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03/03/2011

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Thursday 03 March 2011

With Jenni Murray. Sarah Brown joins Jenni to talk about her memoir 'Behind the Black Door', looking back at the three years she spent in Downing Street. During the Second World War, around three million children were evacuated to places of greater safety - but what happened when they came home? Jenni is joined by Julie Summers who's written a book of evacuees' stories, and by two former child evacuees. And eating small fish - which ones should we be choosing and how is it best to cook them? CJ Jackson from the Billingsgate Seafood School explains.

Chapters

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  • Sarah Brown

    Sarah Brown joins Jenni to talk about the three years she spent at Number 10 Downing Street as WPM (Wife of the Prime Minister).

  • Woman vs Lady: The Debate Rumbles On

    Listeners' responses to the previous day's discussion on the use of the word "woman" versus "lady".

  • Evacuees - When the Children Came Home

    Jenni speaks to Julie Summers, who has written a book of evacuees' stories; and Sheila Shears and Jessie Nagel who were evacuees themselves.

  • Cooking with Small Fish

    Fish expert C J Jackson from the Billingsgate Seafood School and co-author of Leith's Fish Bible cooks small fish in the studio.

  • Sarah Brown

    Sarah Brown joins Jenni to talk about the three years she spent at Number 10 Downing Street as WPM (Wife of the Prime Minister). From becoming the ‘First Lady of Twitter’ to persuading George W Bush to take up the cause of maternal mortality, Sarah explains how she carved out a role for herself, whilst seeing her main job as to support Gordon and maintain a normal family life for their two small boys. Does the former PR professional also see it as her duty in the book to rebut the common media depiction of her husband as a brooding bully?

    Behind the Black Door, by Sarah Brown, is published by Ebury Press.

    Sarah Brown on Twitter
  • Listener Feedback: Is the term 'lady' derogatory to women?

    Yesterday Rachel Johnson and Kaite Welsh joined Jenni to discuss whether the term ‘woman’ is going out of fashion, being replaced by ‘lady’. Listeners contacted us in droves, and we hear a sample of their responses.

    Is the term 'lady' derogatory to women? - original discussion
  • Evacuees: When the Children Came Home

    Between 1939 and 1944, it’s estimated around three million children left their homes and families in parts of UK territory thought to be under threat from German (or Japanese) aggression, and moved to places of greater safety. Often they and their parents had no idea where they were going nor when they’d be back. For many children brought up in deprived inner city conditions, life in the countryside was a revelation; for others, it was a disaster. And then there were the parents, who had to get used to living with an older, more grown up stranger once the war was over and the children came home. Jenni is joined by Julie Summers, who has written a book of evacuees’ stories; and Sheila Shears and Jessie Nagel who were evacuees themselves.

    Book, When The Children Came Home by Julie Summers, published by Simon & Schuster.

  • Cooking with small fish

    Knowing which fish to eat if you're worried about the world's fish stocks can be difficult. This week the EU Fisheries Minister signalled an end to the practice of "discards" where fish caught above quotas have to be thrown back into the sea; and recent research from British Columbia suggests that eating small fish like sardines, sprats and anchovies could be a way of saving larger more overfished varieties. So how do you know which small fish to pick? And what are the best ways of cooking them? Fish expert CJ Jackson from the Billingsgate Seafood School and co-author of Leith's Fish Bible joins Jenni to advise and cook in the studio.

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