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Smart Talk: Clinton leads Trump in PA; Penn State opens practice; Writing camp

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 5, 2016 3:40 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, August 5, 2016:

The political conventions are now history and even though it's not Labor Day yet, voters can't help but pay attention to this year's presidential campaigns.  Pennsylvania has been called a swing state so the nation is watching what's happening in the Keystone State.  The latest Franklin and Marshall poll released this week shows Democrat Hillary Clinton gaining on Republican Donald Trump.  Appearing on Friday's Smart Talk is Dr. G. Terry Madonna, political analyst and pollster, who will also discuss the current status of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race.

The Penn State Nittany Lion football team opened practice Thursday and there are a few changes this year.  Head Coach James Franklin is in his third year but there are new offensive and defensive coordinators and Christian Hackenberg has moved onto the NFL, so there will be a new starting quarterback.  Talk in the off season included discussion of a revamped Beaver Stadium and other schools bringing up the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal when recruiting.  Audrey Snyder, who covers Penn State for  DKPittsburghsports.com, will join us throughout the season including tomorrow.

Finally, did you know Central PA is home to a growing literary scene? It's embodied in Hippocampus Magazine, a publication whose mission "is to entertain, educate and engage readers and writers of creative nonfiction." They publish new work from emerging and established writers of creative nonfiction.  Next weekend, they're hosting the 2nd annual HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers in Lancaster. The conference will feature guests and presenters of local interest. Donna Talarico, Founder and Publisher of Hippocampus Magazine, joins us to discuss the conference and the magazine behind it.

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