House Democrats Pass Bill To Make D.C. The 51st State

The U.S. House of Representatives has once again voted on a bill to grant statehood to Washington, D.C., and enfranchise more than 712,000 Americans, a cause that enjoys unprecedented support but still faces an uphill battle in the U.S. Senate. "This country was founded on the principles of no taxation without representation and consent of the governed. But D.C. residents are taxed without representation and cannot consent to the laws under which they as American citizens must live," said Del...

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The entrance of the Kane Area Elementary-Middle School
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Kane Area School District, spreading over 250 square miles in McKean and Elk Counties, has been holding in-person classes during the 2020-2021 school year, with the exception of ten and a half days when the district went online due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases and an additional eight days where high school students were remote. 

The pandemic has made remote learning a reality. But despite logistical challenges and health risks, schools have endeavored to keep classrooms open. 

Photos of three persons of interest released by State College Police
State College Police Department

State College police have released photos of three persons of interest in the defacing of the Martin Luther King Jr. mural in downtown State College. 

An insignia and the words “PATRIOTFRONT.US” were stenciled onto the mural in a red substance. It was reported Friday afternoon, and happened in the overnight hours that day. 

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April is National Donate Life Month.

There’s a critical shortage of organ and tissue donors. In the United States, more than 100,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. A national computer system and strict standards make sure organs are fairly distributed to those in need.

If you’re 18 or older, you have the power to help save lives by registering to be an organ donor. Be sure to talk to your family and friends about your wishes.

Derek W. Black
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The Trump administration infamously referred to public schools as "failing government schools," illustrating how education has been caught up in the broader attack on the roots of American democracy. While the language is new, Derek W. Black argues the sentiment very much is not.

Larry Krasner
Larry Krasner

On this Take Note, we’re going to hear an interview with Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner.


Before he was elected to be Philadelphia’s chief prosecutor in 2017, Krasner was a criminal defense attorney specializing in civil rights. He was elected on the promise he’d reform the criminal justice system from within and reduce incarceration.



An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on April 17, 2021 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Lionel Brazil vs. The Joubert Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon, Leon Redbone, David Bromberg, Cody ChesnuTT, Little Feat, Mike Keneally & Persuasions, J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - April 16, 2021

Apr 16, 2021
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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on April 16, 2021 hosted by Tom Beebee, featuring classic live jazz recordings.

In the first hour, hear Benny Goodman with Count Basie, Lester Young, George Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald, Abdullah Ibrahim, and more.

In the second hour, hear Oscar Pettiford with Kenny Clarke and Bud Powell, Albert Mangelsdorff Quartet, Tito Puente, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson with Coleman Hawkins, Dave Brubeck with Gerry Mulligan, and more.

BookMark: "The Memory Eaters" By Elizabeth Kadetsky

Apr 15, 2021

Is there such a thing as trauma and pain—both known and unknown—that’s passed from generation to generation? And if so, how do these wounds shape lives in the present and determine life’s outcomes in the future?

The regional vaccination clinic at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center is reopening with the Moderna vaccine.
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Vaccinations will resume Thursday at the Regional Vaccination Clinic at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. The clinic was briefly paused over concerns over rare blood clots in a small number of women who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was being administered at the BJC. 

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Department of Health announced Wednesday that operations would resume using the two-dose Moderna vaccine.

The regional vaccination clinic at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center was paused pending an investigation into the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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Pennsylvania says it is following the federal government’s recommendation and pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during an investigation into reports of unusual blood clots.

The state Department of Health told all COVID-19 vaccine providers in the state Tuesday to stop administering the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine until at least April 20 “out of an abundance of caution.”

Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said this pause includes the Regional Vaccination Clinic that opened Friday in State College.


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A controversial election bill was surprisingly voted down in Arizona on Thursday.

A Republican state senator broke ranks and voted against a GOP-backed measure that could remove tens of thousands of voters from the state's early ballot mailing list.

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott will deliver the Republican response to President Biden's address to a joint session of Congress next week, delivering a message Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said will be directed at "working Americans."

"As Sen. Scott likes to say, he is living his mother's American dream, and he has dedicated his career to creating more opportunity for our fellow citizens who need it most. Nobody is better at communicating why far-left policies fail working Americans," the Kentucky Republican said in a statement.

The California State University and University of California systems announced on Thursday that all 33 campuses will require students and staff returning for in-person instruction this fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

As of this week, you can buy relatively low-priced COVID-19 rapid tests to take at home. The tests are available through pharmacies and do not require a prescription to buy one.

A recent study shows that poor and Latino neighborhoods in the Southwestern U.S. are hotter than wealthier, whiter neighborhoods in the same cities.

In cities like Albuquerque, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Fresno, the temperature is on average 4 degrees warmer during average summer days and during heatwaves, according to research by the University of California, Davis and American University in Beirut. It’s a dangerous formula as the climate gets even hotter.

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Biden Makes New Pledge For U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A 50% Cut

President Biden opened a global summit on climate change Thursday morning by announcing that the United States will aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half, based on 2005 levels, by the end of the decade. That aggressive 2030 goal, which the White House is framing as a "50-52 percent reduction," will be formalized in a document called a "nationally determined contribution," or NDC. The NDC is a public commitment to address climate change made by each country that signed on to the 2015...

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At Biden Climate Summit, World Leaders Pledge To Do More, Act Faster

Updated April 22, 2021 at 3:33 PM ET Calling climate change "the existential crisis of our time," President Biden announced an aggressive new plan to reduce the United States' contribution to global warming during a two-day virtual summit Thursday, and he urged other countries to do the same. Immediacy is needed. Average global temperatures have already increased more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1.2 degrees Celsius, since 1880, and scientists have long stressed the need to keep temperature...

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Louise Erdrich Takes Home Aspen Words Literary Prize For 'The Night Watchman'

In a virtual ceremony tonight, Louise Erdrich was named the winner of this year's Aspen Words Literary Prize, for her novel The Night Watchman. The $35,000 prize goes to a work that "illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture." The novel, set in the early 1950s, follows a man named Thomas Wazhashk, "named for the muskrat, wazhashk, the lowly, hardworking, water loving rodent." Thomas works as a night watchman at a...

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Minneapolis Mayor Says He Welcomes Justice Department Policing Investigation

As former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin awaits sentencing after his conviction on three counts of murder in the death of George Floyd, policymakers in Minneapolis are trying to figure out how to improve policing. Concurrently, the Justice Department has launched an investigation into the city's police department to address possible patterns of discrimination and excessive force. "We very much welcome the investigation," Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey told All Things Considered on...

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Some CEOs Are Hearing A New Message: Act On Climate, Or We'll Cut Your Pay

Corporate America wants you to know that it takes climate change seriously. But how can you tell if businesses will follow through? Here's one idea that's catching on: Cut the pay of corporate leaders if they don't meet their climate goals. Though the practice is not widespread, several firms — including oil companies such as Shell, Murphy Oil and the refiner Valero — are embracing it, often under pressure from activist shareholders. "We believe that compensation drives outcomes," says...

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WPSU-FM Spring Fund Drive

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