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#1405: Transgender Policy, Women In The Navy And Travel For A Cause

Michal Alter

Many school districts are working to draft a transgender policy to protect a student’s rights. The transgender issue affects not only students in K through 12, but at colleges and universities. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says there is no one set policy in place for schools to follow after President Obama’s recent directive.

And now we hear from a U.S. Senator from New York on Hillary Clinton’s essentially having clinched the Democratic nomination for president. Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who in 2009 was appointed to the Senate seat vacated by Clinton, who became Secretary of State, is a strong Clinton supporter. And Gillibrand addresses potential picks for a vice presidential running mate, giving a nod to U.S. Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren.

Some members of Congress are criticizing recent Pentagon decisions that allowed women into the infantry -- a combat job previously restricted to men. Critics say it will make the military less effective. But in the Navy, women have been serving on warships for 20 years, and now it's not unusual for women to command them. John Ismay reports from Naval Station San Diego.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy song “Anchors Aweigh” contains the lyrics, “Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh.”

This week we bring you another installment of the 51% segment called “Force of Nature,” from Dr. Sharon Ufberg. She is co-founder of the personal development/wellness company, Borrowed Wisdom, in Napa Valley, California. She blogs for The Huffington Post. This week, she interviews Michal Alter, who founded visit.org in 2014 as an online marketplace for tours and activities that benefit communities. Visitors add immersive local experiences to their existing travel itineraries. Social organizations raise awareness and revenue for their causes. Alter is one of the first female pilot cadets in the Israeli Air Force and a computer science engineer and was the Director of Refugee Affairs at the city government in Tel Aviv prior to her move to NYC. Ufberg asks her how visit.org differs from the several other travel sites out there.

Our listener essay comes from Stephanie Trombley of Western New England University. 

For more on the issue of body image, why not visit Show #1402, online at our archives at wamc.org or sign up for our podcast, and listen to a photographer who takes on societal sneers at body image in her book The Watchers.

And that's our show this week. Thanks to Patrick Garrett 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 

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