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Pipelines and fear, AARP studies loneliness and the novel 'An American Marriage'

Written by Merideth Bucher, Producer | Sep 28, 2018 4:06 AM

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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, September 28, 2018:

Pennsylvania is in the midst of a pipeline-building boom, and the Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids line is set to come online soon. With it, there is controversy -- and fear. WITF's StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Marie Cusick covers pipeline construction and energy issues in Pennsylvania, and she found that fear is a common thread in the neighborhoods and communities where pipelines are constructed. Marie Cusick is on Smart Talk to discuss how perceived risk and fear are impacting people in pipeline construction zones

A new survey  from the AARP Foundation found that one in three U.S. adults age 45 and older are lonely. Although this ratio has not changed since an earlier study in 2010, there are nearly five million more adults in this age category than before because of a growth within the population. The survey found that unpaid caregivers, low-income individuals, and those who identify as LGBTQ are at increased risk for chronic loneliness. Joining us on Smart Talk to discuss the survey and ways to combat loneliness is Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president, AARP Foundation.  

The novel An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is the WITF September 'Pick of the Month.'  Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream but they are ripped apart when Roy is arrested for a crime his wife knows he didn't commit. Jones will make an appearance at The Midtown Scholar Bookstore during the Harrisburg Book Festival on Thursday, October 11. She will lead a discussion on the book, answer audience questions and conduct a book signing. Friday on Smart Talk, we're joined by author Tayari Jones. 

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