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51%

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

In America, women make up more than half the population. Worldwide, women are expected to outnumber men within the next fifty years - and every issue we face is one that affects us all. 

Whether it's the environment, health, our children, politics or the arts, there's a women's perspective, and 51% is a show dedicated to that viewpoint. 

Host Allison Dunne talks to experts in their field for a wide-ranging, entertaining discussion of issues that not only fall into the traditional 'women's issues' category, but topics that concern us all as human beings and citizens of the global community.

Tune to 51% weekly throughout the U. S. on public and community radio stations, some ABC Radio Network stations, Armed Forces Radio stations around the world and on the internet. 

Twitter: @51PercentRadio

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Women of Color for VP campaign from Democracy in Color
Courtesy of Democracy in Color

On this week’s 51%, a number of groups call on former Vice President Joe Biden to choose a woman of color as his VP; a doctor in India talks about COVID-19, and Dr. Jeri Burns returns with an essay on life amid a pandemic.

Bernadette King, Hula Hoop Queen
Courtesy of Stephanie Harbin

On this week’s 51%, hooping, swimming and dancing.

Patricia Walsh-Chadwick

On this week's 51%, we learn how one woman flourished after leaving a religious sect and created a lasting career on Wall Street.  We also hear the journey of Fran Grey, a former addict, who is now the director of a rehab facility in  West Virginia.  I'm Elizabeth Hill, in for Allison Dunne, and this is 51%.

51% #1598: Exploring The Vaccination Controversy

Mar 11, 2020
Dr. Bernice Hausman
Courtesy of Penn State

On this week’s 51%, a College of Medicine department chair takes us into the vaccination controversy and we hear about one woman’s march to activism.

On this week’s 51%, why is there so much angst among Gen X women? A female Army recruit talks about her choice, and we’ll hear from a woman who is part of a climate music project.

WAMC, Josh Landes

On this week’s 51%, find out why 2020 marks an important age; a school nurse talks about how her profession has changed over the years; and listen to a profile on Eleanor Roosevelt. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

On this week’s 51%, we hear from an author about domestic violence, learn about a proposal to provide female service members with proper-fitting body armor and Dr. Jeri Burns returns with an essay.

On this week’s 51%, a science writer talks about UFO culture and science writing in general, the VA is teaching intimacy skills to try to save marriages, and a singer/songwriter encourages women to produce their own work.

51% #1593: A Sociologist Studies Horse Crazy Girls

Feb 5, 2020

On this week’s 51%, a sociologist takes us into the world of horse crazy girls. (**This interview contains sexually explicit content about 21 minutes in until 23:35.)

Courtesy of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

On this week’s 51%, there’s help for very low birth weight premature babies, and an artist brings awareness to street harassment.

On this week’s 51%, we spend time with cultural historian Dr. Riane Eisler, who examines where societies fall on the partnership-domination scale.

On this week’s 51%, we examine water, first as a metaphor, as Sh8peshifter explains, then, through the narrative of a Tucson teenager.

51% #1589: Anti-Sexist Men, There's A Group For Them

Jan 8, 2020
Courtesy of Felix Poon

On this week’s 51%, we learn about an anti-sexist men’s group; a documentary about formerly incarcerated mothers is in the works; and Dr. Jeri Burns returns with an essay on bathroom message art.

On this week’s 51%, meet a Midwestern woman who talks about God Land after the election of Donald Trump, learn about a wellness studio strengthening people in recovery from addiction, and a composer in residence reviews her year.

On this week’s 51%, we hear from an author about the experience of young black and brown girls in school. And the Army turns to gaming for new recruits – enlisting at least one woman during a recent event.

On this week’s 51%, we meet a veteran who suffered sexual violence and now advocates for ending military sexual trauma and writer Dr. Jeri Burns shares an essay on synagogue doors and letting in the light. 

On this week’s 51%, could online dating be partly responsible for an uptick in STIs among service members? An award-winning country music songwriter started a record that signs only women and writer Dr. Jeri Burns returns with an essay on ability privilege.

Courtesy of Izithombe Flickr stream

On this week’s 51%, we hear from a journalist about the Highway of Tears and indigenous communities in Canada, plus we remember one of India’s most treasured writers.

51% #1583: Sustainable Food Advocate Alice Waters

Nov 27, 2019

On this week’s 51%, it’s that time of year... when people are talking about food more than usual. Alice Waters has been talking about food for decades. And a jazz and blues singer has another specialty.

On this week’s 51%, meet a Midwestern woman who talks about God Land after the election of Donald Trump, learn about a wellness studio strengthening people in recovery from addiction, and a composer in residence reviews her year.

On this week’s 51%, we spend time with author and activist Marianne Schnall, who, along with her interview subjects, helps women and girls lead the way.

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.

On this week’s 51%, she’s considered a gender barrier disruptor on the high seas; plus a new identity and new motherhood are a lot to shoulder.

On this week’s 51%, hear about hidden voices in storytelling; how doctors are being trained to work with refugees; and it is tea time practically all the time for a woman who wants to help other women and the planet. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

On this week’s 51%, meet a comedian turned mental health advocate; a mother starts a social group for people on the autism spectrum; and storyteller Dr. Jeri Burns shares her view on “It’s a Boy” or “It’s a Girl.”

On this week’s 51%, meet a comedian who is a disability advocate, and learn how an Amish community handles health care.

51% #1575: Attorney Faith Gay; Ocean Dead Zones

Oct 2, 2019

On this week’s 51%, meet one of the country’s leading lawyers, and hear how she is handling immigration and other issues; plus a pioneering fish ecologist tells us about how dead zones are impacting fish, and how we’re impacting the oceans.

51% #1574: Misogyny

Sep 25, 2019

On this week’s 51%, we’ll spend some time with a philosophy professor and discuss misogyny; plus, you’ll hear the Massachusetts twist on women’s suffrage.

On this week’s 51%, we’ll speak with the president of the Omega Institute about an upcoming women and power conference, and listen to an essay entitled “Florida,” though it’s not what you may think.

Photo courtesy of Nancy J. Parisi

On this week’s 51%, we’ll spend the show with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She talks about her decision to enter law school, cases such as the US v. Virginia (which allowed women into Virginia Military Institute), and more.

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