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. 

51% Show #1342

Apr 10, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear from the co-founder of a web site on loss and grief, where issues are presented candidly. Plus, a man does his part to combat sex trafficking in Argentina;  and Amy Poehler talks about that voice in the mirror.

51% Show #1341

Apr 3, 2015

On this week’s 51%, it’s the 100th anniversary of an international women’s peace group. Plus, a professor receives a grant to study a girls’ education program in India. And, what’s a runcle?

51% Show #1340

Mar 27, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we’ll meet the only female motorcycle taxi driver in one African country’s capital. Then, we’ll hear from women about two disorders – one involves a lot of pain, the other, none at all.

In Rwanda's capital, Kigali, Claudine Nyanamajambere is the only woman to drive a motorcycle taxi, otherwise known as a "moto." She is regarded by some as an unofficial gender equality officer. Jesko Johannsen reports.  

That was Jesko Johannsen reporting for Deutsche Welle. 

51% Show #1339

Mar 20, 2015

On this week’s 51%, one International Women’s Day event serves as a call to action, amid women’s resilience and ability to impact others.

51% Show #1338

Mar 13, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear about a woman whose passion is ecotourism, in China. Then we’ll speak with an author with another passion, writing about unrequited love that she learned to let go.

On this week’s 51%, we’ll speak with a filmmaker who walked the wards of Chinese hospitals to speak with young workers poisoned by the chemicals that went into making our cell phones. Plus, we’ll hear about a program to entice women into coding. And, sure, the cookies may be good, but the Girl Scouts want to be known for a lot more than that.

51% Show #1336

Feb 27, 2015

On this week’s 51%, female film directors. There weren’t any nominated for this year’s Oscars, so we’ll turn elsewhere to hear from the women’s director chair. And one director talks about group Film Fatales.

51% Show #1335

Feb 20, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, domestic violence from two angles. First, we’ll hear about a message from a book about domestic violence - an adult message from a book written by a girl. Then a retired police officer discusses a protocol adopted in his New York county to help victims. Plus, hiring women mechanics to appeal to women.

51% Show #1334

Feb 13, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, you’ll hear about women who are changing the game, literally or figuratively. First the literal, as in developing video games. Then, a female farmer fights for land use; a teenager grows wary of lipstick ingredients; and an essay about changing a human brand.

Female gamers do not always have it easy in the virtual world. But, as Rhiannon Corby reports, they are finding ways to combat sexism in video game culture. 

51% Show #1333

Feb 6, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, we’ll tell you about women and the field of veterinary science; you’ll hear about how a dog helped a girl stop trying to kill herself. Plus, federal legislation concerning abortions, and a teenager who wants to learn about love.

51% Show #1332

Jan 30, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, New York’s governor has a plan to combat sexual assault on college campuses. Plus, a Central American girl heads to Texas to escape domestic violence; a proofreader finds herself more involved in her work than anticipated; and a story about Cupid's flawed approach to romance.

With New York having the most schools being federally investigated for sexual abuse complaints, WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has a story about a recent complaint filed against Canisius College in Buffalo. 

51% Show #1331

Jan 23, 2015
Deb Kravitz

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear about efforts to address sexual assault on campus. Also on this week's show, the youngest woman to ever serve in Congress is sworn in, and we’ll hear about the female side of football, when it comes to Super Bowl ads and on the field.

51% Show #1330

Jan 16, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, as more states legalize some form of marijuana use, one woman has a message for other women. We’ll hear about a female pinball wizard and a male midwife.

51% Show #1329

Jan 9, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear from the lead author on a study about Chinese comfort women. And a medical student uses crowdfunding to help Ugandan’s access clean water.

51% Show #1328

Jan 2, 2015

On this week’s 51%, a young woman in England is out to combat sexism worldwide. Then we’ll hear from a doctor about cancer prehab. And women on the fire brigade in France are far from numerous.

Laura was sick of rude comments and inappropriate groping on crowded buses, so the young Londoner has been sending a clear message to other women: You do not have to tolerate sexism. Joanna Impey reports from London. 

51% Show #1326

Dec 19, 2014

On this week’s 51%, we’ll speak with a filmmaker who walked the wards of Chinese hospitals to speak with young workers poisoned by the chemicals that went into making our cell phones. We’ll also hear about a program to entice women into coding. And, sure, the cookies may be good, but the Girl Scouts want to be known for a lot more than that.

51% Show #1325

Dec 12, 2014
Mark Turner

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear a few thoughts from former President Jimmy Carter on gender equality. Then, Ebola has left thousands of orphans in one African country. From this, we’ll try and face the music. And we’ll get to know some women who are in male-dominated music professions.

Former President Jimmy Carter recently spoke at Yale University about his latest book. And as 51%’s Jim Levulis tells us, President Carter touched on the issue of gender equality.