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Presented by Jane Garvey: Are you being served? The history and role of department stores in Britain. Living where you grow up, writer Eoin Colfer and Laura Barton discuss the benefits of staying put or moving away. Nora Shourd talks about her daughter held hostage in Iran and live music from The Unthanks.

Nora Shourd, mother of hiker imprisoned in Iran

Nora Shourd is the mother of Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers who are being held in Evin prison in Tehran. Sarah and her friends were taken into custody in July 2009. They had been hiking in Iraq and the Iranians have accused them of espionage. Their families say that if they crossed the border it was accidental. Although no charges have been brought against Sarah she has been in solitary confinement for nearly 12 months. Along with the other mothers Nora is campaigning for their freedom. This photo was taken in May 2010 when Nora met Sarah in Tehran - a meeting facilitated by the Swiss Embassy there.

A Safe World for Women

Living where you grew up

Are you someone who’s lived in the same town you were born in your entire life? Or perhaps you’ve travelled the world in a search for meaning or more practically, employment? Eoin Colfer, writer of the ‘Artemis Fowl’ series, has sold around 20 million books worldwide. But he continues to reside in Wexford in Ireland, the same place he grew up. Laura Barton, a journalist and writer who originally hails from Wigan, has had to move around to realise her ambition. They discuss with Jane why some people stay and others go.

'Twenty-One Locks', by Laura Barton, is published by Quercus Publishing

'Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex' by Eoin Colfer, is published by Puffin Books

Eoin Colfer

The Unthanks

They describe their music as a blend of ‘staunch traditionalism’, and ‘sonic adventure’. And since they launched their first album six years ago, modern folk artists Rachel and Becky Unthank have been both lauded and criticised for their unique position on the music scene. On Monday’s Woman’s Hour, the Unthanks meet Jane Garvey to talk about the relevance of folk in a world obsessed with pop culture - and the women of the North East whose stories they tell.

The Unthanks play the Cambridge Folk Festival 1st August 2010

Rachel Unthank

The History and Future of the Department Store

For more than a century people have flocked to department stores to browse and buy a huge range of goods. Historian Claire Masset joins Jane to talk about the evolution of these enormous shops, their Golden Age in the 1920s and 1930s, and some of the more bizarre innovations in retailing, such as the personal shopping service and the story of a customer who wanted to buy a second-hand coffin.

Department Stores book


  1. Chapter 1

    Why do some people decide to stay in the place where they grew up, and others want to leave? With Eoin Colfer and Laura Barton.

  2. Chapter 2

    On her campaign to get her daughter and two other Americans released from jail.

  3. Chapter 3

    Modern folk artists Rachel and Becky Unthank play live in studio

  4. Chapter 4

    Historian Claire Masset talks to Jane about the evolution of these shops from their golden age in the 1920s and 30s.


  1. Mon 19 Jul 2010

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