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Martha Stewart, Saturday jobs, school days and the life of Eva Gore Booth

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58 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 05 October 2012

Presented by Jenni Murray. Martha Stewart has been called an "American icon" and the "High Priestess of Homemaking". She became one of the world's most successful businesswomen by elevating the domestic chore into an art form, making entertaining both elegant and affordable. Since the publication of her first book "Entertaining" in 1982 her influence on American culture has been unequalled and Time magazine has called her "one of the 25 most influential people in America". Eva Gore Booth was born in 1870 into Anglo-Irish landed gentry in the West of Ireland. But she dramatically rejected her aristocratic heritage to fight for social justice and political rights for poor women workers in Manchester . Sonja Tiernan is the author of the first dedicated biography about Gore Booth, and she joins Jenni in the studio to explore the life of this extraordinary woman. When you're a teenager having a Saturday job brings a measure of financial independence, a sense of responsibility and a chance to experience life in the real world. But the number of young people working Saturday jobs has halved since the mid-90s. Are teenagers missing out on an important rite of passage?

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  • Martha Stewart

    Martha Stewart has been called an “American icon” and the “High Priestess of Homemaking”. She joins Jenni to discuss the secret of her success.

  • Eva Gore-Booth

    Eva Gore-Booth was born in 1870 and was a determined advocate for social justice. She was also a poet, an intrepid feminist, a trade unionist and an unwavering supporter of Irish independence.

  • School Days

    Is where you went to school an important factor in shaping and informing our view on life and society?

  • The Saturday Job

    Stacking shelves in a supermarket, serving in the local shop and delivering the weekend papers – for many teenagers the Saturday job is a rite of passage. But is this coming to an end?

  • Martha Stewart

    Martha Stewart has been called an “American icon” and the “High Priestess of Homemaking”. During the 1980s and 90s she became one of the world’s most successful businesswomen by elevating the chore of homemaking into an art form. Today the sheer scale of her media empire is staggering, she has her own television show and magazine, Martha Stewart Living, as well as a library of books and products selling her image of domestic perfection. Since the publication of her first book “Entertaining” in 1982 her influence on American culture has been unequalled and Time magazine has called her “one of the 25 most influential people in America”. In 2004 a highly publicised jury trial and five month prison sentence almost threatened to destroy her business, but the following year it returned to profitability. She joins Jenni to discuss the secret of her success.

  • School Days

    In his Labour party conference speech Ed Miliband made much of the fact that he had attended a local comprehensive school arguing that the school environment was an important factor in shaping and informing his view on life and society. To discuss the issues Jenni is joined by Anne McElvoy, journalist and broadcaster who attended St Bede's RC Comprehensive School in County Durham school in the 1970’s and Stephanie Theobald, journalist who attended a private Convent school in Cornwall in the 1970s.

  • Eva Gore-Booth

    Eva Gore-Booth was born in 1870 into Anglo-Irish landed gentry in the West of Ireland. But she dramatically rejected her aristocratic heritage choosing to live and work amongst the poorest classes in industrial Manchester. As well as a determined advocate for social justice, she was also a prolific poet, an intrepid feminist, a trade unionist, a pacifist and an unwavering supporter of Irish independence. Sonja Tiernan explores the life of this extraordinary woman in the first dedicated biography about Gore-Booth, and she joins Jenni in the studio.


    Sonja Tiernan author of Eva Gore-Booth: An image of such politics Published by Manchester University Press

    Manchester University Press
  • The Saturday Job

    Stacking shelves in a supermarket, serving in the local shop and delivering the weekend papers – for many teenagers the Saturday job is A rite of passage. But these once-common ways for young people to earn some extra money may soon become resigned to the past. According to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the number of teenagers working in Saturday jobs has halved since the mid-90s. Fewer vacancies and more pressure at school mean that young people are missing out on this early introduction to the world of work. Jenni is joined by Ruth Badger, Managing Director, Ruth Badger Consultancy and Dawn Gibbins, Entrepreneur & philantrhopist.

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