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Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture, and the environment.  Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday October, 1, 2018:

The 2018 mid-term election is set for Tuesday, November 6. The midterms take place in the middle of President Donald Trump’s first term and many see the election as a refenrendum on Trump. Nationally, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested. Pennsylvania voters will also decide on between candidates for governor, as well as the state House of Representatives and half the state Senate. 

Smart Talk has invited the candidates for the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and governor to appear on the program so that voters can hear where they stand on the issues. The conversations are intended to allow candidates to state their positions and to provide information to voters to help them decide which candidates to support.

The first candidate is scheduled to be on Monday’s program.

Marc Friedenberg, is a Democrat, running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 12th Congressional District. The 12th District includes Perry, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, and Union Counties and parts of Northumberland and Montour Counties in the WITF listening area.


Marc Friedenberg,is a Democrat, running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 12th Congressional District.

Also on Monday’s Smart Talk, renowned historian and author Edward Ayers joins us to discuss new book The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America.  The book describes the destruction of slavery through a war that divides the nation followed by a political reconstruction that established the rights of formerly enslaved people. Dr. Ayers uses Franklin County as one of the locations that show how this era in American history transpired. 

Ayers, who is the 2018 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize Laureate, appears at Gettysburg College’s Lincoln Lyceum Lecture Series Wednesday night at 7.

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