Friday, October 24, 2014

A Lively Experiment, week of October 24, 2014

Dyana Koelsch – moderator
Maureen Moakley - political science professor, University of Rhode Island
Scott MacKay -  political reporter, Rhode Island Public Radio
Kate Nagle - news editor,
Jim Hummel - lead investigative reporter The Hummel Report

  • WPRI/Providence Journal Gubernatorial Debate 
  • Outside funding for Governor's race  
  • Other races heating up 
  • Brown Poll / Providence Mayoral race 
  • General Assembly races 
A Lively Experiment airs on WSBE Rhode Island PBS (36.1) Fridays at 8:30 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 7 P.M. on WSBE Learn (36.2), and Sundays at noon on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable: Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD; on satellite: DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 36 / 7776.

WSBE Learn transmits over the air on digital 36.2; in Rhode Island on Cox 808; Verizon FiOS 478; Full Channel 89; and in Massachusetts on Comcast 294 or 312.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Are You on the Watch List? (Benefit Auction Closes Sunday)

Tick tock! The Rhode Island PBS 2014 Benefit Auction is winding down, but you still have time to make your bid. The Auction ends Sunday, October 26, 2014. The 2014 Benefit Auction offers four specialty items chosen with you in mind. Bid with confidence, knowing your winning bid supports the shows you love to watch on Rhode Island PBS.

The Rhode Island PBS 2014 Benefit Auction features the 2015 Toyota Prius Two, generously donated by your New England Toyota Dealer. The Toyota Prius Two hybrid delivers five-passenger comfort, safety, and legendary fuel efficiency. Right now, bid $19,750 and you could find yourself behind the wheel of a 2015 Toyota Prius II, valued at $25,250. But place your bid before this auction closes at 9 p.m. EDT Sunday, October 26.

--------------------------------------------------- offers a creative and attractive way to hide your wall-mounted flat screen TV when it's not in use - transform it into a mirror or painting. Your bid of $800 could buy you a $1,500 decorating solution from This gift certificate will be sold at 8:45 p.m. EDT Sunday, October 26.

Hide your TV screen behind the specially designed beam-splitting reflective glass. Turn your TV off and it is beautifully concealed by mirrored glass; turn your TV on and the glass reveals the crystal clear image on the screen behind it. Several design and decorating styles are available. Custom frame options are available, or go frameless and opt for a bathroom TV mirror. This item comes to the winning bidder in the form of a gift certificate valued at $1,500.


Famous for their breakfasts, The Welch House Inn in Boothbay Harbor Maine offers spectacular views in any season. Savor the bounty during your two-night stay at The Welch House Inn, a 19th century Maine B and B overlooking Boothbay Harbor in mid-coast Maine.  Bid $366 and you could spend 2-nights at The Welch House Inn in Maine. This trip will sell at 8:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, October 26.

Watch the boats sail by as you enjoy a full gourmet breakfast from the spacious deck or the glass front dining room. Walk to the best restaurants, galleries, and excursions that Boothbay Harbor offers, then enjoy an amazing sunset from the rooftop deck of this century old shipbuilder’s home. All 14 guestrooms have private baths, A/C, and TV/VCR. King, Queen, or Double Beds available with spectacular harbor views and gas fireplaces. Open year round. The stay at The Welch House Inn is valued at $455.

Enjoy the beauty of Jamaica's world-famous seven mile beach in Negril - voted one of the top beaches in the world - during your four-day three-night stay in Garden Room accommodations at the quaint beachfront villa resort, Rondel Village. Your bid of $175 starts your journey of 4 days / 3 nights at Jamaica's Rondel Village resort. Bidding on this trip ends at 8:15 p.m. EDT Sunday, October 26. This item has a value of $350.

This unique property offers privacy and tranquility in spacious accommodations, amid lush tropical gardens. It's an enchanting paradise where service is personalized and the surroundings are comfortable and relaxing. Rondel Village is a beautiful resort with beachside pool and new spa. Rondel Village is a winner of the Travelife Silver Award for sustainability in 2013, the Tourism Service Excellence Award in 2011 from the Negril Champion Organization and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association Winner, Small Hotels Award in 2008. Also a national winner for the NCB Women in Business Award in 2011.


The Rhode Island PBS Benefit Auction is online only at until Sunday, October 26. Experience the benefit! 

Jeff Belanger hosts the latest New England Legends on Rhode Island PBS

(l -r) Nate, Tony and Jeff

New England is full of ghosts, monsters, and other mysteries that are more than just campfire tales. These legends and lore are as much a part of New England history as are the famous ancestors whose names grace our towns and schools today.

On Wednesday, October 29, starting at 8 p.m., Rhode Island PBS will broadcast the New England Legends series featuring the latest episode, “Maritime Mysteries.” This will be the first broadcast of the new episode and airs as part of our autumn fundraising drive. New England Legends host Jeff Belanger will be live in the studio for the event.

The evening opens with the first episode in the series, "The Spooky Berkshires." The episode examines the tragic history of the Houghton Mansion in North Adams, Massachusetts, and its century-old haunting, then heads up to October Mountain in the Berkshires to chase down stories of Bigfoot sightings, UFOs, and the ghost of a young girl said to haunt an abandoned cemetery somewhere deep in the woods. In 2014, "The Spooky Berkshires" was nominated for an Emmy under the "Magazine Program/Special" category.

The second episode,"Mysteries in Stone," takes viewers north of Boston to a 4,000-year-old calendar in Salem, New Hampshire dubbed "America’s Stonehenge," before heading south to Lynn Woods on Boston's North Shore to explore tales of pirates, buried treasure, and a man who spent his life tunneling through solid rock because spirits told him he'd find gold.

The newest episode, "Maritime Mysteries," dives into the ocean waters of southeastern New England to explore the lonely and haunted Rose Island Lighthouse off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. Then viewers head to shore to ponder an ancient and mysterious stone tower with possible connections to the Knights Templar. Finally, the crew trek up to New Bedford, Massachusetts, to investigate the haunts of abandoned Fort Taber / Fort Rodman.

"This isn't a ghost-hunting show," said Host and Executive Producer Jeff Belanger. "Legends are living, breathing things. They define our communities as much as the buildings or the people who came before us. New England Legends will explore those tales from the fringe that make living in New England that much more interesting. We’re thrilled to share these important stories with viewers of Rhode Island PBS."

New England Legends is a joint venture between Jeff Belanger and Tony Dunne. The two have been working together since 2009 when Dunne wrote and produced the documentary Things That Go Bump in the Night: Tales of Haunted New England for PBS. Belanger was featured prominently in that first documentary, which went on to national acclaim.

"To earn an Emmy nomination on our very first episode was a huge honor," said Director and Executive Producer Tony Dunne. "'Maritime Mysteries' takes this series to a higher level with even better story-telling, camera work, and editing. We want to show New Englanders the mysteries that many walk by every day without noticing."

Belanger and Dunne are currently working on future episodes of New England Legends and are actively seeking sponsorship to turn the program into a regular feature across more New England PBS affiliates.

About Jeff Belanger 
Jeff Belanger is a New England native, author, adventurer, and one of the most visible and prolific paranormal researchers today. Since 1997, the journalist has interviewed thousands of eyewitnesses to paranormal occurrences. He’s the author of more than a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages) including the best sellers: The World's Most Haunted Places, Weird Massachusetts, Our Haunted Lives, and Who's Haunting the White House? (for children). He's the founder of, the Web's most popular paranormal destination according to, and a noted speaker and media personality. He's also the host of the cable/Web talk show, 30 Odd Minutes which is available in over 9 million homes in the United States. Belanger has written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and is the series writer and researcher for Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. He's been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs including: The History Channel, The Travel Channel, Biography Channel, PBS, NECN, Living TV (UK), The Maury Show, The CBS News Early Show, FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates, National Public Radio, The BBC, Australian Radio Network, and Coast to Coast AM.

About Tony Dunne 
Award-winning television producer Tony Dunne has called New England home his entire life. After studying film and television production at Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts, Dunne has spent the past 15 years working as a producer in news, commercial, independent, and most recently public television at PBS honing his storytelling skills. He has produced magazine programs, nightly newscasts, quiz shows, lifestyle and health programming, as well as the nationally-distributed documentary Things That Go Bump in the Night: Tales of Haunted New England for PBS.

About New England Legends
New England Legends is a partnership between Tony Dunne and Jeff Belanger. The series premiered in 2013 on PBS affiliate WGBY in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2014, the initial episode was nominated for an Emmy under the “Magazine Program/Special” category. “Maritime Mysteries” will air on WGBY Thursday, October 30th at 10:00 PM, and on Rhode Island PBS, Wednesday, October 29 at 8:00 PM. For more information, visit:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Legend of Sleepy Hollow airs Halloween Night

First written in 1820 as part of author Washington Irving's The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has alternately been called "a classic of American literature" and "The Great American Ghost Story."

Just in time for Halloween, a new half-hour film adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by documentary filmmaker Jim Ormond features a storyteller using Irving's authentic language from the 1820 tale. With a spooky aura, the thrilling chase of Ichabod Crane by the Headless Horseman, and quaint charm, this new production captures the spirit of the beloved classic. Rhode Island PBS airs The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 10:30 p.m. on Halloween, October 31.

Filmmaker Ormond specializes in short films on local history. His recent releases have included Hudson River Brick Makers, which chronicled the rise and fall of the Hudson River brick industry and The Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden, which examined slavery in New York state from the founding of New Amsterdam in the 1600s up to 1840, when slavery was finally phased out in the state.