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 #1276

Dec 27, 2013
Out.of.Focus

This week we're taking a look over our shoulder... Human potential, the future of news and wild horses. Plus we'll revisit some of the interviews that we liked best from the past year.

It's the last show of 2013 – and each year I like to take a look back and revisit some of the interviews that stayed with me – ones that maybe offered a new take on an old issue, or made us aware of something new, or offered solutions.

51% Show #1275

Dec 20, 2013
Image by: © Bernadette Russell/ The White Rabbit

We're heading for a new year and a time of hope, so let's concentrate on the power of one. This week, some inspiration to make your own meaningful changes and maybe make the world just a little bit better.

Whether this has been a good year or a bad year for you – we're heading into a fresh start. And this week's show is devoted to inspiring stories that might remind you that you can make a difference, both in your own life, and to someone else.

First, a story about small gestures and the changes they can make.

51% Show #1274

Dec 13, 2013
Roberto Verzo

How much of American consumerism is a reaction to fear? This week on 51%, recording the gotta have it reaction to a post 9-11 reality... plus why have we given up on recycling?

American retailers moved in on Thanksgiving this year -  with stores  opening on Thanksgiving Day in an effort to get a better shot at your gift budget. Walmart's offered its employees a turkey dinner and time and a half. The National Retail Federation expected 33 million people to buy into the shopping frenzy, skipping the cranberry sauce for more time at Toys R Us.

51% Show #1273

Dec 6, 2013
USAG- Humphreys

Do you know what goes on in your child's classroom? This week on 51%, teaching to tests – and colleges trying to keep up with a changing world.

When No Child Left Behind was introduced in 2002, it was hailed as the answer to make sure all children got a good education. More than ten years later, consensus is it's not doing the job. The current administration sent a reform bill to Congress in 2010, but with no progress on that front, states have been given more flexibility in their response to the program's requirements.

51% Show #1272

Nov 29, 2013
Freedom House

It's being called the worst humanitarian crisis of our generation. Why aren't we talking about it more? This week on 51%, why aid organizations need you to help. Plus the modern reality of what happens when science creates families.

51% Show #1271

Nov 22, 2013
Roy Luck

What is the state of the native nations in the US? This week on 51%, we'll learn how the people who helped the first European settlers to this country are still struggling hundreds of years later.

Thanksgiving commemorates a moment of peace in what would become the US – but since then, that meal has seemed like an empty promise. The more recent history of America's native people has been one of extermination, segregation, oppression or assimilation into a culture that demanded they abandon their traditions.

51% Show #1270

Nov 15, 2013

Are we ready for a woman president? Also on this week's 51%,  a collection of personal essays about a city that's hard to let go.

51% Show #1269

Nov 8, 2013
Annette Bernhardt

It's a new economy – and the fastest growing fields don't pay enough to live.

51% Show #1268

Nov 1, 2013

If you want to get ahead in the tech field, there are skills you won't learn in the classroom. We'll talk with a woman whose blog has become a business advising workers and entrepreneurs  in the tech field.

A recent science test showing that American girls are lagging behind boys has brought women in science back into the national conversation. More than 50 years ago, one group of engineers argued that training girls in scientific fields is not just about equality; it’s about the fate of our nation. Allison Quantz has this story.

51% Show #1267

Oct 25, 2013
Marc Haserodt

This week on 51%, remembering babies who were once supposed to be forgotten. We'll hear why a very special memorial is healing hearts, and look at programs aimed at saving mothers and babies.

51% Show #1266

Oct 18, 2013
Tristan "Loupiote" Savatier

With the global economy still in recovery, let's look at an interesting counter-economy... It's Burning Man – an annual community that springs up in the desert over Labor Day, then vanishes. And no money is allowed.

51% Show #1265

Oct 11, 2013

This week on 51%, women from around the globe are brainstorming climate change solutions, plus connecting kids in a landlocked state to the sea – and student debt problems aren't just about college.

51% Show #1264

Oct 4, 2013

We'll talk with author Elizabeth Gilbert about her new book, which takes her back to her fiction roots and back in history... plus we'll hear about planting a food forest and securing seeds for the future.

51% Show #1263

Sep 27, 2013

This week on 51%, adapting culture for the tourist trade... and writing about the darkness behind the picket fence. 

Last week, you met the people who used to live in Grand Bruit, Newfoundland. They voted to close the town down and move away after the cod, which kept their economy afloat, vanished. This week, we have the next chapter – how tourism is being courted in Newfoundland to replace the fish that are gone. Sit back, relax and listen. From Homelands Productions, here is a map of the sea.

That story is from Homelands Productions of Newfoundland.

51% Show #1262

Sep 19, 2013

  Visiting a Canadian ghost town... A now-abandoned village is a metaphor for another way of life; a way of life that's disappearing.

Summer vacation season is over, but let's take the next half hour to slow down, just one more time.

I haven't spent a lot of time by the sea this year, but I've been doing a lot of reading, immersing myself in stories of the sea and the people who made their living there. It's a world that's vanishing. This week we're going back to hear the story of one small Canadian village – a village whose residents voted to leave.

51% Show #1261

Sep 13, 2013
Theresa Thompson

Everyday is Election Day... this week on 51%, a talk with the author of a book that tells women how to run for office... plus the future of Mormons in politics and Native Americans taking stewardship of ancestral lands.

Women are increasingly showing up as leaders of government... according to the Center for American Women and Politics, in 2013 98 of the 535 seats in the US Congress are held by women. 75 women hold statewide elected executive posts...and the proportion of women in state legislatures is at 24%

51% Show #1260

Sep 6, 2013
Julie Eaton

 Labor Day is over, but let's keep the focus on the lives of working women and men.   This week, the hidden side of work.

First,  we head out to sea, where economic pressures are leading to revolutionary ideas.

Julie Eaton is the captain of the Cat Sass. She spends 6 months of the year on the water, and she'll tell you she has the best job in the world.  But despite record hauls last summer, she and other boat owners are struggling to make ends meet. The lobster glut forced the price to below $2 a pound.

51% Show #1258

Aug 23, 2013

Women are at the center of the political agenda this year.  The overall goal, for both Democrats and Republicans, is to hold the Congressional majority after the next election. Republicans have been labeled as the architects of a war on women because of a conservative legislative agenda that zeroed in on restricting reproductive rights. Democrats are trying to claim that outraged voting block by focusing on the economy. In July, Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi unveiled what she called her economic agenda for women.

51% Show #1257

Aug 16, 2013

In 1957, it was a very different world for women. Education was something to fall back on, but a woman's primary place was still supposed to be in the home.  The story of Mary Sherman Morgan is a fascinating one –  in so many ways she fit the mold perfectly. She never got a degree.  She gave up her job to stay home with her children.

51% Show #1256

Aug 9, 2013
NS Newsflash

Community newspapers have taken a beating in the last ten to fifteen years.  A site called 

51% Show #1255

Aug 2, 2013
Sean Toyer

In the midst of a summer of crazy weather – do you ever worry about water? Water – what threatens it, a scare when its scarce, and a mystery when it disappears. I'm Susan Barnett and this is 51% the women's perspective.

51% Show #1254

Jul 26, 2013
eflon

If American whistleblowers are shut down – how do we find out the truth? The importance of government transparency – and a look at two historic Supreme Court decisions. I'm Susan Barnett and this is 51% the women's perspective.

A decade ago, whistleblowers who brought the Enron scandal and the mishandling of intelligence prior to the 9-11 attacks to light were hailed as heroes. Today, Bradley Manning is on trial, facing possible execution for leaking documents about the US torture of 

51% Show #1253

Jul 19, 2013

While the world watched, former national security contractor Edward Snowden raced around the world in an effort to find sanctuary after revealing what the US government says were state secrets. He leaked details of mass surveillance by the US and UK – revelations that proved deeply embarrassing, and only became more so as the US demanded his return, only to be rebuffed by China and Russia.

51% Show #1252

Jul 12, 2013

When President Bill Clinton announced he'd stopped eating meat and dairy on the advice of his doctors, it seemed to tip the scales of public opinion, shifting veganism from an earthy crunchy fringe idea to one that deserved serious consideration.  Ten years ago, an upstate New York farm animal sanctuary opened its doors, at first focusing on saving horses and cows from abusive situations.

51% Show #1251

Jul 5, 2013

American Independence Day is a good time to consider what's been happening in a country halfway across 

the world.  Turkey is a democracy, but not all democracies are created equal. Let's start with the Global Ethics Corner from the Carnegie Council. They created this commentary on the internal conflicts that are behind the current crisis.

51% Show #1250

Jun 28, 2013

Recent news reports have focused on the challenges faced by today’s workers – there’s no way to leave your job at the office anymore. It’s a particular problem for women trying to balance family and work obligations. In a tough economy, can you afford to have a “no work at home” policy when your boss emails at all hours? Minda Zetlin writes a column for INC magazine.

51% Show #1249

Jun 21, 2013

Climate change has become far less debatable since Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast – and multiple giant 

  storms and tornadoes in the Midwest this year just put the exclamation point on what scientists have been saying for a long time – the weather is becoming more extreme and it's time to take action to reduce our own impact on the climate.

51% Show #1248

Jun 14, 2013

  With all of the problems we face in the world, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.  So the story of one woman who set out to change the world might be just the antidote you need.  On January 1, 1953, she set off from the Rose Bowl parade with a goal of walking the entire country for peace. She left behind her given name, Mildred Norman, and took up a new identity, Peace Pilgrim. She spent the next 28-years crisscrossing the country on foot. Zak Rosen has this profile.

51% Show #1247

Jun 7, 2013

In May, Vermont became the fourth state in the nation to approve allowing doctors to offer lethal medication to terminally ill patients.  Commonly known as death with dignity legislation, similar laws were approved by referendum or court order in Oregon, Washington and Montana.  The laws have strict safeguards – Vermont's legislation requires the patient to be over 18, have less than six months to live, and must have asked for assistance at least once before – and the patient has the right to change his or her mind at any time.  Barbara Coombs Lee is the president of

51% Show #1246

May 31, 2013

Summer's coming – and many of us will spend weekends visiting places we can never afford to live. The 

author of a new book – Snob Zones – Fear, Prejudice, and Real Estate, profiles a handful of New England towns to examine how they've managed to stay exclusive.  But New York Times reporter Lisa Prevost found that by staying exclusive, they're paying a price that endangers their towns' future.

Coming up, more us vs. them, this time over light rail in California. 

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