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Smart Talk: Zika in PA? Super Bowl commercials

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 5, 2016 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, February 5, 2016:

Spread of the Zika virus in Brazil and other Latin American countries has raised concern in the United States.  Florida Gov. Rock Scott declared emergencies in four counties in his state after nine people were found to have the virus.  All are thought to have contracted the virus outside the U.S.

Those with the Zika virus present with flu-like symptoms most often and can recover quickly.  However, pregnant women who have the virus have delivered babies with birth defects.

The virus is spread by a certain type of mosquito.

Could Zika make its way beyond Florida into the United States and maybe even into Pennsylvania?

Dr. John Wallace, a medical entomologist and Pofessor of Biology at Millersville University tells us on Friday's Smart Talk.

Also, many of you will be watching the telecast of Sunday's Super Bowl for the commercials.  Since the broadcast typically has the largest audience of the year, advertisers run their best commercials during the game. 

What makes a successful or memorable Super Bowl commercial?

Messiah College professors Keith Quesenberry and David Hagenbuch lay out their theories on Friday's program.

Finally, WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson provides insight into Gov. Wolf's request for an additional $200 million in education spending in next year's budget.  That's on top of the $400 million Wolf asked for in the budget that wasn't completed this year.


John Wallace, David Hagenbuch & Keith Quesenberry

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  • garrie keyman img 2016-02-05 09:18

    I saw some material online yesterday in which it appeared the Zika virus can actually be purchased online. What the...?

    I also read some material about GM reportedly having genetically engineered some changes to the Zika virus and subsequently releasing mosquitos (infected with the genetically altered virus) back into the environment in the exact vicinity of the recent outbreaks where Zika has been linked to microcephaly -- which is not a result previously linked to contracting the virus.

    Very curious about both these pieces of information I encountered.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2016-02-05 10:09

    Matt in York emails…

    My sister is 3 months pregnant and has planned a 5 day vacation in South Florida in early March. How concerned should she be about the virus?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2016-02-05 10:09

    Jim emails….
    Do funny ads sell products? I've heard research says they don't. Please comment.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2016-02-05 10:10

    Bruce emails....
    Super bowl ad that's memorable: Cindy Crawford getting a Pepsi being watched by a young boy.

  • Scott LaMar img 2016-02-05 13:01

    Evan adds...
    Enjoyed your program on Super Bowl ads. Just wanted to let you know about another SOUPER BOWL. The West Shore Lutheran Churches have engaged in their own twist of Super Bowl. So far we’ve collected well over 10,000 cans of soup. I wouldn’t be surprised if after Sunday the total doesn’t reach over 15,000 cans of soup.