Woman's Hour

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'First Ladies', Children witnessing childbirth, Composer Charlotte Bray

August 11th, 2016

Episode 657 of 985 episodes

In November, America could see a 'First Gentleman' take up residency in the White House if ex-First Lady Hillary Clinton wins the presidency. What would be his role, how much is official duty, and how much political point-scoring? We hear from Washington Post journalist Lilian Cunningham on trail-blazing First Ladies of the past, some who've pushed the boundaries of wifely devotion. Jools Oliver recently gave birth to her fifth child with husband Jamie watched by their 12 and 14 year-old daughters who cut the cord. How common is it for children to witness childbirth and what issues does it raise? Mother-of-three Viviene Pettitt whose 4 year-old witnessed her son's birth is in discussion with Jacque Gerrard, director for England at the Royal College of Midwives. More from The Salon, a series from the BBC World Service looking at women's lives and identities through their relationship with their hair and their hairdressers around the world. This time we're in Manchester meeting Daniele, co-owner of a salon with husband Graeme, its chief hairdresser. As part of Woman's Hour's series on knife crime, we talk to DCI Hayley Guest, a senior detective with the Metropolitan Police's Trident Gang Crime Command with responsibility for tackling gang violence, gun and knife crime. Composer Charlotte Bray discusses her powerful new work, Falling in the Fire, which has its world premiere at the BBC Proms this weekend. The cello concerto is described as an expression of moral outrage at last summer's destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria.

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