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    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

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, in McKean County. Last week, Robert Fair was interviewed by his wife Tracy Keppel. Now they turn the tables. Tracy talks about her Irish grandparents and her lifelong love of horses.

    Stories: Employer-Sponsored Benefits

    December 4, 2009

    The number of workers and their families who get their health care coverage through their jobs has dropped for the seventh year in a row. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with a Penn State expert on employee benefits law about the innovative way one Pennsylvania manufacturer retained good employee benefits.

    BookMark: Riding the Bus With My Sister

    September 28, 2005

    Dotty Delafield "Centre County Reads" is a local effort to get all the folks in one community reading-- and talking about the same good book. This year's selection is "Riding the Bus With My Sister," Rachel Simon's acclaimed memoir about the year in which she comes to know her developmentally disabled sister by sharing her passion for riding on city buses.

    This Friday is Veteran's Day. To celebrate, WPSU will bring you oral history recordings from WWII veterans, recorded at the Mid-State Airport near Philipsburg during a WWII fly-in event. Scott Finnigan talks with his father, Edward. They talk about his time during WWII on a PT boat in the Pacific Theater.

    The state Attorney General is not ruling out additional charges being filed in the ongoing investigation into child sex crime charges against former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Mary Wilson reports from Harrisburg.

    The StoryCorps oral history project has been recording interviews all this month in Bellefonte. Jill Herr talked with her father, John Herr, about his stint in the voluntary service. He served for two years in the time between the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The pair came from Lancaster County to record this interview.

    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.

    Take Note: A Conversation with Educator Pedro Noguera

    November 3, 2013

    Pedro Noguera is an internationally renowned professor of education at New York University and the author of seven books, including "The Trouble With Black Boys: And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education." We'll talk with him about education's most pressing problems, about why installing metal detectors isn't the answer, and about why we should assess schools the way we access hospitals.

    Extended Interview with Pedro Noguera

    The latest film adaptation of The Great Gatsby brings a local professor's scholarship

    You're invited on one of our occasional "Pennsylvania Radio Expeditions." Zip up your parka, because your destination is cold and windy. But it's the best place to see some really big birds: golden eagles. You'll also meet a scientist whose work could help protect them.

    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.

    ProPublica on Marcellus Gas Drilling

    April 22, 2011

    ProPublica broke the story that oil and gas inspectors policing Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania will no longer be able to issue violations to drilling companies without first getting approval from DEP's top officials. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with investigative reporter Abrahm Lustgarten who has been covering Marcellus Shale drilling for ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism from it's headquarters in Manhattan.

    The controversial Employee Free Choice Act is currently working its way through Congress. Pennsylvania is a battleground for the legislation because of large union presence in the state

    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.

    Young Mr. Roosevelt by Stanley Weintraub

    October 24, 2013

    Philip Winsor reviews Stanley Weintraub's latest book, Young Mr. Roosevelt. Weintraub will be speaking about his book at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg on November 6.

    Stories: Genius Award

    December 31, 1969

    A Penn State scientist received a surprise phone call last month announcing she was a 2009 winner of a MacArthur Foundation

    The health insurance exchanges, that are part of the Affordable Care Act, opened for business on Tuesday. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports that Penn State Extension has created a website, designed to provide a broad range of information about the health care law

    For more than three decades, Andrew Vachss has sought to protect children from the devastating effects of child abuse both as a lawyer who represents children exclusively and as a writer whose dark fiction brings his battle before a wider audience. Most fans know him for his gritty mystery series featuring the enigmatic avenger Burke. He hopes his newest, and very different, novel will get us to take a hard look at what we accept as truth. We talked with Vachss about his life's work and about his newest novel, "Two Trains Running". Guest: Andrew Vachss

    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.

    I believe we can learn to navigate life from dogs.

    The Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade is about to deploy to Iraq. WPSU equipped three members of the 2nd 112th Infantry, based in Bellefonte, with recording gear, so they can tell you about their experiences. Today, Platoon Sergeant Matt Nedrow shares a recording made the night before he boarded a flight to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, to train for deployment. The scene: the back yard of his Bellefonte home. His young son Jack motors around the driveway on a child-sized ATV.

    I believe in penny loafers, plaid skirts, navy blue stockings and white Oxfords. I used to sigh each morning as I threw on the same school uniform every day, wishing I could wear something more comfortable to school. I never had to worry about dressing to impress in a small all-girls Catholic high school.

    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 May 15, WPSU aired excerpts from interviews with the two Democratic candidates who are less well-known: Chuck Pennachio and Alan Sandals. (The office of State treasurer Bob Casey, the third candidate, did not respond to our request for an interview.) On May 16, we bring you an interview with Senator Rick Santorum, who is running unopposed in the primary. Here, we present the complete interview with Chuck Pennachio

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Craig Wiernick talks to his grandparents, Betty Kaplan, who he calls Mimi, and Albert Kaplan, who goes by Big Dad. They talk about Albert's service in World War II.

    BookMark: Fragile Beasts by Tawni O'Dell

    October 13, 2010

    Head into western Pennsylvania coal country with Tawni O'Dell's newest novel. You might know her first book, Back Roads, which is an Oprah Book Club Selection.

    I Believe in the Blues

    Like most people, I get to feeling bad from time to time about one thing or another. Things don't always go my way, and the march of daily disappointments often leaves me in the dumps.

    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.

    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.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Betty Jane Mincemoyer talks about what it was like to grow up on a farm in Blair County during the Great Depression.

    Frank Lloyd Wright is celebrated as America's pre-eminent architect--but his personal life was complicated and stormy. The Fellowship tells the story of the landmark training program Wright created for young apprentices--and the overbearing way in which he directed their professional development.

    Stories: Pianist Jeffrey Siegel Talks Chopin

    September 15, 2010

    Concert pianist Jeffrey Siegel gives a concert called "Chopin for Lovers" at Penn State's Schwab Auditorium. Before the show, he stopped by the WPSU-FM studios to speak with Kristine Allen.

    Corbett Announces Lawsuit against NCAA

    January 2, 2013

    On January 2nd, at Penn State's University Park Campus, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett faced questions about the timing of his lawsuit against the NCAA. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports.

    I believe hunting is more than killing. Hunting is about being in nature. It's the sound of wind blowing through leaves and the trickling of mountain streams.

    BookMark: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

    July 21, 2010

    The winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal is a mysterious book that will have you thinking about time travel and the hidden lives of middle school students.

    This past December, I went for a routine physical for the first time in three years. I had taken a stance not to go until my mom went for one. She hadn't had a physical in close to 10 years. I knew that if I held out long enough, my mom would eventually go. She would cave for the sake of my health long before her own.

    President Obama can take direct credit for at least one new job created since his election: the Capitol Steps have hired a new Obama! Kristine Allen spoke with two presidential impersonators:one newcomer and one veteran of the Capitol Steps, at the State Theatre in State College.

    No more midnight votes. No more last-minute amendments. And no more clandestine committee meetings. Observers at the state Capitol heard those calls on Tuesday at the first meeting of a bipartisan reform panel, established by the new Speaker of the House Dennis O'Brien. As WPSU's Harrisburg Correspondent Damon Boughamer reports, the meeting hinted at some likely difficulties, but lawmakers are enthusiastic about carrying the process forward.

    On Saturday evening March 17, the Cajun group Beausoleil, with Michael Doucet performed at the State Theatre in downtown State College. Prior to the show, WPSU Folk Show host Mel DeYoung spoke wth Doucet about Beausoleil's music.

    Acclaimed State College photographer Bill Coleman died last week at 88. He was known worldwide for his exquisite photographs of the Amish. We'll share our last interview with him dating back to 2008. We'll also hear about the recently completed stream restoration project at the Rothwell Farm in Centre County. Landowner Sally Rothwell and Clearwater Conservancy's wildlife biologist, Katie Ombalski, say the improvements impact water quality all the way to the Chesapeake Bay!

    Dairy farmers in Pennsylvania are saying "good riddance" to 2009. It was a devastating year for the dairy industry. Price predictions for 2010 are looking up a bit. WPSU's Emily Reddy went to the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg to find out more.

    In two weeks, a silver Airstream trailer will roll into downtown Bellefonte and park across from the courthouse for a month. No one will be living in the trailerbut it will get a lot of visitors. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    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.

    Centre County's yearly Grange Fair starts today. It takes a lot of people to put on the fair: People to organize the livestock and the thousands of exhibit items. People to find the musical acts, and line up the rides and concessions. People to set up 980 tents, and to help 15-hundred RVs park in neat lines. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked to a long-time Grange Fair organizer as he prepared for opening day.

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

    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.

    World Tree by David Wojahn

    April 27, 2011

    For the last week of National Poetry Month, we take a look at a book published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Find out more about a poet that's working everything from Reagan to Scrabble into his exciting poems.

    A Conversation with State Senator Jake Corman

    January 10, 2012

    State Senator Jake Corman represents the 34th Senatorial District, which includes Juniata, Perry and portions of Centre, Mifflin and Union Counties. Now in his fourth term, he's chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. This past December, WPSU's Patty Satalia talked with him about state funding for Penn State, his legislative priorities and about life in politics.

    Stories: Town Hall Meetings & Public Deliberation

    September 1, 2009

    Senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey head back to D-C next week to work on healthcare legislation. During the break, they held town hall meetings. Some of them

    In our occasional series, HISTORY IN YOUR BACKYARD, WPSU's Kristine Allen brings you stories of local haunts where you can take a trip back in time. This time, we're going way back

    Rush Township Home Rule Referendum

    April 20, 2012

    Tuesday, April 24th is primary day in Pennsylvania. In Rush Township, Centre County, voters will decide whether a commission should be formed to study the question of adopting a home rule charter in the township. WPSU's Kristine Allen explains the effort began with concerns over Marcellus Shale gas wells.

    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.

    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.

    "You got time to lean, you got time to clean." That was my boss's favorite motivational quote. I started working at Leo's Steak Shop when I was 14. The small kitchen was unbearably hot at times, and the walk to the freezer 40 feet out back was unbearably cold at times. But just as fast as the workdays began, they ended. And the long days were somehow always so satisfying, even if I was only making $5.15 an hour.

    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...

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Ken Womack interviews his colleague, Lori Bechtel-Wherry, the Chancellor of Penn State Altoona.

    National Poetry Month begins, and BookMark starts the celebration with a book by a Pittsburgh poet reviewed by an Altoona poet!

    This I Believe: Theatre Is Transformative

    March 26, 2009

    I believe theatre has the power to transform lives. It certainly transformed mine.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month WPSU will bring you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Ronnie Burrage talks with his friend, Eli Byrne. Burrage talks about growing up in St. Louis, Missouri and the importance of music in his life from a young age.

    With the graphic grand jury report and heavy media coverage, it's hard for those in the State College area to avoid details of the child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports mental health professionals are working hard to help the community cope -- and that includes some who have been re-traumatized by the recent allegations.

    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

    In any presidential primary season, there are those who make promises, those who make gaffes, and those who make hay of all of the above! WPSU's Kristine Allen spoke by phone with a political observer who has an unusual perspective.

    Each year the literary organization Centre County Reads encourages members of the community to read the same book and discuss it with their neighbors. This year Centre County Reads selected the graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi for the community-wide read. The book, which also doubles as Strapi's autobiography, tells the tale of a young girl's life under the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

    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 has been bringing you a series of conversations with the key conference speakers. Today, producer Cynthia Berger talks with Michael Huff, Deputy Secretary for Health Planning and Assessment.

    The inauguration's over. The people have gone home and the reporters have packed away their cameras, notepads and recording equipment. And how did they do at covering the inauguration? WPSU's Emily Reddy spoke Mike Hogan, a communications professor at Penn State University.

    Turn on the nightly news these days, and you'll see footage of flames, burning homes, and soot-blackened firefighters . . . . evidence that we're at the beginning of the 2006 wildfire season in west Texas. All the more reason, says reviewer John Sengle, to put "A Season of Fire", by Douglas Gantenbein, on your summer reading list.

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

    The Penn State board of trustees released a statement yesterday to further explain their rationale for the dismissal of Joe Paterno as head coach last November. Later in the day the Paterno family issued a response. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    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.

    Take Note: Meet Penn State President-Elect Eric Barron

    February 21, 2014

    The more than year-long search for Penn State's next President has come to an end. The Board of trustees has chosen Dr. Eric Barron to lead Penn State as the University's 18th President. Currently the president of Florida State University, Dr. Barron is no stranger to Happy Valley. He spent more than 20 years here

    Reptiland, located between Williamsport and Lewisburg, is much more than a roadside attraction. We'll find out how one man's passion for the less-loved animals of the world has grown into a nationally accredited zoo. Also, agritourism is a growing part of Pennsylvania's economy-with everything from winery tours to farm-stay vacations to corn mazes. In the second part of the program, Cynthia Berger talks with Susan Ryan of California University of PA, who recently conducted a survey of agritourism in Pennsylvania. Then in part three of the program, we learn about the Annual River Sojourn. For the past five summers the Juniata Clean Water Partnership has invited local residents to celebrate this beautiful and free-flowing river by hopping in their canoes. Guests: Clyde & Chad Peeling, Susan Ryan, and Vanessa Dietrick

    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.

    The judge in the child sex abuse trial against Jerry Sandusky wrapped things up early yesterday because of "technical difficulties" with a witness. But WPSU's Emily Reddy reports the trial is on track for closing arguments to be delivered Thursday morning.

    A candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania stopped in State College Monday evening, to chat with volunteers at the Centre County Democratic Committee office. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports he's a young Bradford County Commissioner.

    What are the environmental impacts of drilling in the Marcellus Shale? Listen to a recording of the call-in, hosted by WPSU's Cynthia Berger with experts Tom Murphy (co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Initiative for Outreach and Research), Bryan Swistock (water resources specialist), and Dave Yoxtheimer (graduate student and senior hydrologist with ARM Group, Inc.).

    For the past few weeks WPSU has been taking you on "virtual road trips." by phone, to talk to voters in our listening area. This week we travel along Route 322 to find out what voters in Centre County are thinking about the upcoming primary. WPSU news intern Heather Adamic is your tour guide.

    I believe in writing. Not newspaper reporting, or composing essays for class, or informational writing but inspirational writing. I believe in telling a story.

    The conversations you've been hearing from Story Corps Ag Progress Days were recorded at a unique museum. The Pasto Agricultural Museum's "collection" is made up of farming implements from a time when horse power referred to how many animals you hooked up to a piece of equipment. WPSU's Emily Reddy visited the Pasto during the recent Ag Progress Days events to give us a taste of the farming and household innovations of yesteryear housed at the museum.

    Stories: Saving Darfur, Closing Guantanamo

    July 5, 2009

    WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Penn State Dickinson Law professor Greg McNeal about the issues faced by the Obama administration as it tries to close the prison at Guantanamo

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Brandon Zlupko talks to his grandmother, Paula Wales, about growing up in Altoona during WWII and meeting her husband.

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

    Douglas Stiffler, a Chinese history professor from Juniata College talks with Mao Xiaoyu who is a student from China. Mao is interested in politics, and has discovered an admiration for a 1950's Chinese student leader named Lin Zhao. The day before coming to America, Mao even took a trip to visit her grave.

    An archive recording of a live broadcast of the Folk Show

    The Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County has been 10 years in the making. On September 10th, it will be dedicated and opened to the public. Mary Wilson of Pennsylvania Public Radio offers a preview.

    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 ---

    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.

    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.

    This I Believe: A Season For Hope

    May 28, 2008

    Each year, mid-March to be precise, hope springs eternal. I'm not talking about warmer weather or an extra hour of daylight. No, I'm...

    To transform a chunk of wood into a sculpture is a human endeavor almost as old as humanity itself. Woodcarving got a modern twist in the 1950s, with the invention of the lightweight gas-powered chainsaw. You might think of chainsaw sculpture as a folksy roadside attraction, featuring bear cubs in various poses. But these days, chainsaw art has gone mainstream, as WPSU's Cynthia Berger reports.

    I believe heavy metal. When I was 12 years old I saw Metallica's music video for the song, "One."

    Story Corps Ag Progress Days: Lou and Randy Moore

    October 28, 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. Randy Moore interviews his father Lou about growing up on a farm in Maryland.

    The Mid-Atlantic is home to many orchards with some very special trees -- American Chestnuts. Chestnuts were nearly wiped out in the 20th century by an exotic fungus. The new trees are being bred to resist the disease. So-called "citizen scientists" carry out the breeding program and Cynthia Berger visited a local orchard to find out how it works.

    Tony Gaskew talks with his former criminal justice student Timothy Rooke. Gaskew worked in law enforcement for years before becoming a professor at Pitt Bradford. Rooke is now a police officer at the school. Gaskew talks about his early life and how he got his start in law enforcement.

    PA People: PA People: Tawni O'Dell

    June 11, 2010

    WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with the New York Times bestselling author and Indiana, Pennsylvania, native, Tawni O'Dell.

    "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

    The trio known as Red Molly performed on Saturday March 24, at the Centre for Well-Being in Lemont. It was a sold-out show, so if you weren't able to attend, WPSU's Mel DeYoung wants to make sure you get to hear these talented performers anyway. Here's Mel's conversation with Red Molly.

    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.

    The Next Stage is a nonprofit theatre company in State College that stays off the beaten path. The group focuses exclusively on modern plays. WPSU's Kristine Allen caught up with the two co-founders of THE NEXT STAGE before a rehearsal for their production of "A Delicate Balance" by Edward Albee.

    Stories: G-20 Protestors

    September 24, 2009

    The upcoming G-20 meetings in are a magnet for social activism and protest. Penn State sociology professor John McCarthy talks with WPSU's Patty Satalia about who the protestors are, what their message is, and how preparations for protest are being handled in Pittsburgh.

    Stories: The Real Hero

    The Pennsylvania National Guard's Stryker brigade heads for Camp Shelby in Mississippi today, for training before deployment to Iraq. They'll make the trip south by plane. But yesterday, one company began their journey according to a long-standing tradition.

    The thirty-six day campaign to capture Iwo Jima was the bloodiest in the history of the U.S. Marines. We talk with a World War II Marine veteran, and the last living infantry battalion commander who had Navajo code talkers assigned to him. We also talk to the Pennsylvania sculptor who created the trio of Memorial Day ladies in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. Guests: Col. Gerald Russell & Lorann Jacobs

    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?

    Stories: Why Do Great Teachers Quit?

    October 6, 2010

    About a third of schoolteachers quit in their first three years. By five years in that number is up to half. Katy Farber has written a book about teacher attrition called "Why Great Teachers Quit: And How We Might Stop the Exodus." WPSU's Emily Reddy asked her: Why do teachers quit?

    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?"

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Amy McCall talks with her father, Richard Walker, about his father's work in construction, including helping build the Squirrel Hill Tunnel in Pittsburgh.

    "It is Trisomy-21. It is Down Syndrome." Beyond those words I heard nothing, sitting in the obstetrician's office. The doctor was...

    This archive recording will be available here for 2 weeks after the original broadcast

    Local Choral Group Joins Nationwide Requiem for 911

    September 9, 2011

    Choirs around the country, from the East Coast to Hawaii, will mark the 10th anniversary of nine eleven by singing Mozart's Requiem in memory of the fallen. WPSU's Kristine Allen speaks with Russell Shelley, Music Director of the State College Choral Society, as he prepares to conduct the requiem this Sunday afternoon at Penn State, University Park.

    Do you make spontaneous decisions? That may be a wiser strategy than you think, according to author Gladwell.

    My husband got a call the other night as we finished a late dinner. One of his friends had two extra tickets to the baseball game and wanted to know if he'd like them. Of course he did.

    Stories: Modern Slavery

    December 31, 1969

    In the 21st century's global economy, slave traders have rediscovered the profitability of selling and buying human beings. More than 27 million people are enslaved worldwide

    First there's a hushed suggestion. Then, the grandchildren start to whine. As my mother tries to calm everyone, my dad puts down the paper and issues the decree. We hold our breaths, fingers crossed.

    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]

    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 just made it over the last hill. The hardest part is over and it's exhilarating. My cheeks are red, but my breathing is leveling off. I can feel my bangs flying out of my headband. I try to focus on my feet hitting the ground at a consistent "step step, step step" pace.

    When I was 10 years old, my grandfather died. I was so sad and cried for a long time. But then I remembered a promise I made to my grandfather. Even now, I believe that keeping the promise is my duty.

    Just in time for Labor Day, a new report from the Keystone Research Center looks at workforce trends in Pennsylvania. The author of the report is Mark Price, a labor economist at the Center. WPSU's Cynthia Berger reached him by phone at his Harrisburg office, to get the high points.

    This past summer, Governor Ed Rendell established a state 'office of diversity management,' making Pennsylvania the first state in the nation with such an office. WPSU's Cynthia Berger talks with Trent Hargrove, the state's first chief diversity officer, about the mission of the new office.

    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.

    Stories: Millheim Bucket Brigade

    June 22, 2009

    The Milllheim Fire Company celebrated its 100th anniversary with a run at the Guinness Book of World Records for "world's longest bucket brigade."

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently recorded a month of interviews in Bellefonte. Eve and John Marchione talk with their son's martial arts teacher, Terry Summers. They talk about how martial arts has helped both Summers and the Marchiones's son, Andrew.

    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.

    With the economy crumbling, college loans are few and far between. Students across the commonwealth wonder how they will pay for school. WPSU news intern Sahar Durali investigates.

    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.

    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

    Newspaper columns have been compiled for this delightful book about the rich history and hidden treasures of Pennsylvania.

    PA People: Thom Brewster

    February 10, 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 visits with Thom Brewster, executive director of CentrePeace. Most people know it as a place that restores and sells used furniture, but Brewster sees it as a place that restores prisoner's lives.

    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.

    June 30th is fast approaching - the deadline for Pennsylvania legislators to approve next year's budget. This week and next, 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.

    This archive recording will be available here for 2 weeks after the original broadcast

    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.)

    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.

    Some say his life reads like a Greek tragedy. We talk with the author of "Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich," the basketball legend whose storied life begins in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, and ends at age 40 due to a heart attack suffered in a pick-up basketball game. There's also a new biography out about actor Jimmy Stewart and try as he might, celeb biographer Marc Eliot couldn't dig up a whiff of scandal Guests: Mark Kriegel & Marc Eliot

    Stories: Holocaust Letters

    April 21, 2009

    Thirty years ago, when white supremacists began to deny publicly that the Holocaust ever happened, civil rights activist Ken Lawrence decided to fight back

    When You Find Your Voice You Can Transform A Nation

    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

    Legislation in the Pennsylvania Assembly could change how child custody cases are decided. The legislation pits groups that oppose domestic violence against groups that support fathers' rights. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    Stephanie Powell Watts' We Are Only Taking What We Need is a collection of short stories about African American women in North Carolina. Millheim resident Abby Minor reviews.

    Do you know where your food comes from? In this ambitious book, New York Times columnist Michael Pollan lays it all out for you in great detail; reviewers say, "You'll never look at a Chicken McNugget in the same way again.

    This I Believe: Be Grateful for What You Have

    March 27, 2008

    Finish your vegetables because there are children in India who are starving!

    Actor and playwright Barry Scott brings his one-man play about Martin Luther King, Jr. to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on January 22nd. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports.

    In the contest for John Peterson's 5th district congressional seat, there are a lot of candidates -and a lot of issues. What do voters think about all this? Today's the second day of our road trip by phone, as we talk with some folks who live along historic Route 6, the highway that runs across the northern part of the district. WPSU news intern Heather Adamic is your guide.

    Stories: Neurosurgeon Visits W'port May 20

    May 15, 2009

    Ben Carson grew up poor in a single-parent home, yet he made his dream of becoming a doctor come true. He has also become a role model for disadvantaged young people. Next week, he visits Williamsport as the keynote speaker at a benefit to support the Lycoming County YWCA. WPSU's Patty Satalia spoke to Dr. Carson recently, about his career path and the educational initiative he has started.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, WPSU brings you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Reverend Paul Johnson talks with his friend Harriet Gaston. They talk about Johnson's mother, who passed away last year, and her life of service to the Altoona community.

    A new collection from a local poet explores our connection to the natural world. The publisher writes:

    Pennsylvania state budget negotiations have now moved to a House Senate Conference Committee. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with Republican Representative Kerry Benninghoff this afternoon about the budget impasse. Representative Benninghoff is a House Republican whose district is made up of parts of Centre and Mifflin Counties.

    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.

    I believe that you and I and the entire world are connected. Buddhists say "We are all one." Christian's say "We're all God's children." Carl Jung says we share a collective unconscious. However you want to describe it, I believe that which connects us as human beings is much stronger than that which divides us.

    Penn State's annual Dance Marathon starts today on the University Park campus. Thousands of students will gather in the Bryce Jordan Center to help fight childhood cancer. But students' relationships with kids affected by cancer last longer than this one weekend--as WPSU news intern, Heather Adamic reports.

    "What Do You Stand For? Getting Back America's Integrity" Lichtman has been writing and speaking on ethics to corporations and organizations for 10 years. His first book and talk, "The Lone Ranger's Code of the West, an Action-Packed Adventure in Ethics," not only made the process of examining ethics more approachable and clear, but fun as well. In the last several years, Lichtman has been drilling deeper into the subject of ethics by collecting stories for his new book, "What Do You Stand For? Stories About Principles that Matter." Using responses from Mario Cuomo to the Dalai Lama to a cross section of "ordinary" citizens, Lichtman talks about the principles that matter and encourages people to live up to their highest aspirations by using a practical, clear-cut code of ethical values.

    Barbara J. Rolls is Professor of Nutritional Sciences and the Helen A. Guthrie Chair in Nutrition at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Rolls also holds positions at Penn State as Professor in Biobehavioral Health, Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Medicine, and is a faculty member in the Intercollege Graduate Program in Physiology. Dr. Rolls received a B.A. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Cambridge, England. After spending her early research career at the University of Oxford, England, Dr. Rolls joined the faculty of the John Hopkins University School of Medicine as Professor of Psychiatry. In 1992, she became a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University where she currently teaches and conducts research as the Director of Laboratory for the Study of Human Ingestive Behavior.

    Dr. Rolls is Past-President of both the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior and The Obesity Society. She has been a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH). In 1995 she was the recipient of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences Award in Human Nutrition. In 1996, she received the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award from the College of Health & Human Development, Penn State. In 1997 she was the recipient of a MERIT award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease for her outstanding research performance. She was the 2001 recipient of the International Award for Modern Nutrition. In 2003 she was awarded Honorary Membership in the American Dietetic Association. In 2006 she was elected a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and received the Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award, College of Health & Human Development, Penn State. She was selected as the 2007 W.O. Atwater Lecturer at Experimental Biology (sponsored by USDA

    Election Day is November 8, and one hot race in our region is for District Attorney in Centre County. We bring you interviews with the two candidates. On Thursday November 3, WPSU's Cynthia Berger talked with Michael Madeira, the Republican candidate, and on Friday November 4, with Karen Arnold, the Democratic candidate.

    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.

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

    Take Note Radio: SCORE & the State Budget

    March 15, 2009

    The organization called SCORE provides free business counseling to Central Pennsylvania residents. We talk with Bill Asbury, chair of the central Pennsylvania SCORE chapter, and Ned Book, a local volunteer. We also talk with State Senator Jake Corman, head of the senate appropriations committee, about the state budget.

    From the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution, many great cities of Europe were best known for their cathedrals. In 21st century America, cities are best known for their sports stadiums. What does this say about our values and priorities? We talk with the author of "The New Cathedrals." Also, if you've strolled across a stone bridge in a state park, or picnicked in a pavilion, chances are you've enjoyed the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps. A new book from Penn State Press tells the story of the CCC in our state. Guests: Bob Trumpbour & Joseph Speakman

    "The Vicious Circle of Poverty" Dr. Gates is a 1985 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School and a 1991 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1995 and did his residency at Allegheny University Hospital. He is the founder of the Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation, which is an after-school program for disadvantaged youth in the projects where Dr. Gates grew up. The program is in memory of his mother. The program is for at risk children ages 4-12 and includes an after school program to enhance their education and teach them to "Dream Again." He is also the founder of Operation Safety Net at Bon Secours Hospital, which is a free health care clinic for adults with no access to health insurance. Dr. Gates has received the LaRoche College Award, the NAACP Award (community service), the Chester E. Smith Scholarship (medical school), the Cohen Scholarship Award (pharmacy school) and the Deborah Grand Scholarship (high school). He resides in Altoona, PA and is the father of three children.

    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.

    Penn State's Faculty Senate Council met yesterday for the first time since the controversial changes to employee healthcare benefits were announced last month. The meeting was not open to the public, but afterward WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner spoke with the Faculty Senate Chairman and Penn State's Vice President for Human Resources.

    Although Bush administration officials and auto executives seem to be coming closer to sealing a deal on a multibillion-dollar industry bailout, the final outcome is still less than certain. Although Central Pennsylvania is hardly Detroit, local big three car dealers are getting nervous. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    Judge Rules on Sandusky Dismissal Motion

    April 12, 2012

    The judge overseeing the child sex abuse case against Jerry Sandusky has denied requests by the defense that all 52 charges against the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach be dismissed. But WPSU's Emily Reddy reports there are likely to be additional dismissal motions before the trial begins.

    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.

    Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard are 'citizen soldiers' who balance military responsibilities with their personal lives. As the guard's 56th Stryker Brigade deploys to Iraq, First Lt. Sam Coover can tell you about that juggling act. He's a high-school chemistry teacher, AND a single father of three young children. WITF's Scott Detrow has more.

    College and university students across the state are packing up to leave campus for the summer. A significant number of them will be away for much longer. One in every four members of the Pennsylvania National Guard is a student . . . and later this year, the Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade is expected to deploy to Iraq. Cynthia Berger reports.

    State College Community Theatre will present the muiscal Legally Blonde this weekend. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports as the curtain goes up tonight, a new era begins for the theatre group.

    The State Assembly is back in session and there are some new faces in Harrisburg. Over the next few weeks, WPSU will introduce you to new members of the Pennsylvania legislature who represent Central Pennsylvania. For the first interview in our series, WPSU's Emily Reddy talks with Representative Rick Mirabito.

    This I Believe: Vulnerability is Our Strength

    June 12, 2008

    Most of my friends have recently graduated from college. Every so often one will call me up to grumble about their new job, telling me how...

    "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams is now playing at the Boal Barn Theatre in Boalsburg, produced by State College Community Theatre. WPSU's Kristine Allen speaks with the show's director, Charles Dumas, about the play and what makes this production unusual.

    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.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Winabelle Deppen interviews her husband Marion about his experiences as a farm boy during the Great Depression and his life-long involvement with Ag Progress Days.

    This past August, Debbie Elliott was named host of the weekend edition of All Things Considered. Born and raised in the south, Elliott took over the anchor chair just as the Hurricane Katrina disaster was beginning to unfold. Later in the program, we speak with Michael Jinbo, conductor and music director of the Nittany Valley Symphony, about their 2005-2006 season. Guests" Debbie Elliott and Michael Jinbo

    Stories: Orienteering

    In the late 1800s, orienteering was invented as a form of military training. Today, it's an international sport. Pennsylvania has ideal terrain for orienteering races. As part of the ongoing series called "Sports That Are Not Football," WPSU's Cynthia Berger reports on the annual running of the "Susquehanna Stumble.

    Handbell ringing is not exclusive to the holidays... but there's something about bells that just seems Christmas-y. WPSU's Emily Reddy visited a State College church to find out more about handbell ringing from the group that plays there.

    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.

    Like most people, I'm busy. I'm busy cleaning, writing, cooking, teaching, exercising, or doing any host of activities that consume the day. Sometimes I move through life so quickly there's no time for reflection.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Stories: New Teachers Face a Tough Job Market

    November 10, 2009

    In Central Pennsylvania, college students who want to be teachers are looking for work in the worst job market since before they were born. Unemployment rates just hit 10.2 percent, the highest in 26 years. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    March is Women's History Month, a good time to take a look at the "More Than Petticoats" series. Each volume identifies a set of women who made a difference in one U.S. state. Remarkable Pennsylvania Women brings us the story of such notables as pioneering journalist Nellie Bly and Hannah Myers Longshore, the state's first female medical school professor.

    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 --

    Stories: What's Killing Bats in PA?

    June 14, 2009

    Two years ago, a mysterious ailment started killing bats in New York State. Now the problem, called "White Nose Syndrome," has spread to bats in Pennsylvania. How serious is this problem? . . . And, why we should care if bats are dying? To find out more, WPSU's Cynthia Berger talked with Lisa Williams, a biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

    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. Eight-year-old Samuel Bachman and 5-year-old Alejandra Bachman ask their grandmother Nancy Bachman to tell them stories from Mudlick Farms, where Nancy's great grandmother Mina B. Clark started a farm in 1884.

    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.

    Pennsylvania hasn't influenced a presidential nomination in three decades. This year, could the Keystone State make a difference? That's the question WPSU's Cynthia Berger asked Penn State political science professor Michael Berkman.

    In 1951, tissue samples from Henrietta Lacks arrived in a lab. Amazingly, the cells still survive today. One book tells the story of this woman and her legacy.

    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. Mary T. Hosterman asks her husband Orvil about his life growing up on a farm outside of Aaronsburg.

    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.

    An archive recording of a live broadcast of the Folk Show

    Tuesday night State College will be the site of a public forum on alcohol issues. It's hardly the first time for this kind of meeting. But organizers think THIS meeting will bring results.

    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.

    To see the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, you have to travel to Washington, DC. But not everyone can do that. So there's a "Moving Wall" that travels around the country. It's a half-size replica, made of lightweight aluminum. And this summer, it visited Central Pennsylvania, specifically the small town of Smethport, in McKean County. WPSU's Cynthia Berger was at the opening ceremonies Thursday night, and she had this report.

    As members of the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade prepare for deployment to Iraq, their loved ones face an ordeal at home. Many women will become the sole heads of their households. They're turning to each other for strength. WPSU's Cynthia Berger got to meet the one woman everyone relies on.

    This archive recording will be available here for 2 weeks after the original broadcast

    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

    This I Believe: The Power of a Smile

    March 5, 2009

    When I was younger, I was shy and my self-esteem was a little low. I'm told I usually walked around looking miserable, as if I was tasting something sour. I moved as if I were alone in this world. I remember I always had pressure on my face and and the weight of the world on my shoulders. I barely smiled. Smiling seemed like the hardest thing to do. People would greet me with a smile and a word. I would respond with a word, but probably not a smile. My not smiling wasn't a problem for my friends, because they knew that was my way of being.

    Governor Rendell won't have a property tax bill to sign before the primary election on May 16, and probably will not get one before his own bid for re-election in November. State House leaders left Harrisburg on Wednesday night without voting on the plan that had passed the Senate the day before. WPSU Harrisburg correspondent Damon Boughamer reports from the capitol.

    Around 1923, the American Viscose Company established a community for workers at their Lewistown factory. The factory shut down nearly 40 years ago, but the tiny enclave of brick row houses has changed very little. Now two Penn State University Park graduate students are hoping to get the company town of Juniata Terrace on the National Registry of Historic Places. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

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    I believe in reading. Not so much in reading for research or a job or class, but in reading for pleasure.

    State College Community Theatre perfroms one of the more rarely-seen musicals by Leonard Bernstein. Kristine Allen listened-in on a rehearsal.

    According to the CDC, contaminated foods cause 3,000 deaths a year in the US. In response to large-scale and highly-publicized contaminations in recent years to foods like spinach and peanut butter, the government has created the Food Safety Modernization Act. But WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with one advocate who worries the bill will hurt smaller farms.

    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."

    With more than 25 years of varied experience in the news business, Ray Saurez is not only a senior correspondent for the NewsHour on PBS, the former NPR host is also an author and essayist. A graduate from New York University, he also holds a master's degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago, where he studied urban affairs. Greg Petersen spoke with him when he visited State College for the dedication of Penn State's new outreach building. Guest: Ray Suarez

    I believe that love and support from family and friends is much more than a clich?.

    It's the final week of Black History Month! Listen in to learn more about a forthcoming biography of a literary activist. A Penn State professor authors the book, and a Penn State student offers her review!

    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: 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. 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.

    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.

    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.

    WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner shadows Penn State School of International Affairs students as they participate in a simulation of a UN peace conference centered on a complicated international issue. Photo credit: Paul Sweeney

    Stories: Making Boats Greener

    February 17, 2010

    Traffic--in the form of cars and trucks--is a major source of greenhouse gas. But there's also ANOTHER kind of traffic: it's on the river. Anne Murray of the Ohio River Radio Consortium takes a look at the air pollution produced by river boats . . . and how researchers are trying to make boats greener.

    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.

    Folkshow: Folk Show Sunday with host Mel DeYoung

    September 5, 2010

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

    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.

    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.

    Heavy, wet snow fell on Philadelphia. I was visiting the city for the first time to see my parents' new home. They'd moved from leafy suburbia to a gritty street of narrow row houses in South Philly. I wondered what they could have been thinking. Graffiti covered doorways. Broken glass laced the street. It was a place without trees. A place that looked short on hope.

    In the contest for John Peterson's 5th district congressional seat, there are a lot of candidates--and a lot of issues. What do voters think about all this? This morning we take you on a road trip by phone, to talk with some folks who live along historic Route 6, the highway that runs across the northern part of the district. WPSU news intern Heather Adamic is your guide.

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    BookMark: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

    May 12, 2010

    This novel takes place in Jackson, Mississippi, nearly 50 years ago. Learn about a difficult time in our country's past through an endearing tale.

    Bellefonte Group's Last Chance to Save the Garman Theatre

    August 20, 2013

    The historic Garman Opera House Theatre in Bellefonte might soon be razed

    Justin Catanoso is a newspaper journalist, a university lecturer and the author of the memoir My Cousin the Saint. He is a native of North Wildwood, NJ, and considered only one college after high school

    Penn State is introducing changes to its employee health insurance benefit plans. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner met with Penn State's Vice President for Human Resources, Susan Basso, to ask some questions.

    Penn State Suspends Wellness Program Surcharges

    September 18, 2013

    Penn State President Rodney Erickson says the university will suspend the $100 a month surcharge for employees who don't participate in the controversial Take Care of Your Health initiative. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reports.

    Today is Groundhog Day, when--according to tradition--the groundhog predicts when spring will arrive. But the groundhog does more for humanity than predict the weather, as WPSU's Cynthia Berger reports.

    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.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, better known as PennDot, operates the fifth largest state-owned highway system in the nation. With 25,000 bridges and more than 40,000 miles of state highway, we're talking more miles of highway than New York and New England combined. The state's secretary of transportation oversees the organization's 12,000 employees and $5 billion budget, and also administers grant programs for mass transit, rail freight and aviation. What are PennDOT's current challenges and how can the department balance the demand for new projects with budget constraints and community interests? We speak with Allen Biehler, Pennsylvania's Transportation Secretary since 2003. He has 34 years of experience in transportation engineering, planning, construction administration and public transportation management. Later in the show, we'll hear from the author of "The Slate Roof Bible". Joe Jenkins is an authority on the restoration of historic slate roofs. Guests: Allen Biehler & Joe Jenkins

    Stories: Elder Care Creates Jobs

    March 24, 2010

    The economy is beginning to recover, but most businesses are waiting before they add employees. One sector never stopped growing - care for the elderly. WPSU's Emily Reddy takes a look at two elder care businesses in Central Pennsylvania that are creating jobs.

    Municipal elections in Pennsylvania are next Tuesday. In the borough of State College, voters will choose more than just judges, school board members, and county commissioners. They'll also vote on a referendum that would outlaw Marcellus Shale fracking in the State College borough. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports. (Photo courtesy Groundswell)

    Scientists may have found a less controversial way of getting special human cells capable of growing into nerves, organs or any other cell in the body. We'll talk about a potential breakthrough in stem cell research. We'll also talk with a MacArthur "Genius" award winner about what she's gleaned from preserved remains of ancient plants about long-ago civilizations. Guests: Kent Vrana & Lee Newsom

    Stories: Rugby

    Here on WPSU, the occasional series Sports That ARE Not Football covers the "lesser known" sports. Today, we bring you a sport that involves: kicking, passing, AND tackling, using an egg-shaped ball. You can see championship level play this weekend, at University Park. But we're NOT talking about the Nittany Lions' Blue-White game.

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    The Wisdom of Wooden by John Wooden and Steve Jamison

    March 30, 2011

    Wrap up March with a little more March Madness! As the final game of the tournament approaches, listen in for our review of a book by a basketball legend.

    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

    BookMark: Aftershock by Robert B. Reich

    December 8, 2010

    Reich shares his insights on the current economic crisis. Our own, Kristine Allen, offers her review.

    This book addresses a distressing fact of the modern workplace: you want to soar with the eagles, but sometimes you work with turkeys. The author, a Stanford management science professor, has the solution: get rid of those jerks!

    I believe in being a kid. Today's world is full of over-eager parents and competitions to cross the finish line. But where is that finish line? Life is not about breaking through the red ribbon or lapping your peers on the race track. I believe life is about enjoying what you have while you have it.

    As we celebrate the 4th of July, it's well to consider how ideas shared over a friendly beer played a role in the birth of our nation. Author Peter Thompson, an historian at Oxford, explores the role of Philadelphia taverns as a setting for political debate and as a place where citizens from all walks of life could interact as equals.

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    I Believe in Cars

    "Mitch, why are you such a knucklehead?" my dad says as he follows me out of our house and into the front yard. "Only a complete idiot would do something this stupid. Sometimes I wonder what goes on in that head of yours" SLAM! My dad's voice is suddenly cut off by the reassuring thunk of my car door. I jam the key into the ignition and start the engine. Before my dad even has a chance to finish his sentence, I'm turning out of the driveway, leaving him behind. I lift the clutch and hit the gas; first gear, I can feel the stress starting to melt away as the RPMs increase. Second gear, what was the stupid thing I did again? Third and fourth, a smile starts creeping across my face, and by the time I hit sixth gear, I'm completely at peace; no upset parents, no problems. It's just me, my WRX, and the open road.

    National Public Radio has a tradition of April Fool's Day stories . . . and in that spirit, we bring you a story about a new technology teens will long for.

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    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.

    God, Seed by Rebecca Foust and Lorna Stevens

    April 20, 2011

    It's our third week of National Poetry Month! Our book this week is half poetry and half paintings and drawings. No matter the form, the book explores nature and the amazing world that surrounds us.

    On Canaan's Side: A Novel by Sebastian Barry

    January 19, 2012

    Irish writer Sebastian Barry brings us this fictional history of an Irish-American family told by its matriarch.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped in DuBois. Paula Giffin talked to her mother Joanne Giffin about how she met Paula's father.

    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.

    It can be hard to figure out the facts when it comes to the contentious topic of Marcellus Shale drilling. Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, a professor of engineering at Cornell University, has done research and development for the oil and gas industry for 25 years. Last night he tried to separate myth from reality when it comes to hydraulic fracturing in a talk sponsored by the Sierra Club and Penn State Eco-Action on the Penn State University Park campus. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with him earlier in the day yesterday.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently recorded a month of interviews in Bellefonte. David Price talks with his friend Gert Aron, a retired Penn State Civil Engineering professor. Price starts by asking Aron about his family's escape from Nazi Germany.

    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.

    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

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently spent a month recording interviews in Bellefonte. Jill Engle talks with her father, Paul Imgrund, about how he went from farmer's son to radio DJ.

    On May 15, voters across Pennsylvania will go to the polls for a primary election. The races are for municipal posts such as school board, county commissioner, and township supervisor. This week, WPSU brings you a series of conversations with the editors of local papers, about the races to watch. Today, Cynthia Berger talks with Sandy Rhodes and Mike Schreiber of the Bradford Era.

    Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra season preview

    September 16, 2011

    An hour-long look ahead to the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra's coming season. WPSU's Kristine Allen talks with Douglas Meyer, Music Director of the PCO, and brings us music from the coming season of concerts as well as performances by some of the soloists who will appear with the PCO in 2011 and 2012.

    Speak Peace at the Bellefonte Art Museum

    February 16, 2012

    Themes of war and peace are at the heart of an exhibit this month at the Bellefonte Art Museum. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports it's an exhibit that combines art and poetry to help us heal from the wounds of war.

    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.

    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.

    This I Believe: Music Can Bring People Together

    July 17, 2008

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote, "Music is the universal language of mankind." I agree. Music has a prominent place in every...

    Stories: Eyewitness to Protest

    September 23, 2009

    Back in 1999, the World Trade Organization conference in Seattle was the setting for violent protests. Liam Moriarty was there; he's a reporter with public radio member station KPLU in Seattle. Larkin Page-Jacobs, of Pennsylvania member station WDUQ, interviewed Moriarty recently, to ask what lessons Pittsburgh can learn from Seattle for the upcoming G-20 summit.

    I remember being the happiest I've ever been when I was about six years old. I was playing in a field near my house. It was early summer and getting dark. I remember I could see a storm coming over the hills, but I lay in the grass with my brother and sister looking up into the clouds. The entire sky was a light brown color as the sun hugged the mountaintop. We waited for the rain, and when it finally came, we ran around letting the droplets run down our cheeks.

    As gasoline prices rise, so do battle cries to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Energy independence may be possible in rough technical terms, but what would it cost? How quickly could it happen? And what kind of political and economic sacrifices are necessary. We'll talk about that and talk with a Penn State researcher about biomass energy and potential sources of future fuels. Guests: Andrew Kleit & Tom Richard

    The shale gas industry

    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. Robin Bastress talks with Penns Valley Elementary School teacher and cross-country and basketball coach Terry Glunt about coaching and teaching in Penns Valley for 25 years.

    Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report has become a household name, and not only because he's funny. Daniel Mallinson reviews Penn State professor Sophia A. McClennen's Colbert's America: Satire and Democracy.

    StoryCorps: Leo Keim Talks with His Son Jonathan

    March 22, 2011

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Leo Keim talks with his son Jonathan, whom he calls "Munchie."

    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.

    Pennsylvania's 5th District is the second-largest Congressional district east of the Mississippi. And this primary season, there is a huge field of candidates vying to represent it: 12 in all. WPSU is committed to letting you hear where each one of them stands on the issues. Our series of "Conversations with the Candidates" continues now, as WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Democrat Bill Cahir

    The economy nationwide is bleak. Every day a new company is going bankrupt or laying off workers. So, what's the effect in central Pennsylvania? WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with a state economist to find out.

    Students Clean Up on State Patty's Day

    February 25, 2013

    This weekend, revelers celebrated the annual student-created drinking holiday "State Patty's Day." But this year a partnership between the State College borough and some Penn State students and alumni attempted to combat drinking. The partnership paid 34 local bars $5000 each to close their doors Saturday and also implemented some other community initiatives. WPSU intern Cynthia Hill has more.

    Stories: Ramadan

    For more than a billion Muslims around the world, this is the month of Ramadan--the month when the Koran was revealed to the prophet Mohammed. It's a month marked by prayer, fasting, and charitable giving. Muslim students from around the world attend classes at Penn State's University Park campus in State College. Like every student at any holiday, they miss their families during Ramadan, but they find support and community in each other's company... as WPSU'S Cynthia Berger reports.

    BookMark: The Great Match Race by John Eisenberg

    June 2, 2010

    It's a big week for horse racing with the Belmont Stakes on June 5th. If you're a fan, you'll love this book about a horse race that took place all the way back in 1823.

    I believe in the power of music. I don't remember learning how to talk. But I remember hearing my mom telling someone on the phone, "We were in the car today and Laura started harmonizing. She's 4!" I didn't know what harmonizing was, but Mom sounded impressed. My 4-year-old singing inspired her that day.

    At the age of seven, he became the youngest student ever admitted to the acclaimed Juilliard School of Music. He has since won virtually every major award: 3 Oscars, 4 Grammys, 4 Emmys, 1 Tony, and 3 Golden Globe awards for his work. His groundbreaking show, "A Chorus Line", received a Pulitzer. We spoke with the Principal Pops Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Guest: Marvin Hamlisch

    Lawyers for two Penn State officials say they'll fight charges against their clients in connection to allegations of child sex abuse by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. MW has more from Harrisburg.

    This I Believe: I Am Evolution

    May 15, 2008

    I believe evolution. It's easy. It's my life. I'm a paleoanthropologist. I study fossils of humans, apes, and monkeys, and I teach college...

    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

    Who are the Homeless in State College?

    February 25, 2014

    Yesterday, WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reported on Centre County's Out of the Cold and Hearts for the Homeless programs. Today, we'll hear about the year-round reality of homelessness in State College, a town where many might assume homelessness isn't a concern.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Mary Abbott talks with her mother, Fay Jester. Jester was the first person in her family to graduate from high school and college. She talks about how she got from Pensacola, Florida to Penn State.

    General Norman Schwarzkopf called him "the finest combat correspondent of our generation

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    This spring, WPSU launched a local version of "This I Believe," the national media project, where radio listeners talk about the core values that guide their daily lives. "This I Believe" has been airing on National Public Radio since 2005, but its roots go back half a century -- to right here in Pennsylvania. WPSU's Cynthia Berger got the details from series producer Dan Gediman.

    I wake up to the slight pulsing of my left big toe -- like the vibrations of a car with the bass up way too high. I clumsily dropped my skate onto the toe yesterdayblade down. I throw my covers off and swing my legs up into the air while still lying down so I can examine the toe. "Looks normal," I think. It's fine. I slide my legs off the bed and stand up. I walk groggily into the bathroom. With each step, my left ankle clicks and a sharp pain runs up my leg. I ignore it and continue on. You learn to adjust to the pain.

    BookMark: What to Eat by Marion Nestle (North Point Press, 2007)

    July 10, 2007

    It's easy to become confused about what to eat. With today's increasingly clever advertising, even a bag of chips can sound nutritious. But nutritionist Marion Nestle, in her new book, What to Eat, offers straightforward information in the often misleading world of food production. She decodes food labels and shows readers the health and environmental effects of what they eat in an entertaining and informative way.

    PA People: PA People: Elody Gyekis

    February 25, 2011

    We continue our Pennsylvania People series with a new and intimate portrait of one of the people who makes Pennsylvania so interesting. WPSU's Patty Satalia travels to the Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center in Millheim to talk with artist Elody Gyekis, a community arts organizer, mural painter and academic all-star.

    An interview with Mike Pipe, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress from Pennsylvania's 5th district.

    Stories: Constitutional Convention

    January 22, 2010

    Many of Pennsylvania's basic rules and laws were established in 1873. A growing number of groups in Pennsylvania say it's long past time for reform and a constitutional convention. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Russ Eshleman the associate head of Penn State's journalism department, about the whys, whats, whens and hows of constitutional change.

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    We'll introduce you to a simple, science-based diet that could get you off the dieting treadmill, but first...Time Magazine labeled those born between 1925 and 1942 as "the Silent Generation." The 1951 cover story described those who came of age in the 1950s as "grave and fatalistic, conventional, expecting disappointment, and for women, desiring both a career and family." What shaped the so-called Silent Generation and why were they not acknowledged? We'll talk about that with our guest, Judith Thompson Witmer, a graduate of Curwensville High School Class of 1955. She's also an assistant professor of education at Penn State-Harrisburg. Her book, "Growing Up Silent in the 1950s," is self-published.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Ross Rager talks with his wife, Michele. The young Huntingdon couple talks about Ross's family, and what he learned growing up on a small farm in Jackson Township.

    Stories: Controlled Burn Planned in Scotia Forest

    April 24, 2009

    The Pennsylvania Game Commission is planning to conduct a proscribed burn in Centre County's Scotia Barrens. The Scotia Barrens is a unique forestland just north of State College. The burn is supposed to improve habitat conditions for the plants and animals in the forest. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with Penn State professor of wildlife resources, Gary San Julian in the section of the Scotia Barrens where the burn will occur.

    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.

    As part of our ongoing series called Sports that are Not Football, here's a snow sport that's literally cooler than the Olympics: the annual "Race Around the World." Each year on Christmas Day, researchers at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station take a couple of laps around the geographic South Pole. Penn State physicist Doug Cowen was there for this year's big race, and has this report. For Doug Cowen's audio diary and more photos of the Race Around the World, click here

    The Gas Boom Comes to the Forests

    October 14, 2011

    A public opinion poll out this week found that 57 percent of Pennsylvanians oppose fracking for natural gas in state forests. But thousands of Marcellus shale wells will be drilled in the forests over the next decade. How will this drilling affect the wildlife that calls these woods home? The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier went up and over one of these forests to answer this question. (Photo by Martha Rial.)

    My grandfather has always called me "Doll" and my brothers were "Harry." I thought they were pet names until I was old enough to realize he just couldn't remember what my real name was.

    Drilling Salts Still Turning Up in Rivers

    December 7, 2011

    Hydraulic fracturing produces vast quantities of salty water called brine. Until recently, a lot of this brine ended up in rivers and streams, where it eventually posed a danger to drinking water. Pennsylvania thought it solved this problem by keeping this waste out of treatment plants. But as The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier and Ann Murray found, the problem hasn't gone away. Scientists are scrambling to find out why, and what to do about it.

    Stories: Pencilmania

    Communities often try to boost interest in books with a "Community read." Blair County is going that right now, with the classic, Fahrenheit 451. They're also . . . having discussions! . . . watching movies! . . . and doing some quirky stuff. WPSU's Cynthia Berger tried her hand at "Pencilmania.

    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.

    Local Pennsylvania politics have been getting some national attention recently. Senator Arlen Specter announced last week that he was returning to the Democratic Party. NPR Political editor Ken Rudin was in State College yesterday and WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with him in our studios.

    Election Day is Nov. 8, and one hot race in our region is for District Attorney in Centre County. We bring you interviews with the two candidates. On Thursday November 3, Cynthia Berger talked with Michael Madeira, the Republican candidate; on Friday November 4th, she spoke with Democratic candidate Karen Arnold.

    PA People: PA People: Ziggy Coyle

    March 19, 2010

    We're launching a new series here on WPSU called Pennsylvania People. Each month or so, we'll present a new and intimate profile of one of the people who makes Pennsylvania so interesting. WPSU's Patty Satalia begins the series with a visit to the home of renowned sculptor Ziggy Coyle

    Penn State Public Broadcasting and host Patty Satalia broadcast a special live one-hour radio program following Sunday's installment of This American Life, which is featuring Penn State in the episode, "Back to Penn State." This is a re-broadcast of the December, 2009 episode, "#1 Party School," with new interviews recorded this past week with Penn State fans and loyalists trying to make sense of the current crisis. Satalia, Michael B?rub?, Damon Sims and Penn State student Rowan Nasser discussed the reactions and responses to the events unfolding at Penn State during the past two weeks and the steps the University will take to move forward. (Please note, this is a short excerpt specifically for award consideration. The segment originally aired on 11/20/11.)

    Many people say my mother and I are like two peas. But I think our personalities are opposite. I am an optimistic and easygoing person, while my mother is hasty and judgmental. We have fights nearly every day.

    Stories: Remembering a Bradford Artist

    June 18, 2009

    Art critics cite Bradford native Roger Hane as one of the most important illustrators of the 20th century. A retrospective exhibit of his works opens today on the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford. WPSU's Cynthia Berger talks with Robert Hunsicker, author of a new book about Hane's life and work.

    Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball by Rebecca Alpert

    September 29, 2011

    If you're gearing up for major league baseball playoffs, you'll want to read Rebecca Alpert's new book, Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball.

    It's time to go back to the pollsTuesday, May 19, Pennsylvanians choose their parties' representatives through municipal primary races. All this week, WPSU interviews local newspaper editors about the races in their regions . . . Elk and McKean counties are served by the newspapers The Ridgway Record, The Kane Republican, and The St. Mary's Daily Press. Today, WPSU's Emily Reddy talks with Brent Addleman, editor of those three papers.

    In his autobiography, Senator Barack Obama writes that he found inspiration in the life of the activist Malcolm X. Last month, as part of a lecture series sponsored by the African and African American Studies Student Council at University Park, a Penn State historian conducted a thought experiment: What would Malcolm X say about the candidacy of Barack Obama?

    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.

    In 12th grade I was the best student in my class and the valedictorian. I was very proud of myself. I was dedicated only to my studies. My plan was to get the best grades, so in the future I could get scholarships and travel to new places.

    Thousands of Penn State University Park students marched last night in downtown State College and on the Penn State campus to support football coach Joe Paterno, whose future as head coach is up-in-the-air. The Grand Jury report for the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal cleared Joe Paterno of legal culpability, but reports say the Penn State Board of Trustees still may be considering removing the coach. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    Growing up, I knew I was different. Girls are supposed to have sleepovers, giggle, gossip, blah.blah.blah. But, I was a painful homebody. I was the girl who called her parents to come pick her up from sleepovers. That burning, bubbling pain in my belly, also known as anxiety, controlled my life. I had no idea how to overcome it, but knew I had to eventually.

    Stories: Homecoming

    September 2, 2009

    Small groups of soldiers from the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker are returning to their Central Pennsylvania hometowns this week. WPSU's Cynthia Berger was in Bellefonte yesterday for one reunion.

    Motorcycle fatalities have been rising steadily for the past eight years. During the summer months more motorcycles are on the road. We find out what we can all do to reduce the risk of accidents. We also talk about the latest developments in fuel cell technology. The next generation of automobiles could look-and sound-quite different. Guests: Hal Hallock & Matt Mench

    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.

    MUSIC MAKERS: Pianist Christopher Guzman

    June 15, 2012

    Last month, a Penn State faculty member won an international piano competition in Orleans, France. Saturday evening, he'll be the guest soloist with the Penns Woods Festival Orchestra, on Penn State's University Park Campus. As part of our "Music Makers" series, WPSU's Kristine Allen speaks with pianist Christopher Guzman.

    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.

    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.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Today is Oliver Runde's 96th birthday. Back in August, he talked with his daughter, Deborah Meszaros, about his memories of both World Wars.

    BookMark: Seal of Honor by Gary Williams

    December 15, 2010

    This book tells the amazing story of a Penn State alum who went on to serve our country as a Navy Seal and later received the Medal of Honor.

    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.

    National Caregivers Month

    November 22, 2013

    November is National Caregivers Month. Family caregivers provide an estimated $450 billion worth of uncompensated care to loved ones each year. But family caregiving comes at a cost. Caregivers experience high stress levels that can lead to physical and mental health problems. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Dr. Steven Zarit, a distinguished professor and head of the Department of Health and Family Studies at Penn State, talks about ways to reduce caregivers' stress and improve their health and well-being.

    Stories: Reflections on Handel's "Messiah"

    November 18, 2010

    The Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and the State College Choral Society perform Handel's "Messiah" in State College and Philipsburg. WPSU's Kristine Allen visits a rehearsal to ask the singers why the piece is so enduringly popular.

    Science Becomes Art at the Bellefonte Art Museum

    June 5, 2012

    Late in the day on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012, Venus will pass in front of the sun. This transit will not happen again for more than a century. WPSU's Kristine Allen reports on an alignment of science and art that pays tribute to this rare astronomical event. (For information on transit watch events, please visit the community calendar at WPSU.org.)

    Department of Health Investigates PV ... PennDOT gives $25 million to PTI ... Hunters Should Stay Warm ... No Shortage of Flu Shots for Johnstown... Details from WPSU science reporter Joe Anuta

    Stories: Teen Dating Violence

    May 3, 2010

    A bill on teen dating violence is moving through the Pennsylvania Legislature. WPSU's Lindsey Whissel talks with the executive director of the Centre County Women's Resource Center about teen dating violence and the pending legislation.

    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

    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...

    Stories: Dreamgirls

    The award-winning movie, Dreamgirls had an unusual marketing campaign; it paid the licensing fees for community theatre groups to put on the stage version. About 50 theatre groups across the country snapped up the offer. Most were in big cities, but one is right here in Central Pennsylvania, as WPSU's Cynthia Berger reports.

    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.

    This I believe; the three most powerful words in my life are "Make It Happen." I apply this simple phrase to any project or goal. Saying "Make It Happen" eliminates negative thoughts and focuses me on the task at hand. By consistently applying this phrase I have accomplished many things in life, large and small.

    Stories: Spiderman

    Today, a report on research at Susquehanna University. A word to the arachnophobic: it involves spiders. But don't flip that dial! Spiders COULD be surprisingly helpful, down on the farm.

    BookMark: Like a Rolling Stone by Steven Kurutz

    April 8, 2009

    Pennsylvania native and Penn State alum Steven Kurutz translates his love for rock-n-roll music into a debut book that observes life at the "lower altitudes of the music industry." Kurutz follows the tribute band "Sticky Fingers" as the Rolling Stones knock-offs tour North America in 2005-2006.

    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.

    Stories: Day of Listening: Donald Ford

    November 27, 2009

    Patty Satalia talks with Donald Ford, a friend and neighbor for 25 years. He has been married to his wife, Carol, for 61 years. Carol was diagnosed with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease about eight years ago. When Carol has difficulty sleeping, Don reads from the archive of family letters that she's saved for more than 60 years.

    Cheri Honkala, Green Party Candidate for Vice President

    October 25, 2012

    A candidate for Vice President recently campaigned in Central Pennsylvania. No, it wasn't Paul Ryan or Joe Biden. It was Cheri Honkala, Vice Presidential candidate from the Green Party, who stopped by our studios to speak with WPSU's Kristine Allen.

    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.

    I was always "the girl with the plan." In whatever situation, if my plan A fell through, there was always plan B. And if that fell through, well, you know the rest. From the age of three, I had concrete career plans. I was going to be a broadcast journalist, and I knew the precise path I was going to take to reach my goals.

    Our series on the upcoming municipal primaries continues as WPSU's Cynthia Berger talks with Kay Stephens of the Altoona Mirror about races in Blair and Cambria counties.

    The Mumbai attacks last Wednesday may have happened on the other side of the world, but they hit close to home for Indians living in central Pennsylvania. WPSU's Emily Reddy spoke with Indian students at the Penn State, University Park campus.

    Stories: Big Ten Poll

    Tonight on WPSU, 'This American Life' goes local, looking at the presidential election in Pennsylvania. One segment focuses on Penn State student Casey Miller, who single-handedly signed up more than a THOUSAND new voters. WPSU's Cynthia Berger takes with State College resident Sarah Koenig , who produced the segment.

    The Pennsylvania primaries made national news today. Incumbent Arlen Specter lost the Democratic primary bid to Joe Sestak, ending his 30 years as a Senator representing Pennsylvania. WPSU intern Chelsea McCartney set out to hear what people had to say about the race.

    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.

    Stories: Police Stakeout Facebook

    June 10, 2010

    The nation is a-Twitter about privacy concerns on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. Teens and young adults often post details of their mischief on these sites in spite of the public nature of the internet. Police in Pennsylvania have caught on. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    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.

    Sugar maple trees are so named because of their sweet sap. Native Americans taught Pennsylvania's colonial settlers how to turn it into maple sugar and maple syrup. In this installment of our occasional series, Pennsylvania Potluck, travel up Brush Valley with WPSU's Cynthia Berger to see how maple syrup is made, at an old-style "sugar shack.

    Stories: 2012 and the End of the World

    February 9, 2011

    Did the Maya really predict that the world would end on December 21st 2012? WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Matthew Restall, a Penn State history professor who specializes in Maya culture. Restall is co-author of "2012 and the End of the World: The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse," a new book that demystifies the 2012 phenomenon.

    Stories: Kayaking

    As part of our occasional series called "Sports That are NOT Football," meet hard-core whitewater kayaker Dave Kurtz. He's the coach for Mach 1, a local kids' kayaking team that trains every day of the year, even when it's snowing.

    BookMark: Fragile Beasts by Tawni O'Dell

    July 28, 2010

    Head into western Pennsylvania coal country with Tawni O'Dell's newest novel. You might know her first book, Back Roads, which is an Oprah Book Club Selection.

    "The Three Musketeers," as my dad, my sister, and I liked to call ourselves, were shopping for school supplies for my first day of third grade. On our way home, my dad pulled up to a four-way intersection and stopped. When he proceeded through the intersection, everything suddenly turned black.

    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.

    You can tell autumn has arrived in Central Pennsylvania by the flaming foliage on the trees . . . by the pumpkins at roadside stands . . . and--up in the North--by the SOUNDS you hear: the loud, trumpeting calls of male American elk. This is the time of year when elk are jousting for mates and when wildlife biologists try to get an elk head count. WPSU's Cynthia Berger rode along on the annual "elk survey". Hear her report.

    Testimony in the child sex abuse trial against Jerry Sandusky has ended. Sandusky did not take the stand to testify on his own behalf. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    It's been three years since the US invaded Iraq, and there's no end in sight. President Bush announced just last week that the mission is likely to extend beyond his term in office. As troop levels remain steady, Staff Sergeant Mike Wenrick has already started planning his return home to central Pennsylvania in June. The Pleasant Gap resident is a member of the National Guard based in Bellefonte. He's spent the last ten months in Ramadi, a town about 100 kilometers west of Baghdad, repairing M1 tanks, and providing security on supply routes. Last week, he took a break from his duties to tell WPSU news intern David Klatt how everything is going.

    Stories: Flyball

    Football requires stamina, speed, agility, and especially, teamwork. But so does flyball, the wildly popular new team sport for dogs. In this installment of "Sports that are NOT Football," WPSU's Cynthia Berger talks to Harrisburg Jet Set "players" and their "coaches," along with other central Pennsylvania flyball stars.

    "Breast Cancer: Are We Making Any Progress?" Monica Morrow, M.D., is the G. Willing Pepper Chair in Cancer Research and the Chairman of the Department of Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center; and Professor of Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine. From 1993 to June 2004, she was Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Medical School, and director of the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. From 1999 - 2001 she also served as Director of the Cancer Department of the American College of Surgeons and Executive Director of the American Joint Committee on Cancer. A native of Bucks County Pennsylvania, Dr. Morrow received her BS degree Magna Cum Laude from the Pennsylvania State University in 1974 and her MD in 1976 from Jefferson Medical College. She did her surgical residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont from 1976-1981, followed by 2 years of surgical oncology training at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Morrow has received many awards, including National Merit Scholar; Clinical Fellow of the American Cancer Society; Outstanding Professional Woman from the State of Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women; the Alpha Omega Alpha Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award from the University of Chicago, Distinguished Alumni of the Pennsylvania State University, The Women Making a Difference Award for Medical Innovations from the State of Illinois, the Speaking of Women's Health Foundation Award and Distinguished Alumni of Jefferson Medical College. She was also named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow). Dr. Morrow was the first surgeon to be a member of the National Cancer Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society of Surgical Oncology. She is currently the Secretary of the Society of Surgical Oncology.

    On Sunday, an orchestra from Central Pennsylvania will give the very first classical concert at the new State Theatre in State College. WPSU's Kristine Allen gives us a preview.

    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.

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

    As part of WPSU's Shared Stores of WWII project, Penn State Student Sarah Drumheiser interviewed Thomas Rousch of State College. He related a chilling story of a hospital confinement he had while recovering from wounds.

    Nearly 4000 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard are preparing to go to Iraq. The 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team has received its mobilization order, and is expected to deploy this winter on what's likely to be a year-long mission. Members of the 56th come from cities and towns all across Pennsylvania. We plan to follow members of the brigade, as well as their families and communities, throughout this deployment, in a series called "Impacts of War." Our first report in this occasional series is from WITF's Scott Detrow.

    Hurricane Katrina hit hard in small towns along the Gulf Coast. After the storm, folks from Central Pennsylvania headed down to help out. One place where Pennsylvanians pitched in is Long Beach, Mississippi. Last week, WPSU's Cynthia Berger visited the town, and one place she checked out was . . . the library. Travis Larchuk helped report this story.

    After many months of training, deployment to Iraq is just weeks away for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade. They'll come home for a week's leave near Christmas, and then head to Fort Dix in New Jersey, where they'll fly to Kuwait and begin their mission. Soldiers have been preparing around the clock since September, when they left for advanced training in Mississippi. As part of our ongoing Impact of War series, WITF's Scott Detrow visited the soldiers at Camp Shelby.

    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.

    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.

    Shutdown Puts PSU Climate Change Research at Risk

    October 10, 2013

    Scientists who do research in Antarctica are feeling the effects of the US government shutdown. That includes researchers from Penn State, could lose a whole season's worth of work studying glacier melt and climate change. Dr. Sridhar Anandakrishnan teaches in the Geosciences Department at Penn State. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with him about the effects of the National Science Foundation's freeze on Antarctic research.

    Today, Take Note takes a look at two locally made films. The first is by a Penn State film major who hopes to spread awareness of the problem of rape on college campuses with her documentary, "Unreported." The second is by Gregory Collins, a filmmaker from State College. He talks about his new feature film, "A Song Still Inside," about an under-employed father struggling with parenthood and with his wife's success.

    When they get back from their summer recess, members of the Pennsylvania general assembly will consider a bill that would put tough new restrictions on abortion clinics. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    Take Note Radio: Bat Die-off/Preventing Cancer

    June 14, 2009

    Two years ago, a mysterious ailment started killing bats in New York State. Now "white nose syndrome" is affecting bats in Pennsylvania. We'll get an update on the problem from PA Game Commission biologist Lisa Williams. Plus, we'll talk with Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, whose book Anti-Cancer recounts the author's own battle with brain cancer.

    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.

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    March 15, 2012

    The author of The Book Thief, Markus Zusak, will speak at the Mt. Nittany Middle School auditorium via Skype video call Tuesday, March 20th, at 7 pm. WPSU's Patty Satalia will moderate. You can find more information about Centre County Reads and other upcoming events at www.centrecountyreads.org.

    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

    WPSU's Gun Control Series continues with a commentary from Dr. Alan Krug. He's a socioeconomist, a firearms legislation consultant for national and state sportsman's associations, and a former lobbyist with the National Rifle Association.

    Philip Jenkins, Edwin Erle Sparks professor of humanities in the Department of History and Religious Studies at Penn State and distinguished senior fellow of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, speaking Thursday, April 29, on the topic of "The World's Religious Map in 2050" at the Penn State Forum, held at the Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, Pa.

    Jenkins has authored numerous papers and more than 20 books on Christianity, its history and its place in modern society. In 2008 he wrote "The Lost History of Christianity," and his most recent book, "Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens And Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe For The Next 1,500 Years," was released in March 2010. Jenkins teaches a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses including Sects, Cults and New Religious Movements; America in the 1960s; American Catholic: Roman Catholicism in 20th Century America; and Beyond the Good War: Politics and Culture in 1940s America.

    Two years ago, humorist Carl Hiassen was a Newbery honor award winner for "Hoot", his eco-thriller for young adults set in Florida. Now Hiassen's got a new novel for younger readers, featuring a spunky brother-sister who out to bust a casino boat owner who's making some illegal discharges. Their adventures bring them in contact with Hiassens usual cast of hilariously warped characters. Middle schooler Jamie Glass has the review.

    As part of an occasional series, History in Your Backyard, we'll visit the Boal Mansion Museum in Boalsburg. There we'll find a family with connections to some famous names in history. WPSU's Kristine Allen takes a tour with Christopher Lee, a descendant of David Boal.

    This week on Take Note, we'll talk with congressional candidates Thomas Tarantella from Renovo and Kerith Strano Taylor from Brookville. They're seeking the Democratic Party nomination to represent Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District, a seat that's currently held by Glenn Thompson.

    Juvenile In Justice

    October 30, 2012

    In his latest work, renowned photographer and researcher Richard Ross opens our eyes to the harsh realities of America's juvenile justice system. For his new book," Juvenile In Justice," Ross photographed and interviewed more than 1,000 youths over a five-year period, in juvenile detention facilities across the country. The result is powerful and haunting. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Ross, a professor of art at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Stories: How High Priority Occupations Work

    November 24, 2010

    Every year the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry puts out a list of High Priority Occupations. These are jobs that are in demand, have higher skill needs, and pay a family-sustaining wage. The list gives colleges and career assistance centers direction in helping out-of-work Pennsylvanians find a new career. WPSU's Emily Reddy went to the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport to find out who's getting trained for these High Priority Occupations.

    BookMark: Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

    January 26, 2011

    Find out more about this year's pick for Centre County Reads. Described as a true-life novel, by the award-winning author of The Glass Castle, this new book is sure to be a treat.

    In the run-up to the November elections, WPSU is committed to bringing you first-person conversations with all the key candidates on Central Pennsylvania issues. Today, Cynthia Berger talks with former Pittsburgh Steeler -- and current Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate -- Lynn Swann. Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declined our request for an interview, but we will bring you an interview with someone from his office later in the week.

    Where can you find Beethoven, banjos, Shakespeare and tap-dancing? In the Center for the Performing Arts Series on Penn State's University Park Campus. WPSU's Kristine Allen has a few highlights of the coming season.

    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.

    Title: "It's worse and better than we thought: the meaning of global warming" Dr. Richard Alley is Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and Associate of the Earth System Science Center at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where he has worked since 1988. He was graduated with the Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and with M.Sc. (1983) and B.Sc. (1980) degrees from The Ohio State University-Columbus, all in Geology. Dr. Alley teaches, and conducts research on the climatic records, flow behavior, and sedimentary deposits of large ice sheets, to aid in prediction of future changes in climate and sea level. His experience includes three field seasons in Antarctica, eight in Greenland, and three in Alaska. He awards include a Packard Fellowship, a Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Horton Award of the American Geophysical Union Hydrology Section and Fellowship in the Union, the Wilson Teaching Award of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Faculty Scholar Medal in Science at Penn State, the first Agassiz Medal of the European Geosciences Union Cryospheric Section, and the Seligman Crystal of the International Glaciological Society. Dr. Alley has served on a variety of advisory panels and steering committees for the National Science Foundation, targeted research activities, and professional societies, including the congressionally mandated Antarctic External Review Panel and the Polar Research Board, and has provided advice to numerous government officials in multiple administrations including a US Vice President, the President's Science Advisor, and a Senate Committee. Dr. Alley is happily married with two children, two cats and a minivan, and resides in a ranch house in State College, PA, where he coaches recreational soccer and occasionally plays some.

    Two State College residents, playwright Mary Gage and composer Richard Biever, recently wrote a musical that reveals the secret lives of chickens! WPSU's Kristine Allen reports.

    Here in Pennsylvania, we have TWO kinds of flying squirrel. The Southern flying squirrel is common - "found almost everywhere. Then there's the Northern flying squirrel-

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

    BookMark: Hart's Grove by Dennis McFadden

    September 29, 2010

    A stunning collection of short stories is out by a Brookville native. Listen to our review, and then meet the author in Brookville on October 4th!

    Flip on your TV at 8 o'clock tonight and you can watch a new series in the best tradition of CSI. There's blood spatter, fingerprints, and a crime -- neatly solved in one hour. The difference is, the "set" is a familiar university campus, and the photogenic cast is 12 college students and their professor. Cynthia Berger has more.

    Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline

    July 13, 2011

    Lisa Scottoline is a mystery writer visiting State College this Saturday as a part of BookFestPA. A local writer, Maggie Gould, reviews one of Scottoline's suspenseful stories.

    Award winning author and poet Sofia M. Starnes once said, 'We write for ourselves and for a stranger.' In her two latest books, Starnes takes her readers on a quest to understand herself and one another. The two diverse collections focus on the spiritual exchange" between the natural world and the world of the soul.

    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.

    What role does stress play on the quality of life among Black Americans? During the program, we'll talk with a Penn State researcher about his state-by-state "Living While Black" index. We'll also find out what communities across America, including some here in central Pennsylvania, are doing to make literacy a part of Black History Month. It's the 18th annual African American Read-In. Guests: Shaun Gabbidon & Elaine Richardson

    Flawless Ruins by Kieryn Nicolas

    June 15, 2011

    Kieryn Nicolas, a State College Area High School student, has written her second novel. It's out today and her high school English teacher, Kate Hoffman, has reviewed it for BookMark. Hoffman also reviewed Nicolas' first novel, Rain.

    This I Believe: Embracing the Moment

    June 18, 2009

    People often ask me how I got involved with the Special Olympics.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    What do you get when you mix a Masters of Fine Arts and a Medical Doctor? The answer is Dr. David Teplica, a Penn State alumnus who uses his unique combination of talents in the Fine Arts and Plastic Surgery to bring about a better understanding of human anatomy. We'll talk with him about how photography has made him a better surgeon, and vice versa, about the need for gender-specific plastic surgery, and about what he's learned from his decade's long study of identical twins.

    Among the most celebrated and versatile writers in the country, Frank Deford's work appears in virtually every medium-books, magazines, movies and television. He's Senior Contributing Editor at Sports Illustrated, a correspondent on the HBO show, "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," and his commentaries are heard every Wednesday on NPR's "Morning Edition"

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) HAS made life better for people with physical challenges. And both Penn State and State College do a pretty good job complying with the law, according to local resident Joel Solkoff, who uses a motorized scooter to get around. But there's still some room for improvement.

    "You'll enter stage left, and I'll introduce you, and then...." My screaming brain drowned out the conductor's directions. All I could think was, "This is it!" The conductor nudged me onto the stage, and I tried not to look at the tiers of seats flooded with people. I shuddered as I breathed in the musty smell of the antique opera house.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Since the Newtown tragedy in December, the issue of school violence has been a focus of national attention. Penn State's World Campus and Social Science Research Institute partnered with area school districts this past Monday night to sponsor a panel discussion on the issue. The program was held in the lobby of the Outreach building at Penn State, University Park, with participation from live and online audiences. Before the event, WPSU's Kristine Allen spoke with one of the panelists for whom combatting school violence is a full-time job.

    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.

    Author Robert Ludlum died in 2001, yet he's still churning out bestsellers . . . thanks to a succession of ghostwriters. The latest release has a plot that combines elements of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Fugitive".

    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.

    Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania governor are all virtual unknowns. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked to a Centre County "Democrat-in-the-know" about how Onorato, Wagner, Hoeffel and Williams are trying to become household names.

    Joe Paterno Statue Comes Down

    July 23, 2012

    There's now an empty concrete alcove where the statue honoring longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno once stood. WPSU's Emily Reddy says the statue was removed early Sunday morning with no advanced warning from University administration.

    Weather Whys: Facts, Myths and Oddities explains weird weather phenomena with wit and efficiency. The author, Paul Yeager, will be in State College as a part of 2011's BookFestPA.

    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.

    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

    StoryCorps: Jim Kinney Talks with His Wife Jan

    March 29, 2011

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Jim Kinney talks with his wife Jan. They've been married for over 50 years. They talk about how different their childhoods were.

    Altoona Symphony Season Begins Saturday

    September 30, 2011

    The Altoona Symphony's concert season begins with a concert October 1st at the Mishler Theatre in Atloona. WPSU's Kristine Allen recently spoke with the orchestra's conductor and Music Director, Teresa Cheung, about the ASO's upcoming season.

    Stories: Commentary: Have a Responsible State Patty's Day

    February 22, 2010

    State Patty's Day is a holiday created by students; the main way to celebrate is by drinking. Commentator and State College police captain Dana Leonard makes the case for a responsible State Patty's Day. Police Chief Thomas King contributed to this commentary, which also appears in the Centre Daily Times. Watch for ongoing coverage of alcohol issues in Centre County

    An archive recording of a live Folk Show broadcast.

    WPSU's Beyond the Classroom is our series featuring students engaging in hands-on experiences outside university walls. Today, WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner takes us to Lock Haven University, where a group of students are traveling abroad as a class. The university will soon require all students to fulfill a global awareness requirement.

    It's a hot night and my six-year-old's room doesn't have a fan. Since my husband has a cold and is in the guestroom, Ryan is bunking with me. Truth be told, Ryan ends up in our bed for at least a few hours most nights.

    "Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd"

    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.

    Stories: 3rd Annual Harry Smith Festival in Millheim

    November 13, 2010

    Kai Schafft, founder of the Harry Smith Festival, and Kevin Moist, Harry Smith scholar, discuss the Anthology of American Folk Music that Smith created, and they illustrate their points with excerpts from recordings as well as a live studio performance by the band Chicken Tractor. Schafft also describes the lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the festival, held at the Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks in Millheim on Nov. 14.

    What's Driving Oil Prices?

    April 6, 2011

    We've all noticed gasoline getting more expensive, largely due to the turmoil in Libya and the earthquake in Japan. With summer on its way, analysts are expecting prices to climb

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

    Hip-hop star and political activist Sister Souljah made a splash with this story of drugs and violence in the inner city. It's the coming-of-age story of 17-year-old Winter Santiago, daughter of a drug dealer, who must deal with challenges ranging from an absent father to the local drug culture to a teen pregnancy.

    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.

    The long-awaited Freeh Report is unambiguous. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports it assigns blame for mishandling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal to four men

    This small book by renowned entomologist and humanist E.O. Wilson asks some big questions. What happens when science and religion are necessary to save creation (both the spiritual and natural kind)? Couched in a letter to an imaginary Southern Baptist Preacher, Wilson sends a plea not only to the religious world, but also to the universe. He asks that we put aside differences in thought and bring great minds together

    With gas prices going up, up, up, alternative energy looks better by the day And speaking of alternative energy, Penn State's University Park campus recently hosted a competition for shoebox-sized cars that run on VERY VERY alternative fuels. WPSU's Cynthia Berger was at the Eastern Regional "Chem - E Car Competition," and she has this report.

    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.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped in DuBois. Jenny Lisak talked with Carol Houser, her best friend of 51 years, about their time together in Catholic school, their time working in predominantly male professions, and their current fears about fracking in their town.

    At a press conference Wednesday, local Democrats charged the Romney/Ryan presidential ticket plans to cut education funding.WPSU's Kristine Allen spoke with Centre County Comissioner Mike Pipe, and Charles Dumas, a Penn State Professor who is the Democratic candidate for US Congress from Pennsylvania's 5th District.

    Civil unrest in a small kingdom in the Middle East. Diplomats and journalists hunker down in a grand hotel as the bullets fly and world leaders quibble. This novel by journalist Scott Anderson is about an invented country, but if you read the morning paper the plot sounds all too familiar.

    Stories: Gasland

    October 1, 2010

    The award-winning documentary film, "Gasland," is coming to State College. Industry groups say the scathing film that shows the downside of natural gas extraction is "short on fact and long on innuendo." Advocates for stronger environmental protections on drilling call it a wake-up call. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with filmmaker Josh Fox about the film that aired on HBO and is now being screened in communities across the country.

    Pennsylvania's 5th district is the second-largest Congressional district East of the Mississippi. And t his primary season, there's a huge field of candidates vying to represent it: 12 in all. WPSU is committed to letting you hear where each one of them stands on the issues. Our series of "Conversations with the Candidates" concludes this morning as WPSU's Patty Sattalia talks with Republican Derek Walker. (This interview was recorded 3 weeks ago).

    BookMark: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

    July 7, 2010

    Follow the author as he journeys through Mexico and discovers his love for running. And catch him as he runs through State College this Sunday at the Arts Festival 10K race.

    Suicides by gay teens in recent weeks have sparked an outcry across the nation and in Central Pennsylvania. In State College, local high schoolers made a video responding to the suicides Last week, Penn State University Park Students held a candle-light vigil to call for an end to anti-gay bullying. WPSU's Emily Reddy spoke with vigil attendees. (A warning, you may find some of the language offensive, and you might find the topic unsettling.)

    Obama Campaign Opens Office in State College

    February 10, 2012

    The Obama re-election campaign opened a new office this week in State College. WPSU's Kristine Allen visits the opening and speaks with the campaign's National Press Secretary, Ben LeBolt.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month WPSU will bring you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Alan Payne talks with Jefferson Cauvin, one of his students at Penn State University Park. Payne is a Research Engineer at the applied research lab at the university. He talks about his education and early career while living in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Penn State's Dance Marathon--or THON--is BIG. 700 students on the dance floor. Dancing for two days straight. Raising millions of dollars. What's it all about? Well, the slogan is: "For the Kids. Now, meet one of the kids. WPSU's Kevin Conaway visited her recently at Penn State Hershey.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, in McKean County. To celebrate Valentine's Day, a story that shows love can strike twice. Marcia Daly McAndrew interviews her mother Rita Daly Hogan about the great loves of her life.

    Her debut novel, "Back Roads", was an Oprah Book Club selection and a New York Times bestseller. Her latest book, "Sister Mine", reveals that same raw talent--her trademark blend of black humor, tenderness, and keen sense of place. We talk with Pennsylvania author Tawni O'Dell. Later in the program, we find out why kids in Huntingdon County schools are so enthusiastic about learning a foreign language. Guests: Tawni O'Dell & Dr. Deborah Roney

    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.

    Today marks 149 years since Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address, just over a month before the end of the Civil War. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner talks with historian, author, and Centre Hall native Jeffry Wert about why the speech has lasting significance.

    Stories: 2009 Municipal Elections Results

    November 4, 2009

    Municipal elections took place yesterday across Pennsylvania. WPSU's Cynthia Berger and Emily Reddy tell us about the results.

    Telling the Truth. What It Costs, and What It's Worth

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Nancy Hatch talked with her husband Cordell about growing up on a farm in Tennessee and how he decided to leave the farm to go to college.

    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.

    BookMark: Slamming Open the Door by Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno

    January 27, 2010

    Pennsylvania poet Kathleen Bonnano has written a shocking and moving collection of poems about the murder of her daughter.

    I believe people should blaze their own trails. That's what I've done, in spite of family pressures.

    WPSU's Emily Reddy Explains StoryCorps Bradford

    October 17, 2011

    Last year, StoryCorps, the national oral history project, came to central Pennsylvania to collect conversations between local residents. WPSU broadcast excerpts from more than 40 of those recorded conversations over the past year. Now WPSU is going from town to town to collect more stories starting with Bradford on October 28th through the 30th. WPSU's Patty Satalia talked about the project with her colleague Emily Reddy, the producer of WPSU's StoryCorps.

    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.

    This I Believe: Slowing Life Down

    February 5, 2009

    On a rainy morning when I was ten, my neighbor Mr. Lovett invited me into his home for a woodworking project. Above his fireplace sat an ornate eagle carved by Mr. Lovett himself. Its wingspan was wider than I was tall. I remember wondering how long it took him to make that eagle.

    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...

    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 Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade is a bit more than two-thirds of the way through a nine-month tour in Iraq. As part of WPSU's ongoing "Impact of War" series, member station WITF's Scott Detrow recently sat down with the unit's commander, Colonel Marc Ferraro, at the unit's headquarters at Camp Taji.

    Pennsylvania is home to 1.1 million veterans. Most of them are on VA healthcare. Senators Barack Obama and John McCain both pledge to reform the VA. WPSU news intern Sahar Durali asked local veterans to evaluate the two platforms.

    As the school year gears up, parents and teachers are wrestling with the issue of "how do you get kids to read?" In Central Pennsylvania there's an institution dedicated to promoting reading -- for kids, and for readers of ALL ages. We speak with Steven Herb, the director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and an expert on children's literature. Guest: Steven Herb

    Stories: Audio Diaries: Nasser Wa' Salaam

    August 5, 2009

    Sgt. Matt Nedrow of Bellefonte describes the terrain and the people of Nasser Wa' Salaam, the small town near Baghdad that lends its name to a military Joint Service Station

    As we mark the anniversary of President Kennedy's death, some residents of Central Pennsylvania share where they were when Americas daily routine was shattered by a news bulletin.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Leo Steinbeiser talks with his older brother, Skip. They reminisce about growing up on a farm in Sinking Valley.

    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.

    Centre County residents are talking about the proposed transfer of land from the State Correctional Institution at Rockview to a number of owners. Under debate: Best Management Practices for a class-A Trout stream, and whether conservation easements really are forever. WPSU's Cynthia Berger has more.

    Governor Tom Corbett has put plans for a Marcellus Shale well drilling fee on the table. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with StateImpact Pennsylvania's Scott Detrow about the details of the governor's plan. (Photo by Scott Detrow)

    Scientific American has named Stanford Law professor Lawrence Lessig one of the Top 50 Visionaries in 2008. He is best known as proponent for loosening the restrictions of copyright and trademark laws. In his final book about copyright, Lessig describes how the past and the future can help each of us thrive in today's 'hybrid economy.'

    From the "Sports that are not Football" series, it's competitive bird watching with training, sponsors, team uniforms and prizes that rival the Heisman Trophy! In Central Pa., the big tournament is the Shaver's Creek Birding Cup. Cynthia Berger rode along with team "Bad Optics" for the 24-hour event.

    BookMark: The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum

    October 27, 2010

    Invite a little creepy into your book-reading this Halloween! This book is sure to entertain as it twists through facts and stories all about poison.

    BookMark: Weird Pennsylvania , Your Travel Guide to America's Best Kept Secrets [Encore]

    January 4, 2006

    If you want to explore the Keystone State , there are plenty of conventional travel guides to choose from. Or you could try this unconventional NEW guide.

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

    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."

    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.

    In March of 2004, a Penn State film student and National Guard member was deployed to Iraq. He packed his camera. The tour of duty resulted in an unauthorized and award-winning documentary. It screened this past weekend in State College. WPSU's Cynthia Berger talked with the filmmaker as part of our ongoing 'Impact of War' series.

    Stories: Sen. Jake Corman Proposes Alcohol Legislation

    December 10, 2010

    Senator Jake Corman (PA 34th District) has introduced legislation aimed at deterring repeated alcohol abuse and funding police efforts to prevent the violations associated with problem drinking. WPSU student intern Matt Avedesian talks about the proposed legislation with Senator Corman, State College law enforcement and students.

    BookMark: More by Barbara Crooker

    March 9, 2011

    Learn more about a moving new book of poetry by a local poet, who recently read at Lock Haven University. You may have heard her poems on The Writer's Almanac.

    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.

    WPSU radio producer Cynthia Berger is on a yearlong canal boat adventure around the "Great Loop," a system of waterways that turns North America east of the Mississippi into one great big island. Cynthia sent this audio postcard from a trip through a lock on the Erie Canal.

    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. Leslie Zuck interviews her nieces Vasilia and Jewels Sandoval about visiting her farm in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania, when they were younger.

    This I Believe: I Believe in the Next Generation

    November 6, 2008

    I believe this generation is ready for a change

    Stories: Iraqi Officials Visit Central PA

    December 14, 2009

    A group of seven Iraqi officials were in central Pennsylvania last week for a training program at Penn State. WPSU's Lindsey Whissel talked with the University's Sue Purdum and Colonel James Hess, a U.S. Army officer, about the program.

    Drive-in Owners Face the Challenge of New Technology

    August 8, 2013

    It's been 80 years since the first drive-in movie opened in Camden, New Jersey. At its heyday, there were more than 4,000 drive-in movie theaters across America. Now there are fewer than 400. The latest challenge for drive-ins everywhere is Hollywood's switch to digital film distribution. Kate Lao Shaffner visited a drive-in along Route 322 in Clearfield County.

    Stories: Archery

    In the modern middle school, kids' choices for gym class go way beyond the old standards, like dodge ball or volleyball. Some schools now offer yoga, kayaking, even rock climbing. As part of our ongoing series called "Sports That Are NOT Football," WPSU's Cynthia Berger takes aim at another hot new school sport . . . archery!

    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.

    A Conversation with Tyrone Werts: Life Means Life in PA

    January 14, 2013

    In 1975, Tyrone Werts was convicted of second-degree murder, as an accomplice, and sentenced to life in prison without parole. He spent 36 years at Graterford State Correctional Institution before his sentence was commuted in 2010 by then-Governor Ed Rendell. In part one of a two-part interview, WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with Werts about his long road out of prison, about Pennsylvania's "life means life" policy, and about his thoughts on our criminal justice system.

    Shale Conference Tracks Water Quality

    June 13, 2013

    Environmentalists aren't the only ones who want to know the effects of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on water quality. The drilling process pumps water and chemicals into shale rock deep underground to extract natural gas. Some worry those chemicals could make their way into local water supplies. A Pennsylvania group called the Shale Network, gathered recently to pool data on samples gathered from water wells and streams in drilling areas. WPSU intern Lauren Ostberg has the story.

    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

    As a busy college student, I'm realizing free time is a rare gift. I spend my days running from class to class, to my part-time job as a customer service rep, to the radio show I host or to my THON organization's functions. My mind is constantly bursting with thoughts about my obligations, but I always have something to look forward to: my afternoon nap.

    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?

    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.

    I Believe in Second Impressions

    April 14, 2011

    I was just shy of 17 the first time my brother Daniel introduced me to his girlfriend. Her name was Kristen, and I hated her immediately. She was short and quiet and my brother loved her. Granted, I may not have known what love was at the time, but in my teenage years, love meant a brother who would rather be with his girlfriend than with his siblings. Call it what you want, but I wasn't happy.

    Penelope Simmons and Suzanne Wayne remember "Sug," Penelope's mother who died of breast cancer.

    I dig shovels. I believe shovels allow us to appreciate tasks accomplished through our own exertions. The minimal carbon footprint is a bonus. And what else can you buy for twenty bucks that comes with a 25 year warranty?

    A woman-journalist goes missing in Paris, along with a man who may or may not be her lover. Left behind is her husband, a self-centered writer. Was the woman killed? Was she kidnapped? Or did she simply escape a rotten marriage? The Arabic word "zahir" means obsession, which plagues the husband/narrator throughout this haunting story about an attempt to recapture a lost love.

    If you liked the children's classic The Borrowers, you'll love a new book called The Doll People it the story of some real living dolls. They can move and talk and have adventures . . . and Annabelle Doll even solves a mystery.

    Penn State Forum: Donna Barbisch (Anatomy of a Pandemic)

    September 15, 2009

    Barbisch is president of Global Deterrence Alternatives, a strategic planning organization providing policy and program guidance on integrating solutions related to the national security threats of terrorism, natural disasters, and emerging infectious diseases. She is among the nation's most distinguished experts in terrorism and disaster preparedness and response. With more than 20 years in managing complex medical and organizational challenges, Barbisch moved her focus to the complexities of combating terrorism and complex disaster management in the early 1990s. She has been described as a visionary in reducing threats and responding to complex disasters both nationally and internationally.

    As a strategic planner, Barbisch focuses on developing effective programs built on evidence-based information, measurable objectives, and best outcomes in catastrophic events. Barbisch uses research-based theory and practice reinforced by modeling and simulation to drive decision support tools at all levels from individual preparedness and response to executive decision-making for today's escalating threat environment. Her integrated training and operational modeling are designed to produce a cultural shift in preparedness. She is a leader, educator, facilitator, and proven agent for change who can build or reform organizational cultures to deal effectively with the ambiguous and unknown challenges in today's environment.

    In addition to her other civilian accomplishments, Barbisch is a retired army major general. She served in a multitude of active and reserve assignments from Vietnam to the Pentagon. Her most recent assignment was as director of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear program integration for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

    Barbisch holds a bachelor's degree from California University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a doctorate in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.

    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.

    All this week, WPSU has brought you stories from World War II, told by Central Pennsylvania residents. Our series concludes with as George Logue of Trout Run talks about his brother, who served on a famous attack submarine--and about the ultimate nature of brotherly love. This interview was reported and produced by Cynthia Berger.

    Stories: Remembering 9/11

    Our Election Update continues as WPSU's Cynthia Berger talks with Randy Griffith of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat about the contest in the Pennsylvania Senate's 35th District.

    With one day left before Pennsylvanians head for the polls, Senator Hillary Clinton stopped at Penn State's University Park campus on Sunday night. WPSU News Intern David Klatt was there to get voters' reactions. Tune in to WPSU Tuesday night at 8 for special primary election coverage.

    The Nittany Valley Symphony Concert Season Begins

    September 23, 2011

    The Nittany Valley Symphony concert season begins Tuesday night at Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium. WPSU's Kristine Allen spoke with the orchestra's conductor, Michael Jinbo, about what's in store for the coming season.

    This I Believe: Creating a New Fiction

    February 12, 2009

    Walter Lippmann once wrote, "The adjustment of man to his environment takes place through the medium of fictions." In other words, people depend on stories the way explorers depend on maps. By "fictions" I don't mean made-up stories. I mean the narratives by which we define ourselves.

    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.

    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.

    Stories: Violinist Mark O'Connor Plays Hot Swing

    December 1, 2010

    Violinist and composer Mark O'Connor is at home in any genre: folk, country, jazz, classical. He recently played a concert with his HOT SWING group at the WPSU studios in State College, broadcast live on public television, WPSU-TV. The event was part of the Acoustic Brew Concert Series. WPSU's Kristine Allen caught up with Mark O'Connor by phone before the concert.

    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.

    PA People: PA People: Jack Troy

    September 24, 2010

    WPSU's Patty Satalia travels to rural Huntingdon County to meet with writer, teacher and legendary potter, Jack Troy, who retired from Juniata College in 2006. Troy is wrapping up a three-day firing in the anagama kiln he and fellow potters built and operate at his home-studio.

    BookMark: The Coffee Trader by David Liss

    June 9, 2010

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

    Privatizing Liquor Sales

    December 15, 2012

    Should Pennsylvania privatize its state-run liquor stores? Supporters say such a move would improve product quality, reduce costs, and help close the state's budget deficit. Opponents say the move is short-sighted; while it would provide a one-time financial boost, it would lead to large-scale layoffs and loss of revenue.

    The WIYOs are reminiscent of the old days of live performances and vaudeville. They will bring their exuberant performance, which includes comedy, music, and a lot of energy, to the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts on Friday July 13th at 9:30 PM. WPSU's Mel DeYoung spoke with the WIYOs about their show.

    As Penn State's Executive Vice President and Provost, Nicholas Jones has a hand in virtually every aspect of the University. The New Zealand native recently came to Penn State from Johns Hopkins University, where he served as the Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with him about what enticed him to join Penn State, about the challenges facing higher education in the 21st century, and about his vision for the future of Penn State.

    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.

    Municipal elections will take place November 8th. In the State College area, Adam Smeltz -- the senior editor at StateCollege.com -- has been covering the races. And next Tuesday he'll moderate a debate among State College School Board candidates. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with him about the upcoming election.

    Larry McMurty uses his novelists' chops in this nonfiction account of the lives of Buffalo Bill Cody and Annie Oakley, the two "demigods of western mythology." McMurtry, who remembers hearing his uncles tell of having seen the legendary Wild West Show, aims to separate the truth from the myth.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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...

    Here in Pennsylvania one of the mostly closely watched races in this November's election is for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Rick Santorum. Senator Senatorum stopped by WPSU this week for an interview with David Price, host of WPSU-TV's Pennsylvania Inside Out. Tune in next week for interviews with Democratic candidate Bob Casey and Green Party Candidate Carl Romanelli.

    After Action by Dan Sheehan

    December 6, 2012

    Major Erik Orient has been a Marine for 22 years. He works for Penn State's Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Major Orient reviews After Action: A Cobra Pilot's Journey, by Dan Sheehan. Sheehan is a fellow Marine who came back from Iraq carrying the lingering impacts of war.

    The Buzz About Queen Bee Breeding

    August 29, 2012

    Without a queen bee a colony can't produce. For the past several years Colony Collapse Disorder has killed off roughly a third of bees every year. That means a lot of beekeepers who need new queens for their hives. Many of those queen bees are bought by mail-order from breeders in the south. But WPSU's Emily Reddy reports a group of researchers at Penn State wants to see if local bees might be a better idea.

    A 2hr archive broadcast, with host Cleo.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    One of the mostly closely watched races in this November's election is the U.S. Senate seat held by Pennsylvania's Rick Santorum. Recently, WPSU brought you an interview with Senator Santorum. We continue our coverage of the Senate race this morning, as Cynthia Berger speaks with Democratic challenger, Bob Casey, Jr. The interview was recorded by phone this past while Mr. Casey traveled between meetings on the Pennsylvania turnpike.

    Stories: Volunteers Prepare for 4th Fest

    July 2, 2010

    This 4th of July, over 500 volunteers put together State College's annual 4th Fest celebration. WPSU news intern Chelsea McCartney checked out preparations for the main event -- Fireworks!