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51% Show #1193

FM: National Productions
DT: Friday May 25, 2012
RE: 51% Show #1193
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Here is this week's information on 51% #1193.
BILLBOARD – Susan Barnett (Music Out)


Studies show we’re beginning to all believe climate change is fact – not fiction. But at the same time, support for action to slow it is evaporating. What’s going on?

Stanford researchers found that support for policies to support government action on sustainable energy alternatives or incentives to develop solar or wind power have dropped five percent each year since 2010. Resistance is particularly high among conservative voters, who still tend to mistrust climate change data. This week, I want to share a conversation I had with Heidi Cullen, chief climatologist at Climate Central, a non-profit climate science organization in Princeton, NJ. 

10:17  Heidi Cullen part one

Heidi Cullen is chief climatologist at Climate Central, a non-profit climate science organization in Princeton, NJ.  

Coming up, part two of our conversation with climatologist Heidi Cullen. Plus, an inside look at life as a woman musician in the record business. If you missed part of this show or want to hear it again, visit the 51% archives at wamc.org. This week’s show is #1193.


2011 was an unusually cool year – and that led skeptics to say that was proof that climate change was a myth. But much of the country had a winter with no snow, and the spring brought heat waves, drought, and colossal tornadoes. It’s time to take another look at what climate change means. Heidi Cullen is chief climatologist at Climate Central, and she says the data’s available – and climate change is happening.

6:46  Heidi Cullen part two

Heidi Cullen is chief climatologist at Climate Central, formerly worked at the Weather Channel and is the author of The Weather of the Future, published by Harper Collins. Find out more at climatecentral.org.

And finally, a few months ago our Artspace segment featured an interview with Melanie – a music icon whose career took off after her appearance at the 1969 Woodstock concert. Her style, which she calls the Melanie quirk, has been echoed in many of today’s popular singers. She’s on tour again and will be coming back to Woodstock to perform at the Bearsville Theatre on June 2nd before heading off to Germany. She was one of my favorite interviews, and I’m delighted to share part of it again.

3:23  Melanie

Melanie is touring the US and Germany, and will be at the Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock on June 2nd.  Visit bearsvilletheatre.com and melaniesafka.com for more information.


That’s our show for this week.  Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance. Our theme music is by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. Our executive producer is Alan Chartock.

If you’d like to hear this show again, or visit the 51% archives, go to our website at WAMC.org.  You can also find a regular column related to 51% at feminist.com.

Thanks so much for joining us. We’ll be back next week with another edition of 51% The Women's Perspective.

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