TV For a Better World An open dialogue on education, the arts, and social change.
Reimagining the Talk Show as an Educational Space
To maximize the power of education to make the world a better place, teachers need a media platform of their own. Unlike talk shows which privilige the "celebrity," we give the public microphone to educators, artists, intellectuals, scientists, psychotherapists, progressive business leaders, and ministers: whose work truly enriches humanity. We spotlight people who should be more famous, like Colombian scientist Dr. Manuel Elkin Pattaroyo (pictured here between producers John and Claudia), internationally revered for inventing the first synthetic vaccine to defeat Malaria. This show was filmed in his Bogotá laboratory, high up in the Andes mountains, with a camera assist by Claudia's neice Laura: in the yellow dress.
An On-Air Dialogic Classroom
Unlike the fast-talking punditry that defines today's "breaking news" media, we prefer dialogue that's slower, richer, and more Socratic. Because our show's host is a professor of literature and writing (BA English, Fordham; MA English Ed, NYU), we celebrate the joy, wonder, and possibilties of verbal discourse. We talk about the burning issues of the day, but from a more cultural perspective--blending insights from literature, philosophy, history, spirituality, and the various arts. We want to make learning fun again. Our ethos is a "meaning making" approach to communication, using language to make better sense of our personal experiences and the world around us. We also encourage storytelling, because stories too are a form of knowledge.
Rediscovering the Joys of Salon
We love the "Salon" format of learning. It's more relaxed, social, and humane than the competitive talking points of mainstream media. We film salons in living rooms, bookstores, and art galleries: an updated version of the classic "salons of yore" made famous by Gertrude Stein in Paris. John and Claudia were also inspired by attending noted education philsopher Maxine Greene's Salons in her Manhattan apt. In an age of increasing loneliness and social media induced alienation, we believe Salons are a great way to weave the community back together. In addition to Salons, we also film intellectual roundtables, one-on-one dialogues, and occasional town hall meetings.
Our show has featured many prominent figures in education, culture, and the arts. They include: