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Presented by Sheila McClennon. When coal was King and they were its Queens.
Presented by Sheila McClennon. The mining industry's Coal Queens. Talking to the Taliban - what do Afghani women think? Should Latin names make a comeback in gardening?
Presented by Sheila McClennon.
When coal was king, they were the queens. The Coal Queens of the 1960s, 70s and 80s were wives and daughters of pitmen, crowned in beauty contests, who brought a bit of sparkle to the collieries. A report from Human Rights Watch looks at what life is like for women in Afghanistan living in areas already controlled by the insurgents. Can you tell your Bellis Perennis from your Digitalis Purpureas? - should we encourage the bringing back of Latin names into the ordinary gardener's lexicon? And a new anaesthetic technique used in caesareans.
Presented by Jane Garvey: Are you being served? The history and role of department stores.
Presented by Jane Garvey: Are you being served? The history and role of department stores, living where you grow up, Iranian hostage mother and music from The Unthanks.
Presented by Jane Garvey: Are you being served? The history and role of department stores in Britain. Living where you grow up, writer Eoin Colfer and Laura Barton discuss the benefits of staying put or moving away. Nora Shourd talks about her daughter held hostage in Iran and live music from The Unthanks.
With Jane Garvey. Including singer Macy Gray.
Presented by Jane Garvey. Singer Macy Gray, trafficking and the Olympic Games, the history of the department store, music from The Unthanks, gay dads Gary and Barrie Drewitt Barlow.
Presented by Jane Garvey. Singer Macy Gray talks about her new music, we hear about the threat of trafficking and prostitution connected to the Olympic Games. What is the enduring appeal of the department store? gay dads Gary and Barrie Drewitt Barlow talk about their family life, the controversy surrounding a new anaesthesia sometimes used for caesarian section, we ask if the future's turned out female as once predicted by feminists and music from The Unthanks.
Presented by Bidisha. Are women getting the most from new phone technology?
Presented by Bidisha. Are women getting the most from new phone technology? How to be thrifty with the 'green granny' Barbara Walmsley. Orange prize winner Barbara Kingsolver.
Presented by Bidisha. Are women getting the most from new phone technology? How do men and women use phone apps differently? We look at Argentina which has become the first country in Latin America to legalise same-sex marriage. How significant is this decision? The novelist Barbara Kingsolver talks about her range Prize-winning book 'The Lacuna' and the "green granny" Barbara Walmsley gives tips on thrift.
Jenni Murray talks to Victoria Wood.
Presented by Jenni Murray. 21 years of the Asian theatre company Tamasha, Victoria Wood talks about landmines in Laos, and death by stoning - what is the current world situation?
With Jenni Murray. Victoria Wood talks about her recent trip to Laos to learn about mine clearance and her new film celebrating the untold story of Morcambe and Wise. The rise of the hip and trendy jumble sale. The Asian theatre company Tamasha is celebrating its twenty first year. And death by stoning - what is the current world situation?
Presented by Jenni Murray. A special programme on women who choose not to have children.
Presented by Jenni Murray. Special programme on women who choose not to have children. Statistics show more women are choosing not to have children in western Europe.
Today Woman's Hour is devoted to the women who don't want to be mothers. Jenni Murray will explore the reasons behind this rising trend and talk to childfree guests about the pressures they face, the rewards they enjoy and how they deal with the question of regret.
Childfree by Choice
Jenni Murray hosts a phone-in on women who choose not to have children.
Jenni Murray hosts a phone-in on women who choose not to have children. If this is you, was it a deliberate choice?
Jenni Murray hosts a phone-in on women who choose not to have children. Yesterday we devoted the whole programme to women who've chosen not to be mothers. Today we'll open up our lines to hear about your experiences. Are you childfree by choice? Are you trying to decide whether motherhood is for you? Did you decide against it many years ago and if so, are you happy with your choice? We want to hear from you. Either call us on 03700 100 444 or email us via the website as usual. The lines will be open from 8 til 1045 today.
Presented by Jenni Murray. Are we a nation of slouchers? What good posture can do for you.
Presented by Jenni Murray. The importance of good posture. Children in Belfast who take part in 'recreational rioting'. How to plan a family holiday with grown-up offspring.
Presented by Jenni Murray.
The marching season has arrived in Northern Ireland and a recent Orange Order parade through Ardoyne in north Belfast provoked three nights of rioting. The police came under attack from children as young as eight which prompted Father Gary Donegan, the local parish priest to describe the violence as "a Disney theme park for rioting children." Local politicians say that a new wave of republican terrorism is threatening Northern Ireland with dissident groups recruiting youths who have seen no benefit from the peace process. Father Gary Donegan and Baroness Nuala O'Loan, Northern Ireland's first Police Ombudsman, discuss why children in Belfast are engaging in violence.
Are we in danger of becoming a nation entirely without backbone? Deportment teacher Jo Kuszmar certainly believes so because she says she has witnessed far too much shambling and slouching on the British high street. She explains why good posture is important and claims that if we stood and moved properly, we'd be less tired, more popular and look slimmer.
As a parent, do you look forward to the return of those quiet holidays for two? A summer break that actually involves a 'break' from your grown-up offspring? Well, if you do, then you might have to put those plans on hold for a few years because, according to a recent survey, almost a quarter of all 16 to 25 year olds say that they are likely to go on holiday with their parents in the future. So, how do you plan - and survive - a family holiday with your adult children? How do you please everyone and who pays? Jenni is joined by Carmel Stewart [who believes that holidays are much more enjoyable without your offspring] and Sherry Ashworth [and her grown-up daughter Rachel] who love going on holiday together.
Presented by Bidisha. Victoria Wood on her new TV show about Morecambe and Wise.
Presented by Bidisha. Victoria Wood on her new TV show about Morecambe and Wise, Women who don't want to be mothers, Deportment, Stoning, author Barbara Kingsolver.
Presented by Bidisha. Victoria Wood talks about her new television drama celebrating the untold story of Morcambe and Wise.The women who don't want to be mothers. We explore the reasons behind this rising trend and talk to childfree guests about the pressures they face, the rewards they enjoy and how they deal with the question of regret. Are we in danger of becoming a nation entirely without backbone? Deportment teacher Jo Kuszmar explains why good posture is important for how we look and our health.The novelist Barbara Kingsolver talks about her Orange Prize-winning book 'The Lacuna'; and the green granny Barbara Walmsley gives tips on thrift.
Presented by Jenni Murray. Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill on singing Mahler.
Presented by Jenni Murray. The Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill on singing Mahler. Lynne Featherstone, the Equalities Minister, on airbrush culture. The rise in New Yorkers keeping bees. And women and political representation in Rwanda.
Presented by Jenni Murray. Shirley Sherwood on her life's passion for plants in pictures.
Presented by Jenni Murray. Dr Shirley Sherwood on her life's passion for plants in pictures, plus describing someone as a 'dyke' - can it ever be inoffensive?
Presented by Jenni Murray. Dr Shirley Sherwood on her life's passion for plants in pictures, describing someone as a 'dyke' - can it ever be inoffensive? Remembering the Burma uprising of 1988 and the impact on individual lives, and what legal protection is offered by lasting powers of attorney.
Presented by Jenni Murray. What is the reality for women's rights in Afghanistan?
Presented by Jenni Murray. Jean Kwok on her novel Girl in Translation, the attraction of a career as a park ranger, and what is the reality for women's rights in Afghanistan?
Presented by Jenni Murray. What is the reality for women's rights in Afghanistan now that a date for an exit strategy has been set? Jean Kwok talks about her novel 'Girl in Translation', which is based on her own experience of being a child sweatshop worker in New York. The increasing number of women being attracted to a career as a Park Ranger. And, the role of a forensic physician is crucial to getting a conviction for rape. But how good is the quality of care? And who should be responsible for the service?
Presented by Jenni Murray. Bankruptcy, bagpipes and middle-aged spread.
Presented by Jenni Murray. One of the world's top bagpipers plays live, the fight against middle-aged spread, and why are so many women going bankrupt?
Presented by Jenni Murray.
The number of women going bankrupt has rocketed. On Friday the latest insolvency figures come out. There are many theories as to why more women are getting into financial trouble; more are setting up their own businesses, and like so many of their male counterparts, they're struggling; financially, women come out worse in divorce and, controversially, some suggest women are simply shopping too much.
Professor Sheila Crispin's new job is a tough one - to make sure we really are a nation of dog lovers. She's the new Head of the Advisory Council on dog welfare. Her job was created in the wake of a programme on pedigree dog breeding - it caused such uproar that the BBC pulled out of Crufts and new standards were introduced for breeding. The other things in her intray include puppy farming and what to do about dangerous dogs.
Andrea Boyd is one of the world's great bagpipe players. She hails, not from a Scottish glen, but from the sea battered coasts of northeast Canada. She can trace her roots back to the Highland clearances of the 18th century, when her ancestors left Europe for Nova Scotia. She's been playing the pipes since the age of nine and she'll be performing for us live.
Back in February this year Sue Kilshaw found herself in the spotlight, when she appeared on Woman's Hour to discuss the weight she'd put on in middle age. She'd tried diets, exercise and even a hypnotherapy programme, but nothing had enabled her to lose the weight she'd put on in her forties. But appearing on Woman's Hour has motivated Sue to make a change. She'll join Jenni Murray, along with dietician Addic Brillon, as we check on her progress and discuss the key to getting rid of your middle-aged middle.
Bidisha talks to taxidermist Polly Morgan about her latest art show.
Bidisha talks to the artist and taxidermist Polly Morgan; the government announce new regulations on sex industry ads; Caroline Chocolate Drops play live.
Presented by Bidisha. Bidisha talks to the artist and taxidermist Polly Morgan about her new exhibition. The Government announce new regulations on sex industry advertisements in job centres. Womb cancer, what exactly is it and why is it reportedly on the rise? and Caroline Chocolate Drops play live.
Presented by Bidisha.The intriguing art of taxidermy in the work of Polly Morgan.
Presented by Bidisha. The art of taxidermy, can calling a woman a dyke ever be anything but abusive, and what will happen to the rights of women in Afghanistan when troops leave?
Presented by Bidisha. The intriguing art of taxidermy in the work of Polly Morgan, can calling a woman a dyke ever be anything but abusive, what will happen to the rights of women in Afghanistan when troops leave, equalities minister Lynne Featherstone on women's body image, novelist Jean Kwok describes life as a US sweat-shop worker immigrant, the choices of women now facing bankruptcy in growing numbers, and music by Mahler with Scottish mezzo soprano Karen Cargill.
Presented by Jenni Murray. 7/7 London bombings survivor Davinia Douglass on her recovery.
Presented by Jenni Murray. Including 7/7 London bombings survivor Davinia Douglass on her recovery, and 24-year-old composer Alissa Firsova on having her piece played at the Proms.
Presented by Jenni Murray. Davinia Douglass was the 'woman in the mask' who became the image of the 7/7 London bombings, she joins Jenni to talk about her recovery. 24-year old composer Alissa Firsova on being commissioned to write a piece for this years Proms. As news of the Pakistani floods gets worse, what is the role of those who are involved in bringing humanitarian aid? And child development and the Victorians, Professor Sally Shuttleworth on her new book.
Presented by Jenni Murray. Dr Karen Throsby on women and extreme sports.
Presented by Jenni Murray. Dr Karen Throsby on women and extreme sports, Katie Derham on re-learning the violin and Emma Donoghue on her Man Booker longlisted novel Room.
Presented by Jenni Murray. Dr Karen Throsby on why she's preparing to swim The Channel for research into extreme sports. Emma Donoghue's latest novel 'Room' has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, she talks to Jenni about the themes in the book. Katie Derham on re-learning the violin after twenty years and apprenticeships - are they a good alternative to university?
Presented by Jenni Murray. Vanessa Feltz on gastric bands.
Presented by Jenni Murray. Vanessa Feltz on gastric bands; 90 years of Hillcroft College; is fostering in the UK at breaking point?
Presented by Jenni Murray. Vanessa Feltz recently had a gastric band fitted. She joins Jenni and bariatric consultant David Kerrigan to discuss the pros and cons of the operation. A recent report suggests that foster care services are almost at breaking point. Why has the pressure increased and what can best be done to ease the situation? Hillcroft, the first and only residential college for disadvantaged women in the UK, is celebrating its 90th year and the accountant who retrained as a lorry driver.
Presented by Jenni Murray. The rise of female ale drinkers; Bluegrass music from Devon.
Presented by Jenni Murray. Mine's a pint: the rise of female ale-drinkers. Bluegrass from south Devon: the Appalachian music of the Carrivick Sisters. Writer Tamara Chalabi.
Presented by Jenni Murray. Mine's a pint: - why more women are reclaiming real ale as their drink of choice. Beer and real ale is going through a revolution. The industry, which had been awash with cheap and cheerful lager, is welcoming back local micro-brewers . And the complex and crafted flavours combined with a sophisticated marketing campaign - and a proven track record to contain less carbs than wine - are winning over the thirsty women of Britain. We will be looking at why the number of female ale drinkers has doubled in the last two years, and Jenni will be making her own mind up, as she tries some of Britain's best flavours.
Bluegrass from Devon - The Carrivick Sisters are twins Laura and Charlotte who play the traditional mountain music of Appalachia, with a west country twist . They've been playing since their early teens and this week-end they're appearing at Saltburn festival in North Yorkshire. So what's the appeal to these young sisters of the American Roots Music made popular by the film Oh Brother Where Art Thou? Hear their Bluegrass fiddle and banjo live in the studio.
A study by The Prince's Trust Undiscovered campaign has revealed that young people from workless families are significantly more likely to struggle to find a job themselves, as well as feeling far less confident about their future. Seventy per cent have struggled to find a job, while nearly one in five (18 per cent) expect to end up on benefits because other people around them have.How do you break the cycle of inherited worklessness?
Tamara Chalabi is a descendant of one of the oldest and most prominent families in Iraq. For centuries the Chalabis have held positions of honour and responsibility, loyally serving first the Ottoman Empire and later the national government. Her latest book, Late for Tea at the Deer Palace, is the tale of her family's life in Iraq from 1900 to the present day. She joins Jenni to talk about her family and a life that's spanned both Eastern and Western cultures.
Knitted Lives - an exhibition of everyday objects knitted by women in Newcastle.
Presented by Bidisha. Niki Segnit on flavours and natural pairings in food.
Presented by Bidisha. Niki Segnit on flavours and natural pairings in food and why age is no barrier for British artist Rose Wylie, whose work has wowed critics in the US.
Presented by Bidisha. Niki Segnit on flavours and natural pairings in food, why age is no barrier for British artist Rose Wylie whose work has wowed critics in the States, the story of Precious Williams - her parting from her Nigerian princess mother and growing up black in a white community, and why plans to give women protection from abusive partners are being put on hold.