February 6, 2017

“Local Hero,” an essay by Professor Deborah Smith, to Air on WAMC’s “51%”

Deborah J. Smith
Professor Deborah Smith

Professor of Community and Human Services Deborah Smith’s audio essay, “Local Hero,” will be aired on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s program “51%,” at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, and again at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15.

"Local Hero," it is about Smith finding personal correspondence, saved over many decades, from the Kennedy White House to her aunt, Josephine Kennedy (no relation).

She submitted the essay to coincide with President's Day and the current movie "Jackie," which is about the life of Jackie Kennedy after the 1963 assassination of her husband John F. Kennedy.

Smith’s essay also will be available on the WAMC website on Feb. 15.

About WAMC’s "51%"

In America, women make up more than half the population. Worldwide, women are expected to outnumber men within the next 50 years - and every issue we face is one that affects us both men and women. 

Whether it's the environment, health, children, politics or the arts, there's a women's perspective, and "51%" is a show dedicated to that viewpoint. 

Host Allison Dunne talks to experts in their field for a wide-ranging, entertaining discussion of issues that not only fall into the traditional 'women's issues' category, but topics that concern us all as human beings and citizens of the global community.

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