'NPT Reports: Children's Health Crisis' Premieres 8 p.m. Tonight on NPT-Channel 8
By Jim Ridley
on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 2:23 PM
Tonight, NPT-Channel 8 airs the first installment of what may prove to be a landmark seven-part series on the state of children's health in Tennessee. Over the next three years, NPT Reports: Children's Health Crisis will explore the issues that have ranked Tennessee a dismal 48th among the United States in terms of overall child health.
Tonight's episode, produced by Mary Makley (The Carter Family), digs at the roots of the problem, addressing concerns such as infant mortality, inadequate prenatal care, the obesity epidemic and mental wellness. Subsequent episodes will examine each topic in depth, starting in June with producer Will Pedigo's piece on prenatal care and infant mortality. Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) will host these first two broadcasts.
NPT will address these concerns between broadcasts on a website accompanying the project. Check NPT's schedule for repeat airings.