Smart Talk: A conversation with global traveler and PBS host Rick Steves

Rick Steves is a popular public television host and best-selling guidebook author. As the founder and owner of Rick Steves’ Europe, his travel business brings more than 30,000 people to Europe annually.

Over the past year, intercontinental travel has ground to a halt but that hasn’t stopped Steves from making plans for future trips. In a normal year, he spends about four months in Europe — researching guidebooks, fine-tuning his tour program, and filming his TV show.

WITF presents A Conversation with Rick Steves on Wednesday March 24 at 7pm. He joins Smart Talk Monday with a preview of that conversation and a look at what life is like at home and some of his behind-the-scenes adventures while traveling through Europe.

Thieves targeting vehicle parts for fast money

It may only take about two minutes and a wrench for a thief to steal your catalytic converter. Not bad, for a possible 200 dollar payoff.

Thieves target catalytic converters because they contain precious metals, like platinum, palladium or rhodium, that are valuable to metal dealers.

With the lure of an easy hit, how can a vehicle owner protect their car from being a target? Steve Wheeler, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Auto Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) appears on Smart Talk Monday to offer insight.