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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
8:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

51% Show #1223

Mike Ruff, Maya Yaakov, and Rebecca Aguilar at Shire Sharing Event in Manchester, NH

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

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:01 am
Fri December 14, 2012

51% Show #1222

Rachel Corrie

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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:29 am
Thu December 6, 2012

51% Show #1221

PAL 2009 Tournament of Champions

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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:16 am
Thu November 29, 2012

51% Show #1220

Credit David Shankbone

51% Episode 1220
Nov 29, 2012


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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:25 am
Thu November 22, 2012

51% Show #1219

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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
2:08 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

51% Show #1217

51% Episode 1217
Nov 8, 2012


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51 % The Women's Perspective
4:46 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

51% Show #1216

51% #1216

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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:25 am
Fri October 26, 2012

51% Show #1215

51% Episode 1215
Oct 25, 2012

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:06 am
Fri October 19, 2012

51% Show #1214

51% Episode 1214
Oct 18, 2012

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:50 am
Thu October 11, 2012

51% Show #1213

51% Episode 1213
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.

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