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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, October 23, 2013:
About 40 million people watched at least part of the U.S. women's World Cup victory over China in 1999. It was the biggest audience for a women's sporting event ever and is still the most people to watch a soccer game on TV in this country.
Those kind of success stories are rare when it comes to media coverage of women's sports and female athletes.
Elizabethtown College professor Dr. Kelly Poniatowski says her research indicates women's sports don't attract large audiences but it may be because not many are broadcast or are promoted on TV period.
Dr. Poniatowski appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk program to discuss her findings that include the differences in how women and men's sports are covered. For example, commentators often focus on the background of female athletes and tell stories about them. That doesn't happen often during the broadcast of a men's sporting event.
Media also often pay particular attention to women athletes who are physically attractive.
Superior Court candidate Victor Stabile
Also, Smart Talk listeners said during Monday's program on merit selection of judges that they didn't know much about the candidates for Pennsylvania Superior Court -- the one statewide race voters will decide November 5.
Republican candidate Victor Stabile answers questions about his candidacy on Wednesday's show.
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