Patty Satalia

Senior Producer / Host

Patty Satalia is a senior producer/host for WPSU-TV and FM.  Prior to joining Penn State Public Broadcasting in 1987, she worked in commercial television in Pittsburgh, first as a film editor and fill-in capsule news anchor for WPGH-TV, and later, for WPTT-TV as public affairs director and co-host of the talk-show, People, Places and Things. In her more than 26 years at WPSU, Patty has conducted more than 5,600 interviews and has hosted a variety of programs, including Take Note, which aired on TV for more than 35 years, and on radio for more than 14 years.  She also hosted the magazine show, Pennsylvania Inside Out, and the Lobby Talk series, which was recorded before a live audience in the lobby of the Outreach Building.  For eight seasons, Patty produced the Emmy award-winning game show, The Pennsylvania Game, as well as a number of award-winning documentaries, including: Children and Autism: Time is Brain; Creating Health: Childhood Obesity: and Farming from the Heart, to name a few. She is currently co-producer/host of the half-hour public affairs program, Conversations from Penn State, and a reporter for WPSU-FM.  

Patty graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1980.  She and her husband, Ed Satalia, a building contractor, have two grown sons. 

Ways to Connect

Fake news stories are posted and relayed on social media—sometimes reaching audiences that rival major news outlets.  A recent Pew Research Center study reveals that fake news stories caused “a great deal of confusion” in the 2016 election. What’s more, many people who see fake-news stories report that they believe them.  Did “fake news” influence the outcome of the presidential election?  And what impact do false or misleading stories have on our democracy?  We’ll discuss that with fake-news expert Craig Silverman, Media Editor of Buzzfeed News.    

When the brain is harmed by injury or disease, neurons die or degenerate.  A Penn State researcher has developed an innovative technology for regenerating functional neurons—-that may help victims of traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurologic disorders.

NOTE:  This interview was recorded on March 2nd, prior to release of the Republican Plan to replace the affordable care act, therefore there’s no discussion of what’s in that newly proposed legislation.  In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Trump once again called Obamacare “a disaster,” and called on Democrats to work with Republicans to repeal and replace the health care law.

Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent than ever and obesity is epidemic. Today’s guest makes a compelling case that the root cause of these, and other society-wide illnesses, is sugar, which he calls uniquely toxic. We’ll talk with award-winning science writer, Gary Taubes, author of The Case Against Sugar. 

So what does an undocumented immigrant look like—and how do they get here?  Julissa Arce comes out of the shadows in her new book, My (Underground) American Dream.  In it she describes her journey from an undocumented immigrant to becoming a Wall Street executive, complete with a six-figure salary—and why she gave it all up to become an immigration advocate.  Julissa Arce, thank you so much for joining us.   

In 2000, caught in the throes of serious mental illness, Kevin Hines hurled himself off the Golden Gate Bridge and lived to tell about it.  He’s one of thirty-six jumpers to survive the fall.  (More than 2,000 people have made that jump since the bridge was built in 1937.)  Patty Satalia talks with Hines, who has since dedicated his life to suicide prevention and fighting the stigma of mental illness.

As technology becomes cheaper and more advanced so do concerns about privacy. Everything we do online leaves digital breadcrumbs that make it easy for a marketer, a criminal, or our government  to determine who we are, where we are, and what we like. How do we balance the increased convenience and security that technology offers against our loss of privacy? And in today’s world of high-tech surveillance, how much privacy can we reasonably expect?

Carol Reardon is a Professor of American History at Penn State and this year’s Penn State Laureate. A noted expert on the American Civil War, one of her best-known books is Pickett’s Charge: In History and Memory. It provides a fascinating assessment of the facts—and fiction—surrounding the single most famous military battle of the   Civil War.

Polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans recognize the urgency of acting on human-induced climate change. Why then haven't we done more as a nation to address the problem?  Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann says politicians are doing the bidding of powerful fossil fuel interests while ignoring the long-term good of the people they’re supposed to represent.

The good news is that average Americans are talking about the dangers of climate change more than ever before, even if our elected officials are not.  And because climate change affects some more than others, it is increasingly seen as one of the most pressing moral issues of our day.  How does framing climate change as an ethical issue change the conversation—and what we do about it?  Patty Satalia talks about climate justice with a budding leader in the world of environmental justice and philanthropy. Dr.

A 35-year process of defunding public universities has coincided with soaring tuition costs and skyrocketing student debt.  The documentary Starving the Beast looks at both sides of the debate, which some say is one of the nation's most important and least understood fights.  Our guests are Bill Banowsky, producer of the film, and Matt Jordan, a professor of Media Studies at Penn State.

The elections are almost here - and Pennsylvania's Senate race is one of the country's most closely watched races. Republican Senator Pat Toomey and his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, are in a neck-in-neck contest - the outcome of which could play a pivotal role in which party controls the Senate next year.

Senator Toomey declined the invitation to be interviewed. 

Republican incumbent Glenn Thompson is seeking a 5th term in  Congress, representing Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District.  The former health care administrator is a member of the House Agriculture Committee, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Conservation & Forestry. He also serves on the House Natural Resources Commitee and the House Education & Workforce Commitee.  

His Democratic challenger is Brookville Attorney, Kerith Strano Taylor, who is running against Rep. Thompson for the second time.  

This week, Patty Satalia talks with the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s 5th congressional district, Kerith Strano-Taylor. 

She’s an attorney from Brookville, Pennsylvania. She called her first congressional bid in 2014 a “dry run.” She’s owner of the Taylor law firm and director of her local school board. She’s running against incumbent Republican Glenn Thompson, who first won his seat in 2008.   

With one in every seven Americans now over the age of 65, it’s no wonder adult development and aging is a rapidly expanding field of study.  What’s normal aging?  What’s not?  And what control do we have over our own aging process? Dr. Marty Sliwinski directs Penn State’s Center for Healthy Aging, one of many such centers around the country, where he’s involved in ground-breaking training, research and outreach aimed at identifying the underlying pathways to healthy and unhealthy aging. 

Brooke Gladstone joins us from her studio at WNYC, where On The Media is produced, to help us make sense of the information environment we live in.  She’ll also talk about media bias—it turns out, there are lots of different kinds—and we’ll ponder the often-asked question: Did the media create the Trump candidacy?

Republican Bob Inglis, a former South Carolina Congressman, lost his bid for reelection in 2010 for what many of his colleagues considered heresy: saying publicly that not only is climate change real, but that it's our duty to do something about it.  Slate magazine says his about-face on climate change makes him, "America's best hope for near-term climate action."  In 2012, Inglis launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, which promotes conservative and free-enterprise solutions--not subsidies and government regulations--to address climate change. 

Dr. T. Colin Campbell is the co-author of the landmark book, The China Study. A professor emeritus of Cornell University, he did his undergraduate work at Penn State. WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with him about the health benefits of plant-based nutrition, about his most famous convert, Bill Clinton, and about why so many Americans consider a plant-based diet so radical. 

 

NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson played 13 years with the New York Giants, 10 of them as team captain.  We’ll talk with him about his hard-hitting career as inside line backer, about living with post-concussion syndrome, and about why he says if he could, he wouldn't do it all over again.

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State College native Sunil Yapa begins and ends his highly acclaimed debut novel on a single day in November 1999…the day some 50,000 protestors took to the streets of Seattle, Washington, to demonstrate the World Trade Organization’s conference.  Critics call the book a “literary Molotov cocktail,“ and “a love letter to humanity.” 

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She's been called a Catholic visionary--and a renegade nun.  Sister Joan Chittister is one of the leading spiritual voices of our day.  A member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, she is a sought-after speaker and a best-selling author, with more than 50 books to her name.  We’ll talk with her about her faith journey, about the role of women in society and the church, and about the stunning new biography about her life and influence.

Denny Gioia, Kline Professor of Business and Chair of Business Management in Penn State's Smeal College of Business.
Penn State Smeal College of Business

He’s been called Mr. Pinto.  Denny Gioia was the Ford Motor Company’s Recall Coordinator in the early 1970s when a field report about one of the company’s top-selling cars landed on his desk.  It was one of more than a hundred case files. At issue was whether the Ford Pinto’s fuel tank posed a serious fire hazard if struck from behind. The case would result in a series of devastating lawsuits against Ford, a recall of 1.5 million vehicles and charges of reckless homicide.

Today's program with best-selling author Karen Abbott, was recorded live at the HUB-Robeson Center at Penn State back in March.  Abbott's visit was sponsored by Centre County Reads, "one community reading one book."  The chosen book for this year's event was Abbott's 2014 book of creative non-fiction, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Undercover Women in the Civil War.  Abbott, who has been called the pioneer of "sizzle history," interweaves the true stories of four women who risked everything on behalf of Union or Confederate sides.
 

WPSU's Patty Satalia and Charlie Hosler at the 2016 Wilson Banquet at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Science

Charlie Hosler is one of the titans of weather forecasting. In the late ‘50s, his state-of-the-art forecasts were transmitted by microwave from Penn State campus to a local TV station, earning him rock star status with area farmers and impacting weather reporting nationwide. Hosler also left his mark on Penn State, having spent his entire professional career there. In April, he was guest of honor at the annual Wilson Banquet, a program he started as dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Sex trafficking; they call it the new American slavery.  It’s been reported in all 50 states, and whether we acknowledge it or not, it’s happening right under our noses.

As head of Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Shirley Malcom is committed to finding and nurturing underrepresented talent in the sciences.  Her drive is deeply personal.    

Malcolm is a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation, and served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. She earned her Ph.D. from Penn State and holds 16 honorary degrees.

As the first executive director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records, Terry Mutchler staunchly defended the public’s right to know. But sharing her own story was another matter.  Mutchler chronicles here secret five-year relationship with the late Illinois Senator Penny Severns in her critically acclaimed book, “Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist and the Politics of Gay Love in America.”  We’ll talk with her about open records law, about her journalistic roots at Penn State and about the impact her disclosure had on her career.

Art Halvorson is a real estate developer and a former career Coast Guard pilot. He’s also a Tea Party-backed candidate taking a second crack at unseating eight-term Republican Congressman Bill Shuster in the April 26th primary. What got Halvorson into the race for Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District, what does he stand for, and what are his chances?  WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with the candidate.

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