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

Welcome back to our Radio Picks of the Week! Psychologists have got plenty to look forward to this week, but there’s plenty for everyone else too, from MFL to business studies.

Saturday 6th July

  • The Bottom Line
    BBC Radio 4, 5:30pm – Recommended for… Business Studies
    Evan Davis and Barry Williams discuss how discount stores such as Aldi and Primark have gone more upmarket over the past few years and how this reflects the market in general. They also consider whether it’s possible for these shops to continue on this path.
  • Archive on 4: God bless the Prince of Wales
    BBC Radio 4, 8pm – Recommended for… History
    The basis of this programme is the investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales, but it’s real focus is on its impact on the social and political scene of the 1960s and its relationship to England and Wales’ past.

Sunday 7th July

  • Bookclub
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    Author Gail Honeyman discusses her breakout 2017 novel, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, which may be of interest to English Literature students at a HE level.
  • Drama on 3: A Clockwork Orange
    BBC Radio 3, 7:30pm – Recommended for… Film Studies
    Another one for HE here – this is a radio adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ dystopian tale includes a score written by Burgess himself, which is performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Monday 8th July

  • The Pleasures of Brecht 
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… English Literature, History and Politics
    This documentary programme  explores the works of the German poet, his opposition to communist rule in East Germany and the things that he took joy in in day-to-day life.
  • The Digital Human 
    BBC Radio 4, 4:30pm – Recommended for… Sociology and Computer Science
    Aleks Krotoski explores the rapid development of technology and how this could have a knock-on effect on our own development as human beings.

Tuesday 9th July

  • Translating for Mum and Dad
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… MFL
    Dr Humera Iqbal explores the lives of a handful of migrant children as they act as unofficial translators for their parents, whose language skills are not as polished as those of their children.
  • In the Studio: Bicycles of the Future
    BBC World Service, 11:30am – Recommended for…Engineering, PE
    With the Tour de France starting up again this week, this programme with bicycle designers Paul Harder and Mette Walsted is a perfect accompaniment to the main action. Here, they talk about the ever-developing innovations in bike design and how they impact the cyclists’ performance.
  • People Fixing the World: Inside the School Where Wellbeing Comes First
    BBC World Service, 8:05pm – Recommended for… Psychology and Counselling
    In a world where our general mental health is in decline, it’s shocking that there isn’t all that much support for students of all ages. However, this is not the case in Highgate Primary School, which is going above and beyond to make sure that their pupils’ mental health is well looked after. Tune in to find out more about their practices and the impact that its had on the pupils.

Wednesday 10th July

  • Soul Music: Back to Black
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Music
    Amy Winehouse’s classic song came out in 2006, but its impact is still being felt today, it seems. We find this out as members of the public talk about what the song means to them personally. A great idea if you’re looking to teach your students about the emotional impact of music!

Thursday 11th July

  • Bringing Up Britain: Generation Anxious
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Psychology, Sociology, PSHE and Counselling
    As mentioned above, our mental health is rapidly declining, especially with children and teenagers. This programme explores the potential causes of anxiety at such ages and what parents can do to help where possible.
  • The Forum: Kafka’s The Metamorphosis 
    BBC World Service, 9:05 am – Recommended for… Psychology and English Literature
    Rajan Datar and guests discuss Kafka’s novella and what form that it’s most likely that its protagonist took after his metamorphosis.
  • Drama: Variations on a Theme
    BBC Radio 4, 2:15pm – Recommended for… Sociology
    This drama focuses in on the rise of fake news and its impact on society.

Friday 12th July

  • Heart and Soul: Rwanda’s Muslims 25 Years After the Genocide
    BBC World Service, 1:30pm – Recommended for… Religious Studies and History
    Audrey Brown looks back at the Rwandan genocide, finding out more about the huge role that the Muslim community played in hiding and protecting Tutsis.
  • The Verb
    BBC Radio 3, 10pm – Recommended for… English Literature, English Language and Welsh
    Rowan Williams talks to authors Adam Thirlwell and Adania Shibli about how poetry can ‘feel’ different in different languages, even if there’s a brilliant translator at work. For reference, they discuss the work of Taliesin, a Welsh bard.