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26/07/2010

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Monday 26 July 2010

Presented by Bidisha. Are women getting the most from new phone technology? How do men and women use phone apps differently? We look at Argentina which has become the first country in Latin America to legalise same-sex marriage. How significant is this decision? The novelist Barbara Kingsolver talks about her range Prize-winning book 'The Lacuna' and the "green granny" Barbara Walmsley gives tips on thrift.

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  • Gay Marriage in Argentina

    Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to legalise same-sex marriage. Candace Piette, South America Correspondent and Patricia Novillo-Corvolan from the University of Kent discuss.

  • Barbara Kingsolver

    Barbara Kingsolver's recent novel, the Orange Prize-winning ‘The Lacuna’, takes on American patriotism and identity, Communism. She joins Bidisha to discuss.

  • Women and Smartphone Apps

    Research shows women buy more smartphones but don't download apps. Belinda Parmar of Lady Geek and Rory Sutherland from the Ogilvy Group discuss why women and men react differently to technology.

  • Barbara Walmsley - The Green Granny

    Barbara Walmsley has become a YouTube phenomenon and brought practical, penny-pinching advice. She talks about her first book of all her tips - 'Make, Mend, Bake, Save and Shine'.

  • Gay marriage in Argentina

    Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to legalise same-sex marriage. The move grants homosexual couples the same marriage rights and protections as heterosexual couples, and the ability to adopt children. The law has been approved by the centre-left government of President Cristina Kirchner, despite opposition from the Roman Catholic Church. Bidisha talks to BBC reporter Candace Piette, and Patricia Novilla-Corvolan, Lecturer in Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of Kent.

    BBC Q&A
  • Barbara Kingsolver

    Barbara Kingsolver

    The novelist Barbara Kingsolver has never shied away from tackling the political. Her best-selling ‘The Poisonwood Bible’ is a withering critique of both evangelism and colonialism. And her most recent novel, the Orange Prize-winning ‘The Lacuna’, takes on American patriotism and identity, Communism, and the relationship between art and politics. She talks to Bidisha about her own conflicts with the American mainstream post-911 that informed the political messages of this book, and the landscapes that inspire her writing.

    ‘The Lacuna’, by Barbara Kingsolver, is published by Faber and Faber

    Photo by Annie Griffiths Belt

    Barbara Kingsolver
  • Women and smartphone apps

    Research by YouGov has shown that although women buy more smartphones than men, they’re twice as likely to have never downloaded a single app. So why is that? Belinda Parmar is founder of Lady Geek and is trying to change the way technology companies talk to women. Rory Sutherland is vice chairman of the Ogilvy Group and technology correspondent for The Spectator. They join Bidisha to discuss why women and men women react differently to technology.

    Lady Geek
  • Barbara Walmsley - The Green Granny

    Barbara Walmsley - The Green Granny

    “Green Granny” Barbara Walmsley is a modern day Mrs Beeton with a green twist. The retired school teacher has recently become a YouTube phenomenon, bringing practical, penny-pinching advice to thousands of viewers. At 73, Barbara has published her first book containing a lifetime's worth of thrifty skills.

    'Make, Mend, Bake, Save and Shine', by Barbara Walmsley, is published by Octopus Books. All royalties go to Oxfam.

    Picture by Steve Hill

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