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Smart Talk: Mission Drift; ST spelling exhibition

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 14, 2014 2:33 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, February 18, 2014:

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Most non-profit organizations in this country are charities or provide service to people or their communities.  That’s almost always the case with faith-based non-profits. 

The mission or goals of non-profits are important to their existence – more so than for-profit or commercial enterprises who make money for their owners or stockholders. 

And that’s not to say that there aren’t commercial businesses who are good and caring citizens.  But as the world changes, can non-profits stay true to their missions – especially faith based organizations in a secular atmosphere and why does it matter?

Appearing on Tuesday's Smart Talk is Peter Greer, president and CEO of Hope International and author of the book Mission Drift.

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Peter Greer, president and CEO of Hope International and author of the book Mission Drift

Also, Patriot-News and PennLive Editorial and Opinions Page Editor John Micek provides information on their Harrisburg Next campaign to improve Harrisburg.  A public meeting that includes Mayor Eric Papenfuse is being held tonight at the City Hall Atrium located at 10 N. 2nd Street from 6-8.  Tonight's event is designed to create a community conversation with the mayor.  More information on the Harrisburg Next campaign can be found by visiting or on twitter at

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From left to right: Matt Zencey, PennLive's Deputy Opinion Editor & John Micek, Patriot-News and PennLive Editorial and Opinions Page Editor

Finally, the Central Pennsylvania Spelling Bee will be held at witf's Public Media Center this weekend.  To mark the event, we'll stage the annual Smart Talk Spelling exhibition Tuesday. 

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  • Joan Weaver img 2014-02-18 11:34

    The second syllable of "pharynx" is pronounced "inks," rather than "niks." This is a common mispronunciation, but it led today to the speller's error as he spelled it phonetically as it was pronounced. Had it been pronounced correctly, he might have spelled it correctly.

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