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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 6th – 12th April 2019

Welcome back to this week’s radio picks! There’s a really wide variety of programmes for a lot of subjects here, including stuff for P.E., business studies, and drama.

Saturday 6th April

  • The Inquiry
    BBC Radio 4, 5:30pm – Recommended for… Journalism and Politics
    This new eight-part series attempts to go behind the scenes of big news stories. In this episode, Ruth Alexander learns more about the politics of fear and how it affects news coverage.

Sunday 7th April

  • The Reunion: The French
    BBC Radio 4, 11:15am – Recommended for… History and French
    Presenter Sue MacGregor and historian Matthew Cobb meet with four surviving members of the French Resistance and find out more about their heroic acts during World War II.
  • Here Be Dragons
    BBC Radio 4, 4:30pm – Recommended for… Art & Design and English
    Anyone who reads fantasy novels will be familiar with the idea of a map appearing somewhere near the cover of the book. But why exactly are artists so invested in creating maps? Paul Farley meets with illustrator Chris Riddell and poet Zoe Skoulding to find out more.
  • Sunday Feature: The Actors’ Guide to Emotions
    BBC Radio 3, 6:45 – Recommended for… Drama
    Shahidha Bari goes back in time to find out more about how stage actors evolved from simply reading their lines aloud to expressing the emotions of their character. She talks with guests about this change, which started with David Garrick in 1741.
  • Thinking Allowed
    BBC Radio 4,12:15am – Recommended for… Business Studies and Marketing
    Laurie Taylor discusses the roles of branding and marketing across the board, whether it be for advertising products or political campaigns, and how they affect consumers.

Monday 8th April

  • The Essay: New Generation Figures: Marble, Muscle and Manly Bodies
    BBC Radio 3, 10:45pm – Recommended for… History, Sociology, P.E., and Art & Design
    Have you ever wondered where modern gym culture came from? Well, this programme, presented by Sarah Goldsmith, theorises that it began in the 18th century, when there was a lot of debate surrounding the ideal male body shape.

Tuesday 9th April

  • The Life Scientific
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… PSHE and Biology
    This week, Jim Al-Khalili talks to professor Richard Peto from Oxford University about why smoking kills and how quitting can improve your health.
  • Amritsar 1919: Remembering a British Massacre 
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… History
    Zareer Masani remembers those killed in Amritsar in 1919, when a British officer ordered Gurkha and Indian troops to open fire on a crowd of civilians. He also investigates the rumours surrounding the massacre, trying to pin down a real idea of what happened on that day.

Wednesday 10th April

  • The Compass: the Smart City: Seoul, South Korea
    BBC World Service, 1pm – Recommended for… Geography
    The Perfect Country team are back, though this time they’re in search of cities. This episode sees them highlighting the achievements of Seoul, which uses data to run itself efficiently.
  • Thinking Allowed: CEO Society
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Business Studies and Sociology
    Host Laurie Taylor talks to the Open University’s Peter Bloom, who has recently written a book on how big corporate leaders such as Mark Zuckerberg have become popular figures in society. He also talks to Intel’s Melissa Gregg about the rise in the way that CEOs believe productivity directly corresponds to good job performance.

Thursday 11th April

  • The Food Chain
    BBC World Service, 11:30am – Recommended for… Catering
    Food safety experts from around the world come together to discuss some of the horror stories that they have witnessed over the course of their careers. It definitely might be worth a listen if you’re teaching students how best (or how best not) to look after their kitchen.

Friday 12th April

  • The Verb: A Writer’s Emotions
    BBC Radio 3, 10pm – Recommended for… English
    Ian McMillan talks to Tara Bergin, Raymond Antrobus, Denise Miller, Aidan Moffat, and RM Hubbert about the ups and downs of being a writer.
  • The Essay: New Generation Thinkers: Where Do Human Rights Come From? 
    BBC Radio 3, 10:45pm – Recommended for… Law, Politics, Sociology, and Religious Studies
    Mills Daniel investigates the basis of human rights and argues that it is more rooted in religion than it is in society as a whole.