51%

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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. 

Twitter: @51PercentRadio

51% Show #1306

Aug 1, 2014

On this week’s 51%, we’ll explore gaps -- the pay gap between men and women.  And the confidence gap, between men and women, as you’ll hear from two best-selling authors as they talk about their book The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know. Also on this week’s 51%, a gap in faith followed by faith in a gap.

51% Show #1305

Jul 25, 2014
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It is now approaching four months since more than 200 school girls were kidnapped from their dormitory in Nigeria. You’ll hear about how a Pakastani teenager’s recent efforts hope to bring back the girls.  Also on this week’s 51%, we then we turn to a woman who shares what it was like to have her husband leave her shortly after she was diagnosed with cancer. It’s raw, which is also the title of her memoir.

51% Show #1304

Jul 18, 2014

A co-author of a report on black women in U.S. politics says the upshot is there is much opportunity and much work to be done. On this week’s 51%, we’ll also define kitchen space south of the border. And then we’ll hear from an essayist about the spin on muffin tops – outside the kitchen.

51% Show #1303

Jul 11, 2014
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Alas, we’re into the thick of it… summer that is. For some this means it’s a time for fishing, from a pier or a boat, on a pond or out at sea. Yet for one woman in a seaside community, fishing season is year round as she practices a 2,000-year-old art form. Then we’ll turn to a scientist/author who searches all realms to tackle some big questions, and it doesn’t matter if it’s summer, spring, winter or fall.  Also on this week’s 51%, we’ll take a look at a female first for the U.S. Navy.

51% Show #1302

Jul 4, 2014

On this week’s 51%, you’ll hear more from the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. We’ll also tell you about a push to rank college response to sexual assault.

And, you’ll meet a woman who creates wearable art with a message about America’s obsession with body image.

51% Show #1301

Jun 27, 2014

Gender. Sexuality. Transformation. And the language that limits, pigeonholes, or liberates. On this week’s 51%, you’ll meet the first openly transgender professor at an Orthodox Jewish institution.

Then we’ll introduce you to an unlikely pair brought together by gender and technology. And you’ll hear about slut shaming and what one teacher is doing to change the mindset and the words we choose.

51% Show #1300

Jun 20, 2014
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June is a celebration of pride. President Barack Obama this year joined in the recognition as he proclaimed June 2014 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. On this week’s 51%, we’ll take a look at the momentum of legalizing same-sex marriage in the U.S. 

We’ll visit a state that bans same-sex marriage, and where a pride movement has sprung up in a small town. Plus, a new publication about same-sex weddings is joining the magazine world. And we’ll take a look at a female first at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

51% Show #1299

Jun 13, 2014

Snob zones, animal testing, and making absinthe. This week on 51%, it's a special look back and a chance to say goodbye. 

51% Show #1298

May 30, 2014
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The immigration problem – it's not just in the US.... This week on 51%, the international flood of immigrants, and what's left of the American Dream.

When we talk about illegal immigration, we in the US tend to forget that other countries also face that challenge. It's a crisis in Greece. Part of the backlash again a flood of immigrants from wartorn countries is the growing popularity of the Golden Dawn party. They're extreme-right – They call themselves nationalist and racist.  A third of their leaders are in jail, charged with murder, extortion and arson.

51% Show #1297

May 20, 2014
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What's happening in Africa? This week on 51%, A global outcry against the Nigerian kidnappings – going dry in Yemen and Somalia, the forgotten need in Mali.

The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria has put the  world  on notice: it's time to pay attention to what's happening in Africa and the Arabian peninsula.

51% Show #1296

May 15, 2014
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The clothes you're wearing are still made by hand – hands often working in unsafe conditions for pennies. This week on 51%, bringing manufacturing back to the States... plus trading fashion for activism, and an unsung founder of the labor movement.

51% Show #1295

May 9, 2014
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This week, the softer side of math and its impact on your healthcare. Plus more thoughts on moms.

51% Show #1294

May 2, 2014
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This week, mothers take center stage... What we learn from our mothers, and making traditions work in a new era.

Mother's Day is coming up, so this week it's all about mom. We learn a lot from our mothers. More, sometimes, than they intend. Our families are reflections of our parents' interest, and that can lead to career choices once we've grown. Phoebe Judge features a mother and daughter who share an unusual interest - it's part of a series called This Is Criminal.

51% Show #1291

Apr 30, 2014
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Climate change alert; there's no easy solution, but this week we'll look at some changes that could help.

We're all sitting ducks. That's a quote from one of the authors of a new report on climate change released by a UN scientific panel last month. It's a report that may finally be the tipping point, convincing governments that policy changes to address climate change have to be a priority. Or it could be yet another warning that is drowned out by skeptics. Stephanie Coutrix of UN Radio has more on the UN Report on Climate Change.

51% Show #1293

Apr 25, 2014
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This week, women's health, family health... Plus gender equality and the mother of all scandals in Pakistan.

51% Show #1292

Apr 17, 2014
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  Mothers taking over the message.  Turning story time into an opportunity to build self-esteem and understanding.

51% Show #1290

Apr 4, 2014
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Coming up this week, education equality – it's a long ways off... plus teaching children to think by teaching them language.

Part of the United Nations' Millenium Development Goals called for the elimination of gender inequality in all levels of education by 2015. That's not a goal that's going to be met. But representatives of Education International were in NY in late March to encourage the UN to continue to keep pushing.

51% Show #1289

Mar 28, 2014
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Writing as confession. This week on 51%, it's the Woodstock Writers Festival and the memoir boom.

We're living in what's been called the Age of Memoir. The public has a hunger for real stories – whether they're on television, on the radio (consider the huge popularity of The Moth Radio Hour) or in literature.

51% Show #1288

Mar 20, 2014
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Finding a home...and staying there. This week on 51%, aging in place, plus getting young people back to nature.

51% Show #1287

Mar 14, 2014
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Socializing – the whys and the changing ways we do it. This week on 51%, bonding over Facebook, what we can learn from worms and the oral history of children's games.

51% Show #1286

Mar 7, 2014

  Heroic women, tragic stories and lessons for today. History knows them  as the Angels of Bataan but they can help us understand today's returning vets.

When Pearl Harbor was attacked in World War II, a group of nurses who never expected to be on the front lines found themselves in a combat zone – and taken prisoner.  They faced impossible working conditions, constant fear and starvation. The  experience would haunt them the rest of their lives...and helps us better understand the issues faced by today's returning veterans. 

51% Show #1285

Feb 28, 2014
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It's been a tough winter... particularly if you are homeless. A tough economy combined with a brutal winter...we're taking a look at the issue of homelessness.

51% Show #1284

Feb 21, 2014
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The art of storytelling is enjoying a resurgence, but being a writer is paying less and less. Plus, a writer's festival and the writing life in a recession.

51% Show #1283

Feb 14, 2014

An interview with an American treasure... plus, playing with dolls as a second career, and some thoughts on love.

51% Show #1282

Feb 7, 2014
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Canada's got a year to figure out its position on prostitution... A court decision is leading to new policy on sex for money in Canada, and we'll hear about our own country's prostitution problems.

51% Show #1281

Jan 31, 2014
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  This week, we're looking at poverty in America... The divide between haves and have nots is gaping wider – what can you do about it?

The newest Shriver Report released last month looked deeply into the issue of poverty. It found that policy changes in the sixties and seventies have been effective at helping our nation's seniors – but both children and women have been left behind. And it suggests that closing the wage gap between men and women, which hasn't budged in recent years, could make a dramatic difference.

51% Show #1280

Jan 24, 2014
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The sheer numbers of the baby boomer generation are leading to another crisis... and this time it's about getting older.  The caretaker cliff is coming – and we'll talk with a woman who predicts that if we don't build a bridge soon, we're in big trouble.

51% Show #1279

Jan 17, 2014
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This week on 51%,  the changing face of currency. Technology is creating new forms of money – and new issues.

Bitcoins have been in the news lately – with a Chinese bitcoin exchange firm vanishing along with more than four million dollars... a teenager in Australia whose bitcoin bank website took in more than a million dollars, then vanished, and the world's second Bitcoin ATM set to open in Hong Kong this month. Online sellers are increasingly accepting bitcoins while central banks are warning against a volatile and unregulated form of money.

51% Show #1278

Jan 10, 2014
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There's a big question about our future that no one's talking about... What happens when technology catches us – and then passes us by?

It's called the singularity – the moment, which experts say is fast approaching, when our technology is faster, better and smarter than we are.

51% Show #1277

Jan 3, 2014

What doesn't kill you makes you kinder... As we begin a new year, let's talk about the worst, and the best, of human potential.

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