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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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.

Abortion stories - today we hear from Amanda.

Earlier in the year we asked ‘have you had an abortion? How did you feel about it then and how do you feel about it now? We’re featuring five of your stories on the programme over the next couple of weeks. Today it’s the turn of a woman , who’s in her 60’s, who we’re calling Amanda. She became pregnant aged 21 in the early 1970s, while she was on holiday with her boyfriend.

As Northern Ireland prepares for the Election; What are the parties doing to appeal to women?

Plus Mark Simmonds and his daughter Emily talk about over coming mental illness – outlined in the book Breakdown and Repair.

Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Beverley Purcell

Guest; Emily Simmonds
Guest; Mark Simmonds.

Helen Mirren, Talking about abortion, Samantha Power

Helen Mirren talks about equal pay and her new film, The Good Liar, in which she co-stars with Sir Ian McKellen.

In a new series, listeners talk about their experiences of abortion. Today it is a woman we are calling Clare who got pregnant in the 1980s in rural Scotland just before her 18th birthday.

Samantha Power was President Obama's ambassador in the UN between 2013 and 2017. A Pulitzer Prize winner, her latest book is a memoir, The Education of An Idealist.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Helen Mirren
Interviewed guest: Samantha Power
Reporter: Henrietta Harrison
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore

Singer-songwriter Lisa Simone, Women in the horror films industry, What is it really like being a teenage mum?

Lisa Simone, songwriter, singer and daughter of Nina tells us all about her new album. Maddy Prior the folk singer and member of Steeleye Span talks about a career in music that's spanned more than 50 years. At BBC Introducing Live we look at how to get into the music business and once you're there how to thrive.

Plus what’s it really like to be a teenage mum? Genetic Counselling – how do families deal with the news that the man they thought was dad isn’t biologically related?

Women in the horror films industry what’s behind their creations? And author Jenny Downham joins on her latest novel Furious Thing about a fifteen year old girl struggling with her feelings of anger.

Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor Beverley Purcell

Guest; Lisa Simone
Guest; Maddy Prior
Guest ; Jenny Downham
Guest; Chyna Powell-Henry
Guest; Dr Kim Jamie
Guest; Aislinn Clarke
Guest; Anna Bogutskaya
Guest; Lizzie Franke
Guest; Nicola Dunn

Getting in and getting on in the music industry

How can young women get in and get on in the music industry? In a special programme, broadcast from BBC Music Introducing Live at Tobacco Dock in London, we discuss how to forge a career in popular music - the need to increase the number of women, careers advice, the challenges that have to be tackled, and what BBC Introducing is doing to help. With live music from singer-songwriter Maisie Peters and a panel of industry figures: Emma Banks, Carla Marie Williams, Rhiannon Mair, Abbie McCarthy, and Maxie Gedge.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Emma Wallace

Horror films, Women's FA, Teen pregnancy, MPs standing down

On Halloween we ask where are the women in the horror film industry? How much do women create and view horror differently and who are the women film-makers to look out for? Jane is joined by Aislinn Clarke, the writer-director of ‘The Devil's Doorway’, Lizzie Franke, production executive at the BFI and Anna Bogutskaya, co-founder of The Final Girls, a film collective exploring the intersections of horror films and feminism. So far seventeen women MPs have announced they'll be standing down and not standing in the general election. Newsnight's Katie Razzall joins us to look at the significance of prominent female politicians such as Amber Rudd, Nicky Morgan and Gloria De Piero standing down. It's 50 years since the Women’s FA was created in 1969, officially reviving women's football for the first time since it was banned it in 1921. We speak to Patricia Gregory, one of the players who was instrumental in founding the WFA and reversing the ban, about how they did it - and to Eniola Aluko, who has played over 100 times for England, to reflect on where the women’s game stands today and what the the FA has done for women's football since they regained control in the 1990s. And, teenage pregnancy rates have been falling in the UK and are now at the lowest level since records began in the 1960s but it continues to have one of the highest teenage birth rates in Western Europe. Pregnant Teens is a new BBC podcast that follows three girls Nicole, Megan and Robyn through their pregnancies in Middlesbrough, a town that is bucking the trend - with the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in England and Wales. Jane looks at the realities of young motherhood with Dr Kim Jamie, Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Durham and young mum Chyna Powell-Henry.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Ruth Watts

Maddy Prior, Family Therapy, Linda Bostrom Knausgaard

Here's Maddy Prior, photographed when All Round My Hat was in the charts in the '70s. She's been performing now for over 50 years and she's done more than three-thousand shows. She's made 11 albums of her own and twenty eight with Steeleye Span. Maddy talks to Jenni about her life and music.

Last week we spoke to Cyntoia Brown-Long, who was given a life sentence in America for a murder she committed when she was 16. Today we speak to Jennifer Ubiera who is an attorney at the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative in Washington DC. Her focus is young people in the criminal justice system, especially teenage girls and the poor. She explains how Cyntoia represents the young women she supports.

Linda Boström Knausgård is a Swedish writer whose second novel, Welcome to America, has been awarded the prestigious August Prize. It's about a sensitive, strong-willed child who's eleven and has stopped talking. She thinks she may have killed her father. Her brother barricades himself in his room. Their mother, a successful actress, carries on as normal. Linda Boström Knausgård talks about silence, trauma, childhood, mental illness and imploding families.

Nicola Dunn is a family therapist. She supports people who have genetic testing for medical conditions. Occasionally, perhaps more often than you think, these tests reveal that the man thought to be someone's Dad, turns out not to be. So what impact do these revelations have on the whole family? Woman’s Hour investigates.

Brexit: Deadlock and Compromise, Jenny Downham, Inducing Late Babies

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has so far failed to get Parliament’s backing for his Withdrawal Agreement Bill and he won’t meet the October 31st deadline to leave the EU. MPs have also, so far, declined to back plans for the General Election that he wants. The leaders of two parties, Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP and Jo Swinson of the Lib Dems, presented a plan for an election at the weekend. So, are women politicians brokering a compromise, a way out of the deadlock at Westminster, or is each furthering the interests of their own party? And as the House of Commons prepares to elect a new speaker on Monday, with four female candidates in the running we ask what difference a female speaker could make to our political culture?

Jenny Downham writes international bestselling novels including Before I Die and Unbecoming. Her fourth novel, Furious Thing, is about a 15-year-old girl called Lexi. Lexi wants her step-father to accept her, her mother to love her like she used to, and her step-brother to declare his desire to spend the rest of his life with her. She tries to push the fury down but it simmers below the surface waiting to erupt. Why is Lexi so angry?

Recent Swedish research into how long pregnant women could be left after their due dates was abandoned last year when six of the babies died. So what is the situation here in the UK? Why do we have steadily increasing induction rates? Are we risk averse or necessarily careful in protecting mother and baby? Jane speaks to Andrew Weeks, Professor of International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool.

The untold stories of five of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art whose contribution has been overlooked. Today, Maria Zambaco and her sculpted medallions.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Helen Lewis
Interviewed guest: Katy Balls
Interviewed guest: Jenny Downham
Interviewed guest: Professor Andrew Weeks
Interviewed guest: Dr Jan Marsh
Interviewed guest: Dr Alison Smith
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore

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