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Michelle Obama

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 06 June 2012

Should Michelle Obama be promoting Beyonce as an aspirational role model? The psychological impact of breast cancer. Author Terri Apter on difficult mothers - the angry, the controlling, the narcissistic, the envious and the emotionally neglectful. Plus Queen Victoria's life revealed through a new exhibition at Kensington Palace and the women helping children to discover the joy of playing outside.
Presented by Jenni Murray.
Produced by Kirsty Starkey.

Chapters

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  • Michelle Obama and Beyonce

    Michelle Obama said if she could be someone else, it would be Beyonce. Is it appropriate to be promoting a singer as an aspirational role model? Constance Briscoe and Dreda Say Mitchell discuss.

  • Difficult Mothers

    The writer and psychologist talks about her new book 'Difficult Mothers'. And Jenni speaks to Jane about her relationship with her mother.

  • Queen Victoria

    An exhibition at Kensington Palace tells the story of Queen Victoria. Reporter Louise Adamson finds out from Deirdre Murphy, the curator of the ‘Victoria Revealed’ exhibition.

  • The psychological impact of breast cancer

    How does breast cancer affect the way we think about ourselves as women and our relationships? Jenni talks to Dr Cordelia Galgut a practicing psychologist who has had breast cancer.

  • Playing Out

    Playing Out is the brainchild of neighbours and mothers Alice Ferguson and Amy Rose who wanted to recapture some of the freedoms of play that they had as children. Lizz Pearson reports.

  • Michelle Obama and Beyonce

    There’s an ongoing love fest between the US First Lady and Beyonce. Michelle Obama recently said that if she could be someone else, it would be Beyonce. But is it appropriate for the First Lady be promoting a singer as an aspirational role model? We’ll be discussing this with Constance Briscoe, one of Britain’s first black judges and Dreda Mitchell, author, broadcaster and educational consultant.

  • Playing Out

    It's often said that today's children are more often to be found glued to CBeebies or a Wii than enjoying a traditional game of hopscotch or football outside their own front doors. A Bristol scheme to get children out into the streets to play is hoping to redress the balance. Called Playing Out, it's the brainchild of neighbours and mothers Alice Ferguson and Amy Rose, who wanted to recapture some of the freedoms of play that they had as children. And it's catching on in other parts of the country too. It involves blocking off roads with temporary street closure orders from the local council. Lizz Pearson went to meet Alice and Amy, and the children and parents of Greville Road in Bedminster, to see what effect it's having.

    Playing Out
  • Difficult Mothers

    Some mothers have a difficult relationship with their offspring but what makes this so? In her new book writer and psychologist Terri Apter outlines five categories of difficult mothers –the angry, the controlling, the narcissistic, the envious and the emotionally neglectful. One listener talks about her challenging relationship with her mother, and Terri joins Jenni to discuss.

    'Difficult Mothers: Understanding and Overcoming their Power' by Terri Apter is published now.

  • The psychological impact of breast cancer

    Being told you have breast cancer isn’t easy. It might seem like you have enough to cope with just getting through treatment or surgery. But many women contend with feelings of anger, fear and guilt and it can be hard processing such feelings when everyone around you is telling you to fight the disease. So how does breast cancer affect the way we think about ourselves as women and our relationships? Jenni talks to Dr Cordelia Galgut, a practicing psychologist who has had breast cancer.

  • Ruling Queens - Becoming Queen Victoria

    As we pack away the bunting and clear up after the street parties, the main weekend of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations may be over, but events to mark the Queen’s sixty years on the throne will continue. We look back to another Queen who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee more than a hundred years ago. Victoria became Queen when she was just 18 years old, and today we’re hearing about the day in 1837 when she was woken early to be told that she was now Queen. Louise Adamson has been finding out more from Deirdre Murphy, who is the curator of the ‘Victoria Revealed’ exhibition.

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