The toys your kids are attached to, aid for Syria, women to watch in 2013

Why do kids become attached to particular toys? A pair of women who have set up a charity to provide medical aid to Syria talk to Jenni Murray and journalists Helen Lewis and Emma Barnett suggest women to watch in 2013. Also Bee Wilson on the history of the spoon and advice for over 50's looking for a job.

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Female aid workers in Syria.

Syria and the atrocities that have taken place there are rarely out of the news, but what is being done to help the ordinary people affected by the fall out from the civil war? Rola is an anaesthetist whose parents were born in Syria and Iman was born in Ireland but moved to the UK in 1970, where she met her husband who was born in Syria. Both have been involved in organising aid through Hand in Hand for Syria, which was set up as a registered charity nearly a year ago.

Who are the powerful women to watch in 2013?

As the Woman's Hour Power List judges consider who the most powerful women in the UK are at the start of 2013, we take a look at the women who will come to prominence as the year progresses. Jenni speaks to Emma Barnett, women’s editor of the Daily Telegraph and Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman.

Getting a job if you are over 50

The latest unemployment figures reveal that it is harder for people aged 50-64 to move back into work than any other group. And nearly half of the women in this age group have been unemployed  for at least a year.

How much is age playing a factor and what can women do to maximize their chances of being successful in the job market? Jenni is joined by Jane Vass, Head of Policy at Age UK and Rebekah Handford, Managing Director of Highpoint Recruitment consultancy.

Food journalist Bee Wilson reveals the hidden history behind everyday culinary items

The history of the world is usually told through the invention of weapons or industrial machines. But in her new book, food journalist Bee Wilson argues that the history of how we prepare the food we eat is far more revealing. From the birth of the fork in Italy – perfect for pasta – to the reasons Americans  - and no one else - use cups to bake, ‘Consider the Fork’ is a history of the art of cooking through the implements we use to prepare our food. Bee invited Catherine Carr to her house, where they started at the very beginning: with the humble wooden spoon.

Whether it's a blanket or a teddy, why do children become so attached to a special object?

Whether it is child's toy or an adult's favorite chair, there is something about particular objects which make them special, and therefore something we can't bear to throw away. So what is it that makes an object more special than others?  Dr Nathalia Gjersoe is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at University of Bristol, who has been conducting research into our connection with Attachment Objects. She joins Jenni, along with the actress and broadcaster Janet Ellis, who explains why there are some things she simply couldn't let go.

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