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04/06/2010

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45 minutes
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Friday 04 June 2010

Presented by Jenni Murray. Tony Thompson and Dr Tara Young discuss the role of girls in gangs. Catherine Bott talks about the remarkable 18th century poet Marianne von Ziegler who wrote the words for some of Bach's best loved cantatas. Alison Maskall takes a look at the work of the Australian Men's Shed Association. Mark Vernon and Professor Carol Smart discuss the question: Is dropping a friend harder than dumping a partner?

Chapters

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  • Girls in Gangs

    Women are now becoming more prominent in gangs. They are much more involved in particular areas like fraud and drug dealing Tony Thompson and Tara Young join Jenni to discuss.

  • Is Dropping a Friend Harder than Dumping a Partner?

    Why do we find it so hard to end a friendship?Jenni is joined by Professor Carol Smart from Manchester University and Mark Vernon author of The Meaning of Friendship.

  • Shed Men

    Community sheds provide "activity, identity and meaning" for their members in Australia. Sharon Maskall talks to 'Shedders'.

  • Mariane Von Ziegler

    Mariane von Ziegler was the first female librettist to work in the Lutheran Church. She wrote for J S Bach. Catherine Bott from Radio 3's Early Music Show talks about her life and work.

  • Shed Men

    Traditionally, Australian men are seen as confident and unassailable characters but - according to the Australian Men's Shed Association - this stereotype is outdated and has made it difficult for today's generation to open up when times are tough. Of Australia's 2000 annual suicides, 80% are male and the population most at risk is isolated older men. This is where The Shed comes in. Community sheds provide "activity, identity and meaning" for their members. Award winning documentary maker Sharon Maskall has been to talk to a variety of 'Shedders' who have found comfort in sharing their problems in an environment where they can talk whilst "doing" things. As one member says: "Men find it much easier to talk to one another when they are shoulder to shoulder rather than face to face."

  • Girls in Gangs

    Fifteen years ago, Tony Thompson wrote the first of three books about gangs. Called Gangland Britain, it began with an apology because it contained very little reference to women. In the 1990s, the criminal underworld was a sexist, misogynist world in which women were sent from the room while the men discussed business. But things are changing. According to Tony - in his new book Gangland - women are now becoming more prominent in gangs. They are no longer just girlfriends or accomplices, but gangsters in their own right. They are much more involved in particular areas like fraud and drug dealing nowadays - sometimes at quite a high level. Tony says: “If people want to survive, they have to be as smart as the CEO of a major company. Women are equally fit for that kind of position’. Tony Thompson joins Jenni Murray to discuss the rise of women in gangs. They are joined by Tara Young who is currently working on several projects focusing on understanding the extent and nature of gang membership in the UK.

    ‘Gangland’ by Tony Thompson is published by Hodder & Stoughton, ISBN: 978-0-340-92006-0

  • Is dropping a friend harder than dumping a partner?

    Recent research from Manchester University has suggested that friendships can become stressful, infuriating and even damaging. Yet for many people, especially women, it is hard to let them go. As growing numbers of us live alone, friends are becoming the new family - taking on the roles of sibling and spouse. Our friends are our rock but what happens when these relationships turn sour? Why do we find it so hard to end a friendship, even when it is well past its sell by date? Jenni is joined by Professor Carol Smart from the University of Manchester [who conducted research on the ups and downs of friendship from the Mass Observation Archive] and by Mark Vernon author of The Meaning of Friendship

    'The Meaning of Friendship' by Mark Vernon is published by Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN: 9780230242883

  • Mariane von Ziegler

    Mariane von Ziegler made liturgical history in the eighteenth century when she became the first ever female librettist to work in the Lutheran Church. She was commissioned to write for J S Bach, a short relationship which influenced her later appointment as Germany's first female Poet Laureate. Catherine Bott from Radio 3's Early Music Show has researched into her life and work (for a programme this Saturday), and talks about Ziegler's importance as the poet with an Anonymous Voice whose work had a groundbreaking impact on women's writing and, perhaps even on Bach's compositional style.

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