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Homebrewers Tap Into Pennsylvania's Microbrew Frenzy

Pennsylvanians love their beer. The Brewers Association says that in 2017 more barrels of craft beer were brewed in Pennsylvania than in any other state in the U.S. California came in second. But it’s not just businesses that are turning-out tasty microbrews. Local home-brewers in Central Pennsylvania are getting into the act, too. Brent Baskin, a member of the State College Homebrew Club, is in his garage in Port Matilda on a Saturday morning. Sunlight is pouring in through the open door,...

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Former FBI director Louis Freeh
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The long-awaited Freeh Report is unambiguous. It assigns blame for mishandling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal to four men – Penn State President Graham Spanier, Senior Vice-President Gary Schultz, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Head Football Coach Joe Paterno.

Members of the Penn State board of trustees received the report they commissioned at the same time as everyone else yesterday. An hour later, former FBI head Louis Freeh – who led the investigation – spoke about the findings in the report.

This I Believe: I Believe In Vinyl Records

Jun 28, 2012

I place the wide, flat disc on the turntable, close the dusty lid and press “start.” The guitar slowly fades in, followed by a loud bell. Finally, the drums break into a groove. Then, as Brad Delp of the band Boston starts to sing, I close my eyes and slip away.

I believe in vinyl records.

I believe in the soft, warm crackles and pops before every song. I believe in paging through the album artwork while the music plays. But, most of all, I believe in the happiness those spinning discs bring to my family.

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Just over three months ago residents of a mobile home park in Central Pennsylvania were told they had to leave. The Riverdale Mobile Home Park, near Jersey Shore, had been sold. And the new owners planned to put in a water withdrawal facility to service nearby fracking activities. WPSU’s Emily Reddy went to the mobile home park in its final days.

crowd at Bryce Jordan Center
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In State College on Thursday, some 12,000 people turned out for the memorial of long-time Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Mourners trekked in through the rain to fill Bryce Jordan Center for the memorial.

Paterno statue with crowd
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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.

Daryl Gregory lives in State College and writes fantasy and science fiction novels.  His new book is a collection of short stories called "Unpossible and Other Stories."

This I Believe: I Believe In Bananagrams

Sep 8, 2011

“Take a letter. Okay, take another. Ha! Take a letter!” We all groan, looking at our Z’s ,K’s and Q’s seriously piling up. We exchange looks with each other that say, “Now how is this fair?” while my mom happily continues to build her ultimate crossword. When the tiles are finally gone, my mom throws her hands in the air and yells “WOOO HOOOO!” That was one of the many times that my mom had beaten our butts at Bananagrams, and the feeling of relief that the round of humiliation was over wasn’t unfamiliar. But then, of course, someone says, “Who's in for another round?

This I Believe: I Believe In Second Impressions

Apr 14, 2011

I was just shy of 17 the first time my brother Daniel introduced me to his girlfriend. Her name was Kristen, and I hated her immediately. But my brother loved her. Granted, I may not have known what love was, but in my teenage years, love meant a brother who would rather be with his girlfriend than with his siblings. Call it what you want *cough* jealously *cough*, but I wasn’t happy.

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
Essayist Lyndsie Wszola.
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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.  


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The death of Nikolay Gushkov, the 68-year-old Russian businessman whose body was found in his London home on Monday, is being investigated as a murder. The cause of death was "compression to the neck," police say.

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A potentially unprecedented conflict is unfolding in Pennsylvania’s state House of Representatives. After allegations of abuse, one Republican lawmaker has been granted a restraining order against another.

But WITF’s Katie Meyer reports the accused representative is still allowed in the state Capitol.

ProPublica is retracting parts of its story that linked Gina Haspel, President Trump's choice to lead the CIA, with the waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah, a suspected al-Qaida leader who was held at a secret "black site" prison in Thailand in 2002. The investigative newsroom cited new clarifications from CIA insiders as the reason for its correction. It also issued an apology.

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New York Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter, 88, Has Died

Updated at 1:21 p.m. Eastern Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., a glass ceiling-shattering leader in Congress, died Friday at age 88, while serving her 16th term in the House of Representatives, her chief of staff said in a statement . She was surrounded by family at George Washington University Hospital at the time of her death, after sustaining an injury at her Washington, D.C., home last week. In an earlier statement , Chief of Staff Liam Fitzsimmons said Slaughter had fallen and was being...

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'Keep It In The Ground' Activists Optimistic Despite Oil Boom The United States oil business is booming and the country could soon be the largest crude oil producer in the world. Despite this record-breaking production, climate change activists campaigning to move away from fossil fuels say they are making progress. Here's the idea underpinning the "keep it in the ground" movement: To address climate change, activists say known reserves of fossil fuels will have to be left untouched instead of burned. In the...

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After Daughter's 'Unimaginable' Death, Parkland Family Moved To Action

For Philip Schentrup, whose daughter Carmen was among the students killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., each day brings the same, sharp pain. The same search for answers that don't come. "To be honest, it's the same day I live over and over," he says. "Since February 14, this is every day. Every day of trying to hold yourself together." "You search for normalcy, a 'new normal,'" he says, then pauses. "I say those words. I don't really know what they mean yet." It...

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U.S. Military Helicopter Crashes In Iraq, Killing 7 People

Updated at 7:50 a.m. ET A U.S. military helicopter crashed after hitting a power line in Iraq's western Anbar province, killing all seven personnel aboard, the Pentagon said Friday. Officials said the crash of the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter occurred Thursday afternoon near the town of Qaim. "All personnel aboard were killed in the crash," Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga, director of operations, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a statement. "This tragedy reminds us...

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The Fight Over Teacher Salaries: A Look At The Numbers

The teachers strike in West Virginia may have ended last week when Gov. Jim Justice signed a law giving educators a 5 percent pay increase, but the fight in other states is just warming up. "You can make anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 more by driving 15 minutes across the state line," said Dale Lee , president of the West Virginia Education Association. "We're having trouble keeping and attracting young teachers." And this refrain is not new or unique to West Virginia. The ink had barely...

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The Tiny Desk Contest Entries We're Excited About This Week As the Tiny Desk Contest rolls on, we are still in the midst of discovering new, or new-to-us, artists from all across the country. (Are you one? Well don't wait — we're still accepting...

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Dena Simmons: How Does Imposter Syndrome Affect Students Of Color?

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Consequences of Racism . About Dena Simmons's TED Talk When Bronx-native Dena Simmons received a scholarship to attend a majority white boarding school, she felt like an imposter. Simmons suggests ways students of color can be made to feel more accepted. About Dena Simmons Dena Simmons is the director of education at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence , where she oversees training, coaching, and education initiatives. Previously, she worked as...

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Pedestrian Bridge Collapse Death Toll Rises To 6 In Miami-Dade County

Updated at 8 a.m. ET on Friday The number of people who died after a newly placed pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University has risen to six, as crews work to clear debris and wreckage from the scene in Miami-Dade County. In addition to the six people who were found dead at the site, 10 others were transported to area hospitals, Miami-Dade Police said in an update on the accident Friday morning. Weighing some 950 tons, the pedestrian bridge was still under construction...

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A Gay Teen Romance, Sealed With A Peck: 'Love, Simon'

"I'm just like you," says gay 17-year-old Simon Spier (straight 22-year-old Nick Robinson), by way of introduction. We assume, at first, that he's just getting his Ferris Bueller on and introducing himself to the audience, but it turns out he's instead replying, via pseudonymous e-mail account, to an anonymous blog post written by one of his schoolmates. A correspondence ensues between their respective, most secret selves, as both Simon and the young man he calls "Blue" are still in the...

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Syrian War Enters 8th Year, Trailing Smoke And Suffering In Its Wake

The Syrian war crossed a wretched threshold Thursday, marking seven years since the start of the protests against President Bashar Assad's regime. Within months Assad had sent troops to crush the uprising, sparking a civil war that has gathered antagonists at a rate only exceeded by its human costs — which, by many estimations , have left roughly 400,000 people dead and displaced half the population. But the milestone meant little to the civilians and medics huddled in basements in eastern...

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When Other Cultures' Holidays Become An Excuse To Party

In one sense, St. Patrick's Day is a failure. The holiday as we know it in America was promoted by activists to celebrate Irish culture , in order to fight prejudice against Irish immigrants. Today, many of us celebrate by going out drinking and acting out the very stereotypes the day was created to combat. On the other hand, 150 years ago nativists in the U.S. were burning Irish Catholic churches to the ground. Today on St. Patrick's Day, Americans of all backgrounds wear green, drink...

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A New Documentary About Adults On Adderall — And Not Just For ADHD

Stimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are commonly prescribed to kids with what's known as ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But recently, adults became the biggest users of these drugs. That's partially because more adults are being diagnosed with ADHD for the first time. But the new Netflix documentary Take Your Pills focuses on the use of these drugs to boost cognitive performance in college classrooms and the workplace. "What the film really looks at is really: What...

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'Our Pain Has Made Us Like Family': Chicago Student On Gun Violence After Parkland

Students nationwide marked one month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday by staging walkouts to push for gun law changes. Here & Now s Robin Young speaks with Alex King , a senior at Chicagos North Lawndale College Prep High School, about the Parkland shooting and his efforts to call attention to Chicago gun violence. Kings nephew was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2017. I had a lot of sympathy for the [Parkland] kids, because I know how it feels to lose...

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FEMA Drops 'Climate Change' From Its Strategic Plan

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the federal government's first responder to floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters, has eliminated references to climate change from its strategic planning document for the next four years. That document , released by FEMA on Thursday, outlines plans for building preparedness and reducing the complexity of the agency. "Disaster costs are expected to continue to increase due to rising natural hazard risk, decaying critical infrastructure, and...

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James Levine Sues Met Opera, Accuses It Of 'Cynically Hijacking' #MeToo

James Levine , the famed conductor who was fired earlier this week by New York's Metropolitan Opera following its internal investigation into allegations of sexually abusive conduct towards young artists, has responded by suing the Met and its General Manager Peter Gelb. "The Met, lacking contractual authority, suspended Maestro Levine without even the courtesy of a conversation regarding the substance of the allegations or the basis of his suspension," the lawsuit begins. It goes on to...

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Tyminski On Mountain Stage

Southern Gothic is the first release by Tyminski, a new modern roots music project led by renowned vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter Dan Tyminski . The sound combines subtle electronic elements with roots instruments to create appropriate atmospherics that match the darker undertones of the lyrics. "It's quite different than everything I've done in that there is probably a lot more of my truth in this record," Tyminski says as he introduces the album's title track with the refrain,...

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How Many Opioid Overdoses Are Suicides?

Mady Ohlman was 22 on the evening some years ago when she stood in a friend's bathroom looking down at the sink. "I had set up a bunch of needles filled with heroin because I wanted to just do them back-to-back-to-back," Ohlman recalls. She doesn't remember how many she injected before collapsing, or how long she lay drugged-out on the floor. "But I remember being pissed because I could still get up, you know?" She wanted to be dead, she says, glancing down. A wisp of straight brown hair...

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Take Note: Author Lisa Ko

Friday at 1:00pm: Author Lisa Ko's debut novel, “The Leavers,” was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. The book humanizes the ongoing debate about immigration policy and reform.

WPSU's 2018 Election Coverage

Find candidate profiles, information on the newly drawn PA Congressional districts, resources on voter registration, and more on WPSU's Vote '18 web portal.

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Pa. Supreme Court Dramatically Overhauls State’s Congressional Map (Clickable Map Included)

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has enacted a new congressional district map that onlookers say is much more favorable to Democrats, replacing one the court overturned and deemed an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander last month. Justices described the new map in their 48-page decision as “superior” to other proposals filed for their consideration. It’s more compact, they wrote, and splits only 13 counties — fewer than half the number divided in the 2011 map drawn in a process controlled by...

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Announcing The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest It's time to crank up the amps, warm up the drum machines, dust off the sax (or whatever your instrument of choice is) and enter the Tiny Desk Contest . When we started the contest in 2014, we did it for one simple reason: We love discovering new music. And since then, this contest has been an amazing way to do just that. I've been thrilled to discover new artists from around the country and hear some unforgettable music through your videos. I've...

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Keystone Crossroads: Rust or Revival? explores the urgent challenges pressing upon Pennsylvania's cities. WPSU is a contributing station.

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