Here's your chance to sample sets from a variety of WPSU Folk Show Hosts.  If you like what you hear, check out other episodes from our audio archives,  and listen live every weekend on the WPSU-FM, WPSU-3, or on-line at   Saturday afternoons from 1-5, Sunday afternoon from 12-2, and Sunday night from 10PM to midnight.  

There is a new essential read for anyone interested in human evolution. An important question in this debate has always been why did modern humans survive and the Neanderthals did not? Personally, I find the topic fascinating. That’s why I picked up the recently published book “The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction.” Written by anthropologist and retired Penn State professor Pat Shipman, it makes some interesting arguments.

The Folk Show Sun, July 26, 10PM-midnight

Jul 27, 2015

Music from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Don Lowe, Sara Milonovich, Jon Rounds, Tim Grimm, Hannah Bingman, Atwater-donnelly, East Side Dave & The Mountain Folk Band, Eric Taylor, Don White, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Doug Irwin , Eamon O'Leary and Jefferson Hamer, Harmonious Wail, Ben Bedford, Andrew McKnight, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Lowen & Navarro, The Boxcar Lilies, Michael Jerling, Mustard's Retreat, New Found Road , No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow, The Outside Track, Peter, Paul & Mary, Rod MacDonald, and Lauren Sheehan  

The Folk Show Sat, July 25, 3-5PM

Jul 27, 2015

Music from Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Rose Laughlin, Joe Jewell & Feather Stone, James Keelaghan, Christine Lavin, Keola Beamer, Dan Hazlett, Steve Black, Paul Campbell, Jem Moore & Ariane Lydon, Ana Moura, Moving Cloud, Charlie Waller & Country Gentlemen, Kristin Hall, Dennis Cahill & Martin Hayes, D.C. Anderson, Wynn Osborne, Grant Rogers, Lauren Sheehan, Chad Mitchell Trio, Nora Rendell, La Rondinella, Brian Vardigans, Mary Black, Frank Proffitt, Patty Larkin, Aileen Vance, "Natural" Bob Holdsworth, and the House Band


The Folk Show Sat, July 25, 1-3PM

Jul 27, 2015

Music from Tim Grimm, Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie, April Verch, Patty Griffin, Rhonda Vincent, David Grisman Quintet, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, The Boxcar Lilies, Danny Schmidt, Joel Mabus, Greg Trooper, The Barefoot Movement, Don Lowe, Dolly Parton, Ben Bedford, John Flynn, Tim Grimm, Leonard Cohen, Van Wagner, Jim Colbert, Sara Watkins, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Leo Kottke, Erin Condo, Bruce Springsteen, The Steel Wheels, Leo Kottke, Johnny Cash, Robert Hunter, Uncle Earl, The Matt Brown, and Jonathan Richman.  

Richard Smith leads off July's Folk Show Road Show with a concert recorded in May at the Wagon Shed.  You'll hear why Smith is a member of the Thumbpicker's Hall of Fame,  and some great songs from him as well.   In the second hour,  rising Nashville star Margo Price and her group the Price Tags lights up the Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks in Millheim. 


Friday, July 17 at 11:00am & Monday, July 20 at 8:00pm.

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, we hear the Penn State Chamber Orchestra in a suite from Handel’s Water Music; and the Dvorak Cello Concerto, from a recording by the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic featuring Penn State cellist Kim Cook and PSU conductor Gerardo Edelstein.

Paula Kerger is president and CEO of PBS.  She's been included on the Hollywood Reporters Women in Entertainment Power 100 List for the past eight years.  We talked with her about the latest developments at PBS, about the importance of the PBS mission in our communities, and about PBS after Downton Abbey.

Creamery Celebrates Anniversary with New Flavor

Jul 17, 2015

During the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Penn State's Berkey Creamery continued its 150th anniversary celebrations by unveiling its newest flavor, birthday cake. Earlier in the summer, Creamery fans voted for the newest addition to the menu and birthday cake received more than 2,000 votes. 

Eight restaurant owners and managers in the State College area are facing federal charges of conspiring to transport, harbor and conceal undocumented workers to work in their restaurants, according to the Department of Justice. The U.S. Attorney’s office filed the charges Thursday in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg.

The charges follow raids of several area restaurants in 2014, including My Thai, Penang Asian Fusion Cuisine, China Dragon, College Buffet, Chen’s Mongolian Buffet, Hunan Wok, Fuji & Jade Garden, and 100 Degrees Hot Pot.


Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Chert Hollow Farm sits nestled between rows of tall trees and a nearby stream in central Missouri. Eric and Joanna Reuter have been running the organic farm since 2006. That means they don't plant genetically modified crops and can only use a few approved kinds of chemicals and fertilizers."We've traditionally raised about an acre and a half of pretty intensively managed produce, so it's a very productive acre and a half," Eric Reuter says.Their neighbors grow acres of conventional corn and...
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New Ebola Vaccine Has '100 Percent' Effectiveness In Early Results

In a development that could change the way the deadly Ebola disease is fought, researchers have announced promising results of a new vaccine's trial in Guinea, one of several countries affected by a historic outbreak in West Africa."The estimated vaccine efficacy was 100 percent," a team of researchers say.The trial was called Ebola ça Suffit — French for "Ebola that's enough." Funded by the World Health Organization and other groups, it started in April and ended on July 20, relying on...
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Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide

A member of the All Things Considered family has died. Alan Cheuse, who reviewed books on our air nearly every week since the early 1980s, passed away today after a car accident in California two weeks ago. He was 75 years old.In two minutes every week, Alan paid his respects to good writing in his soft, intense, passionate voice.Who ever read as much as Alan did? When he wasn't reading, he was teaching — over the years at Bennington, the University of Virginia, University of Michigan, and...
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She Owes Her Activism To A Brave Mom, The ADA And Chocolate Cake

To Haben Girma's grandmother, back in East Africa, it "seemed like magic." Her granddaughter, born deaf and blind, is a graduate of Harvard Law School and works as a civil rights attorney.It's easy to understand why the grandmother feels that way. Years before, she had tried to find a school in Eritrea for Girma's older brother, who was also born deaf and blind. She was turned away. There were schools for blind children and schools for deaf children. But no school would teach a child who was...
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Federal Court Places A Stay On Order Compelling NCAA To Pay Athletes

One day before a district court ruling was to go into effect that would force the NCAA to allow colleges to pay student-athletes $5,000 per year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has placed a stay on that order.The ruling comes nearly a year after a district court judge ruled that the "NCAA violated antitrust laws when it said college athletes couldn't be compensated for the use of their names and likenesses," as we reported last August. The NCAA appealed the decision.The NCAA requested...
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'Rogue Nation' Fulfills The Mission Of A Reliable Blockbuster Series

The most mercilessly thrilling action sequence of 2015 is still the entirety of Mad Max: Fury Road. But a credible challenger has at last arrived in the perilously punctuated Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, a super-fun sequel that spends its best 15 minutes at the Vienna State Opera.In this masterful set piece, various constituencies of spy and counterspy angle to assassinate or protect the Chancellor of Austria, who's watching Puccini's Turandot from a balcony box — oblivious, like the...
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Can Healthy Eating Reverse Some Cancers?

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Fighting CancerAbout Dean Ornish's TED TalkDr. Dean Ornish studied how lifestyle changes could help people with chronic heart disease; he wanted to figure out if there was a way to do the same with patients with some types of cancer.Read Dr. Ornish's studies about prostate cancer, intensive nutrition and lifestyle intervention and other topics.About Dean OrnishDean Ornish is the author of Eat More, Weigh Less. Ornish is best known for his lifestyle-based...
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Dispute Emerges Over Drone Shot Down By Kentucky Man

A Kentucky homeowner is arrested for shooting down a civilian drone he said was invading his family's privacy. The drone's owner insists that he did nothing wrong, in the latest case that highlights both confusion and concerns over the legal use of drones.William Meredith, 47, of Bullitt County, Ky., was arrested after he used his shotgun to bring down a drone that he said hovered above his property in Hillview, a suburb of Louisville."Sunday afternoon, the kids — my girls — were out on the...
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A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Before Sarah Hepola got sober five years ago, she considered alcohol to be "the fuel of all adventure." These adventures included taking off her clothes in public, pouring beer on people's heads and waking up in strangers' beds. Frequently, Hepola didn't remember these incidents afterward because she had been in an alcohol-induced blackout."A blackout is very different from passing out," Hepola tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "You're still walking and talking and interacting with people, but...
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In Cambodia, Rats Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Land Mines And Save Lives

It's 5:45 in the morning, and in a training field outside Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat, Cambodia's demining rats are already hard at work. Their noses are close to the wet grass, darting from side to side, as they try to detect explosives buried just beneath the ground.Each rat is responsible for clearing a 200-square-meter (239-square-yard) patch of land. Their Cambodian supervisor, Hulsok Heng, says they're good at it."They are very good," he says. "You see this 200 square meters? They...
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In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

When engineers at Ford want to see how a new car handles, they take it to a large track with loops and straightaways. But that traditional testing ground isn't much help to Randy Visintainer, director of Ford's autonomous vehicles program."For an autonomous vehicle, what you really want to have is more of like an urban environment: buildings, blind intersections, simulation of pedestrians coming out in front of you, things like that," Visintainer says.He's now got access to that at MCity, a...
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What Does It Mean To Be A "Cancer Survivor"?

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Fighting CancerAbout Debra Jarvis' TED TalkDebra Jarvis had breast cancer, but it doesn't define her, she says. Jarvis explains how clinging to the identity of "survivor" sometimes stifles personal growth.About Debra JarvisDebra Jarvis is an ordained minister and a writer. She was formerly a chaplain at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and has also served as a pastoral consultant for volunteer groups caring for people with AIDS and MS. Jarvis the author...
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Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks From July

Recommended Dose, our monthly column of the best in underground dance music, took June off while we argued over our favorite tracks of the first half of 2015. (You can see them here and listen to them here.) So we broke the rules and included a few cuts from June that we didn't hear while hunkered down in the NPR Music war room.Our mix this month features boogie from Australia, funk and techno from London, deep house from Paris, broken beats from Berlin, and a remix of one of last year's most...
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What Selfies Tell Us About Ourselves And How Others See Us

Ramona Martinez is a production assistant at NPR who worked on an All Things Considered story earlier this week about the culture and meaning of selfies. Here, she offers a selfie postscript that further parses philosophical issues not covered in the piece.We can probably all agree that smartphones are now an inseparable part of ourselves (if you can afford one, that is), and so is the Internet. Whether that's a good thing is still undergoing intense philosophical scrutiny.What is not up for...
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Four Composers, One (Nearly) Impossible Mission To Reinvent A Classic Theme

When Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation hits theaters Friday, it'll be the fifth time its iconic theme music reverberates in theaters. Composer Joe Kraemer will have become the fourth to take up the mantle of translating that music, a 1960s TV theme song that's stayed permanently young, to a theatrical score.The Mission: Impossible theme everyone knows was written in 1966 by Argentinian jazz pianist Lalo Schifrin, who had come to the U.S. a few years earlier with Dizzy Gillespie's band. He'd...
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In The Middle Of A Whirlwind, Miranda Lambert Shares The Spotlight

There was a time when rock critics regularly described Miranda Lambert as some sort of vengeful, arson-happy, petite, blond Amazonion, thanks both to the potent imagery in some of her early singles and the critical tendency to view the characters which inhabit country songs in a narrow, literalistic light, as opposed to an imaginative one. It took several years, and a decidedly reflective radio hit or three, for her to supplant the cartoon version of her with the identity of a gutsy, complex...
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The Most Popular High School Plays And Musicals

True, I never basked in the glow of the high school stage. But I have fond memories of working behind the scenes, as stage crew. Dressed in black, I rushed the bed onstage for Tevye's dream sequence in Fiddler on the Roof.I've also spoken with many people who weren't involved in theater at all but can still — for some reason — remember the shows their schools performed.There's just something about the high school stage.Recently, my mom told me that she and her best friend, Chris, had been...
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Marine Version Of F-35 Deemed 'Combat Ready'

Updated at 2 p.m. ETEighteen years and nearly $400 billion since engineers begin outlining the initial concept, a small squadron of F-35B Lightning IIs has finally been declared ready to fight.Ten of the stealthy fighters, which have experienced numerous cost overruns and delays over the years, will begin flying with the U.S. Marine Corps' 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (VMFA-121) based in Yuma, Ariz., after the planes are officially deemed "combat ready" in an announcement today."The U.S. Marine...
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Help Wanted: The Philippines Needs More Exorcists

Alvin Bailon and his wife were at their wits' end last September. Their 12-year-old son, an honors student, had begun having anxiety attacks, mostly about school. "And then all of a sudden he would slowly lose consciousness," Bailon recalls. "We term it as doze off. He would doze off and he would fall down slowly."They brought him to three doctors, had his brain scanned (no irregularities were found), tried all sorts of anxiety pills prescribed by doctors. They even went to healers who use...
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Turn Your Old Clunker into Public Radio

Got an old car? The Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program will take it, and turn it into great public radio programs on WPSU-FM. To donate your car, visit the link below or call 1-866-789-8627. Thanks!

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