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51% Show # 1013


Albany, NY – Election Day 2008 was historic...an African American became the first president- elect of the United States. But there was also a multi-state vote against gay marriage.

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I'm Susan Barnett. It's taking on The Hard Questions, today on 51% - The Women's Perspective.

It's a paradox...as America broke through a racial barrier that many thought was still too strong. It voted against what gay rights activists say is a simple issue of civil rights - gay marriage. Many people picture this country's heartland as the heart of anti-gay sentiment as well. Sarah Neal takes a closer, more personal look, and what she finds may surprise you.

9:48 Gay in the Heartland Sarah Neal

Coming up on 51%, another tough issue that many people thought had pretty much gone away - HIV Aids.

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 #1013. (10:30)

America was shocked to discover this year that the spread of HIV Aids is far worse than anyone thought. And studies show the majority of new cases involve heterosexual transmission. Laura Iyama reports for 51% from Washington, DC.

5:43 HIV Aids Laura Iyama

Want more facts? Go to the Centers for Disease Control's website at cdc.gov.

As part of our National Science Foundation "The Sounds of Progress" series, narrator Kate Mulgrew introduces us to Mary Walker. Walker served her country with honor...and fought back when it didn't return the favor.

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

Finally today, another hard question: what exactly is going on with the economy? Even Hank Paulson has to admit he's not sure what's going on - or how to fix it. Commentator Kimberly Amodeo is the guide to the US economy for about dot com. You may have heard her on this program a few weeks ago. Today she has a quick guide to the recession that may prove very useful as you make merry this year.

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Kimberly Amodeo is the guide to the US economy at about.com.