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. 

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51 % The Women's Perspective
8:15 am
Fri December 20, 2013

51% Show #1275

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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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

51% Show #1274

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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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:39 am
Fri December 6, 2013

51% Show #1273

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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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:15 am
Fri November 29, 2013

51% Show #1272

A Syrian refugee who fled the violence in Syria holds a box of food released by the Lebanese community for help at a temporary home in a school at Wadi Khaled area in northern Lebanon
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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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

51% Show #1271

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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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:10 am
Fri November 15, 2013

51% Show #1270

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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
1:30 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

51% Show #1269

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

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:15 am
Fri November 1, 2013

51% Show #1268

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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:20 am
Fri October 25, 2013

51% Show #1267

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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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:03 am
Fri October 18, 2013

51% Show #1266

Full moon eclipse over parabolic reflector
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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.

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