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03/09/2010

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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 03 September 2010

Presented by Jenni Murray.

Scottish Women's Health .A recent report has found that the Scots still drink and smoke more, and have poorer diets when compared to their UK counterparts. In particular, Scottish women appeared substantially worse than those in the rest of the UK, with a higher chance of them developing long term illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. So what is causing such ill health and poor diets in the country? Is it poverty or tradition and culture; and what is the government doing to improve the health of Scottish women? Jenni is joined by Shona Robison, the Scottish Public Health Minister and Dr Douglas Colville, a GP in the Rutherglen district of Glasgow.

School Uniforms - The summer holidays are over and the new school year is about to start. Parents are in a rush to buy the correct school uniform before the crucial day. One of the dilemmas of today's parent is how far to accept 'customisation' of the school uniform and when to try and enforce school rules. If you buy those expensive plain black regulation shoes will she wear them or will they just stay hidden in the back of the wardrobe? Is it acceptable for young teenage girls to wear short skirts to school or, more likely, to hitch it up once they've left the house? What about unbuttoning the top button of their shirts or a big knot in the tie? And how far should they be allowed to go with accessorising - jewellery, make-up and colourful hairbands. Should head teachers take a harder line on school uniform, or is customising a harmless part of teenage rebellion? Jenni is joined by journalist Rosie Millard, and Kathy August, Principal of Manchester Academy.

Delusions of Gender - The Real Science Behind Sex Differences is a new book by Cordelia Fine published on 4th September. It's an attack on pseudo-scientific claims about the differences between the male and female brain. Drawing on the latest research in developmental psychology, neuroscience and social psychology, Delusions of Gender rebuts these claims, showing how old myths, dressed up in new scientific finery, help perpetuate the status quo. Jenni talks to Cordelia Fine and to Professor Melissa Hines of the University of Cambridge.

And DaleDiva - the all woman acapella choir from Derbyshire which has just won Channel 5's talent show Don't Stop Believing.

Chapters

4 items
  • Scottish Women's Health

    A recent report has found that Scots still drink and smoke more and have poorer diets than the rest of their UK counterparts. Shona Robison, Public Health Minister and GP Dr Douglas Colville discuss.

  • School Uniforms

    How far should parents accept 'customisation' of the school uniform? Jenni is joined by journalist Rosie Millard and her daughter Phoebe, and Cathy August, Principal of Manchester Academy.

  • Dale Diva

    The all woman acapella choir from Derbyshire has just won Channel 5's talent show Don't Stop Believing. Angela Robson met with founder Ally Law and choir members Liz Tomes and Lynda Jetten.

  • Delusions of Gender

    Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine is an attack on pseudo-scientific claims about the differences between the male and female brain. Cordelia Fine and Professor Melissa Hines discuss.

  • Is neuroscience being used to justify old fashioned sexism?

    Delusions of Gender is a new book that’s published tomorrow (4th September). Its author, Cordelia Fine, says that popular books and magazines are increasingly calling on the findings of neuroscience about the biological differences between the male and female brain to explain the differences in gender behaviour and explain why there are so few women in engineering, physics and maths. Cordelia has analysed this research and drawing on the latest research in developmental psychology, neuroscience and social psychology has concluded that these ‘neurosexists’ are simply reproducing the same old myths about men and women dressed up in scientific finery. Jenni is joined by Cordelia Fine; Senior Research Associate at Macquarie University in Sydney, and by Melissa Hines; from the Department of Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge.


    Delusions of Gender – The Real Science behind Sex
    Differences by Cordelia Fine is published by Icon Books Ltd on
    4th September 2010, price £14.99
    ISBN 978-184831-163-3

  • Scottish Women's Health

    The cliche of “unhealthy Scots” seems to have been proven right yet again; a recent report has found that the Scots still drink and smoke more, and have poorer diets when compared to their UK counterparts. In particular, Scottish women appeared substantially worse than those in the rest of the UK, with a higher chance of them developing long term illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. So what's at the root of poor health and diet in Scotland ? How much do unhealthy lifestyles stem from tradition and culture, and how much is rooted in poverty and inequality? What is the government doing to improve the health of Scottish women? Jenni is joined by Shona Robison, the Scottish Public Health Minister and Dr Douglas Colville, a GP in the Rutherglen district of Glasgow.

  • DaleDiva

    Last month (22nd August) an acapella choir from Derbyshire won the final of Channel 5’s TV talent show Don’t Stop Believing. The 45 strong all women choir stormed to victory winning most of the public vote. Angela Robson has been to Cromford in Derbyshire to meet some of the members.

  • Customising School Uniforms

    The summer holidays are over and the new school year has begun. We’ve all bought or are making a last dash attempt to make sure the little darlings are properly kitted out with their school uniforms. One of the dilemmas every parent faces at this time of year is how far to go with allowing them to ‘customise’ the uniform. If you buy those plain black regulation shoes, will they just stay hidden in the back of the wardrobe complete with expensive price tag while they skip to school in cheap fashion shoes? Is it acceptable for young teenage girls to wear a short skirt to school – or more likely, to hitch it up once they’ve left the house? Girls have always adapted their school uniform , but how far should they be allowed to go?

  • The DaleDiva Choir

    The DaleDiva Choir

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