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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 8th – 14th June 2019

Welcome back to our radio Picks of the Week! There’s plenty of programmes here for psychology and astronomy this week, but there’s more than enough for everyone, including law!

Saturday 8th June

  • Drama: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
    BBC Radio 4, 2:30pm – Recommended for… History and Russian
    This radio adaptation of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s 1962 novel features John Hollingwood as the voice of the eponymous Ivan. The story follows a complete 24 hours in this man’s life as he serves time in a gulag after being falsely accused of being a spy.

Sunday 9th June

  • Drama on 3: Pericles 
    BBC Radio 3, 7:30pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    Another dramatisation here, this time of one of the bard’s lesser-known plays, which details the destruction of King Pericles’ family and life though a series of unpleasant events and discoveries. Definitely one for the more hardcore Shakespeare enthusiasts.

Monday 10th June

  • Book of the Week: The Moon: a History for the Future 
    BBC Radio 4, 9:45am – Recommended for… Astronomy, English and Ancient History
    Oliver Morton’s book explores the Moon in all of its aspects – from its scientific nature to its representation and symbolism in literature and mythology. A part of it will be read each day this week, so remember to check back in if you’re interested in hearing more.
  • Living Memory: Like Children Fighting Over Toys 
    BBC Radio 4, 1:45pm – Recommended for… Sociology and History
    This eye-opening programme features interviews with five people over the age of 100 who reflect back on their lives and how society has changed around them.
  • The Art of Now: Art Surgery
    BBC Radio 4, 11pm – Recommended for… Art & Design and Counselling
    A number of artists, musicians and comedians join Elizabeth Alker and Nikesh Shukla to discuss the benefits of using art as an anxiety-relieving tool.

Tuesday 11th June

  • The Reith Lectures: Rights and Ideal Constitution
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Law
    The UK and US constitutional models are put under the microscope and examined by Jonathan Sumption, who notes their similarities and differences. Which is the more ideal system? Well, you’ll have to tune in if you want to know his thoughts.
  • Tell Me Where It Hurts
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… Medicine
    This short programme might be of interest to those trying to understand more about communication in the medical profession. Here, we explore the GP-patient relationship and why it is so important to the NHS system.
  • The Documentary: Falling Rock 
    BBC World Service, 1:30pm – Recommended for… PSHE and Sociology
    This programme follows a young American man, Jacob, who is unusual in that he is of both native American and Lakota descent and also studies at Yale. Why is this unusual? Because this community is said to have one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the US due to a lack of fair opportunities. However, Yvonne DeCorey is working on a project to help out youngsters living in communities like these, so that many more of them can have the same opportunities as Jacob.
  • All In The Mind 
    BBC Radio 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Psychology and PSHE
    Procrastination. We’re all guilty of it – but why do we do it? That’s what Claudia Hammond is trying to find out as she chats to guests Fuschia Sirois, Ian Taylor and Louise Minchin.

Wednesday 12th June

  • The Documentary: 13 Minutes to the Moon 
    BBC World Service, 11:30am – Recommended for… Physics and Astronomy
    In this short documentary, Kevin Fong meets up with the scientists that made the computers on board the lunar model, which made the Moon landings possible.
  • Thinking Allowed
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… Psychology, Health & Social Care and Counselling
    This one looks like it’s going to be deep as Laurie Taylor talks about why it’s important to have a sense of self and how it effects our social bonds and ability to communicate with others.
  • The Origin of Stuff: High Heel 
    BBC Radio 4, 9pm – Recommended for… Fashion Design and History
    Katy Brand is once again on the case as she is joined by Greg Jenner to find out more about the history of this fashion staple. Hint: it begins with men on horseback.

Thursday 13th June

  • In Our Time
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Ancient History
    The Incas are the subject of this week’s episode, where host Melvyn Bragg is talking to Bill Sillar, Helen Cowie and Frank Maddens.
  • Art of Living: Knife Imitates Art – How Surgeons Use Creativity
    BBC Radio 4, 11:30am – Recommended for… Art & Design, Music, Medicine and Psychology
    This might be a good pick to go alongside this week’s The Art of Now episode (see Mon 10th June) as it explores the life of a number of surgeons who have taken up creative activities such as sculpting and painting in their spare time and the pieces they create.
    BBC Radio 4, 11pm – Recommended for… Science and Sociology
    This actually looks really interesting. Although a comedy obituary show, the subject of attention here is scientist Miriam Diamond, whose breakthroughs were often stolen and/or claimed by the men. Even her godfather, Dick Valentine, was guilty of it. Let’s see Miriam get more of the attention that she deserves!

Friday 14th June

  • Zoe Ball (500 Word Short Story Competition) 
    BBC Radio 2, 6:30am – Recommended for… English
    Yes, this is on SUPER early, but it’s recorded live from Windsor Castle as the finale of 2019’s 500 Words short story competition takes place. We’ve already been told that David Walliams and Alesha Dixon will be present, alongside a number of unannounced guests. What better way to inspire your pupils to write?