51% Show #1375

Nov 26, 2015

On this week’s 51%, the family gatherings have begun, and we take a look at the state of the Family Leave Act in California. Then, a woman who cares about New York City children in foster care seeks to broaden their horizons by exposing them to the arts. And we make a toast to the original Champagne Lady. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

California’s Family Leave Act is a step ahead of the U.S. as a whole, in giving all parents the right to some time off, but it’s complicated. There is a patchwork of federal and state regulations that dictates who takes time off work to be home with a newborn. Combined, there are at least six different laws that new parents should know about. KALW Crosscurrents Reporter Lisa Bartfai has more.  

We now turn to our 51% segment called “Force of Nature,” from Dr. Sharon Ufberg. She resides in California's Napa Valley and is co-founder of the personal development/wellness company, Borrowed Wisdom. As a freelance journalist, she blogs for The Huffington Post. This week, she interviews Linn Tanzman, a former communications and strategic marketing executive who is passionate about working with New York City children in need. Tanzman founded Culture for One, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in foster care by providing cultural experiences and exposure to a broader world. Ufberg asks Tanzman about her motivation to provide children in foster care access to the arts.  

For more information, you may visit cultureforone.org. Force of Nature is recorded at the InnerVoice Network. 

During the Great Depression, her voice lifted spirits. During the big band era, her beauty radiated from the stage of St. Paul's Prom Ballroom. But Lois Best Herman will best be remembered as band leader Lawrence Welk's "Original Champagne Lady." In October, Herman died at the age of 98. KFAI's Britt Aamodt has a look back. 

And that's our show 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. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio