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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 12th – 18th January 2019

Welcome back! January kicks off to a good start this week with a range of great radio broadcasts, including programmes on Roald Dahl, Caitlin Moran, and Charlie Chaplin.

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.