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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 13th – 19th April 2019

Welcome back to our radio Picks of the Week! There’s a really wide variety of different resources coming your way this week, especially for English and medicine.

Saturday 13th April

  • The Documentary: India’s Forbidden Love
    BBC World Service, 9:30pm – Recommended for… Religious Studies and Politics
    This programme explores India’s outlook on inter-faith and inter-caste love and marriage at a time of religious extremism.
  • Drama: Luke, Acts
    BBC Radio 4, 2:30pm – Recommended for… Religious Studies
    Perfectly placed just before Easter, this retelling of Luke’s defence of Paul should be a refreshing take on the story, including a thought on why none of Jesus’ female disciples (save for the two Marys) are ever mentioned in the gospel.
  • Art of Living: Only Happiness 
    BBC Radio 4, 3:30pm – Recommended for… Music and Medicine
    Here, YolanDa Brown finds out more about Williams syndrome, which, among other things, gives those with it an affinity for music.

Sunday 14th April

  • In Business: the Irresistible Rise of eSports 
    BBC Radio 4, 9:30pm – Recommended for… Computer Science and Sociology
    John Murphy reports on the possibility that sports stars are having their limelight being stolen by so-called eSports players. There are now major championships for those who play games such as Fifa and League of Legends, with the top players earning up to a million pounds a year. It seems that the lines between real sports and eSports are becoming blurred.

Monday 15th April

  • Peach Fuzz
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… Biology and PSHE
    Mona Chalabi investigates the attitude that society has towards women in regard to body hair. While beards are becoming more and more fashionable with men, any sort of hair on a woman is considered abnormal – but why is that?
  • The Conversation 
    BBC World Service, 11:30am – Recommended for… PSHE and Counselling
    Writer Winnie Li and charity founder Brisa de Angulo have both been victims of rape. Here, they talk about how these awful experiences affected their lives and what they have done as a result to help others who have been in their situation.

Tuesday 16th April

  • Marking Time
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Design Technology, Architecture, and Stone Masonry
    This one is a little bit niche, but looks interesting nonetheless – presenter Susan Marling talks to letter cutter Lida Kindersley about the amount of time and effort it takes to cut words into stone.
  • Free Thinking: Should Doctors Cry? 
    BBC Radio 3, 10pm – Recommended for… Medicine and Nursing
    In this thought-provoking conversation, Anne McElvoy talks to medical professionals in various fields to discuss whether or not it is appropriate for a doctor to show emotion in front of patients.

Wednesday 17th April

  • New Ways of Seeing: Invisible Networks 
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Sociology and Computer Science
    A re-imagination of John Berger’s 1972 series questioning the way that we perceive things. Here, artist James Bridle attempts to use Berger’s ideas to deconstruct the various elements that make up the digital age, with one example being ‘is the internet actually invisible, or has it taken a physical form through phones and computers?’

Thursday 18th April

  • In Our Time: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… English Literature
    This falls nicely in line with the revision period for those studying Shakespeare. Host Melvyn Bragg talks to Alison Findley, Tom Healy, and Helen Hackett about various themes and scenes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Friday 19th April

  • A Star Is Re-Born 
    BBC Radio 2, 12pm – Recommended for… Film Studies
    It’s very unusual for a remake of a beloved film to become just as popular, if not more so, than the original. However, this was the case with 2018’s A Star Is Born (with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper), remade off the back of three previous versions of the same film. Here, Matthew Morrison ponders what exactly it is about this story that keeps people coming back for more.
  • Front Row 
    BBC Radio 4, 7:15pm – Recommended for… English
    In this episode, presenter Kirsty Lang talks to children’s author Liz Pichon (of Tom Gates fame) about her books.