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."

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Dr. Michael E. Mann is distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State and director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center. He is recognized around the world as a leading expert on climate change. His latest book is “The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet,” published by Hachette. WPSU’s Kristine Allen talked with Michael Mann about tactics used by climate change deniers, what needs to be done about the climate crisis, and why he's optimistic about tackling climate change.

 

 

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The U.S. House of Representatives is taking up a resolution that would call on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and take over President Trump's duties. The effort comes as the House is also pursuing a second impeachment against the president over the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. The proceedings are scheduled to being this evening at 6:00. Watch the House proceedings live here.

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A major winter storm is bringing heavy snow and sleet to Pennsylvania. Winter storm warnings continue through Thursday morning for most of the state.

"The worst of the storm is actually going to be Wednesday night into early Thursday morning," said Marisa Ferger, a meteorologist at Penn State. "It’s going to make for some very dangerous travel. So if you do have to drive, I would suggest doing it earlier in the day because it is going to be falling very fast and very hard."

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Here's a list of holiday music and specials coming your way this month on WPSU-FM:

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President-elect Joe Biden is introducing key members of his incoming economic team. The nominees and appointees include former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, and others who worked in earlier Democratic administrations. The announcement is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Watch the event live below:

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The Centre Film Festival is happening this weekend. It was held at the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg last year. But this year, because of the pandemic, it’s coming to a living room near you.

 

“So we’re in our second year, and obviously we hope to continue in person next year,” says Pearl Gluck, who teaches film in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State. She’s co-founder of the Centre Film Festival. 

 

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It's Halloween: time for chilling tales of local hauntings.  And in the interview below, Matthew Swayne delivers the goods. Swayne, originally from Tyrone, Pennsylvania,  is a science writer for Penn State's Institute for Computational Sciences.  He is also the author of "Haunted Valley: the Ghosts of Penn State."

TRANSCRIPT:

ALLEN: You wrote a book on hauntings at Penn State.  How did you get interested in that?

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Republican Party is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to speedily take up its case to block counties in the presidential battleground state from counting mailed-in ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election.

The Republican Party’s late Friday filing came four days after the justices divided 4-4 on putting a hold on the extension.

A satellite election office for Centre County is located at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State's University Park campus.
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Pennsylvania is a crucial battleground state in the 2020 election. And now, for the first time ever in a presidential election year, mail-in ballots are available to all registered voters in Pennsylvania, without any excuse. That means there is now actually a way for you to vote early in person.

Your polling place in won’t be open until Nov. 3.  But between now and Tuesday, there is a place you can go to vote early. 

Liam James Doyle / NPR

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Barrett would fill the seat left vacant with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Those hearings are expected to begin Monday, October 12 at 9:00 a.m., and continue through Thursday. Watch the hearings live below.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to set up a Republican-majority panel to review the fall election is headed for a final vote in the state House, over sharp Democratic objections. A resolution passed out of the House State Government Committee on Wednesday would establish a Select Committee on Election Integrity to look into how the election is being regulated and conducted and to help determine if new legislation is needed. A final House vote is likely to be held Thursday. The select committee would have subpoena power and money to operate.

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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

 

 

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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 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.

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