Woman's Hour: Daily Podcasts

BBC  |  Podcast, ±42 min episodes every 22 hours
Woman's Hour brings you the big celebrity names and leading women in the news, with subjects ranging widely from politics to health, law, education, arts, parenting, relationships, work, fiction, food and fashion. Presented by Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey. Find out more at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour
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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 GarveyProducer: Anne Peacock.
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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 ...
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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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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 Westminster 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 ...
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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.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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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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. 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 MurrayProducer Beverley Purcell.
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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 ...
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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.