Impeachment Trial Recap: Trump Lawyers Forge Ahead, Rejecting Bolton Relevance

Updated at 9:27 p.m. ET President Trump's lawyers tore into Democrats' impeachment allegations on Monday with a legal and political pageant that culminated with a rejection of the relevance of new allegations from John Bolton. Retired law professor Alan Dershowitz closed the day's arguments with a stemwinder about what he called the constitutional weaknesses of the case against Trump. The framers of the Constitution intended for the foundation of the law to be precisely defined crimes that...

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The Women's March 2020 was held in cities across the country on Jan. 18. What began as a conversation on social media has evolved into a network of groups and organizations that are united in opposition to the Trump administration.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on January 25, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Cory Harris & Henry Butler, Hazmat Modine, Rev. Horton Heat, Dan Auerbach, Tuck & Patti, The White Stripes, Doc & Merle Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, Elvis Presley, J.J. Cale, and more.

In the second hour, hear Joseph Spence & The Pinder Family, Jimmy Rogers, The Golden Gate Jubilee Choir, Koko Taylor, Mavis Staples, Ben Harper, George Baker Selection, John Hammond, Memphis Jug Band, Robert Johnson, and more.

 

WPSU Jazz Archive - January 24, 2020

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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on January 24, 2020 and hosted by Rana Glick. Rana’s guest is Bruce Truitt who joins her in the second half.

In the first part, hear Abbey Lincoln, Liz Wright, Art Blakey, Cassandra Wilson, Ben Webster, and more.

In the second set, hear Deodato, Hubert Laws, Herbie Mann & The Bill Evans Trio, Jim Hall, Kareem Al Iraqi, Chick Webb & His Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald, Art Tatum, and more.

Brian Wray discusses his books that focus on issues related to children's mental and emotional health.
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Brian Wray is an award-winning children’s book author for his book “Unraveling Rose” about a toy bunny rabbit with OCD. His latest book, “Max’s Box,” talks about what happens when negative emotions are suppressed. Both of his picture books focus on children’s mental and emotional health.

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Penn State announced Thursday that the university will offer eligible staff four weeks of paid parental leave starting in July.

The university announced the new benefit policy Thursday and said it will apply to staff members who have worked 12 consecutive months prior to July 1 this year. 

The four week period has to start within 90 days following a birth or an adoption that takes place after July 1. 

BookMark: "Lucretia Mott's Heresy" By Carol Faulkner

Jan 23, 2020

“Lucretia Mott’s Heresy: Abolition and Women’s Rights in 19th Century America” is a delicious history. The book draws heavily from the letters of Lucretia Mott, which gives the reader the voice of this fiery opponent of slavery and promoter of women’s rights.

University Health Services on the Penn State University Park campus provides mental health care for the student population.
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The annual mental health report released by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State found depression and anxiety beginning to decrease while trauma increased among the concerns of college students. The center’s Executive Director Ben Locke said that’s because more attention is being paid to traumas like sexual assault. 

“As a country, we are becoming more aware of being trauma informed," Locke said, "understanding that when people experience trauma it is life impacting.”

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Penn State has suspended a fraternity after a report of sexual assault that allegedly occurred there on Jan. 15. 

The university said in a statement Wednesday that the Office of Student Conduct has placed the Phi Sigma Delta Sigma chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity on "interim suspension" while the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response and State College Police investigate.

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

Jan 21, 2020
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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:

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We remember Kobe Bryant and his impact on and off the court.

Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley talks to Ben Paul, president and CEO of After School All-Stars. Bryant was an ambassador with the program for more than a decade.

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Haiti is now under one-man rule after its Parliament dissolved earlier this month — a result of failed elections last October.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now urging Haiti to schedule an election but it’s unclear if and how that will happen.

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Retired law professor Alan Dershowitz closed the day's arguments with a stemwinder about what he called the constitutional weaknesses of the case against Trump.

Jill Schlesinger knows a thing or two about money — and the dumb ways people spend it.

Last year, the certified financial planner and CBS business analyst wrote the book “The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money: Thirteen Ways To Right Your Financial Wrongs.”

Now, Schlesinger is back to share three of her top tips on how to spend your money the smart way.

It is a universally acknowledged truth that a curious reader in want of a good book needs only direct their footsteps (and questions) to the nearest librarian. Librarians, after all, are always a font of good book suggestions.

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Democrats Renew Demand For Bolton Testimony In Senate Trial After New Report

Updated at 1:20 a.m. ET Democrats are pressing the Senate to call former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in President Trump's impeachment trial following a new report that House impeachment managers describe as "explosive." The New York Times reported Sunday evening that Bolton wrote in a forthcoming book that the president told him in August he wanted to continue withholding close to $400 million in military assistance to Ukraine until that country's government agreed to...

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U.S. Plane Goes Down In Afghanistan, Prompting Wave Of Questions, Contradictions

Updated at 1:49 p.m. ET A plane crashed Monday in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province, and within hours, a swarm of conflicting reports had coalesced around the wreckage. According to a U.S. official, the plane — a U.S. Bombardier E-11A — had two people on board, both of whom died in the crash. The official told NPR that the plane went down because of mechanical problems. But that's not the only account of the incident. A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, told NPR that...

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2020 Grammy Awards: The Full List Of Winners

The complete list of winners of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, presented on Jan. 26, 2020, is below. In the weeks leading up to this year's Grammys, the Recording Academy, which presents the awards, was embroiled in a controversy that became public when it announced on Jan. 16 that its recently appointed CEO, Deborah Dugan, had been put on administrative leave following an accusation of misconduct. A few days later, Dugan filed a discrimination complaint against the Academy that contained a...

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75 Years After Auschwitz Liberation, Survivors Urge World To Remember

Alina Dabrowska was 20 years old when she first heard about Auschwitz. She was an inmate at a prison in Nazi-occupied Poland — incarcerated for helping Allied forces — and one day in 1943, while walking the grounds, a new arrival warned her about it. "She said, 'You're all going to Auschwitz! Do you know what kind of camp that is?' " Dabrowska recalls. "She told us that if someone is out of strength, they were immediately killed. She told us many horrible things. None of us believed her."...

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When Insurance Won't Cover Drugs, Americans Make 'Tough Choices' About Their Health

The majority of Americans have health insurance that includes coverage for prescription drugs. But unfortunately that doesn't ensure that they can afford the specific drugs their doctors prescribe for them. In fact, many Americans report that their insurance plans sometimes don't cover a drug they need — and nearly half the people whom this happens to say they simply don't fill the prescription. That's according to a poll released this month on income inequality from NPR, the Robert Wood...

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Coronavirus FAQs: Do Masks Help? Is The Disease Really So Mysterious?

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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.

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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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At a new time, Saturday morning at 11 on WPSU: “Planet Money” and “How I Built This” are two half-hour shows that together make a one-hour weekly program on business and entrepreneurship from NPR.

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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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