House And Senate Reach Deal On Sanctions For Russia, Iran And North Korea

Congress will consider imposing new sanctions on Russia and Iran as well as North Korea, after Republicans and Democrats agreed to changes that will allow the legislation to move ahead. The bill also aims to prevent President Trump from relaxing sanctions without lawmakers' consent. An earlier form of the sanctions legislation had sailed through the Senate with a 97-2 vote last month. But that legislation focused only on Russia and Iran. It then lost momentum in the House after...

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WPSU Jazz Archive - July 21, 2017

Jul 22, 2017
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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on July 21, 2017 and hosted by WPSU's newest jazz show host Dan Balton.  

In the first hour, hear tracks from Lee Wiley, Annie Ross, Kenny Barron, John Coltrane, Bobbi Humphrey, Nat "King” Cole,  George Benson, Jon Batiste & The Stay Human Band, Kamasi Washington and more.

This I Believe: I Believe In Connections

Jul 20, 2017

I believe in connections.

I see them everywhere, every day. Whether it be between a comment a housemate made and a thought I had a couple months ago, or between an article I read online and the rules of a card game I used to play when I was younger.  But the best kinds of connections are the ones between people.

Manuel Ortiz looks out his living room window to the street construction outside his home. Ortiz says he wasn't informed that replacing a water main could cause lead to leach into his tap water from the lead service lines delivering water to his house on
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About five years ago, doctors found high levels of lead in the blood of Manuel Ortiz’s oldest son. Ortiz and his wife were surprised. They say Manuel Jr. acted like a normal kid.

Health inspectors told them the culprit was lead-based paint in their rented apartment. Ortiz says the landlord didn’t do anything to fix it, so the family moved out as soon as they could.

Rooms for residents like the one pictured will be 100-square-feet larger in the new building. Pictured from left are Centre Crest board members Richard Wisniewski; Larry Bickford; Bill Rockey; Carl Raup; Al Jones; Betsy Boyer Andrew Naugle, Centre Crest A
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The Centre Crest Nursing Home in Bellefonte has announced plans to relocate and construct a new $39 million facility.

The facility will be located on the edge of State College, and is expected to be finished in 2020.

Betsy Boyer, the president of the Centre Crest Nursing Home board, said the 78-year-old building they’re in now is difficult to keep up.

Most of this installment of the Folk Show Road Show is devoted to a concert by Mark Erelli,  a self-described yankee songwriter well loved for “going deep” into all manner of subjects.  He’s a songwriter who rewards close listening with memorable turns of phrase, and surprising insights.  We’ll hear the entire concert at Webster’s Bookstore and Café on Apr 28th.   

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on July 15, 2017, and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Supertramp, Aretha Franklin, Leon Redbone, Alabama Shakes, Doc & Merle Watson, The Black Keys, David Bromberg, Bob Brozman, Big Guitar Red, Joel Mabus, Chick Willis, North Mississippi Allstars, and more.

In hour two, hear The Blues Brothers, Otis Redding, The Golden Gate Quartet, Mary Flower, John Fogarty, Albert King, Ed Bruce, Ry Cooder, Hanna May, Bob Dylan, and more.

Ryan Bogaczyk and Benjamin Czajka.
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In Lock Haven we paired with a college journalism class and had students find someone interesting to interview.

Lock Haven University student Benjamin Czajka  talked with fellow student Ryan Bogaczyk. He talked about his father’s long struggle with recurring cancer.   

Event organizers Howie Shultz and Shelby Caraway stand behind one of Shultz's pieces for sale at the Art with a Heart event on Saturday.
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In the midst of the Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts, 15 artists decided to donate a total of 360 pieces to Calvary Church’s new Art with a Heart event.

The community event took place on Saturday and raised $6,000 for five different nonprofits.

Calvary Church employee Shelby Caraway and photographer Howie Shultz organized the event as a way to give back to the community.

Lion Antiques Storeowner David Godiska stands by the sign he hopes will inspire Penn State students to think about space exploration.
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A sign in a downtown State College store window reads, “50 years ago we drove cars on the moon — What happened!”

David Godiska is the owner of Lion Antiques on Atherton Street. He is so passionate about space exploration, he actually owns the original flying saucer from the film “Mars Attacks.” He said he hung up the sign in his store window because he strongly believes NASA has become obsolete.

WPSU Jazz Show - July 14, 2017

Jul 16, 2017
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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on July 14, 2017 and hosted by Greg Halpin.

The first hour of the program features all new jazz releases from George Colligan, Kris Funn, Charlie Rueda and the Jazzmorgans, Sigurdur Flosason & the Lars Jansson Trio, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Art Pepper, Hudson, and Bob Lark with the Phil Woods Quintet. 


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Detroit has faced a tumultuous past, but the most painful week in Detroit's modern history arguably happened exactly 50 years ago. On July 23, 1967, after decades of discrimination, poverty, and mistreatment by police, many black citizens of Detroit erupted in violence. Some call that five-day period of burning and looting the "riots;" others call it the "uprising" or the "rebellion."

Norman Lippitt says an insult by a former Detroit city councilwoman doesn't bother him — but he can't seem to stop talking about it.

"Sheila Cockrel says I'm a soulless person. I read that in a magazine. I'm soulless!" Lippitt laughs as he considers the idea. Cockrel told Bridge Magazine that Lippitt "got extremely wealthy protecting raging police brutality."

The 81-year-old attorney says he's heard it all before. "At my age, what the hell do I care?"

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'Caesar's Last Breath' Is A Breezy History Of Our Atmosphere

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CDC: Half Of All Female Homicide Victims Are Killed By Intimate Partners

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