Syria's refugees; Influence of Song Lyrics; Nell Dunn and Margaret Drabble

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While tens of thousands of Syrian refugees are pouring over the borders into neighbouring countries, we talk to some of those trying to return to Syria to escape harsh conditions at the Zaatari camp in Jordan. We hear what teenagers at the Devas Youth Club in South London think about the impact song lyrics might have on relationships and attitudes. We discuss the issue with feminist Joan Smith and Music Psychologist Adrian North of Curtin University in Australia. Power Lister, Kath Mainland, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society tells us what it's like running the largest art festival in the world. And as Nell Dunn's 1960's classics, 'Up the Junction' and 'Poor Cow' are republished we speak to her and the author Margaret Drabble about the impact of these books.

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Impact of over sexualised music

Recently we discussed the sexist imagery and lyrics of pop singer Robin Thicke’s number one hit Blurred Lines. In the video topless, almost entirely naked girls are told they “know they want it” as they passively prance around him. It’s a big hit, but what is the deeper impact of such sexualised music and images?  Are songs like this making overly sexualised language and behaviour seem normal, and how is it affecting the lives of young people? We speak to a group of teenage boys and girls from Devas Youth Club in Battersea, London to hear their views on the language in the urban music they listen to and how it affects them. Can music really lead to negative attitudes, language, sexual behaviour, and even crime? To discuss the links, we’re joined by Music Psychologist Adrian North of Curtin University in Australia, and feminist writer Joan Smith.

WARNING: This piece contains some very strong language.

Kath Mainland, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Power Lister, Kath Mainland is sometimes called the “first lady of the fringe” but in fact she’s been involved with many of Scotland’s major festivals and events, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the MTV European Music Awards in Edinburgh and the city's millennium celebrations. On the eve of the 2013 festival she joins Jenni to explain what it takes to run the largest arts festival in the world.
The 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place between 2 and 26 August.

Syrian Refugee Camp

Syrian Refugee Camp

It’s estimated that there are now 1.6 million refugees trying to escape the conflict in Syria which has claimed over 100,000 lives. Every day roughly 6,000 more Syrian refugees cross the borders into neighbouring countries to live in camps like the Zaatari camp in Jordan. But because the conditions are so harsh, thousands of refugees are now trying to return home. They say that, despite losing relatives in the conflict, they prefer to go back to a perilous existence in Syria rather than endure the frustrations of life in a desert camp, where infectious diseases are on the increase and soaring temperatures are making life unbearable.
Angela Robson went to the Zaatari camp to meet the refugees trying to return to Syria.

Pictures by Simon Rawles

Nell Dunn

Today Virago republishes Nell Dunn’s 1960’s classics, ‘Up the Junction’ and ‘Poor Cow’. Praised and attacked at the time for their energy, candour and realism, Nell and Jenni are joined by author, Margaret Drabble to discuss the impact of these books.


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestJoan Smith
Interviewed GuestAdrian North
Interviewed GuestKath Mainland
Interviewed GuestNell Dunn
Interviewed GuestMargaret Drabble
EditorAlice Feinstein
ProducerCaroline Donne

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