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
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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Take Note
1:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Take Note: Why is Peter Diamanidis So Optimistic about the Future?

Peter Diamandis

Renowned futurist and New York Times best-selling author Peter Diamandis advises the world’s top CEOs on how to make the most of what he calls exponential technologies. April 1, he’ll be the keynote speaker at Penn State’s Shaping the Future Summit on the Impact of Innovation. WPSU’s Patty Satalia finds out why he’s so optimistic about the future.

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Take Note
1:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Take Note: Our Last Interview with “The Colonel,” plus Jeffry Wert on Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Speech

Col. Gerald Russell and historian Jeffry Wert.

We remember Col. Gerald Russell, a decorated Marine commander and devoted community volunteer. He died February 24, 2014, at age 97. We share our last interview with him from May, 2007. Plus, historian Jeffry Wert on the significance of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, which he delivered 149 years ago this week. Some say it’s his greatest speech.

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