Nasa's chief scientist Dr Ellen Stofan; Women and Art; Music from First Aid Kit

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Nasa's chief scientist Dr Ellen Stofan is the fourth woman to hold the top job. She talks to Jenni Murray about seeing her first launch, aged four; her research on the geology of Venus and Mars and growing lettuces in space!.

Award winning authors Mary and Bryan Talbot talk about their latest collaboration, "Sally Heathcote: Suffragette" which tells the story of the suffragette movement through the eyes of fictional character Sally.

The Kenyan parliament has passed a new Marriage Act, now couples will have to be 18 to marry, a wife is entitled to 50% of the property acquired during the marriage should the couple divorce and, for the first time, polygamy is now recognised legal marriage. So what effect will it have on women and children in Kenya?

The Story of Women and Art is a BBC 2 series in which historian Professor Amanda Vickery attempts to uncover why only a small percentage of work shown in the world's most illustrious galleries and museums is by women? Amanda explains why it's important to throw the spotlight on female artists who've been kept in the shadows.

And the Swedish duo First Aid Kit will be performing live in the Studio.

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Dr Ellen Stofan

Nasa’s chief scientist Dr Ellen Stofan is the fourth woman to hold the top job.  Dr Stofan talks to Jenni about seeing her first launch, aged four; her research on the geology of Venus, Mars, Saturn's moon Titan and Earth; why it would be scientifically surprising not to find evidence of life on Mars; and growing lettuces in space.

 

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Women Artists

The Story of Women and Art is a three part series on BBC 2 where historian Prof Amanda Vickery attempts to uncover why only a small percentage of work shown in the world’s most illustrious galleries and museums is by women? Amanda joins Jenni to explain how important it has been throwing the spotlight on female artists who have been kept in the shadows, and revealing their stories of determination in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

First Aid Kit

Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg, aka First Aid Kit perform live in the studio.

Polygamy in Kenya

The Kenyan parliament has passed a new Marriage Act, now couples will have to be 18 to marry, a wife is entitled to 50% of the property acquired during the marriage should the couple divorce and, for the first time, polygamy is now recognised legal marriage. An estimated 13 out of every 100 marriages in the country are polygamous but the marriages weren’t formally recognised which meant only the first wife – and her children – had protection under the law. So what effect will this change have on women and children in Kenya. Kenyan reporter Wairimu Gitahi talks to Jenni Murray.

Sally Heathcote: Suffragette

Mary and Bryan Talbot became the surprise success story of the 2012 Costa Awards, winning the Best Biography Award for ‘Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes’. It was the first year that graphic novels had been nominated. Their latest collaboration, together with illustrator Kate Charlesworth, is ‘Sally Heathcote: Suffragette’. The novel tells the history of the suffragette movement in Britain through the eyes of fictional character Sally. Jenni Murray talk to the wife and husband team about their new novel and what it’s like to work together.

 

Sally Heathcote: Suffragette’ by Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot was published by Jonathan Cape on 1st May 2014.

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