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Presented by Jenni Murray. Why the family of Louisa May Alcott became obsessed with a naturalistic cult and what a ruling on age discrimination might mean for other women at work.

Presented by Jenni Murray. Why the family of Louisa May Alcott became obsessed with a naturalistic cult - we hear about their nineteenth-century search for utopia. Miriam O'Reilly's lawyer joins the programme to discuss the wider implications for women following the age discrimination ruling, regarded as a milestone in the employment sector. We've an update on the case of a human rights lawyer sentenced to 11 years imprisonment in Iran. And we hear a call from one former education secretary for a re-think on pupils taking GCSEs at 16.

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Thu 13 Jan 2011 10:00


  • Age Discrimination in the Workplace

    What’s the future for the older woman in the workplace? Jenni is joined by Dr Emma Parry, from the Cranfield School of Management and Camilla Palmer who was Miriam O’Reilly's lawyer.

    Duration: 08:42

  • Whither GCSEs?

    Jenni is joined by Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers and to Baroness Estelle Morris, former education secretary.

    Duration: 08:59

  • Tamasin Day Lewis

    The cookery writer and broadcaster Tamasin Day Lewis is joined by reporter Sally Williams in her Somerset kitchen where U.S favourite Boston Baked Beans is on the menu.

    Duration: 06:01

  • Upate on Nasrin Sotoudeh

    Ann Harrison of Amnesty gives an update on Nasrin Sotoudeh, the Iranian human rights lawyer who has been sentenced to 11 years in prison

    Duration: 08:01

  • Fruitlands

    How did the Fruitlander experiment in communal living influence the author Louisa May Alcott? Jenni is joined by Richard Francis, author of Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and their search for Utopia.

    Duration: 09:45


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