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Smart Talk: Pope in front of Congress; Ike birthday; Pivotal presidential elections

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 24, 2015 3:49 PM
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Pope Francis listens to applause before addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, making history as the first pontiff to do so. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, September 25, 2015:

Pope Francis delivered an historic address to a joint session of Congress Thursday at the Capitol.

In his speech, he called for action on behalf of immigrants, and end to the death penalty and protection for human life.

Francis also called for action on climate change.

Members of Congress from both political parties gave the Pope standing ovations on several occasions.

What did Pennsylvania's Congressional delegation think of the Pope's message?

Laura Olsen of the Allentown Morning Call's Washington Bureau was at the Capitol and joins us on Friday's Smart Talk.

Also, October 14 is the 125th birthday of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Eisenhower lived on a farm outside Gettysburg after he left the White House in 1961.  Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute is hosting a series of public events Saturday to celebrate the life and legacy of President Eisenhower.  Appearing on the program is Jeffrey Blavatt, the Executive Director of Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute.

Finally, the 2016 presidential race has already made history for the sheer number of candidates running, how closely it's being followed and how intense it is so early before the actual election.  But will it be history making in others ways?  Will it be an election that significantly alters the course of the nation?  

Smart Talk features a discussion of several elections that did just that.

Margaret O'Mara, author of Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections that Shaped the 20th Century is on Friday's Smart Talk..

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  • jjones img 2015-09-25 09:52

    I love the Pope's reminder to Congress that "You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics." Politics is NOT a dirty word - it's the tool we use to get along together, to move forward...