Dr. T. Colin Campbell is the co-author of the landmark book, The China Study. A professor emeritus of Cornell University, he did his undergraduate work at Penn State. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with him about the health benefits of plant-based nutrition, about his most famous convert, Bill Clinton, and about why so many Americans consider a plant-based diet so radical. 


"The Heidi Chronicles" Comes To State College And 2016

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A run of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize winning play “The Heidi Chronicles” opened Thursday at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center and will continue through Sunday. In preparation for the weekend, the cast and crew of the State College Community Theatre fervently discussed two questions concerning the play's central themes: What is feminism? Why do we need it?

BookMark: "Heat & Light" By Jennifer Haigh

Jul 28, 2016

Heat & Light is Jennifer Haigh’s third novel about the fictional town of Bakerton, Pennsylvania. It’s a place that has lost its mining industry and is trying to find other ways to restore the economy. Not much is possible. As Haigh’s narrator says of Bakerton, “every worthwhile thing has already happened. The town is all aftermath.”

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on July 23, 2016 and hosted by Max Spiegel.


In the first hour, hear Rev. Horton Heat, Dan Auerbach, The Beatles, Tuck & Patti, Gil Scott Heron, Elvis Presley, Rory Block, Iris Dement, John Hurt, Rich Harper Blues Band, and more.


In hour two, hear Robert Lockwood Jr., Koko Taylor, Bo Diddly, The North Mississippi All-Stars, Blind Willie McTell, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Merle Travis & Chet Atkins, James Brown, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - July 22, 2016

Jul 28, 2016
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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on July 22, 2016 and hosted by Andrew Belmonte, featuring “Jazz From All Angles.”


In the first hour, hear performances by John McLaughlin Trio, Al Jarreau, Jacques Loussier Trio, Bill Evans & Jim Holland, Eric Reid, Billy Strayhorn, Bruce Gertz Quintet, and more.


In the second hour, hear tunes by Willie Nelson, Kevin Spacey, Alanis Morissette, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sonny Rollins, Joshua Redman, Carlos Ortega, and more. 

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While all Democratic eyes are on Philadelphia, Republicans were lining up a few hours north, in Scranton. On Wednesday afternoon, Republican nominee Donald Trump made an appearance with his running mate, Mike Pence. The 2,000 seat auditorium at Lackawanna College was full of proud Trump supporters, ready to hear about jobs, trade and immigration reform.

Two of Trump's most enthusiastic supporters in Congress, Pennsylvania Representatives Tom Marino and Lou Barletta warmed up the crowd.

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 Duncan Ackerman, a Penn State senior majoring in Community and Economic Development, has spent the whole summer getting to know the store owners in downtown Lock Haven. He rattles off the names of restaurants, hair salons and stores in the small Clinton County town.

"Next to the Texas, we have the Willets Copiers, we have the Masonic Temple ... we have Nerd Haven, we have a vacant storefront, then we have Vape Haven."

A group of panelist discussed Centre County's growing heroin epidemic in Mount Nittany Medical Center on July 26, 2016.
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Over 200 people attended a town hall meeting to discuss the growing epidemic of heroin and opioid drug addiction in Centre County. A group of panelists ranging from law enforcement, medical professionals and public health officials focused on raising awareness and the need to treat drug addiction as a disease.

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In the waning days of the school year, a group of students at Strong Vincent High School in the city of Erie sat around a large wooden table in the library, discussing how they feel their school is perceived out in the suburbs.

Nathan Stevens, a white junior, was one of the first to chime in.

"We're a city school and the surrounding districts are higher income and they always think that they're better than us," he said. "That's just how it works around here."

Whitney Henderson, an African-American sophomore, spoke next...

This I Believe: I Believe In Asking Questions

Jul 25, 2016
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I have this friend who gets to know people by interrogating them. It’s as intense as it sounds. She starts with the basics: “Where did you grow up?” “What’s your favorite movie?” “What’s your favorite color?” But it quickly gets more and more obscure. “What was the first concert you ever went to?” and “What’s your favorite kind of bread?”

And so on. She is relentless.

I’ve seen it happen several times, each time wilting in shame and embarrassment by proxy. I anticipate how weird the interrogatee must think she is, and how bizarre I must seem by association.


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Four years later, Williams spoke at our graduation.

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The four-day Democratic National Convention put Philadelphia in the spotlight. The world learned of its historic roots, the Liberty Bell, and the city’s food. But what visitors may not have seen are the neighborhoods that make Philadelphia the largest city with the most deep poverty in the country.

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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.

Keystone Crossroads: Rust or Revival? explores the urgent challenges pressing upon Pennsylvania's cities. WPSU is a contributing station.

Invisibilia Is Back!

Listen for season two of NPR's Invisibilia, Thursdays at 1:00pm and Sundays at 8:00pm on WPSU-FM.

Reasons To Stay

WPSU's series "Reasons to Stay" explores what keeps people in central Pa. On the radio during Morning Edition, and on our multi-media website.

WPSU's Community Calendar

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Our Local Food Journey blog explores what it means to eat local in Central and Northern Pennsylvania.