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The truth behind the summit between presidents Putin and Biden, the true value of Liz Truss’s trade deals, and someone else who’s been tricked by Martin Bashir finally comes forward.The writing squad for the series: Tom Jamieson and Nev Fountain, Laurence Howarth, Tom Coles & Ed Amsden, Jeffrey Aidoo, Simon Alcock, James Bugg, Nastassia Dhanraj , A…
 
We're speaking to all the authors shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 and tonight it's the turn of Cherie Jones. Her novel, How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House, is set on and around the Barbados beaches of the 80s. Lala braids tourists’ hair in the idyllic setting but her home life is blighted by poverty, violence and lack of c…
 
Nightclubs are shut, dancing at weddings is not allowed and gigs and festivals are still uncertain. If you want to dance you have to do it at home. Woman's Hour shares your DIY dancing stories and gets tips from Guilty Pleasures DJ, Sean Rowley and Strictly dancer, Amy Dowden. Laurel Hubbard is going to be the first transgender athlete to compete a…
 
Top economic adviser at the White House, Professor Cecilia Rouse, has played down concerns that President Biden's huge stimulus programme is driving up inflation.In a rare interview, Prof Rouse said America's recovery from the pandemic had been "spectacular" but she acknowledged there would be bumps in the road with inflationary pressures, which sh…
 
Former West Indes cricketer Michael Holding has spoken passionately about the impact of racism. While working as a pundit for Sky Sports the former fast bowler – widely regarded as one of the greatest ever – gave an unplanned speech about unconscious prejudice. Now he has expanded on the subject in a new book - Why We Kneel, How We Rise - in which …
 
The Delta variant is behind the big increase in the number of new Covid 19 cases in the UK since April. We take a look at what impact vaccines have had on infections, hospitalisations and deaths.Chris Packham told viewers on the BBC’s Springwatch that blue tits eat 35 billion caterpillars a year. We get him onto the programme to explain.How much do…
 
Joan Armatrading discusses her 22nd album, Consequences, and writing songs about love inspired by observation rather than personal experience and how, despite recording every element herself at her home studio, it’s not a lockdown album.Scottish contemporary composer Erland Cooper's latest work, Carve the Runes Then Be Content With Silence, marks t…
 
Wednesday will be the first ever World Female Ranger Day, celebrating the work of female rangers around the world who do an important but ultimately dangerous job protecting wildlife from poachers. The emphasis this year is on the work of female rangers in Africa where there are approximately 3,500 female rangers in teams in 18 countries all over t…
 
Four people. One topic. No filter. Sex Educator Reed Amber, political commentator Dominique Samuels discuss if public figures should stay off social media with writer Alistair Heather and trade unionist Lewis Akers What’s the trade-off for public figures between being able to directly reach your audience and the criticism, abuse and distress that a…
 
A year after rough sleepers were given emergency accommodation during the first coronavirus lockdown, has the unprecedented operation had a lasting impact?In March 2020, Simon’s life was transformed, from sleeping in shop doorways in Manchester to an en suite room at the Holiday Inn. He was one of thousands of homeless people across the country off…
 
In two days' time, the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester will open its doors to an audience for the first time in over a year. And the first show to be presented will be a one-woman gig musical, a debut play from actor Lauryn Redding, she talks to Nick about penning the songs and the script and playing all the characters in Bloody Elle.Writer an…
 
If you go on to the Royal Academy's website you will no longer find work by the textile artist Jess de Wahls in the shop - in fact you will find no mention of her. It was last week that the Academy posted on their Instagram stories that her work would no longer be stocked because of her 'transphobic views' - they had contacted her just before this …
 
The Chief Inspector of Schools Amanda Spielman, talks to Emma Barnett about the problem of sexual abuse in schools and colleges and reflects on what needs to be done to bring about change. Divya Chadha Manek who has just been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List tells us about her work with the Vaccine Taskforce, and Dr Jen Gunter, a…
 
Boris Johnson said nearly two years ago that he had a clear plan to "fix the crisis in social care once and for all". No plan has been forthcoming. The Prime Minister was due to meet with the Chancellor & the Health Secretary tomorrow to hammer out what could be afforded - and what is politically acceptable. The BBC understands that this meeting wi…
 
Scotland’s former National Poet Jackie Kay celebrates the tempestuous life of the great blues singer, Bessie Smith. Born in Tennessee in 1894 Bessie was a street singer before she made it big at a time of racial violence and segregation. Jackie Kay remembers growing up as a young black girl in Glasgow and she tells Kirsty Wark how she idolised this…
 
Comedian Rhys James investigates topics that the rest of us are too busy to be bothered with.1. Are Billionaires Evil?Is money the root of all evil, or the solution to all your problems?Everyone has big questions, but very few people have time to find the answers. Lucky for them, there’s one man with a completely empty diary. Join Rhys James as he …
 
The Food Programme first met Iain Broadley and Ally Jaffee in 2017, when they were studying medicine in Bristol. The pair saw a disconnect between the rise of diet-related diseases, and the training they received around nutrition - with some students getting as little as eight hours of compulsory nutrition education during their entire time at medi…
 
Richard Wilson is an actor and director who became a household name when he played the part of Victor Meldrew in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave. Richard was born in Greenock in Scotland in 1936. As a child he performed in amateur drama productions and harboured a secret desire to become an actor. He left school at 17 and trained as a laborato…
 
Composer Shirley J. Thompson is the first woman in Europe to have composed and conducted a symphony within the last 40 years. She tells us about her new work Emanation, which she’s written for the disabled-led ensemble BSO.Dame Darcey Bussell Former Principal of The Royal Ballet & Strictly Judge, President of the RAD & creator of Diversity Dance Mi…
 
Thousands of people are struggling to complete the purchase of their new home before a big rise in Stamp Duty begins on the first of July in most of the UK.High street banks are told they are wrongly denying compensation to victims of fraud and they’ve been given a timetable to change their procedures. And grieving families could be paying hundreds…
 
The crackdown on dissent and reporting in Belarus goes on, and its authorities are keen to present their version of events to the world. At a recent press conference in Minsk, Jonah Fisher was presented with a dilemma when detained blogger and protester Roman Protasevich was brought out to speak to assembled journalists and diplomats.High in the Hi…
 
50 years after last playing the Danish prince, Sir Ian McKellen is returning to the role of Hamlet, in an age, colour gender-blind production. At the age of 82, he has new insight to the character. He tells presenter John Wilson it’s clear to him Hamlet is bisexual, and how he is tackling the physical challenges of stage acting.He talks about his c…
 
Peter Gibbs and the panel are at the newly opened RHS Bridgewater answering your gardening questions. Joining him this week are regular panellists Matthew Wilson, Pippa Greenwood and Matthew Pottage, along with Curator Marcus Chilton-Jones and Sylvia Travers, Team Leader of the Inner Walled Garden. Together, they answer your questions on pruning pl…
 
This week on the podcast, Fi and Jane choose some of their favourite listener emails from the past few weeks. They coalesce in London's Regent's Park to catch up on exciting developments from the Euros and Jane's skip. The two of them then pick out a few choice emails before Fi has to head off the dental hygienist. Correspondence includes insights …
 
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