December 19th, 2015
Episode 445 of 959 episodes
The feminist icon Gloria Steinem on her new book and how her feminism has shaped her politics and her journalism. Observer journalist Yvonne Roberts and comedian and feminist activist Kate Smurthwaite discuss how Gloria Steinem has influenced them. Tina Fey the American comedian, writer, actress and producer tells us about her latest film Sisters Can it be morally right to criticise someone for how they look? The columnist Katie Hopkins says she hates fat people and wouldn't employ them. Katie joins Times columnist David Aaronovitch to discuss how people judge others on looks alone. With just 10 days to go before opening night, Noma Dumezweni took on the lead role in Penelope Skinner's new play Linda at the Royal Court in London. We ask her what it's been like to step into the spotlight at the last minute. How much do we expect fictional heroines to be beautiful? Writer Claire Harman, novelist Maggie O'Farrell and film critic Catherine Bray discuss how women are defined by their looks in film and literature. The US singer songwriter Neko Case talks about her career and performs her latest single 'I'll be around'.