5 Ways Bernie Sanders And Donald Trump Are More Alike Than You Think

The two hottest candidates heading into the New Hampshire primary Tuesday are Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. On the face of it, the candidates and their messages couldn't be more different.One is a billionaire businessman; the other, a career politician who rails against billionaires. But Sanders and Trump actually have more in common than you might think.First, there are are the obvious similarities. They both have trademark hair and were raised in New York City. And then there's the way...
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Lock Haven Students Rally For State Funding

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Pennsylvania State Capitol Building
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Students and faculty from state-owned universities across the state traveled to Harrisburg to advocate for increased funding for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Lock Haven University students and faculty wearing the school’s colors boarded a bus to the state capitol on Monday. The state system’s faculty union sponsored a bus for each state-owned university to send students, faculty and alumni to advocate for more state funding for higher education.



An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as aired on February 6, 2016 and hosted by Max Spiegel with special guest host Sister Sylvie of sister station WKPS-FM. 

 In the first hour, hear tracks from Guy Davis, The Black Keys, Maria Muldaur, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sunhouse, Etta James, Swamp Cabbage, Ry Cooder, Paul Kantner and Marty Balin, Jefferson Airplane, and more.  

In the second hour, hear Champion Jack Dupree, Doc Watson, Bob Weir, Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Steve Miller Band, The Shack Shakers, The White Stripes, and more.   

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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on February 5, 2016, produced and hosted by Craig Johnson. The recording features a Jazz@ThePalmer recording of the Dan Yoder Quartet, as performed in August 2015. 

According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, more individuals with mental illness are in America’s jails and prisons than in residential mental health care facilities.  Many are  there for nonviolent offenses.  Why is the criminal justice system becoming our de facto mental health care provider?  And how can we improve the outcomes when law enforcement and other first responders encounter individuals with mental illness who are in crisis?  Tracy Small answers those questions and more.  She's program coordinator of the Crisis Intervention Team, or CIT, for the Centre Region.

This I Believe: I Believe In Community

Feb 4, 2016
Essayist Ben Wideman
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August 28th, 2012 was the most difficult day of my life. That morning at work, I received a call from my wife. She was nearing full term of her pregnancy with our second child. She had recently been to the doctor who gave her a clean bill of health, and we were excitedly preparing to welcome this new child into our home.

I picked up the phone and she wasted no time saying “Come home now. Something's wrong.”

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"Regardless of where you come down on that fight, the work needs to get done." 

That's state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale's take on Governor Wolf's push to dissolve the Public Employees' Retirement Commission.

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As the battle in the Pennsylvania Capitol over funding public schools this year continues, Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed a $200 million increase for next year's basic education budget.

Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republicans who control the legislature are still sparring over how much money schools should receive this year. Wolf has been seeking a $377 million boost for K-12 basic education spending for the current year's budget.

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The U.S. Conference of Mayors met last month in Washington, D.C. Mayors from cities with more than 30,000 residents gathered to trade ideas, network and propose opportunities for collaboration.

Pennsylvania had a good showing of mayors, including Allentown's Ed Pawlowski, who attended the conference in lieu of the city council's unanimous vote to call for him to resign. 

John Fetterman speaks to the Penn State Democrats on February 1st, 2016.
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Senate hopeful John Fetterman spoke with the Penn State Democrats on the University Park campus last night. Fetterman is facing Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty in the upcoming primary.

During his speech, Fetterman spoke about combating wealth disparity, including supporting a minimum wage increase to $15.

He invited students to join him after for a beer at the Rathskellar, a bar in downtown State College.


An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as aired on January 30, 2016 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear Ry Cooder, Chuck Berry, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Big Bill Broonzy, Catfish Keith, Queen with David Bowie, Rory Gallagher, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Rev. Gary Davis, Hot Tuna, and more.

 In the second hour, hear Johnny Cash, The White Stripes, Chick Willis, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Johnny Copeland, Harmonica Fats, Otis Redding,


NPR Stories

Sunday night's Super Bowl landed a huge TV audience for its battle between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, which the Broncos took 24-10. While a football game is a football game, the Super Bowl is also a huge pop culture event, from the halftime show to the buildup and the barrage of advertising. We sat down the Monday morning after to take apart the highs, the lows, and the Beyonce of it all.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that Canada will cease its airstrikes against self-proclaimed Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria by Feb. 22.

It will remain part of the coalition targeting the militants.

Let's Get People Talking

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What happens if NPR and its Member stations asked people all over the country the same question?

This year NPR's political team has worked hard to find new ways to address the campaign--getting past the horse race to the crucial conversations happening across the country.

During the last week of January, NPR piloted a coordinated political conversation with several Member stations to create a national conversation around a topic that's on everyone's mind: voter anxiety.

For New Hampshire, Tuesday’s vote is not only a chance to weigh in on the presidential candidates. It’s an opportunity to mark 100 years since the start of the first in the nation presidential primary.

Brady Carlson, from Here & Now contributor New Hampshire Public Radio, reports.

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New Hampshire Celebrates A Century Of Voting First

At midnight Tuesday the residents of tiny Dixville Notch, N.H., will welcome camera crews for the quadrennial ritual of casting the first votes in the nation's first presidential primary.The remote town near the Canadian border is so small that it has only a roomful of registered voters and zero racial diversity. Its votes in recent cycles have been unreliable indicators of who will win the primary.But the cameras will be there, nonetheless, because it is first, and because it is a tradition...
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For Mardi Gras, Les Bon Temps Rouler In Mobile, Ala., Too

New Orleans is famous for its rollicking carnival to celebrate Mardi Gras, but the party has deep roots in another Gulf Coast city, Mobile, Ala.And in Mobile, carnival rules this time of year, even in the city council chambers. "Good morning and happy Mardi Gras," says city council president Gina Gregory as she welcomes masked and costumed revelers for a special proclamation marking 185 years of street celebrations in Mobile.One of them is Wayne Dean, the city's semi-official Mardi Gras...
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Confused About Your Student Loans? You're Not Alone

Americans have about $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. And there's yet another survey out that shows students in this country are confused about their loans, in the dark when it comes to knowing what they've borrowed, uncertain about how to pay them back.I've written before about how I was one of those people. My federal student loans were a constant source of stress, and after doing the math I figured I was paying more than 30 percent of my income every month in loan payments. And because...
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When Men Get Breast Cancer, They Enter A World Of Pink

At 46 years old, Oliver Bogler's reaction to a suspicious lump in his chest might seem typical for a man. He ignored it for three to four months, maybe longer. "I couldn't really imagine I would have this disease," Bogler says. But when he finally "grew up" and went to the doctor, he was pretty quickly diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.Now what's interesting here is that Bogler is a cancer biologist who regularly works with cancer cells, as senior vice president of academic affairs at the...
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When Every Drop Of Water Could Be Poison: A Flint Mother's Story

The problems with high lead levels in Flint, Mich.'s water started in April 2014, when the city switched water sources and began drawing its supply from the Flint River. The new water was harder, and government officials allowed it to corrode the city's pipes, leaching lead and other toxins into the tap water.Even though the city switched back to its original supply in October 2015, the damaged pipes continue to contaminate the water, and Flint's nearly 100,000 residents don't know when the...
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Governor Wolf's Budget Address on WPSU-FM

Tuesday morning at 11:30. Join WPSU-FM for special live coverage of the annual budget address by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

NPR News Coverage of the New Hampshire Primary

Tuesday night at 8:00, join us for live coverage from NPR News of the results of the New Hampshire Primary. NPR’s Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish will host.

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

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WPSU's Community Calendar

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.

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WPSU's Local Food Journey

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