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25/01/2012

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Wednesday 25 January 2012

The National Childbirth Trust have launched a new strategy called 20/20, aiming to reach 20 million parents by 2020. They have been criticised in the past for being too white and middle class and too 'evangelical' in their approach to breastfeeding, being accused of making women who can not or will not breastfeed feel guilty. So how is the charity intending to move away from being the choice for posh parents?

The small French town of Cesson-Sevigne has banned the word "mademoiselle", arguing that women, like men, should not be defined by their marital status. In Germany, Fraulein stopped being used to address adult women in 1972. Is it time we Brits got rid of Miss and Mrs?

The Olivier award winning actress Kathryn Hunter is renowned for her portrayals of male characters. She will be in the studio to discuss her latest role as businessman Mr. Idoo in The Bee - a harrowing tale of kidnapping and revenge.

We live in an age where many people turn to clairvoyants and mediums for help with their lives. Some go in order to obtain spiritual guidance or healing - others go simply for entertainment. Private readings, stage shows, Psychic TV and phone readings - the psychic world is now a multi-million pound industry. Why's it so popular?

And learning to type. Were you told not to in order to further your career? Is our relationship with typing and the computer keyboard now gender neutral?

Presented by Jenni Murray.

Chapters

5 items
  • How will The NCT reinvent itself?

    Belinda Phipps, Chief Executive of the National Childbirth Trust, joins Jenni to discuss how the charity is intending to move away from being the choice for 'posh parents’.

  • Should women learn to type?

    Were you told not to in order to further your career? Is our relationship with typing and the computer keyboard now gender neutral?

  • Au Revoir to Madamoiselle?

    Is it time we Brits got rid of Miss and Mrs? We discuss with French journalist Benedicte Paviot and writer Joan Smith of the Independent.

  • Kathryn Hunter

    Kathryn joins Jenni to discuss her latest role: as businessman Mr Idoo in The Bee - a harrowing tale of kidnapping and revenge.

  • Spiritualism

    Jenni is joined by Helen Parry Jones, clairvoyant and Spiritual Healer and Deborah Hyde, editor of The Skeptic Magazine.

  • National Childbirth Trust - planning to reinvent themselves

    The National Childbirth Trust have launched a new strategy called 20/20, aiming to reach 20 million parents by 2020. They have been criticised in the past for being too white and middle class and too ‘evangelical’ in their approach to breastfeeding, being accused of making women who can not or will not breastfeed feel guilty. They hope that by tendering for more NHS contracts - which will enable them to offer classes in less affluent areas - they will become more accessible and more diverse, updating the support they can offer all parents. Belinda Phipps, Chief Executive of the National Childbirth Trust, joins Jenni to discuss how the charity is intending to move away from being the choice for posh parents’.

    The National Childbirth Trust website
  • Women, Typing and Computer Keyboards

    Learning to type - did you? Were you told not to in order to further your career? Is our relationship with typing and the computer keyboard now gender neutral? Jenni is joined by journalist and broadcaster, Samira Ahmed, who says we need to reassess our relationship with the keyboard and LJ Rich, technology presenter to discuss.

    Samira Ahmed's website
  • Au Revoir Mademoiselle?

    The small French town of Cesson-Sevigne has banned the word “mademoiselle”, arguing that women, like men, should not be defined by their marital status. In Germany, Fraulein stopped being used to address adult women in 1972. Is it time we Brits got rid of Miss and Mrs? We discuss with French journalist Benedicte Paviot and writer Joan Smith of the Independent.

  • Kathryn Hunter

    The Olivier award winning actress Kathryn Hunter is renowned for her portrayals of male characters. She was the first British actress to play King Lear professionally and has performed as Richard III in an all-female production. Her other roles have ranged from an ape in Kafka’s Monkey to Harry Potter’s neighbour Arabella Figg. Kathryn joins Jenni to discuss her latest role: as businessman Mr Idoo in The Bee - a harrowing tale of kidnapping and revenge.

    The Bee runs at the Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London, until 11 February.

  • Spiritualism and mediums: Fake or not, why are they so popular?

    We live in an age where many people turn to clairvoyants and mediums for help with their lives. Some go in order to obtain spiritual guidance or healing – others go simply for entertainment. Private readings, stage shows, Psychic TV and phone readings - the psychic world is now a multi-million pound industry. To discuss whether there’s a growing interest in the psychic Jenni is joined by Helen Parry Jones, clairvoyant and Spiritual Healer and Deborah Hyde, editor of The Skeptic Magazine.


    Hands of an Angel by Helen Parry Jones is published by Random House, 5th January 2012

    The Skeptic website

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