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Weekend Woman's Hour: The Wainwright Sisters; Anne-Marie Slaughter: Grieving for an Ex

January 30th, 2016

Episode 483 of 725 episodes

Anne-Marie Slaughter caused an internet furore in 2012 with her essay "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" which described her experience of holding down a demanding job whilst parenting demanding teenage sons. In her new book Unfinished Business, Anne-Marie explains why the problem of the work/life balance lies not with women but with the workplace. Martha Wainwright and her half-sister Lucy Wainwright Roche talk about growing up as part of a musical dynasty and how the death of Martha's mother Kate McGarrigle at the same time as the birth of her son brought them closer together and inspired the creation of an album of dark lullabies. According to a new study, one in forty teenage girls has ME, or myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Dr Esther Crawley explains the condition, and a sufferer shares her experiences. Why can it be so difficult to accept and move on when a former lover dies? Laura Marcus talks about the impact of losing her ex. The language of genetics is one that has filtered into public consciousness. But how much do we understand how our genes shape us? Science writer Kat Arney on her new book, Herding Hemingway's Cats. Purity: what does it mean for women in food, sex, religion and thought? Lauren Laverne talks to author Emma Woolf, Jewish theologian Dina Brawer, business woman Shirley Yanez and political journalist Helen Lewis on Late Night Woman's Hour. Plus, Psychologist Laverne Antrobus and journalist Hazel Davis swearing in front of children. Presented by Jane Garvey Producer: Sophie Powling.

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