Woman's Hour: Daily Podcasts

BBC  |  Podcast, ±45 min episodes every 23 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
27
MAR
2am
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.
25
MAR
2am
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 ...
24
MAR
2am
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 Womenand 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.
23
MAR
2am
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 ...
22
MAR
2am
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 ...
21
MAR
2am
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 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 ...
20
MAR
2am
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' and the author of the chapter on Greece join Jane.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.
18
MAR
2am
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 ...
17
MAR
2am
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.
16
MAR
2am
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.
15
MAR
2am
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 and listener and new mum Bonnie discuss how to turn loneliness around.Presenter: Jane Garvey.