51 Percent

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 Jesse King talks to experts in their field for a ...more

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November 25, 2022 00:31:20
#1740: Laura Kaplan on “The Story of Jane” | 51%

#1740: Laura Kaplan on “The Story of Jane” | 51%

On this week’s 51%, activist Laura Kaplan discusses her 1995 book The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service, and reflects on its relevance today. Kaplan herself was a member of Chicago’s Jane Collective, an underground organization that helped women attain abortions in the years leading up to the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade. We also hear from WSKG’s Phoebe Taylor-Vuolo about the difference between modern abortion clinics and crisis pregnancy centers – and how the often close proximity of the two can confuse pregnant patients Guest: Laura Kaplan, author of The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service You can find Phoebe Taylor-Vuolo’s story on crisis pregnancy centers here. 51% is a national production of WAMC Northeast Public Radio in Albany, New York. It’s produced and hosted by Jesse King. Our associate producer is Jody Cowan, our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock, and our theme is “Lolita” by the Albany-based artist Girl Blue. ...

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November 18, 2022 00:30:39
#1739: Amanda Freeman, Lisa Dodson on “Getting Me Cheap” | 51%

#1739: Amanda Freeman, Lisa Dodson on “Getting Me Cheap” | 51%

On this week’s 51%, we speak with sociologists Amanda Freeman and Lisa Dodson about their new book Getting Me Cheap: How Low-Wage Work Traps Women and Girls in Poverty. With hundreds of interviews and years of field work to pull from, Freeman and Dodson depict how women support some of America’s most essential, but lowest-paying, industries – all while struggling to make ends meet for their own families. We also check back in with Amanda Hunter, executive director of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, to discuss how several female candidates fared in the midterm elections. Guests: Dr. Amanda Freeman, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Hartford, and Lisa Dodson, research professor emerita at Boston College, authors of Getting Me Cheap: How Low-Wage Work Traps Women and Girls in Poverty; Amanda Hunter, executive director of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation 51% is a national production of WAMC Northeast Public Radio in Albany, New York. It’s produced and hosted by Jesse King. Our associate producer is Jody Cowan, our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock, and our theme is “Lolita” by the Albany-based artist Girl Blue. ...

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November 11, 2022 00:35:24
#1738: Building a More Inclusive Workplace | 51%

#1738: Building a More Inclusive Workplace | 51%

The federal government has approved billions of dollars in incentives for infrastructure and chip-manufacturing projects across the country. On this week’s 51%, we speak with U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo about how she hopes to use that funding to advance women in STEM and the trades. We also sit down with Celeste Warren, vice president of Merck’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence, to discuss how employees at all levels can help build a more inclusive workplace with her new guide How to Be a Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador. Guests: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo; Celeste Warren, author of How to Be a Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador; WAMC’s Pat Bradley 51% is a national production of WAMC Northeast Public Radio in Albany, New York. It is produced and hosted by Jesse King. Our associate producer is Jody Cowan, and our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme is “Lolita” by the Albany-based artist Girl Blue. ...

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November 04, 2022 00:31:36
#1737: Suzanne Gordon on "Our Veterans" | 51%

#1737: Suzanne Gordon on "Our Veterans" | 51%

On this week’s 51%, we recognize Veterans Day and sit down with award-winning journalist Suzanne Gordon to discuss her new book Our Veterans, examining the veteran experience and how we can better support our servicemen and women. Guest: Suzanne Gordon, co-author (with Steve Early and Jasper Craven) of Our Veterans: Winners, Losers, Friends, and Enemies on the New Terrain of Veterans Affairs 51% is a national production of WAMC Northeast Public Radio in Albany, New York. Our host is Jesse King. Our associate producer is Jody Cowan, our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock, and our theme is "Lolita" by the Albany-based artist Girl Blue. ...

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October 27, 2022 00:29:39
#1736: Leanna Renee Hieber, Andrea Janes on the Haunted History of "Invisible Women" | 51%

#1736: Leanna Renee Hieber, Andrea Janes on the Haunted History of "Invisible Women" | 51%

Happy Halloween! On this week’s 51%, we get in the spooky spirit and swap ghost stories with Leanna Renee Hieber and Andrea Janes, authors of A Haunted History of Invisible Women. From Lizzie Borden and Sarah Winchester to the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Janes and Hieber analyze why women are so prominent in America’s “ghostlore” – and what it says about us. Guests: Leanna Renee Hieber, Andrea Janes, ghost tour guides with Boroughs of the Dead and authors of A Haunted History of Invisible Women: True Stories of America's Ghosts 51% is a national production of WAMC Northeast Public Radio. It's produced and hosted by Jesse King. Our associate producer is Jody Cowan, our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock, and our theme is "Lolita" by the Albany-based artist Girl Blue. ...

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October 21, 2022 00:30:13
#1735: Katie Hickman on "Brave Hearted" and the Women of the American West | 51%

#1735: Katie Hickman on "Brave Hearted" and the Women of the American West | 51%

On the latest 51%, we tune into the induction ceremony for the latest class of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. We also sit down with bestselling history author Katie Hickman to discuss her new book Brave Hearted: The Women of the American West. Guest: Katie Hickman, author of Brave Hearted: The Women of the American West You can learn more about the National Women’s Hall of Fame here. 51% is a national production of WAMC Northeast Public Radio. It is hosted by Jesse King. Our associate producer is Jody Cowan, and our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme is “Lolita” by the Albany-based artist Girl Blue. ...

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