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U.N. Calls on Iran to Release Princeton Graduate Student

Sept. 12 2018

HOST: The U.N.’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has concluded that Iran had “no legal basis” for arresting and detaining Princeton graduate student Xiyue Wang. Jeanette Beebe reports that this is giving advocates new hope for Wang's release.

In Princeton Talk, Former Ambassador to Russia Urges ‘Strategic Patience’

April 12 2018

HOST: Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul spoke at Princeton University yesterday. For WHYY, Jeanette Beebe reports he tried to put President Trump's Russian tweets into context.

New Jersey Requires Six-Month Refills of Birth Control

Dec. 25 2017

HOST: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed a bill that requires insurers to pay for a six-month supply of birth control. For WHYY, Jeanette Beebe reports.

New Jersey Provides $5M to Help Pregnant Women Recover from Opioid Addiction

Nov. 23 2017

HOST: The New Jersey Department of Health is targeting five million dollars for substance abuse programs that serve pregnant women addicted to opioids. For WHYY, Jeanette Beebe reports.

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Attorney: Delays at N.J. Board of Nursing Endanger Public, Leave Healthcare Workers Uncertain

Oct. 5 2017

HOST: On Thursday, the New Jersey Senate's oversight committee will hold a hearing on the state's Board of Nursing. Some lawmakers and advocates say it’s improperly funded and under-staffed to the point of "crisis." For WHYY, Jeanette Beebe reports.

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Candlelight Vigil Honors Princeton Graduate Student Imprisoned in Iran

Sept. 16 2017

CUT-SCRIPT #1 (read during newscast). 

Last night, a vigil was held on Princeton’s campus to honor Xiyue Wang, a graduate student who has been sentenced to ten years in prison by a court in Iran, on espionage charges. Wang is a naturalized American citizen who was born in Beijing. He was jailed last summer, when he was researching Eurasian history for his dissertation. Since then, the University and his family have rallied for support. At the vigil, his wife, Hua Qu, was the first to speak.           

"Will his country stand up for him the same way he stood up for American values? I hope the answer is a resounding yes. The voices of scholars and other academics are united in their support of Xiyue and the intellectual values he represents. But scholars alone cannot secure his release."

Wang’s family and colleagues are doing what they can, and they’ve launched a group on Facebook: “Free Xiyue Wang.” The U.S. State Department has said the alleged espionage is “fabricated” and “national-security related”, and the White House warned Iran of “new and serious consequences” in July, when Wang lost his appeal. Wang is one of at least five American citizens imprisoned in Iran.

CUT-SCRIPT #2 (read during newscast).

Xiyue Wang is one of at least five American citizens imprisoned in Iran. While on a research trip for his Princeton dissertation on Eurasian history, the Princeton University graduate student was convicted of espionage by authorities in Tehran, on what the State Department has called “fabricated national-security related charges.” Wang was sentenced to ten years in prison, and in July, he lost his appeal. Last night, the University held a vigil in his honor. His wife, Hua Qu, spoke openly about how the ordeal has taken a toll on her family, especially her young son.

"It has been a devastating year since all of this has happened. Our son used to point at helicopters flying above Princeton, and claim that Dad was returning home in them. But now he says that will come when he’s grown up."

Wang is a historian and scholar who previously served as a translator for the Red Cross in Afghanistan. His colleagues and friends remember him as deeply curious and generous, and they are advocating for his release with a group on Facebook: “Free Xiyu Wang.” In July, the White House warned that Iran faces “new and serious consequences” unless all “unjustly imprisoned American citizens are released and returned”, and President Trump called out Xiyue Wang by name.

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New Jersey Offers 'Care Cam' to Nursing Home Patients, Families

Aug. 23 2017

HOST: A hidden camera program designed to catch elder abuse in New Jersey is reaching new territory. The state Attorney General's "Safe Care Cam" program was launched last fall, and originally loaned cameras to families who've hired live-in caretakers. Now, the state says the cameras can be used in nursing homes. For WHYY, Jeanette Beebe reports.

Trenton Water Works Alerts Homeowners of High Lead Levels, Warns Against Drinking Water

Aug. 20 2017

HOST: This week, thousands of people across Mercer County, New Jersey found a lead level advisory in their mailbox. Trenton Water Works was required by law to warn its customers of a recent water test. Jeanette Beebe reports.

Christie: Doctors Key to Cutting Through Opioid Epidemic — Yet Some Share Blame

May 02 2017

HOST: President Trump recently tapped New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to lead a new federal commission on combatting addiction, with a focus on the opioid crisis. Today, he spoke about these issues at the New Jersey Hospital Association's annual summit. For WHYY, Jeanette Beebe reports.

'Labeling Error' Leads South Jersey Distributor to Announce FDA Recall of Phenobarbital

April 27 2017

HOST: The FDA has announced a nationwide recall for Phenobarbital, a drug prescribed to young children and pets to treat epilepsy. The company, Truxton Inc., is based in Bellmawr, S. Jersey. For WHYY, Jeanette Beebe reports.

HeroCare Connect Aims to Hasten the Healing for New Jersey Vets

April 24 2017

HOST: Veterans and military service members in South Jersey have another option for getting healthcare when the VA system is too slow. For WHYY, Jeanette Beebe reports.

At Historic Trenton Church, Rev. Barber Calls Out for Moral Movement in New Jersey

March 10 2017

HOST: The charismatic leader of a social justice movement that’s gained national attention addressed a packed crowd in Trenton, New Jersey last night. At Shiloh Baptist Church, Reverend William Barber urged for his ‘Moral Mondays’ movement to spread to New Jersey. WHYY’s Jeanette Beebe reports.

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Amazon Planning 2,500 Hires in N.J. as Part of Overall Expansion

Feb. 9 2017

HOST: Amazon plans to hire 100,000 people in the next year and a half, with 2,500 new hires in New Jersey. These are not minimum-wage jobs, but WHYY's Jeanette Beebe reports the pace of work can be very demanding.

PAW Tracks: Vocation to Avocation (Jerry Sorell '50 *51)

HOST: When Jerry Sorell ’50 *51 and his family fled Austria in 1938, he left behind his hopes of becoming a professional musician. “I decided that chemical engineering would be a way to earn a living,” Sorell says, “and music would be something I really enjoyed.” Nearly eight decades later, his love of violin lives on. 

New Jersey Sports Painter’s Wildlife Watercolors to Benefit Conservation

Oct. 14 2016

HOST: A major traveling art exhibit has opened at the D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton.  James Fiorentino debuted 25 new wildlife paintings, with proceeds benefitting the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.WHYY's Jeanette Beebe reports Fiorentino has a second specialty.

PPPL's $94 M Upgrade to World’s Most Powerful Fusion Experiment

May 23 2016

HOST: It took nearly four years and tens of millions of dollars, but the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory celebrated a milestone in its research on fusion energy. WHYY's Jeanette Beebe reports Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz just toured the upgraded research facility.

Trenton Makes, the World Drives: America's First Sports Car

HOST: Back in its heyday, Trenton, New Jersey was famous for manufacturing wire, pottery and sinks, among other things. But you probably didn't know it also made cars in the early 20th century. WHYY's Jeanette Beebe reports.

Girls Find a Voice and Mentors at Plasma Physics Lab STEM Conference

Mar. 25 2016

HOST: For 15 years, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has been gathering students for its Young Women's Conference in STEM — that stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. We sent WHYY's Jeanette Beebe to the event — where, she says, she saw science "up close."

Princeton Poet's Debut Novel Features Disappearing 'Translator Superhero' 

Feb. 12 2016

HOST: Today, poet and translator Idra Novey will celebrate the debut of her first novel, Ways to Disappear, at a book launch in New York City.Novey, who teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University, is building connections between poetry, fiction and translation. WHYY's Jeanette Beebe reports.

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A Sneak Peek of 'Mercy Street' Premieres on PBS

Jan. 15 2016

HOST: As the final season of Downton Abbey plays out on WHYY TV, PBS is rolling out another period drama, Mercy Street. It's set in a Civil War hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, and it premieres this weekend. WHYY's Jeanette Beebe reports the show's creator — a Princeton graduate — is a stickler for medical accuracy.

Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Offers 'Science on Saturday' Lecture Series

Jan. 9 2016

HOST: Today, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory will launch its annual "Science on Saturday" lecture series.The first lecture of the series is called "Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe." WHYY's Jeanette Beebe reports.

Study: Heroin Use is Spreading Hepatitis C More Widely

Dec. 21 2015

HOST: Rising heroin use has public health officials in New Jersey worried for a new reason. A recent study shows it’s leading to more Hepatitis C cases. WHYY’s Jeanette Beebe reports.

Kidney Transplants Get Creative with Craigslist

Dec. 9 2015

HOST:  Last week, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital canceled a kidney transplant surgery under unusual circumstances. The donor, Glenn Calderbank, was diagnosed with liver disease on the operating table. WHYY's Jeanette Beebe reports the case was also part of a growing trend: organ donations born online, not through traditional channels.

New Jersey Mall Workers Petition Stores to Opt Out of 'Black Friday'

Nov. 26 2015

HOST:  The holiday shopping season used to kick into high gear on Black Friday. To jumpstart sales, more and more stores are opening up shop on Thanksgiving Day. But as WHYY's Jeanette Beebe reports, not everyone is planning to pound on shopping mall doors.

Services Mark Transgender Remembrance Day

Nov. 22 2015

HOST: Today (Sunday) in Princeton, New Jersey, LGBT activists will hold a state-wide vigil of remembrance to honor transgender men and women killed in the past year.From Princeton, WHYY’s Jeanette Beebe reports.

Gloria Steinem Delivers Keynote Address on Feminism, Eating Disorders

Nov. 19 2015

HOST: In the 1960s, Gloria Steinem was on the front lines of the second-wave feminist movement. She delivered the keynote address at the Renfrew Foundation's 25th Anniversary Conference, and said many women struggle with eating disorders because they feel social pressure to be "perfect."

Philadelphia Chosen to Compete in White House "Healthy Communities Challenge"

Nov. 11 2015

HOST: Yesterday was the first open enrollment day for, the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. This year, the Obama administration is giving an extra incentive to boost enrollment for 20 cities nationwide — including Philadelphia. For WHYY News, Jeanette Beebe has this report. 

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter Charged Up About PowerCorps PHL, Says Kenney Should Be, Too

Nov. 4 2015

CUT-SCRIPT #1 (read during newscast).

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter spoke at City Hall today about the attention his administration has given to boys and men of color. His loudest and most enthusiastic guests sat several rows deep, in matching black and gold jackets. They chanted and cheered for PowerCorps P-H-L, a jobs training program. With a glimmer of emotion, the Mayor addressed the young men directly.

“I can’t do anything about what happened yesterday. But we can all do something about what’s going to happen tomorrow. And a part of that is steppin’ up — which you are — and it’s our duty and responsibility to open that pathway up and give you an opportunity to come into city government or some other job with a salary with benefits with a paycheck every two weeks so that you’re not doin’ something else. All right?”

There’s more work to be done in the fight for racial and social equity, Mayor Nutter said. He added that the city’s in good hands — but Mayor Elect Kenney must step up, too.

CUT-SCRIPT #2 (read during newscast).

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter spoke at City Hall on Wednesday. Now near the end of his term, he spoke about the fight to combat racial inequity and to improve the lives of young men of color. He called out several successful city initiatives, including My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia.

But there’s still much more work to do, said Mayor Nutter. He had some advice for his successor, Mayor Elect Kenny.

“And I would expect that he will be a great champion for this program, for PowerCorps Philadelphia, for young people moving their lives along. Because he understands that if we don’t do these things, he will not be able to make the kind of progress, he will not be able to fulfill many of the items of his own agenda without supporting this population.”

My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia is holding a two-day summit this December. Mayor Nutter says that Mayor Elect Kenny is on the guest list.

Going to Bat to Treat, Identify Devastating White-Nose Syndrome

Oct. 30 2015

CUT-SCRIPT: Halloween is a time when bats get a bit more attention than usual. 

Bat researchers are excited about promising work to combat White Nose Syndrome. 98 percent of cave-hibernating bats have died from the deadly fungal disease. In Missouri, a research team has successfully treated 75 bats infected with White-Nose Syndrome, and then released them into the wild. 

Travis Lau, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, says that this research is encouraging news, but won't change things overnight.

"So when you're talking about these huge, devastating losses - even if White Nose were to go away tomorrow, it would take decades and decades to restore that population to the levels it was pre-White Nose."

Lau says the goal is to prevent extinction and heal sick bats. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has developed an ultraviolet light that can quickly diagnose damaged spots on a bat's wing, out in the field.

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Out-of-State Same-Sex Couples Wait to Wed in New Jersey

Princeton University | JRN450: "Radio Reporting and Storytelling" with Steven Drummond (NPR) | January 2014

HOST: In October, New Jersey became the 14th state to legalize same-sex marriage. After Republican Governor Chris Christie announced he would drop his appeal against the New Jersey Supreme Court, the LGBT community celebrated the day as a victory. It's been two months, and some couples are still waiting to say "I Do." Jeanette Beebe has this report.

Obituary - Amiri Baraka

Princeton University | JRN450: "Radio Reporting and Storytelling" with Steven Drummond (NPR) | January 2014

HOST: He was born with the name Everett LeRoi Jones, and later changed it to a Bantu Muslim name, Imamu Ameer Baraka. He died earlier this month. He was 79. Jeanette Beebe reports.


Film Review - "12 Years a Slave"

Princeton University | JRN450: "Radio Reporting and Storytelling" with Steven Drummond (NPR) | November 2013

HOST: Princeton's Garden Theatre premiered two new films this week. One is 12 Years a Slave, an adaptation of the memoir by Salomon Northrup. Northrup is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. It's directed by Steve McQueen. Jeanette Beebe has this review.

Film Review: "Enough Said"

Princeton University | JRN450: "Radio Reporting and Storytelling" with Steven Drummond (NPR) | November 2013

HOST: From Princeton Public Radio, this is All Things Considered. In the new rom-com Enough Said, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini play Eva and Albert. It's a love story. But the boy and the girl are nearly 50, and divorced, and with daughters on the way to college. Here's Jeanette Beebe with a review.

Flash Floods Engulf Boulder. Residents Urged to Stay Indoors

Princeton University | JRN450: "Radio Reporting and Storytelling" with Steven Drummond (NPR) | September 2013

HOST: At one o'clock this morning, the University of Colorado at Boulder closed its campus in response to the city's flash flood warning. At least 400 to 500 graduate students and 13 undergraduates have been evacuated thus far. Princeton Public Radio's Jeanette Beebe reports.