For Pence, Impeachment Inquiry Will Test A Political Path Shaped By Faith

Until Ambassador Gordon Sondland's public testimony on Wednesday, Vice President Pence had managed to keep out of the center of the impeachment inquiry. For the first time during the public phase of the impeachment hearings, a witness connected Pence to a possible quid pro quo. Sondland said that just ahead of a Sept. 1 meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he conferred with Pence about a link between U.S. military aid for Ukraine and the investigation that President Trump...

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Lacresha Berry talks about her most recent show, "Tubman," with WPSU.
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Lacresha Berry is a singer, actor, writer and educator living in Queens, New York. Her work infuses her life experiences into a broader, historical context. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky. Her most recent one woman show, "Tubman," reimagines Harriet Tubman, the famous underground railroad conductor, as a 21st century student in Harlem, New York. 

Berry talked with WPSU about why she think Tubman's story still resonates with today's audience and how her career in teaching influence her art work, and vice versa.

This I Believe: I Believe In Running

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Essayist Alysa Rubin

I believe in running.

If you asked me how I felt about running five years ago, I would have laughed at you. My feelings about running? Pure, undeniable disgust. Coupled with my asthma and general lack of motivation, I considered running as one of my worst enemies.

The Human Rights Campaign released its annual Municipal Equality Index in State College Tuesday. State College is among the 88 cities nationwide that achieved a full score.
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More cities are becoming increasingly inclusive when it comes to LGBTQ rights, according to the Human Rights Campaign, which released its eighth annual Municipal Equality Index in State College Tuesday.

The Human Rights Campaign said the index is meant to encourage the creation of non-discrimination laws nationwide. The organization said 88 cities or municipalities in the country scored the maximum of 100 points on its index this year, up from 78 the year before.

Transgender Activist Visits Penn State

Nov 19, 2019
Mara Keisling is the founder and executive director of the National Transgender Center for Transgender Equality.
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November is transgender awareness month. On Thursday, Penn State’s Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity hosted alumna Mara Keisling at University Park.

Almost 40 years ago, Keisling graduated from Penn State. Today, she is the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington, D.C.

In the late 1970s, when Keisling knew she wanted to transition from male to female, there were no resources for her.

WATCH: Impeachment Hearings Live

Nov 19, 2019
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The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

Burt Monroe
Penn State Department of Political Science

Ranked-choice voting has been in the news a lot lately. It was adopted in New York City's November 2019 election, used for the first time in U.S. Congressional elections last year, and will be the method by which at least a few states choose a Democratic primary candidate in 2020.

But, what is it? How does it work? And, is it more democratic than the single-vote method we're used to? This week's guest has answers to all of those questions.

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on November 16 , 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Parliament, Etta James, Ry Cooder, Peggy Seeger, Teresa Carter & The Rhythm Tramps, The White Stripes, Bob Dylan, Son House, Boozoo Chavis, Alabama Shakes, Paul Gayten, and more.

Project Drawdown Executive Director Jonathan Foley and Director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment at Penn State Tom Richard.
Penn State

We hear a lot about global warming, but not necessarily about how effective different proposed solutions actually are.

We talked with Tom Richard, the director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment at Penn State, who helped organize the first ever Project Drawdown conference – which looked at the top 100 actions to reverse climate change.

And we talked with Jonathan Foley, the executive director of Project Drawdown, about the conference and the book it’s based on.  

WPSU Jazz Archive - November 15, 2019

Nov 15, 2019
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An archive stream of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on November 15, 2019 and hosted by Greg Halpin. 

The first hour of the program features all new jazz releases from Joey Alexander, Accidental Tourists, The Bad Plus, Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Daniel Szabo, the Taron Herman Trio, the Oddgeir Berg Trio, Russ Lossingand Avishai Cohen with Yonathan Avishai. 

BookMark: "Native Species"

Nov 14, 2019
Talley Kayser reviews "Native Species."

“What does a landscape dream of in its unsettled dreams?”

Todd Davis’s newest collection of poems, titled “Native Species,” opens with this question. The question is gentle and idle. It’s the kind of thing you ask yourself while half-asleep on a streambank on a hot day. But then there’s that word “unsettled.” The landscape may be “settled.” It may be cultivated into farm and town… but its dreams are unsettled, uneasy, perhaps even wild.


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It's almost always impossible to pinpoint an exact moment in music history when the plates shift. But looking back at the last decade in Latin music, it's easy, now, to see that the release of "Despacito" by Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi in early 2017 was just such a moment.

Editor's note: This report includes descriptions of sexual assault.

After more than a decade of investigations into sexual abuse in Pennsylvania's Catholic Church, last year's grand jury report still contained new revelations.

The numbers were superlative — more than 1,000 allegations against 301 priests, spanning seven decades.

President Trump said Friday he supports pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong. But he stopped short of saying he would sign legislation requiring sanctions against China for any crackdown on Hong Kong protesters.

"We have to stand with Hong Kong, but I'm also standing with President Xi," Trump said in an interview on the Fox News program Fox and Friends. "He's a friend of mine."

At the Polish Falcons Hall in Depew, N.Y., one recent Saturday night, five women sat in the center of the crowd mulling the prizes on offer: pork tenderloin, top round roast, Italian sausage. Handcrafted meat-shaped dog chew toys dangled from colorful beads around their necks. Asked what they wanted to win, they exclaimed in unison, "everything!" as they eagerly waved plastic clappers and squeezed squeaking chew toys.


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Everything's bigger in Texas, but some places are bigger than Texas. In this final round, contestants guess whether a geographic area is larger than the Lone Star state.

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Special Report: Key Takeaways From Fiona Hill And David Holmes' Testimonies

Two witnesses testified during the last scheduled day of public impeachment hearings on Thursday. Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council official, and David Holmes, a political counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, spoke in front of the House Intelligence Committee — wrapping up two weeks of public and closed-door testimonies to Congress about President Trump's actions in the Ukraine affair. Click the audio link to listen to a special broadcast of NPR hosts and reporters offering...

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Antarctic Research Takes The Cake In These Science-Inspired Confections

When Rose McAdoo got back to New York after spending several months working as a sous chef in Antarctica, her friends had questions. Are there penguins? How do you get supplies? Are you, like, on an iceberg? McAdoo set about answering their questions the best way she knows how: with cake. "Cake is my canvas," she says. "It's my way of making big ideas literally digestible." The Polar Star cutter forges through ice up to 21 feet thick. McAdoo says, "This makes it possible for our resupply...

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California Restaurant Industry Group Sues Berkeley Over Natural Gas Ban

The California Restaurant Association filed suit against the city of Berkeley Thursday alleging that its recently approved ban on the use of natural gas in newly constructed buildings will have "uniquely negative impacts" on the culinary community. In July, Berkeley became the first city in the U.S . to ban natural gas pipes in new buildings as a means of achieving greenhouse gas reduction goals. More than a dozen other cities in California, including San Jose, have passed similar measures....

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2020 Affordable Care Act Health Plans: What's New

During Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate, candidates touched on "Medicare for All," "Medicare for all who want it" and other ways to reform the American health system. But in the backdrop, it's once again sign-up season for Affordable Care Act health plans. Despite repeated efforts by Republicans in Congress to undo the ACA, the controversial law's seventh open-enrollment period launched earlier this month to relatively little fanfare. It ends Dec. 15. Individual plans for 2020...

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'A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood': Can You Say 'Sincere' And 'Heartening'?

On the face of it, director Marielle Heller's exhilaratingly impolite indie resume doesn't make her an intuitive fit for a movie about the nicest man in the world — let alone a big studio picture starring nice Tom Hanks. Heller's 2015 feature debut, The Diary of a Teenage Girl , was voiced by a sorry-not-sorry young woman who initiates an affair with her mother's boyfriend. In her second, last year's Can You Ever Forgive Me? , Heller cast the beloved Melissa McCarthy as the robustly unlikable...

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