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Smart Talk: Political Junkie; New Dick Winters book; PA family records available online

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 6, 2014 4:11 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday November 7, 2014:

The Political Junkie Ken Rudin appears on Friday's Smart Talk to wrap up this historic week. 

Tuesday's election was dominated by Republicans here in Pennsylvania and across the country, with one notable exception -- Democrat Tom Wolf defeated incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett.

Ken looks at the national results and what they mean for the Obama Administration and Congress.  The question everyone is asking is whether they can work together or will there be gridlock in Washington?

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Also, Dick Winters lived a quiet life in Hershey after World War II.  That is until he became known around the world for his service as the commander of Easy Company in the book and film Band of Brothers.  Since then Major Winters has been recognized as one of the nation’s most remarkable leaders during the war. 

A new book is out called Conversations with Dick Winters: Life Lessons from the Commander of the Band of Brothers.  The book’s author retired Col. Cole Kingseed joins us on the program.


For Pennsylvanians who are interested in genealogy and their own family histories, there’s big news.  More than seven million deaths records are now available online thanks to a collaboration between the Pennsylvania State Archives and Ancestry

David Carmicheal, State Archivist and Jonathan Stayer, Supervisor of Reference Services with the Pennsylvania State Archivesr appear on the show.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-11-07 09:44

    Lesley in Lancaster emails:

    I am concerned by the misinformation and misrepresentation of the speaker on your show this morning (unfortunately, I did not catch his name since I was only briefly in the car).

    He compared President Obama to President Clinton and stated that post-mid-term election losses to the Republicans, President Clinton was more expressive about being willing to work with the Republican's than President Obama. However, here is an except from President Obama's speech on 11/5 -

    "Today I had a chance to speak with John Boehner and congratulated Mitch McConnell on becoming the next Senate majority leader. And I told them both that I look forward to finishing up this Congress’s business and then working together for the next two years to advance America’s business.
    And I very much appreciated Leader McConnell’s words last night about the prospect of working together to deliver for the American people.
    On Friday, I look forward to hosting the entire Republican and Democratic leadership at the White House to chart a new course forward."

    Additionally, your speaker stated that President Obama has not been willing to compromise. If he recalls when President Obama was elected for his first term, there was much commentary on how he was taking a page from President Lincoln's strategy to build a cabinet of differing opinions. His willingness to compromise became the fodder of jokes given it seemed he was acquiescing to more of what the Republicans wanted than the Democrats.

    President Obama could have began his term in the fashion of many Republican presidents and commenced an investigation to discredit the previous president. There certainly was enough material between the financial crash, post-9/11 war efforts, and Bush's preemptive strike! Instead, President Obama got down to the business of trying to clean up Bush's mess. Unfortunately, neither the Democrats or the Republicans met President Obama on the high road he tried to foster. His more emboldened efforts to forge ahead without seeking compromise seems a direct response to the blockades created by the Republican party, especially those from the more conservative Tea Party members.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-11-07 09:45

    Lisa emails:

    I've found several death certificates referencing a cemetery name that cannot be found today. Local historical societies do not know of a cemetery of that particular name. Is there any way of finding out either what happened to this cemetery or what its present name is through records in the state archives?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-11-07 09:49

    Lee in York emails:

    I went through your site and when I got to the death records, Ancestry wants me to sign up for the service and charge me. Did I miss something?

  • Scott LaMar img 2014-11-07 10:31

    Manuel writes...
    I have been able to trace my family history back to the early 1800’s, and have hit a brink wall in Ulster Ireland. Can you give any hints for where to go from here?

  • Scott LaMar img 2014-11-07 10:33

    Lee adds...
    There are actually 2 Republican parties in Congress and neither one has a majority. How many things do the two Republican groups have where they can actually find a majority to pass a law? It seems to me that in the house, there are no actual laws that be passed by Republicans in the House and get 218 GOP votes. Then there is the Senate. They are like the PA legislature.

    There are no Bob Doles today.