Cynthia Berger / WPSU Producer

Cynthia Berger


Commentary: Have a Responsible State Patty’s Day

State Patty’s Day is a holiday created by students; the main way to celebrate is by drinking. Commentator and State College police captain Dana Leonard makes the case for a responsible State Patty’s Day. Police Chief Thomas King contributed to this commentary, which also appears in the Centre Daily Times. Watch for ongoing coverage of alcohol issues in Centre County

Marjorie Maddox


Mr. Agreeable by Kirk Nesset

Mr. Agreeable is a collection of flash fiction that is both funny and unsettling.



Reach Out and Count Everyone

The 2010 census is gearing up. WPSU’s Cynthia Berger looks at local efforts to reach “hard to count” groups.

Sarah May Clarkson


The Patch Boys by Jay Parini

This coming-of-age story takes place in a Pennsylvania mining town in the 1920’s.


The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963 by by Christopher Paul Curtis

This young adult fiction novel takes place at the height of the civil rights movement.



Slamming Open the Door by Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno

Pennsylvania poet Kathleen Bonnano has written a shocking and moving collection of poems about the murder of her daughter.


How Safe and Secure are Small Airports?

Two of the 9/11 terrorists boarded their flights in Portland, Maine. Did they expect lax security at a smaller airport? No one knows for sure. WPSU’s Cynthia Berger takes a look at security at small airports in rural Pennsylvania.



Rules by Cynthia Lord

This Newbury-award winning novel for young adults captures the life of a family with an autistic child.

photo by Margaret Brittingham


Crows, Crows, Go Away

What sounded like gunfire on the Penn State-University Park campus recently WAS a war of sorts: The University’s “Crow Relocation Program.” Thousands of roosting crows are making a big mess, and the university wants them to move away from buildings and people.


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.