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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For Sama, Brexit, Women and Science Fiction

The journalist Waad Al Kateab documented her life on camera in war torn Aleppo, Syria. She tells us about her documentary and how she fell in love, married and had a baby daughter during the conflict.

We discuss intersectionality in feminist economics with Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson the Director of the UK Women’s Budget Group, Dr Zubaida Haque from the Runnymede Trust and Angela Matthews head of policy at the Business Disability Forum.

Adina Claire Acting Co-Chief Executive of Women’s Aid gives her reaction to the cricketer Geoffrey Boycott being knighted despite being convicted by a French court in 1998 for punching his partner.

In 1962 Claire Weekes an Australian GP published a book Self Help for Your Nerves in which she said she could cure panic, depression, sorrow, agoraphobia and anxiety. We discuss how her cures would be received today with Judith Hoare the author of ‘The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code’.

Marina Litvinenko and the actress who plays her MyAnna Buring, discuss the play A Very Expensive Poison. It follows the story of Alexander Litvinenko, Marina’s husband, who died in 2006 after being poisoned with polonium 210 in London.

Listeners give their reaction to how Brexit is affecting relationships with family and close friends with Amber, Ellie, Henry and Gabrielle Rifkind a conflict resolution specialist and psychotherapist.

As Margaret Attwood’s sequel to the Handmaid’s Tale – The Testaments is published, we discuss science fiction readers and writers with authors Mary Robinette Kowal and Temi Oh.

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

My Best Day - Diane Barker, Victims' commissioner Claire Waxman, Playwright Tanika Gupta

We asked you to get in touch and send us a picture that somehow captured you at your best. Today Diane Barker tells us about a very special picture that captures an adventure in Eastern Tibet.

We hear the concerns of midwifes about the role they are having to play in delivering the government policy of charging migrant women for maternity care.

The London Victims Commissioner and stalking victim, Claire Waxman on why she's written to the Ministry of Justice to ask them to change way compensation is paid. And the playwright Tanika Gupta talks about her latest project an adaptation of Ibsen’s classic play, A Doll’s House.

Presenter; Jenni Murray
Producer; Beverley Purcell
Guest; Claire Waxman
Guest; Tanika Gupta
Guest; Rosalind Bragg
Guest; Clare Livingstone
Guest; Corinne Clarkson

Susan Sontag, Feminist economics, Waad-al-Kateab

Susan Sontag, the American essayist, novelist and critic rose to fame in the 1960s. She became an iconic cultural figure and during her life she was linked with figures like Andy Warhol and Annie Leibovitz. Fifteen years after her death, Benjamin Moser has written a new biography about her which digs beneath her public image. He discusses her life, her work and how her life charts the changes in women's lives over the last 60 years. It’s 30 years since the concept of intersectionality was introduced by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw. The Women’s Budget Group, who are also marking their 30th anniversary, thought it apt to address the way feminist economics has embraced the idea that there is no single universal experience of inequality shared by all women. Next week, the Director of the group Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson will chair a panel on Intersectionality in Feminist Economics. She joins Jenni along with Dr Zubaida Haque from the Runnymede Trust and Angela Matthews from the Business Disability Forum to discuss why a one size fits all policy doesn’t work. Waad al-Kateab has documented her life on camera in war torn Aleppo, Syria. While conflict, violence, death and cruelty raged around her, she fell in love, got married and had a baby daughter. She captures stories of loss, laughter, sacrifice and survival. She joins Jenni to discuss her film, ‘For Sama’, a love letter from a young mother to her daughter. And, listener Val Dawson talks about the photograph that captures her best day.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Ruth Watts

My Best Day, Marina Litvinenko, Cancer testing

There's a call for population wide testing for the BRCA gene in the Jewish community, which is at greater risk carrying the gene mutation which is linked to ovarian, breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer. We're joined by Dr Ranjit Manchanda, Consutant Gynaecological Oncologist at Barts NHS Trust who's carried out new research funded by The Eve Appeal, and Caroline Presho who underwent preventative surgery after testing positive for a BRCA gene mutation.

Marina Litvinenko on the play about her husband Alexander's death in London and her subsequent fight for an public inquiry. We're also joined by Myanna Buring who takes Marina's part in the play A Very Expensive Poison at the Old Vic Theatre.

In the next in our series My Best Day, Alison Fletcher explains why this picture (above) means so much to her.

In 1962 an Australian GP, Dr Claire Weekes published a book called Self Help for Your Nerves in which she said she could cure panic, depression, sorrow, agoraphobia and anxiety. The psychiatric establishment dismissed her as under-qualified and populist but her book sold well and is still in print over 50 years later. Judith Hoare, author of The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code tells us about Claire Weekes' treatments, the reaction from her contemporaries and her legacy now.

Presented by Jenni Murray
Produced by Jane Thurlow

Interviewed guest: Ranjit Manchanda
Interviewed guest: Caroline Presho
Interviewed guest: Marina Litvinenko
Interviewed guest: Myanna Buring
Interviewed guest: Alison Fletcher
Interviewed guest: Judith Hoare

Sci-Fi, Sex Discrimination, My Best Day

Margaret Atwood's new novel is out today. It's science fiction and is called The Testaments. Science fiction is often stereotyped as a male genre, but we forget that a woman was one of its first authors: Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein. When it comes to recognising science fiction talent, male authors have got many more awards than women but that's changing. To discuss why science fiction really does appeal to women, we hear from Mary Robinette Kowal who's won this year’s Hugo Award for best science fiction, as well as British writer, Temi Oh.

Teenage girls are getting advice about what’s a healthy relationship and what’s not. The young adult author, Holly Bourne, is the ambassador for a new campaign launched by Women’s Aid. Holly says, “When you’re crazy in love with someone it’s hard to know what’s OK and what’s not OK in a relationship.” The campaign talks about gas lighting, consent and gives advice about what to say if your partner asks for your social media passwords. The answer is: NO!

What’s the link between feeling discriminated against because you’re a woman and depression? Dr Ruth Hackett from University College London explains.

And our series called My Best Day. You sent us some pictures of when you looked and felt great. Today Nilufer Algas tells the story behind her snap from the eighties.

Phone-in: The Psychological Impact of Brexit

We want to hear how Brexit is affecting your relationship, your mood and your behaviour. Do you feel more or less anxious about the future? Do you see eye to eye with others in your family - have you fallen out with close friends - or have you found yourself becoming peacemaker? Have you started to do things differently? Maybe you've had to make very different decisions about your work? Have you been doing an extra bit of shopping each week in anticipation of shortages? Perhaps you're one of the people we've heard about this week who is trying to build up a supply of medicines for yourself or a loved one? We want to hear from you. Joining Jane in the studio is conflict resolution specialist and psychotherapist, Gabrielle Rifkind. Phone lines are open from 0900 on Monday. The number to call is 03700 100 444. You can email now via the Woman's Hour Website.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Gabrielle Rifkind, director of Oxford Process
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore

The consumer power of women, The week in politics, Author Sue Cheung

Researchers tell us women are responsible for the majority of consumer decisions, making an estimated 80% of purchases, and most of the final decisions on which clothing, food, or even family holidays to buy. We’re also told that women are typically more concerned about the climate, and keener to make environmentally conscious decisions. So how much power and responsibility do women consumers really have? And what are the most efficient forms of sustainable consumerism?

In a week of extraordinary politics, how have female MPs and advisors fared? We discuss the sacking of special advisor Sonia Khan, the female Conservative rebels, and the “macho” culture of parliament with Katy Balls, deputy political editor at The Spectator and Helen Lewis, staff writer at The Atlantic.

A few weeks ago we asked listeners to send us a picture that somehow captured them at their best. Not just looking it but feeling it. Hundreds of you got in touch with pictures of your best day, and we’ll be running as many of your stories as we can. Today Helen Childerhouse tells Laura Thomas about a photo that changed the way she saw herself.

Author Sue Cheung reflects on her up-bringing and how it informed her young-adult novel Chinglish: the funny and sometimes tragic diary of a girl and her family who live above their Chinese takeaway in 1980s Coventry.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Helen Fitzhenry

National Poet for Scotland Jackie Kay, Author Tracy Chevalier, Growing up with a child with cancer

National Poet for Scotland Jackie Kay on a new production of her 1980's play Chiaruscuro.

A new survey by NCT (National Childbirth Trust) and Netmums on the limitations of postnatal checks for new mums. Kavita Trevena who's just had a child shares her experience, and we hear from Abigail Wood Head of Campaigns at the NCT, and Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of Royal College of GPs.

Tracy Chevalier, writer and author of 10 novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring and At the Edge of the Orchard, talks to Jenni about her latest book, A Single Thread. Set in 1932, it follows the life of Violet Speedwell, who is still mourning the loss of her fiancé and brother in the First World War.

Every day 12 families in the UK will receive the devastating news that their child has cancer. Over the next few weeks we'll be talking to both the parents and the children themselves about what life's like for them. Today we hear from two mums, Andrea Hanbury mother of Keeva, and Kate Hewson mother of Charlie. How are their families adapting to life after cancer treatment? Plus Lucy Waller, Clinical Physiotherapist in the cancer unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital for children in London tells us about the positive effects of physical activity for children treated for cancer.

Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Beverley Purcell

Guest; Jackie Kay
Guest; Tracy Chevalier
Guest; Andrea Hanbury
Guest; Kate Hewson
Guest; Lucy Waller
Guest; Kavita Trevena
Guest; Abigail Wood
Guest; Helen Stokes-Lampard,

Parenting: The Other Mother

The comedian Jen Brister talks about what it was like becoming a non-biological mum. She had twin boys with her partner Chloe four years ago after two rounds of IVF, and it was Chloe who gave birth. Jen talks about the reaction of friends, professionals and what she felt like herself having babies in this way and being the other parent - experiences she has written about in her book 'The Other Mother'.

Being the 'other' mother, CMV

The comedian Jen Brister talks about what it was like becoming a non-biological mum. She had twin boys with her partner Chloe four years ago after several rounds of IVF, and it was Chloe who gave birth. She talks about the reaction of friends and professionals, and what she felt like herself having babies in this way - experiences she has written about in her book The Other Mother.

With the rebel alliance of MPs attempting to prevent a no deal Brexit before parliament is prorogued next week, who are the women to watch, what are they thinking and how will they act this week? We're joined by Helen Lewis, staff writer for The Atlantic and Katy Balls, deputy political editor of The Spectator to discuss.

Why a targeted screening programme for a common virus could help new born babies with hearing loss. It's called CMV. Most of us have had it, harmlessly...it feels like a cold but if you're pregnant it can have serious consequences - most commonly deafness. It's more common than Down's affecting 1000 babies a year in Britain but few health professionals know about it. Paediatrician, Dr Tamsin Brown has gathered health professionals together in the East of England and set up a targeted screening programme which she hopes will support the case for nationwide screening.

Another in our series about young people at risk of getting into trouble and the people trying to help them. At a busy private stables in rural Worcestershire Steph works with girls who have been excluded from mainstream education – they have been offered a Changing Lives Though Horses course run by the British Horse Society as alternative way of educating/reaching/calming them. Jo Morris met Steph and the riding teachers Dan and Karen there with Britney, Emma and Libby.

Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Jane Thurlow
Reporter Jo Morris

Interviewed guest: Helen Lewis
Interviewed guest: Katy Balls
Interviewed guest: Jen Brister
Interviewed guest: Tamsin Brown
Interviewed guest: Anna Hope

Period sex, Women and insomnia, Street harassment

Why is having sex while you've got your period such a taboo subject? Does the idea disgust you or your partner or has the experience brought you closer together? The BBC journalist Emma Barnett, author of ‘Period’, and campaigner Nimko Ali, author of ‘What We’re Not Told About (But We’re Going to Anyway) discuss sex when you're menstruating, otherwise known as period sex.

Why are women thought to suffer more from insomnia that men? We discuss severe sleep deprivation – and how to try and get back to a healthy sleep pattern with Dr Shelby Harris who’s written The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia.

We were contacted during listener week by the Instagram account ‘OurStreetsNow’ in response to our item about unwanted sexual attention. In August last year, France implemented a law to make verbal sexual harassment illegal, and to date they have convicted over 700 people of the crime. ‘OurStreetsNow’ is run by two sisters, Maya and Gemma Tutton, who are fed up with the catcalls and verbal abuse they received, and want to change the UK law to make it a fineable offence.

If you drink alcohol when was the last time you had a drink-free day? Drinkaware - an alcohol education charity- has launched a Drink Free Days campaign- aimed at encouraging mid-life drinkers to moderate alcohol consumption by taking at least three drink-free days every week. Jane talks to their chief executive Elaine Hindal tells us more.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Emma Barnett
Interviewed guest: Nimko Ali
Interviewed guest: Shelby Harris
Interviewed guest: Maya Tutton
Interviewed guest: Gemma Tutton
Interviewed guest; Elaine Hindal

Producer: Lucinda Montefiore

Cara Delevingne, Women in construction, Lisa Jewell

Cara Delevingne is one of the most recognisable faces in the world with over 43 million followers on Instagram alone. She’s spoken openly about her sexuality and issues with severe depression. She began modelling when she left school but is now is concentrating on her acting career and plays the lead role in a new Victorian fantasy drama series Carnival Row. She talks about her role as Irish ‘faery’ Vignette Stonemoss opposite human detective Rycroft Philostrate played by Orlando Bloom.

This week Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to two additional charges of predatory sexual assault and has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. A new documentary looks at the rise and fall of the film mogul. We speak to the director of the documentary, Ursula Macfarlane, and to Hope D’Amore who says she was a victim of his alleged abuse.

What is it like to be a woman in the construction industry? Currently women make up 16% of the total UK workforce of two million people. How can the industry attract more girls to the trades and what’s the reality of working in such a male-dominated environment? Tina Daheley speaks to Roma Agrawal, a structural engineer who worked on the Shard, Katie Kelleher, a former crane operator who now works as an Appointed Person at Select Plant Hire, Hattie Hasan, founder of Stopcocks Women Plumbers, Cristina Lanz Azcarate, Chair of London South East NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction), Sarah Fenton, Partnerships Director Midlands and North, CITB, (Construction Industry Training Board) and Lynsey Davies, a plasterer who is now training to be a quantity surveyor.

Lisa Jewell is celebrating twenty years as a bestselling author. She tells us about her latest psychological thriller The Family Upstairs.

Vegan vlogger Rachel Ama Cook the Perfect… Caribbean Jackfruit Fritters. She explains how she takes inspiration from her Caribbean, West African and Welsh roots and shows how you can take your favourite dishes and adapt them into quick, easy vegan recipes from her book Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats.

Plus, is the jobs market working for women? We ask if policies on part time or flexible working actually work in practice? We hear from Lucy Adams, CEO of Disruptive HR, Kirsty Holden, blogger and founder of TheMoneySavingMum.com and Anna Codrea-Rado, journalist and presenter of the podcast “is this working?” about the modern workplace.

Presented by Jenni Murray
Produced by Sophie Powling
Edited by Jane Thurlow

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