Protests In Hong Kong Continue, Remain Peaceful Throughout The Weekend

A weekend of protests in Hong Kong ended peacefully on Sunday night, marking a change from the violence that emerged during demonstrations in more recent days. Massive crowds gathered in Victoria Park earlier on Sunday for a rally that was approved by police, before marching through the city's streets. From there, demonstrators made there way to Hong Kong's Central district, despite not having an approved permit to do so. The permit for the march into Central district was denied by officials...

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From Pizzagate to Jeffrey Epstein, conspiracies seem to be more prominent than ever in American political discourse. What was once confined to the pages of supermarket tabloids is now all over our media landscape. Unlike the 9/11 truthers or those who questioned the moon landing, these conspiracies are designed solely to delegitimize a political opponent — rather than in service of finding the truth. As you might imagine, this is problematic for democracy.

This I Believe: I Believe In Thank You Notes

Aug 15, 2019
Essayist Stacie Chandler.
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I believe in thank you notes. I believe in sending them and in receiving them. Absolutely for gifts – every gift REQUIRES written acknowledgement – but also for random acts of kindness or thoughtful behavior and for hospitality.

Ask anyone, “Hey, how are you doing?” and they will most likely respond, “Busy. I am SOOO busy. There is just too much going on.”

People are busy. Everyone is busy. 

Work. Play. Shopping. Recreation. Family. Cooking. Errands. Laundry. School. Housework. 

Social commitments. Yard work. Commuting. Volunteering.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey talking with woman
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Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey warned those at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days Wednesday about proposed regulation changes to food assistance programs.

Last year, Congress passed and President Trump signed a bipartisan Farm Bill. It includes funding for SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps.

“The legislative intent was ‘Don’t cut the SNAP program,’ and now they’re trying to do that, and we’ve got to fight hard against that,” Casey said.

Penn State Health system is offering a new online pricing tool for patients to estimate the cost of common medical procedures.
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Penn State Health is offering a new pricing tool for patients to estimate the cost of common medical procedures, a function that the organization said will improve healthcare cost transparency

Russell Schaufler analyzing slides at the Weaver Building.
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Russell Schaufler never had a job he enjoyed, that was until he found the ACRES project. At ACRES Schaufler was paired with a job at the Penn State Egyptology Department digitizing 50-year-old research slides for professors. Schaufler says he’s excited to go to work now.

“It’s very friendly for an autistic person because I don’t have to work with a lot of people, so it kind of helped ease me back into the work environment, which for most of my life has been pretty toxic. So this is kind of helping me bring back a little confidence,” Schaufler said.

State and federal officials hosted a summit at Mount Aloysius College Monday to talk about legislation that would help the dairy industry.
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Pennsylvania dairy farmers have been under continuous pressure of decreasing fluid milk consumption in the country and tight markets met by production surpluses and tariffs. Congressman Glenn Thompson led a summit at Mount Aloysius College in Cambria County Monday, reassuring producers and farmers that a handful of new policies would offer meaningful assistance to the industry.

A new bill allows Pennsylvania youth in the foster care system to attend any college or university in the state tuition free.
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Starting with the fall 2020 semester, Pennsylvania youth who have been in foster care will be able to attend any college or university in Pennsylvania tuition free thanks to a waiver program signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf this June.

Director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State Jennie Noll says the waivers will benefit a population that often has bad outcomes.

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The First Amendment and a strong Fourth Estate are essential to a healthy democracy. David McCraw, deputy general counsel of the New York Times, spends his days making sure that the journalists can do their work in the United States and around the world. This includes responding to libel suits and legal threats, reviewing stories that are likely to be the subject of a lawsuit, helping reporters who run into trouble abroad, filing Freedom of Information Act requests, and much more. 

WPSU Blues Archive - August 10, 2019

Aug 10, 2019
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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on August 10, 2019 and hosted by Adam McMillan. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from John Hammond, Michael Bloomfield & Al Cooper, Barbara Pittman, Watermelon Slim, Jimmy Witherspoon, Betty Swan, J.B. Hotto & The Hawks, Guy Davis, Jackie Wilson, Larry Williams & Johnny Watson, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - August 9, 2019

Aug 9, 2019
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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on August 9, 2019 and hosted by Rana Glick. 

The program features tracks from Henry Butler, Lionel Hampton, Carmen McRae, Gene Krupa, Lennie Tristano Quartet, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Earl Klugh, Chuck Mangione, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Johnny Hodges, Jimmy Heath, Aretha Franklin, and more.

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A study published Monday suggests that fluoride consumed by pregnant women can decrease the IQ of their children. No single study provides definitive answers, but the latest research on this controversial topic will no doubt stir debate.

Fluoride protects teeth from decay, so public health officials celebrate what's been accomplished by putting it in many water supplies. But Christine Till, an associate professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, also wondered about potential downsides.

It's been a tumultuous quarter-century for San Francisco, what with the rise of its neighbor Silicon Valley and the changes that came with it. But at least a couple of things have stayed reliably consistent, such as the distinctive Bay Area fog that's so familiar it's even got a name (just call it Karl), and the live webcam that watches it from the campus of San Francisco State University.

When U.S. officials opened a trailer full of jalapeno peppers last week, they found something a bit more illicit tucked among the spicy chilies.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly four tons of weed mixed in with a large shipment of red and green jalapenos at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego.

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How Much Hotter Are The Oceans? The Answer Begins With A Bucket

If you want to know what climate change will look like, you need to know what Earth's climate looked like in the past — what air temperatures were like, for example, and what ocean currents and sea levels were doing. You need to know what polar ice caps and glaciers were up to and, crucially, how hot the oceans were. "Most of the Earth is water," explains Peter Huybers , a climate scientist at Harvard University. "If you want to understand what global temperatures have been doing, you better...

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This App Aims To Save New Moms' Lives

The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world. Thousands of women — especially black women — experience pregnancy-related complications just before or in the year after childbirth, and about 700 women die every year from them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tech startup Mahmee wants to change that. Founded in 2014, the company works to help women during the weeks and months after they've given birth, via a mobile app that's designed to...

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Got Pain? A Virtual Swim With Dolphins May Help Melt It Away

Virtual reality is not new. But, as people search for alternative ways to manage pain — and reduce reliance on pills — VR is attracting renewed attention. Imagine, for a moment you've been transported to a sunlit lagoon. And, suddenly, it's as if you're immersed in the warm water and swimming. That's what Tom Norris experiences when he straps on his VR headset. "It's fantastic, I really feel like I'm there," says Norris, who is 70 years old, retired from the military, and lives in Los Angeles...

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Trolled Online, Women In Politics Fight To Hold Big Tech Accountable In The U.K.

Lisa Cameron is a member of the British Parliament. She's also a victim, and survivor, of online trolls. Cameron was new to politics in 2015, when she was elected in East Kilbride, Scotland. She'd been a clinical psychologist, a wife, a mom, and a trade union representative — the kind of political newcomer democracies want to run for office. But the sludge of the Internet began to attack her — and not just for her policy stances. Her inbox, Facebook and Twitter accounts filled with insults...

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No Joke: Trump Really Does Want To Buy Greenland

President Trump on Sunday confirmed that his administration has discussed buying Greenland from Denmark, comparing the idea to "a large real estate deal" and suggesting the island would be of strategic value to the United States. Speaking to reporters, the president confirmed reports that first appeared on Thursday in The Wall Street Journal that he had asked administration officials to look into the possibility of purchasing the self-governing Danish territory. "It's just something we've...

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How One Mom Talks To Her Sons About Hate On The Internet

Joanna Schroeder started getting worried when her sons were coming to her with loaded questions. "One of my kids said: If you can be trans and just decide what you are then how come you can't just decide to be a penguin?" said Schroeder, a writer and mother of two sons and a daughter, in an interview with NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday . It may sound like a normal question a kid would ask, Schroeder admits. But she also knew that their curiosities didn't mesh with the values that she and her...

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No Mercy: After The Hospital Closes, How Do People Get Emergency Care?

For more than 30 minutes on a frigid February morning, Robert Findley lay unconscious in the back of an ambulance as paramedics hand-pumped oxygen into his lungs. They were waiting for a helicopter to land at a helipad just across the icy parking lot next to Mercy Hospital Fort Scott, which closed in December. The night before, Findley had fallen on the slick driveway outside his home while checking the mail. He had laughed it off, ate dinner and went to bed. In the morning, he wouldn't wake...

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How Does 1 Man Have So Much Power Without Being President?

"How does one man have so much power?" One hears that question asked in Washington a lot these days, often with exasperation and bewilderment. And it is not always a reference to President Trump. Quite often, the man in question is Mitch McConnell, the Republican senator from Kentucky. The man who calls himself the "Grim Reaper" — of signature Democratic initiatives. McConnell's status stems from his office as the Senate majority leader — elected by his party colleagues to lead their...

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Pa. Workers Forced To Choose Between Watching Trump, No Pay Or Using Paid Time Off

Workers at a petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania were given a choice ahead of President Trump's visit to the site on Tuesday: attend the president's speech, stay home without pay or use up part of their paid time off. Many of the construction workers did not find it a difficult choice. Seeing Trump's event at the ethane cracker plant operated by Royal Dutch Shell in Beaver County, Pa., was a welcome sight, Ken Broadbent, business manager for Steamfitters Local 449, told NPR. "I'll...

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Suicide Bomber Kills 63, Injures 182 At Wedding Reception In Kabul

Updated at 6:32 a.m. ET A suicide bomber killed at least 63 people and wounded 182 in an explosion at a packed wedding hall Saturday night in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to the country's Interior Ministry. An Afghan government spokesperson said the bomber detonated inside the hall, where more than 1,000 guests had gathered to celebrate a wedding. "Everybody was running," a waiter at the hall, Sayed Agha Shah, told Reuters. "Several of our waiters were killed and wounded." Outside the hall,...

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El Paso Shooting: Hundreds Of Strangers Come To Mourn With Widower At Wife's Funeral

Earlier this month, Margie Reckard, 63, was gunned down along with 21 others in the El Paso, Texas, massacre that authorities believe was driven by racial hatred. Two weeks later, strangers amassed by the hundreds to honor Reckard and surround her widower, Antonio Basco. "Never had so much love in my life," Basco said on Friday as he beheld the crowds, many who waited in triple-digit heat to attend Reckard's memorial service and support a man they had never met. When Reckard was killed, she...

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Their 'Tough' Mom Was Also The Navy's 1st Asian American Woman Officer

Editor's note: This story contains language that some listeners may find offensive. To siblings Flip and Christine Cuddy, Susan Ahn Cuddy was "Mom." But she was also a Korean American lieutenant in the U.S. Navy who trained pilots to shoot down enemies during World War II. It wasn't until historian John Cha's biography of Susan was published in 2002 that her children learned about many of their mother's accomplishments. "Mom basically was a trained killer," Flip, now 64, said in an interview...

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The Jonas Brothers Recapture The 'Magic Missing' By Putting Family First

As early 2000s Disney Channel stars and a platinum-selling pop rock band, the members of the Jonas Brothers — Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas — have grown up a lot in the public eye. But when the band suddenly split up in 2013 in lieu of solo careers and family time, fans were left wanting more. After a six-year break from the band, the brothers officially reunited in February of 2019 and quickly celebrated by releasing the single " Sucker ," a song that would eventually mark the group's first No....

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