1st Case Of New Coronavirus Detected In U.S.

Updated at 3 p.m. ET The first case of an infection with the new coronavirus has been discovered in the United States. A man from Washington state returned home after a trip to Wuhan, China, on Jan. 15, sought medical attention on Jan. 19 and now is in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. State health officials say his condition is quite good and even referred to him as "healthy." But testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 20 confirm...

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Students Anjelica Rubin (center right) and Anja Lee showcased their social justice course project at the Delta Program Monday evening.
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An inaugural social justice course at the State College Area High School and the Delta Program taught students how to approach complex social issues and find fixes. 

About 40 students took the course, which was named “Bridging Divides,” and spent a semester learning about their own identities as well as historically marginalized communities. Students presented their projects Monday evening.

Health Minute: Winter Sports

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You're listening to WPSU's Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State's College of Nursing.

If you're planning to hit the slopes, lace up the ice skates, or go sledding, here are some tips for staying safe:

Theda Skocpol
Scholars Strategy Network

Since 2008, the Tea Party and the Resistance have caused some major shake-ups for the Republican and Democratic parties. The changes fall outside the scope of traditional party politics, and outside the realm of traditional social science research. To better understand what's going on Theda Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Strategy at Harvard and Director of the Scholars Strategy Network, convened a group of researchers to study the organizations at the root of these grassroots movements.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on January 18, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Roosevelt Sykes, The Black Keys, Gregory Porter, R.L. Burnside, Cephas & Wiggins, Nina Simone, Ed Young & Emma Ramsey, Memphis Slim, and more.

In the second hour, hear Ruth Brown, Chris Smither, Bob Brozman, Roy Bookbinder, Dave Van Ronk, Etta James, High Tide Harris, Maria Muldaur, The Cowboy Junkies, and more.


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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on January 17, 2020, and hosted by Greg Petersen.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Lionel Hampton & His Just Jazz All Stars, Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis, New York Voices, Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan, Ray Brown Trio, and more.

In the second hour, hear The George Coleman Quartet, The Great Jazz Trio, Janis Siegel, Kenny Barron, Joshua Redman, Mark O'Connor's How Swing Trio with Wynton Marsalis & Jane Monheit, and more. 

Underground cartoonist R. Crumb and Penn State Professor Jerry Zolten sitting in the WPSU studio
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Robert Crumb is best known as an underground cartoonist, whose work, including Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural, remains controversial. But Crumb is also a collector and celebrator of old blues records. Jerry Zolten is a professor of communication arts and sciences and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona. His work includes the book “Great God A’Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music.” WPSU's Anne Danahy spoke with Crumb and Zolten about their love of old blues music and records.

This I Believe: I Believe In Getting In The Zone

Jan 16, 2020
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I believe in getting in the zone.

Dave Bohner speaking at a podium at "Save Our Spikes"
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Playing ball is what the State College Spikes and their fans hope they’ll still be doing in 2021

But, that’s in doubt. 

Major League Baseball has proposed ending affiliations with 42 minor league teams, including the State College Spikes. But, Pennsylvania politicians and community leaders are pushing back, kicking off a campaign Thursday to save the Spikes.

Penn State faculty member Peter Forster teaches security and risk analysis and international relations.
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Recent tensions between the U.S. and Iran have the cybersecurity community concerned about a potential cyber response from the Iranian government.

Penn State faculty member Peter Forster talked with WPSU about those concerns. Forster teaches security and risk analysis and international relations.


Min Xian: Dr. Forster, thanks for joining us.

Peter Forster: Thank you. It's a pleasure to be here again and speaking with you.

Ex-player Sues Penn State Over Football Hazing Allegations

Jan 14, 2020
Penn State head coach James Franklin celebrates with his team as Penn State plays Memphis in the first half of the NCAA Cotton Bowl college football game, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Arlington, Texas.
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A former Penn State football player claims in a new federal lawsuit that other Nittany Lions players hazed him and other younger teammates.

The allegations in the lawsuit filed Monday include claims that some players imitated sexual acts in the shower. The claims also include threats of older players saying, “I am going to Sandusky you," to younger players. Jerry Sandusky was the team's retired longtime defensive coordinator when he was convicted in 2012 of sexual abuse of 10 boys, including physical attacks on university property.


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Boeing's troubled 737 Max airplane will now remain grounded from passenger service until at least June or July, which is months later than the company had previously suggested.

And that means airlines will likely cancel Max flights through the busy summer travel season.

The three U.S. airlines that fly the 737 Max, American, Southwest, and United, had already removed the planes from their flight schedules into early June.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for water crisis victims to sue state and local government officials in Flint, Mich.

For years, Flint city officials and state regulators have argued that they are protected by "qualified immunity" from being sued for their role in the water contamination crisis. But lower courts have ruled to the contrary.

Action in President Trump's Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday was about laying the ground rules for the coming weeks — and it brought a reminder that even this highly scripted ordeal may include a few surprises after all.

Senators did not agree to the first draft of rules proposed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., notwithstanding his party's control of the chamber and his reputation as a savvy counter of votes.

He had repeatedly insisted that the rules for the trial would be modeled on those for the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

Country music channel CMT will now give equal airtime to male and female artists during its early-morning music video hours. The channel announced the news on Twitter today, expanding on their previous policy (60-40, male to female).

CMT airs music videos every day from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m., and also operates a separate channel dedicated to airing music videos around the clock.

Federal prosecutors in Brazil are accusing U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald of criminal association over his role in spreading hacked messages from Brazilian officials' phones that suggest collusion between a judge and prosecutors in the conviction and jailing of a former president.

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NPR Poll: Majority Of Americans Believe Trump Encourages Election Interference

Weeks before the first votes of the 2020 presidential election, Americans report a high level of concern about how secure that election will be and worry about the perils of disinformation, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll . Forty-one percent of those surveyed said they believed the U.S. is not very prepared or not prepared at all to keep November's election safe and secure. Loading... Don't see the graphic above? Click here. Reflecting the polarization of the Trump era, two...

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Roe v. Wade: Settled Law Or Bad Precedent? States Prep For An Overturn

Jan. 22 marks the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade , the landmark court case that legalized abortion nationwide. People on both sides of the furious debate say this could be the year when everything changes. In March, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear its first abortion case since Justice Brett Kavanaugh replaced Anthony Kennedy, who had been the swing vote on abortion cases. A decision is expected by summer. The case, June Medical Services v. Gee , challenges a Louisiana law that requires...

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Roe v. Wade: Settled Law Or Bad Precedent? States Prep For An Overturn

Jan. 22 marks the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade , the landmark court case that legalized abortion nationwide. People on both sides of the furious debate say this could be the year when everything changes. In March, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear its first abortion case since Justice Brett Kavanaugh replaced Anthony Kennedy, who had been the swing vote on abortion cases. A decision is expected by summer. The case, June Medical Services v. Gee , challenges a Louisiana law that requires...

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Iran Conflict Could Shift To Cyberspace, Experts Warn

Hackers linked to Iran are probing American companies for vulnerabilities, cybersecurity researchers and U.S. government officials say. The warnings suggest that the next phase of hostilities between the U.S. and Iran, following the Jan. 3 killing of a top Iranian general in an American drone strike, is likely to play out in cyberspace. The Iranian regime is accused of being behind some high-profile online operations against American targets in recent years. Between 2011 and 2013, hackers...

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Patients Still Struggle To Balance High Costs Of MS Treatment, Despite Generic

Sometimes, the approval of a new generic drug offers more hype than hope for patients' wallets, as people with multiple sclerosis know all too well. New research shows just how little the introduction of a generic version of Copaxone — one of the most popular MS drugs — did to lower their medicine costs. MS is an autoimmune disease that gradually damages the central nervous system, disrupting communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Its symptoms are different from patient to...

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In Deep Red Oklahoma, The Blue Door Is 'A Lighthouse' For Progressive Protest Music

It's a couple hours before show time at Oklahoma City's the Blue Door, and owner Greg Johnson is in his living quarters at the back of the venue, remembering musicians who've hung out there after shows. " Jimmy Webb , John Fullbright , Ramblin' Jack Elliott , Arlo Guthrie ... ," Johnson rattles off their names. Johnson moves into the Spartan performance space, where soon Oklahoma songwriter Mike McClure shows up for his sound check. McClure gestures to 100 folding chairs that seem to be...

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Patients Want To Die At Home, But Home Hospice Care Can Be Tough On Families

"I'm not anti-hospice at at all," says Joy Johnston, a writer from Atlanta. "But I think people aren't prepared for all the effort that it takes to give someone a good death at home." Even though surveys show it's what most Americans say they want, dying at home is "not all it's cracked up to be," says Johnston, who relocated to New Mexico at age 40 to care for her dying mother some years ago. She ended up writing an essay about her frustrations with the way hospice care often works in the U...

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Impeachment Trial: Special Coverage

WPSU-FM will bring you special live, anchored coverage from NPR News of the Impeachment Trial of President Donald Trump.

New Weekend Schedule February 1 on WPSU-FM

We're adding a few new shows to our weekend schedule February 1, incluing NPR's "It's Been a Mnute" with Sam Sanders. You'll find details at the link below.

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Submit an original jpeg T-shirt design celebrating Pennsylvania life by February 29. You'll find contest rules at the link below.

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Check out WPSU's short digital stories highlighting the arts, culture, science and activities in central Pennsylvania and beyond.

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