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Sonita Alleyne, US Abortion, Women and Architecture

Sonita Alleyne first woman to lead Jesus College & first black leader of Oxbridge Colleges

The winner of the RIBA Stirling prize for architecture will be announced this evening. On the short list is Annalie Riches who has co-designed a council housing project, the first ever such project to be nominated for this prestigious prize. Jane talks to her and to Zoë Berman, an architect and founder of Part W, which campaigns for the increased visibility of women in architecture and the promotion of designs that work for women and families in the real world.

Nine American states have changed their laws on abortion making it much harder to get one. In Missouri they passed a law in May which meant abortion would only be available up to 8 weeks. The law was due to go into effect at the end of August but it's been temporarily stopped. Even so, there are many rules and regulations regarding abortion that have to be met. Siobhann Tighe visits an abortion clinic in the city of St Louis.

Sonita Alleyne OBE is the first woman to lead Jesus College, Cambridge in its 523 year history and the first ever Black leader of an Oxbridge College. Born in Barbados and brought up in London, she was a Cambridge graduate herself and founded the media company Somethin' Else aged only 24.

Zoe Wanamaker and Zrinka Civtesic are currently performing at the Bridge Theatre in Two Ladies, loosely based on Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron. As their husbands clash over an international crisis, the first ladies of France and America find themselves alone together in a side room. Friends or enemies? When the stakes are so high, can they trust each other? The 'First Ladies@ join Jane Garvey. What appealed to them about portraying these high profile women?

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Annalie Riches
Interviewed guest: Zoë Berman
Interviewed guest: Sonita Alleyne
Interviewed guest: Zoe Wanamaker
Interviewed guest: Zrinka Civtesic
Reporter: Siobhann Tighe
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore

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