Cease-Fire Talks Between Syria And Opposition Begin In Kazakhstan

The main players in Syria's long-running civil war are meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, Monday for talks that were arranged by Russia. The discussion seeks to bolster a cease-fire agreement that hasn't ended violence in Syria, but officials say they don't expect a breakthrough. U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura is playing a role at the talks, which will run through Tuesday. As the meetings got underway Monday, Russia's Tass news agency reports that Russia, Iran and Turkey plan to sign an agreement...

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Autonomous vehicles, ubiquitous broadband internet, improved energy systems — attendees at the U.S. Conference of Mayors buzzed with the potential technology in store for their cities.

In the 20 years the internet has existed, it has revolutionized the way we interact with the world, said Joanne Hovis. She’s president of CTC Technology & Energy, an IT consulting firm in Maryland. She said communities that prioritize global access to the internet spur innovation and entrepreneurship.

WPSU Jazz Archive - Jan. 20, 2017

Jan 21, 2017
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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on January 20, 2017 and hosted by Rana Glick. 

In the first hour, hear Sonny Rollins, Brother Jack McDuff, Esperanza Spalding, Miles Davis, The Modern Jazz Quartet and more.

In the second hour, hear Farrell Sanders, Victor Wooten, Roy Hargrove with J.J. Johnson, Chico Freeman, Shirley Horn, Nancy Wilson with Cannonball Adderley, Joshua Redman, and more.   

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In a sense, Inauguration Day resembles the New Year: making resolutions and welcoming a new era with a concert and fireworks. Among State College residents, asked about the new administration, there’s hope, concern and everything in between.

Sam Richards teaches race and ethnic relations in the sociology department at Penn State.

“I think we are in for a very interesting four years," he said. "And I suspect that there’s never going to be a dull moment.”

Christy Carfagno is a senior also from the sociology department.

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While Washington, D.C. prepared for the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, more than 300 mayors gathered blocks from the White House for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

They chatted, they swapped cards, they exchanged insight on engaging seniors, dealing with hunger, and and how to pay for infrastructure.

While Pennsylvania mayors said they’re largely hopeful that the new administration will work with cities, they’re not holding their breath.

I Believe In Making Bad Art

Jan 19, 2017
Meghan Shiels holding a painting of a Nittany Lion and a night scene.
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A few months ago I set out to paint a picture. I sat there with a blank canvas, paints, and brushes and imagined how beautiful the end result would be. I could already envision it hanging in my room, displayed proudly for all to see. But as the painting progressed, I began to realize that the beautiful painting in my head was likely to stay only in my imagination. The colors were ugly, the image was misshapen, and the image was taking on a disturbing resemblance to a child’s finger painting. By the time I was finished, it was truly awful.

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Keystone Crossroads will be checking in with Trump voters from around the state throughout his presidency. This is the first installment in an occasional series called "I Voted Trump," telling the story of the next four years through the eyes of the new president's supporters.

It’s going to be hard to forget 2016; I hope one of the memories you have is listening to the Folk Show Road Show— regularly broadcast on the third Tues evening of the month.  To help keep those memories alive,  we’re taking a look back at some 2016 broadcasts.

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On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, a group called "Writers Resist" held more than 90 events around the country and abroad.  One of the Pennsylvania events  was held Sunday evening at Webster's Bookstore Cafe in State College.

The tables at Webster's were filled with an attentive audience, ready to hear powerful words on race, gender and freedom.

Author and poet Nicole Miyashiro, writer and editor for the PA Center for the Book, read from some of her poetry.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on January 14, 2017, and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk,  Professor Longhair, The Black Keys, Gil Scott Heron, Bob Brozman, Roosevelt “Honeydripper” Sykes,  Lindsey Alexander, Arthur Gunter, Albert King, and more.

In the second hour, hear Big Dave and the Ultrasonics, J.J. Cale, The Mothers of Invention, Charlie Musselwhite, The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Duffy Bishop Band, and more.   

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By 10 am on Saturday morning, the ballroom at the 1863 Inn in Gettysburg was standing-room only. More than 300 people crowded in, paper numbers in hand, hoping to take home their own slice of history.

 

"With lot number one, we’re going to get the auction started here," Darren Dickensheets called the room to order before rolling on with his auctioneer's call. "President George Washington,  life-size wax figure, name plaque, six foot two [inches] tall."

 

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Two years after putting its first rover on the moon, China says it will launch a mission to bring lunar samples back to Earth late this year. As it plans that mission, China's space agency is also preparing a separate trip to the moon's far side, possibly in 2018.

A team of ethics experts and legal scholars filed a lawsuit in federal court this morning that says President Donald Trump's overseas businesses violate the Constitution's emoluments clause, which bars presidents from taking money from foreign governments.

The group says it is asking the court "to stop Trump from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments" with ties to Trump interests. The lawsuit states that:

For President Donald Trump, the easy part is over.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump slammed the U.S. national security and foreign policy establishment as run by people who were "so dumb," "predictable," and played for "a bunch of suckers."

Now he owns it.

Trump's inauguration makes him responsible for responding to hot spots and crises around the world — challenges that scale from the risk of an individual terrorist attacking inside the U.S. to the danger of a nuclear standoff with Russia.

For more than 50 years, the recently knighted Sir Raymond Douglas Davies, CBE, has been fascinated with American music and American culture. In the early 1960s, he and his brother Dave formed The Kinks to play Little Richard songs and original tunes steeped in rock 'n' roll.

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Republican Plan To Replace Obamacare Would Turn Medicaid Over To States

Republicans plan to turn control of Medicaid over to the states as part of their replacement for the Affordable Care Act, according to an adviser to President Donald Trump. Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to Trump, told NBC News's Sunday Today with Willie Geist, that the health care law that will replace Obamacare will turn Medicaid — a joint state-federal health insurance program for the poor — into a block grant program. The change would mean the federal government would give money to the...

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Haight Ashbury's Free Health Clinic: Middle-Aged And Still Groovy

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On 'SNL,' Aziz Ansari Aims To Quell Some American Angst That Shirtless Putin Can't

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Why Is It Important To Be Touched?

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Five Senses About David Linden's TED Talk Neuroscientist David Linden thinks that of the five senses, touch is the most overlooked, and perhaps the most important for promoting psychological health. About David Linden Dr. David J. Linden is a professor in the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served for many years as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology. He has written...

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Fact Check: Science And The Trump Administration

Many in the science community have expressed concern about the lack of science literacy demonstrated by the new Trump administration. A look at the administration's statements and actions related to five key issues that are informed by science — anthropogenic climate change, vaccines, evolution taught in public schools, environmental science and protection of public lands, and human rights — bolsters that concern. As the new administration takes office, here's a look at statements made and...

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We Cannot Tolerate Legal and Personal Attacks on Journalists For Doing Their Jobs

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President Trump's First Hours In Office

Making good on his promise to get started on "Day 1," President Trump and his administration got right to work on Friday, taking steps to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and announcing the reversal of their predecessors' plans to reduce mortgage insurance premiums on federally insured home loans. The new president signed an executive order to "minimize the economic burden" of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act pending its repeal, allowing government agencies not to enforce...

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With 'Pussyhats,' Liberals Get Their Own Version Of The Red Trucker Hat

Donald Trump took the oath of office on Friday before a crowd speckled with red, many of them wearing the campaign's famous "Make America Great Again" hats. Saturday's Women's March on Washington in downtown D.C. drew a crowd with vastly different political beliefs, but there was one similarity, as the sea of people was peppered with pink, cat-eared "pussyhats." The (mostly) homemade hats were a sly reference to lewd comments Trump made in a 2005 Access Hollywood tape leaked a month before...

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Campaign Trail Trump On Display As He Goes To CIA On First Day As President

On his first full day in the White House, President Trump went to the CIA presumably to try and offer an olive branch to members of the intelligence community he often maligned over their conclusions that Russia had conspired to influence the U.S. elections. Instead, he falsely denied that he had ever criticized the agency, falsely inflated the crowd size at his inauguration on Friday, attacked the media and told intelligence officers gathered to, "Trust me. I'm like a smart person." It was a...

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Women's Marches Go Global: Postcards From Protests Around The World

Updated at 6:10 p.m. ET As the Women's March on Washington has swelled in support, attracting attention and supporters in the lead-up to Saturday's demonstrations, its name has become something of a misnomer. Sister marches have been organized in all 50 states, several U.S. territories and countries around the world. They have tried to express solidarity with the aims of the original march: opposition to President Trump's agenda, and support of women's rights and human rights in general....

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A Plea For President Trump: Restore Respect

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How Can We Hear The Stars?

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