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51% Show #1324

Dec 5, 2014

On this week’s 51%, we’re going revisit an archival show to talk about – suicide.  First, we turn to an author who explores some philosophies against suicide. Then we hear from a researcher who is trying to get to the heart of why Latina teenage girls attempt suicide more than any other adolescent group.

51% Show #1323

Nov 28, 2014

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear from author and journalist Gail Sheehy about her memoir. Then it’s off to France to hear about a man in a role traditionally for women. From there, we time travel, to Eden.  

Gail Sheehy, author of the influential Passages, now lays bare her own life passages in a memoir that reveals her path from groundbreaking 1960's "girl" journalist to bestselling author who made a career of excavating cultural taboos.

51% Show #1322

Nov 21, 2014

On this week’s 51%, you’ll learn about a piece of Japanese subculture that focuses on girls and women. It’s an art form called shojo manga. We then turn from art to the natural world, and one woman’s obsession with pigeons. Plus, we shine a spotlight on witches.

51% Show #1321

Nov 14, 2014
Jen Chien

On this week’s 51%, you’ll hear about a club for women in a predominantly male profession – automotive technology. Plus, we bring you the author of Soldier Girls, a book about women enlisted in the National Guard just months before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. And you’ll learn about why Brooklyn, Illinois could be on the map.

51% Show #1320

Nov 7, 2014

On this week’s 51%, you’ll hear from recipients of a medal that exemplifies the ideals of Eleanor Roosevelt. Plus, a Women in History profile.

October 19 marked the 28th year of awarding the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill medal. The Val-Kill Medal Awards recognize and honor individuals who make a significant contribution to society in the arts, 

51% Show #1319

Oct 31, 2014
Maciej Lewandowski

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear about a study on fat shaming. A woman tells a fat shaming story about her friend. And around the November elections, we get a refresher about an icon of the woman's suffrage movement.

51% Show #1318

Oct 24, 2014

On this week’s 51%, ties to FDR. First, a woman pens a memoir about her polio and kinship with Franklin Roosevelt. And you’ll hear about an effort to garner votes and preserve Social Security in honor of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

51% Show #1317

Oct 17, 2014

On this week’s 51%, cooking, farming, and cultivating history. First, a woman in Germany starts a class in cooking for peace. Then an organic farmer tells the story about the hardship and reward of her endeavor; a teenager employs 30 girls to produce a green product; and a New York singer and songwriter tells why he shines a spotlight on women in history.

51% Show #1316

Oct 10, 2014

On this week’s 51%, a woman nearing 80 is on a mission to introduce the world to Indonesian literature.

Then, we visit Zambia to learn what is being done to decrease the number of teen pregnancies and we’ll hear about a young woman’s campaign to put an end to a human rights violation.

51% Show #1315

Oct 3, 2014
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

On this week’s 51%, the U.S. president and vice president announce a campaign to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.

You’ll hear about a study focused on female college students and sexual assault. Plus we’ll hear from actress Swoosie Kurtz about her memoir.

Last month, the White House  launched an awareness campaign on sexual assault called "It's On Us"

51% Show #1314

Sep 26, 2014
David Shankbone

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear from actress Swoosie Kurtz about her memoir, and her relationship with her mother. Then we turn to a relationship of an entirely different sort. And a high school student aspires to a better relationship with her sister.

51% Show #1313

Sep 19, 2014

On this week’s 51%, we learn about a new transgender policy at an all-female college. Then we turn to a study on coming out to adult children. Plus, we’ll hear from an author whose fictional works explore real-life themes about teenage girls.

51% Show #1312

Sep 12, 2014
Dr. Barbara Oakley

On this week’s 51%, it’s back to school. First we’ll hear from an engineer and author who says changing the way we learn could help attract girls and women to math and science. And it takes more than just following one’s passion.

Then we head to Germany to meet a woman who is providing education about the plight of Afghan women and children, and is on a mission to help, plus, a few professors and their robot want to wage war on ticks. 

51% Show #1311

Sep 5, 2014
Gabrielle Selz

On this week’s 51%, we turn to a woman who talks about her unstill life and what it was like to have a father who worked among art and artists during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism. Then we hear about a conference on women and power that for the first time will include men.

51% Show #1310

Aug 29, 2014

On this week’s 51%, we’re going to talk about it – suicide. First, we turn to an author who explores some philosophies against suicide. Then we hear from a researcher who is trying to get to the heart of why Latina teenage girls attempt suicide more than any other adolescent group.

51% Show #1309

Aug 22, 2014
FDR Library

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear from Ken Burns on his soon-to-be-aired documentary about the Roosevelts. On Eleanor Roosevelt. Then, a documentary currently in production on the Lost Girls of Sudan. And moving from screen to sound, we’ll hear from an audio engineer with a mission.

51% Show #1308

Aug 15, 2014
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On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear about how a program for girls learning about science and technology is faring. Then, we’ll return to a forum on women’s health and the environment. Plus, who is doing a better job of recycling a certain product?

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren recently was in the western portion of her state where she offered words of encouragement to teenage girls taking part in a summer science and technology education program. 51%’s Paul Tuthill reports.  

51% Show #1307

Aug 8, 2014

On this week’s 51%, we’ll hear from a leading expert about how the environment is impacting women’s health. And we’ll return to a different environment, in which a discussion about the confidence gap between men and women takes place. It’s part two of an interview with the best-selling authors of their book The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know.

51% Show #1306

Aug 1, 2014

On this week’s 51%, we’ll explore gaps -- the pay gap between men and women.  And the confidence gap, between men and women, as you’ll hear from two best-selling authors as they talk about their book The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know. Also on this week’s 51%, a gap in faith followed by faith in a gap.

51% Show #1305

Jul 25, 2014
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It is now approaching four months since more than 200 school girls were kidnapped from their dormitory in Nigeria. You’ll hear about how a Pakastani teenager’s recent efforts hope to bring back the girls.  Also on this week’s 51%, we then we turn to a woman who shares what it was like to have her husband leave her shortly after she was diagnosed with cancer. It’s raw, which is also the title of her memoir.

51% Show #1304

Jul 18, 2014

A co-author of a report on black women in U.S. politics says the upshot is there is much opportunity and much work to be done. On this week’s 51%, we’ll also define kitchen space south of the border. And then we’ll hear from an essayist about the spin on muffin tops – outside the kitchen.

51% Show #1303

Jul 11, 2014
Kara Janeczko

Alas, we’re into the thick of it… summer that is. For some this means it’s a time for fishing, from a pier or a boat, on a pond or out at sea. Yet for one woman in a seaside community, fishing season is year round as she practices a 2,000-year-old art form. Then we’ll turn to a scientist/author who searches all realms to tackle some big questions, and it doesn’t matter if it’s summer, spring, winter or fall.  Also on this week’s 51%, we’ll take a look at a female first for the U.S. Navy.

51% Show #1302

Jul 4, 2014

On this week’s 51%, you’ll hear more from the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. We’ll also tell you about a push to rank college response to sexual assault.

And, you’ll meet a woman who creates wearable art with a message about America’s obsession with body image.

51% Show #1302

Jul 4, 2014

On this week’s 51%, you’ll hear more from the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. We’ll also tell you about a push to rank college response to sexual assault.

And, you’ll meet a woman who creates wearable art with a message about America’s obsession with body image.

51% Show #1301

Jun 27, 2014

Gender. Sexuality. Transformation. And the language that limits, pigeonholes, or liberates. On this week’s 51%, you’ll meet the first openly transgender professor at an Orthodox Jewish institution.

Then we’ll introduce you to an unlikely pair brought together by gender and technology. And you’ll hear about slut shaming and what one teacher is doing to change the mindset and the words we choose.

51% Show #1300

Jun 20, 2014
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June is a celebration of pride. President Barack Obama this year joined in the recognition as he proclaimed June 2014 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. On this week’s 51%, we’ll take a look at the momentum of legalizing same-sex marriage in the U.S. 

We’ll visit a state that bans same-sex marriage, and where a pride movement has sprung up in a small town. Plus, a new publication about same-sex weddings is joining the magazine world. And we’ll take a look at a female first at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

51% Show #1299

Jun 13, 2014

Snob zones, animal testing, and making absinthe. This week on 51%, it's a special look back and a chance to say goodbye. 

51% Show #1297

May 20, 2014
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What's happening in Africa? This week on 51%, A global outcry against the Nigerian kidnappings – going dry in Yemen and Somalia, the forgotten need in Mali.

The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria has put the  world  on notice: it's time to pay attention to what's happening in Africa and the Arabian peninsula.

51% Show #1296

May 15, 2014
marissa orton

The clothes you're wearing are still made by hand – hands often working in unsafe conditions for pennies. This week on 51%, bringing manufacturing back to the States... plus trading fashion for activism, and an unsung founder of the labor movement.

51% Show #1295

May 9, 2014
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This week, the softer side of math and its impact on your healthcare. Plus more thoughts on moms.

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