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WPSU Digital Shorts

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


researcher looking at algae in pond

Microbes Clean Pollution from Abandoned Mines

Penn State professors research newly discovered microbes capable of rapid removal of toxic metals in acidic environments.

6/27/22 | 5m 50s


Turning Compassion into Action: Al Smith

Meet 50-year veteran volunteer Al Smith and learn about his work in the American Red Cross' Disaster Services.

3/17/22 | 2m 34s


Guy Bluford speaking at a podium

Bluford Building Dedication

Dr. Guy Bluford, an aerospace engineer, Penn State alumnus, and the first African American in space, attended a ceremony on October 8, 2021 to honor his achievements and unveil a building in his name.

2/18/22 | 1m 40s


Mimi Barash Coppersmith

Meet Mimi Barash Coppersmith

Meet a local "catalyst" Mimi Barash Coppersmith in this segment from a recent conversation in the "Stronger Women Together" webinar series.

2/13/22 | 1m 52s


Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK

Dozens of runners take on the challenge of running 50 miles through Rothrock State Forest

1/7/22 | 2m 6s


Day of Caring 2021

Day of Caring 2021

Every year, the United Way Day of Caring brings people together to support non-profit organizations in their community.

11/26/21 | 1m 46s


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.

9/8/21 | 3m 33s


Boyd Family

Meet The Boyd Family

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

8/6/21 | 3m 10s


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.

7/31/21 | 2m 51s


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.

7/24/21 | 12m 27s



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.

7/9/21 | 3m 33s


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.

7/1/21 | 12m 23s



Hot Cicada Summer

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

6/25/21 | 2m 27s


Mary Lou Bennet

Mary Lou Bennet: The First 86 Years

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

5/14/21 | 13m 41s


people looking for birds with binoculars

Earth Week Birding Classic

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

5/5/21 | 2m 2s


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.

4/2/21 | 1m 26s


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.

1/15/21 | 3m 29s


Women's Suffrage

Women’s Suffrage

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

12/4/20 | 5m 28s


Historic Black Churches in Central Pennsylvania

Find out about more than a century of history that still exists today in historic Black churches in central Pennsylvania.

8/15/20 | 3m 25s



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!

7/31/20 | 2m 22s


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.

7/3/20 | 3m 11s


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.

6/19/20 | 3m 26s


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.

6/12/20 | 2m 55s


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.

6/6/20 | 2m 39s


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.

6/5/20 | 46s


Speaking Grief producer Lindsey Fenton

Speaking Grief Q&A

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

6/2/20 | 9m 24s


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.

6/2/20 | 45s


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.”

5/22/20 | 45s


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!

5/8/20 | 53s


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.

4/17/20 | 46s


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.

1/30/20 | 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.

1/20/20 | 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.

1/18/20 | 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.

1/10/20 | 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.

12/13/19 | 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!

11/26/19 | 1:55


Deer Season

Deer Season by Brandon Pelter

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

11/22/19 | 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.

11/11/19 | :52


Luke Nosal


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

11/7/19 | 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.

10/30/19 | 1:43



Did You Know: LASER

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

10/26/19 | 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.

10/18/19 | 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.

10/17/19 | 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.

10/3/19 | 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!

9/27/19 | 1:14


Martin Melville whistling

The Whistling Woodsman

Meet Martin Melville, a professional logger and competitive whistler.

9/6/19 | 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.

9/6/19 | 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!

9/6/19 | 2:53



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!

8/23/19 | 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.

7/19/19 | 2:54



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PA Local

PA Local

A new podcast from WPSU shining a light on the workings of local government and the services that it provides with the taxes we all pay.

view of man's back holding a shovel in hand

Adventures in Privy Digging

Houtzdale resident Frank Harchak shares his passion for digging up old outhouses.

Hunkar Begendi

World Kitchen

World Kitchen is a free interactive cooking class presented on Zoom so that you can follow along to create the recipe with each guest chef.

town illustration

I’m Your Neighbor

Hear remarkable stories from your neighbors.

Reach Podcast

Reach Podcast

Telling the stories of researchers, their studies, and how their work impacts you and the world you live in.

Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings

Dig into ancestry with genetics and genealogy.

Elena Zavala

Women in Science Profiles

WiSci Files features local women with careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Metronome from The Attic


METRONOME features local performing artists and groups from a variety of genres playing in their own environments throughout Central Pennsylvania.

Ben Ahlgrim working with hot glass

Pennsylvania Makers

Pennsylvania Makers features local artists showcasing their unique talent and creativity.


SciTech Now

SciTech Now captures the latest breakthroughs in science and technology.

Instructor shows students petri dish


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Geospacial Revolution

Geospatial Revolution

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


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