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Politics v family life, the Jewish woman banned from the '36 Olympics, and Condoleeza or Hillary for US Vice President?

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 07 August 2012

Politics v family life? Condoleeza or Hillary in the race for the US Vice President? The Jewish woman banned from the '36 Olympics; Should men and women compete against each other at the next Games? Young Scottish women writers. Presented by Jenni Murray.

Chapters

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  • Louise Mensch Resigns

    Following Louise Mensch’s resignation as an MP yesterday, Jenni talks to Edwina Currie about the issues of combining politics with family.

  • 1936 Olympics

    Margaret Lambert (Gretel Bergmann) was in the 1936 German team but was banned from competing at the Berlin Olympics for being Jewish. She talks to Rebecca Lee Douglas.

  • Mixed Olympic Sports Teams

    To dicuss mixed teams, Jenni is joined by rider Jane Holderness-Roddam, who was in a mixed team in the 1968 Olympics, and John Williams, Senior Sociology of Sport Lecturer at Leicester University.

  • Scottish Women Writers

    As part of our series on women writers in Scotland, Liz Leonard meets writer Kirstin Innes by the River Clyde in Glasgow to find out how and where she gains her inspiration.

  • A Woman for Vice President?

    To discuss Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton as potential US Vice Presidents, Jenni talks to Stacy Hilliard from Republicans Abroad, and to Felicity Spector of Channel 4 News.

  • Louise Mensch Resigns

    Following Louise Mensch’s resignation as an MP yesterday, Jenni talks to Edwina Currie about the issues of combining politics with family.

  • 1936 Olympics

    Margaret Lambert (nee Gretel Bergmann) was banned from competing at the Berlin 1936 Olympics for being Jewish. She was the best female high jumper Germany had produced, but just before the games she was expelled from the national team and her team mates were told that she was injured. Her name was later removed from the record books and she was to discover that the athlete who replaced her was a man. Now aged 98 she recalls how terrified but furious she was when she was asked to join the German team knowing she would never be allowed to take part. She tells her story to Rebecca Lee Douglas in New York.

    Margaret appears in Politics and Olympics: Ideals and Realities, an exhibition at the Free Word Centre in London, which explores the links between politics and the Olympics (till 8 September).

    Free Word Centre
  • Mixed Sport?

    Of the 26 sports represented at the Olympics, the equestrian events are the only ones in which men and women compete against one another on equal terms. In addition, tennis and badminton include mixed doubles events. But as women achieve better and better results, might there be more sports in which men and women could compete against one another? Jenni will consider whether we might one day see more mixed teams at the Olympics with the rider Jane Holderness-Roddam, who competed in a mixed team in the 1968 Olympics, and John Williams, who is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport at Leicester University.

  • Scottish Women Writers

    Each day this week, we’re heading to different parts of Scotland, where we’ll be hearing from five writers. The Scottish Book Trust has commissioned each of the authors to write about ‘My Favourite Place’. Liz Leonard went to meet each of them, to find out how and where they gain their inspiration. Kirstin Innes met Liz by the River Clyde in Glasgow.

    Scottish Book Trust - Kirstin Innes
  • A Woman for Vice President?

    In just over a fortnight Mitt Romney will name his running mate on the Republican ticket for the US presidency. Many are keen he should pick a woman, and have tipped the former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. Meanwhile a few Democrats have said that they would rather see the popular but outgoing Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, replace Joe Biden as Vice President. So why are their names being mentioned when both women have dismissed speculation? Jenni talks to Stacy Hilliard from Republicans Abroad, and to Felicity Spector who writes about US politics for Channel 4 News.

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