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As Penn State Faces Scrutiny, WPSU Plans Special Sunday Broadcast

by on November 20, 2011 12:13 PM

WPSU radio will air a special broadcast Sunday in light of the ongoing news at Penn State, the station announced.

Broadcasting at 91.5 FM in the State College area, WPSU is a National Public Radio affiliate.

The station released a statement Saturday to other local news media:

As the world examines Penn State, the university begins to examine itself. Penn State Public Broadcasting and host Patty Satalia will broadcast a special, live, one-hour radio program following Sunday's installment of "This American Life," which is featuring Penn State in this weekend's episode.

The "TAL" episode, "Back to Penn State," is a rebroadcast of the December 2009 episode "#1 Party School," with new interviews recorded this past week with Penn State fans and loyalists trying to make sense of the current crisis.

After "Back to Penn State," Satalia and a university faculty-student panel will discuss the reactions and responses to the events unfolding at Penn State during the past two weeks and the steps the university will take to move forward.

The WPSU program will air at 7 p.m. Sunday on public radio WPSU FM and be simulcast online at "This American Life" airs weekly on WPSU FM at noon Saturdays, and again Sundays at 6 p.m.

WPSU's panel consists of:

-- Damon Sims, J.D., who is the vice president of student affairs and an affiliate associate professor in both the Dickinson School of Law and the College of Education at Penn State. He is a licensed attorney who has served as an advocate on behalf of children and victims of abuse, consults with other colleges and universities about legal issues affecting students, and has served on various state and regional boards and commissions aimed at encouraging civic awareness and engagement among young people.

-- Michael Berube, Ph.D., who is the director at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Penn State. He teaches cultural studies and American literature. Berube is a well-known commentator on the humanities and on academia in venues ranging from The Chronicle of Higher Education to The New York Times. He has published seven books and nearly 200 articles on American literature, cultural studies and disability studies, including "Rhetorical Occasions: Essays on Humans and the Humanities" and "The Left at War."

-- Rawan Nasser, who is a Penn State undergraduate student majoring in journalism. She is a facilitator in Sam Richards' sociology course, World in Conversation. Richards, who is a senior lecturer, challenges students to talk candidly about their beliefs and attitudes regarding issues such as race and gender.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. This public media service produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of the audience within central Pennsylvania.

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