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51% Show #1373

Nov 12, 2015

On this week’s 51%, a woman takes her work against gun violence to another level. Then we hear from former Fortune 500 executive about women and transition. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

51% Show #1372

Nov 5, 2015

On this week’s 51%, reversing the roles in one of Shakespeare's tragedies.

We hear from a transgender service member on balancing identity and serving the country. Plus, a woman creates the tiniest museum in her city. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

51% Show #1371

Oct 29, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we hear about a local effort to raise awareness about human trafficking. An Internet sensation goes on tour to share fans' stories, and a young woman leads "Hipsters of Nature." I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Over the Columbus Day holiday in October some local schoolgirls in the Albany, New York area opted not to take the day off.  51%'s Dave Lucas reports they came away from a workshop at the Academy of the Holy Names having learned an important lesson. 

51% Show #1370

Oct 22, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we hear from a woman who runs a medicinal marijuana bakery. A teen goes public about domestic violence, and we bring you a Halloween memory.

51% Show #1369

Oct 16, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we hear about helping women take the lead, there's hope for reducing child marriages in Africa, and a story about a voodoo queen.

We bring you the first installment of a 51% segment called “Force of Nature,” from Dr. Sharon Ufberg. She is co-founder of the personal development/wellness company, Borrowed Wisdom. As a freelance journalist, she regularly blogs for The Huffington Post and lives in California's Napa Valley. This week, she interviews Gloria Feldt, co-founder and president of Take The Lead, to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. Sharon asks her for the  most recent statistics regarding pay parity and corporate boardroom representation.  

51% Show #1368

Oct 9, 2015

On this week’s 51%, taking a breath and the time to regroup. First, a yoga therapist addresses food addictions.Then, does yoga have to go om-less? And a writer looks at yoga and storytelling. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.


51% Show #1367

Oct 2, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, we hear about how a certain university is responding to sexual assault; a retiree and her dog search for missing people; a harpist elicits interesting reactions from primates; and we have a women in history profile.

51% Show #1366

Sep 25, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we'll hear about how a famous New York City park could see its first female statue; a Malaysian woman is a virtual mom, and another mom takes issue with a few words. 

51% Show #1365

Sep 18, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we hear about how technology is helping to combat sexual assault. We then travel to the Yucatan to learn about indigenous women and childbirth. And a women's choir sings without a director, by choice. 

College students are back in school and, over the past couple of years, governmental leaders and victims have increasingly called attention to sexual assault on campuses across the country. Using a pilot program at a college in Massachusetts, one company is working to combat the issue with technology. 51%’s Jim Levulis reports.  

51% Show #1364

Sep 11, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we talk about empowering women and men. First, a producer attempts to crack the mystery of men, and starts The Testosterone Project. Then, we hear from a few high-school students about feminism and gender equality. 

51% Show #1362

Aug 28, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, a woman hopes to help others caring for their aging parents,  a female activist works to keep youth from fleeing an African country, and an anthropologist tells us about a macho sport involving birds.

51% Show #1361

Aug 20, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, a Kurdish singer takes her message to the war zone.; we check in with a mother who started a foundation after her son was fatally shot by police; and a writer shares a story about racism.

51% Show #1360

Aug 14, 2015

On this week’s 51%, two mothers launch a math and science-themed clothing line for girls. We also have a story about a coveted red dye, and you'll hear from a few women about a mental health line for peers.

51% Show #1359

Aug 7, 2015
Leticia Miranda

On this week’s 51%, we explore pregnancy from two different angles. First, we hear from a mother who gave birth as a teenager in foster care. Then, a midwife talks about her profession and latest novel.

While teen pregnancy has declined throughout the years, it has not for girls in the foster care system. They’re two and a half times more likely to become pregnant by the time they're 19. Nicole Rocke was one of these young girls. Making Contact Reporter Leticia Miranda has Nicole's story from New York City. 

51% Show #1358

Jul 31, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we hear about a book on First Ladies. Then, three young women head off for military life and we hear from a lawyer who says the U.S. criminal justice system is broken.

51% Show #1357

Jul 24, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, a psychotherapist talks about healing and self-love, a Nobel laureate marks her birthday by opening a school for girls, and an essay on storytelling after the shooting at a Charleston church.

51% Show #1356

Jul 17, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, New York is home to new legislation combating sexual assault on college campuses; a woman talks about companies that hire workers with disabilities, a female comedian says there's more than just humor in her Disabilities Act; and a young woman provides art therapy to marginalized kids in Portugal.

51% Show #1355

Jul 10, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we explore choices in a lifetime. First we'll hear from an author who wants to change the approach to exercise. Then we meet a woman honored with being her town's oldest resident followed by a teenager  who wants the right to make her own medical decisions.

51% Show #1354

Jul 3, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we'll hear about two famous cousins in the Roosevelt family who took on public, powerful roles for women at the time;  and a woman honors patients who died at a mental institution and a man in Nigeria ditches Barbie dolls for African queens.

51% Show #1353

Jun 26, 2015

On this week’s 51%, a sports psychologist talks about female athletes; a star basketball player gets to have a baby and her game. Plus, a writer returns to her roots.

Sisterhood in Sports:  How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete is a book by clinical and sports psychologist Dr. Joan Steidinger, herself a highly accomplished athlete. It illuminates how the female brain works differently from that of men; how women achieve at the same high level as men, but relate to others within their sport in their own way.  

51% Show #1352

Jun 19, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we'll meet a firearms instructor who works to enroll women in shooting classes. Then, a church official talks about helping widows in Nigeria. And a woman tells a story about her grandmother's choices in partners.

51% Show #1351

Jun 12, 2015

On this week’s 51%, a woman talks about her non-profit group helping young people released from prison. We'll also hear about a women's prison book project, and a daughter shares her experience of loving and letting go of her father.

In New York City a food truck with a purpose takes a chance on young people fresh out of jail. It’s a way for the previously incarcerated youth to integrate back into society by earning paychecks and getting work experience. Pierre Bienaimé has this Deutsche Welle Generation Change report. 

51% Show #1350

Jun 5, 2015

On this week’s 51%, women and children freed from Boko Haram face difficult times returning home; human rights activist and author Rafia Zakaria talks about unheard female voices in Pakistan; and a woman finds comfort in a veterans comedy boot camp.

51% Show #1349

May 29, 2015

On this week’s 51%, there’s a new site focusing on gender dynamics in the 2016 presidential race. Plus, a teen reporter equates a pop star with feminism; and young girls guess at what their future careers might be.

51% Show #1348

May 22, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, living well, first via sustainable happiness, then, through fine dining. And it call comes together with a focus on women's health.

51% Show #1347

May 15, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, a deaf woman expresses her love of music and misconceptions, and we’ll hear from filmmaker, writer, and artist Miranda July about her first novel and then a snippet about Muppet feminism.

From jazz to hip hop - Louisa Petcure, finds herself wrapped up in music. But she hears the music differently than someone who is not deaf.  Marcia Adair reports for DW from Hamburg, Germany. 

51% Show #1346

May 8, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we’ll speak with an author of a book about women in baseball, and you’ll hear about a push to put a female face on the $20 bill and pushback in France over price differences for products marketed to women.

Only occasionally do we hear about girls playing baseball. Many baseball followers may not even be aware that there is a national women's baseball team in the U.S. or that Team USA has medaled in every international competition in which it has played for the past decade. American women baseball players are one of the best kept secrets in American sports. 

51% Show #1345

May 1, 2015

On this week’s 51%, just more than one year after the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls, we’ll hear from Amnesty International on militant group Boko Haram. Plus, Vermont takes action to close the pay gap, and a trio of stories for Mother’s Day.

51% Show #1344

Apr 24, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear from singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier. Plus, the head of Fair Trade Africa wants to effect change, and a bit about birdsong.

Mary Gauthier is on tour with her latest album, Trouble & Love. She has seen plenty of both: an orphan and teenage runaway, former addict and alcoholic, and restaurateur. 51%’s Ian Pickus spoke with Gauthier during one of her stops in New York.  

51% Show #1343

Apr 17, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear about a woman who takes on the Catholic Church by becoming a priest. And candid conversation on a web site about loss and grief. We’ll hear from the co-founder of that site.

We first bring you a story about a woman who says, yes, she broke the Church's Canon Law and she doesn’t care. She has found a place in Roman Catholic Women Priests. We go to San Francisco where Judy Silber reports for KALW’s Crosscurrents. 

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