WPSU Digital Shorts

Short digital stories highlighting the arts, culture, science and activities in central Pennsylvania and beyond.

Short digital stories highlighting the arts, culture, science and activities in central Pennsylvania and beyond.

Episodes

Edward Herber McCleery feeding a lobo wolf

How the Lobo Wolf Was Saved From Extinction in Kane, PA

In the 1920s, Dr. Edward Herber McCleery of Kane, Pennsylvania began what became a life-long mission of saving the Lobo Wolves from extinction.

 

Boyd Family

Meet The Boyd Family

"I allow myself to be sad when I need it."

(3:10)

 

Pickle Ball

Try Pickleball This Summer!

Five state-of-the-art, fenced pickleball courts at the 677 W. Whitehall Rd. complex were made possible with support from the Louis E. Silvi Foundation and community donors.

(2:51)

 

Gary and Lydia

Gary & Lydia

Lydia and Gary Abdullah are longtime State College residents who met at Penn State in the early 1970s. They share their love story and what has made their marriage work for more than four decades.

(12:27)

 

theater

Theatre In The Time of COVID-19

Members of Penn State's theater organization put on its first live, in-person production in over a year.

(3:33)

 

Emilie Jansma

Wisdom of the Ages: Emilie F. Jansma

Meet Emilie Jansma, the lady with the tootsie rolls. She shares her most personal, poignant, and inspiring insights & wisdom on life.

(12:23)

 

cicadas

Hot Cicada Summer

17 years in the making, Brood X Cicadas are emerging in parts of the United States, including central Pennsylvania.

(2:27)

 

Mary Lou Bennet

Mary Lou Bennet: The First 86 Years

Mary Lou Bennett shares her most personal, poignant, and inspiring insights & wisdom on life.

(13:41)

 

people looking for birds with binoculars

Earth Week Birding Classic

Learn about the Earth Week Birding Classic held from April 15 to 25, 2021.

(2:02)

 

Sizdeh Bedar

Sizdeh Bedar

Sizdeh Bedar is the 13th and final day of the Nowruz (New Year) celebration for many ethnicities in Iran and around the world. Learn more about this traditional holiday.

(1:26)

 

potted plants

Home Gardening Tips: Winter Transplants

We spoke with Tim Butzler, a horticulture educator with Penn State Extension, about some tips for gardening in the winter.

(3:29)

 

Women's Suffrage

Women’s Suffrage

This clip from HumIn Focus explores the history of Women's Suffrage in America.

(5:28)

 

comet

Wonders Of The Night Sky: The Comet Neowise

Look in the right place over the next few weeks and you may be able to see the comet Neowise with the naked eye. Happy stargazing!

(2:22)

 

art and anxiety

Bill Doan on Art & Anxiety

Bill Doan discusses his view of anxiety and how he channels often difficult feelings into creative and inspirational works for both community and family.

(3:11)

 

COVID-19: Stress and Normal Activities

Mental Health and COVID-19: Stress and Normal Activities

Here are five tips on how to manage stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic.

(3:26)

 

Elana Szczesny of Penn State Counseling & Psychological Services

Mental Health and COVID-19: Sleep

Find out how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting an important aspect of maintaining your mental health: getting regular, good quality sleep.

(2:55)

 

Dr. Erika Sauders of the Penn State College of Medicine

Mental Health and COVID-19: Feelings of Isolation

Dr. Erika Saunders discusses feelings of isolation while social distancing and sheltering at home.

(2:39)

 

Adopt a Senior

Adopt a Senior

A new nationwide effort is helping graduating seniors feel the love while building new connections in and beyond their communities.

(:46)

 

Speaking Grief producer Lindsey Fenton

Speaking Grief Q&A

We asked Lindsey Whissel Fenton five questions about WPSU's newest project: Speaking Grief.

(9:24)

 

WPSU Radio From Home

WPSU Radio from Home

Despite how different things feel right now, our WPSU radio team is still hard at work bringing families and communities in central Pennsylvania important programs.

(:45)

 

Boalsburg farmers market

How Farmer’s Markets Are Enduring COVID-19

“People are starting to think a little more carefully about the food system and where their food is coming from.”

(:45)

 

Andy Grant

WPSU Staff Recommendations: Classic Movies

WPSU producer Andy Grant recommends spending some of that extra free-time while social distancing by getting caught up on classic movies!

(:53)

 

Teddy Bears and Rainbows

Teddy Bears and Rainbows

To encourage "social distance walking," Courtney Whitmer encouraged her neighbors in State College to participate in The Teddy Bears and Rainbows scavenger hunt.

(:46)

 

close up of gears of pocket watch

Fix It, Don’t Nix It: Pocket Watch

Host Min Xian helps a grandfather get his ancestor’s pocket watch repaired so he can pass down the treasured family heirloom.

(4:12)

 

Christmans lights display

Shining Light Through The Darkness

Get a glimpse into the light-filled celebration in this piece from “Our Town: Lewistown” from 2016.

(2:22)

 

Watershed Journal

The Watershed Journal

A group of local writers gather in Brookville to listen and comment on each others stories and created a quarterly publication.

(1:19)

 

Horatio the Cat

Everyday is Caturday at Centre County Library

The Centre County Library and Historical Museum is getting help promoting literacy and libraries from a local viral sensation, Horatio the Cat.

(2:36)

 

Potter County Historical Society

PA Places: Potter County Historical Society

David Costano tells us a little bit about a unique museum in downtown Coudersport, PA.

(2:29)

 

Geese Flock Together

Geese Flock Together

Around Lewistown, a happy Juniata Valley tradition includes a public art project featuring 5-foot tall Geese!

(1:55)

 

Deer Season

Deer Season by Brandon Pelter

Penn State student Brandon Pelter examined the state of Pennsylvania's hunting industry and culture.

(1:17)

 

Martin Grieco

Martin Grieco WWII Veteran

In honor of Veterans Day: Martin Grieco of State College, Pennsylvania discusses his military service experience during World War II.

(:52)

 

Luke Nosal

Luke/Laurel

Luke Nosal talks about coming out as non-binary and what it means to live authentically.

(3:35)

 

Our Town from the Sky

Our Town from the Sky

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic aerial tour of some of the Central Pennsylvania towns we visited as part of the Our Town series.

(1:43)

 

LASER

Did You Know: LASER

What do you know about LASERs? Test Your Knowledge in this Did You Know segment from Sci Tech Now.

(1:03)

 

Three Percent

Three Percent: Bear Hunting in Pennsylvania

Paddy Cotter created this story "Three Percent" last year as part of Penn State's The John Curley Center For Sports Journalism.

(3:22)

 

WPSU's Isabel Reinert

WPSU Gives Back

WPSU and Penn State Outreach planted trees last week for ClearWater Conservancy as part of its PNC Bank Day of Caring for Centre County United Way.

(1:37)

 

Punkin' Chunkin' Catapault

Punkin’ Chunkin’ in Bald Eagle Valley

You can eat, drink and watch pumpkins fly through the air at the Howard Fire Company’s annual Pumpkin Chunkin Festival held every October.

(4:08)

 

WPSU Staff

WPSU Overall Station Excellence Emmy® Award

We had a great year celebrating our Emmy® Aard win for Overall Station Excellence and taking it on the road to thank our supporters. THANK YOU!

(1:14)

 

Martin Melville whistling

The Whistling Woodsman

Meet Martin Melville, a professional logger and competitive whistler.

(2:25)

 

Older woman holding framed photo of young woman

Centre County Hosts Remembrance

Centre County hosted a candlelight remembrance on August 29 to honor those who died of a drug overdose.

(1:42)

 

jazz festival

Lock Haven Jazz Festival

The town of Lock Haven held its annual Jazz Festival August 16-17, 2019. Check out this segment from Our Town: Lock Haven!

(2:53)

 

delgrossos

WPSU Kids’ Day at DelGrosso’s Park

We asked kids at Kids’ Day what their favorite PBS KIDS program is. Here’s what they answered!

(1:55)

 

moon landing

Apollo Moon Landing 50 Years Ago

On July 20, 2019, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human moon landing.

(2:54)

 

Penn State Apollo 11 event

Penn State Honors 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

On July 16, 2019 the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium and Penn State honored the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11!

(:58)

 

Arts Festival 1967

Arts Festival 1967

Time for a flashback… all the way to 1967 for the first Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts! WPSU was there! Were you?

(1:49)

 

Everett Railroad

Everett Railroad Train Excursions in Blair County

The Everett Railroad train excursions gave folks an inside look at life on the home front during the 1940’s.

(3:22)

 

Eliot Ness Festival

Eliot Ness Fest in Coudersport, PA

Coudersport will celebrate its second Eliot Ness Fest July 19-21, 2019. Take a look at last year’s festival in this segment from Our Town Coudersport.

(3:40)

 

Illustration of tick removal

Tick Talk

Dr. Jennifer Delozier shares tips on how to avoid tick bites and what to do if you are bitten by a tick.

(4:24)

 

Thomas Paquette

Thomas Paquette: A Painter From Warren, PA

Thomas Paquette's landscape paintings have been featured in more than 50 solo exhibitions in museums and prominent galleries in cities around the country.

(3:15)

 

Bicycle Facts

Bicycle Facts

Did you know that bike riding is the most efficient muscle-powered form of travel?

(:53)

 

 

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view of man's back holding a shovel in hand

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town illustration

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Metronome from The Attic

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Ben Ahlgrim working with hot glass

Pennsylvania Makers

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laser

SciTech Now

SciTech Now captures the latest breakthroughs in science and technology.

Instructor shows students petri dish

Science-U

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Geospacial Revolution

Geospatial Revolution

Learn about how location-based technologies and geospatial information influence nearly everything.

 

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