The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. – Thomas Jefferson
We’re from the government, we’re hear to help you! It’s true, just ask the millions of people across the country who have been touched by government services that gave them a ride to the supermarket, or got them a library book, or built them a house or gave them a new suit for a job interview. Because all of those services are provided by your government every day in every state, county and town. It’s all because Good Government provides good services and creates good projects for Americans.
There is a lot of distrust in government, a lot of people think the government just wants to tax you, make it hard to start a business or throws up too many rules. But in reality, the government works hard everyday to make sure we have clean water, fresh air, open roads, modern hospitals, good schools and are safe.
But government also gets involved in the details. And these are the good stories we are going to tell on The Good Government Show.
Some stories you will hear about include; a California program that built mini-houses for homeless veterans, a Kansas county that revitalized an abandoned bowling alley and ice rink and turned it into a modern county museum, theater, office space and wedding venue, a rural North Carolina county that put it’s library in a van and brings books to kids without school libraries and created mobile hotpots so folks can use computer services, a new local public transportation service in Georgia where folks can call the county for a bus pick up and a group of veterans in Oregon who formed a local music group where they bring other veterans into the group, providing fellow vets a safe support group and bring music to local events.
All of these are government projects, good government projects that work and help people. That is good government in action and that is what The Good Government Show is all about
Co-hosts David Martin and Carol D’Auria are experienced journalists who will present a new project in each episode. Each episode will feature the government worker, a mayor, a county commissioner, a veteran’s affairs officer or the public works project manager who said, “There must be a better way.” Then they made it happen. We will also the folks who made the project a success and last but not least, we hear from the people who benefited from these amazing good government in action projects. Listeners will hear personal and amazing stories of good government doing good work for good people.
So listen to The Good Government Show –
First season coming soon.
From Valley Park Productions
We Are What We Eat, a new series airing nationwide on public television in 2019 examines the story of American cuisine and how it got that way. Some dishes start out as local favorites and eventually wind up on menus across America, like New England clam chowder. Western migration changed what we eat in so many ways. The Chinese laborers brought over to lay the tracks carried with them both chopsticks and their own food traditions, that became chow Mein and eventually the All-American dish, General Tso’s Chicken, invented in New York City. Today there are more Chinese restaurants in America than there are McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC’s combined. The trains also eventually added refrigerated cars and allowed fresh food to be transported across the country. There’s nothing more Italian than pizza, right? Wrong, that is an American creation. We Are What We Eat explores how American cuisine became what it is. Wars, historical events, technological breakthroughs and immigrant groups all helped change what we eat and helped to define the American dining experience. How about a big bowl of Tex-Mex chili or a frozen margarita or better yet, a hot pastrami sandwich from Eastern Europe and a bowl of gumbo. You may never look at your menu the same way again.
Across the County Line is a solutions show. We will look at how government solves problems, both large and small. We show how these solutions effect people. Told from the point of view of one person or one family, we will see how government can really improve lives. County government directly effects more citizens on a personal level than any other form of government and they do it in a largely bi-partisan way. On this show we will see how the phrase, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you,” actually comes true.
Jim Ludlow - Partner and Executive Producer
David Snyder - Partner and Executive Producer
David Martin - Partner and Executive Producer
Valley Park Productions is a New York City-based production company with a mission to tell great American stories. The founders and partners are Jim Ludlow, the founder and president of Liquid Interactive, an on-line marketing firm, David Snyder, who produced for Disney Channel, Cartoon Network and PBS’s Sprout and David Martin a former producer for CBS News, the Fox News Channel and PBS Thirteen in New York City. All shows were created by the Valley Park Productions team.