On the Tuesday January 2nd, 2018 edition of WITF’s Smart Talk:
On the first edition of Smart Talk in 2018, we would like to talk to you, the listeners, about the issues and discussions you want to hear this year. Many of the topics from the past year will continue into 2018. We are committed to shining a spotlight on the region’s opioid crisis, legislative re-districting, the impact of the state’s natural gas boom, the #MeToo sexual improprieties movement, the tenor of political and civil discourse and topics in the news in both our communities and around the world.
The year 2017 will be remembered for issues that had a great impact on the lives on Americans and Pennsylvanians. The first year of the Trump Administration brought with it a significant change in direction for the country and its policies — changes that generated sometimes loud and passionate discussion. Can the pace of bombshell news continue in 2018? Already, the president has accused Pakistan of taking billions of dollars in American aid without helping in the fight against the Taliban and terrorism.
Politics will be a big part of our reporting and Smart Talks in 2018. Pennsylvania has a gubernatorial election, Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey is up for re-election and so are all the members of Pennsylvania Congressional delegation as well as the entire state House and half the Senate.
Often the media was taken to task by President Trump and his supporters. One of the charges was that some journalists were out of touch with news consumers. Tuesday’s Smart Talk is the perfect opportunity to identify the issues and stories important to you.
Host Scott LaMar will be joined by WITF news director Tim Lambert to discuss both the stories on the horizon and take your phone calls and emails on what topics and stories you would like to hear on Smart Talk this year.