A Lively ExperimentA Lively Experiment

Broadcast Dates: 9/15/17 and 9/17/17


  • Moderator:  Jim Hummel 

  • Joe Trillo, former State Minority Whip
  • Ian Donnis, Political Reporter, Rhode Island Public Radio
  • Maureen Moakley, Political Science Professor, URI
  • Bob Weygand, former U.S. Congressman


Topics (please note the topics are subject to change)

  • R.I. public school building are in desperate need of repair – apparently $2.2B worth.
  • First of 6 Pawsox Stadium hearings kicked off Thursday night.
  • UHIP – State trying to rebrand with R.I. Bridges?
  • Trump, The Debt Ceiling and `Triangulation
  • Kudos and Outrages


A Lively Experiment airs on WSBE Rhode Island PBS (36.1) Fridays at 7 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.

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.

For 30 years, A Lively Experiment has provided insight and analysis of the week's political events both locally and nationally. We ask the hard questions and try to shake them out in a spirited debate with local news makers, opinion leaders and influencers. We dig deep into the local issues that affect Rhode Islanders the most and try to garner insight from economists, political scientists, pundits and elected and appointed officials. Host Jim Hummel keeps the fast paced program moving along as he directs thought provoking questions to the four panelists each and every week.

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