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Smart Talk: Human trafficking in PA; Mars landing engineer

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 9, 2016 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, May 9, 2016:

Mention human trafficking and most people immediately think its something that only happens in other countries.  However, forced labor and sexual exploitation in the commercial sex trade happens in the United States, including here in Pennsylvania.

Twenty-four cases of trafficking have been reported from Pennsylvania to the the National Human Trafficking Resource Center in 2016.  Two-thirds were in sex trafficking. 

Monday's Smart Talk addresses the issue with Rhonda Hendrickson who is the Director of Violence Intervention and prevention Services at the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg And Sherry Knowlton, a writer whose work incorporates social issues like trafficking.

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Sherry Knowlton & Rhonda Hendrickson


In the summer of 2012, the Curiosityrover landed on Mars - 140 million miles from Earth.  It doesn't get the kind of attention that the Apollo moon landings did, but it is not an exaggeration to say it


was one of this nation's greatest scientific achievements.  

At the helm of putting a vehicle on Mars was Adam Steltzner, who has written a new book The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High Stakes Innovation.   

Steltzner, who has a colorful background, appears on Monday's Smart Talk.

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