Shelby Knox Sabrina Schaeffer Marjorie Clifton
Darlene Kennedy Cheri Jacobus Danielle Moodie-Mills
Crystal Wright Rina  Shah Sandra Day O'Connor
Barbara Pierce Bush Phyllis Schlafly Hadley Heath
Bettina  Inclan Ritu  Sharma Patricia Sosa
Rep. Donna Edwards Rep. Jan  Schakowsky (D-IL) Erica  Williams Simon
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Keli Goff Anushay  Hossain Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

Past Programs


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Women Business Voters

Date: 12/26/2003
Program Number: 1241
Panelists: The Heritage Foundation's Dana White; Independent Women's Forum's Nancy Pfotenhauer; Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Liberal Commentator Nancy Redd.

Featured Topics:

• GIRLS AND GUNS: Figures show there's been a rise in violent crime among teenage girls. Are the numbers right?

• OLDER LEADING LADIES: Older women are taking the lead in holiday films "Something's Gotta Give" and "Calendar Girls" this season. Does this spell progress for women in tinseltown?

• WOMEN BUSINESS VOTERS: Small business owning women vote in droves and donate to political campaigns. But one in five don't know yet who they'll support in next year's elections.

Diversity Pipeline

Date: 12/19/2003
Program Number: 1240
Panelists: BusinessWeek's Michelle Conlin; The Heritage Foundation's Dana White; Independent Women's Forum's Nancy Pfotenhauer; Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Washington Post's Michelle Singletary.

Featured Topics:

• MADELEINE ALBRIGHT: We discuss the status of women in leadership in the developing world in an interview with the former Secretary of State.

• DIVERSITY PIPELINE: The declining number of urban high school newspapers may be drying the pipeline for diversity in mainstream news rooms.

Cheating in Schools

Date: 12/12/2003
Program Number: 1239
Panelists: Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; and Independent Women's Forum's Leslie Sanchez.

Featured Topics:

• WOMEN AND NO CHILDREN: Census data finds more women are childless, and researchers report that female PhD's have fewer children than their male colleagues.

• LOVE AND WAR: American soldiers marry Iraqi women against the orders of their superiors.

• CHEATING IN SCHOOLS: Polls find more students are cheating in schools.

Women Suicide Bombers

Date: 12/05/2003
Program Number: 1238
Panelists: Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; and Independent Women's Forum's Leslie Sanchez.

Featured Topics:

• HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Women made up 65% of shoppers during the month of November, up from 60% this time last year. Is this indicative of a strengthening economy?

• BREASTFEEDING WARS: A scheduled breastfeeding awareness campaign is put on hold. Meanwhile, a new survey finds more new mothers breast-feeding than ever before, but nearly 70% quit within the first six months.

• WOMEN SUICIDE BOMBERS: From Chechnya to the Middle East, women are volunteering as suicide bombers in greater numbers.

Two Income Trap

Date: 11/27/2003
Program Number: 1237
Panelists: BusinessWeek's Michelle Conlin; Heritage Foundation's Dana White; Liberal Commentator Patricia Sosa; Family Research Council's Genevieve Wood.

Featured Topics:

• WOMEN IN COMBAT: Conservatives raise the issue in light of the experiences of former POW's Jessica Lynch and Shoshanna Johnson.

• MALE PILL?: Scientists are developing several new forms of birth control, including a male pill.

• TWO-INCOME TRAP: A new book claims that two-income families are more vulnerable than their single-earner counterparts.

LGBT Community and Smoking

Date: 11/20/2003
Program Number: 1236
Panelists: BusinessWeek's Michelle Conlin; Heritage Foundation's Dana White; Liberal Commentator Patricia Sosa; Family Research Council's Genevieve Wood; and National Lesbian Health Organization's Kathleen DeBold.

Featured Topics:

• FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION SYSTEM IN CRISIS: Several high profile news stories and new data make the case for a social service and foster care system in crisis.

• HILLARY IN 2004: Senator Hillary Clinton repeatedly denies she is running for president but a series of polls shows she is outpacing the other nine democratic contenders for the partynomination. Is she a viable candidate?

• SMOKING IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community has faced discrimination for years and now they're encountering a new challenge--lung cancer.

Guerrilla Girls

Date: 11/13/2003
Program Number: 1235
Panelists: Former President of the National Organization for Women, Patricia Ireland; The Heritage Foundation's Dana White; Liberal Commentator Patricia Sosa; and Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki.

Featured Topics:

• BABYSITTING GRANDMAS: A recent study says grandmothers who babysit regularly are at a greater risk for heart disease.

• FASHION IN THE WORKPLACE: Women are being granted greater freedom to express themselves through their wardrobes in the office. But does this mean progress for women professionally?

• STEREOTYPING WOMEN: A discussion with the authors of the Guerrilla Girls Guide to Stereotypes about why women's stereotypes persist.

Minority Mental Health

Date: 11/07/2003
Program Number: 1234
Panelists: Liberal Commentator, Patricia Sosa; Conservative Commentator Ginny Wolfe; The Heritage Foundation's Dana White; Liberal Commentator Irene Natividad; and Dr. Alta Stewart of the American Psychiatric Foundation

Featured Topics:

• WOMEN AND THE WAR IN IRAQ: Women express disapproval of the Bush Administration as casualties mount in Iraq.

• JUDGES UP FOR TRIAL: Female judicial nominees are accused of being far- right.

• MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH: An exploration of the efforts to de- stigmatize mental health in minority communities.

Home Rehabilitation

Date: 10/31/2003
Program Number: 1233
Panelists: Former President, National Organization for Women, Patricia Ireland; Fox News Political Analyst Angela McGlowan; Liberal Commentator, Patricia Sosa; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chair, Cari Dominguez, the Older Women's League's Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Young

Featured Topics:

• SOCIETY'S FAIRNESS TOWARDS WOMEN: A Gallup poll says women feel discriminated against in the work world. But men disagree and say the playing field's been leveled.

• COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS REVISED: The SATs, the college entrance exam often critized for alleged biases, is being revised. Some say it could boost girls' testing scores.

• RISE OF HOME CARE: A medical residents' program is bringing doctors back into patients' homes, to care for an increasingly elderly population.

Women's History

Date: 10/24/2003
Program Number: 1232
Panelists: Megan Beyer, Democratic Commentator; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Karen DeWitt, Democratic Commentator; Angela McGlowan, Fox News Political Analyst

Featured Topics:

• LIFE AND THE LAW: President Bush pledges to sign a congressional ban on late term abortion while brother, Governor Jeb Bush of Florida steps in to extend the life of a vegetative woman. How these issues may be related and their potential impact on election year politics.

• THE OVERWORKED FAMILY: Overworking and overscheduling are leading to burnout and depression in American families. Why are families overscheduling and overworking? Should this trend be reversed?

• WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY: New York Times Op-Ed Page Editor Gail Collins on the history of America's women. Does curriculum include enough women's history? Do we take for granted the work of our foremothers?

Microbicides

Date: 10/17/2003
Program Number: 1231
Panelists: Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster; Maria Echaveste, Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff; Patricia Sosa, Liberal Commentator; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator.

Featured Topics:

• SENIORS WORKING FOR HEALTH CARE: Older women are delaying retirement in greater numbers so they can afford to pay the increasingly hefty price tags in American health care.

• DISCRIMINATING AGAINST MOTHERS-TO-BE: Pregnancy discrimination cases are on the rise in the workplace. Are today's women more willing to assert their rights? Or are employers ignoring the law in tough economic times?

• WOMEN AND THE HIV/AIDS PANDEMIC: Microbicides are a potential alternative to the HIV/AIDS vaccine. They may empower women to protect themselves from infection and curb the pandemic worldwide

Senate Moms

Date: 10/10/2003
Program Number: 1230
Panelists: Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster Cari Dominguez, Chair, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Maria Echaveste, Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Kim Gandy, President, National Organization for Women

Featured Topics:

• SILICONE IMPLANTS: The FDA considers reversing a ban on silicone implants for cosmetic surgery. Is this a step forward for women's health?

• ARNOLD AND WOMEN: Arnold Schwarzenegger will be sworn inas California's next Governor. What consequences will multiple allegations of sexual harassment have on his administration?

• SENTATE MOMS: More women senators are doing double duty as politicians and as mothers of young children. How they are impacting the way the Senate functions and creates policy?

Women and Media

Date: 10/03/2003
Program Number: 1229
Panelists: Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; the Independent Women's Forum's Nancy Pfotenhauer; University of Missouri's Geneva Overholser.

Featured Topics:

• HEADING THE CLASS: A new OCED report says women's education levels are outpacing men's throughout the industrialized world.

• WOMEN IN MEDIA: Women are media consumers, journalism students, and reporters. But why do women so rarely head news organizations?

Education

Date: 09/26/2003
Program Number: 1228
Panelists: Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; the Independent Women's Forum's Nancy Pfotenhauer; Sandra Feldman, American Federation of Teachers.

Featured Topics:

• SEX SCANDALS: At Wal-Mart and the Air Force Academy, sexual harassment is allegedly alive and well.

• WOMEN'S SOCCER: The U.S. women's team scores big in the World Cup, but the future of the professional league in America is still uncertain.

• PUBLIC SCHOOL REFORM: The secret of boosting student achievement in one urban public school.

Emergency Contraception

Date: 09/19/2003
Program Number: 1227
Panelists: Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Liberal Commentator Patricia Sosa; Maria Echaveste, Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Clinton Administration; Genevieve Wood, Family Research Council; Sharon Cohen, MPH, Pharmacy Access Partnership.

Featured Topics:

• AGING WELL: Older women workers are staying in the workforce, and getting raises!

• MARRIAGE 101: Universities across the country are teaching the basics of marital bliss.

• EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION: Some experts think teen access to EC is the key to reducing unwanted teen pregnancies.

Diesel Fumes

Date: 09/12/2003
Program Number: 1226
Panelists: Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Liberal Commentator Patricia Sosa; Maria Echaveste, Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Clinton Administration; Genevieve Wood, Family Research Council.

Featured Topics:

• TERMINATING WOMEN'S SUPPORT: Liberal women's groups rail against Arnold for chauvinistic attitudes and boorish behavior towards women. His wife Maria Shriver stands by his side. Will women voters do the same?

• SHOPPING TRENDS DOWN: With the slumping economy and busier lifestyles, women aren't shopping the way they used to.

• DIESEL DANGERS: Children are being exposed to dangerous amounts of diesel exhaust on their daily school bus rides. What are some healthier commuting alternatives?

Abortion War

Date: 09/05/2003
Program Number: 1225
Panelists: Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Liberal Commentator Patricia Sosa; Irene Natividad, Democratic Commentator; Genevieve Wood, Family Research Council.

Featured Topics:

• WOMEN AND THE TERROR THREAT: Two years after 9/11, polls show women are still very concerned about security.

• SPRING ROOSTERS: In Hollywood and across America, women are dating and marrying younger men.

• ABORTION WAR: Author Will Saletan on his new book "Bearing Right: How Conservatives Won the Abortion War."

Low Wage America

Date: 08/29/2003
Program Number: 1224
Panelists: Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Liberal Commentator Patricia Sosa; Irene Natividad, Democratic Commentator; Genevieve Wood, Family Research Council.

Featured Topics:

• LOW WAGE AMERICA: This Labor Day, we'll take a look at a study and book on Low Wage America. We ask why 30 percent of American women still earn poverty-level wages and what can be done to ensure them living wage.

• PRESIDENTIAL REPORT CARD: Three women's advocacy organizations grade the Bush Administration's efforts in promoting women's equality around the world. The Global Women's Issues Scorecard gives passing grades for rhetoric, but failing marks for action.

Dr. Sandra Headen

Date: 08/22/2003
Program Number: 1223
Panelists: Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Dana White, The Heritage Foundation.

Featured Topics:

• TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: The number of women in state legislatures is on the decline. Are term limits to blame for this?

• BRAINS AND BEAUTY: How two recent Harvard graduates are redefining the American tradition of beauty pagaents.

• AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND SMOKING: An interview with Dr. Sandra Headen who is using the principles of Kwanzaa to reduce smoking among African-American teens.

School Boards

Date: 08/15/2003
Program Number: 1222
Panelists: Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Dana White, The Heritage Foundation; Nina Rees, US Department of Education.

Featured Topics:

• CHILDHOOD OBESITY: It has reached epidemic proportions in America.

• PASS THE BUCK: Cash strapped states are raising public university tuition.

• SCHOOL BOARDS: How they can help students make the grade.

Brag!

Date: 08/08/2003
Program Number: 1221
Panelists: Money Magazine's Ellen McGirt; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst; Nancy Pfotenhauer, Independent Women's Forum; Karen Dewitt, Journalist

Featured Topics:

• NOT TAKING LEAVE: American workers are by far the most overworked in the industrialized world. It's taking a toll on women and their families.

• DO WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES GET THEIR FAIR SHARE?: Women own almost half of all US businesses but only get 2.5 percent of all government contracts. Why is this and what can be done about it?

• THE ART OF BRAGGING: Author Peggy Klaus tells us why women need to toot their own horn.

Women's Groups

Date: 08/01/2003
Program Number: 1220
Panelists: Margie Omero, President of Momentum Analysis; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst; Nancy Pfotenhauer, Independent Women's Forum; Karen Dewitt, Journalist

Featured Topics:

• KOBE BRYANT TRIAL: Setting new standards for "outing" alleged rape victims.

• GAY-FRIENDLY TV: Is gay-friendly television changing cultural attitudes toward gays?

• "GIRLS NIGHT OUT": Author Barbara Camens talks about the role of women's groups.

Anger Advantage

Date: 07/25/2003
Program Number: 1219
Panelists: Megan Beyer, Democratic Commentator; Tara Setmayer, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education; Irene Natividad, Democratic Commentator; Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster

Featured Topics:

• JOBLESSNESS AMOUNG YOUNG PEOPLE: It now stands at just over 59 percent. What impact do unemployed young people have on society?

• TITLE IX: Supporters are demanding stricter enforcement policies, while critics are upset because some men's sports teams are folding.

• Karin Bruckner: How women can overcome sex-stereotypes about expressing rage and claim The Anger Advantage.

Teen Substance Abuse

Date: 07/18/2003
Program Number: 1218
Panelists: Megan Beyer, Democratic Commentator; Tara Setmayer, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education; Patricia Sosa, Liberal Commentator; Genevieve Wood, Family Research Council

Featured Topics:

• THE EFFECTS OF CHILD DAYCARE: A new study finds that too much daycare may cause behavioral problems.

• HERBAL ALTERNATIVES FOR MENOPAUSE: Two contradictory reports are released about the safety of Black Cohosh, a popular herbal treatment for menopause.

• TEEN SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Teen substance abuse and innovative treatments to address this national crisis.

Men Can Stop Rape

Date: 07/11/2003
Program Number: 1217
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-Washington, DC); Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton White House Depute Chief of Staff; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst

Featured Topics:

• THE US BIRTH RATE: Why are American women having fewer children?

• FAMILY RESEARCH: Social scientists duke it out over the effect of a parent's move away from their child after divorce.

• MEN CAN STOP RAPE: Violence against women continues to take place in the U.S. at unacceptable rates. This national organization is challenging men to change.

The Death of Right and Wrong

Date: 07/04/2003
Program Number: 1216
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-Washington, DC); Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton White House Depute Chief of Staff; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst

Featured Topics:

• WOMEN AND IRAQ: American women's support for the Iraqi war effort dips and reports of abuse of Iraqi women mount.

• CONGRESSIONAL DE-FUNDING: Congressional Republicans lash out at federal grants for sex research.

• TAMMY BRUCE: She's a pro-choice, lesbian feminist, and the former president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women. Now a conservative, she bashes the 'liberal elite' in her book "The Death of Right and Wrong."

The New Gender Gap

Date: 06/27/2003
Program Number: 1215
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-Washington, DC); Nancy Pfotenhauer, President, Independent Women's Forum; Ann Crittenden, Author; Dana White, Heritage Foundation

Featured Topics:

• MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: A new study says there is a decrease in child- centeredness in the US.

• NET LOSSES: Why women don't watch women's sports.

• THE NEW GENDER GAP: An article by Business Week's Michelle Conlin explains why boys are lagging behind girls in education.

Family Recovery

Date: 06/20/2003
Program Number: 1214
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-Washington, DC); Nancy Pfotenhauer, President, Independent Women's Forum; Margie Omero, Democratic Pollster; Dana White, Heritage Foundation

Featured Topics:

• SAME-SEX MARRIAGES: Canada’s prime minister says he’ll introduce a bill permitting same-sex marriages. What this means for gay couples in the US.

• SUPREME COURT UPDATE: As our Supreme Court nears the end of its term, women and minority rights advocates are on tenterhooks.

• FAMILY RECOVERY: A parent's drug addiction can have a devastating impact on the entire family. Agroup called Parent Trust is helping parents and children navigate the path to a healthy lifestyle.

Denver Pay for Performance

Date: 06/13/2003
Program Number: 1213
Panelists: Cari Dominguez, Chair, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton White House Deputy Chief of Staff; Michelle Conlin, BusinessWeek; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Dr. Kathleen Madigan, President, American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence.

Featured Topics:

• MASCULINISM: Fathers launch something they call "masculinism" to counter the feminist movement and new government statistics show more women staying home with newborns and young women---reversing a 25-year trend.

• PAY FOR PERFORMANCE: Revolutionary public school reforms that try setting teachers' pay based on how well their students perform.

Security Moms

Date: 06/06/2003
Program Number: 1212
Panelists: Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton White House Deputy Chief of Staff; Michelle Conlin, BusinessWeek; Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster; Dana White, Heritage Foundation

Featured Topics:

• IN HER OWN WORDS: Senator Hillary Clinton creates controversy by speaking her mind.

• MARTHA INDICTED: Martha Stewart steps down as CEO of her company after being charged with stock fraud. Will American women still buy her routine and her goods?

• SECURITY MOMS: The key to the women's vote in the 2004 Presidential election may not be social issues but homeland security.

Eve's Revenge

Date: 05/30/2003
Program Number: 1211
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Democratic Commentator; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Ruth Conniff, The Progressive Magazine; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst

Featured Topics:

• WOMEN AND WAGES: A new study challenges the accuracy of the 76 cent to the dollar gender pay gap.

• GRAPHIC GRAPHICS?: Animated femme fatales in the latest video games have family groups outraged.

• EVE'S REVENGE: Author Lillian Barger talks about the interplay between religion and sexuality from a conservative perspective.

Carol Moseley Braun

Date: 05/23/2003
Program Number: 1210
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Democratic Commentator; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Ruth Conniff, The Progressive Magazine; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst

Featured Topics:

• WOMAN ON THE RUN: We speak with Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun about her bid for the Democratic nomination.

• SHAKEUPS IN THE BUSH CABINET: EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman steps down.

• ANIKA SORENSTAM: The first woman to play in a PGA event in over 50 years makes the cut at Colonial.

Ethnic Media

Date: 05/16/2003
Program Number: 1209
Panelists: Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton White House Deputy Chief of Staff; Katherine Reynolds Lewis, President, Asian American Journalists Association DC Chapter; Karen DeWitt, Journalist; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator, Dori Maynard, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

Featured Topics:

• "DADDY DAYCARE": It may be this summer's comedy, but it's a growing reality for many American families. More men are staying at home while their wives are out working to pay the bills.

• ETHNIC MEDIA EXPLOSION: Mainstream media are hurting for viewers, but ethnic media outlets are booming.

Price of Motherhood

Date: 05/09/2003
Program Number: 1208
Panelists: Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton White House Deputy Chief of Staff; Nancy Pfotenhauer, Independent Women's Forum; Karen DeWitt, Journalist; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator

Featured Topics:

• MOTHER'S DAY: Join us this Mother's Day weekend as we talk to author Ann Crittenden about what she calls the price of motherhood.

• VIAGRA FOR WOMEN?: Researchers are trying to develop what they think will be a very lucrative product.

• HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT: As unemployment reaches 6%, Republicans in Congress push a "Mother's Day" bill they say will increase flexibility for workers.

ERA

Date: 05/02/2003
Program Number: 1207
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC; Tara Setmayer, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education; Kim Gandy, National Organization for Women; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator.

Featured Topics:

• OVER-THE-COUNTER CONTRACPETIVES: A new push to make EC or emergency contraception available over the counter.

• WOMEN IN CORPORATE AMERICA: Two new surveys show decidedly different views of women's success and happiness in the corporate world.

• EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT: We speak with Representative Carolyn Maloney, Democrat from New York about the reintroduction of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Why I Love Black Women

Date: 04/25/2003
Program Number: 1206
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC; Megan Beyer, Political Commentator; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Commentator; Tara Setmayer, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education

Featured Topics:

• FETAL PROTECTION LAWS: Scott Peterson’s arrest and charge with two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife and 8-month-old fetus has raised the profile of fetal protection laws and domestic violence.

• LIBERALISM AND THE FAMILY: Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) thinks liberalism is destroying the family.

• LOVING BLACK WOMEN: Author Michael Dyson on why he loves black women.

Latinas and Smoking

Date: 04/18/2003
Program Number: 1205
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-DC); Cari Dominguez, Chair, US EEOC; Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff; Megan Beyer, Democrat Commentator

Featured Topics:

• COST OF WAR: The financial impact of the Iraqi war on federal programs for American women, children and families.

• GENDER NEUTRAL: Take Our Daughters to Work Day invites sons to work this year.

• BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Latinos are the fastest-growing population in the US, and they're being targeted by tobacco companies. Find out how Latina women work to educate the community about smoking prevention and cessation in the community

Women Governors

Date: 04/11/2003
Program Number: 1204
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC; Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster; Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator.

Featured Topics:

• WOMEN AT WAR: How women soldiers in the Iraqi war---as POWs, pilots, wounded vets and casualties-- have changed the debate over women in combat.

• MARTHA BURK AND THE MASTERS: Burk’s crusade against the all-male Augusta National Golf Club culminates in protests.

• WOMEN GOVERNORS: Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona, one of six women governors, tells us what it's like when women lead.

Teen Substance Abuse

Date: 04/04/2003
Program Number: 1203
Panelists: Dana White, Heritage Foundation; Megan Beyer, Democratic Commentator; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Olga Vives, NOW; Ulanda Shamwell, MSW Director of Division of Policy Coordination, SAMHSA.

Featured Topics:

• WOMEN IN A NEW IRAQ: The role of women in rebuilding a post-Saddam Iraq.

• RE-DEFINING FAMILIES: New census figures show couples who live together are nearly as likely to be raising children as married couples.

• TEEN SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Times may have changed, but American teens are still getting hooked on drugs and alcohol at unacceptable rates. A look at teen substance abuse and recovery.

Iraq/Women in the Military

Date: 03/28/2003
Program Number: 1202
Panelists: Dana White, Heritage Foundation; Margie Omero, Democratic Pollster; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Karen DeWitt, Democratic Commentator.

Featured Topics:

• WOMEN IN THE MILITARY: As war rages in Iraq, we discuss the married militar. As US forces in the Middle East have a greater percentage of women and married couples than in any prior war. Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) tells us about the demographic changes in the U.S. military.

• BATTLE ON THE HOMEFRONT: The military faces a battle to end rape and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy.

• MINORITY NEUROLOGY: A new British study says gay men’s brains are quite similar to heterosexual women’s brains.

Cult of Celebrity

Date: 03/21/2003
Program Number: 1201
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-DC); Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton White House Deputy Chief of Staff; Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster; Nancy Pfotenhauer, Independent Women's Forum.

Featured Topics:

• SERVICEWOMEN IN WAR: Interviews with U.S. House Armed Services Committee Members Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D- CA), and Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI). Topics include the latest information on Operation Iraq Freedom, and the role of servicewomen in the war.

• MILITARY MISCONDUCT: The Air Force recommends changes following charges of rape and sexual misconduct at its Academy.

• WOMEN AND CELEBRITIES: Celebrity profiler Martha Sherrill on how America's captivation with celebrity affects women.

Republican Women in Congress

Date: 03/14/2003
Program Number: 1152
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-DC); Dana White, Heritage Foundation; Margie Omero, Democratic Pollster; Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster.

Featured Topics:

• WOMEN IN CONGRESS: We speak to Rep. Deborah Pryce of Ohio, the highest-ranking Republican woman in the history of the US House.

• PROTESTING IRAQ: American women are leading protests against war across the nation and around the world as US popular support for going it alone against Iraq hardens.

• ABORTION AND THE SENATE: Pro-choice advocates improve their tactics in the war over third-trimester abortion rights.

Unsung Heroines

Date: 03/07/2003
Program Number: 1151
Panelists: Sandy Rios, President, Concerned Women for America; Megan Beyer, Political Commentator; Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch; Irene Natividad, Democratic Commentator

Featured Topics:

• UNSUNG HEROES: we profile ordinary women doing extraordinary things for their communities.

• ABORTION AND BREAST CANCER: The government's conference on controversial and disputed ties between abortion and breast cancer draws fire from women's rights groups.

• WOMEN PRO-ATHLETES: More and more women are competing with men in professional sports.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

Date: 02/28/2003
Program Number: 1150
Panelists: Sandy Rios, President, Concerned Women for America; Megan Beyer, Political Commentator; Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch; Irene Natividad, Democratic Commentator

Featured Topics:

• BUSH AND TITLE IX: Are women's rights being backtracked by the Bush Administration? We look at Title IX and reproductive rights.

• GROWING WOMEN'S WAGES: Women's wages are growing faster than men's in these tough economic times.

• SENATOR MURKOWSKI AND ALASKA: Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska talks about her appointment to office by her father, former Senator Frank Murkowski, who's now governor of Alaska. She also talks to us about oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Women in Wall Street

Date: 02/21/2003
Program Number: 1149
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-Washington, DC); Michelle Conlin, BusinessWeek; Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst

Featured Topics:

• WOMEN CXOS: A new survey of women corporate officers shows a relatively impressive gain between 2000 and 2002.

• SINGLE MOTHERS ADOPTING: More single, black professional women are adopting babies, something that was until recently more common among white single women.

• HARASSMENT ON WALLSTREET: What Wall Street doesn't want you to know. Tales of sexual harassment and discrimination in the Boom Boom Room.

Dance Injury

Date: 02/14/2003
Program Number: 1148
Panelists: Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff; Michelle Conlin, BusinessWeek; Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Analyst.

Featured Topics:

• DANCE INJURY: The Journal of Sports Medicine ranks dance, a field dominated by women and girls, as the most demanding of physical activities and sports. Sports medicine has advanced dramatically due in part to research on treatment for injured dancers.

• HIGH ALERT: The US faces a heightened terror threat as we move closer to war with Iraq.

• BENEVOLENT SEXISM?: Two new University of Michigan studies show an association between chivalry and sexism.

Work Modules

Date: 02/07/2003
Program Number: 1147
Panelists: Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post; Nancy Pfotenhauer, President, Independent Women's Forum; Dana White, Heritage Foundation; Ruth Conniff, The Progressive; Chai Feldblum, Georgetown University Law Center.

Featured Topics:

• PRIESTLY SCANDALS: New figures show Catholic school enrollment and church donations are down noticeably since the priest sex scandal erupted.

• WOMEN AND THE OSCARS: It's Oscar and Screen Actors Guild time and Hollywood's all a-buzz over its actresses.

• THE WORK AND FAMILY JUGGLE: Researcher Phyllis Moen proposes a major rehaul of our approach to the work/family juggle.

Black History Month

Date: 01/31/2003
Program Number: 1146
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-Washington, DC); Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post; Nancy Pfotenhauer, President, Independent Women's Forum; Dana White, Heritage Foundation; Ruth Conniff, The Progressive.

Featured Topics:

• BLACK HISTORY MONTH: February is Black History Month, and African-American women have come a long way. We speak with Democratic Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio, who recently became the first African-American woman to join the Ways and Means Committee in Congress.

• WOMEN FOR PEACE IN IRAQ: U.S. troops prepare for war against Iraq. But women and minorities are more dove-ish than white men.

• ELIMINATING THE MARRIAGE TAX: Elimination of the marriage penalty tax in the President's tax cut plan may not be the boon it was sold as for two- income married couples.

Elder Abuse

Date: 01/24/2003
Program Number: 1145
Panelists: Kim Gandy, President, National Organization for Women; Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff; Angela McGlowan, FOX News Political Commentator; Victoria Toensing, Former Federal Prosecutor.

Featured Topics:

• ENDING ELDER ABUSE: Elder abuse occurs more often than most Americans think or care to address. And because women on average live longer than men, there's more abuse of elderly women.

• BUSH AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: The Bush Administration takes a stance against affirmative action.

• FULL-TIME MOTHERING: Women quit jobs to be with older children.

Women and Retirement

Date: 01/17/2003
Program Number: 1144
Panelists: Cari Dominguez, Chair, U.S. EEOC; Kim Gandy, President, National Organization for Women; Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff; Genevieve Wood, Family Research Council.

Featured Topics:

• DRAFTING WOMEN: Legislation reinstating a military draft, and whether women should be required to register.

• TRENDS IN THE ABORTION DEBATE: The 30th anniversary of Roe versus Wade. We look at national trends and attitudes surrounding the divisive abortion issue.

• PREPARING TO RETIRE: How women should prepare for retirement in these uncertain times.

Women in Engineering

Date: 01/10/2003
Program Number: 1143
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington, DC); Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff; Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator.

Featured Topics:

• ABORTION AND THE GOVERNMENT: The Bush administration riles women's rights advocates as it posts what some consider ideologically-driven information about abortion on government internet sites.

• CRIMES AGAINST KIDS: Holding mothers responsible for crimes against their children. One case is drawing national attention to this growing and alarming trend.

• WOMEN IN ENGINEERING: Meet the women who are leading the charge to diversify this still predominantly- male field.

Environmental Justice

Date: 01/03/2003
Program Number: 1142
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington, DC); Maria Echaveste, Former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff; Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster; Karen Czarnecki, Conservative Commentator; Eileen Quinn, Alliance To End Childhood Lead Poisoning.

Featured Topics:

• BUSH ADMINISTRATION ON WOMEN: More and more democratic presidential candidates are making their wishes known, with no women among them. We rate a second Bush Administration versus the field of democratic contenders on women's rights.

• WOMEN'S TELEVISION: 'Girls Behaving Badly' is a new cable show on the Oxygen network. Is it a new low for women on what was originally billed as high-brow women's TV?

• ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: The poorest neighborhoods in the US are at the highest risk of exposing children to lead and other deadly toxins. But scientists are developing new technologies to track pollutants before they hurt our children.

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