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Dr. Kelly Holder On Mental Health And Self-Care Amid The Pandemic

Kelly Holder, Director of the Office of Professional Mental Health at the Penn State College of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center, talks with WOSU about mental health challenges and what people can do to to keep their minds active and positive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ed. Policy Prof. Kevin Kinser On Colleges’ Pandemic Prep, The Need For Transparency

WPSU’s Emily Reddy talked with Kevin Kinser, a Penn State professor and head of the Department of Education Policy Studies, about why he thinks students should be staying home, and why schools that have brought students back need transparent plans for when COVID-19 cases start piling up.

Divine Lipscomb On Improving Support For Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Divine Lipscomb, a formerly incarcerated student studying rehabilitation and human services at Penn State, talked with WPSU about how his own experience turned him into an advocate for better supporting those reentering society.

Elizabeth and Christian Brady on Sharing Their Grief Through Writing

Mack Brady was two weeks shy of his ninth birthday when he died unexpectedly from a blood infection on New Year’s Eve in 2012. In the time since, his parents, Elizabeth and Christian Brady, have both used writing as an outlet for their own grief and as a way to help others who are grieving.

Geoscientist Terry Engelder On Fracking, Both Good And Bad

WPSU’s Anne Danahy spoke with Terry Engelder, professor emeritus of geosciences at Penn State, about his work, fracking, and the natural gas industry.

Sandra Charles On The Importance of Health Education

WPSU’s Cheraine Stanford talks with Sandra Charles, Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Health Services for the Library of Congress, about her life and why she thinks we need to talk about mental health as openly as we do about cancer or diabetes.

Education Prof. On How K-12 School Closures Increased Inequities

WPSU’s Emily Reddy talks about the effects of the shutdown on students with Ed Fuller, an associate professor in the College of Education at Penn State.

Brandon Ogbunu on Coronavirus Transmission and Societal Impact

Brandon Ogbunu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University, talked with WPSU’s Cheraine Stanford about his latest novel coronavirus research and the interactions between race, social justice, and COVID-19.

Sascha Meinrath On What The Coronavirus Tells Us About The Digital Divide

Increasingly, our daily lives are online, especially during the coronavirus shutdown. But access to the internet is not always equal, which was exacerbated by the shutdown. And the privacy implications of our online lives are sometimes an afterthought.

Grief Advocate Megan Devine On Changing How We Think About Loss

Penn State Prof. Erika Saunders On Mental Health Effects Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

WPSU’s Andy Grant talks with Erika Saunders, the chair of psychiatry and behavioral health at the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health, about what effects longterm shelter orders and social distancing might have on our mental health.

Author Of ‘Anti/Vax’ On What We Can Learn From Past Vaccine Controversies

WPSU’s Anne Danahy spoke with Bernice Hausman, author and  chair of the Department of Humanities in Penn State’s College of Medicine about what we can learn from past vaccine controversies about the COVID-19 epidemic.

Penn State Epidemiologist On The Importance Of Community During The Coronavirus Pandemic

WPSU’s Cheraine Stanford talks with Matthew Ferrari, an epidemiologist and associate professor of biology at Penn State, about the new coronavirus, what we know, what we don’t and what it means for our community and our country.

Judith Helfand On Her New Documentary, “Cooked”

WPSU’s Emily Reddy talked with the Peabody Award-winning director about “Cooked,” which had its TV premiere on Independent Lens on PBS earlier this month, and about her past documentaries, which include “Blue Vinyl” and “A Healthy Baby Girl.”

Pennsylvania Avian Experts On Bird Watching And News Of Their Declining Numbers

WPSU’s Anne Danahy spoke with Greg Grove, editor of Pennsylvania Birds, and Doug Wentzel, president of the State College Bird Club, about bird watching and industry trends.

Cartoonist And Music Historian Talk About Their Love Of Old Blues

WPSU’s Anne Danahy spoke with underground cartoonist R. Crumb and Penn State Professor Jerry Zolten about their love of old blues music and records.

Mike Domitrz on Practicing Respect as a Skill

WPSU’S Min Xian talked with Domitrz about consent, intimacy and respect in relationships and in the workplace. Domitrz believes respect is a kind of skill and takes practice.

Former Penn State Research VP Pens Children’s Book

After working at Penn State for 36 years and then retiring as undersecretary for science at the Smithsonian Institution, Eva Pell is writing children’s books.

Pa. State Prison Inmates Discuss Peer Support

As part of the WPSU project “Overcoming an Epidemic: Opioids in Pennsylvania,” WPSU’s Anne Danahy spoke with six inmates at Rockview state prison in Centre County. The inmates are participants in the state Department of Corrections Certified Peer Specialist program or CPS, which trains them to provide peer support to other inmates.

Goldie Blumenstyk On Better Serving The Growing Numbers Of Adult Learners

Goldie Blumenstyk is a senior writer and editor at the Chronicle of Higher Education. She talks to WPSU about how colleges can better serve the growing number of adult learners.

Two-Time Cancer Survivor Marjorie Miller On Life After Cancer

Marjorie Miller, a two-time cancer survivor, volunteers and speaks about her personal experience to raise awareness for cancer survivors.

A Political Cartoonist On Using Satire In Today’s Times

Rob Rogers is an award-winning political cartoonist who was fired after 25 years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Rogers about why he lost his job, how he decides who to satirize and his new book.

School Segregation & Brown V. Board Of Education 65 Years Later

Sixty-five years ago, the Brown v. Board of Education supreme court decision found that separate was not equal. We’ll talk with the organizers of a Penn State conference on the historic case, about school segregation then… and now.

Director Shidan Majidi

We talked with Director Shidan Majidi about his documentary “Me, the ‘Other,'” how to overcome prejudice, and what it means to be the “other.”

PA’s Lieutenant Governor on Marijuana, the Board of Pardons, and Why He Got into Politics

WPSU’s Anne Danahy spoke with Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman about legalizing marijuana, Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal for a severance tax to fund infrastructure and why he got involved in politics.

Elizabeth Pryor On The ‘N-Word’

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, associate professor of history at Smith College, spoke with WPSU’s Anne Danahy about the history of the N-word, how she discusses it with students, and what it meant to her father, the comedian Richard Pryor.

Lawyer And Author Bryan Stevenson On What Justice Requires

WPSU’s Addison Godfrey talked with Bryan Stevenson about our criminal justice system, his book, and the work of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Paralympic Gold Medalist Shawn Morelli On Overcoming War Injuries To Compete As A Cyclist

Penn State graduate and retired U.S. Army Major Shawn Morelli took up cycling after an explosion during her service in Afghanistan caused brain trauma, blindness in her left eye and severe damage to her spine and neck.

A Scientist And Christian On Why Climate Change Matters To Everyone

Atmospheric scientist and evangelical Christian, Katharine Hayhoe, is known for her ability to communicate science to everyday people, including skeptics of climate change.

Author Justin Torres On Creating Art From Pain

Journalists On Reporting The Truth In The Iraq War

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Dominique Morisseau On Bringing The Underdog To Center Stage

Knight Foundation President On Trust, Media And Democracy

Abdalaziz Alhamza On Reporting About Life Under ISIS Rule

Jim And Evelyn Piazza On Grieving Their Son Tim And Working To End Hazing

Jeff Daniels On Five Decades Of Acting & His Second Love: Music

Emmy Award-winning actor Jeff Daniels is known for his roles in movies like “Terms of Endearment,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” and “Dumb and Dumber” and for TV shows like “The News Room,” “Godless,” and “The Looming Tower.” He’s also a prolific songwriter and musician.

New Book Explores “Evan Pugh’s Penn State”

Dr. Roger Williams is the author of “Evan Pugh’s Penn State: America’s Model Agricultural College.” It is the first book-length treatment of this mid-nineteenth century scientist-president who forged the nation’s first successful higher education institution dedicated to scientific agriculture — what is now Penn State.

LEGO Grad Student On The Hobby That Helped Him Get Through Grad School

“LEGO Grad Student” is an anonymous blogger who creates LEGO scenes paired with humorous, but dark, captions that depict the difficulty of graduate school. LEGO Grad Student’s work clearly resonates with others. He has seventy-five thousand followers on Facebook alone.

Danielle Dormer On Quitting Drugs And Alcohol And Helping Others In Recovery

Danielle Dormer is a mother and Army veteran in long term recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. She uses her experience to help Penn State students, serving as the Assistant Program Coordinator for the Collegiate Recovery Community.

Bullying In Our Schools & What To Do About It

Bullying is an issue in K-12 schools across the country. Live on Facebook and armed with questions submitted ahead of time by parents, we talked with a school official and a researcher tackling the issue here in central Pennsylvania.

“Dreams Don’t Die,” Says FUSE Productions’ Stephen Sondheim Musical

WPSU’s Carolyn Donaldson talked with FUSE Productions’ Producing Artistic Director Richard Biever about the theater company’s upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along.”

The Latest In Brain-Repair Research

When the brain is harmed by injury or disease, neurons die or degenerate. A Penn State researcher has developed an innovative technology for regenerating functional neurons—-that may help victims of traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurologic disorders.

Sustainable Agriculture Gets A New Advocate

The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture has a new executive director. Hannah Smith-Brubaker talked with WPSU’s Emily Reddy about her plans for PASA.

Martin Guitar’s Iconic Dreadnought Turned 100

The Pennsylvania-based Martin Guitar Company commemorates the 100th anniversary of its dreadnought with a documentary film.  WPSU’s Patty Satalia talks with musicologist Jerry Zolten, an associate professor in Penn State’s department of Communication Arts & Sciences, and Dick Boak, Martin Guitar’s director of Museum, Archives and Special Projects.

What Pennsylvania Can Learn From Ontario’s Education Model

Pennsylvania’s education funding issues might seem insurmountable, but just a few hours north, the Canadian province of Ontario found a way to even the playing field across school districts. Keystone Crossroads’ education reporter Kevin McCorry recently visited Ontario to see what Pennsylvania could learn from our neighbors to the north.

Privacy in the Digital Age with Sasha Meinrath

How do we balance the increased convenience and security that technology offers against our loss of privacy? WPSU’s Patty Satalia talks about that and more with Penn State’s Sascha Meinrath, the Palmer Chair in Telecommunications and one of the nation’s most influential figures in technology.

U.S. Ag Secretary Calls Rural America “A Forgotten Place”

Tom Vilsack has been the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture throughout President Obama’s two terms in the White House. He talked with WPSU’s Emily Reddy while he was in town for a first-ever series of “White House Rural Forums.”

Clive Lipchin Uses Water To Promote Peace In The Middle East

WPSU’s Emily Reddy talked with Clive Lipchin, the director of the Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute, about managing water resources among nations in political conflict.

Penn State’s Center for Healthy Aging

Dr. Marty Sliwinski directs Penn State’s Center for Healthy Aging, one of many such centers around the country, where he’s involved in ground-breaking training, research and outreach aimed at identifying the underlying pathways to healthy and unhealthy aging.

The 2016 Campaign And More With Brooke Gladstone

Brooke Gladstone joins us from her studio at WNYC, where On The Media is produced, to help us make sense of the information environment we live in.  She’ll also talk about media bias—it turns out, there are lots of different kinds—and we’ll ponder the often-asked question: Did the media create the Trump candidacy?