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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 all human beings and citizens of the global community. 51% highlights a wide range of women from Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go’s, author and historian Amy Teitel on spaceflight and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her history and decision to enter law school.

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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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
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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.

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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.

Courtesy of Emma Lee/WHYY

On this week’s 51%, a class helps students recognize domestic violence; hear about the Hormone Fix; and Dr. Jeri Burns wants to share good news.

On this week’s 51%, we’ll spend the show with a feminist psychologist whose activist caucus felt compelled to speak out about what it calls a public health crisis: gun violence.

Toni Morrison, right, and William Kennedy at the University at Albany.
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On this week’s 51%, more baby cafes are opening their doors; hear from an author who guides us through muck and magic; and meet the fire mama.

Courtesy of NYS Senator Shelley Mayer

On this week’s 51%, New York now allows the use of campaign funds for child care; hear from a gymnast who went viral; and find out what one local chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are up to these days.

Courtesy of Lisa Gillepsie/Side Effects Public Media

On this week’s 51%, there’s an effort to make the morning after pill more widely available in one city; find out how female farmers are faring in New York; and hear stories of love and karma.

On this week’s 51%, a filmmaker spotlights senior women; the play’s the thing to highlight health disparities in African-American women; and a punk musician puts women and inclusivity at the forefront.

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