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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 Jackie Orchard 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. 

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Amra Sabic-El Rayess
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On this week’s 51%, a genocide survivor tells her story that began in Bosnia and crossed into the U.S. Plus, a filmmaker explores new ways of indigenous storytelling. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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On this week’s 51%, it’s one big history lesson. First, during this year that marks the 100th anniversary of guaranteeing women’s right to vote, a professor talks about women who deserve more of the limelight, and Gilles Malkine has profile of a woman in science.

Shira Chess
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On this week’s 51%, a professor of entertainment studies hope to draw more women into video gaming. Hear about a film project to highlight suffragists on Election Day and learn why the name of the Democratic vice presidential candidate sparks conversation.

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On this week’s 51%, a scholar of gender and sexual studies has a new book out on sexual politics.

51% #1628: Revisiting A Conversation With RBG

Oct 7, 2020
RGB vigil items outside the Ulster County Courthouse, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

On this week’s 51%, we revisit an interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg from last year. The Supreme Court Justice’s death on September 18 sparked vigils across the country, and controversy over the timing of the next appointee.

51% #1627: Women Cope With Their Dance Group On Hold

Sep 30, 2020
Hadley Park line dancers, TN
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On this week’s 51%, COVID has changed so much in our lives. Community dance is off the table, and a group of senior citizens is learning to get by without it, for now. Plus, hear about the first woman composer to have music published.

51% #1626: The Woman Behind The Dance Of Diplomacy

Sep 23, 2020

On this week’s 51%, we hear from an author whose book explores Martha Graham’s international political life as she and her dance company promoted the United States in more than thirty nations for every presidential administration from Franklin D. Roosevelt through George H.W. Bush.

Elizabeth Freeman Center Executive Director Janis Broderick
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On this week’s 51%, some calls reporting domestic violence have been different since COVID, and there’s a program offering online help to women living with a problem drinker.

51% #1624: Excavating The Stories Of Forgotten Women

Sep 9, 2020

On this week’s 51%, we spend the show with author Marie Benedict.

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On this week’s 51%, we speak with author Rachel Monroe about her new book, which examines the complicated relationship between women and the crime genre.

Kiara Chavez and Gloria Steinem
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On this week’s 51%, we hear about a women’s prison choir, and the coronavirus pandemic presents even more challenges to female veterans in need of housing.

Rhinebeck Town Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia unveils Violet Capital marker as Norm Magnusson watches
WAMC, Allison Dunne

On this week’s 51%, there was a time when violet corsages were in… even a first lady was known to sport them. The National Guard steps in to plug staff shortages at long-term care facilities in California.

Restaurateur Tanya Holland
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On this week’s 51%, a much-admired chef talks about her career. She says financing is still more available to men; and we hear about an exhibit highlighting notable women.

On this week’s 51%, a professor and researcher on topics related to Title IX and sexual assault publishes a letter to her stalker, and a woman talks about living under a VA tent.

51% #1618: A Stigma Of Silence; Raising Kids In Nature

Jul 29, 2020

On this week’s 51%, a study shows victims of sexual violence experience a stigma of silence that healthcare providers could help break. And a serious hiker is determined to stay on the trail, with her family.

On this week’s 51%, a reporter dives into the inner workings of religious nationalism; a rapper talks about her music and experience and the VA wants to build more trust among female veterans when it comes to health care.

Marisa Harris
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On this week’s 51%, a Stage IV pancreatic cancer survivor coaches other cancer patients, and when the pandemic hit, these women continued their dance party virtually.

On this week’s 51%, we meet an immigrant who shares the stories of other immigrant women; hear why one woman gave away money to Black women writers; and learn about a move away from skin lightening creams.

Dr. Amy Bass
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On this week’s 51%, a sports studies professor says the COVID-19 pandemic is costly for women’s sports in particular; there’s a study about support for transgender service members; and a teen’s nonprofit offering virtual internships expands because of the pandemic.

51% #1613: Bending In 2020

Jun 24, 2020
Ahri Golden
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On this week’s 51%, we hear a story about the intersection of a tragedy and the COVID-19 pandemic through the story of one woman. When there were instructions to stay home and social distance, she got it.

On this week’s 51%, the CEO of a Planned Parenthood in New York says the COVID-19 pandemic brought out more protestors, and female film students want a more accessible path to directing.

Ekoo and her grandma look at photo albums in Browning
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On this week’s 51%, three generations of women talk about their now federally recognized tribe; a speech pathologist has a book out on hope after strokes; and Gilles Malkine profiles a woman in history.

On this week’s 51%, she was the bassist for the Go-Go’s. We spend the show with Kathy Valentine, who has written a memoir and a soundtrack.

Dr. Alexys Hillman volunteering at a Pensacola shelter in September, 2017 for Hurricane Irma.
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On this week’s 51%, a doctor tells what happened when she offered her help during the COVID-19 pandemic, a migraine sufferer shares her journey; and hear from a woman who co-founded a community dance class that helps senior citizens fight inactivity and isolation.

51% #1608: Women In Space

May 20, 2020
Amy Shira Teitel
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On this week’s 51%, we hear about the leading ladies of spaceflight and a reporter examines the psychological impacts of climate change.

Tara O'Grady
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On this week’s 51%, a jazz musician talks about contracting COVID-19; and three generations of women keep an olive farm in production in California. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Vassar College President Elizabeth Bradley (left) and Professor of Chinese and Japanese Peipei Qiu inspect some of the packages of PPE that arrived from China.
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On this week’s 51%, hear about families in China donating equipment to a college; a film looks at women outside the prison system; and Gilles Malkine profiles a doctor who took a stance in the face of corporate pressure.

On this week’s 51%, a woman helps create a web site to mourn loved ones in a time of social distancing; hear how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting families financially, from a hair salon owner to military families; and Dr. Jeri Burns reflects on an unintended positive impact of the pandemic.

(from left to right) Dr. Karla Vermeulen, Deputy Director; Dr. Amy Nitza, Director; and Cassandre Surinon, Special Programs Manager, the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz.
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On this week’s 51%, a psychologist helps manage stress amid the COVID-19 crisis; a singer/songwriters shares her addiction problems; and music interprets sea level rise.

Jessica Gulotta
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On this week’s 51%, we hear about a family divided between the U.S. and Italy during COVID-19; and a woman talks about turning from a career in the pharmaceutical industry to a farm.