16 States Sue Over Trump's National Emergency Declaration

A group of 16 states has filed a lawsuit in a Northern California federal court against President Trump's declaration of a national emergency, calling the president's decision to use executive power to fund a border wall unconstitutional. The complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California seeks to bar the administration from using emergency powers to divert money from other programs to a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, marking the start of a legal...

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This episode is the first in a series examining the state of democracy around the world. First up is Hungary, a country that's often referred to in a group of countries in central and Eastern Europe that are seeing authoritarian leaders rise to power. You might have heard of Viktor Orbán or know that the country is in some way associated with George Soros, but beyond that, it's not a place many of us spend a lot of time thinking about.

Mark Focht is the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for New York City Parks.

He previously worked in Philadelphia for more than 15 years, including serving as First Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.

He talks with us about his passion for improving the quality and accessibility of urban environments and how green spaces help our health and well-being.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on February 16, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Nina Simone, Paul Brasch, Johnny Shines, Watermelon Slim, The Yardbirds, Frank Zappa, Leon Redbone, Shelia Wilcoxson, Eric Bibb, Ry Cooder, G-Love & The Special Sauce, and more.

In hour two, hear Leadbelly, Larkin Poe, Dr. John, Cephas & Wiggins, Roy Bookbinder, Greg Brown, Taj Mahall, Professor Longhair, Buddy Guy, Mary Flower, and more. 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on February 15, 2019, and hosted by Greg Petersen.

The show has a Valentine’s Day theme and in the first hour, hear tracks from Gerry Mulligan, Brad Mehldau Trio, Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Dee Daniels, Joe Pass Quartet, John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, Johnny Costa, and more.

In the second hour, hear Joshua Redman, Kenny Barron, Diana Krall, Nat King Cole, Ray Brown Trio with Ulf Wakenius, Monty Alexander Trio, Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra, Billie Holiday, and more.

 

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Feb 14, 2019

My dream had always been to play basketball in college. But during my junior year of high school, I got a severe concussion. In the months that followed, I went through concussion therapy, different drugs and steroids, and seven different doctors. By August 21, 2015, I was progressing well in therapy—so well that I was going to be cleared that day. I was in the car with my sister on my way to my very last appointment. I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait to play basketball again for my senior season, and then in college.

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Wednesday the state is going to build the stretch of U.S. Route 322 in Centre County known as the missing link. The project will cost $670 million dollars and will, Wolf said, make “the long-awaited route connection a reality.”

“As they say, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step and that’s what we’re doing here,” Wolf said while making the announcement in a hotel outside of State College where the current two-lane highway runs.

Developers for the Patton Crossing project in the State College area submitted a sketch plan for public comment on Wednesday.
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Developers for the Patton Crossing project in the State College area submitted a sketch plan for public comment on Wednesday.

In the proposed plan, the Patton Crossing project will have a main entrance on North Atherton street. Three one-story commercial buildings will face the busy road.

The hotel, which was originally placed on the south side of the project, has been brought to the center of the 28-arce lot, farther from the Park Forest neighborhood.

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The eclectic string quintet Sybarite 5 plays at Penn State's Schwab Auditorium tonight at 7:30.  When the group played at Penn State in 2016, WPSU's Kristine Allen filed this report on the group.

In his book "Can Democracy Work? A Short History of A Radical Idea from Ancient Athens to Our World," James Miller encapsulates 2500 years of democracy history into about 250 pages — making the case that “people power” will always need to be at the heart of any successful democracy.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on February 9, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Rev. Horton Heat, Dan Auerbach,  Tuck & Patti, The White Stripes, Mel Tormé, Doc & Merle Watson, Elvis Presley, Cory Harris & Henry Butler, Mavis Staples, Koko Taylor, Rick Nelson, Rev. Gary Davis, Rory Block, and more.

In the second hour, hear Jimmy Rogers, Seasick Steve, Buckka White, Robert Lockwood Jr., Taj Mahall, Buddy Guy, George Baker Selection, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and more. 

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At a campaign-style speech in Miami on Monday, President Trump said the Venezuelan military should not interfere with humanitarian aid coming into the country, or resort to violence, as the U.S. and other nations throw their support behind parliamentary leader Juan Guaidó as interim president over the current leader, socialist Nicolás Maduro.

A group of 16 states has filed a lawsuit in a Northern California federal court against President Trump's declaration of a national emergency, calling the president's decision to use executive power to fund a border wall unconstitutional.

Grisel Sustache Flores takes a seat at a health clinic in Springdale, Ark., for low-income patients. The 46-year old Puerto Rico native says she learned last fall that she qualified for Medicaid, which Arkansas expanded under the Affordable Care Act to cover more adults. It would cost her only $13 a month, so Flores, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, eagerly signed up.

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7 Lawmakers Quit U.K. Labour Party Over Alleged Anti-Semitism And Brexit Approach

Seven members of Britain's Parliament quit the main opposition Labour Party on Monday, accusing its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, of letting anti-Semitism flourish and failing to support a plan to hold another referendum on Brexit. "This has been a very difficult, painful but necessary decision," Luciana Berger, one of the seven legislators who have resigned, told reporters at a press conference Monday. "I am sickened that Labour is now perceived by many as a racist, anti-Semitic party," said...

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Andrew McCabe, Ex-FBI Deputy, Describes 'Remarkable' Number Of Trump-Russia Contacts

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe condemned what he called the "relentless attack" that President Trump has waged against the FBI even as it continues scrutinizing whether Americans in Trump's campaign may have conspired with the Russians who attacked the 2016 election . "I don't know that we have ever seen in all of history an example of the number, the volume and the significance of the contacts between people in and around the president, his campaign, with our most serious, our...

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Massive Loss Of Thousands Of Hives Afflicts Orchard Growers And Beekeepers

Almond bloom comes nearly all at once in California — a flush of delicate pale blooms that unfold around Valentine's Day. And beekeeper Bret Adee is hustling to get his hives ready, working through them on a Central Valley ranch before placing them in orchards. He deftly tap-taps open a hive. "We're gonna open this up, and you're going to see a whole lot of bees here," Adee says. Under the lid, the exposed sleepy occupants hum away. He uses a handheld smoker to keep them calm and huddled...

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Facebook Has Behaved Like 'Digital Gangsters,' U.K. Parliament Report Says

A new report from British lawmakers on how social media is used to spread disinformation finds that Facebook and other big tech companies are failing their users and dodging accountability. "The guiding principle of the 'move fast and break things' culture often seems to be that it is better to apologise than ask permission," said Damian Collins, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that drafted the report. "We need a radical shift in the balance of power between the...

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Tiny Homes For Homeless Get The Go-Ahead In The Wake of California's Worst Wildfire

Before the state's most destructive wildfire tore through Butte County, Calif., detailed plans for a tiny home village for the homeless in the northern California city of Chico were met with a mix of indifference, NIMBY-ism and outright rejection from a previous city council. But November's Camp Fire, which killed 85 people and incinerated some 14,000 area homes, breathed new life into plans for a community of one-room wooden homes to help house some of Butte County's homeless. "The fire...

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Scientific Duo Gets Back To Basics To Make Childbirth Safer

Brittney Crystal was just over 25 weeks pregnant when her water broke. It was her second pregnancy — the first had been rough, and the baby came early. To try to avoid a second premature birth, Dr. Joy-Sarah Vink , an obstetrician and co-director of the Preterm Birth Prevention Center at Columbia University Medical Center, arranged for Crystal to be transported by ambulance from her local Connecticut hospital to New York City, where Vink could direct her care. Two weeks later Crystal started...

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16 States Sue Over Trump's National Emergency Declaration

A group of 16 states has filed a lawsuit in a Northern California federal court against President Trump's declaration of a national emergency, calling the president's decision to use executive power to fund a border wall unconstitutional. The complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California seeks to bar the administration from using emergency powers to divert money from other programs to a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, marking the start of a legal...

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The $8 Billion Question: President Trump's Border Wall And National Emergency

With  Meghna Chakrabarti President Trump declares a national emergency to fund that border wall. We’ll unpack the politics and legal hurdles. Plus, well touch on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabes comments about President Trump and his interactions with the FBI. Want more from the show? You can get messages right from our hosts   (and more opportunities to engage with the show) sent directly to your inbox with the On Point newsletter. Subscribe here . Guests Paula Reid,  CBS News...

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'Every Day Is A Good Day When You're Floating': Anne McClain Talks Life In Space

What do you eat in space? How do you sleep in space? And just what does one do all day long in space? Children from the Georgetown Day School in Washington D.C., recently had a chance to ask their most burning questions to NASA astronaut Anne McClain. They are roughly the same age that McClain was when on her first day of preschool she announced that she wanted to become an astronaut. By the time McClain was about 5 years old, she said she wrote a book about flying to space on the Soyuz...

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Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund Cuts Payouts By As Much As 70 Percent

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is cutting its payouts in half for some and by as much as 70 percent for others, as the fund faces a surge in claims ahead of its expiration date in December 2020. The fund, which was opened in 2011, compensates for deaths and illnesses due to exposure to toxins at the sites of the Sept. 11 attacks. The $7.3 billion fund has already paid out about $5 billion to 21,000 claimants. But it still has about 19,000 additional unpaid claims to address. With...

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An Italian Town Fell Silent So The Sounds Of A Stradivarius Could Be Preserved

Inside the concert hall of the Violin Museum in Cremona, Italy, Antonio de Lorenzi plays the prelude from Bach's Partita No. 3 on a Stradivarius violin. Cremona is the town where master luthier Antonio Stradivari crafted his storied instruments three centuries ago. But there's no guarantee that his instrument's inimitable sound will survive for centuries more, says Fausto Cacciatori, the museum's chief conservator. "What will these instruments sound like in 200 years? I hope they can still be...

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Virginia Democrats Now Look To Women Of Color For Leadership

When you talk to Virginia Democrats these days, you hear a lot of words like "disappointing" and "frustrating." That's because the men at the top of state government — and at the center of these scandals — have been well-liked by a lot of people who worked hard to help elect them. "It really is kind of a hard thing to reckon with — some of your heroes either causing embarrassment or shame or disappointment or anger," said Alexsis Rodgers, president of Virginia Young Democrats. Rodgers said...

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Ph.D. Student Breaks Down Electron Physics Into A Swinging Musical

A scientist just scored honors for a musical adaptation of his research on Friday. Pramodh Senarath Yapa, a physicist currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, has been named the 2018 winner of the "Dance Your Ph.D." contest. The competition, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Science magazine, invites doctoral students and Ph.D. recipients to translate their research into an interpretive dance. The winner...

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Illinois Gunman Opened Fire When He Learned He Would Lose His Job, Police Say

The gunman who killed five people in Aurora, Ill., and wounded five police officers started shooting after learning he was being fired, police said on Saturday. Police in Aurora identified the shooter as Gary Montez Martin , a 45-year-old man who had been arrested six times in Aurora, including for "domestic violence related issues." Police chief Kristen Ziman said investigators were reviewing how Martin — who was killed after exchanging gunfire with police — obtained the gun he used, but...

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WPSU's Art for the Airwaves Contest

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on February 28. The winning work will be reproduced as a limited edition poster, to be offered as a "thank-you" gift during WPSU-FM's April fundraising drive.

Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul

Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul is a special four-part weekly radio show celebrating Black gospel music's profound influence on rock and soul music. Sundays at 9:00pm & Thursdays at 1:00pm in February.

Take Note: Penn State Laureate John Champagne

Champagne is a professor of English and chairman of the Global Languages and Cultures program at Penn State Behrend, the Erie campus. He'll talk about politics, art, and the role of art in fascism.

Attention Teachers: NPR Student Podcast Contest

Submissions for the NPR Student Podcast Challenge are now open! This contest is for teachers with students between 5th and 12th grade. Read the rules and submit at the link below.

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