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Women are at the center of the political agenda this year.  The overall goal, for both Democrats and Republicans, is to hold the Congressional majority after the next election. Republicans have been labeled as the architects of a war on women because of a conservative legislative agenda that zeroed in on restricting reproductive rights. Democrats are trying to claim that outraged voting block by focusing on the economy. In July, Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi unveiled what she called her economic agenda for women. It called for more women-friendly policies like paycheck fairness, a hike in the minimum wage, and support for the president's early childhood initiative. The plan won praise from the National Women's Law Center. The  NWLC's Vice President for Education and Employment Fatima Goss Graves, joined me recently to explain why getting this issue front and center in the national campaign is necessary.

The current economic turmoil has led to chaos in many governments – and revolutions that have gone wrong.  Gilles Malkine is here with Women in History, demonstrating that history does tend to repeat.

Gilles Malkine is a writer, musician and actor. He lives in New York's Catskill Mountains.

Up next, when fracking moves into the neighborhood, you might not have a say about what happens below your land.  

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  We've talked about hydraulic fracturing for natural gas before on this program. According to real estate tradition and law, buying a property means you own not only the land, but what's below the land and even the air space above it. But when what's below your land is shale, and your neighbor leases his property to a natural gas company, some landowners are discovering that they no longer have any say about what happens below their homes.  If you think they're getting paid, think again.

This is the third installment of a radio documentary on natural gas drilling in southwest Virginia and eastern Kentucky from NPR affiliate WMMT.  For more information about gas drilling in the coalfields, check out fracturedappalachia.org.

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.

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