Erin Cassidy Hendrick

I picked up Paula Hawkin’s “The Girl on the Train” after I saw a trailer for the upcoming movie. I’m a sucker for film adaptations – I love reading and seeing how the story translates to film. Though, like most people, I usually think the book is far superior. But that doesn’t stop me. I downloaded the book and found myself finishing it in a few days.

Left: the cover of "Before the Fall." Right: Erin Cassidy Hendrick
Right: Emily Reddy/WPSU

If you’re looking for a book to read on the beach this summer, look no further than the newest release from Noah Hawley. He’s not just an author – he’s also a TV writer and producer. He’s even won Emmy awards for writing and it shows in his newest book, “Before the Fall.” It’s a mystery novel, weaving between past and present, innocence and guilt and life and death.

The PSU Alert text message sent in the early morning of Friday, July 10.
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

Courtney Barrow, a senior at Penn State University Park, was excited to return to State College for her first Arts Fest weekend this year. But just before coming back, she received an alarming text message. “I admit, I was a little shocked and surprised when I got the message about the stalking on campus. Not something you’d really expect to be hearing about on a college campus, especially at Penn State,” she said.

Reviewer Erin Cassidy Hendrick and the cover of "Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town"
Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

The tagline of Gregory Miller’s “The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town” is simple and succinct: “Thirty-three tales. Thirty-three tellers. One lost town.”

“Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography” by Fred Schruers is an obvious read for diehard Billy Joel fans. The painstakingly researched biography details Joel’s persona and describes the inspiration behind his music - from heartbreak, to career troubles, to the Cold War.  

It was originally meant to be an autobiography, with Schruers ghost writing, but just before publication Joel announced he wasn’t interested. So the project became a biography created from hundreds of hours of interviews with family, friends, band members and the musician himself.

Jack Langelaan and a 'drone' from the AVIA lab.
Patrick Mansell / Penn State


When most people hear the word ‘drones,’ they think of government spying and undercover military operations. But research labs like Penn State’s Aerospace Engineering Lab are looking into other important uses for drones. WPSU’s Erin Cassidy Hendrick visited the lab to talk about potential uses for drones—and discovered being in the cutting edge can have a downside.

A small drone, only about the size of an apple, flies through The Air Vehicle Intelligence and Anatomy Lab, nicknamed the AVIA lab.

It was a sunny and warm Election Day for voters in central Pennsylvania. WPSU’s Erin Cassidy Hendrick visited the polls in State College and found voter turn-out seemed to be higher than expected.

Todd Brown spent the day stumping for Scott Conklin at a polling place in State College. He says there was a steady stream of voters all day, and thinks it was the mild weather that brought them out.

“I’ve been doing this for a few years, and the weather, it’s usually about 30, 35 degrees cold, chilly. Sometimes that drives people away. But today it’s been gorgeous,” he said.