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Smart Talk: Amish and shunning; Amateur weather forecasters getting it right

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 3, 2014 3:58 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, February 4, 2014:

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The Amish are known for their simple lifestyles that include not using most modern technologies such as electricity.  They travel from one place to the next in buggies that are pulled by horses, unless they hire a non-Amish person to drive them a longer distance.  Even though tourists visit places where the Amish live like Lancaster County, the Amish stay to themselves and avoid contact with the outside world.

After five Amish schoolgirls were shot and killed in Lancaster County in 2006, the world was stunned by how the Amish community offered forgiveness to the killer and the comfort they provided to his family.

Even though many Central Pennsylvanians have Amish friends or come into contact with them often, we still don't know much about the Amish.

The practice of shunning is an example and one that will be explored in an American Experience documentary film The Amish: Shunned Tuesday night at 9 on witf-TV and PBS.


Donald B. Kraybill, Ph.D. Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies Joint appt., Sociology and Religious Studies departments--The Young Center, Elizabethtown College

The producer and director of the film, Callie Wiser and Dr. Donald Kraybill, Senior Fellow, Young Center for Anabaptist & Pietist Studies Elizabethtown College appear on Smart Talk to discuss the film and shunning.

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Photo by Scott LaMar/witf

Also, a group of amateur meteorologists are getting a lot of attention for how accurate their forecasts have been this winter.  In a week of several winter weather events, we'll talk with the founders of

S & S Storm Chasers -- Brad Sweitzer and Phil Schussler.

Read a feature on S & S Stormchasers in the York Daily Record.

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  • Lisa img 2014-02-04 09:36

    Thank you to Dr. Kraybill for clarifying the shunning that can occur within a family but not because of the Amish church. My grandmother was raised Amish but never joined the church. Several things that I have been told have always lead me to believe that her father had personally shunned her and your comments today have confirmed that for me. The Amish are not perfect, nor are they immune from normal petty human behavior.

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