Jennifer Garner Jacki Zehner Karin  Agness
Helen Clark Mandy Moore Rina  Shah
Eleanor  Smeal Ritu  Sharma Marjorie Clifton
Neera Tanden Patricia Arquette Nicolle Wallace
Francesca  Chambers Sarah Palin Former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Kim Gandy Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Cari Dominguez
Jennifer Higgins Carrie Lukas Rebecca  Traister
Melanne Verveer Margaret Hoover Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

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.

Click on a year below to see a list of that year's shows.

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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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