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Hannah Verdier

Radio 2 in the Park Sat, 10am, Radio 2

On Sunday she’s back. The irrepressible Kylie Minogue headlines the two-dayer in Victoria Park, Leicester. While you wait with bated breath for that, here’s a selection of deathless Radio 2 staples, including Saturday’s performers Tears for Fears, Soft Cell, Bananarama, Deacon Blue, James Blunt, Beverley Knight and Texas. Sunday’s gigs also include Simply Red, Rick Astley, Shalamar and the Pretenders. Ali Catterall


Sat, 11pm, 6 Music

The reshuffle at 6 Music continues, even if it is ruffling a few feathers. Mononymous jungle and footwork pioneer Sherelle (pictured above) graduates from south London station Reprezent and begins a weekly show, filling Saturday evenings with pounding basslines and wild breakbeats. Warming up for her is the great Don Letts, bringing his Rebel Dread stylings to a new timeslot. Meanwhile, Cillian Murphy returns on Sunday evening at 10pm, bringing his eclectic and nicely curated playlists to the end of the weekend. All change. Phil Harrison


Mon, 1.45pm, Radio 4

Do lions laugh? Do chimps chuckle? Do geckos guffaw? In the first episode of the new season of Becky Ripley and Emily Knight’s nature and philosophy series, UCLA anthropologist Sasha Winkler discusses her research into the “play vocalisations” of different species, and uses these insights to make sense of human laughter. There’s also a chance to hear the ultrasound giggles of some high-spirited rats, slowed down so our ears can detect the sound. Ellen E Jones

Just One Thing With Michael Mosley

Wed, 9.30am, Radio 4

Who doesn’t love to hear that things that are easy (and you might be doing anyway) are good for you? That’s the magic of Mosley. He’s back with another 15-minute blast of upbeat health analysis, focusing on the beloved cup of tea. Can it boost your heart health and reduce stress? Behavioural scientist Prof Andrew Steptoe is on hand to discuss L-theanine, polyphenols and other ingredients that sound like they might be a good excuse to put the kettle on.