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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 2nd – 8th February 2019

Welcome back to our round-up of the best radio broadcasts for teaching and learning coming your way this week. There’s a good deal of business studies-related programmes on this week, so keep your eyes peeled!

Saturday 2nd February

  • The Bottom Line: The Internet of Things
    BBC Radio 4, 5:30pm – Recommended for… Business Studies
    Kevin Ashton, the man who coined the phrase ‘The Internet of Things’, speaks to host Evan Davis about how we are using more and more remote-access devices – cars, doorbells, and even household appliances – and what this will mean for the future of businesses and consumers.

Sunday 3rd February

  • On Your Farm: the Ethical Dairy
    BBC Radio 4, 6:35pm – Recommended for… Catering and PSHE
    With the general public becoming more and more aware of some unethical practices used in the production of dairy produce, there has been a rise in farmers who are determined to make sure that their practices are 100% ethical. Caz Graham investigates such farms here.

Monday 4th February

  • Paris Blue
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Music, Film, Art & Design and History
    Kevin Legendre talks to fellow jazz musicians and writers about the mixing of American jazz and the French New Wave in Paris during the 50s and 60s.

Tuesday 5th February

  • Why Can’t Our Children Talk?
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… PSHE
    Kim Normanton investigates the low levels of communication skills possessed by children who are just starting school, which is becoming a concern of more and more teachers today.
  • Quirke’s Cast and Crew
    BBC Radio 4, 11:30am – Recommended for… Media Studies
    This new series sees critic Antonia Quirke speaking to crew members from various upcoming productions for film and TV.
  • Drama: Blind School 
    BBC Radio 4, 2:15pm – Recommended for… PSHE
    This drama follows Nina, a girl with deteriorating sight, who begins the new year in a school for blind students, Charlesworthy School for the Blind. She makes new friends along the way, but she stuggles with the prospect of losing her sight forever.

Wednesday 6th February

  • How to Disagree: a Beginner’s Guide to Having Arguments
    BBC Radio 4, 9:30am – Recommended for… Law and Politics
    Arguments can be annoying enough as it is, whether they be personal or professional, let alone when you struggle for a way to present your side of it. I’ve personally known a few law students who have found debating difficult to begin with, so this programme, which explores the best ways to build constructive arguments, could be really useful.

Thursday 7th February

  • Drama: Black Boy Fly
    BBC Radio 4, 2:15pm – Recommended for… PSHE
    In this wry-humoured drama, south-Londoner Sommore leaves her street artist roots to take her son to a private school in west London. But what does leaving her old life mean for herself and her community?
  • The Bottom Line: University as a Business
    BBC Radio 4, 8:30pm – Recommended for… Business Studies
    Universities generate a high proportion of money for the British economy each year, but what do they spend their students’ tuition fees on?  Evan Davis and guests discuss this as well as debating whether universities are better off staying as they are, or once again becoming centrally funded.

Friday 8th February

  • Desert Island Discs
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Music
    This new series sees Vic Reeves’ comedy partner Bob Mortimer comes along to discuss which albums he would take with him to a deserted island.