Saturday 12th January
- Open Country: A Year in Roald Dahl Country
BBC Radio 4, 6:07am – Recommended for… English and Geography
Presenter Helen Mark visits Roald Dahl’s house in Buckinghamshire, which was a great source of inspiration for his novels and features prominently in in his recently republished diary, My Year.
The recent adaptation of Dahl’s story, The BFG, is also currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
- Drama: Riot Girls: Riot Days
BBC Radio 4, 2:30pm – Recommended for… History, Music, Sociology, and Politics
The first of a Riot Girls series of programmes from Radio 4 this week bring forward Maria Alyonkhina’s story of women’s activism in Russia and how it helped influence her band, and vice versa.
Sunday 13th January
- On Your Farm: The Hidden Power of Moss
BBC Radio 4, 6:35am – Recommended for… Agriculture
Ruth Sanderson travels to Leicester to discover more about how moss can boost environmental sustainability, as well as be useful in more unexpected ways, too.
- The Listening Project
BBC Radio 4, 2:45pm – Recommended for… Medicine and Nursing
In this episode, Fi Glover talks to NHS workers about the ups and downs of their everyday working lives, as well as their careers as a whole
Monday 14th January
- Pink Rabbits and Other Animals
BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… English
She might be most famous for The Tiger Who Came to Tea, but author and illustrator Judith Kerr has done so much more, and is still working on her books at the age of 94. Jessica Treen visits this inspirational woman to talk about her life and work.
- Riot Girls: How to Be a Woman
BBC Radio 4, 7:45pm – Recommended for… English Literature and sociology
Caitlin Moran’s memoir was a big hit upon release in 2011, and now the author herself narrates this adaptation of her feminist work.
- America’s Friends
BBC Radio 4, 8pm – Recommended for… Politics
With the world and political climate around us changing rapidly, James Naughtie explores how the US’ relationship with Europe has altered with the times, especailly with Trump at the helm.
Tuesday 15th January
- One to One
BBC Radio 4, 9:30am – Recommended for… PSHE and Business Studies
Risk taking is important in order to progress in our lives, but many of us live in fear of it. Businesswoman Kate Hardcastle talks about why taking risks is necessary, and what prompted her to take risks of her own to become the successful woman she is today.
- The Documentary: Solving Alzheimer’s
BBC World Service, 1:30pm – Recommended for… Biology, Medicine, and Pharmacology
A recent study has shown that in the near future, hardly any of us will not be affected by dementia, either as a sufferer, or as a carer. This three part series focuses on the people trying to change that, both in a medical sense and in a sense of raising money and awareness for those who already suffer from it.
Wednesday 16th January
- Soul Music: Smile
BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Music, Film Studies, and Media Studies
This episode explores the songs written for Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, and how it had an effect on the story.
- The New Age of Capitalism: Artificial Intelligence
BBC Radio 4, 8:45pm – Recommended for… Computer Science and Economics
Presenter David Grossman is joined by Cambridge’s Diane Coyle and MIT’s Andrew McAfee as they discuss the future of AI and what sort of impact it could have on our society and economy.
- The Invention of Free Speech: Religion
BBC Radio 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Religious Studies
Historian Fara Dabhoiwala considers to what extent religion played a part in the creation of free speech.
Thursday 17th January
- The Battles That Won Our Freedom: Gay Rights
BBC Radio 4, 1:45pm – Recommended for… Sociology, PSHE, and History
Phil Tinline and Professor Frank Mort discuss the evolution of gay rights over the course of the past century, primarily focusing on journalist Peter Wildeblood, who was prosecuted for homosexual offences in 1954, and whose decision to open up about his sexuality prompted the government to begin thinking about changing the law to decriminalise homosexuality.
Friday 18th January
- Annalisa is Awkward
BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… PSHE, Medicine, and Psychology
Annalisa Dinnella and fellow comedians explore the concept of awkwardness and why it’s so hard to pin down.
- Crowd Science
BBC World Service, 8:30pm – Recommended for…Biology
This episode explores the chemical process that goes on inside your brain during a near-death experience, such as getting involved in an accident or falling out of a plane (before the parachute is pulled), causing a degree of memory loss for that period.