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Smart Talk: Colorblindness; Cancerous fish from the Susquehanna

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 10, 2015 6:35 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk, Monday, May 11, 2015:

How would you build a meaningful life if the career you wanted most was unavailable to you? A new documentary called Living Without Color seeks to tell the stories of those who must find answers to this question because they are colorblind.

Colorblindness is more common in men than women, with 8% of men and less than 1% of women having some degree of color vision deficiency. Those with colorblindness are not blind, but can distinguish fewer than the 100 different hues that people with full color vision can.

The most common type of color vision deficiency is red-green, which is inherited on the X chromosome. Men have only one X chromosome whereas women have two: this is why it is mostly men who have red-green color vision deficiency.

Life Without Color - Teaser Trailer 2 from Robb Jacobson on Vimeo.


Director Robb Jacobson has a Kickstarter campaign running until May 14 to raise the funds to make the film Life Without Color, which will bring attention to the courageous stories of those who refuse to give up on their dreams because of color vision deficiency. Robb joins us Monday on Smart Talk to discuss his film, along with Dr. Jay Neitz, a University of Washington color deficiency researcher.


A smallmouth bass caught in the Susquehanna River recently has been diagnosed with a cancerous growth on its mouth. This has prompted some to urge the Department of Environmental Protection to list the Susquehanna River as an impaired waterway. John Arway, director of the Pennsylvania  Fish and Boat Commission joins us Monday to discuss the health of the river and its fish.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-05-11 09:22

    Julie emails: I have two sons who are color blind--nearly completely-- due to an inherited gene (on the x chromosome) that causes a deficiency in their cones. Their condition is called Cone Dystrophy. How different is general color blindness compared to my sons problem of Cone Dystrophy which also causes them to have low vision.

  • jjones img 2015-05-11 09:36

    I wonder how, if at all, color blindness changes depth perception.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-05-11 09:55

    Email from John: Any thoughts on 303(d) listing in all PA waters?