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Playwright and actor Athena Stevens, the Irish abortion referendum, BBC Women's Footballer of the Year.

Playwright Athena Stevens talks about her new work, Schism. Plus Jenni Murray speaks to author Amy Bloom about the affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok.

Playwright Athena Stevens joins Jenni to talk about her new play, in which she also star, Schism, which has just opened at the Park Theatre in London. It maps the 20 year relationship between failed-architect Harrison, and student Katherine, examining the imbalance in power between men and women and disabled and non-disabled people, and the impact it can have on relationships.

The Eighth Amendment was introduced In Ireland after a referendum in 1983. It gives a woman and a foetus equal rights and rules termination out, unless the life of the woman is in grave danger. On Friday Irish people will be asked to vote again. Do they want to change the 8th Amendment of the Constitution or do they want to keep it and leave things as they are. Siobhann Tighe, meets a family in County Kildare: Mum, Dad and their grown-up daughter who's pregnant, who all have a different take on the Eighth.

Jenni talks to Amy Bloom about her new novel White Houses a story created around the long-standing affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok . Historians have debated the nature of their relationship, but it's now generally thought to have been a deep romance.

Plus we hear from the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year.

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54 minutes


  • Irish 8th Amendment - Family Disscussion

    Duration: 10:16

  • Athena Stevens

    Duration: 10:55

  • Amy Bloom

    Duration: 08:40

  • BBC Female Footballer of the Year - Winner Lucy Bronze

    Duration: 07:06


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Reporter Siobhann Tighe
Interviewed Guest Athena Stevens
Interviewed Guest Amy Bloom
Producer Beverley Purcell


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