A weekly one hour conversation from Penn State on the death and life of American college towns. Hosted by Chris Buchignani, Tom Shakely, and Kevin Horne in Central Pennsylvania’s Happy Valley, the show brings together a rotating cast to talk through how to conserve or create better communities through culture.

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“It is amazing that neither history, nor sociology, nor fiction, has given more than passing attention to the American college town, for surely it has had a character and personality unlike other towns.” —Henry Seidel Canby

“In losing ‘place’ … [we] risk losing the basis for healthy and resilient individual identity, and risk forfeiting the needed preconditions for the cultivation of public virtues. For one cannot be a citizen without being a citizen of some place in particular…” —Why Place Matters

“This is a special show. There’s obvious love for Penn State and great college towns, and it’s like none of the boring-as-dust professors and blow-hards I remember from my days as a student. Makes me nostalgic in the best way.”