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Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. surgeon general (#314)

Dr. Joycelyn Elders discusses her childhood in Arkansas and her extended family, which includes 30 aunts and uncles and 7 siblings. She explains that her family, friends, and neighbors all helped her scrape together money and supplies for her time as a student at Philander Smith College in Little Rock. She graduated from Philander Smith with a bachelor’s degree in biology at the age of 18 and went on to medical school at the University of Arkansas.

Elders also talks about what inspired her to go into medicine, her time as surgeon general under President Clinton, and some of her controversial stances on health care and other political issues, including sex education for adolescents and legalization of marijuana.

Air Dates

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 3:00/2:00 pm CT on KET

Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 11:30/10:30 am CT on KET2

Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 3:00/2:00 pm CT on KET

Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 11:30/10:30 am CT on KET2