Jennifer Sevilla Korn Dr. Maya Angelou Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Cecilia Muñoz Roslyn Brock Mandy Moore
Sen. Barbara  Boxer (D-CA) Megan Beyer Cari Dominguez
Rep. Donna Edwards Mercedes  Viana Schlapp Donna  Brazile
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Carly Fiorina Amy  Siskind
Jane Pauley Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Valerie  Jarrett
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) Kim Gandy Ritu  Sharma
Nicole Kurokawa Neily Kay James Linda Chavez

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; What Lies Ahead

Date: 12/26/2008
Program Number: 1742
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; Women's Campaign Forum's Ilana Goldman; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer.

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  • Year in Review: A look back at some gains and losses for women in 2008.
  • What Lies Ahead: A look ahead at what's up for women, children, and communities of color in 2009.

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Welfare Woes; Too Few Women; Lasting Marriages

Date: 12/19/2008
Program Number: 1741
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; Women's Campaign Forum's Ilana Goldman; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer.

Featured Topics:

  • Welfare Woes: Record numbers of middle-class families are turning to welfare for economic relief.
  • Too Few Women? Women's groups disappointed in President-elect Obama's cabinet nominees.
  • Lasting Marriages: The good news about marriage in the later years.

A Macho Stimulus; Drunken Feminists; Latinas and Retirement

Date: 12/12/2008
Program Number: 1740
Panelists: Republican Strategist Leslie Sanchez; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; Independent Women's Voice's Sabrina Schaeffer; and Women's Campaign Forum President Ilana Goldman.

Featured Topics:

  • A Macho Stimulus? Is President-elect Obama's economic stimulus package going to leave out women?
  • Drunken Feminists: The connection between feminism and alcoholism.
  • Latinas and Retirement: A look at the financial obstacles facing Latinas as they plan for their golden years.

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Cabinet Diversity; Abortion Myth; Best of Congress 2008

Date: 12/05/2008
Program Number: 1739
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); U.S. News & World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; and Townhall.com's Amanda Carpenter.

Featured Topics:

  • Cabinet Diversity: President-elect Obama's National Security Team is the most diverse to date.
  • Abortion Myth: New research debunks claims that abortions cause depression.
  • Best of Congress 2008: Working Mother Magazine identifies the most family-friendly lawmakers in Washington.

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Vetting The Clintons; A Few Good Men; Making History

Date: 11/21/2008
Program Number: 1737
Panelists: Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; National Organization for Women's Latifa Lyles; and American Enterprise Institute's Christina Hoff Sommers.

Featured Topics:

  • Vetting the Clintons: As the Obama transition team gets closer to announcing Sen. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, headlines focus on her husband's financial dealings.
  • A Few Good Men: Do schools need more male teachers?
  • Making History: Senator-elect Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is the first woman to win a Senate seat after being a governor.

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Cabinet Diversity; Compromise On Choice; Governor Perdue

Date: 11/14/2008
Program Number: 1736
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Political Intersection Blog Editor Sophia Nelson; Women's Campaign Forum President Ilana Goldman; and The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood

Featured Topics:

  • Cabinet Diversity: How gender-diverse will an Obama Administration be?
  • Compromise on Choice? Some abortion opponents seek compromise with the pro-choice community.
  • Governor Perdue: North Carolina Governor-elect Beverly Perdue on becoming her state's first female governor.

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Obama For Women; Mom-in-Chief; Impact Of Sex On TV

Date: 11/07/2008
Program Number: 1735
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Center for Equal Opportunity Chair Linda Chavez; Women for Obama's Megan Beyer; and The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood

Featured Topics:

  • Obama for Women: How will President-elect Barack Obama tackle women's issues in his administration?
  • Mom-in-Chief: Michelle Obama says she'll be concentrating on raising her daughters and leaving policy to her husband.
  • Impact of Sex on TV: A new study links sex on TV with teen pregnancy.

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Making History; Pricey Premiums; Speaking For Herself

Date: 10/31/2008
Program Number: 1734
Panelists: Former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan; National Council of Negro Women's Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever; The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; and Women for Obama's Megan Beyer

Featured Topics:

  • Making History: Will women have more influence in Congress after this election?
  • Pricey Premiums: Suicide rates are on the rise for middle aged women.
  • Speaking for Herself: Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on improving the lives of women around the world.

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Year Of The Woman; Boomer Women And Suicide; Education For Emigrants

Date: 10/24/2008
Program Number: 1733
Panelists: Women's Voices Women Vote President Page Gardner; Center for Equal Opportunity Chair Linda Chavez; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; and Former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez

Featured Topics:

  • Year of the Woman: Will women have more influence in Congress after this election?
  • Boomer Women and Suicide: Suicide rates are on the rise for middle aged women.
  • Education for Emigrants: Mexico pays for language classes for legal and illegal immigrants to the U.S.

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Debating Abortion; Factory Farming; 18 vs. 21

Date: 10/17/2008
Program Number: 1732
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; Women for Obama's Megan Beyer; and Independent Women's Voice's Sabrina Schaeffer

Featured Topics:

  • Debating Abortion: The battle for female swing voters intensifies as McCain and Obama discuss their positions on abortion.
  • Factory Farming: Women in California overwhelmingly support a ban on what some call the cruelty of factory farming.
  • 18 vs. 21: A group of college presidents is pushing for a lower legal drinking age.

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Economic Blues; Picture Perfect Palin; Color Of Foster Care

Date: 10/10/2008
Program Number: 1731
Panelists: Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD); Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; and Political Intersection Blog Editor Sophia Nelson

Featured Topics:

  • Economic Blues: Women voters worried about the economy are turning to Sen. Barack Obama.
  • Picture Perfect Palin: Some media critics deem images of Gov. Sarah Palin as sexist.
  • Color of Foster Care: Courtroom TV star Judge Glenda Hatchett on the disproportionate number of children of color in foster care.

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Grading Sarah Palin; Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Date: 10/03/2008
Program Number: 1730
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Townhall.com's Amanda Carpenter; Women for Obama's Megan Beyer; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer

Featured Topics:

  • Grading Sarah Palin: Will the Governor's debate performance help her reclaim support among women voters?
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month: "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon discusses her battle with breast cancer.

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Mommy Vote; Male Gender Gap; African American Women & Retirement

Date: 09/26/2008
Program Number: 1729
Panelists: U.S. News & World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad; Political Intersection Blog Editor-in-Chief Sophia Nelson; and National Council of Negro Women's Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever

Featured Topics:

  • Mommy Vote: Economic woes push women voters to Barack Obama.
  • Male Gender Gap: A new survey says sexism pays.
  • African American Women & Retirement: A look at the financial obstacles facing black women as they plan for their futures.

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Women's Economic Woes; Give Me Liberty

Date: 09/19/2008
Program Number: 1728
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; Women for Obama's Megan Beyer; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer

Featured Topics:

  • Women's Economic Woes: McCain and Obama offer up solutions for the financial crisis taking a toll on working women.
  • Give Me Liberty: Author and feminist Naomi Wolf urges everyday citizens to engage in the democratic process.

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The Palin Effect; Just Like The Boys

Date: 09/12/2008
Program Number: 1727
Panelists: National Council of Negro Women's Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever; Independent Women's Voice Sabrina Schaeffer; Women's Campaign Forum President Ilana Goldman; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer

Featured Topics:

  • The Palin Effect: Gov. Sarah Palin is attracting attention and voters to the Republican presidential ticket.
  • Just Like The Boys: Women's semi-pro football leagues aim to prove women can play rough.

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Governor Mom; Palin's Positions; Beyond the 3Rs

Date: 09/05/2008
Program Number: 1726
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Gloucester Institute President Kay James; Women for Obama's Megan Beyer; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer

Featured Topics:

  • Governor Mom: Will vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin woo former Clinton supporters to the GOP?
  • Palin's Positions: Some critics say Gov. Palin's beliefs put her out of touch with mainstream voters.
  • Beyond the 3Rs: A new push to expand the liberal arts in America's schools.

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Woman VP; Stalling At The Top

Date: 08/29/2008
Program Number: 1725
Panelists: The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad; Former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez; and the National Organization for Women's Latifa Lyles

Featured Topics:

  • Woman VP: Democratic unity in Denver, but will VP candidate Gov. Sarah Palin steal Obama's thunder with former Clinton supporters?
  • Stalling at the Top: Working Mother Magazine's Carol Evans on why more women aren't moving beyond middle management.

Swinging Women; Living Child Free; Sex Education & The Black Church

Date: 08/22/2008
Program Number: 1724
Panelists: U.S. News & World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD); The Gloucester Institute President Kay James; and the National Council of Negro Women's Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever

Featured Topics:

  • Swinging Women: Women under 50 may swing the election for either candidate.
  • Living Child Free: More American women are choosing not to have children.
  • Sex Education & The Black Church: Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders wants more churches to talk about sex.

Returning Home; Immigrant Illiteracy; Campus Controversy

Date: 08/15/2008
Program Number: 1723
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC);The Gloucester Institute President Kay James; Women for Obama's Megan Beyer; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer

Featured Topics:

  • Returning Home: Are illegal immigrants going home because of stricter enforcement or the economy?
  • Immigrant Illiteracy: The impact of immigration on adult literacy rates.
  • Campus Controversy: States debate giving the children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates.

Committed to Clinton; McCain Misogny; Team Captain

Date: 08/08/2008
Program Number: 1722
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC);The Gloucester Institute President Kay James; Women for Obama's Megan Beyer; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer

Featured Topics:

  • Committed to Clinton: Some Sen. Clinton supporters are pushing to include her name on the nomination at the upcoming Democratic convention.
  • McCain Misogyny? A McCain gaffe on the campaign trail irks some women.
  • Team Captain: Professional sports team owner Sheila Johnson on the fight for gender equality in sports.

Obama's Women Problem?; Aid for AIDS; Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Date: 08/01/2008
Program Number: 1721
Panelists: Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad; former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan; National Council of Negro Women's Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever; and Townhall.com Columnist Amanda Carpenter

Featured Topics:

  • Obama's Women Problem? Sen. Barack Obama is reaching out to women, but can he get women over 40?
  • Aid for AIDS: The U.S. is sending billions of dollars overseas to fight AIDS, but may be ignoring an epidemic at home.
  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) talks about her recent hearing on the policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces.

Returning Home; Redefining Abortion; Senior Suicide

Date: 07/25/2008
Program Number: 1720
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); the Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; Women for Obama's Megan Beyer; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer

Featured Topics:

  • Returning Home: Decades of women's progress in the workforce is being pushed back by the slowing economy.
  • Redefining Abortion: The Bush Administration wants some forms of contraception classified as abortion.
  • Senior Suicide: Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-OR) discusses why seniors have the highest suicide rate in the country and her plans to improve mental health care for the elderly.

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Woman On The Job; Title IX-ing Science; Choosing Single Motherhood

Date: 07/18/2008
Program Number: 1719
Panelists: Former Hillary for President Senior Advisor Ann Lewis; Townhall.com Columnist Amanda Carpenter; The Washington Times' Tara Wall; and Former Clinton Appointee Patricia Sosa

Featured Topics:

  • Woman on the Job: Carly Fiorina of the McCain campaign tells us what she and the Senator are doing to woo women voters.
  • Title IX-ing Science: Should Title IX be used to create more gender equity in science classrooms?
  • Choosing Single Motherhood: A look into the lives of women who have children with the intention of raising them alone.

The Abortion President?; Affirmative Action; Drunkorexia

Date: 07/11/2008
Program Number: 1718
Panelists: The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; Women's Campaign Forum President Ilana Goldman; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; and Former Clinton Appointee Patricia Sosa

Featured Topics:

  • The Abortion President? Sen. Barack Obama angers pro-life and pro-choice groups in the same week.
  • Affirmative Action: The future of affirmative action if there's a black U.S. president.
  • Drunkorexia: The disturbing trend has young women eating less and drinking more.

Counting On Cindy; Gay Marriage And The GOP; Not Behaving Badly

Date: 07/04/2008
Program Number: 1717
Panelists: National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy; Former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez; Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad; and Gloucester Institute President Kay James

Featured Topics:

  • Counting on Cindy: Will Cindy McCain's wealth help or hurt her husband's chances of becoming the next president?
  • Gay Marriage and the GOP: Could California gay marriage mean a Republican victory in November?
  • Not Behaving Badly: Actress Raven-Symoné on surviving the pressures of Hollywood.

United They Stand; Immigration & In-State Tuition

Date: 06/27/2008
Program Number: 1716
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan; Women for Obama's Megan Beyer; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer

Featured Topics:

  • United They Stand: Is Democratic unity feasible and can Democrats win over religious voters?
  • Immigration & In-State Tuition: Should non-citizens be eligible for in-state college tuition rates?

Courting Women Voters; Michelle's Makeover; Cosmetics vs. Medicine

Date: 06/20/2008
Program Number: 1715
Panelists: The Washington Times' Tara Wall; National Organization for Women's Latifa Lyles; Townhall.com's Amanda Carpenter; and Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa

Featured Topics:

  • Courting Women Voters: The presidential campaigns reach out to women voters.
  • Michelle's Makeover: The Obama campaign tries to soften Michelle Obama's public image.
  • Cosmetics vs. Medicine: Do Americans overuse cosmetic surgery?

Immigration And The Economy; A Civil Dispute; Fatherhood In The Senate

Date: 06/13/2008
Program Number: 1714
Panelists: Hispanic Alliance for Progress Institute Co-Chair Leslie Sanchez (D-CO); Women for Obama's Megan Beyer; Townhall.com's Amanda Carpenter; and National Council of Negro Women's Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever

Featured Topics:

  • Immigration and the Economy: Will a slowing U.S. economy cause some illegal immigrants to return to their native land?
  • A Civil Dispute: A new legal trend has more couples taking the high road to separation.
  • Fatherhood in the Senate: Sen. Chris Dodd on his fight for paid leave and other family-friendly policies.

Clinton Campaign Legacy; Abstinence Activism; Women And The Economy

Date: 06/06/2008
Program Number: 1713
Panelists: Former US Representative Pat Schroeder (D-CO); the Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; National Council of Negro Women's Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever; and the Washington Times' Tara Wall

Featured Topics:

  • Clinton Campaign Legacy: History, and a decision, is made in Democratic presidential primary.
  • Abstinence Activism: Abstinence-only supporters woo parents as advocates for their cause.
  • Women And The Economy: The struggling economy hits women and families hardest.

Women Don't Run; Family Unfriendly; Workforce Generation Gap

Date: 05/30/2008
Program Number: 1712
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); U.S. News & World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Women's Campaign Forum President Ilana Goldman; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer

Featured Topics:

  • Women Don't Run: A new study shows when it comes to political ambitions, men have the upper hand.
  • Family Unfriendly: Fewer companies are offering paid family-friendly benefits.
  • Workforce Generation Gap: When Gen Y and baby boomers come together in the workplace, tensions can arise.

Women In Revolt; Boy Crisis No More?; Maternal Health

Date: 05/23/2008
Program Number: 1711
Panelists: Center for Equal Opportunity Chair Linda Chavez; Women for Obama's Megan Beyer; Townhall.com Columnist Amanda Carpenter; and Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa.

Featured Topics:

  • Women In Revolt: A women's group organizes to urge Sen. Hillary Clinton to stay in the Democratic race for president.
  • Boy Crisis No More?: A new report finds the so-called boy crisis in education to be a myth.
  • Maternal Health: Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and model Christy Turlington Burns advocate for better maternal health care.

Democratic Divide; Science Of Diversity; Nurse Safety

Date: 05/16/2008
Program Number: 1710
Panelists: U.S. News & World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; and Women for Obama's Megan Beyer.

Featured Topics:

  • Democratic Divide: The Democratic Party is attempting to unify behind one presidential candidate, but Democratic voters continue to split along gender and racial lines.
  • Science of Diversity: A study finds machismo is pushing women out of science and technology jobs.
  • Nurse Safety: Workplace safety concerns may be impacting our current nursing shortage.

Women For Obama?; Male Recession; Uncle Sam's Kids

Date: 05/09/2008
Program Number: 1709
Panelists: Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad; Center for Equal Opportunity Chair Linda Chavez; Democratic Commentator Megan Beyer; and Political Blogger Mary Katharine Ham.

Featured Topics:

  • Women for Obama?: Clinton vows to keep going, but in the end will her supporters back Obama?
  • Male Recession: Women make job gains while men hit a recession.
  • Uncle Sam's Kids: New legislation pushes for universal child care.

Kitchen Table Politics; Obama Drama; Disappearing Tenure

Date: 05/02/2008
Program Number: 1708
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy; and US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce President Susan Au Allen.

Featured Topics:

  • Kitchen Table Politics: Americans stock up on food as prices surge.
  • Obama Drama: Sen. Barack Obama denounces his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, but did he do it too late?
  • Disappearing Tenure: The decline of tenured professors at American colleges and universities.

The Swift-Boating Begins; Rescinding Consent; Math Doesn't Suck

Date: 04/25/2008
Program Number: 1707
Panelists: McCain Senior Policy Advisor Nancy Pfotenhauer; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; and Political Blogger Jane Hamsher.

Featured Topics:

  • The Swift-Boating Begins: A negative ad attacking Sen. Barack Obama from the North Carolina Republican Party is criticized as racist.
  • Rescinding Consent: Maryland's highest court says 'no means no' even when it follows a yes.
  • Math Doesn't Suck: Former Wonder Years star Danica McKellar tells girls math is fun.

Condemning The Clergy; Keystone State Key?; Governor Palin

Date: 04/18/2008
Program Number: 1706
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; The Progressive Magazine's Ruth Conniff; and The Washington Times' Tara Wall

Featured Topics:

  • Condemning the Clergy: The Pope prays with victims of pedophile priests, but some aren't satisfied.
  • Keystone State Key? Will Pennsylvania voters keep Sen. Clinton in the race?
  • Governor Palin: Alaska's first female governor on balancing family and political life.

Giving Women; Cost of Technology; Immigration And Literarcy

Date: 04/11/2008
Program Number: 1705
Panelists: Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; Feminist Activist Crystal Lander; and Former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez

Featured Topics:

  • Giving Women: Women give record amounts to candidates, but are candidates addressing their issues?
  • Cost Of Technology: As mammography technology changes women face unnecessary medical tests.
  • Immigration And Literacy: The impact of illegal immigration on American literacy.

Mortgage Mess Hits Home; Bring Your Baby To Work; Student Loan Crunch?

Date: 04/04/2008
Program Number: 1704
Panelists: Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad; Center for Equal Opportunity Chair Linda Chavez; Women for Obama's Megan Beyer; and Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard

Featured Topics:

  • Mortgage Mess Hits Home: As more Americans face foreclosure, presidential candidates clash over who's best for the sluggish economy.
  • Bring Your Baby To Work: More moms forfeit daycare and bring up baby at the job.
  • Student Loan Crunch? Will the credit crisis make it harder for students to borrow for college?

Candidates Come Clean; Infidelity America?; Sexual Assault In The Military

Date: 03/28/2008
Program Number: 1702
Panelists: The Washington Times' Tara Wall; National Organization for Women's Latifa Lyles; Women for Obama's Megan Beyer; and Independent Women's Forum President and CEO Michelle Bernard

Featured Topics:

  • Candidates Come Clean: Are Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton's pasts coming back to haunt them?
  • Infidelity America? More Americans say they know someone with a cheating spouse.
  • Sexual Assault In The Military: A Department of Defense survey finds the number of reported assaults is dropping.

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