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What Made Maddie Run author Kate Fagan/National Parks Need Maintenance $

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 16, 2017 4:28 AM
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Madison Holleran

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, August 16, 2017:

Many college students will be returning to their campuses in the next few weeks.  For those entering their first year in college, it will be a big change from high school.  Maintaining good grades and keeping up in the classroom, while living on their own and fighting the temptation to socialize or party too much is something most will have to deal with.  Athletes and others involved in activities and clubs face an even greater time challenge and stress.

Madison Holleran would have seemed to be the ideal first-year college student to successfully meet those challenges.  The New Jersey native attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia after being an "A" student and one of the most popular members of her high school class.  She also was a state champion soccer player and track runner.

Instead, Maddie was miserable at Penn.  She sank into a deep depression and ultimately took her own life.

ESPN journalist Kate Fagan appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk to discuss her new book What Made Maddy Run -- The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen.

(Kate Fagan appears at Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg August 23 at 7 p.m. to talk about the book)

Also on the program Wednesday, America's national parks are among the country's most popular tourist attractions and are true American treasures - whether it be parks that are historic in nature or attract people for beautiful landscapes.  But many national parks are in dire need of maintenance and money is tight. 

For example, the hallowed ground at the Gettysburg National Military Park - the site of the three-day battle that turned the tide of the Civil War - has more than 55 million dollars in deferred maintenance.

Joining us on Smart Talk is Pam Bowman, Director of Public Lands Policy, Government Relations Department, National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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