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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Sonita Alleyne, Play, Beth Hart

Chanel Miller, who was sexually assaulted while she lay unconscious on the grounds of Stanford University campus, talks about reclaiming her identity.

Annalie Riches who's the Winner of the RIBA Sterling Prize for Architecture 2019, tells us about the eco-friendly council estate in Norwich she co-designed. She discusses women’s role in architecture with Zoe Berman, an architect and founder of Part W, which campaigns for more women in architecture.

Michael Rosen who's written a new book called Book of Plays tells us why children and adults need to play more.

Sonita Alleyne OBE is the first ever black leader of an Oxbridge College and the first woman to lead Jesus College Cambridge. She tells us about her new role.

Dr Anne-Lise Goddings, a clinical lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, and Edwina Dunn, a data entrepreneur, tell us why they believe social media can be a force for good and can improve teenager’s mental health.

The Grammy Award-nominated Blues singer Beth Hart performs a song inspired by her sister.

Presenter:: Jenni Murray
Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor: Siobhann Tighe

The Freedom Project: understanding domestic abuse in relationships

16 years ago a woman in her twenties, who was a translator at GCHQ, leaked an official and confidential email. It instructed Katharine Gun and her colleagues to share any information they might come across concerning a clutch of nations belonging to the UN Security Council. The information could then be used to persuade them to vote for the invasion of Iraq. Her email became an Observer article and she lost her job, nearly lost her marriage and was in fear of going to prison. Now her story is told in a new film ‘Official Secrets’. She joins Jenni to remember that time in 2003 and explain what happened next.

How much are we squeezing play out of our children’s days, our institutions and spaces? Michael Rosen, author of ‘Book of Play’ joins Jenni to talk about why play matters to both children and adults – and to share tips on how we can get more of it in our lives.

When Sally Challen was recently interviewed on Woman’s Hour she talked about the Freedom Programme she attended, once she was in prison. She described how it helped her understand the coercive control and domestic abuse she had suffered for years from her husband Richard. We speak to Clare Walker, a group facilitator and a trainer for the programme, Pat Craven who founded it and Louise, a listener, who wrote in to say how attending for the last year had changed her life.

We speak to Grammy-award nominated blues singer Beth Hart about finally feeling able to be herself with her new album, War In My Mind.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Interviewed Guest: Katharine Gun
Interviewed Guest: Michael Rosen
Interviewed Guest: Pat Craven
Interviewed Guest: Clare Walker
Interviewed Guest: Beth Hart

Parenting: Teens and social media

We’re used to hearing about the negative impact that using social media can have on girls – it can cause sleeplessness, low mood, depression and anxiety. Edwina Dunn, a data entrepreneur and founder of the educational charity The Female Lead, thinks differently. She believes that used in the right way, social media can be a force for good and can improve teenagers’ mental health. She joins Jenni to explain her theory and the research she commissioned from Cambridge University, along with Dr Anne-Lise Goddings, Clinical Lecturer at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

Chanel Miller, Fushsia Dunlop, Disrupt the feed

We hear from the woman known, until recently, as Emily Doe. Chanel Miller was sexually assaulted while she was unconscious on the ground on Stanford University campus in the USA. Her Victim Impact statement which she addressed to her attacker Brock Turner was published on Buzzfeed and was viewed online by eleven million people within four days. In her memoir is titled Know My Name - she explains why. Following the death of a new born baby in a cell at Bronzefield prison in Surrey, we talk to Deborah Coles, the director of Inquest about what the overarching investigation will need to do, to help prevent further tragedies in women's prisons. Edwina Dunn, a data entrepreneur and founder of the educational charity The Female Lead, believes that social media can be used to improve teenagers’ mental health. She explains how - and we hear from Dr Anne-Lise Goddings, Clinical Lecturer at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. And, Fuchsia Dunlop explores the flavours of Sichuanese cuisine - known for its liberal use of chillies and Sichuan pepper.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Ruth Watts

Taking babies to protests, Abortion laws in Alabama US, Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong and Simone Ibbett-Brown

Mothers are taking part today in the Extinction Rebellion protests with a mass ‘nurse in’ when they will bottle or breastfeed their young babies on the front line of one of the road blockades. Jenni looks at the history of women taking their children to protests with Anne Pettitt one of the founders of the Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham Common in the 1980’s, Lorna Greenwood one of the organisers of today’s ‘nurse in’ and Dr Caitriona Beaumont, associate Professor of Social History from London South Bank University.

While the catwalks of London, New York and Paris appear to be thriving, the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium reveal that the high street has just experienced its worse September in over 20 years – with clothing sales down 3.9%. There’s also a much greater awareness of the environmental impacts of fast fashion. With 11 million items of clothing going into UK landfill each week, the days of guilt-free shopping sprees are surely over. So what is the real face of fashion today? Stylist and journalist Basma Khalifa discusses the rise of ‘season-less’ style, while Oxfam’s sustainable fashion expert Fee Gilfeather talks about the surge in second-hand fashion as an alternative to buying new.

The second of two reports on the American states that have tightened their abortion laws this year. Today we hear from Alabama which voted in the strictest abortion laws in the whole of America. Despite this there’s a surprising building going up in its largest city, Birmingham. It’s a sexual health clinic which will offer abortions. People are already protesting against it and Siobhann Tighe has been to meet them.

Shuck ‘N’ Jive is the debut play written by Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong and Simone Ibbett-Brown. Frustrated by the stereotypical roles available to them, Cassiopeia and Simone decided to write a play exploring representation and systemic racism in the performing arts.

Presented by Jenni Murray
Produced by Caroline Donne

Interviewed guest: Anne Pettitt
Interviewed guest: Lorna Greenwood
Interviewed guest: Dr. Caitriona Beaumont
Interviewed guest: Basma Khalifa
Interviewed guest: Fee Gilfeather
Interviewed guest: Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong
Interviewed guest: Simone Ibbett-Brown

Sonita Alleyne, US Abortion, Women and Architecture

The winner of the RIBA Stirling prize for architecture will be announced this evening. On the short list is Annalie Riches who has co-designed a council housing project, the first ever such project to be nominated for this prestigious prize. Jane talks to her and to Zoë Berman, an architect and founder of Part W, which campaigns for the increased visibility of women in architecture and the promotion of designs that work for women and families in the real world.

Nine American states have changed their laws on abortion making it much harder to get one. In Missouri they passed a law in May which meant abortion would only be available up to 8 weeks. The law was due to go into effect at the end of August but it's been temporarily stopped. Even so, there are many rules and regulations regarding abortion that have to be met. Siobhann Tighe visits an abortion clinic in the city of St Louis.

Sonita Alleyne OBE is the first woman to lead Jesus College, Cambridge in its 523 year history and the first ever Black leader of an Oxbridge College. Born in Barbados and brought up in London, she was a Cambridge graduate herself and founded the media company Somethin' Else aged only 24.

Zoe Wanamaker and Zrinka Civtesic are currently performing at the Bridge Theatre in Two Ladies, loosely based on Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron. As their husbands clash over an international crisis, the first ladies of France and America find themselves alone together in a side room. Friends or enemies? When the stakes are so high, can they trust each other? The 'First Ladies@ join Jane Garvey. What appealed to them about portraying these high profile women?

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Annalie Riches
Interviewed guest: Zoë Berman
Interviewed guest: Sonita Alleyne
Interviewed guest: Zoe Wanamaker
Interviewed guest: Zrinka Civtesic
Reporter: Siobhann Tighe
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore

Elaine Welteroth, Endometriosis, 150 Years at Uni

Elaine Welteroth is the former editor of Teen Vogue. She joins us to talk about her memoir More Than Enough and how she became the youngest ever Conde Nast Editor-in-Chief as well as only the second African American to hold a post like that. During her time at Teen Vogue she addressed feminism, climate change and racial justice as well as fashion and beauty. She discusses her mixed race identity, the obstacles she's overcome and the reality of getting your dream job.

Today a BBC survey reveals just how disruptive endometriosis can be. At the same time an international conference in Denmark is taking place which is highlighting new research into the condition led by two women. We ask why so little is known about it yet it affects so many women.

We celebrate 150 of women at University. It all started at The University of London. Then Girton College, Cambridge followed as well as Edinburgh University. So how has university education for women progressed over the years and what are the pressing issues today? Jane is joined by women of different generations. including the current NUS President Zamzam Ibrahim.

Woman's Hour: Five frank and fearless moments

Woman’s Hour has come a long way since it was first broadcast in 1946. For a start, we got rid of the male presenter!

We’re the live radio programme and podcast that offers the female perspective on the world, covering the big stories, names and issues. But the heart of Woman’s Hour is women telling their own stories.

Here in this special Woman’s Hour podcast episode, presenter Jane Garvey is joined by podcaster Deborah James and writer and activist Scarlett Curtis to look at five frank and fearless Woman’s Hour moments. From female crane drivers and a 91-year-old sex therapist to upskirting and Nadiya Hussain, this episode is a great insight into the Woman's Hour world.

The Woman's Hour podcast is available to download on BBC Sounds. The programme also airs on BBC Radio 4 on weekdays at 10am and on Saturdays at 4pm. We're on Instagram and Twitter @bbcwomanshour.

Toxic Masculinity, Women & running, Judith Gough UK Ambassador to Sweden

Drag queen, Courtney Act - real name Shane Jenek, Jordan Stephens from the hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks, and the Chief Executive of the ‘Men and Boys Coalition’, Dan Bell discuss what the term Toxic Masculinity means to them and how it makes them feel.

Why are more women choosing running over other sports when it comes to staying fit? Dame Kelly Holmes talks about the influence of athletes like Dina Asher-Smith, Rachel Baker tells us how running helped her lose weight and Jens Jakob Andersen has researched data with the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The international bestselling novelist Johana Gustawsson’s latest book ‘Blood Song’ draws on her own experiences of IVF and her struggle to conceive. Johana and her husband Mattias tell us about finding out about his infertility and their need for a sperm donor.

Judith Gough the now UK Ambassador to Sweden tells us about her job and her four year position in the Ukraine.

Chrisann Jerrett and Dami Makinde discuss their charity We Belong. They set it up to help young people who came to the UK as children, start the process for legal status.

We hear about the impact of so called ‘Superfans’ on female music journalists. Wanna Thompson tells us how a tweet she sent about Nicki Minaj went viral and Hannah Ewens a journalist from Vice discusses what motivates ‘superfans’.

The author Jojo Moyes talks about new novel ‘The Giver of Stars’ based on the true story of the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor: Lucinda Montefiore

Funmi Fetto on her new book, the lack of diversity in the beauty industry and her mission to change it

At least 200,000 older people experienced domestic abuse last year – but the over 75s are being overlooked according to Age UK. Caroline Abrahams is the charity director and joins Jane.

Last year, the music journalist Wanna Thompson posted a tweet about the new album of superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj. The tweet went viral and Wanna received thousands of angry replies from superfans of the star. To discuss the impact of superfans’ responses on music journalism, we hear from Hannah Ewens, Vice journalist and author of ‘FanGirls’, and Wanna Thompson, the music journalist at the centre of the Twitter storm.

Funmi Fetto is the Executive Editor and Beauty Director of Glamour magazine. After many years of being asked by friends, family and stranger on the street for advice on beauty products for women of colour, Funmi decided to curate a comprehensive guide, leading to the release of her new book: Palette: The Beauty Bible for Women of Colour. She speaks to Jane about the lack of inclusivity in the beauty industry and her mission to change it.

International bestselling novelist, Johana Gustawsson has just published a new thriller, 'Blood Song'. The investigation takes readers from the terror of Franco’s rule in 1938 to fertility clinics today in Sweden and Spain. Johana draws on her own experiences of IVF and her struggle to conceive to write 'Blood Song'. Writing the novel was not only a cathartic experience for Johana, it also represented the moment that her husband Mattias agreed to be open about his infertility, their need for a sperm donor and the fact that their three boys are the result of IVF.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Interviewed Guest: Caroline Abrahams
Interviewed Guest: Hannah Ewens
Interviewed Guest: Wanna Thompson
Interviewed Guest: Funmi Fetto
Interviewed Guest: Johana Gustawsson
Interviewed Guest: Mattias Gustawsson

Women's pension ruling, young undocumented migrants, stillbirth

Women born in the 1950s and 1960s will hear a judgment today about their claim that they were unfairly treated by having to wait longer than they expected for their state pension. They want compensation for nearly four million women who have been forced to wait up to an extra six years to get their pensions after changes to bring women’s retirement age into line with men’s. We'll discuss what the ruling will mean. Chrisann Jarrett and Dami Makinde founded We Belong, a charity to help undocumented young migrants who have spent much of their lives growing up in the UK. They both came here as young children from Jamaica and Nigeria and saw the UK as home, yet when they reached 18 they discovered their legal status meant it wasn't that straightforward. They talk about what life is like for the estimated 120,000 undocumented children in the UK who find they are eligible to start an expensive and long process to become UK citizens. There are about 800 full-term stillbirths every year in Britain. Ministers are considering enabling coroners to hold inquests for all ‘full term’ stillbirths, from 37 weeks’ gestation - all involving a post-mortem. This may be what some women want but what about those who don’t? We discuss. And, listener Sophie Constant describes the photograph that captures her best day.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Ruth Watts

Parenting: Sharenting

Sharenting is the overuse of social media by parents to share content based on their children, such as baby pictures or blogs describing what their children are up to. Posts which adults may see as engaging or funny may not be viewed as such by the children involved when they grow into teenagers or young adults applying for their first job. Jane speaks to Claire Bessant, a solicitor and associate professor at Northumbria law school and Leah Plunkett, an associate professor of legal skills at the University of New Hampshire in the US and author of ‘Sharenthood’.

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