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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 4th – 10th May 2019

Welcome back to our picks of the best radio broadcasts for teaching and learning for the coming week! There’s a lot of programmes for a variety of subjects this week, from biology to philosophy.

Saturday 4th May

  • Drama: Live and Let Die 
    BBC Radio 4, 2:30pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    This adaptation of Ian Fleming’s novel may not star Roger Moore as the iconic 007, but it’s much more faithful to its source material and may beneficial to those studying the spy genre at a HE level.

Sunday 5th May

  • The Reunion: Pioneering Women Newsreaders 
    BBC Radio 4, 11:15am – Recommended for… Journalism and Sociology
    Presenter Sue MacGregor talks to some of the first female newsreaders about their careers and how they worked hard to bring women into the newsrooms in the 1970s and 80s.
  • The Press, the Police, the Politicians and Their Public
    BBC Radio 4, 1:30pm – Recommended for… Journalism, Politics, Policing, and Media Studies
    With phrases such as “fake news” and accusations of bias from both the police and the media being thrown around, Simon Jack investigates how the lines between politics, the law, and the media are becoming blurred and what could be done to fix it.
  • Ruby Wax: Frazzled
    BBC Radio 4, 7:15pm – Recommended for… Medicine, PSHE, and Health & Social Care
    Comedian Ruby Wax is well-known for speaking up about her mental health – here, she reads from her book, Frazzled, first read out in front of a live audience, where she explores a variety of mental health issues.

Monday 6th May

  • Start the Week
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… English Literature
    Chaucer and Shakespeare are the focal points of this episode, where Marion Turner discusses recent revelations about the former’s background while Emma Smith discusses the potential that the latter’s plays might actually contain themes of PTSD and intersectionality.
  • The Great Science Publishing Scandal 
    BBC Radio 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Law and Science
    This one is more of a law issue than anything, but it’s good for scientists to know, nonetheless. Matthew Cobb tries to untangle the answers about whether scientific research really belongs to scientists, publishers, or the public.
  • When Greeks Flew Kites
    BBC Radio 4, 11pm – Recommended for… History and Sociology
    You might have to look twice at the title, and you’d be right to. This programme is all about exploring how the records of various events in history may have been skewed, purposefully or inadvertently, to help justify the actions of those involved. History is written by the winners, after all.

Tuesday 7th May

  • The Documentary: When the Things Start to Talk
    BBC World Service, 1:30pm – Recommended for… Computer Science
    With the rapid development of voice-recognition and AI technology, Philip Moynagh, former Vice President of Intel, discusses the repercussions of having “things” that can talk to us and to each other.
  • Great Lives: Jane Austen 
    BBC Radio 4, 4:30pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    Of course, this is a must for English literature students. With Austen being one of the most popular authors on the A Level syllabus, this discussion between Matthew Parris, Caroline Criado-Perez and Paula Byrne would make a great revision tool for those studying her works.

Wednesday 8th May

  • The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry: Jurassic Squark 
    BBC Radio 4, 9:30am – Recommended for… Biology and Physics
    In addition to having one of the best programme titles this week, this episode of Hannah Fry and Adam Rutherford’s scientific mission looks really interesting and fun. The topic in question – what sound dinosaurs made and why.
  • The Compass: Slums and Urban Regeneration: Medellín, Colombia 
    BBC World Service, 1:30pm – Recommended for… Spanish and Geography
    The final installment in Fi Glover, Ellie Cosgrave, and Greg Clark’s series to try and find the world’s most “perfect” and innovative cities sees them land in Medellín, where the slums are rapidly transforming into urban centres and street crime is on the decrease.

Thursday 9th May

  • In Our Time: Bergson and Time
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Philosophy
    Melvyn Bragg’s historical figure of interest this week is French philosopher Henri Bergson, whose focus included free will, intuition and time.
  • Open Country: Stonehenge and Its Community 
    BBC Radio 4, 3pm – Recommended for… History
    When there was a proposal made for a two-mile road tunnel near the national monument, there was uproar from across the country. Here, Helen Mark discusses the history behind the monument and why it is still so important to many people.

Friday 10th May

  • The Devolution Decades 
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… Politics
    James Naughtie explores devolution and its impact on British politics, starting at the beginning and continuing to the present, where he discusses Scotland’s strained relationship with England.