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PA ranked 38th best state/Filmmaker Tracy Strain

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 13, 2018 2:59 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, April 16, 2018:

U.S. News and World Report's 2018 Best States rankings list Pennsylvania as the 38th best state to live in.  The report uses data to rank states in the areas of education, health care, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime and corrections, fiscal stability and quality of life. 

Pennsylvania is 14th in opportunity and 44th in quality of life and there are a lot of factors that go into those rankings.   Sub-data is used to compute the final rankings.  The only category Pennsylvania was first in was child wellness visits..

Appearing on Monday's Smart Talk is Deidre McPhillips, the data analyst at U.S. News and World Report.

Also, Lorraine Hansberry was the author of the iconic play A Raisin in the Sun - the story of African-Americans living in segregated Chicago.  Hansberry was the first black woman to have a play performed on Broadway.  Throughout her life, Hansberry was a civil rights and gay rights activist. 

The documentary film Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart premiered on PBS' American Masters series in January and will be part of a special program Tuesday night at the State Museum in Harrisburg.  The film's director of filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain, a Harrisburg native, joins us on Smart Talk.

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Tracy Heather Strain, Director of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart


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