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Abortion clinics and protest, Power List influencer Zanny Minton Beddoes, Prom composers

Tansy Davies talks about creating new work for the Proms. Are protests outside abortion clinics affecting the provision of services to women? With Jenni Murray.

Tansy Davies joins fellow composer Shiori Usui to talk about the inspiration behind two very different pieces of work they've created for the Proms. Are protests outside abortion clinics having an impact on the provision of services to women? Labour MP Diane Abbott and Genevieve Edwards of Marie Stopes UK discuss. Power List influencer Zanny Minton Beddoes on reaching the eyes and ears of world leaders as editor-in-chief of The Economist. With hard working families high on the political agenda, we ask whether the needs of the traditional family - often with a stay at home parent - are being overlooked.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Anne Peacock.

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58 minutes


  • Abortion Clinics & Protest

    Duration: 09:40

  • Zanny Minton Beddoes

    Duration: 08:00

  • Family Policy

    Duration: 08:55

  • Cooking Measures

    Duration: 05:56

  • Prom Composers

    Duration: 08:51

Abortion Clinics & Protest

It’s been reported this week that an abortion clinic has been forced to close as a direct result of protest activity. This is believed to be a first in the UK, though both the main providers of abortion services – BPAS and Marie Stopes - deny it’s one of their sites. Are anti-abortion protests beginning to affect the provision of these services to women? Jenni speaks to Labour MP Diane Abbott, who sponsored an early day motion in parliament to introduce buffer zones as a result of the protest activity outside clinics, and to Genevieve Edwards, from Marie Stopes UK, one of the biggest abortion providers in the country.

Woman’s Hour 2015 Power List: Influencers - Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny Minton Beddoes, the first female Editor-In-Chief of The Economist in the publication’s 172 year history, is number nine on our 2015 Power List. Since joining the magazine in 1994, she’s held roles including Business Affairs Editor, Economics Editor and Emerging Markets Correspondent before reaching the top spot. She was chosen by our judges as a high level opinion former who is below most radars, and because she can apparently count Barack Obama and Angela Merkel as listeners to her podcast. She talks to Jenni about how influential she feels knowing that the world’s movers and shakers are listening to what she has to say.

A Political Consensus On Family Policy?

All of the main political parties in Great Britain entered the last election with policies on childcare aimed at supporting hard working families. The Government has proudly defended its record for helping women with children into work through affordable childcare. But has the voice of the traditional family with a stay at home parent, often a mother, disappeared from policy debates? And if we have a consensus over what families need, how has it emerged? Jenni talks to Giselle Cory, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, and to Belinda Brown, Honorary Research Associate at University College London, who writes for the Conservative Woman.

Baking Measures

Anyone who bakes will by now have come across the American cup as a unit of measurement. Why the Americans still use them to make their traditional brownies and pancakes is all part of the baffling and convoluted history of measuring the things we cook and eat. In her book Consider The Fork, Bee Wilson looks at the history of innovation in the kitchen – including the different ways we use measuring tools to replicate our recipes. Catherine Carr went to visit her at home, where she tried her hand at a recipe for an autumnal American treat.

Prom Composers

Jenni speaks to two composers who both have brand new work at this year’s Proms - Tansy Davies and Shiori Usui. Tansy Davies’ latest work, Re-Greening, was written especially for the National Youth Orchestra: a celebration of new life and spring time, it will be premiered by 165 young musicians in a week-long tour which will culminate in a performance at the Proms on 8 August. Shiori Usui’s latest work, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis s.l., is inspired by the fungus of the same name, and receives its world premiere on Saturday 25 July in a Prom performed by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Tansy Davies
Interviewed Guest Shiori Usui
Interviewed Guest Diane Abbott
Interviewed Guest Genevieve Edwards
Interviewed Guest Zanny Minton Beddoes
Producer Anne Peacock


  • Fri 24 Jul 2015 10:00

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