The plane crashed in a rural area of Somerset County, Pennsylvania while passengers struggled to gain control from the hijackers. The passengers had already learned during cell phone calls with family members that terrorists had crashed three other aircraft in New York and Washington.
As part of WITF’s 9/11:20 Years Later programming this week, the book’s author, Tom McMillan joins us on Smart Talk.
Using resources that included oral histories and internal documents Whitlock details “the U.S. government’s strategies were a mess, the statistics were distorted, the nation-building project was a colossal failure and that drugs and corruption gained a stranglehold over their allies in the Afghan government.”
Whitlock describes how the U.S. often didn’t know who the enemy was, spent huge amounts of money with little to show for it, and knew nothing about Afghan culture.
As part of WITF’s 9/11: 20 Years Later programming this week, Wednesday’s Smart Talk features a conversation with Craig Whitlock.
Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps education has been the aspect of our lives that has been disrupted the most.
The end of the 2019-20 school year and the entire 2020-2021 year have been unlike any that schools, teachers and students have ever experienced. In most cases, educators have tried their best to conduct classes either in-person with masking and social distancing required or online or a combination of both. Even with innovation and lots of imagination, the conditions were not conducive for learning like in a normal class setting.
Some students and parents handled the unusual circumstances better than others. Parents have been given the option of holding their child back a year. Still others are concerned about what’s been described as learning loss during the past year and a half.
What should schools expect to see and how can they help children recover from the deficits?
Appearing on Smart Talk Wednesday are Dr. Bernard Harris, MD, CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative, Lyndsey Sturkey, Senior Director of Programs, Communities in Schools of PA, and Lauren Beal, Ed., D., Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 and a Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador.
It’s not an exaggeration to say the United States has never had a president like Donald Trump. It’s also not a stretch to say that Trump’s last year in office was unlike any other.
A once in a century pandemic, nation-wide protests and a racial reckoning after the murder of George Floyd and a presidential election that Trump, and others, have screamed was stolen from him were the backdrop for a White House that bounced from one crisis to another.
That year is documented in the new book I ALONE CAN FIX IT: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year by Philip Rucker, co-author and senior Washington correspondent at The Washington Post. Phillip Rucker joins Smart TalkThursday to share details of the book and insights from his years covering the Trump White House.
The Senate on Tuesday advanced a bipartisan infrastructure deal that had been hung up on finance details. The Biden administration has promoted the plan as important to creating and sustaining a green economy to create jobs and fix crumbling infrastructure around the country.
Recognizing the added challenge of climate change, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania recently introduced legislation that would renew the Civilian Conservation Corps. The first Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a work relief program established in the 1930s to employ millions of young men to work on environmental projects during the Depression. The CCC is credited with developing the national and state park systems throughout the country.
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Sen. Casey appears on Smart Talk Thursday to offer details on the legislation (REVIVE the CCC Act S.2414) that would give local communities the authority to design and manage future CCC projects.
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.
A survey by Public Agenda’s Hidden Common Ground initiative continues to take on the very common belief that Americans are ideologically divided, to the point of being incapable of working together.
The organization’s most recent survey was “fielded” in May 2021 and finds that most Americans believe the democracy is in trouble. The respondents differ on ways to fix the problem, but either point to a need to change the political system or simply by electing the right leaders.
Penn State College of Medicine and Highmark Health researchers took the concept a step further by identifying four key themes promoting the disease track. The themes include financial instability, lack of infrastructure, a deteriorating sense of community and family fragmentation.
For more on 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.