Rosanne Cash; Women bishops; Foetal Alcohol Syndrome compensation; Trainers with everything?

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Rosanne Cash, singer-songwriter, and daughter of Johnny talks about dealing with her father's legacy and her new album, The River and The Thread. Should children harmed by Foetal Alcohol Syndrome receive compensation? Lawyer Neil Sugarman and medical ethicist Anna Wearing discuss whether causing FAS should be a crime. On the eve of London Fashion Week, Lisa Armstrong, the Telegraph's fashion editor debates the pros and cons of wearing trainers with everything. The Church of England's governing body, the General Synod has backed legislation which could see the first woman bishop appointed by the end of 2014. Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent for The Times joins Jenni to discuss the plan and which women might be the first bishops.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Rebecca Myatt.

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Thu 13 Feb 2014 10:00

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

A firm of solicitors, on behalf of a local authority, plan to take a test case to the Court of Appeal over claims that a child harmed by Foetal Alcohol Syndrome should receive compensation.  Neil Sugarman from GLP Solicitors explains why he believes that excessive drinking in pregnancy should be considered a “criminal injury” under the scheme, allowing victims to claim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.  Dr Anna Smajdor, lecturer and researcher in biomedical ethics at Norwich Medical School, University of the East of England  and Dr Simon Newell, Consultant and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Neonatal Medicine, Leeds General Infirmary join Jenni to discuss the wider implications of the case.


NHS Drinking and Pregnancy guidelines

RCOG Advice

The National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome UK


FAS Aware UK






Rosanne Cash

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash has one of the most famous surnames in the history of country music. She’s the eldest child of Johnny Cash, and has been singing professionally since the seventies, making thirteen studio albums, and charting 21 top 40 country singles in the States. Now she’s produced her third album in a trilogy following the death of her parents a decade ago, and which is her first new studio album in eight years and after brain surgery in 2007. The River And The Thread, is inspired by trips she took in the deep South to renovate her father’s boyhood home, and weaves a literal and personal journey, exploring her own past, and her musical and family roots. She describes the album as a, “mini-travelogue of the South, and of the soul.” When she joined Jenni in the Woman’s Hour studio she spoke about her Southern, musical, and personal journeys, dealing with her father’s legacy, and her fears that she “would lose music” after her operation. And she also performed the song Etta’s Tune from the album, along with her husband and musical collaborator, John Leventhal.


The River And The Thread is out now on Blue Note/Decca

Trainers With Everything

There was a big surprise at Paris Fashion Week last month - gone were towering high heels and in their place were humble trainers.  Or rather, Chanel’s not-so-humble, sequined trainers and Dior’s slip-on sneakers. Worn with ball gowns, summer dresses and tailored trousers, trainers were all over the catwalks. So have comfortable, practical trainers knocked  towering heels off their high-fashion pedestal? And how easy it to make trainers look chic? On the eve of London Fashion Week Jenni talks to Lisa Armstrong, the Telegraph’s fashion editor.

Women Bishops

The Church of England’s governing body has backed legislation which could see the first woman bishop appointed by the end of the year. The General Synod has agreed to cut the time it would take to consult its 44 dioceses on the legislation from six months to three. The move could lead to final approval of the legislation in Jul, which could come into force by November.

Guest: Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent for The Times


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestNeil Sugarman
Interviewed GuestAnna Smajdor
Interviewed GuestRosanne Cash
Interviewed GuestLisa Armstrong
Interviewed GuestRuth Gledhill
ProducerRebecca Myatt

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