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Smart Talk: France after terror; Black athletes stand up

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 16, 2015 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, November 16, 2015:

Friday night's terror attacks in Paris are being called France's 9/11. 

More than 125 people were killed and 350 wounded in a series of shootings and bombings at a soccer game, cafes and a concert.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks along with another in Beirut and the bombing of a Russian passenger jet.  ISIS says France was targeted because of its intervention in Syria's civil war.

On Monday's Smart Talk, we'll discuss France today and especially immigration with Dr. Dominique Laurent, Associate Professor of French at Dickinson College.

Watch a moment of silence for the victims in France this morning.

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Dr. Dominique Laurent

Also, student protests at the University of Missouri led to the resignations of the school's president and chancellor last week.  The protests were over how the university's administration responded to several racial incidents on campus.  The ongoing protests didn't get much traction or attention until about 50 members of Missouri's football team said they wouldn't participate in football-related activities until the president stepped down.

Dr. Greg Kaliss, an Assistant Professor of History at Dickinson College, appears on the show to say it's the latest example of high profile African-American athletes speaking out on political issues.

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Dr. Greg Kaliss

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  • ToniANFPA img 2015-11-16 09:23

    Like many around the world, my thoughts and prayers also go out to All affected by the attacks in Paris, France. I would imagine that there is concern for most the world over about additional situations possibly to come in other areas. From listening to the news, I understand some places in the United States have already stepped up security. Do we know if there has been any "chatter" indicative of other plans of violence or maybe if there is any chatter, our trustees of security are not able to reveal this?
    Thank you for your good coverage and all your good work.
    Central PA

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-11-16 10:00

    Thomas emails:

    Every American should be doing some reflection right now, our politician's war warmongering and poor intelligence has not only created ISIS but has also armed it. This is our fault.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-11-16 10:00

    Chuck emails:

    Your last caller appears to have mistaken the Kurdish offensive against Sinjar, in Iraq, backed by US air strikes, with Raqqa, in Syria. To the best of my knowledge, Raqqa remains quite populated and the center of ISIL’s self-described “caliphate.”

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-11-16 10:01

    Dave in Lancaster emails:

    What does this event mean for traditional power structures on college campuses and for the NCAA more generally? Athletes and the NCAA have been fighting over power for years and years, but most of this has taken place in courtrooms. The Mizzou football team took action outside the courtroom and spurred big, serious changes at a big time university. Is the NCAA now realizing one of its worst fears with all of these athletes causing political and social change? Is there a slippery slope here?

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