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Kimberley Taylor; History of heartthrobs

Kimberley Taylor, British woman in Syria; Carol Dyhouse on heartthrobs; Women's Aid's Polly Neate on funding for refuges; women and breakdancing; stopping smoking in pregnancy.

27 year old Kimberley Taylor from Blackburn is believed to be the first British woman who has gone to fight the so-called Islamic State in Syria. We speak to Dilar Dirik, who has spent time with the YPJ, as part of her PHD studies.

Mr Darcy, Rhett Butler, Elvis, Justin Bieber - who have you fantasised about or lusted after? They have all been adored by women at some point, but what can we learn from real (and fictional!) heartthrobs? Professor Carol Dyhouse explains how our changing idea of 'Prince Charming' can reveal the history of female desires and social change.

A crisis in funding for domestic abuse refuges has led to the closure of one in six of them in England between 2010 and 2016. Women's Aid are particularly concerned for the future of those that remain because of the proposed new funding model for refuges due to be implemented in 2019. Polly Neate, their chief executive explains.

Hip hop culture has had its fair share of criticisms for being misogynistic. So what can hip hop culture and breakdancing offer females? To find out, Jac Phillimore went along to a B-Girl class in Leith, a free breakdancing session for women and girls run by Hip hop education company The State.

Newcastle University researchers evaluated the "BabyClear" programme which follows the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance around smoking in pregnancy by screening all pregnant women for smoking using carbon monoxide monitoring. Jane talks to Dr Ruth Bell a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Health and Society at the University about how this approach helps double the number of women who give up.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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58 minutes



  • Kimberley Taylor

    Duration: 09:55

  • History of heartthrobs

    Duration: 09:44

  • Funding for refuges

    Duration: 06:40

  • Breakdancing

    Duration: 09:13

  • Smoking and pregnancy

    Duration: 06:11


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest Dilar Dirlik
Interviewed Guest Carol Dyhouse
Interviewed Guest Polly Neate
Interviewed Guest Ruth Bell
Interviewed Guest Jac Phillimore


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