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)
Smart Talk Friday is a fast-paced program featuring thoughtful and engaging conversations about the politics, policy and people who are shaping Pennsylvania’s future. Host Scott LaMar and WITF Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson invite your multimedia interaction before, during and after the program.
Hosts: Scott LaMar and Mary Wilson
What to look for on Smart Talk Friday:
Fighting blight is a challenge for most American cities. It takes money for one thing and not many cities have much to spare. Another problem is locating the people who own abandoned, falling down properties and getting them to either make repairs, clean up or even pay taxes on their properties.
WITF's new Keystone Crossroads project reporter, Emily Previti learned first hand how difficult that can be when she wrote about it for the Patriot-News/PennLive. Emily describes what she learned on Friday's program.
The federal government is considering new laws that would allow three-trailer trucks on highways and increase the maximum weight limits for tractor trailers. The thinking behind it is there would be fewer trucks on the road. Opponents say they would be dangerous.
The Carlisle Sentinel's Daniel Walmer reported the story this week and joins us with more information.
Gov. Tom Corbett is signing legislation to toughen the child abuse reporting requirements in schools. One of the bill's original sponsors -- Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) appears on Smart Talk Friday to explain.
Finally, country and bluegrass music superstar Ricky Skaggs headlines the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival next Saturday night, May 17. Skaggs talks to us about his career and music. The festival is scheduled for May 15-18. Learn more about it here.
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