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Fashion-forward velvet, Asbestos-free schools, What a year for powerlisters and politicians, The NCT's anniversary

Why we will all be wearing velvet this winter, the campaign to rid schools of asbestos, celebrating 60 years of the NCT, and memories of listening to Woman's Hour as a child.

If you want to be fashion forward wear velvet. What's the best way to wear it and why's it so popular. Following figures released under a Freedom of Information request by BBC Yorkshire we look at asbestos in schools in England, we talk to Lucie Stephens. Her mum, a teacher for 30 years, recently died from a form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure and she'll be telling us why she wants to get it removed from all schools. Plus as we gear up to reveal our 2016 Powerlist next week in a Special Programme from Buckingham Palace, we look at what kind of year some of the women featured on our previous three lists have had. And sixty years after it was founded the NCT - the National Childbirth Trust - is now the largest charity for parents in the UK . Yesterday we heard about how it began, today - changing its name and changing its image. And Helen shares her memories of listening to the programme as a child as part of our Birthday celebrations.

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45 minutes


  • Asbestos

    Duration: 08:37

  • Powerlisters in Review

    Duration: 10:38

  • National Childbirth Trust

    Duration: 12:41

  • Listener memories of Woman's Hour

    Duration: 01:18

  • Velvet

    Duration: 08:42


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Beverley Purcell
Interviewed Guest Lucie Stephens
Interviewed Guest Helen Lewis
Interviewed Guest Allegra Stratton
Interviewed Guest Amber Butchart
Interviewed Guest Sasha Wilkins


  • Thu 8 Dec 2016 10:00

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