Photos of three persons of interest released by State College Police
State College Police Department

State College police have released photos of three persons of interest in the defacing of the Martin Luther King Jr. mural in downtown State College. 

An insignia and the words “PATRIOTFRONT.US” were stenciled onto the mural in a red substance. It was reported Friday afternoon, and happened in the overnight hours that day. 

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

April is National Donate Life Month.

There’s a critical shortage of organ and tissue donors. In the United States, more than 100,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. A national computer system and strict standards make sure organs are fairly distributed to those in need.

If you’re 18 or older, you have the power to help save lives by registering to be an organ donor. Be sure to talk to your family and friends about your wishes.

Derek W. Black
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The Trump administration infamously referred to public schools as "failing government schools," illustrating how education has been caught up in the broader attack on the roots of American democracy. While the language is new, Derek W. Black argues the sentiment very much is not.

Larry Krasner
Larry Krasner

On this Take Note, we’re going to hear an interview with Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner.


Before he was elected to be Philadelphia’s chief prosecutor in 2017, Krasner was a criminal defense attorney specializing in civil rights. He was elected on the promise he’d reform the criminal justice system from within and reduce incarceration.



An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on April 17, 2021 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Lionel Brazil vs. The Joubert Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon, Leon Redbone, David Bromberg, Cody ChesnuTT, Little Feat, Mike Keneally & Persuasions, J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - April 16, 2021

Apr 16, 2021
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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on April 16, 2021 hosted by Tom Beebee, featuring classic live jazz recordings.

In the first hour, hear Benny Goodman with Count Basie, Lester Young, George Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald, Abdullah Ibrahim, and more.

In the second hour, hear Oscar Pettiford with Kenny Clarke and Bud Powell, Albert Mangelsdorff Quartet, Tito Puente, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson with Coleman Hawkins, Dave Brubeck with Gerry Mulligan, and more.

BookMark: "The Memory Eaters" By Elizabeth Kadetsky

Apr 15, 2021

Is there such a thing as trauma and pain—both known and unknown—that’s passed from generation to generation? And if so, how do these wounds shape lives in the present and determine life’s outcomes in the future?

The regional vaccination clinic at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center is reopening with the Moderna vaccine.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Vaccinations will resume Thursday at the Regional Vaccination Clinic at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. The clinic was briefly paused over concerns over rare blood clots in a small number of women who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was being administered at the BJC. 

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Department of Health announced Wednesday that operations would resume using the two-dose Moderna vaccine.

The regional vaccination clinic at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center was paused pending an investigation into the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Mary Altaffer / AP Photo

Pennsylvania says it is following the federal government’s recommendation and pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during an investigation into reports of unusual blood clots.

The state Department of Health told all COVID-19 vaccine providers in the state Tuesday to stop administering the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine until at least April 20 “out of an abundance of caution.”

Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said this pause includes the Regional Vaccination Clinic that opened Friday in State College.

Syringes containing vaccine stand at the ready for members of the public to get the vaccine administered to them in the Sullivan County Elementary School in Laporte Bourgh Sullivan County Pennsylvania
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