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    I've never touched a gun. And, until recently, I'd never thought much about guns entering my children's lives. But when my son's Boy Scout leader raised the idea of a trip to a shooting range, I was alarmed.

    Today, along with the rest of America, Central Pennsylvania remembers the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. State College is small but remarkably diverse largely because it's home to Penn State University. Many people here have strong connections to the events of that day. WPSU news intern Sahar Durali talked to some of them and produced this remembrance.

    PA People: Dan Clemson

    March 6, 2012

    We continue our Pennsylvania People series with a new and intimate profile of one of the people who makes Pennsylvania so interesting. WPSU's Patty Satalia caught up with Daniel Clemson at the Train Station Office of the Bellefonte Area Chamber of Commerce. Clemson is a leading authority on the world-renowned vocal group, The Mills Brothers, who trace their roots to Bellefonte.

    Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau released its population estimates for July 2006. Pennsylvania shows some trends that may surprise you. To understand the Census Bureau's key findings, WPSU's Cynthia Berger talked with Penn State demographer Gordon De Young...

    If you're a backpacking enthusiast, this reliable new guide will help you plan your Pennsylvania outings.

    At a very early age, I learned what respect was and why I needed to use it. I saw respect reflected in the way my parents treated my sisters and me when handling important family issues. When my father was in the Air Force, my parents always let us kids help decide where we wanted to move next. We got to help decide where to go on family vacations and which charities we wanted to support. We were just kids, but our parents respected our opinions.

    "Rain Man" was just a movie . . ."Born on a Blue Day" is the real-life memoir of Danel Tammet, a man with the rare form of Asperger's disease known as "Savant Syndrome." He can learn a new language in a week and perform extraodinary mathematical calculations in his head. Though he has the all the odd tics and quirks of someone with Aspergers, he is able to live an independent life--and tell his unique personal story.

    Learn more about the incredible life and achievements of Bill Strickland. He has made an amazing difference in the lives of thousands in the Pittsburgh area and beyond.

    The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are the largest wheelchair sports event in the world, with more than 600 vets attending this year in Pittsburgh August 1st through the 6th. WPSU's Kristine Allen met Bill Lightner, an Air Force veteran from Hollidaysburg, who will compete in a variety of wheelchair sports.

    Several hundred people gathered on Thursday night in Smethport to honor the fallen and missing soldiers of the Vietnam War. WPSU news fellow Sharon Stringer attended the ceremony, and has this report.

    I Believe Cancer Cures

    Cancer. For most, hearing this word sends a shiver down their spine. For some, it brings to mind a loved one who has passed away because of the horrific disease. Cancer. But when I hear this word, I think of a family brought together with a stronger bond of love than they would have ever otherwise experienced. Cancer changed my life, but it changed it for the better.

    Stories: Finding Fort Shirley

    June 30, 2010

    It's not often that groups of undergrads get to make big archaeological discoveries. But a group of Penn State students has done just that. WPSU's Emily Reddy takes us to their excavation site in Huntingdon County.

    A Conversation with Temple Grandin

    October 14, 2011

    Temple Grandin visited Penn State on Thursday in honor of Disabilities Awareness Month. Grandin is not only a world-renowned livestock industry consultant, she is also the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. WPSU's Patty Satalia talked with her about channeling her unique gifts into a brilliant career as a scientist, author and groundbreaking animal activist.

    Eric Leven is a visual effects supervisor for Tippett Visual Effects Studio, one of the biggest names in Hollywood. We'll talk with Leven about the role of special effects in films today and about his most recent film, Cloverfield. He created the giant monster-and it's scary dog-size offspring-that attack New York City. We'll also continue our series on alternative energy with a look at wind power. Guests: Eric Leven & Greg Bock

    This archive recording will be available for two weeks following the broadcast.

    A world-famous weather forecaster was at Penn State University Park today. He came to hobnob with members of the meteorology department . . . but first he stopped at the WPSU studios.

    The election for governor isn't until 2010, but the field's already getting crowded. The latest candidate to join the Democratic field is Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato. He spoke to a group of students at Penn State University Park today. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    Stories: State Pension Problem

    January 21, 2011

    Nationwide, state governments have promised public employees--judges, police officers, firefighters and others--trillions of dollars in retirement benefits. The problem in many states, however, is that the money to pay those obligations doesn't exist! Can promises made be promises kept? WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Ron Gebhardtsbauer, who heads up the Actuarial Science program in Penn State's Smeal College of Business, about Pennsylvania's state pension problem.

    I believe that a woman's place is in the home. Now don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting that women shouldn't work or that men shouldn't help out around the house. But I believe that the woman is the one who makes the house a home. No matter how humble or how grand, it's the feminine touch that makes the difference.

    This book, recently featured on NPR's Morning Edition, examines the Earth through a multifaceted lens. On one level, John Felstiner has compiled a noteworthy collection of nature poems and poets, many of whom are from Pennsylvania. On another level, the author takes a breathtaking look at the environmental threats currently facing the natural world. These elements combine in a book designed to spark the desire to preserve, appreciate, and protect our planet.

    Spiral by Paul McEuen

    October 13, 2011

    Pamela Kavanaugh, a former science teacher and high school librarian, brings her love of science and reading together when she reviews the debut novel of Cornell physicist, Paul McEuen. That novel is Spiral.

    The StoryCorps oral history project is recording interviews this month in Bellefonte. Sue Paterno, the wife of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, and her granddaughter Olivia Hort kicked off the project with the first interview. Olivia asked her grandmother about World War II, which started when Paterno and her brothers and sister were very young.

    Stories: Alcohol and Weight Gain

    April 29, 2010

    A Penn State nutrition expert is using an innovative method to get students to moderate their drinking habitsappealing to their vanity.

    It's 6 am. I peel myself off the bed. I drag myself to the shower. I get dressed. I grab my lunch, my coffee mug, my gym bag. I get into the car. For the next 15 minutes as I drive to work; suddenly it's not a Monday morning any longer. And it's not freezing January outside. I am engulfed in the wonderful, crazy, scary, challenging world of a book I am listening to on my smartphone.

    Stories: The Pennsylvania Senate Race Heats Up

    May 13, 2010

    Arlen Specter has been a household name for decades, but it's his challenger, Joe Sestak who's making headlines as the race to nominate a Democrat to run for U.S. senate narrows. To find out what distinguishes the two candidates, WPSU's Patty Satalia visited local democratic party eventsand files this report.

    The 23rd district in the Pennsylvania Senate includes Bradford, Lycoming, and Sullivan counties and parts of Susquehanna and Union counties. An upstart candidate in Williamsport hopes opposition to fracking will help her knock off an incumbent who's a big supporter of gas drilling. But the task won't be easy for Luana Cleveland. She's running as a Democrat

    Maybe you've heard the joke: State College, a drinking town with a university problem. But local officials aren't laughing about the public drunkenness, or the cost to the borough each time big groups gather to drink. Home football games . . . State Patty's Day . . . and this past Tuesday, St. Patrick's Day . . . it all adds up. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    I believe in the life-changing potential of good guidance. Every semester I tell my Sociology students: when I rolled the cosmic dice, I found myself a white male born into a middle-class family who raised me in a genuinely Minnesota-nice suburb. All I had to do to become the professor they see in front of them was not squander the opportunities within my reach.

    Native American names grace many of the cities, counties, rivers, mountains, and lakes in Pennsylvania. In fact, according to historian George P. Donehoo, 'No state in the entire nation is richer in Indian names or Indian history than Pennsylvania.' This book tells you the native roots of many familiar names, like Loyalhanna and Lehigh.

    David Bromberg and the Angel Band will be performing at the State Theatre, downtown State College, on Thursday April 19th at 7:30. WPSU's Mel DeYoung spoke with Bromberg about this long hiatus from performing, and of his rediscovery of the joy of music.

    This past July, Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame filed a civil lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney, Lewis "Scooter" Libby and Karl Rove. The lawsuit alleges that the Wilson's "privacy" had been invaded and their "personal safety" put in jeopardy when Plame's identity as a CIA operative was leaked to the press. We speak with the former Ambassador about this and more. Guest: Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson

    The primary vote for Pennsylvania governor is May 18th. WPSU's Emily Reddy talks to a local political pundit about the big issues in the race, and where the candidates stand on those issues.

    Stories: NPR Newscaster Carl Kasell Retires

    December 17, 2009

    NPR newscaster, Carl Kasell, is stepping down at the end of this year. WPSU's Emily Reddy spoke with Kasell earlier this week.

    This week, we're talking with the editors from the major papers in our listening region to reflect on the major stories in year just past--and what stories they expect to be following in the year ahead. Our New Year's News Roundup continues with Sandy Rhodes, City Editor for the Bradford Era.

    Storytelling is an ancient art, and even in the electronic age, stories still have the power to fascinate. If you've ever dreamed of being a storyteller, this week's book is a collection of 23 enduring tales from around the world, with how-to-tell-it tips for beginning story-tellers.

    I grew up lucky. I had a home where I could put my report cards and spelling tests on the fridge door. I could sprint across the alley to my friend Lizzy's house if her phone line was busy. I could go for a run around the neighborhood and treasure my part of the early morning calm. Growing up, my life was easy and safe.

    Stories: How Safe and Secure are Small Airports?

    January 25, 2010

    Two of the 9/11 terrorists boarded their flights in Portland, Maine. Did they expect lax security at a smaller airport? No one knows for sure. WPSU's Cynthia Berger takes a look at security at small airports in rural Pennsylvania.

    Colossal doughnuts in Beaver County. A supersized stocky Santa statue in Indiana. Kittanning's majestic "Cowboy Sam." Many businesses in Pennsylvania -- and across America -- rely on these wacky roadside advertisements-run-amok to attract business. Pennsylvania history buff Brian Butko and his wife Sarah have compiled some of their favorites in this generously illustrated book.

    This I Believe: I Believe in Second Chances

    July 10, 2008

    When I was a teenager, I spent my summers hanging out at the corner gas station. Occasionally, while the owner was out pumping gas for a...

    The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine

    May 11, 2011

    Fiction can help us through difficult truths and can move us to act. One novel recently captivated a local college student, and she came to WPSU to share her review.

    Stories: Where Young Chefs Train

    September 16, 2010

    The culinary arts program at Penn College offers a hands-on teaching environment for aspiring chefs. Students learn to slice, dice, and chop, and they learn to be gracious hosts. Join Emily Wiley in the kitchen and at the table for a gourmet meal prepared with local ingredients.

    Autism Spectrum

    April 18, 2011

    Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder face a maze of choices. How do they know which interventions will best serve their child? WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Dr. James Coplan, author of Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. It's been called an indispensable guidebook for caregivers of children on the autistic spectrum.

    Loudon Wainwright III achieved pop stardom in 1972 at age 25 with the song Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road. He appeared in the now iconic TV show M*A*S*H as the "singing doctor" and more recently has appeared on TV and in movies, such as the soon-to-be-released film Knocked Up. Mel DeYoung talked with Loudon about his upcoming visit to State College to perform at the State Theatre on Saturday February 24.

    Where We Once Gathered: Lost Synagogues of Europe by Andrea Strongwater contains descriptions and colorful illustrations of synagogues destroyed on or around Kristallnacht. The book is reviewed by Linda Short, a Jewish history lecturer at Penn State University Park.

    Our series, Beyond the Classroom looks at the college experience beyond bookwork and classes. Two recent college graduates have created a place for students and young professionals with big goals for the future. "Co.Space" opened in downtown State College in August as both a place to live and a place to plan how to make the world a better place. WPSU's Emily Reddy visited the house during a recent internship potluck.

    An Interview with NPR's Audie Cornish

    September 2, 2011

    Audie Cornish, a former Capitol Hill reporter for NPR News has been named the new host of the program Weekend Edition Sunday, heard Sunday mornings from 8:00 to 10:00 on WPSU-FM. WPSU's Kristine Allen recently spoke with Cornish about her journalism career, and her plans for Weekend Edition Sunday.

    Stories: Scary Stories with Dr. Steven Herb

    May 1, 2009

    Yesterday on WPSU's This I Believe, Kane resident Liza Greville talked about why she believes in reading scary stories to her children. To find out what the experts say about "scary stories for kids," WPSU's Emily Reddy recently talked to Dr. Steven Herb, a collection development specialist for children's literature at Penn State University Park.

    As recently as the 1970s, the U.S. Justice Department declared that Pennsylvania was the most corrupt of the 50 states! Are we returning to the bad old days of Pennsylvania politics. We'll talk about the current rash of alleged misdeeds. We also take a look at the crowded congressional race for Pennsylvania's 5th district! Guests: Russ Eshelman & Mike Joseph

    Sommelier Marnie Old On Wine and The WPSU Wine Festival

    September 23, 2011

    WPSU's Greg Petersen interviews Marnie Old who will conduct a wine seminar at the WPSU Wine Festival on Sunday, September 25th.

    In today's installment of our ongoing series, Pennsylvania Radio Expeditions, we bring you the story of a bird called the "Common Nighthawk." As the name suggests, it's common! Yet, not many people have seen one. And this bird may not be common much longer. The birdsound recordings of the Common Nighthawk used in this Radio Expedition were obtained by professional recordist Lang Elliot of NatureSound Studio. http://www.naturesound.com/corepage/core.html.

    Stories: May 2009 Primary: Centre County

    May 11, 2009

    On May 19, Pennsylvanians go to the polls for the municipal primaries. All this week, WPSU brings you interviews with local newspaper editors about races of particular interest in our region. Today: Bob Heisse, executive editor of the Centre Daily Times.

    Homes in Pennsylvania entering foreclosure reached a four-year-high last March. Kate Newton of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, talks about assistance programs that could keep some Pennsylvanians in their homes. And, Peter Hudson,biology professor at Penn State University, discusses the evolution of new infections, such as the swine flu.

    Newspaper columns have been compiled for this delightful book about the rich history and hidden treasures of Pennsylvania. There are plenty of ideas for summer day trips!

    Stories: "Vita and Virginia" at the Palmer Museum of Art

    September 10, 2010

    A staged reading of aplay based on letters between writer Virginia Woolf and her lover, Vita Sackville-West, is performed at the Palmer Museum of Art on Penn State's University Park Campus. The stage will be a small platform set amongst the paintings of several of Virginia Woolf's good friends. The paintings are part of the Palmer Museum's exhibit, "A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections". WPSU's Kristine Allen spoke with the play's director, Susan Schulman of Penn State's School of Theatre.

    Spanier Speaks Out about Freeh Report

    August 23, 2012

    Former Penn State President Graham Spanier and his lawyers spoke-out yesterday about the Sandusky scandal and the Freeh Report. WPSU's Kristine Allen has the story.

    The Little Brown Bat's Big Problem

    August 2, 2013

    At Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, summer campers contemplate the decline of the little brown bat, and learn about white nose syndrome. WPSU intern Lauren Ostberg visited the camp to find out more.

    If you tell Frank Warren your secret there's the chance he'll share it with a whole lot of people. Warren is the founder of the website "PostSecret." He was on the Penn State campus last night to talk to students as a part of the Penn State Student Programming Association's Distinguished Speakers Series. WPSU's Emily Reddy spoke with Warren before the event.

    What conversation would you like to have with your mother this Mother's Day? Read this touching collection of interviews.

    Stories: Sports Not Football: Outhouse Racing

    May 5, 2009

    The Bradford "StinkFest" is a street festival that celebrates a seasonal speciality of Pennsylvania--wild ramps, also known as wild leeks. The smelly herb has also inspired an athletic competition at the festival: outhouse racing.

    BookMark: Groundhog Day, by Don Yoder (Stackpole Books 2003)

    December 31, 2007

    All your questions about this wacky holiday are answered in one concise volume. Author Don Yoder is a pioneer in the study of American regional and ethnic cultures; he was cofounder of the Pennsylvania Folklife Society, longtime editor of the journal Pennsylvania Folklife, and professor of Folklife Studies at the University of Pennsylvania for four decades.

    In March, Red Molly played a sold-out concert in State College, and while they were in town, they sat down in the WPSU studio for a conversation with Folk Show host Mel DeYoung. The trio will be returning to Happy Valley on July 12, 2007 for a performance at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Here is a longer version of the interview with Mel.

    Republican presidential hopeful Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) made a campaign stop at Penn State University Park on April 11. WPSU news intern Heather Adamic attended the event.

    An archive recording of a live broadcast of the Folk Show

    BookMark: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    August 10, 2005

    True love, a desperate battle, and a death are all in the latest installment in the Harry Potter series. Though the books are written for pre-teens and teens, they have universal appeal for avid readers, as reviewer Carla Lewis relates.

    BookMark: Diamond Willow by Helen Frost

    May 6, 2009

    The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award is given each year by local organizations to recognize the most outstanding new book of children's poetry published in the previous calendar year. This year, the committee selected Diamond Willow, by Helen Frost, which tells the story of a 12-year-old dogmusher, and her lead dog, Roxy.

    Title: Highway Privatization / Pyrite at I-99 near Skytop Is tolling Interstate 80 or leasing the Pennsylvania Turnpike to a private company the best way to pay for repairs and upgrades of Pennsylvania's deteriorating roadways? What's behind these public-private partnerships and what's at stake? Plus, researchers trace the pyrite at I-99 near Skytop to a meteorite impact 35 million years ago! Guests: Ellen Dannin & Barry Scheetz

    The StoryCorps oral history project just finished a month of recording interviews in Bellefonte. Anna Miller talks to her mother, Sharon Miller. They talk about when Sharon and her husband adopted Anna from Guatamala.

    The 6th annual summer jazz celebration begins tomorrow afternoon in Bellefonte. WPSU's Greg Petersen talked with the driving force behind the event, Catherine Dupuis.

    On America observes Memorial Day. This holiday got its start here in Central Pennsylvania--in the town of Boalsburg. The observance of Memorial dates back to the Civil War. And if you go to Boalsburg on you'll see the Civil War come to life.

    Amy Ray, one half of the folk-rock duo, The Indigo Girls, will give a solo performance in State College this Sunday at Caf? 210. She talked to WPSU's Emily Reddy from WABE in Atlanta.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Andrew Murray talks with his former co-worker, Liz Widman. In 1985, Dr. Murray founded the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College.

    Pennsylvania's budget deadline is just over a month away and continued shortfalls could mean cuts for organizations that depend on state money. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with Ann Walker, executive administrator for the Child Development and Family Council of Centre County, about a panel discussion on education funding.

    The coming season of concerts by the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra will include two soloists who are father and daughter, a story about bullying set to music, and PLENTY of Mozart! WPSU's Kristine Allen has this preview.

    As a part of 2010 Midterm Election Coverage, WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with the two candidates for Pennsylvania governor. She talked with Democratic candidate Dan Onorato in the student union building on the Penn State University Park campus on Monday.

    The Pennsylvania primary is May 18th. WPSU's Scott Detrow interviewed all the gubernatorial candidates to hear their final pitch to voters. He spoke with Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato, a Democrat, on the phone.

    Congressman-Elect Glenn Thompson got his first taste of Washington last week. He and 53 other new members - and their spouses - spent the week at the Capitol for freshman orientation. Tanya Snyder tagged along and files this report.

    Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

    March 16, 2011

    A new mystery series will have you barking for more! Narrated by a fun-loving canine, these books follow a dog and his owner as they run the Little Detective Agency.

    Stories: Military Service Station

    July 31, 2009

    This month, Scott Detrow of member station WITF in Harrisburg is on assignment in Iraq. Today's story about Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade looks at the small military bases called "joint service stations." These bases need fuel, water and food -- and it's the 328th Brigade Support Battalion's job to get those supplies there. . . .

    On the eve of St. Patrick's Day, we start a new series on WPSU, called Music Makers. WPSU's Kristine Allen visits an Irish jam session in Central Pennsylvania, and talks with a musician who's helping Irish music thrive in the area.

    Rising fuel costs and unpredictable weather made last year a difficult one for Pennsylvania farmers. President Bush's 2007 budget calls for major cuts in Agriculture Department programs that could further compromise farming. A proposed tax on milk also threatens the state's dairy industry, but two Congressmen from rural Pennsylvania say they are committed to protecting the family farmer. WPSU's Terry Gildea has a report from Capitol Hill.

    As NPR reported earlier this week, libraries around the country are building their collections of E-books. WPSU's Kristine Allen spoke with one local library about the trend, and how they're helping their customers stay on top of it.

    Friends and Farmers Co-op: A New Store in Town?

    May 2, 2013

    A group of State College-area residents who share a passion for locally sourced food is in the process of starting a cooperative grocery store. They've called it the Friends and Farmers' Co-op. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner has the story.

    Earlier Pennsylvanians rarely passed up an opportunity to dam a river, creek or stream. Now, with thousands of dams across the state--including nearly 800 at risk of failing-Pennsylvania leads the nation in dam removal. It was the opportunity to make money grinding grain or making paper that gave rise to many dams. Now, it's liability and the risk of law suits that's bringing many of them down. We talk with Dennis Dickey about about dam safety and removal. In the second part of our program we speak with Kim Steiner, Director of the Arboretum at Penn State. He's part of a team working with the American Chestnut Foundation to restore this stately tree to its native range in the Eastern United States. Guests: Dennis Dickey & Kim Steiner

    An archive recording of a live broadcast of the Folk Show

    An exhibit of New-Deal era artwork is on display at the State Historical Museum in Harrisburg. State College resident David Lembeck conceived the idea and is the co-curator. The exhibit is titled A Common Canvas: Pennsylvania's New Deal Post Office Murals. It is part of the national recognition of the 75th anniversary of the New Deal. Patty Satalia spoke with David Lembeck about the exhibit. Penn State's Palmer Museum of Art is a free-admission arts resource for the University and surrounding communities in central Pennsylvania. The financial crisis has led some universities to consider selling off collections or closing their art museums altogether. Patty Satalia spoke with Jan Muhlert about the situation at Palmer Museum of Art

    Take Note Radio: Mata Hari

    When Mata Hari's mummified head was discovered missing from the Museum of Anatomy in Paris, biographer Pat Shipman was intrigued. In her rigorously researched new book, Shipman says the exotic dancer who was convicted of spying for the Germans in 1917, and executed by a French firing squad, may not have been pure, but she was likely innocent. The life and times of Mata Hari on this edition of "Take Note". Guest: Pat Shipman

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Herman Nagle talks with his son Roy Nagle. They talk about Herman's experience growing up in Altoona during World War II.

    Gerardo Edelstein, Music Director of Music at Penns Woods joins WPSU's Kristine Allen for an hour-long special. It features music from the 2012 season of Music at Penns Woods orchestra concerts.

    With all the excitement about the election, Pennsylvania voters may not realize there's something else on their ballot tomorrow: a bond referendum. At stake: 400-million dollars for water and sewer system repairs and new construction. Do you know whether you'll vote YES or No?

    An archive recording of a live broadcast of the WPSU Folk Show.

    Stories: Sewage Power

    When the November issue of Popular Mechanics magazine hit newsstands this week, a feature story listed the winners of the publication's 2005 "Breakthrough Awards." Included among them: Penn State environmental engineering professor Bruce Logan. His innovative fuel cell is powered by bacteria; it has the potential to clean up wastewater while generating hydrogen. Cynthia Berger has a report.

    After 5 terms in office, Congressman John Peterson decided not to seek re-election, to represent Pennsylvania's 5th District. Now, there's a wide-open race: 12 candidates in all. Here on WPSU, we're committed to making sure you hear where each one of them stands on the issues. We continue our series of "Conversations with the Candidate" as WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Republican Keith Richardson.

    WPSU Art for the Airwaves Winner: Alyson Leach

    April 25, 2012

    The winner of WPSU's annual "Art for the Airwaves" contest this spring is Alyson Leach of Galeton, Pennsylvania. WPSU's Kristine Allen paid a visit to the town where Leach has a home, gallery and studio

    Penn State's annual theatre festival, "Cultural Conversations", presents a theatre piece by high school and college students titled Body Language 2012: LGBT Citizens & Allies Asking & Telling. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports that the show uses video, dance, music and monolouges to foster understanding of the gay community.

    This Pulitzer Prize winning tale of overweight "ghetto nerd" Oscar Leon is Junot Diaz's debut novel. In a narrative rich in Spanglish, history and culture, it spans the lives of Oscar and several of his family members as they struggle with the family curse of fuku. Fuku stems from actual Dominican folklore Junot grew up with, and its effects can be seen throughout the book as the characters pay dearly for the choices in love, and life, they've made.

    When legislators ban smoking in public places or transfats on restaurant menus, are they looking out for your well-being, or acting like facists? That's the question posed by libertarian Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi, and his answer is clear: he thinks the government intrudes way too much into our private lives.

    The underground mine fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania, is widely regarded as the nation's worst. It's been burning for 45 years. We speak with the author of "The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy". We'll also talk with the author of "Fit to be Crazy: Living with Lithium and Manic Depression," which provides a personal glimpse of what it's like for those with biochemical clinical depression. Guests: Joan Quigley & Jean Siphron

    Iowa songwriter and singer Greg Brown will perform at the State Theatre in State College on Friday May4th at 7:30. WPSU's Mel DeYoung spoke with Greg about his upcoming performance.

    Imagine an "inexhaustible" energy source that runs on wastewater and salt water alone. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it actually exists. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with the Penn State University Park professor who just invented it.

    Russian author and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn made the world aware of the Soviet Union labor camps through his writing. Although he was exiled from Russia in 1974, Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, for his ongoing commitment to promoting the awareness of government mistreatment in the Soviet Union. Sadly, Solzhenitsyn passed away in August of 2008. However, his books about the Soviet prison camps, such as the First Circle, are still very accessible and are read by people all over the world.

    Hilltop Rezoning Request Moves to Next Step

    March 8, 2013

    The buyer of Hilltop Mobile Home Park, Trinitas Ventures, finally presented its request to the College Township Council to rezone the park to allow for the development of student housing. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reports it was standing room only last night as the council voted to keep the rezoning request alive.

    Today's guest, Jeffry Wert, is a historian and author who specializes in the American Civil War. He's written nine books about the Civil War. His book, Gettysburg--Day Three, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Wert also taught at Penns Valley Area High School for more than three decades. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner talked with him about his career as an author and teacher.

    "If you're gonna play all-stars you have to be dedicated." That's what my dad said to me after I found out I made the State College National All-Stars Baseball team. I didn't really know what he meant, but I replied, "Yes, Dad," to appease him.

    Stories: New Program Educates about Teen Pregnancy

    April 10, 2009

    After 15 years of decline, the rate of teenage pregnancies is on the rise in America

    What's it like to deploy to Iraq? Over the next year, you'll find out. As part of WPSU's participation in the NPR 'Impact of War' coverage, we've invited three members of the Pennsylvania National Guard 56th Stryker Brigade's 2nd 112th Infantry Regiment to share a recording kit. As they train and then deploy, they'll fill you in about their experiences. Our series kicks off today as you meet the audio journalists: Platoon Sergeant Matt Nedrow, Sergeant Jason Burrows, and Specialist Ilan McPherson.

    On Tuesday May 15, Pennsylvania voters will go to the polls for a primary election. The races are for municipal posts such as school board, county commissioner, and township supervisor. Our conversations with the editors of local papers about the races to watch continues as Cynthia Berger talks with Kay Stevens, County Government Reporter for the Altoona Mirror.

    Communities across Central Pennsylvania observed Veteran's Day today. Producer Cynthia Berger collected this audio postcard from the ceremony held at the Bellefonte County Courthouse.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Pasto Museum intern Naomi Ulmer interviews Stephen Spencer about the advances he's seen in dairy farming throughout his lifetime.

    Stories: Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq

    February 18, 2011

    Pediatric surgeon Dr. Chris Coppola regularly treats youngsters at Geisinger's children's hospital in Danville and at Geisinger-Gray's Woods in Centre County. When the former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force served two tours of duty as a surgeon in a combat hospital in Balad, Iraq, he found himself treating the most helpless victims of war

    So the holidays are coming. And you dread a day spent with your mother, mother-in-law or sister. What to do? Dr. Cheryl Dellsega has some tips. A professor of Humanities and Women's Studies at Penn State Hershey, Dellasega is an expert on relational aggression and the author of a new book: Forced to Be Family: A Guide for Living with Sinister Sisters, Drama Mamas and Infuriating In-Laws (Wiley, 2007).

    Stories: Tech Savvy Girls Camp at Penn State

    June 24, 2010

    Penn State University Park is full of students of all ages this week. Several different science camps for kids are taking place. The Tech Savvy Girls Camp is one of them. WPSU intern Chelsea McCartney reports.

    For Banned Book Week, Andrew Bode-Lang reviews Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers. Books from the Captain Underpants series were the most frequently challenged titles in the country last year.

    Dr. Daphne Miller is a family physician who sees a link between sustainable farming and integrative medicine. Her latest book is titled "Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing." WPSU's Kristine Allen spoke with her after her appearance at a conference of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture in State College.

    During the spring semester, Penn State University Park's new Center for America Literary Studies is sponsoring a "community read." The novel you should pick up is The Intuitionist, a social allegory in a city of the future where the sprawl is up, not out, and two guilds of Elevator Inspectors, the Empiricists and the Intutionists, compete.

    MUSIC MAKERS: Singer Megan Irwin of Bellefonte

    June 22, 2012

    Our Music Makers series features an 11 year old singer from Bellefonte. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports she's already a seasoned performer.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Dana Harris talks with her friend, Heidi Averill. Despite their 19-year age difference, the two bonded through their battles with cancer.

    Buffalo NY Singer-songwriter Greg Klyma talks with Mel DeYoung in the WPSU studio about his upcoming (Feb27, 2009) opening set for the Abbie Gardner/Anthony daCosta Acoustic Brew concert in Lemont at the Center for Well-Being. Klyma discusses his hometown of Buffalo, his connections to State College, and his Acoustic Brew concert. He performs three songs, including one not yet available on CD.

    The judge in the child sex abuse case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has sent jurors home for the week. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports that after four days the prosecution appears to have called all its witnesses.

    "Out in the Newsroom: How Gay Journalists are Bringing Fairness and Accuracy to Coverage of LGBT issues" Eric Hegedus is the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association's (NLBJA's) National President. He is a page designer for the NewYork Post, a position he has held since August 2005. Before that, Eric was a page designer for The Philadelphia Inquirer for three years. Previously, he was a photo editor at The Inquirer, working for the sports, news and features departments, as well as the Sunday Inquirer Magazine. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, he was a photo editor and award-winning staff photographer at several Gannett Co. newspapers in Upstate New York, including The Ithaca Journal and the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. A 1984 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he was a photo editor and staff photographer for the university's Daily Collegian newspaper, Hegedus began his photojournalism career as a photographer for the former Bethlehem, PA, Globe-Times. Over the years, he has also shot assignments for various news organizations, including The New York Times, The Associated Press and USA Today. Hegedus would like NLGJA to become increasingly more effective as an organization that helps journalists with issues, peer-to-peer, before stories are published or broadcast. He also aspires for NLGJA to be recognized in the journalism industry as

    Most people think life as a twentysomething means days without a care in the world. Sloane Crosley's debut book, lets you in on the not so carefree life" of the current generation's young adults.

    Stories: The Importance of Municipal Elections

    May 18, 2009

    Local municipal primaries are tomorrow. And the number of voters who get out to the polls is usually pretty low. In 2007, less than 30% of registered voters in Centre County cast their ballots. Bill White is a columnist for The Morning Call of Allentown. He also has a blog on the paper's website called Blogging With Bill White, where he has blogged about municipal elections. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with White last week about the importance of these elections.

    Penn State Faculty Senate Addresses Health Care Changes

    September 11, 2013

    Penn State's Faculty Senate met yesterday for the first time this academic year. The university's controversial new health plan was at the forefront of the agenda. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reports many spoke out against the changes.

    Synthetic Marijuana

    March 2, 2012

    This past August, Act 7 of 2011 went into effect in Pennsylvania. The new law bans the sale or possession of synthetic marijuana and other so-called "designer drugs." Last week, State police raided three State College stores and seized thousands of items suspected of containing Schedule 1 Controlled Substances. WPSU's Patty Satalia files this report.

    Lovebirds Share a Precious Gift Literally from the Heart

    February 14, 2014

    Today is Valentine's Day and you might be thinking about plans to spend time with a loved one. Some couples like to go to the movies or out for a romantic dinner, but for Claudio Frumento and Beverly Crow a night out donating platelets is more their style. For five years, the couple has been donating together at the State College Red Cross Blood Donation Center. Danielle Matalonis met up with the couple during a recent donation.

    I believe in playing horseshoes on a sunny summer day on the 110th street beach in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Playing horseshoes on the beach is a family tradition that dates back long before I was born. It began when my Great Grandfather built a house in Stone Harbor back in 1960. Over the years he passed down the tradition to my grandfather and then to my mom and aunts and uncles.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Barbara Ryan talks to her friend Caitlin Rivers. The two know each other from the Pet Pantry, part of the Bellefonte Faith Center's food bank. Rivers volunteers there. She asks Ryan how the Pet Pantry has helped her family - and her pets - in tough times.

    Reactions to Corbett's Proposed Education Cuts

    April 5, 2011

    Two very different groups gathered yesterday in State College to call for changes to Governor Tom Corbett's proposed budget. A panel discussion gathered in the downtown municipal building. Then on campus several hundred students gathered to stand with the university to fight the proposed cuts. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    Conversation with Markus Zusak

    March 16, 2012

    Centre County Reads

    Take Note: Hunger in an Age of Plenty

    March 21, 2014

    Why is hunger still a widespread problem in a world of plenty? WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner talks about that with activist and journalist Roger Thurow. He's the author of Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in the Age of Plenty and The Last Hunger Season. Thurow visited Penn State's School of International Affairs in February.

    An ESPN and cable industry pioneer, George Bodenheimer was named ESPN

    Penn State's annual Celebration of African American Music Festival continues Friday and Saturday, February 3rd and 4th, on the University Park campus. WPSU's Kristine Allen has the story of one very influential African American composer whose music will be played in-concert Friday Night.

    I believe in wooden roller coasters. I believe in the orchestra of clinking gears, crackling wood and screaming people. I believe in rustic and rickety coasters, even if they don't come with the loop-de-loops of the newer steel designs. I believe in wooden roller coasters.

    I work at the Centre County Women's Resource Center. Our clients are diverse -- women, men, and children. They come from all socioeconomic...

    Renowned futurist and New York Times best-selling author Peter Diamandis advises the world's top CEOs on how to make the most of what he calls exponential technologies. April 1, he'll be the keynote speaker at Penn State's Shaping the Future Summit on the Impact of Innovation. WPSU's Patty Satalia finds out why he's so optimistic about the future.

    February was Black History month. But the history of the African-American experience in Pennsylvania is too rich--and too important--to be confined to one month per year. So, this month, WPSU offers a special three-part series: An audio tour of some Pennsylvania stops on the Underground Railroad. In Part two, we travel to Williamsport, where two stops on the railroad are gone, but the memory lives on. WPSU's Cynthia Berger reports.

    Gov. Tom Corbett Delivers His Budget Address

    March 9, 2011

    Governor Corbett set state lawmakers' agenda yesterday, when he delivered his first budget address. As Scott Detrow reports from the state Capitol, Corbett's education policies drew the most attention, and will likely become the focal point of legislative debate in the months to come.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Pam Grugan talks with her daughter, Cecilia. Pam shares one of their family's many treasured stories about Cecilia's father, Scott, who died of a heart attack seven years ago.

    Voter ID Not Required

    November 5, 2013

    Nov. 5 is Election Day. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reports voters are NOT required to show an ID to vote.

    Cancer Research Receives Grant ... Plans for Future Fuel Cell Plant ... Millbrook Marsh Gets Facelift ... New Biomass Center Created. WPSU Science Reporter Joe Anuta has the details ---

    These interviews were conducted and produced by WPSU intern Vilma Shu. This is the extended interview with Mr. Hoffa.

    Viewing for Joe Paterno

    January 25, 2012

    A public viewing was held for Joe Paterno Tuesday in Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on Penn State's University Park Campus. WPSU's Kristine Allen has this report.

    Around the world, bees continue to disappear and scientists still don't quite know why. This week regulatory agents, bee keepers, agricultural chemical companies, and researchers from around the world gathered in State College to pool their knowledge on the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    This year more than a million college students will take a class on popular culture. And as further evidence that pop culture is worthy of academic scrutiny . . . this weekend, distinguished professors from places like Yale and Sweden 's University of Goteborg are gathering at a symposium dedicated to rock-and-roll icon Bruce Springsteen. The symposium takes place in (where else?) New Jersey . . . but the guys BEHIND the event are from right here in Central Pennsylvania . WPSU's Cynthia Berger chatted with them recently, and she has this report.

    Local writer Julie Brink died Monday at age 50. Raised in rural Clearfield County, she called on her childhood experiences in her column for the Centre Daily Times and in her contributions to WPSU's community book review program, BookMark. Penn State's AnneMarie Mountz remembers her friend of 20 years.

    The Grange Fair Forum provided voters with a chance to hear from the candidates running for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania's 5th District. Amy Glasmeier, director of Penn State's Center for Energy Policy, Environment, and Community Well Being, joins Cynthia Berger to recap the event.

    Social Studies teachers across the United States pushed aside the textbooks today to show students history in the making. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked to Philipsburg-Osceola High School students as their class watched Barack Obama's inauguration.

    You could say art is in her blood. Victoria Wyeth is the only grandchild of iconic artist Andrew Wyeth. She's been giving talks about Wyeth art since she was 16, both here in the U.S. and abroad. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with her about growing up in the so-called "First family of American art" and about the lessons she learned at her grandfather's knee.

    Extended Interview with Victoria Wyeth

    An archive recording of a live Folk Show broadcast.

    Stories: Megatransect

    Imagine running a marathon that's 24 miles without stopping. Now imagine a marathon that takes you up and down a mountain several times. That's the Bald Eagle Megatransect, an event for hikers and runners taking place this weekend in Lock Haven. As part of our ongoing series called "Sports That Are Not Football," WPSU's Cynthia Berger went out on the trail with race organizer Jeff Stover for a sneak preview of the toughest part of the course.

    New Drop-in Homeless Shelter Opens in State College

    February 12, 2014

    Hearts for the Homeless, a drop-in day center located in downtown State College, opened its doors for the first time yesterday. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reports.

    Take Note: A Conversation with Majora Carter

    September 22, 2013

    The New York Times called her ""The Green Power Broker." We'll talk with Majora Carter about the revitalization and community improvement projects she's leading in her South Bronx neighborhood. We'll also talk with her about her efforts to stop the placement of polluting industries in low-income or minority communities.

    Extended Interview with Majora Carter

    BookMark: The Black Notebooks: an Interior Journey, by Toi Derricotte (Norton, 1999)

    September 17, 2008

    University of Pittsburgh professor and author Toi Derricotte is one of the most honored African American poets in the literary world today. Her poems often focus on reality and pressing issues in society today. In this book, her first memoir, which she began writing 20 years ago, Derricotte writes about what it means to be a black woman living in a racially divided world.

    I believe in Sunday breakfast. Not toaster strudels, donuts, or bagels.

    BookMark: Dirt and All Its Dense Labor, by Gabriel Welsch

    December 31, 1969

    State College resident Gabriel Welsch is a former landscaper and nurseryman, and his new collection of poems reflects his horticulturalist's eye for natural beauty.

    BookMark: Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson

    June 24, 2009

    The human desire to leave behind something lasting is the concept behind this novel. The narrator, Reverend John Ames, knows his health is failing; as an inheritance for his seven-year-old son, he pens the intricate story of his life. Marilynne Robinson's tale illuminates the difficulties of fatherhood and family, and the ties that bind us all together.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Sandra Yohe talks with her mother Marie Breon about her life, and how she met her husband.

    On the first Earth Day in 1970, I was 10 years old. Someone from our neighborhood in upstate New York had dropped off a flyer. It suggested we gather to clean up the street that connected our neighborhood to the busy main road. That street was littered with trash, dead leaves, and the remnants of late night teenage partying. I don't know who sent that flyer around, but I'm still grateful to them, because it was one of the best days of my childhood.

    Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate are introducing healthcare reform legislation at President Obama's request. And one of the reform efforts appears to be modeled after a Pennsylvania healthcare innovation. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    I Believe in Christmas

    I believe in Christmas, but not in the way you might think; let me try to explain. I'm not Christian (or Jewish, or Muslim, or Buddhist) or any other religion. I wouldn't say I'm an atheist, though

    Stories: College Education Costs

    April 3, 2009

    The cost of college continues to climb--and in this economy, many families find themselves stretched or outright unable to pay tuition bills. Governor Rendell has plans to make college more affordable. WPSU's Emily Reddy looks at how these plans would affect students and colleges in Central Pennsylvania.

    This week marks the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass" when German stormtroopers smashed the windows of Jewish shops . . . an event often referred to as the start of the Holocaust. A recent book about the Holocaust is "The Lost", Daniel Mendelsohn's account of his search to find out exactly what happened to six family members about whom he was told simply "they were killed by the Nazis."

    Stories: Future of Newspapers

    March 23, 2009

    The Rocky Mountain News is defunct. The Seattle Post Intelligencer has stopped printing and exists on-line only. Pundits predict the imminent demise of the New York Times. Is "the end of newspapers" upon us? Three editors from small, local Pennsylvania papers say community newspapers will endure.

    Last Fall WPSU radio reporters conducted StoryCorps-style interviews with friends and family. WPSU's Lindsey Whissel talked with her colleague and friend, Emily Perry. Lindsey was surprised to learn what an exotic childhood Emily had.

    In the 20th century, South American writers made famous the literary genre called magical realism, which blends real-world events with fantasy. Today's book applies magical realism to the author's hometown of Pittsburgh. Paolo Corso's debut collection of short stories bring a sense of wonder to the the run-down Rust Belt town of her youth.

    Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

    April 10, 2014

    Centre County Reads is an organization that encourages county residents of all ages to read and discuss the same book. This year's pick is Mary Roach's Packing for Mars. Our reviewer, Hannah Burks, is this year's undergraduate intern for the Center for American Literary Studies at Penn State.

    Stories: Political Parties Gear Up for the Election

    October 4, 2010

    Today is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming election. Democratic and Republican committees in Centre County have been hard at work for months to get voters on their side. WPSU intern Chelsea McCartney reports.

    Listen to the expanded version of the interview with State College filmmaker Aaron Matthews

    Russian pianist Svetlana Rodionova calls Central Pennsylvania home. She tells us how she made a new life here, and talks about playing a romantic Russian piano concerto with the Penn's Woods Festival Orchestra. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently finished a month of recording interviews in Bellefonte. Courtney McMeans, who is 22, talks with her grandmother, Rhetta McMeans, who is 80, about their family history.

    BookMark: Button Up! by Alice Schertle

    May 19, 2010

    This book of children's poetry won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award from our very own Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    See Comet Pan-STARRS at Sunset

    March 12, 2013

    This evening, right after the sun slips below the western horizon, an unusual sight will be visible, if the weather permits. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports it's a visitor from the far reaches of our solar system. It's a comet.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month last summer. Valerie Anderson talks with her father Robert Stover about his experience in the US Army at the end of World War II. This interview was recorded on Stover's birthday, and his granddaughter Maggie was also there.

    The Wiffle ball - that big, white plastic ball with the holes in the top - ,was invented in 1952, by a former semi-pro ballplayer who wanted his son to be able to play backyard ball without breaking so many windows. 53 years later, Wiffle ball is seeing a surge in popularity nationwide... but here in Central Pennsylvania, it never went out of fashion. As part of our ongoing series called "Sports That Are NOT Football," here's a report from the sidelines at the Milesburg Wiffleball Tournament

    When I was a child, I was very shy. When I had to give a speech in front of my classmates, I became nervous, my legs trembled, and my heartbeat became fast. But an experience in high school changed my personality.

    Take Note Radio: Connie Schultz & Susan Kennedy

    March 22, 2009

    Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, known for a body of work that reflects compassion, humanity and an abiding concern for the underdog. She talks about her newest book, a memoir chronicling the 2006 Senate campaign of her husband Sherrod Brown. And, in late March in Centre County

    Race, Reconciliation and the Reitz 4

    January 20, 2012

    A South African composer/choreographer , Penn State student dancers, and PSU theatre professor Charles Dumas will collaborate Sunday night to present a story of racism and reconciliation. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports on a new theatre piece with a powerful message.

    Soldiers carry many things into war: their guns, back packs, ammunition, food. Then there are the intangibles: Fear. Fellowship. Memories. Just in time for Memorial Day, "The Things They Carried" is a collection of autobiographical stories about the Vitenam War.

    Stories: Senator's Town Hall Meeting

    August 12, 2009

    Senator Arlen Specter talked health care at a town hall meeting in State College today .

    Eat better, feel less stressed, become more productive at work, have more patience, and use your credit card less!? All these things and more have happened to me. Are they the result of having a regular exercise routine as new research I've read claims? I can't prove it, but I believe it! And believing something will work is necessary to making a habit stick, this too according to research.

    As a Halloween treat, WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with science fiction and fantasy writer Daryl Gregory. Gregory has a new book out tomorrow. It's a collection of short stories called Unpossible and Other Stories.

    The race for Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional district his hotly contested, with 12 candidates in all. You'll hear where each one of them stands on the issues as we interview all 9 Republicans and all 3 Democrats. Our series continues as WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Republican John Krupa.

    This I Believe: I Believe in the Next Generation

    November 6, 2008

    I believe this generation is ready for a change

    Why do poor women put motherhood before marriage, despite the daunting challenges? We talk with a noted sociologist about what motherhood and marriage mean in the context of poverty. We also talk with a feminist economist who ask questions most economists don't even think about like how to measure unpaid labor predominately done by women. Guests: Kathryn Edin & Nancy Folbre

    BookMark: The Trouble with the Alphabet by Caryn West

    October 20, 2010

    Using poetry, portraits, and a wealth of research, this book tackles big issues. Listen to learn more about this book and about the human rights of children around the world. And don't forget

    Community Focuses on Sandusky's Alleged Victims

    November 11, 2011

    Night before last, thousands of students rioted to protest the firing of long-time Penn State coach Joe Paterno. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports yesterday saw some in State College trying to shift attention back where they thought it should be -- to Sandusky's alleged victims.

    Some Stones Shine by Joseph C. Tarone

    December 20, 2012

    Some Stones Shine, by Joseph C. Tarone, follows four brothers who find work in a coal patch after the death of their father. Our reviewer, R. Thomas Berner, is a 9th generation Pennsylvanian from the coal region where the book is set. He's also a retired journalism professor who taught at Penn State for 28 years.

    These interviews were conducted and produced by WPSU intern Vilma Shu. This is the extended interview with Mrs. Condee.

    This archive recording will be available for one month after the date of the broadcast.

    Stories: State Inmates in County Prison?

    June 17, 2009

    LIVE READ: Pennsylvania state prisons are jammed with prisoners

    As you've heard, voter turnout was high for Tuesday's presidential primary here in Pennsylvania. WPSU brings you these audio snapshots from polling places in our listening area.

    At a county fair, there are always lots of contests . . . like the "Junior Market Swine Show," the "Lamb Fitting Contest," or the judging of jams, jellies and preserves. One of the most thrilling contests at the fair involves sleek machines with powerful engines . . . It's the tractor pull. WPSU's Cynthia Berger was in the grandstands at the Centre County Grange Fair this past weekend, and she has this report

    A penny saved may be a penny earned, but today, many of us are reluctant to even take pennies as change. Are pennies more trouble than they're worth? During this edition of the program, we talk with a Penn State economist who says a bill to ban the penny doesn't make sense. We also talk with the author of "Now You See It". She was born and raised in a small Pennsylvania town much like the fictional place in her book. Guests: Ray Lombra & Bathsheba Monk

    Usually, WPSU producer Cynthia Berger snacks her way across the state for our occasional series, PA Potluck. But right now, she's on a cross-country road trip. Just consider the snacking possibilities! This week she sent us an audio postcard from California's largest farmer's market.

    Stories: Dairy Prices Plummit

    July 10, 2009

    A year ago, milk prices were high. Dairy farmers took advantage of the spike and produced more milk. Now the market is flooded and prices have dipped dramatically. That leaves milk producers across the United States and Pennsylvania just trying to stay afloat till prices come back up. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    This unique collection of contemporary works evokes the essence of Pennsylvania. Poems explore the state's physical landscape: the hills and valleys, the farmland and forest, but also its cultural terrain: the coal towns and, steel factories, the Pennsylvania turnpike. The works of distinguished poets and newcomers are included in the more than 100 selections, including such poems as "Steelers, Steelers, Steelers!" by Anne Hayes, "Rowers on the Schuylkill" by Leonard Kress, and "Coal Train" by Jay Parini.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, in McKean County. Robert Fair talks with his wife Tracy Keppel. Fair started his degree in Psychology at Pitt Bradford, where this recording took place.

    Stories: Day of Listening: Destiny Aman

    November 26, 2009

    Our series for the National Day of Listening continues as WPSU's Emily Reddy talks with her friend, Destiny Aman. When the two first met in State College, Destiny was going through a time of transition.

    When the Mason-Dixon Line comes up in discussion, most people think of the Civil War, or segregation. Pulitzer prize- winning journalist William Ecenbarger thinks differently. In his latest book, Walkin' the Line: A Journey from Past to Present, Ecenbarger walks the accessible parts of the 365-mile-long line and seeks out people whose stories shed light on the line's historical and racial significance.

    Rock star Bruce Springsteen dropped out of college. But he's about to be back on campus in a big way -- as the subject of "Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium." College professors from around the world will converge at Monmouth University in New Jersey September 9-11, 2005 for a conference where they'll deconstruct his lyrics and his life's work. We talked with the conference organizer and Springsteen fan about the Boss's role in American culture and why it deserves academic scrutiny. Guest: Mark Bernhard

    Stories: Not All Students Drink!

    May 6, 2010

    Though Penn State holds the title of #1 Party School, not ALL students drink to excess. WPSU News intern Zack Valenta toured campus and downtown on a recent Saturday night and discovered these scenes of sobriety.

    Title: Beating the Odds / Cataract Surgery A diving accident in 1992 left Bill Cawley a quadriplegic. The accident changed his life, but not what he wanted out of life. We'll talk with him about living life on his terms. Then, no stitch, no patch, no injection. We'll talk with an ophthalmologist about the latest advances in cataract surgery. Guests: Bill Cawley & Dr. Adam Marcovitch

    I believe in fish

    Marcellus Wastewater

    March 14, 2011

    The state's former top environmental cop and the head of the state's largest natural gas drilling trade group call a recent New York Times series that's highly critical of gas drilling oversight, quote, "dishonest reporting." WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with John Hanger, former secretary of the DEP, and Kathryn Klaber, executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, about one of the key issues in that series--namely the handling of contaminated wastewater. (The New York Times reporter was asked to speak with us but didn't respond to our invitation.)

    A Conversation with Rock Legend Patti Smith

    October 20, 2013

    Poet, musician and artist Patti Smith visited Penn State to receive the 2013 Institute of the Arts and Humanities Medal for Distinguished Achievement. She joined us in our studio just a few hours before the evening's celebration, and her much-anticipated solo performance, to talk with us about her life, art and friendships.

    This I Believe: I Believe in Compost

    May 28, 2009

    I believe in compost. Not just compost-ing, the action...but compost, the substance. Let me tell you a little bit more about this "black gold.

    Trombonist Christopher Dudley grew up in State College, and is now Principal Trombone of the Baltimore Symphony. He plays some jazz and rock, as well as classical music, and recently played on a recording by a world-famous rock star. His mother, Dolores Dudley Simpson, will be in the audience as he returns home to be guest soloist with the State College Municipal Band on Mother's Day. WPSU's Kristine Allen has the story.

    Stories: Gypsy Moths

    All Things Considered. Last year, gypsy moth caterpillars chewed up a lot of leaves in Central Pennsylvania . . . and they're expected to be back in force this spring. Spraying to control the very hungry caterpillars starts this month. WPSU's Cynthia Berger talked with the DCNR's Don Eggen to get more details.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Cathy Griffith talks with her friend Kaitlin Farnan. They were brought together by cancer.

    Housing activists in Pennsylvania were riding high this year. Just a couple of weeks ago, it looked like Congress might finally put money into the National Housing Trust Fund. But WPSU's Emily Reddy reports that recent political bargaining means Pennsylvanians will likely have to wait for more funding for affordable housing.

    I believe in being yourself, as clich? as that may sound to some.

    I will never forget May 12, 2008. My chemistry tutor was teaching me at home. All of a sudden, my building's doors and windows started to shake.

    Penn State students will have to reach deeper into their pockets this year to pay for tuition. Penn State's Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase of up to 4.9 percent for undergraduate students for the upcoming year. WPSU intern Kelsey Penna talked with students and administrators about their reactions to the increase.

    Ties That Bind by Dave Isay

    February 13, 2014

    WPSU's Emily Reddy, who usually hosts BookMark, reviews Dave Isay's Ties That Bind. It's a collection of interviews about love and gratitude celebrating the first ten years of radio's StoryCorps.

    Stories: Putting the Lid on Greenhouse Gases

    March 3, 2010

    To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many dairy farms will need to cover their manure lagoons. In this report from the Ohio River Radio Consortium, Tom Borgerding reports on a farmer who hopes to convert greenhouse gases to money in his pocket.

    This I Believe: Dorothy Was Right After All

    January 22, 2009

    The clouds were thick and grey as I sped southwest down Interstate-64 that fall day four years ago. In fact the whole theme of my 8-hour trip was gloom. Carcass-strewn roads; dense fogs; desolate highways

    In the run-up to the municipal elections on Nov 3., WPSU takes look at local races. Today, Cynthia Berger talks with the editor of the Centre Daily Times, Bob Heisse.

    Ben Carson has a childhood dream of becoming a physician. Growing up in a single parent home with dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper, and low self-esteem appeared to preclude the realization of that dream until his mother, with only a third-grade education, challenged her sons to strive for excellence. Young Ben persevered and today is a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children

    BookMark: The Coffee Trader by David Liss

    August 18, 2010

    With this work of historical fiction, you don't just travel to Amsterdam

    On the final day of the Penn State Sexual Abuse Conference, Elizabeth Smart gave the audience a message of hope. WPSU intern Danielle Matalonis reports.

    On Saturday December 9, a Penn State faculty member was one of the musicians on A Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Garrison Keillor. Earlier in the week, WPSU's Kristine Allen caught up with Velvet Brown, Penn State Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, during the intermission of a performance of the River City Brass in Pittsburgh, of which she is a member.

    In his latest novel, Carnegie Mellon creative writing professor Hilary Masters writes about Sam Emerson, a Penn State alumnus and Pittsburg restaurant owner. He takes readers through the tumult of Sam's unconventional past, while drawing on familiar themes of love and death. Details of Pennsylvania shine in this vibrant and touching work of fiction.

    The United States is made up of people from many different cultures and religions. Unfortunately, many people forget their traditions and cultural heritage when they're far from their homeland and they settle in other countries. I believe in embracing my Indian roots.

    High speed internet access is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for economic development. So says Fifth District Republican Congressman John Peterson. He wants to make sure rural areas of Pennsylvania are not left behind. WPSU Washington correspondent Benjaman Shaw reports from Capitol Hill...

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Ted Graef talks with his father Leslie. Leslie participated in the March on Washington in 1963.

    This is Morning Edition. I'm Mel DeYoung. At the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College last weekend, most of us were there to shop and enjoy the entertainment. But, WPSU's Kristine Allen reports, some 300 artists were there to make a living

    With Congressman John E. Peterson leaving his seat in Pennsylvania's 5th district, there's a wide-open race: 12 candidates in all. Here on WPSU, we're committed to letting you hear where each one of them stands on the issues. Our series of "Conversations with the Candidates" continues this morning as WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Republican Lou Radkowski.

    One hundred years ago, doctors recognized Alzheimer's Disease as a distinct diagnosis. A number of conferences mark this anniversary, including one that starts today (March 29th) at Penn State University Park. This evening at 7, four conference participants will be at WPSU for a "Lobby Talk" to discuss new approaches to the disease. One speaker is Ann Basting, director of the Center on Age and Community at the University of Wisconsin. She spoke by phone with Cynthia Berger.

    The Penn State Board of Trustees met last night in State College to discuss NCAA penalties levied against the University. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports after meeting for more then three hours the trustees appear to have come to terms with the sanctions.

    Researchers Debunk Migration Theory ... Forestry Professor Says Less is Better ... Scientists Get Basic Knowledge of Cutting Edge Materials ... St Francis University on Google Earth... WPSU Science Reporter Joe Anuta has the details

    Take Note Radio: Lee Ann De Reus & Emanuel Ax

    March 29, 2009

    Our first guest is Lee Ann De Rues, professor of human development at Penn State Altoona and co-founder of the Save Darfur Central Pennsylvania chapter. De Rues is the 2009 recipient of the Carl Wilkens Fellowship, an honor given by the Genocide Intervention Network to twenty individuals across the country who have shown dedication to ending genocide. We also talk with celebrated pianist Emanuel Ax, who performs with violinist Itzhak Perlman, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma at Penn State's Center for the Performing Arts March 30th.

    BookMark: We the Living, by Ayn Rand

    January 9, 2008

    Ayn Rand's first novel was her first denouncement of communism . . . and the book she said comes closest to an autobiography. Set in post-revolutionary Russia, it's the heart-wrenching story of a woman who sacrifices everything for the man she loves-and a detailed portrait of socialized Russia, with its ration cards, long lines, and dismal living conditions.

    I was born weighing 2 pounds and 4 ounces. I was small, even for a newborn in a big world. While in the womb, the doctor gave my brother and me a low chance of survival because the umbilical cord was struggling to support us both. Despite this, we were born with no severe handicaps. By the time I was nine, however, I realized I was different from other kids my age.

    Stories: Bringing Back a Butterfly

    July 16, 2009

    Over the years, as soldiers trained with live ammo at the PA National Guard's Fort Indiantown Gap, they did more than maintain their skills; they maintained habitat for a threatened butterfly, the regal fritillary. Now biologists are working to expand the butterfly's range, with habitat improvement projects at the Gap and Bald Eagle State Park. WPSU's Cynthia Berger reports.

    Stories: Fall Foliage

    October 13, 2009

    Pennsylvania has a reputation for beautiful autumn scenery. But in recent years, temperature, drought and insects have all contributed to lackluster leaf color. What are expectations for this year's fall foliage?

    For many people, April 15 is TAX DAY! April 15 for me, however, has a different significance

    Stories: Food Banks Thrive on Green Donations

    May 29, 2009

    Yesterday, WPSU brought you a story about Central Pennsylvanians who are gardening more to cut their food bills. Today, a story about Pennsylvania gardeners who are planting a little extra to give to those in need. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman

    June 6, 2013

    Becky Aikman's memoir, Saturday Night Widows, is about how she pursued healing after her husband's death. Aikman, originally from Brookville, PA, is a featured author at this year's BookFest. Reviewer MIschelle Marie (also known as KC O'Day) is a morning radio host at WALY 103.9.

    Stanford Lembeck talks with his friend Holly Mollo. Lembeck and Mollo are a part of the synagogue, Agudath Achim of Huntingdon. The two friends helped to create The Center for the Study of Jewish Life in Central Pennsylvania. It's a collaboration of Agudath Achim, Juniata College, and the Juniata College Hillel Association. These groups are collecting and recording stories of Jewish history in central Pennsylvania.

    Pianist Jeremy Denk Makes Penn State Concert Debut

    January 29, 2014

    (photo above by Michael Wilson) Pianist Jeremy Denk won a MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes called a "genius grant" this past fall. on Wednesday, January 29th, he makes his Penn State concert debut with a program of solo piano music at Schwab Auditorium on the University Park Campus, as part of the Center for the Performing Arts series. WPSU's Kristine Allen speaks with Denk about his performance.

    If you'd like to catch this year's Farm Show in Harrisburg

    Stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone -- who you may know from the NPR news quiz show Wait, WaitDon't Tell Me -- will perform at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport tomorrow night. She talked with WPSU's Emily Reddy about her comedic style.

    Push by Sapphire

    February 2, 2012

    Semhar Mengisteab, a high school student from State College, recommends a novel that will help you commemorate Black History Month, which begins this week.

    On Tuesday May 16, voters across Pennsylvania will go to the polls for a primary election. One race to watch is the contest for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Rick Santorum. On we presented interviews with 2 of the Democratic challengers (candidate and State Treasurer Robert Casey Jr. did not respond to a request for an interview.) On we aired an interview with the incumbent, Republican Senator Rick Santorum. This is that conversation with WPSU's Cynthia Berger.

    If you love maps, you'll love this compendium of maps that tell you practically everything you could want to know about the Keystone State. Far more than a how-to-get-there collection of roadmaps, this atlas informs about everything from ancient Indian cultures to the incidence of divorce in modern society to where radon is most prevalent.

    The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

    August 29, 2013

    WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reviews the winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Orphan Master's Son, by Adam Johnson, is an epic novel set in North Korea.

    Residents of Mifflin County celebrate a unique holiday: Goose Day. Based on the medieval feast called Michaelmas, Central Pennsylvania's modern Goose Day mostly involves stuffing yourself with roast goose, but there's also a day-long street festival called Goose Fest, highlighted by a goose bake-off and a goose-calling contest

    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.

    The Play "Stop Kiss" Raises Diversity Issues

    January 25, 2013

    A play that opens in Altoona tonight deals head-on with the issue of same sex relationships, intolerance and violence. But WPSU's Kristine Allen reports, the play is also a a powerful and touching love story.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. David Mercer talks with his daughter, Deb Gadsby. Mercer talks about his experience as a father and grandfather and the influence of his father on his life.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Travis and Krista Etters interview their grandmother, Hilda Heacox, about her husband, her career, and Depression-era Pennsylvania.

    In the halls of my elementary school in Massachusetts, there was a poster that said, "Life is a journey, not a race." From kindergarten through fifth grade, I walked by that poster every day. I read it a thousand times, but I never really understood what it meant.

    The two-time Grammy winning singer Kathy Mattea has never been afraid to push the creative envelope. Her newest albums, "Coal" and "Calling Me Home," are her most personal and daring. Both records pay tribute to her rich alto and to the folk music of her native Appalachia. We'll talk with her about the power of music, her fight to end mountain top removal, and about facing Alzheimer's disease head on.

    When I was little, I would listen to my older brother play his guitar. The sound of the strings would echo through the house and into my ears. Over the years, I grew more and more interested in the guitar, until I finally decided to learn how to play.

    Stories: New Deal Art Exhibit

    May 1, 2009

    An exhibit of New-Deal era artwork is on display at the State Historical Museum in Harrisburg. State College resident David Lembeck conceived the idea and is the co-curator. The exhibit is titled A Common Canvas: Pennsylvania's New Deal Post Office Murals. It opened November 2008 and will continue to the middle of May. It is part of the national recognition of the 75th anniversary of the New Deal. The subject matter chosen for the art was usually tied to local history or industry. Patty Satalia spoke with David Lembeck

    Happiness may come naturally to some people, but it doesn't work that way for me. I have a good life, and people who love me. So why couldn't I be happy?

    Penn State Pipeline Causes Controversy

    April 1, 2013

    Penn State University Park plans to convert its on-campus power plant from coal to natural gas. The move is part of an effort to meet new US Environmental Protection Agency air pollution standards. But there's been a community backlash. A high-pressure gas pipeline required for the conversion is slated to run right through the Highlands neighborhood south of campus. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner has the story.

    There are more than 54 million Americans with disabilities. While their status has improved markedly since the Disabilities Rights Movement began in the late 1960s and early '70s, those with disabilities are still only half as likely as other Americans to be employed and more than twice as likely to live in poverty. We speak with one of the nation's most ardent advocates for disability rights and about his own experience raising a son with Down syndrome. Guest: Michael Berube

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently finished a month of recording interviews in Bellefonte. Jessica Illuzzi interviews her parents, Angelo and Matilda Illuzzi. Jessica is a Penn State student and her parents live in DuBois. But they talk about how Angelo and Matilda met and how Jessica came into their family.

    She's been called one of the best satirists on the planet. Pam Monk is a writer and producer, ruler of the Pamelapolis, an independent producing company, and an advice columnist for a Web-based magazine that parodies women's magazines. When she isn't in constant negotiations with other people's realities, she's leading the Forbidden Valley Singers in song or teaching fiction and nonfiction writing at Penn State. We'll talk with the multitalented Pam Monk of State College. Later in the program, we speak with Nancy Mooney of Warren, Pennsylvania. She heads up a group that aims to make Warren, Pennsylvania, a major tourist destination by constructing something called the "Allegheny Musarium." Guests: Pam Monk & Nancy Mooney

    You don't need ketchup with this meal!" I heard this line from both my parents throughout my childhood. I don't know what made that...

    An American Muslim leader says American Muslims have a special duty to demythologize Islam to the American public and to stop violence committed by Muslims in the name of Islam. What does it mean to be Muslim in America? We speak with Dr. Ingrid Mattson, a Muslim convert from Catholicism, and the first woman president of the Islamic Society of North America. Guests: Dr. Ingrid Mattson

    Stories: State Funding for Public TV

    April 24, 2009

    Governor Rendell has proposed to cut funding entirely for the Pennsylvania Public Television Network for the coming fiscal year. This would effect all Public Television stations in the state -- including WPSU. Reporter Ann Danahy of the Centre Daily Times spoke about the situation with WPSU's General Manager Ted Krichels. This is an excerpt from that interview.

    Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

    August 1, 2013

    Sometimes a book can get under your skin. Maggie Muir reviews Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a short story collection by Karen Russell.

    Where do life and art intersect? We'll talk about that, but firstif you resolved to diet in January, but have already lost interest, you're not alone. Research shows that dieting is a short-lived New Year's resolution. We'll introduce you to a simple, science-based diet that could get you off the dieting treadmill. Our guest is Dr. Barbara Rolls, professor of nutritional sciences and the Helen A. Guthrie Chair in nutrition at Penn State. She's creator and author of The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet, a #1 New York Times Bestselling Diet book.

    I believe in Mario Lemieux. What if I told you that Mario Lemieux's career stats are 690 goals,1,033 assists. and 2 saves? You might ask how he has two saves if he was a forward while playing hockey. Well, I'm not talking about the type of saves a goalie makes.

    Stories: Energy Innovation Hub

    February 11, 2011

    In his State of the Union address, and again last week during his visit to Penn State, President Obama said that if America's scientists and engineers assemble teams of the best minds in their fields, and focus on the hardest problems in clean energy, his administration will fund their projects. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Dr. Henry Foley, Penn State vice president for Research and lead investigator of one of the so-called Energy Innovation Hubs that the federal government is funding.

    His name has been synonymous with music since his high school years in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. Known as "the man who taught America how to sing," the beloved choral leader and founder of The Pennsylvanians died suddenly in 1984 at the place where it all began-Penn State. We'll hear one of "Fred Waring's" favorite Christmas tunes and talk with the former archivist of Fred Waring's America Collection, which is housed at Penn State. Guest: Pete Kiefer

    Many Koreans suffered oppression in the mid 1900s, when Japan took over their country. When My Name was Keoko, describes the struggles one family faced. The young-adult novel is loosely based on the historical experiences of author Linda Sue Park's parents.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Nancy Shedd, talks with her brothers, John and Charles Swigart. The siblings reminisce about growing up in Huntingdon and how different life was back then.

    BookMark: Watchmen by Alan Moore, Barry Marx (Editor)

    April 1, 2009

    Author Alan Moore is one of the few authors to bring graphic novels into the mainstream. Most recently, his graphic novel Watchmen was adapted into a major motion picture. The events unfold in a United States with an alternate history, where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s to help the nation win the Vietnam War and, eventually, fight off the Soviet Union.

    In my last year of high school, I had a lot of responsibilities. I could hardly keep my eyes open during my classes because I only slept three hours every night. After school, I had to practice the play, "Mamma Mia!" for my school festival. After that, I went to a special school to cram for the entrance examination for college. I thought I was like a clock: I'd always keep working and never stop. But that year, I learned to slow down and trust others to help me.

    Stories: Kristallnacht

    Today is the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. It happened in Germany in 1938 -- a night of terrible violence against Jews. Stormtroopers, along with ordinary citizens, destroyed homes and synagogues. And 30,000 Jewish men were taken to concentration camps. Kristallnacht is often referred to as "the beginning of the Holocaust." On the anniversary of this turning point in history, Cynthia Berger brings you this story of Kristallnacht, from someone who was there.

    I believe in pink. It's a timeless symbol of femininity. It is the color of a baby girl's first blanket. It's the best flavor of lemonade and the color of Elvis's Cadillac. It is a vibrant, feel good color.

    BookMark: Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by NPR Correspondent Anne Garrels [Encore] Pubished by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.

    October 25, 2006

    Anne Garrels is National Public Radio's senior foreign correspondent, which means she has reported from such war zones as Bosnia, Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Kosovo. Her experiences in Iraq are the subject of a compelling memoir.

    It's one thing to speak out to bring attention to environmental causes. It's another to travel 6-thousand miles by foot, bicycle, and kayak to get attention for at-risk habitats. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with a man doing just that.

    According to the American Red Cross, only 5 percent of people who are eligible donate blood. This is happening as medical procedures are becoming more complex, as our society is aging, and as we are engaged in war. Many of our blood donor centers and hospitals are facing serious shortages. How do we encourage more people to become blood donors? We speak with with Lauren Larsen who now serves on the board of directors for the Foundation for America's Blood Centers. In the spring of 2000, her life took a dramatic turn when an emergency c-section triggered near-fatal medical complications. To recover, she was given roughly 200 units of blood. Later in the program, we speak with Wendi Keeler, from the Greater Alleghenies Region of the American Red Cross, about blood donation. Guests: Lauren Larsen & Wendi Keeler

    Researchers Get To The Bottom Of Diabetes ... Angioplasty Not Always Helpful ... Educators Leave Clarion For Cairo ... Science In The Classroom... WPSU science reporter Joe Anuta has all the details...

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Vana Dainty talks with her friend Steve Heverly. They talk about Heverly's interest in his family tree, and his ancestor's legacy in show business.

    Dog on It by Spencer Quinn

    May 25, 2011

    A new mystery series will have you barking for more! Narrated by a fun-loving canine, these books follow a dog and his owner as they run the Little Detective Agency.

    Stories: Doing Our Part

    Members of new nonprofit group here in Central Pennsylvania are rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to repair the damage from Hurricane Katrina in the south. WPSU News intern David Klatt talked with workers in Alabama.

    Sergeant Matt Nedrow is the senior officer and the 'married guy' among the three soldier-journalists who are reporting about their experiences in the PA National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade. The unit had a few days home over Christmas; Nedrow lives in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, with his wife Amy, his mother Cathy, and his two young children. He took some time to reflect on how it felt to be away all fall.

    This Strange Land by Shara McCallum

    July 27, 2011

    This Strange Land is a collection of poems written by Shara McCallum and released with an audio CD of her reading. It is McCallum's third book of poetry. Our reviewer, Marjorie Maddox, is a poet and prose writer.

    The members of the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade are preparing to deploy to Iraq this winter. All this week we've been hearing from the men of 2nd 112th infantry regiment, which is based in Bellefonte as they said goodbye to their families and boarded the bus for training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Today Sergeant Jason Burrowes and Platoon Sergeant Matt Nedrow report on the training regime at Shelby.

    We associate the hearing of voices with madness - yet research shows, the phenomenon is not so rare and not necessarily pathological. This book is a multifaceted review of the phenomenon; author Daniel Smith got interested in the subject because his father and grandfather both heard voices.

    I believe in dirty shoes. I believe in wearing shoes until there are holes in them, and then wearing them some more. Although my practice might seem extreme, I got this habit from BOTH of my parents. Ever since I can remember, my dad has said, "There is no hole in my shoes that some duct tape can't fix." My mother, on the other hand, has always encouraged me to date my shoes

    Take Note: Centre County's DA

    March 31, 2013

    When Stacy Parks Miller was sworn into office in January of 2010, she became the first woman to serve as district attorney in Centre County, easily defeating Republican Incumbent Mike Madeira, who served only one four-year term. Parks Miller talks about what the district attorney's office does, how the Jerry Sandusky trial affected day-to-day operations, and about the greatest challenges facing Centre County's office of DA.

    This I Believe: I believe in being true to yourself

    October 30, 2008

    Yesterday a close friend told me that my home looks a little bit "Trailer-Park-White-Trash." He meant well, like the Queer Eye guys mean well when they say "tisk" and gently guide a straight guy to the barber's for immediate removal of his mullet.

    Domain of Perfect Affection by Robin Becker

    April 13, 2011

    For the second week of National Poetry Month, we take a look at the most recent collection of poetry from the talented Penn State laureate.

    Time is not money, in fact time is more important than money! On this edition of Take Note, we talk with a feminist economist who says the Gross Domestic Product doesn't adequately measure unpaid labor predominantly performed by women, such as housework, childcare, and eldercare. We also talk about a new report that explores the economic issues facing rural communities, which includes much of Pennsylvania. Guests: Nancy Folbre, Al Luloff & Ted Alter

    This week, WPSU brings you a series of essays from the first-ever "Youth Issue" of Town and Gown magazine. The authors of these essays are students at State College Area High School, and they reflect on what it's like to grow up in a small town -- State College -- that's also home to a big university -- Penn State. Today, we hear from senior Paloma Frumento. At State High, Paloma has been editor of the features section of the Lions Digest newspaper, and an ELS (English as a Second Language) tutor with the Mid-State Literacy Council. She talks about the interface between high school students and college students.

    Some Thoughts on the Current State of Federal Tax Reform Proposals

    Stories: A Painting Comes Alive on Stage

    February 19, 2010

    The play "Sundays in the Park with George," by Steven Sondheim, is onstage in Central PA this weekend. The composer takes a well-known painting and makes the scene literally come alive; WPSU's Kris Allen tells how.

    BookMark: Looking Back At Veterans' Day

    November 16, 2005

    Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, published by Vintage (2003) A Month in the Country by J.L Carr, published by Saint Matthews Press (1983). Veteran's Day, which we celebrated last week, used to be called Armistice Day. Nov. 11 is day when, back in 1918, the Allies and the Germans signed the Armistice and the horrors of World War I finally came to an end. Sarah May Clarkson of Juniata College observed Veteran's Day this year by looking back to World War I and its aftermath, as portrayed in two different books.

    Last night I ate a salad of radishes, field greens, and asparagus. The ingredients never sat in a grocery store. Less than 2 days ago they were still stuck in the ground.

    Stories: Brew Revue: a Musical Tribute to Coffee

    June 2, 2010

    "Broadway on Allen" Street in State College begins this week in downtown State College. During the month of June, singers form Penn State's Musical Theatre programwill give free lunchtime performances in the Downtown Theatre Center. Kristine Allen serves-up the story.

    Orchestras around the world will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart in 2006, and the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra is no exception. WPSU's Kristine Allen had a conversation with the Penn State professor playing the featured solo during the PCO concert on Sunday January 15th.

    NCAA Announces Sanctions Against Penn State

    July 24, 2012

    The NCAA handed down penalties against Penn State yesterday morning. It's not the so-called "death penalty," but WPSU's Emily Reddy reports sanctions are severe.

    It's time for BookMark, the book review show on WPSU. It's been 150 years since the Battle of Gettysburg. For the 4th of July, reviewer Raymond Beal revisits this key event in American history. Civil War historian Allen C. Guelzo's Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, is a narrative account of the three-day battle.

    BookMark: Too Many Pumpkins

    October 31, 2007

    Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White, illustrated by Megan Lloyd (Holiday House, 1997) The Little Old Lady who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda White, illustrated by Megan Lloyd (HarperTrophy, 2002) No Place for a Pig by Suzanne Bloom (Boyds Mills Press, October 2003) We Keep a Pig in the Parlor, by Suzanne Bloom (Weekly Reader Books, 1988) An Amish Christmas by Richard Ammon (Aladdin Picture Books, 2000) An Amish Wedding by Richard Ammon (Atheneum, 1998) This week: children's books with distinctive illustrations that create a sense of place. Many of featured selections have a Pennsylvania connection: illustrator Megan Lloyd and author Richard Ammon portray their home state.

    Stories: Opinion - Penn State Concerts

    April 28, 2009

    It's common for up-and-coming musicians to headline music festivals at big universities. Students at Penn State University Park have brought to campus such musicians as Sonic Youth and Wilco for the annual "Movin' On" Festival. A new festival at the school, Wallypalooza, is drawing some controversy because of headliner Asher Roth. Senior journalism major, Adam Clair, is the Tuesday columnist for the Penn State paper, The Daily Collegian. He adapted his opinion piece about Asher Roth's visit for WPSU.

    We talked with Jim Lichtman, an ethics specialist, who says Martha Stewart may have paid her debt to society for lying to government investigators about a suspicious stock trade, but that doesn't make her a role model for how to run a successful business. Later in the show, it's Hollywood, film and politics with Ernest Giglio. We talk about celebrity involvement in political campaigns and elections and about the overt and covert political messages conveyed in many Hollywood films. Guests: Jim Lichtman & Ernest Giglio

    This best-selling fantasy tale of a twelve-year-old girl who lives in an alternate universe, where the bad guys do terrible things to children, is about to be released as a major motion picture. That's reason enough, says reviewer Steven Herb of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, for fans to dust off their dog-eared copies and reacquaint themselves with "daemons," "armored bears" and the phenomenon called Dust.

    Every year on June 19th African-American communities around the United States celebrate a holiday called Juneteenth. WPSU's Emily Reddy attended a Juneteenth festival in Williamsport where there was more to celebrate than usual.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month WPSU brings you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Kathy Wright talks with her daughter, Letitia Bullock. They talk about Wright's childhood and how she integrated a government office in the District of Columbia.

    Take Note: A Conversation with Astronaut Guy Bluford

    October 13, 2013

    Among his many achievements, he was a decorated fighter pilot in Vietnam, an aerospace engineer, and a corporate leader, but above all, Guy Bluford is best known as the first African-American to fly in space. He was also a 1964 graduate of Penn State. We'll talk with him about his career, about his experiences in space, and about the future of space exploration.

    BookMark: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

    March 3, 2010

    In this heartbreaking novel, a brilliant Harvard professor learns she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

    As part of our occasional series, Pennsylvania Music Makers, WPSU's Kristine Allen visits a group of folks in Altoona who get a lot of joy out of four little strings.

    Thrift is a way of life for my parents. They were both born into families hit hard by the Great Depression. As kids they learned to skimp to make ends meet and throughout their lives they've never veered from that habit.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews for a month this past summer in Bellefonte. Donald Michaels talks with his daughter Jessica about Christmases past and about Jessica's sister Melissa.

    A national organization called "Interfaith Power and Light" brings congregations from many different religions together to work on responding to climate change. People of many faiths from around Pennsylvania will gather in State College this weekend to establish the first Pennsylvania chapter of Interfaith Power and Light. WPSU's Kristine Allen attended a planning meeting.

    This archive recording will be available for one month after the date of the broadcast.

    After a deadly gas leak in Bhopal, India, Congress passed a law requiring local disaster response plans. It's called the "Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act." The name is significant: YOU have a right to know what the government plans to do. Earlier this year, journalists tested this premise with an "information audit." WPSU took part. . . and today, we bring you the results.

    Story Corps Penns Valley: Troy and Angela Smith

    February 12, 2014

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Angela and her husband Troy discuss their life together in Millheim, Pennsylvania.

    Pennsylvania has a reputation for being the "puppy mill" capital of the East. We talk with Sarah Speed of the Pennsylvania Humane Society about a new state law that will require certain kennels to conduct twice a year veterinary exams and specifies larger cage sizes,and exercise requirements. And, an initiative called "A Few Good Women" increased the number of women in federal government. Barbara Franklin, Penn State Alum and former Secretary of Commerce spoke at the university recently about this initiative.

    The Sex-Wise Parent

    April 30, 2012

    April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Having the "sex talk" with your kids doesn't have to be a scary or awkward event and could save them from serious harm. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Penn State alum, Dr. Janet Rosenzweig, the interim executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania. Her new book is The Sex-Wise Parent: The Parent's Guide to Protecting Your Child, Strengthening Your Family, and Talking to Kids about Sex, Abuse and Bullying.

    Life on Your Terms

    BookMark: The Gift of Valor Random House

    May 30, 2007

    The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award given for military bravery. The first recipient of this award since the Vietnam War was Corporal Jason Dunham, a marine serving in Iraq who sacrificed his life to save his men. Reporter Michael Phillips chronicles the fighting and confusion that led to Dunham's moment of valor, as well as his journey home.

    Stories: The Pennsylvania Budget - Explained

    October 2, 2009

    If you've tuned into the news lately, you probably heard Pennsylvania's budget impasse was on the verge of being solved. But two weeks after an agreement was trumpeted, Democrats and Republicans are still divided on critical issues, and the spending plan isn't anywhere near complete. Scott Detrow has a look at why the deal still isn't a deal.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Pasto intern Naomi Ulmer interviews Edward Buss about growing up in a tough time and place for farmers- in the Midwest in the 1930s.

    Artist Lisa Dawn White was the winner of WPSU's first "Art for the Airwaves" contest. A limited edition poster of her collage, titled "Pine Creek Meanderings", is one of the welcome gifts for WPSU's Spring Membership Campaign. WPSU's Kristine Allen visited White at her home in Pine Grove Mills to learn how she creates art from materials found in nature.

    Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard are citizen-soldiers. Usually, they leave their families and their jobs just once a month, for training. Now, the members of the 56th Stryker Brigade are about to deploy to Iraq. They left Pennsylvania in September for intensive training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. As part of our audio diary series, Sergeant Jason Burrows records the distinctive sound that marks a soldier's daily life at the post. We also hear from Sergeant Nedrow about what that sound means to him.

    Our series of stories from World War II continues with some reminiscences from Kenneth Eisenhower of Mill Hall. He's no relation to the FAMOUS Eisenhower, but he DID take advantage of the name. Eisenhower also remembers being on the scene for an historic moment of surrender. This audio profile of World War II veteran Kenneth Eisenhower was reported and produced by WPSU intern Vilma Shu.

    I first had "coffee with the guys" in Oil City in 1980. I was in the habit of arriving at work early. But one day, I forgot my keys. Since I couldn't get into the office until my staff arrived, I went down the street for a cup of coffee.

    Nearly 35 million Americans claim Irish ancestry. That's seven times more people than currently live in Ireland! No wonder Saint Patrick's Day has evolved to celebrate all things Irish! We'll talk with Cahal Dunne, the Cork-born singer/songwriter, and now, self-published author. He's been sharing his musical heritage with American audiences since immigrating here in 1983.

    I Believe in My Mom

    About a week ago, I was sitting on the couch with my mom. I watched "Say Yes to the Dress"

    This I Believe: I Believe in My Fans

    August 14, 2008

    I'm no one special. I don't consider myself different from anyone else. But when some people discover what I do to pay my college tuition, they light up. They look at me as if I'm special. It's a little embarrassing. I've never understood why my ability to throw a football well entitles me to so much admiration. When people say, "Good luck next season," I just smile and say "Thank you."

    Stories: Chips Fall Where They May in Lewistown

    December 30, 2009

    On New Year's Eve. in New York City, a crystal ball drops in Times Square. Here in Central Pennsylvania, we drop OTHER things! WPSU's Cynthia Berger reports on the Great Chip Drop in Lewistown.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Doug Bierly talks to Vonnie Henninger, an historian who's given hundreds of presentations about the history of central Pennsylvania.

    The Tunnel of Opression at Penn State Altoona

    February 21, 2013

    This is Morning Edition. I'm Mel DeYoung. It's February, Black History Month. And this afternoon, Penn State Altoona is hosting a homemade journey through diversity. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports the Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive exhibit, designed to give the viewer greater awareness of prejudice and intolerance.

    The months of May and June are when most birds in Pennsylvania build their nests, lay their eggs and raise their young. May and June are also when thousands of bird watchers fan out across the state, to find and study those bird families. They're collecting data for the second edition of the Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas. Altoona resident Roy Boyle is one of those volunteers. He's found three species of pretty unusual birds in a pretty unusual place. Here is report from WPSU's Cynthia Berger.

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    Republican Attorney General Candidate David Freed

    April 18, 2012

    Ever since it became an elected position in 1980, Pennsylvania's attorney general has always been a Republican. David Freed is hoping that doesn't change. The Cumberland County District Attorney is the GOP's candidate for the state's top law enforcement officer. Freed spoke to Pennsylvania Public Radio's Mary Wilson about why he's qualified for the job, and what his priorities would be if he were elected.

    Carnegie Mellon creative writing professor Hilary Masters writes about Sam Emerson, a Penn State alumnus and Pittsburg restaurant owner with an unconventional past and complicated present. Foodies will love the restaurant ambiance and kitchen info. Details of Pennsylvania shine in this vibrant and touching work of fiction.

    Republican presidential hopeful Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) made a campaign stop at Penn State University Park on April 11. WPSU news intern Heather Adamic attended the event.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. In honor of Mother's Day, Anna Miller talks to her mother, Sharon Miller. They talked about when Sharon and her husband adopted Anna from Guatamala.

    The start of he fall concert season is almost here. WPSU's Kristine Allen talks with George Trudeau, Director of the Centre for the Performing Arts at Penn State about what's in store for 2011-2012.

    You've heard the expression, "Ten miles of bad roads." Well, in Pennsylvania, we've got 30,000 miles of dirt and gravel roads, many of them poorly designed and maintained. We'll find out how they're polluting nearby waterways and what's being done about it. We'll also talk with the authors of "Long Journey Home," a collection of stories about the Lenape tribe, which settled along the Delaware River. Guests: Wayne Kober, Rita Kohn, & Jim Brown

    One year ago this weekend, the Swift satellite was lofted into orbit with "mission control" located, not in Houston, but right here in Central Pennsylvania. Swift's mission was to observe the phenomena called "gamma ray bursts," and it's been spectacularly successful. Mission Director John Nousek reflects on the discoveries of the past year.

    In every county in Pennsylvania today, voters are turning out for municipal elections. . . . to vote for mayor, school board, city or town council. But when you look at your ballot today, you may find that you don't have as many choices as you'd expect. WPSU's Cynthia Berger asks why.

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    Globalization and economic inequity are some of the themes in this novel from up-and-coming writer Kiran Desai, as each of the members of a makeshift family living in the foothills of the Himalayas struggles with questions of identity in a rapidly modernizing India.

    As part of our on-going series called "Sports That are Not Football," we turn today to the sport called "Hashing." It's based on an English children's game, called "Hare and Hounds but, with beer! Pennsylvania has at least 15 "Hash Kennels." They sometimes call themselves "drinking clubs with a running problem." One local club is the Nittany Valley Hash House Harriers.

    A Conversation with War Correspondent Joe Galloway

    December 13, 2013

    General Norman Schwarzkopf called him "the finest combat correspondent of our generation---a soldier's reporter and a soldier's friend." He was referring to Joseph Galloway, co-author of We Were Soldiers Onceand Young, written with Lt. Gen. Hal Moore. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Galloway about his experiences in Vietnam--and more.

    Wendy Snetsinger talks with her surrogate father, Lauren Wright. They talk about their unique relationship and how it began.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Emily Steffensmeier interviews her father Darrell about growing up on a 300-acre farm in Iowa.

    Stories: Hurricane House

    After the tragedy that was 9-11, many people had stories about how " . . . There but for the grace of God go I" . . . people who decided at the last minute to work at home that day, or missed their train, or left the office for a meeting . . . and so, by luck, dodged a tragedy. There's plenty of tragedy after Hurricane Katrina . . . but also, a few stories about a little bit of good luck. WPSU's Cynthia Berger has this story about a guy who fell in love with a house and a large, close-knot family that has found a new home in Dubois. To help this family and other families affected by Hurricane Katrina, you may contact the DuBois chapter of the American Red Cross at 152 W. Long Ave., DuBois PA 15801 or call the chapter (814) 371-2750.

    I Believe Everything Happens for a Reason

    August 18, 2011

    "Everything happens for a reason." That's what my mom told me when I was a little girl. And as a little girl, I didn't realize the significance these words would have in my life. But I soon found out.

    With Congressman John E Peterson leaving his seat in Pennsylvania's 5th district, there's a wide-open race: 12 candidates in all. Over the next three weeks on WPSU, you'll hear where each one of them stands on the issues as we interview all 9 Republicans and all 3 Democrats. We launch our series today as WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Chris Exarchos (R ).

    Stories: Ice Fishing

    Winter's not over till tomorrow. So there's still time to take a look at a winter sport for our occasional series, "Sports That Are Not Football." It's a sport that's growing in popularity in our state. Just grab a jig, an auger, and a couple of tip-ups, and join WPSU's Cynthia Berger out on the ice.

    I believe in preserving history. It was a belief a long time in the making.

    In the race for John Peterson's fifth district congressional seat, there are many candidates and many issues. What issues have folks in our listening area talking? This week WPSU news intern Heather Adamic takes us on a trip down. Route 219 that runs north to south in Peterson's district.

    On September 11th, the State Theatre in State College,will present a musical theatre piece created by Richard Biever in response to the attacks of nine eleven. The show uses Broadway songs and texts from survivors and spiritual leaders from many traditions around the world. WPSU's Kristine Allen visited a rehearsal for "The New Normal".

    Irish-American journalist and government official Samantha Power recently released this debut book, which explores America's response to genocides in the 20th century. Power touches upon everything from the Armenian genocide to "ethnic cleansing" in Kosovo. A Problem from Hell won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction in 2003.

    Bob Storch teaches American National Government at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He grew up in the era of Vietnam and says, being at the Inauguration was on his 'Bucket List.'

    Stories: May 2009 Primary: Clearfield County

    May 12, 2009

    To get you ready for the May 19 municipal primaries, WPSU looks at the races of particular interest in our region. Today, Cynthia Berger talks with Nick Hoffman, managing editor of the DuBois Courier Express, which serves Clearfield, Jefferson and Elk counties.

    Actor Bary Scott has been inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. since he was a boy. He has written a one-man play based on the life and words of Dr. King, which he performs in Bradford.

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    For more than 20 years, Dr. Paul Farmer has worked to improve health care in the desperately poor nation of Haiti. Tracy Kidder, known for his close-focus works of nonfiction, has put together a compelling biography of this hardworking humanitarian. Bill Dreschel, a longtime Tracy Kidder fan, has this appreciation.

    The U.S. Sudoku Championship last weekend in Philadelphia was the largest live puzzle tournament ever, with nearly a thousand contestants and hundreds of spectators. Sounds like a sport that's not football! WPSU producer Cynthia Berger is on a cross-country road trip, and she just happened to be in Palo Alto, California - home of the newly crowned champion ... so she paid him a visit.

    The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

    May 24, 2012

    WPSU's Kristine Allen, our arts and culture reporter, reviews a book about why we do what we do. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg looks at how habits are created and how we can change them.

    Pennsylvania is one of the most rural states in the nation, which means unique challenges in all aspects of social services. The 15th Annual Pennsylvania Rural Health Conference takes place this week at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College. WPSU brings you a series of conversations with the key conference speakers. Today, Greg Howe, senior policy manager for the Governor's Office of Health Care Reform.

    In theory, most Americans support the death penalty, but the possibility of mistakes and recent discoveries of innocence have led to historic shifts in public opinion and to a sharp decline in executions. Last fall, the American Bar Association released a study criticizing Pennsylvania's death penalty system. Is capital punishment on its deathbed? Guests: Frank Baumgartner, Amber Boydstun, & Andrew F. Susko

    Stories: What an NPR Host Does for Fun

    July 13, 2009

    The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts took place in State College this past weekend. And one of the big draws on the entertainment schedule turned out to be a performance that included a well-known voice from National Public Radio. WPSU's Kristine Allen has the story.

    Part Two: The Sex-Wise Parent

    May 1, 2012

    WPSU's Patty Satalia CONTINUES her conversation with Penn State alum, Dr. Janet Rosenzweig, the interim executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania. Her new book is The Sex-Wise Parent: The Parent's Guide to Protecting Your Child, Strengthening Your Family, and Talking to Kids about Sex, Abuse and Bullying.

    Scientists Predict Hotter Summers .... Researchers Get First Glimpse of Quasar ... Pennsylvania Hay Brings Unwanted Guests .... Game Commission Saves Rats... WPSU's Science Reporter Joe Anuta has the report!

    The Bellefonte Borough Council held a special meeting yesterday to vote on the fate of the historic Garman Theatre. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reports the council approved demolition of the Garman in a 5-4 vote.

    A new play-in-verse premieres this week in State College. WPSU's Kristine Allen spoke with local writer Mary Rohrer-Dann, who wrote a series of poems about an orphan girl who becomes a violin virtuoso. Those poems are now a play, adapted by director Cynthia Mazzant of Tempest Productions, a theatre company based in Bellefonte.

    A Matter of Simple Justice by Lee Stout

    March 1, 2012

    Our reviewer, Nancy Eaton, helps kick off Women's History Month by sharing a book about a Penn State alumna who worked in the Nixon administration. The book, A Matter of Simple Justice, premiers on March 8th at a Women's History Month event at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

    NPR Senior Correspondent Juan Williams has written several books on the history of race relations in America. But his newest book gives a more personal view. The book uses analysis and Williams' own insight to hold black civil rights leaders responsible for the problems facing African-Americans today. Williams visited State College earlier in the week to talk about the book at Penn State's Foster Conference of Distinguished Writers. WPSU's David Klatt has this story.

    There are more people enslaved today than at any time in human history. How did human trafficking become one of the largest and fastest-growing criminal industries in the world today and what can we do about it? WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Dr. Mary Burke of Carlow University. She founded the Project to End Human Trafficking.

    An electronic revolution is coming to the world of medicine, and doctors and hospitals can't avoid it. One requirement of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

    The state is building a new medium security prison next to the existing Rockview facility. The state prison population has grown by 21 percent since 2001; the state's department of corrections already has 46,000 inmates in 26 state correctional institutions, a motivational boot camp, and 13 community corrections

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    Stories: Mobile Homes as Affordable Housing

    January 27, 2010

    Mobile homes are a common housing choice in rural Pennsylvania. And no surprise. They're affordable for young couples, retirees on a budget, and low-income workers. A new study from Penn State finds something else. Mobile home dwellers are overwhelmingly satisfied with their choice of housing. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    I believe in the clock. I believe in the power of the clock. Everything can change in a minute.

    Stories: Banned Books Week

    This week is Banned Books Week. The American Library Association launched the event 25 years ago to celebrate the freedom to read. In University Park, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book has installed an exhibit in Pattee Library featuring 101 of the most commonly banned books. The exhibit is also manned by volunteers who read their favorite banned books out loud, around the clock. WPSU's David Klatt reports

    Vigil Marks One Year Since Paterno's Death

    January 23, 2013

    Joe Paterno supporters braved single digit temperatures Tuesday night to mark one year since the former Penn State coach's death. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports several hundred fans attended a vigil to remember Paterno.

    Stories: A Musical Tour of the Solar System

    April 9, 2010

    The Altoona Symphony and Juniata College Orchestras will join forces to perform "The Planets" by Gustav Holst. WPSU's Kristine Allen spoke with conductor Teresa Cheung of the Altoona Symphony.

    The 56th Stryker Brigade of the Pennsylvania National Guard is expected to deploy to Iraq by the end of this year. Many of these soldiers will leave behind spouses, children, jobs, and lives they' look forward to returning to. In our continuing Impact of War series, WHYY's Susan Phillips profiles one Guard member who says signing up to go to war is his best option for coming back to a better life.

    Gov. Corbett Proposes Big Cuts to Universities

    February 7, 2012

    For the second year in a row, Governor Tom Corbett has proposed deep cuts to higher education. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    World Music Live at the Library

    June 8, 2011

    Global Connections is a local agency that helps people from around the world adjust to life in the State College area. They sponsor a concert series in June at Schlow Library that gives international students a chance to share their music with the local community. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports on the first performance of "World Sounds at Noon".

    To mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, WPSU's Kristine Allen toured the Morning Star Home, an experimental energy-efficient house on Penn State's main campus. Her guide was Penn State professor Andy Lau.

    Penn State Press has released a new poetry anthology that's a unique celebration of Pennsylvania. All of the poems are by writers with deep ties to the state . . . and all of poems evoke our Pennsylvania landscape and culture. The book is "Common Wealth" and the two Pennsylvania poets who put the collection together are our guests. Guests: Marjorie Maddox & Jerry Wemple

    Penn State and other universities are scrambling to fight off steep cuts by the governor to their state appropriations. The proposed cuts would be tough for Penn State as a whole. But they'd be devastating to Agricultural research and Cooperative Extension at Penn State. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports on what services might be lost.

    Remembering 9/11: Reverend Robert Way of Shanksville

    September 8, 2011

    Reverend Robert Way is the pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. But he just started there a few weeks ago. Before that he served in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Reverend Way was new to town when United flight 93 crashed there 10 years ago. WPSU's Emily Reddy spoke with him about that day and about the Flight 93 Memorial that will be dedicated on Saturday.

    Country singer Tim McGraw tells us to "live like we were dying." For the teen protagonist of this book, high school senior Ben Wolfe, it's an all-too-real challenge; he's been diagnosed with incurable leukemia. Ben decides not to tell his parents or friends, and to go for everything he wants out of life: a spot on the football team, love with a beautiful girl, and the secret to the ultimate meaning of life. Then reality intrudes.

    Dr. Whitehouse's pioneering research led to the development of the first four medications approved to treat Alzheimer's disease. Now he says we need to give up on the fantasy of a single cure for dementia and focus, instead, on developing better ways to view and treat dementia. We'll also talk with a researcher who's exploring the possibility that music recognition is spared in dementia. Guests: Dr. Peter Whitehouse and Jackie Duffin

    NPR international correspondent Tom Gjelten has written a history of Cuba using the story of the Bacardi family (famous for their rum) as a framework. Successful capitalists and guerilla revolutionaries, the Bacardis played a role in every stage of Cuba's fight for independence.

    Children's picture books have gotten glitzy, what with pop-ups, glitter, and doctored photographs. Tired of all the hype? Here are three new books that stick to old-fashioned ways of making an impression on kids. A version of this review previously appeared in the Dec. 31, 2006 edition of the Centre Daily Times.

    How Did You Get This Number? by Sloane Crosley

    July 20, 2011

    Sloane Crosley published a new collection of essays, How Did You Get This Number?, last year in 2010. If you remember her debut collection, I Was Told There'd Be Cake, you can be assured of another hilarious read.

    Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros

    March 28, 2013

    Since 2010, Penn State's Center for American Literary Studies has paired with Centre County Reads to present a program in which the entire community--on and off campus- -is encouraged to read a single novel. This year, the selection is Sandra Cisneros' Caramelo. Reviewer Shannon Brace is a student intern at the Center for American Literary Studies.

    Stories: Day of Listening: Emily Perry

    November 24, 2009

    Today, WPSU's Lindsey Whissel talks with her colleague and friend, Emily Perry. Co-workers often talk about their families and backgrounds. Lindsey was surprised to learn what an exotic childhood Emily had.

    Acclaimed local author Steven Sherrill is known for his quirky works: The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break and Visits from the Drowned Girl. His newest novel has a Pennsylvania setting, an abandoned locktender's house along an old canal. But despite the bucolic setting it's more of a horror novel, as the protagonist undergoes an agonizing mental breakdown as she involuntarily revisits her family's painful past.

    BookMark: American Rust by Philipp Meyer

    December 22, 2010

    In this striking debut novel, readers are taken into a small Pennsylvania steel town. The author won the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction from the LA Times.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Greg Anderson talks with co-worker, Priscilla Gibboney. Anderson and his wife, Jessie, started a popular coffee shop in Huntingdon, called the Standing Stone Coffee Company, where Gibboney is now a barista.

    This book follows the life of nutritionist turned author Joan Dye Gussow as she embarks on a journey to create a life based on sustainable agriculture. By farming her own soil, she produces healthy, organic produce, and creates some interesting recipes (included in the book) geared toward her new crops. This Organic Life is an aspiring tale of one woman's goal to live off the land, and the hazards and triumphs she faces because of it.

    WPSU's week-long "New Year's News Round-Up" wraps up as Nick Hoffman, managing editor of the Dubois Courier-Express weighs in.

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    In Chinese culture there is a concept called "tong zhou gong ji"; the very sprit of cooperation. On a trip to China with my family, I saw that concept in action.

    Today is Groundhog Day, and while Punxsutawney Phil pretends to predict the weather, groundhogs elsewhere in the state are part of some REAL scientific research. WPSU's Cynthia Berger checked in with the guy who studies groundhogs, Dr. Stam M. Zervanos of Penn State Berks.

    Happy Halloween! WPSU's own Kristine Allen reviews Thomas White's Witches of Pennsylvania: Occult History & Lore.

    Explorers in the 1800s were the astronauts of their day, and the race was, not to the moon, but to find the fabled "Northwest Passage" that would speed the shipping of precious cargo from East to West. This thrilling new historical account tells the story of H.M.S. Resolute and its heroic Captain John Franklin, who tried and failed to discover the fabled route to the Pacific.

    A Conversation with Senator Jake Corman

    May 12, 2013

    State Senator Jake Corman has represented the 34th district since 1999. WPSU's Greg Petersen interviews him about legislation to privatize liquor sales, his lawsuit to keep the NCAA fine levied against Penn State in the commonwealth, and other topics of note in the state legislature.

    This New York Times bestseller is based on a popular episode of Sex and the City. Now it's a movie. Reviewer Nikki Wasserman reviews this humorous self-help book.

    Video: Special Olympians Compete in State College

    June 7, 2013

    Athletes from across the state participate in a variety of competitive events during the 2013 Summer Games at Penn State. The Special Olympics brings together the hard work and support of more than 2,000 athletes.

    At Penn State and beyond, friends, family, and even those who didn't know him, are mourning the loss of William Schreyer. Schreyer died last Saturday at his home in Princeton, New Jersey at the age of 83. He was a Penn State alumni and one of the university's biggest benefactors. WPSU's Emily Reddy gathered this remembrance.

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    Stories: New College Graduates & the Economy

    June 2, 2009

    College seniors have crossed the stage in their caps and gowns and moved those tassels from right to left. Now grads are trying to land that first job.in the worst job market in decades. A recent survey says employers plan to hire 22 percent fewer college graduates this year than last. The tough job market has led some Central Pennsylvania grads to adjust their career plans. WPSU's Emily Reddy followed two college Seniors in the weeks before graduation as they attempted to enter the work world.

    Take Note: Arts Festivals and Bookfest PA

    July 7, 2013

    This week on Take Note, we'll find out what's in store at this year's Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College, and at People's Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts in Boalsburg. We'll talk with the directors of both festivals. We'll also talk with one of the organizers of BookFest PA, which has been part of Arts Fest for the past four years. It celebrates the written word and offers folks a chance to hear and meet authors!

    Harvard professor Marjorie Garber is known for her love of pop culture. Her latest book covers an aspect of American culture most people can't get enough of: Houses. Through a series of essays, Garber takes a look at literature, history, cinema, and psychology to make sense of the fantasies and longings we often project onto our homes.

    Stories: Hospitals Make Changes to Keep Afloat

    November 24, 2009

    People often take it for granted that hospitals will be there when they need them. But hospitals are businesses and the weak economy affects them too. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports on Central Pennsylvania hospitals making changes to stay afloat.

    This selection for Veteran's Day is the first-ever collection of poems by a veteran of the Iraq War. Brian Turner served a year as infantry team leader with the 3rd-Stryker Brigade Combat Team. These gripping narratives, which talk about the day-today world of bombings, body bags, and vultures, have been compared to the works of Hemingway and O'Brien.

    Judge Upholds PA Voter ID Law

    August 16, 2012

    Pennsylvania's controversial voter ID law has passed its first legal challenge. A Commonwealth Court judge has upheld the measure, paving the way for implementation before the November general election. Mary Wilson reports on the polarizing new requirement and the debate that preceded the court opinion.

    The day I climbed my first volcano, I was excited. The biggest thing I've seen in the world was before my eyes. And it was beautiful.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Siblings Mimi Isett, Charles Stewart and Susan Cipar talk about their mother who died recently at the age of 106 and their uncle who died a few years ago at 101. The three reminisce as they take a break from cleaning out their mother's house.

    Stories: Actor, Singer, Pianist in One-man Show

    March 16, 2010

    Penn State baritone Norman Spivey takes on an extraordinary challenge: acting, singing and playing piano in a one-man show about composer Reynaldo Hahn. WPSU's Kristine Allen repots.

    Building Stories by Chris Ware

    December 5, 2013

    Penn State awarded this year's Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize to Chris Ware for his latest work, Building Stories. Sara Hoy reviews.

    Rep. Conklin Proposes Bills to Reform PSU Board

    December 12, 2012

    State representative Scott Conklin of Centre County is offering up four bills he says will increase accountability and transparency at Penn State. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports they have the support of at least one member of Penn State's Board of Trustees.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, Pennsylvania in McKean County. Fred Young talks with his son Jeffrey. They talk about the first time Fred met Forest Dorn, an oil tycoon in Bradford. It was in the early 1940s.

    Powwowing has been practiced in Pennsylvania since the first German-speaking settlements were established here in the early eighteenth century. Some say the healing art draws on the power of God; others say it's the work of Satan, but who knew it was still practiced today? We'll also talk about the futuristic house designed by Penn State students for the "Solar Decathlon." Guests: David Kriebel & Andy Lau and Kyle Macht

    Mural Project

    April 27, 2012

    Since January, Penn State students have worked with members of the State College community to complete the town's newest mural. The Colors of Music community mural will be installed on the side of Jezebel's Boutique, near the intersection of Garner Street and College Avenue. Student intern Rosemary Santarelli reports.

    I Believe in Autumn Days

    I believe in autumn days. I believe in all the clich?s

    In a lengthy interview in his office, Governor Corbett reflects on his past two years in office. Mary Wilson reports from the state Capitol.

    Stories: Gio's Serves Up Barbecue and Profits

    June 4, 2010

    As a part of WPSU's new "Jobs Series," we're focusing on the impact of the poor economy on businesses and organizations in Central Pennsylvania. WPSU's Emily Reddy brings you the story of a gas station off I-80 that's thriving in tough times.

    Forty years ago, we Americans were more likely to all watch the same TV show, read the same best-seller, and eat the same breakfast cornflakes. Today, that, "common culture" is dead, says Wired editor Chris Anderson, and niche diversification is the hot market strategy.

    Story Corps Penns Valley: Curt and Stan Bierly

    March 12, 2014

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Curt Bierly and his son Stan talk about the family business, Stanley C. Bierly, in Millheim.

    Are you in the dark about mushrooms? Picking edible mushrooms in the wild can be risky business-and a practice not to be undertaken by amateurs. On this edition of Take Note, we talk with the author of the new "Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic" and speak with a biologist about a little-known rodent, the Allegheny woodrat. It's a threatened species in Pennsylvania. Guests: Bill Russell & Dr. Janet Wright [Encore]

    BookMark: Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh

    September 15, 2010

    Winner of the PEN/Winship Award for best book by a New England author, you can't miss this book! Set in Bakerton, it not only tells a great story, but it acts as "a love letter to our industrial past."

    Stories: The Nittany Valley Shakespeare Festival

    August 20, 2010

    All the lawn's a stage, as the Nittany Valley Shakespeare Festival presents free outdoor performances of "Much Ado About Nothing". WPSU's Kristine Allen speaks with Susan Riddiford-Shedd, founder and Artistic Director of the festival.

    Pennsylvania Inside Out, Penn State Public Broadcasting's exciting new public affairs program, provides in-depth information Monday through Friday at 7:00 p.m.

    Students! If you think going back to school is hard, consider this: What if your school were like the grueling, sadistic space-based military academy attended by Ender Wiggin, the hero of the legendary work of science fiction, "Ender's Game?"

    Children's author Bill Wallace is known for books that address tough issues in a tender way. This one deals with love and loss. The heroine, Kristine, is coping with the death of her beloved horse Dandy. So, when her grandfather gives her a puppy as a gift, she rejects it at first. Will she open her heart to the new pet?

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews for a month this past summer in Bellefonte. It's a New Year, and in this time when people are thinking about what they'd like to achieve, this conversation seemed appropriate. Bill Taliaferro and his daughter Kelli Steindl talk about their proudest accomplishments.

    Saturday April 14th marked the first day of trout season across Central Pennsylvania. Just how big is trout season? WPSU News Intern Travis Larchuk found out.

    WPSU's Cynthia Berger was on vacation last week, on an island in a lake in Massachusetts . The place has been in the family for years, and like every summer vacation spot, it's got a lot of traditions. She sent us this "audio postcard" from the wide front porch of Sunnyside cottage.

    The Little League World Series started Friday in Williamsport and runs for a week and a half. Thousands proud parents and fans will come from around the world to watch the games. Hotel rooms in Williamsport and the surrounding area are always tight, but this year they've been harder to come by than usual. WPSU's Emily Reddy went to Williamsport on Wednesday to check out the situation.

    On July 28, 2007, my mom broke the news to my brother and me that she and my dad were splitting up for good. At first I was shocked. She had been involved in an affair that I knew nothing about. She decided that she loved this person more than she loved my dad. She was moving out.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently finished a month of recording interviews in Bellefonte. Bessie Rubinstein interviews her father, Leonard Rubinstein. They talk about his experience in World War II. He was in charge of a prisoner of war camp for German soldiers.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called community water fluoridation one of the great public health achievements of the 20th century. But critics say fluoridated water is not as safe and not as effective as we've been led to believe. They argue for a consumer's right to choose. Why is water fluoridation controversial? WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Michael Connett, special projects director of the Fluoride Action Network, a group that opposes water fluoridation. (The PA Dental Association and the PA EPA declined our invitation to talk.) In the second half of the show, WPSU's Kristine Allen talks with NPR's Guy Raz about the expansion of the TED Radio Hour.

    As football season begins, we talk with WSPU-TV producers Jeff Hughes and Cole Cullen, whose documentary, "Making the Blue Band," chronicles the famous Penn State marching band. And, to celebrate the 200 anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe's birthday, Penn State DuBois professor of English Richard Kopley discusses his latest book,which tracks the origins of POe's most famous short stories.

    One morning, I called the local barbershop to make an appointment. Unfortunately, the barber was all booked up for the day. "Well, this is a hairy situation," I said to my girlfriend as I hung up the phone. She replied, "They certainly left you stranded.

    This week we observe the 10th anniversary of the peace accord after the war in Bosnia. Lee Peterson of Penn State Altoona has put a human face on the tragedy in her collection of poems titled "Rooms and Fields: Dramatic Monologues from the War in Bosnia". We talked with Lee Peterson about the war, her poems, and her recent trip to a country still recovering, 10 years after. Guest: Lee Peterson

    Stories: Kinzua Bridge State Park

    September 27, 2009

    Today and throughout this week, public television premieres a new documentary by Ken Burns about America's National Parks. In honor of the series, WPSU's Emily Reddy takes a look at one of the many state parks in Pennsylvania

    An archive recording of a live broadcast of the WPSU Folk.

    The Pennsylvania primary is May 18th. WPSU's Scott Detrow interviewed all the gubernatorial candidates to hear their final pitch to voters. He spoke with Republican state representative Sam Rohrer outside the Capitol.

    Stories: Open City Hall

    Digital media seem to be changing the very machinery of democracy; the Huffington Post has famously said, Barack Obama owes his election to the internet." State College Borough is experimenting with new technology for citizen participation in government decisions. WPSU's Cynthia Berger has the story.

    I believe that learning new things and staying active will keep me young. I've seen it work for others. Why wouldn't it work for me?

    BookMark: Sold, by Patricia McCormick (Hyperion, 2006)

    June 27, 2007

    Every year, thousands of girls in Nepal and India are sold into prostitution. Patricia McCormick researched the trade of sexual slavery and interviewed women who have been through it. Her novel, "Sold", honors the women who have undergone the perils of the current sex market. In it, 13- year- old Lakshmi struggles against rape, starvation, and drugs in hopes of finding freedom.

    I know Wolverine's real name. I know where Jim Kirk was born. And I'm pretty sure I beat Super Mario Bros before I could spell. I'm a nerd; there's no disputing that fact. Cool kids go to drinking parties, I go to LAN parties. That's the way it's always been with me.

    Stories: State Workers Protest For Pay

    July 28, 2009

    Thirty-three thousand Pennsylvania state workers will have their first payless payday on Friday unless a budget is passed before then. Union members from across Central Pennsylvania climbed on buses today and headed to Harrisburg to protest. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    Millbrook Marsh: A Crown Jewel in Centre County

    February 13, 2014

    This week WPSU is taking a look at water issues in central Pennsylvania. To outdoor enthusiasts, the 62-acre Millbrook Marsh in Centre County is one of the area's crown jewels. Penn State Professor Rob Brooks says the benefits of this unique ecosystem are far more than recreational. WPSU's Patty Satalia visited the marsh with Brooks and learned how this special environment prevents flooding and protects and filters our drinking water.

    BookMark: A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father, by Augusten Burroughs (St. Martin's Press, 2008)

    August 20, 2008

    Entertainment Weekly has ranked Augusten Burroughs as one of the "25 Funniest People in America" His books are also some of the most heart wrenching. In this, the fifth of Burroughs's memoirs, he tells for the first time about his psychotic father, a man whose behavior defines the word "neglect."

    Dragonflies Shed Light on Diabetes ... Kids Less Likely To Drink If Educated About Advertising ... Researchers Say Brain Hinders Motor Skills ... Scientists See Twin Supernovas ... Hershey Medical Center Home To Top Doctors. WPSU science reporter Joe Anuta explains it all...

    Marcellus Shale Tax versus Fee

    June 22, 2011

    Taxing natural gas in the Marcellus Shale has been painted as a solution to Pennsylvania's budget deficit, and as a threat to a growing industry. Meanwhile, a fee on natural gas extraction is gaining traction in Harrisburg. Larkin Page-Jacobs reports for WPSU from Pittsburgh.

    As you walk through the woods, what you usually notice are the "mega-fauna" - animals that are fairly large, like squirrels or birds. Then there are the tiny creatures you don't notice - like Pennsylvania's 120 species of land snail. In the western part of the state, one man wants to make sure snails get their share of the limelight. WPSU's Cynthia Berger has this report. This piece was reported and produced with assistance from WPSU intern Joe Anuta.

    Penn State Introduces Changes to Employee Benefits Plan

    July 26, 2013

    Penn State has rolled out a new health program called the "Take Care of Your Health" initiative. Employees who do not participate in the three-part plan will be charged a $100 a month surcharge. This is the first of a series of changes to employee health insurance benefits. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner has the story. (photo by Jessica Paholsky)

    Jackie Schoch talks with Anita McDonald. Both women have held the top job at Penn State DuBois. McDonald is just retiring from the chancellor position. Schoch held the position from 1978 to 1990, when it was called Chief Executive Officer. Schoch talks about growing up in DuBois and the challenges she faced while leading the Penn State DuBois campus.

    Local Elections w/ Kay Stephens, Altoona Mirror

    November 1, 2011

    Although candidates running in municipal and county races may not get the attention of presidential contestants, their decisions on everything from local taxes to what services to provide, can have a bigger direct impact on the lives of local residents.

    Story Corps Ag Progress Days: Marilyn and Bob Bloom

    November 11, 2013

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Marilyn Bloom tells her husband Bob about the story of her grandfather, who came from Canada to start a farm in Michigan.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, in McKean County. Dick McDowell, the President of Pitt-Bradford from 1973 to 2002, talks with his long time colleague Jim Evans. Evans is currently the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at the university. They talk about Tullah Hanley, an early benefactor of the university and quite a character.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Paula Pimentel interviews her father, Benjamin Root. He talks about his childhood and his community involvement.

    WITF's Scott Detrow continues his reports from Iraq. The Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Strkyer Brigade is based at Camp Taji, but it also mans nine smaller bases called "joint service stations"--with the Iraqi Army.

    Pennsylvania's 30th District stretches from Altoona to the Maryland border. The state Senate seat is up for grabs, since Longtime senator Bob Jubilier lost in the primary last May, in the wake of the pay raise scandal. This week WPSU brings you conversations with the NEW candidates. Today you'll hear from Democrat Greg Morris.

    On March 28, 1979, a cooling malfunction caused a partial melt-down at the Three Mile Island nuclear power facility. The accident resulted in a significant release of radioactivity over an eastern Pennsylvania town. In The Warning: Accident at Three Mile Island, authors Mike Gray and Ira Rosen explore the cause of the accident and the effects it has had on local residents.

    A State College company has launched a survey to get a look at the core values and priorities of the Penn State community. WPSU's Emily Reddy says the company's CEO hopes the survey will help community leaders and administration figure out how to move forward.

    The Burning Soul by John Connolly

    September 15, 2011

    John Connolly, the author of The Burning Soul, will speak at Schlow Library in downtown State College on Tuesday, September 27th at 7 pm. Mystery fans will not want to miss this.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Robert Wagoner talks with his former student Sarah Worley. They talk about Wagoner's years of teaching and his close encounter with medieval Russian icons.

    Stories: WPSU's Cynthia Berger Talks with Jay Berger

    November 25, 2009

    Last Fall WPSU radio reporters conducted StoryCorps-style interviews with friends and family. WPSU's Cynthia Berger interviewed her father, Jay Berger, 83. He's a law-abiding pillar of his community now . . . but in his youth he had some surprising adventures.

    If you were asked to name famous Pennsylvanians, you might list William Penn, and Ben Franklin. You probably wouldn't think of John Nicholson. The life of the Commonwealth's colonial Comptroller General makes for fascinating reading, though, with implications in today's economic climate. Nicholson was a notorious land speculator, with shady dealings so vast, it took forty years after his death to unravel the mess.

    April is National Poetry Month, and BookMark brings listeners a month's worth of poetry book reviews. This week's selection is a collection of poems by the surprise winner of the 1996 Nobel prize for literature: an elderly Polish woman most scholars had never heard of.

    The Next Full Moon by Carolyn Turgeon

    February 14, 2013

    Travel writer Jill Gleeson reviews Carolyn Turgeon's The Next Full Moon. This young adult novel is a fairy tale set in Central Pennsylvania.

    Former Penn State professor Josip Novakovich is a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, which is awarded every two years to a writer for his or her body of work. Jessica Matzko reviews Navokovich's book, Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust.

    Stories: Tis the Season to Get on the Ballot

    March 5, 2010

    Pennsylvania holds primary elections May 18th. Who's on the ballot? That's being determined right now . . . and the process is more complicated than it seems.

    I believe in the smell of fresh laundry. I love the warmth from the clothes and the smell of detergent rubbed into every single fiber. I believe in this particular smell because it reminds me of home and family. This smell keeps me in touch with where I come from, no matter how far away I am.

    A Marcellus Shale Impact fee years in the making is now law. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with StateImpact Pennsylvania's Scott Detrow, who has been covering the legislation, about what happens now. Centre County Commissioners are expected to vote April 3 on whether to enact the Marcellus Shale Impact fee.

    In his recent state of the union address, President Obama called for a new era of American competitiveness. That's in a world where English is declining as the lingua franca. But fewer than half of U.S. middle and high school students are taking foreign language classes. WPSU intern Anthony Brino visits two State College schools trying to buck that trend.

    BookMark: The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

    August 4, 2010

    Anthony Bourdain called this novel, "Outstanding!" Let our reviewer tell you more about this culinary journey that travels from India to France.

    Stories: Governor Rendell in Bellefonte

    July 10, 2009

    Governor Ed Rendell was in Bellefonte Thursday--one stop in a two day statewide trip to promote his budget proposal in general and funding for education in particular.

    Last night, the group that has conservatorship of Bellefonte's historic Garman Theatre stuck with its original recommendation -- to sell the Garman property to a State College developer, rather than back a local group's efforts to rehabilitate it. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reports.

    BookMark: U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

    February 24, 2010

    In the most recent book in the alphabet mystery series, Grafton sends Kinsey Millhone looking for a kidnapper.

    Ten years ago, I lay on my living room floor, paralyzed by severe depression. I had lost my job, my relationship, and my money

    This spring, the Center for American Literary Studies sponsors a Community Read of "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway for the Penn State University Park campus. This semi-autobiographical novel about the love between an ambulance driver and a nurse in World War I is still timely today.

    Children can be placed in foster care if a child welfare agency determines that the home is not safe. Here in Pennsylvania some child welfare agencies are trying a NEW approach --

    Video: Gettysburg - 150 Years Later

    July 6, 2013

    The 150th Gettysburg Reenactment brings thousands from around the world together to relive and celebrate history. Experience some of the sights and sounds of the event in this video.

    Stories: Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering

    September 12, 2009

    The Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is a weekend full of musical fun. The focus this year is on Pennsylvania music; WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with folklorist Carl Rahkonen of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, about the life and work of a pioneering Pennsylvania musicologist, Samuel Bayard.

    I just finished my sophomore year at Penn State. The school boasts thousands of students, hundreds of clubs and an endless number of opportunities. With all those choices, you may wonder how I managed to achieve anything in college. Well I'll tell you how: I'm a firm believer in indecision.

    Stories: May 2009 Primary: Clinton County

    May 15, 2009

    All week, WPSU has been talking with local newspaper staff at papers throughout the WPSU listening area. We've talked with The Centre Daily Times, The DuBois Courier Express, The Altoona Mirror, and The Ridgway Record. On Wednesday, WPSU's Emily Reddy talked on the phone with Jim Runkle, a staff writer for the Lock Haven Express, about races in his area.

    Award-winning author Nihal de Silva's novel wraps its plot around real events the ongoing bloody civil war in Sri Lanka. The story of a fight against injustice has universal appeal but also gives readers intimate details of daily life in Sri Lanka.

    Here in Central Pennsylvania we have lots of farms and lots of fresh produce-and many owner-operated eateries that make the most of the abundance. Boalsburg artist Ken Hull has put together an offbeat guide to his favorite places to get a really great meal, made by hand from fresh, local ingredients, and served in an atmosphere you won't mistake for a national chain.

    Stories: Blair County DUI Court

    January 8, 2010

    The Blair County DUI Court has handled about 100 drunk driving cases during the past four years

    Never mind the American Revolution; author Andro Linklater's thesis is that democracy was launched by an innovative tool for surveying land.

    Stories: Blair County Arts Festival 2010

    May 14, 2010

    WPSU's Kristine Allen visits the juried art exhibit of the 2010 Blair County Festival of the Arts at Penn State, Altoona.

    His newest book has been called utterly original, provocative and truly unforgettable. We'll talk with author James Morrow about his historical fiction novel, "The Last Witchfinder". We'll also hear from Andrew Jackson. By day, he's an academic advisor in Penn State's College of Education. But at night, he's a fixture on the local jazz scene. Guests: James Morrow & Andrew Jackson

    Now in its second year, 'One Book Bradford' is a communitywide project designed to encourage reading and stimulate discussion. This year the Bradford committee has selected David Laskin's award winning book The Children's Blizzard, a non-fiction literary account of a deadly blizzard that hit the U.S. plains states in January of 1888.

    When writer Robert Lewis Stevenson died in 1894, he left behind a wide-ranging literary legacy: story-teller, essayist, dramatist, children's author, poet, travel writer. A new biography will give readers new appreciation for his accomplishments.

    BookMark: Mr. Agreeable by Kirk Nesset

    February 17, 2010

    Mr. Agreeable is a collection of flash fiction that is both funny and unsettling.

    In a university town there's often conflict between students and permanent residents. The neighborhoods near Penn State University Park are no exception. Some residents are fed up with student partying, and the University and Borough are trying new tactics to intervene. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    Penn State's national reputation regarding child abuse took a major hit in 2011 with the Jerry Sandusky revelations. One academic response from the university is underway with the first of several new faculty hires. WPSU's Scott Weybright reports.

    BookMark: Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh

    December 29, 2010

    Winner of the PEN/Winship Award for best book by a New England author, you can't miss this book! Set in Bakerton, it not only tells a great story, but it acts as "a love letter to our industrial past."

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Gene Hoffman talks with her friend, Bonnie Morningstar. They talk about Hoffman's experiences growing up on a farm in Huntingdon.

    Opera Atelier Presents Mozart's "The Magic Flute"

    April 16, 2013

    Penn State's Centre for the Performing Arts is focused this week on music of the 18th century. Tonight, the orchestra Tafelmusik will give a concert of baroque music, and Thursday night, the orchestra will join Canada's Opera Atelier to present a fully staged opera at Penn State. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports they'll present "The Magic Flute" by Mozart.

    Dave Felice, who plays the role of brigade commander, talks about what it's like to be part of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg Reenactment.

    The Pennsylvania primary is May 18th. WPSU's Scott Detrow interviewed all the gubernatorial candidates to hear their final pitch to voters. He spoke with Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel over the phone.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently finished a month of recording interviews in Bellefonte. Andrea and Deanna Fletcher talk with their great aunt, Mary Luther. They start by talking about their family's experience in the Johnstown Flood, and what prompted Mary to leave Johnstown.

    With just days left before the gubernatorial election, Democrat Dan Onorato keeps plugging away. As Scott Detrow reports from State College, the Allegheny County Executive is confident he'll overcome Republican Tom Corbett's lead in the race's final days.

    Stories: Forks Over Knives

    January 28, 2011

    Last week, a documentary about the benefits of a plant-based diet premiered to a sold-out crowd at the State Theatre in State College. WPSU's Emily Wiley attended the event. She talked with community members about the film's claim that eating the right food can control or even reverse diseases like cancer and diabetes.

    Folk-Rock singer/songwriter Roger McGuinn -- perhaps best known as the lead singer and guitarist for The Byrds during the 1960s -- spoke with WPSU's Mel DeYoung about his music and his visit to State College on April 1.

    Stories: Elections: State Supreme Court

    May 7, 2009

    Seems like the presidential election was yesterday, but it's almost time to vote again

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Today is International Women's Day and February is Women's History Month. For StoryCorps, Sherren McKenzie talks with her friend Sharon Stringer about the strongest woman she ever knew.

    This archive recording will be available for two weeks following the broadcast.

    What would Rachel Carson Say about Hydrofracking?

    September 28, 2012

    This month marks the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring." The book changed the way we think about pollution and human health and led to the creation of the EPA and to a ban on DDT. What would the Pennsylvania native have to say about hydrofracking? WPSU's Patty Satalia poses that question to biologist, best-selling author and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, who is sometimes referred to as the "new Rachel Carson."

    Stories: Making a Home

    As part of our ongoing series of 'audio diaries' from members of the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Styker Brigade, you hear from Specialist Ilan McPherson about how soldiers can make a home wherever they find themselves. McPherson recorded his comments this fall, while his unit was training at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

    June 30th is fast approaching: the deadline for Pennsylvania legislators to approve next year's budget. WPSU takes a look at some of the segments on those brightly - colored budget pie charts -- where's the money going, and what are the issues? Our focus today: spending on infrastructure and economic development. WPSU's Cynthia Berger has more.

    Stories: In Memorium: Bill Cahir

    August 14, 2009

    Bellefonte native and Marine Corps sergeant Bill Cahir was killed this week while serving in Afghanistan. Central Pennsylvanian residents got to know him in 2008 as a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress.

    Stories: Heritage Parks

    September 29, 2009

    As the public television series on National Parks continues, WPSU takes a look at another kind of public resource in our commonwealth: the system of State Heritage Parks. More than 30 states have now adopted the model pioneered in Pennsylvania. WPSU's Lindsey Whissel talks about these regions with Bob Imof, Director of Government Contracts for the North Central Regional Planning Commission. Imhof helped establish the Pennsylvania Lumber Heritage Region, the second largest Heritage Park in the US.

    During 'Domestic Violence Awareness Month,' Center County takes an important step to counter domestic violence. A new facility opens today, where divorced parents can make a safe and supervised custody exchange. WPSU's Cynthia Berger toured the Center County Child Access Center, and filed this report.

    Republican John Peterson, of Pleasantville, in Venango County, was elected to Congress representing Pennsylvania's 5th District in 1996. He was re-elected to a sixth term last year, but unexpectedly announced in January that he would retire at the end of the current term. Last week, WPSU/Capitol Hill Correspondent Sara Sciammacco sat down with John Peterson to take a look back over his time in Congress, and to get his thoughts on what lies ahead.

    Women of the West by Dorothy Gray

    May 4, 2011

    A local author captures the stories of many amazing pioneer women of the West in this historical nonfiction book that's been brought back to print.

    Stories: Coal Ash in the Commonwealth

    April 3, 2009

    This week, a congressional subcommittee met to consider the worst coal ash spill in U.S. history . . . when a dam at a Tennessee power plant gave way, spilling a billion gallons of toxic sludge. Pennsylvania had a similar spill back in 2005

    Stories: Stryker

    Last month, the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade was told it could be Iraq this time next year. The reason is in their name. Pennsylvania has one of just six unit in the country who fight with a new vehicle called the Stryker. WPSU News Intern David Klatt climbed aboard a Stryker during a recent training session at Fort Indiantown Gap to find out the Stryker is helping American troops hunt down insurgents. He has this report.

    Stories: Recreating World War II

    May 31, 2010

    This past Memorial Day Weekend, a local crowd witnessed history come to life, as the Allies and the Germans faced-off once again at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports from the front.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, in McKean County. Cliff Hastings talks about some of his childhood memories, including a visit to Bradford by the circus.

    Stories: Gardening to Save Some Green

    May 28, 2009