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BBC Radio Woman's Hour Podcast

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The programme that offers a female perspective on the world.


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Cherry Healey and Single Parents, the Kingdom of Women in China

Author: BBC Radio 4
Mon, Mar 27, 2017


Presenter Cherry Healey joins Jane to launch a new series, Single Parents. Cherry became a single mother a year and a half ago and was surprised to face judgment from friends and family. She travels the country to meet a wide variety of single parents and these interviews are featured throughout the week. In the first episode Cherry talks to Rupa who used a sperm donor to conceive her daughter. The Mosuo tribe worship the female spirit, celebrate every aspect of womanhood and structure their social hierarchy according to maternal bloodlines. Choo Wai Hong, author of the Kingdom of Women, spends six months every year with the tribe. Around 1.5 million women in the UK are currently living with endometriosis. A new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women's Health has found that services for women suffering endometriosis are inadequate. The chair of the APPG joins Jane. As part of our series on women owning guns in the US, we hear today from two young women who live in North Carolina.

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Jenny Seagrove, Homelessness, Gingham and Yrsa Sigurdadottir

Author: BBC Radio 4
Sat, Mar 25, 2017


Jenny Seagrove discuss her latest role. 'Another Mother's Son' tells the true story of Louisa Gould a shopkeeper in Jersey who hides a Russian POW during World War II while the Channel Islands were occupied by German forces. Thea tells us how she survived a period of homelessness when she was just 19 with the help of a youth centre in London 'New Horizon' funded by Comic Relief. Why gingham is on-trend for summer 2017. Jennifer Daley a lecturer of Fashion History at the New York University in London explains how the print originated and the model Daisy Lowe tells us how she'll be wearing it this season. Is women's drinking leading to marriage break-down? Laura Guillon an Associate Solicitor a Hall Brown Family Law says women's drinking is cited in a third of all divorce cases she's seeing and Dr Sarah Jarvis the GP and Clinical Director of patient.co.uk explains how women's relationship with alcohol has changed over the years. The bestselling Icelandic novelist Yrsa Sigurdadottir tells us about her new crime novel The Legacy based around The Children's House, a centre to support traumatised young people. How as a parent can you help your teenager revise for their exams? We hear from Megan and Max who took their GCSE's last summer, from their mums Louise and Lynsey and from the educational psychologist Dr Antonia Cobbald. And what does sexy mean? Does our interpretation change with age? When do we feel sexy? The writer and performer Vanessa Kisuule and the Editor of The Amorist Rowan Pelling discuss. Presented by Jane Garvey Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Jane Thurlow.

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Daisy Lowe on the joys of wearing gingham, Science and gender, One woman's bucket list for her dog.

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Mar 24, 2017


You can't look in the shops at the moment without stumbling across a wall of gingham tops, dresses and trousers. The chequered pattern, which probably evokes strong memories of school uniforms, has become a must wear for summer 2017. Jenni speaks to Jennifer Daley, a lecturer of Fashion History at the New York University in London to find out how the print originated in Asia and to model Daisy Lowe(a self-confessed gingham fan. A pilot scheme allowing pre-recorded testimony in Court from children and vulnerable women has been a success and now courts in Liverpool, Leeds and Kingston are going to trial it among adult alleged victims. Rachel Krys co-director of End Violence Against Women and Angela Rafferty QC Vice Chair of the Criminal Bar Association discuss. Author Lauren Fern Watt will be talking about how when her dog Gizelle was diagnosed with bone cancer she set about ticking off everything on her bucket-list from going to the beach, watching people in Time Square New York to taking a canoe trip. Cordelia Fine, Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne, has long questioned the dictates of science in defining gender. In her latest book "Testosterone Rex: unmaking the myths of our gendered minds" She joins Jenni to discuss how much traditional gender traits are socially constructed and how little they have to do with evolutionary biology. Presenter; Jenni Murray. Producer; Beverley Purcell.

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Woman's Hour Craft Prize: Spotlight on ceramics

Author: BBC Radio 4
Thu, Mar 23, 2017


Today the NSPCC publish their annual statistics on child sexual abuse, figures which have seen a significant rise. Lisa McCrindle, Policy Manager for NSPCC and Sheila Taylor, Chief Executive of NWG Network who help professionals to tackle the issue of child sexual exploitation, discuss the increase and the corresponding impact on support services and the Police. In approximately seven weeks time we'll be revealing our 12 finalists for the Woman's Hour Craft Prize, so we're taking the opportunity to spotlight the 7 disciplines that applications were submitted under. Today - it's ceramics and Tanya Harrod's and Kathryn Hearn are in the Woman's Hour studio. In 2013, a group of single mothers at a hostel for young vulnerable people in East London were given notices to quit by the housing association that ran the hostel, following local authority cuts to funding. A new play at the Battersea Arts Centre in London, tells the story from the women's point of view and their long running campaign for 'social housing not social cleansing'. Helen Monks, the actress and writer of the play and Jasmin Stone, one of the main campaigners discuss the housing crisis for young vulnerable people and families. They are joined by Anne Baxendale, Head of Policy at Shelter. Bestselling Icelandic novelist Yrsa Sigurdadottir tells us about her new series of crime novels based around The Children's House, a centre to support traumatised young people. Her series of legal procedurals featuring lawyer, Thora Gudmundsdottir, were translated into more than 30 languages. Still working as a civil engineer, she tells Jenni Murray about the impact the popularity of Nordic noir has had on her books and life.

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Parenting: How do you help teenagers revise for exams?

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Mar 22, 2017


Jane Garvey discusses teen exam stress with 16-year olds Megan and Max, their mums and educational psychologist Dr Antonia Cobbald from University College, London

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Sexy, Comic Relief, Porn, Miss Bebb

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Mar 22, 2017


Campaigners involved with the progress of the Digital Economy Bill welcome the demand that commercial providers of online pornography use age verification tools to stop young people under 18 gaining access. But yesterday amendments were announced. Critics say these suggested changes will undermine the Bill's effectiveness. Vicky Shotbolt, Chief Executive of Parentzone, who work with families and the internet, and Helen Lewington from Media Watch UK discuss. Last year it was estimated that over 4,000 people slept rough on any one night across England, a rise of 16-percent on the previous year. Young adults are at particular risk. New Horizon Youth Centre in London is a day centre working with young people who are vulnerable, homeless or at risk. Comic Relief provides a grant to enable the centre to deliver the Be Safe Project which offers support to young people. Jane speaks to Thea about her experience of rough sleeping. Gwyneth Bebb was the only woman in a class of 400 men when she left Oxford University in the 1900s as the top law student of her year. As a woman she was unable to graduate or practise law, but the case that she brought against the Law Society eventually paved the way for the first woman to be called to the bar in 1922. So why do we know so little about her? Alex Giles's play "The Disappearance of Miss Bebb" will be performed at Middle Temple next month. He joins Jenni to discuss the impact of Miss Bebb, along with Lady Justice Anne Rafferty, who has served as a Lady Justice of Appeal of England and Wales since 2011. What does 'sexy' mean? Does our understanding of it change with age? And when do you feel sexy? Performer Vanessa Kisuule and Editor of The Amorist Rowan Pelling discuss the tantalising subject with Jenni. Presenter: Jenni Murray, Jane Garvey.

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Teen revision

Author: BBC Radio 4
Tue, Mar 21, 2017


How do you motivate a teenager to revise for their exams, to learn to prioritise school work over other fun stuff and focus on learning after school, at weekends and in the holidays? Is every child different in this respect? Is it obvious when you are getting it very wrong? And how can you turn it around? Jane Garvey talks to BBC Mindset coaches 16 year old Megan and Max and their mums Louise and Lynsey, and to educational psychologist Dr Antonia Cobbald. In Seventeen, currently playing at Lyric Hammersmith, the teenage characters are all played by actors nearer to 70 than 17. The female leads Margot Leicester, Diana Hardcastle and Sarah Ball tell Jane about turning back the clock. A growing number of British marriages are breaking down due to allegations of wives' drinking problems. Laura Guillon, Associate Solicitor at Hall Brown Family Law in Manchester, says she is increasingly seeing women's drinking cited in the divorce cases she handles. She believes it accounts for almost one third of all the divorces put forward on the grounds of 'unreasonable behaviour'. Jane is joined by Laura, and by the GP Dr Sarah Jarvis, Clinical Director of Patient.co.uk, to discuss women's relationships with alcohol and its effect on marriages. Linda Kitson was the first officially commissioned female war artist to accompany troops into combat. A new exhibition at The House of Illustration, curated by Quentin Blake, explores her work over the last 40 years, including drawings of the 1982 Falklands War. Jane speaks to Linda about her career, the exhibition and her recent obsession with making art on an iPad. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Laura Northedge.

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Jenny Seagrove, Transnational surrogacy, Dating website scams

Author: BBC Radio 4
Mon, Mar 20, 2017


The number of people defrauded in the UK by online dating scams reached a record high in 2016. According to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau there were 3,889 victims of so-called romance fraud last year. Jane speaks to cyberpsychologist, Professor Monica Whitty of Warwick University and a woman who fell for an online dating scam, then helped the police to catch one of the men. In a new film, Another Mother's Son, Jenny Seagrove plays the part of Louisa Gould, a daring shopkeeper in Jersey who harbours a Russian POW during WW2. During this time the Channel islands were occupied by German forces. Transnational surrogacy - the creation of babies across borders - has become big business. A new anthology offers the first genuinely international study of transnational surrogacy with contributions from thirty activists and scholars from countries around the world. The editor of 'Babies for Sale' Miranda Davies talks about the book's global perspective and research fellow at LSE, Konstantina Davaki, explains why Greece is becoming an increasingly popular destination for 'reproductive tourism.' On the day of the spring equinox and as part of Radio 4's celebration of the four seasons through poetry, Gillian Clarke, the former national poet of Wales, reads her spring poem, Neighbours, about the aftermath of the Chernobyl explosion. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Lucinda Montefiore.

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Weekend Woman's Hour: Ayobami Adebayo, Period Poverty, My Brilliant Friend

Author: BBC Radio 4
Sat, Mar 18, 2017


Ayobami Adebayo is a Nigerian writer whose first novel, Stay With Me, has been long-listed for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Championed by Chimamanda Adichie and Margaret Atwood she was named a Bright Star of Nigerian writing by the Financial Times. Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger, talk about their journey from sexual violence to reconciliation. In 1996 their budding teenage romance ended when Tom raped Thordis at her home after a Christmas dance. Years later she decided to email him, telling him of the deep trauma he caused. In reply, he acknowledged his actions as rape, and they began a raw and painful, but ultimately healing dialogue. The two have written a book together, South of Forgiveness, about their experience. The Paula Principle is a new book which claims that women aren't getting the career success they deserve despite doing well academically. We speak to the author, Tom Schuller, about why this is. Girls in the UK are missing school because they are too poor to buy sanitary protection. The Scottish politician Monica Lennon and Tina Leslie from Freedom4Girls talk about period poverty. And, Japan's comfort women. Award winning documentary film maker, Tiffany Hsiung, spent six years making The Apology - about the more than 200 000 young women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during WWII. She talks about the grandmothers' struggle with shame, silence and memory loss, and their resilience as they continue their 22 year fight for an official apology from the Japanese Government. Parenting can be a lonely experience. So, what can mums and dads do about it? Sarah Hesz founder of Mush, an app designed to help people make new friends, Shannon Cullen, author of 'I'm Wrecked This Is My Journal,' and listener and new mum Bonnie discuss how to turn loneliness around. April De Angelis, who has adapted Elena Ferrante's novels for the stage talks to Jenni about her play My Brilliant Friend which is now on at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. Novelist Wendy Holden and Lisa Johnson, who's a wedding planner, discuss wedding trends and fads.

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The Paula Principle, Mental Health First-Aiders, My Brilliant Friend

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


The Paula Principle is a new book which claims that women aren't getting the career success they deserve despite doing well academically. We speak to the author, Tom Schuller, about why this is. Almost all work places have a First Aider, but what about a Mental Health First Aider? We find out who they are and how they can help identify staff with mental health problems. We have the fourth in our series about Princess Diana's dresses, which are now on display at the V&A. And we speak to playwright April De Angelis, who has adapted Elena Ferrante's novels for the stage. She talks to Jenni about My Brilliant Friend which is now on at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.

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Nigerian writer Ayobami Adebayo, Tying the knot after 65, Japan's comfort women

Author: BBC Radio 4
Thu, Mar 16, 2017


More over 65s are getting married than ever before - there's been a 56 per cent increase for women that age, according to new figures from the ONS. So what's behind this? And what's it like to marry in those older years? We're joined by Professor Jacqui Gabb, Chair of Sociology and Intimacy at The Open University, and by Clare Prendergast, a Counsellor from Relate. Ayobami Adebayo - the young Nigerian writer whose first novel, Stay With Me, has been longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. She was chosen by Chimamanda Adichie for her writing workshop, worked with Margaret Atwood while studying creative writing at UEA, was named a Bright Star of Nigerian writing by the Financial Times, and now she joins us in the Woman's Hour studio. Japan's comfort women. Award winning documentary film maker, Tiffany Hsiung, spent six years making The Apology - a feature length documentary about the more than 200 000 young women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during WWII. She talks about the grandmothers' struggle with shame, silence and memory loss, and their resilience as they continue their 22 year fight for an official apology from the Japanese Government. Plus, fire proof letter boxes to tackle domestic violence. London Fire Brigade is helping to protect victims of domestic abuse and hate crimes in Bexley by providing arson proof letterboxes. We hear from Borough Commander Graham Coles, and to Trisha, who has had one of the letter boxes fitted. Presenter Jenni Murray Producer Emma Wallace.

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Parenting: Loneliness

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Mar 15, 2017


Jane Garvey speaks to mums who feel or have felt isolated and lonely as a parent.

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Princess Diana, Honour crimes, Loneliness, Clique

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Mar 15, 2017


New research into 100 cases of honour-based crime has revealed that mothers play a central role in honour based abuse, yet this is often unrecognised by police and other agencies. Rachael Aplin, a lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University carried out the research. She joins Jane to discuss the topic. Clique is a new BBC3 psychological thriller that explores a friendship in crisis. Two best friends start university in Edinburgh and come up against an alluring group of women and their powerful older leader. Jane speaks to Clique writer Jess Brittain (who previously wrote for teen drama Skins) about the intensity of female friendships, flawed characters and being an outsider. In the second in our series of features where we explore the life of Diana, Princess of Wales through her wardrobe, Georgina Hewes visits the exhibition 'Diana: Her Fashion Story' at Kensington Palace. She is joined by the curator Eleri Lynn, Fashion historian Amber Butchart and Anna Harvey, former confidante and stylist to the Princess. They discuss the second of five outfits, this one known as 'The Travolta Dress' by Victor Edelstein from 1985. Parenting can be a lonely experience and sometimes people have no idea that you're feeling the way that you do. So, what can mums and dads do about it? Sarah Hesz founder of Mush, a Tinder-style app designed to help people make new friends, Shannon Cullen, author of 'I'm Wrecked This Is My Journal,' and listener and new mum Bonnie discuss how to turn loneliness around. Presenter: Jane Garvey.

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'Period poverty', Catherine Mayer, Being cared for, Flowers as art, US women and guns

Author: BBC Radio 4
Tue, Mar 14, 2017


Girls in the UK are missing school because they are too poor to buy sanitary protection. The Scottish politician Monica Lennon is calling for sanitary products to be given out free. Tina Leslie is a public health and charity worker who was contacted by a teacher in Leeds worried about her pupils - they talk to Jane about period poverty. Catherine Mayer's new book is called 'Attack of the 50 Ft. Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World'. She talks to Jane about her dream of gender equality and her hopes for the Women's Equality Party which she co-founded. Our recent series on caring explored how people cared for family members. One listener, Anastasia, heard the stories and got in touch with her experience. She talks to Jane about what it's like to be looked after by her mother in her early 30s and how hard it is to ask for what she needs. Rebecca Law is an artist who works internationally specialising in artworks made with natural materials, in particular flowers. Her latest installation is at the Now Gallery, in the Greenwich Peninsula in south east London. It consists of 10,000 fresh irises suspended with copper wire. Jane joins Rebecca in the gallery. Yesterday we heard from Susan and Janet in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Susan set up a chapter of The Well-Armed Woman ('where the feminine and firearms meet'), a nationwide organisation to encourage, educate and support women who want to carry guns. Today they are at the local shooting range where they teach, learn and practise their hobby - guns. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Erin Riley.

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US gun-carrying women

Author: BBC Radio 4
Mon, Mar 13, 2017


Taxidermy, railway arches and donut walls - the reality of weddings in 2017. Wendy Holden, author of 'Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings', and wedding planner Lisa Johnson, are here to discuss wedding regrets, new wedding trends and how groomzillas are now a planners worst nightmare. Last week Theresa May unveiled a Budget boost for women who want to return to work after a long career break: a ?5 million fund to support returnships - company programmes which help women restart their careers. So, what difficulties do women have in getting back to work after a career break? How can returnships help women and companies, and also close the gender gaps? Who is offering them, and how does one secure a place? Anna Johnstone, Director of Coaching for Women Returners, and by Israil Bryan, Diversity and Social Programme Manager at Skanska discuss. Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger had a brief, and sweet, teenage romance. It ended when Tom raped Thordis at her home after a Christmas dance. Before either of them came to terms with his act of violence, he returned to Australia. Years later she decided to email him, telling him of the deep trauma he caused. In reply, he acknowledged his actions as rape, and they began a raw and painful, but ultimately healing dialogue. The two have written a book together, South of Forgiveness, about their experience. Jane speaks to Thoris Elva and Tom Stranger about their journey from sexual violence to reconciliation. The first in a series of interviews giving us a window in on American women who choose to carry guns. A 2016 survey from Harvard and Northeastern Universities showed the percentage of Americans who own guns has decreased slightly but the number of women owning guns is increasing. First we meet Susan and Janet who live in Hendersonville, a small town of around 13,000 people in North Carolina. Susan, a gun instructor, runs the local chapter of 'The Well-Armed Woman'. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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International Women's Day and Craftivism - where craft and activism collide

Author: BBC Radio 4
Sat, Mar 11, 2017


We celebrate International Women's Day hearing from women around the world. Preeti from the Tamil Nadu province of India tells us how an accident transformed her life. The women's rights campaigner Nimco Ali and Brita Fernandez-Schmidt the Executive Director of Women for Women International discuss what needs to be done to improve women's lives. The bluegrass and country singer Alison Krauss tells us about the release of her first solo album in 17 years. We discuss the story of the discovery at a former mother and baby home in Tuam in County Galway of the remains of babies found in a septic tank. The first report of human remains being found at the site came from two boys who were playing there in 1975. We hear from the an amateur local historian, Catherine Corless, who began to investigate why and how many bodies were there and we hear from Sally Mulready the Chair of the Irish Women Survivors Network and from the journalist Catherine Sanz from the Ireland edition of The Times. Twenty-five years since its publication we discuss the relationship guide 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus'. How did its success affect the sexual politics of the time? The television presenter Kate Garraway, author John O'Farrell and the editor of the Sunday Times Magazine Eleanor Mills discuss. A report has found that Hull was one of the worst places in England and Wales to be a girl. What is it like to grow up in Hull, the City of Culture we hear from Suzanne, Dagmara and James and from Dr Suzanne Clisby who co-authored the report The State of Girls' Rights in the UK. 'Sporty, clever, lazy or naughty' are just some the labels we give to our children but can it hold them back? We discuss the issue with Scummy Mummy Helen Thorn and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist Ruth Glover. We discuss Craftivism - when craft and activism collide most recently seen with the pink 'pussy' hats at the Women's March around the world. Sarah Corbett from the Craftivist Collective and Debbie Zawinski from Haddington Spinners and Weavers explain how they do it. Presented by Jane Garvey Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Lucinda Montefiore.

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WOW Festival live from Hull

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Mar 10, 2017


Jenni Murray presents the programme live from Hull as part of the first Women of the World Festival to be held in the city. Among her guests stand-up poet and performer Kate Fox who will present her 'womanifesto'. Woman's Hour views the UK's City of Culture through the eyes of a group of factory workers and hears from young people growing up there - how do they see their future? Presenter: Jenni Murray Producers: Jane Thurlow and Anne Peacock.

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Craftivism; Tuam baby home scandal; The Budget; Susan Goldberg, editor-in-chief of National Geographic

Author: BBC Radio 4
Thu, Mar 09, 2017


With the Woman's Hour Craft Prize entrants being mulled over by the judges, we take a look at a different area of craft - craftivism - wwhen activism and craft collide with Sarah Corbett from the Craftivist Collective, and Debbie Zawinski from Haddington Spinners and Weavers. It's been confirmed that significant numbers of children's remains lie in a mass grave adjacent to a former home for unmarried mothers run by the Bon Secours Sisters in Tuam, County Galway. Five years ago amateur historian Catherine Corless wrote an article in her local paper asking where the bodies of infants from the home were buried - the national press picked up the story in 2014 and it a Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation the following year. Catherine Corless talks about her extraordinary research, and we hear from Sally Mulready, Chair of the Irish Women Survivors Network and journalist Catherine Sanz a journalist for the Ireland edition of The Times. Plus what impact will the Budget have on you and your family ? And Susan Goldberg the first woman Editor in Chief of National Geographic in its 129-year history talks about the changes she's seen, the challenges she's encountered, and what the future holds for the magazine. Presenter Jenni Murray Producer Beverley Purcell.

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Parenting: sporty, clever, tomboy, naughty - should we limit the labelling of children?

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Mar 08, 2017


Labelling children: is it encouraging, or can labels be limiting?

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International Women's Day

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Mar 08, 2017


To mark International Women's Day 2017, Woman's Hour will hear from women around the world. Women from South Africa, India, Turkey and Syria tell us what is on their minds today. We also want to hear from you about what is concerning you right now. Jenni will be joined in the studio by Brita Fernandez-Schmidt, Executive Director, Women for Women International and the anti-FGM campaigner and rights activist Nimco Ali to discuss the status of women around the globe, and what needs to be done to improve lives. The actress and War Child global ambassador Carey Mulligan also joins the programme to discuss the girls she's met at the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. Carey will join Jane Garvey for a special Facebook Live straight after the programme. Producer Dianne McGregor Interviewed guests Brita Fernandez-Schmidt Nimco Ali Carey Mulligan Nani Preethi Hema Zeyno Mpho.

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Pauline Collins, Labelling Children, Women on Mars

Author: BBC Radio 4
Tue, Mar 07, 2017


Pauline Collins was Shirley Valentine, the parlour maid Sarah in Upstairs Downstairs and now she plays Priscilla in The Time of Their Lives with Joan Collins. Pauline joins Jane to explain her theory that being 'ordinary' has stood her in good stead over her long career on film, stage and television. Women remain a small minority of those in the criminal justice system, representing less than 5% of the prison population. A decade after the publishing of the Corston report into the need for alternative sentencing for women, we look at how much progress has been made. Sporty, clever, crazy, tomboy, naughty - it's tempting to label children with well-meaning monikers but how damaging or helpful are they? Tina Tchen was Michelle Obama's Chief of Staff when she was First Lady. She talks about the role of the First Lady, whether or not Michelle Obama will stand for President and the issues affecting girls and women that are close to her heart. As part of Radio 4's Mars Week, Woman's Hour hosts a discussion about Mars, science fiction and feminism.

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US bluegrass and country singer Alison Krauss sings live

Author: BBC Radio 4
Mon, Mar 06, 2017


Famed bluegrass and country singer Alison Krauss talks to Jane about the release of her first solo album in 17 years, Windy City. She will perform 'Gentle On My Mind' live, and discuss her extensive career that's spanned over 3 decades and seen her win 27 Grammy Awards. The third and final series of ITV's, Broadchurch is now on. The first part was on last Monday and is available on catch up. The second is on tonight. David Tennant and Olivia Colman return as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller but this time the actor Julie Hesmondhalgh - formerly Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street - plays Trish Winterman, a victim of a serious sexual assault who reports the attack to the police. Jane speaks to Julie about her role, along with Broadchurch's executive producer Jane Featherstone. The relationship guide Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus was published 25 years ago. Author John Gray, recommended readers acknowledge that men and women were from separate "planets" with discreet languages and behaviours. A huge phenomenon, the book sold 50 million copies. So why was it so popular? How did its success affect the sexual politics of the time? And what's it like revisiting the book in 2017? Jane talks to television presenter Kate Garraway, author John O'Farrell and to Eleanor Mills, editor of the Sunday Times Magazine. And the final part of our series with Mary Beard and Beaty Rubens introducing five key women from ancient Greek drama and exploring the ways in which they continue to inform debate about women in power today. We've heard about Antigone, Lysistrata, Phaedra and Clytemnestra and today they look at Medea who famously kills her own two children when her husband takes a new wife. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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Stefanie Martini, Thomasina Miers, Jonathan Saccone Joly

Author: BBC Radio 4
Sat, Mar 04, 2017


Stefanie Martini on her new role playing a young Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect 1973. Listener Sue tells us what it's been like for her to become her husband's carer and the sadness of no longer feeling desire for the person she has shared her life with. The BBC Drama The Replacement features a pregnant woman worried that her maternity cover is trying to steal not just her job but her life. But how common is anxiety over maternity leave? The BBC television newsreader Kate Silverton and the clinical psychologist Dr Jessamy Hibberd discuss. We Cook the Perfect... tortillas with toasted black beans and jalapeno hummus with Thomasina Miers , the queen of Mexican cuisine. Caroline Paige, the first openly transgender officer in the British Armed Forces talks about her life. As we approach International Women's Day and 'A Day Without Women' on the 8th March we discuss the history and impact of women's strikes in the UK and globally with Maria Bjarnadottir, Hannah Reed and Selma James. This week we launched the Woman's Hour Parenting Podcast. We talk to the vlogger Jonathan Saccone Joly and Anna Whitehouse also known as MotherPukka and hear from listeners about their parenting concerns. Presented by Jenni Murray Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor:Jane Thurlow.

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Chef Thomasina Miers; Author Susan Hill; Families coping with PTSD

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Mar 03, 2017


Thomasina Miers' new book 'Home Cook' includes achievable, fuss-free recipes. She joins Jenni in the studio to Cook the Perfect...Tortillas with Toasted Black Beans and Jalapeno Hummus. It's not just returning service personnel with PTSD who suffer - their wives, partners and families suffer with them. From going through partners' horrific episodes with them to protecting children - and themselves - from harm, these women feel they are now on the front line. Ahead of a Radio 3 documentary we hear from Nikita Dallison who cares for her husband who has the condition and from Matthew Green who's spent time in combat zones. Best known for her ghost stories such as The Woman In Black, author Susan Hill discusses her new book From The Heart a coming-of-age story about Olive, a young woman growing up after the second World Wars. And, we continue our series looking at key women from ancient Greek drama and the ways in which they continue to inform debate about women in power today - today, Phaedra. Presented by Jenni Murray Producer Beverley Purcell.

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Stefanie Martini plays Jane Tennison

Author: BBC Radio 4
Thu, Mar 02, 2017


We talk to the actress Stefanie Martini, who plays the young Jane Tennison in a 1970s version of Prime Suspect. Starting tonight, it's set in 1973 and shows Jane as an officer learning the ropes and dealing with her first murder investigation. It gives some clues about how the older Detective Superintendent Tennison, famously played by Helen Mirren, came to be. Another interview from our carer series: Naomi and her husband Mark live near Stafford with their 3 children, one of whom, Dylan, has cerebral palsy. Caz Graham went to meet Naomi and her family. As we approach A Day Without Women on 8 March, we take a look at the history and impact of women's strikes in the UK and globally. And in the next of our series of threatening women from ancient Greek plays, Mary Beard and Beaty Rubens continue to examine key women from ancient Greek drama and explore the ways in which they continue to inform debate about women in power. Today we hear about Lysistrata, a woman who attempts to end the Peloponnesian War by organising the women of Greece to stage a sex strike. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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Parenting: Jonathan Saccone-Joly, Mother Pukka

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Mar 01, 2017


Anna Whitehouse, also known as the blogger Mother Pukka and family Youtube star Jonathan Saccone-Joly discuss parenting with Jane Garvey. Includes bonus material from R4 Facebook

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Jonathan Saccone-Joly, Mother Pukka

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Mar 01, 2017


Woman's Hour launches its Parenting Podcast with a live-phone. Jane Garvey is joined in the studio by YouTube star Jonathan Joly from the Saccone-Joly family, father of two with one on the way and Anna Whitehouse, best known as the blogger Mother Pukka and mother of one daughter. Listeners call in with anecdotes and experiences of parenting. What would you like to hear on the Woman's Hour parenting podcast and why? Presenter: Jane Garvey.

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On feeling like a carer not a mother, Treating fibroids, Anxiety about maternity cover, Antigone

Author: BBC Radio 4
Tue, Feb 28, 2017


When Helen's daughter was a year old she was diagnosed with microcephaly and everything changed. Helen explains to Jane how it felt to go from being a mother to a carer and what eventually drove her to make the decision that she could no longer care for her disabled daughter herself. Uterine fibroids are extremely common with around 50 per cent of women developing them at some point in their life. They most often occur in women aged 30-50. Many women experience no symptoms but for those who do, symptoms such as very heavy bleeding can be extremely debilitating. Hysterectomy is one of several treatments available, but with increasing numbers of women delaying their pregnancies, this is no longer an option for women wishing to have children. So what is the best option for fertile women or women wishing to retain their uterus and ovaries? And why has a recent study raised fears that women are not receiving the best advice available? The Replacement, a three-part psychological thriller about a woman who fears her maternity leave cover is out to steal her life, starts tonight. But how common is anxiety over maternity leave and what's the best way to deal with it? Jane talks to journalist Kate Silverton, mother of 2, about her experiences, while Dr Jessamy Hibberd, clinical psychologist offers tips and advice. Professor Mary Beard discusses Antigone in a series about the way in which the key female characters from Greek mythology continue to influence the discussion about women and power.

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Smear fear, Clytemnestra, Losing your sex life when you're a carer

Author: BBC Radio 4
Mon, Feb 27, 2017


Recent research from Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust has revealed that nearly a quarter of a million women aged 25-29 did not attend their smear test in England in 2016. It also uncovered that over a quarter of women this age are "too embarrassed" to attend smear tests, and 70% think they have no effect on reducing the risk of cervical cancer. Jane speaks to a young woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer and wishes she hadn't delayed getting a smear test, and to a consultant gynaecological oncologist to find out why there seems to be 'smear fear' in young women. Across the week Mary Beard will be introducing five key women from ancient Greek drama, exploring why they were seen as so threatening to the original audiences and the ways in which they continue to inform debate about women in power today. We start with Clytemnestra. As part of our season about caring a listener called Sue wants to tell her story about what it feels like to stop being a wife and become a carer. She feels that it's taboo to talk about the impact of losing your sex life, of the sadness of no longer feeling desire for the person with whom you have shared your life. Caroline Paige, the first openly transgender officer in the British Armed Forces, has written a memoir, True Colours. She joins Jane in the studio. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Lucinda Montefiore.

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Late Night Woman's Hour: Instinct

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Feb 24, 2017


"The hackles on the back of my neck stand up and the orange warning signs come on." You know the feeling. It's the emotional equivalent of seeing something out of the corner of your eye. So fleeting you're not sure it's real. She's lying, it says. Or maybe, don't call him back. Or perhaps just, something's not right. So do you trust it, this feeling, or brush it aside? And if you do trust it, what do you call it? Instinct or intuition? Sixth sense? Your bulls**t detector? Whatever name you prefer, there's no doubt that - historically speaking - it gets a mixed press. At best perhaps, it's the preserve of animals. At worst, it's downright witchy. By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes. Because after all, where does it come from, this information? Some kind of dialup to the spirit realm? Or could there be a scientific explanation? Lauren Laverne and guests businesswoman Hilary Devey, neuroscientist Sophie Scott, anthropologist Kit Davis and former detective Mo Dowdy explore the benefits and frustrations of trusting your instincts.

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Family Drug and Alcohol Courts, Sandi Toksvig, Allison Schroeder

Author: BBC Radio 4
Mon, Feb 13, 2017


We discuss the future of Family Drug and Alcohol Courts in the UK. They try and find solutions for parents who have addictions and are at risk of losing their children. But despite some success it seems funding for the scheme is under threat. Jane is joined by Sophie Kershaw, Co-Director of the Family Drug and Alcohol National Unit, and Rosie, a mother who's managed to keep her third child with her because of these courts, despite losing two already. We speak to Allison Schroeder, screenwriter of Hidden Figures. It's a new film about a trio of African-American women who did the maths behind a voyage around the earth in the early days of the Space Race. She talks about this unknown and inspirational story, as well as her own personal connections to NASA. TV and radio all-rounder, Sandi Toksvig, talks to Jane about her new play called Silver Lining, as well as family life, her plans for when she's older and making the world a fairer and more equal place for women.

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Late Night Woman's Hour

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Dec 30, 2016


Lauren Laverne discusses the delights and perils of parties with seasoned partygoers Fran Cutler, Brigid Keenan, Bryony Gordon and Zing Tsjeng. Fran Cutler is the queen of party organisers, and thinks nothing of dialling Cher's number to ask her to perform at one of her legendary 'dos. Writer Bryony Gordon is a former 3am girl whose idea of a good night out is a party for two in her back garden with her husband. Editor of UK Broadly, Zing Tsjeng, is no stranger to the coolest parties in town, but always leaves at 3am when the 'blue plastic bag brigade' switch off Britney and start playing intelligent dance music. Writer Brigid Keenan is a former 'trailing diplomatic spouse' and once spent an entire party locked in a loo, dressed as Mary Queen of Scots. They are your guides for this Late Night Woman's Hour on partying. So have you fixed your hair? Lined your stomach? Drunk a glass of water? Your taxi is waiting.... The broadcast edition of this programme will be available on Iplayer soon after transmission. A longer version will be available as a podcast.

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Late Night Woman's Hour

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Nov 25, 2016


She's your BFF, your Bestie. Thelma to your Louise, or Eddie to your Patsy. This month on Late Night Woman's Hour, Lauren Laverne discusses female friendship, its rules, strengths and weaknesses, and how it changes over time, with psychologist Terri Apter, novelist Lucy Caldwell, Into Film journalist Ceyda Uzun and Julie-Ann Richards and Sarah Adams-Greener, two Woman's Hour listeners who have been friends since they were three. This programme is available in two versions. The long version is podcast only and is available by clicking the MP3 button on the Late Night Woman's Hour programme page or subscribing to the Woman's Hour daily podcast. The shorter broadcast version will be available on Iplayer shortly after transmission on Friday 25th November. Lucy Caldwell's collection of short stories, Multitudes, is published by Faber. Here We Are, Lucy's short story about two young women falling in love in 1990s Belfast, first appeared in Granta.

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Late Night Woman's Hour: Home

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


Lauren Laverne and guests discuss home. What does home mean to you? Is domesticity a joy or a drudgery? And why has the Scandinavian art of Hygge become the word of the winter? Is it genius marketing or emotional need? Joining Lauren are: Trine Hahnemann, Chef and author of 'Scandinavian Comfort Food - Embracing the Arts of Hygge'. Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and author. Dr Rachel Hurdley, Research Fellow in the School of Social Science at Cardiff University Helen Zaltzman, podcaster and crafter. This programme is available in two versions. The long version is podcast only and is available by clicking the MP3 button on the Late Night Woman's Hour programme page or subscribing to the Woman's Hour daily podcast. The shorter broadcast version will be available on Iplayer shortly after transmission on Friday 28th October. Presenter: Lauren Laverne Producer: Eleanor Garland Guest: Susie Orbach Guest: Rachel Hurdley Guest: Trine Hahnemann Guest: Helen Zaltzman.

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Late Night Woman's Hour: Public Space

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Sep 30, 2016


Where does private space for women end and public space begin? Where does a woman's right to wear, or walk, or say, what and where she wants become different to men's - on the beach? On the bus? Online? Joining Lauren Laverne to discuss: Shelina Janmohamed, author of Generation M Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor of the New Statesman Becca Bunce of the disabled women's collective Sisters of Frida and co-director of the I C CHANGE campaign Bridget Minamore journalist This programme is available in two versions. The long version is podcast only and is available by clicking the MP3 button on the Late Night Woman's Hour programme page or subscribing to the Woman's Hour daily podcast. The shorter broadcast version will be available on Iplayer shortly after transmission on Friday 30th September. Presenter: Lauren Laverne Producer: Eleanor Garland.

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Late Night Woman's Hour: Sport

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


Following the massive success of female athletes on Team GB in the Rio Olympics, Lauren Laverne discusses women in sport with: Maggie Alphonsi, World Cup-winning rugby player and sports commentator and pundit Cherrelle Brown, champion boxer and personal trainer Anna Kessel, sports writer and author of Eat Sweat Play Jean Williams, Professor of the History and Culture of Sport at DeMontfort University Producer: Luke Mulhall.

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Late Night Woman's Hour: Masturbation

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Jun 24, 2016


Lauren Laverne and guests discuss women and masturbation - is it still a taboo? Her guests this month are: Emily Yates, accessibility consultant and sex educator with the charity Enhance the UK. Irma Kurtz, who has been the agony aunt for Cosmopolitan Magazine since 1970. Ky Hoyle, the founder and Managing Director of the Sh! Women's Erotic Emporium. Stephanie Theobald, a writer whose most recent book Sex Drive is a memoir of her drive across America in search of her lost libido. Producer: Luke Mulhall.

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Late Night Woman's Hour

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, May 27, 2016


Lauren Laverne and guests discuss the origins and pitfalls of stereotypes of women. With Joanne Harris, best-selling author of Chocolat who has written about myth and fairy tales. Lisa Mckenzie, a sociologist at the London School of Economics, who has explored portrayals of working class women Emma Dabiri, teaching fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, who has studied what people mean by the term 'mixed-race' in Britain today. Jane Cunningham, founder of advertising and marketing consultancy Pretty Little Head. The broadcast edition of this programme will be available on Iplayer soon after transmission. A longer version is available now as a podcast.

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Late Night Woman's Hour - Clothes

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Apr 29, 2016


From the shock value of punk to Muslim modesty codes, via clothes as art and how police officers personalize their uniforms, Lauren Laverne and guests discuss what we wear and what it means. With punk pioneer Jordan, fashion designer Barjis Chohan, philosopher Shahidha Bari, and former police officer and blogger Ellie Bloggs Producer: Luke Mulhall.

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