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51 % The Women's Perspective

51% Show #1358


On this week’s 51%, we hear about a book on First Ladies. Then, three young women head off for military life and we hear from a lawyer who says the U.S. criminal justice system is broken.

C-SPAN’s yearlong history series, First Ladies: Influence and Image, featured interviews with more than fifty preeminent historians and biographers. In the resulting book, First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women, these experts paint intimate portraits of all forty-five first ladies—their lives, ambitions, and unique partnerships with their presidential spouses. 

Susan Swain and the C-SPAN team elicit the details that made these women who they were. 51%'s Joe Donahue asked Swain how the whole project began.

Credit WBFO's Eileen Buckley
Mount St. Mary graduates ready for careers in military

Three members of the graduating class of Mount Saint Mary Academy just outside Buffalo, New York, want to pursue careers in the U.S. military. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley met with the young women to discuss their future endeavors and their thoughts on women in the military. First, summer vacation was cut short for Mary Elise Brady. Buckley caught up with Brady before the former Mount Saint Mary senior class president reported to the U.S. Naval Academy. 

There’s an undeniable problem with our criminal justice system. And an organization with that belief offers some hope. To date, The Innocence Project has exonerated 330 wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing. One Virginia lawyer investigates these cases throughout the Commonwealth. Lilia Fuquen reports. 

And that's our show this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.

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