Childhood cancer is thankfully rare and the past few decades have seen dramatic improvements in the outlook for children diagnosed with the disease; today more than three-quarters survive. We hear from three mothers – Sam, June and Jenny - whose children were diagnosed. How did they cope day to day watching their offspring struggle through endless treatment? How does it impact the rest of the family? And how has the experience affected their response to the world around them?
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest: Sam Waters-Long
Interviewed Guest: Jenny Grenfell-Shaw
Interviewed Guest: June Williams
Interviewed Guest: Helen Campbell
Interviewed Guest:, Anna Regan
Mercury retrograde. A new study into eating disorders. Clever working class women in the UK. Author Anne Enright.
Astrology concepts such as retrogrades and returns are no longer niche, they’re meme-worthy, and horoscopes have evolved from a bit of fun into revered life guidance. This isn’t the first time astrology has been part of the Zeitgeist, but it’s definitely enjoying a mainstream moment.
So as Mercury the planet that rules technology, travel and communication is retrograde for the first time this year, we look at what that really means and the impact it could have on our life.
An estimated 1.24 million people are affected by eating disorders in the UK, and less than half of those people make a full recovery. Yet the treatment and diagnosis is still comparatively misunderstood. We look at research which is just about to be launched that'll examine the possible genetic links.
Clever working class women in the UK – how do they break through and how are they seen by their peers and those in power?
Plus the author Anne Enright talks to us about her new novel "actress .
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Beverley Purcell
Guest; Yasmin Boland
Guest; Wendy Stacey
Guest; Melanie Reynolds
Guest; Panya Banjoko
Guest; Kristin O’Donnell
Guest; Anne Enright
Guest; Dr Janet Treasure
Guest; Andrew Radford
Sharon Horgan, Weinstein verdict, Dads and Hair, and Noor Inayat-Khan
The Military Wives Choir captured the nation’s hearts when they got the number one spot in the Christmas chart in 2011. In her new film, Sharon Horgan plays one of the women who got the choir started. She joins us to discuss working on the feel-good project.
Yesterday, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of committing a criminal sexual act and third degree rape - and could go to jail for over 20 years. He was acquitted of two counts of predatory sexual assault. While some are celebrating the verdict as the start of a new era and a sign of changing public attitudes towards sexual assault, Weinstein's lead attorney Donna Rotunno promised to appeal, saying "the fight is not over". So what does the ruling mean for women? Jane talks through the ramifications with Amanda Taub from the New York Times and feminist writer and commentator, Joan Smith.
There are a growing number of videos on social media of dads doing hair - not their own but their daughter’s. And there are groups of men across the country who are gaining hairdressing skills so they can confidently style their daughter’s hair. Jack Woodhams is one of those dads, and he loves spending quality time with his daughter doing her hair. Khembe Clarke teaches dads the techniques they need to style their daughter’s natural afro hair.
A young Muslim woman, Noor Inayat-Khan was many things: a dutiful daughter, a musician, an artist, a poet fluent in several languages and a published writer. Later, she was a vital part of the fight against Nazism, as a wireless telephonist in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. She sacrificed her life for the cause of freedom and now a new interactive exhibition is keeping her story alive. Jane talks to Lynelle Howson, an historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Presenter - Jane Garvey
Producer - Anna Lacey
Guest - Amanda Taub
Guest - Joan Smith
Guest - Sharon Horgan
Guest - Lynelle Howson
Guest - Khembe Clarke
Guest - Jack Woodhams
Family Secrets. Author Michelle Gallen. Women protesting in India.
We continue our series Family Secrets. Listener Melanie explains why she finally went to the police to reveal her family secret after 37 years.
There's global attention on President Trump’s trip to India – a guest of Prime Minister Modi of the Hindu Nationalist BJP. This morning he'll be making a speech at a cricket stadium in Gujarrat. Meanwhile- hundreds of women are said to be on hunger strike in Uttar Pradesh in the north of the country, protesting about new Citizenship laws. Salman, Divya Arya, a Women’s Affairs journalist at the BBC in India, gives us the background to the protests which have been going on for some time.
Plus Majella works in the local chip shop in a small town in Northern Ireland with her alcohol-dependent mother. She’s the subject of Michelle Gallen’s first novel ‘Big Girl, Small Town’ . She talks to Jane about the inspiration behind it.
Presented Jane Garvey
Producer Beverley Purcell
Guest; Michelle Gallen
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emetophobia, a Perfect Winter Salad
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, famous for Fleabag and Killing Eve, is on the programme.
We hear why the fear of being sick or hearing others be sick affects more women than men. It's called emetophobia and someone who suffers from it explains what it's like. Professor David Veale, a consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, joins us too.
Islamic faith marriages aren’t valid under English law according to a recent Court of Appeal ruling. Now campaigners are worried that thousands of Muslim women have no rights if they divorce. We hear from Somiya who had to persuade her husband to marry her officially and Pragna Patel from Southall Black Sisters.
An all-female team of investigative journalists from the 50-50 team at Open Democracy carried out an investigation into crisis pregnancy centres in 18 countries. Nandini Archer, the assistant editor, tells what they found out.
We cook the perfect winter salad of red leaves, mackeral and orange with the food writer Catherine Phipps.
And Tilda Offen, Harriet Adams and Ellie Welling, friends of 17 year old Ellie Gould who was murdered last year, tell us why they want self-defence classes to be part of the national curriculum.
Presented by: Jane Garvey
Produced by: Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor: Siobhann Tighe