Tuesday, March 25, 2014

No Hero in Heroin

**UPDATE** Scroll down to see the program in its entirety.

On Thursday, April 3, at 9 p.m., Rhode Island PBS takes a hard look at what Rhode Island health officials are calling an epidemic: the skyrocketing deaths by heroin overdose.

No Hero in Heroin presents a spectrum of perspectives on the story. Health officials, addiction counselors, recovering addicts, and family members put the intimate, human faces on the startling statistics. As of this writing, there have been 69 overdose deaths Rhode Island since January 1, more than twice as many as last year.

What may be most surprising about this story is who is dying - and the profile might not be what you expect. Addiction too often begins with prescription drugs taken to soothe legitimate injury or pain. Opioides - most notably Oxycodone - are popular pain killers and are safe and effective on a short-term basis. But pain sufferers who take them for an extended period can become addicted. Some soon opt for the lower cost and wider availablility of illicit drugs like heroin. These addicts are our neighbors, work colleagues, family members, or friends.

Produced by WSBE Rhode Island PBS and hosted by Margie O'Brien, No Hero in Heroin will include filmed segments and in-studio discussions. Panelists will be Dr. Michael Fine, director of the RI Department of Health; Fred Trepassi, director of Phoenix House; Michelle McKenzie, director of the Prevent Overdose and Naxolone Intervention at Miriam Hospital; Steve Reid and Abbie Stenberg, former addicts; Jim Gillen, director of Anchor Recovery; Dr. Peter Friedmann, Lifespan Alcohol & Addiction Studies; Craig Stenning, Department of Behavioral Healthcare at the RI Department of Health; and Elise Reynolds, who lost two sons to overdose.

Off camera during the one-hour broadcast of No Hero in Heroin on April 3 only, addiction counselors will staff a phone bank in the Rhode Island PBS studios to answer viewers' questions about intervention and treatment referrals, and other addiction recovery information. Subsequent broadcasts will include referral phone numbers posted at the end of program.

No Hero in Heroin will air on:

WSBE Rhode Island PBS 36.1
4/3/2014 9:00 PM
4/5/2014 1:00 PM
4/5/2014 1:30 AM
4/17/2014 10:00 PM
4/19/2014 2:30 AM

WSBE Learn 36.2
4/15/2014 9:00 PM
4/16/2014 4:00 AM
4/17/2014 1:00 AM
4/20/2014 9:00 PM
4/21/2014 4:00 AM
4/22/2014 1:00 AM
See the program here:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Hummel Spotlight on Rhode Island PBS (end of March)

The Hummel Spotlight 

Meeting the Need
Thu  03/20/2014  at 02:20 AM  on WSBE HD  
Thu  03/20/2014  at 12:52 PM  on WSBE HD  
Fri  03/21/2014  at 1:48 PM  on WSBE HD  
Sat  03/22/2014  at 03:22 AM  on WSBE HD  
Sat  03/22/2014  at 6:51 PM  on WSBE HD  
Sun  03/23/2014  at  6:25 PM on WSBE HD
Thu  03/27/2014  at 12:51 PM  on WSBE HD  
Fri  03/28/2014  at 1:47 PM  on WSBE HD  
Sat  03/29/2014  at 1:50 PM  on WSBE HD

Trust the Dog
Sun  03/23/2014  at  652 PM on WSBE HD  

Getting There
Sun  03/23/2014  at 01:53 AM  on WSBE HD     
Rhode Island PBS - RI cable 8 (9 on Block Island), DirecTV36, Dish 7776
HD -- digital 36.1 (with HD tuner), Cox 1008, Verizon Fios 508, Comcast 819
LEARN - digital 36.2, Cox 808, Verizon Fios (RI only) 478, Full Channel 109, Comcast 294 & 312

For more information about Rhode Island PBS cable channels click here.

Food + Wine + America's Test Kitchen = Fun!

Join us April 12 at 7 p.m. for An Evening Uncorked!  
Meet and mingle with America's Test Kitchen chefs Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison. We're so excited to have Bridget and Julia as our special guests! Many of you tell us that America's Test Kitchen is one of your favorite shows, so here's a great chance to meet two of the show's chefs.


We also invite you raise a glass to Susan L. Farmer, WSBE general manager and president for 17 years. Susan's devotion to public television and Rhode Island PBS in particular is as legendary as her strand of pearls.

Of course, the evening revolves around the food and beverage stations that ring the spacious Pawtucket Armory Drill Hall (172 Exchange Street, in downtown Pawtucket, RI, near Pawtucket City Hall).

Chefs from 17 top food establishments will prepare small bites just for this event. Between the food stations, carefully chosen wines from leading domestic and international vineyards as well as private cellars will be poured for tasting. Two local craft breweries will also present their beers.

Truly a feast for all the senses, An Evening Uncorked! is a riot of colors, textures, aromas, flavors, and sounds, and wines to please the novice, the enthusiast, and the connoissuer. Where else can "foodies" savor dishes by all of these chefs and beverage purveyors under one roof?

The fun and frolic doesn't stop with food, wine, and public television celebrities. No, celebrities of the cartoon persuasion will also make an appearance - Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat will be walking around, too.

Don't miss the Smashing Photos booth to capture your fun time.

And tap your toes to the tunes of the Original Jelly Roll Soul.

The evening culminates in a lively live auction of select boutique and collectable wines, gifts, and novel dining and travel experiences. Silent auction will be open during the food and wine tasting.

Tickets to An Evening Uncorked! are a bargain at $85 per person and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit WSBE Rhode Island PBS, to support excellent local television content.

For more information An Evening Uncorked! and to get your tickets, please visit our Web site.


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Governor Lincoln Chafee visits Sesame Street


The National Governors Association and Sesame Workshop teamed up to produce spots that encourage healthy habits. This is the spot with Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee.