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Electric Bill Spikes--Was it Really Just That Cold?

Spring has finally arrived, but you might still be paying the price for the colder-than-usual winter. Some customers under variable rate electricity agreements saw major spikes in their bills after the polar vortex in January. More than fifty thousand have since switched back to their default energy providers. WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner reports on what caused the electric bill spikes—and…


Take Note: Meet the 5th Congressional District’s Democratic Candidates: Kerith Strano Taylor and Thomas Tarantella

This week on Take Note, we'll talk with congressional candidates Thomas Tarantella from Renovo and Kerith Strano Taylor from Brookville. They're seeking the Democratic Party nomination to represent Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District, a seat that's currently held by Glenn Thompson.

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Take Note: Civil War Author and Historian Jeffry Wert on Writing and Teaching

Today’s guest, Jeffry Wert, is a historian and author who specializes in the American Civil War. He's written nine books about the Civil War. His book, Gettysburg--Day Three, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Wert also taught at Penns Valley Area High School for more than three decades. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner talked with him about…


Beyond the Classroom: Penn State Introduces Engaged Scholarship Initiative in Inaugural Symposium

WPSU's Beyond the Classroom examines innovative student learning that isn't bound by university walls. Penn State University is embracing this concept in an initiative it’s calling "Engaged Scholarship." WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reports the inaugural Engaged Scholarship Symposium was held at the Nittany Lion Inn yesterday.


Beyond the Classroom - Global Awareness at Lock Haven University

WPSU's Beyond the Classroom is our series featuring students engaging in hands-on experiences outside university walls. Today, WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner takes us to Lock Haven University, where a group of students are traveling abroad as a class. The university will soon require all students to fulfill a global awareness requirement.


Take Note: Hunger in an Age of Plenty

Why is hunger still a widespread problem in a world of plenty? WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner talks about that with activist and journalist Roger Thurow. He’s the author of Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in the Age of Plenty and The Last Hunger Season. Thurow visited Penn State’s School of International Affairs in February.


Author and Historian Jeffry Wert on Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, 149 Years Later

Today marks 149 years since Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address, just over a month before the end of the Civil War. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner talks with historian, author, and Centre Hall native Jeffry Wert about why the speech has lasting significance.


Who are the Homeless in State College?

Yesterday, WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner reported on Centre County’s Out of the Cold and Hearts for the Homeless programs. Today, we’ll hear about the year-round reality of homelessness in State College, a town where many might assume homelessness isn’t a concern.


Centre County Homeless Get Out of the Cold

For many of our listeners, the worst a colder-than-usual winter can bring is an expensive heating bill. But for the homeless, the frigid temperatures could be a matter of life or death. WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner talks with Centre County residents about how those without homes get out of the cold.


Kate Lao Shaffner is an associate producer at WPSU-FM. She contributes feature stories to Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Kate also assists in the production of WPSU’s This I Believe and BookMark.

Kate recently earned her Master’s degree from Penn State’s School of International Affairs.  Before moving to State College, she lived in Tanzania, where she worked with a university study abroad program.