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12/07/2010

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Monday 12 July 2010

Presented by Jane Garvey. Child soldiers in Uganda - we hear from Juliet a girl abducted in her teens. There's new advice from Kew Gardens on poisonous plants - how to spot and avoid them, and we hear about the importance of the sixties girl singer which gave voice to a whole section of women that had previously been ignored. And the National Fraud Authority have today revealed new figures which show that reports of romance frauds rose from 14 to 82 in the last month, making it the third most commonly reported fraud. We discuss conmen and the women who fall for them.

Chapters

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  • Conmen targeting women

    Jane talks to Mabel Arnill who was targeted by a serial con man, Colin Woodcock from the Serious Organised Crime Agency and Paula Hall, a cyber relationship trainer and counsellor.

  • Girl Singers of the '60s

    Dr Laurie Stras discusses the cultural significance of the girl singers in the '60s.

  • Child Soldiers in Uganda

    Achan Alice, founder the Pader Girls Academy. its head girl Juliet, and Dr. Tania Kaiser, of the School of Oriental and African Studies discuss the conflict in Uganda.

  • Poisonous Plants and Children

    Elizabeth Dauncey joins Jane to talk about how to identify venomous plants.

  • Conmen targeting women

    The National Fraud Authority have revealed new figures which show that reports of romance frauds rose from 14 to 82 in the last month, making it the third most commonly reported fraud. One of the latest scams involves women being targeted by men claiming to be American soldiers serving in Iraq. After striking up a friendship online they then start asking for money or gifts. Jane Garvey speaks to Mabel Arnill who was conned out of thousands of pounds after being targeted by a serial con man. She’s also joined by Colin Woodcock from the Serious Organised Crime Agency and Paula Hall a cyber relationship trainer and counsellor.

    Action Fraud
  • Girl Singers of the 1960s

    With the exception of Madonna and the Spice Girls, some people argue that girl singers tend to be but footnotes in male centred histories of popular culture and popular music. However, in a new book, the academic Dr Laurie Stras, explores the cultural significance of 1960s girl singers and girl groups in the US and the UK and argues that the sixties girl singer was incredibly important - an enduring icon of popular culture and gave a voice to a whole section of women that had previously been ignored. She joins Jane to discuss.

    She's So Fine -  Reflections on Whiteness, Femininity, Adolescence and Class in 1960s Music, edited by Laurie Stras.

  • Child Soldiers in Uganda

    Child Soldiers in Uganda

    In the last 20 years, an estimated 66,000 young people have been abducted to serve in armed rebel groups in Uganda. For the past two years relative quiet has descended over the country’s devastated North, where many of the children were taken from. Achan Alice works with young women who were caught up in the conflict. She founded and directs Pader Girls Academy in Northern Uganda to give girls a second chance and help them to integrate back into society. Her student, former abductee, Juliet talks about her harrowing journey from child soldier to head girl. Dr. Tania Kaiser, a senior Lecturer in Forced Migration Studies at the School of Oriental and African studies explains the history of the conflict in Uganda and gives a picture of what is happening now.

    Picture courtesy of Sonny Malhotra / War Child.

    War Child
  • Poisonous Plants and Children

    Many plants which are quite common in the British garden are actually poisonous, and can cause anything from dry skin to extreme vomiting. Elizabeth Dauncey, a botanist, has helped write a book to distinguish between which plants are vivacious and which are just venomous.

    Poisonous Plants: a guide for parents & childcare providers
    By Elizabeth A. Dauncey; toxicity by Leonard Hawkins and Katherine Kennedy. ISBN: 978 1 84246 406 9

    Poisonous Plants at Kew

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