51% Show #1384

Jan 21, 2016

On this week’s 51%, we look at an aspect of pay equity; meet a woman who turned her love for nut butter into a business, hear from a musician about her work to help ill miners and are introduced to a Nigerian pop star who struggles with hanging on to her roots. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

That was Linda Rossetti, author of Women and Transition: Reinventing Work and Life. The 51% interview with her about this book was in Show# 1373. 

A woman near Albany, New York has turned her passion for health and nutrition into a business. As 51%’s Dave Lucas reports, she planted the seed of an idea and sprouted something called NutZez.  

Musician Mary Jane Matsolo has taken up the cause of trying to secure compensation for terminally ill miners in South Africa. The 31-year-old human rights activist has helped file a lawsuit against the mining industry on behalf of thousands of workers with lung diseases. Miners allege their employers were negligent. These miners believe they are ill because of prolonged exposure to excessive levels of toxins while working in the gold mines. We get this report from DW Correspondent Hannah Frankenfeld. 

In her native Nigeria, Cynthia Dieyi is a pop singer who celebrates her culture through her music. But here in the U.S., she's still relatively unknown, and holding on to her Nigerian sound in the face of Hollywood producers has proven difficult. Myah Williams reports.  

That was Myah Williams reporting for Bending Borders and a series called “Between Homelands: Hope, Fear and Longing in America.”  

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 This week’s show is #1384.