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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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Year In Review

Date: 12/30/2005
Program Number: 1442
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Year in Review: A look at the news stories and issues affecting women in 2005. Did women move forward or take a step back?

• A Look Ahead: What will 2006 have in store for women's issues?

The Beauty of Color

Date: 12/23/2005
Program Number: 1441
Panelists: Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Democratic Commentator Jenny Backus; and Independent Women's Forum Michelle Bernard; and The Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander.

Featured Topics:

• Political Combat: Major L. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, heads into her next battle: running for Congress.

• VAWA Extended: The Violence Against Women Act is extended for another five years.

• The Beauty of Color: Supermodel Iman writes a beauty book designed specifically for women of color.

Earned Income Tax Credit

Date: 12/16/2005
Program Number: 1440
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and Independent Women's Forum Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Girls and Drinking: Far more teen girls drink than their mothers expect.

• Baby Boomer Business: Workers over fifty are seeing a huge gender wage gap.

• Earned Income Tax Credit: The Earned Income Tax Credit is an important tool for low-income families.

Stop Whining and Start Winning

Date: 12/09/2005
Program Number: 1439
Panelists: Former United States Representative Pat Schroeder (D-CO); Republican Commentator Mercedes Viana Schlapp; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; and Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki.

Featured Topics:

• Condi on Defense: Condoleezza Rice is anointed front-woman in the Bush Administration's public relations war on alleged secret torture facilities.

• New Anchor: Elizabeth Vargas is the first Latina and the first woman in a decade to co-anchor a network nightly newscast.

• Stop Whining and Start Winning: The pitfalls women face while trying to make a name for themselves in the business world.

Girls and Stress

Date: 12/02/2005
Program Number: 1438
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer.

Featured Topics:

• Database Debate: Some members of Congress question whether the Army's sexual assault database will put military women in danger.

• Women Predators: More women are being charged as sexual offenders. Is this turning into a trend?

• Stressed-out Girls: A record number of teen girls are under incredible pressure, and many parents aren't even aware of it.

Women and Food

Date: 11/25/2005
Program Number: 1437
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce's Susan Au Allen; the Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander; and Concerned Women for America's Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse.

Featured Topics:

• Women in Charge: The progressive United States is left behind where women leaders are concerned.

• Kids Hunting: Some young hunters are bagging big game.

• Women and Food: Women obsess about food while they struggle with self- image issues.

Peconic Land Trust

Date: 11/18/2005
Program Number: 1436
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Republican Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Independent Women's Forum's Leslie Sanchez; and the Land Trust Alliance's Jean Hocker.

Featured Topics:

• Plan B Politics: A new report by the Government Accountability Office prompts accusations that conservative politics trumps women's rights.

• Peconic Land Trust: Residents of the Southampton, New York, practice business-friendly conservation methods to improve the air and water quality for local families and to preserve the environment.

Lesbians in the Ministry

Date: 11/11/2005
Program Number: 1435
Panelists: National Organization of Women's Kim Gandy; Republican Pollster Kellyanne Conway; Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; and Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual's Mary E. Hunt.

Featured Topics:

• Sexual Content: Television shows hostility towards women both on and off the camera.

• Lesbians in the Ministry: The role of lesbian ministers in the Metropolitan Community Church--an international church group run and founded by homosexuals.

Can You Fix Him?

Date: 11/04/2005
Program Number: 1434
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Republican Commentator Mercedes Viana Schlapp; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki.

Featured Topics:

• Alito and Women's Rights: A closer look at Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Alito's record on women's rights.

• Injecting Religion: A new vaccine preventing cervical cancer has some conservative groups worrying it may hurt the abstinence-only message.

• Can You Fix Him?: Roles reverse when women out earn their spouses.

Torture Hospital

Date: 10/28/2005
Program Number: 1433
Panelists: U.S. News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Republican Commentator Mercedes Viana Schlapp; and Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa.

Featured Topics:

• Miers' Withdrawal: Harriet Miers withraws her nomination for the Supreme Court after weeks of harsh critism from conservatives.

• Too Sexy?: Have Halloween costumes for girls gotten too sexy?

• Torture Hospital: At the Survivors of Torture Program in New York, doctors help to heal the torture victims' physical and emotional wounds.

Dean of the Women

Date: 10/21/2005
Program Number: 1432
Panelists: Independent Women's Forum's Nancy Pfotenhauer; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce's Susan Au Allen; and Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa.

Featured Topics:

• Borders vs. Values: President Bush puts a family values spin on his immigration reform plan.

• More Time, Less Money: Employers are giving women on maternity leave more unpaid time off.

• Dean of the Women: Senator Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in the Senate, explains how she sets aside politics in an effort to build friendship among all of the women senators.

Online Dating

Date: 10/14/2005
Program Number: 1431
Panelists: Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; Democratic Commentator Jenny Backus; and Center for a Just Society's Genevieve Wood.

Featured Topics:

• Right vs. Right: Is First Lady Laura Bush right when she says conservative attacks on Harriet Miers are sexist?

• Short Changed: Women-owned small businesses are still not getting their fair share of contracts from the government.

• Online Dating for Boomers: Baby boomers go online to find love.

Predatory Lending

Date: 10/07/2005
Program Number: 1430
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Former US Rep Pat Schroeder (D-CO); and Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• The End of Roe?: If Miers is confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice, will her vote be the deciding vote to overturn Roe?

• Predatory Lending: Women and the elderly lose billions when they fall prey to predatory lenders.

Marriage, a History

Date: 09/30/2005
Program Number: 1429
Panelists: Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Double Standard: Is the Bush Administration willing to give up it's stance on women's rights in the Arab world for lower oil prices?

• Madam President: The new television show Commander in Chief may pave the way for a female president.

• Marriage, A History: A look at how love revolutionized marriage

Affordable Housing

Date: 09/23/2005
Program Number: 1428
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Center for a Just Society's Genevieve Wood; the National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy; and Republican Commentator Mercy Viana Schlapp.

Featured Topics:

• Career Moms: Are young, educated women opting to stay home with the kids or is it a liberal media creation?

• The Right Choice: As the Senate plans to vote on Judge Roberts, the religious right and progressive women's groups gear up for a fight on the next nominee.

• Affordable Housing: The strain and stress rising housing costs place on low- and middle-income Americans.

Raising Boys without Men

Date: 09/16/2005
Program Number: 1427
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); US News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Democratic Commentator Jenny Backus; and the Republican National Committee's Tara Wall.

Featured Topics:

• Rights, Roe & Roberts: With the hearings under way, we examine what Judge John Roberts has to say about women and civil rights.

• The Racial Divide: A new poll finds blacks and whites have differing opinions about the handling of Hurricane Katrina.

• Raising Boys without Men: A new book says women can do a good job raising boys without fathers being present.

Sprawl

Date: 09/09/2005
Program Number: 1426
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Susan Au Allen; and Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki.

Featured Topics:

• Bush's Nominee: With sagging approval numbers, can President Bush get Judge Roberts and another conservative judge confirmed?

• Rehnquist v. Roberts: Some liberal groups believe Judge Roberts may be to the right of Justice Rehnquist.

• Sprawl: We'll take a look at how urban sprawl affects the cost of living for American families.

Reinventing Your Life

Date: 09/02/2005
Program Number: 1425
Panelists: Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard; The Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander; and Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki.

Featured Topics:

• Plan A or Plan B?: The government's leading expert on women's health quit this week after the FDA again postponed a decision on over-the-counter emergency contraception.

• Women Losing Ground: Census data show women and children are losing the war on poverty.

• Reinventing Your Life: Why are some women changing jobs at the height of their careers? We'll talk with the editor of More Magazine about women reinventing their lives.

Uterine Fibroids

Date: 08/26/2005
Program Number: 1424
Panelists: Democratic Commentator Ireve Natividad; Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard; Democratic National Committee's Christy Agner; and US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce's Susan Au Allen.

Featured Topics:

• Anti-War Moms: President Bush is on the road drumming up support for the war as he continues to lose the support of women.

• Same-Sex Child Support: California's Supreme Court rules same-sex couples have the same parental obligations as heterosexual couples.

• Uterine Fibroids: Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski tells us about her campaign for more attention to fibroid tumors.

Raising A Ruckus

Date: 08/19/2005
Program Number: 1423
Panelists: The National Organization for Women's President Kim Gandy; Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard; the Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander; and Independent Women's Forum's Carrie Lukas.

Featured Topics:

• Saving Summer: Kids aren't the only ones who think summer's going by too fast. Parents are asking school boards to start school later.

• Politics vs. Privacy: Left-leaning women's rights groups believe privacy rights could be under siege if Roe v. Wade is reversed.

• Raising a Ruckus: Working Mother Magazine celebrates women who take risks in order to change the lives of those around them.

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings

Date: 08/12/2005
Program Number: 1422
Panelists:

Featured Topics:

• To the Contrary Special Edition--Education Secretary Margaret Spellings: To the Contrary sits down with Secretary Spellings to discuss her plans and goals as the Administration's leading woman on education.

An American Theocracy?

Date: 08/05/2005
Program Number: 1421
Panelists: The Progressive Magazine's Ruth Conniff; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; and Concerned Women for America's Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse.

Featured Topics:

• Cool Curves: Dove body lotion's newest ad campaign uses real women--with real curves--as models.

• Deadbeat Parents: Is it a violation of privacy to subpoena cell phone records to track down deadbeat parents?

• Women in Iran: Roya Hakakian, author of Journey from the Land of No, talks to us about the changes Iranian women faced under Islamic fundamentalist rule.

Women and ADD

Date: 07/29/2005
Program Number: 1420
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); US News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; and Independent Women's Forum's Leslie Sanchez.

Featured Topics:

• Deciding on Plan B: As the FDA decides whether to put the morning-after pill over-the-counter, battles over the pill erupt in state legislatures.

• Women Priests: Catholic women go against the Vatican and ordain themselves as priests.

• Women and ADD: More and more women are finding out their lack of attention isn't caused by our fast-paced society but something deeper: Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.

Mean Girls Grown Up

Date: 07/22/2005
Program Number: 1419
Panelists: President of the Feminist Majority Eleanor Smeal; Center for a Just Society's Genevieve Wood; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; and Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Questioning Abortion: John Roberts' seat on the bench may depend upon his stand on abortion. But what are the other women's issues in question?

• Left Behind: The black middle class is struggling to keep up with the white middle class. New research suggests the problem may be the educational system.

• Mean Girls Grown Up: Do some mean girls grow up to be mean women? We talk to the author of a new book to find out why some women never grow out of aggression.

On-Ramp Moms

Date: 07/15/2005
Program Number: 1418
Panelists: Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder (D-CO); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; Conservative Commentator Leslie Sanchez; and Corporate Voices for Working Families' Donna Klein.

Featured Topics:

• The ABCs of AIDS: During her African tour, First Lady Laura Bush promoted the ABC model to fight AIDS in Africa. Is abstinence a choice for African women?

• On-Ramp Moms: We take a look at how women can take the on-ramp back to work after taking time off to raise their children.

On The Down Low

Date: 07/08/2005
Program Number: 1417
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander; and US News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy.

Featured Topics:

• A Justice for All: Should Justice O'Connor's replacement be a woman? And how will the appointment affect women and minorities?

• America's Top Hospitals: US News and World Report finds the shortage of nurses is still a significant problem for the country.

• On The Down Low: We take a look at one possible cause for the rising numbers of African-American women with HIV/AIDS.

Mississippi Abortion Clinic

Date: 06/30/2005
Program Number: 1416
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women's Forum's Nancy Pfotenhauer; Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder; Republican National Committee's Tara Wall; and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Emeritus Kate Michelman.

Featured Topics:

• Justice O'Connor Retires: What is legacy for women and who will replace her?

• Changing the Count: One Congresswoman tells us why she believes only 'citizens' and not 'persons' should be counted in the census.

• Limits on Choice: We go down to the Delta and take a look at the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi.

Literacy

Date: 06/24/2005
Program Number: 1415
Panelists: Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA); Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Republican Pollster Kellyanne Conway; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; and the National Center for Family Literacy's President Sharon Darling.

Featured Topics:

• The Real Women's Agenda: Gay marriage and abortion consistently make the headlines as America's top moral matters. But are these really the most valued issues to American women?

• America's Literacy Problem: Tackling illiteracy in a high-tech world.

The Treehouse

Date: 06/17/2005
Program Number: 1414
Panelists: The Feminist Majority's Eleanor Smeal; Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Center for a Just Society's Genevieve Wood; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer.

Featured Topics:

• Iraq Pullout?: With public support low, lawmakers from both parties are joining forces and petitioning the Administration to bring the US soldiers home.

• Abstinence Report Card: This week, the abstinence-only debate resurfaces due to new findings on its effectiveness.

• The Treehouse: Prominent feminist Naomi Wolf writes about the lessons her father taught to her about poetry and life.

Think First

Date: 06/10/2005
Program Number: 1413
Panelists: US News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard ; Democratic National Committee's Christy Agner; Think First Foundation's Dr. Dorothy Zirkle.

Featured Topics:

• Global Gap: A new report from the World Economic Forum says the US lags behind other nations on gender equality.

• Cost of Care: Insured American's are paying higher and higher premiums due to the cost of the uninsured.

• Think First: We'll tell you how some people with paralysis are getting teens to Think First.

Single Parent Scholarship Fund

Date: 06/03/2005
Program Number: 1412
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Republican National Committee's Tara Wall.

Featured Topics:

• Religious Right Refuse: Conservative religious groups are boycotting companies due to a clash of values.

• Targeting Women: Tobacco companies are trying new strategies to lure women to the smoking ring.

• Single Parent Scholarship Fund: We take a look at what a program in Arkansas is doing to help get single parents off welfare and in the classroom.

16 Year Itch

Date: 05/27/2005
Program Number: 1411
Panelists: Republican Pollster Kellyanne Conway; Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy.

Featured Topics:

• Women in Media: A study finds women are drastically under-quoted in the media as sources.

• Women Boxers: Women may be more susceptible to injury then men when boxing. Should they still be allowed to participate in the sport?

• 16 Year Itch: Why are successful women in their forties divorcing their stable, supportive husbands?

Flex Time

Date: 05/20/2005
Program Number: 1410
Panelists: Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM); Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez; US News' Katy Kelly; Former Labor Secretary Lynn Martin; Workplace Flexibility 2010's Nancy Buermeyer.

Featured Topics:

• Women in Combat: Congress moves to ban women from serving in combat- support positions.

• Flex Time: Flex time is offering both mothers and fathers the opportunity to spend more time with their children.

Best Companies for Women of Color

Date: 05/13/2005
Program Number: 1409
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; National Organization of Women's Kim Gandy; Conservative Commentator Carol Platt Liebau.

Featured Topics:

• Cost versus Care: Is the Federal Government responsible for medical costs of illegal immigrants?

• High Priced Weddings: Couples are beginning a new trend of asking guests to help pay for their weddings.

• Best Companies for Women of Color: Working Mother Magazine publishes an annual list of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers. Now they tell us what companies are the best for women of color.

Our Mother's War

Date: 05/06/2005
Program Number: 1408
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki.

Featured Topics:

• Busting the Filibuster: Senate Democrats are blocking two female judges the Bush Administration has nominated to Federal Appeals Courts. Will the end of the filibuster see them approved?

• Evolution vs. Creationism: Evolution is once again being debated in Kansas. Should the Kansas School Board consider adding intelligent design to the curricula or is it a veiled attempt to teach children Christianity?

• Our Mother's War: For Mother's Day, we honor the women who served their country during World War II.

Delaware Cancer Care

Date: 04/28/2005
Program Number: 1407
Panelists: The Progressive's Magazine Ruth Conniff; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki.

Featured Topics:

• NEA Lawsuit: Is No Child Left Behind a burden to schools without the money to fund it?

• Abortion Bill: A new law would make it illegal to transport a minor across state lines for an abortion. The House passed the bill but will the Senate?

• Cancer Care Program: We talk with Governor Ruth Ann Minner of Delaware about the program she created to help fund cancer care for her residents.

Take Back the Music

Date: 04/23/2005
Program Number: 1406
Panelists: Center for a Just Society's Genevieve Wood; Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard; and Documentary Filmmaker Shola Lynch.

Featured Topics:

• Equal Pay Day: Equal Pay Day this week reignites the wage gap debate.

• Tax for Toddlers: New research finds that children who attend preschool are more likely to lead better lives. But are Americans willing to pay higher taxes in order to enable universal preschool in their local districts?

• Take Back the Music: Essence magazine challenges the hip-hop industry's depiction of women in music videos.

Livable Delaware

Date: 04/16/2005
Program Number: 1405
Panelists: Center for a Just Society's Genevieve Wood; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; and Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa.

Featured Topics:

• Catholic Changes: As the Cardinals gather in Rome to choose the next pope, Western Catholics hope for progressive changes from their Church.

• No EC Answer: The controversy over emergency contraception continues as Colorado Gov. Bill Owens vetoes a bill requiring hospitals to inform rape victims of EC while New Jersey passes a similar law.

• Livable Delaware: As the population grows, so do cities. Governor Ruth Ann Minner of Delaware tells To The Contrary what changes her state is making to protect against urban sprawl.

Governor Sebelius

Date: 04/08/2005
Program Number: 1404
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women's Forum's Leslie Sanchez; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa.

Featured Topics:

• Morals or Medicine: Some pharmacists refuse to fill birth control prescriptions due to their religious and moral beliefs.

• Governor Gets Schooled: Teachers and nurses go up against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's policies, which some call anti-women.

• Governor Sebelius of Kansas: To the Contrary sits down with Governor Kathleen Sebelius to discuss her role in the Democratic party's future.

Phased Retirement

Date: 04/01/2005
Program Number: 1403
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women's Forum's Leslie Sanchez; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; and AARP's Sara Rix.

Featured Topics:

• Un-equal Equal Pay: New Census data show college-educated white women earn less than college educated Asian and African American women

• Title IX: A new policy from the Education Department gives colleges and universities a simple way to demonstrate compliance with Title IX. Will it be a blow to women's sports?

• Phased Retirement: As the workforce grows older, companies are turning to phased retirement to allow employees the opportunity to work part time.

Bullying

Date: 03/25/2005
Program Number: 1402
Panelists: Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder (D-CO); Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; and Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad.

Featured Topics:

• Federal Case: Congress and the President rush back to Washington to pass legislation in an attempt to save Terri Schiavo. Are they over stepping their bounds?

• Color Blind Society?: The head of the Civil Right Commission resigns over allegations of mismanaged funds. Is the Commission still doing its job or have we become a color blind society?

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

Teens and Sex Special

Date: 03/18/2005
Program Number: 1401
Panelists:

Featured Topics:

• Teen Pregnancy: New research finds teen pregnancy is down. Teens candidly tell us why.

• Dads and Daughters: Should marketers take more responsibility for the ads they run? One group of fathers takes a stand to stop negative images in the media.

• 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.

Why Men Earn More

Date: 03/11/2005
Program Number: 1352
Panelists: National Organization for Women's President Kim Gandy; Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; and Liberal Commentator Patricia Sosa.

Featured Topics:

• Bankruptcy and Women: Proposed legislation to overhaul bankruptcy law could dramatically affect women and families.

• Paid Family Leave: Women's groups and church groups fight for paid family and medical leave.

• Why Men Earn More: In the new controversial book, Dr. Warren Farrell explains how lifestyle and job choice factor into how much a person makes.

Governor Gregoire of Washington State

Date: 03/04/2005
Program Number: 1351
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women's Forum's Leslie Sanchez; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki.

Featured Topics:

• Controversy in Kansas: Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has subpoenaed the records of women who have had abortions in two late-term abortion facilities. Is this a legal right or a woman's loss of her privacy rights?

• Mrs. President: Will America elect Sen. Hillary Clinton as our first female president?

• Women in Power: Washington is the first state in the union to have two female senators and a female governor. Governor Christine Gregoire tells us what it means for her state to have women in power.

Decency in Broadcast

Date: 02/25/2005
Program Number: 1350
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez; Democratic Pollster Anna Greenberg; and Republican Pollster Kellyanne Conway

Featured Topics:

• Examining the Effect: With a second faculty-student meeting happening this week, we reexamine Harvard President Lawrence Summers' comments on women in math and science.

• Beijing Plus 10: Women leaders from around the world join together next week to discuss the status of women. What will be the hot topics?

• Broadcaster Obscenity Bill: The House recently passed a bill to increase the penalty for showing obscenities on TV. The Senate has yet to vote on it. Is more censorship good or bad for American families?

Teen Pregnancy

Date: 02/18/2005
Program Number: 1349
Panelists: Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; US News and World Reports' Katy Kelly; Liberal Commentator Patricia Sosa; and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's Sarah Brown.

Featured Topics:

• Schoolteacher Sex Scandals: Female teachers who engage in sexual relationship with their pupils get the media's attention. Why?

• Women Bishops:The Church of England debates whether to promote women priests to bishops.

• Teen Pregnancy: New research finds teen pregnancy is down. Teens candidly tell us why.

Citizen Girl

Date: 02/11/2005
Program Number: 1348
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Concerned Women for America Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse; FOX News Political Analyst Angela McGlowan; The DNC's Women's Vote Center's Christy Agner.

Featured Topics:

• Woman at the Top: What does the resignation Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina mean for corporate women?

• Evangelicals Turning to Green: Christian religious leaders are taking up the environmental cause and challenging the Bush Administration to toughen its policy.

• Citizen Girl: The authors of the best selling novel The Nanny Diaries talk to us about their new book about young working women.

Shirley Chisholm

Date: 02/04/2005
Program Number: 1347
Panelists: Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard; Liberal Commentator Nancy Redd; Independent Women's Forum's Charlotte Hays.

Featured Topics:

• Female Interrogators: Are new allegations about the tactics used by female interrogators at Guantanamo Bay cause for concern?

• No-fault No More: How new state laws may make it harder for couples to get divorced.

• The Legacy of Shirley Chisholm: In honor of Black History Month, we look back at the life of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her historic run for Democratic presidential nomination in 1972.

Home-Alone America

Date: 01/28/2005
Program Number: 1346
Panelists: Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA); EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Center for a Just Society's Genevieve Wood; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer.

Featured Topics:

• Women in Congress: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) lets women know what they can expect from the 109th Congress.

• Marital Glass Ceiling: Are men more interested in marrying their secretaries and not their bosses?

• Home Alone America: Is daycare negatively affecting our children's lives?

Capito/ Government Data

Date: 01/21/2005
Program Number: 1345
Panelists: Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal; Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard; Liberal Commentator Patricia Sosa; Independent Women's Forum's Charlotte Hays.

Featured Topics:

• Gender: Not Applicable: An interview with Rep. Shelley Capito about the Bush administration's push to remove sex as a question for payroll surveys.

• In Hot H2O: Harvard President Lawrence Summers has some controversial comments about women in math and science.

• Vive La France: A new law in France gives women control over their children's last names.

Minority Hospice Care

Date: 01/14/2005
Program Number: 1344
Panelists: Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-CA); Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL); Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Democratic National Committee's Christy Agner; Independent Women's Forum's Charlotte Hays; National Institute of Mental Health Dr. Maryland Pao.

Featured Topics:

• Iraqi Elections: With the elections approaching fast, we look at the role of women in the new Iraqi government.

• Younger Bosses: With people delaying retirement, many find themselves answering to the next generation.

• Minority Hospice Care: Why aren't minorities inclined to turn to hospice care as an end-of-life option?

Childcare and the Economy

Date: 01/07/2005
Program Number: 1343
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy; Independent Women's Forum's Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Battling Sexual Assault: The Pentagon is taking new action to prevent sexual harassment in the military.

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