Love letters; Leveson Inquiry; fear of missing out; Power List - Expert Witness on female scientists, the police

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Presented by Jenni Murray. Mick Jagger's old flame, Marsha Hunt, is about to auction at Sotheby's the love letters he wrote to her in the summer of 69. When love letters can come back to haunt you, is declaring your love in writing still worth the risk?
Feminist campaigners are closing in on the media - protesting against Page 3, offensive news coverage and the rarity of women on our screens and radios. What difference will the Leveson report make to the way the media treats women?
Unlike disciplines such as physics, chemistry or engineering, where female students are thin on the ground, the number of women and men earning undergraduate degrees in the life sciences is evenly balanced, a trend that carries on into the PhD phase. But as you move up the academic career ladder the less visible women become. Professor Nancy Rothwell discusses who are the women scientists in the top jobs.
And Jackie Malton, a former Detective Chief Inspector and the inspiration for the character of Jane Tennison in the TV drama Prime Suspect, considers how much power women wield in the police force?
Do you follow complete strangers on Twitter? Constantly update your Facebook status and insist on sleeping with your smartphone next to your pillow? If the answer is yes, then you might be suffering from FOMO - the fear of missing out. Jenni speaks to a FOMO addict who says that women are particularly prone to this habit.

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Fri 30 Nov 2012 10:00

Love Letters: putting your love on the written line - is it worth the risk?

Marsha Hunt, former girlfriend of Mick Jagger, is auctioning a selection of love letters he sent her in the summer of 69 at Sothebys on December 12th. She says she doesn’t want to be a burden to her children and needs the money to fund her through her old age. Love letters that come back to haunt you  is nothing new so is putting your love on the written line more dangerous these days, and even if it is, does the ultimate romantic gesture warrant the risk? Jenni talks to John O’Connell author of a new book ‘For the Love of Letters: The Joy of Slow Communication’ and to Guardian Columnist Tim Lott.

 For the Love of Letters: The Joy of Slow Communication by John O'Connell is published by Short Books, November 2012, price £12.99.

Love Letters of Great Men, Edited by Ursula Doyle is published by Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-73946-8.

 

 

Power List Expert Witness: Jackie Malton on women in the police force.

How much power do women wield in the police force? The  voter turnout was historically low for the recent elections of the police and crime commissioners. With all ballots counted, turnout was about 14.9% Out of the 41 posts, 6 women were filled by women. They are still in the minority. In 1991 the series Prime Suspect hit our screens featuring formidable DCI Jane Tennison. At the time there were 14,500 female police officers – the number has now risen to 36,500. Of those 305 are chief inspectors. Jenni speaks to Jackie Malton, a former Detective Chief Inspector who was the inspiration for the character of Jane Tennison in the TV drama Prime Suspect.

 

Woman's Hour Power List nominations

 

FOMO: the fear of missing out

Do you follow complete strangers on Twitter? Constantly update your Facebook status, interrupt one call to take another one and insist on sleeping with your smartphone next to your pillow?   If the answer to all of these is a yes then you might be suffering from FOMO — the fear of missing out  - on something or someone more interesting, exciting or better than what you're currently doing.  Jenni is joined by writer and recovering FOMO addict, Collette Walsh and Psychologist Emma Kenny to discuss the issues.

Power List Expert Witness: Professor Nancy Rothwell on women in science

Unlike disciplines such as physics, chemistry or engineering, where female students are thin on the ground, in the UK, the number of women and men earning undergraduate degrees in the life sciences is evenly balanced, a trend that carries on into the PhD phase. But as you move up the academic career ladder the less visible women become.  Continuing our Power List series, Professor Nancy Rothwell  joins Jenni to discuss who are the women scientists in the top jobs, and why are there so few women up there with the men?

 

 

Woman's Hour Power List nominations

The Leveson Inquiry

Feminist campaigners are closing in on the media – protesting against Page 3, offensive news coverage and the rarity of women on our screens and radios.  Is Leveson about to change things for the better?Jenni is joined by Yvonne Roberts; the Observer’s chief leader writer and by Jacqui Hunt from Equality Now.

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