From that date until 2006, Professor Laurens has been giving history lectures dealing both with the ³Birth of the Palestinian issue² (2003-2004) and ³Europe and the Muslim World in the Nineteenth Century² (2004-2006). Since 2006, Professor Laurens devoted himself to analysing the Palestinian Issue from the June 1967 up to the October War and its aftermath until today¹s time. In addition to his public teaching in the main ³College de France² lecture hall, Professor Laurens set out and commented upon Palestinian and Arabic recent political autobiographies written in Arabic, as part of his weekly seminar. Les enseignements sont diffusés avec le soutien de la Fondation Bettencourt Schueller

  • BBC Radio 4 - The Report

    Uncovering the real stories behind the news. Simon Cox and fellow reporters delve beneath the headlines. The Report airs every Thursday evening at 8pm on Radio 4 for 38 weeks a year. The programme lasts 28 minutes.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Front Row Weekly

    Interviews with leading novelists, musicians, film directors, artists and more, from Radio 4's flagship arts show, presented by Mark Lawson, Kirsty Lang and John Wilson. Front Row is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 each weekday evening at 7.15 - 7.45pm

  • BBC Radio 4 - Material World

    Weekly science conversation, on everything from archaeology to zoology, from abacus to the antipodean rodent zyzomys, by way of meteorites. Presented by Quentin Cooper, and airing every Thursday, 4:30 pm.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Excess Baggage

    Travellers' Tales from home and around the world: their destinations, experiences and issues arising from their journeys are discussed with Sandi Toksvig or John McCarthy from 1000 to 1030 am on Saturdays.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Tracing Your Roots

    Inspirational family history stories and key genealogy advice. Sally Magnusson and Nick Barratt uncover personal perspectives on social history and give listeners the tools to become family history detectives.

  • BBC Radio 4 - Americana: inside the USA

    An insider's guide to the stories and people shaping the USA today. From Washington DC and broadcast every Sunday, at 7.15pm. Discussion and insight from some of the best known names and voices in America.

  • BBC Radio 4 - The House I Grew Up In

    A series that revisits the childhood homes and neighbourhoods of influential Britons. Presenter Wendy Robbins meets politicians, poets, scientists and entrepreneurs, and uncovers the experiences which shaped the lives of well-known public figures.

  • BBC Radio 4 - A History of the World in 100 Objects

    Welcome to A History of the World. Below you can find all 100 episodes in the series. Although the series has ended, you can continue to listen to the episodes on this page or download them to keep on your computer or mp3 player by following the links on the right.

  • BBC Radio 4 - A Brief History of Mathematics

    Professor Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science. Ten fifteen minute podcasts that reveal the personalities behind the calculations from Newton to the present day. How do these masters of abstraction find a role in the real world?