Academy Schools, Muslim marriage, Hermione Lee

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As some schools say they're not being given a choice over becoming Academies, we hear from parents with different experiences at the schools they're involved with. How hardwired are human-beings to look on the bright side? One neuroscientist will argue that our brains have developed to ignore evidence that suggests the future might not be as rosy as we imagine. We hear why Muslim women who've been married in a religious ceremony are being urged to check whether they're legally married under the UK's civil law. Writer and academic Hermione Lee talks about the lasting appeal of American author Edith Wharton whose novel Ethan Frome is this week's Woman's Hour drama. Presented by Jane Garvey.

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Mon 16 Jan 2012 10:00

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