Trump Says He'll Deploy Military To States If They Don't Stop Violent Protests

Updated at 9:31 p.m. ET Escalating his rhetoric during a period of roiling national crises, President Trump on Monday threatened to deploy the U.S. military to cities or states that don't take "necessary" actions to halt violent protests, saying the armed forces will "quickly solve the problem for them." Trump's Rose Garden remarks came as just across the street, law enforcement officers deployed tear gas and shot rubber bullets to forcefully disperse peaceful protesters. Washington, D.C.,...

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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 5 million Americans live with dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common type.

Brain health is influenced by lifestyle choices. Here are some steps you can take that may lower your risk for memory and thinking problems as you age:

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This is another episode that we recorded in our final days together in the office before COVID-19. However, the topic is just as relevant — if not more so — in our new reality.

The topic is free speech and our guest is Stephen D. Solomon, Marjorie Deane Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University and founding editor of First Amendment Watch. He is the author of Revolutionary Dissent: How the Founding Generation Created the Freedom of Speech.

More than a thousand people took to the streets in downtown State College Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd.
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More than a thousand people took to the streets in downtown State College Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck. 

Chanting “No justice, no peace!” and “say his name,” protestors started at the Allen Street Gate, then marched on College Avenue and Beaver Avenue. The march ended in front of the State College Municipal Building, where the police department is located. 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on May 23, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from David Bromberg, The Temptations, The Black Keys, Taj Mahal, Ken Schwartz & The Palace of Sin, Blind Willie McTell, Little Feat, Dave Van Ronk, Rhiannon Giddings & The Silk Road Ensemble, Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley, Rodriguez, Jorma Kaukonen, and more.

In the second hour, hear The Dixie Hummingbirds, Leon Redone, Mississippi John Hurt, Cory Harris, Bob Dylan, Brownie McGhee, Peter Green, Ray Charles, Rev. Gary Davis, and more. 

WPSU Jazz Archive - May 29, 2020

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show (from home edition) as broadcast on May 29, 2020, hosted by Tom Beebee, with production assistance from Greg Miller. The show celebrates artists birthdays in May.  

In the first hour, hear tracks from Miles Davis, Rachel Caswell, Benny Goodman, Sun Ra, Maria Joao Pires, Oscar Peterson, David Baker & His Big Band, Keith Jarrett & Charlie Hayden, and more.


Daryl Cameron is an assistant professor of psychology and a research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State. His work focuses on the psychological processes involved in empathy and moral decision-making. He looks at the reasons behind people’s empathic emotions and behaviors toward others, including their responses to significant crises like the coronavirus pandemic.   

This graphic from Gov. Tom Wolf outlines the phases of reopening.
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Eighteen Pennsylvania counties moved Friday into the green phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s reopening plan. Those counties include Centre, Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Forest and McKean.

In the green phase, Wolf says personal care services such as hair salons and barber shops can reopen with appointments. Appointments are encouraged for gyms and spas. 

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf confirmed during a press conference Tuesday that Centre County will move from the yellow to the green phase of reopening this Friday. Centre County Commissioners voted unanimously earlier Tuesday to ask Wolf to move up the county's reopening, after first asking him to delay it until June 5



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Your vision and hearing need protection from injury just like the rest of your body.

You can protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses when you go outside, and by wearing safety goggles when participating in activities that could result in injury, such as yard work or playing sports. For those who spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, don’t forget to take breaks to rest your eyes.


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One week after the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis, Minn., police, demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism continued across the United States. Many cities imposed curfews and President Trump again warned he would order active duty military forces to restore order if state and local governments, in his judgement, failed to do so.

Here are details of some protests around the country.

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With everything going in the country — from the unrest in many cities after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — it's easy to have missed that there are elections being held.

But several states have primaries up and down the ballot: Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania is holding primary voting on Tuesday, though Gov. Tom Wolf extended the deadline for voting by mail one week, until June 9.

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USC Professor On How Protests Have Changed Since LA Riots In 1992

Looting, fires, vandalism and the National Guard on the streets — for many, the unrest of 2020 evokes memories of the destructive riots of 1992 in Los Angeles. Both times the protests began in anger over police violence against black men — in 1992, when four police officers were acquitted of the brutal beating of Rodney King ; now, when George Floyd died in Minnesota after a policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. "We keep telling ourselves that somehow technology or training...

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From The 1960s To 2020: Civil Unrest In The Face Of Systematic Injustice

Police arrested more than 4,000 people over the weekend, as protests swept cities across the country. For many, the moment calls to mind history: the civil unrest of the 1960s and the protests after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968. Peniel Joseph , director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin, says these protests also signal a “generational opportunity” — to acknowledge and address racism and white supremacy within the country’s...

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Trump Calls Governors Weak, Urging Them To 'Dominate' To Quell Violence

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET President Trump on Monday called governors weak and urged them to "dominate" to prevent further violent demonstrations following the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck. Trump's comments came during a contentious phone call with state leaders to discuss the chaotic protests. Two people on the call briefed NPR of its content, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer put out a statement that said the call...

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Former President Obama: 'Let's Not Excuse Violence ... Or Participate In It'

Former President Barack Obama said the protests in cities across the nation in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis under a police officer's knee "represent a genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system in the United States." But he wrote in a post Monday on Medium that the "the small minority of folks who've resorted to violence" at many demonstrations are "putting innocent people at risk,...

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In Hawaii, Coronavirus Pandemic Takes Toll On Food Supply

The pandemic is having a huge impact on Hawaiis food supply and agriculture. Here & Nows Tonya Mosley speaks to Albie Miles , assistant professor of Sustainability Community Food Systems at the University of Hawaii West Oahu. This article was originally published on Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit

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