BBC Radio 4 You and Yours programme about some problems disabled rail passengers have when travelling. And the consumer organisation Passenger Focus sent out “mystery shoppers” on various journeys in other to verify what was really happening. Their report concludes that too often they are let down by rail companies’ failure to provide assistance, with many left stranded on the platform or abandoned on the train.
This BBC radio programme looks at carers and asks what a future government could do to improve the support offered them.
BBC Radio 4 programme with Peter White looking at the proposals which will affect many disabled people who are currently unemployed and claiming incapacity benefit.
BBC Radio 4 You and Yours programme looks at how worshippers at the Bilal Jamia mosque in Leicester are getting used to the first-ever guide dog to be allowed into a mosque. Vargo belongs to Mahomed-Abraar and has been given his own bed in the entrance hall following a Fatwa, or Islamic decree, from the Muslim Council of Great Britain which states that because Vargo is being used to guide Mahomed, he shouldn't be regarded as unclean.
This is episode 1 in a series in which Mariella Frostrup and guests, Sue Gerhardt, Stephen Scott and Jennie Bristow, discuss whether shouting at children causes long-term damage, or is an unavoidable part of busy family life. Possible effective alternatives are discussed.
This episode of Radio 4's Woman's Hour series asks if children who get taken into care should be looked after by strangers or by members of their own family. The Children's Act says children should be looked after by family members - if they want to take on the responsibility and are deemed suitable. But on Woman's Hour, the Family Rights Group says family and friends are too often ignored or rebuffed by social services. If the family does get approved they don't always get the financial support they need.
Four Radio 4 programmes in a series about the health and wellbeing of the seven ages of humanity, presented by Connie St Louis. These four programmes explore the teenage years. The first programme looks at the hormonal changes that are the hallmark of the teenage years, the second looks at teenage behaviour and the third at how adolescents relate to those around them. The final programme of the series looks at the later stages of adolescence.
This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on gangs and looks at what happens when a violent gang tries to refashion itself as a political movement. David Brotherton, Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is co-author of 'The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang', an account of his experience of the notorious New York branch of an American super gang and its decision to go straight. He joins Laurie Taylor to discuss. The segment is first in the audio clip.
Harsh Realities looks at how doctors, nurses, social services, and advisers take vital decisions about our lives. The third programme in the series looks at the legal minefield of assisted suicide and asks if it is ever morally acceptable for a doctor to help kill a patient. This programme is the last of three chaired by Niall Dickson, the BBC’s social affairs editor. In each programme Niall will be joined by professionals who have direct experience of the subject under discussion. In order to listen to this programme select programme 2 for audio access.
This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on sexual tension. Although modern societies seem to be becoming more liberal about sex it appears that at the same time many anxieties remain. Laurie Taylor discusses with Professor Sue Scott why the very subject of sex makes some people feel tense. The segment is second in the audio clip after a discussion on post soviet society and health.