51% Show #1173

Albany, NY – FM: National Productions
DT: Friday January 6, 2012
RE: 51% Show #1173

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Here is this week's information on 51% #1173.


BILLBOARD - Susan Barnett (Music Out)


We've all heard the predictions that the world will end in 2012. There've been movies, books and more than enough TV shows on the topic. But author Birute Regine's new book, Iron Butterflies, argues that the major change that's coming is a tipping point in women's relationship with power and leadership.

12:25 Birute Regine Barnett

Birute Regine is the author of Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and the World. Find out more at ironbutterflies.com.

Coming up, Most of women's history may be a blank slate, but Gilles Malkine tries to follow the clues to one of the most famous of ancient poets.

If you missed part of this show or are interested in other programs, visit the 51% archives at wamc.org. This week's show is # 1173.


Women's history has little information on women artists, musicians and writer from ancient times. One name has survived - though her work is nearly extinct. Gilles Malkine tries to piece together the legacy of Sappho.

5:57 Sappho

Gilles Malkine is a writer and musician who lives in the Catskills of New York.

In Persian culture, the New Year begins on the first day of spring. Most of the ceremonies are lively, but one particularly so: it's called Chahar Shanbeh Souri. Basically, it consists of people taking turns jumping over a fire. In Seattle, hundreds from the Iranian community gather at the beach to take their turn burning away worries left from the old year.

2:03 Playing with Fire

Good luck jumping your own metaphorical fires this year. This story was Produced by Negin Almassi and Hammad Ahmed, with support from the Association of Independents in Radio.


That's our show for this week.

Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance. Our music is by Kevin Bartlett.

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Thanks so much for joining us we'll be back next week with another edition of 51% The Women's Perspective.

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