51% Show #1201

Jul 20, 2012

FM: National Productions
DT: Friday July 20, 2012
RE: 51% Show #1201

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Here is this week's information on 51% #1201.
BILLBOARD – Susan Barnett (Music Out)


Just how smart are you about money? When money’s tight, it’s not a question you can afford to avoid.  Women, traditionally, haven’t been enthusiastic about the topic. But Valerie Coleman Morris, the former business anchor for CNN and author of It’s Your Money So Take It Personally explains that avoiding the topic is going to cost you.

11:54  Valerie Coleman Morris

That’s Valerie Coleman Morris, former business anchor for CNN and author of  It’s Your Money So Take It Personally.  Find out more at Valeriecolemanmorris.com

Coming up, how we used to think the recession would go… and playing a game show to pay the bills.  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 #1201.


Sometimes it’s really interesting to look back and remember how things used to be, particularly when we’re looking at a prolonged global economic recession.  Three years ago, the US was in economic freefall and Europe was looking, as they say in the UK, safe as houses. We were doing some serious soul searching, trying to figure out where we’d gone wrong.  Here the analysis at the time from ThoughtCast’s Jenny Attiyeh.

3:19  Dopamine Economy  PRX

The irony, of course, is that the recession slammed into the euro zone, too.  Italy, Spain, the UK, they’re all struggling to pull themselves out of a downward spiral.  Germany’s insistence on austerity measures is being challenged as it becomes clear that they’re not slowing the slide.  And the hopes that an Obama presidency would begin to bridge the widening gap between America’s wealthiest and its majority, that so-called wealth gap…well, that’s a hope that hasn’t been realized.  Nor is it clear what policies can achieve that. Even Fox News recently featured an article on a book by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz called “The Price of Inequality.” In it, he argues that growing inequality and economic unfairness could threaten the stability of the country.

But a wealth gap isn’t unique to the US. In third world and poorer countries, it’s the norm.

Day laborers in the Philippines are turning to a TV game show as a way to solve their money problems. The popular game show is called “Wowowee.” It features contestants like street vendors, garbage collectors and other low-wage workers, all competing for money by challenging each other on trivia knowledge as well as the most heart-wrenching story. Simone Orendain followed one contestant and filed this report.

5:13  Game Show

That story comes to us from the World Vision Report.


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.

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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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