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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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    • 4.2 • 19 Ratings

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.

    Author of book on scientist who discovered connection between sugar and cancer is on Smart Talk

    Author of book on scientist who discovered connection between sugar and cancer is on Smart Talk

    Otto Warburg is probably one of the most important scientists of the 20th century and one those outside of cancer research have never heard of. His discovery of how cancer cells devour glucose or blood sugar at a rate of 10 times that of healthy cells in the body became known as the Warburg effect. … Continue reading "Author of book on scientist who discovered connection between sugar and cancer is on Smart Talk"

    • 16 min
    Penn Vet opens institute to study diseases spread from animals to humans

    Penn Vet opens institute to study diseases spread from animals to humans

    Saying that 75 percent of all newly emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic – meaning passed from animals to humans – the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has established an Institute for Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases. Is Covid-19 one of them? Many, and probably most researchers, believe the virus came from bats and that … Continue reading "Penn Vet opens institute to study diseases spread from animals to humans"

    • 30 min
    New poll finds Pennsylvanians support mask mandates in school, split on vaccine mandates

    New poll finds Pennsylvanians support mask mandates in school, split on vaccine mandates

    Pennsylvanians don’t like how their leaders are handling COVID-19 twenty-two months into the pandemic but tend to support masking in schools and vaccines. That’s according to the latest Muhlenberg College Poll that focused on COVID. Neither President Joe Biden or Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf got high marks for how they’re handling COVID mitigation efforts. Pennsylvanians … Continue reading "New poll finds Pennsylvanians support mask mandates in school, split on vaccine mandates"

    • 16 min
    What does the nation’s economy really look like?

    What does the nation’s economy really look like?

    When asked about the nation’s economy, most Americans would probably not have much good to say about it. They would have evidence to back up their opinions too – inflation hit a 30-year high in October. Prices for essentials like gas, energy and food have been climbing. Meanwhile a new jobs report Friday found 210,000 … Continue reading "What does the nation’s economy really look like?"

    • 31 min
    “First Friday” focuses on holiday music and Art of the State

    “First Friday” focuses on holiday music and Art of the State

    December’s “First Friday” Smart Talk – a focus on arts and culture in Central Pennsylvania — features three separate conversations, including one about an art exhibit and two others highlighted by holiday music. The 54th annual “Art of the State” exhibit is at the State Museum of Pennsylvania now through January 2. Curator Amy Hammond … Continue reading "“First Friday” focuses on holiday music and Art of the State"

    • 49 min
    Covid, including what we know about omicron, answered

    Covid, including what we know about omicron, answered

    It was just a week ago that we heard about the omicron variant of the Covid-19 coronavirus. A week later, we still don’t know much about how transmissible or whether omicron can cause serious illness. Even without the new variant, the number of Covid cases in Pennsylvania is high. Tuesday’s case count of more than … Continue reading "Covid, including what we know about omicron, answered"

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 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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