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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 5th – 11th October 2019

Welcome back to our Radio Picks of the Week! There are programmes for all three sciences on this week, as well as a wealth of resources for RE. As always, there’s plenty for everyone though!

Saturday 5th October

  • Archive on 4: Judy Garland: the Final Rainbow 
    BBC Radio 4, 8pm – Recommended for… Drama, Film Studies, and Sociology
    With the release of her biographical film on the horizon, this programme explores the final year in the life of actress Judy Garland, following her legacy and the obstacles that she faced. Archive recordings as well as interviews with her husbands help to shed light on how Hollywood treated her and the impact of this on her later life.

Sunday 6th October

  • Ashley Blacker’s Goyish Guide to Judaism – 2 
    BBC Radio 4, 7:15pm – Recommended for… Religious Studies
    The second part of Orthodox Jewish stand-up comedian Ashley Blacker’s programme about Judaism is finally here… 17 months after part one. He’s back to explain how religious events are observed in his family as well as debunking some worryingly common myths. With him being a comedian, this is sure to have a good level of humour to it, too.
  • The Film Programme
    BBC Radio 4, 11pm – Recommended for… Music and Film Studies
    The sound design from Apocalypse Now won itself an Oscar, and now its designer Walter Murch talks to Antonia Quirke about his methods and his latest documentary project. Perfect for those looking to study the film industry outside of acting and directing!

Monday 7th October

  • Book of the Week: the Body
    BBC Radio 4, 9:45am – Recommended for… Biology and Medicine
    Bill Bryson’s new book may seem a little out of the ordinary for him – it spotlights various parts of the human body, discussing their functions and the mysteries that scientists are yet to uncover about how they work. This first episode focuses on the brain, with episodes on the head/face, mouth and throat, and our bodies’ relationship with sleep to follow over the course of the week!
  • David Cannodine: On Crossing the Religious Divide
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… History and Religious Studies
    The historian is back, this time discussing why it is that we tend to focus on the conflicts between religions in our historical studies and ignore the bonds formed during peacetime. Tackling topics such as the Roman Empire and Spain and the Reformation, this should be a thought-provoking insight on how this effects our judgement of religion.

Tuesday 8th October

  • Leaks, Tweets and Modern Diplomacy
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… Politics and PSHE
    The face of diplomacy has changed radically over the past few years, with social and general online media becoming a more integral part of swaying public opinion. Here, James Landale goes behind the scenes to find out what skills are being implemented to make sure that diplomacy survives in our digital age.
  • In the Studio
    BBC World Service, 11:30am – Recommended for… Spanish, Art & Design, and Geography
    This episode of the show transports us to Havana, where we hear more from contemporary artist Kadir López-Nieves about his latest project. It involves restoring the neon signs that used to be an integral part of the city’s design and culture in the pre-Castro years and why this is important to him.

Wednesday 9th October

  • Only Artists
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… English Literature and English Language
    The creative process is the topic of conversation in this week’s episode, featuring authors Tracey Chevalier and Edmund de Waal. Perfect for any aspiring authors out there!
  • Thinking Allowed: Council Estates 
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Sociology and PSHE
    Laurie Taylor and guests investigate why the image of council housing has changed so dramatically since its implementation. These estates were meant to be a beacon of social inclusion, but these days are often now associated with a bad reputation.

Thursday 10th October

  • Free Thinking: East Meets West: Tom Holland
    BBC Radio 3, 10pm – Recommended for… Religious Studies, Geography, History, Architecture, and Art & Design
    Historian Tom Holland (no, not Spider-Man Tom Holland) and Matthew Sweet present this programme which explores just how much Western art and architecture was actually significantly influenced by the Islamic World in years gone by.

Friday 11th October

  • The Art of Innovation: Patterns from Atoms 
    BBC Radio 4, 1:45pm – Recommended for… Chemistry, Physics, and Fashion & Textiles
    This seems to be an odd mix of subjects, I know. However, they’re closer than you may think in this context, in which we find out more about how and why insulin, haemoglobin and X-ray crystallography have been used to create certain types of material and decor over the years.
  • Crowd Science 
    BBC World Service, 8:30pm – Recommended for… Biology
    A question from listener Billy Woods is what sparked the topic of this episode’s debate – is it possible in this day and age to live to 200, and if so, how could we go about it? There should be some interesting theories presented here, so if this is a topic of interest to you and/or your teaching, be sure to tune in!