September 4th, 2015
Episode 353 of 725 episodes
Sona Jobarteh is the first female virtuoso on the kora - the West African harp. She talks about her role as a woman in this traditionally male musical tradition and she performs live in the studio. The number of Britons travelling to Syria to live under 'Islamic State' peaked two years ago, but the proportion of women among those still joining the extremist group has risen dramatically. The BBC's Security Correspondent Frank Gardner and Dr Katherine Brown, an expert in Islamic Studies at King's College London discuss how women are essential to the IS political strategy. Rose Bretécher's memoir 'Pure' reveals her struggle with a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in which she experiences intrusive and unthinkable thoughts - often sexual or violent in content. Rose explains what it is like living with the disorder. The historian Katherine Connelly takes us on the next stage of her tour exploring women's history in the East End of London. And our Queens of Crime series - crime writers Lin Anderson and Simon Brett discuss the work of PD James. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Dianne McGregor.