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Anne Fine, Sian James, Women in local government, PTSD after birth, Seaweed

July 7th, 2015

Episode 292 of 722 episodes

Anne Fine, the former Children's Laureate talks about the reissue of her book , Madame Doubtfire - on which the successful film Mrs Doubtfire starring Robin Williams and Sally Field was based. Former Labour MP Sian James, immortalised in the film Pride, launches a manifesto for change in how women and girls are treated by the penal system in Wales. A look at where women hold power in local government and how they get there. If more powers and responsibilities are devolved from central government - will they end up in the hands of a more diverse section of our population, or less? Plus a new report suggests that there is a serious lack of awareness and knowledge of Post-traumatic stress disorder after birth . It is often not recognised and there's evidence that some women are being misdiagnosed with post-natal depression and given the wrong treatment. What needs to be done to address the problem? And although seaweed is now all the rage, it has long been an important ingredient in Britain, even if many of us don't recognize it as such. In her new book Seaweed in the Kitchen writer and natural-food forager Fiona Bird looks at its many uses and the pioneering group of Victorian women whose shared passion for collecting it led them to some interesting biological and photographic discoveries. Presented by Jane Garvey Producer Beverley Purcell.