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Smart Talk: NPR's Kelly McEvers

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 20, 2016 3:12 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, May 20, 2016:

Can presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump win Pennsylvania this November? That's the question being asked after Trump won 56% of the Republican Vote in the April 26 primary, during which he also won the majority vote in every single county .That number doesn't ensure victory in November, especially in Pennsylvania where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by over 1 million. However, many working class Democrats in industry towns like Scranton and Wilkes-Barre are expressing support for the populist Trump.

NPR's Scott Detrow joins us Friday to discuss his recent article, "Can Trump Turn Pennsylvania's Disaffected Democrats Into Believers By November?" and whether or not we can expect a Trump-won Pennsylvania come Election Day.

Also, Memorial Day is fast approaching, but you have the opportunity to learn about history this Saturday and Sunday during the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center's Army Heritage Days.

Appearing on Friday is Colonel Peter Crean, Director of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, who will discuss the event's various programs along with its special display, The Moving Wall, a half-scale replica of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.PeterCrean 05.20.2016.JPG

No one wants to be caught in the middle of civil conflict, however another Friday guest has faced a tear-gassing in Bahrain, Arab uprisings, and she has profiled a war fixer in Beirut, a smuggler in Dubai, a sex-worker in Baku, a pirate in the Strait of Malacca and a marriage broker in Vietnam. All of this, Kelly McEvers has gone through, to report stories and news from around the Middle East. Now McEvers is debuting a new NPR podcast titled Embedded to bring to light the deeper story beyond the surface.

Co-host of All Things Considered, Kelly McEvers joins us on Friday's Smart Talk.

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