In Impeachment Hearing, Democrats Argue Trump Actions Are 'Clear And Present Danger'

Updated at 6:51 p.m. ET Democrats in the House took the next step toward impeachment on Monday with the presentation of what they call the evidence of President Trump's improper conduct in the Ukraine affair. "President Trump's persistent and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country to help him cheat to win an election is a clear and present danger to our free and fair elections and to our national security," said Daniel Goldman, the Democratic staff counsel who presented the Democrats'...

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One of the things we heard in our listener survey (which there's still time to take, by the way) is that we should have more young people on the show as guests. It was a great suggestion and, after having this conversation, we're so glad to have received it.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on December 7, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Cody Chesnutt, The Alabama Shakes, Ry Cooder, Aretha Franklin, Mose Allison, Nina Simone, Jeff Tweedy, The Band with Paul Butterfield, Doc Watson, and more.

In the second hour, hear Rory Block, Dr. John, Keb’ Mo’, The Cowboy Junkies, Tommie Johnson, Jefferson Airplane, Leadbelly, Duke Robillard, Sunnyland Slim, and more.

 

Veteran law enforcement officers Damon K. Jones and Cariol Horne are speaking out against police brutality and calling for reform.

They talked with WPSU about the challenges they have faced as minorities in the police force, their thoughts about the Black Lives Matter movement and why change is necessary.

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This I Believe: I Believe In Empathy

Dec 5, 2019
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I believe in empathy.

Part of empathy is understanding that every life we meet goes beyond the small part we see. One day, seven years ago, my family and I learned this life lesson together while on a family walk. To everyone outside, it looked like we were on an idyllic family stroll. In truth, we were walking to the hospital where we would learn whether I could survive my brain cancer. Just like the people who saw us, we too had no idea about the invisible struggles anyone else on the sidewalk faced. This experience has helped us have empathy for others.

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This Saturday night, December 7, some local vocalists and the Zeropoint Big Band will pay tribute to a legendary jazz and pop artist from the mid 20th century. They’ll cover songs made famous by Nat King Cole at The State Theatre in State College.

(SOUNDBITE OF “THE CHRISTMAS SONG”)

“Nat King Cole is one of the most beloved entertainers of the last century,” says Rick Hirsch.  He plays saxphone with the Zeropoint Big Band, and he’s organizing a concert in tribute to Cole.  

The Centre County Crisis Center is located at 2100 E. College Ave.
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The Centre County Crisis Assessment Center aims to help Centre County residents in times of need. But Beth Gillan, the regional executive director, said that a crisis may not always be what you would typically think of.

“It can be someone that has food needs and we can help them get that. It can be someone that just needs some support and needs someone to listen to them. It might be someone that needs to get away from a situation from a time and that can be a safe place for them,” Gillan said.

Funding for the center came through the Centre County government. 

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The House Judiciary Committee is holding its first hearing in the impeachment inquiry, focused on constitutional grounds for impeachment. The Judiciary Committee is tasked with drafting potential articles of impeachment against President Trump. Watch the hearing live.

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Hedrick Smith is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of bestselling books The RussiansWho Stole the American Dream? and many others. Over the course of his nearly 60 years in journalism, he's interviewed some of the biggest politicians and power brokers on the national and international stage. Now, his reporter's curiosity has led him to places like Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Hartford, Connecticut to report on efforts to end gerrymandering, remove money from politics, and fight corruption through grassroots organizing.

WPSU Blues Archive - November 30, 2019

Nov 30, 2019
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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on November 30, 2019 and hosted by Adam McMillan. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Betty Harris, Billy Strange, GA Twenty, Stephan Grossman, Lazy Lester, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Leadbelly, Mary Ann Williams, Aretha Franklin, Smily Louis, Ken Schwartz and the Palace of Sin, and more.

In the second hour, hear Phil Cook, Bobby Blue Bland, The Chatham Singers, J.B. Lenore, Gurf Morlix, Harry Nilsson, Elizabeth King, O.V.  Wright, Steve Mann, Solomon Burke, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - November 29, 2019

Nov 29, 2019
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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on November 29, 2019 and hosted by Rana Glick. 

In the first set, hear the Hot 8 Brass Band, Free Agents Brass Band, The Radiators, Dr. John, Sonny Rollins. Charles Mingus,  Hugh Laurie, Marva Wright, and more.

In the second set, hear Charlie Parker, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, Cannon Ball Adderley, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Coleman Hawkins, Deborah Henson-Conant, and more. 

 

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