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Smart Talk: Nicholas Kristof; Heroin deaths not tracked in PA

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 10, 2015 3:31 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, April 13, 2015:

Giving a voice to the voiceless is one of the most important - and potentially dangerous - jobs of a reporter. Every day on the news reporters from all over the world portray people's experience with war and disease. For those of us watching, sometimes these stories can make us feel hopeless: that there's nothing we could possibly do to help.

The opposite can also be true, though. Stories depicting the experiences of others can also inspire individuals and communities with creative solutions to help them overcome tragedies or injustices.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof holds this latter view. In his latest book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, coauthored with Sheryl Wudunn, Kristof details the stories of individuals all over the world who have been inspired by the suffering of others to develop innovative and life-saving solutions. Kristof will be giving the Ware Lecture at Elizabethtown College at 7:30pm April 13, and will appear on Smart that morning to discuss his book.

Heroin use is on the rise in Pennsylvania, but the state has no standard for determining the annual number of deaths due to heroin overdose. Coroners in each of the state's 67 counties determine cause of death, but in cases where multiple drugs were present heroin may not always be identified as the cause. Ben Allen joins us on Monday's Smart Talk to discuss the challenge the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs faces in getting a more accurate measure of the number of Pennsylvanians dying of heroin overdose.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-13 08:59

    Michael emails:

    I am a social work professor at nearby Shippensburg University. In my undergraduate social policies class we are using “A Path Appears” as a text and have been watching the associated documentary.

    As you might expect, they became quite passionate about the programs and issues you brought up in the book. There a many Nick Kristof fans here in our social work program now. A number of students have independently plead with me to do something here on campus to raise awareness about programs such as the Juan Felipe foundation and Thistle Farms.

    They really wanted you to come visit Shippensburg University, but short of that, what would you recommend that they do to make a difference.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-13 09:33

    Chad comments:

    I wanted to mention a program called Nurse Family Partnership. Registered nurses go to homes of at-risk moms and follow baby up to 2 years after birth. They meet regularly with moms to help in parenting.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-04-15 08:19

    Ben emails:

    For Mr. Kristof,
    Thank you for featuring CURE International, based right here in Lemoyne, in A Path Appears.