More than a thousand people took to the streets in downtown State College Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd.
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Large Protest In State College Demands Accountability For George Floyd’s Death

More than a thousand people took to the streets in downtown State College Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck. Chanting “No justice, no peace!” and “say his name,” protestors started at the Allen Street Gate, then marched on College Avenue and Beaver Avenue. The march ended in front of the State College Municipal Building, where the police department is located. Hundreds - likely thousands - are...

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This is another episode that we recorded in our final days together in the office before COVID-19. However, the topic is just as relevant — if not more so — in our new reality.

The topic is free speech and our guest is Stephen D. Solomon, Marjorie Deane Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University and founding editor of First Amendment Watch. He is the author of Revolutionary Dissent: How the Founding Generation Created the Freedom of Speech.

More than a thousand people took to the streets in downtown State College Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd.
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More than a thousand people took to the streets in downtown State College Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck. 

Chanting “No justice, no peace!” and “say his name,” protestors started at the Allen Street Gate, then marched on College Avenue and Beaver Avenue. The march ended in front of the State College Municipal Building, where the police department is located. 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on May 23, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from David Bromberg, The Temptations, The Black Keys, Taj Mahal, Ken Schwartz & The Palace of Sin, Blind Willie McTell, Little Feat, Dave Van Ronk, Rhiannon Giddings & The Silk Road Ensemble, Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley, Rodriguez, Jorma Kaukonen, and more.

In the second hour, hear The Dixie Hummingbirds, Leon Redone, Mississippi John Hurt, Cory Harris, Bob Dylan, Brownie McGhee, Peter Green, Ray Charles, Rev. Gary Davis, and more. 

WPSU Jazz Archive - May 29, 2020

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show (from home edition) as broadcast on May 29, 2020, hosted by Tom Beebee, with production assistance from Greg Miller. The show celebrates artists birthdays in May.  

In the first hour, hear tracks from Miles Davis, Rachel Caswell, Benny Goodman, Sun Ra, Maria Joao Pires, Oscar Peterson, David Baker & His Big Band, Keith Jarrett & Charlie Hayden, and more.

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This graphic from Gov. Tom Wolf outlines the phases of reopening.
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Eighteen Pennsylvania counties moved Friday into the green phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s reopening plan. Those counties include Centre, Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Forest and McKean.

In the green phase, Wolf says personal care services such as hair salons and barber shops can reopen with appointments. Appointments are encouraged for gyms and spas. 

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf confirmed during a press conference Tuesday that Centre County will move from the yellow to the green phase of reopening this Friday. Centre County Commissioners voted unanimously earlier Tuesday to ask Wolf to move up the county's reopening, after first asking him to delay it until June 5

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These days, it can feel like some politicians are working against experts in public health and other fields when it comes to actions surrounding COVID-19. There's always been a tension between populism and expertise, but our media landscape and strong partisan polarization are pushing that tension to its breaking point — or so it seems, anyway.

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President Trump and the White House have not decided whether he will deliver a formal speech addressing the protests and turmoil that have erupted after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, White House adviser Brooke Rollins said Monday.

Mass demonstrations have taken place across the country to call for justice for Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for more than seven minutes as Floyd pleaded for help.

In his first in-person campaign event in over two months, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden met with community leaders at a predominantly African American church in his hometown to address the outrage and protests surrounding George Floyd's death.

Protests have erupted in dozens of cities over the past week since Floyd, a black man, died after a police officer was seen on video with his knee on Floyd's neck for minutes on end.

As we head into the hot summer months, many Americans will struggle to pay for utilities. In parts of the country, air conditioning is not a luxury but a necessity.

The federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program does provide some financial assistance. But there is not enough money to go around, and leaders worry the needs will only increase during the pandemic.

At 15, Eric Adams was beaten by police. He later joined the force and worked to reform NYC policing by co-founding 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care. He retired from the force after 22 years.

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Trump Calls Governors Weak, Urging Them To 'Dominate' To Quell Violence

Updated at 3 p.m. ET President Trump on Monday called governors weak and urged them to "dominate" to prevent further violent demonstrations following the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck. Trump's comments came during a contentious phone call with state leaders to discuss the chaotic protests. Two people on the call briefed NPR of its content, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer put out a statement that said the call was...

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Former President Obama: 'Let's Not Excuse Violence ... Or Participate In It'

Former President Barack Obama said the protests in cities across the nation in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis under a police officer's knee "represent a genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system in the United States." But he wrote in a post Monday on Medium that the "the small minority of folks who've resorted to violence" at many demonstrations are "putting innocent people at risk,...

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Christo, Famous For His Monumental Works Of Art, Dies At 84

Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, who was known for creating monumental works of art that played off of their environment in cities around the world, died Sunday at his home in New York City, according to the artist's representatives. He was 84 years old. Christo, as he was known, along with his wife and artistic partner, Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, liked to wrap things up. In 1985, they wrapped the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris with fabric, and a decade later, they wrapped the Reichstag...

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Former NAACP Head Cornell Brooks Blames Derek Chauvin For Violence At Protests

Protests have erupted across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd, and some of the demonstrations have turned violent , leading political leaders and activists to debate over who is responsible. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Saturday that the chaos was caused by " ANTIFA and the Radical Left ." Attorney General William Barr echoed his sentiment, saying that violence has been "planned, organized, and driven by anarchistic and far left extremists, using Antifa-like...

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Hero pay. Thank You pay. Service pay. Hazard pay. These were the many names for temporary pay bumps that some stores, warehouses and factories gave to workers who risked their health to continue to show up on the job during the pandemic. It's hard to say that an extra $3 an hour made a dramatic difference in Sammy Сonde's budget. Maybe a few more groceries — soup is a dinner favorite — or an occasional treat of a takeout meal after a particularly tiring workday. Conde is a Starbucks barista...

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