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The Wainwright Sisters; Women and US Politics

Singer-songwriters Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, trouser trends for spring and summer, women and US politics, composer Joceyln Fook and director Emma Bernard.

On Monday primary voting begins in the US presidential race - Sarah Palin is back on the scene in support of Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton is under attack from her Democrat rival (Bernie Sanders) as the "Establishment candidate". Clinton's credentials as a defender of Women's Rights have also been under attack from Trump's camp and polls show her struggling to engage younger women.

Martha Wainwright and her half-sister Lucy Wainwright Roche on growing up as part of a musical dynasty, the death of Martha's mother Kate McGarrigle at the time of the difficult birth of her son, how this brought her closer to Lucy and inspired her to create an album of dark lullabies with her - including songs passed on in their family (from each of their mothers and their father to the children), and why they're recording together now as The Wainwright Sisters.

Trouser trends for the coming season and influences from the past with Sasha Wilkins, who blogs as Liberty London Girl, and fashion historian Amber Butchart.

Composer Jocelyn Pook and Director Emma Bernard will be talking to Jenni about how they've used performance and music to bring to life some of the poems and drawings by children who were in the Terezin concentration camp. The production is currently touring round the country and will be at London's Barbican on Saturday.

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58 minutes


  • The Women in US Politics

    Ahead of the Iowa primary, we look at the women at the top of US politics

    Duration: 10:00

  • The Wainwright Sisters

    Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche on growing up as part of a musical dynasty

    Duration: 14:28

  • Trouser trends

    Sasha Wilkins (Liberty London Girl) and fashion historian Amber Butchart talk trousers

    Duration: 07:54

  • Poems and drawings of children in the Terezin concentration camp

    Jocelyn Pook and Emma Bernard talk about Drawing Life

    Duration: 09:38


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest Felicity Spector
Interviewed Guest Cynthia Weber
Interviewed Guest Martha Wainwright
Interviewed Guest Lucy Wainwright Roche
Interviewed Guest Sasha Wilkins
Interviewed Guest Amber Butchart
Interviewed Guest Jocelyn Pook
Interviewed Guest Emma Bernard


  • Fri 29 Jan 2016 10:00

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