WEST NEWTON, PA — There used to 324 newspapers in the state of Pennsylvania.
Today, there are about 60 – give or take a few.
The Pennsylvania Gazette is the first one on record not just in the colony of Pennsylvania but in all of the Crown’s colonies — Benjamin Franklin bought the paper with a partner in 1729 – he contributed to it as well, mostly under aliases.
Among the many firsts the plucky paper would print was the first political cartoon in America, “Join, or Die,” authored by Franklin. It also printed the then-treasonous texts of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense,” and the Federalist Papers.
It was bold, it was brash, it was opinionated, and it served its readers well.
Here in West Newton, only ghosts remain of its once ‘esteemed’ Times Sun; their first building along the railroad tracks only carries a faint trace of its existence on the side of the building. When the owner James Quigley Waters Jr. died in 1930 after running the paper for 34 years, local papers noted it widely — when it was forced to close that location nine years later, only a want-ad notice ran in the Pittsburgh Press for the sale of the building and its presses.
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40 years after ‘Black Monday,’ when 5,000 employees of Youngstown Sheet and Tube lost their jobs, we still feel the effects today. With President Trump promising the return of blue collar jobs in factories and mines, the 40th anniversary of Black Monday falls at the perfect time. Salena is joined by Paul Sracic, Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University in Ohio, to discuss the legacy of Youngstown’s steel industry and how it relates to Trump’s administration.
Today, we join Salena as she talks about her home of “Pennsyl-tuckey” with fellow native Terry Madonna, professor of Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. They discuss re-election in Pennsylvania’s Senate and House along with a discussion about future politics in the hands of millennials.
OHIO VALLEY — A clip of Martha Plimpton’s exuberance over the “best” abortion she ever had played out on the television overhead of a gas-station counter somewhere along U.S. Route 422 between Ohio and Pennsylvania.
A woman with a name tag noting her as the manager rolled her eyes and said to no one in particular as she went about stacking the shelves behind the counter, “And they wonder why people don’t vote for Democrats around here anymore.
Plimpton, 46, is best known for her role in the 1980’s Steven Spielberg classic kid adventure movie “The Goonies.” She made her remark in an interview with Dr. Willie Parker at a #ShoutYourAbortion event in Seattle in June.
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Salena is back in the studio, and is joined by her former crush and Pittsburgh radio legend Scott Paulsen. After a discussion on social media’s talent for bringing out the best and worst in humanity, the two pivot to Scott’s new book, “Dirty Hippies.” The novel tells the tale of a small town overtaken by the titular dirty hippies that swarm in for a music festival. Never one to turn down a tangent, Salena talks about politics, social issues, and bell bottom jeans with the author.
Described by host Salena Zito as “Fiestaware porn,” Examining Politics brings you an in-depth interview into the history of the Homer Laughlin China Co. and the creation of Fiestaware. Located near Pittsburgh, the company holds a special place in native Zito’s heart and her enthusiasm shows. Joining her is Homer Laughlin CEO Elizabeth McIlvain and her daughter, Katie.
Watch the video HERE.