In Face Of Protectionism, EU And Japan Sign Huge Open-Trade Deal

Japan and the European Union have signed a massive trade deal that creates an open trade zone for more than 600 million people. The EU and Japan account for approximately one-third of GDP worldwide. The deal has been in the works for years, but the parties reached an agreement in principle several months after President Trump pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major trade deal with Japan and 10 other nations. At a EU-Japan summit Tuesday in Tokyo, the envoys were...

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In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program showcasing performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, hear a Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano by Andre Caplet, from the 2016 season of Music at Penns Woods; and the Symphony No. 3 by Franz Schubert, played by the Penn State Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Gerardo Edelstein, in October of 2016. 

Brian Southwell is director of science in the public sphere at RTI International. We spoke with Southwell about communicating science, whether fact checking works and the idea behind his weekly radio show and podcast, “The Measure of Everyday Life.”  

WPSU Jazz Archive - July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018

An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on July 13, 2018 and hosted by Greg Halpin. 

The first hour of the program features all new jazz releases from Geoffrey Keezer, J.D. Allen, John Christensen, The Bernardo Casa Grande Quintet, The Stanley Clarke Band, John Coltrane, and more. 

The second hour of the program features jazz classics from the 1950s and 60s, as well as more recent recordings from Azar Lawrence, Human Motion, Oliver Nelson, Lester Young, The Vince Guaraldi Trio, Twin Danger, Jessica Williams, The Steve Kuhn Trio, and more. 

Pam and Toby Short with the letter they brought to State Sen. Jake Corman asking him to help pass redistricting reform.
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Redistricting advocates in Centre County are making a last-ditch effort to change how Pennsylvania’s Congressional districts are drawn.

It’s a week past an unofficial deadline to keep redistricting reform on track for 2021. That’s when maps will be redrawn.

But a group from “Fair Districts PA—Centre County” went to Senator Jake Corman’s office in Bellefonte on Thursday to urge him to keep working. The state constitution says the bill must be passed and advertised in newspapers by August 6.

BookMark: "Where The Red Fern Grows" By Wilson Rawls

Jul 12, 2018

I first read "Where the Red Fern Grows" 36 years ago. It’s a coming of age novel about a young pioneer boy of strong character. I remember the night well. I was telling my then 13-year-old son good night when he told me about the great book he was reading for school, and then mentioned the book report was due the next day. I asked, “Have you finished reading the book?” He shook his head with a worried expression. “Well, how far are you?” He showed me—page 69. One-hundred and eighty pages to go, and it was already 9 o’clock on a school night.

Hear "The Sounds Of Science" This Arts Fest

Jul 12, 2018
Penn State professor Mark Ballora turns datasets into sound and music.
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Does scientific data have a sound? We’re accustomed to seeing data represented on graphs and pie charts, but Penn State music professor Mark Ballora uses sound to represent data.

“The sounds of science are really cool," Ballora said. "I’ve got some representations of tropical storms that give you an idea of how a tropical storm evolves. It sounds windy. It sounds swirly. It sounds ominous. I’ve got some sounds I’ve made from outer space. From datasets from cosmologists. And they sound pretty spacey and cool.”

Lance Shaner speaks out against the change in zoning code at the Patton Township council meeting.
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The Patton Township Board of Supervisors has approved a new mixed-use development zoning code. The change likely opens the way for the controversial Patton Crossing development to move forward.

For nearly three hours Wednesday night, residents voiced mostly concerns about the new Mixed-Use Overlay District, or MXD2. Patton Township resident Rick Maher objected that it seemed the zoning was created specifically for one development.

“This MXD2 ordinance is being tailored with the Patton Crossing property in mind," Maher said. "It’s not right and it stinks!”

construction on Route 322
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Construction is underway on PennDOT’s Potters Mills Gap project, which will extend the four-lane highway from the Centre and Mifflin counties border to west of Potters Mills.

“Right about where that yellow truck is dumping, that will be the bridge, and the roundabout will be just to the right of that where you see that pick-up truck," said construction manager Greg Sidorick on a tour of the project that will eventually mean smoother driving on Route 322 through Potters Mills.

Geisinger employee working with DNA samples at Geisinger's MyCode lab in Danville, PA.
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In 2017, doctors called Ann Murphy to tell her she had a genetic mutation that increased her risk for a dangerous aortic aneurism.

“I was blown away,” she said. “I proceeded to explain to the girl like all the issues that our family has with heart disease and she was like, ‘oh my gosh.’ I said, ‘Too bad you didn’t call me sooner.’”

WPSU Jazz Archive - July 6, 2018

Jul 7, 2018
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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on July 6, 2018 and hosted by Rana Glick. The broadcast features tracks from Keith Jarrett, Emmet Cohen, Lloyd Gregory, Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm, Stephanie Woodford, Claudia Villela, Groove 8, Stanley Jordan, and more.

 

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Photographer Harry Benson called 1968 “the year America had a nervous breakdown.” There were the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, protesters clubbed at the Democratic National Convention and a civil rights movement that exploded into marches against the Vietnam War.

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Ryan: 'Vladimir Putin Does Not Share Our Interests'

A day after his much-criticized news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump continues to be on the receiving end of criticism from both sides of the aisle for his remarks that he didn't see "any reason" why Russia was responsible for hacking the 2016 election, as U.S. intelligence agencies have found. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told reporters Tuesday that Russia "did meddle with our elections," and said he would consider further sanctions against Moscow. "We...

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More Screen Time For Teens Linked To ADHD Symptoms

Most teens today own a smartphone and go online every day, and about a quarter of them use the internet "almost constantly," according to a 2015 report by the Pew Research Center. Now a study published Tuesday in JAMA suggests that such frequent use of digital media by adolescents might increase their odds of developing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). "It's one of the first studies to look at modern digital media and ADHD risk," says psychologist Adam Leventhal ,...

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MGM Files Lawsuits Denying Liability Over Las Vegas Shooting

The company that owns the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas has asked federal courts to declare that it is not liable in the October 2017 mass shooting carried out by a gunman staying at Mandalay Bay. Stephen Paddock stayed at the resort for several days before he opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest music festival. Aiming from the windows of his 32nd-floor hotel room, he killed 58 people and injured hundreds. Many of those victims have since filed lawsuits in state court. Now, MGM...

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Judge Halts Family Deportations For Now

A federal judge in California has temporarily halted the deportation of immigrant families that have been reunited after being separated by the Trump administration. The order was issued Monday by Judge Dana Sabraw, the same judge who previously ordered the government to reunite the families. It comes as the Trump administration is scrambling to reunite roughly 2,550 immigrant children with their parents by the court-imposed deadline of July 26. What will happen to those families after...

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'Disgraceful,' 'Pushover,' 'Deeply Troubled': Reaction To The Trump-Putin Summit

Updated at 7:19 p.m. ET Many Republicans harshly criticized President Trump's performance Monday at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which Trump said Putin's denial that Moscow interfered with the 2016 election is "strong and powerful" — despite U.S. intelligence findings to the contrary. Meanwhile, Democratic leaders started to openly question whether the Russians have damaging information on the president after his joint appearance in which he deferred to Putin on...

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Maria Butina Case Bolsters Understanding of 'Infiltration' In Russian 2016 Attack

Charges accusing a woman of trying to build bridges between the Russian government and American political leaders via the National Rifle Association have delivered a breakthrough in understanding one aspect of the attack on the 2016 election: "infiltration." After months of questions and speculation as to how or whether the NRA connection might have worked, prosecutors proffered an answer on Monday: The Russian woman, Maria Butina, was the intermediary between Russian government officials and...

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U.S. Intelligence Chiefs, Current And Former, Fire Back At Trump

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Monday directly challenged comments by President Trump, saying the U.S. intelligence community has been "clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election." Coats has maintained an extremely low profile, rarely making public comments, since President Trump appointed him last year. But last Friday, Coats spoke up. He said Russia remained the "most aggressive foreign actor" trying to disrupt the U.S. political system. "The warning...

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Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

To an outsider, the fancy booths at a June health insurance industry gathering in San Diego, Calif., aren't very compelling: a handful of companies pitching "lifestyle" data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like "social determinants of health." But dig deeper and the implications of what they're selling might give many patients pause: a future in which everything you do — the things you buy, the food you eat, the time you spend watching TV — may help determine how much you pay for...

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'We've Been Through Darker Times': Barack Obama Speaks In South Africa

Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET. Former President Barack Obama celebrated Nelson Mandela's life and legacy in South Africa on Tuesday with a speech that focused not only on the freedom Mandela came to symbolize, but the long walk it took to get there. "We have to follow Madiba's example of persistence and hope," Obama said, using Mandela's clan name. "It's tempting right now to give in to cynicism. To believe that recent shifts in global politics are too powerful to push back. That the pendulum has...

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Money Surges Toward House Democratic Hopefuls

As the midterm elections get more heated, passionate grassroots donors are opening their wallets to Democrats campaigning against President Trump and the GOP in their quest to take the House. At least 22 Democratic House candidates raised more than a million dollars in the second quarter of 2018, according to an analysis by National Journal's Hotline of recently-field Federal Election Commission data. Most of the candidates are challenging Republican incumbents or open-seat hopefuls. Among...

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Galileo Would Be Stunned: Jupiter Now Has 79 Moons

More than 400 years after Galileo Galilei discovered the first of Jupiter's moons, astronomers have found a dozen more — including one they've dubbed "oddball" — orbiting the planet. That brings the total number of Jovian moons to 79. The team of astronomers originally wasn't even looking for the 12 new moons. Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science says he and his colleagues had been trying to track down a giant planet they think may be lurking at the outer reaches of our...

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The Great American Read

PBS asked Americans to name their best-loved novel, and they’ve compiled a list of the top 100. Make a case for your favorite novel on the list through a BookMark review!

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