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51% Show # 1004


Albany, NY – BILLBOARD - Susan Barnett(:37) (Music Out)
It is estimated there are over 6.7 billion people on this planet. That's a huge number, and the problems that confront us are equally huge. Sometimes it just seems pointless to try to make a difference. But you don't have to be Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King or Ahn Sahng Soo Chi to accomplish small, and huge, things. First meet Jenenne Whitfield. She was minding her own business, successfully climbing the corporate ladder when she made an unexpected turn...and now she's putting her business smarts to work for the arts...and trying to bring a dying city back to life. I first discovered Detroit's Heidelberg Project when I heard this report.

PRX Heidelberg 6:00

I contacted Whitfield myself for an update...and to find out more.

Heidelberg Project - Jenenne Whitfield 5:00

If you want to know more about the Heidelberg Project, you can go to their website at www.heidelberg.org.

Coming up on 51%..more women who just don't give up.
If you missed part of our show, you can listen to 51% anytime. Just download our podcast at wamc.org or call 1-800-323-9262 to order a CD - you'll need to know the program number. This week's show is #1004.

Too often we believe that you have to be some kind of expert, someone special to accomplish something amazing. This story is for you...Tricia Haggerty Wenz has accomplished something that combines urban renewal, affordable housing and social activism in Newburgh, New York. I'll let 51%'s Jim Horne take it from there.

5:31 Haggerty-Wenz - Horne

SafeHarbor is still growing...it's restoring a nearby abandoned theatre, is partnering with a performance venue and a local coffee shop...and some of the people who work there will be tenants of the Newburgh Hotel. You can find out more at www.safeharborsofthehudson.org

Not too far from Newburgh is a food pantry with a can-do attitude. Diane Reeder runs The Queens Galley in Kingston, NY...they serve three meals a day, seven days a week restaurant style...and despite constant money worries, they're serving thousands of people a month.

2:41 Reeder

You can learn more at www.queensgalley.org.

As part of our National Science Foundation, The Sounds of Progress series, narrator Kate Mulgrew profiles Gertrude Elion. Her story is another that shows just how round about, the road to accomplishment can be.

2:00 NSF #10 Elion

If you'd like to find out more or hear more in this series, visit www.womeninscience.org.