PSAT Problems | A Thousand Naked Strangers | Semaj Clark

Jan 20, 2016

Georgia went through one of its warmest weathers in recent history in the last few months. That’s had an undeniable effect on some of the staple crops grown within the state. Peaches, pecans, and blueberries have all been affected by the seasonal uncertainty. Host Celeste Headlee talks with pecan farmer Randy Hudson about the tumultuous growing season and why Georgia crops have been so adversely affected.

The cycle of gun violence has torn many lives apart, and personal experience has inspired one Savannah activist to fight on the front line against that violence. Last October, Semaj Clark, 19, of southern California was paralyzed after a bullet struck him in the back. Three months after the attack, Clark has moved to Savannah to spread his antiviolence message. Host Celeste Headlee talks with him about why he returned, and what hopes to accomplish.

Plus, author Kevin Hazzard worked as a paramedic for Grady Hospital in Atlanta for ten years. His job sent him into peoples’ homes to rescue them from overdoses, deliver babies, and treat gunshot wounds. He chronicles his stories in a new memoir, “A Thousand Naked Strangers.” Hazzard shares a story from his new book about the time a call sent him to rescue not a man, but a dog in trouble.

And this month, the results for the PSAT were released for students and parents to analyze – more than a month later than they were previously promised. But punctuality isn’t the only issue. There were problems plaguing the online database for viewing scores, changes in the way students are graded and categorized, and uncertainty surrounding some scholarship qualifications. All of this has caused a litany of confusion for students, counselors, and parents. Host Celeste Headlee talks with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Rose French and Jed Applerouth, CEO of Applerouth Tutoring Services, about the problems surrounding the exam.