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Kate Tempest, Geva Mentor, Clare Mackintosh

Kate Tempest talks about her new album project produced by Rick Rubin. 'The Book of Traps And Lessons' has a run time of 43 mins and has a continuous narrative. She talks about her work and performs part of her ode to England and love. We look at what has become of the women who became the face of the peaceful protest that led to the removal of Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir, after his 30 year rule. We hear about a recent military crackdown and the sexual violence women that protesters have faced from journalists Yousra Elbagir, Channel 4 News’ foreign news reporter and Nima Elbagir, CNN Senior International Correspondent about the the women demanding democracy. Crime writer Clare Mackintosh's new novel ‘After The End’ looks at a couple who cannot agree over how to deal with their very ill son. She discusses how it draws, in part, on her own experience. And, the netballer Geva Mentor was part of England’s 2018 team, the Vitality Roses, who won gold at the Commonwealth Games. She talks about her career her aim to make netball more popular. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Ruth Watts

Parenting: Teen mental health

Catherine Carr speaks to four young people, ranging in age from 13 to 19, to hear from them directly about their mental health experiences. We don't use their names.

Lip fillers, Dirty God, Teen mental health

Vicky Knight, star of new film Dirty God, discusses how her experience of a fire influenced her role in the film. In the next in our series about teenage mental health, Catherine Carr speaks to four young people aged between 13 and 19 about their experiences. Love Island season is here and speculation is rife about which contestants have had cosmetic procedures. The most common appears to be lip fillers; Hyaluronic Acid which is injected into the lips for a temporarily inflated pout. But why is this procedure so popular, how is it administered and what are the risks? Jenni speaks to Megan Orr who has had lip fillers, Nici Cunningham whose daughter has enhanced lips and Clare Coleman. a journalist who’s written extensively about the subject.

Twelve-week wait, MEPs for Remain, Dame Inga Beale

When journalist Rebecca Reid discovered she was pregnant she didn’t want to wait until her 12 week scan to share her news. But, having told friends, family and even colleagues, at 10 weeks Rebecca discovered she had miscarried. She joins Jane to explain why she doesn’t regret her decision to announce her pregnancy before 12 weeks, along with Leah Hazard, author of Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story. What impact is a recent rape case having on calls for a change in laws around sexual abuse having in Spain? We're joined by Barcelona journalist Meaghan Beatley to discuss the so-called 'Wolfpack' trial and its repercussions. Three years ago Britain voted in a referendum to leave the European Union by 52 to 48 per cent. The country remains divided and in the EU elections last month many voters rejected the Conservative and Labour Party. Yesterday we spoke to two female MEPs elected last month for the new Brexit Party which benefited from the votes of frustrated Leave supporters. The Liberal Democrats, who back another referendum, were the major beneficiary of the Remain vote seeing their numbers grow from one to 16 seats in the new parliament. And, the Greens who have increasingly been seen, especially by some women voters, as an appealing alternative have also seen their vote share increase – taking seven seats this time. Irina von Wiese is a Lib Dem MEP for the London region and Alexandra Phillips is a Green MEP for the South East of England region. With the opening session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg next week, we ask what they hope to do in a job they are due to vacate when the UK leaves the EU on October 31st. Dame Inga Beale was the first female CEO of Lloyds of London- she was there for five years until the end of last year. She’s now left the job but made a speech in Cambridge recently in which she said “quotas and targets in all sorts of areas” are needed. She tells us why. Presented by Jane Garvey Produced by Jane Thurlow Interviewed guest: Leah Hazard Interviewed guest: Rebecca Reid I

Exploring Teenage Mental Health - our series continues

Third in our series about teenage mental health. So far we’ve talked to doctors and teachers, today we hear from the parents. 75% of mental health problems start before a child reaches their 18th birthday. How do parents or carers cope when their child develops an issue and they find themselves trying to help find solutions to really complex or upsetting problems? Catherine Carr reports. Britain’s Domestic abuse charities have got together this morning to issue a joint statement about the importance of taking action if you’re worried about someone’s safety. Jane speaks to Sarah Green, co-director of End Violence Against Women to explain why. The Brexit Party won 29 seats in last month’s European elections taking nearly a third of all votes cast. Eight of those MEPs are women and we’re joined by two of them. Belinda De Lucy was elected for the East of England region and June Mummery for the South East. With the opening session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg next week we talk to them about why they personally decided to stand and what they hope to do in their new role. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Kirsty Starkey Interviewed Guest: Sarah Green Interviewed Guest: Belinda De Lucy Interviewed Guest: June Mummery Reporter: Catherine Carr

Weekend Woman's Hour: Sex therapist Dr Ruth, Painful gynaecological procedures, Poetry for the summer solstice

The sex therapist Dr Ruth will be discussing porn, vibrators, Vigara and the importance of communication when it comes to great sex. We celebrate the summer solstice with the poet Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and her poem Preface. Why are women asked to undergo painful medical procedures without adequate pain relief? We hear one woman’s experience and from Paula Briggs a consultant in reproductive health and from Katherine Tylko an anti-hysteroscopy campaigner. UNICEF statistics reveal one woman and six new borns in Yeman die every two hours from pregnancy and childbirth complications which the organisation say is as a direct result of the conflict. We hear from Malak Hasan an advocacy and policy worker for UNICEF and from Yemeni born Mai Noman, a Digital Content Editor for the BBC’s Arabic Service. How tricky is it to introduce a new partner to family and friends after the death of a loved one? We hear from Barbara Want whose husband died in 2012, from Colette Jelfs whose husband died in 2006 and from the relationship therapist and author Cate Campbell. More than 2000 people have died after being infected with HIV and Hepatitis C through blood treatment. The victims were mostly infected 25 years ago in what has been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS. Michelle Tolley tells us how she became infected after the birth of her first child in 1987and why she’s taking part in the Infected Blood Inquiry. The Bristol based cook and food writer Elly Curshen known on social media as Elly Pear Cooks The Perfect Spiced paneer, spinach and grains. Presented by Jenni Murray Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Jane Thurlow

International Women in Engineering Day

Sunday 23rd June is International Women in Engineering Day. We hear from three female engineers about their routes into the industry. Why despite various campaigns to attract women is it still such a male-dominated trade? The Resolution Foundation Think Tank studied changes in pay, housing, taxes and benefits to see if it was still true that newer generations are better off than their predecessors were. It found under-30s are spending less than that age group did 18 years ago. Over-65s' spending has risen by 37%. But they also found a huge gender wealth gap for baby boomers. While men and women have similar amounts of individual net wealth until their 50s, a huge divide opens up after that. The report finds that women in their late 60s have just over half the wealth of their male counterparts. Jenni speaks to Laura Gardiner, Research Director for The Resolution Foundation, to find out why. Friendship in modern times: longing for closer ties in the digital age, forging close friends as family, and idealised female friendship in the media – is social media making us lonely, and do we have perhaps ever higher expectations of those real life friends we do have? How important are our friends and what expectations should we realistically have? The author Jessica Francis Kane, whose character in new book, Rules For Visiting, longs for closer ties and has high expectations of her few and distant friends; is joined by Natalie Lue of the Baggage Reclaim blog and podcast; and by friendship expert Kate Leaver, author of The Friendship Cure: Reconnecting in the Modern World and friendship columnist for Metro. As part of Radio 4’s Four Seasons poetry we celebrate the summer solstice with the poet and academic Elizabeth-Jane Burnett. She reads ‘Preface’ from her poetry collection Swims. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Kirsty Starkey Interviewed Guest: Laura Gardiner Interviewed Guest: Naomi Climer Interviewed Guest: Michelle Hicks Interviewed Guest: Olivia Sweeney Interviewed Guest: Jessica Francis Kane Interviewed Gu

Elly Pear, Teachers talk teen mental health, Ebola

Elly Curshen, better known on social media as Elly Pear, is passionate about encouraging people to eat more vegetables. She cooks spiced paneer, spinach and grains and discusses cooking from scratch. We continue our look at teen mental health by talking to teachers about the increasing support they have and want to offer. We hear the latest on the outbreak of Ebola in the DRC, why it so often affects women and what is being done from the woman leading the UK government's aid effort. And, as the BBC 2 series Mum draws to an end, we look at the issue behind it - a widow worried about how her family will deal with her new partner. We discuss why introducing a new partner to your family and friends, after the death of a loved one, can be a tricky and emotive thing to do with widows Colette Jelfs and Barbara Want, and the relationship therapist, Cate Campbell.

Parenting: Teenage mental health

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be focusing on teenage mental, talking to health professionals, teachers, parents and teenagers. Today the Prime Minister is at a school in London to launch a new initiative, that all teachers will be trained to spot early signs of mental health issues in pupils. Last year referrals to child and adolescent mental health services were at their highest level ever. We’ve become much better at acknowledging mental health issues, but if you need help, is it available? We speak to a consultant in emergency medicine with responsibility for mental health issues and to a GP.

Wally Funk, Blood Inquiry, Gloria Vanderbildt, Conservatives

As the candidate field narrows further in the Conservatives quest for the next leader, we discuss how those left are trying to win over different female electorates - MPs, the party membership and the women who will have to vote for the new PM in any general election. And, how do they compare to the Lib Dems where the favourite to become their next leader is a woman? Jenni spoke to Anne McElvoy, a senior editor at the Economist and Miranda Green, a journalist and former adviser to the Lib Dems. In 1961 an American pilot, Wally Funk wanted to be an astronaut and passed the Woman in Space programme as part of a group known as the Mercury 13. The programme was abruptly cancelled and instead Wally became America’s first woman aviation safety inspector and taught 3,000 pilots to fly. Now nearly 80, Wally still wants to go into space and is on the waiting list to go as a tourist. More than 2,000 people have died after being infected with HIV and hepatitis C through blood treatments. The victims were infected over 25 years ago, in what has been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS. But even now new cases are still being diagnosed. Michelle Tolley found out that she had been infected with Hepatitis C while she was giving birth in 1987. She tells Jenni what happened and why she is taking part in the Infected Blood Inquiry. Earlier this week we heard of the death in Manhattan of Gloria Vanderbildt. She was 95. She was a famously beautiful, fabulously wealthy socialite, but she was also a fashion designer and known as the Queen of Jeans. Jenni spoke to the fashion historian, Amber Butchart about what led Vanderbildt into the promotion of jeans.

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