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51% Show #1199


FM: National Productions
DT: Friday July 6, 2012
RE: 51% Show #1199
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Here is this week's information on 51% #1199.
BILLBOARD – Susan Barnett (Music Out)


The United States prides itself on being the beacon of freedom and equality, a shining example for the rest of the world to follow. But reality is far more complex, and this week Dr. Sharon Ufberg speaks with the head of an organization focused on holding the United States to its own high standards. Ejim Dike is the new executive director of the US Human Rights Network.

4:51Human Rights 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.

Here in the US, we like to think we lead the way. In some things, we do.  But a global perspective shows that there’s a lot we can learn from the rest of the world.  The area of sustainable development is one where the United Nations is trying to foster an inclusive exchange of ideas… and the executive coordinator of June’s International Conference says her home country in the Caribbean has, in some areas, outpaced larger nations and can help them catch up.

1:29  Caribbean  rioplus20lizthompson

Elizabeth Thompson is a former cabinet minister on Barbados and is now executive coordinator of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. That reports comes to us courtesy UN Radio.

Coming up, a new guard takes over the safety of Portland Harbor…and preserving the memories of an entire island.  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 #1199.


I will confess – I’ve got saltwater on my mind.  A recent day trip to the ocean reminded me of how very special the shore is, and sent me looking for stories that might connect you more personally with your own beach visits this year.

First, let’s travel to Portland Harbor in Maine.  It’s a dangerous place for ships. It’s easy to run aground. Sometimes, there is only three feet between the belly of a ship and the harbor floor. Harbor pilots Captain Susan Clark and retired Captain Granville Smith guides us safely into port with producer Samantha Broun.

6:57  Every Ship is Different  PRX

Next, let’s travel to Swan’s Island.  It’s Northwest of Portland, just south of Bar Harbor. It’s a classic Maine island – but it was at risk of losing its memory after a 2008 fire destroyed the island’s archives.  Island Institute fellow Meghan Vigeant with a team of Historical Society volunteers compiled a new, digital and photographic archive of the town’s memories.  This one collected memories of growing up on the island.

4:05  Swan’s Island Childhood  PRX

And finally, have you ever found a four leaf clover? Me, either.  But maybe we’re not looking hard enough.  Meet Summer Praetorius, brought to us by the Encyclopedia of Life and Ari Daniel Shapiro for One Species At a Time.

2:55  Four Leaf Clover  PRX


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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