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Smart Talk: Political Suicide; Whisky festival

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 28, 2016 4:09 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, October 28, 2016:

Before you conclude that the 2016 presidential campaign is the strangest ever, read Erin McHugh's book Political Suicides: Missteps, Peccadillos, Bad Calls, Backroom Hijinx, Sordid Pasts, Rotten Breaks and Just Plain Dumb Mistakes in the Annals of Americans Politics.  It is WITF and Aaron's Books Pick-of-the Month for the month of October.

What McHugh's book shows is that there have been a lot of bizarre politics and politicians over the past 240 years in the United States.  Many of them have ties to Pennsylvania like Daniel Sickles, a former Congressman who almost lost the Battle of Gettysburg for the Union, lost a leg during the battle, saved the leg to view, had affairs with a prositute and the Queen of Spain and killed the son of Star-Spangled Banner author Francis Scott Key for having an affair with Mrs. Sickles, but was acquitted by pleading temporary insanity.

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Erin McHugh (photo: WBSM)

Erin McHugh tells stories like that on Friday's Smart Talk.

Also, the first Central Pennsylvania Whisky Festival is scheduled for Saturday at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg. 

You're probably familiar with wine and craft beer festivals but a whisky festival is new to this part of the state.  Events highlighting whisky have been successful in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

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Pam Bernd - Head of Luxury Division, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is a partner in the whisky festival that include world-renowned brands, luxury spirits, as well as highly-rated, reserve and small batch products for sampling, according to the festival website.    The tasting list will feature more than 200 varieties of whisky, scotch, bourbon, vodka, gin, rum, tequalia and other cordials.

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Andrew Martin - Owner, Thistle Finch Distillery

Appearing on the program are Pam Bernd, Head of the Luxury Division for the Pennsylvania LCB and Andrew Martin, owner and proprietor of Thisle Finch Distillery in Lancaster.


for Erin McHugh:

In the murder case Sickles had about 24 attorney and he used temporary insanity and it was the first time it was used for a case.     - Amy

on whiskey:

Are there any distilleries working with other companies to make local brandies?      - Manuel 

How much are the tickets and what do I get ?  With over 200 liquors is the tasting unlimited ?   - Jim

Why are you charging so much for designated driver tickets? It seems like the big turn-off for somebody to want to do the right thing.   -anon

 Any chance of a US made Absinthe?     - Manuel


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