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1918 flu pandemic/Most successful presidents?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 18, 2018 9:29 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, February 19, 2018:

More than 100 people have died from the flu this season in Pennsylvania and it's considered the worst flu season in 10 years.  One-hundred-years-ago, the 1918 flu pandemic killed 50 to 100 million people or about three to five percent of the world's population.  500 million people were infected.  It was one of the worst natural disasters in world history - maybe even worse than the Black Death in the 1300s.  What happened a century ago?  

Dr. Michael Neiberg, Professor of History and Chair of War Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy, United States Army War College

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Dr. Michael Neiberg

His published work specializes on the First and Second World Wars in global context. The Wall Street Journal named his Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I (Harvard University Press, 2011) one of the five best books ever written about that war.

It's President's Day - holiday that was derived from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln's birthdays.  Both Washington and Lincoln are considered two of our best and most successful presidents.  What makes a president successful?  Is there a difference between being popular and being successful?

Dr. David O'Connell, assistant professor of political science at Dickinson College

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Dr. David O'Connell


My father was orphaned in 1918 when both of his parents died of the flu within days of each other.  He was 7 years old at the time and his older brother was 12.  The children were quarantined in an upstairs bedroom and he remembers watching from a window his parents caskets being carried out.  They lived in Fairview township.

Thank you, Dee

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