Train Crashes Into Hoboken Terminal, Killing 1, Injuring Scores Of People

A commuter train in New Jersey crashed into Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey on Thursday morning, resulting in multiple injuries and visible structural damage.One person was killed and at least 65 people were injured, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York. New Jersey transit officials said at least 100 people were hurt, Stephen Nessen of WNYC reports.Joseph Scott, the CEO of Jersey City Medical Center, said the hospital had admitted some victims in critical or serious condition.Gov. Chris...
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I Believe In Saying No

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  This essay originally aired on October 29, 2015.

I believe in saying no.

But I am mulishly stubborn. I never back down. When you pair that with my Type A personality and overachieving nature, I am downright terrifying when I put my mind to something.

I was raised to believe that quitting is never an option. Saying no to an opportunity or a challenge was never an option. So what changed?

Amish in front of trucks full of hay.
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With Election Day less than two months away, the Trump campaign is doubling down its efforts in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth is on the short list of states the Republican has to win in order to clinch the election.

Trump’s currently lagging in state polls, though the margin may be shrinking. But his campaign is hoping turning out more people who don’t vote regularly may help him out.

One pro-Trump PAC is taking that idea to the extreme. It’s targeting a voting group that doesn’t even use the internet—the Amish.

So, who are these voters?

WPSU Blues Archive - Sept. 24, 2016

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on September 24, 2016 and hosted by Adam McMillan. 

In hour one, hear Junior Walker and The All-Stars, Gil Scott Heron, Paul Birch, Jimmy McGriff, John Doe, Bob Dylan, Sturgill Simpson, The Coasters, Benjamin Booker, Etta James, The Whitefield Brothers, Howlin’ Wolf, Blind Willie McTell, and more.  

In hour two, hear The Gun Club, The Fairfield Four, Elvis Presley, Alan Lomax, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Hughes, John Lee Hooker, Marty Stewart, Carla Thomas with Otis Redding, James Taylor and more.

An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on Friday, September 23, 2016 and hosted by Greg Petersen. 

In the first hour hear tracks from Dexter Gordon, Donna Byrne, The Earl Klugh Trio, Gerry Mulligan, Helen Merrill with Stan Getz, Herbie Mann & Phil Woods, Jerry Gonzalez and more.

In the second hour, hear Kitty Margolis, The Marsalis Family, The Mills Brothers, Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson, The Monty Alexander Trio, The  Ron Affif Trio, Diana Krall and more.

Brooke Gladstone joins us from her studio at WNYC, where On The Media is produced, to help us make sense of the information environment we live in.  She’ll also talk about media bias—it turns out, there are lots of different kinds—and we’ll ponder the often-asked question: Did the media create the Trump candidacy?

If you are familiar with science writer Mary Roach, you know she is never one to shy away from parts of science that verge on the absurd. I read two of her previous books, and was enchanted by Roach's unique combination of endless curiosity and a wry sense of humor. So I rushed to lay my hands on her newest book, “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.” It will not fail to live up to her fans’ expectations. Even those who have never read her before will be hard-pressed to put down a book that I finished in a few short days.

Jill Stein in front of a "Green Party" banner.
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Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein visited Penn State Wednesday to ask for votes and volunteers.

She talked to an audience of about 200 about her support for environmental movements, Black Lives Matter and free public education. Stein rejected the idea that voting for a third party was throwing away a vote.

“I won’t sleep well if Donald Trump gets elected. And I won’t sleep well if Hillary Clinton gets elected,” Stein said. “But we live in a democracy. We have more than two deadly choices. We can stand up for the democracy that we need.”

Peter Buckland recounts his memories of the HUB Lawn Shooting for an oral history recording on September 16, 2016.
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September 17, 1996 is a painful date for many who were attending Penn State, including Peter Buckland. He said, “The community was , I would say, totally floored. I mean, I was.”

It was the day State College resident Jillian Robbins opened fire on the lawn of the HUB student union on the University Park campus, killing one student and wounding another.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on September 17, 2016 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear The David Bromberg Band, Jackson Browne, The Black Keys. Roy Acuff, Frank Zappa, Rev. Gary Davis, Jack White, Barance Whitfield and The Savages, The Felice Brothers, Ry Cooder, and more.

In hour two, hear Johnny Cash, Beck, Will Weldon, Sleepy John Estes, Doc Watson, Dr. John, Leon Redbone, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - Sept. 16, 2016

Sep 17, 2016
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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on September 16, 2016 and hosted by Andrew Belmonte, featuring “Jazz From All Angles.”

In the first hour, hear performances by St Germain, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Heath, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Larry Coryell, Buena Vista Social Club, Herbie Hancock, The Bad Plus, The David Murray Quartet and more.

In the second hour, hear Eric Dolphy, Dave Brubeck Quartet, iO String Quartet, Oliver Nelson, Phillip Glass, Charles Mingus, and more.


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WATCH: Unable To Name A Foreign Leader, Gary Johnson Has Another 'Aleppo Moment'

Asked to name his favorite foreign leader, or any foreign leader he admires, Libertarian nominee for president Gary Johnson was unable to come up with an answer.The exchange occurred on an MSNBC town hall hosted by Chris Matthews Wednesday night.When Johnson hesitated at the initial question, Matthews said, "Go ahead, you gotta do this. Anywhere. Any continent. Canada, Mexico, Europe, over there, Asia, South America, Africa. Name a foreign leader that you respect."It continued:Johnson: I...
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Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is one of those tech terms that seems to inevitably conjure up images (and jokes) of computer overlords running sci-fi dystopias — or, more recently, robots taking over human jobs.But AI is already here: It's powering your voice-activated digital personal assistants and Web searches, guiding automated features on your car and translating foreign texts, detecting your friends in photos you post on social media and filtering your spam.But as practical uses of AI have...
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California Eliminates Statute Of Limitations On Rape Cases

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that ends a statute of limitations on prosecuting rape cases.The bill is widely believed to be inspired by allegations against comedian Bill Cosby, after some of his accusers came forward long after the alleged sexual assaults took place. Cosby has repeatedly denied the allegations.Brown made the announcement without elaborating – it simply appeared on a list released Wednesday of bills that he had signed or vetoed."Existing law generally requires...
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Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

On Friday, the Rosetta spacecraft will smack into the icy surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and go silent. Scientists with the historic mission are wondering how they'll feel as the orbiter makes its death-dive toward the comet that has been its traveling companion for more than two years."There's mixed emotions here," says Matt Taylor of the European Space Agency, who is the project scientist for Rosetta. "You know, people have invested their lives and their mentality, I think,...
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Curious George Celebrates 75 Years Of Monkey Business

Curious George famously managed all sorts of escapes — from policemen, firemen, zookeepers and plenty other humans who didn't like his mischief. But many readers don't know that the husband-wife team who created the inquisitive little monkey — who is celebrating his 75th birthday this year — had the most harrowing escape of all.In 1939, artists Hans Augusto and Margret Rey were living in Paris, where they had written a book with a side character named Fifi. The Reys thought this young,...
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Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

There are less than 500 North Atlantic right whales left in the world. And now, one less: This weekend, one of the 45-ton creatures was found dead off the coast of Maine, completely entangled in fishing line — head, flippers and all.This was not an isolated incident.In late June, an endangered blue whale wrapped in fishing gear was seen struggling off the coast of Dana Point in Southern California. Rescuers were unable to extricate it before it swam away. And earlier this month, rescuers...
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Choreographer Mark Morris Puts 21st-Century Spin On 12th-Century Love Poem

An ancient poem thats sometimes called the Romeo and Juliet of the Middle East is being brought into the 21st century by choreographer Mark Morris, with the help of some musicians from Yo-Yo Mas Silkroad project.Morris, whose evening-length work Layla and Majnun will premiere in Berkeley, California, this weekend, speaks with Here & Nows Robin Young.Here are some of the source illustrations for the production, from the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. You can see the full gallery...
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Rats That Reminisce May Lead To Better Tests For Alzheimer's Drugs

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Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, And Cooking It On The Go

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