51% Show #1202

Jul 27, 2012

FM: National Productions
DT: Friday July 27, 2012
RE: 51% Show #1202
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51% wants you! Got a great story featuring remarkable people?  Is there a women’s angle? Pitch it and get national airplay!  Email producer/host Susan Barnett at sbarnett@wamc.org. with your pitch. If we like it, we'll ask you to send the story for review.  Wanted: interesting and enlightening women's issues stories, broad social issues from a women's perspective, personal essays, commentaries and profiles of inspirational women.

Here is this week's information on 51% #1202.
BILLBOARD – Susan Barnett (Music Out)


Newsweek had a disturbing report earlier this month that details studies claiming that our addiction to our technology is making us unhinged. Americans now spent at least eight hours a day in front of computer. Teenagers spend 11 hours on an average school day when you add in multitasking on several devices. The average teen gets or sends 3700 texts a month – two times the average four years ago.

Studies now show our cyborg existence is making us irritable, depressed, anxious and compulsive.  Chances are the technology isn’t going away – and that means there’s a whole field of specialists concentrating on how to eliminate at least some of the most problematic issues. Judith Donath is a theorist and designer of social media – and currently a faculty fellow at Harvard.

10:39  Judith Donath  Linkedin Culture  Barnett

That’s Judith Donath, theorist and designer of social media. She is a faculty fellow at Harvard University.

Coming up, mixed feelings about the Olympics... and the real story of a name we all know.  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 #1202.


London has the world’s attention, with the summer Olympic games bringing much-needed tourist dollars and plenty of logistical nightmares. And quietly, far to the east, the mad Olympic scramble is beginning in another location. Russia's southern-most city is gearing up to host the Winter Olympics in 2014. Russian president Vladimir Putin says hosting the Games is a long-time dream for his country, but many residents say Olympic construction has become a nightmare. Julia Barton reports.

5:24  Olympic building

And finally, Gilles Malkine checks in with a profile of the mother of radiation therapy.

4:51  Marie Curie

Gilles Malkine is a writer and musician.  He lives in New York’s Catskill Mountains.


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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