Kristine Allen

Program Director

Kristine Allen is Program Director of WPSU-FM.  She also files feature stories for WPSU on the arts, culture, science, and more. When she's not at WPSU, Kris enjoys playing folk fiddle, acting, singing and portrait-sketching.  She is also a self-confessed "science geek."  Kris started working in public radio in college, at age 17, and says she "just couldn't stop."

Ways to Connect

Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey says he's on board with the Senate considering President Donald Trump's forthcoming nominee to the Supreme Court right away, despite having endorsed waiting eight months until after the 2016 election to fill a vacancy under President Barack Obama. The difference now, Toomey said Tuesday, is that the Senate and White House are controlled by the same party, so there is no reason to wait until after the Nov. 3 election.

Matt Rourke / Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court has given the Democratic Party a series of victories related to November's presidential election in the battleground state. One of Thursday's decisions was in a lawsuit that sought favorable fixes to glitches and gray areas in the mail-in voting law. The court granted Democrats' request to order a three-day extension of Pennsylvania's Election Day deadline to count mailed-in ballots. It also authorized satellite election offices and drop boxes to head off an avalanche of mail ballots in Philadelphia and its populous suburbs.

Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press

In Pennsylvania, it used to be that you needed an excuse to vote by mail. You had to apply for what’s called an “absentee ballot.”  But in this presidential election year, things are different.  Act 77, signed into law last fall, allows any registered voter in Pennsylvania to choose to vote by mail-in ballot instead of going to the polls on election day.

 

courtesy of Kyle Haust

People from many walks of life have lost employment due to COVID-19. This is particularly true of performers and artists who piece together a living from events that have now been cancelled due to the pandemic. WPSU’s Kristine Allen recently spoke with a central Pennsylvania musician who has seen most of his income dry up.

 TRANSCRIPT:

KYLE HAUST: My name is Kyle Haust, I’m from State College, and I’m 33 years old. And for a living, I play percussion. 

 

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, the show begins with the concert overture “In Autumn” by Edvard Grieg, from the Penn State Philharmonic, conducted by Timothy Farrand.

Jason Marck / NPR

A new host took over on NPR’s 1A, starting today.  Jenn White most recently worked as a talk show and podcast host at NPR member station WBEZ in Chicago.  WPSU’s Kristine Allen spoke with White last week about getting her start in public radio, and why she thinks 1A is so important right now.  You can hear 1A weekdays at 1:00 p. m. on WPSU-FM.

Listen to the interview at the link below.

 

 

Emily Reddy / WPSU

 

 

In some parts of central and northern Pennsylvania, arts festivals are a summer tradition. But 2020 has been a tough year for festivals. As the COVID-19 pandemic took shape, many such events were canceled.

 

Rick Bryant, director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College, estimates that 99% of arts festivals around the country are canceled this summer.  

 

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, the show includes: The Cello Sonata by Frederic Chopin, arranged for Viola & Piano by Penn State violist Timothy Deighton, who performs it with pianist Timothy Shafer; and the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber, played by violinist James Lyon and the Penn State Philharmonic, led by Gerardo Edelstein.

Ernie Chamberlain

 WPSU asked you, our listeners, to tell us how you were getting along during the pandemic lockdown. Here are some of the ways you’ve been getting through it.

Evie Madison of Altoona is pastor of Wehnwood United Methodist Church in Altoona. She was busy becoming tech savvy early on in the pandemic.  She learned to record and edit video so she could bring Sunday services to her shut in congregation.

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, we’ll hear the “Symphonie fantastique” by Hector Berlioz, played by the Penn State Philharmonic with Gerardo Edelstein conducting.

 

John Davis / Speaking Grief

Speaking Grief is a multi-platform project that aims to create a more grief-aware society. The public television documentary, Speaking Grief, premieres Tuesday, May 5th at 8pm on WPSU-TV.  It will also air on public TV stations around the country starting this month.

Yolanda Chiodo

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the residents of Bradford sprang into action early.  A busy Bradford Facebook group is connecting volunteer helpers with those in need.

Emily Reddy / WPSU

For the first time in its 54-year history, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College won’t take place this year.

“This is the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make in my years in the workforce,” said Rick Bryant, executive director of the festival, which was slated to take place July 7-11. “We are trying to keep the health and safety of our artists, performers and audience members foremost in mind. We don’t want State College and the Centre region to become known as the petri dish.”

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, we’ll hear music from “A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms, performed by the Penn State Philharmonic, Penn State’s Concert Choir, Essence of Joy, Glee Club, Oriana Singers and University Choir, and conductor Christopher Kiver.

 

 

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 Bach motet, “Komm, Jesu, komm,” sung by the Penn State Concert Choir, directed by Christopher Kiver; and the Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” by Antonin Dvorak, performed by the Penns Woods Music Festival Orchestra, conducted by Gerardo Edelstein.

Listen to special coverage of the "big Tuesday" primaries Tuesday night, March 10 at 8:00 p.m. on WPSU-FM, and follow NPR's live coverage of the 2020 primaries, including results and analysis.

Angela Hsieh / NPR

Democratic presidential hopefuls are on stage in South Carolina ahead of that state’s primary. The candidates’ battle follows Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wins in the New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucuses. Follow NPR’s live fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

Loading...

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 Corsaire Overture by Hector Berlioz, played by the Penn State Philharmonic, led by Gerardo Edelstein; the Brahms Violin Sonata in D minor played by violinist James Lyon & pianist Timothy Shafer of the Penn State faculty; and Mozart’s “Haffner” symphony from the 2019 Penns Woods Music Festival.

 

 

WPSU

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, hear Penn State Faculty pianist Jose Ramon Mendez play two of the Four Impromptus, D. 935 by Franz Schubert: No. 2 in A-flat and No.3 in B-flat; The Penn State Philharmonic playing The Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi, with guest conductor Theresa Cheung; and PSU faculty saxophonist David Stambler, with pianist Kathy Gattuso-Cinatl, in Moment Musicaux by contemporary American composer Mark Lanz Weiser.

Angela Hsieh / NPR

Six Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Iowa on Tuesday, less than three weeks from the caucuses there. NPR reporters are providing background and analysis of the candidates' remarks in real-time.

The New Yorker Radio Hour / WNYC

WPSU-FM is thrilled to announce that on Saturday, February 1, we’ll bring some outstanding new programs to our weekend schedule.  Below, you’ll find descriptions of the new shows, and a preview of the schedule.

Travel with Rick Steves

Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m.

Public television’s esteemed travel guru comes to public radio, with a wealth of experience, great stories, and practical advice to help make your next vacation simply amazing.

The New Yorker Radio Hour 

Natasha and Jon Smith in front of their Christmas Tree, holding a photo of Natasha and Deseray Smith.
Kristine Allen / WPSU

The holiday season can be a time for joyful family gatherings. But I recently spoke with a father and daughter in Huntingdon who are struggling with loss this year. This story is part of WPSU’s “Speaking Grief” project.

Two energetic little schnauzers greet me at the door as I arrive at Jon Smith’s house in Huntingdon.

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.

American Public Media

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!

Associated Press

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.

(SOUNDBITE OF “THE CHRISTMAS SONG”)

“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.  

Associated Press

The House Judiciary Committee is holding its first hearing in the impeachment inquiry, focused on constitutional grounds for impeachment. The Judiciary Committee is tasked with drafting potential articles of impeachment against President Trump. Watch the hearing live.

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, we’ll hear the “Pavane for a Dead Princess,” by Maurice Ravel; Haydn’s “Miracle” Symphony, No. 96 in D, from a 2019 Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra concert; and Brahms Violin Sonata in A major played by violinist James Lyon and pianist Timothy Shafer.

Kristine Allen / WPSU

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:

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.

TRANSCRIPTION: 

Associated Press

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.

Pages