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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 4th – 10th January 2020

Welcome back to our Radio Picks of the Week! Geography and psychology educators are in for a real treat this week with a wide range of programmes suitable for them. There’s plenty for everyone else too though, so fear not!

Saturday 4th January

  • The Imitable PG Wodehouse 
    BBC Radio 4 Extra, 9am – Recommended for… English Literature
    Alexander Armstrong presents this celebration of the life and works of PG Wodehouse – perfect if he’s a topic of study in your class!
  • A Small Matter of Hope 
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… Psychology
    Pessimism is the topic of this programme, as Fraser Nelson investigates why we as humans are more inclined to be pessimistic about the world around us. He talks to psychologist Professor Steven Pinker as well as authors Matt Haig and Rosling Runnlund to discuss the topic further.
  • Archive on 4: Virtues of Vulnerability with Ed Balls
    BBC Radio 4, 8pm – Recommended for… Politics and Psychology
    Former politician Ed Balls talks to a number of famous faces from different industries (including sport, business, politics, and media) about how they maintain a public face during difficult times. They also discuss whether revealing vulnerability to the press is a good idea or not.

Sunday 5th January

  • The World Turned Upside Down 
    BBC Radio 4, 1:30pm – Recommended for… Physics, Politics, Business Studies, and Geography
    Fossil fuels have been our main source of energy for more than a century, but what will happen now that we have come to realise the environmental impact that they’re having on our planet? James Lansdale is here to discuss just that, examining what various countries are doing to make their energy cleaner and more renewable.
  • Gentileschi’s Revenge 
    BBC Radio 3, 6:45pm – Recommended for… Art & Design, Art History, and Sociology
    Caroline Walker explores the life and works of Italian Baroque painter and feminist icon Artemisia Gentileschi ahead of a retrospective in the National Gallery.
  • Radiolab
    BBC Radio 4, 11pm – Recommended for… Film Studies, History, Medicine, English Literature, and Religious Studies
    Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich explore the significance of blood, from both a real-life medical perspective and the significance of its portrayal in both fiction and religion alike.

Monday 6th January

  • Beyond Belief
    BBC Radio 4, 4:30pm – Recommended for… Religious Studies
    This intriguing-looking episode of the series explores our sense of smell and why it is so important in many different religions.
  • The Essay: Beneath the Night 
    BBC Radio 3, 10:45pm – Recommended for… Physics, Astronomy, History, and Psychology
    This five-part series will air every day this week at the same time. It looks into why exactly we are so fascinated by the night sky and the meaning that we sometimes draw from the stars.

Tuesday 7th January

  • The Documentary: Trans in Japan
    BBC World Service, 1:30pm – Recommended for… Law and PSHE
    This episode The Documentary sees the team meeting up with Fumino Sugiyama, a transgender man from Japan who explains its harsh laws in regard to transgender rights and what he is doing to try and fight them.
  • Little Brexit 
    BBC Radio 4, 11pm – Recommended for… Politics
    David Walliams and Matt Lucas team up once again for this special episode of Little Britain, this time based around Brexit. This could maybe make for a good, lighthearted starter to an in-class debate.

Wednesday 8th January

  • D for Diagnosis
    BBC Radio 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Medicine and Psychology
    This three-part series explores the significance of naming a condition that a person may be suffering from. From reading initial notes on post-World War I shellshock to the use of unheard of diagnoses as weapons against enemies of the state in the Soviet Union, this seems like it will be worth the listen.

Thursday 9th January

  • Crossing Continents: The Wild World of Chernobyl 
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… Geography, Zoology, Biology, and Physics
    Humans have stayed clear of the ruins of Chernobyl due to its level of radioactivity, but over the past few years, more and more wildlife has been reported as returning to the area. Is this place, barely touched by humans in recent years, a perfect place for wildlife to flourish, or will the radioactivity of the area have severe effects on its population?

Friday 10th January

  • Green Originals
    BBC Radio 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Geography
    This short series (ten minutes per episode, with episodes 1-5 on today) spotlights leading environmental figures from the past 60 years, all the way to the present.