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Smart Talk features deep dive into Healthy Pennsyvlania

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Sep 11, 2014 3:06 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday September, 12, 2014:


WITF's Mary Wilson will join guest host Ben Allen in studio with analysis of the week in politics. We'll look at the latest polling in the Governor's race, happenings at the Capitol, and maybe, just maybe, get Mary's thoughts on her ride in a B-17 plane that's visiting Harrisburg this weekend.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the state reached an agreement on an expansion of health insurance coverage recently, called Healthy Pennsylvania. But many details have since been filled in, and WITF's Transforming Health reporter Ben Allen sat down with Department of Public Welfare Secretary Bev Mackereth for a wide-ranging interview last week. 

You'll hear parts of the interview, and Ben will also explain what's going on with Healthy Pennsylvania - how could it affect you, what does it mean for lower-income Pennsylvanians, and what are the next steps?

Legendary documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has a 14 hour series on the Roosevelts starting Sunday on WITF-TV. Scott Lamar has talked with Burns before (like this interview on the Gettysburg Address), and we'll hear from him in an interview.

To close everything out, Scott Lamar talks with a current pilot of a B-17 bomber, used in World War II. One of the few planes that can still fly is at Capital City Airport this weekend. 

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  • John H. img 2014-09-12 08:12

    From the description sounds like the movie is one step from the movie "taken".