Rank #1: Lost and Found
British journalist Julian Borger reflects on the unmasking of some of the most notorious Balkan war criminals, Iraqi archaeologist Dr Lamia al-Gailani Werr mourns the loss of ancient relics in modern conflict and American pianist Bruce Brubaker deconstructs modern minimalist music.
(Photo: The inner walls of Babylon, Iraq)
Apr 16 2016
Rank #2: After Dark: How we Respond to Darkness
Dr Ravindra Athale, of the Office of Naval Research in Arlington USA, an expert on night vision technology, who examines how nocturnal animals help high tech, and how our ability to see at night has affected the way we use the dark to conceal and surprise.
Professor John Bowen from the University of York in the UK, an expert on Gothic literature and its roots.
Erland Loe, the celebrated Norwegian author, who explores his own and fellow Norwegian’s response to long dark winter nights.
Noam Elcott, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Media at Columbia University in the USA who discusses the literal and metaphorical use of dark and night in film art and the dark room.
(Photo: An artist's Illustration of a haunted forest. Credit: Shan Pillay)
May 23 2016
Rank #3: Wheel Revolutions
(Photo: Wagon wheels and the view of Monument Valley in Utah, USA)
May 09 2016
Rank #4: Taiwan: An Island History
Photo: people celebrate Taiwan' s annual Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the Lunar New Year festivities. (Getty Images)
May 15 2017
Rank #5: Rumi: Sufi Poet of Love
Rajan Datar discusses his life, work and legacy with scholars Fatemeh Keshavarz and Omid Safi, and biographer Brad Gooch.
(Photo: Pray Mount Nemrut, Commagene. Credit: Getty Images/tugbahasbal)
Oct 09 2017
Rank #6: When Does Healthy Competition Become Destructive?
(Photo: The finish line at the men's 100 meters final at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. Credit: Getty Images)
May 30 2016
Rank #7: What is the Best Way to Deal with Anxiety?
Bridget Kendall explores the biology of anxiety and some unexpected approaches to treatment, including friendship benches and therapy horses. She is joined by Joseph LeDoux, author of Anxiety and professor of Neuroscience and director of the Emotional Brain Institute, New York University; Dr Dixon Chibanda, a consultant Psychiatrist in Zimbabwe and pioneer of the Friendship Bench; Susanna Forrest, a British authority on the horse and author of The Age of Horse: An Equine Journey through Human History.
(Photo: A young man holding his head in his hands)
Aug 22 2016
Rank #8: The Cat: In from the wild
Rajan Datar welcomes three experts in science, culture and archaeology to discuss the history of the domesticated cat: Katharine Rogers - a Professor Emerita of English Literature from City University of New York and author of numerous books including 'Cat' and 'The Cat and the Human Imagination'; Eva-Maria Geigl - an Evolutionary geneticist at the French National Research Institute CNRS; and John Bradshaw - an anthrozoologist from Bristol University, UK, and author of the book 'Cat Sense'.
Photo: Copy of wall painting from private tomb 52 of Nakht, Thebes (I, 1, 99-102) cat eating fish, 20th century
Credit: Ashmolean Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images
Oct 17 2019
Rank #9: The KGB: Secrets and Spies
Photo: Badge logo of the KGB (Photo credit: KGB)
Mar 27 2017
Rank #10: Indigo: the bluest blue
Rajan Datar explores the rich history of the dye with Jenny Balfour-Paul, an Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter University and author of Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans; Lucille Junkere, an artist and textile researcher with a particular interest in the history of indigo in Nigeria and the Caribbean; and Andrea Sella, a professor of chemistry at University College London who delights his students with all kinds of colourful experiments with indigo.
Photo: Detail of adire indigo cloth from Nigeria. Credit: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Oct 24 2019
Rank #11: Brain Drain: Can We Stem the Flow?
(Photo: a human brain in a glass box. Credit: Getty Images)
May 16 2016
Rank #12: Haile Selassie: The last Emperor of Ethiopia
Bridget Kendall discusses Haile Selassie’s life and legacy with Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate, political analyst and author of ‘King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia’, who is also the great-nephew of Haile Selassie; Gerard Prunier, Independent Consultant on Eastern and Central African affairs, and former Director of the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies in Addis-Ababa; and Laura Hammond, an anthropologist specialising in Ethiopia at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Image: Haile Selassie
Credit: Henry Guttmann/Getty Images
Apr 03 2017
Rank #13: How Shyness and Introversion can be a Strength
(Photo: A lady hides behind a fan. Credit: Shan Pillay)
Sep 19 2016
Rank #14: Rasputin: The Siberian mystic who charmed the Tsar
That’s one version of events that’s held sway for more than one hundred years. And yet so much of the Rasputin legend has been pieced together by those looking to discredit him. Is it possible to peel away the layers of myth-making and get to the heart of who Rasputin really was and what he stood for?
Joining Bridget Kendall on a truth-seeking mission is Russian imperial historian Helen Rappaport, author of The Race to Save the Romanovs; Russian literary translator and executive editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Boris Dralyuk; and historian Douglas Smith, author of the 2016 biography Rasputin: Faith, Power and the Twilight of the Romanovs.
Photo: Grigori Rasputin. (Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
May 30 2019
Rank #15: Do You Know What You’re Eating?
Photo: The food label on a box of brownies (Getty Images)
Jul 18 2016
Rank #16: Vincent van Gogh: The struggling artist
Joining Bridget Kendall to discuss van Gogh’s life and work are Louis van Tilborgh, Senior Researcher at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and Professor of Art History at the University of Amsterdam, van Gogh biographer and co-author of van Gogh: The Life, Steven Naifeh, and British art historian Lucrezia Walker.
Photo: Self-Portrait by Vincent van Gogh (Getty Images)
Jul 21 2018
Rank #17: Machu Picchu: The secrets of a forgotten city
To find out more about Machu Picchu, Bridget Kendall is joined by leading archaeologists of the Inca civilisation Lucy Salazar and Michael Malpass, the celebrated mountaineer and explorer Johan Reinhard and by writer Mark Adams who retraced the steps of the 1911 expedition led by Hiram Bingham that put Machu Picchu back on the map.
Photo: Machu Picchu, Peru. (Eitan Abramovich/Getty Images)
May 05 2018
Rank #18: The rise and fall of Julius Caesar
From Caesar’s early steps on the political career ladder in ancient Rome, to his affair with Egypt’s Cleopatra and his assassination by his colleagues, Bridget and guests discuss the action-packed life of this leader and writer whose legacy lives on, more than 2,000 years after his birth.
Bridget is joined by Cynthia Damon, Luca Grillo and Matthew Nicholls. Plus, Miryana Dimitrova introduces Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar.
Image: Julius Caesar (Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Sep 25 2017
Rank #19: Secrets of the Great Pyramid
Photo: The Pyramids at Giza. (Getty Images)
Sep 11 2017
Rank #20: Lawrence of Arabia
Photo: T. E. Lawrence.
Photo by Hulton Archive / Getty Images.
Mar 24 2018