Susan Barnett

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 #1298

May 30, 2014
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The immigration problem – it's not just in the US.... This week on 51%, the international flood of immigrants, and what's left of the American Dream.

When we talk about illegal immigration, we in the US tend to forget that other countries also face that challenge. It's a crisis in Greece. Part of the backlash again a flood of immigrants from wartorn countries is the growing popularity of the Golden Dawn party. They're extreme-right – They call themselves nationalist and racist.  A third of their leaders are in jail, charged with murder, extortion and arson.

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
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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.

51% Show #1294

May 2, 2014
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This week, mothers take center stage... What we learn from our mothers, and making traditions work in a new era.

Mother's Day is coming up, so this week it's all about mom. We learn a lot from our mothers. More, sometimes, than they intend. Our families are reflections of our parents' interest, and that can lead to career choices once we've grown. Phoebe Judge features a mother and daughter who share an unusual interest - it's part of a series called This Is Criminal.

51% Show #1291

Apr 30, 2014
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Climate change alert; there's no easy solution, but this week we'll look at some changes that could help.

We're all sitting ducks. That's a quote from one of the authors of a new report on climate change released by a UN scientific panel last month. It's a report that may finally be the tipping point, convincing governments that policy changes to address climate change have to be a priority. Or it could be yet another warning that is drowned out by skeptics. Stephanie Coutrix of UN Radio has more on the UN Report on Climate Change.

51% Show #1293

Apr 25, 2014
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This week, women's health, family health... Plus gender equality and the mother of all scandals in Pakistan.

51% Show #1292

Apr 17, 2014
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  Mothers taking over the message.  Turning story time into an opportunity to build self-esteem and understanding.

51% Show #1290

Apr 4, 2014
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Coming up this week, education equality – it's a long ways off... plus teaching children to think by teaching them language.

Part of the United Nations' Millenium Development Goals called for the elimination of gender inequality in all levels of education by 2015. That's not a goal that's going to be met. But representatives of Education International were in NY in late March to encourage the UN to continue to keep pushing.

51% Show #1289

Mar 28, 2014
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Writing as confession. This week on 51%, it's the Woodstock Writers Festival and the memoir boom.

We're living in what's been called the Age of Memoir. The public has a hunger for real stories – whether they're on television, on the radio (consider the huge popularity of The Moth Radio Hour) or in literature.

51% Show #1288

Mar 20, 2014

Finding a home...and staying there. This week on 51%, aging in place, plus getting young people back to nature.

51% Show #1287

Mar 14, 2014
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Socializing – the whys and the changing ways we do it. This week on 51%, bonding over Facebook, what we can learn from worms and the oral history of children's games.

51% Show #1286

Mar 7, 2014

  Heroic women, tragic stories and lessons for today. History knows them  as the Angels of Bataan but they can help us understand today's returning vets.

When Pearl Harbor was attacked in World War II, a group of nurses who never expected to be on the front lines found themselves in a combat zone – and taken prisoner.  They faced impossible working conditions, constant fear and starvation. The  experience would haunt them the rest of their lives...and helps us better understand the issues faced by today's returning veterans. 

51% Show #1285

Feb 28, 2014
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It's been a tough winter... particularly if you are homeless. A tough economy combined with a brutal winter...we're taking a look at the issue of homelessness.

51% Show #1284

Feb 21, 2014
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The art of storytelling is enjoying a resurgence, but being a writer is paying less and less. Plus, a writer's festival and the writing life in a recession.

51% Show #1283

Feb 14, 2014

An interview with an American treasure... plus, playing with dolls as a second career, and some thoughts on love.

51% Show #1282

Feb 7, 2014
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Canada's got a year to figure out its position on prostitution... A court decision is leading to new policy on sex for money in Canada, and we'll hear about our own country's prostitution problems.

51% Show #1281

Jan 31, 2014
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  This week, we're looking at poverty in America... The divide between haves and have nots is gaping wider – what can you do about it?

The newest Shriver Report released last month looked deeply into the issue of poverty. It found that policy changes in the sixties and seventies have been effective at helping our nation's seniors – but both children and women have been left behind. And it suggests that closing the wage gap between men and women, which hasn't budged in recent years, could make a dramatic difference.

51% Show #1280

Jan 24, 2014
Richard Riley

The sheer numbers of the baby boomer generation are leading to another crisis... and this time it's about getting older.  The caretaker cliff is coming – and we'll talk with a woman who predicts that if we don't build a bridge soon, we're in big trouble.

51% Show #1279

Jan 17, 2014
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This week on 51%,  the changing face of currency. Technology is creating new forms of money – and new issues.

Bitcoins have been in the news lately – with a Chinese bitcoin exchange firm vanishing along with more than four million dollars... a teenager in Australia whose bitcoin bank website took in more than a million dollars, then vanished, and the world's second Bitcoin ATM set to open in Hong Kong this month. Online sellers are increasingly accepting bitcoins while central banks are warning against a volatile and unregulated form of money.

51% Show #1278

Jan 10, 2014
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There's a big question about our future that no one's talking about... What happens when technology catches us – and then passes us by?

It's called the singularity – the moment, which experts say is fast approaching, when our technology is faster, better and smarter than we are.

51% Show #1277

Jan 3, 2014

What doesn't kill you makes you kinder... As we begin a new year, let's talk about the worst, and the best, of human potential.

51% Show #1276

Dec 27, 2013

This week we're taking a look over our shoulder... Human potential, the future of news and wild horses. Plus we'll revisit some of the interviews that we liked best from the past year.

It's the last show of 2013 – and each year I like to take a look back and revisit some of the interviews that stayed with me – ones that maybe offered a new take on an old issue, or made us aware of something new, or offered solutions.

51% Show #1275

Dec 20, 2013
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We're heading for a new year and a time of hope, so let's concentrate on the power of one. This week, some inspiration to make your own meaningful changes and maybe make the world just a little bit better.

Whether this has been a good year or a bad year for you – we're heading into a fresh start. And this week's show is devoted to inspiring stories that might remind you that you can make a difference, both in your own life, and to someone else.

First, a story about small gestures and the changes they can make.

51% Show #1274

Dec 13, 2013
Roberto Verzo

How much of American consumerism is a reaction to fear? This week on 51%, recording the gotta have it reaction to a post 9-11 reality... plus why have we given up on recycling?

American retailers moved in on Thanksgiving this year -  with stores  opening on Thanksgiving Day in an effort to get a better shot at your gift budget. Walmart's offered its employees a turkey dinner and time and a half. The National Retail Federation expected 33 million people to buy into the shopping frenzy, skipping the cranberry sauce for more time at Toys R Us.

51% Show #1273

Dec 6, 2013
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Do you know what goes on in your child's classroom? This week on 51%, teaching to tests – and colleges trying to keep up with a changing world.

When No Child Left Behind was introduced in 2002, it was hailed as the answer to make sure all children got a good education. More than ten years later, consensus is it's not doing the job. The current administration sent a reform bill to Congress in 2010, but with no progress on that front, states have been given more flexibility in their response to the program's requirements.

51% Show #1272

Nov 29, 2013
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It's being called the worst humanitarian crisis of our generation. Why aren't we talking about it more? This week on 51%, why aid organizations need you to help. Plus the modern reality of what happens when science creates families.

51% Show #1271

Nov 22, 2013
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What is the state of the native nations in the US? This week on 51%, we'll learn how the people who helped the first European settlers to this country are still struggling hundreds of years later.

Thanksgiving commemorates a moment of peace in what would become the US – but since then, that meal has seemed like an empty promise. The more recent history of America's native people has been one of extermination, segregation, oppression or assimilation into a culture that demanded they abandon their traditions.

51% Show #1270

Nov 15, 2013

Are we ready for a woman president? Also on this week's 51%,  a collection of personal essays about a city that's hard to let go.