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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Pete Hatemi
Kristine Allen / WPSU

Pete Hatemi teaches Political Science, Microbiology and Biochemistry at Penn State. His research explores the complex connection between evolution and our political attitudes. He speaks with WPSU’s Kristine Allen.

Michael Kooman
photo by Kristine Allen

“Dani Girl,” a musical written by Altoona native Michael Kooman, will be performed Saturday night, July 12 at the Mishler Theatre in Altoona. The show is about a child who’s in a hospital fighting cancer.

“It is such a humorous, emotional, important show,” says Karen Volpe, manager of the Mishler Theatre and Special Events Coordinator for the Blair County Arts Foundation.  She is also the director for this production of “Dani Girl.”

Penn State School of Music

Music at Penn’s Woods, a professional classical music festival presented each June by Penn State’s School of Music, begins tonight on the University Park campus.

“First of all, it’s not as the name suggests,” says conductor Gerardo Edelstein, with a laugh.  He means the concerts are not out in the woods. 

A memorial service will be held Wednesday in Philadelphia for businessman, lawyer and philanthropist Lewis Katz, who died in a plane crash on Saturday. He was a graduate of Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, and someone very special to the Penn State Community.

“He graduated first in his law school class, in 1966."

Rod Kirsch, Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Penn State, remembers Lewis Katz as a very smart guy.

"And there's really no better time to turn it over to someone else to regenerate and transform, do the next thing that needs to be done. I'm looking forward to seeing the next person working with them."

Today we talk with two of the four Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania governor. Tom Wolf is a York businessman and the current front runner in the race. He's put $10 million of his own money into his campaign so far and he's flooded the television airwaves with ads. Katie McGinty is a former environmental advisor to President Clinton and former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Ed Rendell.

In case you were wondering what Ethiopian Pop music of the 60’s & 70’s would sound like blended with jazz and funk - . wonder no more! WPSU’s Kristine Allen says the answer can be found when Debo Band plays a concert in the Juniata Presents Series at Juniata College in Huntingdon.

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Each year, WPSU holds our "Art for the Airwaves" contest. And our panel of judges selects a winner, whose work is made into a limited edition poster print offered during our fund drive. WPSU's Kristine Allen visited Smethport to talk with this year's winner.