TSA's Head Of Security 'Removed' From Office, Says House Panel

Updated at 7 a.m. TuesdayThe head of security for the Transportation Security Administration, Kelly Hoggan, has been removed from his position after a hearing about the agency's management, the House Oversight Committee says.On Tuesday, Secretary for Homeland Security Jeh Johnson confirmed on NPR's Morning Edition that Hoggan is being removed from his post."We've got to ensure aviation security and the safety of the American travel public," Johnson said. "I've made it clear to TSA that we...
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WPSU won four reporting awards from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Eighteen television and radio stations submitted 290 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features and reporting from 2015.

WPSU won First Place in the Continuing Coverage category for a series of stories on the struggle over controversial development in Ferguson Township. Erin Cassidy Hendrick and Emily Reddy were awarded for the project, "Proposed Student Housing Complex Raises Worries Over State College Water Supply."

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on May 21, 2016 and hosted by Max Spiegel.


In the first hour, hear tracks from Sonny Boy Williams, Hazmat Modine, Muddy Waters, The Black Keys, Parliament, Theresa James and the Rhythm Tramps, Led Zepplin, The Alabama Shakes, Frank Zappa and more.


In hour two, hear ZZ Top, The Duffy Bishop Band, Canned Heat, W.C. Spencer, Ry Cooder, Little Walter, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - May 20, 2016

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on May 20, 2016 and hosted by Greg Halpin.


In the first hour, hear tracks from Paul Grabowsky, New York Standards Quartet, Steve Kuhn Trio, Kenny Barron Trio The Ralph Alessi Quartet, Ed Cherry, Michael Dease, Camille Bertault, and Sarah Vaughn.


In the second half, hear performances by The Jazz Crusaders, Jessica Williams, Oscar Peterson Trio, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz & João Gilberto, Jimmy Scott, Melody Gardot, John Coltrane, and Avishai Cohen.

CBICC Connect hosted a luncheon on Friday, May 20 to release the findings from their survey of young professionals.
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Young professionals want to see some changes in Centre county – things like affordable housing and food trucks.

That’s according to a survey released Friday by CBICC Connect, an off-shoot of the chamber for young professionals. Their recent survey of 149 young professionals in the area aimed to get to know that group and what they want.

In the second hour,  Steve Van Hook, Jim Colbert and Laurel Zydney share their experiences with the music of legendary song writer Guy Clark,  and broadcast their favorite songs, performed by Clark and some of the many artists he influenced.

In the first hour, Steve shares a wide range of folk music. 

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Sunshine Skiffle BandChicken Tractor DeluxeRobin & Linda WilliamsHemPure Cane SugarSusana SeivaneLaura CorteseMarjorie Kelting and Ronnie FeinbergCharles SawtelleGreg BrownFado Ao CentroThe Quebe Sisters BandApril VerchMick McAuley, Winifred Horan & Colm O CaoimhDave Carter & Tracy GrammerRiver DriversRory BlockKevin Burke/Ged FoleySmall PotatoesSimple GiftsRuss CarsonLisabeth WeberAmália RodriguesBill MillerDave RudolphJoe CrookstonMolasses CreekNatalie McMaster

Kelly McEvers was Middle East Correspondent for NPR for several years, reporting from war zones and covering the Arab Spring.  Now she's host of NPR's All Things Considered, and has a new podcast, called "Embedded." 

She recently spoke with WPSU's Kristine Allen.

Allen: Kelly McEvers of NPR, thanks so much for talking with us.

McEvers: Thanks for having me.

Allen: You’re a host of All Things Considered, and you’re a reporter, too, which is a very full plate already.

McEvers: (laughs)

As head of Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Shirley Malcom is committed to finding and nurturing underrepresented talent in the sciences.  Her drive is deeply personal.    

Malcolm is a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation, and served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. She earned her Ph.D. from Penn State and holds 16 honorary degrees.

Penn State President Eric Barron says employees will see increases in what they pay toward healthcare, but they can also likely expect raises this year. Barron released this information in a series of videos to staff and faculty members to mark the end of the spring semester.

State College residents heard plans to improve and add bike paths in the region on May 17, 2016.
Erin Cassidy Hendrick

Centre County non-profit Centre Bike held a meeting last night to update residents on their plan to create a more bike-friendly State College.  

Representatives from several townships presented plans to improve existing bike paths and create new ones.

Centre Bike president Anna Nelson believes there are many positives to creating a bike-friendly community.


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Traffic is crawling, sirens wailing and police are hustling pedestrians around metal barricades. It's not another terrorist attack in Istanbul, but super-high security precautions for the first U.N. World Humanitarian Summit.

Dozens of government and NGO delegations converged on Istanbul's Congress Center, just down the street from central Taksim Square, posing for selfies and greeting old friends. The two-day summit is meant to lay the groundwork for a radical transformation of the way global humanitarian aid is delivered; participants say good progress on that has been made.

Greek authorities have started to move migrants and refugees out of the makeshift Idomeni camp, near the border with Macedonia.

The camp houses approximately 10,000 people, many of whom have been there for months. The asylum-seekers were hoping to cross into Macedonia and continue across Europe, but they were blocked from moving forward after the Balkan state closed its borders.

The Greek government, which has long been trying to persuade migrants to willingly leave Idomeni, has pledged to evacuate the camp without using violence, The Associated Press reports.

[Note: This is where a spoiler warning would usually go, but in this case, the warning is this: it's a post about The Bachelorette. You should only read it if you're interested in a post about The Bachelorette.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a Georgia man sentenced to death is entitled to a new trial because prosecutors deliberately excluded all African Americans from the jury based on their race. The 7-to-1 ruling was one of three high court decisions issued Monday involving racial discrimination.

In announcing the jury selection decision, Chief Justice John Roberts used unusually harsh words to describe the prosecutors' conduct. He labelled their proffered non-racial justifications for excluding all the black prospective jurors "nonsense," and "not true."

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Mosquito Hunters Set Traps Across Houston, Search for Signs of Zika

Mosquito control is serious business in Harris County, Texas.The county, which includes Houston, stretches across 1,777 square miles and is the third most populous county in the U.S. The area's warm, muggy climate and snaking system of bayous provide an ideal habitat for mosquitoes — and the diseases they carry.The county began battling mosquitoes in earnest in 1965, after an outbreak of St. Louis encephalitis. Hundreds of people contracted the virus and 32 died.These days, mosquito control...
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When Great Minds Think Unlike: Inside Science's 'Replication Crisis'

It started with a report published last year titled "Estimating the Reproducibility of Psychological Science." It's a rather unassuming title given the amount of hand wringing, head scratching, and eye rolling it's incited in what's come to be known as psychology's "replication crisis."The report was authored by psychologist Brain Nosek and hundreds of other researchers. Together, they set about trying to replicate one hundred psychology experiments published in three of the discipline's...
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Filipino Americans: Blending Cultures, Redefining Race

There are over 3 million people of Filipino heritage living in the U.S., and many say they relate better to Latino Americans than other Asian American groups. In part, that can be traced to the history of the Philippines, which was ruled by Spain for more than 300 years. That colonial relationship created a cultural bond that persists to this day.It's the topic of the book The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race. Author Anthony Ocampo spoke about the book with...
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People Aren't Coming To See The Pyramids Or Snorkel In The Red Sea

Khaled Ali Hassanin opens his silver minivan and pulls into Cairo's busy traffic. He is a freelance driver. He used to ferry foreign tourists all around Egypt as a staff member of a tour company. It was a great job."There was so much work. I never worried about money. If I spent one [Egyptian] pound, I'd get two back. We had more work than we could handle," he says.Until 2011 — that's when mass protests led to the overthrow of the dictatorial Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Hundreds were...
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Rhino-Horn Trade OK'd By South African Court, Lifting Domestic Ban

South Africa will allow domestic trade of rhino horns again, after a seven-year ban. International trade of the horns is still barred.The Supreme Court of Appeal rejected the government's bid to keep the domestic moratorium in place, National Geographic reports.South Africa is "home to the world's largest rhino population, and nearly all of the world's 20,000 white rhinos," National Geographic adds.Rhino horns grow back after being cut off, so advocates of lifting the trade ban say rhinos...
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Fueled By Young Voters, Asian-Americans Increasingly Identify As Democrats

Asian-Americans are shifting toward the Democratic Party in record numbers, according to a new poll conducted by a consortium of Asian-American organizations — AAPI Data, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.In fact, since 2012, there's been a 12 point increase in the percent of Asian-Americans who identify as Democrat — from 35 percent to 47 percent.Asian-Americans overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in 2012 — 73 percent to 26 percent — so these...
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Why You Should Take A Deep Breath Before Reading The Latest Trump-Clinton Polls

Hooray! It's that time of election season again, when (depending on whom you support) every single poll is cause for either panic or triumphantly punching the air.Election Day, by the way, is Nov. 8. That's almost half a year more of hyperventilation over polls.That sounds exhausting.But to be fair, there is actual cause for excitement in the polling numbers these days. Polls have swung dramatically in Donald Trump's favor in a matter of weeks. Two new polls released over the weekend showed...
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WHO's Stern Warning: The World 'Is Not Prepared To Cope' With Pandemics

The head of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, came out swinging at the opening ceremony of the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva on Monday. The meeting of health officials from nearly 200 countries is usually a low-key, bureaucratic affair. Chan, however, opened the assembly by basically saying that the world is facing unprecedented global health challenges right now and is ill-equipped to deal with future threats."For infectious diseases, you cannot trust the past when...
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Checking In With The Class Of 2016

What are the hopes and expectations of this year’s college graduates? This week, Here & Nows Jeremy Hobson will speak with several graduating seniors. First up: Konje Machini, who was chosen to be one of the commencement speakers at the University of Chicago’s graduation in June.Guest Konje Machini, graduating senior at the University of Chicago. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Checking+In+With+The+Class+Of+2016...
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On The Ever-Present Trauma Of Rape: 'You Are Not Alone. Don't Give Up'

In the 1980s, Raymond Douglas had been living in Ireland when a priest invited him for a drink. This was not an invitation to partake in Holy Communion. Rather, the priest — whom Douglas, then 18, had come to know as the unofficial chaplain at his school — had invited Douglas out to a party.While Douglas himself didn't imbibe any alcohol at the party, he recalls the man of the cloth certainly did. And, under the influence, the priest overpowered the student. Douglas says the priest then...
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Our Local Food Journey blog explores what it means to eat local in Central and Northern Pennsylvania.