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Episode from the podcastWoman's Hour

Yotam Ottolenghi, Long Covid and Women, Breast Cancer Screening and Talking to Children about Death

Released Wednesday, 30th September 2020
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Flavour is the third instalment in Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty series which celebrates the infinite potential of vegetables. Along with co-author and recipe developer Ixta Belfrage they explore techniques and processes such as infusing and charring which brings out the full flavour of the vegetable. They join Jenni to talk about how to Cook the Perfect Spicy Mushroom Lasagne.

We now know that tens of thousands of people in the UK are living with Long Covid – meaning that they have not yet recovered from the effects of the virus, even if their infection was relatively mild, and happened months ago. Symptoms vary but can include breathlessness and fatigue. You might have heard presenter Adam Rutherford yesterday on Radio 4 talking about his own experience of it, and looking at the growing body of science around the condition. A picture is also now emerging of how the condition is affecting women. The Long Covid Support group on Facebook has 23,000 members in the UK and 75% of them are women. Lesley Macniven is one of the group’s campaigners and a gender inequality researcher by trade. She joins Jenni from Edinburgh.

It is estimated that nearly one million women in the UK missed their routine mammogram breast screening programme appointments due to Covid-19. This is according to figures from the charity Breast Cancer Now. Their Chief Executive Baroness Delyth Morgan outlines their concerns and what needs to be done to deal with a backlog of cases.

In our family secrets series Jo Morris speaks to a woman we are calling Liz, who found out her father’s fifty year old secret at the worst possible time, when she was grieving for him.

Isabel Thomas has written more than 150 books about science and nature for young audiences, including Moth, which won the 2020 AAAS Prize for Excellence in Science Books. She has now written Fox - A Circle of Life Story – a picture book inspired by her own experiences of talking to her three children about death, and of having her only parent die at a young age. The book gives an unflinching scientific answer to one of the most difficult questions children ask: what happens when we die?

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Clare Walker
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