Schedule of Action Speaks on WGHB 89.7: Sundays at 7 p.m.
10/21/12 – Recorded OCT 3, 2012//1980 Chakrabarty v Diamond
10/28/12 – Recorded: OCT 10, 2012 // 1992 First Critical Mass Ride
11/04/12 – Recorded: OCT 17, 2012 // 1936 Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’ Debuts
11/11/12 – Recorded: OCT 24, 2012 // 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut
11/18/12 – Recorded: OCT 31, 2012 // 1992 The Invention of the Body Scanner
11/25/12 – Recorded: NOV 7, 2012 // 1908 Lewis Hine Documents Child Labor
12/02/12 – Recorded: NOV 14, 2012 // 1944 FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights Speech
12/09/12 – Recorded: NOV 21, 2012 // 1972 Powell Memo
In its Fall 2012 season, Action Speaks, Underappreciated Dates that Changed America turns its attention to how the line between public and private is drawn in a nation born from a stated commitment to individual liberty but now a part of an increasingly interdependent world. With the help of scholars, government officials, practitioners and artists, Action Speaks in 2012 looks at underappreciated 20th-century moments when the rights of the ‘individual’ and the needs or beliefs of the ‘public’ have clashed and where the line between private and public have been both defined and blurred. Join host Marc Levitt on the radio and online for the 17th season of Action Speaks, live from downtown Providence and distributed across the nation… as this live and lively community forum takes on one of the great issues of our time… Private Rights and Public Fights.
FALL 2012 SCHEDULE of LIVE FORUMS in AS220, WEDNESDAYS at 5:30 PM
OCT 3, 2012 // 1980 Chakrabarty v. Diamond
The Supreme Court case that helped put a ‘for sale’ sign on our genes.
OCT 10, 2012 // 1992 First Critical Mass Ride
Bicyclists take to the streets en mass in a fight over the ‘right to the city’.
OCT 17, 2012 // 1936 Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’ Debuts
Factories closed; Unions ignored; The Tramp asks, ‘What’s Next’?
OCT 24, 2012 // 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut
Contraception as a right of privacy? The Supreme Court says, ‘Yes’
OCT 31, 2012 // 1992 The Invention of the Body Scanner
Surveillance in America—needed or nightmare?
NOV 7, 2012 // 1908 Lewis Hine Documents Child Labor
The camera, exposing social problems or becoming one?
NOV 14, 2012 // 1944 FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights Speech
Can and should the government guarantee economic security?
NOV 21, 2012 // 1971 Powell Memo
A call to arms to protect business from the anti-capitalist rhetoric of the 1960’s.
From Action Speaks alumna Deidre Consolati, one of our panelists from our 2005 show on Dasani bottled water:
I have continued my work in Lee throughout the years and my two co-activists have created a website called Wise Choices for Lee (wisechoicesforlee.org) in order to help our town find its way through the minefield of alternative energy proposals that have been “planted” by an unenlightened energy committee willing to give away our open lands and mountains to energy developers without serious concern for the economic impacts and quality of life losses that would be sustained by the community.
We understand that we’re a microcosm of the larger alternative energy controversy nationwide (as with the corporate privatization of water) and have reached out to other organizations for guidance, such as Preserve Our Berkshires. Our annual town meeting is coming up on Thursday, May 10 and we’re prepared for a likely yes vote to advance these ill considered energy plans with a back-pocket strategy of filing a referendum petition that would enable a town-wide binding vote within 14 days of the meeting. The citizens of the town were never asked about their views while the energy committee met for two years without even taking meeting minutes. They’re bringing to the town meeting their proposals for a wind turbine located on a nearby mountainside near our water supply (!) and a solar array (throwing in soccer fields for the schools as a sop) on a portion of intact open space of 171 acres that could easily be re-converted to its former use as prime farmland.
We need food and water first, in these dire economic times. This is our stance. We also must educate ourselves as to the appropriate use of alternative energy projects suitable to our town. Further, why should we rush? Because tax incentives for the developers run out in a few months should not be our rationale for voting in these unwise choices.
We are not alone in facing these pressures on our community. An industrial future is a vision which other communities are rejecting here in rural New England and around the country and world.
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