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.
More info: www.MarcLevitt.org/radiohost.htm

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



Slideshow of Action Speaks!
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.

Slideshow of Action Speaks! October 15, 2008, AS220, Providence
Hollywood race films and the production of African American cinematic images. Featured Guests: Charles Musser, Terri Francis, Don Mays.


Slideshow of Action Speaks! October 22, 2008, AS220, Providence
What's Black? What's White? What's Italian? What's Jewish? Are race and ethnicity a dance anyone can learn? Featured Guests: Joe Beats, John Gennari, Greg Tate.



Slideshow of Action Speaks! October 29, 2008, AS220 Providence
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

Action Speaks! topics for 2007

October 10; Cassius Clay changes his name to Muhammad Ali
October 17; Introduction of Prozac
October 24; Duchamp submits 'fountain'
October 31; Farmers Drive Tractors into Washington

Taping begins at 5:30 pm, AS 220, Providence.


Action Speaks! 2006
Click here for information about last year's series or browse the photographs from October 4, 2006 (1918, The Flu Epidemic),
October 11, 2006 (1933, Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor Policy),
October 18, 2006 (1979, Three Mile Island),
and October 25, 2006 (
1968, Whole Earth Catalogue).

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...

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