Protests Swell Across Russia Calling For The Release Of Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny

Updated at 4:00 p.m. ET Tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets in protest on Saturday to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, braving the threat of mass arrests in what were some of the largest demonstrations against the Kremlin in years. From the port city of Vladivostok in the east to the capital of Moscow seven time zones away in the west, protesters swept across the country in open defiance of warnings from Russian authorities that the demonstrations...

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show (from home edition) as broadcast on January 22, 2021, and hosted by Greg Petersen.

In the first hour, hear Miles Davis, Art Pepper with Duke Jordan, Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson, Roy Hargrove and Ralph Moore, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Mulgrew Miller, Norah Jones, Ellis Marsalis and more.

In the second hour, hear Red Onion Jazz Babies, Ray Brown, Patricia Barber, Milt Jackson & Joe Williams, Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio, J.J. Johnson, Ella Fitzgerald, Dexter Gordon with Thad Jones, Dave Brubeck, Jon Batiste, and more. 

This Take Note is from the Democracy Works podcast.

We’ll hear about Gerrymandering and the people fighting to take the politics out of drawing districts. Redistricting, which happens every 10 years, is set to happen this year. The guest is David Daley, who just published his second book about Gerrymandering, titled “Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy.” 

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Chris Beem: From the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State University, I'm Chris Beem.

Candis Smith: I'm Candis Watts Smith.

The gym at SCI Huntingdon has been converted to an infirmary that houses inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19.
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As a COVID-19 outbreak at a state prison in Forest County continues, the sparsely populated county in northwestern Pennsylvania now has the highest rate of coronavirus cases in the state by far. 

As of Thursday, there were 1,245 known cases in Forest County. That’s about 17% of the county’s entire population.

 

It’s also more than double the number in the county just a week before.

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As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines unfolds in the U.S., numerous questions around distribution, supply, hesitancy and efficacy persist. The stakes are high, as numbers of deaths and cases break records. A panel of experts from Harvard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tackles questions about COVID-19 vaccination.

Emily Shearer, a registered nurse in critical care services at Mount Nittany Medical Center, receives the COVID-19 vaccine Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, from Dr. Upendra Thaker.
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Mount Nittany Health announced that starting Friday of next week community members who meet the state's eligibility guidelines will be able to go online to

Following nationwide protests against police brutality last summer, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf established the Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission by executive order in June 2020. 

The Commision, comprised of 21 voting members and six ex-officio members, is tasked with investigating citizen complaints against police misconduct, reviewing internal investigations and giving recommendations. 

Penn State student Maliha Reza expected her first presidential election to be at a voting booth. Instead, she voted by mail. Reza's first presidential inauguration went similarly as she watched on TV at home instead of attending in person.
Maliha Reza

2020 was the first year many Penn State students could vote in the presidential election. Several politically active students shared their reactions to Wednesday’s inauguration.

 

Maliha Reza is an electrical engineering student and a member of the Penn State College Democrats. She remembers voting for Barack Obama during a mock election in elementary school. Reza expected her first time voting for a president would be similar.

Penny Cracas, with the Chester County, Pa., Health Department, fills a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 29, 2020.
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Pennsylvania is expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine in the initial phase of the rollout to include people age 65 and over as well as younger people with serious health conditions that put them at higher risk. State health officials made the announcement Tuesday.

Conditions that qualify residents for the vaccine include cancer, diabetes, obesity, COPD, certain heart conditions and immune deficiencies, sickle cell disease, pregnancy and being a smoker.

The Penn State Forum on Black Affairs kicked off celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday with a discussion on Friday with Black alumni from the Class of 1972. 

The alumni in the discussion were freshmen when King was killed and remembered the assasination well.

Barry Reddish said Black students like him made up about 1% of the student population back then. He said they were able to find a community with each other after King’s death.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas that’s produced when fuel is burned in gas stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, or vehicles. The gas can build up in closed areas and poison people and animals who breathe in the vapor.  

Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to headaches, weakness, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, confusion, and even death.  

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Eleven miners have been rescued in China after a harrowing two weeks trapped some 2,000 feet below ground.

The rescue marked a moment of celebration and relief in what has been an arduous and complex effort to bring the men to safety. One miner has already died and another 10 remain missing.

New Zealand has kept its community spread of the coronavirus low by keeping tight border controls, but on Sunday the country of 5 million reported its first suspected community case since November. And officials say it might involve a more transmissible variant of the virus.

Arizona Republicans passed resolutions on Saturday to censure three of the state's most prominent party leaders who have found themselves at odds with former President Donald Trump: Gov. Doug Ducey; former Sen. Jeff Flake; and Cindy McCain, widow of the longtime Sen. John McCain.

The sweeping — yet essentially symbolic — rebuke took place during a meeting to figure out how to move forward after the state flipped blue in November, narrowly giving its 11 electoral votes to now-President Biden.

This month in Romancelandia, true love and a happy ever after are possible at any age. Whether it's a teenager's first love, a 50-year-old's forever love, or somewhere in the middle, these three outstanding novels show it's never too early — or too late — for that HEA.

On-air Challenge: Every answer today is a word or name that sounds like it starts with two spoken letters of the alphabet.

Example: Wanting what other people have --> ENVIOUS (N-V-ous)

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Senate Democrats File Ethics Complaint Against Cruz, Hawley After Capitol Riot

A group of Senate Democrats filed an ethics complaint Thursday against Republican Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz over their objections to the Jan. 6 certification of the presidential election results that coincided with the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. By objecting to the certification, Cruz, and Hawley, "lent legitimacy" to the violent mob of pro-Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol, the letter sent to incoming Senate Ethics Committee Chairman Chris Coons, D-Del., and Vice Chairman...

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6 Numbers That Show President Biden's Greatest Challenges

President Biden is calling for unity to address each of the nation's concurrent crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, race relations and climate change. It won't be easy because as he settles into office, Biden also inherits a country that is deeply divided. Democrats and Republicans live in very different worlds and get their news and information from very different places , cordoned off by ideology and worldview. Bringing America together when the trials it faces are, in...

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She Resisted Getting Her Kids The Usual Vaccines. Then The Pandemic Hit

"I just remember being very scared." That's how Lydia, a 39-year-old mother of three in Canada, describes feeling when she was pregnant in 2008 with her daughter and had questions about vaccinating. She worried it might cause more harm than good. "I remember feeling some trepidation and saying to my husband, 'We can't undo this once we do it,' " she says. NPR is not using Lydia's full name because she's worried about backlash from a community she once believed in — people opposed to vaccines....

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'The Separate and Unequal Health System' Highlighted By COVID-19

On a recent Friday afternoon, the critical care charge nurse at a South Los Angeles hospital tries to send another nurse off to grab lunch. Maria Arechiga is interrupted by the beeping of an alarm, the vitals of a patient declining, organs failing. She dons a surgical gown and unzips a plastic tarp that hangs from the doorway of a hospital room — a makeshift isolation room on this floor temporarily transformed into a larger intensive care unit to make space for the patients that just keep...

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Finding Joy In The Wreckage: Acknowledging Trauma In The Post-Trump Era

The pandemic, the acknowledgment of racism in the U.S. and the presidential election have left so many Americans feeling collectively traumatized. It's something Kiese Laymon has been writing about. Hes a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Mississippi and an author of several books that confront and unpack trauma. Laymon believes we're now having a mainstream conversation about trauma through writing and even 24-hour news. "In my lifetime, I think weve suffered the...

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Take Note: Gerrymandering

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Biden Administration: Here's Who Has Been Confirmed So Far

Updated on Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. ET Hours after he was sworn in Wednesday, the U.S. Senate began confirming President Biden's nominees for key positions in his administration. That's a slower pace than for recent administrations. Former President Donald Trump had two Cabinet members confirmed by Inauguration Day in 2017, while former President Barack Obama had six by the time he took the oath of office. Biden has announced acting officials to temporarily lead federal agencies. For permanent roles...

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