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Molly Melching first went to Senegal in 1974 as an exchange student from the University of Illinois. But, instead of returning to the United States, she stayed on, eventually creating a nonprofit organization to educate and empower women and communities. That organization Tostan created and implemented educational programs focused on human rights, health, literacy, financial management and childhood development. It may be best known for leading thousands of communities in Africa to end female genital cutting and forced childhood marriage.

WPSU Jazz Archive - December 13, 2019

Dec 13, 2019

An archive stream of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on December 13, 2019 and hosted by Greg Halpin. 

The first hour of the program features all new jazz releases from Carrie Wicks, Kyle Eastwood, Llyr, Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Dease, Snorre Kirk & Stephen Riley, Crossfaders, The Bad Plus, Joey Alexander, and more. 

The second hour of the program features jazz classics from the 1950s and 60s as well as some holiday jazz. Tracks include John Coltrane, Johnathon Swanson, Eric Reed, Brad Mehldau, Joe Williams, Houston Pearson, Kermit Ruffins, and more. 

Jeanne Huffman reviews The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life.
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“The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life” offers those who usually read novels a chance to enjoy ‘creative non-fiction.’ This book is a well-told narrative about the molecular building blocks of life and how they evolved. David Quammen accepts the challenge of documenting the advancement of evolutionary life science while revealing its significance to all of our lives. Quammen also gives us insight into the vibrant communities of scientists carrying out similar work.

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There will be no charges filed related in the case of the 17-year-old from Erie, who died in State College in October, Centre County District Attorney Bernie Cantorna said in a statement Thursday.

John “Jack” Schoenig died on October 19 in a West College Avenue apartment in State College after inhaling a dose of nitrous oxide from a whip-it dispenser, the statement said. State College Police and the county’s Coroner’s Office determined his death was accidental due to chemical asphyxiation. 

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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.

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
Essayist Brett Green
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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.

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“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.  

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