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
10:16 am
Thu November 29, 2012

51% Show #1220

Credit David Shankbone

51% Episode 1220
Nov 29, 2012


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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:25 am
Thu November 22, 2012

51% Show #1219

Climate change was a topic notably absent from the recent presidential campaign – until a storm named Sandy hit the East Coast. Then New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo called extreme weather ‘the new normal” and called for action on climate change. And New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Obama for re-election, saying he was best equipped to handle the issue of climate change.

The topic has taken center stage.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
2:08 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

51% Show #1217

51% Episode 1217
Nov 8, 2012


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51 % The Women's Perspective
4:46 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

51% Show #1216

51% #1216

Women like to connect. They are communicators. And nothing has opened up the world to women with a drive to write than the blog. In just a few minutes, you can set up a page and soon you’re talking with the rest of the world. Nora Ephron’s last project was a film based on  blogger Julie Powell’s book about her attempt to make every recipe in Julia Childs’ classic French cookbook. Now Luisa Weiss, better known to bloggers as The Wednesday Chef, has a book out called My Berlin Kitchen, the story of her attempt to integrate her childhood in Berlin and in New York, as well as her connections to Italy. It is, of course, a love story as well as a book with recipes.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:25 am
Fri October 26, 2012

51% Show #1215

51% Episode 1215
Oct 25, 2012

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:06 am
Fri October 19, 2012

51% Show #1214

51% Episode 1214
Oct 18, 2012

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:50 am
Thu October 11, 2012

51% Show #1213

51% Episode 1213
Oct 11, 2012

Not too long ago, scientists predicted that the ice at the arctic was melting away for good.  They thought it was possible it might melt away completed by the middle of this century. That’s all changed. A record ice melt this year has scientists now predicting that the summer ice could be gone in less than ten years – by 2020. What does that mean? Rising oceans and problems for coastal communities, but also bigger climate shifts without the polar ice to reflect back the sun’s rays.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
7:24 am
Fri October 5, 2012

51% Show #1212

51% Episode 1212
Oct 4, 2012

Unless you’ve been in a natural disaster, it’s really hard to understand its true impact. Whether it’s Hurricane Katrina, Colorado wildfires, the drought of 2012 or the worst storm damage in years in Ohio, the people affected deal with the aftermath long after the news crews pack up and go home.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:01 am
Fri September 28, 2012

51% Show #1211

51% Episode 1211
Sept 27, 2012


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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:17 am
Fri September 21, 2012

51% Show #1210

Cover of the first book Pola Negri by Ayn Rand published in 1925 in Moscow, Russia.
– published in the United States between 1923 and 1963, with its copyright not renewed.


The name Elizabeth Warren is one which has become well known during America’s economic crisis.  She chaired the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP – the Trouble Assets Relief Program. She appeared in Michael Moore’s Capitalism, A Love Story, bluntly calling out Wall Street for its role in creating the economic meltdown.

She helped create the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, making lending more transparent and working to eliminate unfair lending practices.

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