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.


Joey

Published: Oct 10, 2018
Commentator: Tom Beck
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Foreign Workers

Published: Sep 12, 2018
Commentator: Tom Beck
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Food Access

Published: Aug 16, 2018
Commentator: Reverend Gayle Catinella
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Statues and Monuments

Published: Aug 24, 2017
Commentator: Gayle Catinella
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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
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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
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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
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                                                                             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.
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Ash Wednesday

Published: Feb 18, 2015
Commentator: Gayle Catinella
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This commentary about Ash Wednesday is from the Reverend Gayle Catinella, Rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown. 

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Prison, America's 'new asylums'

Published: Jun 19, 2014
Commentator: Matthew T. Mangino
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Prisons, America’s ‘new asylums’

A new report by the Treatment Advocacy Center, a nonprofit dedicated to the treatment of the mentally ill, found that the number of individuals with serious mental illness in prisons and jails now exceeds the number in state psychiatric hospitals by a factor of ten.
In 2012, there were more than 356,000 inmates with severe mental illness in prisons and jails nationwide. There were only 35,000 mentally ill individuals in state psychiatric hospitals.

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