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Ever felt like you should be better at feminism?Join comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests for this comedy podcast, recorded in front of a live audience. Each week they discuss topics "all 21 first century feminists agree on" while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles. Deborah Frances-White is the 2016 Writers' Guild Award Winner for Best Radio Comedy for her hit BBC Radio 4 series Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She is an Ed ...
 
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Peter Gibbs hosts the horticultural programme with Pippa Greenwood, Matt Biggs and Christine Walkden.This week, the panellists get imaginative with planting ideas for a chimney pot garden feature. They also take on an unruly Jasmine, and suggest some fence climbing plants that will help attract wildlife.As autumn is approaching, Ashley Edwards expl…
 
This week in Scientifically… we celebrate the life of Sir Clive Sinclair with this episode from the series Computing Britain that looks at how 'micro computers' invaded the home in the 1980s. In this episode, Hannah Fry discovers how the computer was transported from the office and the classroom right into our living room.From eccentric electronics…
 
Are you familiar with the phrase ‘pretty privilege’? A new trend on Tik Tok is seeing young women sharing stories about when they first realised good looks can get you far in life. From relationships, to work, and even within the legal system – the association between beauty and talent, social success and health is a real thing. Anita Rani talks ab…
 
A major review of policing has concluded that violence against women and girls should be considered as much of a priority as counter terrorism. Following a spike in reports of domestic abuse during lockdown, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services found a "staggering variation" in how forces dealt with the issue across…
 
High heels have been around since as early as the 10th century. Today we see them as a cornerstone of footwear fashion, with models strutting their stuff on the catwalk in heels of varying colours and styles. But how has this impractical, even masochistic piece of design become so gender-specific and has it always been this way? Greg Jenner discuss…
 
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“Better a broken bone than a broken spirit.” So runs the mantra for adventure playgrounds - as coined by the woman who did more than anyone to establish them in the UK, Lady Marjory Allen.In these current days of ours, an increasing aversion to risk means these places designed for children to swing from ropes, jump from trees and generally run free…
 
Laura Grimshaw and Isy Suttie look at podcasts about love. Families, pets, friends, grief, misguided crushes, fandom, sex and relationships - love in lots of forms is in here.Alix Walker and Lisa Smosarski talk about their podcast Love Letter to My Friend, and Karen Rice from Stolen Goodbyes discusses love, loss and grief.Also featuring these loved…
 
Government ministers have been blowing hot and cold about vaccine passports. Now the Westminster government says it is not planning to introduce them to England, though they're being kept as an option should things change. The Welsh government is thinking about them, while Northern Ireland has rejected them for now. In Scotland vaccine passports ar…
 
NASA's Perseverance rover has been trundling around the Jezero crater since it landed successfully in February 2021. A few weeks ago it made its first attempt at collecting a sample of rock. Unfortunately the rock turned out to be so crumbly it disintegrated away. But Perseverance lives up to its name and has been drilling elsewhere and has now col…
 
Clare explores a remote and beautiful stretch of coastline between Portuairk and Sanna Bay on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Ardnamurchan's far coastline is the most westerly part of the British mainland and has some of Scotland’s most gorgeous beaches. Sanna Bay, in particular, is an expanse of white sand and turquoise seas with views that stretch ac…
 
With a career spanning five decades, Britain’s first sickle cell and thalassemia nurse specialist, Prof Dame Elizabeth Anionwu revolutionised treatment of the disease. As an academic, she became a professor and dean of the nursing school at the University of West London, then established the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice, to address raci…
 
The defence partnership between Australia, the UK & the UK, known as Aukus, will cover AI and other technologies. It will let Australia build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time, using technology provided by the US.Today's Martha Kearney speaks to Ben Wallace, UK Defence Secretary.Nick Robinson also speaks to Dr Henry Wang, President of t…
 
It’s ten years since Libya’s dictator Col Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown. But the country’s still not a a democracy – or even a unified functioning state. The militias that brought down the dictatorship in 2011 never disbanded. They turned the country into a battleground, abducting and murdering countless citizens. Since last year, there’s been a c…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the remarkable diversity of the animals that dominated life on land in the Triassic, before the rise of the dinosaurs in the Jurassic, and whose descendants are often described wrongly as 'living fossils'. For tens of millions of years, the ancestors of alligators and Nile crocodiles included some as large as a bus, …
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the remarkable diversity of the animals that dominated life on land in the Triassic, before the rise of the dinosaurs in the Jurassic, and whose descendants are often described wrongly as 'living fossils'. For tens of millions of years, the ancestors of alligators and Nile crocodiles included some as large as a bus, …
 
Many workers send a share of their wages abroad to support loved ones financially, a responsibility they may or may not be able to shoulder.In this episode Joice Etutu explores the aspirations of those supporting family overseas plus the emotions, pressures and difficult questions that arise. What is the right amount of money to send, how do you ch…
 
All children aged 12 to 15 in the UK will soon be offered one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab. We invited three 12-year-old pupils from Wales High in South Yorkshire, which we've been following for the last year, to ask questions they have about the vaccine to Professor Calum Semple, a government advisor based at Alder Hey Children's Hospital…
 
Amy Hart, who was on Love Island two years ago was in front of politicians yesterday describing the problems she's had on social media. Appearing in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee she explained that she's been trolled by nurses, and she found out that a 13 year old boy had sent her death threats. We tells us how she…
 
The story of two great pioneers of electricity, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, has become an opera. 'Electric Saint' is the latest work from Stewart Copeland, who first made his name as the drummer with The Police. He worked on it with theatre director, Jonathan Moore. Today's special correspondent James Naughtie spoke to Stewart Copeland and Jona…
 
Measures to deal with rising Covid cases in England over the winter have been announced - with a contingency "Plan B" if things get worse.Mishal Husain speaks to Professor Andrew Hayward from University College London's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care.Nick Robinson speaks to Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary as well as Dr Dale Gardiner, i…
 
New data appears to show that double vaxxed people between 40 and 79 are getting Covid at higher rates than people who are unvaccinated, but that's not the case. It's all down to how Public Health England estimates the size of different populations. The Office for National Statistics described 2020 as "the deadliest year in a century". Now that we'…
 
File on 4 reveals the inside story of Ramon Abbas, one of a new breed of prolific global cyber fraudsters. As Abbas awaits sentencing in the US for money-laundering, File on 4 asks is enough being done to protect us from online criminals operating across international borders.Snared by the FBI in 2020, Abbas’ is better known as Instagram influencer…
 
The president of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge and former Channel 4 editor champions the life of a 14th-century mystic. Like Dorothy Byrne, famous for her scathing attacks on broadcasting executives in the 2019 MacTaggart Lecture, Catherine of Siena stood up to powerful men. She lobbied Popes, attacked corruption in the Catholic church, and pla…
 
Naturalist and broadcaster Mike Dilger takes to the road to map the impact that global warming is having on Britain's plants and flowers. From the highest peaks of the Highlands to the lowest points of the East Anglian Brecklands our flowers are adapting to the changing seasons, but how many will survive and thrive into the future?Producer: Alasdai…
 
It's the first year in which women and men are awarded equal prize money in Venice's annual rowing race, the Regata Storica. Emma speaks to lead campaigner and professional rower, Elena Almansi. This week the Taliban announced that all women must wear hijab and will be segregated in universities. Emma is joined by the former Minister for Women's Af…
 
In the next week, 12 to 15-year-olds in England will begin receiving their vaccine invitations, and booster jabs for over-50s are expected to be announced soon.Today's Justin Webb and Mishal Husain put listeners' questions about the latest stage of the Covid-19 vaccination programme to Dr Liz Whittaker, infectious disease lead at the Royal College …
 
Literature student turned neuroscientist, Prof David Eagleman, tells Jim Al-Khalili about his research on human perception and the wristband he created that enables deaf people to hear through their skin. Everything we see, taste, smell, touch and hear is created by a set of electro-chemical impulses in the dark recesses of our brain. Our brains lo…
 
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