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51% #1653: Preventing Sexual Assault In The Army; Saving Seeds; Performing In Pixels

On this week’s 51%, the Army is working on fixing its broken sexual assault prevention program, a Peace Corps experience prompted a woman to help communities save seeds; and a performance artist gets personal.

The Army admitted in November that its sexual assault and harassment prevention program is broken. Now one elite Army corps is taking matters into its own hands--asking soldiers and survivors for ideas to fix it. Carson Frame 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.

New research shows that exposure to a certain common chemical preservative during pregnancy may reduce protection against breast cancer. Low doses of propylparaben – a chemical preservative found in food, drugs and cosmetics – can alter pregnancy-related changes in the breast in ways that may lessen the protection against breast cancer that pregnancy hormones normally convey. That’s according to University of Massachusetts Amherst research.

Environmental health scientist Laura Vandenberg is the study’s senior author. She says the findings, published March 16 in the journal Endocrinology, suggest that propylparaben is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that interferes with the actions of hormones. Endocrine disruptors can affect organs sensitive to hormones, including the mammary gland in the breast that produces milk. Vandenberg says that although the study did not evaluate breast cancer risk, these changes in the mammary tissue are involved in mitigating cancer risk in women.

Producer Diana Opong introduces us to a woman whose time in the Peace Corps inspired her to start an international non-profit that supports resiliency, history and fighting injustice.

Sherry Manning and the rest of the Global Seed Savers team continue to teach farmers throughout the Philippines how to save seeds, maintain seed libraries and leave the world a better place for future generations. For more information about seed saving go to GlobalSeedSavers.org

Melanated Moments In Classical Music: Camilla Ella Williams

Performance artist Emily Michaels King has a new production called ‘Digital,” an immersive, tangible virtual experience for the Zoom era. KFAI’s Sheila Regan spoke with King about nostalgia, family history, and "bloodline." 

That was performance artist Emily Michaels King talking about her production “Digital.’ This interview was produced by KFAI’s Sheila Regan. Support for MinneCulture on KFAI comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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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