Commentaries

If you're a regular listener to NPR news programs, you're probably familiar with the occasional brief commentary during the morning or evening news programs by experts in various fields; people providing insight into public affairs, observations on the arts, and thoughts on how we live. This page contains transcripts and/or audio recordings of local commentaries that have aired on WYSU.


Marlo Thomas

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Commentator: Tom Shipka
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Danny Thomas (1) is one of America's most popular and famous entertainers and the pride of Lebanese-Americans. But in 1986 he learned that he was not the only show business success in his family. On the same night that year, Danny's son and daughter made history - each received a Grammy. Tony Thomas won as producer of the Best Comedy Series, The Golden Girls,(2) and Marlo Thomas as Best Dramatic Actress in a TV movie, Nobody's Child. (3) These are a few of the hundreds of facts that we learn in Marlo Thomas's new memoir - Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny. (4) Growing Up Laughing offers us an intimate portrait of Danny Thomas and his remarkable family, (5) in-depth interviews by Marlo of twenty-three of America's most famous comedians, (6) and hundreds of jokes, mostly one-liners, inserted between the chapters. (7)

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The History of the Civil War Part 2

Monday, March 14, 2011
Commentator: Carole Babyak
Transcript:
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The History of the Civil War

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Commentator: Carole Babyak
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Richard P. Stevens

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Commentator: Tom Shipka
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A number of high profile Americans have worked to improve life for Africans. Among them are Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Oprah Winfrey. Their generosity has received plenty of attention by news organizations. By contrast, Americans who are not celebrities but have undertaken humanitarian projects in Africa and elsewhere have done so with little fanfare. One example is philosopher Robert Paul Wolff. In 1990 he established University Scholarships for South African Students, a foundation which has helped over twelve hundred young Africans earn college degrees.

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Wintertime Birds

Monday, January 17, 2011
Commentator: Carole Babyak
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Krista Tippet

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Commentator: Tom Shipka
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Krista Tippett is known to regular NPR listeners as host of a weekly program about religion which first aired nationally in 2001 and which is distributed and produced by American Public Media. Recently she changed the name of the program from "Speaking of Faith" to "Being." Her work as an interviewer has brought her three major journalism awards, including a Peabody. In a book entitled Speaking of Faith, she tells us about the circuitous path that she has taken personally and professionally. (1)

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Blackbirds

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Commentator: Carole Babyak
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Lou Holtz

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Commentator: Tom Shipka
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In his autobiography, entitled Wins, Losses, and Lessons, (1) Coach Lou Holtz recounts two incidents in his senior year of high school which were a turning point in his life. In the first incident, Lou's high school coach visited his parents and urged them to send him to college to earn a degree so that he could become a football coach. The coach explained to them that Lou had a special gift for learning and teaching football and that he would excel in that profession. This came as a shock to Lou's parents.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Jeremiad

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Commentator: Tom Shipka
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Born in 1969, she lived in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. A devout Muslim, she attended a madrassa, wore a hijab, supported the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, (1) underwent a cliterodectomy at age six, (2) and dutifully endured beatings by family members for alleged moral lapses. (3) Fast forward to 2010. Soon to turn forty-one, having lived in the West since 1992, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is today a secular and a stern critic of Islam.

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Chris Hedges and Literacy

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Commentator: Tom Shipka
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Thomas Jefferson affirmed that a democratic republic can survive and prosper only if the citizens are literate and well-informed. This is why he proposed tax-supported schools in every community and founded the University of Virginia. So, how is the America of 2010 faring by Jefferson's standard? We don't have Jefferson to ask but we do have Chris Hedges.

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