Pennsylvanians are starting to emerge from pandemic restrictions and take much-needed weekends away or vacations with family.
This is a great opportunity to talk about summer reading and books for the beach (if you’re fortunate to head that way).
Every summer, Smart Talk produces a program that focuses on books with a panel of area wordsmiths to share their summer book recommendations; from popular new releases to literary classics, fiction and nonfiction. These books will keep you entertained for the summer to come.
We’d also like to hear about a few of the books you’re planning to read this summer. Call the program at 1-800-729-7532 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Claremont Road entrance to present day Carlisle Barracks sits the small cemetery that is the final resting place to 186 children who died while at the school. The U.S. Army has taken the mission to repatriate the remains of children who have been positively identified and whose families have requested their return.
It is a painstaking process that the Army has completed three other times and will repeat again in June at the request of two Indian nations: the Rosebud Sioux Nation and the Alaskan Aleut Nation. In total, the Army will exhume the remains of ten students.
There are different theories as to why this problem exists, and persists. Fear of the virus has kept some people at home or avoiding jobs in the service sector where it is more likely they could come into contact with infected persons. A lack of childcare is another reason cited, particularly relevant while some schools still in virtual learning mode.
The reason for the hiring disconnect that gets the most attention is that many people are receiving more in unemployment benefits than they would earn in the jobs that are available.
For more on public health issues plus a deeper look at the changing tide of healthcare–check out WITF’s Transforming Health. Online at TransformingHealth.org, a partnership of WITF, WellSpan Health and Capital Blue Cross.
Boat sales and permits spiked during the Pandemic raising concerns for boater safety
Boating safety on Pennsylvania waterways is under the microscope following an increase in sales and launch permits during the past year.
In 2020, there were 11 boating fatalities, and none of the victims were wearing life jackets. So far in 2021, there have been three boating fatalities, and none of the individuals were wearing life jackets.
Smart Talk on Friday will analyze these and other primary results with G. Terry Madonna, Ph.D., Senior Fellow in Residence, Millersville University.
Experts make case for “sound and sustainable” spending of federal stimulus funds
Two months ago, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. The plan will infuse states with a total of $195 billion in flexible funding, in addition to money earmarked for specific areas, such as education.
That significant infusion of cash is certainly welcome to states and municipalities who were experiencing dramatic revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic.
Experts caution that without careful planning, and careful spending, states could risk creating future shortfalls.
Josh Goodman, a Senior Officer with The Pew Charitable Trust, appears on Smart Talk Friday with recommendations to avoid future funding gaps.
The report recognizes that climate change is affecting Pennsylvania now, but warns that if nothing is done to halt that impact, temperatures in 2050 could be six degrees warmer than they were in 2000. Storms could also become more extreme. There could be more flooding but also more droughts and sea levels could rise on the southern part of the Delaware River and on Lake Erie.
The 2021 Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment reviewed current scientific findings to identify climate risks, but it is not a comprehensive wrap up of all the potential climate risks and impacts to the state.
Urban agriculture programs spread roots in communities
The term “urban agriculture” might seem like an oxymoron, particularly if you believe that agriculture can only thrive within vast green space not typical of most urban areas.
Agriculture can find a home almost anywhere; in compact community gardens, on rooftop buildings, and in pop-up alley-way markets. To see the possibilities it takes people with vision, some expertise, and a goal to bridge the healthy food divide that permeates some urban communities.
But have we finally turned a corner in the pandemic? Will we ever reach herd immunity and do we need to? Will kids go back to school in person next fall? Are masks a thing of the past? Our guest Wednesday can address those and other questions.
Dickinson College’s House Divided Project explores the struggle for freedom in the US
Freedom is a word we’ve heard often over the past year.
But freedom means different things to different people. Much of one’s view of freedom is shaped by their life’s experiences, ethnic or racial background and history. Dickinson College’s House Divided Project, helps K-12 classrooms learn more about the American Civil War, with special attention paid to efforts to abolish slavery.
All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and trials are underway to gauge their safety on kids as young as six.
As schools wrap up for the summer break planning will begin for the next school year, as most, if not all schools, go back to in-person learning.
With rapidly changing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding vaccines and masking, it is no wonder that parents have questions about the best course of action for their families.
Counties grapple with a decline in community emergency services
County commissioners in Pennsylvania are calling the lack of emergency medical services a crisis situation. They hope that by banding together to draw attention to the problem they might find solutions.
State Senator Franklin Kury appears on Smart Talk Monday to measure how far we’ve come as a state. Kury will also share his new book “The Constitutional Right to Save the Planet: The People’s Right to a Healthy Environment.”
The 17-year Cicadas are preparing to make an appearance
It’s a beautiful day in Central Pennsylvania. Not a cloud in the sky, an almost perfect 66 degree air temperature. But just below the ground’s surface, a brood of cicadas are preparing to emerge and ruin the view.
That is unless you like hoards of flying insects and don’t mind the cacophony of a trillion of them as they sing, en masse, loudly from the trees while searching for a mate.