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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 23rd – 29th November 2019

Welcome back to our Radio Picks of the Week! This week, we’ve got a wide variety of programmes coming up, so whether physics, psychology, or ancient history is your thing, there’s something here for you.

Saturday 23rd November

  • Archive on 4: Embarrassment 
    BBC Radio 4 Extra, 3pm – Recommended for… Psychology, Biology, and Philosophy
    This one-off programme sees author Lynne Truss exploring the nature of embarrassment through associated emotions and scientific conjecture.

Sunday 24th November

  • Power Lines
    BBC Radio 4, 4:30pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    We turn our literary eyes to Birmingham in this documentary, where poet Amerah Saleh introduces us to its blossoming poetry scene.

Monday 25th November

  • Start the Week: Love and Unreason
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Ancient History, English Literature, and Philosophy
    Ah love, the catalyst for many a bad decision. But why is it that the two often come hand in hand? That’s what Andrew Marr is here to discuss with his guests as they explore various representations of love and unreason through the centuries, starting with the goddess of love herself – Aphrodite.
  • Exhaustion: a History
    BBC Radio 4, 8pm – Recommended for… PSHE
    It seems that more and more people are suffering from fatigue and burnout in our modern society, with a lot of pressure being put on productivity, even in our down-time. Here, Philip Ball questions if previous generations have suffered from similar exhaustion, and if so, due to what.
  • Dance Til You Bleed: the World According to Hans Christian Andersen 
    BBC Radio 3, 10:45pm – Recommended for… English Literature and German
    Every day this week, Toby Jones will be narrating one of Hans Christian Andersen’s troubling fairytales. This first installment sees him narrating The Most Incredible Thing, a story in which a King’s proclamations put his daughter’s happiness on the line.

Tuesday 26th November

  • Costing the Earth 
    BBC Radio 4, 3:30pm – Recommended for… Geography
    If you were planning on catching Meat: a Threat to Our Planet on Monday over on BBC1, this programme could make for the perfect accompaniment. It explores what environmental changes could occur if we were all to go vegan.

Wednesday 27th November

  • Behind the Scenes
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Drama
    This programme goes well… behind the scenes at Acta Theatre in Bristol, where actors create and perform original dramas based on their life experience, rather than performing an existing play and casting actors to fit the roles.
  • The Compass
    BBC World Service, 1:30pm – Recommended for… Geography and PSHE
    Greta Thunberg’s name is now one of the most famous in the world. Her climate activism has had a huge impact on people across the world, but she’s not the only young person out there who’s making a difference. This programme catches up with some other young leading climate change activists, such as 15-year-old Stella Bowles.
  • Thinking Allowed: Black Music Culture
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Music, History, and Sociology
    Caspar Melville, academic at the School of Oriental and African Studies, talks to host Laurie Taylor about the post-colonial black music scene in London, covering everything from reggae to grime.

Thursday 28th November

  • In Business: Keeping the Lights On 
    BBC Radio 4, 8:30pm – Recommended for… Physics and PSHE
    There’s a bigger demand now more than ever to switch to clean energy – but how will we do it without losing power in our homes? That’s what David Barker is exploring here, talking to the National Power Grid to see what they’re doing to switch to cleaner yet reliable power supplies.

Friday 29th November

  • That’s Edutainment! 
    BBC Radio 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Psychology
    Matthew sweet discusses the educational value of television, including points of information retention and the use of allegory in fictional TV.