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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 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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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
Courtesy of Marisa Harris

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
Courtesy of Dr. Amy Bass

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
Courtesy of Ahri Golden

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
Courtesy of Victor Yvellez

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.
Courtesy of Dr. Alexys Hillman

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
Courtesy of Amy Shira Teitel

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
Courtesy of Richard J. Velasco

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.
Courtesy of Rosaleen Cardillo and Jim Kelly, Vassar College

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.
Courtesy of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz

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
Courtesy of Jessica Gulotta

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.

Michele M. Tugade, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Vassar College, where she directs the Affective Science Laboratory
Courtesy of Vassar College/Michele Tugade

On this week’s 51%, a nurse shares her view from the front lines; hear from a resiliency expert about coping with the COVID-19 and what is happening in the face of social distancing; and meet an intuitive songwriter.

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.