Saturday 2nd November
- The Left Hand of Darkness
BBC Radio 4 Extra, 6pm – Recommended for… English Literature and Sociology
This radio adaptation of Ursula Le Guin’s 1969 sci-fi novel could be a really useful companion to anyone studying the text – there’s also a really good audio cast here, including Toby Jones and Lesley Sharp.
Sunday 3rd November
BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… English Literature
Another literature related programme here (and not the last for this week!) – this time we’re catching up with Helen Fielding about Bridget Jones’s Diary, a great text for studying modern fiction and its audience.
Monday 4th November
- The Extinction Tapes: the Alabama Pigtoe Mussel
BBC Radio 4, 1:45pm – Recommended for… Zoology and Geography
This series about lesser-known extinct species runs throughout the week, beginning here with this mollusc, whose disappearance has brought about some major shifts in the waves of Alabama.
- Welcome Money
BBC Radio 4, 8pm – Recommended for… History, Business Studies, and Economics
This one-off programme gives us an insight into the economic repercussions of the Berlin Wall, as over 4 billion deutschmarks were claimed by citizens of East Germany after its fall. This feeds into a new season of TV and radio broadcasts on the BBC that focus on the Cold War and a divided Germany.
- Analysis: Changing Our Minds
BBC Radio 4, 8:30pm – Recommended for… Psychology and Philosophy
Is it possible to wholly change someone’s mind on a topic that they feel strongly about? Some might say not, but this programme with Margart Hefferman is here to challenge that idea, providing examples and demonstrating how it is possible to change a person’s mind on certain topics.
- The Essay: 2019 – The Year of Blade Runner
BBC Radio 3, 10:45pm – Recommended for… English Literature, Film Studies, and Architecture
So, we’ve reached November 2019. It’s the time in which Blade Runner (adapted from Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) is set – but how close are we to the futuristic society envisioned in the film? Each day this week, a different writer will reflect on a certain aspect of the film and its link to today’s world, starting here with Deyan Sudjic, who discusses how architecturally (and generally visually) modern-day Los Angeles compares to its depiction in Blade Runner.
Tuesday 5th November
- All in the Mind
BBC Radio 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Counselling and PSHE
Stress in the workplace is the topic of this week’s discussion, where Claudia Hammond talks to Gail Kinman and Adam Kay discuss its causes and what can be done to alleviate it.
Wednesday 6th November
- Thinking Allowed: Disasters
BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Geography, Economics, and Sociology
Kathleen Tierney finds out more about the human, environmental, and economic impact of natural disasters on a country and how these impacts are not always felt equally across the country’s population.
- Twayna Mayne: Black Woman: Trans-Racial Adoption
BBC Radio 4, 11pm – Recommended for… Sociology and PSHE
Comedian Twayna Mayne is a black woman who was brought up in a white household, and here she recounts her experience of being a trans-racial adoptee with Pauline Black, the lead singer of The Selecter.
Thursday 7th November
- The Forum: Rudolf Nureyev
BBC World Service, 9:05am – Recommended for… Dance and History
Presenter Bridget Kendall talks to guests Julie Kavanagh and Thierry Fouquet about Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, whose fame came largely from his spectacular dancing, but also from his defection from the Soviet Union in the early 60s.
Friday 8th November
- Front Row
BBC Radio 4, 7:15pm – Recommended for… English Literature
As the BBC’s 100 Novels that Shaped the World are released today, this programme highlights the books according to the main categories they belong in, such as Class & Society and Coming of Age.