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Theresa May returns, domestic abuse, Chineke! Europe's first orchestra with entirely black and ethnic minority musicians, plus a Muslim woman's experience of Partition.

As Theresa May returns this week from her summer break, how long can she continue as Prime Minister? Can she re-assert her authority within Cabinet and the party? And can she improve her image with the electorate? Jane is joined by the political journalist Isabel Oakeshott and Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor of the New Statesman.

Can you stop a domestic abuser re-offending in just two days? A team at the University of Cambridge has concluded that a programme made up of two five hour sessions has been surprisingly successful, with a low reoffending rate. We speak to Chantal Hughes from the Hampton Trust domestic abuse charity who devised the course and Katie Ghose, the Chief Executive of Women's Aid.

One of those uncomfortable truths about classical music is that most symphony orchestras in Europe still consist mostly of white and white-Asian people. Chineke!, the brainchild of the double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku, is Europe's first professional orchestra made up of a majority of black and minority ethnic musicians. It gave its first concert less than two years ago but is already making waves in the classical music world. Chineke! make their Proms debut on Wednesday 30 August in a programme which includes works by young British composer Hannah Kendall, whose 'The Spark Catcherstakes' inspiration from the urgent energy of Lemn Sissay's poem of the same name.

The result of Indian Partition was one of the largest migrations in human history as more than 10 million people were forced to leave their homes and move to a new country. There was horrific violence on both sides and tens of thousands of women were raped and abducted. As part of our short series hearing from women affected by those tumultuous events, Sabiha Ahmed Husain, now in her nineties, recalls her memories of her Muslim family remaining in India and being a founder member of the All Pakistan Women's Association. Dr Yasmin Khan, Oxford historian, joins Jane.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Photo Credit: Eric Richmond.

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54 minutes


  • Theresa May

    Duration: 07:13

  • Domestic violence

    Duration: 08:54

  • Chineke!

    Duration: 08:48

  • Indian Partition

    Duration: 13:48


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest Helen Lewis
Interviewed Guest Isabel Oakeshott
Interviewed Guest Chantal Hughes
Interviewed Guest Katie Ghose
Interviewed Guest Chi-chi Nwanoku
Interviewed Guest Hannah Kendall
Interviewed Guest Sabiha Ahmed Husain
Interviewed Guest Yasmin Khan


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