At Least 13 Dead, 100 Injured After Van Strikes Crowd In Barcelona, Officials Say

Updated at 10:15 p.m. ET Late Thursday afternoon in Barcelona, Spain, the tranquility of a tree-lined pedestrian pathway was shattered by a bloody vehicular attack that killed more than a dozen people and prompted a manhunt. The driver's whereabouts were still unknown as of early Friday local time, police say. A white van drove into a crowd of people on the famous Las Ramblas boulevard, killing at least 13 people and injuring at least 100, according to the Catalan government. The driver of...

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The State College Area School District issued a statement on Thursday, condemning acts of violence and hatred in Charlottesville. In the statement, the School District calls for inclusiveness.

The statement condemns racial and ethnic prejudice. Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said, students are going to raise questions, and as a new school year approaches, the schools are ready to have this conversation. 

photo: Kristine Allen, WPSU

The Great American Eclipse is almost here.  On Monday, a ribbon of land about 70 miles wide, from the West coast of Oregon to the East Coast of South Carolina, will see a total eclipse of the sun. It will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental US since 1979.  We asked two astronomers about their plans, and what’s in store.  One will travel to the path of totality to see the total eclipse, and one will stay in Pennsylvania to watch the partial eclipse.

Blues Hall of Famer, and Grammy Award winner John Hammond performed at the State Theatre March 24th, 2017,  and we fortunate to be able to record the concert for the Folk Show Road show.   In the first hour of the broadcast, we heard  why Tom Waits says with just his voice, guitar and harmonica, Hammond is a great force of nature. John sounds like a big train coming. He chops them all down."

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Defense attorneys for Penn State fraternity members charged in the death of Timothy Piazza believe the live-in advisor is liable for the tragedy. District Judge Allen Sinclair ordered a contempt hearing for Tim Bream on Friday.

Bream has not been charged in the case, but defense attorney Leonard Ambrose said it was evident that Bream knew about and approved of the events in the fraternity and directed two members to delete group messages.

"He was the captain of the ship," Ambrose said. "He was in charge."

WPSU Jazz Archive - August 11, 2017

Aug 11, 2017
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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on August 11, 2017 and hosted by Greg Halpin.

The first hour of the program features all new jazz releases from Ralph Bowen, the Massimo Farao Afro Cuban Piano Quartet, Ambrose Akinmusire, Cyrus Chestnut, Scott Colley, Michael Kanan, Greg Ruggiero & Neal Miner, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, Christian Sands, and Eri Yamamoto.

Stacy Parks Miller speaking to reporters.
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A surprising new detail was revealed Thursday at the preliminary hearing of Penn State fraternity members charged in the death of Timothy Piazza. 

State College Police Detective David Scicchitano said the investigation suspects the security footage of the basement in Beta Theta Pi’s house was deleted on February 6.

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Health care and climate change were hot topics last night at a town hall with Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson, of Pennsylvania’s 5th district.  The forum was hosted by WPSU, and broadcast live on WPSU TV & FM.

Questions were submitted by the public in advance and also came from members of the audience, who identified themselves by first name only, like Max from State College.

“Your vote for the Republican healthcare bill, regardless of how many people are uninsured now, was a vote to throw 20 million people off of health insurance,” Max said.


An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on August 5, 2017, and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Bob Brozman, Brad Vickers and His Vestapolitans, Seth Walker, Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, Chris Smither, Watermelon Smith, Pete Wingfield, G. Love & Special Sauce, Labrinth, Jay Unger & Molly Mason, Swamp Cabbage, North Mississippi Allstars, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - August 4, 2017

Aug 5, 2017

An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on August 4, 2017 and hosted by Rana Glick. 

In part one, hear tracks from Claude Bolling, Angélique Kidjo & Amadou Et Mariam, Aisha Duo, Michel Camilo, Herbie Hancock & Joni Mitchell, Joe Lavano & Dave Liebman & Michael Brecker, McCoy Tyner, and more.

In the second hour, hear Archie Shepp & Dus, Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan, Buddy Tate, Joe Williams & Count Basie, Betty Carter, Miles Davis, and more.


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Vice News Tonight correspondent Elle Reeve (@elspethreevespent last weekend embedded with the organizers of the “Unite the Right” rally. The 22-minute documentary she aired takes viewers inside the movement, and features the voices of the event’s leaders, including white supremacist Christopher Cantwell.

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in a recent interview with The American Prospect that the U.S. is “at economic war with China.” He also added his opinions on recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and North Korea.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Linette Lopez (@lopezlinette) of Business Insider about recent research about what economic tension with China could mean for the U.S. economy.

The typewriter is a marvelous invention, because with proper care, a single unit can last decades. And if you're still using one now, it would have to: since the mass adoption of personal computers in the 1980s, let's just say the ink on these once-inescapable household items has run dry. The brilliant mechanics, the elegance of pressing a key and leaving an instant, permanent imprint on the page, became obsolete the minute humankind invented the "delete" key.

The wildly inventive Dave Made a Maze creates a fantastic universe on a tiny budget, using mostly cardboard. Yet although it's a scrappy indie, the movie has something in common with many platinum-plated CGI blockbusters: The visuals are as strong as the script is feeble.

The production notes for Patti Cake$ describe the movie's heroine as "plain and plus-sized." Plus-sized she may be, but neither Patti Dombrowski, an aspiring rapper in her twenties, nor Danielle Macdonald, the gifted non-rapper who plays her, is plain in any sense unless your definition of beauty begins and ends with Angelina Jolie.

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What 'Economic War With China' Could Mean For The U.S.

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in a recent interview with The American Prospect that the U.S. is at economic war with China. He also added his opinions on recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and North Korea. Here & Now s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Linette Lopez  ( @lopezlinette ) of Business Insider about recent research about what economic tension with China could mean for the U.S. economy. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit

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Once Shot For Advocating For Girls' Education, Malala Is Going To Oxford

Malala Yousafzai was only 15 when she was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for campaigning for the education of girls. Now, she has been accepted to Oxford, one of the world's elite universities. Malala tweeted, "So excited to go to Oxford!!!" She also congratulated other students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who received news Thursday about their university futures. At Oxford Malala will study philosophy, politics and economics. Gaining a place at an elite university is just the...

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How Charlottesville Looks From Berlin

To walk around Berlin is to constantly, inevitably, trip over history. Almost literally, in the case of the Stolpersteine , or "stumbling stones," embedded in the sidewalks outside homes where victims of the Holocaust once lived. Germany's culture of "remembrance" around the Nazi years and the Holocaust is a well-documented and essential part of the nation's character. Though occasionally political parties may challenge it, those elements have thus far remained thoroughly fringe. But one...

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'We're Not Them' — Condemning Charlottesville And Condoning White Resentment

As we struggled this week to make sense of what happened in Charlottesville, Va., some big questions bubbled up: What lessons does history teach about white resentment in the United States? How is the experience of other countries and other times — like Germany — relevant? How are those in power reacting to President Trump's shifting response? We reached out to Carol Anderson and Jamelle Bouie for our podcast this week. Anderson is a professor of African-American studies at Emory University...

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High-Achieving, Low-Income Students: Where Elite Colleges Are Falling Short

When Anna Neuman was applying to college, there weren't a lot of people around to help her. Students from her high school in Maryland rarely went on to competitive colleges, the school counselor worked at several schools and was hard to pin down for meetings and neither of her parents had been through the application process before. The only thing her parents told her was that she would have to pay for it herself. "It was really stressful," Neuman recalls. "I was like: 'What is going on?'...

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'Home Fire' Puts A Topical Spin On Ancient Greek Tragedy

Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire opens with a scene that will likely be familiar to any Muslim who lives in, or has traveled to, the West. Isma Pasha waits in a British airport while security officers check her luggage, go through the browser history on her laptop, and demand "to know her thoughts on Shias, homosexuals, the Queen, democracy, The Great British Bake Off , the invasion of Iraq, Israel, suicide bombers, dating websites." Isma is eventually allowed to board a plane headed to...

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Robert Mueller May Not Be The Savior The Anti-Trump Internet Is Hoping For

A lot of people are counting on special counsel Robert Mueller. Ana Navarro, a Republican and frequent critic of Trump on cable news outlets, beseeched him on Twitter to "hurry the hell up!" and get to the bottom of any connections between the Trump campaign and Russians. The satirical website the Onion said he's gorging on chicken nuggets to "get into the mind" of President Trump. And T-shirts bearing the logo "It's Mueller Time" are on sale at Amazon and Etsy . But the online community that...

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Turning To VPNs For Online Privacy? You Might Be Putting Your Data At Risk

Worried about Internet companies snooping on your online browsing? You might turn to something called a virtual private network to protect your privacy. But researchers say these networks can themselves be insecure. Earlier this year, the federal government rolled back rules that would have prevented Internet service providers from tracking your activity online. Comcast, AT&T and other providers are now allowed to track and sell your personal data too — with much less fear of regulatory...

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Many Nurses Lack Knowledge Of Health Risks To Mothers After Childbirth

In recent months, mothers who nearly died in the hours and days after giving birth have repeatedly told ProPublica and NPR that their doctors and nurses were often slow to recognize the warning signs that their bodies weren't healing properly. A study published Tuesday in MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing substantiates some of those concerns. Researchers surveyed 372 postpartum nurses nationwide and found that many of them were ill-informed about the dangers mothers face...

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With Heavy Drinking On The Rise, How Much Is Too Much?

If one glass of wine takes the edge off, why not drink a few more? This thinking may help explain the findings of a new study that points to an increase in drinking among adults in the U.S., especially women. "We found that both alcohol use and high-risk drinking, which is sometimes called binge-drinking, increased over time," says Deborah Hasin , a professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center and an author of the study. To assess drinking trends, researchers conducted...

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An Oddball Family That Can't Connect In 'How To Behave In A Crowd'

Writers are drawn to oddballs and outsiders, in much the way that dogs out for a walk veer toward fellow canines. The endearing pre-adolescent narrator of Camille Bordas' novel, How To Behave in a Crowd, is the youngest of six siblings growing up in a small French village. He's the odd man out because he's the most normal of the lot: All of his older sisters and brothers have skipped multiple grades, and three of them earn PhDs during the course of this book. Eleven-year-old Isidore Mazal,...

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4 Ways To Get Creative With Summer Corn From Resident Chef Kathy Gunst

Fresh local corn is in season at farmers markets all over the country, and Here & Now  resident chef  Kathy Gunst  has been taking advantage. She brings Here & Now s Robin Young and Meghna Chakrabarti cornbread made with fresh corn, scallops with tomato, corn and basil as well as a corn salad. Sautéed Corn Salad With Tomatoes, Cucumber And Feta With Basil Vinaigrette This salad combines all the best flavors of summer ripe tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, sweet juicy corn and creamy feta cheese...

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Bears Can Face Summer Challenges In Roadside Zoos

All this summer, bears have been on my mind. Last month, Undark Magazine published an essay I wrote about the time I thought I was a bear. It happened one long night four years ago, immediately following extensive surgery for cancer, a night that preceded months to come of chemotherapy and radiation. Hooked up to a catheter, I felt an unexpected and profound sense of connection with bears I had been reading about for my work: the "bile bears" in Asia so cruelly confined, sometimes for decades...

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GOP Senator: Trump Lacking 'Stability,' 'Competence' To Succeed

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET A leading Republican senator told reporters on Thursday that President Trump "has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful." Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker was at the Rotary Club of Chattanooga and spoke to local reporters there. In video posted by Chloe Morrison of, Corker added, "And we need for him to be successful. Our nation needs for him to be successful." Referring to...

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Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

If you're in desperate need for some good news, look no further. Scientists in the U.S. and India have found an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of newborns each year. And it turns out, the secret weapon was sitting in Asian kitchens all along: probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables. Feeding babies the microbes dramatically reduces the risk newborns will develop sepsis , scientists report Wednesday in the...

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In 'Good Booty,' Our Hot And Heavy Love Affair With Pop Music

Jason Heller is a Hugo Award-winning editor and author of the forthcoming book Strange Stars (Melville House). Twitter: @jason_m_heller Sex has become so much a part of the fabric of popular music, it's easy to overlook it or take it for granted. Ann Powers, NPR Music critic and correspondent, rectifies that with her new book, Good Booty . In it, she paints a portrait of America's obsession with sex as it manifests itself in music — and how that obsession has much to tell us about our...

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Phoenix Mayor Asks Trump To Delay Visit, Hoping For 'More Sound Judgment'

Shortly after President Trump posted a link for tickets to a rally in Phoenix, the city's mayor issued a statement asking the president not to come, saying, "our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville." Mayor Greg Stanton continued , "If President Trump is coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then it will be clear that his true intent is to enflame emotions and further divide our nation." Stanton, a Democrat, is in his second term as...

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Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer Hundreds of years before solar viewing glasses were readily available, scientists and casual spectators could still enjoy these rare celestial events without frying their eyeballs. They'd use a combination of pinholes and mirrors to redirect the sun's rays onto a screen. It took a while to figure out how to build the so-called camera obscura. Ancient Chinese and Greek scholars puzzled over pinholes for centuries before an Arab mathematician and...

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The Trickle-Up Theory Of White Nationalist Thought

Jared Taylor was not in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. But Taylor, one of the leading voices for white rights in the country, says it was clear what really happened at that rally. "Anyone who wishes to speak in the name of whites is subject to the heckler's veto," said Taylor, founder of the white advocacy website American Renaissance . "There would have been no violence, no problems of any kind if people had not shown up as counterdemonstrators, many of them wearing helmets, wielding...

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