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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 #1236

Mar 22, 2013
NRCS Soil Health

Eighteen years ago, genetically modified crops were introduced in the United States. First there were tomatoes, then soybeans, potatoes and corn. As the years have passed, more and more farmland has been devoted to these plants, which have a gene added to their DNA, giving them helpful traits such as pesticide resistance. But that help may come with a cost. During that same period, a growing number of children have developed allergies to food. Despite assurances of safety from biotech companies and government agencies, the parallel timing has raised suspicion.

51% Show #1235

Mar 15, 2013

During Women's History Month, let's take a moment to consider what might hold women back from positions of leadership.  For some, the turning point happens early.

A psychologist was shocked at the loss of confidence her daughters experienced when they entered middle school.  She co-founded the Young Women’s Leadership Program at the University of Virginia, where college women pair with middle school girls to help them reach their potential.  After more than a decade, the program is now a national model. Alison Quantz has more.

51% Show #1234

Mar 8, 2013

We hear a lot about political reform – and election and campaign finance reform in particular.  This year in New York one race for the state senate was a stunning illustration of just how badly the election process needs review. 

51% Show #1233

Mar 1, 2013

We live in a rapidly changing world. A study done by the Pew Charitable Trust into the religious beliefs of 

  Americans found that fully one quarter of Americans have left the faith they grew up in, and many have abandoned all organized religion.

Catholicism has suffered the greatest net loss, and people who describe themselves as “unaffiliated” now make up sixteen percent of the population.

51% Show #1232

Feb 21, 2013

  March brings a huge change in the European Union – animal testing for personal products will be banned…and companies that test on animals won’t be able to sell their products there. That’s bad news for China, which requires animal testing, and many American companies, which cling to testing despite new test which are cruelty free.  Pascaline Clerc is senior director for animal research issues at the Humane Society of the United States.

51% Show #1230

Feb 8, 2013

  When President Barack Obama took the oath of office for the second time, he’s followed it with an address that signaled a clear focus on progressive issues.

Gun violence, gay rights, climate change, voting reform, immigration – and equal pay – it’s a list of priorities that got the attention of conservatives across the country. But let’s break it down and look at just one issue – wage equity.

51% Show #1231

Feb 7, 2013

  On Valentine’s Day, we traditionally think about love – but what if you decided to be your own Valentine this year? With so many of us trying to do it all while doing way too much, this year perhaps it’s time to stop and look in the mirror – and ask yourself if you’re being your own best friend.

And if you aren’t, what does that teach the next generation?

Christine Arylo’s book, Madly in Love With Me – The Daring Adventure of Becoming Your Own Best Friend, talks about why you need to love yourself – and how to start.

51% Show #1229

Feb 1, 2013
Institute for Policy Studies

The balance of global power is in transition. CNN Host Fareed Zakaria has been praised and panned for his 

51% Show #1228

Jan 24, 2013
Tax Credits

No matter how fiscally conservative you are, your credit score matters. Whether you’re buying a car, a house or buying a new refrigerator with a store credit card, your credit score will determine your interest rate.

According to a survey done by a Boston bank, there are over 600 million credit cards holders in the US.  And in households with ongoing credit card debt, the average balance is over fifteen thousand dollars.

51% Show #1227

Jan 18, 2013

There’s a crisis brewing with a symbol of the American west. More than 50 thousand wild horses, protected by law,  have been rounded up and moved to enclosed pastures to make way for cattle. But the US Bureau of Land Management says the wild horse population is growing at an unmanageable rate – and advocates for the mustangs say that the government’s approach is both ineffective and cruel.

Holding pens are at or near capacity and the cost of caring for the captive horses is skyrocketing.

51% Show #1226

Jan 10, 2013
Matt Dente

Noel Carmichael is an American in Africa. She moved to Tanzania after recovering from cancer, determined to change her life. She’s certainly succeeded. But while working to improve nutrition for children in Africa, she’s also learning things about herself…and about what we as Americans take for granted.  As we settle into a new year, she’s got a viewpoint worth hearing.

51% Show #1225

Jan 4, 2013

The shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut stopped a nation in its tracks – leading us to look again at our gun laws, at our failures in dealing with mental health issues and maybe, just maybe, preparing us to find answers that prevent a future tragedy.  What’s shocking is that this was just another in a very long list of horrific school shootings – shootings that have been happening for generations.

51% Show #1224

Dec 28, 2012


Back in May, long before anyone had heard of a storm named Sandy, Dr. Heidi Cullen talked about the impact of climate change. She’s the chief climatologist at Climate Central, a non-profit climate science organization in New Jersey. When we spoke, studies were showing that little public interest in taking action to slow climate change. A superstorm may have reversed that trend..but the question now is if we’ve waited too long.

51% Show #1223

Dec 20, 2012

This is the time of year when people all over the world aren’t just buying gifts and planning holiday menus – they’re trying to help their neighbors. But for one community in Manchester, New Hampshire, private acts of charity aren’t just a holiday tradition. They are a display of Libertarian -- even Anarchist -- principles.  Emily Corwin reports.

Here in the US, the political divide often seems as vast as the Grand Canyon. Commentator Chris Tucker finds himself wondering about the personal price we pay for our political opinions.

3:05  Tucker Conflicts PRX

51% Show #1222

Dec 14, 2012

The tensions in Gaza heated up in November, with attacks from both sides ending with nearly 150 dead in Palestine and six dead in Israel.  At the same time, Palestine’s effort to win further UN recognition was being discouraged by both Israel and the US, with those countries arguing only negotiations could create an independent Palestinian state.

51% Show #1221

Dec 6, 2012

According to a 2008 study, there are over four hundred dead zones in waters all over the globe.  They are spots were increased nutrients have resulted in hypoxia – low oxygen – and can no longer sustain the organisms that once lived there.  The vast majority of them are along the US East Coast and Gulf Coast, with one area as large as 27 thousand miles across. This year, marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais was one of the winners of the MacArthur genius grants.

51% Show #1220

Nov 29, 2012
David Shankbone

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51% Show #1219

Nov 22, 2012

Climate change was a topic notably absent from the recent presidential campaign – until a storm named Sandy hit the East Coast. Then New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo called extreme weather ‘the new normal” and called for action on climate change. And New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Obama for re-election, saying he was best equipped to handle the issue of climate change.

The topic has taken center stage.

51% Show #1217

Nov 16, 2012

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51% Show #1216

Nov 2, 2012

Women like to connect. They are communicators. And nothing has opened up the world to women with a drive to write than the blog. In just a few minutes, you can set up a page and soon you’re talking with the rest of the world. Nora Ephron’s last project was a film based on  blogger Julie Powell’s book about her attempt to make every recipe in Julia Childs’ classic French cookbook. Now Luisa Weiss, better known to bloggers as The Wednesday Chef, has a book out called My Berlin Kitchen, the story of her attempt to integrate her childhood in Berlin and in New York, as well as her connections to Italy. It is, of course, a love story as well as a book with recipes.

51% Show #1215

Oct 26, 2012

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Oct 11, 2012

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Oct 11, 2012

Not too long ago, scientists predicted that the ice at the arctic was melting away for good.  They thought it was possible it might melt away completed by the middle of this century. That’s all changed. A record ice melt this year has scientists now predicting that the summer ice could be gone in less than ten years – by 2020. What does that mean? Rising oceans and problems for coastal communities, but also bigger climate shifts without the polar ice to reflect back the sun’s rays.

51% Show #1212

Oct 5, 2012

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Oct 4, 2012

Unless you’ve been in a natural disaster, it’s really hard to understand its true impact. Whether it’s Hurricane Katrina, Colorado wildfires, the drought of 2012 or the worst storm damage in years in Ohio, the people affected deal with the aftermath long after the news crews pack up and go home.

51% Show #1211

Sep 28, 2012

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Sept 27, 2012


51% Show #1210

Sep 21, 2012
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The name Elizabeth Warren is one which has become well known during America’s economic crisis.  She chaired the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP – the Trouble Assets Relief Program. She appeared in Michael Moore’s Capitalism, A Love Story, bluntly calling out Wall Street for its role in creating the economic meltdown.

She helped create the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, making lending more transparent and working to eliminate unfair lending practices.

51% Show #1209

Sep 14, 2012

51% Episode #1209

Sept 13, 2012


The term midwife usually conjured pictures of home births and traditional medicine. But midwifery has changed drastically. Some of the changes are positive, leading to new options for women’s health care.  But some of those changes are causing those in the profession to struggle with the requirements of Western medicine versus the expectations of the women they serve.  Susanrachel Condon is a licensed midwife in New York and a member of the Board of the NYS Association of Midwives.

12:36 Midwife

51% Show #1208

Sep 7, 2012

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Aug 31, 2012

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51% Show #1206

Aug 23, 2012

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DT: Friday August 24, 2012
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