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Playlist: Emily Reddy's Portfolio

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Selling Organics in a Tough Economy

From WPSU | 05:29

Local organic growers say, despite their higher prices, customers are staying pretty loyal in this tough economy. Visits to a local farm and a sustainable agriculture conference tell the story.


When times are tough, people look for places to cut back.  At the grocery store, for example, a consumer might decide not to pay that extra dollar a pound for organic peppers.  But local organic growers say customers are staying pretty loyal to local organic food.  WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

Mobile Homes As Affordable Housing

From WPSU | 05:19

A new study finds that people who live in mobile homes are overwhelmingly satisfied with their housing despite problems. The researcher says that could make mobile homes a good affordable housing resource.


Mobile homes are a common housing choice in rural Pennsylvania.   And no surprise. They’re affordable for young couples, retirees on a budget, and low-income workers.  A new study from Penn State finds something else.  Mobile home dwellers are overwhelmingly satisfied with their choice of housing.

Interview with the Star of "Telling Amy's Story," a Documentary Airing Nationally on Public Television Stations

From WPSU | 06:43

WPSU's Emily Reddy interviews the narrator and star of "Telling Amy's Story." The movie documents the signs of domestic violence in the years leading up to her death at the hands of her husband. The documentary chronicles Amy Homan McGee's life through interviews with her coworkers, the detective who worked her case, and her mother.

Deirdri_fishel_small Amy Homan McGee was killed by her husband in State College in 2001.  WPSU-TV, has made a documentary about McGee’s last years. It’s called “Telling Amy’s Story,” and you can see it on public television stations across the United States. WPSU-FM’s Emily Reddy talked with the documentary’s narrator, State College Police Detective Deirdri [DEE-uhr-dree] Fishel.

Researchers Hold International Conference on Colony Collapse Disorder

From WPSU | 05:02

Around the world, bees continue to disappear and scientists still don’t quite know why. This week regulatory agents, bee keepers, agricultural chemical companies, and researchers from around the world gathered in State College to pool their knowledge on the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder. WPSU’s Emily Reddy reports.

072910_bees_small Top bee researchers from around the world came to State College, Pennsylvania this week to tackle Collony Collapse Disorder.

A Quest to Make Marcellus Roads More Environmentally Friendly

From WPSU | 10:12

Marcellus Shale drilling is ripping up roads. The sediment from the roads winds up in streams and ruins the ecosystem. The Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at Penn State is trying to talk drillers into fixing up the roads before they use them. We take a trip to Luzerne County with a guy from the Center to check out a project road they’ve done in conjunction with the drilling company and the local conservation district. This is a long piece done as a semi-character study. The guy the story follows got into this because he’s a big trout fisherman. The sediment really ruins trout fishing, and the Center was actually created by Trout Unlimited which is concerned about the pollution of fishing streams.

Tim_ziegler_photo_small Marcellus shale drilling across Pennsylvania has expanded tremendously in the last couple of years. To extract the natural gas, companies drill straight down about 5-thousand feet then shoot a high-pressured water mixed with chemicals and sand vertically through the shale to release the gas. It’s called hydrofracturing, or “fracking.” The whole process requires heavy equipment and millions of gallons of water to be trucked in over roads built to carry passenger cars. WPSU's Emily Reddy went to Luzerne County to find out an unexpected environmental impact of ruined roads and the unlikely group that’s trying to do something about it.