Saturday's March Aims To Stand Up For Science

Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET Enthusiasts say their March for Science on Saturday in communities around the world is intended to "support science for the public good." The main event is happening in Washington, D.C., but satellite marches are planned in all 50 states, and at least 610 marches have been registered on the March for Science website across the world on all continents except Antarctica. While they may not have registered with the main march, a group from the Neumayer Station III in...

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We remember Col. Gerald Russell, a decorated Marine commander and devoted community volunteer. He died February 24, 2014, at age 97. We share our last interview with him from May, 2007. Plus, historian Jeffry Wert on the significance of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, which he delivered 149 years ago this week. Some say it’s his greatest speech.

Universities are testing the boundaries of online education with MOOCs, or Massively Open Online Courses. The courses are free and open to anyone and everyone who wants to take part. WPSU’s Emily Reddy takes a look at a Penn State MOOC that’s just wrapping up, about a year after the university first decided to try out this new educational format.

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Who are the Homeless in State College?

Feb 25, 2014
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Kate Lao Shaffner

Yesterday, WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner talked to folks with Centre County's Out of the Cold and Hearts for the Homeless programs, which seek to provide respite for the homeless during the winter months. Here's the second part of the series, about the broader issues of homelessness in the Centre region.

Whitney Hunsinger is sitting in the living room of Centre House, a homeless shelter in downtown State College. Her daughters, who are two and four, are coloring and watching TV. Hunsinger is nine months pregnant.

Centre County Homeless Get Out of the Cold

Feb 24, 2014
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Kate Lao Shaffner

For many of our listeners, the worst thing a colder-than-usual winter can bring is a higher heating bill.  But for the homeless, the frigid temperatures could be a matter of life and death.  How do Centre County residents who don’t have a home get out of the cold?

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This week WPSU is taking a look at water issues in central Pennsylvania. Today, WPSU’s Emily Reddy explores the massive task of supplying and cleaning the water used by students, faculty, staff and visitors at Penn State University. 

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A steady stream of mourners visited the bronze Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium yesterday. They went to pay homage to the legendary Penn State football coach.

Most visitors stood and contemplated the statue of Joe Paterno in silence. A few at a time, some walked up to the statue and added candles, flowers, hand-written notes, and Penn State gear to the growing pool of offerings at his feet. By mid-afternoon, someone had draped an American flag over Paterno’s upraised arm. A rosary hung from his other hand. And he wore a blue and white striped Penn State scarf.

This I Believe: I Believe Life Should Be "Pun"derful

Mar 24, 2011

One morning, I called the local barbershop to make an appointment. Unfortunately, the barber was all booked up for the day. 

"Well, this is a hairy situation," I said to my girlfriend as I hung up the phone. She replied, "They certainly left you stranded." 

Call me a pundit, a glutton for punishment, or just a "pun"derful guy…I believe in puns. 

You want to spice up any conversation, here's some sage advice. Have a little fun with it. That's why it's called a “play on words” after all. 

This I Believe: I Believe In Eating My Convictions

Mar 10, 2011

I believe in eating my convictions. When I was twelve, I stopped eating meat because I liked animals and didn't want to hurt them. My grandmother saw this decision as a personal betrayal. 

Lyndsie Wszola is a Penn State student.

Tim Ziegler next to construction sign on dirt road.
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Marcellus shale drilling across Pennsylvania has expanded tremendously in the last couple of years. To extract the natural gas, companies drill straight down about 5,000 feet then shoot highly-pressured water mixed with chemicals and sand vertically through the shale to release the gas. It’s called hydrofracturing, or “fracking.” The whole process requires heavy equipment and millions of gallons of water to be trucked in over roads built to carry passenger cars.

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Chew On This For Earth Day: How Our Diets Impact The Planet

The foods we choose to put on our plates — or toss away – could have more of an ecological impact than many of us realize. On Earth Day, here are some ways to consider how our diet impacts the planet. Waste not, want not You've heard the numbers on food waste. More than 30 percent of available food is tossed each year in America. It's enough to fill Chicago's 1,450-foot-tall Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) 44 times over. The U.S. has set an official goal to reduce food waste...

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First Step To 'Eco-Grieving' Over Climate Change? Admit There's A Problem

Just thinking about the impacts of a shifting climate is making some people feel anxious and overwhelmed. A support group in Utah is helping people cope, and the idea has drawn interest in other states. In a split level outside Salt Lake City, eight people gather for a weekly meeting. The group, called Good Grief, has members ranging from millennials to grandparents. As they sit in a circle in the living room, Dick Meyer talks about why the problem of climate change made him emotional. Just...

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For Earth Day, Learn About Local Science

On a sunny Spring day last week, I met two Northern River Otters called Moe and Molly at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, a few towns over from where I live. They were introduced to me by George Mathews , curatorial director of the VLM — and friend, especially, to Moe. As a youngster, Moe, now about age 12, had been taken in as a pet by someone living in Maryland after his mother was struck and killed by a boat propeller. Moe was confined to a bathtub — except when he was taken...

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Paris Attack May Impact This Weekend's French Presidential Election

A police officer is dead and two others seriously wounded after a shooting Thursday in Paris thats been claimed by ISIS. The attack comes just as voters in France get ready to head to the polls Sunday to elect their next president. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPRs Eleanor Beardsley ( @ElBeardsley ) about the impact the attack could have on the French election. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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'Send Me A Friend': Anders Osborne Helps Musicians Stay Sober On Tour

Recovering alcoholics tend to avoid the bar. But when the bar is your office, that's not so easy. New Orleans bluesman Anders Osborne figured out how to get back to work despite the temptations, and now he's trying to help others. Drugs and alcohol nearly destroyed Osborne's career, and his family. The guitarist and singer-songwriter was showing up for tour dates unable to perform. At his worst, he was spending nights on a park bench. He got into recovery and was putting his life back...

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House Oversight Panel Has Questions About Trump Businesses And Foreign Emoluments

The Republican chairman and the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are taking a look into the slowly brewing controversy of foreign cash flowing into President Trump's hotel in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Constitution forbids government officers to take emoluments — gifts or money — from foreign governments and officials. Trump has a plan to avoid the constitutional issue. With their letter Friday , Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and ranking member...

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Sanders' Unity Tour With DNC Chair Exposes Rifts But Also Suggests Common Goals

Things were going well for the Democrats in Miami. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., hadn't exactly sold out the downtown theater they were campaigning in, but the audience was solid and energetic. The anti-DNC catcalls that had plagued early stops on the uneasy allies' weeklong unity tour hadn't surfaced. And both Perez and Sanders had delivered fiery speeches that had pumped up the crowd in a key city of a critical swing state. Sanders was...

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Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine, FDA Says

The Food and Drug Administration says children under 12 should not be given prescription medicines that contain codeine or another narcotic, tramadol, and that such drugs can also be dangerous to youth between 12 and 18. On Thursday, the FDA said it will require that prescription drugs containing codeine or tramadol carry a warning on the label against using them in children under 12 or in women who are breast-feeding. The agency cited evidence that the drugs could cause dangerously slowed...

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Bill Murray Goes Classical? Hey, Why Not?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jXWDyyFesE What will Bill Murray do next? The beloved actor's curiosity seems boundless. It should be no surprise, then, to learn that his new project finds him paired with a classical cellist. Jan Vogler and Murray met a few years back on an overseas flight, where the seeds of an idea were planted. The result is New Worlds , their new show which makes its U.S. debut at Festival Napa Valley on July 20, and will be released as an album in August. The...

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#CuriousGoat: Submit A Question About World Hunger And Famine

What do you want to know about world hunger? One thing we do know is that more than 20 million people are now at risk of starvation and famine. The United Nations is calling it the biggest humanitarian crisis since the U.N. was founded in 1945. Conflict and drought are blamed for the looming crisis in four countries in Africa and the Middle East: Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria. Our blog has been covering the story. We've looked at who declares a famine and what that...

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From D.C. Theater To '24': The Rise Of Actor Corey Hawkins

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We want YOUR selfie with the Earth!

In honor of Earth Day, WPSU is collecting selfies with nature from our listeners. Join us! Post yours on Instagram with the hashtag #WPSUEarthie before April 22nd!

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