Radio: Pick of the Day

THE CHILEAN author Ariel Dorfman is doing the rounds today, appearing first on In Our Time (9am, 9.30pm R4) and later on Night Waves (10.45pm R3). Expect insights into plays, politics and Pinochet.

Automatic for the People (9.30am R4) explores the deceased pastime of making vinyl recordings in public booths, and gives the crackly voices of yesteryear some belated airtime.

What If? (8pm R4) ponders what might have happened if the German emperor Wilhelm I had been assassinated in 1878 and the liberal Frederick III had had a longer stint at the helm.

Take It Easy - California Cool (9pm R2) lets Andy Kershaw (right) gleefully surf the history of West Coast rock.