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Penn State Football Bye Week Review

Posted by Joe Chuba on 10/31 at 01:38 PM

Nittany Lion play-by-play voice Steve Jones analyses the state of the Lions at the bye week.

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The Splendid Table Comes to WPSU-FM

Posted by Local Food Journey on 10/27 at 01:33 PM

We’re pleased to announce that starting November 6, the The Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper will be joining the WPSU-FM line-up Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. (with The Thistle and Shamrock moving to Sundays at 8:00 p.m.).

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Field Notes

Posted by Erin McKinney on 10/25 at 07:00 AM

This week as we are adding more fall greens to the selection of choices, we are embarking on a project that will provide us with the ability to extend the season and have even more greens!

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Album Review: New Found Glory - Radiosurgery

Posted by Ryan Kappy on 10/24 at 04:21 PM

Grade: A-

New Found Glory seems to always put out new records that become pop-punk gems in the genre that they have revolutionized.  Since their inception in 1997, they have released six full-length albums that each had their own unique qualities in the band members’ lives.  The band, consisting of Jordan Pundik (lead vocals), Chad Gilbert (lead guitars, backing vocals, composer), Steve Klein (guitar, lyricist), Ian Grushka (bass guitar), and Cyrus Bolooki (drums), are notorious for writing love based lyrics with pop hooks and breakdowns that have you either singing at the top of your lungs or jumping up and down to the ceiling.  The band has returned with their latest full length album, Radiosurgery, that turns their music back to their old days of pop punk that made them who they are today.

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Penn State vs Illinois Preview

Posted by Joe Chuba on 10/24 at 09:18 AM

Nittany Lion play-by-play voice Steve Jones analyses Penn State’s primetime win over Northwestern, and previews Illinois.

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Get your garden ready for a long winter’s nap

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/21 at 07:00 AM

While we haven’t quite yet had a true killing frost, it’s inevitable - at some point, your 2011 garden will be covered in frost, and soon after, snow. The garden will go to sleep until it warms again, but there is some work yet to do on your garden that will make things easier next spring. Time to put it to bed.

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Butternut Squash and Apple Muffins with Pumpkin Seed Streusel

Posted by Kristin Camplese on 10/20 at 07:00 AM

With two hungry children, I am always trying to find healthful snacks that the kids perceive to be treats. A piece of fruit may be healthy, but every once in a while kids (and grown-ups alike) crave something more substantial.  In our house, anything freshly baked is usually a winner.  This recipe qualifies as both delicious and healthy—with whole wheat flour, butternut squash puree, fresh apples, and not too much sugar.  It’s your choice whether you call it breakfast, a snack, or dessert.

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Talain Rayne at the 10/14 SPA Noontime Concert - A Review

Posted by Devin Weakland on 10/19 at 06:29 PM

Talain Rayne and his drummer Isaac Tucker brought their alternative/electronica style to SPA’s noontime show last Friday as part of the weekly concert series. Talain and Isaac, who are only two parts of the five-person band, delivered a crowd-pleasing performance and were definitely a great band to feature for the series.

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Album Review: Cole World: The Sideline Story, by J. Cole

Posted by Lindsay Carolla on 10/18 at 02:29 PM

Grade: B 

It seems like everything Jay-Z touches turns to gold.  And, before the year is over, J. Cole’s debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story won’t be any different. The album dropped September 27 and sold 218, 000 units in its first week. It’s comprised of 14 hard-hitting tracks, as well as an ”Intro” and an “Interlude,” that feature the rookie  discussing with friends his rise to fame thanks to Jay-Z.

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Bon AppeTait:  Spicy Autumn Salad

Posted by Kim Tait on 10/17 at 02:16 PM

I love fall on the farm. It is the season of bold flavors and stunning natural beauty. The changing leaves are slowing winding their way up Tussey Mountain, creating a tapestry of subtle color. The fields abound with beautiful fall greens and root crops, still soaking up as much sun as they can before harvest. And after months of ripening in the fields (or drowning), the winter squash have been harvested. Our attention will now turn to getting the fields into cover crops for the long winter’s rest. And all the while, I will delight in the flavor of my first butternut squash soup, as well as the site of colorful, funky pumpkins and gourds that bring fall blessings to my home.

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Penn State vs Northwestern Preview

Posted by Joe Chuba on 10/17 at 09:09 AM

Nittany Lion play-by-play voice Steve Jones analyses Penn State’s homecoming victory over Purdue, and previews the primetime matchup with Northwestern.

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Album Review: We Came As Romans - Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be

Posted by Johnny Chadwick on 10/14 at 05:55 PM

Grade: B+

Out of Troy, Michigan, the six piece We Came As Romans has already proven their musical talents with their first release. They have always been known for their technical writing ability, but it can be difficult to bring together six different musicians and organize their styles to fit together. Despite the difficulty, they pull it off with Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be as Joshua Moore (writer and guitarist for We Came As Romans) holds it together.  He has the perfect assembly of musicians to fulfill his needs and has made their second album a staple in their early careers along the way to becoming long time legends of this post-hardcore, symphonic rock genre.

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Pumpkins - not just for pies and front stoops anymore

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/14 at 08:00 AM

The humble pumpkin at one time was known for being just two things - a front porch decoration and a pie. Also, unless you lived in Pennsylvania Dutch country like I did as a kid and saw “neck pumpkins,” pumpkins were always orange and round.

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Talain Rayne to Perform at SPA Noontime Concert Series, Friday, 10/14

Posted by Devin Weakland on 10/13 at 07:00 PM

Alternative/electronica musician Talain Rayne is scheduled to perform at Friday’s noontime concert at the HUB’s first floor lounge as part of Penn State’s Student Programming Association’s (SPA) Noontime Concert Series. If I were you, I definitely wouldn’t miss it.

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Album Review: This Time Next Year - Drop Out Of Life

Posted by Ryan Kappy on 10/13 at 02:35 PM

Grade: B+ 

There are times when I am walking to class and I want to listen to a band that will make me feel like I’m in eighth grade again - a time when I used to listen to mostly pop punk bands like Yellowcard or Sum 41.  That’s exactly what I did when I put on This Time Next Year‘s newest album, Drop Out Of Life.  This album took me back to my earlier youth bringing out all the excitement of discovering new music.  From Walnut Creek, CA, and with a roster that includes Peter Dowdalls (lead vocals), Brad Wiseman (guitar, backing vocals), Denis Cohen (guitar), Travis Pacheco (bass), and James Jalili (drums), the band has released an album that is easy going for the listener. The album is filled with pop punk tunes and sing along choruses that will have you yelling the lyrics out right back to your listening device.

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