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Story Corps Penns Valley: Troy and Angela Smith

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.


New Drop-in Homeless Shelter Opens in State College

Hearts for the Homeless, a drop-in day center located in downtown State College, opened its doors for the first time yesterday. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reports.


Where Does the Water Go? A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Penn State Water Management

This week WPSU is taking a look at water issues in central Pennsylvania. Today, WPSU’s Emily Reddy explores the massive task of supplying and cleaning the water used by students, faculty, staff and visitors at Penn State University.


Beyond the Classroom: Building a Rain Garden

This story takes us to Philadelphia, where a volunteer effort is trying to change the way storm water passes through the city. And as WPSU intern Maria Bryant reports, for the student volunteers, it’s about more than just helping out. They’re turning classroom learning into a real life hands-on experience.


Story Corps Penns Valley: Byrd Futhey and Debra Heller

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. Debra Heller talks with her mother-in-law Byrd Futhey about her life.

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Take Note: Remembering Bill Coleman and the Rothwell Stream Restoration Project

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,…

This I Believe

I Believe Big Things Have Small Beginnings
Andrew Slysh
Chalfont, PA

I was born weighing 2 pounds and 4 ounces. I was small, even for a newborn in a big world. While in the womb, the doctor gave my brother and me a low chance of survival because the umbilical cord was struggling to support us both. Despite this, we were born with no severe handicaps. By the time I was…

Take Note Radio

Take Note: Nuclear Weapons and Iran

Joel Rubin is the Director of Policy and Government Affairs at Ploughshares Fund, a foundation dedicated preventing the use and spread of nuclear weapons. We’ll talk with him about the recent Iran nuclear weapons deal and why Americans should be concerned about the state of nuclear weapons today.


Pennsylvania Music Makers: The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective

As part of our occasional series, Pennsylvania Music Makers, WPSU’s Kristine Allen visits a group of folks in Altoona who get a lot of joy out of four little strings.


Mandarin Gate by Eliot Pattison

Linda Short reviews Eliot Pattison’s latest book, Mandarin Gate. It’s a political thriller set in Tibet and the seventh book of Pattison’s Inspector Shan series.


Pianist Jeremy Denk Makes Penn State Concert Debut

(photo above by Michael Wilson) Pianist Jeremy Denk won a MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes called a “genius grant” this past fall. on Wednesday, January 29th, he makes his Penn State concert debut with a program of solo piano music at Schwab Auditorium on the University Park Campus, as part of the Center for the Performing Arts series. WPSU’s Kristine Allen speaks…

John Sanchez, associate professor, Penn State College of Communications

Take Note Radio

Take Note: American Indians in the 21st Century

John Sanchez is the only American Indian faculty member at Penn State. A member of the Apache Nation, we'll talk with him about Hollywood’s misrepresentation of American Indians, about how those images influence how the entire world perceives them, and about why the use of American Indians as team mascots should be discontinued.

This I Believe

I Believe in a Moratorium on Youth Contact Football
Lara Dolphin
Hollidaysburg, PA

Our ten-year-old son has a variety of hobbies including cello, chess and swimming. But his favorite subject is the NFL. He’s learned professional football is a universal language among the males in his life. Whether discussing Red Grange or Tom Brady, his eyes light up. “What if Eli Manning had stayed with the Chargers? What if the American Football League…


Local News from Someplace Else by Marjorie Maddox

Marjorie Maddox’s Local News from Someplace Else is a collection of poems about how the tragedies we hear about in the news affect us at home. Amanda Richards reviews.

Take Note Radio

Take Note: Penn State’s Jennie Noll Talks About the Long-term Effects of Child Maltreatment

Jennie Noll, an internationally recognized researcher on child maltreatment, discusses the long-term effects of abuse.

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