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51% Show #1372

On this week’s 51%, reversing the roles in one of Shakespeare's tragedies.

We hear from a transgender service member on balancing identity and serving the country. Plus, a woman creates the tiniest museum in her city. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Julis Caeser play at SUNY New Paltz.


Four years after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the Department of Defense is preparing to lift the ban on transgender service in the military. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has formed a working group to study just how to do that. As the Pentagon considers the change, transgender service members have to walk a fine line between regulations and their identity. Patricia Murphy reports. 

Her report is from American Homefront Project and you can find them online at www.americanhomefrontproject.org


The Smallest Museum in St. Paul, Minnesota is in a vintage fire-hose cabinet just outside the door of the Workhorse Coffee Bar. It's the brainchild of Shannon Forney and it displays exhibits of miniature art and artifacts with different curators each month. KFAI's Dixie Treichel 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. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio This week’s show is #1372.