Take Note

Fridays at 1pm and Sundays at 7am

Listen to conversations about issues that matter. WPSU’s weekly community affairs radio program features in-depth interviews with central Pennsylvania newsmakers.

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Take Note
1:00 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Take Note: Surviving the Holocaust with Inge Auerbacher

Inge Auerbacher holds the yellow star she was forced to wear during the Holocaust.

Fifteen thousand children were imprisoned at the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Inge Auerbacher was part of the meager one percent who survived. For years, she suffered from tuberculosis as a result of the terrible conditions during her captivity.

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Take Note
1:30 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Take Note: Penn State Health Care Update, and Educational Equity

Marcus Whitehurst (L) and David Gray (R)
Credit Whitehurst photo from rollingout.com; Gray image by Kate Lao Shaffner/WPSU

In August, Terrell Jones, Penn State’s Vice Provost for Educational Equity and a well-known expert on diversity issues, passed away after a bout with cancer. Marcus Whitehurst, who worked with Jones for many years, was appointed the Acting Vice Provost for Educational Equity. We talked with Whitehurst about the legacy that Jones left behind for Penn State, diversity and equity issues, and Terrell Jones as a mentor. For the second half of our show, we talked to Penn State Senior Vice President for Finance and Business David Gray about Penn State health care.

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Take Note
1:00 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Take Note: The Epic Tale of Bird Migration, and Stream Restoration Efforts in Centre County

Bird researcher and author, Scott Weidensaul.

On today's Take Note, we'll talk with bird researcher and Pulitzer Prize nominated author Scott Weidensaul. The eastern Pennsylvania based writer was in town for BookFestPA and talked with WPSU’s Emily Reddy before his visit about his best-known book, Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds. Then WPSU's Patty Satalia will interview ClearWater Conservancy's Katie Ombalski and landowner Sally Rothwell about a stream restoration project on the Rothwell Farm in Centre County. Ombalski says the improvements impact water quality all the way to the Chesapeake Bay.

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Take Note
12:15 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Take Note: The State of Autism, a Conversation with Dr. Daniel Notterman

Dr. Daniel Notterman

On August 4-7, State College will host the 18th National Autism Conference. Today on Take Note we talk with Dr. Daniel Notterman about the current state of autism research. Dr. Notterman has just stepped down from the position of vice dean for research and graduate studies -- and professor of pediatrics and biochemistry -- at Penn State College of Medicine. He’s going to Princeton University, where he’ll continue his research into the causes of autism. WPSU’s Emily Reddy talked with Dr. Notterman about where we are in our understanding of autism.

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Take Note
2:00 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Take Note: Pete Hatemi Talks about Genetics and Politics

Credit Kristine Allen / WPSU

Pete Hatemi teaches Political Science, Microbiology and Biochemistry at Penn State. His research explores the complex connection between evolution and our political attitudes. He speaks with WPSU’s Kristine Allen.

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Take Note
10:02 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Take Note: Education Expert Dr. Henry Brzycki on Educating the "Whole Child"

Dr. Henry Brzycki

We’ve been hearing a lot about the Common Core recently. Oklahoma and South Carolina withdrew from the national education standards last week. Indiana pulled out in March. State College education expert and former Department of Education consultant Henry Brzycki tells us why he thinks the Common Core and other high stakes testing is not the best answer for educating our kids.

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Diversity
1:00 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Take Note: William Darity, Jr. on the Persistence of Racial Inequality

Have attitudes about race and inequality changed for the better? We'll ask our guest, William Darity Jr., the Samuel Dubois Cook professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics at Duke University.  He's also the founding director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke and served as director of Graduate Studies at the University of North Carolina.

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Take Note
1:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Take Note: Ralph Moss on "The Suppression of Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering Institute"

America's War on Cancer began in the early 1970s and New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center was the research institution leading the charge.  According to a new book, and documentary, the Center wasn't always truthful with the American public. When it came to Laetrile Therapy, at the time a widely publicized alternative cancer treatment, our next guest says they lied about its effectiveness and  suppressed their own positive test results. Was there a cover-up?  And if so, why?

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Take Note
12:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Take Note: South Africa's Jonathan Jansen

Jonathan Jansen, president of the University of the Free State, South Africa

Jonathan Jansen is the first black president of the University of the Free State in South Africa. A gifted speaker and writer, he’s earned a formidable reputation for his commitment to reconciliation in a racially divided society. We’ll talk with him about the notorious Reitz video that sent shock waves throughout the world, about reconciliation and about the future of Mandela’s rainbow nation.   

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University of the Free State: Jonathan Jansen

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Take Note
1:00 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Take Note: Rob McCord and Allyson Schwartz Want to be Your Next Governor

The primary election is May 20th.  Last week you heard from York businessman Tom Wolf and former secretary of the PA DEP Katie McGinty.  They're two of four Democrats vying to win their party's nomination and a chance to unseat Republican Governor Tom Corbett.  Now hear from State Treasurer Rob McCord and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz.  

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2014 Primary Election
1:00 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Take Note: Candidates for Governor Part 1 - Tom Wolf and Katie McGinty

Tom Wolf and Katie McGinty

Today we talk with two of the four Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania governor. Tom Wolf is a York businessman and the current front runner in the race. He's put $10 million of his own money into his campaign so far and he's flooded the television airwaves with ads. Katie McGinty is a former environmental advisor to President Clinton and former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Ed Rendell.

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Take Note
3:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Take Note: Meet the 5th District’s Democratic Candidates

Credit Kerith Strano Taylor and Thomas Tarantella

This week on Take Note, we'll talk with congressional candidates Thomas Tarantella from Renovo and Kerith Strano Taylor from Brookville. They're seeking the Democratic Party nomination to represent Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District, a seat that's currently held by Glenn Thompson.  

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Take Note
12:54 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Take Note: Penn State Alum Dr. David Teplica on Gender-Appropriate Plastic Surgery

What do you get when you mix a Masters of Fine Arts and a Medical Doctor? The answer is Dr. David Teplica, a Penn State alumnus who uses his unique combination of talents in the Fine Arts and Plastic Surgery to bring about a better understanding of human anatomy. We'll talk with him about how photography has made him a better surgeon, and vice versa, about the need for gender-specific plastic surgery, and about what he's learned from his decade's long study of identical twins.

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Take Note
11:50 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Take Note: Civil War Author and Historian Jeffry Wert on Writing and Teaching

 

Today’s guest, Jeffry Wert, is a historian and author who specializes in the American Civil War. He's written nine books about the Civil War. His book, Gettysburg--Day Three, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Wert also taught at Penns Valley Area High School for more than three decades. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner talked with him about his career as an author and teacher.

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Take Note
3:20 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Take Note: A Freedom Rider Remembers

 Bob Zellner’s story starts about as far as you can get from where it ended up. Born in lower Alabama, his father, uncles and grandfather were robe-wearing members of the Ku Klux Klan. In his inspirational memoir, "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement,” he chronicles his journey to become one of the first white southerners in the early civil rights movement.

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