51% Show #1383

Jan 14, 2016

On this week’s 51%, a young woman with ovarian cancer is believed to be New York’s first medical marijuana patient. Another young woman uses white privilege to fight racism. We take a look at the criminalization of black girl. And a California woman starts churning out books to tell her story. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Anelise Moon-Schruder is part of a movement of white people who are coming together to reflect on their privilege. And she wants more people like her to get involved.  Paul Kiefer from KUOW’s RadioActive Youth Media reports.

Challenges faced by African American boys in the U.S. are significant, but what about those faced by girls? Teen reporters Amma Babbio and Marna Owens talk with experts about why more and more black girls are being suspended, institutionalized or incarcerated without consideration of underlying behavioral norms or trauma.  

This story was produced in the studios of SLB Radio Productions in Pittsburgh by teens taking part in The Heinz Endowments Youth Philanthropy Internship Program. Opinions are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent those of The Heinz Endowments. Hear more from Pittsburgh area youth at youthexpress.org.  

We now turn to a 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 Erina Bridget Ring, a woman born in New York who now lives in Napa, California. In fact, she has lived in California for 38 years. Ring has self-published books telling her own story. Her first book, in 2014, was “Knit 2, Purl 2, Kill 2:   A Caretaker’s Story of Survival” about being bullied in a knitting group. Her second book, out about a year later, was “Breakfast with the FBI.” “Diapers, Drama, and Deceit:  The Mothers of Easthaven,” is her third book, which came out in November, and a fourth book is on the way.  

Force of Nature is recorded at the InnerVoice Network. 

And that's our show this week. Thanks to Patrick Garrett 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.