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18/08/2010

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Wednesday 18 August 2010

Presented by Jane Garvey. Is gender pre-determined or the product of our environment? Businesswoman Jacqueline Gold describes her agonising decision in a twin pregnancy when told one of her babies was not expected to live. The Nordic campaigners who fought in Scandinavia's age of austerity and came out with a better deal for women - could it happen here? And poetry in a tin can - why a trip to the supermarket could bring out your inner bard.

Chapters

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  • Jacqueline Gold

    Businesswoman Jacqueline Gold describes her agonising decision in a twin pregnancy when told one of her babies was not expected to live.

  • Are we ready for a 'Nordic revolution'?

    Agneta Stark, the Swedish campaigner for women's quotas in parliament, and Henny Aune, a pioneer of the Norwegian outdoor kindergarten system, discuss what Britain might learn from Nordic countries.

  • Gender identity

    Neuroscientist Dr Lise Eliot, Dr Vickie Pasterski, a specialist in psychosexual analysis, discuss whether gender differences are predetermined or the result of social factors.

  • Sally Crabtree

    The poet talks about her latest project - a poetry installation which she is setting up in supermarkets.

  • Jacqueline Gold on the loss of her twin boy

    Jacqueline Gold on the loss of her twin boy

    Jacqueline Gold, the head of the Ann Summers empire, finally conceived after years of IVF – only to be told that one of the twins she was carrying had a severe brain abnormality and was not expected to live. Although he was diagnosed in the womb, Jacqueline chose to carry on with the much-wanted pregnancy for the sake of the healthy twin. She talks to Jane about the agonising choices she faced.

  • Gender identity

    It’s the age old nature/nuture argument - are men and women’s differences pre-determined or a product of society? Now a neuroscientist, Dr Lise Eliot, has brought her knowledge to the debate and concluded, if you look at the science, that there is little biological difference. She’s published her findings in a book, 'Pink Brain, Blue Brain', and wants to set the record straight on behalf of both sexes. Jane talks to Dr Lise Eliot, and Dr Vickie Pasterski, a specialist in psychosexual analysis at Warwick University.

  • Are we ready for a 'Nordic revolution'?

    When Sweden suffered steep economic challenges over a decade ago an informal network of women seized upon the opportunity to lobby for equality for women in politics and the workplace. So in this period of economic austerity in Britain, are we perhaps ready for our own Nordic revolution? Agneta Stark, the successful Swedish campaigner for women's quotas in parliament, and Henny Aune, a pioneer of the Norwegian outdoor kindergarten system join Jane to discuss the long-term benefits of Norway and Sweden’s child-centred and equal societies and what Britain might learn from them.

    Agneta Stark and Henny Aune are speaking at the Festival of Politics in Edinburgh at 11.00 on 18th August

    Festival of Politics
  • Sally Crabtree - poet

    The performance poet Sally Crabtree’s latest project is a poetry installation which she is setting up in supermarkets. It includes interactive performances such as the Trolley Waltz, Poems in a Tin, edible poetry cakes, Shopping List Lotto and poetic cures at the Word M'Art Pharmacy. She talks to Jane about her work.

    Poems in a Tin will be featured in a special promotion in Waterstones in Truro on Monday 23rd August from 10 am – 5pm and will then tour the country in supermarkets.

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