Almost 100 Days In, 'Trumpism' Is Still Not Clearly Defined

Donald Trump promised something new in American politics. His strategists said his brash "America First" approach would bust up the old party identities and remake the Republican Party as a true populist "Workers Party." But it was never perfectly clear exactly how he planned to do that — 100 days into his administration, here are five thoughts on what we know so far about Trumpism: 1. The early debate about Trumpism (and what that means) Trump was so new and different, there was tremendous...

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For over 30 years, urbanist and author Richard Florida has observed the life of cities, and has come up with solutions on how to make them work.  In his new book, The New Urban Crisis, Florida argues that cities will have to turn to themselves to help themselves and to make them more inclusive for all.

This month’s show includes a Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano by Andre Caplet from a 2016 Music at Penns Woods Concert; “Se Ela Perguntar” by Dilermando Reis, played by guitarist Jonathan Gangi in a 2017 PSU faculty “Spotlight” concert; and “Les Preludes” by Franz Liszt, played by the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gerardo Edelstein.

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Below a tangle of highways along the southern edge of Pittsburgh’s downtown is a truncated section of concrete. The Mon Wharf Landing may look as if it goes nowhere, some sort of multi-modal experiment that suffered from lack of follow-through.

To Jay Sukernek, it’s quite the opposite.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on April 22, 2017, and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear the Rev. Gary Davis, Hanni El Khatib, Eric Gales, Carl Sagan, Devil in a Woodpile, Tom Waits, The Robins, Hazmat Modine, The Modern Lovers, R.L. Burnside, The Alabama Shakes, The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, Leo Kottke, Led Zeppelin, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - April 21, 2017

Apr 22, 2017


An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on April 21, 2017, hosted by Greg Halpin. 

The first hour of the program features all new jazz releases from Roxy Cross, Fabrizio Bosso Quartet, Benny Green, Stantawn Kendrick, David Arthur Skinner, the trio of Vinnie Sperrazza, Jacob Sacks, & Masa Kamaguchi, Olivier Collette, Jazz at Lincoln Center featuring Jon Batiste and Wynton Marsalis.

BookMark: "American Ambassadors" By Dennis C. Jett

Apr 21, 2017

Right now American embassies around the world are awaiting their next leaders. Traditionally, when a new president is elected every American ambassador submits a resignation letter. The president will refuse the resignations of most career ambassadors, but the political appointees placed by the previous president will return to their lives in the private sector. President Trump will soon have to fill all those open positions.

Scientists agree that climate change is happening here and now--and that the sooner we act, the lower the risks and costs of catastrophic climate impacts. The documentary "Managing Risks in a Changing Climate," examines how scientists advised the Louisiana coastal region's decision-makers and citizen-stakeholders to create an action plan--something proactive cities across the globe are undertaking as well.

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on April 8, 2017, and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear Bonnie Raitt, Doc Watson, Blind Boys of Alabama, Eric Gales, Leon Redbone, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Frank Zappa, Eugene Chadbourne, Dan Auerbach, Sugar Boy Crawford and more.

In hour two, hear Todd Snyder, The White Stripes, Arthur Gunter, Etta James, Lead Belly, Ry Cooder, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Chick Carbo, The Golden Gate Quartet, Bob Brozman and more.   

WPSU Jazz Archive - April 14, 2017

Apr 15, 2017
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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on April 14, 2017 and hosted by Rana Glick. 

In the first hour, hear Wynton Marsalis, Zoot Simms with Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass, Wilton Felder, Joe Williams, Wes Montgomery with Thelonious Monk, Wallace Rooney, Marian McPartland and more.

In the second hour, hear Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Richard Stoltzman, John Faddis, Gillespie, Vaughn Nark and more.   

The fabulous, Mike McGrath, host of WHYY’s gardening show, You Bet Your Garden, shares his knowledge on everything gardening. McGrath launched his hit radio program in 1998. He was editor-in-chief of Organic Gardening magazine from 1991 to 1997, and is the author of many books, including The Kitchen Garden Box and Mike McGrath’s Book of Compost.


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Robert Siegel, whose career with NPR has spanned more than four decades, will be stepping down as co-host of NPR's All Things Considered next year.

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Almost 100 Days In, 'Trumpism' Is Still Not Clearly Defined

Donald Trump promised something new in American politics. His strategists said his brash "America First" approach would bust up the old party identities and remake the Republican Party as a true populist "Workers Party." But it was never perfectly clear exactly how he planned to do that — 100 days into his administration, here are five thoughts on what we know so far about Trumpism: 1. The early debate about Trumpism (and what that means) Trump was so new and different, there was tremendous...

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Mexico Worries That A New Border Wall Will Worsen Flooding

As the White House pushes Congress to fund President Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, a new wrinkle has emerged that could stymie parts of the massive project. Mexican engineers believe construction of the border barrier may violate a 47-year-old treaty governing the shared waters of the Rio Grande. If Mexico protests, the fate of the wall could end up in an international court. Antonio Rascón, chief Mexican engineer on the International Boundary and Water Commission , said in an interview...

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Trump Administration To Impose 20 Percent Tariff On Canadian Lumber

The Trump administration announced it will impose a 20 percent tariff on imported softwood lumber from Canada. The dispute is not new — the United States and Canada have sparred over imports of forest products for decades. But the action comes as the two nations prepare to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, which President Trump has harshly criticized. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal , Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the tariff will be applied...

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Senate Confirms Ex-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

Several Democrats joined Republicans in the Senate to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next secretary of agriculture. The vote was 87-11. Perdue's cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted "present" and presided over the vote. Sonny Perdue grew up on a farm in central Georgia and has owned several agriculture companies. He is not associated with the food company Perdue or the poultry producer Perdue Farms. NPR's Geoff Bennett reports for our Newscast unit: "As agriculture...

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Justices Split Over Defendants' Right To Mental Health Expert Witnesses

As a hurry-up execution schedule plays out in Arkansas this week, the U.S. Supreme Court and Arkansas Supreme Court have stepped in to block two of the eight executions initially scheduled for an 11-day period. Those two cases are on hold pending the outcome of a case from Alabama argued in the Supreme Court on Monday. At issue is whether an indigent defendant whose sanity is a significant factor at his trial is entitled to an expert witness, independent of the prosecution, paid for with...

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Anti-Semitic Incidents Up 86 Percent Compared With Same Time Last Year

A Jewish advocacy organization expects a staggering increase in anti-Semitic incidents by the end of 2017. That projection comes after the Anti-Defamation League counted an 86 percent spike in attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions so far this year, according to a report released Monday. In its Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic incidents, the civil rights organization found 541 acts of vandalism, violence and harassment against American Jews already reported in 2017. This recent increase follows...

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State Department Removes Webpage Featuring Trump's For-Profit Club, Mar-A-Lago

Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET An article on a State Department website about President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort has been removed after criticism that it was an inappropriate use of taxpayer funds. Critics complained that resources were being used to tout the for-profit club, which Trump refers to as the Winter White House. The club, in Palm Beach, Fla., is held in Trump's trust, of which he is the sole beneficiary. "The intention of the article was to inform the public about where the President...

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French Political Establishment Rallies Against Far-Right Le Pen

For the first time in nearly 60 years, no candidate from Frances mainstream left or right parties will take part in the countrys presidential election on May 7. Both centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen progressed to a runoff, after Sundays initial election. Already, establishment figures are unifying against Le Pen, who has come to embody the countrys anti-immigrant and anti-globalization movement. Here & Now s Robin Young speaks with NPRs Eleanor Beardsley  ( ...

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The Warfare May Be Remote But The Trauma Is Real

After high school, Staff Sgt. Kimi wanted to go to art school, but she didn't have the money. So she joined the military. Intelligence analysts like Kimi work with drone pilots and others in the Air Force to guide decisions about where to deploy weapons in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaida. (The U.S. Air Force won't release her last name because of the high-security work she does). These airmen stationed at home in the United States may not be in physical danger themselves, but their work...

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As Rooftop Solar Challenges Utilities, One Aims For A Compromise

If you've ever wondered what an extreme home makeover looks like for an environmentalist, take a visit to Lance Wright's garage in south Denver. He walks past his electric car to batteries near the back wall. "All of this is the devices necessary to control our solar panels," Wright says. There are solar panels on the roof above. He and his partner designed the system to maximize energy efficiency. K.K. DuVivier says that means the power moving through the meter is sometimes negative. "I have...

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'Hourglass' Exposes The Fissures That Develop In A Long-Term Marriage

Dani Shapiro's new memoir, Hourglass, opens on a scene from a marriage: On a winter's day, Shapiro looks out a window of her old house in Connecticut, and spots her husband. Now pushing 60, he is standing in the driveway in his bathrobe, his pale legs stuffed into galoshes, aiming a rifle at the woodpecker, who for months has been jackhammering holes into the side of their house. Shapiro's husband was once a foreign correspondent, accessorized with a gun and bulletproof vest when he ventured...

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Trump's First 100 Days: An 'Entry-Level' Presidency

With any new president, there's a learning curve. But for President Trump, it's been steeper than others. "Mount Everest" is how Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, described it ahead of Trump's 100 th day in office, which is coming up Saturday, April 29. "It's as steep as they come and ice-covered, and he didn't bring very many knowledgeable Sherpas with him." Trump's ascension to the presidency is an unlikely story. The flashy...

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Nearly 100 Days In, Trump Voter In One Rust Belt County Shares Concerns

This story is part of Kitchen Table Conversations , a series from NPR's National Desk that examines how Americans from all walks of life are moving forward from the presidential election. This is the third post-election visit with Jamie Ruppert, 33, of White Haven, Pa. Jamie Ruppert, 33, switched parties and voted for Donald Trump in November, and for months has been his enthusiastic supporter. Nearly 100 days into his presidency, the mother of two — her third baby is due in July — still...

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Despite National Attention, Jon Ossoff Says Georgia 6th District Race Still About Local Issues

The political battle over Georgias 6th District could become the most expensive House race in history. Last week, Democrat Jon Ossoff just missed an outright win in a special election to replace now-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. He faces Republican Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff thats drawn the money and attention of both national parties, and has been called an electoral test for President Trump. Ossoff ( @ossoff )  speaks with Here & Now s Meghna Chakrabarti. Interview...

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Malaria Wiped Out In U.S. But Still Plagues U.S. Hospitals

Malaria transmission in the United States was eliminated in the early 1950s through the use of insecticides, drainage ditches and the incredible power of window screens. But the mosquito-borne disease has staged a comeback in American hospitals as travelers return from parts of the world where malaria runs rampant. In the early 1970s there only a couple hundred malaria cases reported in the entire U.S. but that number has steadily increased in recent years. A new study published in the...

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