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Wonderloopers, Harriet Harman, Periods, Violin, Apprenticeships

Harriet Harman on who should aspire to be her deputy, artist Di Mainstone describes Wonderloopers, Eos Counsell's passion for her violin, and options for students post GCSE.

Harriet Harman has said that the next leader of the Labour Party has to be a woman and it was time that ambitious young men aspired to be her deputy. She talks about that and her priorities for improving the working lives of women MPs as 'Mother of the House'.

Have you ever heard a bridge sing? The artist Di Mainstone has a thing about listening to bridges, she's done projects on Brooklyn Bridge and Clifton Suspension Bridge before. Now she's created fourteen 'Wonderloopers' which are unique musical instruments made from leftover building materials from the new Northern Spire bridge in Sunderland. They'll be sprouting on the bridge on 16th September and Di joins Jenni to explain her musical portals and the inspiration for them.

Some women who are not old enough for the menopause stop having periods. This can be due to illness, stress, weight loss, or exercise. Richard Quinton, senior lecturer at Newcastle University and a consultant at the Royal Infirmary in Newcastle, explores why this happens and how it came about.

The writer and broadcaster Sali Hughes has been talking to women about objects in their lives that are important to them. The things we cherish aren't always vintage, antique or expensive. Instead, we treasure the stuff that reminds us of special people, or particular times in our lives, or which stand for something important. Today it's the turn of Eos Counsell.

In England you are supposed to stay in education until you are aged 18, and 90% of 16-year-olds do so, according to the latest figures from the Department for Education, but what options are open to them? Jenni is joined by Catherine Sezen, a senior curriculum expert at the Association of Colleges and Professor Ann Hodgson Co-Director of the Centre for Post-14 Education and Work, at the Institute of Education, University College, London to discuss the very latest academic and vocational subjects and qualifications.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Harriet Harman
Interviewed Guest Di Mainstone
Interviewed Guest Richard Quinton
Interviewed Guest Sali Hughes
Interviewed Guest Eos Counsell
Interviewed Guest Catherine Sezen
Interviewed Guest Ann Hodgson

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