Royal Wedding Was Filled With Symbolism Of African-American History

The power of love was on full display Saturday as millions tuned in across the world to watch the royal wedding ceremony between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. While the couple, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were the main focal point for the day of festivities, it can be argued that the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry of Chicago stole part of the show. Curry, the first African-American leader of the Episcopal Church, started out by reading a biblical passage from the Song of Solomon and...

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BookMark: "Rise of the Necrofauna" By Britt Wray

May 17, 2018

The past few years have seen a veritable flurry of renewed interest in the idea of bringing extinct species back to life. Multiple books, articles and even a few TED talks have each approached the topic from different angles, or focused on different species. A new book on the topic caught my attention, not only for its approach, but also for the almost haunting art that graces its cover: the skull of a woolly mammoth and the head of a wooly mammoth facing each other across a dark background.

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In a very tight race, a Penn State professor has won the Democratic primary for the 12th Congressional district. 

Democrat Marc Friedenberg beat Judy Herschel by 223 votes, according to unofficial results Wednesday afternoon.

He said his win in the primary came from work by volunteers — getting results in places they put the effort.

Now, he has his eye on the general election where he will face Republican incumbent Tom Marino.

Marino beat challenger Doug McLinko, winning 67 percent of the vote.

Tara Hutchingame is a senior at State College Area High School. For the last few months, she has dedicated a lot of energy to helping her fellow students register to vote.
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The voter turnout rate among 18- to 29-year-olds is historically lower than any other age group nationwide. In State College, high school students who led the local protests against gun violence also worked to encourage young voters to go to the polls.

Tara Hutchingame is a senior at State College Area High School. For the last few months, she has dedicated a lot of energy to helping her fellow students register to vote.

Republican gubernatorial primary winner, Scott Wagner, and Democratic lt. governor winner, John Fetterman.
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In the Republican primary for Governor, Scott Wagner beat out his challengers. The Pennsylvania state senator and waste-hauling millionaire will face Democratic Governor Tom Wolf in November. Polls have Wagner well behind Wolf, though he’ll have 6 months to try to change that.

Trump's Pick For Senate Wins Pa. GOP Primary

May 15, 2018
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Tuesday's primary elections will begin to settle swing state Pennsylvania's chaotic congressional landscape after a court fight ended with redrawn districts just three months ago.
Pennsylvania primary voters selected President Donald Trump's pick to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. Idaho voters are set to pick their Republican gubernatorial nominee, while heavily Republican Nebraska and Democratic-leaning Oregon are also holding primaries Tuesday.
A look at some of the key races:

Although low turnout is generally expected for midterm primary elections, more voters in Blair County were motivated to go to the polls on Tuesday’s primary in Pennsylvania because of how competitive some races are.
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Although low turnout is generally expected for midterm primary elections, more voters were motivated to go to the polls during Tuesday’s primary in Pennsylvania because of how competitive some races are. 

By 11 a.m. on Tuesday, 120 ballots were cast at Mount Nittany United Methodist Church in Lemont. Judge of Elections Laurel Zydney said she expected low turnout for this midterm primary, because people may not want to have a party affiliation and there’s a lack of contested races. 

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the Pennsylvania primary election (all times local):

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John Fetterman has won a five-way Democratic Party primary race for lieutenant governor, making Lt. Gov. Mike Stack the first holder of the office to lose in a primary election.

The Braddock mayor's victory in Tuesday's primary election means he will run on a ticket with Gov. Tom Wolf in the fall. Pennsylvania first started allowing lieutenant governors to serve a second term in the 1970s.

Braddock had made a failed bid in 2016 for the U.S. Senate.

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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on May 12, 2018 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Parliament, Blind Boys of Mississippi, Doc Watson, B.B. King, Eden Brent, Seth Walker, The Black Keys, Blind Willie McTell, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Junior Kimbrough, Dave Van Ronk, Frank Zappa, Sugar Pie Desanto, J.J. Cale and more.

In the second hour, hear Howlin' Wolf, Susan Tedeschi, Etta James, Beck, Rory Block, Bob Brozman, Develle Crawford, Chris Thomas King, David Bromberg, Ry Cooder, Jesse Fuller and more. 

Iraqi citizen Basim Razzo and Penn State professor Sam Richards.
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In a TED Talk at Penn State in 2010, sociology professor Sam Richards put forward a challenge of empathy. He showed the audience a picture of two captured Iraqi insurgents and asked them to put themselves in these men’s shoes – to think about their lives, their families and why they were fighting.

Not long after, on the other side of the world in Iraq, Basim Razzo saw that video and got in touch with Dr. Richards. Razzo has since been a frequent speaker at Richards’ classes – via Skype – and now Richards’ students have raised the money to bring Razzo to Penn State.   

WPSU Jazz Archive - May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018
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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on May 11, 2018 and hosted by Rana Glick.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Coltraine, The Ralph Moore Quartet, Roy Eldridge with Oscar Peterson, and more.

In the second hour, hear Benny Carter, Royce Campbell, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Bobby Jaspar, Diana Panton, Nina Simone Ruthie Foster Aaron Goldberg and more.

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The power of love was on full display Saturday as millions tuned in across the world to watch the royal wedding ceremony between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

While the couple, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were the main focal point for the day of festivities, it can be argued that the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry of Chicago stole part of the show.

A Chinese archaeologist who identified a long-lost clay army consisting of 8,000 soldiers died Wednesday, according to China's state media.

Zhao Kangmin first laid eyes on fragments of terra cotta warriors in 1974. Farmers some 20 miles from China's central city of Xi'an were digging a well and struck into the pieces.

In a message, which took to church not only those in attendance at the royal wedding of Britain's Prince Harry, 33, and American actress Meghan Markle, 36, on Saturday — but millions watching from across the world — Bishop Michael Bruce Curry preached on the "redemptive power of love."

Curry, the first African-American presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church encouraged all receiving his message to discover the power of love to make of "this old world a new world."

Roger Stone, a longtime adviser of President Trump, complained of partisan behavior by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation on Sunday, but also speculated that he could be under investigation by Mueller for a crime unrelated to coordinating with Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

"It is not inconceivable now that Mr. Mueller and his team may seek to conjure up some extraneous crime, pertaining to my business, or maybe not even pertaining to the 2016 election," Stone said, in an appearance on NBC's Meet The Press.

It has been a week of dramatic developments in striking juxtaposition for Israel and Gaza. On Monday, several hundred people gathered in Jerusalem for the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy. Simultaneously, about 60 miles away, Gaza suffered its deadliest day in years as Israeli soldiers opened fire on Palestinian protesters.

But have these developments really changed anything in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Demands have stayed the same, impasses between the different sides have been highlighted and the United States' role in future peace talks appears to be shifting.

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After Texas High School Shooting, A Community Grieves

In Texas, students are returning to Santa Fe High School to gather their belongings, a day after a shooting that killed 10 people and injured 13 others. One by one, police escorted the students back into the classrooms they fled when the shooting started. Some returned to pick up their cars. Republican Congressman Randy Weber, whose district includes Santa Fe, told reporters the shooting was the second tragedy this small community has experienced in less than a year. "We had Hurricane Harvey...

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Classical Music Captures A Young Wife's Anxiety In 'On Chesil Beach'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR6DWDfMDlM The film On Chesil Beach opens with a cocksure Edward, played by Billy Howle, mansplaining the blues to his new wife, Florence, a classical violinist played by Saoirse Ronan . It's a snapshot of the young couple's relationship, which disintegrates throughout the course of the film due to mismatched expectations and fears of intimacy. Director Dominic Cooke, a veteran of theater making his feature film debut with this Ian McEwan novella adaption,...

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The Russia Investigations: Big Questions Answered, More Big Questions Raised

Updated at 9:44 a.m. This week in the Russia investigations: The Senate Judiciary Committee dumps documents about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, the special counsel's office celebrates its first birthday and the GOP escalates its war against the Justice Department. The enemy within After chapters on "wiretaps," eavesdropping, "unmasking" and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the new hotness this week was confidential sources. FBI investigators used a confidential source in the initial...

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Not My Job: We Ask Singer Cyndi Lauper Three Questions About The Titanic

Cyndi Lauper was one of the icons of the 1980s with hits such as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time" and "True Colors." She's won Grammy, Emmy and Tony Awards. We've invited Lauper to play a game called "I'm the King of the World!" Change two letters of the title of her musical, Kinky Boots, and you end up with "sinky boats" — we'll ask her three questions about the Titanic. Click the audio link above to see how Lauper does. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr...

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The String Quartet As Chosen Family In 'The Ensemble'

Aja Gabel's new novel has music cues for each new section. One of them is for Antonin Dvorak's "American" String Quartet in F, Op. 96, No. 12, which is performed in the opening of the book. It's a love story, the famous violinist had said, and even though Jana knew it was not, those were the words that knocked around her brain when she began to play on stage. The Ensemble follows Jana and her fellow members of the Van Ness Quartet as they meet, compete and make beautiful music together...

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'My Fifth Career': Bettye LaVette Reinvents Bob Dylan For Herself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_mDubuag5c There's been no shortage of musicians who've covered Bob Dylan songs over the years. On Things Have Changed , however, soul powerhouse Bettye LaVette reinvents the timeless music and lyrics of the folk singer into an intimate career retrospective all her own. LaVette says she didn't have a relationship with these songs before the project, which she counts as a stroke of luck that allowed her to reshape otherwise well-known music. In songs like ...

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The War Over Confirming Federal Judges Is Heating Up — Again

Democrats may hold 49 votes in the Senate but for all practical purposes, they have been completely disarmed when it comes to opposing President Trump's judicial nominees. Now Republicans leaders, worried about possibly losing control of the Senate in the November elections, are racing against the clock to push through as many judicial nominations as they can. But even some of their own members are privately worried that abandoning longtime practices and understandings is undermining the...

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Justify Wins Preakness, Keeping Triple Crown Hopes Alive

Dense fog and a soggy track blurred ideal viewing conditions, but there was no mistaking Justify's run to victory in the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Entering the race with overwhelming odds, the undefeated favorite, ridden by jockey Mike Smith, shot out of Post 7 with a clean start as he had in Kentucky . Smith takes his second Preakness win. While Justify's victory hardly came as a shock, don't call it an easy win. The favorite, who had been...

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Ebola Outbreak: How Worried Should We Be?

What's the worse-case Ebola outbreak? Public health officials would say it's when the virus is spreading in a crowded urban environment that's a major transportation hub and has dilapidated, ill-equipped health care facilities. Unfortunately, that's what's happening right now in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ebola is a virus that causes a severe, and often fatal, illness. The epicenter of this outbreak is in an extremely rural, extremely remote part of the Equateur...

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This Tiny Desk Contestant Braved The Elements Of Alaska To Pay Tribute To His Grandmother

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG4cN-nvVjQ There may be only one winner of the Tiny Desk Contest — this year, NPR Music was proud to award that honor to Naia Izumi — but many other talented musicians entered. Over the next couple of months, Weekend Edition will highlight some of the standouts among the nearly 5,000 who submitted videos. Entrant Quinn Christopherson hails from Alaska, and his entry video is pretty cool — literally. As the video starts, Christopherson is seated and rocking in...

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FEMA Denies Contract Extension In Puerto Rico, Power Crews Head Home

For more than a week, Puerto Rico's representative in Congress has been urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend the contract under which mainland power crews have been helping repair the island's power grid. On Thursday, FEMA denied that request, while approving a separate one by Puerto Rico's governor to maintain hundreds of emergency generators on the island. The decision means that Friday is the last day that line restoration crews hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

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Tina Fey Hosts Star-Studded 'SNL' Season 43 Finale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW8M3tr1XXo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N6jVD6RymA The season's last episode of Saturday Night Live opened with a nod to Tony Soprano including Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" playing on the jukebox. President Trump, played by Alec Baldwin, was sitting alone in a New Jersey diner, just like the one on the finale of HBO's The Sopranos , when he was joined by Kate McKinnon as Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who joked he was on Fox News "like 20 times" the other...

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A Royal Wedding With Global Allure: Our Photo Album

It was a royal event like no other: People, royal invitees and journalists from around the world have gathered in what it is not only a British and American affair, but a global one. Interests and love transcends all borders and this union is the best representation of it. We will be updating this album throughout the day. Here some of the most precious moments: Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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NPR And Spotify Team Up To Feed Your Podcast Addiction

Public radio podcast lovers, clear your schedules: Spotify users now have the NPR podcast catalogue at their fingertips. From classic NPR favorites like Fresh Air to TED Radio Hour , to the media giant's latest viral titles like Invisibilia , Hidden Brain, and How I Built This , all of NPR's podcasts have a home on Spotify. Fans new and old are part of the one-third of Americans who listen to podcasts, with 12 percent streaming 10 hours or more each week . As podcasts bleed ever more into...

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