When President Trump suggested the use of active military forces to quell the violence that has erupted in some cities the past two weeks, it raised questions about the legal role of the military.
The military has unique capabilities that can be used, under certain circumstances, to support civilian law enforcement. Missions like counter-drug operations, disaster assistance, or search and rescue operations are areas where the military has historically assisted local authorities.
There are other circumstances when state law enforcement and government leaders might request military support, but those events are infrequent and some say unconstitutional.
Joining Smart Talk on Friday is Professor Bert Tussing, retired Marine Corps Lt. Col., and instructor at the US Army War College, who will talk about the laws that govern military involvement in domestic law enforcement. We will also revisit historic events when military support was used.
Several of the topics to be addressed are how treatment options have changed during the pandemic, whether the antiviral drug remdesivir is one of those treatment options, antibody testing, and how to protect ourselves as mitigation strategies like stay-at-home orders are loosened.
The day after a primary election is usually pretty straightforward in Pennsylvania. Normally, the votes would have been counted and Pennsylvanians would know which Democrats and Republicans would be competing for the offices they’re running for in the November general election.
However, the 2020 primary wouldn’t be like previous ones anyway after mail-in voting became law last year. Those votes wouldn’t have been counted until after the in-person polls closed so results may not have been known officially the next day.
Protests continued across the country last night against police brutality and racial injustice in the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis last week.
Also on Tuesday’s program, WHYY radio reporter Avi Wolfman-Arent was arrested during a demonstration in Philadelphia on Sunday, even after clearly stating he was a journalist. He’s one of a growing number of media members who have been injured or arrested during the protests. Wolfman-Arent describes what happened on Tuesday’s show.
The death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck as Floyd said repeatedly that he couldn’t breathe, has set off a wave of protests and outrage across the country. The anger has escalated into violence in Minneapolis over what protestors see is ongoing police brutality against African-Americans.
It’s not just incidents of police involvement either. A black jogger in Georgia was shot and killed in a struggle with a white man, who armed himself after he and his father thought the jogger could be a suspect in a string of burglaries. A white woman called the police saying she was being threatened by an African-American man, who was bird watching in New York’s Central Park. The man he had nothing more than telling the woman to follow the park’s rules and put her dog on a leash.
These three recent incidents have raised questions about racism and why black men especially are often the victims of violence — sometimes at the hands of the police and in American society as a whole.
It’s the topic of our discussion on Monday’s Smart Talk.
There have been a few others challenges this spring, too. April and much of May were cooler than usual. In fact, records were set in some parts of Central Pennsylvania for the coldest nighttime temperatures in May. It wasn’t unusual to hear from someone who said they lost plants and flowers to an overnight freeze.
Smart Talk’s COVID-19 coverage has forced our annual spring gardening program back a few weeks.
When Pennsylvania initiated the state-wide, stay-at-home order the impact to the food supply system began immediately.
With restaurants and schools closed, suppliers began to experience a surplus of products that grocery store orders could not help to mitigate. There were even early reports of growers dumping product because of the lack of demand.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture stepped in during the early phase of the crisis to establish policies and programs to limit food waste and support farmers with surplus agricultural products. Have the efforts paid off?
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joins us on Smart Talk Wednesday to discuss these programs and how the state is also focusing on Pennsylvanians who are food insecure.
Also, Smart Talk‘s coverage of the 2020 primary election continues. On Wednesday’s program, we’ll discuss issues with Democrat Tom Brier, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 10th Congressional District. The 10th District includes all of Dauphin County, the northern half of York County and eastern Cumberland County.
Pennsylvania’s June 2 primary election is just over a week away.
Smart Talk‘s Election 2020 coverage begins with conversations with two Congressional candidates. Both are Democrats and face a competitor in the primary. They are running in separate districts. The conversations focus on where the candidates stand on the issues.
Friday is 143 Day in Pennsylvania. Inspired by Pennsylvania native Fred Rogers, Pennsylvanians are encouraged to share acts of kindness and good deeds for each other on 143 Day.
Mr. Rogers used 143 as a special code based on the number of letters to say I Love You.
To commemorate 143 Day, we’ll hear a special encore Smart Talk from Mr. Rogers hometown of Pittsburgh, focusing on his life and accomplishments.
The program was broadcast from the Senator John Heinz History Center. We discussed Fred Rogers’ legacy with several people who knew and worked with him, the history of the TV show and describe an exhibit at the History Center that includes Mr. Rogers’ living room and the Great Oak Tree, where Henrietta Pussycat and X the Owl lived.
Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was a different kind of TV show for children and it was made that way by Fred Rogers. Fred Rogers was a soft-spoken and gentle man who didn’t speak down to children. While kids were entertained, they also were learning valuable life lessons from Mr. Rogers.
Appearing on Friday’s program are: Deborah Acklin, President & CEO WQED Multimedia; Paul Siefkin-President, Fred Rogers Company; Margaret Whitmer – Director of Video Production and Special Events, Fred Rogers Company & served as producer on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; Emily Ruby, Curator, Heinz History Center; Dr. Mariruth Leftwich, director of education, Heinz History Center; and David Newell Mr. McFeely himself.