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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 23rd February – 1st March 2019

Welcome to this week’s selection of the best radio broadcasts for teaching and learning on their way to you in the coming week! There’s a nice variety this week, including some that could be used for teaching dance and law.

Saturday 23rd February

  • Sound of Cinema 
    BBC Radio 3, 3pm – Recommended for… Music, Film Studies, and Media Studies
    This week’s episode sees presenter Matthew Sweet talk about the music used in espionage movies and its importance – perfect if you’re teaching Skyfall.

Sunday 24th February

  • The Invention of Britain
    BBC Radio 4, 1:30pm – Recommended for… History
    Presenter Misha Glenny examines how British culture has been pieced together over the years, starting with the union of Scotland and England in 1707.
  • Analysis: Fair Exchange? 
    BBC Radio 4, 9:30pm – Recommended for… Economics
    We’ve all tried searching out the best exchange rate when going abroad, but how exactly are these rates calculated? This is what Paul Johnson, director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, investigates.

Monday 25th February

  • Book of the Week: War Doctor
    BBC Radio 4, 9:45am – Recommended for… Medicine
    David Nott, a frontline trauma surgeon with 25 years of experience, reads excerpts from his newly-published memoir about the things that he has experienced in his work over the years.
  • Alexei Sayle’s The Absence of Normal 
    BBC Radio 4, 11:30am – Recommended for… History
    The first of four short stories written by comedian Alexei Sayle, The Only Man Stalin Was Afraid Of, is read here, with another three of his stories to come.
  • The Art of Now: Recombinant Rhymes and DNA Art 
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Art & Design, Biology, Medicine, and Biomedical Science
    Biotechnology is the focus of this programme, where Anna McNamee explores the unexpected link between art and DNA.
  • Maya Angelou: A Song Flung Up to Heaven
    BBC Radio 4, 7:45pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    The last of Maya Angelou’s works to be adapted by Radio 4 begins tonight, describing the events of her life between 1965 and 1968. At this time, she got in touch with Malcolm X upon her return to America, but he was assassinated before she got the chance to meet up with him.
  • Love Thy Synth
    BBC Radio 3, 10:45pm – Recommended for… English Literature and Sociology
    This looks to be an interesting (if a bit strange) combination of the Pygmalion and Narcissus myths set in the future. In its quest to explore the nature of relationships and loneliness, this story tells the tale of journalist Nikki and her robotic synthetic robodoll, who make podcasts together.

Tuesday 26th February

  • Drama: Test Case: Debbie Purdy
    BBC Radio 4, 2:15pm – Recommended for… Law and Medicine
    This is a dramatisation of the true story of Debbie Purdy, who, having received a diagnosis primary progressive multiple sclerosis, began campaigning for clarification on what would happen to partners or family members should they accompany someone to another country and help them to die.
  • Test Case: Debbie Purdy
    BBC Radio 4, 3pm – Recommended for… Law and Medicine
    Following on from the dramatisation of Debbie Purdy’s story, this programme examines Purdy’s legal case, hearing from her husband, Omar, and others who helped her campaign.

Wednesday 27th February

  • Only Artists 
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Dance
    This week’s episode of the show, which sees artists from two different disciplines discuss their techniques and creative processes, features Tamara Rojo, the artistic director of the English National Ballet, and Josie Rourke, the artistic director of London’s Donmar Warehouse Theatre.

Thursday 28th February

  • In Our Time: Antarah ibn Shaddad
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Arabic and History
    Host Melvyn Bragg talks to Marle Hammond (University of London), James Montgomery (University of Cambridge), and Harry Munt (University of York) about Antarah ibn Shaddad, pre-Islamic poet and knight.

Friday 1st March

  • Drama: The Old Man in the Moon
    BBC Radio 4, 2:15pm – Recommended for… History
    In this programme, a British-Iranian professor, Darius, returns to Iran after many years. In the process, he recalls his memories of his childhood there, when he and his friend Majid got caught up in the 1979 Iranian Revolution.