Erin Matson Melanne Verveer Former Senator Blanche  Lambert Lincoln (D-AR)
Patricia Arquette Barbara Pierce Bush Jennifer Sevilla Korn
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Geena Davis Janet  Napolitano
Tarja Halonen Linda Chavez Lara Brown
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Clara Del Villar Jennifer Higgins
Jane Goodall Meryl Streep Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Bettina  Inclan Megan Beyer Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Bay Buchanan Jane Pauley Danielle Moodie-Mills

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
Panelists:

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
Panelists:

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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