Armistead Maupin, pension proposals, Sarah Vine discusses thinning hair
Armistead Maupin talks to Jenni Murray as Tales of the City is dramatised on Radio 4, Sarah Vine describes coping with thinning hair, Lee Weeks has used her experience of human trafficking in the plot of her new book. Pensions Minister, Steve Webb and Dame Anne Begg MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee discuss the impact of new legislation on women, and MP Alan Beith, who chairs the Parliamentary Justice Select Committee, outlines their views on new co-parenting proposals.
State Pension Reform and Effects on Women
Today we look at the recent government proposals to move toward a flat-rate state pension and the benefits and drawbacks of those changes for women. Jenni is joined by the Pensions Minister, Steve Webb and Dame Anne Begg MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, who continues to raise her concerns about the estimated 430,000 women who could lose out under these alterations.
Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City was first serialised in a local San Francisco paper in 1976. It told the story of a group of people living in a house in Russian Hill, presided over by free-spirited landlady Mrs Madrigal. Featuring drugs and gay relationships, the story shocked some locals but went on to be a hugely successful novel which will be the 15 minute drama next week. Maupin is currently writing the ninth in the series and he joins Jenni to discuss his huge surprise hit.
Women and Hair Loss
Last week on Woman’s Hour we discussed men and hair loss. Several listeners asked us to look at the 30% of women who also have to face this condition. Jenni speaks to journalist and Times newspaper beauty editor, Sarah Vine, who has had thinning hair since she was fourteen.