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Charles Figley has spent more than thirty-five years studying trauma and its effects on both victims and caregivers. His work has led to innovations in psychology, psychiatry, and social work. We’ll talk with him about the field of traumatology, about what he means when he says there’s a cost for caring, and about his personal experiences with “compassion fatigue.” Figley…
Jennier Haigh’s latest book, News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories, is about the residents of a fictional coal mining town in Pennsylvania. Reviewer Kirk Weixel has long been an admirer of Haigh’s work. He’s known the author since she attended high school with his children.
This year’s winner of WPSU’s Art for the Airwaves contest is a photographer. WPSU’s Kristine Allen reports she photographed a tree on Penn State’s University Park campus. The tree has been a prominent feature of the landscape for many decades.
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…
I look down at the screen of my ringing iPhone and it clearly states that the caller is my best friend of eight years, Chelsey. I have some time to chat between classes, but as usual, instead of picking it up, I let it ring, ring, ring until it goes into voicemail.
Just a day after the explosions at the Boston Marathon, more than 100 people gathered for a vigil following the Jeremy Herbstritt 5k memorial run. The race is held annually to honor the Penn State grad who died in the Virginia Tech shootings. WPSU intern Danielle Matalonis has the story.
Penn State’s Centre for the Performing Arts is focused this week on music of the 18th century. Tonight, the orchestra Tafelmusik will give a concert of baroque music, and Thursday night, the orchestra will join Canada’s Opera Atelier to present a fully staged opera at Penn State. WPSU’s Kristine Allen reports they’ll present “The Magic Flute” by Mozart.
In 2011, Chuck Felton organized a reunion for the Cresson TB Sanatorium. The retired aerospace engineer now living in Texas, spent 16 months at the state-run tuberculosis facility that was located on a remote mountain top outside of Cresson. For more than 50 years, Felton kept his experience there mostly to himself. Then, in 2009, he decided to create a…
A long, cold winter – like the one that is mercifully coming to a close – can be more than just an emotional drain. It can be a drain on home finances and the environment. As her home-heating bills piled up, WPSU’s Emily Reddy went in search of solutions for her energy woes. She found a program gearing up at…
This year’s pick for One Book Bradford is Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. It’s a novel about family, aging, and death--told through a Golden Retriever. Reviewer Cheryl Bazzoui lives in Bradford. She is a pet owner, registered nurse, and author.
A number of privatization initiatives have been proposed in Pennsylvania in recent years. A combination of state and local budget crises has prompted these so-called public-private partnerships that seek to transfer ownership of public assets or services to the private sector in exchange for lump sums of money. Everything from the state lottery to liquor sales and even prisons are…
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,…
Many people say “I’ll believe it when I see it,” But I believe touching things is what makes them real: Feeling the water soak into my shoes after I step into a puddle Makes the rain real. Brushing my fingers over the imprints of the words pressed into a friend’s letter Makes their meanings real. Compressing all the tiny air…
The State College Borough Council unanimously passed a resolution to oppose the Penn State pipeline during last night’s council meeting, which lasted over four and a half hours. The council agreed to advise the Borough Manager to deny a construction permit for the pipeline as part of the resolution. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reports.
Penn State University Park plans to convert its on-campus power plant from coal to natural gas. The move is part of an effort to meet new US Environmental Protection Agency air pollution standards. But there’s been a community backlash. A high-pressure gas pipeline required for the conversion is slated to run right through the Highlands neighborhood south of campus. WPSU’s…