51%

Wednesdays, 3pm - 3:30pm; Thursdays, 8pm - 8:30pm

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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Professor Mia Mask, Vassar College

On this week’s 51%, hear from a professor about where women stand in the film industry given the Academy Award nominees; learn about Minnesota’s first women-only theater company; and a teen gives her take on dating.

Courtesy of Ruby Schwartz

On this week’s 51%, meet a woman whose bodybuilding is a source of both physical and mental strength; a college student launches a program to provide free sanitary products and a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer talks about a treatment that saved her hair.

On this week’s 51%, hear from an author of a book about Rebel Girls; listen to what a woman is doing to get her late husband’s art before the eyes of the world and meet the ice wrangler.

Courtesy of Lauren Bavis, Side Effects Public Media

On this week’s 51%, we meet a woman in recovery from substance abuse who helps other women just entering recovery; learn about the need for medical foster homes for older veterans; and hear from a singer/songwriter whose music sways between cultures and continents.

#1539: Training Women To Run For Office

Jan 18, 2019

On this week’s 51%, a campaign and leadership program is training women to run as they are for political office; hear about the author who revolutionized children’s picture books; and writer Dr. Jeri Burns returns with another point of view.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

On this week’s 51%, we speak with filmmaker Barbara Kopple, about her current works, and one from decades ago; hear wistful words about a lesbian bar up for sale; and learn about carving spoons in a women’s woodshop. 

On this week’s 51%, hear about a society editor who was among few female journalists, meet a women who started a cooking school for veterans, and two millers honor a traditional food craft.

#1536: A Look Back Into 2018

Jan 2, 2019

On this week’s 51%, we take a look back at some interviews and stories we aired during 2018, ones that both serve as a reflection and perhaps indication of what lies ahead. In Politics. Music. Water. Opinion. Unapologetically.

#1535: Biofuels, Lessons From A Gymnast, Haitian Dance

Dec 26, 2018
Courtesy of Anna Stitt

On this week’s 51%, meet a businesswoman whose biofuel crops include sunflowers, Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman shares some life lessons and hear from a mother-daughter dance team from Haiti.

#1534: Dreaming Of A Vetter World, Changing Tradition

Dec 19, 2018

On this week’s 51%, meet a woman who, after a career in TV, made her first feature-length documentary, and Dr. Jeri Burns tells a seasonal story. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1533: Breastfeeding, Exceptionally And Otherwise

Dec 12, 2018

On this week’s 51%, hear from a sociologist and author about exceptional breastfeeding, and breastfeeding poses challenges for military moms.

#1532: Ask For Jane Activism, Acting On A Pledge

Dec 6, 2018

On this week’s 51%, we meet two filmmakers behind an activist film about abortion and storyteller Dr. Jeri Burns delivers her view on a school pledge.

#1531: Search Engines And Racism, Misogyny

Nov 28, 2018

On this week’s 51%, we hear from a woman about how search engines reinforce racism.

On this week’s 51%, we hear from a woman about the effects evangelical Christianity’s purity culture has had on a generation of young women, and hear how a big piece of reversing global warming lies with women.

Courtesy of HumaNature

On this week’s 51%, a woman sets to tell a different kind of story about potential drilling in a refuge; we meet a veteran helping to heal her emotional wounds outdoors; and storyteller Dr. Jeri Burns shares her view on implicit bias.

On this week’s 51%, a filmmaker has a documentary about women facing cyber harassment, we meet a 12-year old who is working on testing water for lead, and hear from a pipa player. 

Courtesy of Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

On this week’s 51%, with Election Day around the corner, we take a look at women’s political clout. A history professor dissects the Kavanaugh hearings from a certain angle, and a poet talks about sexuality, disability and more. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1526: Hot To Trot And A Halloween Horror

Oct 24, 2018
Courtesy of Gail Freedman

On this week’s 51%, we meet a filmmaker who delves into the world of same-sex ballroom dancing, and writer Dr. Jeri Burns returns with a Halloween story she finds rather grim. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1525: PowHer The Vote, Musical Contemplation

Oct 17, 2018

On this week’s 51%, we speak with a woman who’s behind PowHer the Vote, meet one woman who was placed in an internment camp during World War II and hear from another who uses four notes to find her place in this world. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1524 (Repeat of #1514): Women Also Know Stuff

Oct 11, 2018

On this week’s 51%, we’ll speak with a political scientist who works to give more women in the field a voice. And we hear about support and advocacy for domestic workers in Texas. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1523: Feminasty

Oct 1, 2018

On this week’s 51%, a woman uses comedy to espouse feminism; another comedian comes at the art a bit differently; and women veterans are leading the way when it comes to going into business for themselves. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1522: Taking Stock In A Company Leader

Sep 28, 2018
Courtesy of Katrina Lake via Inflection Point

On this week’s 51%, we’ll listen to a conversation with the youngest female founder and CEO to take a company public. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1521: Flying Solo

Sep 19, 2018

On this week’s 51%, we hear about a book that highlights women in aviation; tune into a woman’s story about another woman’s solitary life; and find out about testosterone’s effect on women’s hearts. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Jay Godwin/ LBJ Library

On this week’s 51%, we hear about veterans running for Congress, with focus on a particular woman; and meet a military spouse whose company focuses on other military spouses. Plus, we jump into the world of women’s wrestling. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1519: Respect

Sep 7, 2018
Aretha Franklin
Wikipedia

On this week’s 51%, a musician speaks to Aretha Franklin’s accomplishments; hear from the head of a farm sanctuary about how she’s adapting to the times; and learn why Section 377 is in the spotlight in India. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Emily Kaszton

On this week’s 51%, a drone photographer endeavors to get more women into the field while another photographer tells her subjects to lose the smile. And a transgender woman makes history in the world of politics. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Courtesy of Stories from Deep in the Heart, a project of Texas Folklife, for the 2018 Stories Summer Institute series "Immigration and Labor: Stories from the Texas Workforce"

On this week’s 51%, here from a woman dating afar. Immigrant women find support in a certain group, and moving can mean a career issue for military spouses. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Courtesy of Rachel Fears

On this week’s 51%, meet a woman who ditches the urban life for one amid nature. And the survivor of a bridge collapse is on a mission. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Logan Ahern

On this week’s 51, members of a surf punk band say a nonprofit has given them the confidence to really rock out. And we hear from a woman who decides her double life must come to an end. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1514: Women Also Know Stuff

Aug 2, 2018

On this week’s 51%, we’ll speak with a political scientist who works to give more women in the field a voice. And we hear about support and advocacy for domestic workers in Texas. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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