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Radio Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture, and the environment. Radio Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

Radio Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture, and the environment. Radio Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

Location:

Chambersburg, PA

Genres:

Talk

Networks:

WITF

Description:

Radio Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture, and the environment. Radio Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

Language:

English


Episodes

Smart Talk Tuesday; Torsella runs for a Treasurer repeat and COVID death effects ripple through families

10/20/2020
Tuesday’s Smart Talk will include the Democratic incumbent and candidate for Pennsylvania Treasurer Joseph Torsella who joins us to discuss his record and priorities before the November election. The Pennsylvania Office of the State Treasurer serves as the custodian of more than $100 billion in Commonwealth funds, and is responsible for the receipt and deposit … Continue reading "Smart Talk Tuesday; Torsella runs for a Treasurer repeat and COVID death effects ripple through families"

Duration:00:49:52

Smart Talk Monday: Foreign interference in the election and Ahmad running for Pa. Auditor General

10/19/2020
U.S. intelligence agencies say that Russia, China and probably Iran are trying to interfere with the 2020 presidential election. A recent poll found 59 % of Americans believe foreign governments are trying to interfere. One of the strategies used to disrupt the election process is to promote information that isn’t true about the candidates or … Continue reading "Smart Talk Monday: Foreign interference in the election and Ahmad running for Pa. Auditor General"

Duration:00:49:51

Smart Talk Friday: Heidelbaugh for Attorney General and EPA sued over Pa. not meeting Chesapeake cleanup goals

10/16/2020
WITF’s Election 2020 coverage on Smart Talk continues Friday with a candidate running for statewide office. Heather Heidelbaugh is a Republican running for Pennsylvania Attorney General. The Pittsburgh-area attorney is on the ballot with incumbent Democrat Josh Shapiro, Libertarian Daniel Wassmer, and Green Party candidate Richard Weiss. Conversations with candidates are designed to give voters … Continue reading "Smart Talk Friday: Heidelbaugh for Attorney General and EPA sued over Pa. not...

Duration:00:49:45

Smart Talk Thursday: What the polls tell us; Dismantling Democracy film

10/15/2020
You’ve probably heard it said many times by now that Pennsylvania is one of the states that will determine who wins the presidency. In fact, some go as far as saying that Pennsylvania will crown the winner. That’s the reason the candidates have been in Pennsylvania so often, there’s so much media attention and a … Continue reading "Smart Talk Thursday: What the polls tell us; Dismantling Democracy film"

Duration:00:49:52

Smart Talk Wednesday night; Social isolation’s damaging effects and the unique importance of Vitamin D

10/14/2020
[box]Smart Talk will not air at 9am today. The Senate Judiciary Committee is conducting hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Special coverage on WITF is expected to continue through Wednesday, October 14.[/box] Social isolation impacts every facet of a person’s life. It not only affects one’s mental health, but it also raises the … Continue reading "Smart Talk Wednesday night; Social isolation’s damaging effects and the unique importance of Vitamin D"

Duration:00:49:54

Quantum computing on the horizon and the new Jay Paterno novel

10/13/2020
[box]Smart Talk will not air at 9am today. The Senate Judiciary Committee is conducting hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Special coverage on WITF is expected to continue through Wednesday, October 14.[/box] *The following is a recorded broadcast for the 7pm-8pm Smart Talk. The world is on the precipice of major discoveries in … Continue reading "Quantum computing on the horizon and the new Jay Paterno novel"

Duration:00:49:14

Smart Talk Friday; Democrat Rowley for the 13th District; Wolf administration unveils health reform plan

10/9/2020
WITF’s Election 2020 coverage on Smart Talk continues Friday with a candidate running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Joining us on Friday’s program is Democrat Todd Rowley who is running for the 13th Congressional District. The 13th district includes portions of Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties. The … Continue reading "Smart Talk Friday; Democrat Rowley for the 13th District; Wolf administration unveils...

Duration:00:49:50

Smart Talk Thursday: Record gun purchases in Pa.; School bus industry hurting; Drought watch expanded

10/8/2020
A surge in gun sales and background checks across the state are getting a lot of attention. In the past three months alone, a record-breaking 406,151 background checks were conducted through the firearm background check system. Some gun stores report increased sales and subsequent shortages in items ranging from hunting weapons to handguns. Ammunition is … Continue reading "Smart Talk Thursday: Record gun purchases in Pa.; School bus industry hurting; Drought watch expanded"

Duration:00:49:50

Smart Talk Wednesday: Libertarian president candidate Jo Jorgensen; Pa. oral health plan

10/7/2020
WITF’s Election 2020 coverage on Smart Talk continues Wednesday as we’re joined by Jo Jorgensen, Ph.D., the Libertarian Party candidate running for President of the United States. The Democratic and Republican Party candidates get almost all of the attention during campaigns – in part because candidates from those two parties win 99% of elected offices. … Continue reading "Smart Talk Wednesday: Libertarian president candidate Jo Jorgensen; Pa. oral health plan"

Duration:00:49:52

Smart Talk Tuesday: Preparing for a historic Election Day

10/6/2020
The election countdown is on! With less than 30 days to the general election there are many issues and questions facing Pennsylvania voters. People want to know if the election will be secure, when they will know the results, and if they decide to vote in-person, can it be done safely? And for mail-in ballots … Continue reading "Smart Talk Tuesday: Preparing for a historic Election Day"

Duration:00:49:44

Smart Talk Monday: Republican DeFoor for Auditor General

10/5/2020
WITF’s Election 2020 coverage on Smart Talk Monday with a Republican candidate running for statewide office. Appearing on Monday’s program is Republican Tim DeFoor, who is running for Auditor General. The Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General is the chief fiscal watchdog of the commonwealth. It is responsible for using audits to ensure that all … Continue reading "Smart Talk Monday: Republican DeFoor for Auditor General"

Duration:00:15:19

Smart Talk Friday: President Trump and First Lady test positive; assessing the impact

10/2/2020
The nation and the world woke to the breaking news that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Other than the potential health implications for the Trumps, what other impact with this news have for the country? Will American’s become more compliant with their state’s pandemic restrictions? How … Continue reading "Smart Talk Friday: President Trump and First Lady test positive; assessing the impact"

Duration:00:49:52

Smart Talk Thursday; State of the Arts in Pa. and how pervasive is Ageism?

10/1/2020
The arts in Pennsylvania communities are a vital component to the quality of life here. Performing arts venues, galleries and museums, all contribute to vibrant communities and active lifestyles. The COVID-19 pandemic brought the arts to a halt at the very beginning of the crisis and many venues are just now beginning to reopen. The … Continue reading "Smart Talk Thursday; State of the Arts in Pa. and how pervasive is Ageism?"

Duration:00:49:50

Smart Talk Wednesday; Pennsylvania’s 12-year transportation plan

9/30/2020
Transportation issues and infrastructure impact every Pennsylvanian, every day. It is a complex system that influences our state’s economy through revenue sources, the availability of consumer goods, access to jobs and industry, and critical economic development. Planning for transportation improvements is a 12-year program window that is updated every two years. The state recently approved … Continue reading "Smart Talk Wednesday; Pennsylvania’s 12-year transportation plan"

Duration:00:49:52

Smart Talk Tuesday: 9th District Congressman Dan Meuser; Sickle cell awareness

9/29/2020
WITF’s Election 2020 coverage on Smart Talk continues Tuesday with candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives and statewide offices. Joining us on Tuesday’s program is Republican Dan Meuser, the incumbent Congressman in the 9th Congressional District. The 9th district is made up of Carbon, Columbia, Lebanon, Montour, and Schuylkill Counties, as well as … Continue reading "Smart Talk Tuesday: 9th District Congressman Dan Meuser; Sickle cell awareness"

Duration:00:49:39

Smart Talk Monday: F&M poll on presidential race, other issues; Summer Read authors Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

9/28/2020
The September 2020 Franklin and Marshall College Poll finds that Pennsylvania voters support Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden over President Trump, are in favor of wearing masks to mitigate COVID-19 by a substantial margin, and support legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. Those are just a few of the findings in a poll that ask … Continue reading "Smart Talk Monday: F&M poll on presidential race, other issues; Summer Read authors Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant"

Duration:00:49:51

Smart Talk Friday: 12th Congressional District Democrat Lee Griffin

9/25/2020
WITF’s Election 2020 coverage on Smart Talk continues Friday as we’re joined by Democrat Lee Griffin, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 12th Congressional District. The 12th District is the largest in the state and also one of the most rural. It encompasses Perry, Juniata, Mifflin, Union, Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, … Continue reading "Smart Talk Friday: 12th Congressional District Democrat Lee Griffin"

Duration:00:20:51

Smart Talk Thursday: Why doesn’t the non-voter vote?; Surprise medical bills

9/24/2020
A little more than 60 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot in the last presidential election in 2016. Minnesota had the highest voter turnout at about 75 percent and Hawaii had the lowest at 43 percent. In Pennsylvania, more than 63 percent voted for a presidential candidate. With the exception of just a couple … Continue reading "Smart Talk Thursday: Why doesn’t the non-voter vote?; Surprise medical bills"

Duration:00:49:51

Smart Talk Wednesday: Restaurant/bars want restrictions loosened

9/23/2020
A coalition of central Pennsylvania restaurant and bar owners are encouraging lawmakers to support a bill that would make changes to Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest coronavirus mitigation restrictions. Earlier this week, the establishments were allowed to host half as many customers as normal inside their businesses — if they certify with the state. The bars … Continue reading "Smart Talk Wednesday: Restaurant/bars want restrictions loosened"

Duration:00:20:53

Smart Talk Tuesday: Dem Congressional candidate Eugene DePasquale; Green Treasurer candidate Tim Runkle

9/22/2020
Tuesday’s Smart Talk includes conversations with two candidates for office this fall. Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District race is one of the amostly closely watched in the nation this year. That’s because Democrats think they have an opportunity to flip the district. The 10th District is made up of all of Dauphin County and portions of … Continue reading "Smart Talk Tuesday: Dem Congressional candidate Eugene DePasquale; Green Treasurer candidate Tim Runkle"

Duration:00:50:16