Equal Time with Martha Burk (general)

Well we did it.  Made it through another year. Women have had some good news, and some bad news. What with wars, floods, police shootings, terrorist attacks and all the rest, we’ve probably missed a few things. So let’s review some items that didn’t make the front pages in 2015.

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Starting last month with Starbucks’ plain red holiday cup, and culminating in actions like the banning of a teddy bear tree to benefit needy kids at an Albuquerque school when a Rabbi complained, the annual hysteria over the so-called “War on Christmas” is in full swing. Christians say the well-known evergreen is a Christian symbol and others say it leaves out different faiths. Both sides are wrong.

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Consumers are snapping up mountains of plastic soon-to-be-junk from toy stores, and the latest gee-whiz gadgets and cheesy clothing from big boxes. Is it stuff we need?  Will we love it in January?  And what's the message we're sending to our kids? Call a halt -- and start a new tradition.

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December is for celebrating, but it's also about remembering one of the darkest days in decades, December 14, 2012  – when 20 first graders and 6 educators at Sandy Hook elementary school were gunned down by an ex-student wielding a shotgun.

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Thanksgiving’s over and Black Friday’s behind us.  But the shopping frenzy will continue right up ‘till midnight on the 24th. Love or hate it, shopping is now a national pastime.  But for many, especially the 16% of American workers making the minimum wage, holidays are a time of worry.

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Thanksgiving will be just like any other day for millions of U.S. citizens who rely on food stamps. No turkey, just trimmings to the already meager food stamp program. House Republicans want a $40 billion dollar cut.  Senate Democrats want $4 billion. Whatever they choose, it’ll be on top of the loss these families suffered when a 2009 temporary increase ran out November 1st.

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The gender pay gap reared its ugly head again this month, with a massive study released by the website PayScale.  Almost one and half million workers logged on over a 2 year period and spilled the beans about how much they’re paid.  The highest earning group? Men with kids. They way out earn the lowest group – you guessed it – single women with kids.

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When it comes to how we treat our veterans, we do pretty well in some areas, but fall down in others. Homelessness is one of the worst. It’s way too high for both male and female vets – and this is one area where women are catching up to men.

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Halloween is behind us, but I’ve still got some scary news.  We’ve started the one-year countdown to election day.  We’ve already been bombarded for months with red-hot anti-tax, anti-woman, anti-immigrant, and anti-poor rhetoric from a fool’s dozen Republican candidates.  Can we really take another year?

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Afghanistan President Asraf Ghani is scheduled to visit the U.S. this month.  He said in February that peace talks with the Taliban would start soon, and reports say the talks could also start in March.  Let's hope so. For the past year it's been hard to see progress through the bombs and bullets.  Afghanistan is a place where peace just won't stick, and women are all but shut out of negotiations.

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Michael Bloomberg spent $12 million last year trying to get members of the Senate to vote for background checks, but his return on investment was lousy.  So this year Mr. Bloomberg has as a new strategy.  Instead of trying to change lawmaker’s minds, he’s going to try and change their faces.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but nearly 50 women in the U.S. are murdered with a gun, most often by a husband or boyfriend every month of the year. Congress could protect women and save lives with a few fixes that wouldn't infringe on the rights of lawful gun owners -- if they had the political will.

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Lately we've been awash in a debate over whether a Muslim should serve as President, triggered by Republican candidate Ben Carson, who said Islam is inconsistent with the constitution. As a woman in the U.S., I don't fear the possibility of a Muslim in the White House nearly as much as I fear the radical Christians now seeking the GOP nomination.

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Get ready for Pope, Pope, and more Pope 24-7 this week, as the pontiff makes his rounds in the nation’s capital.  No doubt Pope Francis is kinder and gentler than his predecessors, especially on issues that affect women, like abortion and ending a marriage. But on one issue of great importance -- priest sex abuse -- the pontiff is not as good as he looks.

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It was down to the wire before a decision was made to include Carly Fiorina, the only woman in the race, in this week’s Republican presidential debate. Will a woman in the prime-time lineup help the Republican cause?  It could, but it depends much more on how she appeals to the majority of voters – other women.

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Contrary to assertions by Republican candidates that most immigrants are rapists and criminals, the majority of people migrating to our shores from other countries are now female.  Real immigration reform must take into account some of the unique needs of women working to become U.S. citizens.

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Labor Day was created in the 19th century by the unions, to celebrate the economic achievements of American workers. But if we look at the 21st century “economic achievements” by U.S. corporations in taking advantage of their low wage employees, we might as well rename it Labor Exploitation Day.

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Women have made steady gains in many areas since they got the right to vote in August of 1920, but there is still work to do.  When elected officials refuse to back pro-woman policies, today's females should borrow a page from the suffragists and use their votes to hold elected officials accountable.

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With the right to bear arms no matter the consequences firmly established in U.S. law and psyche of its citizens, the NRA has to push new laws to stay viable and keep Congress and state legislatures firmly in its political pocket. One of the newer so-called gun rights the group has cooked up is campus carry.  Will students heading back to college this month be packing heat along with the books and booze?  In nine states the answer is yes, with more on the way.

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Hooray for Netflix.  The company jumped in front of 99% of corporate America last week when it announced an unlimited first year leave policy for new parents after the birth or adoption of a child.  You heard right – unlimited.  And it applies to fathers as well as mothers.

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The first Republican debate is this week, so it’s time to take a peek at how the candidates feel about the majority of voters – women.

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July 30 marks a very important anniversary in our modern political history.  In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law, creating two programs that would  improve the lives of Americans, especially women. Fast forward to 2015, and both are very much under siege. Nowhere is the struggle starker than in competing budgets now on Capitol Hill.  

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The U.S. Senate has done it again – blocked a vote on the Military Justice Improvement Act.  It’s a bill by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand that would move the decision about whether to prosecute sexual assault in the military from the chain-of-command and turn it over to independent military prosecutors. Right now, senior officers -- not law enforcement -- get to decide guilt or innocence. Most of the victims are afraid of being punished by superiors if they come forward. And for good reason.

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Are you a person who can’t go a whole day, or even a whole hour without checking Facebook?  Or do you belong in the opposite camp with other folks who declare it a colossal waste of time?  Either way, you should be paying attention to some recent developments at this behemoth of online business, especially if you’re female.

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The so-called religious freedom laws Republican candidates seek are fig leafs for discrimination against gay couples.  But if such laws become reality, they would go far beyond the ability of a Christian business to refuse to cater a gay wedding. Other religions would by definition be accorded equal rights to discriminate based on their own beliefs.

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On July 4 we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, which declared that "all men are created equal," and unfortunately it meant just that.  Women still do not have equal rights in the U.S. Constitution, and they're needed now more than ever.

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There’s an old saying “be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.”  That applies in spades to Republicans who have voted over 50 times unsuccessfully to overturn Obamacare.  But now the GOP wish may be granted by the Supreme Court, set to rule by the end of the month in a case that experts acknowledge could gut the Affordable Care Act.  Who will be hit hardest if Obamacare goes away?  Women, of course.

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Unlike the rest of the developed world, paternity leave is an alien concept in the U.S.  Only 12% of American workers get any kind of paid leave for care of  newborns and adopted children.  In the few companies that grant the benefit, new dads get far less than moms. It's time we recognize dads need time off too.

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The President is asking for "fast track" authority to give the White House sole negotiating authority on the Trans Pacific Partnership, a giant  trade agreement between the US and twelve  Pacific Rim nations. Trouble is, the provisions are secret, and he won't tell Congress or the people what's in it.  But thanks to Wikileaks, we already know it's a disaster for U.S. workers -- especially women.

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June 6 marks the anniversary of D-Day, the day in 1944 when Allied forces in World War II invaded France from offshore.  Thousands never made it out of the water, making the landing on Normandy one of the deadliest days of the war. In an all-out push, 150,000 men – and one woman -- hit the beaches.

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We all know about taxes – income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, use taxes, entertainment taxes – it seems like the list is endless. But there’s one tax that’s a new one on me, even though I’ve been paying it for most of my life.  If you’re a female, chances are you’ve been paying it too.

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Republican Speaker John Boehner said the recent abortion ban passed by the House was very popular and wouldn't change how women feel about the party. He's right. It won't how women feel, because women already hate the GOP.

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Too often when Albuquerque is in the news, it's bad – a police department under scrutiny by the Justice Department, or an unsolvable homeless problem.  But recently the city made news for something good – especially good  for women. Initiated by Mayor Richard Berry, the Albuquerque City Council unanimously passed a strong gender pay equity initiative that is the first in the nation.

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The U.S. is far behind other developed countries when it comes to support for motherhood.  Most mothers are in the paid workforce, and we need new policies that match reality.

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The U.S. has put a dozen aircraft carriers and guided missile cruisers off the coast of Yemen, to support Saudi Arabia's military strikes against Yemeni rebels.  At the same time the Saudis declared war on the rebels, they also stepped up another longtime war – the one on women. The king has used the conflict as an excuse to put all reforms of their punitive anti-woman system on hold.

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This is the time of year when "good guy" awards are given out like candy to corporations supposedly good for women and minorities.  Working Mother magazine just listed "Best Companies for Multicultural Women."  But behind the scenes these companies aren't so great for women.

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The U.S. tax system is supposed to be fair.  But is it?  If you're an ordinary worker, you're taxed at a much higher rate than investors and corporations.  Corporations claim they have the same rights as people -- so let's tax them the same as people.

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The golf world will be obsessed this week with the Masters Tournament.  The Green Dinos at Augusta National Golf Club will wine, dine, and brag about how their club is so exclusive the membership roster is secret.  Well, mostly secret.

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It takes until April of every year for women to catch up to what men made by the previous December 31, and that's for full-time year-round workers.  President Obama could do a lot, even without Congress.

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AARP has done a feature on best places to retire for years, and Time magazine does a similar analysis on “best places to live.”  But nobody has done an analysis specifically aimed at women – until now.  

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The Grand Old Party is trying desperately to appeal to women – the majority of voters – and denies that it has engaged in a so-called war on women in the last few years.  If that’s true their upcoming budget should show it. The Obama budget wants to triple the tax credit for child care.  We’ll see what the GOP proposes.  After all, they’re supposed to be for family values.

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Afghanistan President Asraf Ghani is scheduled to visit the U.S. this month.  He said in February that peace talks with the Taliban would start soon, and reports say the talks could also start in March.  Let's hope so. For the past year it's been hard to see progress through the bombs and bullets.  Afghanistan is a place where peace just won't stick, and women are all but shut out of negotiations.

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March 8 is International Women’s Day, so it’s time to check in on where the good old U S of A stands in relation to the rest of the world when it comes to gender equality.  Spoiler alert – we’re not number one.

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There’s been a lot of controversy over the movie Selma and the Academy Awards. Selma is rightfully centered on Dr. King, and has been rightfully criticized  for the way it portrays President Lyndon Johnson.  But there’s another slight that also distorts history, and that’s the role King’s wife Coretta played in the civil rights movement.

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The red carpet rolls out next Sunday – and hopefuls, hacks, and superstars alike will be chasing the most coveted prize in show business. But are women getting equal treatment in filmdom?   It took the Academy 45 years to nominate the first woman director, in 1976.  Since then, a whopping three more have been nominated.  

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In the all the years we've celebrated President's Day, we've never honored a female president, because we've never had one.  It's not that women haven't tried, starting with Victoria Woodhull in 1870.  Eleven more women have run since then.  Could it be time for a female in the White House? 2016 might be our lucky number.

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Lately we’ve been awash in a debate over the term “radical Islamist.”  Should we use it or not?  In addition to savage beheadings and mass shootings, they want to send women back to the stone age.  But as a woman in the U.S., I don’t fear them nearly as much as I fear the “radical Christians.”  

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Priorities for women in 2015

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In January we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., one of the greatest icons of the 20th century, known by all as the strongest advocate for equal rights for African Americans using non-violence.  King was a great man indeed, but we should also be celebrating the January birthday of another civil rights hero who pioneered non-violence, and preceded King by half a century.

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The U.S. Senate convened on January 6th, with 13 new members. he new crop includes twelve Republicans, and a single Democrat.  Some people think 13 is a lucky number, but when it comes to votes in the new senate, it could be very unlucky for women.

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The mediocre movie "The Interview" catapulted to international fame when Sony pictures caved to the North Korean government and scuttled -- but later reinstated -- the picture’s opening.  That caused "Interview" to rake in $20 million bucks in its first couple of weeks.  The bonanza was triggered by a major hack of Sony’s computers that revealed the movie’s comical plot about assassinating the North Korean president. But something else was revealed in the hack that is no laughing matter. Sony is guilty of sex discrimination in pay –  the gender pay gap is alive and well, even at the highest levels.  Case in point: Jennifer Lawrence.

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Well we did it.  Made it through another year. Women have had some good news, and some bad news. And what with wars, floods, domestic violence, police shootings and all the rest, we’ve probably missed a few things. So let’s review some items that didn’t make the front pages in 2014.

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This time of year the world celebrates peace – or claims to.   Radical Islamist Taliban insurgents have intensified their attacks on the Afghan capital with brazen bombings and afternoon raids. They’ve gone after Kabul’s police chief and an outspoken women’s rights activist.  That may be because Afghan women are actively agitating for a place at the peace table.  According to the international aid group Oxfam, women are being left out of government efforts to start peace talks with the Taliban.

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We celebrate a lot during the holiday season – family, faith, giving.  But since 2012 the season is not all about celebrating. It’s also about remembering one of the darkest days in decades, December 14, 2012  – when 20 first graders and 6 educators at Sandy Hook elementary school were gunned down by an ex-student wielding a shotgun.

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The last of the turkey’s gone to hash, and Black Friday is behind us.  We’re now into a  full-on month of shop till you drop.  Consumers are snapping up mountains of plastic soon-to-be-junk from toy stores and big boxes alike. Is it stuff we need?  Will we love it in January? And what's the message we're sending our kids? There's a better way, and here it is.

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A replay of “What Price the Princess Cult? Toys, our kids, and harmful messages” from December 2012.  Listen to it again here!

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A replay of  "No Turkey, Just Thanksgiving Trimmings" from November 2013.  Listen to it again here!

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After a drubbing in the elections President says he wants to work with the new Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell.  Let’s they don't shake hands on the Trans Pacific Partnership, which McConnell has named as a priority.  What is it?  A giant  trade agreement between the US and twelve  Pacific Rim nations now being negotiated in secret -- and it's a disaster for U.S. workers.  

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When it comes to how we treat our veterans, we do pretty well in some areas, but fall down in others. Homelessness is one of the worst.  It’s way too high for both male and female vets – and this is one area where women are catching up to men.

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Women are the majority of the population, of registered voters, and of those who actually show up at the polls, meaning they can control any election.  The gender gap is alive and well -- women usually go for Dems and men stick with the good ol' boys in the Republican party.  But if candidates listen, getting the female vote is just not that complicated.

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Ebola panic is sweeping the nation, and politicians, always eager to take advantage of voters’ fears, are jumping on the bandwagon hoping it will pay off at the ballot box. Most female voters aren't buying the baloney -- Gallup polls show equal pay is the number one issue.

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It’s been a rough couple of years for reproductive rights – not only with the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision granting corporate control of contraception, but in Congress and statehouses around the country.  Females are the majority of voters, and a super-majority when they’re joined by men who support them. Women can control any election, and we’d better make it happen.

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We’re in the countdown to the mid-term elections, so let’s talk about what’s at stake for the majority of voters – women.  Unfortunately women also make up another majority -- those working for our pathetic $7.25 an hour minimum wage.

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First of five broadcasts on what's at stake for women in the upcoming elections.  Today's topic: Some candidates are promising to repeal Obamacare if elected.  What does it mean for women if the system goes away?

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A replay from May 2012

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The Census Bureau's latest report says poverty is down.  Sounds like good news -- just not for women. The poverty rate for them is the highest rate in 20 years.  But we can't raise the minimum wage (majority female workers).  We have to pay for those unending wars in the Middle East.

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The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, Scotland, votes September 18 on whether to admit women. If the measure passes, the club will be firmly planted in the 20th century.  They're following in the sexist footsteps of Augusta National, where it took 10 years of activism and nearly $80 million in legal settlements to break the Green Dinosaurs. Women knew all along it wasn’t about golf.

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College students are hitting the road back to school this month.  There’s no doubt it can be a wonderful experience. But for some, college will be a nightmare.  Specifically the nightmare of sexual assault for one in five female coeds.  Congress is proposing new ways to curb the mayhem, but it's not enough.  Here's a controversial but effective remedy.

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A replay from August 2013

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A replay from August 2013

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A replay from August 2012 about Women’s Equality Day

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August 14 marks the day in 1945 when President Truman announced Japan’s surrender in World War II. The war was over, but now Japan had to be rebuilt, including changes to the constitution.  There was one little-remarked provision that was unheard of in Japan, and to this day goes beyond even the U.S. Constitution. Women were given equal rights with men. How did that happen?  A woman on the drafting committee of course.

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More than a month after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision allowing corporations to refuse birth control coverage for female employees, the brouhaha has not died down. Anger is building -- and at precisely the time the Democrats are counting on single females to push them to victory in November.

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When the U.S. space program was launched, women were tested for astronaut duty -- and passed.  But male astronauts candidates and NASA big-wigs objected, and the women's program was shut down.  So we literally put a man on the moon.  That giant step should have been for womankind too.

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A replay from May 2013

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This is the time of year when "good guy" awards are given out like candy to corporations supposedly good for women and minorities.  Working Mother magazine just listed "Best Companies for Multicultural Women."  But behind the scenes these companies aren't so great for women.

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A replay from July 2013

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On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.

Meant to end race discrimination in employment, a ban on sex

discrimination was tacked on at the last minute.  Laughter broke out on

the floor of Congress.  Many thought adding sex was a joke.

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A replay from June 9, 2012 with tennis star Billie Jean King on the anniversary of Title IX (June), the law that opened sports to women in 1972.

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A replay from June 9, 2012 with Joe Kelly, founder of Dads and Daughters

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There’s a new twist on forced arbitration that goes far beyond the workplace.  It literally affects everybody – because it’s aimed at people who buy food.  General Mills, maker of Cheerios and Chex, Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has added language to its website telling consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they interact with it in any way.  Never mind if the cake mix contains ground glass or there’s a few mouse droppings in the cracker box.  According to corporate reasoning, you signed away your rights merely by buying the product.  Other companies are sure to follow.

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A replay from May 25, 2013

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The GOP has picked Obamacare as the so-called “hottest” election year issue.  They say it's a failure.  Trouble is, they have to tell lies to back up their claim. Prices are down, enrollments are up, and people think it's generally a good idea.  Come election day, we may see some liars turned out of office.

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A replay from from May 11, 2013

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Michael Bloomberg spent $12 million last year trying to get members of the Senate to vote for background checks, but his return on investment was lousy.  So this year Mr. Bloomberg has as a new strategy.  Instead of trying to change lawmaker’s minds, he’s going to try and change their faces.  Borrowing a page from the NRA playbook, his new group, Everytown For Gun Safey, will campaign against lawmakers who don’t support their agenda.

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The Senate has passed a bill to restore benefit payments to the long-term unemployed,but Speaker John Boehner says he won’t bring it up in the House until the cost is paid for, meaning spending cuts somewhere else.  Fair enough.  Here are a few suggestions for cutting welfare to save taxpayer money.

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Workers– women and men alike -- are increasingly forced to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of getting hired.  That means if they learn about pay discrimination or they are sexually harassed on the job, they can’t go to court – they’re forced to go to arbitration instead.  And most of the time the arbitrator is chosen by -- you guessed it --the company of course.

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Way back in the '70s there were country songs bemoaning taxes. Things have changed a lot since then -- for the worst.  In those days the rich paid their fair share.  Now ordinary workers pay far more than those who don't go to work at all -- fat cats living off dividends and capital gains.  And many major corporations pay zero taxes too.  To paraphrase another '70s ditty -- "they got the gold mine, we got the shaft."

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A unique kind of bracket was created this year by the American Association of University Women. They ranked schools on how big the head coaching pay gaps were between men's and women's teams.  Coaches of women's teams are getting shortchanged -- by a lot -- at every school in the tournament.  UConn's women’s basketball squad has a better record than the men's team, but women’s head coaches get only 49% the dollars showered on their male counterparts.   Florida pays women’s team coaches only 21% of what the men’s coaches get, Kentucky 22%, and Wisconsin 26%.

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According to a couple of case coming up before the Supreme Court, the United States, which was founded on the principle of religious freedom, has now become a bastion of religious persecution.  The oppressed group?  American business.  Hobby Lobby and others are claiming they’re being persecuted for their faith.  Didn’t know a business could be a member of a church?  I didn’t either. I Never saw one being baptized, celebrating a bar mitzvah or making a pilgrimage to Mecca.

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There’s some new news for women on the job front -- and as usual, it’s good and it’s bad.  The good? Unlike men, women have actually regained more jobs than they lost in the recession, and their unemployment rate is under 6.4 percent.  The bad news is they’re lousy jobs.

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This year on International Women’s Day we honor two female members of the Resistance during World War II, who were imprisoned in the Ravensbrück women's concentration camp. Germaine Tillion Geneviève de Gaulle and will be interred in the Pantheon. They will join 72 men and only two other females -- Marie Curie, and the wife of a French politician who was buried with her husband. The motto above the door states: "To great men, a grateful country."  At long last, it may now also become a monument to great women.

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If you look only at the categories for acting, women come in for an equal share of the Oscars.  But peeking behind the velvet curtains, a different picture emerges.  Women are still a tiny minority in the movie business overall -- so much so the lack of opportunity has been dubbed the "celluloid ceiling." An interview with Women and Hollywood founder Melissa Silverstein.

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Football star Michael Sam made a bit of Black history when he came out as gay this month.  To do that ahead of the NFL draft took a lot of courage.  Sam will no doubt be remembered as a groundbreaker, but he couldn’t have done it without groundbreakers before him – like Coretta Scott King.  Remembered for civil rights marches in the ‘60s alongside her husband, most don’t realize she was an early advocate for gay rights as well.  Includes audio from one of her speeches.

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In the all the years we've celebrated President's Day, we've never honored a female president, because we've never had one.  It's not that women haven't tried, starting with Victoria Woodhull in 1870.  Eleven more women have run since then.  Could it be time for a female in the White House? 2016 might be our lucky number.

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For the first time in history, women outnumbered men on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, and even bested the men in gold medals.  This year in Sochi the gender ratio slipped a little. With 105 women and 125 men, women make up 45% of the team, even though ski jumping is open to females for the first time.

But if you look behind the numbers for women athletes, you see that the Olympics are still very much an old boys club when it comes to the ruling bodies that control the games, and that may be why sexism is still rampant.  

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President Obama had some inspiring words for women in this year's State of the Union Speech.  But we've heard good words before. Can he turn rhetoric into reality?

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According to the latest statistics available, one teen or child is killed with a gun every 3 hours 15 minutes, many by their peers.  It's time for some prison time.

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Roe v. Wade has been under constant attack since the Supreme Court declared abortion legal in 1973.  Right now it looks like opposition forces are winning.  More restrictions have been put in place since 2011 than during the entire previous decade.

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Love it or hate it, we're now in an election year.  This is good news for women, because they are the majority of voters, and candidates know it. If they listen, getting the female vote is just not that complicated.

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In January 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the War on Poverty. Much has changed, but much has stayed the same.  Did we win or lose the War on Poverty announced in Lyndon Johnson's State of the Union address in 1964?  Poverty is down, but not by much, and we seem to be getting stingier, not more generous with the poor among us.  So was Johnson's domestic war worth it?  (Contains audio of Johnson's speech as part of the  2 1/2 minute commentary.)

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The recent budget deal had plenty for war contractors, but jobless Americans were left in the cold. For them, it's going to be a very Unhappy New Year.  Christmas is over, but the tree won’t be the only thing kicked to the curb with the new year.  As of December 28, long-term unemployed Americans will lose some or all of their already paltry benefits, courtesy of Scrooges on Capitol Hill.

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Thanksgiving will be just like any other day for millions of U.S. citizens who rely on food stamps. No turkey, just trimmings to the already meager food stamp program. House Republicans want a $40 billion dollar cut.  Senate Democrats want $4 billion. Whatever they choose, it’ll be on top of the loss these families suffered when a 2009 temporary increase ran out November 1st.

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On November 19th citizens of Albuquerque, New Mexico, will vote on the first city-level 20 week abortion ban in the U.S. Called the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance,” the proposed Albuquerque law is a test case for city abortion bans nationwide. Whether the local coalition fighting the ban can prevail over out-of-state rabble rousers, the  Catholic clergy, a biased local press, and fundamentalist churches that have taken up the battle is anybody’s guess.

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When it comes to how we treat our veterans, we do pretty well in some areas, but fall down in others. Homelessness is one of the worst. It’s way too high for both male and female vets – and this is one area where women are catching up to men.  Substance abuse and mental illness are leading causes of homelessness for male veterans.  But homelessness for our female ex-soldiers actually starts before they leave the military.  A huge factor is sexual trauma from rapes and other assaults during their service. Because they couldn’t report the crimes, or were punished when they did, many women suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and lose their jobs, family, and homes.

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The 2013 Global Gender Gap Index from the World Economic Forum is out. It measures overall equality between women and men in 136 countries.  Is the USA number one?  We rank 23rd in the world, just behind Barundi in the Global Gender Gap Index.   Unlike the US,, governments in countries at the top of the list make it possible for parents to combine work and family. No one can argue that we’re not in the world’s top tier when it comes to standard of living -- it's just that women in the good ol’ U.S. of A don’t quite have the same standard as men. Maybe we can learn from those countries that are doing it right.

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October 26 is Make a Difference Day. With all the bad news in the world, we can create our own good news by making a difference in our communities.  Created by USA Weekend magazine and Points of Light, Make a Difference Day inspires people around the world to help others by volunteering for the cause of their choice.  Good for communities, good for those in need, and good for the planet.

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Every month nearly 50 women in the U.S. are murdered with a gun, most often by a husband or boyfriend.  Congress could protect women and save lives with a few fixes that wouldn't infringe on the rights of lawful gun owners.  All it takes is political will.

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October marks the International Day of the Girl Child. This year's emphasis is on education.  In poor countries worldwide as well as countries in conflict, girls are deprived of education more often than their brothers.  Thirty million elementary school-age girls are not in school.  There’s no disputing that girls born in the U.S. have won the lottery of life compared to girls in poor and war-torn countries. But despite our prosperity and universal education, we still have work to do.  

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The Supreme Court session starts in October, and some hot button issues are likely to be heard this term. The hottest may be corporate control of contraception. Obamacare mandates that employer health plans cover birth control without co-payments.  Corporations like Hobby Lobby and Eden Foods hate the rule so much that they’ve filed lawsuits to stop it.  They say they don’t believe in birth control, and covering it for female workers violates their religious freedom. What about a female employee's right not to be forced to conform to dictates by the boss’s faith? 

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Chicken is big business in the U.S. During National Chicken Month, the industry gives us ways to celebrate -- by eating more chicken of course. But who pays, and who profits? KFC alone rakes in over $4 billion a year -- while paying workers the minimum wage. Corporate big birds like Tyson and Pilgrim's Pride have lobbied for years to get safety inspections weakened, and they're about to succeed, thanks to the Obama administration.  So here are some different ideas to mark National Chicken Month.

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Forty seven million people in the U.S. depend on food aid, and almost half are kids. For the first time in modern history, the House has passed as farm bill without any food stamps, even though the recession has caused the rolls to swell. The House voted to cut food stamps, but keep $195 billion in subsidies for big Agriculture and farmers who don't farm.   If it's not fixed, a lot more people will go hungry. Here's a suggestion … 

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President Obama got a short reprieve when Russia put forward a plan to avoid a U.S. missile strike on Syria by sequestering Syria’s chemical weapons. In the constant administration drumbeat for military action, too many people have been saying the only other option is doing nothing. But Syrian women have a better plan. Even as the Russian-U.S. talks are looking for a solution that avoids a U.S. attack, Syrian women are campaigning to reframe the options altogether. The Syrian Women’s Forum for Peace is working for a democratic Syrian state through peaceful means.

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Syria has used chemical weapons on its people, and a unified world response is in order.  But the case for the U.S. bombing Syria alone on the grounds of national security is weak, and will cost billions.  The real threat to our national security is economic.  Here are some things the money could buy.

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Labor Day was created in the 19th century by the unions, to celebrate the economic achievements of American workers. But if we look at the 21st century “economic achievements” by U.S. corporations in taking advantage of their low wage employees, we might as well rename it Labor Exploitation Day.  Big low-wage employers are now issuing ATM style "payroll cards" instead of paychecks, costing low wage employees hundreds of dollars a year just to acess their money.

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Though women worked as hard as men in the civil rights movement, they were very often made invisible.  At its core the movement was about the personhood of black men.  Indeed, "I AM A MAN" was often seen on placards, and is an enduring image of the era. Women were blocked from recognition at the March on Washington rally, not allowed to speak nor to attend a meeting at the White House. It's time these women were written back into history.

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Women have made steady gains in many areas since they got the right to vote in August of 1920, but there is still work to do.  When elected officials refuse to back pro-woman policies, today's females should borrow a page from the suffragists and use their votes to hold elected officials accountable.

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Blaming Hillary Clinton for everything from Huma Abedin's reaction to her husband's sextcapades to global unrest, the Hillary Haters are just getting started.  Expect to be inundated between now and 2016.  They just don't want a strong woman in control.

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Groups friendly to House Republlicans are mounting an anti-Obamacare ad blitz during this month's congressional recess.  The ads are aimed at moms, but may just cause a backlash.  The ads could remind women that repealing Obamacare will eliminate cost-free birth control coverage, and they know the GOP has voted to defund family planning programs and birth control clinics. 

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Most people think McDonalds and WalMart lead the pack when it comes to creating low wage jobs in the U.S. -- but they're wrong.  The biggest offender is mostly out of sight to consumers, and responsible for more poverty level wages than these two companies combined.

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The golf club hosting the British Open this year has always barred Blacks from membership.  This year they extended the policy to cover players as well.  The R&A, governing body of UK golf, has no plans to remove Muirfield from the rotation, saying the flap over discrimination is "considerably overblown."

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Texas Governor Rick Perry is good at letting conservative women speak for his anti-abortion crusade and label pro-choice women "terrorists." Perry learned from his predecessor George W. Bush how to do it.  Pro-choice women will likely take revenge at the ballot box. They are the majority of voters and can control any election. That ought to terrify anti-abortion candidates.

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The Declaration of Independence declared that "all men are created equal," and unfortunately it meant just that.  Women still do not have equal rights in the U.S. Constitution, and they're needed now more than ever.

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Republican Speaker John Boehner said the recent abortion ban passed by the House was very popular and wouldn't change how women feel about the party. He's half right. It won't their relationship with women, because women already hate the GOP.

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Only 12% of American workers get any kind of paid leave for care of family members, including newborns and adopted children.  In the few companies that grant the benefit, new dads get far less than moms. It's time we recognize dads need time off too.

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Even after 50 years women working full time and year round are still behind men.  But there's another pay gap that's getting worse every year.  CEOs are reaping millions while ordinary workers -- women and men -- are falling further behind.

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Congress cuts programs for kids, the elderly and the sick to pay for the sequester, while fat cat corporations continue to reap big bucks from unfair tax breaks.

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According to a recent Pentagon report, sexual assaults in the military are up almost 40% over the past two years.  Top brass is still resisting changing the system that allows senior officers to let offenders off the hook.

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The cost of college loans is already high, and will double on July 1st if Congress doesn't act.  While it's hard on men too, the pay gap and credit crunch especially affects women.  Loans are harder to get and harder to pay off.

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The U.S. is far behind other developed countries when it comes to support for motherhood.  Most mothers are in the paid workforce, and we need new policies that match reality.

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For years there has been a significant gender gap on the need for more gun control, with the majority of women in favor.  The gap has widened since Sandy Hook, and voters are now planning to punish lawmakers who voted against expanded background checks.

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Two and one-half minute commentary by Equal Time host Martha Burk on Michael Pollan's new book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, and why we aren't going back to the kitchen any time soon.  Food guru Michael Pollan wants women (and men) to go back to the kitchen and cook real food again. But what took women out of the kitchen to begin with?  Was it feminism?

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The U.S. tax system is supposed to be fair.  But is it?  If you're an ordinary worker, you're taxed at a much higher rate than investors and corporations.  Corporations claim they have the same rights as people -- so let's tax them the same as people.

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Martha Burk led the fight to open Augusta National Golf Club to women, beginning with a protest a decade ago.  She and her organization kept the pressure on through lawsuits and big monetary settlements to finally dismantle the tree house a decade later.

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It takes until April of every year for women to catch up to what men made by the previous December 31, and that's for full-time year-round workers.  Pithy commentary on why it happens and what can be done about it.

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New York Times columnist Gail Collins talks with host Martha Burk on the legacy of Betty Friedan and the new 50th anniversary edition of The Feminine Mystique, one of the most important books of the 20th century.

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Betsy West, Executive producer of the new PBS documentary Makers: the Women who make America talks with host Martha Burk on the 20th century women's movement and the advances women are making today as a result.

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In this Black History Month program, Dr. Jones DeWeever, Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women, discusses the history of Black women's activism and great Black women leaders from the 1930s until now, and progress for Black women going forward.

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In this Black History Month program, Texas Regional Medical Center emergency room physician and activist Myiesha Taylor talks with Martha Burk about how she is working with the Disney corporation to encourage Black girls to go into medicine, and how popular culture influences the choices kids make about careers.

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Boston Women's Health Book Collective Executive Director Judy Norsijian talks with host Martha Burk about the ground-breaking worldwide best-seller Our Bodies, Ourselves, and how its 40 years of publication has made a difference in health policy for women worldwide.

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40th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade discussion with host Martha Burk and Merle Hoffman, operator of pre-Roe abortion clinic on reproductive rights then and now, what to expect in the future.

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Martha Burk interviews top national pollster Celinda Lake on what women are thinking as we go into the 2012 presidential race.

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Sarah Weddington, who argued the Roe v. Wade case before the Supreme Court, talks with host Martha Burk about the making of Roe, and ongoing threats to reproductive rights in the U.S.

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Peggy Orenstein, New York Times best-selling author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter talks with series host Martha Burk on the holiday buying frenzy, marketing to kids, and what hyper-genderized toys are doing to our children.

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Nationally known economist and MacArthur "genius" Dr. Heidi Hartmann talks about the fiscal cliff and what it means for everyone -- especially women.

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National journalist and PBS producer Maria Hinojosa talks with host Martha Burk about the difference the Hispanic vote made in the election, and what's next for Obama and Hispanics.

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Chicago Sun Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet talks with Martha Burk about covering the campaigns and what went right and what went wrong for the two presidential candidates.

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Sister Simone Campbell, captain of the "Nuns on the Bus" tour protesting the Romney/Ryan budget, and Executive Director of the Catholic Social Justice Lobby NETWORK is series host Martha Burk's guest.

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The Supreme Court, the election, and the War on Women Series host Martha Burk interviews Linda Greenhouse, Supreme Court writer for The New York Times on this and how much the election matters for the future of the Court and direction of the law.

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Martha Burk interviews United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Solis addresses the state of the recovery and what to expect for the jobs outlook

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Martha Burk interviews Huffington Post politics writer Laura Bassett on what the Republican and Democratic platforms mean for women.

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Martha Burk interviews Katrina vanden Huevel, Editor of The Nation magazine on the toxic effects of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, and the influence of Superpacs in the presidential election. 

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