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Party dresses, workplace reforms, Papagena

Workplace reforms, what do they mean for women? The all-female group Papagena sing live. Plus retirement and how to thrive, and party dresses for the festive season.

This week the government introduces new legislation described as the “largest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation”. What are they and what do they mean for the female work-force? Jane speaks to Kate Bell, Head of Economic and Social Affairs from the Trades Union Congress and to Matthew Taylor who carried out a review for the government into the modern workplace on which this new legislation is based.

The five all-female vocal group Papagena sing music that spans nine centuries, from 12th century Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, to Katy Perry. They'll be performing some of their favourite festive songs from the new album, ‘The Darkest Midnight'

Why do so many of us fear retirement? And what’s the best way of approaching this new stage of life? Journalist Celia Dodd talks to Jane about how and why we need to challenge stereotypical ideas around retirement and how we can make the most of our lives when we are no longer constrained by a working week.

The festive party season is in full swing and shop windows are filled with party dresses. Who is spending money on them? Why do we feel we have to dress up? And what is trending this season? Frankie Graddon, head of fashion and beauty at The Pool advises.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Caroline Donne

Interviewed guest: Kate Bell
Interviewed guest: Matthew Taylor
Interviewed guest: Celia Dodd,
Interviewed guest: Frankie Graddon
Interviewed guests: Papagena

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