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Smart Talk: Debate anlysis; Raw milk; Arnold Palmer

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 27, 2016 8:59 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, September 27, 2016:

Monday's presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump was hyped like a Super Bowl.  Between 50 and 100 million people were expect to watch.  But did either of the candidates help themselves or hurt their chances in November?

On Tuesday's Smart Talk, we'll discuss the debate with Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Professor, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Professor of Public Affairs, and Director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll.

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Raw milk, or milk that has not been pasteurized has been slowly creeping into retail refrigerators in recent years.  Advocates contend the processing of commercial milk strips it of healthy enzymes and nutrients and large corporate dairies taint the product with hormones and anti-biotics.

The FDA and CDC have opposed introducing raw milk to consumers, arguing unpasteurized milk contains dangerous pathogens including E. Coli, Salmonella and Listeria. 

It was that Listeria pathogen that was linked to a death in Florida, the milk traced to an organic farm in Bird-In-Hand dealing in raw milk.  The farm owner resisted USDA inspections until last week, when a federal judge issued a court order allowing inspectors on the property.

This, and previous cases, has pitted supporters of the raw milk movement against what they see as intrusion of a government more concerned with protecting corporate profits than the health of the citizens.  Government officials feel they are enacting policy that best suits the public's well-being.

We'll speak to a reporter who has closely covered the investigation into the Miller's Organic Farm as well as a raw milk advocate

One of Pennsylvania's native sons and one of the all-time great golfers Arnold Palmer died Sunday at the age of 87.  Palmer won seven major golf championships and 62 professional golf tour tournaments.  But it wasn't just his record on the golf course that made him a legend.  

Palmer expert Marino Parascenzo, a freelance golf writer who retired from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, joins us Tuesday.

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