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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.

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Hosted by: Scott LaMar



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Hosted by: Matt Paul and Mary Wilson



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TV Smart Talk - Series Finale

Written by Nell McCormack Abom | Oct 16, 2013 11:00 AM

That’s a wrap! Smart Talk, witf-TV’s award-winning public affairs program, comes to an end after 13+ seasons with a finale special Thursday night at 8.

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Nell McCormack Abom, host of Smart Talk, witf-TV

We’ll highlight the people, politics and issues that have dominated the conversation in Central Pennsylvania for the last 13 years. You won’t want to miss the series finale of Smart Talk on witf-TV!

Our guests include G. Terry Madonna, Ph.D., director of the Franklin & Marshall College Center for Politics and Public Affairs and professor of Public Affairs; John Baer, columnist at the Philadelphia Daily News; Eric Epstein, coordinator of Rock the Capital; Jennifer Storm, executive director of the Dauphin County Victim/Witness Assistance Program; Peggy Morrison, a Gold Star Mother whose son, Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Morrison, was killed by a roadside bomb while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom in August 2004; Mehdi Noorbaksh, Ph.D., associate professor of International Affairs, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology; Scott LaMar, host and executive producer of Radio Smart Talk on witf; and, Tim Lambert, witf’s multimedia news director.

From the murder trial of former York Mayor Charlie Robertson to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State; from the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the election of Barack Obama as America’s first African-American president, Smart Talk has delved deeply into the public policy, political, social and cultural issues making headlines for more than a decade. Each week, Smart Talk engaged top-flight guests and viewers in a dynamic conversation designed to elevate public discourse and enhance our understanding of these complex stories.

Smart Talk has won multiple Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters’ Association awards and Emmy nominations since 2001. Host Nell McCormack Abom was honored with an Emmy as outstanding program host/moderator from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2011.

Join us as we bid farewell to Smart Talk, Thursday night at 8, on witf-TV.

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