Susan Barnett

Host, 51%

Susan Barnett, producer and host of 51%, is an award winning veteran journalist and writer whose career has included anchoring and producing television news, radio news, writing for magazines and authoring a weekly column for an online newspaper. She authors a companion column to this show at Her short story collection "The View from Outside"  is published by Hen House Press. She provides Wonder Bread Choir backup vocals on "Songs for the Big Kablooey" the 2010 CD by musician Kevin Bartlett, whose music is the theme for 51%. Her other interests include voracious reading, head-clearing hiking, petting any furry animal which will allow it and trying to focus on the positive. She lives in Woodstock, NY. 


51 % The Women's Perspective
9:06 am
Fri April 4, 2014

51% Show #1290

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Coming up this week, education equality – it's a long ways off... plus teaching children to think by teaching them language.

Part of the United Nations' Millenium Development Goals called for the elimination of gender inequality in all levels of education by 2015. That's not a goal that's going to be met. But representatives of Education International were in NY in late March to encourage the UN to continue to keep pushing.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:39 am
Fri March 28, 2014

51% Show #1289

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Writing as confession. This week on 51%, it's the Woodstock Writers Festival and the memoir boom.

We're living in what's been called the Age of Memoir. The public has a hunger for real stories – whether they're on television, on the radio (consider the huge popularity of The Moth Radio Hour) or in literature.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:23 am
Thu March 20, 2014

51% Show #1288


Finding a home...and staying there. This week on 51%, aging in place, plus getting young people back to nature.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

51% Show #1287

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Socializing – the whys and the changing ways we do it. This week on 51%, bonding over Facebook, what we can learn from worms and the oral history of children's games.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:47 am
Fri March 7, 2014

51% Show #1286

  Heroic women, tragic stories and lessons for today. History knows them  as the Angels of Bataan but they can help us understand today's returning vets.

When Pearl Harbor was attacked in World War II, a group of nurses who never expected to be on the front lines found themselves in a combat zone – and taken prisoner.  They faced impossible working conditions, constant fear and starvation. The  experience would haunt them the rest of their lives...and helps us better understand the issues faced by today's returning veterans. 

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51 % The Women's Perspective
11:16 am
Fri February 28, 2014

51% Show #1285

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It's been a tough winter... particularly if you are homeless. A tough economy combined with a brutal winter...we're taking a look at the issue of homelessness.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:17 am
Fri February 21, 2014

51% Show #1284

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The art of storytelling is enjoying a resurgence, but being a writer is paying less and less. Plus, a writer's festival and the writing life in a recession.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:48 am
Fri February 14, 2014

51% Show #1283

An interview with an American treasure... plus, playing with dolls as a second career, and some thoughts on love.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
11:32 am
Fri February 7, 2014

51% Show #1282

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Canada's got a year to figure out its position on prostitution... A court decision is leading to new policy on sex for money in Canada, and we'll hear about our own country's prostitution problems.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
11:01 am
Fri January 31, 2014

51% Show #1281

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  This week, we're looking at poverty in America... The divide between haves and have nots is gaping wider – what can you do about it?

The newest Shriver Report released last month looked deeply into the issue of poverty. It found that policy changes in the sixties and seventies have been effective at helping our nation's seniors – but both children and women have been left behind. And it suggests that closing the wage gap between men and women, which hasn't budged in recent years, could make a dramatic difference.

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