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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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 Monday, June 9, 2014:
The court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania last month has been celebrated by some and criticized by others.
The federal judge who struck down Pennsylvania's law that defined marriage as only between a man and a woman as unconstitutional is no stranger to controversial decisions.
Judge John Jones III of the U.S. Middle District Court in Pennsylvania gained national attention for ruling the Dover, York County school board's attempt to add creationism to science classes was unconstitutional.
Neither case has been appealed because those who disagreed with the decisions could not find an error to challenge Judge Jones' rulings.
Judge John Jones appears on Monday's Smart Talk to explain his thinking and the basis for the same-sex marriage decision.
Judge John Jones and Scott LaMar
It's unusual for a federal judge to grant media interviews but Judge Jones says he views conversations like those on Smart Talk as opportunities to educate the public about the judiciary.
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