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.


A Personal Story

Published: Jul 24, 2019
Commentator: Reverend Gayle Catinella
Transcript:

Last week one of my younger members called me in distress. They had talked to a family member about the children in detention, and the discussion did not go well. After talking through the frustration of not being heard, I suggested that the most effective way of helping people understand your position is to tell them your story. People’s hearts are moved by a personal story. So this is mine.

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Crisis of Compassion

Published: Jan 24, 2019
Commentator: The Reverend Gayle Catinella commentary for 01/24/2019
Transcript:

Once again as a nation we find ourselves in a crisis of compassion. In the wake of

the government shutdown, the closing of car plants, the uncertain economy,

some of our family and friends are in trouble. And it is in times like these when we

are called by whatever we believe in to become more than we are, to be our best

selves. It is in times like these we see people’s hearts. And sometimes it is

disappointing.

 

While I have my opinions on all of the crises we face, this is not a political

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Joey

Published: Oct 10, 2018
Commentator: Tom Beck
Transcript:
There is no transcript available.
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Foreign Workers

Published: Sep 12, 2018
Commentator: Tom Beck
Transcript:
There is no transcript available.
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Food Access

Published: Aug 16, 2018
Commentator: Reverend Gayle Catinella
Transcript:
There is no transcript available.
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Statues and Monuments

Published: Aug 24, 2017
Commentator: Gayle Catinella
Transcript:

I work in a building filled with statues and monuments. There are statues of famous people who have touched our lives by the way they led their own. There are windows that remind us of events in our history, ancient and modern. There are plaques dedicated to loved ones who died serving our country or who died as children, dedicated to those who generously gave of themselves and should be remembered. 

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The Day After the Election

Published: Nov 10, 2016
Commentator: Gayle Catinella
Transcript:

I am not worried about November 8.  On election day, people will walk into their local polling places, see their neighbors, talk about their lives.  They will see Republicans and Democrats, people that they know and trust, standing guard over a process that has been tested and tried and almost always turns out OK.  People who go to vote will feel proud that they have done their civic duty.  All will be well.

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Why do we make decisions based on fear?

Published: Jul 14, 2016
Commentator: The Reverend Gayle Catinella commentary for 07/14/2016
Transcript:

I think we are asking the wrong question.  When we hear the horrifying reports of the killings of black men and attacks on police officers, we want to know who to blame.  There has to be someone at fault.  But the deeper question is, why do we make decisions in our society based on fear.  Because fear changes us, it makes normally good people make very bad choices, and it creates an atmosphere where everyone is a potential enemy.  

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Faith

Published: Dec 17, 2015
Commentator: Tom Shipka
Transcript:

                                                                             Faith

                                                                    Tom Shipka (2015)

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Climate Change

Published: Dec 4, 2015
Commentator: Father Bob Bonnot, Pastor of Christ Our Savior Perish in Struthers.
Transcript:
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