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The Brian Lehrer Show

BL Weekend: Manhole Explosions, Racism + Latinos & the Truth About Moods

Friday, March 20, 2015

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Manhole Explosions (First) | Racism + Latinos (Starts at 11:16) | The Truth About Our Moods (Starts at 45:24)
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Our Moods, Ourselves

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Psychiatrist Julie Holland says women's shifting moods aren't a hindrance to be ignored, but a "finely tuned feedback machine" that should be heeded.

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What a Brand Would Give to Be a Tween Girl’s Friend

Friday, March 13, 2015

As tampon boxes come with comforting factoids and lingerie ads boast “No Photoshop” images, advertisers are crafting a message of female empowerment. And it’s selling. 
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Friday, January 23, 2015

Katha Pollitt wants to change the way we discuss abortion in this country.

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Women Are Getting More Concussions and Researchers Don't Know Why

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Traumatic brain injury rates are rising for women, and researchers say they don't have enough data to find the cause.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Middle-Aged and Menopausal

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sandra Tsing Loh, writer, comedian and author of The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones (W. W. Norton & Company, 2014), talks about her new book in which she describes the joys and perils of being part of "Generation Triple M" (Middle-Aged Moms in Menopause).


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The Brian Lehrer Show

Beyond Pink Ribbons

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Peggy Orenstein, contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, and author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture, questions the focus on breast cancer awareness and screening in light of the latest research, especially if it comes at the expense of research into treatment and a cure.

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The Takeaway

Who Dictates the Definition of "Rape"?

Friday, August 31, 2012

Though Todd Akin's comments on "legitimate rape" once again brought the issue of our country’s understanding — or misunderstanding — of rape to the forefront, arguments over statistics, facts, and laws governing the definition of rape have existed for centuries.

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The Takeaway

Mary Elizabeth Williams' Guide to "Legitimate Rape"

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The latest major political misstep goes to Todd Akin, Republican Representative from Missouri, who in an interview on Sunday said, "if it's legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." People quickly came out against Akin for his comments, questioning exactly what he meant by "legitimate rape."

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The Takeaway

Repercussions of Rep. Todd Akin's "Legitimate Rape" Comment

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On Sunday, Republican Representative Todd Akin said in an interview that "if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." His gaffe became a top headline by Monday morning and is rumored to have the potential to derail his Senate race.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The Brilliant Way Women Lawmakers Are Winning the War on Contraception

Monday, March 05, 2012

In response to a range of rabid right-wing assaults on women, legislators—often female—are using absurdist legislation with increasing effectiveness.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Fundraising Push After Komen-Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

In a move timed less than a week after the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation reversed its decision to withhold grant money from Planned Parenthood, the petition declares, “Enough is enough. We may have won this latest round, but our opponents aren't going away.”

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The Takeaway

Mississippi's Proposition 26 Radically Alters Abortion Laws

Friday, October 28, 2011

On November 8, Mississippi voters will be making a decision which will have deep and lasting national implications for women’s contraceptive rights. If passed, Proposition 26, also known as "The Personhood Amendment," would say that life begins at the moment that a human egg is fertilized. This would give an egg, no matter the age, all of the human and legal rights afforded to a citizen.

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It's A Free Country ®

Planned Parenthood Weighs In on the Politics of Women's Health Care

Monday, April 25, 2011

We counsel women and young people about questions that, quite frankly, a lot of doctors won't talk to them about...How do we help you plan your family and get the information you need that's not bias, that gives you everything you need to make healthy decision for you and your family? And if we could do more of that in this country and take the politics out of women's health care, we'd have a healthier country, we'd have healthier women and healthier families.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Hormone Replacement Therapy

Friday, April 15, 2011

The hormones estrogen and progestin have been prescribed to women to relieve symptoms of menopause. Studies have shown that hormone replacement therapy can increase the risk of cancer, but earlier this month, a new study showed that among some women, it can reduce the risk of breast cancer and heart attack. The conflicting information has left many women confused. Dr. Andrea LaCroix, Professor of Epidemiology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and Dr. Rowan T. Chlebowski, Professor and Chief, Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology/Hematology, talk about the safety and effectiveness of hormone replacement therapy and try to clarify some of the confusion.  

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