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51% Show #1198

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DT: Friday June 29, 2012
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Here is this week's information on 51% #1198.
BILLBOARD – Susan Barnett (Music Out)


It is a fact that America’s getting fat. And with money so tight, it’s cheaper to eat poorly. Is US farm policy to blame, too? The idea is that the roughly $15 billion in annual subsidies that the federal government gives to farmers encourages them to grow too much grain. As a result, the theory goes, prices drop, food gets cheaper. It seems like a simple equation. But there’s much more to it. Frank Morris reports from Harvest Public Media.

5:31 Obesity and Ag Policy 

Dr. Sharon Ufberg looks at another issue that links health problems to food – but this is more of a third world problem.  In poorer countries, food is cooked over open fires.  And that smoke has been found to be deadly. Cleaner cooking – it’s the topic of this week’s Alive and Kicking segment.

3:16  Clean cooking  Ufberg

Dr. Sharon Ufberg is an integrative health care practitioner who hosts a regular “Alive and Kicking” segment here on 51%.  She’s also featured on KVON/KVYN The Vine in Napa Valley and writes for Women’s eNews.

Coming up, the desperate story behind an optimistic song…and some very young ladies explain a haircut gone horribly wrong.  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 #1198.


Hard times can inspire wonderful art – some of it sad, some of it designed to inspire. Minnesota Public Radio’s Certain Standards has been exploring the story behind some of the songs that are part our shared memory. In this segment, Arne Fogel explains the desperate times that inspired one of the happiest songs ever. 

2:24  World on a String

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming."  That’s a quote from a woman who knew about suffering.  Helen Keller’s story has inspired generations – a frustrated, angry, isolated child who grew into a woman who lived life to the fullest. As she said, one can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.  Gilles Malkine has more.

5:58  Helen Keller  Malkine

Gille Malkine is a writer and musician.  He lives in New York’s Catskill Mountains.

Finally, Helen Keller may have been an unusually difficult child – but we’ve all had our moments.  When I was in second grade, I decided it was time to cut my hair.  So I did.  The results were not pretty and my parents were not amused.  Jeff Cohen, fortunately, had a microphone handy after a similar incident at his house. Cohen’s five year old daughter cut off her three year old sister's hair. A few weeks later, he decided to interview them and get their explanations. Here's what they said.

2:57 Haircuts

There’s really nothing to say after that, is there?


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 Dr. 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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