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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On Saturday, September 25, Penn State Altoona celebrates music of the “Canal Era” in Pennsylvania, around the mid 1800’s.  As WPSU’s Kristine Allen reports, they’ll hold a “Canal-Era Music and Entertainment Summit” at the Allegheny Portage railroad site in Gallitzin.

Photo courtesy of Nittany Theatre

Five Fall Frights At Central Pa. Theatres

Football season has begun, and the smell of pumpkin spice everything wafts from coffee shops and bakeries. But the fall chill is not just in the air – it’s on the stages of several central Pennsylvania theatres that offer five fall frights to delight, from campy musicals to tense thrillers. Here’s a roundup:


Friday, September 11 at 11:00am & Monday, September 14 at 8:00pm.


Friday, August 14 at 11:00am & Monday, August 17 at 8:00pm.

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, we hear the Penn State Concert Choir, directed by Christopher Kiver, in music by English Renaissance composer William Byrd; and the Music at Penns Woods Orchestra, led by Gerardo Edelstein, in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, known as his “pastoral” symphony.


Friday, July 17 at 11:00am & Monday, July 20 at 8:00pm.

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, we hear the Penn State Chamber Orchestra in a suite from Handel’s Water Music; and the Dvorak Cello Concerto, from a recording by the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic featuring Penn State cellist Kim Cook and PSU conductor Gerardo Edelstein.

Eight restaurant owners and managers in the State College area are facing federal charges of conspiring to transport, harbor and conceal undocumented workers to work in their restaurants, according to the Department of Justice. The U.S. Attorney’s office filed the charges Thursday in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg.

The charges follow raids of several area restaurants in 2014, including My Thai, Penang Asian Fusion Cuisine, China Dragon, College Buffet, Chen’s Mongolian Buffet, Hunan Wok, Fuji & Jade Garden, and 100 Degrees Hot Pot.

  Full disclosure first - I am a devout John Green fan. I’ve read all his books. I follow him on Twitter just to see when the next one is coming out (hurry up, John!). I even follow his books on Twitter (yep, “The Fault in Our Stars” does have its own Twitter account).

And “Paper Towns” is my favorite of the John Green novels.  I truly loved this book!  Yes, it’s about teenagers, but adults will enjoy this book as well.  Green gives us lots of laughs, but always within an important and moving story.

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NPR's Nina Totenberg talks with WPSU's Kristine Allen about the memorable Supreme Court term that concluded this summer.  Totenberg was at the Court to hear the decisions as they were read for the first time.  She describes the atmosphere inside the court as the historic same-sex marriage was announced, and talks about the prospects for the coming Supreme Court session in the fall.

Courtesy of Rick Bryant

You probably know that the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College is a "juried" art show. But who are the jurors?  And how do they judge all of that art? WPSU's Kristine Allen was there this past winter as these jurors met to choose the art you're seeing at the festival this week. 


Friday, Jun 12 at 11:00am & Monday, June 15 at 8:00pm.

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, we hear a suite from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn; Millenium Cannons by contemporary composer Kevin Puts; and a PSU Concerto Competition award-winner soloing in music by Jean Sibelius.

Penn State President Eric Barron announced today that the university’s College of Engineering had been hit by what he called “two highly sophisticated cyberattacks.”

Penn State Newswire reports that Mandiant, a cybersecurity firm hired by Penn State says one of two attacks originated in China, using advanced malware.

The FBI alerted Penn State to the attacks on November 1, 2014. At that time, Barron says, the university administration began working with cybersecurity experts to identify the source and nature of the attack, and to take appropriate action.

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Adam Muchmore's portrait of a cedar waxwing won WPSU's 2015 Art for the Airwaves contest.  WPSU's Kristine Allen spoke with him in the backyard of his home in Pine Grove Mills where he photographed the bird.


Friday, April 10 at 11:00am & Monday, April 13 at 8:00pm.

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, the Penn State Baroque Ensemble plays “Summer” from the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi;

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Actress and filmmaker Anna Martemucci grew up in State College.  She was a contestant on the STARZ reality show called “The Chair” which filmed her as she directed her own film, “Hollidaysburg.”  It’s about college freshmen from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania who come home for a Thanksgiving holiday.

WPSU’s Kristine Allen talks with Martemucci about her career, her film, and what it’s like to be on a reality show.


Friday, March 13 at 11:00am & Monday, Mar 16 at 8:00pm on WPSU-FM

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, the Penn State Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Gerardo Edelstein, plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; and we’ll hear a Viola Sonata by Paul Hindemith, played by faculty members Timothy Deighton, viola, and Christopher Guzman, piano

photo by Kainaz Amaria / courtesy of NPR

Guy Raz, host of The TED Radio Hour from NPR,  spoke with WPSU's Kristine Allen about what it's like to put together a show like TED Radio, what he's learned from the creating this show over the past year, and what's in store for the season two premiere of the show this Sunday.

Logo courtesy of Thaw Festival

There's a new festival underway in State College to bring music, film, and more to State College this weekend,  to replace the student-led State Patty's Day celebrations.  In fact, it's more than just one festival.  WPSU's Kristine Allen reports.

Thanks to WPSU intern Jake Somerville for help with this story.

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Photo by Pat Frantz Cercone of Pitt-Bradford .

After Monday’s water main break in Bradford, thousands of area residents are still without water.

“Right now about 18 thousand people are affected,” says Captain J.D. Tehle of the Bradford Fire Department.Tehle says help is pouring in: from nearby townships and boroughs, and even across the state line.

“The borough of Limestone New York is providing us with drinking water.” Tehle also says help has come form the National Guard, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management agency, which has a team on the ground helping with logistics.

Photo by Pat Frantz Cercone of Pitt-Bradford .

A major water main break in the city of Bradford, PA on Monday has left many area residents without water, including the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The city of Bradford has declared a disaster emergency, and is asking residents to conserve water and to boil water before drinking. The Bradford Water Authority expects the emergency to last for several days. They say residents with heating systems dependent on water pressure from the Bradford Water Authority will likely be without heat during the emergency.

Image courtesy of Penn State Archives

This year marks the 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at Penn State, University Park.  One of the events on Monday, January 19th ,will be a replaying of the audio of a speech King gave at Penn State 50 years ago.  

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, hear a piano trio by Anton Arensky, played at a Music at Penns Woods concert; and a Vivaldi Cello concert played by the Penn State Baroque ensemble with Guy Fishman, principle cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society orchestra, and guest director Aisslin Nosky, concertmaster of Tafelmusik.

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WEDNESDAY, December 31

8:00pm The Capitol Steps New Year's Eve Special

Help say good-bye and good riddance to 2014 with the Capitol Steps and our annual year-end review. It's all in our hour-long radio special of "Politics Takes a Holiday!" This year will feature all-new awards, such as:

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The theatre community in State College suffered a great loss last week when actor and director Susan Riddiford Shedd died of cancer the age of 53.  She was Operations Manager of the State Theatre for many years, founded the Nittany Valley Shakespeare company, and acted in many local productions. WPSU’s Kristine Allen has this remembrance.

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The networks called the Pennsylvania governor's race minutes after polls closed, but this was an election that was over before it began.

That's what you'll hear from independent analysts as well as Republican and Democratic political operatives. Incumbent Republican Tom Corbett lost this election more than two years ago, when he pursued policies that would prove unpopular and didn't see the need to actively defend them.

Join us for Fright Night, tonight from 8:00 to midnight on WPSU-FM.  You'll hear an eclectic mix of scary music, stories by Edgar Allen Poe, and some first-person accounts of hauntings at the Mishler Theatre in Altoona, which first opened its doors in 1906.

courtesy of Altoona Community Theatre

Altoona Community Theatre  presents GHOST TOURS of the Mishler Theatre in Altoona Wednesday, October 29 and Friday, October 31.  While the tours features actors as  "live" ghosts, rumor has it that the Mishler is also haunted.

(NOTE: Be sure to listen to FRIGHT NIGHT, Friday, October 31 from 8:00 to midnight, to hear more extended stories from those who've experienced spooky, unexplained events at the Mishler Theatre)


Friday, October 17 at 11:00am & Monday, October 20 at 8:00pm

Julia Kasdorf
Penn State Univeristy

Julia Spicher Kasdorf is Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State University, and an accomplished poet.  She took a sabbatical last year to visit areas of Pennsylvania affected by Marcellus Shale development, and is now completing a collection of documentary poetry based on her interviews with local residents.  WPSU's Kristine Allen speaks with Kasdorf about her recent foray into "docupoetry."

Penn State School of Music

Violinist James Lyon, a faculty member in Penn State's School of Music, will play the Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor September 30th with the Nittany Valley Symphony at Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium.  WPSU's Kristine Allen asked him why this Bruch concerto is ranked among the best, with concertos by the likes of Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

Murder in the Stacks book cover.
Kris Allen

This was a book I almost literally couldn’t put down. I devoured its 400 pages in just 3 days. Murder in the Stacks: Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away, by David DeKok, is a thriller of a tale.  It brings to life a 45-year old cold case: the murder of a 22-year-old grad student among the bookshelves at Penn State’s Pattee Library.