Mental Health Care Gets A Boost From 21st Century Cures Act

The 21st Century Cures Act that gained congressional approval on Wednesday has been championed as a way to speed up drug development, but it's also the most significant piece of mental health legislation since the 2008 law requiring equal insurance coverage for mental and physical health.The bill includes provisions aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic, strengthens laws mandating parity for mental and physical health care and includes grants to increase the number of psychologists and...
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The traditional narrative goes like this: After World War II, upper and middle class white families fled the inner cities for the suburbs. They were chasing the "American Dream" of white picket fences, two car garages and shopping centers you could drive to. The children of those Baby Boomers grew up, fought back and now, are moving back to the cities.

According to a new report from the Urban Land Institute's Terwilliger Center for Housing, the first part of that story is more true than the second part — so far.

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Moving goods on barges is big business, but the lock system those barges rely on teeters on the brink of failure.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on December 3, 2016, and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear John Sebastian, Keb' Mo’, Rev. Gary Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Mississippi John Hurt, The Black Keys, The Beatles, Etta James, Bob Dylan, Rory Gallagher, and more.

In hour two, hear Muddy Waters, Tommy Johnson, Arthur Gunter, Leo Kottke, Gil Scott Heron, Tedeschi-Trucks, Led Zepplin, Tad Benoit, Ry Cooder, and more. 

Ray Holley is your host for this episode of the Folk Show.  You’ll hear a wide range of styles and performances on this audio archive of a live radio broadcast.  The two-hour show is divided into two segments, in order to preserve the audio quality.     

Steve Van Hook is your host for this episode of the Folk Show.  You’ll hear a wide range of styles and performances on this audio archive of a live radio broadcast.  The two-hour show is divided into two segments, in order to preserve the audio quality.      

Laurel Zydney is your host for this episode of the Folk Show.  You’ll hear a wide range of styles and performances on this audio archive of a live radio broadcast.  The two-hour show is divided into two segments, in order to preserve the audio quality.   

WPSU Jazz Archive - Dec. 2, 2016

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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as hosted by Greg Halpin and broadcast on December 2, 2016. 

The first hour of the program has all new jazz releases from Carl Winther, the Rudy Royston Trio, the Nigel Price Organ Trio, Anthony Branker & Imagine, Lee Konitz & Kenny Wheeler Quartet, Keith Jarrett, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, Macy Gray, and Cameron Mizell. 

Polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans recognize the urgency of acting on human-induced climate change. Why then haven't we done more as a nation to address the problem?  Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann says politicians are doing the bidding of powerful fossil fuel interests while ignoring the long-term good of the people they’re supposed to represent.

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Time is running out for Pennsylvania coal miners. By January 1, 13,000 coal miners could lose their pensions and thousands their health care. Legislation called the Miners Protection Act would avert the loss of benefits, but the U.S. Senate has yet to schedule the bill for a vote.

From T.S. Eliot to Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson to Flannery O’Connor, faith and poetry have long been companions. Each is a guide, in its own way, to grace. In True, False, None of the Above, poet Marjorie Maddox tracks her own relationship with faith and doubt, and the repeated ways in which literature, faith, and students challenge and resurrect her beliefs.

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Theatre lovers who can’t get a ticket to the Broadway hit “Hamilton” have another option. An off-Broadway parody called “Spamilton” is running at the Triad Theatre through March.

The show is the brainchild of playwright and satirist Gerard Alessandrini (@ForbiddenGerard), who created the award-winning “Forbidden Broadway” parody show, which ran uninterrupted in New York for 25 years.

Episode 740: Burnout

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Exhaustion. Anxiety. Stress. Depression. Forgetfulness. Irritability. Screaming at large bodies of water. These are some symptoms of burnout.

Hospitals, tech companies, schools and law firms all struggle with burnout. Companies try to fix it. But burnout is really tough to solve. Even the psychologist who coined the term "burnout" had trouble preventing it. After working around the clock, he ended up burnt out.

Today on the show, why burnout is such a menace, and how a 26-year-old call center manager tried to beat it.

The slew of obituaries that have been published since Olympic diver Sammy Lee's death on Friday rightly highlight his conquest over racism and indignity on the way to winning gold medals in London and Helsinki nearly 70 years ago. As Greg Louganis, Lee's most famous protege, reflected in the Los Angeles Times, "At a time of intolerance, being Korean, he broke down racial barriers, setting an example of what it meant to be an Olympian."

Fake news played a bigger role in this past presidential election than ever seen before. And sometimes it has had serious repercussions for real people and businesses.

That's what happened to a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., recently, when an armed man claiming to be "self-investigating" a fake news story entered the restaurant and fired off several rounds.

Smoke hung in the air for days in Oakland's largely Latino Fruitvale district after a deadly fire broke out late Friday night in an artists' warehouse, leaving 36 people dead.

Like so much of the city, it's a neighborhood facing ripples of gentrification created by the tech boom in the Bay Area, which now has some of the highest rents in the country.

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Mental Health Care Gets A Boost From 21st Century Cures Act

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When It Comes To Wealthy Leaders, World Abounds With Cautionary Tales

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Study: Child Laborers In Bangladesh Are Working 64 Hours A Week

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Are You Of Two Minds? Michael Lewis' New Book Explores How We Make Decisions

We like to think our brains can make rational decisions — but maybe they can't.The way risks are presented can change the way we respond, says best-selling author Michael Lewis. In his new book, The Undoing Project, Lewis tells the story of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, two Israeli psychologists who made some surprising discoveries about the way people make decisions. Along the way, they also founded an entire branch of psychology called behavioral economics.Lewis is also the author of...
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What Smart Aliens Could Teach Us About Survival

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