51% Show #1345 | WAMC

51% Show #1345

May 1, 2015

On this week’s 51%, just more than one year after the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls, we’ll hear from Amnesty International on militant group Boko Haram. Plus, Vermont takes action to close the pay gap, and a trio of stories for Mother’s Day.

In April 2014, Islamist militant group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls. The plight of the Chibok girls gained global attention - but Amnesty International says there are many more victims. DW’s Mark Caldwell produced the following piece one year to the day of the kidnappings. He spoke with Amnesty researcher Daniel Eyre.  

That was Mark Caldwell conducting the interview with Amnesty International researcher Daniel Eyre for Deutsche Welle

April 14 in the United States met an entirely different significance. It was National Equal Pay Day. Meanwhile, the Paycheck Fairness Act in Congress has not been passed. In Vermont, the governor’s administration recently announced the creation of an initiative aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women in Vermont. 51%’s Pat Bradley reports.  

In recognition of Mother’s Day, we offer the next three stories. The first focuses on an unwed mother; the second on a woman who does not want children; and the third, on a teen’s letter calling for connection with her mom.

Jamie is pregnant with nowhere she can go. She finds herself at Saint Andre Home in Maine, a place for unwed mothers, where she awaits her fourth child, Angel. Chloe Parsinos reports. 

Next, Amy Gastelum speaks with Lia Cinquegrano, who says she does not ever want to have a baby.  

We close this week’s show with a letter from a teenage daughter to her mom about love, hope, and Chuck E. Cheese. 

That was Natalie Marquez for Curie Youth Radio, a writing and radio production class at Curie High School on Chicago's Southwest side.

And that’s our show for 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.