51%

Wednesdays, 3pm - 3:30pm; Thursdays, 8pm - 8:30pm

In America, women make up more than half the population. Worldwide, women are expected to outnumber men within the next fifty years - and every issue we face is one that affects us all. 

Whether it's the environment, health, our children, politics or the arts, there's a women's perspective, and 51% is a show dedicated to that viewpoint. 

Host Allison Dunne talks to experts in their field for a wide-ranging, entertaining discussion of issues that not only fall into the traditional 'women's issues' category, but topics that concern us all as human beings and citizens of the global community.

Tune to 51% weekly throughout the U. S. on public and community radio stations, some ABC Radio Network stations, Armed Forces Radio stations around the world and on the internet. 

Twitter: @51PercentRadio

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#1486: Women As Stars Of Astronomy, For One

Jan 17, 2018

On this week’s 51%, we learn about women’s major contributions to astronomy, hear from a project manager of one of the largest bridge projects in the country and listen to an essay on body positivity. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1485: A Film Director Rolls With It

Jan 10, 2018

On this week’s 51%, we meet a film director who almost quit the business and hear about an alternative healthcare program for female veterans. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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On this week’s 51%, women may have been responsible for this in early America; meet a nonprofit founder whose aim to help women in poverty; and hear from a singer/songwriter whose been filling up her tour date calendar. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

On this week’s 51%, we hear about the need to fill the vacuum of quotes by contemporary women, and we’ll hear the story behind the song “I Will Survive.” Yes, that one — THE women’s empowerment anthem.

On this week’s 51%, we hear from a woman whose illness led to her documentary film. And we hear what’s changing in some states to allow pregnant teens to make their own medical decisions. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

On this week’s 51%, it’s exam time for many, and new research suggests that women have more test anxiety then men. We hear about a new contraceptive law in Massachusetts and have a different look at the #MeToo social media campaign. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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On this week’s 51%, a Massachusetts artist returns to Armenia to empower women in an ancient art and we tune in to an essay about a lockdown drill. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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On this week’s 51%, we meet a woman making her directorial debut with a film about her sister’s suicide  and hear about a program to encourage young women to enter STEM-related fields. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1478: Meet The First Woman Who Coached In The NFL

Nov 22, 2017
Courtesy of Jen Welter

On this week’s 51%, we’re in the thick of football season and we hear from the first woman to coach in the NFL, plus we learn about an artificial pancreas from a woman who is an expert in type 1 diabetes.  I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1477: Two Women Are A Double Match

Nov 15, 2017
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On this week’s 51%, they were a match, on Tinder, and for a kidney. The director thought it was good documentary material. And we hear about finding transgender health services.  I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1476: The ERA Battle, A Riveting Sculpture

Nov 8, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

On this week’s 51%, we jump into the battle over the Equal Rights Amendment and, with Veterans Day approaching, we have a story about a cultural icon from World War II. Plus, we meet an artist who experiences synesthesia.  I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

On this week’s 51%, a pioneering engineer is remembered for a number of her accomplishments, and the human race could use some rebalancing, with a heavy dose of feminine power.  I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1474: She Films Through A Lens Of Compassion

Oct 25, 2017
Courtesy of Allison Argo

On this week’s 51%, we meet a filmmaker whose mission is to raise awareness and instill compassion for all beings,  we hear about a program to get more female police officers into leadership and listen to an essay about toilet flowers.  I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Courtesy of Allison Greene/Indiana Women's Prison

On this week’s 51%, a program allows some women to keep their babies in prison; we hear about an online course about human trafficking; and a musician explores her Finnish past. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

On this week’s 51%, we speak with a New York Times best-selling author about her new work of fiction on women and politics, hear about suffrage and anti-suffrage exhibitions, meet a woman who connects with her Finnish past through song and listen to an essay on women and representation. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1471: Do Power Differently At Omega

Oct 4, 2017
Courtesy of Living Room Conversations

On this week’s 51%, we meet two women who are speakers at an annual women and power conference. One woman looks at the power in restoring civil discourse while the other transforms pain into power. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1470: Women And Various Arts

Sep 27, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

On this week’s 51%, we look at women and the arts…from women as the subjects of paintings, to knitting as salvation, to filmmaking. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Courtesy of Dave Lucas

On this week’s 51%, we meet a 12-year-old boxing champion. Then we tune into two stories about love, one takes shape as a course in college, the other, under fear of deportation. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1468: Rise To Run And Walking For the Environment

Sep 18, 2017
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On this week’s 51%, a national organization has been reaching out to young women who might consider political futures. We then meet a woman who tells us about her involvement in indigenous-led environmental movements and hear from a mystery writer about her accomplishments. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

On this week’s 51%, an outdoor co-op puts women front and center, we hear why the job market is tough for military spouses, who mainly are women, and hear why pregnant women with opioid addictions have trouble finding doctors.

#1466: Balancing Masculine & Feminine Scales

Sep 1, 2017

On this week’s 51%, we bring you more of an interview with a woman who aims to balance the masculine/feminine scales, and meet a slam poet whose art form is mixing with more traditional poetry.

On this week’s 51%, we hear about leading from the feminine, meet a singer-songwriter who embraces her black girl magic and the first woman in a certain Coast Guard role retires. 

On this week’s 51%, we hear from a former war correspondent. She’s out with a book. And we learn how a clinic is helping bridge the gap between insurance companies and pregnant women fighting opioid addiction. 

#1463: Unruly Women And Women Sing The Blues

Aug 9, 2017

On this week’s 51%, we hear from an author on unruly women, check in with blues singer Lila Ammons and share a personal essay. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Courtesy of Patti Niemi via Lauren Schiller

On this week’s 51%, a percussionist with an opera orchestra talks about her performance anxiety, and find out how specially trained nurses can help in rape cases. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

On this week’s 51%, we hear from an undocumented farm worker, learn about a suffragists exhibit in New York, where U.S. Senator from the state Kirsten Gillibrand visited and find out how a comedian is navigating politics in the punch line. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1460: A Man Walks For Women And Water

Jul 21, 2017

On this week’s 51%, we take a look at women and water, and hear from the young man who walks, sometimes runs, miles and miles to raise awareness about women and water. Plus, we meet one of just two female police chiefs in Vermont, and a playwright confronts the fear of aging. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1459: On Posterity And On Equality, Diversity

Jul 12, 2017

On this week’s 51%, we hear from mothers on their thoughts during these changing times and meet the president of a foundation that works to advance gender and racial equality. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

On this week’s 51%, a researcher looks into fixing mutated genes linked to breast cancer and we bring you a conversation with the CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1457: Stirring Things Up At The Culinary Institute

Jun 28, 2017
The Culinary Institute of America

On this week’s 51%, we learn that, for the first time, The Culinary Institute of America has more women than men in its student body, and it’s reflected in the culinary world. And we meet one of the women enrolled at the CIA and hear her thoughts on the change. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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