Monday, April 27, 2009


ACTION SPEAKS is a unique television-community-radio series that looks at contemporary issues through the lens of under-appreciated dates that have changed America.

On Mondays beginning tonight at 9, and for the three additional weeks, host Marc Levitt introduces a documentary that supports and relates to the day in history under discussion. The four documentaries airing on Rhode Island PBS not only inform and entertain, but also provide additional insight and a different perspective on the event in history, helping fuel conversation.

On Wednesdays at 5:30 PM, Marc Levitt and guest panelists encourage lively audience participation in community conversations at AS220, 115 Empire Street in downtown Providence. Each panel draws three or four experts, academics, creatives, and other relevant guests into an open-ended discussion with the larger community.

On Sundays at 8 PM, a one-hour version of the previous Wednesday's community conversation will be broadcast on RI public radio station, WRNI.

April 27 at 9 PM
Growing the Green Economy
- The stark realities of the human impact on our planet - from global warming and depleted fish stocks, to spreading deserts and loss of species - make taking care of our environment more critical than ever. Amid - and because of - all the recent scientific evidence of environmental distress, a new more hopeful story is emerging. Growing The Green Economy covers this under-reported story of how companies, investors, pension fund managers, innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide are quietly growing a new, cleaner, greener, more ethical economy in our midst. Galvanized by the new evidence of how "business as usual" and old economic approaches to human development are unsustainable, these new leaders are busy reforming capitalism and the marketplace for healthier, more equitable, and environmentally-friendly futures for all our children.

AS220 and Marc Levitt began the Action Speaks series in 1995, grant supported by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH). Since 2002, AS220 and RICH have worked as full partners in this yearly production. Thanks to an expansion grant from the National Endowment from the Humanities, the 2009 series will include two seasons, spring and autumn, each with four programs.

Additional information about the 2009 spring season, including topics and panelists, can be found at