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Cyntoia Brown-Long

Cyntoia Brown-Long, imprisoned for life at 16, and released at 31; Food writer, Sue Quinn & her new book 'Cocoa'; the final part of our PTSD series;

In 2006 16 year old Cyntoia Brown was sentenced as an adult to life in prison for killing a man while she was a teenage sex trafficking victim. Granted clemency in January this year and released on August 7th she joins Jenni to discuss her childhood, what happened the day she shot Johnny Allen and the impact of 16 years in prison.

Food writer, Sue Quinn’s latest book ‘Cocoa: An exploration of chocolate, with recipes’ illustrates how the story of chocolate includes economics and slavery, sex and desire, society and culture. ‘Cocoa’ reveals a wealth of cultural, historical and culinary information about chocolate through the ages and across the world. She joins Jenni in the studio to Cook the Perfect…Gorgonzola, walnuts, rosemary and chocolate.

Over the past two years the charity Combat Stress has been running workshops across the country to help partners of veterans suffering from PTSD. But evidence suggests only a minority of partners seek support for themselves as there are many barriers to participation in workshops in the community especially if the veteran is undergoing treatment and isn’t well enough to be left. A new online programme has just been launched to address this - it’s the first of its kind in the UK and is designed to help partners who find it harder to leave the home due to carer roles, childcare and work pressures. In this final interview we hear from Elaine who was in the first cohort of the online treatment programme which finished in the summer. She’s been married for 31 years and her husband was in the military for 12 years and explains to reporter, Tamsin Smith how his PTSD dramatically worsened in 2015, almost three decades after he left the military service.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Interviewed Guest: Cyntoia Brown-Long
Photographer: Flip Holsinger
Interviewed Guest: Sue Quinn
Reporter: Tamsin Smith

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