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Juliet Nicholson

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 28 June 2012

Christine Antorini the Danish Minister for Children and Education on what we can learn from Denmark about childcare. Why a recent picture of a woman in China with a 7-month old foetus shortly after a forced late-term abortion has caused international outrage. Historian Juliet Nicolson talk about "Abdication", her first novel, set in 1936 . The impact of an inter-generational project running in the East End . And the jazz singer Kate Dimbleby will be performing live and talking about the life and work of Dory Previn.

Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Sarah Johnstone.

Chapters

6 items
  • China abortion

    A recent picture of a woman in China with a 7-month old foetus shortly after a forced late-term abortion has caused international outrage. Jenni talks to the Guardian correspondent Tania Branigan.

  • Nora Ephron

    Jenni reflects on the late, Nora Ephrons' life.

  • Where the Heart is

    Lizz Pearson went to meet a group of teenagers from Mulberry School for Girls and older members of the community as they embark on the 'Where the Heart is', a film and podcast event.

  • Juliet Nicolson

    Juliet Nicolson joins Jenni to talk about “Abdication”, her first novel, set in the year of 1936 that saw not just the event of the title but also the Jarrow March and the Battle of Cable Street.

  • Danish Childcare minister

    Jenni talks to Christine Antorini, minister for Children and Education, about whether Denmark has anything to teach us about childcare and gender equality in the workplace.

  • Kate Dimbleby

    Kate Dimbleby has recorded an album of Dory Previn songs. Kate and pianist Naadia Sheriff join Jenni to perform a song.

  • Danish Childcare minister

    In Denmark over ninety per cent of children over the age of one are in full time childcare and what parents pay is capped and subsidised by the state. By contrast, childcare costs in the UK account for around a third of average household income – an expense which many British politicians believe is preventing women from to returning to work. The Danish economy has one of the highest rates of female employment in the OECD. Britain lags ten places behind. Jenni talks to Christine Antorini, minister for Children and Education, about whether Denmark has anything to teach us about childcare and gender equality in the workplace.

  • Kate Dimbleby

    Kate Dimbleby has been described as "one of the most versatile singers on the jazz/blues circuit”. As a jazz singer, she has released three albums, sold out the Festival Hall and toured internationally. Her second album, inspired by the life and music of Peggy Lee, accompanied a 50 date sell-out national tour of her one-woman show Fever! The Making of Peggy Lee. In 2010 she devised the cabaret show I’m a Woman a celebration of all the women singers who have inspired her. One of the songs from the show, Lady with the Braid, gained particular interest and it encouraged Kate and pianist Naadia Sheriff to collaborate on a new album Beware of Young Girls : the songs of Dory Previn. They will be performing a live show at the Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square from 16-21 July 2012. They join Jenni to discuss the relevance of Dory’s music today, and to perform one of the songs.

    Kate Dimbleby
  • Where the Heart is

    'Where the Heart is', a film and podcast event, is the result of weeks of collaboration between different generations of women, from the age of 15 to 80, who all live in the East End - and is part of the London International Festival of Theatre. The group of teenagers from Mulberry School for Girls and older members of the community have been mapping tales of passion, friendship and belonging, and discovering where their experiences overlap. Lizz Pearson went to meet them as they were preparing for the event.

  • China abortion

    A recent picture of a woman in China with a 7-month old foetus shortly after a forced late-term abortion has caused international outrage. Forced abortion is illegal now in China, but it seems that Feng Jianmei was targeted, her husband said, after local officials were unable to pay a fine for breaking birth control rules. Her husband has now not been seen for two days. Why is forced abortion still an issue in China? Jenni talks to the Guardian correspondent Tania Branigan.

  • Juliet Nicolson

    The acclaimed historian Juliet Nicolson joins Jenni to talk about “Abdication”, her first novel, which is set in the extraordinary year of 1936 that saw not just the event of the title but also the Jarrow March and the Battle of Cable Street. She’ll be telling me about her interest in the years between the wars, when many were scarred by the last one and others had their head in the sand about the one that was approaching; and about creating a young heroine who is a chauffeuse.

  • Nora Ephron

    Nora Ephron talking to Jenni in 1999 about her film You Got Mail

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