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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 24th – 30th November 2018

Welcome to our weekly round-up of some of the best radio broadcasts for teaching coming your way this week! Psychology and English take centre stage this week, with a number of programmes on famous authors how we perceive ourselves.

Saturday 24th November

  • Dangerous Visions: Kafka’s Metamorphosis
    BBC Radio 4, 2:30pm – Recommeded for… English Literature
    A black comedy twist on Kafka’s novella, where Gregor Samsa (voiced by Tom Basden) one day wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant insect.
  • Between the Ears
    BBC Radio 3, 9:30pm – Recommended for… Music and Welsh
    Poet Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch and composer Nina Perry work hand-in-hand towards a creation that captures the essence and stories of West Wales.

Sunday 25th November

  • Pursuit of Beauty: In Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom
    BBC Radio 4, 4:30pm – English Literature
    Modern writers visit Emily Dickinson’s home in Massachusetts, where people often travel to visit her room where she wrote her novels, which has now been refurbished and open for private writing sessions.

Monday 26th November

  • Book of the Week: The Letters of Sylvia Plath
    BBC Radio 4, 9:45am – Recommended for… English Literature and Medicine
    The second volume of correspondences between poet and author Sylvia Plath and those close to her follows her married life with Ted Hughes.
  • Maya Angelou: The Heart of a Woman
    BBC Radio 4, 7:45pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    Janice Okoh dramatises this radio adaptation of one of Maya Angelou’s autobiographies may be of particular interest to those studying I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Tuesday 27th November

  • The Life Scientific
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Chemistry and Biology
    Professor Alastair Hay talks to Jim al-Khalili about chemistry and how to get rid of chemical weapons.
  • Guilty Architecture
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Architecture and History
    Jonathan Glancey considers the morality of restoring buildings, such as those in Nuremburg.

Wednesday 28th November

  • A Fine Defence of Enid Blyton
    BBC World Service, 6:30am/1:30pm/8:30pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    Children’s author Enid Blyton has come under a lot of fire over the years, but here, Anne Fine argues that she was simply a product of her time.
  • Free Thinking: Slavery Stories
    BBC Radio 3, 10pm – Recommended for… History and Sociology
    A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley (the novel which coined the term “woke”) and Washington Black by Esi Edugyan are the books of discussion for this week.

Thursday 29th November

  • Thought Cages: The Power of Vanity
    BBC Radio 4, 1:45pm – Recommended for… Psychology
    Rory Sutherland investigates the power of vanity and its effect on our actions and mindset.
  • The Film Programme
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Film Studies
    Perfect for those studying Francis Ford Coppola, this week’s programme discusses The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, and how they have influenced new crime series McMafia.

Friday 30th November

  • A Mother’s Mind
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… Psychology, Medicine, and Health and Social Care
    This thought-provoking documentary takes a look at postpartum psychosis and the experiences of those who have suffered from it. Survivor Fiona also talks about her fears about it returning when she gives birth to her second child, who she is currently carrying.