Women's Hour

Hillary Clinton, Dany Cotton, Ibeyi

Hillary Clinton gives her verdict on why she lost the US presidential election to Donald Trump and tell us what it's like to live with the defeat of failing to give the country its first female president. Dany Cotton is the first female Commissioner of London Fire Brigade. She has become a recognisable public figure since the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower in West London. That fire, which is currently being investigated by police, put her in front of the world's cameras. This week she's won the Prudential Women of the Year Leadership Award, in recognition of her career achievements but also her honesty about her own mental health challenges. She talks to our reporter Siobhann Tighe about the toll Grenfell has taken on her; about what it was like to start working as a fire-fighter in the 80s, and why she hates the word "fireman". Ibeyi are twenty-two year-old French-Cuban twins Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz. Since the release of their critically-acclaimed, self-titled first album they have been captivating audiences with their unique blend of pop, hip-hop and electronic influences with the traditional sounds of Yorùbá. They've now released a second album 'Ash'. They join Jane to discuss and perform live in the studio. Presenter Jane Garvey Producer Dianne McGregor.

Jessie Ware, Lesley Sharp, BBC 100 Women

Singer Jessie Ware is back with a new album. Glasshouse, her third album, was conceived while she was pregnant and mostly written after her daughter was born. Her single Sam is inspired by her husband and the new addition to their lives. She joined Jenni to talk about how her new family life is influencing her music. Lesley Sharp joins Jane to talk about playing the monstrous and vulnerable Irina Arkadina in a new version of Chekhov's masterpiece The Seagull. With her previous roles including one half of detective duo Scott & Bailey and DC Margaret Oliver in BBC mini-series Three Girls, is she drawn to playing gritty, defiant, survivor women? The BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017. On the list is Dr Ellie Cosgrove from University College London and Anita Ndreu a TV presenter in Nairobi. They discuss their experiences of sexual harassment on public transport and how it should be tackled. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Sarah Hatchard.

Weekend Woman's Hour: The American folksinger Peggy Seeger

American folksinger Peggy Seeger performs and tells us about her new memoir The First Time and her UK wide music and literary tour. The English actor and writer Dawn French talks about her relationship with her daughter, dealing with racism while married to Lenny Henry and her new book a biographical diary. We discuss the Harvey Weinstein case, the film producer dealing with multiple allegations of sexual harassment, with Laura Bates of the Everyday Sexism Project. How can we teach our children about consent? We hear from Deana Puccio the co-founder of the Rap Project and former New York District Attorney and Rachel Fitzsimmons a sex and relationship Education specialist about the best age to broach the subject. The award winning poet Claudia Rankine examines her experience of race and racism in Western Society As part of our Best Place to be a woman series we look at Social Isolation of older women. The report found that South Tyneside was one of the worst places to be a lone women over the age of 65. We hear from 89 year old Betty who lives alone in South Tyneside and from Professor Barbara Hanratty from the Institute of Aging at Newcastle University. Wonder Woman is the world's most iconic female superhero - but what do we know about her real life creators. A new film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women seeks to tell their story. Angela Robinson the director and screenwriter tells us about it. Presented by Jenni Murray Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Beverley Purcell.

50th Anniversary of Hair the Musical

Why are female celebrities being blamed for not speaking out sooner about Harvey Weinstein? Jenni speaks to Joan Smith, journalist and Co-chair of the Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls Board, and Rebecca Hitchin, operations co-ordinator at Rape Crisis, about the impact victim blaming has on sexual assault survivors. Hair the musical is 50 years old this year. With very little plot, nudity, plenty of four-letter words, explicit sexual content, rituals, drugs, lyrics that didn't rhyme, music that didn't follow the rules, and the sound of genuine rock and roll on a stage for the first time, the musical shocked and changed the world of theatre. The launch for many careers, actor Patti Boulaye was just 16 when she accidently found herself on a West End stage performing in Hair. Actor and author of The Real Rock Follies, Annabel Leventon played Sheila in the original cast on the London stage. Laura Johnson is currently playing the same role. The three of them join Jenni to discuss the impact of Hair and how relevant it remains for today's audiences. Cornwall and Devon- places of heaving beaches, ice creams, body-boarding, tea-shops and fishing. Hannah Stacey from BBC Cornwall spoke to some of the women, and it seems there aren't many of them, who work hands on in fishing. She met 80 year old salmon netter from Braunton in North Devon, Sheila Taylor. Sheila has netted fish on the River Taw with her husband Stephen for the past 35 years... it can be a risky business .. Award winning poet Claudia Rankine's is Jenni's guest on Friday. Using a combination of poetry, essay, photography and visual art her book Citizen An American Lyric became an instant classic and examined the experience of race and racism in Western society including the language used to describe tennis star Serena Williams and the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Now she's in the UK for an international festival of poetry. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

Peggy Seeger, Fertility MOTs, Tyneside, Telephonists

American folksinger Peggy Seeger was born in the US, but has lived in Britain for more than 30 years. She was married to the singer and songwriter Ewan McColl and in the 1950s, they changed the face of British music, laying the foundations of the folk revival, and making music aligned with left wing politics. Seeger talks to Jenni about how she inspired Ewan to write the famous love song, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, and how she herself wrote the women's movement anthem, Gonna Be An Engineer. Now aged 82, she has written a memoir, The First Time, and is about to embark on a UK wide music and literary tour. What are the pros and cons of going for a fertility test? Are they a good idea or a waste of money? As part of our Best Place to be a Woman series, we discus the social isolation of older women. Betty is 89 years old, living alone in South Tyneside, where there is a high proportion of women over the age of 65 living alone. We find out what Betty does to help ease her loneliness. We are also joined by Professor Barbara Hanratty, from the Institute of Ageing at Newcastle University, who talks to Jenni about the impact of isolation on women's health. Cornwall - heaving beaches, ice creams, body-boarding, tea-shops and fishing. Hannah Stacey from BBC Cornwall spoke to some of the women who work hands on in fishing including 80-year old salmon netter Sheila Taylor. Sheila has netted fish on the River Taw with her husband Stephen for the past 35 years and it can be a risky business. Putting You Through Caller, is the story of the rise and demise of telephone operators, one of the first professions in which women had independent status. Made for BBC4 Extra, Shaun Ley uses drama and comedy from the BBC archives to demonstrate how the telephone operator became a valuable dramatic device. Jenni talks to him about the price some women paid for their independence. Presenter: Jenni Murray.

Parenting: How do you best support a child with dyslexia?

Margaret Rooke, the mother of a teenage daughter with dyslexia has interviewed 100 children around the world about the disadvantages and strengths of living with dyslexia. She, with teenager Leah discus how dyslexia does not have to hold anyone back and how teachers and parents can help. Presenter: Jane Garvey

Consent classes, Wonder Woman, Period positive

How can we teach our children about sexual consent? What's the best age to start talking to them about it? Jane discusses with Deana Puccio, who teaches consent workshops in schools, and Rachel Fitzsimmons, a sex and relationship specialist. Wonder Woman is the world's most iconic female superhero and after this summer's blockbuster hit is now the star of one of the most profitable films of 2017. But how much do we really know about Wonder Woman's real life creators? A new film, 'Professor Marston and the Wonder Women', by Angela Robinson seeks to tell their story. The American director and screenwriter joins Jane. Why are girls still too embarrassed to talk about their periods? The activist Chella Quint is on a mission to make Sheffield 'period positive' in the hope more cities will follow suit and banish the taboo. Chella joins Jane to discuss her plans. Protest poetry and songs have long been a constant of popular politics because everybody can join in but not many are written by women. Ahead of her talk at the Festival of Politics at the Scottish Parliament on Friday 20th September, Professor Kirstie Blair joins Jane to discuss her research into this area and why there may be more women involved than we think. More information can be found at

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dyslexia, Rise in Child-on-Child Sexual Assault

BBC's Panorama has revealed a rise of 71% of reports to the Police of children sexually assaulting other children in the last four years. We explore what's behind this disturbing trend. Charlotte Gainsbourg, actress and singer, talks about her new album, being the child of famous parents, dealing with the death of her father when she was 19 and the more recent loss of her sister, Norway's national men's football team have just agreed a pay cut from 2018 to put the national women players on an equal footing. Would that ever happen here in the UK? Presenter and football commentator, Jacqui Oatley, joins Jane to examine the state of the women's game here and discuss who might take on the role of England women's manager with the departure of Mark Sampson. Margaret Rooke, the mother of a teenage daughter with dyslexia has interviewed 100 children around the world about the disadvantages and strengths of living with dyslexia. She, with teenager Leah, one of the interviewees in the book, discusses how dyslexia does not have to hold anyone back and how teachers and parents can help. As part of our Best Place To Be series, we looked at eight indicators including housing affordability. We speak to two women, one from a co-housing community in Lancaster, another who lives in a "guardian" house in Halewood in Liverpool Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Lucinda Montefiore.

Dawn French, Soprano Amanda Forbes, Writer Valeria Luiselli

Dawn French is best-known as a comedian. But she's also a writer and actor. She's been nominated for seven British Academy Television Awards and won a BAFTA Fellowship with her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders. She talks to Jane about her career, her life and her new book, a biographical diary. Carole Anne Duffy published her anthology of The World's Wife in 1999. Since then many of the poems featured have gone on to be exam set texts and even inspired a play. Now some are being developed into an Opera. Amanda Forbes, the soprano taking the lead role, explains why the work has such wide appeal. Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the independent film company he co-founded and catapulted to Oscar glory, felled by a mushrooming sexual harassment scandal that has hobbled his status as a media mogul and left his future in Hollywood in jeopardy Jane talks to Laura Bates Founder of Everyday Sexism Project about why more of the actors are not coming forward to support those that have spoken out In 2015 Valeria Luiselli, an award-winning Mexican author, began working as a volunteer interpreter in New York City's federal immigration court. Her job was to ask unaccompanied children who had crossed the border from Mexico a standardized series of questions. She would then translate their answers from Spanish into English. Jane asks Luiselli about her career and how her experiences of talking to these immigrant children influenced her latest work, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions. Presenter Jane Garvey Producer Beverley Purcell.

Anoushka Shankar, School refusers, Cardi B

The British Indian Composer Anoushka Shankar talks about writing a new score for the 1928 silent film Shiraz, a love story about the 17th century princess who inspired thebuilding of the Taj Mahal. The stand up comedian Sarah Millican on her autobiography How to be Champion. As part of our series on the Best Place to Be a Woman we look at why Stockton-On-Tees was one of the worst places for accessing culture with Annabel Turpin who runs ARC Stockton Arts Centre and Charlotte Hall a local mum who started her own choir. We talk about what to do if you child doesn't want to go to school, whether they are tearful, reluctant or actually refusing to go. Mum of three Rebecca and psychologist Vivian Hill discuss. Cardi B is currently number one on the Billboard Charts, only the second solo female hip hop artist to achieve the number one spot. Helen Thomas writer for NME Magazine and Buzzfeed tells us about Cardi B's rise to the top. The Independent Custody Visiting Association drop in unannounced to check that people in police custody are treated appropriately. They say vulnerable women in custody should be offered better sanitary protection. Katie Kempen Chief Executive of ICVA and Superintendent Katy Barrow-Grint of Thames Valley Police discuss. 2017 marks the centenary of the Medical Women's Federation. To celebrate, we hear from leading female clinicians on who has inspired them. Dame Fiona Caldicott who was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, talks about Dr Helen Boyle and her work in revolutionising mental healthcare. Presented by Jane Garvey Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Jane Thurlow.

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