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Woman's Hour

Childcare, Menopause, Drones, Bounty Hunters

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Parents are being forced to pay for the government's 30 hour free childcare scheme through additional charges and fees as a result of underfunding, says the Pre-school Learning Alliance. They carried out an online survey and found that only a third of childcare providers in England are delivering the offer fully free. Jenni speaks to Shannon Hawthorne, Director of Press and Public Affairs at the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

Data from a ComRes poll commissioned by Woman's Hour and BBC Radio Sheffield has revealed that 70% of women do not tell their employer that they are going through the menopause. Should women speak out at work, and what can employers do to support them? Jenni is joined by Diane Danzebrink, a menopause counsellor, Deborah Garlick, the founder of the over-40s website Henpicked, and Ruth Devlin who runs a charity in Scotland, Let's Talk Menopause.

In the next in our series talking to women shaping the future in AI and tech, we hear from women innovating in drone technology. What is it like to operate in such a male dominated sphere? Jenni speaks to Pae Natwilai, who has her own, new start-up, Trik, Dr Yoge Patel, CEO of Blue Bear, which supplies unmanned planes and drones, and to Miriam Hinthorn of commercial drone business Consortiq.

Steph Broadribb, or 'Crime Thriller Girl,' as she is known online, is a blogger and author. Her second book follows the life of Lori Anderson, a bounty hunter and single mother living in Florida. Steph joins Jenni to discuss her love of crime drama and why she wants the genre to do more to represent three-dimensional female characters. Show less


Jenni Murray
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Shannon Hawthorne
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Diane Danzebrink
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Deborah Garlick
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Ruth Devlin
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Pae Natwilai
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Yoge Patel
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Miriam Hinthorn
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Steph Broadribb

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