Francesca  Chambers Donna  Brazile Hadley Heath
Elaine Chao Valerie  Jarrett Cynthia Nixon
Shelby Knox Eleanor  Smeal Christina  Hoff Sommers
Megan Beyer Benazir Bhutto Hillary Clinton
Sarah Palin Melinda Gates Christy Turlington
Lara Brown Jennifer Granholm Former Senator Blanche  Lambert Lincoln (D-AR)
Cecilia Muñoz Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Kellyanne Conway
Jennifer  Marshall Tara Setmayer Patricia Sosa

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.

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Year in Review 2006

Date: 12/29/2006
Program Number: 1542
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard; National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy; and the Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood.

Featured Topics:

• Year in Review: A look back at women's impressive gains in 2006.

• Look Ahead: A look at issues likely to affect women in 2007.

Evangelical Youth Movement

Date: 12/22/2006
Program Number: 1541
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard; National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy; and the Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood.

Featured Topics:

• Motherhood Manifesto: One women's group fights to protect the rights of mothers.

• Monitoring Sex Offenders: Should former offender wear tracking devices for life?

• Righteous: Evangelical teens put their own twist on faith.

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Carly Fiorina

Date: 12/15/2006
Program Number: 1540
Panelists: Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; US News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; and US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce President Susan Au Allen.

Featured Topics:

• Gender vs. Race: Who's more electable as president, a white woman or an African-American man?

• Boy or Girl? Some parents are allowing their children as young as two to switch genders.

• Tough Choices: Carly Fiorina discusses her book Tough Choices and the demands corporate America places on women.

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My Father, My President

Date: 12/08/2006
Program Number: 1539
Panelists:

Featured Topics:

• My Father, My President: A special half-hour long interview with presidential daughter and sister Doro Bush Koch.

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Single Older Women & Housing

Date: 12/01/2006
Program Number: 1538
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); FOX News Political Analyst Angela McGlowan; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood.

Featured Topics:

• Racism in America: We take a look at a series of recent events and what they say about racism and racial bias in America.

• Unschooling Children: The latest trend in homeschooling lets children take charge.

• Single Older Women & Housing: Single women in mid-life are changing the trend in homeownership as they take on the real estate market on their own.

Doro Bush Koch

Date: 11/24/2006
Program Number: 1537
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce President Susan Au Allen.

Featured Topics:

• To Breastfeed or Not: Breastfeeding moms get mixed signals after nursing mother kicked off plane.

• Marriage Push: President Bush's Administration for Children and Families promotes marriage as an answer to poverty

• My Father, My President: Doro Bush Koch talks about her new book on her father, former President George H. W. Bush.

Immigration and Healthcare

Date: 11/17/2006
Program Number: 1536
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Republican Pollster Kellyanne Conway; National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy; Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard; and Numbers USA's Caroline Espinosa.

Featured Topics:

• Middle Class Revolution: Women in Congress are helping to put the focus back on middle class families.

• Immigration and Healthcare: A look at the costs of legal and illegal immigration to the US healthcare system.

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Year of the Woman?

Date: 11/09/2006
Program Number: 1535
Panelists: Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; Former US Rep Pat Schroeder (D-CO); and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer.

Featured Topics:

• Year of the Woman?: We examine what it means to have Nancy Pelosi as the first woman Speaker of the House.

• Face Behind the Veil: A closer look at American Muslim women's personal choice to wear a head covering.

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Healthy Hearts

Date: 11/02/2006
Program Number: 1534
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); US News and World Report's Dr.Bernadine Healy; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Giving Women the Mic: Renowned women leaders Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda talk to us about their new radio network and the status of women in politics.

• Healthy Hearts: Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US. We take a look at the latest techniques to prevent and treat it.

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Immigration and Wages

Date: 10/27/2006
Program Number: 1533
Panelists: Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; Independent Women's Forum's Leslie Sanchez; Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander; US News and World Report's Angie Marek; and Numbers USA's Rosemary Jenks.

Featured Topics:

• Women, Sex and Elections: What motivates women to vote: women candidates or sexy political ads?

• Immigration and Wages: A look at how immigration policies are affecting work and wages.

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President Johnson-Sirleaf

Date: 10/20/2006
Program Number: 1532
Panelists: Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf: Liberia's newest president--the first woman ever elected president in Africa--shares with us her plan to get Liberian girls back to school.

• Happily Un-married: What's the state of marriage? While less people are taking that walk down the aisle, those who are married with kids are spending more time than ever with their children.

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The Girls Who Went Away

Date: 10/13/2006
Program Number: 1531
Panelists: National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy; FOX News Political Analyst Angela McGlowan; Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Conservative Commentator Genevieve Wood.

Featured Topics:

• Women vs. Women: Congressional races across the country are pitting women against women.

• Think Before Pink: Consumers beware! Not all 'pink' products are helpful to breast cancer research.

• The Girls Who Went Away: Women come forward to tell their stories of giving up children in the decades before Roe V. Wade.

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National Advocates for Pregnant Women

Date: 10/06/2006
Program Number: 1530
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); US News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Scandal and Values: Will Republicans lose family-values women voters because of the Foley scandal?

• School Security: In the wake of the recent school tragedies, the President calls for a conference on school security. But what will make parents feel safe?

• Pregnant Rights: A new women's group fights exclusively for the rights of pregnant women.

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Forever Youngish

Date: 09/29/2006
Program Number: 1529
Panelists: Former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Conservative Commentator Genevieve Wood; and The Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander.

Featured Topics:

• Women in the Military: As more female soldiers die in Iraq, Americans adjust to women coming home in body bags.

• Women at Home: Women business owners are staying home.

• Forever Youngish: Mothers remain forever young-ish by staying close to their daughters.

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It's My Party Too

Date: 09/22/2006
Program Number: 1528
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; and Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• It's My Party Too: Former Bush cabinet member and New Jersey governor, Christine Todd Whitman, fights to move the Republican Party away from the influence of the far right.

• A Weighty Debate: The Spanish government bans models who are too thin . And India's followed suit. Will the US be next?

• Celebrating 15 Seasons: A behind-the-scenes look at our 15th anniversary reception.

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Conservation: Streams

Date: 09/15/2006
Program Number: 1527
Panelists: Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Conservative Commentator Genevieve Wood; Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander; and Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad.

Featured Topics:

• Politics or Bias: Republican attacks on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi increase as Election Day approaches.

• Too Much Homework: Is homework helpful or pointless?

• Streams: Pollution and development are cutting into America's sources of clean water.

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The Baby Business

Date: 09/08/2006
Program Number: 1526
Panelists: US News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard; and Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad.

Featured Topics:

• Mortgage Moms: Political candidates fight for the votes of women concerned for their families' financial security.

• Older Dads: New studies find older dads may be bad for their children's health.

• The Baby Business: A growing number of young women are donating their eggs to needy couples, but are there enough federal and state laws regulating this booming business?

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Stereotypes

Date: 09/01/2006
Program Number: 1525
Panelists: Panelists: National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy; Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce President Susan Au Allen; Conservative Commentator Genevieve Wood; and National Council of La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia.

Featured Topics:

• Church and State: A new poll shows Americans are tired of religion and politics mixing.

• Teen Pregnancy: Teen pregnancy rates are down but less so for Latinas.

• Workplace Stereotypes: Bias and stereotypes keep some hardworking women from breaking the glass ceiling.

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Military Women

Date: 08/25/2006
Program Number: 1524
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women's Forum's President and CEO Michelle Bernard; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki.

Featured Topics:

• Storm and Reform: As the nation marks both the 10th anniversary of welfare reform and the year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we take a look at how these two events affected American families.

• The Bag Lady Syndrome? Why do women who make six-figure salaries worry about becoming poverty stricken?

• Military Women: The evolving roles women play in today's military.

Republicans in the Fall

Date: 08/18/2006
Program Number: 1523
Panelists: Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; the Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer.

Featured Topics:

• Browning of America: America's rising immigrant population is creating diversity across the nation.

• Managing Women: When women reach the top in business, they use their power and influence to close the gender gap.

• Republicans in the Fall: US Representative Deborah Pryce shares what the Republicans will do to win the women's vote in the midterm elections.

Christianity and Homosexuality

Date: 08/11/2006
Program Number: 1522
Panelists: The United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries' Sandy Sorenson.

Featured Topics:

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

• Gay Marriage Dialogue: Evangelical minister Tony Campolo believes gay marriage is wrong. His wife believes it should be legal. Together they hope to teach society how to agree to disagree.

Democrats in the Fall

Date: 08/04/2006
Program Number: 1521
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; the National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy; and Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Reversals for the Right: Are Christian conservatives losing ground?

• Opt Out Men: Why some qualified men opting out and staying home.

• Democrats in the Fall: US Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shares what issues she thinks will help the Democrats win the women's vote in the midterm elections.

Conservation

Date: 07/28/2006
Program Number: 1520
Panelists: Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; and the Conservation Fund Vice President Mary M. O'Connor.

Featured Topics:

• Women in the Fall: Female governors may have the edge when it comes to reelection.

• Choice Limits: The Senate passes a bill limiting young women's right to abortion.

• Conservation: The logging industry and environmentalists team up to conserve land and boost the economy.

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Gay Marriage Dialogue

Date: 07/21/2006
Program Number: 1519
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Nancy Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard; and the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries' Sandy Sorenson.

Featured Topics:

• Get to Work: Controversial author Linda Hirshman says talented women should not leave the workforce to rear children, in the latest salvo in the so-called Mommy Wars.

• Gay Marriage Compromise: Evangelical minister Tony Campolo believes gay marriage is wrong. His wife believes it should be legal. Together they hope to teach society how to agree to disagree.

Community Benefits Agreements

Date: 07/14/2006
Program Number: 1518
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Genevieve Wood; Former US Representative Pat Schroeder (D-CO); and Independent Women's Forum's Leslie Sanchez.

Featured Topics:

• Adults Only: A new study says American culture is becoming less child-focused.

• Grand-Mommies: How old is too old for in vitro fertilization?

• Community Benefits Agreements: Big business teams up with the locals to create change that will benefit the entire community.

Health & Public Libraries

Date: 07/07/2006
Program Number: 1517
Panelists: Guest host, Megan Beyer; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); US News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; and Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Oh Canada, Oh Mommy: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's new policy ignites the mommy wars across the border.

• Skipping the Chapel: Is gay marriage really the cause for the decrease in traditional marriages?

• Health and Public Libraries: Not a lot of time with your family doctor? Your neighborhood public library may be the next best source for reliable health information.

Going Gray

Date: 06/30/2006
Program Number: 1516
Panelists: Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander; and Conservative Commentator Genevieve Wood.

Featured Topics:

• Boy Crisis? A new report out this week calls the 'boy crisis' in education a myth.

• Adulterers-In-Chief: Do Republican candidates who cheat get the same media attention as Democratic candidates who cheat?

• Going Gray: More and more older women are pouring the hair dyes down the drain and instead living life with a silver lining.

Title IX Today

Date: 06/23/2006
Program Number: 1515
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Conservative Commentator Nancy Pfotenhauer.

Featured Topics:

• Over-the-Border: More American women are buying Plan B, the emergency contraceptive, from online Canadian stores.

• Title IX Today: As Title IX turns 34, some women's groups argue the Bush Administration is weakening the law.

• What's a Manny?: Once again, Britney Spears sparks a new trend; she hires a male nanny.

Unwed Father Registries

Date: 06/16/2006
Program Number: 1514
Panelists: National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy; Conservative Commentator Genevieve Wood; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce President Susan Au Allen.

Featured Topics:

• Breast-feed or Else: Government sponsored ads tell women they're taking a risk if they don't breast-feed.

• Losing Their Religion: Are Christian churches too feminine for men?

• Unwed Fathers' Rights: Putative father registries give unwed fathers rights. The problem: many men don't even know they exist.

Hunger in America

Date: 06/09/2006
Program Number: 1513
Panelists: US News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; Independent Women's Forum President Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Database Debate: The benefits and detriments of collecting children's DNA.

• Wanted--Men: Affirmative action for men? Some colleges are judging prospective students by gender.

• Hunger in America: Hunger affects more than 38 million American households. Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole shares what she's doing in her state, throughout the country, and around the world to fight hunger.

Young Women and Ambition

Date: 06/02/2006
Program Number: 1512
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Former US Representative Pat Schroeder (D-CO); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Independent Women's Forum President Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Woman of the House: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is poised to become the first female Speaker of the House.

• Changing Face of AIDS: Reports from a United Nations conference marking the 25th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic says women are the new face of AIDS.

• Young Women & Success: Generation X and Y women have the ambition it takes to be successful?

Paid Family Leave

Date: 05/26/2006
Program Number: 1511
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Republican Commentator Mercy Viana Schlapp.

Featured Topics:

• The Clinton Connection: Will the Clintons' marriage help or hinder Sen. Clinton's chances of becoming the next US President?

• Girls Behaving Badly: Strippers and hazing? Female athletes get caught doing initiation activities usually associated with male jocks.

• Paid Family Leave: New York Democrat Carolyn Maloney talks about what she calls her 'family-friendly' bill that would give federal workers six weeks of paid family leave.

Women Lawyer

Date: 05/19/2006
Program Number: 1510
Panelists: Republican Pollster Kellyanne Conway; Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; Independent Women's Forum President Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Sacred Feminine: The Da Vinci Code movie debut sparks worldwide protests and new views on women's role in the early church.

• Pre-Pregnant? Federal guidelines say all women should consider themselves pre-pregnant.

• Women Lawyers: Why aren't women lawyers making partner?

Mothers and Girlfriends

Date: 05/12/2006
Program Number: 1509
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Independent Women's Forum's Leslie Sanchez.

Featured Topics:

• Sinking Support: President Bush continues to lose the support of women and minorities. We take a look at the reasons why.

• The Price of Entry: To cross the border, some illegal female immigrants pay an extreme price: rape.

• Mothers and Girlfriends: Working Mother magazine's Carol Evans explains why female friends are an important resource for working moms.

Sen. Dole and Republican Women

Date: 05/05/2006
Program Number: 1508
Panelists: Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Democratic Commentator Jenny Backus; and Independent Women's Forum's Leslie Sanchez.

Featured Topics:

• Leading Image: Geena Davis talks about the lack of positive female images in the media.

• The Narrowing Gap: Do women benefit when men live longer?

• Republican Women: Senator Elizabeth Dole and her new campaign aimed at drawing more women leaders into active roles in the Republican Party.

Older Women with Eating Disorders

Date: 04/29/2006
Program Number: 1507
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); US News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer.

Featured Topics:

• Women and Sports: Are women athletes a threat to their male counterparts?

• Health Lies: Interview with Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Leive about whether women's health needs are being compromised by political agendas.

• Older Women and Eating Disorders: The reasons behind the surge in the number of women over 35 battling eating disorders.

Generation Debt

Date: 04/21/2006
Program Number: 1506
Panelists: National Organization of Women President Kim Gandy; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; The Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander; and US News and World Report's Angie Marek.

Featured Topics:

• Duke Arrests: Two arrests are made in the Duke University rape investigation as the debate turns to the victim's credibility.

• Childcare Costs: In some parts of the country, daycare now costs as much as college.

• Generation Debt: Millions of young Americans are facing severe financial and personal woes, casting a shadow over the country’s future success.

Rep. Pryce and Identity Theft

Date: 04/14/2006
Program Number: 1505
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:

• Rape, Race & Politics: The first set of DNA results are in. A look at what's up next in the Duke lacrosse rape case.

• The Boy Crisis: Are suburban boys really being left behind in education? Or is this media hype?

• Pryce and Identity Theft: Republican Congresswoman Pryce talks about a bipartisan bill, aimed at helping protect consumers against identity theft.

Women and Taxes

Date: 04/07/2006
Program Number: 1504
Panelists: US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce's Susan Au Allen; The Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; and Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa.

Featured Topics:

• Sexual Assault Awareness: April marks Sexual Assault Awareness month, as Duke University athletes are accused of gang rape.

• Katie's Big Move: Katie Couric is moving to CBS to become the first sole female anchor of network evening news. Will women tune in?

• Women and Taxes: A new report is out telling women why they need to be more involved in the debate on tax policy.

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Women's Health and the FDA

Date: 03/31/2006
Program Number: 1503
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women's Forum President Michelle Bernard; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki.

Featured Topics:

• Women and Immigration: A look at how illegal immigration affects both native-born and illegal women.

• The Mommy Party: Women are Democrats' secret weapon to take control of Congress.

• Women's Health & the FDA: Dr. Susan Wood, former director of the women's health division of the Food and Drug Administration, shares with us the science behind the controversial emergency contraceptive, Plan B.

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New Therapy for Spinal Cord Injuries

Date: 03/24/2006
Program Number: 1502
Panelists: Former United States Representative Pat Schroeder (D-CO); Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission Cari Dominguez; US News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; and Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad.

Featured Topics:

• Rights Reversal: Women's groups say two surveys prove the federal government is backtracking on fighting sex discrimination.

• Federal Faith Fund: Faith-based giving is on the rise in the form of federal government grants.

• New Hope for Spinal Cord Injury: A new therapy for spinal cord injury brings hope of mobility and independence.

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Men, Women & Ambition

Date: 03/17/2006
Program Number: 1501
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy; Independent Women's Forum's President and CEO Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Women and the War: As we mark the third anniversary of the war in Iraq, recent polls show the President may be losing support from women--both at home and overseas.

• Mars, Venus, and Money: When it comes to family finances, a new survey finds men and women seem to live on different planets.

• Men, Women & Ambition: Carol Evans, CEO and President of Working Mother Magazine, explains how women keep their ambitions in check while balancing their family life.

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Work/Life Series

Date: 03/10/2006
Program Number: 1452
Panelists:

Featured Topics:

• On-ramp Moms: Professional women face difficult times returning to work after taking time off to raise children.

• Men and Flex Time: Fathers are changing work schedules to spend more time with their kids.

• Phased Retirement: Older workers are choosing to reduce schedules before leaving the work force for good.

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Kate Michelman's With Liberty and Justice for All

Date: 03/03/2006
Program Number: 1451
Panelists: Democratic Commentator Jenny Backus; Conservative Commentator Genevieve Wood; US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce's Susan Au Allen; The Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander.

Featured Topics:

• Younger workers lower wages: Younger workers face lower wages and higher taxes.

• Women's Progress: Has the Bush administration done enough to advance women?

• Michelman's Fight: Abortion rights advocate, Kate Michelman, shares with us the personal event that changed her life.

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Sen. Hutchison and Border Patrol

Date: 02/24/2006
Program Number: 1450
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Dana White; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki.

Featured Topics:

• Plus and Minus: From corporate boards to Harvard's Larry Summers, this week had a few gains and some losses for women and communities of color.

• Gay Adoption Ban: Conservatives hope an initiative to ban gay adoption will get supporters out to the polls during this year's midterm elections.

• Border Patrol: Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison explains her plan that would give local and state officials more control patrolling the border.

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Women and Part-time Work

Date: 02/17/2006
Program Number: 1449
Panelists: Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; Independent Women's Forum's Leslie Sanchez; Democratic Commentator Jenny Backus; and US News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy.

Featured Topics:

• PR Problems: The Bush Administration continues to lose women's support amidst budget battles and accidental shootings

• Healthy Debate: There is big news for women's health---hormones in, low fat diets out.

• Women and Part-time Work: Young women strive for the holy grail: a part- time professional job.

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The Good Body

Date: 02/10/2006
Program Number: 1448
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women's Forum President Michelle Bernard; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki.

Featured Topics:

• Feminism after Friedan: How have women's lives changed forty years after the second wave of feminism ignited?

• Ethics or Politics: States battle over whether a woman should be paid for donating her egg for stem cell research.

• The Good Body: Eve Ensler talks about her new play on body image and her continued activism to stop violence against women.

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Mothers and Daughters

Date: 02/03/2006
Program Number: 1447
Panelists: Conservative Commentator Dana White; The Feminist Majority's Crystal Lander; Conservative Commentator Genevieve Wood; and Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa.

Featured Topics:

• Religion vs. Rights: States debate health care providers' right to refuse patient care.

• Rebuilding Black Colleges: Hurricane Katrina leaves behind a devastating impact on historically black colleges.

• You're Wearing That? A new book reveals the hidden messages mothers send their daughters.

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Predatory Lending and Military Families

Date: 01/27/2006
Program Number: 1446
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and Independent Women's Forum's President Michelle Bernard.

Featured Topics:

• Discriminating Factor: Some women's rights advocates fear anti-discrimination policies are under assault.

• High-tech Cheating: With the computer age comes cyber cheating. And some schools are encouraging it.

• Predatory Lending and Military Families: Two women Senators take on predatory lenders and create a bill designed to teach servicemen and women about their financial options.

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Title: Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism

Date: 01/20/2006
Program Number: 1445
Panelists: Democratic Commentator Irene Natividad; US News and World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; National Organization of Women's President Kim Gandy; and US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce's Susan Au Allen.

Featured Topics:

• The First Feminist: Is First Lady Laura Bush a feminist? She's advocating for poor women in other countries.

• Grassroots Conservatism: A new book explores Phyllis Schlafly's role in the modern conservative movement.

• Need a jolt? A new report extols the health benefits of coffee for women.

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Aging Out of Foster Care

Date: 01/13/2006
Program Number: 1444
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Independent Women's Forum's President Michelle Bernard; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and Conservative Commentator Karen Czarnecki.

Featured Topics:

• Sex Trafficking: The number of women and children forced into sex trafficking in the US is on the rise.

• Judging Alito: Did we learn anything new about where Judge Samuel Alito stands on issues concerning women and communities of color?

• Aging Out: The challenges foster youth face once they become too old for the system.

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How the Right is Wronging American Justice

Date: 01/06/2006
Program Number: 1443
Panelists: The Progressive Magazine's Ruth Conniff; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; and US News and World Report's Linda Robinson.

Featured Topics:

• Judgment for Alito: Judge Samuel Alito is set to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee. What questions do women and communities of color want answered?

• How The Right is Wronging American Justice: Catherine Crier's new book examines the conservative agenda for America's federal courts.

• Transgender Barbie?: Barbie supports transgender? One conservative women's organization says 'yes'.

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