Susan Barnett

51 % The Women's Perspective
12:28 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

51% Show #1238

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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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
3:43 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

51% Show #1237

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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

51% Show #1236

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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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:28 am
Fri March 15, 2013

51% Show #1235

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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:53 am
Fri March 8, 2013

51% Show #1234

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. 

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:43 am
Fri March 1, 2013

51% Show #1233

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.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:12 am
Thu February 21, 2013

51% Show #1232

  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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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:16 am
Fri February 8, 2013

51% Show #1230

  When President Barack Obama took the oath of office for the second time, he’s followed it with an address that signaled a clear focus on progressive issues.

Gun violence, gay rights, climate change, voting reform, immigration – and equal pay – it’s a list of priorities that got the attention of conservatives across the country. But let’s break it down and look at just one issue – wage equity.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
11:58 am
Thu February 7, 2013

51% Show #1231

  On Valentine’s Day, we traditionally think about love – but what if you decided to be your own Valentine this year? With so many of us trying to do it all while doing way too much, this year perhaps it’s time to stop and look in the mirror – and ask yourself if you’re being your own best friend.

And if you aren’t, what does that teach the next generation?

Christine Arylo’s book, Madly in Love With Me – The Daring Adventure of Becoming Your Own Best Friend, talks about why you need to love yourself – and how to start.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:45 am
Fri February 1, 2013

51% Show #1229

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The balance of global power is in transition. CNN Host Fareed Zakaria has been praised and panned for his 

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