Action Speaks!

Marc Levitt is the Host/Creative Director of the nationally award winning, 15 years old radio show, "Action Speaks", a topic driven panel based radio show taped at Providence's AS 220 and broadcast in 2009-10 on over 250 radio stations. The goal of Action Speaks is to use less appreciated moments in United States history as points of departure for discussions around their context and contemporary implications. Our Presenting Station is WGBH Boston.
To listen to archived Action Speaks shows: www.ActionSpeaksRadio.org

Archive of Action Speaks 2006 - 2008 with images: www.MarcLevitt.org/radiohost_actionspeaks.htm


Action Speaks 2011 Schedule
Conflict and Entertainment in America
October 5: President Eisenhower's Military Industrial Complex Speech
October 12: The Birth of Pong and Video Games
October 19: The American Family; Our First Reality TV Show
October 26: President Reagan Fires Air Traffic Controllers


FALL 2010 Series; What’s Eating Us?
October 6: 1926 Father Coughlin ‘On the Air’ and the rise of right wing radio
October 13: 1971 Alice Waters Opens Chez Panisse; Local Food and the Promise of Healthy School Lunches
October 20: 1973 The First US Mobile Phone Call; Always within reach!
October 27: 1987 The Roaming Mobro Garbage Barge; Garbage, Garbage Every and no direction home!

Special Action Speaks!
Artist Shepard Fairey and Political Activist/Author Lawrence Lessig on Stage at AS220 with Action Speaks’ Host Marc Levitt!
Friday, August 13th, 2010 at 5:30 pm as part of AS 220’s Foo Fest, Artist and inaugural winner of the AS 220 Free Culture Award, Shepard Fairey and Lawrence Lessig, Professor/Political Activist and the author of Free Culture (2004) will take part in a conversation with Marc Levitt, Host and Creative Director of Providence’s nationally known, Action Speaks radio show. The conversation will include Mr. Fairey’s work as a public artist, his influences as well and his ideas on the creative process as well as Mr. Lessig’s notion of the Public Commons, copywrite legistlation and free software. In keeping with the theme of Action Speaks; Underappreciated Dates that Changed America, Mr Levitt will ask both men to comment on significant moments in their personal, artistic and political evolution as well those dates in the world of public art and cyberspace access that changed how we viewed and participated with the world. The public will be invited to comment and to ask questions.


2009 (Spring)

What Now?: 1993 - The creation of Hilary Clinton's Taskforce on Healthcare, Oct. 7, 2009
What now?: 1932 -The Highlander Center opens its doors, Oct. 14, 2009
What Now?: 1972 - Nixon visits People's Republic of China
, Oct. 21, 2009
What Now: 1951 - The Rise of Levittown, Oct 28, 2009

2009 (Fall)
What Now?: 1993 - The creation of Hilary Clinton's Taskforce on Healthcare, Oct. 7, 2009
What now?: 1932 -The Highlander Center opens its doors
, Oct. 14, 2009
What Now?: 1972 - Nixon visits People's Republic of China
, Oct. 21, 2009
What Now: 1951 - The Rise of Levittown, Oct 28, 2009

Archive of Action Speaks 2006 - 2008

Action Speaks topics have included: The introduction of Dasani Water by Coca-Cola and the privatization of water. Origin of the Credit Card. 1965 Immigration Act. The first World Series game broadcast over a national radio network. The American Occupation of Japan. The 1999 Anti-Globalization march in Seattle, Washington. Birth of the Christian Coalition. The Sugar Hill Gang and the mainstreaming of Hip Hop. The 1918 Flu. The Stonewall Riot. Zoot Suit Rebellion. Publication of ‘Our Bodies Ourselves’. The San Francisco General Strike of 1934. The ‘Checkers’ Speech of Richard Nixon. The Loving Case and the legality of ‘inter-racial’ marriage. The 1913 Armory Show that introduced European modern art to audiences in the United States.

Action Speaks! Panel members have included:
New York Times Editor Gail Collins; Bread and Puppet Theater’s Director Peter Schuman; Author Tom Frank; UNITE HERE Director Bruce Raynor; Former baseball player Bill Lee, Author Marshall Berman; Performance Artist Reverend Billy; Author Jackson Lears; Film Director Godfrey Reggio; Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper; Author Jane Holtz Kay; Providence Mayor ‘Buddy Cianci; Author Dolores Hayden...

The New England Chowda’ Hour

Between 1985 and 1993, Mr. Levitt was the writer/director/producer for New England’s only radio variety show; the New England Chowda’ Hour. The Chowda’ Hour, with a cast that included up to fifteen actors and musicians, was broadcast weekly on radio stations that at various times included stations in Providence, Rhode Island, Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts and Westport, Connecticut. The show combined satirical sketches and music and at its height drew audiences of four hundred people to its tapings.

 

 

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Archive of Action Speaks 2006 - 2008 with images: www.MarcLevitt.org/radiohost_actionspeaks.htm


AS220 Providence, October 7, 2009
What Now?: 1993 - The creation of Hilary Clinton's Taskforce on Healthcare. Featured Guests: Dr. Joseph Chazan, MD, T.R. Reid, Theda Skocpol, Ph.D. Host: Marc Levitt.

October 1, 2008, AS220, Providence
An American prelude to Hitler or to the Human Genome Project...perhaps both? Panelists: Lundy Braun, Wendy Kline, Diane B. Paul.



October 29, 2008, AS220
2000 - The U.S. Census allows individuals to identify themselves as mixed-race Featured Guests: Teja Arboleda,Noel Igantiev, Kimberly McClain DaCosta, Maureen T. Reddy. Host: Marc Levitt


Slideshow of Actionskeaks October 10, 2007. Cassius Clay’s name change in 1964. Panelists: Ernest Allen, Elliot Gorn, Craig Robinson. Host: Marc Levitt.