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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.

    Fixing Pennsylvania’s pollution problem in the Chesapeake Bay stifled by underfunding

    Fixing Pennsylvania’s pollution problem in the Chesapeake Bay stifled by underfunding

    Everyone loves the Chesapeake Bay; the natural beauty, recreation opportunities, the bountiful fish and wildlife. But appreciating the Chesapeake will not fix Pennsylvania’s pollution problem. Pennsylvania’s role in polluting the Bay is well documented and a continuing source of friction with other watershed states. In fact, the state of Maryland is suing the Commonwealth for … Continue reading "Fixing Pennsylvania’s pollution problem in the Chesapeake Bay stifled by underfunding"

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    Cybersecurity should be a huge priority after events of last few weeks – Also on the program: New book details how military vets recover with the help of nature

    Cybersecurity should be a huge priority after events of last few weeks – Also on the program: New book details how military vets recover with the help of nature

    Cyber criminals and even foreign governments are constantly working to obtain online data they can use — whether it be for money or sabotage. Just in recent weeks, more than eight billion passwords were leaked in a popular hacker forum. There’s a decent chance yours are among them. Meanwhile, the Colonial oil pipeline and JBS … Continue reading "Cybersecurity should be a huge priority after events of last few weeks – Also on the program: New book details how military vets recover with the help of nature"

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    High-stakes case load lands on Supreme Court docket – Casino eyes Shippensburg as other communities say no to the games

    High-stakes case load lands on Supreme Court docket – Casino eyes Shippensburg as other communities say no to the games

    The U.S. Supreme Court takes on high-stake cases on the June docket, likely holding the most important ones until the end of the term. Most observers count four potentially big decisions; those decisions that have the highest notoriety. Cases involving religious liberty, abortion rights and an election law case are getting most of the attention. … Continue reading "High-stakes case load lands on Supreme Court docket – Casino eyes Shippensburg as other communities say no to the games"

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    Vaccine incentives: Do prize drawings and rewards increase vaccination rates?

    Vaccine incentives: Do prize drawings and rewards increase vaccination rates?

    Pennsylvanians may be familiar with Gus the “spokesgroundhog,” selling instant scratch-off lottery tickets on TV. Nowadays, he may not be nearly as popular as the lottery offerings that are directed at the newly vaccinated. Ohio made headlines with Vax-a-Million, where any Ohioan who has received a least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can enter … Continue reading "Vaccine incentives: Do prize drawings and rewards increase vaccination rates?"

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    Gun violence plagues York City and police deal with dozens of shootings – Also on the program: Vaccination rates don’t tell the whole picture, as virus spreads fast among the unvaccinated

    Gun violence plagues York City and police deal with dozens of shootings – Also on the program: Vaccination rates don’t tell the whole picture, as virus spreads fast among the unvaccinated

    Gun violence is on the increase across the country and very close to home. The City of York, in particular, is on pace for around 70 shootings in 2021 — a number similar to last year. Just last Tuesday, a 15-year-old boy was shot. What are the factors contributing to so much violence and what … Continue reading "Gun violence plagues York City and police deal with dozens of shootings – Also on the program: Vaccination rates don’t tell the whole picture, as virus spreads fast among the unvaccinated"

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    Coping with reopening anxiety – Communities planning events and exhibits

    Coping with reopening anxiety – Communities planning events and exhibits

    To mask or not to mask — attend or not attend. Pennsylvanians have options as pandemic restrictions ease and the state, and country, return to “normal.” That doesn’t mean it will be easy to shed the anxiety that came along with the mitigation protocols. In fact, for some people who have experienced loss or a … Continue reading "Coping with reopening anxiety – Communities planning events and exhibits"

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

AnitaBower ,

Pennsylvania News of Interest

Excellent show. Addresses current issues in Pennsylvania. In depth. Interviews with informed persons. Great questions. Not adversarial. Balanced.

Talkingtojoey ,

Great Local Issues Discussion

What you'd expect from public radio. Calm, cogent discussions on issues important to PA.

Trebor Nella ,

Excellent but not updated regularly

This is an excellent program, but the podcast has not been updated lately.

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