Intact America executive director Georganne Chapin.
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Millions of parents decide to circumcise their newborn sons for any number of reasons—religion, hygiene, family tradition—but there's a vocal anti-circumcision movement growing in the United States. Georganne Chapin, director of Intact America, says parents should wait until their child is old enough to decide for himself.

BookMark: "Dark Money" By Jane Mayer

Jun 15, 2017

This is probably the most important book I’ve read this year. Jane Mayer’s book, "Dark Money," makes the argument that we now have three major political parties: Republican, Democratic and Dark Money.  

Jane Mayer is an investigative reporter and staff writer for The New Yorker. She has written three bestselling nonfiction books and has received numerous awards for her political reporting. As described on the book’s cover, "Dark Money" tells the hidden history of the billionaires behind the radical right and how they are shaping our government.

Lock Haven University students James Harkness and Steven Pasciak.
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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 James Harkness talks with fellow student Steven Pasciak about his recent motorcycle accident. 

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NASA recently selected 12 new astronaut candidates from among more than 18,000 applicants. WPSU’s Kristine Allen speaks with one of those talented twelve: Zena Cardman, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Penn State. She will begin her astronaut training in August.

Stacy Parks Miller talks to reporters at the end of the first day of the preliminary hearing in the trial of fraternity members in the hazing-related death of Timothy Piazza. The detective on the case, David Scicchitano from the State College police depar
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A judge, lawyers and the fraternity members facing charges surrounding the death of Penn State sophomore Timothy Piazza watched hours of video footage in a preliminary hearing Monday. The judge ordered a continuance as the trial was nearing its eleventh hour.

Sixteen fraternity brothers and their lawyers overflowed into the gallery of the courtroom.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on June 10, 2017, and hosted by Max Spiegel.  

In the first hour, hear tracks from Johnny Bolzen, Merle Travis, Robert Johnson, Rev. Gary Davis, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, The Black Keys, Etta James, Conor Oberst, Corky Siegel, Chris Smither, John Lee Hooker, Hazmat Modine, and more.

In hour two, hear Tedeschi Trucks Band, Pigmeat Terry, Frank Zappa, Blind Willie McTell, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, Jerry Lee Lewis, David Bromberg, Big Bill Broonzy, Albert King, Mamou, and more.     

Lock Haven University basketball coach Jennifer Smith and Loren Kaiser, one of her former players.
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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 Loren Kaiser talks with Jennifer Smith. Smith has been the head women’s basketball coach at Lock Haven for 10 years.  

Huntingdon Celebrates 250 Years

Jun 9, 2017
People under a tent
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One borough in central Pennsylvania is celebrating a big 250th birthday this weekend.

Huntingdon, the county seat,  kicked off celebrations Thursday with a walking tour of historic buildings.  Over 100 people learned about the town's 1767 founding by reverend William Smith, a Philadelphia resident who lead what is now the University of Pennsylvania.

Kelly Kroecker, director of Huntingdon's Historical Society, says the goal of this year-long celebration is to appreciate the past. 

Hear Rebecca Strzelec's perspective on the future of Arts Funding under this new administration.

Rebecca Strzelec finds inspiration in what other people throw away.  A professor of Visual Arts at Penn State-Altoona, and the 2016-2017 Penn State Laureate, she describes herself as a "rescuer of objects that are underappreciated."  Her sculptural jewelry, which is fueld by yard sales and made using 3-D printing, is prized on and off the body.

Opioid Epidemic, Budget Cuts Discussed At Town Hall

Jun 9, 2017
Commissioner Michael Pipe speaks at the joint town hall meeting in Bellefonte.
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A joint town hall meeting last night brought attention to both potential budget cuts and the opioid problem in Centre County.

The Centre County Board of Commissioners and the Bellefonte Borough Council met in Bellefonte to discuss recent work they are doing to improve the county.

The proposed Pennsylvania house budget would zero out both adult and juvenile probation and reduce funding for mental health services and homelessness programs.

Centre County Commissioner Michael Pipe is hoping to end up with flat funding, but worries it will be late.

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