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02/07/2010

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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 02 July 2010

Presented by Jenni Murray.

Sarah Palin has spoken about an "emerging, conservative feminist identity" but what exactly is this and how does it square with the traditional image of feminists? Jenni Murray is joined by Dr Michael Bibler of Manchester University and Sarah Walker who was a student activist for the Republican Party in the 2008 US Presidential Elections.

Neuroscientist Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, talks about her career, her research on reversing the damage stroke inflicts on the brain, and her recent appointment as President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester.

When married couples reach breaking point they commonly consider counselling, separation or divorce. But as an alternative , is part-time marriage worth trying? It worked for writer Flic Everett and her husband who, after a decade together agreed they still loved each other too much to split up but equally felt they might not survive unless something changed significantly in their relationship. Their solution ? He went to live somewhere else three days a week. Two years later they're now back living under the same roof. Can a part-time marriage sometimes save it ? Flic Everett and Harry Benson, author of 'Let's Stick Together' join Jenni to discuss.

Risotto should be the perfect delicate cuisine for long summer evenings but is yours sometimes more like stodgy semolina ? Italian chef, Giorgio Alessio today runs an award winning restaurant in Scarborough but he grew up in northern Italy near the town of Arborio, from which the rice most commonly used for risotto, derives it name. To explain the secrets to producing the ultimate risotto Giorgio cooks live in the Manchester studio .

Chapters

5 items
  • Can Right Wing Women be Feminists?

    Sarah Palin said she believed in an ‘emerging, conservative, feminist identity.’ What does it mean? Jenni is joined by academic Dr Michael Bibler, and Sarah Walker, who was an active Young Republican.

  • Part Time Marriage

    Could part time marriage be worth a try? It worked for writer Flic Everett and her husband. Jenni is joined by Flic and Harry Benson who runs a charity which teaches couples how to stay together.

  • Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

    Neuroscientist Nancy Rothwell is the first woman president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester. She joins Jenni to talk about her career and her new role.

  • Young Workless Fathers

    In West Yorkshire Kirklees council has been running an initiative to tackle the problem early and raise the aspirations of boys. Lesley Hilton reports.

  • Risotto

    Risotto is the perfect delicate dish for the long, light evenings but is yours sometimes more like stodgy semolina? Jenni learns the secret to the ultimate risotto from Italian chef Giorgio Alessio.

  • Summer Risotto

    Risotto is the perfect delicate dish for the long, light evenings at this time of year, but is yours sometimes more like stodgy semolina? We learn the secret to the ultimate risotto from Italian chef Giorgio Alessio.

    RECIPE
    Risotto con le Fragole - Strawberry Risotto
    (serves 4)
    ½ Onion
    80g Unsalted butter
    320g Rice (Carnaroli / Vialone Nano/ Arborio)
    1 Glass dry white wine (Prosecco)
    1 Litre Vegetable stock
    50g Strawberries finely chopped ( or 1 medium sized strawberry per person )

    Method
    Finely chop the onion and fry with 60g butter in a risotto pan (it could be easier in a non-stick pan). When onion has softened and caramelised add the rice and cook for 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook until all the wine has evaporated. Now the risotto is cooking on a low heat, begin to add the stock, a ladle at a time on a low heat. For this risotto vegetable or beef stock can be used or even a stock cube.
    After approximately 10 minutes begin to add the strawberries which have been finely chopped. Cook for a further 10 minutes and turn off the heat and add the remaining butter. Stir together.
    Serve.

    Risotto con Trota di Mare - Sea Trout Risotto
    (serves 4)

    1 Piece of Fresh Sea Trout - approximately 200g
    300g Rice ( Carnaroli / Vialone Nano / Arborio )
    1 Shallot - finely chopped
    80 g Unsalted butter
    1 Glass Dry white wine
    1 Dessert Spoon Tomato Puree
    1large pinch chopped flat leaf parsley
    Pinch white pepper
    For the stock:
    1 Onion (whole)
    1 Carrot (whole)
    1 Stick Celery (whole)
    1 Bay Leaf
    In a litre of water add the above stock ingredients and the piece of Sea Trout (whole piece), bring to boil and simmer for ½ hour.
    Take off the heat and allow to cool. Remove the fish taking off the skin and any remaining bones and break into pieces.
    In a pan add the chopped shallot with 60g butter until shallots have softened and caramelised. Cook rice for a couple of minutes. Add the white wine (it would make sense to use the same wine that you will be serving with the risotto). Cook until wine has evaporated. Add the fish stock you prepared earlier plus the tomato puree. Stir together, cook for approximately 10 minutes. After this, add the pieces of sea trout and cook for a further 8 - 10 minutes.
    Take off the heat. Add remaining butter together with parsley and white pepper. Stir together.
    Serve.

    Giorgio Alessio, Italian Chef
  • Part-time Marriage

    When married couples reach breaking point they commonly consider counselling, separation or divorce. But as an alternative, could part time marriage be worth a try? It worked for writer Flic Everett and her husband who, after a decade together, agreed they still loved each other but also that he needed to go and live somewhere else three days a week. Now, two years later, they’re back under the same roof. Can a part-time marriage sometimes save us from the hell of divorce?
    Jenni is joined by writer Flic Everett and by Harry Benson; Author of ‘Let’s Stick Together’ who runs the charity Bristol Community Family Trust which teaches couples how to stay together

    Harry Benson & Bristol Community Family Trust
  • Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

    Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

    Neuroscientist Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell is one of the country’s leading woman scientists. She's just taken up her role as the first woman president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester. Dame Nancy joins Jenni to talk about her career and her new role.

    The Physiological Society
  • Can Right Wing Women Be Feminists?

    Can Right Wing Women Be Feminists?

    Sarah Palin has provoked a flurry of articles in the American feminist blogosphere recently following a speech she made on 14th May to the Susan B Anthony List – an activist group in the US that supports anti-abortion women for political office. She peppered her speech with references to feminism and said she believed in an ‘emerging, conservative, feminist identity.’ We discuss what this might mean, and what it has in common with the women’s movement that’s rooted in liberal and radical politics. Jenni is joined by Dr Michael Bibler
    Lecturer in American Studies, University of Manchester and by Sarah Walker, a finance professional working in London. During the 2008 US Presidential campaign she was an active Young Republican and the elected Leader of student government at Wake Forest University, North Carolina where she met Sarah Palin.

  • Young workless fathers

    The government's "poverty tsar", Labour MP Frank Field, says reform of the benefits system should target workless fathers, rather than single mothers. He said many working class men were unemployable and unskilled, with the position of breadwinner "taken over by the taxpayer".
    It's a familiar picture on many estates across the country and in West Yorkshire Kirklees council has been running an initiative to tackle the problem early and raise the aspirations of boys. One of the areas targeted is Dewsbury where one in 3 families live in poverty and the number of NEETS - not in education employment or training - is above the national average. Dewsbury has been hit hard by a loss of blue collar jobs – and as a result, boredom leads to anti-social behaviour as Lesley Hilton discovered.

    Kirklees Council

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