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51% #1580: Time's Up Has A New Leader

Nov 6, 2019

On this week’s 51%, hear from the new head of Times Up, who talks about what’s missing on the presidential debate stage, and writer Dr. Jeri Burns talks about decision fatigue.

Time’s Up has a new leader. The organization that began in entertainment has since grown to other industries and geographies, representing women of all kinds across race and economic backgrounds. Two years in, Time’s Up has emerged as a force for safe, fair and dignified work by taking on issues ranging from equal pay to sexual harassment. Tina Tchen has been named president and CEO of Time’s Up. Tchen, a single working mother throughout her career, was an assistant to President Obama; executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls; and chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. Tchen spearheaded the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families and helped form the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. 51%’s Elizabeth Hill spoke with Tchen about Time’s Up and more. 

Tchen takes over from interim CEO Rebecca Goldman, who has led the organization since February and will continue as chief operating officer.

The nation's veterans cemeteries are running out of space. In many areas, there’s no longer enough land to offer burials to veterans and their spouses. So in several cities, the V-A is putting up buildings to inter veterans' cremated remains above ground. From Los Angeles, Libby Denkmann 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.

And now writer Dr. Jeri Burns makes a decision about decisions.

Dr. Jeri Burns is a storyteller, writer and educator living in New York's Hudson Valley. You can find her at storycrafters.com. Burns also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Elizabeth Hill 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