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Natalie Bennett, Bridget Jones, Making underwear, Women and the Russian Revolution, are young people having less sex?

Natalie Bennett, the outgoing leader of the Green Party, Bridget Jones 20 years on, the Russian Revolution through women's eyes; and are young people having less sex?

On Friday the Green Party announces who will stand as their next leader, almost four years to the day since their outgoing leader Natalie Bennett took over. She joins Jane to discuss the highs and lows of her time as party leader, what it was like sharing a platform with the party leaders during last year's General Election, and why Parliament should encourage flexible working.

Making Underwear. Sarah Swadling has been to South Wales Valleys to visit the 50 employees, mostly women, at AJM Sewing. It's the only remaining factory in an area where lingerie production used to employ tens of thousands. Now that the big brands have left, what kind of work is keeping this company in business?

Surprising foreign eyewitnesses re-tell the story of the Russian Revolution in historian Helen Rappaport's new book. They include Emmeline Pankhurst, the suffragette leader who went to Petrograd in 1917 to inspect the Women's Death Battalion and got caught up in events and an English nurse who had survived the sinking of the Titanic. Helen Rappaport joins Jane to discuss their accounts.

It is twenty years since Helen Fielding's novel Bridget Jones's Diary was published. Written in the form of a personal diary, it chronicled the life of a thirty something single woman who writes about romantic relationships, her job, weight, alcohol and cigarettes. So how realistic was she to young single women back in the 1990s and does she have anything to say to that generation today? Jane is joined by writer and comedian Viv Groskop and writer and journalist Hattie Crisell.

And An American study says young people born after 1980 are having LESS sex than the previous generations. The claim was published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour by three American universities. Here in the UK, research by the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles shows a similar pattern. So what is going on with Britain's youth, and their approach to sex? Jane speaks to sex blogger, Girl On The Net and journalist Daisy Buchanan

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Caroline Donne.

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58 minutes

Chapters

  • Natalie Bennett

    She joins Jane to discuss the highs and lows of her time as party leader.

    Duration: 10:00

  • Making Underwear

    We visit AJM Sewing, one of the last remaining underwear factories in South Wales.

    Duration: 08:25

  • Women in the Russian Revolution

    Surprising foreign eyewitnesses re-tell the story in historian Helen Rappaport's new book

    Duration: 07:41

  • The Bridget Jones Generation

    20 yrs on since Bridget Jones's Diary was published, is it still relatable?

    Duration: 07:26

  • Are Young People Having Less Sex?

    So what about the post-Bridget Jones generation? How have attitudes towards sex changed?

    Duration: 07:39

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Caroline Donne
Interviewed Guest Natalie Bennett
Interviewed Guest Viv Groskop
Interviewed Guest Hattie Crisell
Interviewed Guest Girl On The Net
Interviewed Guest Daisy Buchanan

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  • Tue 30 Aug 2016 10:00

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