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

On this week’s 51%, we’ll speak with a filmmaker who walked the wards of Chinese hospitals to speak with young workers poisoned by the chemicals that went into making our cell phones. Plus, we’ll hear about a program to entice women into coding. And, sure, the cookies may be good, but the Girl Scouts want to be known for a lot more than that.

51% Show #1336

Feb 27, 2015

On this week’s 51%, female film directors. There weren’t any nominated for this year’s Oscars, so we’ll turn elsewhere to hear from the women’s director chair. And one director talks about group Film Fatales.

51% Show #1335

Feb 20, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, domestic violence from two angles. First, we’ll hear about a message from a book about domestic violence - an adult message from a book written by a girl. Then a retired police officer discusses a protocol adopted in his New York county to help victims. Plus, hiring women mechanics to appeal to women.

51% Show #1334

Feb 13, 2015
Chris Moore

On this week’s 51%, you’ll hear about women who are changing the game, literally or figuratively. First the literal, as in developing video games. Then, a female farmer fights for land use; a teenager grows wary of lipstick ingredients; and an essay about changing a human brand.

Female gamers do not always have it easy in the virtual world. But, as Rhiannon Corby reports, they are finding ways to combat sexism in video game culture. 

51% Show #1333

Feb 6, 2015
The Marine Mammal Center

On this week’s 51%, we’ll tell you about women and the field of veterinary science; you’ll hear about how a dog helped a girl stop trying to kill herself. Plus, federal legislation concerning abortions, and a teenager who wants to learn about love.

51% Show #1332

Jan 30, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, New York’s governor has a plan to combat sexual assault on college campuses. Plus, a Central American girl heads to Texas to escape domestic violence; a proofreader finds herself more involved in her work than anticipated; and a story about Cupid's flawed approach to romance.

With New York having the most schools being federally investigated for sexual abuse complaints, WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has a story about a recent complaint filed against Canisius College in Buffalo. 

51% Show #1331

Jan 23, 2015
Deb Kravitz

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear about efforts to address sexual assault on campus. Also on this week's show, the youngest woman to ever serve in Congress is sworn in, and we’ll hear about the female side of football, when it comes to Super Bowl ads and on the field.

51% Show #1330

Jan 16, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, as more states legalize some form of marijuana use, one woman has a message for other women. We’ll hear about a female pinball wizard and a male midwife.

51% Show #1329

Jan 9, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear from the lead author on a study about Chinese comfort women. And a medical student uses crowdfunding to help Ugandan’s access clean water.

51% Show #1328

Jan 2, 2015

On this week’s 51%, a young woman in England is out to combat sexism worldwide. Then we’ll hear from a doctor about cancer prehab. And women on the fire brigade in France are far from numerous.

Laura was sick of rude comments and inappropriate groping on crowded buses, so the young Londoner has been sending a clear message to other women: You do not have to tolerate sexism. Joanna Impey reports from London. 

51% Show #1327

Dec 26, 2014
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Photo by Mohammed Zarif Daraie, of Afghanistan / Afghanistan Matters

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear about gifts, gifts that know no special time of year. We’ll meet one young woman who is behind an effort to donate food and we’ll travel abroad to meet another young woman intent upon educating her country’s youth, especially girls. Then we’ll hear about women whose gift is and was their poetry.

51% Show #1326

Dec 19, 2014

On this week’s 51%, we’ll speak with a filmmaker who walked the wards of Chinese hospitals to speak with young workers poisoned by the chemicals that went into making our cell phones. We’ll also hear about a program to entice women into coding. And, sure, the cookies may be good, but the Girl Scouts want to be known for a lot more than that.

51% Show #1325

Dec 12, 2014
Mark Turner

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear a few thoughts from former President Jimmy Carter on gender equality. Then, Ebola has left thousands of orphans in one African country. From this, we’ll try and face the music. And we’ll get to know some women who are in male-dominated music professions.

Former President Jimmy Carter recently spoke at Yale University about his latest book. And as 51%’s Jim Levulis tells us, President Carter touched on the issue of gender equality. 

51% Show #1324

Dec 5, 2014

On this week’s 51%, we’re going revisit an archival show to talk about – suicide.  First, we turn to an author who explores some philosophies against suicide. Then we hear from a researcher who is trying to get to the heart of why Latina teenage girls attempt suicide more than any other adolescent group.

51% Show #1323

Nov 28, 2014

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear from author and journalist Gail Sheehy about her memoir. Then it’s off to France to hear about a man in a role traditionally for women. From there, we time travel, to Eden.  

Gail Sheehy, author of the influential Passages, now lays bare her own life passages in a memoir that reveals her path from groundbreaking 1960's "girl" journalist to bestselling author who made a career of excavating cultural taboos.

51% Show #1322

Nov 21, 2014

On this week’s 51%, you’ll learn about a piece of Japanese subculture that focuses on girls and women. It’s an art form called shojo manga. We then turn from art to the natural world, and one woman’s obsession with pigeons. Plus, we shine a spotlight on witches.

51% Show #1321

Nov 14, 2014
Jen Chien

On this week’s 51%, you’ll hear about a club for women in a predominantly male profession – automotive technology. Plus, we bring you the author of Soldier Girls, a book about women enlisted in the National Guard just months before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. And you’ll learn about why Brooklyn, Illinois could be on the map.

51% Show #1320

Nov 7, 2014

On this week’s 51%, you’ll hear from recipients of a medal that exemplifies the ideals of Eleanor Roosevelt. Plus, a Women in History profile.

October 19 marked the 28th year of awarding the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill medal. The Val-Kill Medal Awards recognize and honor individuals who make a significant contribution to society in the arts, 

51% Show #1319

Oct 31, 2014
Maciej Lewandowski

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear about a study on fat shaming. A woman tells a fat shaming story about her friend. And around the November elections, we get a refresher about an icon of the woman's suffrage movement.

51% Show #1318

Oct 24, 2014

On this week’s 51%, ties to FDR. First, a woman pens a memoir about her polio and kinship with Franklin Roosevelt. And you’ll hear about an effort to garner votes and preserve Social Security in honor of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

51% Show #1317

Oct 17, 2014

On this week’s 51%, cooking, farming, and cultivating history. First, a woman in Germany starts a class in cooking for peace. Then an organic farmer tells the story about the hardship and reward of her endeavor; a teenager employs 30 girls to produce a green product; and a New York singer and songwriter tells why he shines a spotlight on women in history.

51% Show #1316

Oct 10, 2014

On this week’s 51%, a woman nearing 80 is on a mission to introduce the world to Indonesian literature.

Then, we visit Zambia to learn what is being done to decrease the number of teen pregnancies and we’ll hear about a young woman’s campaign to put an end to a human rights violation.

51% Show #1315

Oct 3, 2014
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

On this week’s 51%, the U.S. president and vice president announce a campaign to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.

You’ll hear about a study focused on female college students and sexual assault. Plus we’ll hear from actress Swoosie Kurtz about her memoir.

Last month, the White House  launched an awareness campaign on sexual assault called "It's On Us"

51% Show #1314

Sep 26, 2014
David Shankbone

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear from actress Swoosie Kurtz about her memoir, and her relationship with her mother. Then we turn to a relationship of an entirely different sort. And a high school student aspires to a better relationship with her sister.

51% Show #1313

Sep 19, 2014

On this week’s 51%, we learn about a new transgender policy at an all-female college. Then we turn to a study on coming out to adult children. Plus, we’ll hear from an author whose fictional works explore real-life themes about teenage girls.

51% Show #1312

Sep 12, 2014
Dr. Barbara Oakley

On this week’s 51%, it’s back to school. First we’ll hear from an engineer and author who says changing the way we learn could help attract girls and women to math and science. And it takes more than just following one’s passion.

Then we head to Germany to meet a woman who is providing education about the plight of Afghan women and children, and is on a mission to help, plus, a few professors and their robot want to wage war on ticks. 

51% Show #1311

Sep 5, 2014
Gabrielle Selz

On this week’s 51%, we turn to a woman who talks about her unstill life and what it was like to have a father who worked among art and artists during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism. Then we hear about a conference on women and power that for the first time will include men.

51% Show #1310

Aug 29, 2014

On this week’s 51%, we’re going to talk about it – suicide. First, we turn to an author who explores some philosophies against suicide. Then we hear from a researcher who is trying to get to the heart of why Latina teenage girls attempt suicide more than any other adolescent group.

51% Show #1309

Aug 22, 2014
FDR Library

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear from Ken Burns on his soon-to-be-aired documentary about the Roosevelts. On Eleanor Roosevelt. Then, a documentary currently in production on the Lost Girls of Sudan. And moving from screen to sound, we’ll hear from an audio engineer with a mission.

51% Show #1308

Aug 15, 2014
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On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear about how a program for girls learning about science and technology is faring. Then, we’ll return to a forum on women’s health and the environment. Plus, who is doing a better job of recycling a certain product?

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren recently was in the western portion of her state where she offered words of encouragement to teenage girls taking part in a summer science and technology education program. 51%’s Paul Tuthill reports.  

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