NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson played 13 years with the New York Giants, 10 of them as team captain.  We’ll talk with him about his hard-hitting career as inside line backer, about living with post-concussion syndrome, and about why he says if he could, he wouldn't do it all over again.


"Dump Trump" Protestors Rally At Allen Street Gates

Jul 21, 2016
Group of protestors
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Protestors gathered at the Allen Street Gates in State College Thursday to rally against Donald Trump, marking the final day of the Republican National Convention and Trump's official acceptance of the GOP nomination. Around 20 people stood curbside along College Avenue holding signs that read “Take Action Now,” “Jews Against Trump,” “Fight Climate Change Here” and, of course, “Dump Trump.”

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The head of Penn State’s Department of Political Science, Professor Lee Ann Banazak, took some of her students are to Cleveland this week. They’ve been studying protesters outside the Republican National Convention. WPSU’s Kristine Allen spoke with Banazak by phone to find out what this research project is all about.

BANAZAK: My name is Lee Ann Banazak, I’m Professor of Political Science at Penn State.

ALLEN: From where are you speaking to me right now?


Over the weekend, Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdogan gave a televised speechabout the country's failed military coup.

"I have a message for Pennsylvania," he said. "You have engaged in enough treason against this nation. If you dare, come back to your country."


About 17,000 school-aged refugees move to the U.S. in an average year, an estimate that's a few years old and likely growing along with overall resettlement activity.

But no one is tracking how young refugees fare in school here.

Georgetown University released a study earlier this year looking at education access by students with limited English proficiency.

It focused on undocumented immigrants.

WPSU Jazz Archive - July 15, 2016

Jul 18, 2016

 An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on July 15, 2016 and hosted by Greg Halpin.


The first hour of the program features all-new jazz releases from Paul Grabowsky, Kenny Garrett, Ralph Peterson, Zaccai Curis, & Luques Curtis, The Wolfert Brederode Trio, The Joe Policastro Trio, Wolfgang Schalk, The Brad Mehldau Trio, and Omer Avital.


State College Peace Churches React To Recent Shootings

Jul 15, 2016
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Nearly 30 State College church representatives and community members gathered to discuss peace-keeping at a meeting Sunday, which fell less than a week after the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and five Dallas police officers.

Mennonites, Quakers, Baptists, Unitarian Universalists and others filled a sunlit room at the State College Friends Meeting where Marjorie Nelson of Foxdale Village Retirement Community sat in a pew at the front with her homemade sign.

State College native Sunil Yapa begins and ends his highly acclaimed debut novel on a single day in November 1999…the day some 50,000 protestors took to the streets of Seattle, Washington, to demonstrate the World Trade Organization’s conference.  Critics call the book a “literary Molotov cocktail,“ and “a love letter to humanity.” 


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The dust has settled on the 2016-17 Pennsylvania budget, and, as usual, debates over education funding and policy dominated much of the negotiations.

Last year this time, Democrats and Republicans were still miles apart on budget talks, and it took until March to come to resolution.

This year, a final deal was hashed out a mere 13 days late.

So how, in sharply divided government, do you get a deal done — almost on time?

By compromising, and punting on the most controversial elements.


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