Gro Harlem Brundtland Valerie  Jarrett Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Lizz  Winstead Michelle Bachelet Ashe Schow
Dr. Maya Angelou Latifa Lyles Gretchen Hamel
Erica  Williams Simon Sandra Day O'Connor Roslyn Brock
Debbie Allen Michele  Bachmann Rebecca  Traister
Angela McGlowan Hadley Heath Crystal Wright
Jill Stein Patricia Arquette Lynda Weinman
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Tammy  Baldwin (D-WI) Jane Goodall

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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The Year in Review

Date: 12/25/1998
Program Number: 740
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, Pat Schroeder, Elaine Chao

Featured Topics:

• Pharmacists use conscience clauses in refusing to fill emergency contraception prescriptions.

• Divorced parents try new living arrangements to help their kids adjust.

• A look beyond the Clinton-Lewinsky matter at important news for women in 1998.

Women & Holiday Stress

Date: 12/18/1998
Program Number: 739
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Elaine Chao, Pat Schroeder, Faye Anderson

Featured Topics:

• The House of Representatives votes to impeach the President.

• More and more single men are raising kids on their own.

• The Center for a New American Dream shows how women can ease stress by simplifying the holidays.

The Best of To The Contrary

Date: 12/11/1998
Program Number: 738

Featured Topics:

• Women Journalists who risk their lives receive the Courage in Journalism Award.

• Japanese women are getting ahead by staring their own businesses.

• USAID funds give women in Morocco basic health services.

• Egypt's female pharaoh Hatshepsut and her legacy.

Girls Inc. & Healthy Families America

Date: 12/04/1998
Program Number: 737

Featured Topics:

• Girls Incorporated of Wilmington, NC is helping girls avoid getting pregnant by teaching them to love themselves.

Panelists:Antonia Novello, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Irene Natividad, Ann Stone.

• Healthy Families America is tackling the problem of child abuse by giving new mothers personal support.

Panelists:Eleanor Holmes Norton, Harriett Woods, Deborah Simmons, Jan Parshall.

Population Momentum in India

Date: 11/27/1998
Program Number: 736
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ann Stone, Irene Natividad, Amy Coen

Featured Topics:

• The organization Adbusters tries to turn "Black Friday," the busiest shopping day of the year, into "Buy Nothing Day."

• India is fast becoming the world's most populous nation because of "population momentum." We look at how the country's women are addressing the problem.

Women & Vegetarianism--Thanksgiving Show

Date: 11/20/1998
Program Number: 735
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Julianne Malveaux, Jan Parshall, Harriett Woods

Featured Topics:

  • Ken Starr testifies and the Lewinsky tapes are made publics. What do American women think?
  • The Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services release a new study on violence against women.
  • Interview with Lauri Chonko of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine on the benefits of not eating turkey.

Women Athletes & the Media

Date: 11/13/1998
Program Number: 734
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Julianne Malveaux, Karen Miller, Ruth Conniff

Featured Topics:

  • A non-biological mother wins custody rights in a court battle with her estranged lesbian partner.
  • Stay-at-home dads get encouragement from groups designed just for them.
  • A new study by Women, Men, and Media looks at how women athletes feel about their lack of media attention.

After the Vote

Date: 11/06/1998
Program Number: 733
Panelists: Arianna Huffington, Linda Chavez, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Irene Natividad

Featured Topics:

  • How women voted in the 1998 elections, and how women candidates fared.
  • The teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. is at its lowest in over 20 years.

The Courage in Journalism Awards

Date: 10/30/1998
Program Number: 732
Panelists: Arianna Huffington, Irene Natividad, Karen Tumulty, Philipa Thomas

Featured Topics:

  • Will women voters make 1998 another "Year of the Woman"?
  • Marriage skill classes for public high school students.
  • The International Women's Media Foundation honors brave women journalists who risk their lives to bring us the news.

Minority Health

Date: 10/23/1998
Program Number: 731
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Arianna Huffington, Irene Natividad, Darlene Kennedy

Featured Topics:

  • Legislation in 105th Congress: Did women win or lose?
  • Gymnast Dominique Moceanu sues her parents for independence.
  • Health Watch is working to improve the health of minorities, with a special focus on women and teens.

Affirmative Action--Women Left Out

Date: 10/16/1998
Program Number: 730
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Susan Molinari, Harriett Woods, Linda Chavez

Featured Topics:

  • Two up-coming Supreme Court cases on students' rights--one on sexual harassment, one on women and athletics.
  • Women candidates and campaign advertising.
  • Interview with Karen Narasaki of Americans for a Fair Chance on how women get left out of the affirmative action debate.

Boys & Aggression

Date: 10/09/1998
Program Number: 729
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Susan Molinari, Linda Chavez, Irene Natividad

Featured Topics:

  • The House of Representatives votes for an unrestricted impeachment inquiry.
  • Vanity Fair magazine's photo portfolio of America's 200 most influential women.
  • Interview with Bernard Lefkowitz, author of Our Guys, on the Glen Ridge rape case and boys' aggression.

The White House Project

Date: 10/02/1998
Program Number: 728
Panelists: Lynn Martin, Julianne Malveaux, Elaine Chao, Ruth Conniff

Featured Topics:

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugle: Women in advertising.
  • Senior citizens and their sex lives.
  • Interview with Marie Wilson, President of the White House Project, on getting a woman in the White House as President.

Work/Family Congress

Date: 09/25/1998
Program Number: 727
Panelists: Lynn Martin, Judsen Culbreth, Julianne Malveaux, Deborah Simmons

Featured Topics:

  • The Clinton scandal--Feminists defend the President
  • Effects of the First Couple's crisis on American couples
  • Working Mother Magazine picks top 100 family-friendly companies.

Healthy Families

Date: 09/18/1998
Program Number: 726
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Harriett Woods, Janet Parshall, Deborah Simmons

Featured Topics:

  • Democrats demoralized after the President's confession
  • Healthy Families America: stopping child abuse before it starts.

The Starr Report

Date: 09/11/1998
Program Number: 725
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, Irene Natividad, Christina Hoff Sommers

Featured Topics:

  • The Release of the Starr Report over the Internet
  • Choosing the sex of your child

Labor Day Special on Pay Equity

Date: 09/04/1998
Program Number: 724
Panelists: Pat Schroeder, Ann Stone, Julianne Malveaux, Naomi Lopez

Featured Topics:

  • Husbands who move when their wives change jobs
  • Importing skilled immigrants in Silicon Valley
  • Interview with Linda Chavez Thompson of the AFL-CIO on a new pay equity Web site.

Sexual Harassment in Schools

Date: 08/28/1998
Program Number: 723
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Karen Miller, Ann Stone, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

  • The President's supporters
  • Interview with Verna Williams of the National Women's Law Center on how to address sexual harassment in schools.

Generation X Women

Date: 08/21/1998
Program Number: 722
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Ruth Conniff, Kimberly Schuld, Karen Miller

Featured Topics:

  • Pregnant girls rejected from National Honor Society
  • Women use physical aggression as much as men
  • Interview with author Michele Mitchell on how Gen. X women are different than others.

Global Summit of Women

Date: 08/14/1998
Program Number: 721
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ann Stone, Irene Natividad, Elaine Chao

Featured Topics:

  • Americans' feelings about the Clintons
  • Working mother loses custody battle
  • Package on the Global Summit of Women addressing women's role in international trade.

Women in Prison

Date: 08/07/1998
Program Number: 720
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Janet Parshall, Anita Perez Ferguson, Susan Au Allen

Featured Topics:

  • More minorities than whites now on welfare
  • The polygamy debate in Utah
  • Interview Brenda V. Smith of the National Women's Law Center on sexual abuse of women in prisons.

Juvenile Justice

Date: 07/31/1998
Program Number: 719
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Janet Parshall, Anita Perez Ferguson, Susan Au Allen

Featured Topics:

  • The presidential scandal
  • New rules on relationships in the military
  • Interview with Attorney General Janet Reno on juvenile justice.

Child Care in America

Date: 07/24/1998
Program Number: 718
Panelists: Lynn Martin, Julianne Malveaux, Darlene Kennedy, Judsen Culbreth

Featured Topics:

  • Population implosion in developed nations
  • Women read newspapers less than men
  • Interview with Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala and a look at Working Mother Magazine's survey on child care in the 50 states.

Seneca Falls

Date: 07/17/1998
Program Number: 717
Panelists: Lynn Martin, Linda Chavez, Irene Natividad, Judsen Culbreth

Featured Topics:

  • Patient's Bill of Rights
  • Education Savings Bill
  • Package on the 150th anniversary celebration of the Seneca Falls Convention.

Affirmative Action

Date: 07/10/1998
Program Number: 716
Panelists: Pat Schroeder, Linda Chavez, Julianne Malveaux, Kellyanne Fitzpatrick

Featured Topics:

  • NOW's annual convention
  • More women than men graduating
  • Interview with Secretary Alexis Herman on affirmative action.

Food Safety

Date: 07/03/1998
Program Number: 715
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Irene Natividad, Harriett Woods, Elaine Chao

Featured Topics:

  • Linda Tripp's image
  • Hillary Clinton in China
  • Interview with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on food safety.

Girls Incorporated

Date: 06/26/1998
Program Number: 714
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Dr. Antonia Novello, Irene Natividad, Ann Stone

Featured Topics:

  • Blanche Lambert Lincoln-campaigning with kids
  • Wisconsin's "cocaine mom" law ยท
  • Interviews with girls, mothers, and staff involved with Girls Inc., a group fighting teen pregnancy.

Operation Fatherhood

Date: 06/19/1998
Program Number: 713
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Christina Hoff Sommers, Harriett Woods, Susan Au Allen

Featured Topics:

  • Girls Report-risky behavior on the rise
  • Epidurals denied to women in labor
  • Interview with Zuline Gray Wilkinson of Operation Fatherhood.

Mothers Against Violence

Date: 06/12/1998
Program Number: 712
Panelists: Lynn Martin, Irene Natividad, Julianne Malveaux, Jan Parshall

Featured Topics:

  • Child labor in the U.S.
  • Advertising in schools
  • Interviews with members of the Coalition of Survivors for Violence Prevention. 

Violence Against Women

Date: 06/05/1998
Program Number: 711
Panelists: Lynn Martin, Pat Schroeder, Julianne Malveaux, Susan Au Allen

Featured Topics:

  • Older women and addiction
  • Proposition 227-ban on bilingual education
  • Interview with Attorney General Janet Reno.

Japanese Women in Politics

Date: 05/29/1998
Program Number: 710
Panelists: Rep. Connie Morella, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Irene Natividad, Elaine Chao

Featured Topics:

  • Viagra v. the Pill-insurance coverage
  • Movie romances
  • Interviews with Japanese women politicians.

Lani Guinier-Civil Rights

Date: 05/22/1998
Program Number: 709
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, C. DeLores Tucker, Anita Perez Ferguson, Ann Stone

Featured Topics:

  • Breast cancer drugs
  • Jane Swift-pregnant candidate
  • Interview with Lani Guinier on her new book Lift Every Voice.

Minority Women in Business

Date: 05/15/1998
Program Number: 708
Panelists: Hazel O'Leary, Elaine Chao, Linda Chavez, Sharon Hadary

Featured Topics:

  • College drinking
  • Camryn Manheim-overweight actresses
  • Interviews with minority women business owners, and the new NFWBO survey.

Mothers and Daughters

Date: 05/08/1998
Program Number: 707
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Linda Chavez, Harriett Woods, Darlene Kennedy

Featured Topics:

  • The Clintons-a new poll on how Americans view their relationship
  • Custody battle of frozen embyos
  • Interview with Cokie Roberts on her new book We Are Our Mothers' Daughters.

Women and Time

Date: 05/01/1998
Program Number: 706
Panelists: Arianna Huffington, Cynthia McKinney, Elaine Chao, Judsen Culbreth

Featured Topics:

  • Teen pregnancy-Parents' influence on sexual behavior
  • Caring for aging women
  • Interview with Prof. John Robinson, University of Maryland, on how women use time.

After-School Care

Date: 04/24/1998
Program Number: 705
Panelists: Arianna Huffington, Cynthia McKinney, Elaine Chao, Judsen Culbreth

Featured Topics:

  • NOW chooses not to support Paula Jones
  • Viagra, the male impotence pill
  • Interview with Senator Patty Murry of Washington State on the need for after-school care.

Guyana's Woman President

Date: 04/17/1998
Program Number: 704
Panelists: Hazel O'Leary, Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, Irene Natividad, Susan Au Allen

Featured Topics:

  • Burlington v. Ellerth, sexual harassment case
  • Teletubbies and T.V. for children
  • Interview with Janet Jagan, President of Guyana, on her path to power and her initiatives to help women.

Small Class Size

Date: 04/10/1998
Program Number: 703
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Beth Desoretz, Susan Au Allen, Kellyanne Fitzpatrick

Featured Topics:

  • The status of the investigation of the President
  • Evasion of the "Nanny Tax"
  • Interview with Senator Patty Murray on the need to reduces class size in America's schools.

The Argument Culture

Date: 04/03/1998
Program Number: 702
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Arianna Huffington, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Janet Parshall, Elaine Chao

Featured Topics:

  • The dismissal of the Paula Jones case
  • Girls' financial knowledge
  • Interview with Deborah Tannen on her new book The Argument Culture.

Women's History Month

Date: 03/27/1998
Program Number: 701
Panelists: Patricia Schroeder, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ann Stone, Elaine Chao

Featured Topics:

  • The Jonesboro shootings
  • Supreme Court cases on sexual harassment
  • Interview with Christina Hoff Sommers on the danger of making history "herstory."

Product Liability and Women

Date: 03/20/1998
Program Number: 652
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Victoria Toensing, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Susan Au Allen

Featured Topics:

  • The ethics of reproductive technology
  • Women's lives after Beijing
  • Interview with Rep. Anne Northup on product liability law.

Single-Sex Education

Date: 03/13/1998
Program Number: 651
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Irene Natividad, Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, Ann Stone

Featured Topics:

  • Kathleen Willey and the President's problems
  • Gender segregation in the military
  • Interview with Maggie Ford, President of the AAUW Educational Foundation.

Texas Women-The Houston Show

Date: 03/06/1998
Program Number: 650
Panelists: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Kathryn Whitmire, Gwen Daye Richardson

Featured Topics:

  • NannyCam on the Internet
  • Interview with P.J. Pierce, author of What I've Learned: Wise Texas Women Speak.

Emotional Intelligence

Date: 02/27/1998
Program Number: 649
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Linda Chavez, Janet Parshall, Hazel O'Leary

Featured Topics:

  • Paula Jones' life and reputation
  • Discrimination at Joe's Stone Crabs
  • Interview with Dr. Hendrie Weisinger, author of Emotional Intelligence at Work.

The White House Women's Office

Date: 02/20/1998
Program Number: 648
Panelists: Pat Schroeder, Harriett Woods, Linda Chavez, Susan Au Allen

Featured Topics:

  • Conflict with Iraq and the gender gap in support
  • Infertility as a disability
  • Interview with Audrey Tayse Haynes of the White House Women's Office.

Japanese Women in Business

Date: 02/13/1998
Program Number: 647
Panelists: Pat Schroeder, Julia Chang Bloch, Irene Natividad, Ann Stone, and Karen DeWitt

Featured Topics:

  • The Lewinsky Scandal Legacy
  • A look at three Japanese women who started their own businesses.

Black History Month

Date: 02/06/1998
Program Number: 646
Panelists: Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Julianne Malveaux, C. DeLores Tucker

Featured Topics:

  • The President's Initiative on Race
  • Black History Month-interview with Dr. Dorothy Height, President of the National Council of Negro Women since 1957.

Unsung Heroines

Date: 01/30/1998
Program Number: 645
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Rep. Louise Slaughter, Julianne Malveaux, Josette Shiner

Featured Topics:

  • The President's initiatives and the scandal
  • A new study on pre-menstrual syndrome
  • Unsung heroines-a special look at our 1998 award-winners, great women doing great things in their communities.

Women and AIDS

Date: 01/23/1998
Program Number: 644
Panelists: Anita Perez Ferguson , Victoria Toensing; Lynn Martin, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Diane Rehm, Elaine Chao

Featured Topics:

  • Monica Lewinsky and the President
  • Animal abuse and domestic violence
  • Women and AIDS-AIDS Czar Sandra Thurman talks about why women are being infected at such high rates and how we can combat this trend.

Welfare to Work

Date: 01/16/1998
Program Number: 643
Panelists: Lynn Martin, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Hazel O'Leary, Darlene Kennedy

Featured Topics:

• Paula Jones v. the President

• The GOP and late-term abortion

• Welfare to work-interview with Labor Secretary Alexis Herman on new programs.

Minority Women in Corporate Suites

Date: 01/09/1998
Program Number: 642
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Jan Parshall, Darlene Kennedy, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Marriage penalty tax

• Spending time with your spouse

• Women of color in executive suites-interview with Elynor Williams, Senior Vice President for Corporate Responsibility, Sara Lee Corporation.

Positive Aging

Date: 01/02/1998
Program Number: 641
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Linda Chavez, Jan Parshall, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Woman on death row

• Abuse and child custody laws

• Mature women in America-author Karen Kaigler Walker talks about her book Positive Aging.

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