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 about one-third of GDP worldwide. The deal has been in the works for years, but the parties reached an agreement in principle a year ago, 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 on Tuesday in Tokyo, the...

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A group of Penn State trustees is calling on the entire board to reject the 2012 Freeh report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal. They said they’ve done their own in-depth review and are asking the board to release it.

That group met on the University Park campus today. But there weren’t enough board members to hold an official meeting.

In the middle of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, Penn State hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to conduct a review. His findings have been the source of controversy.

Don Voigt is a retired a research associate for Penn State’s Ice and Climate Exploration group. During his career, he logged 18 seasons in Antarctica, seven in Greenland and two in Alaska. We’ll talk with him about his research with the Penn State Ice and Climate Exploration, his experiences at the ends of the earth, and his advice for aspiring scientists.  

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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on June 29, 2018 and hosted by Greg Petersen. 

In the first hour, hear Lionel Hampton & His Just Jazz All Stars,  Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing with Jane Monheit, Matt Nelson Trio,  Larry Goldings, Maceo Parker and more.

In the second hour, hear Ed Wiley Jr., Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong,  Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond, James Moody, Melissa Morgan, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Oscar Peterson, and more.

BookMark: "The Deepest Well" By Nadine Burke Harris

Jun 28, 2018

I heard an interview with Nadine Burke Harris and immediately bought her book “The Deepest Well.”

Nadine Burke Harris is a doctor in a clinic that serves children from low-income families in San Francisco. She was disturbed when she noticed kids from tough backgrounds had persistent medical problems that were hard to treat. She suspected there was a link between the health problems and traumatic experiences such as losing a parent or becoming homeless.

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If you’ve driven on Route 322 where Centre and Mifflin counties meet recently, you may have sat in traffic at a standstill.

The delays have come from work on an $82 million project that will eventually mean easier — and safer — driving on Route 322. 

“We’re going to be improving the roadway from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway, and that will alleviate congestion, a lot of traffic to move more safely and freely through that Potters Mills Gap area,” said Brent Lykens, construction services engineer with PennDOT.

Following national trends, Pennsylvania’s population is getting older and slowly becoming more diverse according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Nearly one-third of all Pennsylvania residents were 55 years or older in 2017, ranking it seventh among states for the highest median age in the country at about 41 years old. The national median age is 38 years old.

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John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, visited State College on Tuesday.  He attended two private events: a meeting with the Latino community, and a fundraising dinner for the Centre County Democrats. He and his wife, Gisele Fetterman, stopped by our studios to speak with WPSU’s Kristine Allen.

John Fetterman is currently the mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania.

He was born and raised in the state, and holds a masters degree in public policy from Harvard.  The first time he was elected mayor, back in 2005, he won by a slim margin.

Pennsylvania has the largest full-time legislature in the country.
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A long-awaited study out of the Pennsylvania General Assembly offered a scathing assessment of the state’s capital punishment system this week, saying the death penalty comes at a high cost to state taxpayers without deterring crime.

Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers at a center city rally. The U.S. Supreme Court decision Wednesday could cripple the political influence of teachers' unions.
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a 5-4 decision that public sector union employees can choose not to pay union dues or fees, a move that could damage union finances and limit their political clout.

In Pennsylvania, and nationally, teachers unions could bear the brunt of the court’s ruling.

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Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013, would have been 100 years old on Wednesday. A new book is out to mark the occasion, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela.

These deeply personal letters, many to his wife, his children and his closest friends, have never previously been published.

A trade war with China, the European Union and other trading partners is casting some doubts about the U.S. economic future, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday.

And the longer it goes, the more potential harm it could cause, Powell told the Senate Banking Committee at a hearing about the Fed's monetary policy and the economy.

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Opinion: The United States And Russia Aren't Allies. But Trump And Putin Are

Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of the forthcoming book The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World . Because it is hard to break old patterns of understanding the world, we have persistently misunderstood Donald Trump and what he is up to. Thus most observers of Monday's summit — critics and defenders alike — expected to see some version of the traditional meeting between American and Russian leaders: two adversaries coming together to...

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Texas Man Found Guilty Of Hate Crime For Burning Mosque

A federal jury has found Marq Vincent Perez, 26, guilty of a hate crime in the arson attack on a mosque in Victoria, Texas, in January 2017. Perez, who is set to be sentenced in October, faces up to 40 years in prison. When fire devastated the Victoria Islamic Center last year, an outpouring of support followed, with neighboring Jewish and Christian congregations offering to host Muslim services in their buildings. "Hate crimes are not only an attack on a specific victim, they threaten the...

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Opinion: U.S. And U.K. Remain United, Not Divided, By Their Common Language

Geoff Nunberg ( @GeoffNunberg ) is a linguist who teaches at the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley. "Great Britain and the United States are two nations separated by a common language." That's the stock witticism , but if you ask me, it gets things backwards. Great Britain and the U.S. are more like two nations united by a divided language — or more precisely, by their mutual obsession with their linguistic differences. For 200 years now, writers from each...

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Pussy Riot Prevails Against Russia In European Human Rights Court Ruling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1v7u1GacSU The activist and punk-music collective Pussy Riot won an important, if largely symbolic, victory at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday. The decision comes on the heels of four of its members being arrested and sentenced June 16 for rushing onto the field during the World Cup final while dressed as Russian police officers. Nearly simultaneously with the announcement of the court ruling, the group released a new song and video...

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50 Years Ago, 1968's Radical Protests Changed The World

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. Historian Richard Vinen writes about the defining year in his new book 1968: Radical Protest and Its Enemies , and joins Here & Now s Robin Young to discuss. Book Excerpt: 1968 by Richard Vinen This book...

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Dark Money Groups Get A Little Darker, Thanks To IRS

As nonprofit advocacy groups plunge into a high-priced fight over confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, they will no longer have to identify their biggest donors to the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS announced the rules change Monday evening. Earlier that day, Trump railed against special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's cryptocurrency-financed effort to disrupt the 2016 presidential race, and the FBI arrested a Russian national who allegedly used the NRA to...

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Hutterites: The Small Religious Colonies Entwined With Montana's Haute Cuisine

On a rainy Sunday evening following the first of its Long Table dinner series, the kitchen staff at The Resort at Paws Up collectively dug into a strawberry-rhubarb pie. "We brought out the forks and ate like we'd known each other forever," recalls Sunny Jin, executive chef at the Montana dude ranch and resort. The pastry was a parting gift from Jake Waldner, a Hutterite who'd helped out with the dinner. He couldn't stay to enjoy dessert with the crew, however, as he had a five-hour drive...

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Trump Walks Back Controversial Comments On Russian Election Interference

Updated at 5:18 p.m. ET A day after his much-criticized news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump attempted some damage control Tuesday, saying "I accept" the findings of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign. But he again repeated his claim that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia and suggested that others may have interfered in the election. During his news conference along side...

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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. "It's one of the first studies to look at modern digital media and ADHD risk," says psychologist Adam Leventhal , an...

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Transcript: Obama's Speech At The 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

PRESIDENT OBAMA: (Cheers and applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you so much. (Laughter.)

AUDIENCE: Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can!

OBAMA: Thank you. To Mama Graça Machel, members of the Mandela family, the Machel family, to President Ramaphosa who you can see is inspiring new hope in this great country – (cheers and applause) – professor, doctor, distinguished guests, to Mama Sisulu and the Sisulu family, to the...

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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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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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