51% Show #1197

Jun 21, 2012

FM: National Productions

DT: Friday June 22, 2012
RE: 51% Show #1197
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Wanted: interesting and enlightening women's issues stories, broad social issues from a women's perspective, personal essays, commentaries and profiles of inspirational women.

BILLBOARD – Susan Barnett (Music Out)


There’s been an uptick in home sales across much of the country in the first quarter of the year – but the prices are down – way down. Homes in some stage of the foreclosure process saw their share of overall U.S. home sales grow in the first quarter – driven by a spike in short sales.  Short sales, sales of homes for less than the bank is owed, are up 25% from a year ago, according to foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrack Incorporated.  That’s a three year high.

Without a short sale, the next step is repossession by the bank. But there’s a human story to all these homes being lost. 

When you're a teenager, it's hard to understand how "the economy" has anything to do with your life, but when Makele White's dad lost his job and their home was foreclosed on, it got personal.

9:33 Family Foreclosed  PRX

That report was filed by Makele White of Tucson Arizona for City High Radio.

Coming up, more on the impact of the Great Recession on the world’s young people… and one possible answer.  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 #1197.


According to the ILO – the International Labour Organization, the unemployment rate for young people is three times higher than for older workers. That crisis was among the items topping the agenda of the International Labour Conference held in Geneva in May.

ILO chief Juan Somavia applauded young people who are fighting against a future that isn’t promising much hope for work or an affordable quality education.

2:52  UN Young Economy  UN radio

Now let’s look at a possible flip side to this…

As many as 60 million additional jobs could be generated through a transformation to a greener economy according to a new report.

The Green Jobs Initiative says this could potentially lift tens of millions of workers out of poverty over the next two decades.

The study "Working towards sustainable development: Opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy" says that these gains will depend on whether the right set of policies are put in place. Julie Walker reports.

2:15  Green Jobs  UN Radio

Those reports come to us courtesy UN Radio.

Finally, let’s go from the economy to ecology.  It’s a good reminder that everything’s connected.

There’s a life form that quietly touches everything on the ground… and though we associate it with death and decay, life as we know it would be impossible without it. Come for a walk in the woods and learn how this mysterious form of life, neither animal nor vegetable, shapes our world. From the Encyclopedia of Life, here's Ari Daniel Shapiro for One Species At a Time.

5:28  Fungus  PRX


That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme music is by Kevin Bartlett.

This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.  Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock.

If you’d like to hear this show again, or visit the 51% archives, go to our website at WAMC.org. You can also find a regular column related to 51% at feminist.com.

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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