A Lively ExperimentA Lively Experiment

A Lively Experiment 30th Anniversary Special

A Lively ExperimentA Lively Experiment

Broadcast Dates: 8/17/2018 and 8/19/18​


  • Jim Hummel (Moderator) , Exec. Director, The Hummel Report

  • Steve Kass, Former Host 1987 – 2006

  • Jim Hagan,  Former Host 2006 – 2011

  • Dyana Koelsch, Former Host 2011 - 2016

Topics (please note the subject may change)


  • Reminisce about the years they hosted

  • What has made A Lively Experiment so special during the last 30 years

  • Favorite moment

  • Kudos and Outrages


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.

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.