Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Restrictions In Texas

The Supreme Court has overturned a Texas law requiring clinics that provide abortions to have surgical facilities and doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The law was predicted to close many clinics and further reduce availability of abortion in Texas; the court has ruled the law violated the Constitution.With a 5-3 decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the court reversed a decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had upheld the law. Justices...
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On Wednesdays, Ruth Kazez gets up at 5 a.m. She does a little painting, or spends time with her Jack Russell Terrier, Punkin, and her many fish. Then, she goes swimming at the YMCA pool in State College.

As Kazez treads water on the side of the pool, other early risers swim laps nearby. Huge ducts above the water noisily circulate the hot and humid air. This morning, she’s “just going to do 2000 [meters]."

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After four failed gun control votes in the Senate on Monday, a new proposal to prevent gun sales to those on the federal “no-fly” list will go up for a vote as soon as this week. WPSU intern Min Xian visited a local gun shop to get reaction to potential restrictions.

Sam Vitullo is the store manager of Belding and Mull, a gun shop in Philipsburg. Vitullo says he’s not sure whether new legislation might affect business, but he says it may have spurred a customer to buy a gun earlier that day.

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Around 4 million more Americans will soon be eligible for overtime pay. The Obama administration recently passed new federal regulations that double the minimum salary a worker must be paid to be “exempt” from overtime. WPSU’s Emily Reddy talked with Penn State’s head of Human Resources, Susan Basso, about how the university plans to handle the change. 

A public radio legend is about to give up his Saturday night gig.  Garrison Keillor retires as host of A Prairie Home Companion, from American Public Media, this summer, marking the end of an era that that featured Guy Noir, Private Eye; the cowboys Dusty and Lefty; and the “News From Lake Wobegon.” Keillor, 73, will bow out of the Saturday evening variety show that has entertained millions of public radio listeners over four decades.


An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on June 18, 2016 and hosted by Max Spiegel.


In the first hour, hear Ry Cooder, The Black Keys, Luther Dickinson, Tom Waits, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Bob Brozman, Birdlegg, Mary Flower, Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Jack White, Big Bill Bronzy, Ruth Brown, Bukka White and more.


WPSU Jazz Archive - June 17, 2016

Jun 19, 2016
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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on June 17, 2016 and hosted by Greg Halpin.


The first hour of the program features new jazz releases from David Gibson, Marquis Hill, Spin Cycle, Dominick Farinacci, Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family, the Quincy Jones Orchestra, George Coleman, and Willie Jones III. 


Denny Gioia, Kline Professor of Business and Chair of Business Management in Penn State's Smeal College of Business.
Penn State Smeal College of Business

He’s been called Mr. Pinto.  Denny Gioia was the Ford Motor Company’s Recall Coordinator in the early 1970s when a field report about one of the company’s top-selling cars landed on his desk.  It was one of more than a hundred case files. At issue was whether the Ford Pinto’s fuel tank posed a serious fire hazard if struck from behind. The case would result in a series of devastating lawsuits against Ford, a recall of 1.5 million vehicles and charges of reckless homicide.

Left: the cover of "Before the Fall." Right: Erin Cassidy Hendrick
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If you’re looking for a book to read on the beach this summer, look no further than the newest release from Noah Hawley. He’s not just an author – he’s also a TV writer and producer. He’s even won Emmy awards for writing and it shows in his newest book, “Before the Fall.” It’s a mystery novel, weaving between past and present, innocence and guilt and life and death.

A white sign that says Corl Street Elementary School in front of school
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 There could be a shake up in State College Area School District’s elementary schools with the new District-Wide Facilities Master Plan. Under the plan, Lemont’s K-2 elementary school will likely be repurposed, while Houserville and Radio Park are being considered for renovation or new construction projects. However, the fate of Corl Street Elementary remains less clear. 


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President Obama has declared a major disaster in West Virginia. Flash flooding left at least 23 people dead. The floods have been called the worst in a century for portions of the state.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with the mayor of Rainelle, West Virginia, Andy Pendleton.


Andy Pendleton, mayor of Rainelle, West Virginia.

Following markets around the world, Greece’s already fragile economy plunged upon news that the United Kingdom voted Thursday to leave the European Union. Their “Brexit” vote has reignited calls for a “Grexit” among some Greeks. But while polls find many Greeks have an unfavorable opinion of the EU, most—including the administration of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras— want to stay.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with former Treasury Secretary and Harvard University president Larry Summers about what “Brexit” might be mean for markets around the world and in the U.S., and whether we are at risk of a recession or other economic downturns.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is campaigning in Cincinnati Monday with Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. It’s their first joint appearance on the campaign trail, and it comes amid speculation Clinton is considering the progressive Massachusetts senator as her running mate. WBUR’s senior political correspondent, Anthony Brooks, reports.

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Worst Flooding In West Virginia In More Than A Century

President Obama has declared a major disaster in West Virginia. Flash flooding left at least 23 people dead. The floods have been called the worst in a century for portions of the state.Here & Nows Jeremy Hobson talks with the mayor of Rainelle, West Virginia, Andy Pendleton.GuestAndy Pendleton, mayor of Rainelle, West Virginia. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit src="
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Fallout From Supreme Court Ruling Against Texas Law's Abortion Restrictions

In a decision striking down key aspects of a Texas abortion law Monday, the Supreme Court cast doubt on similar laws in nearly two-dozen states.At issue in the court's decision were two specific provisions of a sweeping law to restrict abortions passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013. The provisions before the court required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles from the abortion clinic and required abortion clinics to meet the same...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren: From Professor To Pugilist

It was April 15, 2009, in the depths of the financial crisis. Elizabeth Warren was backstage at The Daily Show, about to make her national TV debut, but her head was not in the clouds.It was in the toilet. She was throwing up."I had stage fright — gut-wrenching, stomach-turning, bile-filled stage fright," she would later write.Warren was a nobody on the American political scene at the time. A Harvard Law School bankruptcy professor, she had been tapped by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to...
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Human Or Machine: Can You Tell Who Wrote These Poems?

Can a computer write a sonnet that's indistinguishable from what a human can produce? Computer scientists at Dartmouth College tried to answer that question with a competition that NPR's Joe Palca reported on as part of his series, Joe's Big Idea.NPR's Robert Siegel, host of All Things Considered, served as one of the judges of the competition. Each judge was asked to read 10 sonnets and decide whether they were written by man or machine. None of the judges was fooled by the poetic computers...
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Inside A Secret Government Warehouse Prepped For Health Catastrophes

When Greg Burel tells people he's in charge of some secret government warehouses, he often gets asked if they're like the one at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the Ark of the Covenant gets packed away in a crate and hidden forever."Well, no, not really," says Burel, director of a program called the Strategic National Stockpile at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Thousands of lives might someday depend on this stockpile, which holds all kinds of medical supplies that...
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'Game Of Thrones' Finale Sunday Caps A Season Of Satisfaction

(Be warned, intrepid reader: This story contains loads of spoilers regarding every episode from this season's run of Game of Thrones, including Sunday's season finale.)This was the season that Game of Thrones seriously changed its game.Nowhere was that more evident than in Sunday's season finale, the last of 10 episodes that pulled together far-flung storylines and characters spread across the show's mythical seven kingdoms — and beyond.As much as fans have complained recently about "table...
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NPR Battleground Map: Florida, Pennsylvania Move In Opposite Directions

The past month has not been kind to Donald Trump.He has landed in controversy on everything from how much he (eventually) gave to veterans groups to Trump University (and the judge who he declared biased because of his Mexican heritage) to his response to the Orlando shooting.National polling has certainly reflected that — Hillary Clinton has opened up a 6-point lead in the RealClearPolitics average of the polls after the two were tied at the end of May. But Trump continues to be competitive...
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Amid Violence At White Nationalist Rally In Sacramento, At Least 10 Hospitalized

A planned white nationalist rally unraveled into violence in Sacramento, as counter-demonstrators clashed with the gathering just outside the California Capitol. At least 10 victims have been hospitalized with what the Sacramento Fire Department characterized as "critical trauma stab wounds."Officials say many others suffered minor cuts, scrapes and bruises.The violence, which the Sacramento Fire Department called a "mass casualty event," began at a protest organized by the Traditionalist...
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What 'Brexit' May Mean For Your Finances

The British pound hit a 30-year low today, and the markets are on a roller coaster. Does this mean you should take a trip to Britain, make changes to your portfolio or keep calm and carry on?Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Marilyn Geewax, senior business editor for NPR, about how Brexit may impact your finances.GuestMarilyn Geewax, senior business editor at NPR. She tweets @GeewaxNPR. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit src="
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Welcome To An Affair Of Phrases, Each Entwined By A Tiny 'Of'

On-air challenge: Every answer this week consists of two familiar phrases in the form "___ of ___." In each case, the first word of the two phrases is the same. I'll give you the ending words. You tell me the full phrases.For example: Heart / Pace -- Change of heart, change of pace.Last week's challenge from listener Mark Isaak of Sunnyvale, Calif.: The challenge was to think of a word that means "unfinished." Add one letter at the start and one letter at the end to get a new word that means...
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Invisibilia Is Back!

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

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

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Find out what's happening in Central & Northern PA on WPSU's Community Calendar! Submit your group's event at least 2 weeks in advance, and you might hear it announced on WPSU-FM.

#NPRNightSky: Your Star-Studded Pix From The World's Inkiest Skies

What's your night sky look like?For most of the world, it's not a pretty sight. A new study has found that 80 percent of the world can't see the stars at night because of light pollution.But the other 20 percent can. So last week, we asked folks via Twitter to share their photos from the 20 top countries where city lights aren't blocking the stars. Many of these countries are part of the developing world that we cover in this blog: for example, Madagascar, Tanzania and Uganda.We got more than...
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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.

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