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17/06/2010

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Thursday 17 June 2010

Presented by Jenni Murray. Former American Vice-President Al Gore and his wife Tipper are separating after more than 40 years of marriage while here in the UK statistics show divorce falling in every age group, except the over 60s. Why is the grandparent generation bucking the trend?
Described as 'the female Randy Newman', Judith Owen is a US based British singer-songwriter whose folk jazz voice has wowed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. She'll be talking about touring with Ruby Wax, her battle with clinical depression and she'll perform her new single 'Emily'.
Re-inventing yourself in middle age: while jobs, families and money can conspire to keep us in a rut, for some it's the time to break out. Producer Elizabeth Burke talks about research for a Radio 4 programme exploring the subject.
The health implications for girls who reach puberty before the age of 10.

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  • Late Divorce in the over 60s

    In the UK the Office of National Statistics says that the divorce rate is dropping sharply in every age group, except the over 60s. So why is the grandparent generation bucking the trend?

  • Judith Owen

    Described as 'the female Randy Newman', Judith Owen is a US based British singer-songwriter whose insightful folk jazz has wowed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Early Puberty

    A growing numbers of girls are reaching puberty before the age of 10 according to new research.

  • Rose Wine

    Wine writer Jancis Robinson talks to Simon Parkes about rose wines.

  • Midlife Relaunch

    It can be very hard to make major changes to our lives. But for some people middle age is the time they decide to reinvent themselves.

  • Late Divorce in the over 60s

    Former American Vice-President Al Gore and his wife Tipper are separating after more than 40 years of marriage. Aged 62 and 61 respectively, the couple have four children and once jointly authored a book about the joys of marriage. In the UK the Office of National Statistics says that the divorce rate is dropping sharply in every age group, except the over 60s. So why is the grandparent generation bucking the trend? Jenni discusses with uests: Paula Hall, Relate Counsellor. She published the pamphlet “How to Have a Healthy Divorce” for Relate; and Virginia Ironside, Agony Aunt and Columnist.

    Relate
  • Judith Owen

    Described as 'the female Randy Newman', Judith Owen is a US based British singer-songwriter whose insightful folk jazz has wowed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. She performs her new single 'Emily' and talks to Jenni about touring with Ruby Wax, her battle with clinical depression and working with her husband, the comedian Harry Shearer – best known as Spinal Tap’s bass-player.

    Judith Owen
  • Early Puberty

    A growing numbers of girls are reaching puberty before the age of 10 according to new research. A Danish study of 1,000 girls found that breast development begins a year earlier than it did 15 years ago. To discuss the implications of these findings Jenni is joined by Professor Richard Sharpe an expert in reproductive development and puberty timing at the Medical Research Council and Dr Tabitha Randell is a Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist at Nottingham University Hospital.

  • Rose Wine

    Rose Wine

    Wine writer Jancis Robinson talks to Simon Parkes about rose wines.
    Her recommendations are: Fairhills, Mendoza Vineyards 2007 Argentine Rose; Fournier, Les Chanvrières 2006 Sancerre Rosé; and provencal roses.

  • Midlife Relaunch

    It can be very hard to make major changes to our lives – job, family and financial considerations can all conspire to keep us in a rut. But for some people middle age is the time they decide to throw everything up in the air and reinvent themselves. Elizabeth Burke is preparing a programme on this subject for broadcast on Radio 4 in October so she’d like to hear your stories… and we’ll also be following this up in a future edition of Woman’s Hour. Elizabeth tells Jenni more about the project.

    If you would like to contribute your stories of how you have changed your life you can e-mail us.

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