Amanda Palmer; Gary McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp

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Amanda Palmer talks about her music and plays live in the studio. Gary McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp tells us about the fight to stop her son's extradition to the United States. What to tell the children about Jimmy Savile and other potentially upsetting or frightening news stories - Sue Minto from Childline gives advice. Is it possible to compromise when one parent wants another baby, and the other doesn't? John O'Farrell and Jenny Monks discuss. Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 - is an exhibition at the V&A Museum. We look at a dress designed by Victor Edelstein and worn by Lady Anne Heseltine.
Presented by Jenni Murray
Produced by Steven Williams.

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Thu 18 Oct 2012 10:00

Gary McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp talks about her fight to block her son’s extradition

This week the Home Secretary, Theresa May blocked the extradition to the US of computer hacker Gary McKinnon. Gary’s McKinnon’s mother Janis Sharp says she has been on an "emotional rollercoaster" whilst fighting her son’s extradition. He admitted hacking into US government computers but claims he was looking for evidence of UFOs. Gary also has Asperger Syndrome which is a form of autism. He was arrested in 2002 and extradition proceedings began in 2005.

Jimmy Savile - What to tell children?

Over the past couple of weeks Childline has received calls from children asking them to explain the Jimmy Savile abuse allegations and the NSPCC helpline has received increased calls from adults about children and sexual abuse. So what’s the best way to tell children about a sensitive news story and is there a right time and place to do it? Jenni is joined by Sue Minto Head of Childline

Amanda Palmer

The American singer songwriter Amanda Palmer came to fame as one half of Brechtian punk cabaret band The Dresden Dolls and most recently Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra. Known for being heavily engaged with her fan community, she reached out to a crowd funding platform to fund the release of her new album ‘Theatre is Evil’. She raised over $1m dollars in just thirty days. She joins Jenni to discuss her music and performs live in the studio. Theatre is Evil by Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra is out now.

Another baby?

It’s a discussion that many of us have: should you have another baby? What happens when one of you wants to and the other doesn’t? Is compromise possible? What are the biggest fears? And how do you know your relationship can cope with a second, third or even fourth child? Jenni is joined by John O’Farrell, author of The Man Who Forgot His Wife, and Jenny Monks, a freelance television producer from Liverpool.


If you go down to the V& A Fashion Galleries, prepare to be dazzled by the current exhibition.
Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 is a spectacular display of more than 60 gorgeous creations by some of Britain’s finest designers of the last 60 years, from Norman Hartnell to Alexander McQueen. The co-curator Sonnet Stanfill shows Judi Herman a particularly dramatic piece designed by Victor Edelstein in 1986 and worn by his regular customer, Lady Anne Heseltine, wife of Sir Michael Heseltine.

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