Deborah James on bowel cancer, Maria Miller, Nitrous oxide, Sandra Newman
Author, blogger and podcaster Deborah James on living with bowel cancer and busting taboos with her Sun column and the You Me and the Big C podcast.
Maria Miller, chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee is introducing a Ten Minute Rule Bill to outlaw discriminatory redundancies. She has cross party support for her Bill to give new protections to pregnant women and mothers on maternity leave and for six months after returning to work. So how would her plans works and how hopeful is she that they will become law?
The public need to be made aware of the dangers of nitrous oxide say nurses at the Royal College of Nursing Annual Congress. So what is nitrous oxide, what are the dangers, the legal situation and should parents be concerned?
The Heavens by Sandra Newman is a time slip novel with a mind-expanding love story, set in New York 2000 and London 1593. Sandra joins Jane to talk among other things about utopias, mental illness and daring to be disrespectful to William Shakespeare.
Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Deborah James
Interviewed guest: Maria Miller
Interviewed guest: Catherine Gamble
Interviewed guest: Sandra Newman
Producer; Lucinda Montefiore
Sara Canning, partner of Lyra McKee
It’s been a month since Lyra McKee was killed in Londonderry. She was 29 and was already making waves in journalism as well as being an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. The night she was shot she had been watching rioting in Creggan, a housing estate on the outskirts of the city. The New IRA said its members carried out the murder. At her funeral politicians were urged to find solutions to Northern Ireland’s problems and Lyra’s partner, Sara Canning, addressed them personally, seizing the opportunity to speak to them candidly. From the very start, she faced the TV cameras to pay her own tributes to her girlfriend. This weekend she’s been speaking at an equal marriage rally in Belfast. She talks to Jane Garvey.
Ashton Applewhite is calling for a movement to end ageism in her book 'This Chair Rocks'. Maggy Pigott’s twitter account @AgeingBetter, about the unexpected joys of aging, picked up huge numbers of followers overnight; Her upcoming book is called How To Age Joyfully. So why is the conversation around aging so negative? And how much could our lives, health and economy improve if it changed?
In 2018 over 100,000 online images of child sexual abuse were taken down by the Internet Watch Foundation. The UK-based organisation is seeing a sharp increase in self-generated content, particularly girls aged 11 to 13, who are filming themselves on webcams in their own bedrooms. Chief Executive Susie Hargreaves discusses what can be done.
Shakespears Sister. The nineties pop duo have reunited as a band after not talking to each other for 26 years. Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit look back, explain how they got back together and to perform their new single, live in the studio.
Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest: Sara Canning
Interviewed Guest: Ashton Applewhite
Interviewed Guest: Maggy Pigott
Interviewed Guest: Susie Hargreaves
Interviewed Guest: Marcella Detroit
Interviewed Guest: Siobhan Fahey
Weekend Woman's Hour: Red Lipstick, Domestic violence and terrorism, Gentleman Jack
We explore the origins and enduring appeal of red lipstick with beauty journalist Rachel Felder and Florence Adepoju the founder of the lipstick brand MDMflow.
What do women voters think about the two new political parties: Change UK and the Brexit Party? We hear from Jane Green a Professor of Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford who is also co-director of the British Election Study and Deborah Mattinson the founding partner of research and strategy consultancy, Britain Thinks.
The journalist and author Joan Smith tells us about the links she’s found between domestic violence and terrorism.
Three women, who all have a parent who has transitioned tell us about their experiences.
Joanne Ramos on her debut novel, The Farm about a luxury retreat where women are paid handsomely to produce babies.
Sally Wainright tells us about her new BBC One Sunday night drama Gentleman Jack about the Victorian landowner Anne Lister. Anne Choma the author of The Real Anne Lister tells us about the coded diaries which revealed her lesbian relationships.
As part of a series of interviews on complex mental health we hear from Hannah who has been diagnosed with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder.
Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Rabeka Nurmahomed
Edited by Jane Thurlow
Saudi Arabia's imprisoned activists: One year on
This time last year prominent women’s rights campaigners in Saudi Arabia started to be arrested and imprisoned. In total there were 20 arrests, including some men who were their supporters. When the women appeared in court some of them said they’d been electrocuted, flogged and sexually harassed in prison, which the Saudi authorities deny. Recently, seven women including Aziza al-Yousef (pictured) have been released for trial. If they’re found guilty of charges related to their activism they’ll go back to prison. Rothna Begum joins us from Human Rights Watch.
As part of a BBC season about mental health we’ll be hearing from 29 year old Hannah who has a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. She tells Jo Morris about the intensive NHS-funded therapy which she thinks saved her life. And Hannah and her partner explain how BPD has affected their relationship.
And Jane is joined by neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott, podcaster Tolani Shoneye and associate editor of the New Statesman Helen Lewis, to discuss some of the news stories of the week.
Red lipstick, Nigel Slater, Joan Smith and abortion in the US
Red is the best-selling lipstick colour on the market for most brands. Beauty journalist Rachel Felder, author of ‘Red Lipstick’ has explored the origins and history of red lipstick, looking at its association with film stars, the aristocracy, its sex appeal, its power and glamour. She joins Jenni to discuss why the colour has stuck around for centuries, along with Florence Adepoju the founder of a lipstick brand who studied how to make cosmetics at the London College of Fashion. .
Alabama has become the latest US state to move to restrict abortions by passing a bill to outlaw the procedure in almost all cases. Earlier this year the governors of four other states - Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio - signed bills banning abortion if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected. Jenni speaks to National Public Radio’s correspondent, Sarah McCammon.
Nigel Slater’s newest book Greenfeast: Spring, Summer is the first in a pair of season –led vegetable books. The second comes out in October for the autumn and winter months. Nigel discusses eating less meat and his collection of recipes for spring and summer vegetables.
Jenni is joined by journalist and author, Joan Smith, to discuss her new book ‘Home Grown: how domestic violence turns men into terrorists’. She questions why, in the debate about what makes a terrorist, a striking common factor has long been overlooked - a history of domestic abuse.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest: Sarah McCammon
Interviewed Guest: Nigel Slater
Interviewed Guest: Joan Smith
Interviewed Guest: Rachel Felder
Interviewed Guest: Florence Adepoju