Smart Talk

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.

Hosted by: Scott LaMar



TV Smart Talk: From politics to economy, from health care to the environment, WITF's TV Smart Talk covers the issues and ideas that matter to you. It's never been easier to discover and share the news and information of your world and ours.

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  • Rescue pets and shelters

    Written by Scott LaMar, Director of Radio Smart Talk

    Rescue pets and shelters

    Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, August 1:

    About two-thirds of American homes have companion animals or pets.  If ask, the majority would say their pet is a member of the family.  Most of the dogs and cats we have as pets are loved and cared for. 

    Unfortunately, there may be as many animals that don’t homes, are abandoned, don’t receive the kind of care they need, or are abused.

    Regrettably, these animals often wander the streets, don’t get enough food, and are sick.

    There are compassionate people and organizations that are working to help.

    Two of them will appear on Wednesday’s Radio Smart Talk – Castaway Critters and the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter will be represented on the program to discuss their efforts to place dogs and cats in loving homes and control the population through spaying and neutering.

    Did you know?

    • 26% of dogs are purchased from breeders
    • 20-30% of dogs and cats are adopted from shelters and rescues
    • Most pets are obtained from friends or family members
    • 25% of dogs who enter shelters are purebred
    • 10% of animals at shelters have been spayed or neutered
    • It’s estimated there are up to 70 million stray cats in the U.S.

    Listen to the program: {mp3remote}http://witf.vo.llnwd.net/o35/smarttalk/radiosmarttalk/RST_August012012.mp3{/mp3remote}

    Published in Smart Talk

    Tagged under Radio

    Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 19:47

  • Poll on statewide offices, Corbett, voter ID and Paterno; Methane gas migrations in Bradford County

    Written by Scott LaMar, Director of Radio Smart Talk

    Poll on statewide offices, Corbett, voter ID and Paterno; Methane gas migrations in Bradford County

    Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, July 31:

    The November election is just over three months away.  Almost every day, there’s a new poll on the presidential race between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.  However, there aren’t nearly as many polls that ask voters about their preferences on statewide offices in Pennsylvania.

    One of the season’s first came late last week from Public Policy Polling.  It asked Pennsylvanians who they favor between U.S. candidate Bob Casey Jr. and Tom Smith; Attorney General nominees David Freed and Kathleen Kane; Auditor General contenders Eugene DePasquale and John Maher and the two Treasurer candidates Rob McCord and Diana Irey-Vaughan. Entire results can be found here.

    On Tuesday’s Radio Smart Talk, we’ll learn what Pennsylvanians are thinking about the candidates, Gov. Tom Corbett’s performance, the state’s new voter ID law and the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

    Also, StateImpact PA reporter Scott Detrow updates a methane gas migration problem from a Bradford County natural gas drilling site.

    Listen to the program: {mp3remote}http://witf.vo.llnwd.net/o35/smarttalk/radiosmarttalk/RST_July312012.mp3{/mp3remote}

    Published in Smart Talk

    Tagged under Corbett, Energy, Environment, PA Politics, Penn State, Radio, StateImpact

    Monday, 30 Jul 2012 20:12

  • Young professionals look to midstate cities' futures and keeping the brightest close to home

    Written by Scott LaMar, Director of Radio Smart Talk

    Young professionals look to midstate cities' futures and keeping the brightest close to home

    Radio Smart Talk for Monday, July 30:

    If one does a Google search on the term “brain drain” related to Pennsylvania, they’ll find many articles from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s.  Does that mean the outward migration of young, educated people from Pennsylvania to larger cities or southern states has stopped?

    Over the past decade there seems to a bit more of a “brain gain” in midtstate cities.  More young people are deciding to live, work, and play in the region’s urban centers.  The city of Harrisburg is a good example.  The 2010 U.S. Census showed Harrisburg had more 24-36 years olds than ten years before.

    If a change has occurred and more young people are staying close to home, it probably is due to a concerted effort to keep them here.

    Young Professional organizations throughout the region have made stopping the best and brightest from leaving a goal.  Have they been successful?

    On Monday’s Radio Smart Talk, we’ll talk to two organizations about brain drain, planning for midstate cities’ futures, especially economically, and how young people are civically engaged.

    Appearing on the program will be Meron Yemane, president of Harrisburg Young Professionals and Michael Wilson, president of Carlisle Young Professionals.

    Listen to the program: {mp3remote}http://witf.vo.llnwd.net/o35/smarttalk/radiosmarttalk/RST_July302012.mp3{/mp3remote}

    Published in Smart Talk

    Tagged under Economy, Education, Jobs, MoneyWorks, Radio

    Friday, 27 Jul 2012 19:05

  • Providing dental care to disadvantaged kids; community gardens

    Written by Scott LaMar, Director of Radio Smart Talk

    Providing dental care to disadvantaged kids; community gardens

    Radio Smart Talk for Friday, July 27:

    The 2010 Affordable Care Act was designed to reduce the number of uninsured across the nation.  What it didn’t do for the most part is address the millions of Americans who have no dental insurance.

    Poor children in particular often go without regular checkups, preventive care and fillings when a tooth is decayed. 

    Fortunately, there are organizations offering dental care to children at little or no cost.  St. Joseph’s Health Ministries in Lancaster County is one of them.  Their oral health initiative Brush. Brush. Smile!  provides free dental care to economically disadvantaged children through two buses that are in effect mobile clinics.

    On Friday’s Radio Smart Talk, we’ll meet Dr. Robert Russo, the project’s dentist and Sean Reynolds, the president and CEO of St. Joseph Health Ministries.

    Also, we’ll explore community gardens with Lisa Sanchez a naturalist with the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department.

    Listen to the program: {mp3remote}http://witf.vo.llnwd.net/o35/smarttalk/radiosmarttalk/RST_July272012.mp3{/mp3remote}

    Published in Smart Talk

    Tagged under Health, Radio

    Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 18:02

  • Quecreek Mine rescue -- 10 years ago this week

    Written by Scott LaMar, Director of Radio Smart Talk

    Quecreek Mine rescue -- 10 years ago this week

    Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, July 26:

    In a world where tragedy seemingly occurs every day, the rescue of the Quecreek Nine in Somerset County ten years ago is a story that not only had a happy ending, but was a prime example of team work and heroism.

    On July 24, 2002, nine coal miners became trapped underground at the Quecreek Mine when a second adjoining mine was inadvertently breached – sending millions of gallons of water into Quecreek.  Over the next 77 hours, the world watched as rescuers, engineers, and many others used technology and ingenuity to bring the miners up alive from 240 feet underground.

    On tomorrow’s Radio Smart Talk, we’ll look back at Quecreek with former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweicker, whose leadership made him one of the heroes in the rescue, and Joseph Sbaffoni, who led the rescue efforts in 2002 and today is director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mine Safety.

    We’ll examine this history making event and what has changed in mine safety since then.

    Listen to the program: {mp3remote}http://witf.vo.llnwd.net/o35/smarttalk/radiosmarttalk/RST_July262012.mp3{/mp3remote}

    Published in Smart Talk

    Tagged under Energy, History, Radio

    Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 15:15

  • Copyright and free exchange of information

    Written by Scott LaMar, Director of Radio Smart Talk

    Copyright and free exchange of information

    Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, July 25:

    A few weeks ago, a Radio Smart Talk listener encouraged us to feature a program on copyrights and free exchange of information.

    It is a very timely topic.  With the technology available to us and our use of the internet, social media and new gadgets and devices, there are unending opportunities to access, copy or download materials that may be copyrighted.  Or maybe not.  Maybe they’re in the public domain.

    On Wednesday’s program, we’ll be joined by Tonya Evans, an associate professor of law at the Widener School of Law with expertise in the areas of intellectual property and entertainment law.

    Many of us share content we see but are we doing it legally and how do we find out for sure?

    Tune in to get answers to those questions and more.

    Listen to the program: {mp3remote}http://witf.vo.llnwd.net/o35/smarttalk/radiosmarttalk/RST_July252012.mp3{/mp3remote}

    Published in Smart Talk

    Tagged under Radio

    Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 19:28

  • Tough NCAA sanctions against Penn State reverberate

    Written by Scott LaMar, Director of Radio Smart Talk

    Tough NCAA sanctions against Penn State reverberate

    Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, July 24:

    The most severe punishment ever handed out by the NCAA to a college football program is still being digested by the Penn State faithful and the rest of the nation.  Sanctions against Penn State include a $60 million fine, a four-year post-season ban, a reduction of 10 football scholarships in each of the next four years, and vacating 112 wins from 1998 and 2011.

    The unprecedented NCAA actions came in response to Penn State officials' failure to report former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual assault of a young boy in a locker room and then trying to cover it up.

    On Tuesday's program, we'll hear from former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steeler Hall-of-Fame running back Franco Harris and a State College borough councilman who is concerned about how the penalties will affect business.

    What are your thoughts on the NCAA sanctions?

    Listen to the program: {mp3remote}http://witf.vo.llnwd.net/o35/smarttalk/radiosmarttalk/RST_July242012.mp3{/mp3remote}

     

    Published in Smart Talk

    Tagged under Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, Radio

    Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 11:41

  • Special Radio Smart Talk on NCAA sanctions against Penn State Monday night at 7.

    Written by Scott LaMar, Director of Radio Smart Talk

    Special Radio Smart Talk on NCAA sanctions against Penn State Monday night at 7.

    There will be more discussion and analysis of NCAA sanctions handed down today against Penn State and its football program on a special Radio Smart Talk program tonight at 7.

    The sanctions that many have called unprecedented include:

    • A $60 million fine
    • A four-year post-season ban
    • Penn State will vacate all football wins from 1998-2011
    • The number of football scholarships will be reduced from 25 to 15 in each of the next four years
    • Penn State will be on probation for five years

    The sanctions come less than two weeks after former FBI director Louis Freeh released details of his investigation that found Penn State administrators, including legendary coach Joe Paterno, covered up and failed to report to authorities that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually assaulted two young boys.  Freeh’s investigation found that Sandusky continued to sexually abuse children after those two incidents in 1998 and 2001.

    On tonight’s program, we’ll continue to hear reactions to the sanctions and answer a few of the questions that they raise.

    What are your thoughts on the NCAA sanctions?

    Published in Smart Talk

    Tagged under Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, Radio

    Monday, 23 Jul 2012 16:08

  • NCAA sanction announcement live and then analysis on Radio Smart Talk

    Written by Scott LaMar, Director of Radio Smart Talk

    NCAA sanction announcement live and then analysis on Radio Smart Talk

    Radio Smart Talk for Monday, July 23:

    Penn State football may never be the same.  The NCAA announces sanctions against the program Monday morning in response to the investigation conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh.  In his report, Freeh found that university officials, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno, failed to notify authorities after they learned former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused and assaulted at least two boys.

    Past NCAA sanctions often include a loss of scholarships, a ban from bowl games, and limited television appearances.  However, the organization has never punished an athletic program as the result of criminal acts.

    You can hear the NCAA announcement live at the start on Monday’s Radio Smart Talk program.  Afterwards, we’ll have analysis and what the sanctions will mean.

    Also, the statue of Paterno that stood outside Beaver Stadium was removed Sunday.  Penn State president Rodney Erickson said the statue was a source of division that is an obstacle to healing.  On Monday’s program, we’ll hear from the man who created the Paterno statue.

    Listen to the program: {mp3remote}http://witf.vo.llnwd.net/o35/smarttalk/radiosmarttalk/RST_July232012.mp3{/mp3remote}

    Published in Smart Talk

    Tagged under Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, Radio

    Sunday, 22 Jul 2012 19:33

  • What you should know about skin cancer

    Written by Scott LaMar, Director of Radio Smart Talk

    What you should know about skin cancer

    Radio Smart Talk for Friday, July 20:

    As part of witf’s continuing series Facing Cancer Together, Friday’s Radio Smart Talk will focus on skin cancer.

    Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.  It is diagnosed in more than two million people each year.

    Yet, many Americans, especially during the summer months, continue to expose themselves to the harmful rays of the sun without protection while they work, play or are on vacation.

    Would you know how to recognize skin cancer’s warning signs?

    The ABCD's of Melanoma (from the American Melanoma Foundation website):

    A sudden or continuous change in the appearance of a mole is a sign that you should see your doctor. The ABCD rule can help you remember the symptoms of melanoma:

     A for Asymmetry: One half is different than the other half. 

     B for Border Irregularity:  The edges are notched, uneven, or blurred. 

     C for Color:  The color is uneven. Shades of brown, tan,and black are present. 

     D for Diameter:  Diameter is greater than 6 millimeters.

    Other Melanoma Warning Signs:

    • The appearance of a new bump or nodule
    • Color spreads into surrounding skin
    • redness or swelling beyond the mole
    • pain
    • tenderness
    • itching
    • bleeding
    • oozing
    • scaly appearance

    Joining us on the program will be dermatologist, Dr. Christine Mackley of Brownstone Dermatology in Hummelstown and Sharon Swanger, a Lebanon County woman whose skin cancer spread to other organs.

    Please list details of any skin cancer screening events in the comments section below.

     

    Listen to the program: {mp3remote}http://witf.vo.llnwd.net/o35/smarttalk/radiosmarttalk/RST_July202012.mp3{/mp3remote}

    Published in Smart Talk

    Tagged under Facing Cancer Together, Health, Radio

    Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 20:20