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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This month, hear a song by Franz Schubert from a Music at Penns Woods chamber concert, featuring soprano Sarah Shafer, accompanied by her father, pianist Timothy Shafer, and clarinetist Anthony Costa, both Penn State Faculty Members. We’ll also hear the Beethoven Triple Concerto from a Penns Woods Festival Orchestra concert, conducted by Gerardo Edelstein, featuring three Penn State Faculty Member: James Lyon, violin; Kim Cook, cello; and Timonty Shafer, piano. 

Kelly McEvers was Middle East Correspondent for NPR for several years, reporting from war zones and covering the Arab Spring.  Now she's host of NPR's All Things Considered, and has a new podcast, called "Embedded." 

She recently spoke with WPSU's Kristine Allen.

Allen: Kelly McEvers of NPR, thanks so much for talking with us.

McEvers: Thanks for having me.

Allen: You’re a host of All Things Considered, and you’re a reporter, too, which is a very full plate already.

McEvers: (laughs)

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David Folkenflik is Media Correspondent for NPR News. His stories are heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Here & Now, as well as on on NPR's website and mobile platforms.  He joined NPR in 2004, after a decade as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, where he covered higher education, politics, and the media.

Business Insider has called Folkenflik one of the 50 most influential people in American media.

Folkenflik is author of the book Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires.

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Julie Mader of Smethport is this year's winning artist in WPSU's Art for the Airwaves competition.  Her winning work is an acrylic painting based on a photograph of flowers from her father's garden.  She calls the painting "Landing Zone." Mader is our first repeat winner, who won the competition with a different painting in 2014.  She spoke with WPSU's Kristine Allen about her painting.

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WPSU is taking a look at how central Pennsylvanians  decide whether to make their home here or move on, in our new series, "Reasons To Stay."  WPSU's Kristine Allen reports on a computer programmer who left State College with his wife to see the world, then came back.

Visit the multi-media side of the Reasons to Stay project.

photo courtesy of Altoona Community Theatre

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee has been in the news lately.  The author released a sequel to the novel last year, and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is currently working on a new stage adaptation for Broadway.  As WPSU's Kristine Allen reports, Altoona Community Theatre presents an earlier stage version of the story this week.  A special matinee for schools was held on Wednesday, and local teachers brought their students in droves.

When Sybarite5 plays at Penn State’s Schwab Auditorium tonight, they’ll be out to break boundaries and expand the audience for classical music.  WPSU’s Kristine Allen spoke with two members of the group during a week of events they held at Penn State.

This month: hear the Piano Quintet in E Minor by Johnannes Brahms, in a performance from Music at Penns Woods; and the Penn State Philharmonic in the overture to “Die Meistersiner” by Richard Wagner.

A Central Pennsylvania Christmas 2015 features performances by the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, led by Douglas Meyer; harpist Anne Sullivan; The State College Area High School Chamber Singers, directed by Robert Drafall; the Pennsylvania folk bands Fieldstone and Seasons; and Penn State's Essence of Joy with Essence 2, directed by Anthony Leach.

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An NPR holiday tradition is now a stage play! This week, FUSE Productions presents The Santaland Diaries, written by David Sedaris, and starring Seth Tucker. The production opened Wednesday, and runs now through Saturday, December 19th at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center. WPSU's Kristine Allen sat in on a rehearsal for the show.

This month: the Concerto Grosso in B-flat, Op. 6 , No. 7 by George Frideric Handel,  played by the Penn State Baroque Orchestra in November of 2015;  Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G Minor from a concert by the Penn State Chamber Orchestra in November of 2015; and Songs and Dances for Horn and Piano, composed in 2014 by Paul Basler, featuring Lisa Bontrager, horn and Su Haug, piano, from the Penn State School of Music’s September 2015 Spotlight Concert.

Friday November 13 at 11:00am & Monday, November 16 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: Autumn Song by Felix Mendelssohn, sung by Discantus, a chamber choir from the Oriana Singers with Jane Glocke conducting and Svetlana Rodionova at the piano. The Planets by Gustav Holst, played by the Penn State Philharmonic led by Gerardo Edelstein.

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Legends and folklore from Pennsylvania are the subject of a new television show produced by WPSU-TV.  Pennsylvania Legends and Lore: Ghosts of the Commonwealth premieres on November 12. WPSU’s Kristine Allen reports the pilot episode, the brainchild of producer Lindsey Whissel, is a vivid retelling of some spooky local stories. 

Find out more about Pennsylvania Legends and Lore here.


Friday, October 9 at 11:00am & Monday, October 12 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 Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, from the 2015 Music at Penn's Woods Festival Orchestra; music from a John Williams film score played by the Penn State Trombone Choir, and Panamanian Dances by William Grant Still from a Music at Penn's Woods chamber music concert.

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.

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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.

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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.

Old Main

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.