Thursday, June 25, 2009

SPECIAL EDITION A Lively Experiment 6/25 (and Sunday, 6/28 @noon)

Here's what's up tonight on a Special Edition of A Lively Experiment at 7PM (re-broadcast on Sunday, 6/28 at noon).


JIM HAGAN – Moderator
DAVE LAYMAN – Former TV News Anchor
BRUCE LANG – Businessman / Advocate for Good Government
DENISE AIKEN – Former R.I. Representative / R.I. Legal Services
LOU PULNER – Legal Analyst


The State Budget: Winners & Losers

Charter Schools

Pension Reforms

And just before the Outrage of the Week, look for a very special video tribute to JIM GARRETT, retiring producer of A Lively Experiment since the very beginning some twenty years ago. (He's way too young for retirement, but I digress.)

You'll see some familiar faces from the earlier days of the show (Susan Farmer, Steve Kass, Mary Ann Sorrentino), as well as a great mix of more recent panelists (Arlene Violet, Representative Robert Watson, Representative Joseph Trillo, Maureen Moakley, Ron St. Pierre, Dave Layman, Bob Walsh), each delivering warm greetings and humorous quips - not unlike Jim would do himself!

Congratulations, Jim, and thank you! May you enjoy a happy, healthy, and wealthy retirement.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What's up on "A Lively Experiment" Thurs, 6/11 at 7:30 & Sun 6/14 at noon

Usually, A Lively Experiment is produced live-to-tape each week, around 4 or 5 PM every Thursday. Live-to-tape means there are no cuts and do-overs; the entire half hour discussion is captured on tape as it happens, then broadcast later the same day, at 7PM (and rebroadcast Sunday at noon).

Because Ciao Italia is taping a new season of shows for the next two weeks in our studios, this installment of A Lively Experiment was pre-recorded. Distinct advantage: you get to know what's coming up in the show earlier than usual.


JIM HAGAN – Moderator
DAVE LAYMAN – Former TV News Anchor
DENISE AIKEN – Former State Representative / R.I. Legal Services
EDWARD MAZZE – Professor of Business Administration, URI
AL VERRECCHIA – Chair, Governor’s Economic Development Review Panel
Chairman of Hasbro, Inc.


The Rhode Island Economy

Qualifications for a New Chairperson of the Economic Development Corporation (EDC)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Providence Teacher named “Ambassador In Education”

This news came across my desk from Mike McGrath at the National Civic League: (edited for brevity)

First Providence Teacher to be named an “Ambassador In Education”

Teacher Geraldine Lallo, the first teacher in Providence ever to win a MetLife Ambassadors In Education award, will be honored during a ceremony on Tuesday at her school. during a ceremony at her school. The MetLife Ambassadors In Education award recognizes educators who show leadership in building community partnerships. Lallo will accept a $5,000 check for her school and a crystal apple, presented by representatives of MetLife and the National Civic League.

A reading specialist at the Providence Academy of International Studies - a small urban high school that emphasizes community service - Lallo worked with students and educators from the Middle East and North Africa in an initiative to create a public art installation at Roger Williams University. She also organized a project in which students knitted scarves and blankets to raise funds for an international poverty relief programs. A former dance teacher, she works with teachers at the Roger Williams Middle School to organize an annual Black History Month Theatrical Performance.

For more information about the MetLife Foundation Ambassadors In Education Award and the other 24 winners for 2009, visit

Friday, June 5, 2009

What's on A Lively Experiment on Sunday, June 7 at noon


JIM HAGAN – Moderator
DAVE LAYMAN – Former TV News Anchor
MAUREEN MOAKLEY – Political Science Dept. U.R.I.
JONATHAN FLYNN – Political Consultant
JOHN LOMBARDI – Providence City Council


Providence Mayoral Race and Fiscal Problems in Providence

Public Construction Projects

Pension Reform & Wage Freezes