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Woman's Hour

16/11/2010

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With Jane Garvey. Trouser suits or skirts for women in power?

With Jane Garvey. Why do so many powerful women choose to wear trouser-suits? Has Legally Blonde made no impact on the boardroom at all? Jo Swinson and Zenna Atkins discuss.

With Jane Garvey. Why do so many powerful women choose to wear trouser-suits? Has Legally Blonde made no impact on the boardroom at all? Jo Swinson and Zenna Atkins discuss. Anna Pavord on her new book "The Curious Gardener". We hear from Katharine Barbilsingh who spoke up at this year's Conservative Party Conference about educational standards and discipline in schools today and Corinne Julius reports on the new textiles available today.

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17/11/2010

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Presented by Jenni Murray. Should classics be taught in schools?

Presented by Jenni Murray. Should classics be taught in schools? Page 3 forty years on. Is dying at home the model for a "good death"? Children In Need drama on Glasgow runaways.

Presented by Jenni Murray. Should classics be taught in schools? Bettany Hughes makes the case. Page 3 forty years on. Is it sexy or sexist? We hear from Page 3 model Peta Todd and Rowan Pelling and Julie Bindel debate the issue. Is dying at home the model for a "good death"? A new demos report suggests that dying in hospital may increasingly become a financial burden on the NHS. The report also claims that only eight per cent of people would choose to die in hospital. We ask how can people have a good death at home and what support do they need? And we look at the Glasgow runaway refuge centre that today's afternoon radio drama 'Everything' is based on .

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Woman's Hour

18/11/2010

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Presented by Jenni Murray. How do maternity services differ from the early hopes?

Jenni Murray presents a special programme devoted to what women want from maternity services now and in the future. Guests include childbirth guru Sheila Kitzinger.

Presented by Jenni Murray. Today Woman's Hour devotes the whole programme to pregnancy and childbirth: what do we want - and what do we get - from our maternity services? Sheila Kitzinger who did so much to change notions of childbirth from the 60s on will be joining Jenni as one of her classic titles, "Rediscovering Birth", is published in a new edition. She believes birth at its best is a psychosexual experience. Does it feel like that for most women? We discuss home births as recent figures show that numbers are declining in England, and are even lower in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Is hospital actually a better option? Figures for Wales tell a different story with some areas achieving homebirth rates of 10% or more. So why does it work for them? Health Minister Anne Milton, Cathy Warwick of the Royal College of Midwives, and Maggie Blott from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists join Jenni to discuss the future for maternity care.

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Woman's Hour

19/11/2010

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Jenni Murray is joined by Ray Winstone and his daughter Lois.

Jenni Murray is joined by Ray Winstone and his daughter Lois. Plus, how the women of Germany have got on since reunification; and how far would you go to stop sexist abuse?

Jenni Murray is joined by Ray Winstone and his daughter Lois to discuss their new film 'Fathers of Girls'. We'll also be asking why East German women seem to have done better than their West German sisters since reunification. It's 40 years since Yorkshire's Margaret Clitherow was canonized - she was executed in 1586 by being crushed beneath stones. A new book looks at her life. And - how far would you go to tackle sexist abuse? Lisa Robinson got so angry with a group of football supporters on a train, that she got off, and stood on the track to stop the locomotive from moving.

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Presented by Jane Garvey. Music icon Annie Lennox reflects on her early career.

Presented by Jane Garvey. Music icon Annie Lennox reflects on her early career with The Tourists and the Eurythmics, and Sheila Kitzinger discusses the euphoria of childbirth.

Presented by Jane Garvey. Music icon Annie Lennox reflects on her early career with The Tourists and the Eurythmics, forty years of girls on page 3, Sheila Kitzinger on the euphoria of childbirth and a discussion on the pressures facing maternity services today, one woman's stand against sexist abuse and is the trouser-suit an emblem of equality or an end to fashion?

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Woman's Hour

22/11/2010

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Presented by Jane Garvey. Women and the role silence plays in their spiritual lives.

Presented by Jane Garvey. Women and the role silence plays in their spiritual lives, female unemployment, primogeniture, singles therapy, and a documentary on Islamabad bombings.

Presented by Jane Garvey. Women and the role silence plays in their spiritual lives the Rev'd Lucy Winkett and Christy Casley from the Self Realisation Meditation Healing Centre in Somerset discuss the issue. We look the phenomenon of "singles therapy" as a route to forming a lasting relationship. Cathy Scott Clark talks about her new documentary Terror in Islamabad. The latest employment figures have revealed that the number of women who are out of work has reached more than one million, its highest level for more than 20 years. At the same time women will reportedly be hardest hit by the Government's spending cuts. To discuss these figures Jane is joined by Ceri Goddard, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society and Professor Len Shackleton, Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs and Dean of Business School at the University of East London. And as If the laws of succession were to be changed and Prince William and Kate Middleton's first born was a girl, she would be heir to the throne. We speak to Lorely Burt MP for Solihull who has tabled a Commons motion to eventually allow that possible succession to take place, and look at why these so-called discriminatory laws remain unchanged despite support for them to be amended.

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Woman's Hour

23/11/2010

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Presented by Jane Garvey. Underwear - how do women and men relate to it.

Presented by Jane Garvey. Anorexia and having a baby: what's the emotional impact of the disease on new mothers? Also: underwear and how to make winter vegetables appetising.

Presented by Jane Garvey. The history of underwear reveals much about the twists and turns of fashion and the ever changing relationship with our bodies - we discuss corsets, bras and y-fronts. How do women who've been anorexic cope when they become pregnant? Lessons from Harvard on how to finance higher education - we're joined by Drew Faust, Harvard University's first female president. And Sophie Grigson with ideas on how to spice up winter vegetables.

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Woman's Hour

24/11/2010

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Presented by Jane Garvey. Celebrating, informing and entertaining women.

Presented by Jane Garvey. Celebrating, informing and entertaining women with news, views and interviews of topical interest.

Presented by Jane Garvey. Simon Hoggart called Ed Miliband a 'wuss' for taking his full paternity leave. Are some jobs too important to take a break from - or nothing worth missing out on the first weeks of a child's life? We're joined by Anne Holt the Norwegian crime writer; and internationally renowned choreographer, dancer and film-maker Yvonne Rainer. And we discuss the return of rickets as a childhood disease.

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Woman's Hour

25/11/2010

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Presented by Jenni Murray. India Knight on the highs and lows of a family Christmas.

Presented by Jenni Murray. India Knight discusses the highs and lows of a family Christmas and the work of the woman who led a team of reconstruction workers in Afghanistan.

Presented by Jenni Murray. India Knight discusses the highs and lows of a family Christmas. Online dating and race: writer Precious Williams discusses the ethics of asking about someone's ethnic background when it comes to seeking potential partners. The former head of Helmand's Provincial Reconstruction Team talks about her work in Afghanistan and the challenges still facing the country. The city of Norwich has long been associated with many important women over the centuries: we take a walk to discover more about their lives.

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26/11/2010

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Presented by Jenni Murray. Picky Eaters - Do we indulge children and adults too much?

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Picky eaters - have you ever regretted asking a dinner guest 'Is there anything you don't eat?' We ask whether our indulgence of others' food preferences has gone too far when it starts spilling into adulthood? Jenni Murray seeks the advice of the food writer Rose Prince.

Motherhood and rock and roll - can they ever mix? Jenni Murry talks to ex Sleeper frontwoman Louise Wener and to music journalist Lucy O'Brien.

How is the current wave of Irish emigration different to previous generations and what are the implications for families? Jenni Murray talks to Sarah Coleman, a young Irish woman about to leave for New Zealand, journalist and academic Jane Suiter, and the novelist Edna O'Brien.

If you had survived The Civil War, by 1645 you might be forgiven for thinking the country was now a safer place but that wouldn't have been true if you were a woman living in East Anglia. Over the next two years it became the focus of the most brutal witch hunt in England's history. As a four hundred year old diary chronicling the witch trials goes digital, we examine what it took to remain safe from the Witch hunters. Jenni Murray talks to Dr Malcolm Gaskill of the University of East Anglia and to Sheila Burdett who's conducted specialist research into the man behind the diary.

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Presented by Jane Garvey. Paternity leave: is it for 'wusses'?

Presented by Jane Garvey. Paternity leave: was Simon Hoggart right to call Ed Miliband a 'wuss' for taking time off?

Presented by Jane Garvey. Paternity leave: was Simon Hoggart right to call Ed Miliband a 'wuss' for taking time off? Lindy Cameron on running a reconstruction team in Afghanistan. Sophie Grigson discusses how to get the best from the humble root vegetable. Do unhappy singles benefit from therapy? Novelist Katy Regan and journalist Tanya Gold discuss.

Women facing rising unemployment in a recession with Ceri Goddard of Fawcett and economist Len Shackleton. The cause of the rise in rickets among middle-class children. India Knight and Joan Smith on the benefits of Christmas with family or friends.

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Woman's Hour

29/11/2010

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Presented by Jane Garvey. Why people are coming out gay at a younger age.

Presented by Jane Garvey. Including why people are coming out gay at a younger age, rape as a weapon of war in the Congo, Mrs Gaskell and 'Wives and Daughters'.

Presented by Jane Garvey. Why people are coming out gay at a younger age. A recent report by the gay campaign group Stonewall has found that people are revealing their sexual identity at a younger age than previous generations. Jenni Uglow the biographer of Elizabeth Gaskell talks about the new Woman's Hour drama "Wives and Daughters" and we discuss how rape continues to be used as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The UN Special representative on Sexual Crime in conflict Margot Walstrom talks to Jane and the Gynaecologist Dennis Mukwege who specialises in reconstructive surgery for victims of rape talks about his work at the Pansie Hospital.

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Woman's Hour

30/11/2010

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Presented by Jane Garvey. Is TV's Spooks putting women off joining MI5?

With Jane Garvey. Asking whether TV's Spooks is deterring women from joining MI5; should offices be more breastfeeding-friendly; and sex noises - a turn-on or a turn-off?

Presented by Jane Garvey. MI5 is looking to recruit more women and blame the grisly BBC drama 'Spooks' for putting them off. Jane discusses whether this is the case with Annie Machon, an ex-MI5 Intelligence Officer and MI5 historian Professor Christopher Andrew. The government want to encourage women to breastfeed and believe making offices more breastfeeding-friendly is the answer. We ask if this is the best way forward. A new exhibition at the Royal Academy looks at the relationship between art, fashion and idenity. Jane was given a tour of the show. And sex noises - are they a turn-on or a turn-off?

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Woman's Hour

01/12/2010

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Presented by Jane Garvey. The renaissance of sherry drinking - sales are booming.

Presented by Jane Garvey. The renaissance of sherry drinking. Should former sex offenders be able to adopt children? Blogging in Iran, Pakistani Asia Bibi facing a death sentence.

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The renaissance of sherry drinking Often dismissed as a tipple enjoyed by grandmothers at Christmas, sherry has shaken off its 1970s image, and is currently enjoying a revival among young drinkers. We talk to wine expert Sarah Abbott and Alvaro Marcos Garcia, the Head Sommelier and wine buyer for Home House Private Club in London.

Should former sex offenders be allowed to adopt children?

Blogging in Iran and the case of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman and mother of five, recently sentenced to hang.

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Woman's Hour

02/12/2010

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Presented by Jane Garvey. The politics of employing a nanny.

Presented by Jane Garvey. The politics of employing a nanny, and what judgements we make about other people's childcare choices.

Presented by Jane Garvey. The politics of employing a nanny and what judgements we make about other people's childcare choices. Teenagers and porn - what's the best way to tackle a conversation about what your son or daughter might be viewing online. Pandas and how an attempt to persuade them to breed will decide the success of an international rescue plan. As the government attempts to crack down on cheap alcohol, we ask how far our binge drinking culture is linked to aggression and violence among young women.

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Woman's Hour

03/12/2010

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On Woman's Hour - is it right to drop your schoolchild off at a student demonstration?

On Woman's Hour - is it right to drop your schoolchild off at a student demo? The writer Brendan O'Neill claims some parents reliving their own days of youthful radicalism.

Is it right to drop your schoolchild off at a student demonstration? The writer Brendan O'Neill says that some parents are guilty of reliving their own days of youthful radicalism through their children. Is he right?

Science has taken away the doubt over paternity now that DNA tests are available - but is it is it always a good ideas to know who the biological father is?

Hansa's restaurant in Leeds celebrates its 25th anniversary - and is staffed entirely by women. Woman's Hour talks to its founder.

As part of a series of programmes across the BBC to mark International Day of Disabled People, the actor Julie Fernandez from the TV comedy 'The Office' tells us about the challenges of being disabled and fashionable.

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Presented by Jane Garvey. Why the sherry tipple is making a comeback.

Presented by Jane Garvey. Why the sherry tipple is making a comeback - and we're not talking about pouring it into the trifle.

Presented by Jane Garvey. Why the sherry tipple is making a comeback - and we're not talking about pouring it into the trifle. Pandas, procreation and pregnancy - we hear from one documentary-maker about China's breeding programme. The story of the mother in Pakistan facing a death sentence after conviction under controversial blasphemy laws. The influence of parents in student protests about tuition fees. What blogging can do for women in Iran. Fashion and what it says about our identity. Sex offenders and adoption - why one family law expert argues it's time for a re-think.

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Woman's Hour

06/12/2010

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Presented by Jane Garvey. Burlesque: Emancipation or exploitation?

Presented by Jane Garvey. Burlesque: Emancipation or exploitation? Is it fair to fund women in business, developments in HRT, and female boxers training for the 2012 Olympics.

Presented by Jane Garvey. Burlesque: is it the acceptable face of stripping? An art form? Or simply exploitation? Pegged to a Time Out Magazine debate we talk to Opehlia Bitz and the academic Julia Long. Only 16% of UK businesses are owned by women so are women-only investment networks the answer to releasing funds for female entrepreneurs? Jane talks to Sally Goodsell of Finances SouthEast and Julie Meyer founder of Ariadne Capital and dragon on BBC's Online Dragon's Den. And we have the latest news on Hormone Replacement Therapy and hear about the female boxers training for the 2012 Olympics.

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Woman's Hour

08/12/2010

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Presented by Jenni Murray. Will women be hit harder by a rise in tuition fees?

Presented by Jenni Murray. Will women be hit harder by a rise in tuition fees? Front line roles for women in the military? Chinese robes at the V&A, bathing children with eczema.

Presented by Jenni Murray. Will the government's proposal for the reform of university funding in England disproportionately affect women? Wrens on Subs - should women serve on Royal Naval submarines? Chinese Robes exhibition at the V&A Museum. Latest advice on how to bath babies and children with eczema.

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Woman's Hour

10/12/2010

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Presented by Jenni Murray. Gillian McKeith fresh from the jungle.

Presented by Jenni Murray. Gillian McKeith fresh from the jungle. Why are so many straight women gay icons? The politics of taking in lodgers.

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Fresh from the Jungle, Gillian McKeith will talk to Jenni about her experience!

Why are so many straight women gay icons? Martin Shingler of the University of Sunderland and Freya Jarman Ivens from the University of Liverpool share their insights.

Last week, Ségolène Royal, the French Socialist Party's candidate in the 2007 Presidential election, announced her intention to stand again to be the Party's presidential candidate in 2012, and in so doing is said to have broken the Party's unity pact. But why has she chosen to declare her intention to stand now? And how ready is France for a woman in the Elysée Palace? Jenni is joined by with Bénédicte Paviot, UK correspondent of France 24, and academic Dr Rainbow Murray from Queen Mary, University of London.

And the lodger is back - according to research, not since the Sixties, have so many households taken in a lodger as a means of helping to make ends meet. Equally, the structure of the housing market means the demand and price to rent is fetching the highest prices for years. But is getting a lodger always a smooth solution to straitened times? And what are the rules for peaceful co-existence under the same roof? Jenni is joined by actor John Bramwell who has lived in digs all over the country and by poet, Linda Chase, who is also a landlady.

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