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Thank you for listening to Smart Talk. Here is a look at conversations we're working on and the tentative airdates (topics and guests subject to change):

Wednesday, August 21

Segment: Parole policy review and other initiatives

Guests: Secretary John Wetzel, PA Secretary of Corrections 

Thursday, August 22

Segment: Advanced directives 

Guests: Dr. Vipul Bhatia, WellSpan Health medical director of post-acute services, Roberta Geidner, post-acute services, and MacGregor Brillhart, York Co. Bar Association

Friday, August 23

Segment: US Army Heritage and Education Center and genealogy research

Guests: Geoffrey Mangelsdorf, Director, USAHEC and Rich Baker, USAHEC research expert

WITF will air a three-part education documentary series on August 26, 27, and 28. Smart Talk will return on Thursday, August 29.

Monday, August 26

Under a Watchful Eye: How colleges are tracking students to boost graduation -  Reporter Jill Barshay of the Hechinger Report teams up with APM Reports to examine the growing use of predictive analytics to get more students across the finish line and deliver more revenue to school - and how that's reshaping the college experience. 

Tuesday, August 27

Students on the Move: Keeping uprooted kids in school - This documentary focuses on two groups who often change addresses - homeless kids and children of migrant farm workers - and explores efforts to help these students do well in school.

Wednesday, August 28

At a Loss for Words: What's wrong with how schools teach reading - This documentary - a follow-up to last year's "Hard Words: Why aren't kids being taught to read?" - investigates where the idea comes from, why it holds on, and how it harms kids.


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