Graham-Cassidy Health Bill Would Shift Funds From States That Expanded Medicaid

Senate Republicans' latest plan to overhaul the U.S. health care system ends with a massive shift of federal money from states that expanded Medicaid — and are largely dominated by Democrats — to those that refused to expand. Several analyses of the bill show the pattern. A report by the health care consulting firm Avalere Health shows California and New York losing a combined $123 billion in federal health care funding by 2026, while Texas would see its flow of money from Washington rise by ...

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in downtown State College opened on Monday. The plaza will celebrate King’s legacy as a leader of the American civil rights movement. The community took the chance to reflect on the fight for peace and equality.

Fifty-four years after Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, Charles Dumas, Professor Emeritus at Penn Staete, read those words during the opening ceremony of the Plaza dedicated to King in downtown State College.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on August 26, 2017, and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from The Black Keys, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Alabama Shakes, Hazmat Modine, Ry Cooder, Albert King,  Mississippi John Hurt, The Beatles, Rev. Blind Gary Davis, B.B. King, The Blind Willies, Duane Allman, and more.


An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on August 25, 2017 and hosted by Greg Petersen.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Red Garland, Rebecca DuMaine, Ron Affif Trio, Maynard Freguson, Anita O’Day, Art Pepper, Billie Holiday and more.  

In the second hour hear Carla Bley & Steve Swallow, Cassandra Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, George Coleman Quartet, Ann Hampton Callaway, David Murray, Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington and more. 


Stacy Parks Millers annouced charges
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Beta Theta Pi is asking for the return of surveillance video and equipment belonging to the fraternity and taken by the State College Police Department in February. The security footage has provided crucial evidence in pressing charges against 18 fraternity members in relation to the death of Timothy Piazza.

State College Police Detective Keith Robb testified on Friday. Robb says the fraternity consented to providing the police department with the video equipment because the footage was too huge to download at the house.

photo: courtesy of NASA & Zena Cardman

In the spring of 2017, Zena Cardman was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Penn State, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology and a Masters Degree in marine sciences.  Then  she was one of 12 Astronaut Candidates selected by NASA out of more than 18,000 applicants. She is now training to become an astronaut.

Cardman talks about her interest in creative writing, studying microbes, working in the Antarctic (where she played in a band), sailing on a tall ship, how she feels about going to Mars, and what the chance to fly in space means to her.

Altoona Awaits State Approval To Exit Act 47

Aug 25, 2017
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The city of Altoona is waiting for a decision on whether it can exit Act 47, a financially distressed status for Pennsylvania cities. It has been five years since the city adopted a recovery plan.

Altoona entered Act 47 in 2012. It’s now up to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin to approve the city’s exit from the program. Davin has until early November to decide.

BookMark: "Shanghai Faithful" By Jennifer Lin

Aug 24, 2017

“Shanghai Faithful” by Jennifer Lin is a memoir that takes us through three generations of the author’s Chinese family. Their fate is heavily intertwined with the spread of Christianity in China.

The author is an investigative journalist who reported for The Philadelphia Inquirer for 30 years. As a journalist myself, I appreciate the writing style and story structure as well as the details Lin pulled together from interviews with her relatives.

Eclipse Hunters Pack The Penn State Arboretum

Aug 21, 2017
Man preparing telescope for a mom and child.
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In State College Monday, more than a thousand people gathered at Penn State’s arboretum to watch the partial solar eclipse. It started off cloudy, but those who stuck around got a good look at the eclipse.

People of all ages crowded the lawns of the arboretum with their eclipse glasses and pinhole viewers made of cereal boxes and paper plates.

T.J. Washington is a theatre major at Penn State. He and his friends were passing around one pair of solar glasses.

Washington says he’s wanted to see an eclipse his whole life and it was worth the wait.

WPSU Jazz Archive - August 18, 2017

Aug 19, 2017
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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on August 18, 2017 and hosted by Dan Balton. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Mose Allison, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, Frankie Trumbauer, Annie Ross, Frank Sinatra, Dianne Reeves, Blossom Dearie, Chet Baker, Nat King Cole, Bobby McFerrin, Ray Charles, and more.

Penn State senior Cecilia McGough has created the world's first nonprofit specifically supporting college students with schizophrenia.
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College students are at the prime age for the onset of schizophrenia. At Penn State University Park, senior Cecilia McGough is starting the world’s first nonprofit specifically supporting college students suffering from schizophrenia.

Early on in her college career, Cecilia McGough was working a job in downtown State College. But her schizophrenia was causing her to miss shifts at work. Up until this point, she had been giving her boss excuses like food poisoning or a faulty alarm.


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Facebook will provide the contents of 3,000 ads purchased by a Russian agency to Congress. The political ads ran during the 2016 presidential election campaign. The move comes amid growing pressure on the social network from members of Congress to release the ads.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg live-streamed a statement in which he said that his company was "actively working" with the U.S. government in the ongoing Russia investigations.

After a cyberattack that potentially exposed the personal information of 143 million people, the credit reporting agency Equifax set up, a website to help people determine whether they had been affected.

However, on multiple occasions over the span of weeks, the company's official Twitter account responded to customer inquiries by apparently directing them to a fake phishing site called

In 2014, the directing/screenwriting team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller surprised a cynical, jaded nation that was expecting, from The LEGO Movie, a cynical, jaded toy commercial.

It was that, to be clear. But it was also frenetic, funny, colorful, clever and desperately eager-to-please: a hugely imaginative joyride through a riotous landscape of Warner Bros.-owned intellectual property. Movie as theme park.

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Volunteers Race To Save Trapped Survivors In Mexico City

Thousands of volunteers are racing to find survivors buried in the rubble after Tuesdays magnitude 7.1 earthquake. Mexico City and other communities to the south faced some of the worst damage, with the death toll in the hundreds. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson gets the latest on rescue and recovery efforts from KJZZ Mexico City bureau correspondent  Jorge Valencia  ( @jorgeavalencia ). Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit

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'We Need Help': U.S. Virgin Islands Governor On Devastation After Maria And Irma

President Trump issued disaster declarations for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the passage of Hurricane Maria. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson talks with U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp ( @govhouseusvi ) about the recovery effort there. Interview Highlights On the situation after Maria I had three islands St. John, St. Thomas and Water Island devastated by Hurricane Irma, and St. Croix was our base for restoration and recovery. And then here came Maria, and Maria decided,...

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What Is Rosh Hashana? A Look At The Jewish New Year's Meaning And Rituals

As the sun set Wednesday night, Jews around the world began observing Rosh Hashana. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Rabbi Jeremy Fine of the Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, Minnesota, about the Jewish New Years meaning and rituals. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit

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In 'Vietnam War,' Ken Burns Wrestles With The Conflict's Contradictions

When filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick began research for a 10-part PBS documentary on the Vietnam War, they thought they knew the material. After all, Burns was of draft age in 1970, though his draft number was too high for him to be called to serve. But as they began interviewing subjects and sorting through archival footage, Burns and Novick soon came to appreciate just how complicated the war was. "We went in, both of us, with this kind of arrogance about it, and immediately had that...

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Puerto Rico Copes With Loss Of Power After Maria

Power is out across all of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Marias passage. Here & Now s Robin Young talks with Miguel Santiago  ( @Johstean ) of Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico about what hes hearing and seeing. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit

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How States Are Banding Together To Take On Trump

When President Trump announced a ban on travel for citizens from several predominantly Muslim countries in January, a coalition of officials from various blue states quickly rallied to fight it. "We just started talking to each other Friday afternoon," recalls New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "By Sunday morning, we had 17 states signed on to say, 'This is unconstitutional. We're going into court to stop it.' And we went into courts all over the country and eventually got it struck...

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Equifax Breach Puts Credit Bureaus' Oversight In Question

Updated at 11:55 p.m. ET The Equifax data breach exposed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans . It has led to a lawsuit against the company by the state of Massachusetts, an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and the promise of congressional hearings. The episode, though, has revealed that up until now, the big three credit reporting companies have had a lot of clout in Washington, D.C., analysts say. The credit reporting companies have to comply with...

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HHS Secretary Price Under Scrutiny For Expensive Private Flights

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is under scrutiny for taking expensive charter planes for government travel. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson takes a closer look with Politico reporter Dan Diamond ( @ddiamond ), host of the Pulse Check podcast. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit

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In Devastated Dominica, 'Hams' Become Vital Communications Link When Hurricane Maria smashed into the tiny island of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean earlier this week, phone service went down, virtually cutting off the island. But within hours, amateur radio operators got on the air and have been providing a vital link to the outside world ever since. Speaking to ABS Television/Radio in his first interview since Maria made landfall, Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, on a visit to Antigua, said at...

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Oklahoma City Police Fatally Shoot Deaf Man Despite Yells Of 'He Can't Hear'

Police in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night fatally shot a deaf man who they say was advancing toward them with a metal pipe as witnesses yelled that the man was deaf and could not hear them. It's the fifth officer-involved shooting in the city this year, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department. Officers were responding to a hit-and-run accident around 8:15 p.m., Capt. Bo Mathews, the police department's public information officer, told reporters Wednesday. A witness of the accident...

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Trump Administration Looks To Expand Oil Development In Alaska

The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration is seeking a permit to allow new assessments of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuges oil potential. The administration is also eyeing another chunk of federal land for possible development just west of the refuge: the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The vast, remote area may not be as well known, but conservation groups say parts of the reserve are equally worth protecting. Elizabeth Harball ( @ElizHarball ) from Alaskas Energy Desk...

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Miami 4th-Graders Write About Their Experiences With Hurricanes

When the fourth-graders in Mrs. Marlem Diaz-Brown's class returned to school on Monday, they were tasked with writing their first essay of the year. The topic was familiar: Hurricane Irma. By Wednesday, they had worked out their introduction and evidence paragraphs and were brainstorming their personal experiences. To help them remember, Mrs. D-B had them draw out a timeline — starting Friday before the storm. Then, based on their drawings, they could start to talk about — and eventually,...

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Cassini's Spectacular Legacy — And Nod To The Future

If it's true that a picture is worth a thousand words, what NASA's Cassini mission has left for us is indeed a treasure. Launched in 1997, the mission terminated dramatically last week with the probe's final plunge into Saturn's upper atmosphere. During its 13 years near Saturn, the mission has revealed the unexpected and spectacular richness of Saturn and its 62 (known so far) moons. This compilation of 100 images by The New York Times is worth many visits. Once we see the majestic planet...

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Black, Jewish And Avoiding The Synagogue On The High Holy Days

Last time I worshipped in a synagogue was Sept. 5, 2014. And I won't be going today. That might surprise my friends, who put up with my bragging ad nauseam about how Jewish I am. You got a great deal on plane tickets? Reminds me of the time I took a free Birthright trip to Israel. Going skating? I haven't been on skates since my bat mitzvah reception, held at the roller skating rink in Villanova, Pa. You say you love the musicals of George Gershwin? Ha, that sounds just like Gershenfeld, my...

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WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel Blasts GOP Health Bill, Says It Fails The 'Jimmy Kimmel Test' Comedian Jimmy Kimmel thwacked the latest Republican health care proposal Tuesday night after one of the senators sponsoring the bill invoked Kimmel's name. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., touted Tuesday on Capitol Hill that his plan passes the "Jimmy Kimmel test." That is a phrase the lawmaker coined back in May because the late night host has been outspoken about his young son's heart condition and the amount of money it would cost someone who didn't...

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A Neglected Family Of Killer Viruses

We think of HIV, TB and malaria as some of the deadliest infectious diseases on earth. And the death tolls bear that out. But there's a family of viruses that is in the same league: hepatitis viruses. There are five of them. Their alphabet soup of names tells us the order in which they were discovered: hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. According to a new report from the Global Burden of Disease, the viruses kill 1.34 million people a year. By contrast, HIV/AIDS claims 1 million lives a year....

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The Department Of Education Cuts Off A Student Loan Watchdog

The letters "CFPB" may not be much more than alphabet soup to your average student loan borrower. They stand for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a new-ish federal agency — created in 2011 — with a unique mission and a big effect on student lenders and for-profit colleges accused of defrauding or otherwise mistreating Americans. But the U.S. Education Department has just called a halt to the enforcement collaboration between itself and CFPB. This move leaves 44 million student loan...

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Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation

When 2-month-old Isaac Enrique Sanchez was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis, a condition that causes vomiting, dehydration and weight loss in infants , his parents were told that their son's condition was curable. The problem was that no hospital in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas had a pediatric surgery team capable of performing the operation on his stomach. To make Isaac well, Oscar and Irma Sanchez would need to take their infant son to Driscoll Children's Hospital, in Corpus Christi, Texas...

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WPSU commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

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NPR One: An Award-Winning Cross-Platform Experience

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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Time to Lay It Down: the Soundtrack of the Vietnam War

September 30, 8:00-10:00pm on WPSU-FM. Hear music that expressed the deep divisions about the war, and provided a life line for GIs in Vietnam.

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