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Presented by Jane Garvey. Political unrest in the Middle East - the implications for women; lonely hearts ads; the ethics of 'saviour siblings'; and the art of silence.

Presented by Jane Garvey. Unrest in Egypt and Tunisia - will the rest of the Middle East be affected? And how are the lives of women changing? Artist Becky Hastings has spent January in silence. She joins Jane to enjoy her first good natter and reflect on the nature of verbal and non-verbal communication. We discuss the ethics of "saviour siblings" - children created to help save the life of another - and trace the history of the lonely hearts ads in newspapers, magazines and online.

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45 minutes

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Tue 1 Feb 2011 10:00


  • Political Unrest in Tunisia/Egypt and Women's Rights

    What does the recent political unrest mean for women’s rights in the region? Jane discusses with Nadia Turki, Al Arab Newspaper; Dr Abdelrahman, Uni. of Cambridge; Emma Murphy, Uni. of Durham.

    Duration: 11:27

  • Becky Hastings: Silence

    Artist Becky Hastings has spent January in silence: living her life as close to normal as possible without speaking. She joins Jane to reflect on the nature of verbal and non-verbal communication.

    Duration: 06:32

  • Saviour Siblings

    Max Matthews is the first “saviour sibling” to be created in the UK. His parents explain their decision. Prof. Lisa Jardine of the HFEA; & Dr Anna Smajdor of UEA, discuss the ethics.

    Duration: 16:59

  • Lonely Hearts Ads

    Francesca Beauman has written a history of the subject: Shapely Ankle Preferred. She joins Jane to talk about the ads and what they reveal about dating, marriage & society over three centuries.

    Duration: 06:28


  • Tue 1 Feb 2011 10:00

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