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BBC Radio Woman's Hour Podcast

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Parenting: Adult children moving abroad, taking grandkids with them

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Apr 26, 2017


What happens when adult children move abroad with grandchildren? Author Helen Russell & psychologist Dr Angharad Rudkin from Southampton University discuss heartbreak & solutions

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Caitlyn Jenner

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Apr 26, 2017


From all star US athlete to high profile TV star in a in Keeping up with the Kardashians, Caitlyn Jenner talks about her new book The Secrets of My Life. The personal pressures of transitioning in the media spotlight, what she's learnt about herself and the trans community and her hopes and fears for the future. Today the FA and SSE is launching an initiative which will see 200 Wildcats Girls' Football Clubs set up across the country offering girls aged 5-11 regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions. What impact will it have on encouraging girls to stick with the game long term? Tennessee singer-songwriter, Valerie June, talks to Jane about her blend of folk, soul, gospel, and blues music to create her own style called 'moonshine roots music'. She performs a track from her new album The Order of Time live in the studio. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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What has Trump done for women? Grandparenting, Erin Kelly, Stalking

Author: BBC Radio 4
Tue, Apr 25, 2017


New research into stalking and homicide suggests that stalking plays a part in more than nine out of ten murders of women by men. And they say it can happen within a relationship - a fact the law fails to recognise. And they found surveillance, which can include stalking on social media, in more than six out of ten cases. The research by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and the University of Gloucester looked at over 350 instances of homicide when a woman was killed by a man. So what is stalking and what's the link between stalking, violence and even murder? And what needs to be done to tackle the problem? Jane is joined by Victoria Charleston, Senior Policy Officer of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, and by Dr Jane Monckton Smith, who wrote the report. What's the impact on grandchildren and grandparents when adult children decide to move abroad? Jane Garvey talks to a listener whose son and daughter-in-law have decided to leave the UK for a new life in Auckland, taking their three young children with them, Helen Russell, British mum and author of Leap Year who lives in Denmark with her husband and young son, and clinical psychologist Dr Angharad Rudkin from Southampton University. Diana Furchtgott-Roth, who was a campaign advisor and part of the Trump transition team, and Hadley Freeman, Guardian columnist, discuss the impact on US women so far of the first hundred days of Donald Trump's presidency. Erin Kelly's fifth novel, He Said/She Said is a psychological thriller with sexual violence at its centre. One of the main characters, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. Months later, she finds herself the star witness at a rape trial, her ordeal second only to the victim's own. Her doubts only creep in after the verdict. Here, the question is not whodunnit but did he really do it? Erin talks to Jane about the difficulties of using rape as the engine of a plot and the responsibility she felt while writing this novel to real-life victims of sexual violence. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Erin Riley.

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General Election 2017 and women at Westminster, Lady Macbeth

Author: BBC Radio 4
Mon, Apr 24, 2017


What impact is the snap Election having on the selection of female candidates? With less than 7 weeks to go some parties are changing the way they're choosing who'll contest seats. Will women win or lose out on better representation at Westminster? Joining Jane, Conservative MP Maria Miller who chairs parliament's Women and Equalities Committee, Labour MP and former frontbencher Rachel Reeves, Lib Dem MP Sarah Olney, Angela Crawley MP and SNP shadow spokesperson on equalities, women and children, UKIP deputy chair Suzanne Evans, and Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender, University of Bristol. Set in 19th century rural Northumberland, Lady Macbeth is about a woman in a loveless marriage who embarks on an affair and stops at nothing to get what she wants. The film stars BAFTA breakthrough Brit actress Florence Pugh. Florence and Alice Birch the writer of the film joins Jane to discuss. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Anne Peacock.

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Megan Mullally, Being Jane, The impact of TV show Girls

Author: BBC Radio 4
Sat, Apr 22, 2017


The two time Emmy Award winning US star Megan Mullally, known best for her role as Karen in the American sitcom Will and Grace, talks about her musical collaboration Nancy and Beth. What's in a name? Jane Garvey talks to Dr Jane Pilcher Associate Professor at the University of Leicester, Jane Brodie an art director and the actor Jane Asher. How should embryos remaining after IVF treatment be dealt with and who should make the decision about what to do with them? Kate and Becky both had IVF and discuss their experience and Juliet Tizzard director of the National Fertility and Embryology Association discusses the medical and ethical considerations. Last Sunday Turkey voted in a referendum. The result was extremely close but President Erdogan's victory has increased his power. He is known for conservative views about women's rights. Emma Sinclair Webb is a senior researcher in Turkey with Human Rights Watch and Elif Shafak is a novelist who lives in the UK discuss the impact his rise may have on women in Turkey. The last ever episode of the American comedy drama Girls aired on British television this week. Girls fans, journalists Pandora Sykes and Simran Hans, talk about its impact. Maintaining dignity when you're receiving hospital treatment can be difficult, but we hear how important it is to remain active as part of your general recovery in hospital. Claire Robinson, co-founder of INGA Wellbeing, has designed gowns for people who need regular hospital treatment and Professor Brian Dolan is behind the End PJ Paralysis Campaign.

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Lily Cole, Embryos, Marine Le Pen

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Apr 21, 2017


Lily Cole, well-known for modelling, is currently on the London stage in the play The Philanthropist. We talk about her career and treading the boards. More than a quarter of a million UK babies have been born as a result of IVF. But what happens to the embryos that are unused once IVF treatment has been completed? Jenni is joined by two women who explain what they did, as well as Juliet Tizzard from The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and Naomi Moller, lecturer in Psychology at the Open University. With the presidential race in France under way, we find out what women in France see, or don't see, in Marine Le Pen. Rainbow Murray, an expert in French politics, and the Parisian journalist, Nabila Ramdani, discuss. And as it's the London Marathon this weekend we talk to Bobbi Gibb who was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966. The American amateur runner did so unofficially, even starting off from some nearby bushes.

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Gig rowing; Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Author: BBC Radio 4
Thu, Apr 20, 2017


Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money talks candidly about coping with post-natal depression and having a highly-pressurised job. According to Jayne-Anne only 14% of people at senior management level in finance are women, and she explores why. As we come closer to the announcement of the 12 finalists in the Woman's Hour Craft Prize, we continue with profiling the 7 disciplines. It's the turn of textiles as we explore the history of Britain's textile past and meet one of the few woman who - as member of The Worshipful Company of Weavers - is allowed to drive sheep across London bridge. Growing numbers of women in England are experiencing 'hidden homelessness' - living in precarious arrangements without privacy or their own legal living space. Dr Paula Mayock, from the Trinity College Dublin, discusses new figures published in her book that show lone women parents are the most likely group to experience homelessness. Picture the scene...a tall ship is coming perilously close to treacherous rocks in stormy seas off the Cornish coast. Small and speedy rowing boats, known as gigs, are racing to her rescue. The first crew to reach the stricken ship will put a pilot aboard, to guide the ship to safety, for a fee. From this 'Pilot Gig Rowing' has emerged and spread far beyond its Cornish home. As many women as men now take part and Sarah Swadling's been to Saltash to meet the Caradon Gig Club's crews in training...including the defending ladies world champions. Keeping as active as possible when you're in hospital can play an important part in your overall recovery. Getting into clothes that are both comfortable and accessible for treatment can preserve your sense of self as well as your dignity. Jenni talks to Claire Robinson, co-founder of INGA Wellbeing, who's designed clothes for patients who regularly need hospital treatment and to Professor Brian Dolan, who's behind the End Pyjama Paralysis campaign. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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Parenting: Are birth plans a waste of time?

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Apr 19, 2017


Trixie McAree, head of midwifery at Birmingham Women’s Hospital & Bridget Sheeran, author of Preparing for Birth discuss the pros and cons of writing a birth plan.

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Judge Dhir, Birthplans, Princess Diana

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Apr 19, 2017


Judge Anuja Ravindra Dhir has become the first non-white judge to be appointed at the Old Bailey, as well as being the youngest circuit judge currently sitting at the Central Criminal Courts in London. She joins Jenni to talk about the barriers she's faced as well as the acts of kindness that have motivated her throughout her career. Diana, Princess of Wales' outfits are being showcased in Kensington Palace's exhibition 'Diana: Her Fashion Story.' We take a look at the black silk evening dress she wore in 1994 and then sold at auction in 1997. Georgina Hewes is joined by curator Eleri Lynn, and former confidante and stylist to the Princess, Anna Harvey. In the next of our Going Home series, reporter Ena Miller talks to a close family friend who she calls 'auntie' Mercy Fiamanya. Mercy lives in Glasgow, but has yearnings for her birth home, Ghana so she packs her bags and takes her family back to Africa, but that isn't the end of the story. After Turkey's referendum on Sunday, President Erdogan could now have the right to rule until 2029 and his power, if he wins the 2019 election would be unprecedented. He is known to have conservative views about women's rights, so what impact might his rise and rise have on women in Turkey? Elif Shafak is a novelist who now lives in the UK. Emma Sinclair Webb is a senior Turkey researcher with Human Rights Watch and is based in Istanbul. When writing a birthplan, mums-to-be may consider giving birth at home or in a hospital, a hypnobirth, waterbirth, alternative therapies or medical intervention, drugs and pain relief. But with so many choices and so many variables, is there any point in writing one at all? Jenni discusses what women need to know with midwife Bridget Sheeran author of "Preparing for Birth." Presenter: Jenni Murray.

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Megan Mullally, Toor Pekai Yousafzai (Malala's mother)

Author: BBC Radio 4
Tue, Apr 18, 2017


US star Megan Mullally aka Karen in Will and Grace is in the UK to perform a series of gigs with her musical partner Stephanie Hunt as Nancy and Beth. Megan joins Jane to discuss her musical career and how the now Trump-supporting Karen will fare in the Will and Grace reunion series that will be aired later this year. Whenever you see Malala Yousafzai at high-profile global events, more often than not, she's with her Dad, not her Mum. But her mother, Toor Pekai Yousafzai, speaks exclusively to Woman's Hour about settling in the UK, being Malala's Mum and the importance of getting her own education. Latest figures from the organisation Reprieve suggest that there are around 50 British people held abroad who are facing the death penalty or held under a sentence of death. It is nearly three years since Andy Tsege has been under threat in Ethiopia. His partner Yemi Hailemariam joins Jane to talk about the impact it has had on her and her family. They are joined by Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve. Last night the last ever episode of the American comedy Girls aired on British television. For five years Girls creator and writer Lena Dunham has portrayed Hannah Horvath, a self-involved, sexually liberated twenty-something, and has received huge amounts of praise and criticism along the way. So what impact has her radical depiction of female sexuality had on young women? Jane talks to journalists Pandora Sykes and Simran Hans.

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What's in a name?

Author: BBC Radio 4
Mon, Apr 17, 2017


What do our first names really say about us? More than you might think, according to Dr Jane Pilcher, Associate Professor at the University of Leicester. She claims that our names often reveal important clues about our age, social class and ethnicity that might affect the way that we are treated by other people. She joins Jane, along with name expert and the founder of the British Baby Names website, Eleanor Nickerson to discuss what's in a name. How has this classic British name become synonymous with being middle of the road? The actor Jane Asher turned 71 earlier this month and was born in the year that Jane entered the UK top 50. Jane Brody celebrated her 30th birthday last week and was born the year after Jane stopped being a UK top 100 name. Woman's Hour listener Victoria Smillie wanted to change her surname following her divorce, but realised in doing so that she had never been happy with her given name, Lesley, either. So she changed both. They are joined by another of our listeners, Tracy, who truly hates her name but can't quite bring herself to lose it. By the age of three, Esther Robertson had had three different first names and surnames. Esther joins Jane to discuss how her changing name has affected her life. The author Charlotte Mendelson keeps lists of names and can deliberate for hours about what to call the characters in her novels. She joins us along with the journalist and editor Alex Clark to discuss the best and worst names in books. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Laura Northedge.

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Laura Mvula, Lilly Singh, Parenting classes, and Min Kym

Author: BBC Radio 4
Sat, Apr 15, 2017


Are parenting classes useful or interfering? Journalist Cristina Odone and Naomi Eisenstadt, the first director of Sure Start, discuss the pros and cons of officially learning how to be a parent. Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula opens up about living with anxiety and panic attacks for the last 10 years. The violinist Min Kym discusses the impact that losing her prized violin she called 'her soulmate' had on her and her career. The American actor David Schwimmer and director Sigal Avin have produced a series of short films about sexual harassment in a bid to raise awareness of the issue. The Australian journalist Van Badham argues that the success of these films is down to the fact that he has lent masculine validity to the cause. So, is there a place for men in the feminist movement? Van Badham and Andrew Harrison, Contributing Editor, Esquire magazine discuss. Vlogger and comic actress, Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman) talks about her new book 'How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life,' and fame as a Youtube phenomenon. Consent, a new play written by Nina Raine. It looks at the ordinary people who seek out the legal system when alleged victims of rape. She joins Baroness Helena Kennedy QC to talk about the issue. And three years since 276 girls were abducted from a secondary school in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria by militant Islamist group Boko Haram. 195 of them are still being held. We hear from one of the girls escaped and from Habiba Adamu, BBC correspondent in Abuja.

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Trish Bartley on Mindfulness, Returning Home, Chibok Girls three years on

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Apr 14, 2017


For many people a diagnosis of cancer brings with it levels of distress and anxiety that can be as difficult to manage as the disease itself. Trish Bartley, who has twice had cancer herself, has developed a mindfulness course for people with cancer. She has also written a book, Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer. Trish explains to Jenni how mindfulness can help you cope with the psychological impact of cancer and treatment. People come to live in Britain for many different reasons - work, love, adventure...necessity? They disappear into life here, raising families, forging careers - some hope that it won't be forever and they'll one day go back "home." Today we hear from Meg De Amasi who came to Glasgow in 1976 - planning to stay for for a year to finish her midwifery degree. She talks to her daughter about why now the time's right to return. It's been three years since 276 girls were abducted from a secondary school in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria by militant Islamist group Boko Haram. 195 of them are still being held. We hear from one of the girls escaped and who spoke recently at the Global Education and Skills Forum, about the night the girls were kidnapped and from Habiba Adamu, BBC correspondent in Abuja. And Marie-Elsa Bragg talks about her debut novel 'Towards Mellbreak' the story of four generations of one farming family as they struggle to preserve traditions and beliefs in the face of change. Presenter Jenni Murray Producer Beverley Purcell.

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Vlogger, Lilly Singh

Author: BBC Radio 4
Thu, Apr 13, 2017


The American actor David Schwimmer and Sigal Avin have produced a series of short films about sexual harassment in a bid to raise awareness of the issue. The Australian journalist Van Badham argues that the success of these films is down to the fact that he has lent masculine validity to the cause but it's a narrative that should be led by women. To discuss, Jenni is joined by Van Badham and Andrew Harrison, Contributing Editor, Esquire magazine. Vlogger and comic actress, Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman) talks about her new book 'How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life,' as well as her meteoric rise to success and fame as a Youtube phenomenon. Consent, a new, intricately layered play has opened to much praise at the National Theatre and is written by Nina Raine. It looks at the ordinary people who seek out the legal system when alleged victims of rape and end up feeling further violated. And observes the middle-class professionals who work in the judicial machine and the impact on their private lives doing a job that forces them to see the worst of human nature day in and day out. The author and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC join Jenni. Last week Germany proposed a new draft law banning child marriages. Following its recent influx of migrants, the country registered 1,475 married minors at the end of July 2016, most of them girls. BBC Correspondent Damien McGuinness, Kirsten Di Martino from Unicef and Lakshmi Sundaram, Chief Executive of Girls not Brides discuss the situation in Germany and why the law is viewed as contentious by some. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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Parenting: What are the rules of grandparenting? Are parenting classes useful?

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Apr 12, 2017


Do you love or loathe being a granny? Should grandparents follow the rules set by parents when looking after grandchildren? What are the boundaries? Jane is joined by the journalist Lynn Barber to discuss top tips for grandparenting the grandkids during the holidays. Parenting classes: useful or interfering? We speak to Cristina Odone who has spent six months researching them and Naomi Eisenstadt, who was the first director of Sure Start.

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Parenting classes, British Muslim women, Spring gardens

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Apr 12, 2017


Parenting classes: useful or interfering? We speak to Cristina Odone who has spent six months researching them, leading to a change of heart about them. She used to strongly object to them, believing they were interventionist and a sign of the "nanny state" but now she thinks they're life-saving. Together with Naomi Eisenstadt, who was the first director of Sure Start, she discusses the pros and cons of officially learning how to be a parent. One woman with Parkinson's Disease comes into the studio to talk about why she feels there's a taboo about the illness, and what she's doing to combat it. She's joined by Professor K Ray Chaudhuri. Sabrina Mahfouz has put together an anthology of writing by British Muslim women. It's called The Things I Would Tell You: British Women Write. It includes poetry, short stories, non-fiction and short plays. Her contributors range from well known writers like Ahdaf Soueif and Kamila Shamsie, through to first-time published young women. Jane Garvey speaks to Sabrina Mahfouz, Asma Elbadawi and Triska Hamid. The Easter Bank Holiday is almost here, and lots of us will be visiting beautiful gardens or doing some digging ourselves. We get some inspiration from gardener, Hollie Newton who is author of How To Grow as well as Hayley Bishop, a kitchen gardener for the National Trust.

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Violinist Min Kym, HPV Vaccine for Boys, the Rules of Grandparenting

Author: BBC Radio 4
Tue, Apr 11, 2017


The violinist Min Kym was a child prodigy. At aged 7 she was accepted as the youngest ever pupil at the Purcell school of Music. By 8 she was a world class soloist. She made headline news in 2010 when her 'priceless' 1696 Stradivarius was stolen. She joins Jane to discuss the impact that losing 'her soulmate' had on her and her career. From today a vaccination for human papillomavirus, better known as HPV, will be made available to young boys in the UK on the high street - but at a cost. A full course will cost over ?400. Girls receive the HPV vaccine free of charge. Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, discusses the implications. According to recent figures published by the Office for National Statistics, the number of women working past the age of 70 has doubled in the past four years. Financial need? Pleasure? Both? We speak to three women to find out why they continue to do paid work. Do you love or loathe being a granny? Should grandparents follow the rules set by parents when looking after grandchildren? What are the boundaries? Jane is joined by the journalist Lynn Barber to discuss top tips for grandparenting the grandchildren during the holidays. Twitter names: Presenter: Lucinda Montefiore.

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Laura Mvula, Laini Taylor, Co-housing for older women

Author: BBC Radio 4
Mon, Apr 10, 2017


Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula has suffered with anxiety and panic attacks for the last 10 years. Her fear of being alone makes it worse. She describes how she has coped and why she wanted to make the documentary, 'Laura Mvula: Generation Anxiety' for Woman's Hour. Older Women's Co Housing -OWCH - is made-up of 26 women all over the age of 50. It's the first scheme in the UK specifically designed for and by older people. After struggling to find adequate sites and development partners since 1998, the residents have finally moved into their new homes. Georgina Hewes went to meet them. It has been two years since the introduction of the Anti-Slavery Act but in that time there has been an eight-fold increase of women arriving from Nigeria to Europe. Of the 11,100 Nigerian women recorded as arriving in Italy, an estimated 80% showed signs of being trafficked. Jane asks Britain's Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland what can be done to stop these women from being trafficked. Young adult fantasy fiction writer Laini Taylor on the follow-up to the hugely successful Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Why has she put a librarian at the heart of her latest book - Strange the Dreamer? Presented by: Jane Garvey Produced by: Caroline Donne.

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Freida Pinto, Craft with children, Alys Fowler

Author: BBC Radio 4
Sat, Apr 08, 2017


Freida Pinto made her name in the film Slumdog Millionaire. In the Sky television series, Guerrilla she plays Jas a political radical, part of the 1970's Black Power Movement in London. We hear from some listeners about what it's like to grow up in a single parent household. Carol, Tom, Phil and Victoria share their stories with us. Emma John is the first woman to win the Wisden Book of the Year. She tells us where her passion for cricket comes from. Text messages that have changed people's lives: the comedian London Hughes on catching out a two-timing boyfriend. The gardener and writer Alys Fowler tells us how exploring the Birmingham canals in an inflatable kayak helped her to come to terms with leaving her husband and embarking on a new relationship with a woman. Discarded Daughters is a film which investigates the rise of female infanticide in Pakistan. The reporter Maheen Sadiq of TV Channel Viceland tells us about making the film and the work of the Edhi Foundation which works to recover the bodies of dead babies and give homes to abandoned female children. We look at some crafting ideas you can do with your children over the Easter break. The costume designer Sarah and her daughter Rosie tell us about their craft projects and Christine Leech who has a blog SewYeah tells us about projects using pompoms.

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Freida Pinto

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Apr 07, 2017


Each year around 1.5 million women experience menopausal symptoms, including 400,000 who suffer them to a troublesome extent. But many shun hormone replacement therapy, because it has been linked with an increased risk of breast cancer and blood clots. A new study by Imperial College has identified what's been called a "game-changing" wonder drug which could reduce hot flushes in menopausal women by nearly 75%. Jenni talks to the author of the study from the Department of Medicine at Imperial College Professor Waljit Dhillo. Freida Pinto shot to fame in the film Slumdog Millionaire and became one of India's highest profile actors overnight. She's soon to be on our TV screens in the Sky Atlantic series Guerrilla. She plays Jas, a politically active woman, who forms a radical underground cell. Set in 1971, it poses the question: what if the original Black Power movement in London had used violence? Freida talks about her activism, her humanitarian work, and her career. Written by Dodie Smith in 1948, I Capture the Castle has been a seminal novel for generations of young women. Playwright and lyricist, Teresa Howard talks about the nurturing of her project to make this coming of age story into a musical, now on stage at the Watford Palace Theatre. The last episode in our series The Text I'll Never Forget. All week actor Anneka Harry has been hearing personal stories - a possible plane crash, a cheating ex, a suicide attempt all coming from one single text message. Today she goes back to her childhood home in Nuneaton to ask her Mum - Ann - about a text she'll never delete. Angie Thomas' debut novel "The Hate U Give" is already being hailed as a classic of our time. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and Angie's own experiences, it's been at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list for Young Adult Hardback fiction for the last 4 weeks.

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Leonora Carrington; Crafts for children; Women and guns in the US

Author: BBC Radio 4
Thu, Apr 06, 2017


Gender Pay Gap: from today employers with more than 250 staff will be required by law to publish data on their gender pay gaps. What difference, if any, will it make to closing the gap? Jenni is joined by Jo Swinson, former Business Minister and Chair of the Policy Forum at the CIPD, the professional body for HR. Craft making with children, how to make it fun for them, for you and not a mess that ends in the bin. Craft writer Christine Leech gives a craft making tutorial to mother and daughter Sarah and Rosie. Laura Dockrill writer and illustrator, on the text her mother sent her when she thought her plane was going to crash Joanna Moorhead was at a party when she found out that an estranged cousin she had never met was in fact Leonora Carrington - a famous artist of the Surrealist movement. Joanna tells Jenni about how she travelled to Mexico City to find, meet, and form a bond with the incredible Leonora, whose life is explored in Joanna's new book. Gun ownership by women is increasing in the United States. Joyce, an African-American woman who lives in an all-white area in Louisiana, explains why she has chosen to carry a gun for self-defence. Presented by: Jenni Murray Produced by: Caroline Donne.

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Parenting: Child of Our Time - Teenagers

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Apr 05, 2017


Professor Tanya Bryon on teenagers and how they tick. She's teamed up with Professor Robert Winston on Child Of Our Time, the BBC programme which has been tracking a group of children since they were born in 2000. The kids are now 16 years old - Tanya explains how social media, body image and porn are influencing their lives.

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Author Emma John; "Drop the ball" to be happy; Texts that change your life.

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Apr 05, 2017


The winner of the Wisden Book of the Year Emma John talks to Jenni about her book Following On. A memoir of Teenage Obsession and Terrible Cricket. While her schoolmates were obsessing over Oasis, she was nurturing a passion for the England cricket team. We preview a new film about the rise of infanticide in Pakistan. Plus Anneka Harry talks to friends and family about the text messages they'll never forget - today comedian London Hughes reveals how a message she received helped her catch her boyfriend cheating. Plus Tiffany Dufu discusses her new book "Drop the ball" and how to expect less from yourself, more from your partner, and flourish at work and in life. Presenter; Jenni Murray Producer; Beverley Purcell.

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Teenagers, Unforgettable texts, Alys Fowler

Author: BBC Radio 4
Tue, Apr 04, 2017


Professor Tanya Bryon comes into the Woman's Hour studio to talk about teenagers and how they tick. She's just joined Professor Robert Winston on Child Of Our Time, the BBC programme which has been tracking a group of children since they were born in 2000. We begin a new series called The Text I'll Never Forget. Sabrina Grant starts it off by describing a text she received letting her know that her sister had just attempted suicide. Alys Fowler, the writer and gardener has written a memoir about two journeys. One is exploring the canals around Birmingham in an inflatable kayak and the second is leaving a sick husband, and then embarking on a new relationship with a woman. Jane speaks to Alys Fowler about Hidden Nature which is published by Hodder and Stoughton on April 6th. And we get the latest on the Woman's Hour Craft Prize. Today we hear about jewellery-making.

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Phone-in: Being the Child of a Single Parent

Author: BBC Radio 4
Mon, Apr 03, 2017


We've heard about the experience of being a single parent. Now we want to hear what it's like to grow up the child of a single parent. Did you feel you were missing out not having two parents under the same roof? If one parent was completely absent, did you feel the lack of a role model? How did your contemporaries view your situation? Whatever your story, if you were raised by a lone mother or father, please do email us through the website. Lines will be open on Monday at 8am. The number to ring is 03700 100444 Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Lucinda Montefiore.

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Young fussy eaters, The Kingdom of Women and Twelfth Day

Author: BBC Radio 4
Sat, Apr 01, 2017


How should you deal with young fussy eaters in your family? Ciara Attwell of MyFussyEater.com and Professor Jackie Blissett discuss. Post Brexit we examine the impact of the 'self suffiency' rule on EU nationals living in the UK with unpaid caring roles. We hear from Birgit who has been married to a UK citizen for 17 years and has two children. She is concerned that her role as a stay at home mum may disqualify her for Permanent Residency. Colin Yeo is a barrister specialising in UK immigration law discusses. In a new series looking at single parenthood Cherry Healey speaks to Rupa about her decision to use a sperm donor to conceive her daughter. Choo Waihong is a former corporate lawyer in Singapore who spends time with the Mosuo tribe in Yunan province in China, close to the border with Tibet. She explains how the tribe works and her role within it. Tamsin Grieg talks about her latest role playing Malvolia in Shakespeare's classic comedy of mistaken identity 'Twelfth Night'. We examine how women have been portrayed in TV adverts over the past 50 years with Lindsey Clay the CEO of Thinkbox and Aline Santos the Executive Vice President of Global Marketing at Unilever. And we have music and chat from the band Twelfth Day made up of Orcadian fiddler Catriona Price and Peebles Harpist Esther Swift. Presented by Jenni Murray Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Jane Thurlow.

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Tamsin Greig, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Single Parents

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Mar 31, 2017


Tamsin Greig is currently on stage at the Olivier Theatre playing Malvolia in Shakespeare's classic comedy of mistaken identity, Twelfth Night. Tamsin joins Jenni to discuss the joys of making the classically male role a female one. The last in the series where Cherry Healey speaks to other single parents. Today Meena's story. She explains why she was expected by her family to remain in an unhappy marriage and make it work, and what happened when she decided to leave and become a single parent. Spotlight on Glass: the second in our series on the seven disciplines included in the Woman's Hour Craft Prize in partnership with the Crafts Council and The Victoria and Albert Museum. As the judges debate behind the scenes, whittling the numbers of applicants down to the twelve exhibitors, we take a look at glass in all it's forms. Jenni is joined by Julia Stephenson Head of Arts at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland and Cate Watkinson architectural glass artist (and tutor. Cosey Fanni Tutti is the Hull born performance artist and musician, known as a founding member of notorious 1970s art collective COUM Transmissions and the ground breaking avant-garde music group Throbbing Gristle. She says, "my life is my art, my art is my life", and both have certainly pushed boundaries. COUM began in a commune in Hull in 1969 , making art so shocking the police ran them out of town, and in London she took up porn modelling and stripping to feed her art. Her work is now celebrated in a new exhibition in Hull in its year as City of Culture. She speaks to Jenni about her very non-conformist life. Presented by Jenni Murray Produced by Caroline Donne.

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Late Night Woman's Hour: Viv Albertine

Author: BBC Radio 4
Fri, Mar 31, 2017


Lauren Laverne interviews Viv Albertine at the Free Thinking festival for the first edition of BBC Radio 4's Late Night Woman's Hour to be recorded in front of an audience. Writer and film maker Albertine reflects on being the guitarist in pioneering all-female punk band The Slits, whose 1979 album Cut is frequently voted one of the most influential albums of all time. But - as she outlines in her autobiography Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys - she hasn't always had an easy relationship with her punk past, and when her daughter was born, Albertine initially didn't tell her about her part in the punk revolution. Following the breakup of The Slits, Albertine briefly worked as an aerobics instructor before going on to film-making, acting (she took a lead role in Joanna Hogg's 2013 film Exhibition) and a solo recording career (debut solo album The Vermilion Border was released in 2012). When her autobiography was first published, with its frank reflections on (amongst other things) masturbation, sex, the punk ethos, IVF, and marriage, Albertine confessed to journalist Alexis Petridis that she worried "have I gone too far? I always go too far." In a frank and funny conversation, Albertine reflects on the resurgence of feminism after the 'desert' of the 1980s, the vital role her daughter played in her decision to return to music, and the advantages of not caring too much what people think.

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Live music from folk duo Twelfth Day; The challenges of being a single mum; Playwright Lindsey Ferrentino.

Author: BBC Radio 4
Thu, Mar 30, 2017


Band "Twelfth Day" describes itself as a "two person quartet". Made-up of Orcadian fiddler Catriona Price, and Peebles Harpist Esther Swift, they join Jenni to discuss Highland and Lowland Scottish music, how they merge their roots with their classical training, and their decade-long musical partnership". Plus a live performance from their new album "Cracks in the Room" Post Brexit - the impact of the "self sufficiency" rule on EU nationals living in the UK with unpaid caring roles. We hear one woman's story and speak to Colin Yeo a barrister specialising in UK immigration law . Playwright Lindsey Ferrentino explains why she chose a female war veteran as the central character in her new play Ugly Lies the Bone which tells the story of Jess, who, after three tours in Afghanistan and months in a severe burns unit, finally returns home to a small town in Florida. And more from Cherry Healey about being a single mum. Today Kirsty a single parent of a 5 year old girl - on the challenges she's facing because of ill health. Presenter Jenni Murray Producer Beverley Purcell.

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Parenting: Fussy Eaters

Author: BBC Radio 4
Thu, Mar 30, 2017


No yoghurts with bits, peanut butter on everything and nothing green! Jane discusses fussy eaters, their quirks and requests with guests, Ciara Attwell of MyFussyEater.com and Professor Jackie Blissett, an expert in children's eating behaviour. They reveal the reasons behind fussy eating, advice on what parents can do about it and whether or not you should bribe kids with dessert in a trade-off for broccoli.

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How do you deal with a fussy eater?

Author: BBC Radio 4
Wed, Mar 29, 2017


As we trigger Article 50 and begin the formal process of leaving the EU what place do women have at the negotiating table? What things might we win or lose out on in the future? Zarin Hainsworth from the National Alliance of Women's Organisations and to Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the European Women's Lobby discuss. Peeling the skin off sausages, no yoghurts with bits, peanut butter on everything, nothing green. Jane discusses fussy eaters, their quirks and requests with guests Ciara Attwell or MyFussyEater.com and Jackie Blissett, Professor of Childhood Eating Behaviour - and asks for tips. How do you deal with fussy eaters - of all ages? Number one New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything Nicola Yoon is back with a new novel 'The Sun is Also a Star.' The book tells the story of two teens: Daniel, the son of Korean shop owners, and Natasha, whose family is living in New York City illegally. The book has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017. And as part of week long series on single parents, Cherry Healey speaks to Veronica, a woman who had to tell three men that one of them was the possible father of her son and how a DNA test revealed the answer. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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Women in adverts, Deaths of women in custody, Trigger warnings, Single dads.

Author: BBC Radio 4
Tue, Mar 28, 2017


In 2016 twelve women died in custody, the highest number since 2004. Two reports are published tomorrow investigating what lies behind this increase, one from the Prison and Probation Ombudsman, and one from the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody. Juliet Lyon, the Chair of the panel joins Jane to discuss why deaths of women in custody are on the rise again. And, Sheila Waplington tells the story of her daughter Diane who took her life in prison three years ago. Ed has brought up his son alone for the last sixteen years after the sudden death of his wife. He tells his story to Cherry Healey. Trigger warnings are used widely in online feminist spaces, a short unmissable sentence warning readers that topics like abuse, rape or eating disorders are coming up in an article and might cause someone to have flashbacks. Their use has now moved into university lectures and reading lists too. But critics say that the well intentioned practice is being overused, that people aren't having their opinions challenged. Blogger Rachel Charlton-Dailey, Psychologist Terri Apter and Sorana Vieru, Vice President for Higher Education, National Union of Students join Jane to discuss. Advertising has changed a lot over the decades. Gone are the days when ads for washing up liquids told women it would keep their hands as soft as the skin on their faces... We look at how women have been portrayed in TV adverts over the past 50 years with Lindsey Clay, the CEO of Thinkbox, and Aline Santos, Executive Vice President Global Marketing at Unilever. Jane asks them how adverts are moving away from old female stereotypes and what's replacing them? Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Erin Riley.

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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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