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09/06/2011

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Thursday 09 June 2011

Presented by Jenni Murray.This month's Italian Vogue may have a predictable enough title, 'Real Beauties'. Instead of the super-thin, androgynous models of the catwalk, it shows three voluptuous women. But will high fashion ever embrace women bigger than a size 6? We hear about the volunteer army currently being recruited for the Olympic Games next year, Samantha Spiro talks about her new role in a production of "Chicken Soup with Barley" at the Royal Court and we look at the decline in popularity of women's studies at universities today.

Chapters

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  • Fashion and Larger Models

    Jenni speaks to Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani about why her magazine has featured larger models. Jenni is joined by Carole White, founder of Premier Models and by fashion expert Caryn Franklin.

  • Samantha Spiro

    Jenni speaks to actress Samantha Spiro who's playing the role of Sarah Kahn in a new production of Arnold Wesker's play Chicken Soup with Barley.

  • Volunteering For the Olympics

    Seventy thousand volunteers will be chosen to work for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Jenni speaks to Jean Tomlin, Director of HR for the London Olympics.

  • Stirling Castle

    Anna Magnusson speaks to Lorna Ewan from Historic Scotland, about Mary of Guise, who made her home in Stirling Castle during the 1540s.

  • The Changing Nature of Women's Studies

    Jenni is joined by Dr Steve Davies, from the Institute of Economic Affairs and Professor Mary Evans of the Gender Institute who both taught Women's Studies in its early days.

  • Samantha Spiro

    The actress Samantha Spiro is winning rave reviews for her performance as the fiery, passionate matriarch Sarah Kahn in a new production of Arnold Wesker’s play “Chicken Soup with Barley” at the Royal Court Theatre in London. It’s a play in which politics and the personal intersect powerfully, and Sarah’s belief in life, love and communism is tested to the maximum. She joins Jenni to talk about what the role means to her.

    “Chicken Soup with Barley”, at the Royal Court Theatre in London until 9th July, directed by Dominic Cooke.

  • Volunteering during the olympics

    It is the biggest post-war volunteer recruitment campaign in the UK’s history, seventy thousand volunteers to be known as ‘games makers’ will be chosen to help out in the London 2012 Games. Jean Tomlin, Director of HR for LOCOG, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, is responsible for the programme. She joins Jenni to discuss.

    London 2012
  • Mary of Guise at Stirling Castle

    When Henry VIII was on the look-out for another wife, sometime between Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves, he made a proposal to a widowed French noblewoman called Mary of Guise. The story goes that Mary graciously turned him down, and remarked drily that she had ‘a good body - but a slender neck’. Clearly a woman who knew her own mind. Instead, she married James V of Scotland and after his death, she was left with a young daughter, Mary Queen of Scots, and the daunting task of ruling Scotland. During the 1540s, Mary of Guise made her home at Stirling Castle. The castle’s spectacular palace has just reopened after a 10-year refurbishment which has returned the Queen’s apartments to their Renaissance splendour. Anna Magnusson went to find out more about Mary and the palace, which still bears the marks of a remarkable political strategist who ruled with panache.

    Stirling Castle
  • The changing nature of women's studies

    With the arrival of £9,000 a year tuition fees and the growing demand for vocational courses, where does that leave Women’s Studies? In recent years, undergraduate numbers have fallen and yet those who teach the subject claim that it is as academically rigorous and relevant today as any other academic discipline. With the rise in popularity of Gender Studies and the healthy state of postgraduate research into women’s issues, is Women’s Studies really on the decline or merely being approached in a different way to accommodate society’s changing attitudes to gender. Dr Steve Davies, from the Institute of Economic Affairs,and Professor Mary Evans, of The Gender Institute - who both taught the subject in its early days - join Jenni to discuss the changing nature of Women’s Studies.

  • Fashion and larger models

    Fashion and larger models

    This month's Italian Vogue may have a predictable enough title, 'Real Beauties'. But the models on its cover are anything but usual for the fashion industry. Instead of the super-thin, androgynous models of the catwalk, it boasts three women with curves aplenty. But will high fashion ever embrace women bigger than a size 6? Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani explains why she decided on the cover story and Carole White, founder of Premier Models, and fashion expert Caryn Franklin join Jenni to discuss.

    Vogue magazine cover story

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