Tara Setmayer Ruth Conniff Rep. Jan  Schakowsky (D-IL)
Melinda Gates Rep. Donna Edwards Cari Dominguez
Angela McGlowan Christina  Hoff Sommers Cokie  Roberts
Donna  Brazile Kay James Manal Omar
Nicole Kurokawa Neily Christine Kim Hilary Rosen
Kim Gandy Patricia Sosa Danielle Moodie-Mills
Darlene Kennedy Roslyn Brock Amy  Siskind
Lizz  Winstead Rep. Carolyn  Maloney (D-NY) Gov. Mary  Fallin (R-OK)

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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Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Date: 12/31/2010
Program Number: 1943
Panelists: No Panel: This was a documentary.

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  • Speaker Pelosi: As Republicans prepare to take control of the House, Nancy Pelosi reflects on her legacy as the first female Speaker of the House.

Street Nurses

Date: 12/24/2010
Program Number: 1942
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Center for Equal Opportunity Chair Linda Chavez; The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel; and Former Labor Dept. Official Karen Czarnecki.

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  • Cutting the Deficit: Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a member of the President's fiscal commission, discusses her proposal for trimming the federal deficit.

  • Street Nurses: The controversial method some medical professionals have adopted to decriminalize drug use.

Dr. Maya Angelou

Date: 12/17/2010
Program Number: 1941
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; Judge and Former Federal Prosecutor Debra Carnahan; and Independent Women's Forum's Nicole Kurokawa.

Featured Topics:

  • Protecting Female Cadets: A report from the Defense Department shows an increase in sexual assaults at the nation's top military academies.

  • Mentors vs. Sponsors: A new study finds professional women need male mentors and sponsors to get promotions and higher compensation at work.

  • Sharing Her Wisdom: Renaissance woman Dr. Maya Angelou talks about her life, her career, and how she hopes to inspire women to see their own beauty and strength.

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Lisa Cortes

Date: 12/10/2010
Program Number: 1940
Panelists: Former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez; Former Clinton Advisor Patricia Sosa; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; and Journalist and Blogger Danielle Belton.

Featured Topics:

  • Failing to Make The Grade: American students lag behind their global peers.

  • Blue-Collar Marriages: Fewer job opportunities and greater financial stress have led to a decline in marriage among the working class.

  • Women in Film: Lisa Cortes, executive producer of the critically-acclaimed and Oscar-nominated movie 'Precious,' talks about the state of women in Hollywood.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Date: 12/03/2010
Program Number: 1939
Panelists: Judge and Formal Federal Prosecutor Debra Carnahan; The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; Human Rights Program Specialist Mariam Memarsadeghi; and Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy.

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  • Tracking Women Online: The Federal Trade Commission proposes a plan to protect Internet users from advertisers and cyberstalkers.

  • Transgender Athletes: Several sports organizations allow transgender athletes to compete, but how will their inclusion impact gender rules on and off the playing field?

  • Political Islam and Political Correctness: Author and ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali discusses her book Nomad.

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Older Women & Retirement

Date: 04/10/2010
Program Number: 1805
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Former Labor Department Official Karen Czarnecki; The Progressive Magazine's Ruth Conniff; and Conservative Columnist Star Parker.

Featured Topics:

  • Same-Sex Marriage: Gay marriage proponents celebrate what could be a possible turning point as Vermont becomes the fourth state to allow same-sex marriage.
  • The Bad Moms: A growing online community of mothers claim the bad-girl traits that they say motherhood threatens to take away.
  • Older Women & Retirement: Faced with anxiety and inadequate savings, more women are staying in the workforce longer. 

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