Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Rep. Jan  Schakowsky (D-IL) Hillary Clinton
Eve Ensler Bev Perdue Dorothy Height
Kellyanne Conway Marjorie  Dannenfelser Ruth Conniff
Genevieve Wood Carole Simpson Nicole Kurokawa Neily
Carrie Lukas Cokie  Roberts Former Rep. Mary  Bono (R-CA)
Marianne Williamson Christy Turlington Rep. Yvette  Clarke (D-NY)
LeeAnne Walters Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Donna  Brazile
Hilary Rosen Rina  Shah Benazir Bhutto

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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Brown v. Board

Date: 11/18/1994
Program Number: 334
Panelists: Betsy Hart, Julianne Malveaux, Karen DeWitt, Elaine Shannon

Newsmaker: Widnall

Date: 11/11/1994
Program Number: 333
Panelists: Katie O’Beirne, Harriett Woods, Lynn Martin, Barbara Reynolds

Featured Topics:

• Republicans win election ’94 – problems for Clinton

• Study: traditional “happy” couples not necessarily happy in marriage

• Women in the military

Election Preview

Date: 11/04/1994
Program Number: 332
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Linda Chavez, Betsy Hart, Irene Natividad

Featured Topics:

• Clarence Thomas/ Anita Hill book, Strange Justice

• Paul Hill trial/death penalty debate

• Election “94 previews

Equal Opportunities with Pat Buchanan

Date: 10/28/1994
Program Number: 331
Panelists: Harriett Woods, Irene Natividad, Katie O’Beirne, Blanquita Cullum

Featured Topics:

• Middle East Peace Treaty

• Teen girls – birth rate declines

Dying to be Thin

Date: 10/21/1994
Program Number: 330
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Irene Natividad, Patricia Elam Ruff, Jan Parshall

Featured Topics:

• Clinton campaigning

• Cahill – lawyer who gave man lighter sentence than woman who committed same crime

• Anorexia overlooked in African-American Community

Domestic Violence & Interracial Relationship

Date: 10/20/1994
Program Number: SPECIAL
Panelists: Panelists: Irene Natividad, Linda Chavez, Betsy Hart, Gloria Watkins (bell hooks), Faye Wattleton, Nina Tottenberg; Experts: Donna Edwards, Dr. Darlene Hopson, Audrey Chapman, Wanda Resto-Torres

Featured Topics:

• Domestic Violence

• Interracial Relationships

Female Circumcision

Date: 10/14/1994
Program Number: 329
Panelists: Betsy Hart, Julianne Malveaux, Helen Ferre, Elaine Shannon

Featured Topics:

• Iraq crisis boosts Clinton’s approval rating

• Working wives have less motivate/salaried husbands

• Circumcision – violation of human rights or West stay out?

Newsmaker with Rep. Pat Schroeder

Date: 10/07/1994
Program Number: 328
Panelists: Ellen Saurbrey, Linda Chavez, Julianne Malveaux, Elaine Shannon

Featured Topics:

• Sex in America

• Man arrested for killing abortion doctor says slayings justified

• Women in Congress

Women of a Certain Age

Date: 09/30/1994
Program Number: 327
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Blanquita Cullum, Katie O’Beirne, Lynn Martin

Featured Topics:

• Jury selection in Simpson trial – impartial?

• White House Women – Hillary’s retreat a message?

• Gloria Steinum 60 years old

Welfare with Donna Shalala

Date: 09/23/1994
Program Number: 326
Panelists: Donna Shalala, Linda Chavez, Key James, Harriett Woods

Featured Topics:

• Americans debate peace keeping role in Haiti

• Clinton revive healthcare plan?

• Welfare reform

Women Leaders

Date: 09/16/1994
Program Number: 325
Panelists: Katie O’Beirne, Elaine Shannon, Helen Ferre, Harriett Woods

Featured Topics:

• Americans not supportive of Clinton’s planned invasion of Haiti

• Crime and Dissillusionment in fall election

• Women heads of state

Cairo Population Summit

Date: 09/09/1994
Program Number: 324
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Lynn Martin, Julianne Malveaux, Linda Chavez

Featured Topics:

• Women need to run for political power

• Int’l Conference in Cairo

Women in the Workforce

Date: 09/02/1994
Program Number: 323
Panelists: Karen DeWitt, Betsy Hart, Patricia Elam Ruff, Lynn Martin

Featured Topics:

• 3 Sex Offenders driven from their community

• Fathers and sons band together for men

• Gov’t understands working women

Newsmaker: Patty Murray

Date: 08/26/1994
Program Number: 322
Panelists: Betsy Hart, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Lynn Martin, Karen DeWitt

Featured Topics:

• Clinton and sagging opinion ratings

• Cuban refugees – should US take them?

• Differences in running as a woman

Race & Feminism

Date: 08/19/1994
Program Number: 321
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Betsy Hart, Elaine Shannon, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Clinton & Approval of Crime Packages

• NAACP leader denies allegations

• Feminism and minorities – White middle class movement?

The Peace Corps

Date: 08/12/1994
Program Number: 320
Panelists: Karen DeWitt, Helen Ferre, Katie O’ Beirne, Harriett Woods

Featured Topics:

• Crime Bill

• Women who earn more

• Ntl Volunteer world survive the pragmatic 90s?

Kids & the Environment With Carol Browner

Date: 08/05/1994
Program Number: 319
Panelists: Claudine Schneider, Julianne Malveaux, Irene Natividad, Betsy Hart

Featured Topics:

• Shannon Faulkner and buzz cut for Citadel

• FBI investigates abortion protestor’s violence

• Healthy planet for children

Corporate Responsibility w/ Wendy Banks

Date: 07/29/1994
Program Number: 318
Panelists: Ramona Edelin, Harriet Woods, Elaine Shannon, Katie O’Beirne

Featured Topics:

  • Cholera in Zaire refugee camps
  • College-bound mom loses custody of day-care child
  • Business first responsibility to shareholders or society?

How to Survive Divorce

Date: 07/22/1994
Program Number: 317
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Irene Natividad, Ramona Edelin, Katie O’Beirne

Featured Topics:

• Adoptive v. Birth Parents

• World’s oldest woman gives birth – 62 yrs.

• Divorce

Women in Science & Math

Date: 07/15/1994
Program Number: 316
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Romona Edelen, Irene Natividad, Lynn Martin

Featured Topics:

• Healthcare Debate – warning from church on fighting abortion decisions

• White woman sues Texas lawschool for denied admission re discrimination

• Unequal opportunities in education for girls

Christina Sommers

Date: 07/08/1994
Program Number: 315
Panelists: Karen DeWitt, Julianne Malveux, Irene Natividad, Linda Chavez

Featured Topics:

• Victory for prosecution in OJ trial

• Clinton salvages policy on Haitian refugees

• Feminists of a different sort

Enclosed Communities

Date: 07/01/1994
Program Number: 314
Panelists: Victoria Toensing, Julianne Malveaux, Karen DeWitt, Betsy Hart

Featured Topics:

• Sp. Ct. ends term with rulings on abortion and prayer in school

• OJ- Media coverage making it impossible for fair trail?

• People who live inside enclosed communities

• Segregation of safe communities? Blackhawk in San Francisco, interview with Marcie Grasper, Prof. Ed Blakely re why people choose these communities, concerns.

Bell Hooks

Date: 06/24/1994
Program Number: 313
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Linda Chavez, Ann Lewis, Helen Ferre

Featured Topics:

• OJ Simpson and prior domestic violence charges

• Tobacco execs lie about nicotine levels

• Antifeminism?

• Interview with Bell Hooks, re feminism today


Date: 06/17/1994
Program Number: 312
Panelists: Irene Naticidad, Linda Chavez, Elaine Shannon, Betsy Hart

Featured Topics:

• Clinton’s plan to overhaul welfare system

• Paula Jones’ credibility challenged in Clinton sexual harassment allegations

• Are Dads getting a bad rap?

• Fathers who take an active role in raising children; interview with Director of Fatherhood Initiative, Dr. Wade Horton

Pasty Mink

Date: 06/10/1994
Program Number: 311
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Julianne Malveaux, Elaine Shannon, Harriet Woods

Featured Topics:

• Fallout from primaries

• Problems facing young women – sex/pregnancy and alcohol abuse

• America’s fastest growing minority

• Interview with Patsy Mink, Rep. D. Hawaii, re emphasis on Asian Pacific concerns

School to work

Date: 06/03/1994
Program Number: 310

Women & Nation of Islam

Date: 05/27/1994
Program Number: 309
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Elaine Shannon, Kate O’Beine, Karen DeWitt

Featured Topics:

• Health care plan

• Law against blocking abortion clinics

• Women and Islam

• The secular 90’s and their impact on Islam – Western women uncomfortable with Islamic restrictions

Minority Women’s Health

Date: 05/20/1994
Program Number: 308
Panelists: Elaine Shannon, Betsy Hart, Julianne Malveaux, Karen DeWitt

Featured Topics:

• Raising interest rates

• Abortion pill

• Interracial couples banned from prom

• Title

• Women of color fight to change their medical establishment

Sen. Hutchinson

Date: 05/13/1994
Program Number: 307
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Harriett Woods, Irene Natividad, Elaine Shannon

Featured Topics:

• Whit House and public policy matters

• Three executions and death penalty

• Women in congress: united or divided?

• Interview with Texas R. Kay Bailey Hutchinson re changing views of women in congress

Woman hood Defined by Motherhood

Date: 05/06/1994
Program Number: 306
Panelists: Katen DeWitt, Betsy Hart, Irene Natividad, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Clinton and sexual harassment allegations

• New school schedule: long, long, long

• Women without children

Welfare: A Capitalist View

Date: 04/29/1994
Program Number: 305
Panelists: Elaine Shannon, Michelle Maglalan Malken,, Dorothy Gilliam, Kate O’Beirne

Featured Topics:

• Supreme court and abortion: protestors v. clinic operators

• Women boycott wait model ads

• Welfare reform and workfare

• Chicago programs based on premise that welfare moms work for money


Date: 04/22/1994
Program Number: 304
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Elaine Shannon, Irene Natividad, Lynn Maritn

Featured Topics:

• Parents sued for child’s truancy

• Women senators/sexism in military

• Population debate

• Women’s voices being heard in population debate – earlier terms of forced sterilization and forced abortion are changing

Women and Money

Date: 04/15/1994
Program Number: 303
Panelists: Elaine Shannon, Sheila Weidenfield, Irene Natividad, Karen DeWitt

Featured Topics:

• Fraudulent data in breast cancer studies

• Crime Bill and federal death penalties

• Title

•“Women Only” investment clubs increase number of women saving for retirement

Domestic Violence

Date: 04/08/1994
Program Number: 302
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Julianne Malveux, Victoria Toensing, Elaine Shannon

Featured Topics:

• Vacancy Supreme Court

• Singapore caning controversy

• Title

• Interviews with abused women

Women in State Legislatures

Date: 04/01/1994
Program Number: 301
Panelists: Kate O’Beirne, Harriett Woods, Elaine Shannon, Linda Chavez

Featured Topics:

• Defending Hillary

• Breast Cancer and faked data

• Title

• California lawmakers discuss women politicians faring better at local level

Juvenile Crime/ Janet Reno

Date: 03/25/1994
Program Number: 252
Panelists: Janet Reno, Kate O’Beirne, Kay James, Elanor Holmes Norton

Featured Topics:

• White Water hearings/gridlock on programs

• Smoker’s rights, taxes – ban on smoking in public buildings

• Title

Ethics of Sperm Donors

Date: 03/18/1994
Program Number: 251
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Irene Natividad, Elaine Shannon, Helen Ferre

Featured Topics:

• Higher sales taxes/ school funding

• Rug Ranking – Secretaries who loose their jobs because their boses are demoted

• Title

AIDs: Interview with Christive Gebbie

Date: 03/11/1994
Program Number: 250
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Kate O’Beirne, Brenda Wilson, Elaine Shannon

Featured Topics:

• Hillary and White Water/Admin. Aids Testify

• Afircan-American women making gains in corporate America

• Title

Christ’s Bridges

Date: 03/04/1994
Program Number: 249
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Harriett Woods, Julianne Malveaux, Betsy Hart

Featured Topics:

• Ethnic Hate – gunman shoots 4 Jewish people

• Hutchinson charges

• Title – religious tension

Rap Music

Date: 02/25/1994
Program Number: 248
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Irene Natividad, Betsy Hart, Elaine Shannon

Featured Topics:

• Russia Spy Case – Mr. & Mrs. Ames

• School Prayer in public schools

• Title

Taiwan: Global Summit of Women

Date: 02/18/1994
Program Number: 247
Panelists: Karen DeWitt (Geust Host), Katie O’Beirne, Linda Chavez, Elaine Shannon, Susan King

Featured Topics:

• Bosnia ceasefire

• Standardized tests discriminate against girls

• Title

Women in the Corporate Suite

Date: 02/11/1994
Program Number: 246
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Betsy Hart, Elaine Shannon, Linda Chavez

Featured Topics:

• Universal Health Care – Cost of Clinton’s Plan

• White Men victims of latest backlash against male image (Time article)

• Title


Date: 02/04/1994
Program Number: 245
Panelists: Elaine Shannon, Irene Natividad, Linda Chavez, Kate O’Beirne

Featured Topics:

• Discrimination: abuse against women around the world

• Tax code penalizes full time home makers

• Title

Women and College Sports

Date: 01/28/1994
Program Number: 244
Panelists: Helen Ferre, Irene Natividad, Betsy Hart, Harriet Woods

Featured Topics:

• Crime Concern Among Americans/ Clinton’s State of Union

• Superbowl Obsession

• Title

State of Our States: Interview with Christine Whit

Date: 01/21/1994
Program Number: 243
Panelists: Helen Ferre, Irene Natividad, Lynn Martin, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Nancy Kerrigan attack

• John and Lorena Bobbitt Trial

• Citadel Update (Shannon Faulkner)

Interview with Donna Shalala

Date: 01/14/1994
Program Number: 242
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Lynn Martin, Elaine Shannon, Karen DeWitt

Featured Topics:

• Special prosecuter for White Water

• Abortion – common ground to work together

• Title

Drugs/Public Health

Date: 01/07/1994
Program Number: 241
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Elaine Shannon, Harriett Woods, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Controlling reproductive technology

• Condom campaign by Clinton Administration

• Title

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