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Wild flowers with Sarah Raven, the best way to give a terminal diagnosis?

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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 09 November 2011

Presented by Jenni Murray. Sarah Raven on wild flowers, the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson and we look at how some doctors could improve the way they give a serious and sometimes terminal diagnosis? We discuss the issue with leading oncologist Dr Jonathan Waxman who's written a book called The Elephant in the Room, a collection of real life short stories about cancer patients and their doctors, and Alison Leary who has secondary breast cancer.

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  • Terminal Diagnosis: Could doctors do better at giving the news?

    Jenni discusses with leading oncologist Dr Jonathan Waxman who’s written the book: The Elephant in the Room, and Alison Leary who has secondary breast cancer.

  • Ruth Davidson

    Ruth Davidson has just become the first overall leader of the Scottish Conservatives. She speaks to Jenni about her new role and her vision for Scottish Conservatism.

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  • Women's Rights in Yemen

    What is the outlook for women’s rights in Yemen? Jenni discusses with journalist Tom Finn and Jamila Ali Raja, a Yemeni activist.What is the outlook for women’s rights in Yemen?

  • Sarah Raven on Wild Flowers

    Cook and gardener Sarah Raven has a lifelong love of wild flowers. She has published a photographic guide to 500 wild flowers found in the British Isles: Wild Flowers.

  • Terminal Diagnosis - Could Doctors Do Better?

    There can never be a good way to deliver the news that someone has cancer, but could some doctors improve the way they give a serious and sometimes terminal diagnosis? We discuss with Dr Jonathan Waxman professor of oncology at Imperial College London and consultant physician at the Hammersmith Hospital, and Alison Leary who has secondary breast cancer.

    The Elephant in the Room – Stories about cancer patients and their doctors by Jonathan Waxman, published by Springer ISBN 978-0-85729-894-2 or 9 780857 298942

  • Ruth Davidson

    Ruth Davidson, a 32-year-old former BBC journalist, has just become the first overall leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Only elected to the Scottish Parliament in May, as an MSP for Glasgow, Ruth speaks to Jenni Murray about her new role, her vision for Scottish Conservatism, and why she views David Cameron as the Prime Minister but not as her boss.

  • Listener Feedback: Cougar Women

    Following last week's discussion about Cougar Women, with the journalist Yvonne Roberts, and Claudia Opdenkelder, who runs the website. Cougarlife.com - we hear some of your views.

    Cougar Women Discussion
  • Sarah Raven on her love of wild flowers

    Cook and gardener Sarah Raven’s lifelong love of wild flowers was instilled in her by her father, a keen amateur botanist, who in turn inherited this passion from his father. Between them they painted almost every plant in the British flora. Now Sarah has published a photographic guide to 500 wild flowers found in the British Isles.
    Wild Flowers by Sarah Raven, published by Bloomsbury, ISBN 9-781408-813942,

    Sarah Raven’s Wild Flower Spotter’s Guide to some of Britain’s rarest flowers
  • Women's Rights in Yemen

    Last month a Yemeni woman, Tawakul Karman, was awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting women’s rights. She is a journalist, rights activist, and leader of the youth uprisings in Yemen, and the first Arab woman to win the prize. Yemen is said to be one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world where the position of women is particularly difficult, and girls can be married as young as eight years old. Uprisings against the government began there in January and Karman has been prominent in the opposition to the dictatorship of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. So who is Takakul Karman, and what is the outlook for women’s rights in Yemen? Jenni is joined by journalist Tom Finn who is based in Sana'a and has been covering Yemen for the Guardian, and by Jamila Ali Raja, a Yemeni political activist who works with women and youth.

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