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

Welcome back to our Radio Picks of the Week! There’s a really wide variety of programmes on this week – aside from the general focus on moon-related broadcasts, there are programmes out there that cover topics from Art History to Health & Social Care.

Saturday 13th July

  • Floating in Space
    BBC Radio 4 Extra, 7pm – Recommended for… Astronomy and Physics
    Samira Ahmed takes us on a tour through space (and the BBC archive) by recapping our voyages into the great expanse – from the very beginning, to the moon landings, and beyond.
  • The Engineers: Space Flight Engineering 
    BBC World Service, 7:05pm – Recommended for… Engineering and Physics
    Recorded at London’s Imperial College, Kevin Fong talks to experts such as Adam Steltzner from NASA, Anuradha TK, Director of India’s satellite programme, and David Parker of the European Space Agency. Their topic of discussion? The importance of scientific and engineering advancement in reaching a new phase in space travel.
  • One Giant Step: David Bowie’s Space Oddity 
    BBC Radio 2, 9pm – Recommended for… Music
    Of course, we couldn’t give you just documentaries on space travel – Bowie’s first hit was also released in July 1969, and Tris Penna is here to celebrate it. Includes previously unaired interviews with Bowie as well as interviews with his peers.

Sunday 14th July

  • Renaissance Man: the Last Judgement of Giorgio Vasari
    BBC Radio 4, 3pm – Recommended for… Art History
    Vasari is often seen as key figure in art history, especially in the Renaissance period. So, students of this subject might be interested in this drama based around his life, written by Sarah Dunant and produced by Eileen Horne.
  • Sunday Feature: Cold War in Full Swing – Louis Armstrong and the GDR
    BBC Radio 3, 6:45pm – Recommended for… Music and History
    This documentary explores the extraordinary connection between jazz musician Louis Armstrong and the people of East Germany, whose music consumption was often restricted by the state. Despite this, Armstrong became the first jazz musician to play in the GDR, and here we can find out more about this tour.

Monday 15th July

  • Beyond Belief: the Imagination 
    BBC Radio 4, 4:30pm – Recommended for… Art & Design, English, Religious Studies, and Psychology
    Originally recorded at the Hay Festival in May, Ernie Rea talks to neuroscientist Anna Abraham and creatives across various fields to explore whether faith plays an active part in our creativity.
  • Moon
    BBC Radio 4, 7:45pm – Recommended for… History, Astronomy, and Physics
    This series, aired as 15-minute episodes each day this week, tells the tale of the Apollo 11 astronaughts through the use of original NASA transcripts from the mission.
  • The Essay: Mise en Scène
    BBC Radio 3, 10:45pm – Recommended for… Film Studies and History
    Another week-long series here, this time recapping the mise-en-scène of films from the the 1960s and 70s and how it reflected the societal and political landscape of the time.

Tuesday 16th July

  • The Life Scientific 
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Science
    In keeping with this week’s space-mania, Jim Al-Khalili talks about the future of space travel with Katherine Joy.
  • No Triumph, No Tragedy
    BBC Radio 4, 3:30pm – Recommended for… Medicine, Helath & Social Care, and PSHE
    Peter White meets with public figures who live with a disability to find out more about how their condition affects their lives and how they work around it. His first guest is Paralympic champion and commentator Victoria Arlen.
  • Word of Mouth
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… English Language and Linguistics
    This is a bit of an odd one, but it might be useful for those studying English – it’s the history and usage of the word ‘the’.

Wednesday 17th July

  • Four Thought 
    BBC Radio 4, 9:30am – Recommended for… Art & Design
    RM Sánchez-Camus talks with presenter Ollie Mann about the use of art as a medium to express the fear of death and dying.

Thursday 18th July

  • Exposed: Young Female Photographers 
    BBC Radio 4, 11:30am – Recommended for… Art & Design, Sociology, and Journalism
    Emma Dabiri explores how the age of the selfie has altered female perceptions of identity.

Friday 19th July

  • The Listening Project
    BBC Radio 4, 11:55pm – Recommended for… PSHE, Sociology, and Psychology
    Fi Glover talks to two PhD students to try and find out more about why a lot of people struggle to make friends and how people define friendship in different ways.