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

Welcome back to our Radio Picks of the Week! English educators will be especially pleased with this week’s selection, but there’s plenty for everyone, including resources for law and Russian.

Saturday 9th November

  • Archive on 4: Build a Wall! 
    BBC Radio 4, 8pm – Recommended for… History, Sociology, and Citizenship
    Today marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, so to mark the occasion, Katy Long explores why political leaders can tend to have an obsession with building border walls (no prizes for guessing who the most recent example is) and how it can affect citizens on both sides of the wall, whether it be physical or metaphorical.
  • Poetry Please
    BBC Radio 4, 11:30pm – Recommended for… English Literature
    Presenter Roger McGough talks to Vicki Leaver about her favourite poems, including works from Sylvia Plath and William Wordsworth.

Sunday 10th November

  • 99 Days in Number Ten
    BBC Radio 4, 5pm – Recommended for… Politics
    This one-off programme with Anne McElvoy essentially recaps Boris Johnson’s time as Prime Minister to date – ideal for those interested in modern British politics.

Monday 11th November

  • Could an Ancient Athenian Fix Britain? 
    BBC Radio 4, 1:45pm – Recommended for… Politics
    Ah, Brexit. It’s a word that many of us are tired of hearing, and yet it goes on. What comedian and classicist Jon Harvey does here is look at the situation (and current British politics in general) through the eyes of someone who is used to Ancient Athenian democracy. This should be an interesting look at the changing face of democracy over the centuries and potentially present a new perspective on the matter.
  • Drama: Grimm and Co
    BBC Radio 4, 2:15pm – Recommended for… English
    This medley of five stories written by a group of 9-to-11-year-olds about a magical shop could be a great way to inspire your pupils to get into creative writing!

Tuesday 12th November

  • Kapow! 
    BBC Radio 4, 11am – Recommended for… English
    Another writing-inspired programme here, this time detailing the work of an organisation in Brooklyn that is offering creative writing classes and tutoring to children. Oh, and they’re based in a comic-book-themed shop. There’s definitely some inspiration to be found here!

Wednesday 13th November

  • Thinking Allowed
    BBC Radio 4, 4pm – Recommended for… PSHE
    In this edition of the programme, host Laurie Taylor talks to a number of academics about how the ways in which we spend our free time have altered over the past 50 years and the effect that this is having on us.

Thursday 14th November

  • In Our Time: Crime and Punishment 
    BBC Radio 4, 9am – Recommended for… Literature, Russian, and History
    As you can expect with In Our Time, this programme will more than likely be an informative insight into Dostoyevsky’s novel, its themes, characters, and reception.
  • The Susurrations of Trees
    BBC Radio 4, 11:30am – Recommended for… English, Geography, Music
    Now, this one sounds interesting. Here, we hear Bob Gilbert and Julian May explore the sounds that various types of leaves make when the wind blows through them and discuss the terms that have been coined to describe these various sounds. We also get to hear some of the sounds, so again, if you’re working on some creative writing lessons, this could be ideal. However, music teachers might also be interested in this for sound purposes, and geography teachers for obvious reasons.
  • The Bottom Line: Dismissal
    BBC Radio 4, 8:30pm – Recommended for… Law
    This episode explores the complicated nature of being dismissed from a job and the boundaries that an employer is permitted and not permitted to cross when terminating an employee’s contract. Topics here include grounds for contract termination, the way redundancies work, and worker’s rights when their employment comes to an end.
  • The Essay: The Weimar Years: Cinema
    BBC Radio 3, 10:45pm – Recommended for… History, German, and Film Studies
    This series on the Weimar Republic starts on Monday, but this episode in particular focuses on the cinema of the era – it could be of real interest to history and film studies students alike.

Friday 15th November

  • Girl in the Dark 
    BBC Radio 4 Extra, 2:45pm – Recommended for… Biology
    This intriguing programme discusses Anna Lynsdey’s rare condition that leaves her extremely sensitive to light.