Smart Talk Friday: President Trump and First Lady test positive; assessing the impact

Local illustrator earns national honor

The nation and the world woke to the breaking news that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Other than the potential health implications for the Trumps, what other impact with this news have for the country? Will American’s become more compliant with their state’s pandemic restrictions? How will news affect the global fight to contain the virus?

Dr. John Goldman, MD, Infectious Disease specialist with UPMC Pinnacle, will join Smart Talk to analyze the impact.

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is home to illustrator Amy June Bates who was recently recognized for her work in Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story (Abrams Books for Young Readers).

Bates received a Christopher’s Award for her full-color illustrations depicting a young girl immigrating alone, after a health inspector determines her mother is not well enough to travel. Gittel’s story is inspired by the journey taken by the author’s grandmother and others.

The Christopher Awards were established by Christopher founder Father James Keller to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” According to their website, award winners encourage audiences to see the better side of human nature and motivate artists and the general public to use their best instincts on behalf of others.

Bates also illustrated “Bear in the Air,” “Minette’s Feast,” and “The Dog Who Belonged to No One.” A link to Amy June Bate’s portfolio can be found here.


Gittel's Journey; An Ellis Island Story, By Leslea Newman, illustrations by Amy June Bates / Abrams Books for Young Readers

Cover of Gittel’s Journey; An Ellis Island Story by Leslea Newman with Illustrations by Amy June Bates

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