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ERA’s Top Radio Picks 9th – 15th February 2019

Welcome back to our weekly radio recommendations for teaching and learning! What does the next week hold? It holds a great amount of new content, especially for Geography!

Saturday 9th February

  • Dorothy Cross: Shark
    BBC Radio 4, 11:30pm – Recommended for… English Literature and Geography
    No, it’s not quite the nature documentary that the title might suggest. This programme sees artist Dorothy Cross goes off in search of sharks in Malin Head, in the meantime recalling stories and poems about them.

Sunday 10th February

  • Something Understood: The Wisdom of Equality 
    BBC Radio 4, 6:05am – Recommended for… Sociology and PSHE
    Suryagupta Dharmacharini discusses her experiences growing up as a Carribbean-born girl in the UK and questions what equality is and how we could achieve a more equal society.
  • No County for Young People
    BBC Radio 4, 1:30pm – Recommended for… Geography, Welsh, and Sociology
    Fewer and fewer young people are deciding to stay in rural Wales when the time comes for them to move away from home, and as a result, the under-25 population in places such as Powys is reaching an alarming low. But why is this the case, and how can we stop this from happening? Sarah Breese investigates.
  • The Sea Is an Edge and an Ending
    BBC Radio 4, 4:30pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    Poet Lavinia Greenlaw reads some of her poetry and explains its link to her father’s dementia and passing.

Monday 11th February

  • Life Lines
    BBC Radio 4, 10:45am – Recommended for… Medicine and Nursing
    The drama following a woman working in an ambulance control room returns for a second series. Full of compassion and realistic problems, this could make for a good resource for those looking to go into this profession.
  • Beyond Tara and George 
    BBC Radio 4, 8pm – Recommended for… PSHE and Policing
    Last year, BBC Radio 4 did a series following rough sleepers Tara and George. Now, in the wake of a rapid increase in street deaths in the past year, Audrey Gillan reunites with the pair to discuss the measures that could be taken to prevent the deaths of hundreds of homeless people.

Tuesday 12th February

  • The Life Scientific
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Computer Science and PSHE
    This weeek, Jim Al-Khalili talks to Sue Black, a single mother of three who left school at sixteen, about how she decided to turn her life around and get a university degree in computer science. She’s now a software engineer, and here she tells her story.
  • The Documentary: So Where are the Aliens? 
    BBC World Service, 1:30pm – Recommended for… Physics and Astronomy
    This interesting-looking broadcast sees Seth Shostak, Chief Astronomer of the Seti Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), speak to Frank Drake and Jill Tarter about the likelihood of extraterrestrial life existing, given the vastness of the universe.

Wednesday 13th February

  • Who Needs Politicians Anyway? 
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… Politics
    Chris Page, the BBC’s correspondent for Ireland, speaks about the current lack of proper government in Ireland and its effect on public services.

Thursday 14th February

  • Shaped by the River Clyde 
    BBC Radio 4, 11:30am – Recommended for… PSHE, Geography, and Art and Design
    George Parsonage, chief officer of the Glasgow Humane Society, talks about his work on the river Clyde. His job is to rescue people who have fallen into the waters, in all weathers, but his hobby also revolves around the river – he makes sculptures with the detritus that he finds there.
  • Ramblings
    BBC Radio 4, 3pm – Recommended for… Geography
    Clare Balding meets with Elaine Steane, who has published a number of books about rambling around Oxfordshire. They follow a path that Elaine has picked out, along the Oxfordshire/Berkshire border, in the process passing some beautiful sights – including that house that acted as the inspiration for illustrations of Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows.

Friday 15th February

  • A Good Read 
    BBC Radio 4, 11pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    Harriet Gilbert and guests Lucy Porter and Frank Cottrell-Royce sit down to talk about their favourite books.
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