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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 #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

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. 

51% Show #1245

May 23, 2013
Image by: Jesse Costa

Spring is here and if you live in the Northeast and Midwest, it means the ticks are back – and so is the 

  threat of Lyme Disease. According to the Center for Disease Control, Lyme disease is the most common vectorborne disease reported in the US. But most cases are from just 13 states.

Modern science has given us a vaccine to protect against Lyme disease, but we don't use it. Reporter Curt Nickish explains.

51% Show #1244

May 17, 2013

Political pundits say the austerity cuts that kicked in in April are likely to be permanent – with  just a few band aid fixes like the quick Congressional response to outrage over flight delays after cuts to the FAA. Meals on Wheels, Head Start, unemployment, food safety – they're all facing similar cuts. Terry O'Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women – NOW – argues many of those cuts target women and 

51% Show #1243

May 10, 2013

My mom's been gone since 2001 – and I never suspected that I'd still miss her every day. It's an inevitability we just don't like to think about – some day, our parents will be gone. For a man in Maine, it's a particularly big issue.  Maine artist Jon Joyce has Downs Syndrome – and he's lived with, and depended on his mother his entire life. She's 94 – and he's her caretaker now. Producer Colleen Udis has more.

That story comes to us courtesy of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Mother is a universal concept – and one we've applied to the planet we live on.

51% Show #1242

May 3, 2013

What if you went to work every day knowing you would be presumed incompetent? According to the book, Presumed Incompetent – The Intersections of Race and Class for Women of Color in Academia, that's the reality for minority women teaching at the college level. They're reached the Ivory Tower – the professional world where ability and achievement are rewarded with tenure – a secure, well-paying job. But they aren't like to get in.

51% Show #1241

Apr 26, 2013
National Archives and Records Administration

What is keeping American girls out of laboratories? 

A study by the US Chamber of Commerce in 2011 found that women are vastly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math – the fields known as STEM.  Women make up half the workforce, yet they hold less than a quarter of STEM jobs – and women with a STEM degree are more likely to work in education and healthcare – not research.  Yet women in STEM earned 33 percent more than comparable women in jobs outside the science and math fields.  

51% Show #1240

Apr 19, 2013

We studied the heroic myths in school, and our kids are drawn to books and games that let them access their own inner heroes and heroines. Think of Harry Potter, Twilight's Bella and just about every video game on the market. We long to be big, to do great things. Jean Houston is a widely respected philosopher and researcher, one of the founders of the Human Potential Movement.