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04-29-2014

Electric Bill Spikes--Was it Really Just That Cold?

Spring has finally arrived, but you might still be paying the price for the colder-than-usual winter. Some customers under variable rate electricity agreements saw major spikes in their bills after the polar vortex in January. More than fifty thousand have since switched back to their default energy providers. WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner reports on what caused the electric bill spikes—and…

Stories
04-25-2014

Take Note: Meet the 5th Congressional District’s Democratic Candidates: Kerith Strano Taylor and Thomas Tarantella

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.

BookMark
04-24-2014

The Artemas Poems by Jerry Wemple

For National Poetry Month, poet and frequent BookMark contributor Marjorie Maddox reviews Jerry Wemple’s newest poetry collection, The Artemas Poems. The linked poems about a man named Artemas are set in small-town Pennsylvania.

Take Note Radio
04-18-2014

Take Note: Penn State Alum Dr. David Teplica on Gender-Appropriate Plastic Surgery

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…

This I Believe
04-17-2014

I Believe in Gratitude
Johanna Wagner
State College

In the summer of 2012, I had a lot for which to be grateful. My husband and I were expecting our first child in early September. As an anxious mother-to-be I spent those early summer months devouring books, movies, articles and just about anything I could find about babies and those first crucial weeks. I was thrilled and terrified imagining…

Take Note Radio
04-11-2014

Take Note: Civil War Author and Historian Jeffry Wert on Writing and Teaching

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

BookMark
04-10-2014

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

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

Stories
04-10-2014

Art for the Airwaves Winner, 2014: Julie Mader of Smethport

Each year, WPSU holds our “Art for the Airwaves” contest. And our panel of judges selects a winner, whose work is made into a limited edition poster print offered during our fund drive. WPSU’s Kristine Allen visited Smethport to talk with this year’s winner.

Take Note Radio
04-04-2014

Take Note: A Freedom Rider Remembers

Bob Zellner’s story starts about as far as you can get from where it ended up. Born in lower Alabama, his father, uncles and grandfather were robe-wearing members of the Ku Klux Klan. In his inspirational memoir, "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement,” he chronicles his journey to become one of the first…

This I Believe
04-03-2014

I Believe in Cars
Mitch Hoffman
State College, PA

“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…

StoryCorps
04-02-2014

Story Corps Penns Valley: Tom Doman, Jim Zubler and Andrea Ferich

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. Penns Valley Conservation Association president Jim Zubler and the new executive director, Andrea Ferich, talk to Tom Doman, one of the early leaders of PVCA, about its importance…

StoryCorps
03-31-2014

Story Corps Penns Valley: Terry Glunt and Robin Bastress

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.

Stories
03-28-2014

Take Note: Why is Peter Diamanidis So Optimistic about the Future?

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.

BookMark
03-27-2014

Notes from Inside a Burst Bubble: Penn Staters on the Penn State Scandal by Dave Housley, Sheila Squillante

Longtime State College resident Cindy Wolf reviews Notes from Inside a Burst Bubble: Penn Staters on the Sandusky Scandal. The collection of essays, blog posts, and news articles is edited by Sheila Squillante and Dave Housley.

StoryCorps
03-26-2014

Story Corps Penns Valley: Marie Breon and Sandra Yohe

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

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