Weekend Woman's Hour
Presented by Jane Garvey. The family of Louisa May Alcott became obsessed with a naturalistic cult - we hear about Fruitlands, their nineteenth-century search for Utopia. Miriam O'Reilly's lawyer joins the programme to discuss the wider implications for women following the age discrimination ruling. How often should you change your bedlinen? Every week? Before and after guests? We discuss the thorny issue of washing your sheets. Marine Le Pen looks set to take over the mantle of the far right from her father this weekend. So what might her impact be on French politics? Recent news reports have highlighted the prosecution of gangs of predominantly Pakistani men who have groomed and sexually exploited young girls. What is the best way to tackle this crime without stereotyping and dividing communities? The secret life of stuff: would knowing a product has an environmentally sound footprint make you change your shopping habits? And the soprano Heather Shipp talks about the enduring appeal of Carmen.