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Mary J Blige and Carey Mulligan, Grace Mugabe

Mary J Blige and Carey Mulligan, the future of Grace Mugabe, social media poet Nikita Gill and Lisa Carne on protecting Belize's coral reef.

Music megastar Mary J Blige and award winning actress Carey Mulligan star together in the new film Mudbound. They join Jenni to talk about playing two women looking across the racial divide in 1940s America, and about women and race in the US film industry today.

Until yesterday Grace Mugabe was poised to become Zimbabwe's next President. With Robert Mugabe under house arrest and her own whereabouts unconfirmed, we look at how she rose to become a formidable First Lady, how much power she's exerted and what the future might hold. Feminist historian Dr Kate Law and Professor Clionadh Raleigh discuss.

Marine Biologist Lisa Carne has just received a UN Climate Change Award for her work protecting coral reef. She'll be talking about the Laughing Bird Caye National Park in Southern Belize where she's been leading the restoration initiative for ten years and growing corals in rope nurseries.

Another story in our series of women and fishing in Cornwall. Sophie Wear is 23 and recently started crewing on the fishing boat 'New Harmony' out of Helford. She describes what persuaded her to go to sea to BBC Cornwall's Hannah Stacey.

Insta-poet Nikita Gill has over 300,000 fans across social media. Her new anthology Wild Embers explores themes of femininity, empowerment and love.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Caroline Donne.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Grace Mugabe

    Duration: 08:38

  • Mary J Blige and Carey Mulligan

    Duration: 11:10

  • Marine biologist Lisa Carne

    Duration: 08:53

  • Fishy women

    Duration: 04:36

  • Insta-poet Nikita Gill

    Duration: 07:58

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Mary J Blige
Interviewed Guest Carey Mulligan
Interviewed Guest Kate Law
Interviewed Guest Clionadh Raleigh
Interviewed Guest Lisa Carne
Interviewed Guest Sophie Wear
Interviewed Guest Nikita Gill
Producer Caroline Donne

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