Cynthia Berger / WPSU Producer

Cynthia Berger


Meet the “Loopers”

WPSU producer Cynthia Berger is spending a year on a boat, cruising “The Great Loop,” the system of waterways that circles eastern North America. Each year about two-hundred boaters make this adventurous trip. They call themselves “Loopers,” and they even have a yearly “Looper Rendezvous,” where boaters exchange tips and advice. Cynthia went to the meeting this year and sent…


WPSU’s Cynthia Berger Reports on a Boater Radio Program

WPSU’s Cynthia Berger and her husband, Penn State professor Bill Carlsen, are spending the year on a solar-powered canal boat. Cynthia sent this audio postcard from the Great Lakes, specifically the North Channel of Lake Huron, where she and Bill learned about a radio broadcast that’s just for boaters.


WPSU’s Cynthia Berger Goes Off the Grid

WPSU radio producer Cynthia Berger and her husband are spending the year traveling by boat around the eastern half of North America. The vessel is unusual . . . it’s a solar-powered canal boat. One goal of their trip is to meet other people who are using “sustainable technologies” in innovative ways.


WPSU’s Cynthia Berger Narrates a Trip Through a Lock on the Erie Canal

WPSU radio producer Cynthia Berger is on a yearlong canal boat adventure around the “Great Loop,” a system of waterways that turns North America east of the Mississippi into one great big island. Cynthia sent this audio postcard from a trip through a lock on the Erie Canal.


Sustainable Voyage

WPSU’s Cynthia Berger leaves this week for a year-long cruise on a solar-powered boat with her husband, environmental educator Bill Carlsen.


Water Quality and the Marcellus Shale: Live Call-in

What are the environmental impacts of drilling in the Marcellus Shale? Listen to a recording of the call-in, hosted by WPSU’s Cynthia Berger with experts Tom Murphy (co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Initiative for Outreach and Research), Bryan Swistock (water resources specialist), and Dave Yoxtheimer (graduate student and senior hydrologist with ARM Group, Inc.).


The Devil’s Alphabet by Daryl Gregory

A talented local author brings the classic story of the journey home into the world of science fiction, where monsters and mysteries are everywhere. Publisher’s Weekly named it one of the Best Books of 2009.

Karla Schmit


Button Up! by Alice Schertle

This book of children’s poetry won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award from our very own Pennsylvania Center for the Book.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett

This novel takes place in Jackson, Mississippi, nearly 50 years ago. Learn about a difficult time in our country’s past through an endearing tale.


Fans of the comedy team Duck’s Breath Mystery Theatre will understand how Cynthia Berger prepared for a career in public radio . . .  by earning a master’s degree in science! 

Before fulfilling her destiny in public radio, she taught zoology at Saint Lawrence University, ran a research lab for NASA’s “Mission to Planet Earth,” worked as a magazine editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, wrote four popular-science books, and produced the nationally-syndicated radio feature, The Ocean Report, hosted by Jaws author Peter Benchley.

Her initiatives since joining WPSU in 2004 include Pennsylvania Radio ExpeditionsSports That Are Not Football, BookMark, and WPSU’s own version of This I Believe.

Her radio work has been recognized with multiple PRNDI and regional Edward R. Murrow awards.