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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.

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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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#1749: Roe’s Would-Be Anniversary | 51%
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  • #1749: Roe’s Would-Be Anniversary | 51%

    #1749: Roe’s Would-Be Anniversary | 51%

    Jan 26, 2023 • 00:32:16

    January 22 would have marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, had the Court not decided to overturn the ruling last year. On the latest 51%, we speak with Amy Littlefield, longtime abortion access correspondent for The Nation, about how the fall of Roe…

  • #1748: Tracy Heather Strain on “Claiming a Space” | 51%

    #1748: Tracy Heather Strain on “Claiming a Space” | 51%

    Jan 19, 2023 • 00:31:22

    On this week’s 51%, we speak with filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain about her new PBS documentary Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space. Best remembered for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston’s extensive anthropological research on her own people in the American South, as well as rural Black…

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    #1747: Dolly Chugh on "A More Just Future" | 51%

    Jan 12, 2023 • 00:29:56

    On this week’s 51%, we explore how building for the future can require reckoning with our past. NYU Stern School of Business professor and social psychologist Dolly Chugh offers guidance for the “gritty patriot” in her new book A More Just Future. La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of…

  • #1746: New Year, Happier You | 51%

    #1746: New Year, Happier You | 51%

    Jan 5, 2023 • 00:36:36

    What’s your New Year’s resolution? On the latest 51%, we speak with dietician and personal trainer Nicole Rodriguez about how to set healthy and realistic nutrition goals that fit your lifestyle. And in this season of gym memberships, career scheming, and personal development, one multi-generational study suggests the key to…

  • #1745: The Best of 2022 | 51%

    #1745: The Best of 2022 | 51%

    Dec 29, 2022 • 00:32:03

    On this week’s 51%, we look back at some of our biggest stories and favorite conversations of 2022. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade over the summer, we stopped by a vigil for reproductive rights in Albany, New York, and spoke with former U.S. District Judge…

  • #1744: For the Difficult Holiday | 51% 

    #1744: For the Difficult Holiday | 51% 

    Dec 22, 2022 • 00:34:31

    For all its tidings of comfort and joy, for many, the holiday season is a difficult time. On this week’s 51%, we take a look at some ways to combat loneliness this time of year, and therapist Keli Rugenstein shares how parents of estranged adult children can find peace. And what about…

  • #1743: Holiday Cooking with Jennifer Clair | 51%

    #1743: Holiday Cooking with Jennifer Clair | 51%

    Dec 15, 2022 • 00:32:45

    ‘Tis the season for holiday cooking! On this week’s 51%, we speak with Jennifer Clair, founder of the culinary school Home Cooking New York, for some of her favorite holiday meals and preparation tips. In addition to her work as a cooking instructor, Clair is the host of the podcast Kitchen Radio,…

  • #1742: The Rediscovery of Caroline Clowes | 51%

    #1742: The Rediscovery of Caroline Clowes | 51%

    Dec 8, 2022 • 00:33:34

    On this week’s 51%, we take a trip to New York’s Hudson Valley and explore the rediscovered artwork of Caroline Clowes, one of the region’s first professional female artists from the 19th Century. We also sit down with author Libby Sternberg to discuss her new book, Daisy, a retelling of…

  • #1741: Ani DiFranco on “Living In Clip” | 51%

    #1741: Ani DiFranco on “Living In Clip” | 51%

    Dec 1, 2022 • 00:29:02

    On this week’s 51%, we sit down with Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her seminal live album Living in Clip. DiFranco reflects on a career spanning over 20 records and decades of activism on multiple fronts, and shares her insight on the music industry…

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

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

    Nov 24, 2022 • 00:31:20

    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…