Supreme Court Reprieve Lets 10 Texas Abortion Clinics Stay Open For Now

Tuesday would have been the last day of operation for 10 clinics in Texas that provide abortion services. But on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court, in one of its final actions of this session, said the clinics can remain open while clinic lawyers ask the court for a full review of a strict abortion law.Two dozen states have passed regulations similar to the ones being fought over in Texas.Two years ago, when Texas passed one of the toughest laws in the country regarding abortion services, the...
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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as aired on June 27, 2015, and hosted by Max Spiegel.

The show features tracks from Charlie Musselwhite, The White Stripes, Etta James, Taj Mahall, The Dead Weather, Shuggie Otis, Devil in a Woodpile, Willie Green, Willie Mabon, Joanna Carter, D.W. Ditty, Willie Dixon, Dave Van Ronk, Steve Cohan, Amy Winehouse, Nic Armstrong and The Thieves, Frank Zappa, Chirs Smithers, and more.

The Folk Show Sat, June 6

Jun 27, 2015

Music from Jackstraw, Toshi Reagon, Paddy Cronin, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, The McDades, Terence Martin, Kaia Kater, Chris Jones, Sam McGee, Kathy Kallick, Boulder Acoustic Society, Gillian Welch, Solas, John Hartford, Joyce Cobb and the Beale Street Saturday Night Band, Tony Furtado, Cedric Watson, Jean Ritchie, Tim O'Brien, Majorstuen, Lunasa, Kimberly M'Carver, Iris DeMent, Dock Boggs, The Horse Flies, Altan, Beppe Gambetta, Jim Malcolm, Angelique Kidjo, Scot Vestal, Wayne Benson, Jeff Autry, Ron Stewart,  and Mark Schatz


The Canadian author Margaret Atwood is considered to be one of the most important and influential writers alive today. She has more than 50 books to her credit, including poetry, short stories, children’s fiction, and 14 novels. The best known works are The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin. We'll talk with her about her life as a writer, the difference between speculative fiction and science fiction, and about the manuscript she wrote for the Future Library Project; readers won't see the book for 100 years!  

Niagara Bottled Water Issues Voluntary Recall

Jun 23, 2015

Due to E. coli concerns, Niagara Bottling issued a voluntary recall for all spring water products produced in its PA manufacturing facilities between June 10th and June 18th. Niagara Bottling is one of the providers of spring water for some Pennsylvania grocery chains.


While there have been no reports of illness yet, Niagara offered this statement:

WPSU’s Greg Petersen interviewers Pennsylvania State Senator and Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre County) who talks about the prospects for an on-time budget, pension reform, state liquor reform, his support for a higher minimum wage in the Commonwealth, and work to close a tax loophole that currently allows hundreds of Marcellus Shale companies to avoid taxes by registering in Delaware.

BookMark: "Mr. West" by Sarah Blake

Jun 18, 2015

Many listeners are familiar with the rapper and celebrity icon Kanye West. He’s made headlines for eleven years not just with his music, but his antics and his romantic relationships. So a book of poetry dedicated to him isn’t conventional, but it is understandable. Local author Sarah Blake released a book of poetry simply named “Mr. West” in his honor. Blake calls it “an unauthorized lyric biography.” I consider myself a diehard fan of West and his music, so I was happy to dive into this book.

 Click on the title above for a link to the concert recording !

We recorded April Verch and her band on April 25 when they came to the WPSU studios as part of the Acoustic Brew concert series.   They were in fine form, instrumentally, vocally,  and percussively (listen for Verch's footwork !),   and  sound and recording engineer Jim Thorne captured it all beautifully.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on June 13, 2015 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

Performances include tracks by The John Butler Trio, Taj Mahal, The Muppets,  Johnny and the MoTones, Dr. John, Keb’ Mo', Siegel-Schwall Band, Townes Van Zandt, Van Morrison with Lonnie Donegan, Otis Rush, Gregg Allman, and more.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz show as aired on June 12, 2015, hosted by Greg Halpin.

It’s all new Jazz releases in the first hour of the program. We’ll hear music from Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus, Sal Mosca, Luis Perdomo, 11 year-old pianist Joey Alexander, Robert Glasper, Melody Gardot, Harold Mabern featuring Norah Jones on vocals, The Hot Sardines, Kyle Eastwood, and The Franz von Chossy Trio.


Supreme Court Reprieve Lets 10 Texas Abortion Clinics Stay Open For Now

Tuesday would have been the last day of operation for 10 clinics in Texas that provide abortion services. But on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court, in one of its final actions of this session, said the clinics can remain open while clinic lawyers ask the court for a full review of a strict abortion law.Two dozen states have passed regulations similar to the ones being fought over in Texas.Two years ago, when Texas passed one of the toughest laws in the country regarding abortion services, the...
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U.S.-Germany Soccer Match Is Showdown Between World's Top 2 Teams

The final of the Women's World Cup isn't until Sunday. But it might as well be tonight, as world No. 1 Germany takes on the second-ranked United States in the semifinals. The U.S. and Germany have played four previous times in the World Cup, including a semifinal in 2003 (won by Germany).The game should be a great one. Consider that Germany has scored the most goals this tournament (20), and the U.S. has allowed just a single goal. The U.S. and Germany have each won the World Cup twice.The...
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Chris Christie Declares His Candidacy For President

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose political career has taken almost as many turns as a roulette wheel at an Atlantic City Casino, is running for president.He made the announcement today at Livingston High School, which he attended and was class president.Declaring "America is tired of hand wringing and indecisiveness and weakness" in the White House, Christie said he is ready "to fight for the people of the United States of America."Christie, 52, first came to prominence as a corruption...
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Could Supreme Court Decision Lead To Death Of The Gerrymander?

The Supreme Court's decision on Monday to uphold the constitutionality of Arizona's independent redistricting commission has some hoping their model could now pave the way for other states to adopt a less partisan way of drawing congressional lines."There are a lot of efforts around the country to try and get commissions enacted, and now I think those efforts are going to go full-steam ahead," said Nicholas Stephanopoulos, a law professor at the University of Chicago who studies elections and...
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President Pitches Overtime Rule That Could Raise Wages For 5 Million

President Obama is expected to release this week a long-awaited rule governing overtime that could affect 5 million people as soon as next year, a source familiar with the plans confirmed to NPR.The proposed rule would more than double the salary cap under which most workers would qualify for overtime pay whenever they work more than 40 hours a week, the source said. The cap would be raised from $23,660 to $50,440, and indexed to wage growth or inflation, ensuring the cap would move with the...
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The Economic Reality Of The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

At Pride events in New York City this weekend, the emotional excitement about marriage equality was evident. But many people also were thrilled about the practical considerations.Colleen Mahoney and her wife Michelle Conklin are New York residents who joined in the celebrations that marked the Supreme Court's ruling. They now have a marriage that is recognized in all 50 states, and they say that will make it easier to take job transfers or retire anywhere."We can travel to all 50 states. We...
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Don't Believe In Evolution? Try Thinking Harder

The theory of evolution by natural selection is among the best established in science, yet also among the most controversial for subsets of the American public.For decades we've known that beliefs about evolution are well-predicted by demographic factors, such as religious upbringing and political affiliation. There's also enormous variation in the acceptance of evolution across different countries, all of which suggests an important role for cultural input in driving beliefs about evolution....
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5 Things You Should Know About Chris Christie

A lot has changed since New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie first thought about running for president in 2011. The Republican was seen as the biggest threat to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the party's eventual 2012 nominee. Despite entreaties from top GOP donors and activists, he declared, "Now is not my time."He drew scorn from many Republicans for his public embrace of President Obama days before the 2012 election in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. But his handling of the crisis...
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Greece Seeks New Bailout From Eurozone

Updated at 11:54 a.m. ETGreece is seeking a new bailout from the Eurozone, just hours before it is scheduled to default on an approximately $1.8 billion loan payment to the International Monetary Fund.Finance ministers from the eurozone, the group of countries that use the euro currency, are meeting at 2 p.m. ET to consider the Greek proposal, which reportedly asks for a new two-year deal "for the full coverage of financial needs and at the same time restructuring of debt."In the meantime,...
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For Mennonites, Question Of LGBT Membership Yields Few Easy Answers

The Mennonite church encompasses an incredibly diverse group of people, including a small minority that still use a horse and buggy to get around. The largest organization in the faith — Mennonite Church USA — has nearly 100,000 members. Still, whatever the variety of its members, the church is known foremost for two things: pacifism and justice work.Lately, though, the Mennonite church has been facing a split over how to interpret that ideal of justice — and how it applies to the question of...
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Making The Law Respect Gender Identity After Death

Maya Scott-Chung remembers one of the first times she met Christopher Lee. He was strutting down a red carpet at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Lee was emceeing the Transgender Film Festival, an event he co-founded in 1997. He commanded the audience in a shimmery black faux fur coat and sunglasses. "Christopher was fab-u-lous with a capital F-A-B," Scott-Chung says. "He always had beautifully shined boots and just an incredible look about him."Lee made several films about transgender...
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Apple Bets Big That You'll Start Paying To Stream Music

Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Rdio, Rhapsody, Pandora — the list of streaming music service goes on and on. On Tuesday, Apple joins that lineup with the launch of its streaming service, Apple Music. Apple will give consumers a three-month trial, and then it will charge $9.99 a month.But most music lovers still aren't sure why they should pay. Colin Barrett, 31, has tried a few of the streaming services, but he doesn't use them anymore."There's always sorts of glitches, or they don't...
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Curb Your Appetite: Save Bread For The End Of The Meal

Ah, the bread basket. You sit down for a nice meal out, and there it appears: piping hot, giving off a waft of yeasty divinity.Who can resist?There's a reason this age-old tradition prevails. Even in the era of paleo and gluten-free, there are still hordes of us who will gladly nosh on crusty, chewy, soul-warming bread.But the downside may be more than just some extra calories. Turns out, eating all those carbs before a meal can amp up our appetites and spike our blood sugar."The worst...
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Would You Buy A Used Car From A Man Named Beer Horse?

I'd been renting a Toyota Camry to give free rides around the city for my series Streets of Shanghai, about the lives of ordinary Chinese. But the monthly rental fees were killing me, so I figured I could save money by buying a used car.I went to a reputable used car dealership. The first hint that this would be different than shopping in the U.S. came when I met my salesman, a fresh college grad."I am Beer," said the 26-year-old man, wearing a blue blazer with flecks of dandruff on the...
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In A Kenyan Village, A 65-Year-Old Recording Comes Home

From Robert Johnson selling his soul at the crossroads to Odysseus outwitting the sirens, the history of music is filled with myth and legend. Music loves a good story, and a certain recording from a Kenyan village definitely has one — one that's 65 years old.At the center of that story is a recording of a song called "Chemirocha," sung by a group of little girls from the Kipsigis tribe. Their voices are high-pitched, dancing around the same notes like a chant, and they sing over the strums...
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Can Technology Ease The Burden Of Caring For People With Dementia?

A doctor I interviewed for this story told me something that stuck with me. He said for every person with dementia he treats, he finds himself caring for two patients. That's how hard it can be to be a caregiver for someone with dementia.The doctor is Bruce Miller. He directs the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco. According to Miller, 50 percent of caregivers develop a major depressive illness because of the caregiving. "The caregiver is so overburdened...
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"Multiple Choices"

This Keystone Crossroads project explores the ins and outs of school funding in PA.

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.

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

WPSU's Local Food Journey

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

It's Folk Season

Now that the Metropolitain Opera radio season has ended, The Folk Show is back on WPSU-FM Saturday afternoons from 1-5pm, now through the end of November.