Project Drawdown Executive Director Jonathan Foley and Director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment at Penn State Tom Richard.
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We hear a lot about global warming, but not necessarily about how effective different proposed solutions actually are.

We talked with Tom Richard, the director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment at Penn State, who helped organize the first ever Project Drawdown conference – which looked at the top 100 actions to reverse climate change.

And we talked with Jonathan Foley, the executive director of Project Drawdown, about the conference and the book it’s based on.  

WPSU Jazz Archive - November 15, 2019

Nov 15, 2019
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An archive stream of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on November 15, 2019 and hosted by Greg Halpin. 

The first hour of the program features all new jazz releases from Joey Alexander, Accidental Tourists, The Bad Plus, Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Daniel Szabo, the Taron Herman Trio, the Oddgeir Berg Trio, Russ Lossingand Avishai Cohen with Yonathan Avishai. 

BookMark: "Native Species"

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Talley Kayser reviews "Native Species."
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“What does a landscape dream of in its unsettled dreams?”

Todd Davis’s newest collection of poems, titled “Native Species,” opens with this question. The question is gentle and idle. It’s the kind of thing you ask yourself while half-asleep on a streambank on a hot day. But then there’s that word “unsettled.” The landscape may be “settled.” It may be cultivated into farm and town… but its dreams are unsettled, uneasy, perhaps even wild.

Poster for Pennsylvania Game Commission event on chronic wasting disease
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The Pennyslvania Game Commission hopes to get feedback on its proposed plan to respond to chronic wasting disease, a disease that's fatal to deer and other cervids. The commission held a seminar on the disease Wednesday at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology in Centre County. 

What Will Climate Change Cost Pennsylvania?

Nov 13, 2019
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania’s auditor general, Eugene DePasqule, is attempting to quantify what climate change will cost Pennsylvania.

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The #HereToo project is back at Penn State, University Park for performances this Thursday and Friday, November 14 & 15, 2019.  Here is a story we did during the project's last visit, back in January 2019:

An overview of plans for Penn State's west campus at University Park. The plan includes a proposed parking deck, along with buildings for the College of Engineering.
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Penn State’s plan for a new parking deck will be on the university board of trustees’ agenda this week.

The nearly $61 million dollar project is the first phase in plans for the west campus at University Park. Penn State says the new parking deck will consolidate parking and support new buildings.

The parking deck will go on an existing lot. It’s slated to have 1,653 parking spaces on six levels. Traffic will exit the parking deck onto White Course Drive and then Atherton Street. 

Lisa Marie Mazzucco / courtesy of Mr. Perlman

World famous violinist, Itzhak Perlman will pay a visit to Penn State, University Park on Thursday evening, November 14. He'll talk about his life, share some photos and video, and play music with pianist Rohan da Silva in a progarm called "An Evening with Itzhak Perlman." WPSU’s Kristine Allen spoke with him by phone about his career and his upcoming performance.

You'll find more information on Perlman's performance here.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

Penn State student and veteran Kyle Larson standing
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Monday was Veterans Day. And on Wednesday, the Penn State Veterans Organization will host a student panel discussion, "Stupid Things Good People Say." WPSU’s Anne Danahy spoke with the organization’s president, Kyle Larson, a Penn State student who served in the Marines. The event is co-sponsored by Student Disability Resources and is part of Penn State's Military Appreciation Week. It's open to the public and will take place 5:15-8:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, on the University Park campus. A social hour will follow the panel discussion. 

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