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.