Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke will host a meet and greet at the HUB Robeson Center on Penn State University Park campus at 10 on Tuesday, March 19.
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2020 Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke Will Visit State College Tuesday

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke will host a meet-and-greet at the HUB Robeson Center on Penn State’s University Park campus at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19. The event is open to public with RSVP. He's the first declared presidential candidate to visit the university for the 2020 race. On Monday, his campaign said O’Rourke raised more than $6 million online during the first 24 hours after he announced his bid for the White House, the highest first-day number reported by any...

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke will host a meet and greet at the HUB Robeson Center on Penn State University Park campus at 10 on Tuesday, March 19.
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke will host a meet-and-greet at the HUB Robeson Center on Penn State’s University Park campus at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19. The event is open to public with RSVP. He's the first declared presidential candidate to visit the university for the 2020 race.


John Zesiger, superintendent at the Moshannon Vally School District, says he makes drills more realistic by getting rid of the orderly lines and having some students not where they're supposed to be.
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Moshannon Vally School District Superintendent John Zesiger said to make intruder drills more realistic they’ve added some complications. 

“We block exits,” Zesiger said. “We have some students who are not where they're supposed to be. So that the staff and the students have to kind of think on their feet and say, ‘Geez, here’s where I'm supposed to go out, but I can't get out that way.’ And they look for the next best option.”

We say on this show all the time that democracy is hard work. But what does that really mean? What it is about our dispositions that makes it so hard to see eye to eye and come together for the greater good? And why, despite all that, do we feel compelled to do it anyway? Jonathan Haidt is the perfect person to help us unpack those questions.

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

In the first hour, hear tracks from Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Edgar Blanchard, Cat Stevens, The Beatles, The Chiffons, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Iron & Wine, The Siegel-Schwall Band, Josh White, The Black Keys, J.J. Cale, and more.

In the second hour, hear Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, Frank Zappa, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues, Eaton Brandt, Merle Travis, Sleepy John Estes, Bo Diddly, Ray Charles & Natalie Cole, and more. 

State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman
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WPSU's Anne Danahy spoke with state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman about issues ranging from recreational marijuana to the prospects of raising Pennsylvania's minimum wage. Corman represents the 34th district, which includes Centre, Mifflin and Juniata counties and parts of Huntingdon County. He has served in the Senate since 1999, and won reelection last year. In 2014, Corman became Senate majority leader, making him second in command in the Senate.

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

In the first hour hear tracks from Lionel Hampton & His Just Jazz All Stars, The Mills Brothers, Ray Brown Trio with John Pizzarelli, Shirley Horn, Slide Hampton & The World of Trombones, Stan Getz & Kenny Barron, and more.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hosted a public hearing on how the state is responding to climate change on Penn State's University Park campus on Thursday. It's the first of three hearings DePasquale plans.
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Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hosted a public hearing on Penn State’s University Park campus on Thursday, to gather input for a special report looking into the state’s response to climate change.


DePasquale said climate change is both an environmental challenge and an economic challenge for the state and the country.


This I Believe: I Believe We All Have A Story

Mar 14, 2019
Essayist Molly Smith.
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I believe we all have a story.

I grew up in a small town about 30 miles outside of Harrisburg. When I say small town, I mean we only had one high school with about 60 kids in each graduating class. We had one red light, one Sheetz, one grocery store and a few banks.

Attendants watch the showcase of a live video conference during an open house event at the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College in Warren, Pa.
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Kathy Wells started her career early. She didn’t get a chance to go to college after graduating high school in rural, Northwestern Pennsylvania.

In her words, she grew up in a “large family, small area.

“Basically, you work,” Wells laughed. “You don’t go to school.”

Now 48, Wells is an administrative assistant for the Forest Area School District in Forest County — one of the most remote and scarcely populated areas in the state.

We're just a few weeks away from the deadline for the UK to reach an agreement on its plan to leave the European Union. Nearly three years after the infamous Brexit vote, things appear to be as murky as ever.

Rather than trying to predict the future, we invited Penn State's Sons Golder to join us for a conversation about how Brexit originated, and the pros and cons of putting the decision directly in the people's hands. Sona is a comparative politics scholar and co-editor of the British Journal on Political Science.


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Getting a higher education degree — whether it's an Associate's, a Bachelor's, or something else — increases your earning potential over your life. But going to school is expensive, and Americans have more than $1.5 trillion worth of outstanding student debt. That debt isn't exclusively held by the students: people over 60 are the fastest-growing segment of student loan borrowers, as parents and grandparents are increasingly taking out loans to help their kids and grandkids go to college.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Promises Tighter Gun Laws

New Zealand's cabinet has agreed "in principle" to tighten gun control laws, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday, promising the changes will make the country safer. "We've unified, there are simply details to work through," she said. The attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, which left 50 people dead, "has exposed a range of weaknesses in New Zealand's gun laws," Ardern said . "The clear lesson from history around the world is that to make our community safer the time to act is now."...

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After Years Of Abuse By Priests, #NunsToo Are Speaking Out

In February, Pope Francis acknowledged a longstanding dirty secret in the Roman Catholic Church — the sexual abuse of nuns by priests. It's an issue that had long been kept under wraps, but in the #MeToo era, a #NunsToo movement has emerged, and now sexual abuse is more widely discussed. The Vatican's wall of silence was first broken in Women Church World, a supplement of the official Vatican daily, L'Osservatore Romano. An article in the February issue by editor Lucetta Scaraffia — a history...

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Bernie Sanders Pledges To Do A Better Job Of Explaining Socialism

The Bernie Sanders who's running for president in 2020 is not the same Bernie Sanders who ran in 2016. Yes, he has many of the same policy positions, and many of his 2016 supporters are enthusiastically backing him again. But the Vermont independent senator is no longer the insurgent taking on a political Goliath with huge name recognition. Now, he is the candidate with high name recognition, taking on candidates who are introducing themselves to the American people again. Not only that, but...

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'We Are Not Safe Unless We Are Together' — Interfaith Vigils Follow Mosque Shootings

A video of a stranger with a bouquet of roses walking into a New York mosque was shared thousands of times online. "An expression of sympathy for the loss of life in New Zealand," the man said, as he handed over the bouquet. The message was clear: Muslims, you are not alone. That message echoed in vigils and interfaith gatherings across the country over a weekend marred by a tragedy across the world that felt so close to home — an attack on two mosques in New Zealand where at least 50 people...

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Misophonia: When Life's Noises Drive You Mad

For 18-year-old high school senior Ellie Rapp of Pittsburgh, the sound of her family chewing their dinner can be ... unbearable. "My heart starts to pound. I go one of two ways. I either start to cry or I just get really intensely angry. It's really intense. I mean, it's as if you're going to die," she says. Rapp has been experiencing this reaction to certain noises since she was a toddler. She recalls a ride home from preschool when her mother turned on the radio and started singing, which...

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For Some Colorado Lawmakers, The Death Penalty Debate Is Personal

The death penalty, and whether to repeal it, is likely to be one of the weightiest topics Colorado's legislature will debate this session and advocates believe this is the best chance they've had in years to abolish it. It's on the legislative agenda across the country and California's Gov. Gavin Newsom last week put a moratorium on the death penalty. Democrats, who are pushing for the repeal, hold the majority in the Colorado statehouse. Yet, for Democratic state Sen. Rhonda Fields, the...

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Why Are So Many Farmers Markets Failing? Because The Market Is Saturated

When the Nipomo Certified Farmers' Market started in 2005, shoppers were eager to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as pastured meats and eggs, directly from farmers in central California. But the market was small — an average of 16 vendors set up tables every Sunday — making it harder for farmers to sell enough produce to make attending worthwhile. "The market in Santa Maria is 7 miles in one direction [from Nipomo], and the market in Arroyo Grande is 7 miles in the other...

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Is It Alzheimer's Or Another Dementia? The Right Answer Matters

In the U.S., older people with dementia are usually told they have Alzheimer's disease. But a range of other brain diseases can also impair thinking and memory and judgment, according to scientists attending a summit on dementias held Thursday and Friday at the National Institutes of Health. These include strokes, a form of Parkinson's disease and a disease that damages brain areas that regulate emotion and behavior. "There's a host of things that can cause loss of cognitive function," says...

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Nat King Cole Still Remains 'One Of The Great Gifts Of Nature' 100 Years Later

Born 100 years ago today, Nat King Cole was one of the most popular and influential entertainers of the 20th century. As an African American ballad singer and jazz musician, he topped the charts year after year, sold more than 50 million records, pushed jazz piano in a new direction and paved the way for later generations of performers. "Nat King Cole's voice is really one of the great gifts of nature," Daniel Mark Epstein, author of the 1999 biography Nat King Cole, says. "Remember, he was...

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As Parents And Grandparents Age, More And More Millennials Are Family Caregivers

Nitzia Chama arrived in Los Angeles from Veracruz, Mexico with dreams of becoming an actress. Eight years later, at age 30, she is balancing freelance gigs, running errands with her grandparents and attending health education classes to learn more about diabetes. Chama is the only family her grandparents have in the area and, as their health needs increase, so do Chama's responsibilities. Chama's grandparents are Albano Villa, 83, and María de Jesús Caro Villa, 82. She affectionally called...

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Photos: Youth Climate Change Demonstrations Across The World

A youth movement that started with a teenager in Sweden spread across the world on Friday, evidenced by the students from London to New Delhi who skipped school to take part in demonstrations calling for action on climate change. School children hold placards and shout slogans at a protest in Edinburgh, Scotland. Students around the world took to the streets to protest a lack of climate awareness and demand that elected officials take action on climate change. Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images...

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Cannabis 101 At The University Of Connecticut

The green, serrated leaves of cannabis are something you might expect to see on a college campus — perhaps grown secretly in a dorm, or emblazoned across clothing of students who support marijuana legalization — but certainly not within a college classroom. At the University of Connecticut (UConn), cannabis is taking center stage in the biggest lecture hall on campus. The university is teaching a whole class focused on growing just this one kind of plant. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it's a...

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Cholesterol Redux: As Eggs Make A Comeback, New Questions About Health Risks

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20 Years After 'Speak,' Laurie Halse Anderson Tells Her Own Story In 'Shout'

For every sexual assault survivor who speaks out, Laurie Halse Anderson knows there many others remaining silent. "If there was a way for every victim of sexual violence to come forward on one day, I think the world would stop spinning for a day," she says. It's been 20 years since Anderson's groundbreaking novel Speak was published — it tells the story of Melinda, a freshman in high school who stops speaking after a sexual assault. In her new memoir, Shout, Anderson reveals that she was...

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After A Chaotic Week In Brexit Politics, Here's What You Need To Know

Brexit has convulsed the United Kingdom like no other political event in decades, but it can be hard to follow the day-to-day machinations. At the end of a chaotic week, here's what to know. How different are things now for the U.K. than they were on Monday? Considerably. It is now clear that after two years of negotiating a Brexit withdrawal arrangement with the European Union, the United Kingdom is highly unlikely to leave on the planned exit date, March 29. Next week, Prime Minister...

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