X Factor finalist Jahmene Douglas; Women and vinyl; Communal changing rooms

Jahmene Douglas talks about his difficult childhood. Why do some women fear the communal changing room? In anticipation of Record Store Day 2013, Jenni Murray takes a look at women and vinyl and discovers that record collecting is no longer a geeky male passtime. Marine warrior Bronwyn Maree talks about her work to save the albatross.

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X Factor finalist Jahmene Douglas; appointed youth ambassador for Women’s Aid

Last year’s X factor finalist Jahmene Douglas has become the first ever youth ambassador for Women’s Aid the national domestic violence charity. Jahmene’s transition from stacking shelves at Asda to winning his own record deal seemed like a fairy tale but in fact belied a childhood growing up in fear of a violent father who terrorised and abused his  family over  decades. Jahmene and his mother, Mandy, talk to Jenni about the toll of domestic violence  on their family, and why Jahmene is now determined to use  his music  to support other victims.


0808 2000 247 Free phone 24 hr National Domestic Violence Helpline


BBC Website:  Domestic Violence Support & Counselling Contacts

Bronwyn Maree

Bronwyn Maree has been described as a ‘marine warrior’ and there is no doubt that her battle to save the albatross has required a tough constitution and a passion for her work. Five years ago, she joined the Albatross Task Force – a global team set up by the RSPB and BirdLife International to prevent the albatross from becoming extinct. Since 2008, Bronwyn has worked mainly on South African deep-sea trawlers and has combated terrible seasickness to spend weeks out at sea with initially dubious all male crews as she worked to persuade them to change their fishing methods to save endangered seabirds. Her success has led to a decline of 80% in albatross deaths and this year, she was nominated for the prestigious Future For Nature Young Conservationist Award. Bronwyn talks to Jenni Murray about her work.  


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The Women of Vinyl

It’s a commonplace misconception that only men collect vinyl and are obsessed with records. But nowadays, women make up a large percentage of the committed collectors who rifle through charity shops and record stores looking for that elusive limited edition. Saturday 20th April is Record Store Day, an initiative set up to embrace collectors around the world. Jenni Murray talks to 6Music weekend breakfast presenter - Mary Anne Hobbs – about her enthusiasm for the crackle and static of needle on vinyl. They are joined by Ashli Todd who co-owns Spiller's Records in Cardiff – the oldest record shop in the world.

Communal changing rooms

The communal changing room – every one of us has experienced it at some point even if the last time you had to use one was during your school days. But, as an adult, how happy are you to bare all in front of other women when changing into your tracksuit or swimming costume?  Why does the idea of undressing and preparing for exercise in front of other women fill so many of us with dread? Jenni talks to Marianne Clark, the author of ‘Whose Eyes? Women’s Experiences of Changing in a Public Change Room’. She admits to feeling uncomfortable putting her gym kit on in public. Journalist Sarah Ditum also joins the discussion. She is happy to strip off in a communal changing room and claims that “No one is ever as helplessly exposed as when conducting the dance of the seven veils with a pair of knickers and a soggy bath sheet.”


You can read and download Marianne’s study ‘Whose Eyes? Women’s Experiences of Changing in a Public Change Room’.  


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PresenterJenni Murray
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