Janet Jagan Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) Cynthia Nixon
Kim Gandy Rebecca  Traister Lizz  Winstead
Roslyn Brock Avis A. Jones-DeWeever Swanee Hunt
Kay James LeeAnne Walters Linda Chavez
Tara Setmayer Amanda Terkel Sen. Barbara  Boxer (D-CA)
Marlene Trestman Cari Dominguez Tarja Halonen
Maria Teresa Kumar Cathy McMorris Rodgers Crystal Wright
Meghan McCain Frmr. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) Former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

Past Programs

Summaries of To the Contrary's shows from 1996 to present are listed. You can also watch full episodes from 2010 to the present online here.

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Year in Review

Date: 12/31/1993
Program Number: 240
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Kate O’Beirne, Elaine Shannon, Linda Chavez

Featured Topics:

• Review: Hillary, Health Care Reform, taxes, women legislators

• 1994: New Chanllenges

Video Violence

Date: 12/24/1993
Program Number: 239
Panelists: Betsy Hart, Elaine Shannon, Julianne Malveaux, Linda Chavez

Featured Topics:

• Nannygate/Inman

• Welfare reform, immigrants out of welfare

• Title

Who Protects the Children?

Date: 12/17/1993
Program Number: 238
Panelists: Kate O’Beirne, Alexis Moore, Linda Chavez, Ramona Edelin

Featured Topics:

• Les Aspin resigns/ Bobby Inman

• Chicago woman refuses Caesarean section despite fetal danger

• Title

Sex Education

Date: 12/10/1993
Program Number: 237
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Elaine Shannon, Irene Natividad, Lynn Martin

Featured Topics:

• Gun violence/Crime – Long Island killings

• Elders/Drug legalization

• Title

Crime and Gun Control

Date: 12/03/1993
Program Number: 236
Panelists: Kate O’Beirne, Irene Natividad, Ramona Edelin, Lynn Martin

Featured Topics:

• Economy – income up, spending up

• Navy – women sailors on combat vessels

• Title

Race Relations on Campus

Date: 11/24/1993
Program Number: 235
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Julianne Malveaux, Linda Chavez, Elaine Shannon

Featured Topics:

• Mmbers of CCongress – at the end of term, what did they do for women?

• American Airlines strike

• Title

Children’s Television

Date: 11/19/1993
Program Number: 234
Panelists: Kate O’ Beirne, Helen Ferre, Elaine Shannon, Barbara Reynolds

Featured Topics:

• Senate ban on assault weapons

• Investigation in Whitman’s campaign

• Title

Tipper Gore: Mental Health

Date: 11/12/1993
Program Number: 233
Panelists: Harriett Woods, Elaine Shannon, Katie O’Beirne, Linda Chavez

Featured Topics:

• NAFTA vote, Gore/Perot debate

• Sexual Harrassment/ Theresa Harris case

• Title

Year of the Woman ‘93

Date: 11/05/1993
Program Number: 232
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Irene Nativodad, Elaine Shannon, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Crime/Mandating life sentice for 3 time felons

• Wisconsin welfare experiment with 2 year limit on benefits

• Women in politics

Orphanages and the Foster Care System

Date: 10/30/1993
Program Number: 231
Panelists: Lynn Martin, Julianne Malveaux, Irene Natividad, Betsy Hart

Featured Topics:

• Sen. Packwood/diaries

• Human embryo cloning

• Title

The Goddess Movement

Date: 10/22/1993
Program Number: 230
Panelists: Margot Adler, Alexis Moore, Linda Chavez, Elaine Shannon

Featured Topics:

• Violence on television/Reno

• Housten Oilers case

• The Goddess Movement

Politics of Menopause

Date: 10/15/1993
Program Number: 229
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Betsy Hart, Karen DeWitt, Elaine Shannon

Featured Topics:

• Suzanne Doucette/ FBI/ Sexual Harrassment

• Clinton/Domestic & Foreign Affairs

• Menopause


Date: 10/08/1993
Program Number: 228
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Elaine Shannon, Irene Natividad, Harriett Woods

Featured Topics:

• Two years after Tailhook

• Forbes 400

• Ageism

Female Role Models in Television

Date: 10/01/1993
Program Number: 227
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Kate O’Beirne, Elaine Shannon, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Kay Bailey Hitchinson indicted during campaign

• Hillary on the Hill – Healthcare Testimony

• Females in TV

Clinton’s Healthcare Plan

Date: 09/24/1993
Program Number: 226
Panelists: Kay James, Irene Natividad, Katie O’Beirne, Elaine Shannon

Featured Topics:

• More Dads taking care of children

• Positives and negatives of Clinton’s Healthcare Plan

Alternative Medicine

Date: 09/17/1993
Program Number: 225
Panelists: Elaine Shannon, Harreitt Woods, Kay James, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Miss America Back to Basics – ban the swimsuit competition

• Pregnancy, Ultrasound, and Drugs

• Title – Unconventional therapies

All Female Schools

Date: 09/10/1993
Program Number: 224
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Irene Natividad, Elaine Shannon, Lynn Martin

Featured Topics:

• Joyceln Elders angers conservatives

• Homosexuals and children – Sharron Bottoms court case

• Same sex schools

Women in Unions

Date: 09/03/1993
Program Number: 223
Panelists: Linda Chavez,Kate O’Beirne, Julianna Malveaux, Nancy Traver

Featured Topics:

• Campus gender wars

• Who to back in gubertorial race

• Title

Civil Rights

Date: 08/27/1993
Program Number: 222
Panelists: Harriet Woods, Victoria Toensing, Julianne Malveaux, Eleanor Holmes Norton

Featured Topics:

• Citadel sued for not accepting women

• Governor in Michigan signs tax bill

Why Marry?

Date: 08/20/1993
Program Number: 221
Panelists: Kay James,Elaine Shannon,Kate O'Beirne,Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Hillary in Japan

• Powerball – gambling

• Women and the Pope

Women in Congress

Date: 08/13/1993
Program Number: 220
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Helen Ferre, Kate O’Beirne, Elaine Shannon

Featured Topics:

• Pope in the US

• Budget – getting tough on crime

• Women in Congress


Date: 08/06/1993
Program Number: 219
Panelists: Kate O’Beirne, Irene Natividad, Ramona Edelin, Elaine Shannon

Featured Topics:

• Budget – who makes what in gov’t

• Reno & legal rights for children

• Aging

In Vitro Fertilazation

Date: 07/30/1993
Program Number: 218
Panelists: Kay James, Linda Chavez, Harriett Woods, Joelle Attinger

Featured Topics:

• AIDS epidemic and women – increasing problem

• Baby Jessica Deboer’s court battle

• In Vitro fertilization

Men in the 90’s

Date: 07/23/1993
Program Number: 217
Panelists: Kate O’Beirne, Irene Natividad, Ramona Edelin, Karen DeWitt

Featured Topics:

• Ginsburg hearings

• Gays in the military – hearings

Changes in the Religious Right

Date: 07/16/1993
Program Number: 216
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Betsy Hart, Elaine Shannon, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Elders Hearing

• Prof. Women – birth out of wedlock

Summer Jobs Program

Date: 07/09/1993
Program Number: 215
Panelists: Romona Edelin, Elaine Shannon, Betsy Hart, Karen DeWitt

Featured Topics:

• Hillary in Japan

• Powerball – gambling

• Women and the Pope


Date: 07/02/1993
Program Number: 214
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Kay James, Linda Chavez, Helen Ferre

Featured Topics:

• Television Violence

• Hyde Ammendment

Interview: New Surgeon General

Date: 06/25/1993
Program Number: 213
Panelists: Ann Lewis, Irene Natividad, Kate O’Beirne, Linda Chavez

Featured Topics:

• Hillary – Gov’t employee, legalized

• Capitol Hill – President’s budget passed

Men in Non-Traditional Jobs

Date: 06/19/1993
Program Number: 212
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Linda Chavez, Betsy Hart, Harriet Woods

Featured Topics:

• Ginsberg nominated

• Campbell/Canada

Women in Prison

Date: 06/11/1993
Program Number: 211
Panelists: Lynn Martin, Irene Natividad, Kate O’Beirne, Karen DeWitt

Featured Topics:

• Supreme Court decisions

• AIDS conference in Berlin

Sexism in Advertising

Date: 06/04/1993
Program Number: 210
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Linda Chavez, Ann Lewis, Pat Saiki

Featured Topics:

• Lani Guiner nomination withdrawn

• Sexual Harrassment in school

Sexual Harrassment

Date: 05/28/1993
Program Number: 209
Panelists: Katie O’ Beirne, Harriett Woods, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Helen Ferre

Featured Topics:

• Right of rape victims

• Clinton wins in Congress

• VMI to allow women

Women in Harm’s Way

Date: 05/21/1993
Program Number: 208
Panelists: Victoria Toensing, Julianne Malveaux, Betsy Hart, Irene Natividad

Featured Topics:

• Surrogate parent contracts binding

• Hillary – racial tolerance, free speech on campus

• Women buyers changed more

Women and Gambling

Date: 05/14/1993
Program Number: 207
Panelists: Lynn Martin, Victoria Toensing, Irene Natividad, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Clinton/domestic agenda

• Airlines/weight requirements

• Women business owner/health care


Date: 05/07/1993
Program Number: 206
Panelists: Ann Lewis, Patricia Ireland, Linda Chavez, Katie O’Beirne

Featured Topics:

• Bosnia

• Older women/housing

• Women who kill abusive mates

Girls and Gangs

Date: 04/30/1993
Program Number: 205
Panelists: Kate O’ Beirne, Alexis Moore, Linda Chavez, Julianna Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Women in Combat

• Packwood/ Senate Rules committee

• Janet Reno loses cool – judicial hearing

Population Control

Date: 04/23/1993
Program Number: 204
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Irene Natividad, Lynn Martin, Claudine Schneider

Featured Topics:

• Waco standoff end

• Senate kills jobs bill

• Breast cancer/ DDT

Domestic Violence

Date: 04/16/1993
Program Number: 203
Panelists: Kay James, Harriett Woods, Pat Saiki, Irene Natividad

Featured Topics:

• LA Trial

• Inhalent Drugs

• Legal/Adoptive & Birth parents

Tax Code Fairness

Date: 04/09/1993
Program Number: 202
Panelists: Katie O’Beirne, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Linda Chavez, and Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Women in the Navy

• Judith Kaye/ no Supreme Court

Women and Men in the Media

Date: 04/02/1993
Program Number: 201
Panelists: Betsy Hart, Karen DeWitt, Helen Ferre, and Nancy Woodhull

Featured Topics:

• Tree Summitt/ Spotted Owls

• Feds funding of Abortions

Women in Sports

Date: 03/26/1993
Program Number: 152

Featured Topics:

  • Michigan schools close due to budget
  • Russia in turmoil
  • White guys and political correctness
  • Women in sports

Courtship in American

Date: 03/18/1993
Program Number: 151

Featured Topics:

  • NJ sexual assault trial
  • Research on lesbianism as genetic
  • Courtship in the Nineties

Health Insurance

Date: 03/11/1993
Program Number: 150

Featured Topics:

  • Reno approved as AG
  • Congress and spending cuts
  • Florida and public breast feeding
  • Health insurance what’s the answer?

“Whither feminism – Gloria Steinem”

Date: 03/04/1993
Program Number: 149

Featured Topics:

  • Clinton defends Haitian repatriation policy
  • Waco and religious cults
  • NYC – allows domestic partners
  • Whither feminism

Women in Space

Date: 02/25/1993
Program Number: 148

Featured Topics:

  • Supremes argument on taxpayer dollars for deaf child’s religious schooling.
  • Violence against women act
  • Women in Science

The Economy

Date: 02/18/1993
Program Number: 147

Featured Topics:

  • Kevorkian and assisted suicide
  • Delay in Reno confirmation hearings
  • Clinton’s economic plan

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Date: 02/11/1993
Program Number: 146

Featured Topics:

  • Search for Attorney General
  • Clinton cuts staff and perks 
  • Changing American workplace 

Black Men in America

Date: 02/04/1993
Program Number: 145

Featured Topics:

  • Clinton welfare reform proposal
  • Canadian asylum to Saudi feminist
  • African-American male in America


Date: 01/28/1993
Program Number: 144

Featured Topics:

  • Clinton ends military ban on homosexuals
  • Talk Radio – shoc or schlock?

Media Responsibility

Date: 01/21/1993
Program Number: 143

Featured Topics:

  • How will Clinton administration affect women?
  • The Press and politics

Legalization of Drugs

Date: 01/14/1993
Program Number: 142

Featured Topics:

  • Supremes rule on abortion clinic blockades
  • Bombs over Iraq
  • Zoe Baird and Nannygate
  • Drug legalization


Date: 01/07/1993
Program Number: 141

Featured Topics:

  • Chelsea Clinton to private school
  • Bush gets tough with Iraq
  • Norplant issue

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