Senate candidate Lou Barletta (R) / 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”


FILE PHOTO: A voter casts a ballot. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, October 26, 2018:

Election day is now less than two weeks away. These midterm elections take place in the middle of President Donald Trump’s first term. Nationally, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested. Pennsylvania voters will go to the polls for the Governors’ office, as well.

Smart Talk invited candidates for the U.S.Senate, House of Representatives and the Governors office to appear on the program so that voters can hear where they stand on the issues. Hear the candidates here.

On Friday’s Smart Talk is Congressman Lou Barletta, a Republican running for Senate against incumbent Senator Bob Casey (D). Barletta serves as a U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 11th congressional district since 2011.


Congressman Lou Barletta (R)

Also, this year is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The book has legions of fans across the globe and inspired scores of movie adaptations; more than any novel in history. The general theme involves a mad scientist raising a “creature” from the dead; spooking generations of horror enthusiasts.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is commemorating the bicentennial of the novel by launching “Frankenreads”: a “Bloomsday”-style collection of events celebrating Frankenstein. Events are taking place at libraries and universities around the world, culminating in a series of full-length live readings of the novel on Halloween, October 31, 2018.

Joining Smart Talk to discuss the novel and some of the misconceptions surrounding the story is Professor Ashton Nichols, a 19th and 20th century British literature scholar from Dickinson College.


Professor Ashton Nichols