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Camille Paglia on women in Hitchcock, Parveen Ahmed on Eid, and being blind on a bike.

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 17 August 2012

Presented by Jenni Murray.

Controversial feminist Camille Paglia once said "if civilisation had been left to women, we'd all still be living in grass huts". This weekend, she brings her views to bear on the role of women in Hitchcock's films in a lecture at the BFI. She joins Jenni in advance to talk about some of her controversial views and to discuss Hitchcock's female characters.

In February, Russian punk feminist band - Pussy Riot - were arrested for singing an anti-Putin song in church. At 2pm today, a judge will sentence them for hooliganism. Many people outside Russia view Pussy Riot's protest as a non-crime in a secular country. Jenni takes a look at the growing worldwide campaign for justice for Pussy Riot.

This weekend Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid - the festival that marks the end of Ramadan. Parveen Ahmed has five children between the ages of 24 and 6 and a large extended family. She also runs her own cookery school. She will be making the Eid-ul-Fitr meal for a very large number of people. She chats to Jenni about what the weekend holds in store her family.

Is there such a thing as "fun for all the family"? Not according to author and father-of-two Tim Lott who believes that each member of the family subtracts from the pleasure of the others. Rosie Millard on the other hand - a journalist and mother-of-four - has travelled the world with her children and lived to tell a happy tale. They discuss their differing views of 'family fun'.

Cathy Birchall is the first blind person ever to circle the world on a motorbike. She joins Jenni to talk about her trip which included desolate and dangerous mountain roads, difficult border crossings and an [inadvertent] overnight stay in a Kosovan brothel.

Chapters

5 items
  • Camille Paglia

    Camille Paglia is presenting a seminar on Hitchcock's women at the BFI in London as part of their “Genius of Hitchcock” season. She joins Jenni to discuss.

  • Pussy riot

    Today three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot will learn their fate after a nine-day trial. Jenni talks to Sasha Dugdale, poet and Russian translator.

  • Cathy Birchall

    Cathy Birchall is the first blind person ever to circle the world on a motorbike. She joins Jenni to discuss.

  • No such thing as 'fun' for all the family

    Is there such a thing as “fun for all the family”? Writer Tim Lott doesn't think so. Rosie Millard, on the other hand, has more faith in the magic of family holidays. They join Jenni to discuss.

  • Cooking at Eid-ul-Fitr

    This weekend Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. Parveen Ahmed will be making the Eid-ul-Fitr meal for a very large number of people. She joins Jenni to discuss.

  • Camille Paglia: Hitchcock's Women

    The controversial feminist and social critic Camille Paglia once said that “if civilisation had been left to women, we'd all still be living in grass huts”. Often at odds with other feminists – some of whom she has described as ‘feminazis' - this weekend, Camille Paglia is in London to bring her views to bear on the role of women in Hitchcock’s films in a lecture at the BFI. She joins Jenni in advance to talk about some of her controversial views, and to discuss Hitchcock’s female characters.

    "Women and Magic in Hitchcock" is at the BFI this Saturday [18th August] at 6.10pm as part of the BFI The Genius of Hitchcock season.

    The Genius of Hitchcock at the BFI
  • Eid-Ul-Fitr

    This weekend Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. Usually known as ‘Eid’, it is a festival to mark the breaking of the fast undertaken during Ramadan. It’s an opportunity for families to get together, dress in their finest clothes, give gifts to the children and have a special celebratory meal. Parveen Ahmed has five children between the ages of 24 and 6 as well as two grandchildren and a large extended family. She also runs her own cookery school and was a finalist in ITV’s ‘No Taste Like Home’. As usual, she will be making the Eid-ul-Fitr meal for a very large number of people. She chats to Jenni about what the weekend has in store for her family.

    Ramadan and Eid
  • Is There Such a Thing as 'Fun for all the Family' on holiday?

    Book a holiday, hotel or even a hire car at this time of year and you’ll come across two words: “peak season”. The families have landed. Children across the northern hemisphere are off school and looking to their parents for the provision of fun. But is there such a thing as “fun for all the family”? Not according to author and father-of-two, Tim Lott who believes that each member of the family subtracts from the pleasure of the others. Rosie Millard on the other hand - a journalist and mother-of-four - has travelled the world with her children and lived to tell a happy tale. She tears herself away from a family holiday in Cornwall to join Tim in the discussion.

  • Cathy Birchall

    Cathy Birchall is the first blind person ever to circle the world on a motorbike. In 2008, she and her fiancé Bernard Smith set off on a 12 month adventure, during which they travelled through 31 countries and 5 continents to cover 25,000 miles. Cathy joins Jenni to talk about her trip which included desolate and dangerous mountain roads, difficult border crossings, numerous mechanical breakdowns, and an [inadvertent] overnight stay in a Kosovan brothel.

    "Touching the World. A Blind Woman, Two Wheels, 25,000 Miles" is published by Panther Publishing.

    Cathy Birchall
  • Pussy Riot

    At midday today - 3pm Moscow time – three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot will learn their fate after a nine-day trial. They are charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after performing an anti-Putin ‘punk prayer’ in Moscow’s main cathedral. In it they beg the Virgin Mary to “chase out Putin” and call the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church a “dog” who should believe in God, not the President. For this act of protest, they could face up to seven years in prison. Across the world today there are campaigns for their freedom. Demonstrations are happening from New York to Nice, Sydney to San Francisco. One of those taking part is the Russian translator and poet Sasha Dugdale who translated all the testimonies and tweets coming from the courtroom.

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