Cate Blanchett; Zoe Williams; anonymity for rape defendants
Cate Blanchett on those ears, hobbit feet and Australian PM Julia Gillard. Radio 4 newsreader Carolyn Brown and her husband discuss her decision to donate him one of her kidneys and lookahead to the transplant in the New Year. Zoe Williams and Cally Robson debate whether women have a match for the old boys' network. After the acquittal on a rape charge of Amy Winehouse's former boyfriend Reg Traviss, we hear calls that there should be anonymity for men accused of rape.
Presented by Jane Garvey
Producer Emma Wallace.
Anonymity of rape defendants
Last week the ex-boyfriend of singer Amy Winehouse was cleared of rape. It took the jury just three hours to acquit him. After the verdict, Reg Traviss said his life had been on hold for eight months - as he strove to prove his innocence in a legal system he described as “faulty.” So should men accused of rape be granted anonymity? What effect – if any – would that have on conviction rate? Would it hinder the police or help those wrongly accused of a crime retain their reputation?
Cate Blanchett talks to Jane about her latest role playing Galadriel in The Hobbit as well as her career, the nature of celebrity and gender politics in Australia.
Donating your kidney to your husband
Newsreader and continuity announcer, Carolyn Brown, a voice familiar to Radio 4 listeners for more than twenty years, joins Jane Garvey in the Woman’s Hour studio with her new husband Bruce Connell. They explain why, in just a few weeks time, Bruce will undergo a kidney transplant and how Carolyn will donate the kidney.
Woman’s Hour Power List: do women have an effective equivalent of the old boys’ network?
We hear endlessly of all the Etonian men in power today; David Cameron, Boris Johnson and the new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. So what are the equivalent networks women use and how useful are they? Joining Jane to discuss is Cally Robson the founder of the women’s business networking group She’s Ingenious and the columnist and journalist Zoe Williams.