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  1. What are your experiences of everyday sexism?

    Monday 7 April 2014, 11:02

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    By broadcast journalist Chris Hemmings

    Here’s a scenario: A teenage girl is walking down the street when a car, full of men, slows to match her pace. They wolf-whistle, pass comment on the size of her breasts and drive off, laughing throughout at the extent of their hilarity. Harmless fun, some would say. But not everyone sees it this way.

    Laura Bates has found this is a common form of discrimination, along with experiences of sexism in the workplace. She is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and now has 60,000+ entries and 130,000 Twitter followers who, it’s been said, are at the forefront of the fourth wave of feminism.

    Then, hypothetically, the car pulls over 100 yards down the road and the men exit the car; how many of us, honestly, would confront them? And, if we did, what are the odds on a response suggesting we should “lighten up”?

    Laura wants us all to adopt a new approach. ‘Equality’ is a term often used with reference to a free and open society and many would argue that we, in the UK, are fortunate enough to live this way. Everyone can vote, anyone can now marry regardless of gender and, held in highest regard, everyone has the right to free speech...

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  2. Radio 5 live celebrates 20 years

    Friday 28 March 2014, 15:37

    Jonathan Wall Jonathan Wall Controller, Radio 5 Live

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    BBC Radio 5 live and I go back a long way. It was my route into radio. My earliest radio memories are listening to the football scores with my Dad during Radio Sport on Radio 2 back in 1979. Fifteen years later - a postgrad journalism student at Falmouth College - I was listening to the 5 live launch day. I was desperate to get a job in the media and looking back now I think listening to the launch must have helped me to eventually get into the trade, because it happened only a few months later: as a sports and news broadcast journalist in local radio at Radio Humberside. Jane Garvey presents 5 live's first programme broadcast at 5am 28 Mar 1994.

    As a journalism student inerested in politics and sport, 5 live was a sort of dream station for me. Radio Five, it's predecessor, had been a mish-mash of children's programmes, sport, education output and some news - something a little bit more difficult for me as a listener to understand what it was exactly. But a dedicated news and sport station for the network from 1994 made more obvious sense and with more radio output needed for more live broadcasting hours, little wonder it stimulated local radio, providing more opportunities for new-starters...

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  3. 5 live changed my life

    Friday 28 March 2014, 12:36

    Jo Meek Jo Meek

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    Celebrating the best of 5 live and the best thing about 5 live…our listeners

    For the 20th birthday of 5 live we’ve brought together people whose lives have been changed in some way because of something they participated in via the network or because of something they heard on the station. Sometimes we forget how much radio can simply be a friend in the corner of the room.

    The range of stories has surprised us most.

    The most loyal members of the Special Half Hour Club from Richard Bacon’s late night programme became friends through their membership of the group and are still all in touch today. A small group of them used to meet up quite regularly. They reunited with Richard Bacon and Rachael Bland for the 20th birthday: Podcast.

    Ex-pat Matt Horn, a huge fan of Up All Night, found it to be a “lifeline” while living and working in China. He often calls into the World Football Phone-In and recently took part in a discussion in the studio when he was visiting the UK. He told us how 5 live helps him stay in touch with people and events at home.

    John is the only English born imam in Pakistan. Forty years ago John Butt did what many people did and went travelling along the hippy...

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  4. Three same-sex couples share their weddings with 5 live

    Thursday 27 March 2014, 14:32

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    Same sex couples Breakfast

    On Saturday 29 March, the first day same sex marriage is allowed in England and Wales, Saturday Breakfast will be live with three couples on their big day. Tony Livesey joins Stephen and David in Birmingham as they prepare to tie the knot. We'll also be in Huddersfield with Teresa and Helen and in Brighton where Phil and James will take their vows live on air.

    David explains why he and Stephen are choosing to marry after 26 years together. 

    "I'm David (53), my partner is Stephen (60). We've been together since January 1988.

    "Stephen was born in Handsworth in Birmingham, trained as a chef...

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  5. People ‘imprisoned’ in homes by animal factory ‘meaty stench’

    Friday 7 March 2014, 19:50

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    by broadcast journalist Kevin Fitzpatrick

    As I stepped out my car at J G Pears animal rendering plant in Newark, Nottingham the smell hit me. Residents, who claim factory smells blight their life, told me the meaty stench was mild compared to what they often experience:

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    When local people, who have been complaining to the council for years, recently got together to take legal action in the civil court, they found they no longer qualify for ‘no win no fee’ funding.

    Because of changes to the law in April 2013, the price of insuring against the financial cost of losing a case can be too...

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  6. 10,000 fewer mental health patients hospital beds

    Friday 28 February 2014, 17:33

    David Lewis David Lewis Producer 5 live

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    5 live Investigates on Sunday 2nd March looks at the pressure on emergency mental health services.

    With a sharp reduction in in-patient beds in England, down by one third over the last 10 years, the programme asks if mental health services are in crisis.

    NHS England figures of the number of beds for mental health patients: Ten years ago for the year 2003/4 = 32,252; five years ago for the year 2008/9 = 26,448; in January 2014 there were 21,931.

    Which means 10,321 fewer mental health beds in the past ten years and 4,517 fewer mental health beds in the past five years.

    We’ll hear from patients...

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  7. Wrecks on the road?

    Friday 21 February 2014, 17:04

    David Lewis David Lewis Producer 5 live

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    Crushed Car

    Ever bought a second hand car and thought you’ve got a bargain?

    That bargain could be jeopardising your safety and that of other road users.

    Around a quarter of a million cars each year that have been written off by insurance companies following accidents end up back on the road. Although they’re technically written off, the cars are sold on to dealers who get them repaired and put them up for sale.

    Unsuspecting motorists may never know that the vehicle had been in a crash. What makes matters worse is there are no controls on who can carry out the repairs – or the quality of their work...

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  8. MPs call for fan power football in clubs

    Friday 14 February 2014, 17:11

    David Lewis David Lewis Producer 5 live

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    Fans have been arguing for it for years, the right to have a greater say in the way their club is run.

    This week, a group of MPs and peers joined them in their campaign. For too long, the politicians say, the fortunes of football clubs have been linked to the whims of financiers.

    On occasions that had taken some clubs to the brink of extinction.

    In their report they say: “At all levels, clubs are prone to sudden changes of fortune and financial crises, brought about not by their fortunes on the pitch, but by the capricious behaviour of many owners of clubs.”

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  9. Has 5 live changed your life?

    Thursday 13 February 2014, 14:28

    Louisa Compton Louisa Compton 5 live Daytimes editor

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    To mark 5 live’s 20th anniversary, on 28th March, we’re asking “Has 5 live changed your life?”

    The network has had the privilege to share so many special experiences with people over its 20 year history. There have been interviews that gave listeners goosebumps; interviews that kept people listening in their cars long after they’d arrived at their destinations; and even interviews that changed lives.  

    In 2013 we first met Steve Evans, who shared his journey of living with terminal cancer; in 2011 ‘Rachel’ a doctor, told us her story of alcoholism; and in 2012 footballer John...

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  10. Sex offenders released from prison untreated 'pose a risk'

    Friday 7 February 2014, 19:36

    David Lewis David Lewis Producer 5 live

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    The NSPCC says there are insufficient sex offender treatment programmes for the number of people in jail for committing sex crimes. At the end of last year, there were 10,956 convicted sex offenders in jail, a rise of 57% over the past eight years.

    Without treatment, the charity says there’s an increased risk that prisoners released back into the community will go on to re-offend.

    Sex offender treatment programmes are designed to challenge prisoners about their behaviour and the consequences their crimes have had on their victims – and research suggests the courses do reduce re-offending...

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