Ginseng featured on 'Pennsylvania Radio Expedition'

September 05, 2006

A visit to Cameron County reveals the multi-million-dollar crop found within Pennsylvania's forests; ginseng. Listeners can learn more about the exported root on "Pennsylvania Radio Expedition" on WPSU-FM at 7:34 and 8:34 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 on WPSU-FM.

Other highlights for the week include:

Tuesday, Sept. 5
-- 7 p.m. "Pennsylvania Inside Out: Your Health"
Host Kristine Clark explores timely issues and answers questions with expert advice on this live, call-in program. Viewers and listeners can join the discussion by calling (800) 543-8242. "Weather World" leads off the hour with a comprehensive forecast.

Wednesday, Sept. 6
-- 4:30 p.m. "BookMark" (Re-broadcast at 9:34 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.)
"A Walk in the Woods," by Bill Bryson. This account of Bryson's hike along the famous Appalachian Trail is this year's selection for "Centre County Reads," an annual initiative to get the community reading and talking about the same book. The reading initiative is supplemented this year with many community hikes. Local writer and armchair hiker Daryl Gregory is the reviewer.

Friday, Sept. 8
-- 7:34 a.m. and 8:34 a.m. (During NPR's "Morning Edition") -- Feature -- "Pennsylvania Radio Expedition: Ginseng"
A stroll through a Pennsylvania forest may reveal many different types of green plants growing on the forest floor. One in particular, ginseng, doesn't look very special, but at an average price of $300 per pound for the roots, it is a multimillion-dollar crop for Pennsylvania. Ginseng is exported to Asia where it is made into traditional medicine. Penn State graduate student Eric Burkhart is working to raise public awareness about ginseng as a natural resource that will benefit from protection and management. This "Pennsylvania Radio Expedition" will visit wild ginseng sites in Cameron County.

Sunday, Sept. 10
-- 7:30 a.m. "Take Note: Who They Were"
On this edition of the "Take Note," WPSU-FM talks with Robert Shaler and Bob McConnell about the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Shaler directed the largest and most groundbreaking forensic DNA investigation in the history of the United States: the relentless effort to identify the victims of the World Trade Center attacks. In the second part of the show, WPSU-FM speaks with Bob McConnell, a private pilot from Edinboro, Pa. McConnell volunteers with Angel Flight, a group that offers free air transportation for medical patients in need.

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