Woman's Hour

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Emily Blunt and Paula Hawkins

September 30th, 2016

Episode 704 of 722 episodes

The Girl on the Train, a psychological thriller became an international best seller when it was published last year. It's the story of a lonely alcoholic woman who is still infatuated by her ex and by an anonymous couple she sees from her train window. It has now been made into a film starring Emily Blunt. Emily, and the book's author Paula Hawkins, join Jenni to discuss. Since forming in 1985, the Guerrilla Girls have been exposing and challenging sexism, racism and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture. Dressed in gorilla masks, this anonymous group of women artists based around New York use facts, humour and visuals to draw public attention to these issues. 'Frida Kahlo' joins us in her gorilla mask to share some of the results of their recent research, exclusively. A report from HM Inspectorate of Probation's published on Thursday found that since they last examined women and probation services in 2011, dedicated funding for women's community services has almost disappeared and provision is mixed and uncertain. Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Inspector of Probation, voices her concerns. Amanda Knox, was twice convicted and acquitted in the Italian courts for the murder of Meredith Kercher. A new documentary, which claims to get past the headlines features interviews with many of the key figures, including Amanda Knox, is released today. Joan Smith, who wrote about the case and the media and the public reactions to it has watched it. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Kirsty Starkey.