A Lively Experiment

Since 1987, A Lively Experiment - democracy with a Rhode Island accent - has provided fast-paced analysis of the week's political events in spirited debate, opinion, and commentary by news makers and opinion leaders. Representing independent and partisan viewpoints, a revolving panel of television, radio, print, and online journalists, political scientists, pundits, economists, elected and appointed officials, and other Rhode Island personalities examine local and state issues. A Lively Experiment's popular segment, "Outrage of the Week," typifies the essence of the show's political commentary. This segment features an eclectic collection of each guest's single most significant issue, often under-reported failings and foibles of Rhode Island officials.

Broadcast Dates:  September 23 & September 25, 2016


  • Jim Hummel – Moderator
  • Donna Perry, public affairs, RI CPA Society
  • Lou Pulner, attorney, WPRO legal analyst
  • Ed Achorn, editorial page editor, The Providence Journal
  • Arlene Violet, former RI Attorney General

Topics (please note the topics are subject to change)

  • 38 Studios
  • Speaker of the House, Mattiello’s future
  • Governor Raimondo’s approval rating continues to drop
  • Interview with Governor Raimondo
  • 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.
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A Lively Experiment  is made possible by:

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The Rhode Island Foundation