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A PSU Professor, Then An Engineer With NASA, Recalls The Apollo 11 Launch

Fifty years ago , on July 16, 1969, a Saturn V rocket was launched from Cape Kennedy Florida (now known Cape Canaveral), sending astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on their way to the moon. That morning, legendary CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite was in a Florida studio near the launch site bright and early. The Saturn V rocket stood next to the launch tower on the screen behind him. “ At 9:32am eastern time, that huge 36-story high launch vehicle is scheduled to thunder...

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Fifty years ago, on July 16, 1969, a Saturn V rocket was launched from Cape Kennedy Florida (now known Cape Canaveral), sending astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on their way to the moon.

That morning, legendary CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite was in a Florida studio near the launch site bright and early. The Saturn V rocket stood next to the launch tower on the screen behind him.

Antoine van Agtmael was the founder and CEO of the investment management firm, Emerging Markets Management, and now serves as a Senior Advisor at the Foreign Policy Group. He and Fred Bakker co-author the book, “The smartest places on Earth: Why rustbelts are the emerging hotspots of global innovation.” 

His work analyses how “emerging markets” across the globe grow and he spoke with WPSU about how the West could respond to the challenges they bring.


Some Pa. Election Systems Still Use Vulnerable Software

Jul 13, 2019
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds helping counties buy brand-new electoral systems.
But there's a problem: Many of these new systems still run on old software that will soon be outdated and more vulnerable to hackers.

An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on July 12, 2019, and hosted by Greg Petersen. 

In the first hour, hear Dexter Gordon, Brad Mehldau, Joao Gilberto, Astrud Gilberto, Terance Blanchard, Tony Bennett, and more.

In the second hour, hear Oscar Peterson, The Milestone Jazz Stars, Norah Jones, Ray Brown Trio, Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson, Matt Nelson Trio, Sonny Rollins, and more.


The book of poetry “Martin Rising: Requiem for a King” beautifully illustrates events in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s written with a middle school audience in mind, but this collection can be enjoyed by everyone. Each of poet Andrea Davis Pinkney’s poems is accompanied by a beautiful watercolor, gouache, and india ink illustration by Brian Pinkney. 

The poems about King’s life are labeled with the date of each event’s occurrence and in some cases the time. The book is divided into three sections: Daylight, Darkness and Dawn. 

Penn State Ph.D. candidate Tiffany Knearem holds up a poster advertising the app she helped create for this year's Arts Fest.
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An interactive app developed by Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology wants to know what your favorite festival activity or banner is at this year’s Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

Tiffany Knearem is a Ph.D. candidate who oversaw the development of this year’s app, which the college creates a new version of every year. Her research identified three types of people who attend Arts Fest and created prompts that users can respond to by uploading pictures to the app.

How Democracies Die author Daniel Ziblatt
Harvard University

The Democracy Works summer break continues this week with a rebroadcast of one of our very first episodes, a conversation with How Democracies Die author Daniel Ziblatt. Daniel spoke at Penn State in March 2018. Both the book and the conversation are worth revisiting, or checking out for the first time if the episode is new to you.

WPSU Blues Archive - July 6, 2019

Jul 6, 2019

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on June 29, 2019 and hosted by Adam McMillan. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Ken Nordine, Dion, Mo' Rock, Phil Cook, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Arthur Conley, Charlie Parr, Bukka White, Tony Holiday, Bette LaVette, Elmore James, Patti Griffin, Daniel Norbert, and more.

In the second hour, hear Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Chris Whitley, Memphis Minnie, Big Momma Thornton, Junior Walker & The All Stars, Shirley Ellis, Freddie King, James Booker, Etta James, Moms Mabley, C.W. Stoneking, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - July 5, 2019

Jul 5, 2019

An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on July 5, 2019 and hosted by Rana Glick. 

In the first part, hear tracks from Madeline Peyroux, Cassandra Wilson, Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane, Hugh Laurie, Keith Jarrett, Dr. John, and more.

In the second part, hear Dexter Gordon, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Donald Byrd, and more.

Taproot Kitchen sold food made with vegetables started at the Penn State Student Farm during the farm's Summer Solstice Celebration.
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It's not every day you hear people get excited over tofu. But tonight’s tofu dish, served by Taproot Kitchen, comes with a side of vegetables grown at Penn State’s Student Farm. 

Taproot Kitchen is a nonprofit catering company that employs adults with autism and intellectual disabilities to cook and serve quality local food, something customers at this year’s Summer Solstice Celebration found out for themselves as they ate everything from flatbreads topped with vegetables to sweet chili tofu with a side salad. 


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The House will vote Tuesday evening on a resolution condemning President Trump's racist tweets. The non-binding resolution states that Trump's "racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."

With his latest round of attacks on four first-year members of Congress who are women of color, President Trump has once again touched the raw nerve of racism in American life.

He has also tapped into one of the oldest strains in our politics — the fear and vilification of immigrants and their descendants.

The global shipping industry is enormous — thousands of ships carry billions of dollars of goods each year across nearly every ocean on the planet.

I'm all alone in the studio.

I had so many new songs to share; I didn't want to split the show with a co-host.

Wilco has announced it'll release the band's 11th studio album later this year. Drawing its title from the poetry of Friedrich Schiller — and Beethoven's Ninth symphony — Wilco's Ode to Joy will feature what frontman Jeff Tweedy calls "really big, big folk songs," including the album's first single, "Love is Everywhere (Beware)."

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'Go Back Where You Came From': The Long Rhetorical Roots Of Trump's Racist Tweets

When President Trump tweeted his racist remarks Sunday, asking why certain Democratic congresswomen don't just "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," he did not just take aim at the four young women of color — three of whom were actually born in the U.S. He did so using a taunt that has long, deeply entrenched roots in American history: Why don't you just go back where you came from? The question doesn't always appear in those precise words,...

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50 Years After Apollo 11 Moon Landing, NASA Sets Its Sights On Mars

In the past year or so, scientists have discovered more evidence for liquid water under the surface of Mars. They've found complex organic compounds — the building blocks of life. And they've found that methane levels in Mars' atmosphere vary with the seasons. "Each of these things adds up to say that the probability of finding life on a world that's not our own is going up," says NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "And Mars, I think, is that best opportunity in our own solar system to find...

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Lawmakers Respond To Trump's Racist Comments: We Are Here To Stay

Updated at 7 p.m. ET A group of four women lawmakers responded to attacks by President Trump with a news conference of their own on Monday evening. Earlier in the day, Trump said the members of Congress are "free to leave" the country if they are unhappy with the U.S. and accused them of hating America. Trump's remarks, made at an impromptu news conference in front of the White House, follow racist tweets that he sent on Sunday directed at Democratic freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of...

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More Kids Are Getting Placed In Foster Care Because Of Parents' Drug Use

The number of cases of children entering the foster care system due to parental drug use has more than doubled since 2000, according to research published this week in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers analyzed data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) , a federally mandated data collection system that includes information on children in foster care in the United States. They looked at nearly 5 million instances of children entering foster care between 2000 and...

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3-Year-Old Asked To Pick Parent In Attempted Family Separation, Her Parents Say

At a Border Patrol holding facility in El Paso, Texas, an agent told a Honduran family that one parent would be sent to Mexico while the other parent and their three children could stay in the United States, according to the family. The agent turned to the couple's youngest daughter — 3-year-old Sofia, whom they call Sofi — and asked her to make a choice. "The agent asked her who she wanted to go with, mom or dad," her mother, Tania, told NPR through an interpreter. "And the girl, because she...

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Inside The 'Giant Leap' In Technology It Took To Land On The Moon

July 16 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, the first spaceflight to land on the moon. Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a goal that President John F. Kennedy first announced in 1961, well before the United States had the technology to carry out that mission. Charles Fishman documents the massive effort to land a man on the moon in his book One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us To The Moon . Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson talks with Fishman ( ...

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Crowds Gather Each Week In Wisconsin To Watch Their Teams Play Ball — In Snowshoes

Most snowshoes in the United States are probably in storage right now, gathering dust and waiting for temperatures to drop. In the town of Lake Tomahawk in the Northwoods of Wisconsin though, they're getting a lot of use this summer. Snowshoe baseball is exactly what it sounds like. It's a game of baseball played on snowshoes, though it more closely resembles a bizarre game of softball. Every Monday night in the summer—and on the 4th of July—hundreds of tourists and residents gather to cheer...

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Trump Administration Implementing '3rd Country' Rule On Migrants Seeking Asylum

Updated at 3:35 p.m. ET The Trump administration is moving forward with a tough new asylum rule in its campaign to slow the flow of Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Asylum-seeking immigrants who pass through a third country en route to the U.S. must first apply for refugee status in that country rather than at the U.S. border. The restriction will likely face court challenges, opening a new front in the battle over U.S. immigration policies. The interim final rule...

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North Carolina Gerrymandering Trial Could Serve As Blueprint For Other States

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Democrats Have The Religious Left. Can They Win The Religious Middle?

Exit polls from the 2016 presidential election suggest that only 1 of 6 white evangelical voters supported Hillary Clinton. It was the worst such performance of any recent Democratic nominee. "She never asked for their votes," says Michael Wear, who directed religious outreach efforts for Barack Obama's successful reelection campaign in 2012. Democrats this year are making a more determined effort to reach voters whose political preferences are driven in part by their religious faith. Two...

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King Of The Hill: Guinness World Records Crowns Wales Street World's Steepest

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