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ERA’s Radio Picks 17th – 23rd November 2018

Welcome to our weekly round-up of some of the best radio broadcasts for teaching coming your way this week! There’s a few interesting politics and philosophy programmes on this week, so be sure to give them a good look.

Saturday 17th November

  • Divided Heart
    BBC Radio 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Drama
    Vincent O’Connell’s drama follows a group of loved ones of a woman who has recently died as they go to see her. However, each of them seems to have a very different idea of who she was.

Sunday 18th November

  • Crossing the Border
    BBC Radio 4.30pm – Recommended for…Politics and Geography
    Leonita Flynn talks to people on the Belfast-to-Dublin train and gathers their opinions about the fact that this route may soon be a British/European border.
  • Drama on 3: The Cherry Orchard
    BBC Radio 3, 7:30pm – Recommended for… Drama, Russian, English Literature
    This radio adaptation of Chekhov’s play utilises some beautiful music to bring to life a Russia on the brink of revolution.

Monday 19th November

  • Book of the Week: Becoming
    BBC Radio 4, 9:45am – Recommended for… Politics and English Language
    Michelle Obama reads extracts from her new autobiography, Becoming.
  • In Pursuit of Beauty: Dead Rats and Meat Cleavers 
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Music
    Composer Nathaniel Mann talks to people who are using very different musical methods – including using meat cleavers as instruments.

Tuesday 20th November

  • The Life Scientific
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Engineering
    Jim Al-Khalili chats to Caroline Hargrove, the mechanical director of Maclaren Applied Technologies.
  • Free Thinking: What Kind of History Should We Write?
    BBC Radio 3, 10pm – Recommended for… History and Sociology
    The renowned Cundill Prize for history is examined, asking if its list of books is too narrow.

Wednesday 21st November

  • The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry
    BBC Radio 4, 9:30am – Recommended for… Biology
    In this first episode of the new season, the presenters looks into how DNA ancestry tests work.
  • Thought Cages: The Art of Self-Deception
    BBC Radio 4, 1:45pm – Recommended for… Psychology and Philosophy
    Rory Sutherland investigates the theory that we have evolved to deceive ourselves so as to better deceive others.

Thursday 22nd November

  • In Our time: Hope
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Philosophy
    Melvyn Bragg, Béatrice Han-Pile, Robert Stern and Judith Wolfe discuss the philosophy of hope.
  • Crossing Continents
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… Medicine and Geography
    This documentary uncovers the story of Chiamaka Ogbodo, who was kept in a Nigerian hospital against her will for 16 months after giving birth as she had no private insurance or medical care.

Friday 23rd November

  • Living With the Gods
    BBC Radio 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Religious Studies and Philosophy
    Neil MacGregor looks into the importance of the individual in the religious community and how the two weave together.