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Baroness Margaret Thatcher

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Baroness Thatcher talks about her time in office and the challenge to her leadership.

How does Britain's first woman prime minister wish to be remembered? Baroness Thatcher talks about her time in office.

Margaret Thatcher reflects on the betrayal she felt when her leadership was challenged and recalls what the Downing Street Years were like.

French food writer Mireille Johnston and Francophile journalist Steven Shipside discuss how the drink absinth became synonymous with Paris in late 19th century.

Author Jenny Mosley explains the benefits of circle time in schools; a group activity in which pupils learn to speak and listen.

Fiona Shaw explains her fascination with acting in Sophie Treadwell’s play Machinal, in which the female character is electrocuted to death.

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Jenni Murray
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Margaret Thatcher

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Jung Chang

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Jung Chang has sold over 10 million copies of her book Wild Swans. It has been translated into 30 languages and remains one of the bestselling non-fiction books in British history. She explains why she chose to use the lives of the women in her family to tell China’s story over the past century.

One of the most popular and widely recognized female country singers of her era, Crystal Gayle talks about her country music career and changing her name from Brenda.

Under a new bill the government hope to change maternity leave to allow any female employee a statutory 14 weeks paid leave, regardless of how long they have been in the job. However, Maternity Alliance thinks that although this is a step in the right direction 14 weeks is just not long enough. Mary Shackle from the group explains why.

Is life so sacred it can’t be taken? Julie Clague, Professor of Ethics at St Marys College, London and Ronald Dworkin Professor of Jurisprudence debate whether it is possible to come to a consensus on such a controversial topic as euthanasia.

Lucienne Day’s fabric designs for curtains, tea towels and upholstery were Heals hottest sellers for more than two decades and evoke the spirit of the 50s. Lucienne Day talks about her inspiration for her designs and her career

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Jenni Murray
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Jung Chang

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Anita Roddick

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Anita Roddick turned a small home made cosmetics shop in Brighton into a global brand. There are now branches of 'The Body Shop' in high streets up and down Britain and around the world.

These days she spends more time campaigning against globalisation than she does on business.

Find out how she squares running a multinational company with being an anti-capitalist protestor.

Also discussing anti-globalisation are Susan Buckingham-Hatfield, of the Women's Environmental Network and a Senior Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Issues at Brunel University, and Mike Mosbacher of the right-wing think tank, The Social Affairs Unit.

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Jenni Murray
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Anita Roddick

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Jack Nicholson

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Oscar-winning actor Jack Nicholson talks candidly about his career.

Oscar-winning actor Jack Nicholson talks about As Good as It Gets, his womanising and finding out that his sister was actually his mother.

The wild-child lothario of Hollywood Jack Nicholson talks candidly about his career, his womanising and finding out that his sister was actually his mother.

Detective Inspector Carol Bristow explains how she changed the attitude of the police towards rape victims and setting up the first sexual assault unit in England.

Dr Thomas Stuttaford, Psychotherapist Jenny Beddington, and Director of the North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine David Healy discuss the Prozac generation and question whether people are really depressed.

Plus, British poet Raman Mundair performs some of her performance poetry.

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Jenni Murray
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Jack Nicholson

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Carly Simon

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Singer-songwriter Carly Simon talks about her battle with breast cancer.

In her first interview since being diagnosed with breast cancer, singer-songwriter Carly Simon discusses her mastectomy, chemotherapy and her inner warrior woman.

In her first interview since being diagnosed with breast cancer, singer-songwriter Carly Simon discusses her mastectomy, chemotherapy and her inner warrior woman.

Does the way you are diagnosed with a serious illness impact on how you cope? Radiologist Dr Sarah Burnett, and Debbie Coats, senior Information Nurse Cancer Backup, discuss the best practices for doctors to give bad news.

Spinster and maiden aunts are described as the product of two World Wars, but what have they contributed to British cultural life? Author Charlotte Cory and Dr Katherine Holden explore the history of these single women in society.

The enduring love affair of Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton; Lesley Thomas and Maureen Evans, discuss their relationship and the dress she wore for his birthday.

Author Cynthia Johnston discusses why she has instigated her Million Mistresses March. She calls all people who have dallied with powerful politicians to kiss and tell.

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Jenni Murray
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Nora Ephron

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Nora Ephron on her film You’ve Got Mail and the inspiration for her book Heartburn.

Director and author Nora Ephron on her film You’ve Got Mail and the inspiration for her book Heartburn.

Director and author Nora Ephron on her film You’ve Got Mail and the inspiration for her book Heartburn.

It was only in the late 19th century that bags became fashion accessories. Anthea Jarvis, the curator for the Gallery of English Costumes discusses the history of handbags from pocket books to life support systems.

The 1997 Ramsbottom report stated that community prisons and fewer custodial sentences would aid reformation of the female prison system in England. Why has this advice been ignored? Helen Edwards, Chief Executive of National Offender Management Service, and Lord Williams, home office minister discuss the problem of female custodial sentences.

Marjorie Lacey and Sofia are 105 and 101 respectively. The sisters, who have seen the whole of the last century, recall some defining moments of their lives.

What is good science and what is bad science? Are women more conscience of their results? Dr Sheila Ochugboju and sociologist Hilary Rose consider how women tackle scientific research.

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Jenni Murray
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Nora Ephron

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Germaine Greer vs Julie Burchill

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Feminist writers Germaine Greer & Julie Burchill debate the politics of the female body.

Feminist writers Germaine Greer and Julie Burchill debate abortion and female genital mutilation.

Two women known for their intellect, feminism, and their ability to outrage go head to head on the modern pressures surrounding body image. Germaine Greer and Julie Burchill debate how women are taking control of their bodies and the definition of mutilation.

Plus, Author Camilla Palmer discusses the legal right to child friendly working hours.

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Martha Kearney
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Germaine Greer
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Julie Burchill

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Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey on her film Beloved, never becoming a mother and losing weight to get on the cover of Vogue.

Queen of public confessions and one of the most highly paid entertainers in the world, Oprah Winfrey talks candidly about her life and career. Promoting her film Beloved, she discusses women’s desire to please and not having children of her own.

Mary McAleese, the President of the Republic of Ireland, discusses the lack of women in the Irish political landscape.

Your views and opinion on our clash of the feminist titans, Germaine Greer and Julie Burchill; was it a triumph for common sense or just a common catfight?

After Laurence report on institutional racism in the police force, will women fare any better in the canteen culture? Professor Gregory discusses whether the Laurence report can also help sexism in the constabulary.

Shirley Briggs explores how Rachel Carson’s celebrated book Silent Spring, published 35 years ago, inspired the global environmental movement.

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Jenni Murray
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Oprah Winfrey

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Waris Dirie

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Model Waris Dirie, who was born to a family of nomadic goat-herders in Somalia, talks about her life.

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Dame Stella Rimington

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Dame Stella Rimington talks about her transition from a covert life as a spy to a public role as director general of MI5.

Dame Stella Rimington talks about becoming the first female Director General of MI5 and the death threats she faced after she decided to be the first DG to be named and photographed.

Are cochlear implants beneficial to the deaf? Medical professionals claim that they can help improve the hearing of hundreds of deaf children by using a bionic ear, but critics of the treatment say it’s an expensive white elephant and the children are better off learning sign language. Speech therapist Marianne Beard and Dr Gerard O'Donoghue debate the pros and cons.

Blond bombshell Diana Dors was Britain’s best answer to Marilyn Monroe. Actor Amanda Redman talks about becoming Dors in a dramatization of her tempestuous private life.

Plus, the enduring appeal of the Camellia, one of the most exotic looking of our garden plants.

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Martha Kearney
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Stella Rimington

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Monica Lewinsky

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Monica Lewinsky talks about her affair with President Bill Clinton.

Martha Kearney presents highlights of the past year's programmes, featuring Monica Lewinsky, Germaine Greer, Julie Birchill and Hugh Grant.

One of the most memorable quotes from the 90s is “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”. But what was “that woman’s” version? Monica Lewinsky has been portrayed as both a predatory valley girl and a naïve intern exploited by her boss. In an exclusive interview, she talks about the affair which nearly brought down a president.

Plus, Jean "Binta" Breeze performs her poem ‘ordinary day’ and Joanna MacGregor plays Samuel Barber’s Excursions. James Hewitt defends selling the story of his five year affair with Princess Diana, Simon Evans gets an all-over body wax, Julie Burchill goes head to head with Germaine Greer, and Annette Hewins reveals how she coped with wrongful imprisonment. Also, the father of Samir Imran, who was shot at close range whilst trying to get a divorce in a suspected honour killing, gives his side of the tragedy.

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Martha Kearney
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Jenni Murray
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Monica Lewinsky

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Viscountess Nancy Astor

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Viscountess Nancy Astor, the 1st woman in the House, talks about her time in Parliament.

Woman's Hour's 10th Birthday. Viscountess Nancy Astor, the first woman in the House, talks to Mary Stocks about her early days in Parliament.

Woman's Hour's Tenth Birthday. Viscountess Nancy Astor, the first woman in the House, talks to Mary Stocks about her early days in Parliament.

Broadcasting icon Angela Rippon talks about her journalist career, dancing with Eric and Ernie and her passion for ballet.

How are women represented in the Iranian parliament under the reformist president Mohammad Khatami? Dr Haleh Afshar, from Politics department York University, discusses Iran’s political landscape.

Having famous parents can make creating your own public identity very difficult. Linn Ullmann is the daughter of actress/director Liv Ullmann and Swedish writer/director Ingmar Bergman. She talks about getting out of her parent’s shadow and being a novelist in her own right.

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Mary Stocks
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Nancy Astor

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The Vietnamese Girl in the Photo - Kim Phuc - interview from the archive.

Kim Phuc - the Vietnamese girl in the photo - talks about her life.

The image of Kim Phuc as the young girl, running naked and terrified down the road after a napalm attack, arms outstretched, screaming with her skin badly burnt became one of the iconic images of the Vietnam War. That one photograph did a huge amount to influence public attitude to the Vietnam War. Kim almost died from her burns but as she started to recover she became a tool for communist propaganda. Now 37 years old she recalls what happened to her during the attack and the influence of that photo on her life.

Irish jazz and folk singer Mary Coughlan performs in the studio and talks frankly about her addiction to alcohol that almost killed her.

Plus, are women GPs unfairly burdened by female patients? And, will new lottery money improve the performance of England’s women cricket club?

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Martha Kearney
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Kim Phuc

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Edwina Currie

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Edwina Currie talks openly about her affair with John Major.

Edwina Currie talks openly about her affair with John Major. Plus, Lord Lichfield and Jayne Fincher on the art of wedding photography.

Branded as the worst kind of kiss and tell, Edwina Currie gives her reaction to John Major's 'shame' over their four year affair and explains why, finally, she decided to reveal the infidelity by printing her diaries

Royal photographers Lord Lichfield (who photographed Charles and Diana’s wedding) and Jayne Fincher (who took the pictures at Edward and Sophie’s wedding) discuss the art of getting a good picture at important ceremonies.

Plus, should teenage mothers stay in education? Joyce Lawson runs a pupil referral unit in the Black Country and explains the benefits of supporting new young mums.

Virginia Wolfe’s Women; Vanessa Curtis explains the influence of significant females on Wolfe’s life and work.

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Jenni Murray
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Edwina Currie

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Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton on life after the White House and her reaction to the Lewinsky affair.

Hillary Clinton on life after the White House, her reaction to the Lewinsky affair and the difficulties of being a strong woman.

In an exclusive interview with Woman's Hour, Hillary Rodham Clinton talks frankly about Bill’s infidelity, forging her own political identity and her plans for the future.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of women getting vote Molly Prendergast recalls how pleased she was to vote when she was 21, but do modern women appreciate the campaigns of the past or has feminism become a bore? Journalist Alison Rowat and Professor of Communications as Goldsmiths University Angela McRobbie consider if equality has been achieved.

Plus, Catrin Collier on her novels and why the suffragette movement didn’t take off in Wales, Annie Lennox on her album which lays bare her personal life and Ann Wise from the Worthing Museum explains how old fashioned knitted swimsuits often ended up exposing more than was intended.

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Martha Kearney
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Hillary Clinton

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Vivienne Westwood

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Fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood, talks about her career.

Fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood, talks about her career. Plus, anthropologist Elisabeth Croll and journalist Zhang Lijia discuss the problem of gender imbalance in China.

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood talks about her influential career and how she views people who don’t appreciate her work. And two advocates of Vivienne's designs tell us what her clothes mean to them: you might not think Tracy Emin and Anne Robinson need outfits that make them feel powerful, but that isn't how they see it.

Gender imbalance is becoming a worrying problem in China. Preference for sons over daughters and the one child policy are causing a surplus of men who can’t find wives. Anthropologist Elisabeth Croll and journalist Zhang Lijia discuss this social equilibrium issue.

Chef Katy Rogers and Mick Sharpe provide some interesting recipes for nettles and Judith Cook talks about the pirate queen Grace O’Malley.

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Molly Ringwald

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Molly Ringwald talks about the brat pack and beyond

Molly Ringwald talks about the brat pack and beyond.

Actress Molly Ringwald made her name in the 1980s bratpack films, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club. She's currently starring in When Harry Met Sally in London's West End. Martha asks her what it's like to fake an orgasm in front of a full house and finds out what she's been up to since she first hit the silver screen.

Rania al-Baz is Saudi Arabia's most famous female television presenter, renowned for appearing on screen with her face uncovered. In April this year, she was beaten so badly by her husband that she nearly died. She went public about the attack, allowing pictures of her battered face to be published, and is now trying to divorce her husband. How much of a taboo has she broken in Saudi Arabia by talking about the case in public? Martha talks to Dr Mai Yamani from the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Why do teenage girls need to scream at concerts? Westminster Council recently lost an appeal preventing MTV from staging a British version of Total Request Live in Leicester Square. It's thought that the reason why they wanted to stop to it was the threat posed to public order by hoards of screaming teenage girls waving banners and pressing against the barriers in the manner familiar since the Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Osmonds and The Bay City Rollers. Martha asks Elaine Showalter and novelist Jenny Colgan what it is that makes teenage girls scream hysterically when they go to a concert and why, as quickly as this behaviour starts, it stops.

Archaeology has rarely been so popular, but while we imagine khaki dressed professionals earnestly peering over old pots, the reality is a little bit different. Some of them have been digging up Roman knicker drawers. In the first of our series on ancient artefacts and the lives of British women in the past, Anna McNamee goes to see Jenny Hall, Roman Curator at the Museum of London.

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Paula Sage

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The rising star Paula Sage talks about her role in the film Afterlife

The rising star Paula Sage talks about her role in the film Afterlife.

Paula Sage is a rising star in cinema. She also has Down's syndrome. Her acting debut in the film Afterlife has been universally lauded in the press. She is now keen to pursue her acting career. Sheila meets the determined star, and the director of Afterlife, Alison Peebles.

As many as 1 in 10 grandparents may be looking after not only their grandchildren, but an elderly parent as well. Their status is not recognised, they are not paid and the government doesn't recognise the role their important role as carers. Sheila discusses the issues with Professor Hilary Land.

In the last in our series on the five senses, a weaver describes why the feel of cloth and wool is at the heart of her work.

A survey by Real magazine found that 50% of women had visited a psychic at least once, and a quarter of those said they had made changes to their lives as a result. Sheila discusses our fascination with the paranormal with Yvette Fielding, presenter of Livingtv's popular Most Haunted programme, the psychic and tarot card reader, Michele King, and in the sceptical psychologist, Professor Christopher French.

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Jemma Redgrave

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Jemma Redgrave talks to Jenni Murray about about her career

Jemma Redgrave talks to Jenni Murray about her role in the drama The Grid, and about her career.

The celebrated actress Jemma Redgrave talks about her role in the new BBC drama, The Grid. As the daughter of Corin Redgrave and granddaughter of Sir Michael Redgrave, Jemma Redgrave is part of arguably the most celebrated acting dynasty ever. She is about to star in The Grid, a major new drama series about international terrorism, to be shown on BBC Two next week.

A report on cot deaths published this morning says investigations into sudden unexplained infant deaths need to be led by specially trained doctors and not the police. The working group - chaired by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC - has outlined guidelines for more paediatric pathologists, better communication between agencies and a duty of care towards the parents as well as the child.

Jenni Murrary asks Baroness Kennedy about the prospect of the report's recommendations being implemented.

Can the female footie fan bring style to the terraces? Duplicate football shirts are practically a uniform for fans watching a match - but why can't fan wear be fashionable? Jenni asks Katie Walker, creator of Vedette, football wear especially for the girls, and children's presenter and Middlesbrough fan, Kirsten O'Brien whether it's time to ditch the nasty nylon strips.

This summer see the 75th anniversary of the Great Exhibition which took place on the Town Moor in Newcastle in 1929. The exhibition was designed to show the world what the region had to offer and entertainment for the local population. In the amusement area an African village was set up, peopled with men and women brought over from Algeria. A 28-year-old woman, Zuza and her husband and baby son were among them. Zuza died soon after her arrival and was buried in an unmarked grave in Jesmond. Lesley Gibson talks to researcher Lloyd Gibson about the forgotten history of the young woman and talks to those who still remember the African village.

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07/09/2004

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Jenni Murray talks to author Kate Atkinson about her new novel Case Histories.

Jenni Murray talks to author Kate Atkinson about her new novel Case Histories

Jenni Murray talks to author Kate Atkinson about her new novel Case Histories. Kate Atkinson was the surprise winner of the Whitbread Book Award nine years ago for her first novel Behind the Scenes at The Museum, which told a family story with humour, compassion and literary style. Since then she has published two novels and now a third, a detective story with a difference.

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