Segment 1: New Study Looks Into Poverty/Health Connection
Mississippi leads the nation in both poverty and poor health measures and one expert says the two are inextricably linked. Dwayne Procter with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is in the state today for a conference focusing on the intersection of health and poverty. Procter says it is impossible to improve the state's public health without also looking at how poverty contributes to things like obesity and diabetes, as he tells MPB's Jeffrey Hess.
Segment 2: New Effort to Sideline Domestic Violence
It’s estimated 40 percent of Mississippi women will experience physical or sexual violence or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime. Just last year, the state’s domestic violence shelters received more than 45,000 crisis calls. MPB’s Evelina Burnett reports on new state efforts to help victims and prevent the violence before it starts.
Segment 3: One "Killer" of a Book Club
To say that Jerry Lee Lewis was a firebrand is an understatement. But his flamboyant personality was accompanied by a monster-sized talent. In his new biography, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, author Rick Bragg takes a close look at the life and career of the one they call "The Killer."