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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Parenting: How should you to talk to your teenagers about losing their virginity?

How should you talk to your teenagers about losing their virginity? How do you even approach the topic with them? Jenni Murray is joined by Flo Perry, the author of ‘How to have Feminist Sex’, and Rachel Fitzsimmons, sex educator and lecturer in sexual health at the University of Central Lancashire. They have plenty of tips on how to have these often difficult conversations when the time is right.

Unpicking the relationship between power and sex during Elizabeth I’s reign.

To many Elizabeth I was only ever a kingless Queen, an unmarried woman and a childless virgin. To others she was a political mastermind, a monarchic powerhouse and a resolute survivor. Playwright, Ella Hickson's talks about her new take on the Queen in her play Swive, now on stage at the Sam Wannamaker theatre in London. How do women in power negotiate patriarchal pressure in order to get their way?

How do you as a parent talk to your teenagers about losing their virginity? Flo Perry author of 'How To Have Feminist Sex' and Rachel Fitzsimmons, sex educator and lecturer in sexual health at the University of Central Lancashire with advice and tips on how to navigate the conversation.

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been defending her country against allegations of genocide at the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague. The latest from our Correspondent Anna Holligan.

Thousands of parents are turning to so called "BabyBanks" to feed and clothe their children. They work in exactly the same way as a food bank. You're referred by your midwife or social worker and you can pick up donated items, essentials equipment like cots and prams and more everyday things like wipes and nappies. Henrietta Harrison went to meet some families using a bank in South London.

Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Beverley Purcell

Guest; Flo Perry
Guest; Rachel Fitzsimmons
Guest; Ella Hickson
Reporter; Henrietta Harrison

The Future of Women in Space

A record numbers of women are standing for Parliament in the upcoming General Election - making up about a third of candidates. But where are the high profile women? Have we seen enough prominent female voices on screen and in the debates? And what impact is this having? We hear from Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor at The Economist and Alice Thomson, Associate Editor and columnist at The Times.

Femke Halsema is Amsterdam’s first female mayor and she says she wants to make sex work in the red light district safer. The plan is to crack down on human trafficking and the humiliation women working in windows face from tourists. Four main options are being considered including closing the windows in which women work and moving the red light district altogether. A consultation has been carried out and Ena Miller went to Amsterdam to canvass the opinions of sex workers, campaigners, a brothel owner, residents and tourists about the Mayor’s plans.

What is the future of spaceflight? In October, the first all-female spacewalk was conducted by Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, as they made repairs to the exterior of the International Space Station. As space missions become easier to conduct, the novelty of an all-female astronaut team will wear off. But there are still some barriers to women astronauts. To discuss the importance of diversity in space, Jane speaks to the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman, who visited Mir, the Russian space station, in 1991. Alongside Helen is Dr Varsha Jain, a gynaecological researcher interested in the physiological impact of spaceflight and zero gravity on human physiology, and Liz Seward a senior space strategist at Airbus discussing when humanity will colonise the moon and when the first woman will set foot on Mars.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Interviewed Guest: Alice Thomson
Interviewed Guest: Anne McElvoy
Reporter: Ena Miller
Interviewed Guest: Dr Varsha Jain
Interviewed Guest: Helen Sharman
Interviewed Guest: Liz Seward

Sexual Violence in India, Mary Rose Diver, Green Christmas on a Budget

With the recent gang rape and brutal murder of a young woman in India, and news this week of another woman being set alight on her way to give evidence at her rape trial, we consider the longstanding issue of sexual violence again women in the country.
In 1979 divers were working hard, excavating the contents of Mary Rose, Henry VIII's war ship. Over the next 3 years more than 19,000 artefacts were brought to the surface. Forty years on, we speak to one of the divers, Dr Alexzandra Hildred, who went on to become Head of Research at the Mary Rose Trust.
How can you have a green Christmas if you're on a budget? We discuss eco and budget friendly ways to gift, decorate and socialise.
The first in our series about eminent women scientists: Medical pioneer, Dame Janet Vaughan whose wartime research saw advances in treatments of blood transfusion, starvation, radiation and anaemia. She later held the position of Principal of Somerville College, Oxford for over 20 years and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1979.

Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson. Plus Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton

We continue our series of interviews with party leaders looking at what the political parties are doing to win women’s votes. Today it’s Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Plus we hear from a trafficked woman now living in a safe house and the new Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton, charged with listening to those brought into the UK to be used as slaves or to work in the sex trade.

Producer Beverley Purcell
Presenter Emma Barnett

Guest; Jo Swinson
Guest; Dame Sara Thornton

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party

In the first of a series of interviews with party leaders, we hear from Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party. Jane asks her about her party’s offer for women voters.

Your sex life in your forties - has it become more pleasurable now that sex is less about the biological clock? We’ll hear from psychosexual therapist and couples counsellor, Cate Mackenzie, Samantha Evans a sexual health and pleasure expert and Janet Barter a consultant in sexual and reproductive health at the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Dianne McGregor

Rhiannon Giddens, Women and Data, Crime Writing

Rhiannon Giddens is a Grammy Award winning musician. She's in the Woman's Hour studio to perform a track from her new album “There is No Other”. She’ll be talking about her music, her career and why some of her best gigs have been inside prisons.

This week there's been news of still births, neo-natal baby deaths, mothers dying during labour and children born with brain damage in Shropshire. It involved the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and it's widely been described as the largest maternity scandal in the UK. This week’s news has led to even more families getting in contact with lawyers asking for help. We speak to one solicitor in Shrewsbury called Beth Harrison, who says new enquiries are coming in every day. We also talk to Dr Bill Kirkup who chaired a major review into the Morecambe Bay scandal.

Women in Data is an organisation which connects up women who work in the field of data. Research suggests that only 26% of people working in data in the UK are women. So why should women think about a career in data and what can they achieve? What's stopping girls from going into it as a profession?

Parisienne Cliché, Judy and Punch, Lady Glenconner

Criticised for not expressing sympathy for Jeffrey Epstein’s victims in his recent interview with BBC's Emily Maitlis, Prince Andrew has since told friends he ‘regretted’ not doing so. We consider how victims and survivors are so often an afterthought when allegations of sexual assault are being discussed.

Actor Mia Wasikowska and director and writer Mirrah Foulkes discuss their new film, Judy & Punch, a dark fairy tale that turns the familiar seaside entertainment on its head.

French women don’t get fat. They don’t age or struggle to look effortlessly chic either. We all know the cliché of the perfect French woman – but how much of it is true? Where does the stereotype come from? Alice Pfeiffer, author of the book Je ne suis pas Parisienne, takes us through the history of this problematic icon.

Lady Glenconner grew up in one of the largest estates in England in Holkham Hall, Norfolk, visited by members of the Royal Family. She was maid of honour at the Queen’s Coronation, Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret for three decades, and also portrayed in the new series of The Crown. She was married to the eccentric Colin Tennant, who bought the island of Mustique, turning it into an exclusive island for the rich, famous and aristocracy. She’s written a book about her life ‘Lady in Waiting’ My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown’.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Mia Wasikowska
Interviewed guest: Mirrah Foulkes
Interviewed guest: Madeleine Black
Interviewed guest: Lizzy Dening
Interviewed guest: Alice Pfeiffer
Interviewed guest: Lady Glenconner
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore

Taming of the Shrew; Rare diseases; Cook the Perfect... with Meera Sodha

In the RSC’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’, currently on stage at the Barbican in London, 1590’s England is a matriarchy. With a radical take on Shakespeare’s comedy of gender, the audience witnesses an explosive courtship and a fast-moving portrayal of hierarchy and coercive control between the female Petruchia, played by Claire Price, and her male opposite still known as Katherine. Claire and Jane are joined by Dr Emma Whipday, lecturer in Renaissance literature at Newcastle University. Why has this gender swap proved necessary and what effect does it have?

My Best Day: we asked you, our listeners, to get in touch and send us a picture that somehow captured you at your best. Not just looking your best, but feeling your best. Today we hear from Sara Tidesel.

3.5 million people in the UK have a rare disease according to Rare Diseases UK – meaning that 1 in 17 people will have a condition that most GPs have never seen before and may struggle to diagnose. In her graphic memoir 'A Puff of Smoke', Sarah Lippet recounts her childhood battles with a mysterious debilitating illness. It begins with headaches and culminates in a loss of mobility and later brain surgery – and tells of the impact on her family and development into adulthood. She joins Jane alongside Dr Lucy McKay, CEO at Medics4RareDiseases, to talk about raising awareness of rare diseases and encouraging the medical profession to #DareToThinkRare.

Food writer Meera Sodha’s new plant-based cookbook ‘East: 120 Vegetarian and Vegan recipes from Bangalore to Beijing’ uses British ingredients to create Eastern inspired recipes. She joins Jane in the studio to Cook the Perfect…Chilli Tofu.

Elizabeth Strout, Hooked, Drag

Elizabeth Strout won The Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for her novel, Olive Kitteridge. Ten years later, with three prize-winning novels in between, Elizabeth Strout has written a sequel, OIive, Again. The main character Olive is now quite elderly and still living in the American state of Maine. She's still cantankerous, judgemental and rude but also kind, honest, and as hard on herself as she is on others. And perhaps a little wiser. Old age, small town life, loneliness, tenderness, failed marriages, sickness and death: these are all themes that Elizabeth Strout tackles.

Jade Wye and Melissa Rice are the first ever winners of the Rachel Bland Podcast Award. Rachel was one of the presenters of You, Me and the Big C, a 5 Live Podcast about cancer and after she died the podcast competition was set up in her memory. Jade and Melissa's podcast is called Hooked: The Unexpected Addicts. It talks honestly about addiction and recovery and wants to debunk myths and stereotypes. They share their story with Jane.

The TV show, RuPaul's Drag Race, is half way through, so what do we think about drag queens these days? Do women see them as misogynistic or pure fun ? Historian and performer Rose Collis, drag king Adam All and artist Victoria Sin discuss.

What's behind a kid feigning illness and not wanting to go to school?

What do you do when your child says they're too ill to go to school – but you suspect that they’re perfectly fine?

How could the ‘whole system approach’ support women in the Criminal Justice system in Wales?

The writer and creator of Gold Digger Marnie Dickens. A 60 year old divorced woman and mother of three is seduced by a much younger man. Why is the relationship met with such suspicion and annoyance?

Plus the life and work of Madam C.J. Walker - the daughter of slaves who went on to become the USA’s first self-made millionaire, with a groundbreaking afro haircare business, which still dominates the BAME haircare industry today.

Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Beverley Purcell

Guest; Marnie Dickens
Guest; Dr Angharad Rudkin
Guest; Rebecca Schiller.
Guest; Elena Favilli,
Guest; Charlotte Mensah
Guest; Eleri Butler
Guest; Martin Nugent
Guest; Juliet Lyon

Vaccinations - Your questions answered

Nine out of ten people get their children vaccinated. But even so, many people still have questions. Things like: Should I bother with the flu jab? Is it better to get single vaccines? Does immunity wear off? What about side effects? Is the aluminium in vaccines dangerous? Marnie Chesterton asks Prof Helen Bedford, Prof Adam Finn and Dr Tonia Thomas for answers.

One thing we know for sure is that vaccinating or NOT vaccinating both have some element of risk. So what should people do in the face of such uncertainty? Risk expert Prof David Spiegelhalter and experimental psychologist Anne-Marie Nussberger discuss how uncertainty affects the way we behave and the decisions we make.

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