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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on December 9, 2017, hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first part, hear tracks from Leo Kottke, Frank Zappa, The Black Keys, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Memphis Mini, Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Burns, Jim Kweskin, Bo Diddly, and more.

In the second hour, hear James Cotton, Rory Gallagher, The John Butler Trio, Dave Van Ronk, Robert Lockwood Jr., John Prine, Pearl Jam, Pyeng Threadgill, Shuggie Otis, Steve Earle, Charles Bradley, and more.   

WPSU Jazz Archive - December 8, 2017

Dec 9, 2017

An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on December 8, 2017 and hosted by Dan Balton. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Nina Simone, Grant Green, Etta James, Dave Brubeck Quintet, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, and more.

In the second part, hear Lou Donaldson, Miles Davis, The Count Basie Orchestra with The New York Voices, The Vince Guraldi Trio, Natalie Cole, and more.

Advocates for fair districting
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In most states, the legislature is in charge of designing congressional and state voting districts.

Pennsylvania isn’t unique in that respect.

But some say the commonwealth is home to some of the nation’s starkest examples of gerrymandering — where the shape of a voting district is manipulated to produce the outcome desired by the party in charge.

The Toll Brothers are planning to build a luxury student housing complex on Blue Course and Whitehall in State College's Ferguson township. Concerned citizens believe building the complex could threaten the town's drinking water.
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The Nittany Valley Water Coalition is hoping Penn State agrees to sell land on West College Avenue to the developer Toll Brothers.

Kelli Hoover, with the coalition, said time is running out for that idea. The sale of the original property is scheduled to close Dec. 27.

“We’re still trying to do what we can to encourage Penn State to come to the table," Hoover said. "Toll Brothers has been quite serious about wanting to buy an alternate location and not build on Whitehall, and Penn State seems pretty noncooperative.”

County Commissioners and advocates spoke in front of county courthouse in Lock Haven
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Advocacy group Fair Districts PA announced on Thursday that Clinton County is the first in the state to get all of its municipalities and county commissioners to pass resolutions in support of redistricting reform. The group believes momentum to end gerrymandering is growing.

The resolutions demand a fair way to draw legislative district lines and to end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. Twenty-nine municipalities as well as the county commissioners supported reform.

This I Believe: I Believe In Talking To Strangers

Dec 7, 2017

On a crisp day in October, I was on my daily walk through the Arboretum at Penn State. I had discovered my passion for photography there, and I was on a mission to photograph the roving gangs of chipmunks devouring the decorative pumpkins and gourds the Arboretum puts out at this time of year.

Suddenly, a stranger approached me. And immediately I thought, “Ugh. Go away. What do you want?” I thought about pulling out my cell phone to act busy. A gut, automatic reaction. 

Centre County district attorney Stacy Parks Miller at podium
Emily Reddy / WPSU

(Bellefonte) -- A prosecutor on Thursday sharply criticized a judge over her handling of the case against former Penn State fraternity members charged in a pledge's drinking death.

"While this case may be unusual and novel in complexity and number of defendants, the court has an obligation to handle it properly and be fair to both sides," Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller wrote in a statement. "To date, it has failed miserably."

apartment building
Anne Danahy / WPSU

Aviva Franz, a sophomore at Penn State, is leaving her apartment in the Metropolitan on a breezy fall day. She moved into the new, upscale building in downtown State College at the end of August.

“It definitely offers more, but there are tradeoffs," Franz said. "Like, it’s definitely more expensive than some of the other places. We do have a gym in the building, even though it’s small, and we do have a study lounge.”

Nathan Geiger holds a sign outside Rep. Glenn Thompson's office.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

A group gathered outside Representative Glenn Thompson’s office in Bellefonte Monday to protest the proposed Republican tax overhaul.

Nathan Geiger, a graduate student at Penn State, held a sign that said, “GT: Listen to Your Community. Vote No.”

Geiger organized the group of about 15 protesters who gathered on the side of the road outside Glenn Thompson’s office. Geiger says the proposed tax bill would triple his taxes.

John Fetterman speaking
Min Xian / WPSU

John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania and lieutenant governor hopeful, made an appearance at Webster's Bookstore Cafe in State College just hours after he received an endorsement from former governor and Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell.

"He revitalized the downtown, reduced the crime rate. Braddock hasn't had a homicide in five and a half years - an extraordinary record," Rendell said. "Most of all, he brought hope back to a fine heritage Pennsylvania city in Braddock."

Fetterman said it’s nice to have the recognition.


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Parents these days are stressed. So are their kids.

The root of this anxiety, one scholar says, is the way we understand the relationship between parents and children. Alison Gopnik, a psychology and philosophy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, thinks parents—especially middle-class parents—view their children as entities they can mold into a specific image.

"The idea is that if you just do the right things, get the right skills, read the right books, you're going to be able to shape your child into a particular kind of adult," she says.

Following a federal court ruling, the Pentagon has confirmed it will allow openly transgender individuals to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1. The Trump administration had resisted that deadline in court, seeking to have its ban on new transgender troops reinstated — but on Monday, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly upheld an earlier decision to temporarily block President Trump's ban.

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