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51% #1597: Gen X Women Can't Sleep; Music Conveys The Science Of Climate Change

Ada Calhoun

On this week’s 51%, why is there so much angst among Gen X women? A female Army recruit talks about her choice, and we’ll hear from a woman who is part of a climate music project.

At age 43, author Ada Calhoun had achieved many of the outward marks of success and personal fulfillment, however, she still felt lousy. In her new book, “Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis,” Calhoun consulted with generational research/ data experts and interviewed hundreds of Generation X women (defined by Calhoun as those born between 1965-1980) in a quest for answers. What she found was that many pervasive struggles expressed by women around her age were unique to Gen X women. By the way, there is a reference during the interview to HRT, which stands for Hormone Replacement Therapy. Calhoun spoke with 51%’s Elizabeth Hill about her new book and Gen X women. 

The Army has been trying some new methods to recruit more soldiers. A new marketing campaign, called “What’s Your Warrior” launched in November. It’s short on crawling in the mud and long on high tech. Dan Boyce reports for the American Homefront Project. 

This story was produced by the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans. Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Next, 51%’s Elizabeth LoGiudice brings us a story about a woman who has embraced music as a tool for communicating the science of climate change

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Tina Renick 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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