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Dame Julie Moore; Lynne Segal; Ali Smith on Antigone

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 31 October 2013

Male fertility home testing kits - how effective will they be and what impact could they have on dispelling myths and stigma around infertility? Jenni is joined by Consultant Gynaecologist Mr Tim Child and Victoria Lambert, who chairs the Medical Journalists Association.

Woman's Hour powerlister Dame Julie Moore, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust tells us about her career, being partnered with trusts in special measures and the decision to treat Malala Yousafzai.

Lynne Segal, feminist writer and activist, on the Perils and Pleasures of Ageing. Ali Smith's latest book is a retelling of Sophocles' tragedy Antigone. She joins us to discuss with Professor Edith Hall. Marina McCullen, a guide at Leeds Castle in Kent, explains why the property is sometimes known as the 'ladies' castle' because of its association with a number of medieval queens.

Presented by Jenni Murray
Produced by Kirsty Starkey.

Chapters

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  • Male Fertility - Home Testing Kits

    Male fertility is in decline. An infertility business thought to be worth more than £3 billion globally has now introduced a home-test kit for men. So how accurate is this new means of testing? Will men buy it? And if an estimated third of fertility problems lie with the male isn’t it about time there was more discussion around this area? Jenni is joined by Consultant Gynaecologist Mr Tim Child from the Oxford Fertility Unit, and Victoria Lambert, Chair of the Medical Journalists Association.

  • Power List Interview: Dame Julie Moore

    Dame Julie Moore is Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. She spent ten years in clinical practice before moving into nursing management. She became a director of Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust in 1998. In 2002 she moved to Birmingham, taking up her current post in 2006.  She was a member of the National Organ Donation Taskforces from 2007 to 2008. She received a DBE for services to healthcare in 2011.  She joins Jenni to talk about her career, the night Malala Yousafzai was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, being partnered with trusts in special measures, and what power means to her.

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  • Ladies Castle

    Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the marriage of King Edward the First to Eleanor of Castile.   It was on the first of November in 1254 that the young couple’s wedding took place.  It was an arranged marriage, but it seems a happy one.  When Eleanor died in 1290, Edward had the course of her funeral procession marked by a series of ‘Eleanor crosses’ set up in the towns where her body rested on its way to burial in Westminster Abbey.   In life, Eleanor had owned various properties, including Leeds Castle in Kent. In fact, the Castle is sometimes known as the ‘ladies’ castle’ because of its association with a number of medieval queens. That’s because Edward started a tradition of kings giving it as a wedding gift to their new wives when he presented the castle to his second wife, Margaret. The Castle – which is near Maidstone – is now open to the public.  Louise Adamson visits Leeds to find out more about the medieval queens who once owned it, where she speaks to one of the guides, Marina McCullen.
  • The Perils and Pleasures of Ageing

    Jenni speaks to the feminist writer and activist Lynne Segal who says that the question of how old she is frightens her.  But she says this is also maddening because feminists like her, approaching their sixth or seventh decade, have spent their lives combating prejudices on all sides but little has been said or done for older generations of women.  In her new book Out of Time: The Perils and Pleasures of Ageing she explores assumptions about ageing and how to age well and examines the representation of ageing in the work of writers including Simone de Beauvoir, Alice Walker, Adrienne Rich, Philip Roth, Diane Athill, Jo Brand and others.

  • Antigone

    Ali Smith's latest book is a retelling of Sophocles' tragedy Antigone.  It is about a young Theban princess who decides to bury her brother, Polynices, against King Creon's express orders. Jenni talks to the writer Ali Smith and Edith Hall, Professor of Classics at King’s College about the continuing appeal of a tale of a young girl who stands up for what she thinks is right and defies authority.

Credits

Presenter
Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest
Julie Moore
Interviewed Guest
Tim Child
Interviewed Guest
Victoria Lambert
Interviewed Guest
Lynne Segal
Interviewed Guest
Ali Smith
Interviewed Guest
Edith Hall
Interviewed Guest
Marina McCullen
Producer
Kirsty Starkey

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