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IVF Waiting, Strokes, Craft Prize Winner

Trying to conceive should be happy but for couples struggling with infertility it can be a monthly rollercoaster of emotions. There's the pressure of having sex at certain times and then there's the dreaded two week wait after IVF to find out if you're pregnant. We hear what it’s like to keep trying for a baby for years and having to go through that two week waiting period repetitively. We speak to podcaster Izzy Judd and writer Katy Linedmann who've both experienced the highs and lows first hand. Fertility expert Dr Geeta Nargund is also here to give advice. Last night BBC 1 showed a drama about a working, single mum of 2 girls caring for her own mother after she's had a stroke. It starred Sheridan Smith and Alison Steadman and was written by Jimmy McGovern together with Gillian Juckes. Gillian drew on her real-life experience with her own mother. Women are at the very centre of this one-off drama and it shows how Sheridan's character puts her life on hold to look after her mother. It also flags up the struggle to get affordable care from the authorities. Today we chat to TV critic Emma Bullimore about the drama's impact and Fiona Lloyd-Davies who cares for her husband who had a stroke five years ago. Ceramist Phoebe Cummings is the winner Woman’s Hour Craft Prize. She won for her installation which disintegrated over time. We organised the prize in partnership with the V&A and Crafts Council, so one year on, what difference has being the winner made to her?

Actor Sharon D Clarke, Rotherham victim Sammy Woodhouse, Author Anna Freeman

The musical Caroline, or Change is now in the West End, continuing to provoke and entertain its audiences. We hear from its star Sharon D. Clarke There’s been story after story about arguments between The Royals. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markel’s relationship has been the source of many of the articles. Are they feuding, or aren’t they? Is it the media perpetuating a misogynistic storyline? Sammy Woodhouse was a victim of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and was 15 when she became pregnant by her attacker. She tells us why she wants the law allowing rapists to have contact with their children changed. Anna Freeman talks about her new novel, Five Days of Fog. A female shoplifting gang reaches a crisis during the Great Smog of 1952 ...how do you go straight and move on when crime is all you’ve ever known? How easy is to find something that everyone in the family wants to watch on TV? And is it actually bonding time? Plus the mums turning to Baby Banks to pick up essential donated items like clothes, buggies and wipes. And we look at the BBC2 documentary that tells the story of The Missing Dubai Princesss . Presenter; Jenni Murray. Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Beverley Purcell

Angela Merkel's Successor? Plus Baby Banks, Aimee Stuart, Supporting Support Workers

Angela Merkel has announced she is to step down after 18 years at the helm of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union, though will stay on as Chancellor for the rest of her current term. So who will replace her? One woman is up against two men – Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been described by some as ‘mini Merkel’. We discuss her policies and what her chances are. Thousands of mums are turning to baby banks to feed and clothe their families and the numbers are increasing. Babybanks work like food banks. Families are referred by their midwife, their social or health worker and they can pick up essential donated items like clothes, buggies and wipes. There are over 100 babybanks across the UK. Little Village runs three in London. Henrietta Harrison went to meet some families at a bank in Balham in South London. Aimée Stuart was a popular and controversial Scottish playwright in the 1930s – so why have we not heard of her? Nicolette Key has directed a revival of Stuart’s play ‘Jeannie’, a Cinderella story of a young women desperate to escape domestic drudgery. She’s here to talk about what she discovered about this feminist writer and her interesting life. As the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal continues we ask who supports the support workers. Three female charity workers Sophie, Bethan and Sophie explain the pressures they feel at work and how they cope. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Kirsty Starkey Interviewed Guest: Kate Connolly Interviewed Guest: Nicolette Key Interviewed Guest: Sophie Tomlinson Interviewed Guest: Bethan Lant Interviewed Guest: Sophie Campion Reporter: Henrietta Harrison

Grannies-to-be. SEN provision in schools. Neo-classical painter Angelica Kauffman reimagined.

Our four grannies- to-be, Rubina from Manchester, Erika from Bedfordshire, Angie from Nottingham and Rosemary from East Staffordshire talk about their anxieties around the birth of their grandchild. Angelica Kauffman was one of the founding members of the Royal Academy, which celebrates its 250th Birthday next week. Yet she’s not included in the famous paintings of those founders. So who was she? We discuss the life and impact of the neo-classical painter. A new Ofsted report claims that thousands of children are missing out on support for diagnosed special educational needs in England, and that provision for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) was too inconsistent. Teachers have urged Ofsted to recognise how a lack of funding is contributing to these issues. So, how do head teachers decide where to spend their money, especially when they have to make cuts? Is SEN a priority? Earlier this year, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, daughter of Dubai’s ruler, left her country and set sail for India with her friend Tiina Jauhiainen., They planned to fly to America for a new life. But 30 miles from the Indian coast, she was seized. She hasn’t been seen since. Tiina joins Jenni to tell the story of the planned escape ahead of tonight's BBC-2 documentary about the case. Presenter Jenni Murray Producer Beverley Purcell Guest; Tiina Jauhiainen Guest Sarah Pickstone Guest Alexandra Burnett Guest Rachael Warwick Guest Angie Browne

Media reporting of the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex

Some newspapers are reporting a feud between the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex. But how much is this really the case? How much is it simply a made-up misogynistic storyline? We hear from Victoria Murphy, a journalist who has written royal stories for the Mirror and the political commentator Jane Merrick. New research from Contact, the charity for families with disabled children has revealed a sharp rise in disabled children going without vital therapies and equipment. This is leading to increased ill health for both the parents and the children. Jenni hears from Gabriella whose two year old daughter Thea, has a severe life-limiting condition and from the CEO of Contact Amanda Batten. A new website '100 Voices that made the BBC: Pioneering Women' explores the contribution that women have made to shaping close to 100 years of British broadcasting. Jenni speaks to one of the curators Dr Kate Murphy, Principal Academic at Bournemouth University. The musical Caroline, or Change now on at the Playhouse theatre, London continues to provoke and entertain with its fierce social observation and a gospel-and-Motown-inflected score delivered by a cast that includes kitchen appliances and a rising moon. Jenni speaks to Sharon D. Clarke who plays the African-American maid working in a liberal Jewish household in 1960’s Louisiana. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Dianne McGregor

Sex and Gender: Sport, Child Neglect

Trans women are keen to share the social, health and intrinsic benefits of playing sport with other women. Trans women athletes can compete with women at international level, but many women feel that transgender sportswomen are at a natural physical advantage in any competition. We look at the arguments and the evidence about whether it’s fairer to include or exclude trans women from women’s sports. Jane is joined by Dr Beth Jones and Dr Nicola Williams The NSPCC has analysed police crime figures to find that cases of child neglect and cruelty have doubled over the past five years. In the last year alone police recorded 17,000 cases of parents deliberately neglecting, mistreating or assaulting their children. Last night they launched their ‘Light For Every Childhood’ Christmas Appeal. Jane talks to Emily Hilton from the NSPCC and to Paula Hudgell who fostered and went on to adopt a little boy who was neglected by his parents. Monika Fahlbusch was shortlisted for ‘Women of the Year and ‘Transformation Leader’ at this year’s Computing’s Women’s in IT Excellence Awards. In 2016, she was named a Silicon Valley ‘women of influence’. She’s senior vice president, chief employee experience officer at BMC Software. BMC is a company that provides systems that help large companies such as the Bank of England run their IT infrastructure. She tells us why she's passionate about working in tech. According to Channel 4 boss Ian Katz rising house prices mean that young people forced to live at home for longer are spending more quality time with their parents watching television. But how easy is to find something that everyone wants to watch? And is it actually bonding time? Listener Caroline has moved back in with her parents as she works on her PhD thesis, and she joins us with her mum to discuss their experience. Plus, TV Critic Emma Bullimore tells us what will bring the whole family together in front of the box over Christmas. Presented by Jane Garvey Produced by Jane Thurlow Interviewed guest: Beth Jones Interviewe

Sammy Woodhouse, Babies, Sex and gender

Sammy Woodhouse wants the law allowing rapists to have contact with their children changed. She started a petition last week and more than 200, 000 people have signed it already. Sammy was a victim of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and was 15 when she became pregnant by her attacker. She’s waived her anonymity twice: once about the rape, and now in connection with her rapist being offered the chance to apply for parental rights. She talks to Jane Garvey about her situation. Is all the talk about gender identity ignoring sexuality? In the next part of our series about sex and gender we explore why some lesbians feel uneasy about being grouped together with transgender lesbians and others don't. There's a new BBC series on TV called Babies: Their Wonderful World. You might have watched it already. In it, the paediatrician Dr Guddi Singh explores the crucial changes and developmental milestones in the first two years of a child’s life. The programme brings together 200 babies, families and scientists from around the world to take part in experiments and research. Guddi joins Jane to discuss how babies learn to talk, how they form ideas about gender roles and when they develop a sense of self.

Mel B, Children and Gambling, Nuns

Mel B, or Melanie Brown, has been in the spotlight for over 20 years when she achieved global fame as “Scary Spice” from the Spice Girls. The group was the best-selling female band of all time. Since then she's embarked on solo music projects, has been a television presenter and has now published an autobiography called Brutally Honest. She talks to Jenni about her breathtakingly candid account of drug and alcohol abuse as well as painful relationships. You know what fruit machines are but what about loot boxes? Or skins gambling? Today we talk about children and betting and ask: when does gaming cross the line and become gambling? We ask the question because new research says that 39% of 11 to 16 year olds gambled in the last year. Guardian Games Editor Keza MacDonald and Dr Heather Wardle from the Gambling & Place research hub join Jenni to discuss what parents should do about it. A global organization of Catholic nuns has denounced the “culture of silence and secrecy” around sexual abuse in the Church. In a recent statement pegged to the U.N.’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the International Union of Superiors General is urging sisters who've been abused to report the crimes to police and people in charge. Professor Karlijn Demasure and journalist, Joanna Moorhead join Jenni to talk about it.

Spice Girl Mel B, Dame Joan Collins unscripted, Live music from Freya Ridings as featured on Love Island

Melanie Brown, achieved global fame as ‘Scary Spice’ in the Spice Girls. In her autobiography "Brutally Honest" she talks about the painful relationships she’s had and why she thinks her friendship with the Spice Girls has stood the test of time. We look at why shapewear has grown in popularity and crossed over into the fitness community. We hear from mother and daughter Cheryl and Abigail Byron who were separated for two years when Cheryl served a prison sentence. How did they coped without each other and what difficulties did they face rebuilding their relationship. Plus Dame Joan Collins unscripted. The art of "blackfishing " where women use hair products, make up and even have surgery to appear black or ethnically ambiguous. The women in fur coats who found themselves on the front line driving ambulances during World War 1 now the subject of a musical for Opera North. And Live music from Freya Ridings whose song Lost Without You has been in the top 40 since the summer, when it was featured in the ITV2 show Love Island. Presenter Tina Daheley Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Beverley Purcell Guest Melanie Brown. Guest Kelechi Okafor Guest Lucy Adlington Guest Wanna Thompson Guest Jacqueline Springer Guest Freya Ridings Guest Jessica Walker Guest Cheryl Byron Guest; Abigail Byron

Freya Ridings; Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; Kindertransport Anniversary & Child Refugees;

The UK has the 4th highest level of prenatal alcohol use worldwide, yet rates of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are unknown. New research published by the University of Bristol today reveals some concerning statistics. Tina speaks to Dr Cheryl Mcquire who led the study and Jane, now 28, who wasn’t diagnosed with FASD until she was 14. Freya Ridings might not be a name you recognise, but you’ll have her heard her voice – her song Lost Without You has been in the top 40 chart since the summer, when it was featured in a moment of heartbreak on the ITV2 show Love Island. Freya joins us to perform the song, and to discuss her whirlwind year and using her dyslexia to her advantage. Last night, Melanie Timberlake won the Disability Coach of the Year 2018 award, for her work as an Ikkaido coach. She joins Tina to discuss her work, and how disability-inclusive sport has offered her solace from an abusive childhood and postnatal depression. In her first book of comic strips, French comic artist and feminist Emma, reflects on social and feminist issues by means of simple line drawings. By dissecting the mental load – all the invisible and unpaid organising, list-making and planning that women do to manage their lives (and their families) she shares the hilarious and often serious side of women’s lives. On 2nd December 1938, the first Kindertransport train arrived into Liverpool Street Station, marking the start of a momentous rescue mission that saved the lives of 10,000 children from Nazi occupied Europe. 80 years on, how significant was the programme? And what can its history teach us about the current child refugee crisis? Beth Gardiner-Smith is the Chief Executive of Safe Passage. Olivia Marks-Woldman is the Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Jackie Sanders is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Fostering Network. They all join Tina to discuss the legacy of Kindertransport and what it’s like to look after child refugees today. Presenter: Tina Daheley Producer: Kirsty Starke

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