Woman's Hour: Daily Podcasts

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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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Deborah James on bowel cancer, Maria Miller, Nitrous oxide, Sarah Newman

Author, blogger and podcaster Deborah James on living with bowel cancer and busting taboos with her Sun column and the You Me and the Big C podcast.

Maria Miller, chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee is introducing a Ten Minute Rule Bill to outlaw discriminatory redundancies. She has cross party support for her Bill to give new protections to pregnant women and mothers on maternity leave and for six months after returning to work. So how would her plans works and how hopeful is she that they will become law?

The public need to be made aware of the dangers of nitrous oxide say nurses at the Royal College of Nursing Annual Congress. So what is nitrous oxide, what are the dangers, the legal situation and should parents be concerned?

The Heavens by Sandra Newman is a time slip novel with a mind-expanding love story, set in New York 2000 and London 1593. Sandra joins Jane to talk among other things about utopias, mental illness and daring to be disrespectful to William Shakespeare.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Deborah James
Interviewed guest: Maria Miller
Interviewed guest: Catherine Gamble
Interviewed guest: Sandra Newman
Producer; Lucinda Montefiore

Sara Canning, partner of Lyra McKee

It’s been a month since Lyra McKee was killed in Londonderry. She was 29 and was already making waves in journalism as well as being an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. The night she was shot she had been watching rioting in Creggan, a housing estate on the outskirts of the city. The New IRA said its members carried out the murder. At her funeral politicians were urged to find solutions to Northern Ireland’s problems and Lyra’s partner, Sara Canning, addressed them personally, seizing the opportunity to speak to them candidly. From the very start, she faced the TV cameras to pay her own tributes to her girlfriend. This weekend she’s been speaking at an equal marriage rally in Belfast. She talks to Jane Garvey.

Ashton Applewhite is calling for a movement to end ageism in her book 'This Chair Rocks'. Maggy Pigott’s twitter account @AgeingBetter, about the unexpected joys of aging, picked up huge numbers of followers overnight; Her upcoming book is called How To Age Joyfully. So why is the conversation around aging so negative? And how much could our lives, health and economy improve if it changed?

In 2018 over 100,000 online images of child sexual abuse were taken down by the Internet Watch Foundation. The UK-based organisation is seeing a sharp increase in self-generated content, particularly girls aged 11 to 13, who are filming themselves on webcams in their own bedrooms. Chief Executive Susie Hargreaves discusses what can be done.

Shakespears Sister. The nineties pop duo have reunited as a band after not talking to each other for 26 years. Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit look back, explain how they got back together and to perform their new single, live in the studio.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Interviewed Guest: Sara Canning
Interviewed Guest: Ashton Applewhite
Interviewed Guest: Maggy Pigott
Interviewed Guest: Susie Hargreaves
Interviewed Guest: Marcella Detroit
Interviewed Guest: Siobhan Fahey

Weekend Woman's Hour: Red Lipstick, Domestic violence and terrorism, Gentleman Jack

We explore the origins and enduring appeal of red lipstick with beauty journalist Rachel Felder and Florence Adepoju the founder of the lipstick brand MDMflow.

What do women voters think about the two new political parties: Change UK and the Brexit Party? We hear from Jane Green a Professor of Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford who is also co-director of the British Election Study and Deborah Mattinson the founding partner of research and strategy consultancy, Britain Thinks.

The journalist and author Joan Smith tells us about the links she’s found between domestic violence and terrorism.

Three women, who all have a parent who has transitioned tell us about their experiences.

Joanne Ramos on her debut novel, The Farm about a luxury retreat where women are paid handsomely to produce babies.

Sally Wainright tells us about her new BBC One Sunday night drama Gentleman Jack about the Victorian landowner Anne Lister. Anne Choma the author of The Real Anne Lister tells us about the coded diaries which revealed her lesbian relationships.

As part of a series of interviews on complex mental health we hear from Hannah who has been diagnosed with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder.

Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Rabeka Nurmahomed
Edited by Jane Thurlow

Saudi Arabia's imprisoned activists: One year on

This time last year prominent women’s rights campaigners in Saudi Arabia started to be arrested and imprisoned. In total there were 20 arrests, including some men who were their supporters. When the women appeared in court some of them said they’d been electrocuted, flogged and sexually harassed in prison, which the Saudi authorities deny. Recently, seven women including Aziza al-Yousef (pictured) have been released for trial. If they’re found guilty of charges related to their activism they’ll go back to prison. Rothna Begum joins us from Human Rights Watch.

As part of a BBC season about mental health we’ll be hearing from 29 year old Hannah who has a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. She tells Jo Morris about the intensive NHS-funded therapy which she thinks saved her life. And Hannah and her partner explain how BPD has affected their relationship.

And Jane is joined by neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott, podcaster Tolani Shoneye and associate editor of the New Statesman Helen Lewis, to discuss some of the news stories of the week.

Red lipstick, Nigel Slater, Joan Smith and abortion in the US

Red is the best-selling lipstick colour on the market for most brands. Beauty journalist Rachel Felder, author of ‘Red Lipstick’ has explored the origins and history of red lipstick, looking at its association with film stars, the aristocracy, its sex appeal, its power and glamour. She joins Jenni to discuss why the colour has stuck around for centuries, along with Florence Adepoju the founder of a lipstick brand who studied how to make cosmetics at the London College of Fashion. .

Alabama has become the latest US state to move to restrict abortions by passing a bill to outlaw the procedure in almost all cases. Earlier this year the governors of four other states - Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio - signed bills banning abortion if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected. Jenni speaks to National Public Radio’s correspondent, Sarah McCammon.

Nigel Slater’s newest book Greenfeast: Spring, Summer is the first in a pair of season –led vegetable books. The second comes out in October for the autumn and winter months. Nigel discusses eating less meat and his collection of recipes for spring and summer vegetables.

Jenni is joined by journalist and author, Joan Smith, to discuss her new book ‘Home Grown: how domestic violence turns men into terrorists’. She questions why, in the debate about what makes a terrorist, a striking common factor has long been overlooked - a history of domestic abuse.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Interviewed Guest: Sarah McCammon
Interviewed Guest: Nigel Slater
Interviewed Guest: Joan Smith
Interviewed Guest: Rachel Felder
Interviewed Guest: Florence Adepoju

Sally Wainwright on Anne Lister

Sally Wainwright’s new drama Gentleman Jack tells the story of Anne Lister, the Victorian landowner and industrialist whose coded diaries have revealed a hidden world of lesbian relationships and class and gender struggles in 19th Century Yorkshire. Starring Suranne Jones, the series covers just two years of Anne’s eventful life, including the beginning of her relationship with future wife Ann Walker. Jenni is joined by Sally and Anne Choma, author of Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister.

As part of a series about mental health we have been asking women how it feels to live with a mental illness. Heather is now 35 and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 29. In 2013, she was snapped by a street photographer at the height of her psychosis. Heather has tracked the photo down and shows it to our reporter Jo Morris. Although the photo is hard for her to look at it also reminds her how far she has come.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Laura Northedge

Interviewed Guest: Sally Wainwright
Interviewed Guest: Anne Choma

Parenting: Potty training

Potty training over the weekend? From birth? What are the fads and what really works? Jenni is joined by Rebecca Mottram, a children’s nurse who now runs her own business teaching potty training and Christina Hardyment, author of Dream Babies, to try to work out the dos and don’ts and what has changed over the generations.

Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder, EU Elections, Joanne Ramos

This year has seen ongoing turmoil at Westminster, the date on which Britain leaves the EU deferred and two new political parties founded and fielding candidates – Change UK and the Brexit Party. It is frequently claimed that we are seeing a realignment in British politics. But is that claim borne out among women voters? And, how do the varied concerns of women fit into a conversation that is so often dominated by men? We look at what light electoral research, opinion polling and focus groups might shed on the way different groups of women voters are currently thinking.

As part of a BBC season about mental health, tomorrow we hear from a 40 year old woman who lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder. We’re calling her Melanie and she was first diagnosed aged 22. She explains her diagnosis as being like a set of Russian dolls. She, Melanie, is the main doll and inside her are lots of other dolls, her alternative personalities. She feels her DID helped her as a child when she suffered repeated sexual abuse but living with it as an adult is challenging.

The Farm, the title of Joanne Ramos’s debut novel, refers to a Golden Oaks, a luxury retreat where women get the very best of everything provided they dedicate themselves to producing the perfect baby. For someone else. Joanne Ramos joins Jane to talk about the rights and wrongs of surrogacy, being an immigrant, nannies who rarely get to see their own children and the myths and reality of the American dream.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Deborah Mattinson
Interviewed guest: Jane Green
Interviewed guest: Joanne Ramos
Reporter: Ena Milller
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore

Women's Toilets, Fasting

Women’s loos: a place of camaraderie, retreat and even high drama? Samantha Jagger has been documenting what happens in the ladies for 10 years. She's captured candid moments between friends and strangers and her photographs, mostly taken in pubs and clubs in Manchester and Leeds, are about to be exhibited in a show called Loosen Up.

Katie Sherdley, Catriona Innes and Cath Lloyd talk to Tina Daheley about being children of a parent who's transitioned.

Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Going away with friends, Potty training

Cellist, songwriter and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson performs her track Unconditionally from her new album Road Runner.

It’s nearly a year since Ireland voted in a referendum to change its law on abortion. The majority who cast their vote last May wanted to repeal the Eighth Amendment and liberalise the law. So what is the abortion provision like now and how have the changes been rolled out? We’ll hear from Dr Rhona Mahony the Executive Director of Women’s Health in Ireland, Sinead Gleeson is a writer and essayist and Susan Lohan is a member of the Collaborative Forum on Mother and Baby Homes.

What's the appeal of a weekend away with female friends - and what stresses can it put on friendship? The actor Arabella Weir and Tianna Johnson the founder of Black Girls Camping Trip discuss.

An estimated 5000 women a year around the world are killed through so called honour killings by a member of their own family. The investigative journalist Lene Wold tells us about her new book, Inside An Honour Killing, where a father and daughter tell their story.

We hear from listeners about how attitudes to food affect what - and how much - we eat, and from the registered nutritionist Laura Thomas.

Travel writers Kathi Kamleitner and Gail Simmons tell us why they love solitary hiking.

What are the do’s and don’ts of potty training? What has changed over the generations? We hear from the Potty Training Consultant Rebecca Motram and from Christina Hardyment the author of Dream Babies.

Presented by Jenni Murray
Produced by Rabeka Nurmahomed
Edited by Jane Thurlow

Interviewed guest: Rhona Mahony
Interviewed guest: Sinead Gleeson
Interviewed guest: Susan Lohan
Interviewed guest: Arabella Weir
Interviewed guest: Tianna Johnson
Interviewed guest: Lene Wold
Interviewed guest: Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Interviewed guest: Kathi Kamleitner
Interviewed guest: Gail Simmons
Interviewed guest: Rebecca Motram
Interviewed guest: Christina Hardyment

Remembering the Magdalene Laundries

This month there are two important anniversaries in Ireland attached to the way women, children and babies were looked after by the State and the Church. Twenty years ago the Irish State issued a formal apology to them, and 10 years ago the Ryan Report came out looking at church sexual abuse. Some girls were held in Magdalene Laundries and pictured is Sean McDermott St, Dublin which was the last to close. It will be turned into a place of remembrance. We’ve been talking to Mary Merritt who’s 88 and spent time at Sean McDermott Street as well as taking a look at the site itself with historian, Katherine O’Donnell.

Why do fewer women hike alone than men? Travel writers, Kathi Kamleitner and Gail Simmons join Jenni to talk about the joys of hiking alone as a woman and why they think it’s much safer than many people assume.

Do you have an old teddy that has seen better days? Or an old vase that has the odd crack but you could never part with because it means too much to you? Well, these are the types of items that are taken into the BBC1 TV show The Repair Shop to get a new lease of life. Julie Tatchell and Amanda Middleditch are teddy bear restorers and Kirsten Ramsay repairs ceramics. Jenni talks to them about the skills needed to repair people’s much loved items.

We consider our ideas of motherhood and how they measure up to the realities, past and present. What do we know of motherhood in the past? And what are the ideas that shape our expectations of motherhood today? Professor Sarah Knott, blogger and campaigner, Remi Sade and comedian, Taylor Glen discuss.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Interviewed Guest: Mary Merritt
Interviewed Guest: Katherine O’Donnell
Interviewed Guest: Kathi Kamleitner
Interviewed Guest: Gail Simmons
Interviewed Guest: Kirsten Ramsay
Interviewed Guest: Professor Sarah Knott
Interviewed Guest: Remi Sade
Interviewed Guest: Taylor Glen

Potty training, Going away with friends, Jude

When it comes to potty training, we unpick the fads from what works. Rebecca Mottram, a children’s nurse who now runs her own business teaching potty training and Christina Hardyment, author of Dream Babies help us to work out the dos and don’ts - and what has changed over the years. Netflix's new comedy film Wine Country stars Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as friends who go away to the Napa Valley to celebrate a 50th birthday. During the course of the weekend, wine is drunk, singing and dancing ensue - and, tensions arise. We discuss why trips with female friends so often follow this formula with actor, Arabella Weir and Tianna Johnson, the founder of Black Girls Camping Trip. A play, loosely based on Thomas Hardy's 1895 tragic novel Jude the Obscure, has opened at the Hampstead Theatre in London. In this version Jude is a woman, a cleaner, a Syrian refugee who dreams of studying Classics at Oxford University. Actor, Isabella Nefar is joined by Karin Koehler, editor of the Thomas Hardy journal and a lecturer at Bangor University to discuss the challenge of re-working well-known characters for the stage. And, reporter Henrietta Harrison hears about a new libretto by Sheila Hill, performed by a community choir of women and children trained by Glyndebourne opera house in Sussex.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Ruth Watts

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