Political instability is nothing new to either country, but the timing spotlights the widespread instability in Latin America. Problems are at a boiling point in many places, compounded by the economic effect of COVID shutdowns and fiscal failures.
Inflation was up 5.4% last month – the highest it’s been in 13 years. Most Americans already knew prices were going up. What we’re paying for gas, many food items, cars, and homes is significantly higher than just a few months ago.
Much of it has to do with supply and demand, but especially supply.
There are many job openings right now but employers are having trouble finding workers to fill those jobs.
The stock market took a wild swing down and up this week.
Washington Post economics correspondent Heather Long is on Wednesday’s Smart Talk with insight into how the pandemic has impacted the economy, what may change and what may be permanent.
New book provides insights into political gerrymandering
Gerrymandering or drawing up Congressional or legislative boundaries to provide a political advantage to one party or another is not new. But as the nation has become more polarized in recent years, it has gotten more attention.
Franklin and Marshall College Government Professor Stephen Medvic, Ph.D., has written a new book, Gerrymandering – The Politics of Redistricting in the United States, that explores the history, consequences of and solutions to map-making for political gain. He appears on Wednesday’s Smart Talk.
John Jones III made a name for himself on the federal bench for nearly 20 years. He was appointed to the U.S. Middle District Court of Pennsylvania by former President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate on July 30, 2002.
The Schuylkill County native presided over many important cases during his tenure with the court, including striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.
A lack of trees in poor communities underscores the power of shade
A hot summer day and a cool drink under the respite of a large shade tree is a welcoming summer image. Shade can lower the outside real-feel temperature as much as 20 degrees, but not everyone is fortunate to have access to shade trees.
As climate change causes temperatures to rise around the globe a lack of shade trees in communities is getting more attention. The lack is more significant in poor communities.
Also on Monday’s program, in June, more than 99 percent of the people who died from COVID were not vaccinated. Vaccinations have slowed down considerably. A sizable portion of the population is hesitant or even downright hostile to getting vaccinated. Misinformation and disinformation have contributed to the hesitancy.
This while the Delta deviant of the virus is spreading quicker and is more transmissible.
So, what has to happen to get more people vaccinated and head off another surge of the virus?
Appearing on Monday’s Smart Talk is Pennsylvania’s Acting Physician General, Dr. Denise Johnson.
For more on public health issues plus a deeper look at the changing tide of healthcare, check out WITF’s Transforming Health, a partnership of WITF, WellSpan Health and Capital Blue Cross.
The Keystone Research Center released data alleging that over $560 million earmarked for aid were misallocated by the state’s distribution formula and not enough of the share went to the more populous counties and cities.
Tackling tough topics is a journalists job, particularly in public media organizations where reporters have a responsibility to present both sides of every story.
PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is a national youth journalism program involving 160 middle and high schools. Their goal is to train young people from across the country to produce stories highlighting their interests, achievements, and challenges.
NewsHour producers work with the students on story pitches, script-writing, narration, rough cuts and final videos. Students’ stories are published on the website, shared on social media, and aired on local PBS station and the PBS NewsHour nightly broadcasts.
The Lancaster Farmland Trust published a report in June calling for increased funding by local governments to preserve farmland. The LFT recommends a goal that would put more than half of all agricultural land in Lancaster County into preservation status by 2040.
The legacies of two former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justices with ties to Central Pennsylvania — Roger B. Taney and John Marshall — are under scrutiny today because of their connections to slavery. The US House of Representatives voted in June to replace a bust of Roger B. Taney with one honoring the first African American Justice Thurgood Marshall.
The Taney Court is remembered most for its 1857 decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford, when they ruled that blacks were not citizens of the United States and Congress had no authority to prevent the spread of slavery into federal territories. Justice Taney was a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle.
Justice John Marshall served early in the nation’s history and is considered to be a framer of Constitutional law. He was also known to have owned hundreds of slaves in his lifetime; purchasing and auctioning some to pay off family debts. In conflict to his personal interests, the Marshall Court heard many cases involving then current slaves’ claims of freedom, which could have influenced his opinions. The Marshall in Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster is named for Justice Marshall.
Paul Finkelman, Ph.D., President of Gratz College and author of Supreme Injustice; Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court, appears on Smart Talk Thursday to reveal how slavery taints the legacy of both Justices.
Should college athletes be paid was a question asked for decades as college sports — especially football and basketball — rivaled professional sports in popularity that included in-person attendance, TV audiences and merchandise sold.
Within just the last few weeks, the question was answered and athletes are in line to be compensated — not for playing, but for the use of their names, images and likenesses.
On Wednesday’s Smart Talk, we discuss game changing decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and the NCAA that allow athletes to be compensated.
Appearing on the program is Casey Floyd, Co-Founder and Chief Compliance Officer, NOCAP Sports.
Project RattleCam tracks rattlesnake behavior
The power of community is being tapped to better understand the secretive rattlesnake. Project RattleCam is seeking help from community scientists to sort through literally thousands of images taken inside a rattlesnake rookerie.
In summer, female rattlesnakes gather in rookeries to have babies and scientists have placed cameras in one area to capture all of the action.
This project partners Dickinson College in Carlisle, with California Polytechnic State University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Scott Boback, Ph.D., is an animal ecologist and Professor of Biology with Dickinson College and he joins Smart Talk Wednesday to share details about the project.