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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 7th – 13th September 2019

Welcome back to our Radio Picks of the Week! There’s a really wide range of programmes on this week, though English teachers may be particularly interested in the number of book adaptations available.

Saturday 7th September

  • Britain in a Box
    BBC Radio 4 Extra, 5:30pm – Recommended for… History, Media Studies, and Business Studies
    This series exploring modern-day British culture and how it evolved into what we know today kicks off by discussing classic TV programmes (including the news) and their influence.

Sunday 8th September

  • The Handmaid’s Tale
    BBC Radio 4 Extra, 8pm – Recommended for… English Literature, Politics, and Sociology
    This 5-part omnibus of the ten-part radio adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian tale could be a great way to reinforce students’ knowledge of the text.
  • The Film Programme
    BBC Radio 4, 11pm – Recommended for… Film Studies and Photography
    Obviously, cameramen are a necessity within the film industry, but what role do stills photographers play on set? That’s what presenter Antonia Quirke is chatting to photographer Keith Bernstein about.

Monday 9th September

  • Splitters 
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… Politics
    With modern British politics becoming more and more fractured as of late, this programme following the stories of MPs who have decided to split away from their parties to form their own might be of particular interest to politics students.

Tuesday 10th September

  • The Documentary: Hearing Me
    BBC World Service, 1:30pm – Recommended for… Medicine and Biology
    This one-off documentary explores how people with tinnitus experience sound in day-to-day life.
  • A Believer’s Guide to Atheism 
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Religious Studies
    Michael Symmons Roberts, a Catholic man who was once a strong atheist examines Britain’s relationship with religion today, talking to academics and other individuals who have found or lost faith over the years.

Wednesday 11th September

  • More Things That Made the Modern Economy 
    BBC Radio 4, 1:45pm – Recommended for… Economics and Business Studies
    Tim Harford returns to discuss a number of ideas and inventions that have helped to sculpt our modern economy.
  • Wide Sargasso Sea 
    BBC Radio 4 Extra, 2pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    Another English literature radio adaptation here, this time of Jean Rhys’ novel written in response to Jane Eyre. It could be useful for studying the text itself or to help draw connection to Charlotte Brontë’s novel.

Thursday 12th September

  • In Business: the Business of Clicks 
    BBC Radio 4, 8:30pm – Recommended for… Business Studies
    This episode of the business series explores the world of e-commerce and how it has changed the face of shopping over the years. Presenter Adam Shaw also theorises what online shopping might look like in ten years’ time.

Friday 13th September

  • Crowd Science: Can My Migraine Be Cured?
    BBC World Service, 8:30pm – Recommended for… Medicine
    Despite being a common and widespread issue, we haven’t come much closer to finding a way to cure the migraines that plague a surprising amount of people. However, it looks like a breakthrough might be on the horizon, and this programme explores the most recent developments.