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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 27th – 2nd August 2019

Welcome back to our Radio Picks of the Week! There’s a plenty of programmes for a wide range of subjects on this week, but we suspect that English teachers might be especially pleased.

Saturday 27th July

  • World Book Club
    BBC Radio 4 Extra, 3pm – Recommended for… English and History
    This week’s Book Club, first broadcast in 2016, talks to children’s author and illustrator Judith Kerr about her novel, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Sunday 28th July 2019

  • David Cannadine: On Crossing the Religious Divide 
    BBC Radio 4, 1:30pm – Religious Studies and History
    Historian David Cannadine looks back over the ages, from the Roman Empire to present-day Northern Ireland and examines the way that religion and its clashes and wars have been presented in history.
  • No Egos, No Divas: New Poets in Irish 
    BBC Radio 4, 4:30pm – Recommended for… Literature
    Louis de Paor meets with Aifric Mac Aodha and Simon O Faoláin about the increasing popularity of Irish poetry in recent times.

Monday 29th July

  • Book of the Week: Salt on Your Tongue
    BBC Radio 4, 9:45am – Recommended for… English and Ancient History
    Spread across each day this week, these excerpts from Charlotte Runcie’s novel explore the role that the sea has played in myths and legends across time. Perfect for teaching about the importance of symbolism in writing.
  • Discovery
    BBC World Service, 8:30pm – Philosophy, English Literature, Religious Studies, and Science
    With his 100th birthday approaching, scientist James Lovelock, who presented the Gaia theory that the Earth is one interconnected, self-regulating system. Here, he talks about how he has developed this theory over the years, and how he thinks things will continue to develop in the future.

Tuesday 30th July

  • The Life Scientific
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Biology and Medicine
    Jim Al-Khalili talks to Jonny Ball about viruses and how they damage and kill us. Ball has intensively studied HIV, Ebola, and Hepatitis C and explains his hopes to produce vaccines to fight them.
  • Art of Now: Hands
    BBC Radio 4, 11:30pm – Recommended for… Art & Design, Psychology, and English
    Psychotherapist Philippa Perry discusses the importance of hands in our everyday lives, from communication to art.

Wednesday 31 July

  • The Compass: Ground Shift: the Farming Revolution
    BBC World Service, 1pm – Recommended for… Agriculture and Geography
    Anna Jones speaks to next-generation farmers from Australia, Ghana, and the US to talk about what their work involves and how this has evolved since the previous generations began.
  • Angela Carter’s Book of Fairytales 
    BBC Radio 4 Extra, 4pm – Recommended for… 6pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    No, this isn’t a audio version of The Bloody Chamber. It is, however, a collection of folk tales from the early 90s that were curated by Carter, so this could make for an ideal companion to the teaching of The Bloody Chamber.

Thursday 1st August

  • The Film Programme
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Film Studies, Drama, and English
    Although this deals with films specifically, it’s got a potentially wide-reach. Essentially, this week’s topic of discussion is how childrens’ films can offer a perfect introduction to genre.
  • Making History: Supply Line 
    BBC Radio 4, 8pm – Recommended for… History
    Iszi Lawrence and Tom Holland (no, not Spider-Man) look back on methods of mass transportation in bygone years. How far back do they look, you may ask? All the way to Hannibal (no, not the serial killer).

Friday 2nd August

  • Peterloo: the Massacre That Changed Britain
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… History
    The 1819 massacre undoubtedly changed the face of the country, and here Katherine Viner goes over the terrible series of events, talking to the descendants of the marchers.
  • Literary Pursuits – Jekyll and Hyde
    BBC Radio 3, 10pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    Sarah Dillon dives into the backstory behind the writing of RL Stevenson’s novel, discovering more about Stevenson and his influences in the process. Perfect for those teaching the novel!
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