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The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association announced the 2021 award winners of the Great Places in Pennsylvania contest, sponsored by their organization. To qualify for consideration, a place must fit into three categories: g
Climate change is a complicated and often frightening concept. Talking to kids about it, while necessary, can be difficult for anyone. Smart Talk Friday is joined by two guests who offer ways to present the problem through the lens of a beloved
This is the time of year that leaf peepers have waited for; fall colors exploding across the countryside. It’s been a slow fall foliage onset this year, as temperatures remain slightly above average allowing plants to continue producing green-s
There are some structures and engineering marvels that defy our imagination; projects that engineers with vision and expertise created and overcame incredible obstacles to complete. The Panama Canal, for example, was and still is an engineering
Social media giant Facebook is facing allegations of putting profit over safety. A previously anonymous whistleblower recently revealed thousands of pages of internal documents alleging the company “deceived the public and investors about their
The Christopher Columbus statue at Marconi Plaza in Philadelphia was “boxed” after the site became a location for violent protests in the wake of the George Floyd murder. A Commonwealth court recently ruled it will remain covered for the time b
Changes are coming to the way flood insurance rates are determined under the Federal Flood Insurance Program, which could raise rates significantly for some policy owners. The Federal Emergency Management Agency administers the program for the
The Supreme Court 2021 term began this month and it has been called the most important term in decades. Court watchers are zeroing in on several cases with big impact potential. Abortion rights and gun rights are two cases getting the most atte
There is a ‘crisis of care’ for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. The problem is emerging as a public health threat in the U.S. and Pennsylvania doesn’t appear to be ready to face the crisis, either. In the next 30 years, the number of
There is still so much we don’t know about the universe. In fact, scientists have only identified about a million solar system objects in space, and expect to find millions more in the next decade or so. National Geographic science writer Micha
Forensic Science-based TV programs are very popular on cable television channels, bringing out the inner sleuth in viewers hoping to solve the crime alongside the lead characters. Harrisburg University of Science and Technology opened a new sta
The pandemic fueled an interest in pet ownership, emptying animal rescue centers and straining veterinary care facilities. Pet ownership has actually experienced huge growth in the past twenty years, nearly doubling since 1998. Pets provide com
The Wolf Administration says a new plan can help the commonwealth reach its greenhouse gas reduction goals by 2050 and help avoid the worst effects of climate change. Gov. Tom Wolf is pushing to cut the state’s emissions 80 percent by 2050, com
[box]Listen to Smart Talk every weekday at 9am and 7pm on WITF 89.5 & 93.3. You can also stream WITF radio live on our website or ask your smart speaker to “Play WITF Radio.”[/box] Between April and June of 2021 more than 11 million people quit
[box]Listen to Smart Talk every weekday at 9am and 7pm on WITF 89.5 & 93.3. You can also stream WITF radio live on our website or ask your smart speaker to “Play WITF Radio.”[/box] Drive through rural Pennsylvania and there’s still a good chanc
Smart Talk is premiering a new and special feature – “First Friday.” The first Friday of every month we’re devoting the program to the arts, with particular attention to the arts in central Pennsylvania. We’ll talk with artists, musicians, acto
Pennsylvania-born Daniel Boone was perhaps America’s best-known and celebrated frontiersman when the frontier was west of the Appalachian Mountains. Boone made his name as a hunter and trapper early in his life but eventually led white American
The number of hate crimes almost doubled in Pennsylvania last year from 2019 and were up nationwide to the highest level since 2008. That’s according to the latest report from the FBI. There were 81 hate crimes investigated in Pennsylvania in 2
The U.S. has an obesity epidemic and the problem has been made worse by the pandemic. A small Harvard study showed an average weight gain in adults of almost 1.5 pounds each month, which would add up to about 25 pounds during the height of the
The Carter Center announced that WITF Health Reporter Brett Sholtis was selected as a 2021-2022 Fellow under the Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grant for Mental Health Investigative Journalism – a partnership between the Carter Center’s Men
  There are nearly 400 thousand children living in foster care in the United States, many entering the system as abuse, neglect or abandonment.  While it is likely the majority will eventually be reunited with a family member, nearly one-third
  Listen to Smart Talk every weekday at 9am and 7pm on WITF 89.5 & 93.3. You can also stream WITF radio live on our website or ask your smart speaker to “Play WITF Radio.” There are nearly 400 thousand children living in foster care in the Unit
Listen to Smart Talk every weekday at 9am and 7pm on WITF 89.5 & 93.3. You can also stream WITF radio live on our website or ask your smart speaker to “Play WITF Radio.” There are nearly 400 thousand children living in foster care in the United
Listen to Smart Talk every weekday at 9am and 7pm on WITF 89.5 & 93.3. You can also stream WITF radio live on our website or ask your smart speaker to “Play WITF Radio.” The COVID-19 pandemic is not going away anytime soon. Pennsylvania, and ot
Listen to Smart Talk every weekday at 9am and 7pm on WITF 89.5 & 93.3. You can also stream WITF radio live on our website or ask your smart speaker to “Play WITF Radio.” Sexual assault on college campuses is a problem and this time of year is e
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