White House Personnel Reassigned After Charges Of Inappropriate Behavior On Asia Trip

Amid allegations of improper contact with foreign women and breaking curfew, three members of the White House Communications Agency have been reassigned. The Washington Post describes the personnel as Army non-commissioned officers who were on a team to ensure secure communications on President Donald Trump's November trip to Asia. Dana White, chief Pentagon spokeswoman, confirmed to The Associated Press that "the incident is under investigation." The names of the military personnel have not...

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Ex-Assistant Coach Ends Whistleblower Lawsuit Against PSU

Nov 7, 2017
Mike McQueary leaves the Centre County Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 surrounded by reporters.
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A former Penn State assistant football coach has ended his defamation and whistleblower lawsuit against the university.

Court records show Mike McQueary's attorney filed for the lawsuit to be discontinued and ended with prejudice Friday, meaning the lawsuit cannot be brought back to court.

McQueary filed his lawsuit against the university in 2012 after he lost his job following the firing of former head coach Joe Paterno.

He later testified during the child sex abuse case against the school's former defensive football coach Jerry Sandusky.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on November 4, 2017, hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Muddy Waters, David Bromberg, Mississippi John Hurt, Doc & Merle Watson, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Ry Cooder, Golden Gate Quartet, Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, and more.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to put on ice a federal lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's congressional districts approved after the 2010 census.

Justice Samuel Alito on Friday rejected the requested stay of the lawsuit by five Pennsylvania voters against the governor and elections officials, a court official said Saturday.

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The Centre County Democrats held a get-out-the-vote rally Saturday at their headquarters in downtown State College.  And they brought out some star power.

Three Democratic judicial candidates spoke at the rally, including Judge Dwayne Woodruff, a former Pittsburgh Steeler, who is running for a seat on the state Supreme Court.

Amid State Funding Cuts, LHU Makes Changes

Nov 6, 2017
Marissa May holding a coffee cup. She is a senior health sciences major and one of the last dance minors able to complete her coursework after the minor was cut recently.
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As state universities in Pennsylvania struggle with decreases in enrollment and state funding, we took a look at a state university located in the WPSU listening area. WPSU intern Sarah Paez visited Lock Haven University to see the changes the university has implemented and where faculty and students are affected the most.

Lock Haven University, one of 14 funded by the state, is a force of social mobility for many of its students.

But Pennsylvania now spends a third less per student than in 2008. That’s a net decrease of $2,533 per student.

WPSU Jazz Archive - November 3, 2017

Nov 4, 2017
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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on November 3, 2017 and hosted by Greg Halpin. 

The first hour of the program features all new jazz release from Harold Mabern, the Bill Charlap Trio, Sadao Watanabe, the Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet, Phil Schurger, Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. 

The Pennsylvania Judicial Center

On Tuesday, Pennsylvanians will elect seven judges to statewide appellate courts — one justice to the Supreme Court; two members of Commonwealth Court, which hears cases involving government policy; and four judges to Superior Court, which hears appeals in criminal and civil cases.

Franklin & Marshall College political analyst Terry Madonna said the judicial seats are important, since they affect lives, and the winners can generally stay there as long as they want.

The State College Area School District has proposed changes to the school day. The elementary school day would be longer, and middle and high school would start later.

To talk about these proposed changes and some of the research behind these recommendations, I’m joined in the studio by superintendent Bob O’Donnell, and Penn State researchers Dr. Anne-Marie Chang, who studies the effects of sleep on cognitive performance, and Dr. Ed Fuller, who’s Director of the Penn State Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis.    

Celeste Ng’s latest novel, “Little Fires Everywhere,” revolves around a central question: what makes a person a mother?

Only Person Ever To Be Cured Of HIV Speaks At Penn State

Nov 2, 2017
Timothy Ray Brown speaks to students and community members about his life experiences.
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Timothy Ray Brown had been living with HIV for over a decade when he was diagnosed with leukemia. In an effort to fight the cancer and possibly cure the HIV, Brown was given bone marrow transplants from a donor with genes resistant to HIV.

Brown is currently HIV and leukemia free. On Wednesday, he told the audience in Penn State’s Heritage Hall he hopes more can be done in search of a cure.

“My mission is to encourage the medical community to keep looking for cures for HIV,” Brown said.



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The new movie Call Me By Your Name is based on a beloved novel of the same title by André Aciman. It tells the story of two young American men who fall in love one summer in Northern Italy. Elio, 17, is played by Timothée Chalamet (Lady Bird), and Oliver, 24, is played by Armie Hammer (The Social Network, The Lone Ranger).

For a span of some four months earlier this year, demonstrators swarmed Venezuela's city streets in protest of ballooning inflation, diminishing food and President Nicolas Maduro's tightening grasp on power — until, that is, Maduro's efforts to derail the opposition bore fruit. By August the protests ebbed from view, as a new lawmaking body packed with Maduro's preferred politicians took the country's reins.

Still, while the protests have all but disappeared, the economic woes that helped inspire them remain as obstinate as ever.

The End We Start From is a book told in pieces — readers have to work for the story. Eventually, you put together enough pieces to know we're in London, sometime in the near future, and everyone's had to flee higher ground because of an epic flood. In the midst of the chaos, a young mother — suddenly a refugee fighting for survival — tries to keep her new baby alive when the future of humankind itself is in doubt.

It was an act of unbelievable prescience for psychologist Harriet Lerner to dedicate her latest book to the art of apologizing.

Prescience, of course, because nearly every day brings another apology from yet another high-profile man accused of serial sexual harassment. Lerner says the reason her new book is titled Why Won't You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts is because human beings find apologizing deeply difficult.

While the word "audit" all by itself doesn't sound very fun, for the Colorado Secretary of State it's absolutely celebratory. Following the 2017 off-year election, the state is performing a first-in-the-nation risk-limiting audit of the statewide results.

"We're here to celebrate the fact that we've finally reached this milestone in our nation," Secretary of State Wayne Williams said.

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FCC Unveils Plan To Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

Federal regulators are on track to loosen regulations of cable and telecom companies. The Federal Communications Commission will vote Dec. 14 on a plan to undo the landmark 2015 rules that had placed Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon under the strictest-ever regulatory oversight. The vote is expected to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, which prevent broadband companies from slowing down or blocking any sites or apps, or otherwise deciding what content gets to users...

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Don't Compromise Your Personal Information This Holiday Shopping Season

The most memorable part of this holiday shopping should be an amazing deal you found — not having to jump through endless hoops trying to reclaim your identity. U.S. consumers are concerned about their personal information and identities during the holiday season, according to a survey by Discover. But these concerns won't affect how they shop, the survey showed. And Black Friday and Cyber Monday are shiny opportunities for identity thieves. John Krebs, who heads the Federal Trade Commission...

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Trump Defends Roy Moore Amid Sexual Assault Allegations: 'He Totally Denies It'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKFNThEiilU Updated at 5:25 p.m. ET President Trump is defending Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, who has been accused by multiple women of sexually assaulting them when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s. "I can tell you one thing for sure, we don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat," the president told reporters shortly before departing the White House to head to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for Thanksgiving. "I've looked at his...

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Opposition To Refugee Arrivals Keeps Getting Louder

A few days after Donald Trump was elected President, more than a hundred people packed into a church sanctuary in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to hear a presentation about refugee resettlement in their town. It didn't go well. This was after Trump had campaigned on refusing Syrian refugees, citing security concerns. In the church that night, staffers from the non-profit organization Church World Service laid out their plan to open a refugee resettlement office in Poughkeepsie, and bring in about 80...

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David Cassidy, Singer And 1970s TV Heartthrob, Dies At 67

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJYSu2OVCGM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvgzNEPhYQA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIy1rOb8EYU One of the biggest music and television stars of the 1970s has died: David Cassidy, who played the adolescent, aspiring musician on the TV show "The Partridge Family" and who became a teen-dream pop idol in his own right, was 67 years old. Cassidy revealed to People Magazine in February 2017 that he had been diagnosed with dementia and would stop performing. He...

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Renowned Baritone, Dies At 55

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m5D1HNhGYE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8zKkvGB7Rw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZtaEInqOos The Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky — one of the most widely respected singers in the opera world today — died Wednesday morning in London of complications from brain cancer. He was 55 years old. After Hvorostovsky won the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1989, his success was sealed. Hvorostovsky clinched the top prize — beating out Bryn Terfel,...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Glorious And Moving 'Lady Bird'

Now and then, we can serve up an episode that consists of our panel joyfully explaining why we all truly were moved and thrilled by a piece of work. This is one of those weeks, as Aisha Harris of Slate's podcast Represent and music journalist Katie Presley join the panel to talk about Lady Bird . Lady Bird is the directorial debut of Greta Gerwig, whom you probably know as an indie actress, and who also wrote the script. It tells the story of Lady Bird (name at birth: Christine), a senior at...

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Jamila Woods And The Poetry Of Black Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3MhH2WekcY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz_kxQdSEeE A small, framed, black-and-white photograph sits on the windowsill in Jamila Woods ' basement apartment in Chicago. In it, a black woman and black man are walking barefoot, away from the viewer, down a dirt road. Her hair is wrapped and she balances a straw basket on her head, while he uses a stick to sling a briefcase over his shoulder. Woods encountered the photo on the cover of bell hooks' 2001 treatise...

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'The Man Who Invented Christmas' Is Half History, Half Humbug

In 1823, the publication of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (aka "The Night Before Christmas") put into circulation holiday lore that retailers, advertisers, and other true believers have been rejiggering ever since. So it's a tad presumptuous to call Charles Dickens, whose A Christmas Carol was published 20 years later, The Man Who Invented Christmas. The title comes from Les Standiford's 2008 book, now adapted into a biopic decorated with supernatural ornaments. The movie portrays the author ...

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Justice Department Threatens To Sue Harvard In Admissions Probe

The Department of Justice has opened a probe into the role of race in Harvard University's admissions policies and is threatening to sue unless Harvard turns over documents by a Dec. 1 deadline, according to correspondence obtained by NPR. The investigation is looking into allegations that the elite university's admissions policies discriminate against white and Asian-Americans seeking admission by holding them to higher standards than black and Latino applicants. These are claims also made...

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Lessons In Love For Generation Snapchat

Along with explicit sexual education classes, some schools are beginning to offer more G-rated lessons on love. Experts say the so-called "iGen" is woefully unprepared to have healthy, caring romantic relationships and young people need more guidance. So schools are adding classes that are less about the "plumbing" of relationships, and more about the passion. At Beaver Country Day School, a private school near Boston, Matthew Lippman has taught whole courses on love and relationships. He...

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'Creatures Of Will And Temper' Is A Slow-Burn Slide Into Deviltry

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Health Care System Fails Many Transgender Americans

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This Thanksgiving, Carve Out Time To Talk About End-Of-Life Wishes

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In 'Coco,' Pixar Finds Joyous Life — In Death

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Earth Is Lit, And That's A Problem

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'Butcher Of Bosnia' Ratko Mladic Guilty Of Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity

Updated at 8 a.m. ET After a 5 1/2-year trial, the former Bosnian Serb military commander blamed for orchestrating the murders of thousands of ethnic Muslims has learned his own fate. On Wednesday morning, judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague handed down a guilty verdict for one count of genocide, five counts of crimes against humanity and four counts of violations of the laws or customs of war, out of the 11 counts against 74-year-old Ratko...

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Turkey Confidential

Live, Thursday, 12-2pm. Co-hosts Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Francis Lam take your calls & questions live & talk about their favorite Thanksgiving dishes and memories with special guests.

Science U Thanksgiving Challenge

Find fun home science experiments & enter WPSU's Science U @home Thanksgiving Challenge by Nov. 26 using #scienceuchallenge in your social media post. Click the link below for details.

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Since launching NPR One in 2014, we've been working to deliver a news and storytelling experience that meets users in all the places they are now and will be in the future. For the Digital Media team, this has meant designing and building focused, yet flexible apps for smartphones, smart TVs, car infotainment systems, wearable devices, voice platforms, and more. That's why we were honored to learn that Google has named NPR One the winner of the 2017 Material Design Award for Platform...

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The Folk Show on WPSU-FM

The Folk Show is back on WPSU-FM Saturday afternoons from 1-5pm, now through December, when the Metropolitain Opera Radio Season begins again. And listen to The Folk Show Sundays from 10pm to 12am.

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