During Holy Year, Pope Will Let Priests Forgive Women Who Had Abortions

Saying that he wants to emphasize mercy, Pope Francis announced that during the church's upcoming holy year, he will allow all priests to forgive women who have had abortions.In a letter published Tuesday, Francis said he understands that some people approach abortions with "superficial awareness." But for others, it's a struggle that deserves deep reflection. The pontiff concludes:"I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of...
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Robert Bobby has been a staple of the Central Pennsylvania music scene for more decades than Tim McCarver played major league ball, and has been favorably reviewed by music critics in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Sing Out! and numerous other publications. He is known for his clever way with words, his quirky sense of humor, passionate voice and his ability to connect with an audience. Musically, he is a pioneer in the unified theory of eclecticism.

Mrs. Bobby is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.


An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as aired on August 29, 2015, and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear performances by T-Bone Walker, The Ramones, Sugar Boy Crawford, Champion Jack Dupree, The White Stripes, Jimi Hendrix, Woody Guthrie with Cisco Huston and Lead Belly, Uncle Tupelo, Jessie Fuller and more

In the second hour, hear tracks by Rev. Gary Davis, Lonnie Donegan, Dave Van Ronk, George Alberts, Luther Johnson Jr., Bukka White, Cream, The Grateful Dead, John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Turner, and more.

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(South Williamsport) -- Red Land's hopes of becoming world champions were dashed by a red-hot team from Tokyo, Japan, 18-11 in South Williamsport.

The 29 combined runs were a Little League World Series championship game record.

Tokyo silenced the Lewisberry, York County's powerful offense after a first-inning burst that saw Red Land score 10 runs.

Red Land Manager Tom Peifer says there were a lot of tears in the locker room after the game.

Music from Al Parrish, Butch Ross, Jud Caswell, Carla Gover, Carolann Solebello, Mando Mafia, Johnny Cash, John Clary, Annalivia, Diana Wagner, Dick Gaughan, Foghorn Stringband, Joe Crookston, J.P. Cormier, The Andy Tolins Revue With Steve Buckalew, Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, Ben Bedford, Chris Farrell, Christine Collister, Cisco Houston, Hank Williams, Hannah Bingman, Richard Shindell, Guy Clark, Don Lowe, Jeff Daniels, Amy Speace, Jack Cooke, and Doc Watson


Music from Amy Speace, Sara Watkins, Bop Ensemble, Deep Fried Acoustiblasters, Caroline Herring, Butch Ross, Peter Case, Lucinda Williams, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Ed Miller, Bruce Cockburn, Abbie Gardner, Peter Mulvey & Jeffrey Foucault, Mary Flower, Beck And Cauthen

Music from Steep Canyon Rangers, Trio Sensacion, Slocan Ramblers, Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer, Kate Campbell, Delmore Brothers, John Hartford, Alfred G. Karnes, Manuel Diogo, Shaw Singers, Ensemble Hilka, Hank Cramer, MOlasses Creek, Debra Cowan, Robin Huw Bowen, Gene Clark and Carla Olson, Ana Egge, Gram Parsons, Steve Earle, Xiomara Laugart, Finnders & Youngberg, Crow and the Canyon, Sharon Shannon, Steve Earle, Colgarra, Dolores Keane, Richard Thompson, Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, and Afroiberia


Ray Holley features a collection of singer-songwriters on a Saturday afternoon,  Listen to likes of John McCutcheon, Aengus Finnan, Jim Malcolm, Anne Hills, Kitty Donohoe, and Linda Thompson, as well as some familiar folk tunes nearly everyone will recall.  Tune in and enjoy a truly enriching show of some of the prettiest folk songs ever written!  The full playlist includes music from Bradley N. Litwin, Buffalo Creek String Band, Anne Hills, Robinella & CC String Band, Garnet Rogers, Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys, Jim Malcolm, J.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show broadcast on August 28, 2015, hosted by Rana Glick.

The program features recording by Pillars Of West,  Eddie Jefferson, Roy Hargrove and JJ Johnson, Herbie Mann and Phil Woods, the Oscar Peterson Trio, Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, The Hal Mooney Orchestra, Buddy Rich, Ernestine Anderson, Horace Silver and more.

In the United States, about 33 percent of young adults earn a 4-year college degree by age 27. The push in recent few years has centered around encouraging every young person in America to go to college as the pathway to the middle class.  But some experts say we place too much emphasis on a college education and that career and technical schools provide another pathway to success.  Patty Satalia talks about that with Dr. David Passmore, a distinguished professor of Workforce Education and Development at Penn State, and Dr.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as aired on August 22, 2015, and hosted by Max Spiegel along with special guest Devon Georgio.

In the first hour, hear tracks by Hazmat Modine, Alabama Shakes, Victoria Williams, Ben Harper, Cory Harris, Frank Zappa, The Stranglers, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy and more.

In the second hour, hear Rev. Gary Davis, Eric Gales, The Vipers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bukka White, Sammy Davis Jr., John Prine, Roger Miller and more.


Kentucky Clerk's Request For A Stay Is Denied By U.S. Supreme Court

Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk in Kentucky who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lost her bid for a stay Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court denied her application.As is often the case in such rejections, the decision came without comment: "The application for stay presented to Justice Kagan and by her referred to the Court is denied."The court's one-line order did not mention whether any justices dissented.The request for a stay stems from a lawsuit...
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125 Classified Messages In Latest Batch Of Clinton Emails

The latest batch of Hillary Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state contains 125 the government now considers "confidential," the State Department said."We stand by our contention that the information we've upgraded was not marked 'classified' at the time the emails were sent," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday in a press briefing.Seven-thousand pages of emails are expected to be released around 9 pm ET Monday night. That's the largest group of emails so far since...
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Fight To Save The Sage Grouse Finds Friends In All Corners Of The West

The greater sage grouse is a peculiar and distinctly Western bird. It's about the size of a chicken and about as adaptable as the dodo bird, which is to say it's not very adaptable at all — at least not in a human-driven time scale.In biological terms, the greater sage grouse is perfectly adapted for its habitat: the rolling hills of knee-high silver scrub that's sometimes called the sagebrush sea. It's the oft-forgotten parts of the fast-changing West; The Big Empty, as settlers used to call...
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Pennsylvania Falls Short Of Little League World Series Title, But Not To Fans

Though they were not victorious in Sunday's Little League World Series title game, the Red Land Little League Team received a hero's welcome from fans in Lewisberry, Pa., Sunday night.They lined the streets, cheered and waved signs for a team that still owns the bragging rights to the title "United States champions," which they won on Saturday. But the next day, Red Land came up short in a tension-filled Little League World Series title game — jumping out to an eight-run lead but ultimately...
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Bucking Trend, Ohio Doctor Opens Clinic That Provides Abortion Services

Dr. David Burkons graduated from medical school and began practicing obstetrics and gynecology in 1973, the same year the Supreme Court issued its landmark abortion decision in Roe v. Wade.Burkons liked delivering babies. But he is also committed to serving all his patients, including those who choose abortions.On a recent day a 30-something woman comes to the clinic. She is six weeks pregnant. Her birth control failed her, she says. Burkons greets the woman warmly as she comes to the clinic...
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Hungary Closes Budapest Train Station To Migrants Traveling To Western Europe

A flood of migrants, including refugees from Syria and Afghanistan, are now stranded in Budapest after the Hungarian government closed down the city's main train terminal.Authorities had been allowing migrants to travel to Western Europe without checking passports, but on Tuesday, the station was closed and migrants began protesting.The BBC reports:"About 1,000 migrants congregated outside Keleti station, in the east of the city, as it was evacuated on Tuesday. It was closed briefly and...
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Getting A Glass Of Water Can Be An Ordeal In Some Parts Of The World

Last week was (in case you missed it) World Water Week. And while the idea of a special week dedicated to a social problem may seem contrived, it is worth taking note that every week is a tough water week for millions of global citizens. On an average day, according to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, women and children around the world spend 200 million hours collecting water. They may have to hike for hours to a source of water. They may have to line up for water distribution. And...
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After Government's Greenlight, Commercial Drones Set To Take Off

Stories about how Amazon and Google want to deliver packages using drones have gotten a lot of attention. But in fact, some 1,300 businesses and individuals have already received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones for commercial purposes — everything from selling real estate to inspecting utility lines. But their operators are worried that recreational drone users who have been flying their vehicles near aircraft may spoil the party.In the backyard of Tom Gorner...
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Boosting Family Leave Is Often About Getting Workers To Stay

This has been a banner year for employees seeking greater paid parental leave. Accenture, Johnson & Johnson, Netflix, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs and the U.S. Navy are among those who have increased these benefits for employees this year.It's a big boost for some new parents. But advocates note many families are left behind.One fact about U.S. workplace policy has galled Ellen Bravo for a very long time: "There is no federally required paid leave of any kind," she says.Bravo is executive...
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Songs We Love: Tropic Of Cancer, 'Stop Suffering'

Camella Lobo, the woman behind Los Angeles synth act Tropic Of Cancer, is obsessed with love's collateral damage. For the past eight years, initially with her then-husband Juan Mendez (a.k.a. Silent Servant) and more recently on her own, Lobo has examined the fragility of human emotion through solemn synthesizer work and funereal tempos. The results are always haunting, and, often, quite beautiful.Lobo returns from a two-year break this October with Stop Suffering, a 12" EP that will serve as...
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Oliver Sacks: A Neurologist At The 'Intersection Of Fact And Fable'

Neurologist Oliver Sacks, who died Sunday, once described himself as an "old Jewish atheist," but during the decades he spent studying the human brain, he sometimes found himself recording experiences that he likened to a godly cosmic force.Such was the case once when Sacks tried marijuana in the 1960s: He was looking at his hand, and it appeared to be retreating from him, yet getting larger and larger."I was fascinated that one could have such perceptual changes, and also that they went with...
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The Restaurant With No (Visible) Workers

Sometimes fast food just isn't fast enough. A new highly automated restaurant that opened in San Francisco on Monday looks to speed service through efficiency — you won't see any people taking your order or serving you at the Eatsa quinoa eatery.It could be the latest sign that the industry is heading toward a more robotic future, a move some analysts say will be accelerated by the push to boost the minimum wage that so many fast-food workers rely on."With a virtual cashier and no wait staff...
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Are Women Better Tasters Than Men?

If, like me, you're an amateur taster of beer and wine, inevitably you've asked yourself why you don't taste that hint of raspberry or note of pine bark that someone else says is there.Genetics certainly have something to do with why we have different perceptions of tastes. Scientists have shown there's a genetic component to how we experience bitter and sweet flavors, as we've reported. And "supertasters," who seem to be born rather than made, are said to experience a lot of tastes more...
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How Shows Like 'Will & Grace' And 'Black-ish' Can Change Your Brain

Will Smith from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was my first American friend. Ours was an unlikely friendship: a shy Indian kid, fresh off the boat, with big glasses and a thick accent, and a high school b-ball player from West Philadelphia, chillin' out maxin' and relaxin' all cool. And yet, I was with Will all the way, unnerved when he accidentally gave Carlton speed, shaken when he got shot in Season 5, and deeply embarrassed every time he wiped out in front of Veronica.Psychologists say it's...
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For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed

Taking chances can sometimes lead to great art. But award-winning poet Carl Phillips says there's a risk to, well, taking risks."I think there has to be a place for risk and for restlessness in any kind of fully lived life, and especially I think for an artist," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "I think it's the only way that imagination gets stimulated and continues — but I think it can easily go unchecked."His latest work, Reconnaissance, looks for the balance between restlessness and stability —...
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Sandra Day O'Connor, 'Sisters In Law'

The title tells all: Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World. Author Linda Hirshman's joint biography of the first and second woman to serve on the nation's highest court is a gossipy, funny, sometimes infuriating and moving tale of two women so similar and yet so different.Sandra Day O'Connor, raised on a western ranch and a life-long Republican who cut her political teeth as majority leader of the Arizona Senate, was...
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What's Better For Afghanistan's Future: Buddha Tours Or A Copper Mine?

About an hour's drive south of Kabul, there's a vast Buddhist archaeological site dating back at least 1,500 years. It happens to be sitting on top of one of the biggest untapped copper deposits in the world, potentially worth billions of dollars.Eight years ago, the Afghan government made a deal with a Chinese conglomerate to mine the copper, but mining hasn't begun and likely won't for several more years. The area in which the copper is located, Logar Province, presents challenges in both...
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Itzhak Perlman: Charting A Charismatic Career

When Itzhak Perlman was three years old, he asked his parents for a violin because he heard one on the radio. A year later he contracted polio, leaving his legs paralyzed but his determination undaunted.Americans first became aware of the young Tel Aviv native when he performed on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958 at age 13. His teacher at Juilliard, Dorothy DeLay, knew that Perlman stood out. He was "on a kind of creative high that has never let up," she said.It wasn't long before Perlman's...
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A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust

A lot of books come across our desks here at Weekend Edition. One caught our eye recently, because of the unusual way it came to be published. The title sums up the story — Underground in Berlin: A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany.That remarkable tale came to light thanks to a request by her son, historian Hermann Simon. "I once put a tape recorder and said to her, 'You always wanted to tell me the story of your life. Well, go ahead.' "In one of the...
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Keystone Crossroads: Rust or Revival? explores the urgent challenges pressing upon Pennsylvania's cities. WPSU is a contributing station.

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It's Folk Season

Now that the Metropolitain Opera radio season has ended, The Folk Show is back on WPSU-FM Saturday afternoons from 1-5pm, now through the end of November.