Carole Simpson Julie Gunlock Carly Fiorina
Margaret Hoover Gro Harlem Brundtland Bev Perdue
Erica  Williams Simon Gov. Mary  Fallin (R-OK) Clara Del Villar
Jenifer Rajkumar Tammy  Baldwin (D-WI) Sarah Palin
Elaine Chao Sabrina Schaeffer Geena Davis
Amy  Siskind Michele  Bachmann Karin  Agness
Avis A. Jones-DeWeever Madeline  Albright Kay James
Shelby Knox Tarja Halonen Mandy Moore

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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ReAir Woman Thought Leader: Ingrid Newkirk

Date: 06/05/2020
Program Number: 2852R
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Our Women Thought Leaders Series continues with an interview with one of the leading voices in the animal rights movement, Ingrid Newkirk.

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ReAir: Long Term Unemployment

Date: 05/29/2020
Program Number: 2907R
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To The Contrary SPECIAL REPORT: Is there a labor shortage? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we take a look at whether there are not enough workers in the United States, or whether the problem is we have too few high paying jobs. Host Bonnie Erbé tackles this vital issue as we discuss important factors which affect the unemployment rate, such as the pandemic, the strength of the economy, and immigration.

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ReAir: Long Term Unemployment

Date: 05/22/2020
Program Number: 2907R
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To The Contrary SPECIAL REPORT: Is there a labor shortage? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we take a look at whether there are not enough workers in the United States, or whether the problem is we have too few high paying jobs. Host Bonnie Erbé tackles this vital issue as we discuss important factors which affect the unemployment rate, such as the pandemic, the strength of the economy, and immigration.

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Woman Thought Leader: Jane Olmstead-Rumsey

Date: 05/15/2020
Program Number: 2911
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We continue our series with thought leader: Jane Olmstead-Rumsey. How is the pandemic impacting gender equality and equal pay? Research Olmsted Rumsey co-authored suggests a positive impact on women in the workplace.

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Woman Thought Leader: Rep. Val Demings (D-FL)

Date: 05/08/2020
Program Number: 2910
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Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) talks to us about the coronavirus response in her state and nationwide, and the rising unemployment caused by the fallout. The first woman to become Orlando's police chief, she rose to prominence in national politics for her role in the Trump impeachment hearings. She also responds to speculation she may be Joe Biden's vice-presidential running mate.

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Woman Thought Leader: C. Nicole Mason Ph.D.

Date: 05/01/2020
Program Number: 2909
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Our Women Thought Leaders Series continues with the Institute For Women's Policy Research's newly appointed CEO & President. Mason speaks on the economic impact Covid-19 has on women and how the country will navigate this "new normal".

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Woman Thought Leader: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Date: 04/24/2020
Program Number: 2908
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Our Women Thought Leaders Series continues with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). We speak about the coronavirus crisis and its impact on women, working families, and the economy. She tells us what the Congress and what Gov. Andrew Cuomo have done to help people, and why she thinks President Trump's handling of the issue has been very poor.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Long Term Unemployment

Date: 04/17/2020
Program Number: 2907
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 To The Contrary SPECIAL REPORT: Is there a labor shortage? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we take a look at whether there are not enough workers in the United States, or whether the problem is we have too few high paying jobs. Host Bonnie Erbé tackles this vital issue as we discuss important factors which affect the unemployment rate, such as the pandemic, the strength of the economy, and immigration.

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Woman Thought Leader: Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA)

Date: 04/10/2020
Program Number: 2906
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Our Women Thought Leaders Series continues with a remote interview with Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA). Porter tells us what it's like being a single mom during the pandemic and the measures she's pursuing to protect working families. We also ask her about her recent coronavirus scare, and her push to get more middle-class people into politics.

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Woman Thought Leader: Jen Wong

Date: 04/03/2020
Program Number: 2905
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Woman Thought Leader and COO of the 5th largest website Reddit, Jen Wong talks to Bonnie Erbe about women in the tech industry. Reddit provides a platform for users to discuss issues ranging from politics to bread making. In her discussion with To The Contrary, Wong goes into detail about the site’s growth, content and how it continues to be a major influence in today’s society.

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Woman Thought Leader: Alexis McGill Johnson

Date: 03/27/2020
Program Number: 2904
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In this interview with Bonnie Erbé, Acting President & CEO of Planned Parenthood, Alexis McGill Johnson, discusses women’s access to healthcare. Johnson also speaks on the future of  Roe v. Wade and the organization's course of action if it is overturned.

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Woman Thought Leader: Ingrid Newkirk

Date: 03/20/2020
Program Number: 2852R
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Our Women Thought Leaders Series continues with an interview with one of the leading voices in the animal rights movement, Ingrid Newkirk.

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Woman Thought Leader: Tiffany Loftin

Date: 03/13/2020
Program Number: 2847R
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Host Bonnie Erbé  and Woman Thought Leader Tiffany Dena Loftin discuss the organization's responsibilities in society and how the NAACP fought for civil rights.  Looking forward, Loftin shares important things that young people need to know and her hopes for the 2020 election.

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Woman Thought Leader: Layla Saad

Date: 03/06/2020
Program Number: 2901
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Author Layla Saad speaks on white privilege and white supremacy in her new book, "Me and White Supremacy." Saad started a campaign on social media intended for people to examine white privilege and work through it.

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Woman Thought Leader: Ingrid Newkirk

Date: 02/28/2020
Program Number: 2852
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Ingrid Newkirk, the President and Co-Founder of PETA, discusses her new book ‘Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion’. Newkirk also shares the advancements that PETA has made, the new generation’s vegan lifestyles, and new findings she’s learned about animals during her research.

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Bloomberg's Problem; Boy Scouts Abuse; Retirement Readiness

Date: 02/21/2020
Program Number: 2851
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Frmr. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) Genevieve Wood, Senior Advisor, The Heritage Foundation Patrice Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women's Voice

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  • Bloomberg’s Women Problem: Michael Bloomberg criticized by Sen. Elizabeth Warren for his past comments about women.
  • Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy: BSA leaders’ abuse of children brought to light.
  • Retirement Readiness: Women are by and large not ready for retirement.

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Harvey Weinstein Trial; Transgender Athletes; Racial Healing

Date: 02/14/2020
Program Number: 2850
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Frmr. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) Patrice Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women's Voices Liz Matory, Republican Commentary

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  • Harvey Weinstein Trial: The #MeToo movement goes to court.
  • Transgender Athletes: Three Connecticut girls are suing to block transgender athletes from competing against them.
  • Racial Healing: We speak with 3 prominent African American women, including actress Storm Reid, about uniting the country.

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Woman Thought Leader: Nan Hunter

Date: 02/07/2020
Program Number: 2849
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Professor Nan Hunter of Georgetown University Law, discusses the history of laws as they relate to women and the LGTBQ+ community. She talks gender pay gap, Supreme Court decisions that have affected women’s and LGBTQ+ rights, and sex and gender discrimination.

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Woman Thought Leader: Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Date: 01/31/2020
Program Number: 2845R
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Congresswoman Lee discuss her latest legislations regarding climate change which includes education in schools. Lee also talks about the feminist movement, The Hyde Amendment, and the change that will be made through the first female Speaker in the House.

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Woman Thought Leader: TIffany Loftin

Date: 01/24/2020
Program Number: 2847
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Host Bonnie Erbé  and Woman Thought Leader Tiffany Dena Loftin discuss the organization's responsibilities in society and how the NAACP fought for civil rights.  Looking forward, Loftin shares important things that young people need to know and her hopes for the 2020 election.

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Woman Thought Leader: Briana Scurry

Date: 01/17/2020
Program Number: 2846
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Host Bonnie Erbé #WomanThoughtLeader Briana Scurry discuss the inequalities between the men's and women's soccer teams. She goes beyond just pay disparities spanning to treatment, levels of advertising, and ticket sales. They also talk about the racial divide and her advocacy for increasing safety amongst younger players.

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Woman Thought Leader: Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Date: 01/10/2020
Program Number: 2845
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Congresswoman Lee discuss her latest legislations regarding climate change which includes education in schools. Lee also talks about the feminist movement, The Hyde Amendment, and the change that will be made through the first female Speaker in the House.

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Impeachment; Gender Quotas; Mindful Masculinity

Date: 01/03/2020
Program Number: 2844
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Fmr. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) Tiana Lowe Commentary Writer, Washington Examiner Ann Stone Co-Founder, Woman For Trump

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  • Impeachment: A large gender gap persists with women generally supporting impeachment and men being against it.
  • Gender Quotas: A new law in California mandates at least one woman on the board of every company.
  • Mindful Masculinity: Liz Plank’s new book “For the Love of Men." 

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