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Posted by Greg Petersen on 02/15 at 10:09 AM

A Presidential Profile and a Fascinating Interview ...

Radio Feature: Tug Boat Pollution– Tuesday at 7:33am and 8:33am during Morning Edition – WPSU-FM is a member of the Ohio River Radio Consortium, and we’ll be airing a series of environmental stories that address water issues.  Today:  The Ohio River is a busy highway.  From barges piled high with coal to the tug boats that guide them, the traffic never stops from Cairo, Illinois to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  And that traffic is causing more pollution than you might think.  WYEP’s Anne Murray reports.

Radio Feature:  Sundays in the Park with George – Friday at 7;33am and 8:33am during Morning Edition – How does a live theatrical production bring a famous, even iconic painting to the stage?  That’s the challenge facing the scenic designer and crew of Penn State’s upcoming musical “Sunday in the Park with George” by Stephen Sondheim.  The show, which explores the way art is created, is inspired by the painting by Georges Seurat, titled “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”. We’ll find out just how that work of art will take the stage as the curtain opens, and characters virtually emerge from the painting, coming to life and singing.

TV: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – Monday, 9pm – “The Kennedys” –Stacy Keach narrates a study of the Kennedys, which includes how Joseph P. Kennedy amassed his fortune and fostered ambitions for his sons; JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis; Robert’s emergence as an advocate for the poor.

TV: TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE – Tuesday, 8pm – Childbirth is a nervous and joyous occasion for expecting parents. Thankfully the medicine and methods in use today help ensure a safer pregnancy in comparison to past generations, and alleviate a significant amount stress for the mother, both mentally and physically. Penn State President Graham Spanier and his guests, doctors John T. Repke and Jaimey M. Pauli, will discuss the evolution of child birth.

TV:FRONTLINE – Tuesday, 10pm – “The Warning” – Veteran producer Michael Kirk unearths the hidden history of the nation’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. At the center of it all, he finds Brooksley Born, who speaks for the first time on television about her failed campaign to regulate the secretive, multitrillion-dollar derivatives market whose crash helped trigger the financial collapse in the fall of 2008.

TV: CONVERSATIONS FROM PENN STATE – Thursday, 9pm – “Temple Grandin” – One of the most internationally recognized autistics and a renowned expert in animal science talks about her life with autism and its influence on her work. She also discusses the new HBO movie based on her autobiography. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and has designed half of all the cattle-handling equipment for meat plants in the United States. An accomplished author who was diagnosed with autism at age three, she has become an advocate for individuals across the autistic spectrum. (Repeats Sunday at 6pm.)

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