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Prue Leith, Ingrid Betancourt, Smart phones, Hairdressers

Prue Leith on getting married aged 76, former hostages Ingrid Betancourt and Amanda Lindhout, why do women not make it to the top in hairdressing? Smart phones and parenting.

Prue Leith is a cook, restaurateur, food writer, Great British Menu judge, novelist and business woman. In 1995, having published 12 cookbooks, she gave up writing about food to concentrate on fiction. Prue joins Jenni to talk about her seventh novel 'Prodigal Daughter' and her decision to get married again at the age of 76.

In 2002, the French Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped and held hostage for six years in the Colombian jungle by the FARC or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Watching Ingrid's emotional release on TV in 2008, was Amanda Lindhout, a young Canadian journalist. A month later she herself was taken hostage at gun-point in Somalia, and held for 460 days. Kim Chakanetsa brings both women together to talk for the first time.

As the hairdressing industry gets ready for the British Hairdressing Awards next week, we hear from women within the industry and ask why there are not more at the top. Jenni talks to Karine Jackson, Chancellor of the Fellowship of British Hairdressers and Ruth Hunsley, Editor of Hairdressers Journal (sponsor of the awards).

A Netmums study claims that although 60% of mothers felt unsupported and lonely in 2006, only 28% feel that way now. Netmums claim that the smartphone has revolutionised women's experiences of parenthood. But if new technology has enhanced the experience of parents, what is its impact on children? Jenni talks to Anne-Marie O'Leary, Editor in Chief at Netmums and to child psychologist Dr Richard Woolfson.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Rebecca Myatt.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Prue Leith
Interviewed Guest Ingrid Betancourt
Interviewed Guest Amanda Lindhout
Interviewed Guest Karine Jackson
Interviewed Guest Anne-Marie Leary
Interviewed Guest Kim Chakanetsa
Interviewed Guest Richard Woolfson
Interviewed Guest Ruth Hunsley
Producer Rebecca Myatt

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