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Allison Pearson on "having it all"; History of Harris Tweed

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 22 September 2011

Presented by Jenni Murray. The history of women and Harris Tweed, new research on sickle cell and maternal health in the UK, Allison Pearson and Natasha Walter on "having it all" and Egyptian blogger Sahar Elmougy on political life in her country as elections approach.

Chapters

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  • Allison Pearson: I Don't Know How She Does It

    To discuss the relevance of "I Don't Know How She Does It" Jenni is joined by its author Allison Pearson and Natasha Walter, author of The New Feminism and Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism

  • Sickle Cell and Maternal Health

    Jenni speaks to Jo Howard, Consultant Haematologist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and to Destiny, a sickle cell patient who has experienced complicated pregnancies.

  • Harris Tweed

    Reporter Dany Mitzman meets author and photographer Lara Platman who's spent a year in the Outer Hebrides studying the history of Harris Tweed

  • Sahar El Mougy

    Egyptian blogger, novelist and academic Sahar El Mougy talks about her experience of Tahrir Square and the future of Egypt following the Arab Spring uprising.

  • I Don’t Know How She Does It

    Allison Pearson’s debut novel 'I Don’t Know How She Does It' about harassed working mother Kate Reddy was published in 2002 and has gone on to sell 3.5 million copies. It has now been made into a film with Sarah Jessica Parker in the lead role. Nearly a decade on, how much has life really changed for women, multi-tasking and tying to juggle family life with a career? Allison Pearson and Natasha Walter join Jenni to discuss the book’s relevance today.

    The film 'I Don’t Know How She Does It' is now on release nationwide.

  • Sickle Cell Disease and Pregnancy

    Sickle Cell is an inherited red blood disorder that affects around 15000 people in the UK particularly those from the African and Asian communities. It’s currently on the increase and particularly dangerous for pregnant women. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has just issued new guidelines to help manage the disease. But how do you know if you have the condition and what can be done to control it effectively during pregnancy? Jenni speaks to Jo Howard Consultant Haematologist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and to a sickle cell patient who has experienced complicated pregnancies.

    Sickle Cell Society
  • Harris Tweed

    Known as the "champagne of fabrics" and the only cloth in the world to be protected by an act of parliament, Harris Tweed is one of Britain’s most famous materials. It’s been made for centuries by the inhabitants of the Outer Hebrides, woven on their crofts on the Isles of Harris and Lewis. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the fabric’s ‘orb’ stamp – the authentication label you’ll find on every piece of Harris Tweed – proving it’s been dyed, spun, hand-woven and quality checked on the Isles of Harris and Lewis. To celebrate the centenary, author and photographer, Lara Platman, spent a year in the Outer Hebrides working on a book that tells the story of the people and processes behind the cloth. She acted as Dany Mitzman's guide when they met up on the Isle of Harris.

  • Sahar Elmougy

    Egyptian blogger, novelist and academic Sahar Elmougy talks about her experience of Tahrir Square and her hopes for democracy in her country now elections look likely later this year. Sahar Elmougy divorced her husband and lost her children so that she could have the freedom to write her books and pursue her career.

    Sahar Elmougy will be at the Southbank Centre in London on Thursday 22 September talking about Egypt following the Arab Spring.

    Sahar Elmougy

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