US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2020. Jim Watson / AFP via Getty Images

In executive actions, Trump extends unemployment benefits

By Tamara Keith and Matthew S. Schwartz/NPR

The actions amount to a stopgap measure, after failing to secure an agreement with Congress.

Midstate school districts finalize plans for fall reopening

As school districts evaluate strategies for reopening, some in the midstate plan to begin the academic year with a hybrid model.

By Julia Agos

For unemployed workers in Pa., ‘it’s really stressful’ waiting for Congress to reach stimulus deal

Abbey Rideout estimated she could get by for three weeks without more federal aid.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

2 out of 3 churchgoers: It’s safe to resume in-person worship

The strong support for reopening houses of worship suggests that Americans are eager to resume their routines, though important distinctions remain, especially along racial lines.


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Program Highlights

Thursday, August 13 at 7pm

People of color are regularly undercounted in the census. We’ll explore the importance of this once-a-decade count and the ways it directly impacts our community.



Brothers Jordan and Cory Dandy like to have fun in the process of moving forward with their career in music.

“Obviously with everything going on now we were like, hopefully we’ll never get away from being funny,” Jordan says.

Wednesday, August 19 at 7pm

WITF is cracking open our archival programming vault for a special Our Town Watch Party! Join us and learn about the history of Lititz and why it earned the reputation of “America’s coolest small town.”

Now in its eighth year, Transforming Health‘s Summer Read is proud to announce its selection for 2020: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.