July 3rd, 2015
Episode 289 of 985 episodes
Baroness Valerie Amos on becoming the UK's first-ever female black leader of a university. She will take up her post as Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in September 2015. In the next of our series retracing Sylvia Pankhurst's steps, we look at farming. Today, much of arable farming is done by machine. If there is any hands-on work, it is mostly carried out by migrant workers from Eastern Europe. Emma Barnett went to Wright's Lettuce Farm in Lancashire to help with the planting. Karen Sayer, Professor of History at Leeds Trinity talks about women and manual work. Cathy Rentzenbrink's younger brother Matty was just 16 in 1990 when he was knocked down by a hit and run driver. He had emergency brain surgery, but was left in a persistent vegetative state for eight years, until the family sought legal permission to allow him to die. Cathy joins Jenni to talk about her memoir 'The Last Act of Love'. Women and apologising - Writer and comedian Viv Groskop discusses why women say "sorry," the subject of her stand-up routine at Edinburgh Fringe with Louise Mullany, Associate Professor of Socio-Linguistics, Nottingham University. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Rebecca Myatt.