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RST: NPR's Tamara Keith with insight on shutdown and Congress; Life of Milton Hershey

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 17, 2013 2:56 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Friday, October 18, 2013:

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The 16-day partial government shutdown is now history and the U.S. has averted a default on its debts -- for the time being.

The bill signed by President Obama Thursday morning keeps the government running until January 15 and extends the nation's debt limit until February 7.  Will we see another up-against-

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NPR's Tamara Keith

the-deadline crisis before those two dates?  How divided is this Congress?  It took some cooperation between the two parties in the senate to get a deal done.  Can that continue?  Are members of Congress really representing their constituents?

NPR's Congressional Correspondent Tamara Keith joins us on Radio Smart Talk Friday to provide eyewitness observations about the last two weeks and Congress.

Also, Milton S. Hershey is a Central Pennsylvania icon -- not just for his chocolate empire but as someone who built the quintessential factory town and as a philanthropist.

More than 70 years after his death, we often hear the question asked, "What would Mr. Hershey do?"  That's how much influence he has even today.

Many Central Pennsylvanians know the highlights of Hershey's life but what don't we hear in the short biographies and what can we learn from his story?

Joining us on Friday's program are Pam Whitenack, Director of Hershey Community Archives and Lawrence Knorr, who compiled the book, The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey.


Pam Whitenack and Lawrence Knorr chat before joining Scott in studio.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-10-18 08:22

    Tom from Harrisburg emails:

    The big lesson I hope we have learned is that in we need congressional redistricting reform.

    To have so many "Safe" seats by both parties is the antithesis of what our forefathers envisioned.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-10-18 09:05

    This email comes from Fiona in Australia:

    After a recent visit to the Milton Hershey School I was astounded to see the philanthropy of this scale. What I enjoyed the most was the tour along the Hall of Fame. It was wonderful to see what has become of some of the Graduates.

    If they had not been given the opportunities at Milton Hershey School, these people would never have achieved these worthy professions. The Milton Hershey school is a magnificent establishment.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-10-18 09:09

    Randy weighs in on the Milton Hershey discussion via email:

    I am late in responding but I would like to hear the real story ....regarding chocolate.

    One day Mr Hershey entered a competitors store & sees a chocolate drop - he finds the drop interesting to say the least ... he takes the idea - the popularity of the chocolate drop - he takes out a restrictive patent - on what is Now the Hershey kiss.

    The loser? Well a quick visit to Lititz will tell you the rest of the the story - for the Wilbur bud is the forerunner to the Hershey kiss - this event took place in Lancaster, Pa.!

    Even today the bud was or is restricted to distribution under this business matter...

    • Pam Whitenack img 2013-10-18 11:08

      I don't know the history of Wilbur Buds (such as when they were introduced) but the term "Kiss" was a common confectionery term, denoting a bite sized confection. In the late 19th century, confectioners sold taffy kisses, caramel kisses, marshmallow kisses, etc. Hershey's milk chocolate kisses were introduced in 1907. Prior to Hershey's Kisses, Milton Hershey produced "Sweethearts" another conical shaped dark chocolate product. Hershey didn't trademark his milk chocolate Kisses until 1923.

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