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Michele Bachmann, Avery Sunshine, talking about death

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 28 June 2011

Presented by Jane Garvey. Profile of US Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann; it is the only thing we can guarantee will happen to us all - but why do we find death so hard to talk about with family and friends? How the father of bio-chemistry, Frederick Hopkins, paved the way for women in science and gospel singer Avery Sunshine performs live in the studio.


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  • Michele Bachmann

    Tea Party favourite Michele Bachman has formally declared her bid to become US President in 2012. An economic conservative, she's a born-again Christian and a fierce opponent of abortion and gay marriage. She's stressed her record as a tax laywer and founder of a charter school, as well as repeating frequently that she is a mother of five children and foster mother to 23. To profile the latest Republican hopeful, Jane is joined by Cynthia Weber, Professor of International Relations at Sussex University and Sheila Norman-Culp, European News supervisor for Associated Press in London.

  • Talking about death

    It’s the only thing we can guarantee will happen to us all but why do we find death so hard to talk about? And what might adult children gain from an open and honest conversation with their parents about the end of life and final wishes, well before death becomes imminent? Jane talks to Marion Shoard, who writes and lectures on older people’s matters, and Sue Brayne, psychotherapist and author of ‘The D Word: Talking about Dying’.

    ‘A Survival Guide to Later Life’, by Marion Shoard, is published by Constable & Robinson.

    ‘The D Word: Talking about Dying’, by Sue Brayne, is published by Continuum Publishing.

  • Avery Sunshine

    Gospel singer and songwriter Avery Sunshine has played for the likes of President Obama and this week is opening for none other than King of the Blues, B.B. King, at the Royal Albert Hall. Her self-titled debut album is a mixture of soul, house, classical and hip hop. Avery joins Jane to discuss her career and sings live in the studio.

    Avery is performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 28th June as the opening act for B.B. King.

    Avery Sunshine's website
  • Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins

    Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins is best remembered for his work on vitamins, for which he shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1929. The discovery of vitamin D helped virtually eradicate diseases such as rickets. However he also left another legacy for women scientists. Hopkins employed four women in his laboratory long before Cambridge University got round to awarding any women degrees. Hopkins was born 150 years ago, and science journalist Angela Saini went to Cambridge to attend the unveiling of a commemorative plaque outside his home.

    University of Cambridge, History of the Department of Biochemistry
  • Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins

    Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins

    Photo of Hopkins Laboratory dated 1916. Unusually he employed 4 women, long before 1921 when the university first awarded degrees to women.


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