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Death and the Civil War; Prostate cancer awareness

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 17, 2012 1:44 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, September 18:

Dunker Church 1862 2.jpgDunker Church 2011.jpgSeptember 17, 1862 -- 150 years ago Monday -- was the bloodiest day in American history.  On that day during the Civil War, the Battle of Antietam was fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland.  The Union and Confederate forces suffered some 23,000 casualties, including 3,600 killed.

Antietam didn't give either side a decided edge miltarily, but it did have a longlasting impact, especially in how the nation viewed death.

In conjunction with the Antietam anniversary, American Experience premieres, Death and the Civil War Tuesday night at 9 on PBS and WITF-TV (view a trailer of the fim here) .  The film explores how the staggering and unpredented casualties caused death to enter the American psyche and permanently alter the character of the republic and the role of government.

Appearing on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss Antietam, death and the Civil War and the film is historian Dr. Mark Schantz of Birmingham Southern University.  Dr. Schantz contributed to the film.

Also, as part of witf' Facing Cancer Together initiative, we'll examine awareness of men's prostate health.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-09-18 08:46

    Email from George -
    I had my prostatectomy this year April the second. What had been forecast by my last biopsy a year ago was a non-aggressive cancer (one out of ten needles indicated the presence of cancer). When the organ went in for pathology after its removal it was determined to be more aggressive. I went in to surgery with a Gleason score of 6, and came out with a score of 8! Now I'm being impressed by the experts (UPA, Philly) to go through nine weeks, 5 days / wk of radiation as soon as possible. I told them I've got to pay off my surgery bill first (it will be paid off GOD willing by next May '13). They tell me I'm young (61yoa). What's your opinion?

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