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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. 

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Albany, NY – Julie Keene harvests snails for a living, but she's had to give that up. Julie's given up her only source of income to wage a lonely fight to save her snails and her community's way of life.

8:33 Snails

That report from Salt Radio.

Albany, NY – Have you heard about the link between anti-depressants and cancer? 51% is happy to introduce you to Dr. Sharon Ufberg, an integrative health care journalist and global women's activist who hosts a regular wellness feature on KVON/KVYN in Napa Valley. Today she begins a feature we're calling Alive and Kicking.

5:18 Ufberg/Cancer

Albany, NY – Studies estimate as many as 6 million people are hoarders - they collect and save to the point where their lives are dominated by their stuff. It's often a problem with the elderly, whose habit of saving escalates into a problem that's not only unsanitary - it's unsafe. But sometimes hoarding is the result of a mental problem. Some studies link it to obsessive compulsive disorder. It's still a mystery and one that is hard to empathize with when it's obvious that collecting has gone out of control.

Albany, NY – We're eating processed foods, exercising too little, stressing out more, and developing chronic health problems younger and younger. Do you wonder if it's too late to make a change? Susun Weed is an herbalist, teacher and author who is convinced the answer is simple - remember what our grandparents and their grandparents knew about natural medicine. We chatted about herbs, food, and her new book about reproductive health.

8:45 Susun Weed

Albany, NY – In mid-May, coordinated Palestinian protests against the Israeli occupation led to violence. Ten protesters died after reportedly being shot by Israeli soldiers. But behind the headlines are people - people interviewed by an Israeli woman. Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta has written a book called "Refusing to Be Enemies."

11:30 Kaufman LacustaI Barnett

Albany, NY – It's been said that the moral test of any society is how it treats its weakest members. In Florida, tens of thousands of people live in the state's nearly 3-thousand assisted-living facilities. A year-long collaborative investigation by the Miami Herald and public radio station WLRN has turned up at least 70 questionable deaths due to caretaker neglect in Florida assisted-living facilities over the past decade. As the nation ages, Florida is a case study for how the U.S. cares for the elderly. Kenny Malone reports

Albany, NY – Since the country's foreclosure crisis began in 2007, at least two million people have lost their homes. In the Bay Area of California, more than 70,000 homes are currently in some stage of foreclosure. And even though the economy might be getting better, they're still happening.

Albany, NY – UN Women is dedicated to global gender equality and the empowerment of women. But that's a complicated issue, one not achieved by simply voting for an idealistic set of guidelines. Empowerment means having clout - and that means having economic clout. So encouraging women to get into business, to take their own financial futures in their hands is key.

Albany, NY – The idea of setting aside a special day to honor our mothers is certainly not new. But did you know the special history of the day in the US was related to feminism and the peace movement? Carla Goldstein, Director of the Omega Women's Institute in New York explains.

5:28 Mother's Day Goldstein

Carla Goldstein is Director of the Omega Women's Institute in New York. Find out more at eomega.com

Albany, NY – It is impossible to overestimate the importance of adults in a child's life. Mothers know how big a part they play in their child's life - and how the example they set creates an imprint that lasts a lifetime. But author Selena Rezvani says fathers need to remember that they're important to their daughters, too.

4:50 The Daughter Effect Rezvani

Selena Rezvani is an author and lecturer. You can find out more at nextgenwomen.com.

Albany, NY – One thing we can thank the Internet for is access to information about where we came from. Not just geographically, but ancestrally. Websites that give us access to ships records, census records, birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates now make it possible to do research that used to mean travel to distant towns to see records first hand. And shows like Who Do You Think You Are, are feeding our thirst to know more. Megan Smolenyak is the genealogist whose work inspired that show.

9:50 Megan Smolenyak

Albany, NY –
Dr. Helen Caldicott, physician and vocal anti-nuclear campaigner, spoke by phone with journalist Claudia Cragg after the 2007 6.8 earthquake in Japan which hit the world's largest nuclear power plant at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa. That is not the same plant affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami it's a different one. And back in 2007, Dr. Caldicott was warning that the worries in Japan should be shared at California's nuclear plants.

8:52 Japan Quake Caldicott

Albany, NY – The United States considers itself the model for a democratic society - and yet our businesses are far behind the rest of the world in recognizing the needs of families. The United States is one of the only countries in the world that doesn't offer paid parental leave. Veteran public radio reporter Anne Garrels looks at what this means for American families.

6:06 Planned Family Leave - PRX

That report comes to us from Rights Watch Radio, produced by Human Rights Watch.

Albany, NY – Italian women started marching in the streets at around the same time as revolution in Egypt but this is a drama that's still playing out. Correspondent Nancy Greenlease reports on street protests over the sex scandal involving Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

5:19 Italy Greenlease

Albany, NY – The news that Egypt's protesters had toppled a thirty year regime was a moment of jubilation here's reporter Heba Morayef on the scene

:19 celebration

Albany, NY – Environmental activists and safe food advocates are up in arms over a decision by the USDA to allow unrestricted planting of genetically engineered alfalfa. It's not the first crop that's been genetically engineered by chemical giant Monsanto to allow heavy pesticide use, but it's perhaps the most threatening so far, with opponents calling it the beginning of genetic pollution of not only crops, but the animals and people who eat them. Page Tomaselli is a staff attorney with the Center for Food Safety.

Albany, NY – Majora Carter is an environmental activist and the founder of Sustainable South Bronx. She spearheaded the creation of a riverside park on what had been a garbage dump. Her organization then began a green training and jobs placement program. She was named a MacArthur fellow in 2005 and has piled up the awards since then. She went into the private sector and started her own company, but her focus is still on the environment. James Mill has this report.

8:32 Majora Carter

Albany, NY – The shooting in Tucson earlier this month got a lot of conversations started - there's been some soul searching, some questions about the impact of the extreme partisanship in American politics these days - and the media. But there are also some good things to be learned from this tragedy. Ginny Apuzzo, a former member of the Clinton White House, says she's seeing not only the changing face of our society, but the goodness of many of its people.

6:32 Ginny Apuzzo

Albany, NY – Despite all the advances made by women, many successful women still feel that to succeed, they need to play by men's rules. But there is a growing call for society to embrace women's strengths, and to create more balance. It's something to think about as we start a new year - a time when many of us resolve to make changes to improve ourselves. I spoke with Nina Simons, a social entrepreneur and the author of Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart.

9:18 Nina Simons

Albany, NY – Depending on who you talk to, Wikileaks is either a victory for government transparency or a dangerous site revealing state secrets. But set aside that debate, and the question becomes, what have we learned from the documents it's released? WomensENews put a reporter to work on reading the State Department documents posted by Wikileaks and according to editor Corinna Barnard, there's a disturbing omission in our diplomatic policy.

11:48 Barnard Wikileaks

Albany, NY – 7:18 Intro and interview with Harriet Brown

We're continuing our conversation with Harriet Brown of Syracuse University. She's the author of Feed Me, Brave Girl Eating, and the founder of Project Body Talk.

14:38 More interview with Harriet Brown

Harriet Brown teaches at Syracuse University. She's the author of Feed Me, Brave Girl Eating, and the founder of Project Body Talk.

If you would like to hear more, or you'd like to share your own thoughts, visit projectbodytalk.com

Albany, NY – BILLBOARD - Susan Barnett(1:12)
Claudia Corrigan D'Arcy is one of the lucky ones - she found the son she'd given up when she was 19 and he wanted to be found. They met in March of last year. They are building a relationship. During D'Arcy's search for her son, she discovered what she calls the secret of adoption...it's a business.

9:00 D'Arcy

Albany, NY – Ferraro recalls the mixed emotions and emotional self-control she exerted as Democratic nominee for vice-president in 1984.