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51% Show # 1007


Albany, NY – Most of us know that our major holidays have a pagan foundation...scholars agree the Christian calendar was designed to create new holidays to replace the old pagan ones. But Halloween is one that always feels pretty close to its original roots. To find out more about a pagan religion that's positively thriving, I found a high priestess. Drema Baker lives in Virginia. She used to run a newsletter called Pagan net news...and now she and her husband are promoting an interfaith effort for all religions.

7:18 Drema Baker - Barnett

Drema Baker is a high priestess of wicca, and runs Listen Media. If you want to know more about Wicca, she recommends either www.witchvox.com, or www.religioustolerance.org.

Coming up on 51%, more Halloween goodies. We'll talk with a psychic detective who someday hopes to teach the FBI how to do what she does.
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 #1007.

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Psychic Kids, Ghost Hunters, Most Haunted, Psychic Detectives...we can't seem to get enough of this stuff. Today, you'll meet a psychic detective who says everybody can do what she does...at least a little. Noreen Renier lives in the foothills of the BlueRidge Mountains...as far away from crowds as she can get. But police seek her out when their investigations hit a dead end.

7:12 Renier Barnett

For more information on psychic detective Noreen Renier, you can visit her website at www.noreenrenier.com.

As part of the National Science Foundation's, The Sounds of Progress series, narrator, Kate Mulgrew, profiles Laura Bassi...the first woman to become a professor of physics. That, after she had a dozen children.

2:00 NSF #13 Bassi

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

And finally today, the nastiest tricks are often the ones that disappoint you - like getting a granola bar instead of a candy bar when you're trick or treating. Susan Kushner of Albany, NY recently was the victim of one of those disappointing tricks...one of the most common ones out there. The credit card come on.

4:05 Kushner Essay