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Smart Talk: Learning more about Nepal; Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage arguments

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 28, 2015 3:26 PM
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Photo by Dr. David Richard

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, April 29, 2015:

The South Asian nation of Nepal often doesn't get much attention around the world and as a result, many don't know much about it.

Unfortunately, it took a disaster like the earthquake last weekend that killed more than 44 hundred people to make the world notice.

That doesn't mean Nepal isn't getting help.  Aid organizations are providing the essentials like food and water and more assistance is on the way every day.

But what do we really know about Nepal, other than it's landlocked, located between two giants in China and India and is dominated by the Himalaya Mountains?

Wednesday's guest on Smart Talk is Dr. David Richard, Professor of Biology, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, and head of the Global Opportunities Sherpa Life and Culture Program at Susquehanna University has visited Nepal several times and Joe Manickam, one of Mennonite Central Committee's directors for Asia.

For more information about Mennonite Central Committee's work in Nepal as well as some photos, visit this website: or call 888-563-4676.

Also, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday that could decide once and for all the fate of same sex marriage in America and whether states legally must recognize same-sex marriages in other states.  To provide insight is Dara Purvis, assistant professor of law and scholar on family law, contracts, feminist legal theory, and sexuality at Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

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  • Lisa img 2015-04-29 09:04

    It saddened me to hear the caller state that marriage is for a man and a women to "have children on their own". While you may think you were making a statement about gender as opposed to race, you were also making a statement about fertility and choice. Your statement basically denies the marriages of those who either chose not to have children or are unable to have children of their own.