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51% Show #1263

Sep 27, 2013

This week on 51%, adapting culture for the tourist trade... and writing about the darkness behind the picket fence. 

Last week, you met the people who used to live in Grand Bruit, Newfoundland. They voted to close the town down and move away after the cod, which kept their economy afloat, vanished. This week, we have the next chapter – how tourism is being courted in Newfoundland to replace the fish that are gone. Sit back, relax and listen. From Homelands Productions, here is a map of the sea.

That story is from Homelands Productions of Newfoundland.

51% Show #1262

Sep 19, 2013

  Visiting a Canadian ghost town... A now-abandoned village is a metaphor for another way of life; a way of life that's disappearing.

Summer vacation season is over, but let's take the next half hour to slow down, just one more time.

I haven't spent a lot of time by the sea this year, but I've been doing a lot of reading, immersing myself in stories of the sea and the people who made their living there. It's a world that's vanishing. This week we're going back to hear the story of one small Canadian village – a village whose residents voted to leave.

51% Show #1261

Sep 13, 2013
Theresa Thompson

Everyday is Election Day... this week on 51%, a talk with the author of a book that tells women how to run for office... plus the future of Mormons in politics and Native Americans taking stewardship of ancestral lands.

Women are increasingly showing up as leaders of government... according to the Center for American Women and Politics, in 2013 98 of the 535 seats in the US Congress are held by women. 75 women hold statewide elected executive posts...and the proportion of women in state legislatures is at 24%

51% Show #1260

Sep 6, 2013
Julie Eaton

 Labor Day is over, but let's keep the focus on the lives of working women and men.   This week, the hidden side of work.

First,  we head out to sea, where economic pressures are leading to revolutionary ideas.

Julie Eaton is the captain of the Cat Sass. She spends 6 months of the year on the water, and she'll tell you she has the best job in the world.  But despite record hauls last summer, she and other boat owners are struggling to make ends meet. The lobster glut forced the price to below $2 a pound.

51% Show #1258

Aug 23, 2013

Women are at the center of the political agenda this year.  The overall goal, for both Democrats and Republicans, is to hold the Congressional majority after the next election. Republicans have been labeled as the architects of a war on women because of a conservative legislative agenda that zeroed in on restricting reproductive rights. Democrats are trying to claim that outraged voting block by focusing on the economy. In July, Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi unveiled what she called her economic agenda for women.

51% Show #1257

Aug 16, 2013

In 1957, it was a very different world for women. Education was something to fall back on, but a woman's primary place was still supposed to be in the home.  The story of Mary Sherman Morgan is a fascinating one –  in so many ways she fit the mold perfectly. She never got a degree.  She gave up her job to stay home with her children.

51% Show #1256

Aug 9, 2013
NS Newsflash

Community newspapers have taken a beating in the last ten to fifteen years.  A site called 

51% Show #1255

Aug 2, 2013
Sean Toyer

In the midst of a summer of crazy weather – do you ever worry about water? Water – what threatens it, a scare when its scarce, and a mystery when it disappears. I'm Susan Barnett and this is 51% the women's perspective.

51% Show #1254

Jul 26, 2013
eflon

If American whistleblowers are shut down – how do we find out the truth? The importance of government transparency – and a look at two historic Supreme Court decisions. I'm Susan Barnett and this is 51% the women's perspective.

A decade ago, whistleblowers who brought the Enron scandal and the mishandling of intelligence prior to the 9-11 attacks to light were hailed as heroes. Today, Bradley Manning is on trial, facing possible execution for leaking documents about the US torture of 

51% Show #1253

Jul 19, 2013

While the world watched, former national security contractor Edward Snowden raced around the world in an effort to find sanctuary after revealing what the US government says were state secrets. He leaked details of mass surveillance by the US and UK – revelations that proved deeply embarrassing, and only became more so as the US demanded his return, only to be rebuffed by China and Russia.

51% Show #1252

Jul 12, 2013

When President Bill Clinton announced he'd stopped eating meat and dairy on the advice of his doctors, it seemed to tip the scales of public opinion, shifting veganism from an earthy crunchy fringe idea to one that deserved serious consideration.  Ten years ago, an upstate New York farm animal sanctuary opened its doors, at first focusing on saving horses and cows from abusive situations.

51% Show #1251

Jul 5, 2013

American Independence Day is a good time to consider what's been happening in a country halfway across 

the world.  Turkey is a democracy, but not all democracies are created equal. Let's start with the Global Ethics Corner from the Carnegie Council. They created this commentary on the internal conflicts that are behind the current crisis.

51% Show #1250

Jun 28, 2013

Recent news reports have focused on the challenges faced by today’s workers – there’s no way to leave your job at the office anymore. It’s a particular problem for women trying to balance family and work obligations. In a tough economy, can you afford to have a “no work at home” policy when your boss emails at all hours? Minda Zetlin writes a column for INC magazine.

51% Show #1249

Jun 21, 2013

Climate change has become far less debatable since Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast – and multiple giant 

  storms and tornadoes in the Midwest this year just put the exclamation point on what scientists have been saying for a long time – the weather is becoming more extreme and it's time to take action to reduce our own impact on the climate.

51% Show #1248

Jun 14, 2013

  With all of the problems we face in the world, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.  So the story of one woman who set out to change the world might be just the antidote you need.  On January 1, 1953, she set off from the Rose Bowl parade with a goal of walking the entire country for peace. She left behind her given name, Mildred Norman, and took up a new identity, Peace Pilgrim. She spent the next 28-years crisscrossing the country on foot. Zak Rosen has this profile.

51% Show #1247

Jun 7, 2013

In May, Vermont became the fourth state in the nation to approve allowing doctors to offer lethal medication to terminally ill patients.  Commonly known as death with dignity legislation, similar laws were approved by referendum or court order in Oregon, Washington and Montana.  The laws have strict safeguards – Vermont's legislation requires the patient to be over 18, have less than six months to live, and must have asked for assistance at least once before – and the patient has the right to change his or her mind at any time.  Barbara Coombs Lee is the president of

51% Show #1245

May 23, 2013
Image by: Jesse Costa

Spring is here and if you live in the Northeast and Midwest, it means the ticks are back – and so is the 

  threat of Lyme Disease. According to the Center for Disease Control, Lyme disease is the most common vectorborne disease reported in the US. But most cases are from just 13 states.

Modern science has given us a vaccine to protect against Lyme disease, but we don't use it. Reporter Curt Nickish explains.

51% Show #1244

May 17, 2013

Political pundits say the austerity cuts that kicked in in April are likely to be permanent – with  just a few band aid fixes like the quick Congressional response to outrage over flight delays after cuts to the FAA. Meals on Wheels, Head Start, unemployment, food safety – they're all facing similar cuts. Terry O'Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women – NOW – argues many of those cuts target women and 

51% Show #1243

May 10, 2013

My mom's been gone since 2001 – and I never suspected that I'd still miss her every day. It's an inevitability we just don't like to think about – some day, our parents will be gone. For a man in Maine, it's a particularly big issue.  Maine artist Jon Joyce has Downs Syndrome – and he's lived with, and depended on his mother his entire life. She's 94 – and he's her caretaker now. Producer Colleen Udis has more.

That story comes to us courtesy of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Mother is a universal concept – and one we've applied to the planet we live on.

51% Show #1242

May 3, 2013

What if you went to work every day knowing you would be presumed incompetent? According to the book, Presumed Incompetent – The Intersections of Race and Class for Women of Color in Academia, that's the reality for minority women teaching at the college level. They're reached the Ivory Tower – the professional world where ability and achievement are rewarded with tenure – a secure, well-paying job. But they aren't like to get in.

51% Show #1241

Apr 26, 2013
National Archives and Records Administration

What is keeping American girls out of laboratories? 

A study by the US Chamber of Commerce in 2011 found that women are vastly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math – the fields known as STEM.  Women make up half the workforce, yet they hold less than a quarter of STEM jobs – and women with a STEM degree are more likely to work in education and healthcare – not research.  Yet women in STEM earned 33 percent more than comparable women in jobs outside the science and math fields.  

51% Show #1240

Apr 19, 2013

We studied the heroic myths in school, and our kids are drawn to books and games that let them access their own inner heroes and heroines. Think of Harry Potter, Twilight's Bella and just about every video game on the market. We long to be big, to do great things. Jean Houston is a widely respected philosopher and researcher, one of the founders of the Human Potential Movement.

51% Show #1239

Apr 12, 2013

State by state, the Supreme Court's forty year old ruling on abortion is being challenged.

51% Show #1238

Apr 11, 2013
Alex E. Proimos

With federal, state and local governments cutting funding for social services, many important programs are being pinched – or shut down altogether.  The Rockefeller Foundation believes social impact bonds may be the answer.  Investors pay for services, service providers do their job, and government pays the investors back if and only if the outcome meets expectations. I spoke with Kippy Joseph, Associate Director, Innovation at the Rockefeller Foundation of why social impact bonds might be the right idea at the right time.

51% Show #1237

Apr 3, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden was a key advocate of the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act – VAWA -in Congress this year – and despite what you might expect would be an easy vote – there was huge debate before it passed.  More than 130 House Republicans voted against it.

51% Show #1236

Mar 22, 2013
NRCS Soil Health

Eighteen years ago, genetically modified crops were introduced in the United States. First there were tomatoes, then soybeans, potatoes and corn. As the years have passed, more and more farmland has been devoted to these plants, which have a gene added to their DNA, giving them helpful traits such as pesticide resistance. But that help may come with a cost. During that same period, a growing number of children have developed allergies to food. Despite assurances of safety from biotech companies and government agencies, the parallel timing has raised suspicion.

51% Show #1235

Mar 15, 2013

During Women's History Month, let's take a moment to consider what might hold women back from positions of leadership.  For some, the turning point happens early.

A psychologist was shocked at the loss of confidence her daughters experienced when they entered middle school.  She co-founded the Young Women’s Leadership Program at the University of Virginia, where college women pair with middle school girls to help them reach their potential.  After more than a decade, the program is now a national model. Alison Quantz has more.

51% Show #1234

Mar 8, 2013

We hear a lot about political reform – and election and campaign finance reform in particular.  This year in New York one race for the state senate was a stunning illustration of just how badly the election process needs review. 

51% Show #1233

Mar 1, 2013

We live in a rapidly changing world. A study done by the Pew Charitable Trust into the religious beliefs of 

  Americans found that fully one quarter of Americans have left the faith they grew up in, and many have abandoned all organized religion.

Catholicism has suffered the greatest net loss, and people who describe themselves as “unaffiliated” now make up sixteen percent of the population.

51% Show #1232

Feb 21, 2013

  March brings a huge change in the European Union – animal testing for personal products will be banned…and companies that test on animals won’t be able to sell their products there. That’s bad news for China, which requires animal testing, and many American companies, which cling to testing despite new test which are cruelty free.  Pascaline Clerc is senior director for animal research issues at the Humane Society of the United States.

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