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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 airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

Listen to Smart Talk live online from 9-10 a.m. weekdays and at 7 p.m. (Repeat of 9 a.m. program)

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Radio Smart Talk encore: Diane Rehm

Written by witf | Apr 10, 2013 2:00 PM

On April 11, we will be re-airing a show from March 14 on Diane Rehm. Please note that we will not be taking calls during this show, as it is not live.


The Diane Rehm Show has more than 2.4 million listeners each week on public radio stations across the country, including witf.  However, numbers alone don't tell the stories of Diane Rehm and one of the nation's most successful talk shows.

Rehm visited the witf Public Media Center studios to describe her journey from assistant producer at WAMU in Washington D.C. to hosting a national radio program.

Along the way, Rehm has won a Personal Peabody Award, which is considered one of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting, written three books, and interviewed some of the most interesting people in the world.  Rehm became the first radio talk show host to interview a sitting president in the Oval Office when she sat down with President Bill Clinton at the White House in 2000.

Of course, the Diane Rehm Show is unique in other ways.  Probably the most noticeable is Diane's voice.  In 1998, her career almost ended when she was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological voice disorder that causes strained, difficult speech.  Rehm has brought attention to the condition and addresses it on Friday's show.

Diane Rehm's appearance in Central Pennsylvania is supported by Roof Advisory Group, Investment and Financial Planning Services.

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