Main content

Joan Baez on activism, Author Kate Figes

Joan Baez looks back on a life of music and activism ahead of her last formal tour and journalist Kate Figes talks about her breast cancer diagnosis.

As Joan Baez prepares to embark on her last formal tour, she looks back on a life of music and activism. And she performs The President Sang Amazing Grace a track from her first original album in a decade, Whistle Down The Wind, which is released today.

The journalist Kate Figes was writing her latest book about life stages, this time focusing on midlife as she approached her 60th birthday, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She talks to Jenni about the experiences that resulted in her book 'On smaller dogs and larger life questions,' what treatments, conventional and alternative, work for her and how, ultimately, it's people that matter.

Presented by Jenni Murray
Produced by Beverley Purcell.

Available now

58 minutes


  • Joan Baez

    Duration: 21:41

  • Off the Rails Trail

    Duration: 01:09

  • Kate Figes

    Duration: 11:28

  • Glass Ceiling for TV Writers

    Duration: 07:52


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Joan Baez
Interviewed Guest Kate Figes
Producer Beverley Purcell


  • Fri 2 Mar 2018 10:00

Late Night Woman's Hour

Late Night Woman's Hour

Lauren Laverne, Emma Barnett and guests in frank and funny Late Night Woman's Hour.

The Menopause

The Menopause

A series exploring its impact on women’s work and relationships, and potential treatments

Woman's Hour video

Woman's Hour video

Visual delights from Woman's Hour.

Follow us on Instagram

Follow us on Instagram

Get all the pictures, videos, behind the scenes and more from Woman’s Hour



Four women struggle to reclaim their identity after being abused online.