A Lively ExperimentA Lively Experiment

Broadcast Dates: 9/21//2018 and 9/23/18​​

A Lively Experiment PanelA Lively Experiment Panel


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

  • Ted Nesi, Political Reporter, WPRI

  • Arleen Violet, Former Attorney General

  • Eva Mancuso, Former Chair, R.I. Board of Ed.

  • Rob Horowitz, Democratic Strategist

Topics (please note the subject may change)

  • Debates

  • Several Reps. Not supportive of Speaker of the House

  • WooSox move – will it affect the race for Governor?

  • North Smithfield and the Nike debate

  • 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.