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Rick Stein wakes up and embraces the day with Zoe Ball and the team. It’s The Why Workshop, and Zoe quizzes the QI Elves with more wonders and ponders, including your questions.

Wake up and embrace the day with Zoe Ball! Rick Stein brings us his tasty top tips from his new TV series and accompanying book, Secret France. Zoe talks about the massive new text in competition Rockin' In The USA!

It’s The Why Workshop, and Zoe quizzes the QI Elves with more wonders and ponders, including your questions such as: "how long it would take us to dig to the other side of the world?" "why do humans put their hand to their faces when experiencing high emotions?" and "Why do digital watches gain time over time?"

Along with Tina Daheley on news, Richie Anderson on travel and Mike Williams on sport with guest Agnieszka Radawanska joining him on the phone. Zoe and the team have the best start to your morning. With celeb guests, quizzes, headlines, tunes chosen by listeners, and more music that you can shake a glitterball at!

There's also weather with Carol Kirkwood, a special Pause For Thought from Rae Duke as a part of BBC Radio 2's Fertility Week and listeners on the line, as Zoe entertains the nation with fun for the family!

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Bruno Mars

    24K Magic

    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Simply Red

    Sweet Child

    • Blue Eyed Soul.
    • BMG Rights Management.
  • Bryan Adams

    When You're Gone (feat. Melanie C)

    • Bryan Adams - The Best Of Me.
    • Mercury.
  • Diana Ross

    Chain Reaction

    • Now That's What I Call Music '86.
    • Now.
  • Peter Frampton

    Show Me The Way

    • And The Road Goes On Forever Vol 1.
    • Debutante.
  • Katrina and the Waves

    Walking On Sunshine

    • The Best Summer Ever (Various Artist.
    • Virgin.
  • Liam Gallagher

    Now That I've Found You

    • Why Me? Why Not.
    • Warner Records.
  • Robbie Williams

    Love My Life

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
  • Genesis

    Invisible Touch

    • Genesis - Turn It On Again.
    • Virgin.
  • Jamiroquai

    Virtual Insanity

    • Walk On - Hits From The Last 2 Decade.
    • Columbia.
  • The Script

    The Last Time

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony Music.
  • Meat Loaf

    You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth

    • The Very Best Of Meatloaf.
    • Virgin.
  • Liam Payne

    Stack It Up

    • (CD Single).
    • Capitol.
  • Roy Orbison

    Oh, Pretty Woman

    • Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou.
    • Global Television.
    • 16.
  • Elton John

    I'm Still Standing

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Electric Light Orchestra

    From Out Of Nowhere

    • From Out Of Nowhere.
    • Columbia.
  • Arthur Conley

    Sweet Soul Music

    • Shades Of Soul (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • Eternal

    I Wanna Be The Only One (feat. BeBe Winans)

    • Eternal - Greatest Hits.
    • EMI.
  • Beverley Knight

    Now Or Never

    • BK25: Beverley Knight With The Leo Green Orchestra At The Royal Festival Hall.
    • BMG.
  • George Benson

    Love Ballad

    • George Benson - The Very Best Of.
    • Warner E.S.P..
    • 6.
  • Mabel

    Don't Call Me Up

    • High Expectations.
    • Polydor.
  • The Beautiful South

    Perfect 10

    • (CD Single).
    • Mercury.
  • Rupert Holmes

    Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

    • Various Artists - Open Top Cars.
    • Temple Records.
  • Deacon Blue

    Dignity

    • Our Town- Deacon Blue (Greatest Hits).
    • Columbia.
  • Céline Dion

    Lying Down

    • Courage.
    • Sony.
  • Starbuck

    Moonlight Feels Right

    • Million Sellers Vol.14 - The Seventie.
    • Disky.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

From Rae Duke, Religion and Ethics teacher and broadcaster.

I always used to think the adverts featuring a couple shrieking for joy, tears in their eyes, brandishing a positive pregnancy stick were a little cheesy.  That was until it was me and my husband with our very own good-news revealing stick. We were every bit as cringe as the couples in those ads.

Because getting pregnant, of course, is no mean feat. It can be a long and angst-filled road, testing every iota of that virtue of patience you’ve got.

With this week being Fertility Week, a time to put a media spotlight on the struggles so many face to have a baby, we can readdress the bizarre fact that so much of our conversation around becoming parents begins with those two pink lines on a stick and not the convoluted path leading up to them. With 1 in 6 couples in the UK facing difficulties with fertility, it’s something that’ll touch many lives. And given the recent study showing that coping with infertility is as stressful as a cancer diagnosis, our open sharing of this issue couldn’t be more important. 

Everybody’s challenge looks a little different. I was so moved yesterday to hear Sheridan’s story of finding unexpected purpose after a time of such grief. For us, our worry was about the science of DNA and whether my husband might pass on the genetic condition of albinism to our child. It’s something he lives with each day, impairing his vision significantly. But after looking into it, we discovered there wasn’t really an option to ensure the faulty genes wouldn’t make it into our baby. We simply had to go for it, keeping faith that, as Julian of Norwich wrote so beautifully - in the earliest surviving English book written by a woman (!) - “all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”

We were lucky. And I’m grateful every day for a healthy daughter. But the trying-to-conceive days, pregnancy and birth era being the time of heightened sensitivity they are, I truly feel the pain and frustration of those still working through it.

For those whom the light at the end of the tunnel seems miles off, the words of Martin Luther King are pretty wonderful: “we must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

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