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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 Jesse King 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.

 

Jesse King

Meet The Host

Jesse King has been with WAMC since 2018, and currently produces its afternoon news programs. She also produces the WAMC podcast, A New York Minute in History. She grew up an avid writer and radio-nerd in upstate New York, and holds a B.A. in Music Industry and Mass Communications from SUNY Oneonta. You can find her reading, watching Marvel movies, and playing the fiddle in her free time.  

 

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#1724: Sweet Talk | 51%

#1724: Sweet Talk | 51%

On this week’s 51%, we’re talking comfort food. We speak with food writer and chocolate expert Megan Giller of Chocolate Noise about her love of bean-to-bar chocolate, and how the craft is challenging the larger chocolate industry. We also speak with Saratoga Tea...

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#1725: The Creative World of Jan Brett | 51%
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  • #1725: The Creative World of Jan Brett | 51%

    #1725: The Creative World of Jan Brett | 51%

    Aug 11, 2022 • 00:34:34

    On this week’s 51%, we’re highlighting women in the arts. We tune into a webinar discussing the importance of protecting the spaces where women create, and we also sit down with renowned children’s book writer and illustrator Jan Brett. Our Dr. Sharon Ufberg also speaks with eco-feminist artist Mira Lehr to…

  • #1724: Sweet Talk | 51%

    #1724: Sweet Talk | 51%

    Aug 4, 2022 • 00:29:15

    On this week’s 51%, we’re talking comfort food. We speak with food writer and chocolate expert Megan Giller of Chocolate Noise about her love of bean-to-bar chocolate, and how the craft is challenging the larger chocolate industry. We also speak with Saratoga Tea & Honey Co.’s Hayley Stevens about how…

  • #1723: Keep Calm and Travel On | 51%

    #1723: Keep Calm and Travel On | 51%

    Jul 28, 2022 • 00:29:28

    On this week’s 51%, we’ll have you planning your next adventure. Travel writer and photographer Susan Portnoy shares her experience as a solo explorer working on the road, and Dr. Sharon Ufberg takes a closer look at how women are traveling with Xanterra’s Betsy O’Rourke.

  • #1722: Women and Politics | 51%

    #1722: Women and Politics | 51%

    Jul 21, 2022 • 00:29:44

    On this week’s 51%, we stop by a panel commemorating the 174th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, and take a look at the status of women’s rights. We also speak with Amanda Hunter, executive director of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, about how things are shaping up for women…

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    #1721: Falguni Sheth on "Unruly Women" | 51%

    Jul 14, 2022 • 00:30:51

    On this week’s 51%, we speak with professor and author Falguni Sheth about her new book, Unruly Women: Race, Neocolonialism, and the Hijab, on the animosity faced by Muslim women in the U.S. We also hear from WAMC’s Ashley Hupfl about how the overturning of Roe v. Wade could impact…

  • #1720: The Long Road to Roe (and Beyond) | 51%

    #1720: The Long Road to Roe (and Beyond) | 51%

    Jul 7, 2022 • 00:29:14

    The Supreme Court recently overturned Roe v. Wade, ending nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion rights in the U.S. But how did we get here? On this week’s 51%, we speak with author and professor Jennifer Holland about the history of abortion in the U.S., and how abortion…

  • #1719: The Fall of Roe | 51%

    #1719: The Fall of Roe | 51%

    Jun 30, 2022 • 00:35:06

    On this week’s 51%, we discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion in the United States. We speak with Albany Law School professor Vincent Bonventre about what this means for the Court, and hear from advocates on both…

  • #1718: Title IX at 50 | 51%

    #1718: Title IX at 50 | 51%

    Jun 23, 2022 • 00:29:21

    On this week’s 51%: we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX. We look back on the history of the legislation and its impact on women’s sports, and civil rights lawyer Alexandra Brodsky discusses her book Sexual Justice, about how Title IX can better address cases of sexual harassment and…

  • #1717: Janie Ward, Tracy Robinson-Wood on 'Sister Resisters' | 51%

    #1717: Janie Ward, Tracy Robinson-Wood on 'Sister Resisters' | 51%

    Jun 16, 2022 • 00:29:13

    On this week’s 51%, we speak with authors Janie Victoria Ward and Tracy Robinson-Wood about their new book, Sister Resisters: Mentoring Black Women on Campus, on how college faculty can better mentor Black students. We also take a look at a new Marist Poll analyzing how Americans perceive Title IX,…

  • #1716: Cracking the Code | 51%

    #1716: Cracking the Code | 51%

    Jun 9, 2022 • 00:29:14

    On this week’s 51%, we catch up with some savvy women in STEM. Annmarie Lanesey of CanCode Communities offers her advice for those looking to work in the tech sector, and we also stop by the Springfield Science Museum in western Massachusetts to speak with its new director, Jenny Powers.