Reporters Challenge New Restrictions In Trying To Cover Senate Impeachment Trial

News organizations and journalists' advocates are challenging restrictive new ground rules for reporters assigned to cover the Senate impeachment trial. Correspondents who submit to an official credentialing process are granted broad access throughout the Capitol complex and usually encounter few restrictions in talking with members of Congress or others. But now Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger has imposed new requirements for the impeachment trial, negotiated in part with Republican...

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In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, hear the Overture to “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdink, performed by Penn State’s Clarinet Choir; PSU faculty flutist Naomi Seidman, harpist Anne Sullivan and cellist Jonathan Dexter playing a trio by contemporary Pennsylvania-based composer Joseph Hallman; and a performance of the Bach Magnificat from a Penns Woods Music Festival concert conducted by Christopher Kiver, director of choral activities at Penn State.

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Under a new Penn State policy, undergraduates who get a D or an F in a class, will be able to ask retake the class and, if they do better, have their higher grade count toward their GPA.

The university says the change — “grade forgiveness" — is part of a broader effort to help more students succeed.

David Smith, head of the Division of Undergraduate Studies at Penn State, said the university has been developing a systematic way of working with students struggling academically.

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on December 14, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

This week’s broadcast includes in-studio guest Ken Swartz of Ken Swartz and The Palace of Sin. Swartz started playing with his band after hurricane Katrina, playing night clubs in NOLA. Max and WPSU Blues host Adam McMillan interview Swartz about his music, playing tracks from the band’s albums as well as other artist's blues tracks.

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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.

“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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WPSU-FM has plenty of holiday specials in store for you for Hanukkah, Chrsitmas & New Year's Eve.  Here's a complete list.  Happy Holidays!

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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.



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Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years and delivered a sermon in which he excoriated U.S. leaders as "clowns" and accused European countries of negotiating in bad faith over the foundering nuclear deal.

Khamenei also indicated that Iran might retaliate further for the U.S. drone strike that killed top Iranian commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, saying a missile attack on U.S. assets in Iraq had been a blow to America's dignity and its status as a superpower.

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Rep. John Lewis' Fight For Civil Rights Began With A Letter To Martin Luther King Jr.

Rep. John Lewis is the last living speaker from the March on Washington, the 1963 landmark civil rights protest that culminated with Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But before Lewis dedicated his life to fighting for racial equality, he grew up in Troy, Ala., with dreams of becoming a different kind of orator. "When I was very young, I wanted to preach the gospel," Lewis said on a visit to StoryCorps in February 2018. He wanted to be a minister. His nearest congregation was...

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TSA Says It Seized A Record Number Of Firearms At U.S. Airports Last Year

The Transportation Security Administration is reminding airport travelers that it's fine to stuff carry-on bags with clothes and toiletries. Just don't pack any heat. TSA announced that its officers seized 4,432 guns at checkpoints last year — the most in the agency's 18-year history. It also says that 87% of those guns (some 3,855) were loaded. "The continued increase in the number of firearms that travelers bring to airport checkpoints is deeply troubling," TSA Administrator David Pekoske...

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U.S. Virgin Islands Officials: Epstein Trafficked Girls On Private Island Until 2018

Prosecutors in the U.S. Virgin Islands have unveiled a new lawsuit against the estate of Jeffrey Epstein alleging that over two decades he ran a conspiracy in which he transported young women and girls to his private Caribbean islands by helicopter and boat and then subjected them to sexual abuse. Authorities claim Epstein's sexual predation on the hideaway islands occurred as recently as 2018 and involved children as young as 11 years old. The suit alleges the activity was covered up by...

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Filmed Before The Fires, 'Seven Worlds' Shows Off Australia's Amazing Wildlife

Seven Worlds, One Planet, BBC America's new big-budget, big-scope documentary series, devotes one episode to each of Earth's continents — beginning with an episode devoted to Australia. Filmed before that continent's still-ongoing wildfire outbreak , the entire "Australia" episode has even more resonance now. Sir David Attenborough , the narrator, has been presiding over these wonderful nature films for close to 70 years, and his opening words in the "Australia" program are so on-point it's...

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Finding Community, Empathy Online In An Era Of Rage

The online world can be isolating — and it can even contribute to rage, depression and extremism. But technology and the web can also be used to foster community, understanding and even spirituality. Professor Jamil Zaki says that while popular platforms like Facebook and Twitter are programmed to amplify people’s weaknesses like vanity and fear, there are places online designed to foster connection and empathy. Zaki authored a book on the subject, The War For Kindness: Building Empathy in a...

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As Menopause Nears, Be Aware It Can Trigger Depression And Anxiety, Too

Teri Hines was in her mid-40s when she started to notice that her body was changing. Her period became irregular and more intense. "It increased in frequency, it increased in intensity and it increased in duration," she says. She began to have hot flashes, gained weight and her energy levels took a nosedive. "I just did not have the energy to do the things I wanted to do," she says, like the long morning walks she loved to take with her dogs, or planning solo travel. At the time, Hines lived...

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Take Note: R. Crumb & Jerry Zolten

Today at noon. On the next Take Note, underground cartoonist Robert Crumb and music historian Jerry Zolten talk about their love of old blues music.

Impeachment Trial: Special Coverage

Starting Tuesday, WPSU-FM will bring you special live, anchored coverage from NPR News of the Impeachment Trial of President Donald Trump.

New Weekend Schedule February 1 on WPSU-FM

We're adding a few new shows to our weekend schedule February 1, incluing NPR's "It's Been a Mnute" with Sam Sanders. You'll find details at the link below.

Listen to Morning Edition, weekdays from 5:00am to 9:00am & Weekend Edition, Saturday & Sunday from 8:00am to 10:00am on WPSU-FM.

New: Art for the Airwaves T-shirt Competition!

Submit an original jpeg T-shirt design celebrating Pennsylvania life by February 29. You'll find contest rules at the link below.

Listen to Morning Edition on-demand on all Alexa-enabled smart speakers. Say, "Alexa, play Morning Edition ," and you'll hear the last hour of that day's show from your favorite NPR station.

NPR's 1A on WPSU

Weekdays at 1:00 p.m. Join us for an insigtful dicussion of the latest news.

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Support for WPSU-FM is made possible, in part, by Steve and Pat Benkovic and the Benkovic Family Foundation of State College, encouraging others to invest in this important service to the community.

NPR's "Planet Money/How I Built This"

Saturdays at 7am (moving to 11am Feb. 1): “Planet Money” and “How I Built This” are two half-hour shows that together make a one-hour weekly program on business and entrepreneurship from NPR.

WPSU Digital Shorts

Check out WPSU's short digital stories highlighting the arts, culture, science and activities in central Pennsylvania and beyond.

WPSU's Community Calendar

Find out what's happening in Central & Northern PA on WPSU's Community Calendar! Submit your group's event at least 2 weeks in advance, and you might hear it announced on WPSU-FM.

WPSU Passport is a new member benefit that gives members contributing a minimum of $60 annually to WPSU extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming online.

Get your NPR News Fix This Weekend!

Listen to the latest from NPR News this weekend on Weekend Edition, Saturday & Sunday mornings, 8:00-10:00am; and All Things Considered, Saturday & Sunday evenings, 5:00-6:00pm on WPSU-FM.

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Take public media anywhere you go with the WPSU mobile app available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and Amazon devices.

Overcoming an Epidemic: Opioids in Pennsylvania

WPSU explores evidence-based solutions to the opioids epidemic through a podcast, videos and website.

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Keystone Crossroads: Rust or Revival? explores the urgent challenges pressing upon Pennsylvania's cities. WPSU is a contributing station.

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