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.