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China's one-child policy; Aruna Sairam; holiday packing; language in the boardroom

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First broadcast:
Tuesday 26 July 2011

Pressure on the Chinese government to relax its one-child policy. Indian singer Aruna Sairam. The politics of packing: how much do you take, and packing for the whole family. Is the language they use in the boardroom holding women back at senior level? Presented by Jenni Murray.


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  • The end of China’s one-child policy?

    The Chinese Government is facing calls to ease the one child policy: Guangdong in south-east China, wants to lead a pilot project to allow some families to have a second child. The country’s population is expected to peak soon at 1.34 billion, and China has a fast ageing population - with over 13% over the age of 60. The one-child policy has also created a gender imbalance: In 2010, Guangdong had 119 male babies for every 100 girls. To discuss the proposal and its implications, Jenni is joined by Dr Rachel Murphy, University Lecturer in the Sociology of China at Oxford University’s China Centre; and Dr Li Zhang, Research Fellow of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham.

  • Women in Business: language in the boardroom

    A study, by Dr Judith Baxter from Aston University, into the language used by men and women in the boardroom has found generally they use very similar language to be effective. But where women are in the minority they can resort to self-deprecating language because they are too aware of the other person’s point of view. So is women’s use of language holding them back, or can their appreciation of other points of view sometimes be a strength? Jenni is joined by Dr Baxter and business woman Elaine Owen.

  • Holiday packing

    A recent survey shows that women over-pack their holiday suitcases by on average 26 items which never see the light of day. So, what are the holiday essentials? What can you do to keep within the airlines weight limit and is it worth trying to pack for every eventuality? Jenni is joined by self-confessed over-packing addict, author and journalist Linda Kelsey, and Jim White, parsimonious packer and sports columnist for the Daily Telegraph.

  • Aruna Sairam

    Aruna Sairam is widely regarded as the leading South Indian female vocalist of her generation. She has performed all over the world in her mission to bring Carnatic music, the classical music of South India, to a wider audience. She talks to Jenni about her early training, her unique style of improvisation, and Carnatic music's ancient links with devotional practice.

    Aruna Sairam will be performing with her mentee, the veena player Hari Sivanesan, at the BBC Proms on Wednesday 27 July at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

    BBC Proms


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