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New Republican Congresswomen
Program Number: 1141
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington, DC); Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst; Irene Natividad, Democratic Commentator; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator.
- When the 108th Congress commences next month, there will be seven new women in the U.S. House of Representatives. Five of those women are Republicans- and we ask some of them what they hope to accomplish for women.
- A new report says Afghan women and girls continue to face oppression, even after the fall of the Taliban. We look at what the U.S. has done thus far to help Afghan women.
- The rate of Cesarean section births in America is at an all-time high, partially due to women opting out of traditional birth for convenience purposes.
Program Number: 1140
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington, DC); Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst; Irene Natividad, Democratic Commentator; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator.
- Women and Depression: If you're depressed, you're not alone, even in this supposedly joyful time of year. Depression strikes women twice as often as men, but women can learn how to manage it.
- A study from a children's advocacy group found that the suffering economy is hitting families with young children the hardest.
- White House spokesman Ari Fleischer made a statement at a recent briefing that the National Council of Women's Organizations won't let the Administration forget. How is the Bush Administration approaching women's issues?
Program Number: 1139
Panelists: Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff; Nancy Pfotenhauer, Independent Women's Forum; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington, DC); Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster.
- What would it be like if women ran the country? New Zealanders don't need to imagine-their top three leaders are women. We take you to New Zealand, where the top women in government told us what it's like when women are in charge.
- Internet dating in the holidays.
- Prospective changes in family law.
Kids in Danger
Program Number: 1138
Panelists: Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff; Nancy Pfotenhauer,Independent Women's Forum; Megan Beyer, Political Commentator; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator.
- Children's products are constantly being recalled for safety issues, yet parents and childcare providers don't hear about the majority of recalls. How one woman is working to improve children's product safety after the death of her son.
- A new poll reports women’s support of war against Iraq has declined.
- The fiftieth anniversary of the world’s first publicized sex-change operation.
Program Number: 1137
- Young Fathers: The importance of fathers becoming more involved in their children’s live.
- Single Moms: Mothers who choose to go it alone.
- Welfare Reform: How welfare impacts children.
Program Number: 1136
Panelists: Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA); Tara Setmayer, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Michelle Singletary, Washington Post; Ruth Conniff, The Progressive Magazine.
- Senior Republican Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) tells us about the hopes and goals of Republican women in the 108th Congress.
- Prescription Drugs: Both parties campaigned heavily on the issue of prescription drugs. What steps Congress must take to provide what the doctor ordered for senior citizens.
- Teaching budding CEOs business ethics: In the wake of recent corporate scandals, can business schools provide the answer for better boardroom behavior?
Program Number: 1135
Panelists: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA); Tara Setmayer, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Cheryl Polk, Child Psychologist.
- An interview with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), poised to become the first woman to lead the Democratic Party in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Many of America's neglected, abused, and homeless children aren't getting the services they need to succeed in elementary school and beyond. We show you how one San Francisco child care center is providing for these disadvantaged children.
- Never too late? Thanks to science, women well in their fifties can be new mothers-- and a new study says it’s perfectly safe to be pregnant post-menopause.
Program Number: 1134
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Democratic Commentator; Cissy Baker, Washington Bureau Chief, Tribune Media; Karen DeWitt, Political Commentator; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator
- To the Contrary's post-election coverage looks at how women fared in gubernatorial and Congressional races.
- The end of all-male private clubs? We talk with Martha Burk, head of the National Council of Women’s Organizations,about her fight to open the private Augusta National Golf Club to women.
- A new study says good attitudes towards aging can add years to one’s life.
Native American Community and Tobacco
Program Number: 1133
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster; Irene Natividad, Democratic Commentator; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Rae Snyder, Seneca Indian; Cindy Lindquist-Mala, Dakotah Indian.
- ELECTION 2002: Will 2002 rival 1992 for "Year of the Woman" status? Our pre-election coverage looks at women running in gubernatorial and Congressional races.
- BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Ceremonial tobacco use has long been a part of Native-American culture, but some Native American women are fighting to put an end to recreational smoking in their communities.
Program Number: 1132
Panelists: Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff; Nancy Pfotenhauer, Independent Women’s Forum; Megan Beyer, Political Commentator; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst.
- Woman's Inhumanity to Woman: Controversial feminist writer Phyllis Chesler tells us why women are often cruel to each other in her new book.
- Women in banking, accounting and finance often earn far less than men - that from a new Fortune Magazine survey showing the pay gap is sometimes as much as 40%.
- Matrimonial lawyers drawing up prenuptial agreements report more and more older husbands-to-be are asking for "No Kids" clause.
FDA/ Kim Gandy
Program Number: 1131
Panelists: Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff; Phyllis Greenberger, Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research; Nancy Pfotenhauer, Independent Women’s Forum; Megan Beyer, Political Commentator; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst.
- SNIPER SHOOTING SPREE: Washington DC area women react to the recent sniper killings and attacks.
- PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON? An overwhelming majority of the country says "no thanks" according to the latest poll.
- BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Women’s groups are outraged over a possible Bush appointee to the Food and Drug Administration’s Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee, who practices faith-based medicine.
Catholics for a Free Choice
Program Number: 1130
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Democratic Commentator; Nancy Pfotenhauer, Independent Women’s Forum; Megan Beyer, Political Commentator; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst.
- A BOOST IN BREAST IMPLANTS: More and more women are opting for breast implants despite considerable health risks. A record 220,000 women had saline breast implants last year and the plastic surgery industry expects a ten percent expansion over that figure for this year.
- BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Women, the gentler gender? Well, even in these reputedly progressive days, women who oppose large organizations and express no fear in so doing are often labeled aggressive, a stereotype many believe is unfair. Frances Kissling’s job is to take on and in her words “neutralize” the political power of the Catholic Church---a campaign she has been waging for the past quarter of a century.
Public School Reform
Program Number: 1129
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Margaret Spellings, Assistant to President Bush for Domestic Policy; Nancy Pfotenhauer, Independent Women’s Forum; Megan Beyer, Political Commentator; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst; Lisa Graham Keegan, CEO, Education Leaders Council.
- WOMEN FOR WAR: President Bush lobbies for war on Iraq, polls show no gender gap exists in public support for such a war. We discuss why more women are becoming hawkish.
- CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE: Fierce debate over the Administration’s controversial move to cover fetuses under federally-funded health insurance.
- BEHIND THE HEADLINES: The public school system is mired in criticism, but there are some victories---the Houston school district is honored for quick improvement in student test scores.
Program Number: 1128
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Political Commentator; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-DC), Genevieve Wood, Family Research Council; Tara Setmayer, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education; Megan Beyer, Political Commentator.
- Food addiction, drug addiction, even addiction to the Internet - all widely discussed issues. But what about sex addiction? Author Sue Silverman chronicles her personal experience with this little-discussed problem in her book, Lovesick.
- Women's groups are at odds with the Bush's Administration's push for more single-sex schools.
- US dating trends favor women: After years of outnumbering men, US census data shows that the demographics are changing.
Women's Health Special
Program Number: 1127
Panelists: Dr. Vivian Pinn, Director of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health; Irene Natividad, Political Commentator; Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster; Tara Setmayer, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education; Megan Beyer, Political Commentator.
- Women's Health Special: Women make between 60 and 75% of health care decisions for themselves and their families - according to a number of studies. But those same studies also find women frequently neglect their own health. How women can better manage their own health care.
- Women's groups rally to push Senate's passing of welfare legislation, before welfare current law expires September 30th.
- The Miss World competition is being boycotted by a handful of countries due to its venue--Nigeria-where a woman will be stoned to death for having sex out of wedlock. This, while our own Miss America competition celebrates its 81st this week.
Teen Peer Providers
Program Number: 1126
Panelists: Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA); Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-Washington, DC); Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Commentator; Dawn Tacker, Vista Community Clinic.
- California takes a novel approach in its efforts to lower its teen pregnancy rate and make reproductive health services more accessible to teens.
- The Department of the Defense takes a closer look at domestic violence in the military after four soldiers' wives are killed at Fort Bragg, allegedly by their husbands.
- Many menopausal women are seeking alternatives to hormone replacement therapy, and companies are racing to provide them with substitutes.
International Views of 9-11
Program Number: 1125
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-DC); Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster; Irene Natividad, Political Commentator.
- How 9-11 changed the way women abroad think of American women.
- Augusta National Golf Club has a lot of women teed off. Though the debate about Augusta's all-male member policy has been raging since the Master's was played there in April, a new salvo was fired this week by Augusta's head Hootie Johnson.
- The largest study ever conducted with adolescents in the US says teens whose mothers clearly communicate their values about sex, are involved with their lives, and have a close relationship with them are less likely to start having sex.
Labor Day Special
Program Number: 1124
Panelists: Michelle Singletary, Karen Czarnecki, Maria Echaveste, Cari Dominguez
- Leave the kids at home: Female candidates for public office gear up for the September primaries... but most leave their kids at home, while male candidates promote them
- A brutal sentence: A Nigerian woman is sentenced to death by stoning for having sex out of wedlock. The sentence meted out under Sharia, a strict form of Islamic law, has American feminists up in arms.
- Behind the Headlines: We commemorate Labor Day in an interview with U.S. Labor Secretary-and longtime To the Contrary panelist-Elaine Chao. She tells us how the Bush Administration is helping working women.
Program Number: 1123
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Karen Czarnecki, Maria Echaveste, Cari Dominguez.
- Title IV Under Attack? Presidential Commission on Equal Opportunity in Athletics to begin hearings on the future of Title IX.
- Fluke or Cultural Shift?: In an unprecedented move for a major newspaper, the New York Times starts including announcements of same-sex commitments in its Sunday Styles section. Meanwhile a new report says that traditional bastion of the conservative good ol’ boy network –--corporate America---is overwhelmingly gay-and-lesbian friendly.
- hamed Wives: Philandering husbands are nothing new, but some women experience betrayal complicated by swarms of reporters and cameras rolling.
Program Number: 1122
Panelists: Angela McGlowan, Ruth Conniff, Melana Zyla Vickers, Irene Natividad
- Protecting our Children: President Bush launches a war of a different color: against a recent wave of child murders and abductions.
- Women on Board: Norway's answer to corporate corruption: bring more women on board! The Norwegian government requires that 40% of corporate board directors be women.
- Child Obesity: An estimated 13 percent of children in the US are overweight, and heart disease and diabetes are striking early.
Women and Violent Sports
Program Number: 1121
Panelists: Ruth Conniff, Ann Stone, Tara Setmayer, Irene Natividad
- Year of the Woman Pt. II?? November's gubernatorial elections could produce a record number of woman governors. .
- It curbs your appetite, makes you tan and triggers your sexual appetite. A new drug called Melanotan, dubbed the Barbie drug.
- Women and Violent Sports: Jennifer Lawler, author of "Punch!" tells us why more women are participating in contact and violent sports.
Virtual Child Pornography
Program Number: 1120
Panelists: Karen DeWitt, Angela McGlowan, Nancy Pfotenhauer, Irene Natividad
- The Supreme Court recently struck down provisions of a federal law that would criminalize so-called "virtual child pornography." A look at this controversial move to protect our first amendment rights.
- Plays Well with Others? The traditional ticket to tenure in academia was based on teaching, research, and service to the institution. Today, many female professors are protesting the qualification of “collegiality” in tenure decision.
- Just Say No: Who needs a husband? is a question more older women are asking themselves, and responding with “I don’t.”
Not in Mama's Kitchen
Program Number: 1119
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Karen DeWitt, Sherri Watson Hyde, Sherri White, Angela McGlowan, Nancy Pfotenhauer
- The market meltdown is forcing many would-be retirees to postpone plans and current retirees to go back to work.
- African-American women are fighting to put an end to smoking in their communities.
Program Number: 1118
Panelists: Megan Beyer, Genevieve Wood, Maria Echaveste, Angela McGlowan
• Has the priest sex scandal weakened the power of political influence of the church?
• Pharmaceutical companies are aggressively marketing prescription drugs to women.
• Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) wants to educate American women about the availabilty of the "morning after pill" that prevents pregnancy up to 72 hours after intercourse. Is this contraception, or another form of abortion?
Program Number: 1117
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Genevieve Wood, Angela McGlowan
• An International AIDS conference report says many Americans who tested positive for HIV didn't know they had it.
• Hormone Replacement Therapy: why did the government stop the study? What does this mean for women on HRT?
• A Washington, DC neighborhood program helps residents overcome racial tensions resulting from immigration.
Special Education Show
Program Number: 1116
• School districts around the country are preparing for a new school year. A special program on the latest in public school reform and after-school programs
• Interviews with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).
The Sanchez Sisters
Program Number: 1115
Panelists: Nancy Pfotenhauer, Maria Echaveste, Irene Natividad, Kellyanne Conway
• A national movement to make it illegal for teachers to engage in sexual activity with underage students.
• A study by Cornell University says urban single women place more importance on the size of a man's income than do rural women.
• Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and her sister Linda could become the first sisters in Congress.
Welfare Reform and Kids
Program Number: 1114
Panelists: Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Rep. Judy Biggert, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Nancy Pfotenhauer
• The priest sex scandal includes allegations of abuse of women and girls.
• Title IX turns 30 and some universities are still not playing by the rules.
• Welfare Reform and Kids: how have work requirements for moms receiving welfare impacted children?
Program Number: 1113
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Victoria Toensing, Cherylyn Harley
• With Brian Williams tapped to replace Tom Brokaw, will network news ever have another prime-time female anchor?
• Montreal's urban safety initiative includes glass enclosed subway stops, and bus drivers who drop women off between stops at night. Do US women need similar programs in their cities?
• Father's Day Special: a Denver program promotes involved fatherhood among young men.
The Constitutional Rights of Women
Program Number: 1112
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Victoria Toensing, Cherylyn Harley, Kim Gandy
• A new study says welfare reform and marriage may be at odds.
• High school girls are still training for pink collar jobs.
• Constitutional rights of women: an interview with Beate Sirota Gordon, co-author of the Japanese Constitution.
Children's Health Insurance Program
Program Number: 1111
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Cari Dominguez, Nancy Pfotenhauer, Irene Natividad
• A new study says that boys in Massachussetts are falling behind girls. What does this mean?
• Women are the majority of part-time and temporary workers. These workers are ineligible for unemployment benefits.
• The Children's Health Insurance Program provides health benefits for the children of the working poor.
Program Number: 1110
Panelists: Angela McGlowan, Megan Beyer, Nancy Pfotenhauer, Irene Natividad
• Women's reaction to new warnings of potential terrorism on American soil
• Despite an enormous amount of publicity, Sylvia Ann Hewlett's new book describing an "epidemic of childlessness" among professional women isn't selling. Why?
• Mean Girls: the ruthless social politics of school-aged girls.
Program Number: 1109
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Ruth Conniff, Karen Czarnecki, Angela McGlowan, Dr. Anne Bryant, Nina Rees
• A new study shows many American hospitals do not provide emergency contraception to rape survivors
• An innovative program in California trains management professionals to be public school superintendents.
Single Moms By Choice
Program Number: 1108
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ruth Conniff, Karen Czarnecki, Maria Echaveste
• The UN Summit on Children reports children worldwide are generally doing better, but we are not doing enough to help children forced into marriage.
• The percentage of children born to single moms has risen steadily since 1970. Have marriage and parenthood become delinked?
Program Number: 1107
Panelists: Maria Echaveste, Genevieve Wood, Lisa Simeone, Angela McGlowan
• AFL-CIO launches a new campaign to recruit women union members.
• Sylvia Ann Hewlett's new book "Creating A Life; Professional Women and the Quest for Children"
• Former Surgeon General David Satcher discusses healthy sexuality.
Family Support New York
Program Number: 1106
Panelists: Rep. Louise Slaughter, Maria Echaveste, Cherylyn Harley, Karen Czarnecki
• Women, pedophilia and priests
•Karen Hughes resigns
• Family support organizations in New York
Program Number: 1105
Panelists: Rep. Hilda Solis, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Nancy Pfotenhauer
• Women and Social Security
• US Policies on Cuba
Minority Women Business Owners
Program Number: 1104
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Genevieve Wood, Maria Echaveste, Jane Smith, Toni Ford
• Women are now routinely killing themselves and others while acting as suicide bombers.
• President Bush speaks out against the brave new world of human cloning, pushing a federal law that would outlaw cloning humans.
• Minority women are starting new businesses faster than other women and men.
Women World Leaders
Program Number: 1103
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Irene Natividad, Victoria Toensing, Nancy Pfotenhauer
• Priests and Pedophilia: The scandal rocks the Catholic Church.
• President Bush woos women business owners.
• Women World Leaders: An interview with Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand.
Women War Correspondents
Program Number: 1102
Panelists: Victoria Toensing, Karen DeWitt, Angela McGlowan, Ruth
• The US is one of only two developed nations without guaranteed paid maternity leave.
• Women war correspondents share their experiences with us.
• A new study shows girls are binge drinking more than ever.
Program Number: 1101
Panelists: Karen Miller, Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, Irene Natividad, Rep. Connie Morella
• The number of women in Congress may drop after the November elections - a stunning reversal of two decades of progress.
• We take a look at LA's Best, one of the most successful after school programs in the nation.
Program Number: 1052
Panelists: Karen Miller, Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, Irene Natividad, Michelle Singletary
• Andrea Yates is found guilty of drowning her 5 children.
• Talk show host Rosie O'Donnell admits she's gay.
• This year's Unsung Heroines.
Gen X Women and the Sexual Revolution
Program Number: 1051
Panelists: Kellyanne Conway, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Genevieve Wood, Maria Echaveste
• Author Paula Kamen on Gen X Women and the Sexual Revolution.
• FDA proposes new strategy to inform women of safe use of prescription drugs.
• We celebrate International Women's Day.
Program Number: 1050
Panelists: Kellyanne Conway, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Nancy Pfotenhauer, Maria Echaveste
• The Andrea Yates trial and post-partum psychosis.
• President Bush's plan to encourage welfare recipients to marry.
• Author Clea Simon on how women cope with the loss of their fathers.
Women Turning 50
Program Number: 1049
Panelists: Cari Dominguez, Victoria Toensing, Karen DeWitt, Maria Echaveste
• A new study shows American women are having more children.
• Should Black History month exist?
• MORE magazine editor-in-chief Myrna Blyth tells women why 50 is a birthday worth celebrating.
Program Number: 1048
Panelists: Cari Dominguez, Karen Czarnecki, Lisa Simeone, Maria Echaveste
• Why are women excluded from two of the fifteen Winter Olympic sports?
• President Bush has appointed fewer women than his predecessor.
• Mary Foley, President of the American Nurses Association, tells us about the repercussions of the nursing shortage.
Girls in the Van
Program Number: 1047
Panelists: Angela McGlowan, Karen Miller, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Michelle Conlin
• Are women's salaries decreasing? A new study shows that women's pay and promotions have decreased during the last several years.
• Should an Arab American have the right keep her veil on for her driver's license photo?
• Author Beth Harpaz talks to us about being on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton.
Targeting Women in Campaign Fundraising
Program Number: 1046
Panelists: Angela McGlowan, Karen Miller, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Irene Natividad
• President Bush's plan to increase funding to abstinence only programs.
• A British women offers her hand in marriage via internet auction.
• We spoke with Rep. Jan Schakowsky about targeting women in campaign fundraising.
Women's Sports and the LPGA
Program Number: 1045
Panelists: Victoria Toensing, Toni Ford, Kim Gandy, Michelle Singletary
• When women CEO's fail.
• Should a transexual widow inherit her husbands estate?
• Women's sports and the LPGA.
Men, Women,& Viagra
Program Number: 1044
Panelists: Victoria Toensing, Karen DeWitt, Genevieve Wood, Michelle Singletary
• Men, Women, & Viagra: How men's Viagra usage affects women.
• Telecommuting: more employees are working from home.
•Rink Rage: What shoud the sentence be for the hockey dad convicted of manslaughter?.
Program Number: 1043
Panelists: Kellyanne Conway, Maria Echaveste, Angela McGlowan, Irene Natividad
• We spoke with Ann Wagner, co-chair of the Republican National Committee about 'Winning Women', the new initiative to win the women's vote.
• Employers may cut back on family friendly policies during the recession.
• Women's Cable Networks are at an all time ratings high.
US Labor Department's Women's Bureau
Program Number: 1042
Panelists: Cari Dominguez, Karen Miller, Irene Natividad, Megan Beyer
• President Bush may cut back or eliminate some women's programs.
• U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and the Labor Department's Women's Bureau.
• Children concieved posthumously - what kind of benefits should they get?
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