Jessica Ennis; Anna Friel; Meltdown; Malala

Jessica Ennis, one of the golden girls of London 2012 talks about her success at the Olympics, how life has changed since the Games, and her new biography. Presented by Jenni Murray.

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Jessica Ennis

The gold medal winning heptathlete who became the face of London 2012 Olympic Games talks to Jenni about her new biography. Jessica Ennis reveals how she was bullied at school, the volatile relationship with her coach and her experience of being part of 'Super Saturday', which has been described as the best night in British athletics ever.
Unbelievable from My Childhood Dreams to Winning Olympic Gold, published by Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN: 978-1-444-76860-2.

Woman's Hour Power List expert witness – Muffy Calder, science & engineering

In the last decade there has been a concerted effort to direct girls into studying STEM – that is science, technology, engineering and maths subjects. But who are the female role models wielding real power at the cutting edge of what is often assumed to be a male dominated area of endeavour? Jenni is joined by Muffy Calder, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Glasgow and Chief Scientific Officer for Scotland.

Anna Friel

Anna Friel sprang to fame on Channel 4’s Brookside, and is known for her television roles including Jimmy McGovern’s The Street and the American series Pushing Daisies.  She won Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Patrick Marber’s Closer on Broadway, and had a triumphant run as Holly Golightly in the West End production of Breakfast at Tiffany's.  She now returns to the West End Stage as Yelena in Anton Chekhov’s classic Uncle Vanya.  She joins Jenni to discuss what drew her to the role.

Uncle Vanya runs at the Vaudeville Theatre, London until 16 February 2013.

Malala Yousafzai

In the last of the readings from the blog of Malala Yousafzai, she records her thoughts as her hopes of returning to school are again dashed.  The girls of King Edward VI School, Handsworth in Birmingham, continue their reading from the blog.

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Today we announce that Yoko Ono is to curate next year’s Meltdown music festival at London’s Southbank Centre. Celebrating her 80th birthday in 2013, the artist, musician, and activist, promises to pull together a feminist line up of artists. She’s only the third woman to curate the festival in its 20 year history, following on from Patti Smith and Laurie Anderson. Jane Beese, Head of Contemporary Music at the Southbank Centre and music journalist, Jude Rogers, join Jenni to explain the importance of handing the reins to Yoko Ono to curate more female performers.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

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