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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.

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.

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Chambersburg, PA

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Talk

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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.

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English


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Episodes

Four mass shootings this past weekend: What do we know about mass shooters?

5/17/2022
Ten people were killed in a mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York Saturday. The victims were Black and investigators say the shooter was motivated by racial hatred. The Buffalo shooting was one of four nationwide this past weekend. For many years, criminologists Jillian Peterson, Ph.D., and James Densley, Ph.D., have studied mass shootings and the people who carry them out. Their research has shown and they point out in their 2021 book THE VIOLENCE PROJECT: How to Stop a Mass...

Duration:00:15:04

988 crisis hotline scheduled to be widespread soon -- faces challenges

5/17/2022
Almost all Americans should be able to able to dial 9-8-8 on their phones in the future if they are someone close to them is in a crisis. The 988 hotline is scheduled to go live in mid-July and for many mobile phone users, it's live already and calls are coming into crisis intervention centers. However, they're facing challenges in getting 988 up and running. That includes people to staff intervention centers and answer the phones, paying for 988 hotlines and just the infrastructure needed....

Duration:00:12:48

Primaries and money

5/16/2022
This primary will be unique in Pennsylvania, considering how much money several candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate have spent to represent their parties in the November general election and we’ve been seeing those TV commercial since January. In several ways, primaries are different than general elections anyway. Voter turnout usually isn't high, the counties where the candidates hail from may influence voters as can the ballot position of candidates. Appearing on the program is...

Duration:00:15:15

Is Pennsylvania ready for tomorrow’s primary and what should voters know at the last minute?

5/16/2022
Tuesday is the long-awaited primary election in Pennsylvania. Long awaited because the campaigns seemed to have been in full force since the New Year. Also, Pennsylvania is such an important state in the nation’s political landscape that what voters decide may have ramifications nationally. It also is the first big election since former President Donald Trump and allies sowed doubt and a lack of confidence in the 2020 election. Is Pennsylvania ready for tomorrow’s primary and what should...

Duration:00:12:31

Iconic West Shore Theatre reopens to fanfare

5/12/2022
It was a sad day for many central Pennsylvanians when the West Shore Theatre in New Cumberland closed it's doors in 2017. The theatre was one of the region's small-town entertainment meccas since it opened in 1940. The West Shore Theatre was such an icon that many people wouldn't give up on it and accept that the theatre was a thing of the past. A non-profit group calling itself Friends of the West Shore Theatre formed a year after the theatre closed to raise money to reopen it. The Friends...

Duration:00:11:53

Muhlenberg survey finds most Americans say they've felt the effects of climate change

5/12/2022
More than three quarters of Americans say that the temperatures on Earth have risen over the past four decades and almost 60 percent believe its due to human activity. That’s according to the latest National Surveys on Energy and Environment conducted by the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. The survey also shows that a majority of those polled think climate change is a public health emergency and mitigation should be prioritized as a climate policy. Christopher Borick,...

Duration:00:15:51

Central Pennsylvania organization aiding Ukrainian refugees living with disabilities

5/11/2022
Keystone Human Services, which was born in Central Pennsylvania 50 years ago, has worked to support people living with disabilities, autism and mental health conditions. Now the organization is helping Ukrainian refugees with disabilities. Keystone Human Services has a branch office in Moldova -- just across the border from Ukraine, where its employees heard bombs exploding in Ukraine. More than 420,000 Ukrainians have fled to Moldova since the war started in late February. Many of them are...

Duration:00:12:39

Pennsylvania counties: "We need more money for mental health services"

5/11/2022
Pennsylvania’s counties provide mental health services such as crisis intervention, treatment, day services and prevention. This comes at a time when mental health and mental illness are getting more attention. The COVID-19 pandemic increased anxiety and more mental health challenges over the past two plus years and today there is additional focus on mental health in the criminal justice system. In many cases, counties will be involved in any kind of treatment or intervention. However, while...

Duration:00:15:07

Pennsylvanians have a year to get REAL ID

5/10/2022
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many Pennsylvanians were either in the process of obtaining a REAL ID or asking whether they should or needed one. It actually was a hot topic. More than two years later, REAL ID is back and the state has set a deadline to get one. May 3, 2023 is that date. Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to improve national security standards for state-issued identification. Next May, REAL IDs will be required to board domestic and foreign flights and enter a military...

Duration:00:10:03

Dickinson's "Knowledge for Freedom" seminar aims to give HS seniors timely lessons through history

5/10/2022
Dickinson College's House Divided Project, which examines the Civil War and Reconstruction, is hosting a college-level seminar for high school seniors to explore questions of freedom, democracy and self-government. The free, three-week program is called Knowledge for Freedom and includes trips to Washington D.C., Gettysburg and the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. It's aimed at low-income and first generation college-bound students. Applications for the July seminar are being...

Duration:00:17:42

Food writer Kim O'Donnel helps feed Ukrainian refugees in Poland

5/9/2022
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, millions of Ukrainians have been displaced. In fact, 5.7 million have left Ukraine and gone to other countries as refugees. Poland has taken in the most Ukrainian refugees -- about 3.1 million. The images Americans see of the refugees are heartbreaking. Many have few possessions and may not not know where their next meal s coming from. Kim O'Donnel is a former food writer for LNP in Lancaster and the Washington Post, cookbook author and cook....

Duration:00:16:23

Millersville exhibit brings attention to missing and murdered indigenous women

5/9/2022
Murder is the third leading cause of death of Native American women. Native women are 10 times more likely to be murdered than the general population. More than eight in ten Indigenous women and men experience violence in their lifetimes. Missing and murdered indigenous women is a crisis that most Americans aren't aware of. A new exhibit has opened at Millersville University in Lancaster County to bring attention to missing and murdered indigenous women. It features a simple red dress that...

Duration:00:11:35

Smart Talk Road Trip to York County School of Technology Extended Conversation

5/5/2022
Many employers require a four-year college degree for perspective employees. But just as many don’t. However, those employers do seek workers who have the skills and training needed to perform the jobs they have available. That shortage of skilled w... Support WITF: https://www.witf.org/support/give-now/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:40:38

Smart Talk Englewood Extended Conversation

5/5/2022
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Duration:00:34:00

Smart Talk David Baldacci Full Interview

5/5/2022
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Duration:01:03:02

Smart Talk Road Trip Fulton Extended Conversation

5/5/2022
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Duration:00:26:30

Pennsylvanians support keeping abortion legal; Election changes according to F&M poll

5/5/2022
Pennsylvanians support keeping abortion legal under any circumstances(31%) or under certain circumstances(54%) overwhelmingly compared to those who think abortion should be illegal in all circumstances(14%). Those are the findings of the May, 2022 Franklin and Marshall College Poll. However, those were the only three choices on the abortion issue in the poll that doesn't differentiate which circumstances. Abortion is getting more attention this week after the leak of a draft opinion from the...

Duration:00:26:51

What impact would rape kit tracking have on investigations and survivors?

5/5/2022
Legislation was introduced last week in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to create a statewide rape kit tracking system. What impact would it have on sexual assault investigations and survivors? For years, Pennsylvania had a backlog of rape kits that went untested. As a result, hundreds of cases went unsolved. Not only did survivors not get justice but rapists could rape again. Progress has been made in testing the backlog of rape kits, but proponents say more needs to be done to keep...

Duration:00:13:47

State-of-the Arts in central Pennsylvania

5/3/2022
The Arts are back. After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic -- live productions are once again headlining at theaters, musical performances and concerts are drawing big audiences and visual arts and exhibits are on display at museums and public places like before the pandemic. The Arts are not only for enjoyment, education and culture, but are an economic driver as well. The Arts contribute $27.1 billion to Pennsylvania's economy. During the pandemic, more than 16,000 people employed in the...

Duration:00:27:01

Is more funding for low and middle income college students the answer to Pa.'s labor shortage?

5/2/2022
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has frozen tuition at state-owned universities for the fourth straight year. Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1 calls for a 15% increase in funding to $550 million, an additional $200 million for student financial aid, and $75 million in funds to continue the merging of six universities into two. Even with those increases, Pennsylvania ranks in the nation's bottom five for state support for public...

Duration:00:26:42