51% Show #1180

Albany, NY – FM: National Productions
DT: Friday February 24, 2012
RE: 51% Show #1180

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BILLBOARD - Susan Barnett (Music Out)


Despite the Constitutional separation of church and state in the US - religion has taken center stage in the Republican primary race. Candidates invoke God and Christian values as they battle to be the new conservative standard bearer. With religion so closely tied to the conservative agenda, attention has been focused on the candidates' own beliefs and behavior. Rick Santorum is Catholic. Newt Gingrich converted to Catholicism in 2009. Ron Paul was raised Episcopalian, but left in protest of the church's views on abortion. And Mitt Romney is a Mormon. That is an American religion that is still not well understood by many of us. Investigative reporter and author Sally Denton recently wrote in the New York Times about patriarchy - and Mormonism.

8:06 Sally Denton Patriarchy Barnett

Sally Denton is an investigative journalist and author. Her latest book is The Plots Against the President - FDR, A Nation in Crisis and the Rise of the American Right. Find out more at sallydenton.com.

Coming up, a call for a pink ribbon that means more and the haunting sound of a voice that is being silenced. If you missed part of this show or want to hear it again, visit the 51% archives at wamc.org. This week's show is #1180.


The recent storm surrounding the Susan G. Komen's decision to stop funding to Planned Parenthood, and the subsequent reversal of that decision, raises questions not only about the impact of the religious right on women's health, but wider questions about how we approach women's health. Carla Goldstein, a breast cancer survivor and leader in women's empowerment, thinks it's time to consider the whole woman.

4:21 Goldstein Planned Parenthood

Carla Goldstein is director of the Women's Institute at the Omega Institute in New York.

We'll end this program with a voice that I suspect will haunt you long after the show is over.

Lee Ellen Shoemaker is a singer who is losing her voice. The retired hospital adminstrator-turned performance artist is known as the Tunnel Singer. She performs live vocal improvisations in the resonant darkness of tunnels and empty cisterns. Shoemaker tells the story, with what's left of her voice, of her journey into her singing career, and her struggle with spasmodic dysphonia.

7:40 Tunnel Singer PRX


That's our show for this week.
Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance. Our theme 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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