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51 % The Women's Perspective

51% Show #1365

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On this week’s 51%, we hear about how technology is helping to combat sexual assault. We then travel to the Yucatan to learn about indigenous women and childbirth. And a women's choir sings without a director, by choice. 

College students are back in school and, over the past couple of years, governmental leaders and victims have increasingly called attention to sexual assault on campuses across the country. Using a pilot program at a college in Massachusetts, one company is working to combat the issue with technology. 51%’s Jim Levulis reports.  

In Mexico, an indigenous woman is three times more likely to die during childbirth or postpartum than a non-indigenous woman. Both culture and government policies play a role in the outcome. Reporter Jasmin Lopez went to the Yucatan to find out more. 

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Credit Jasmin Lopez
Emiliano rests in Neyi's kitchen.

Making Contact's Jasmin Lopez also produced this piece in collaboration with Project Luz student and reporter Karen Tenorio. 

Last year, Gabby Saechao gave birth to her son, when she was 19. When he was born, baby Aiden made a bigger impact on Gabby's life and education than he may ever know. Radioactive's Walter Stanton has more.  

Walter Stanton produced that story as a part of RadioActive youth media in Seattle. 

We now head to Minneapolis where the Prairie Fire Lady Choir has more than 50 volunteer singers. The all-female group sings everything from Metallica to Prince and performs at record stores, zombie pub crawls and protests. Rather than employing an artistic director, the choir uses consensus decision-making to guide its collective musical vision. KFAI’s Ryan Dawes brings us the story.  

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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