TV For a Better World

Join our open dialog on culture and community.

TV For a Better World

Join our open dialog on culture and community.


Reimagining the Talk Show to Fit Today’s Progressive World

At Public Voice Salon, we are on a quest to change the tried-and-tested talk show format. Our goal is to create a TV program that also functions as a platform where discourse can become more hopeful, ethical, intellectual, and Earth-saving.

As such, we like to feature the work of unique, substantive, and progressive cultural figures and thinkers. We also like to keep the discourse lively, engaging, and—at times—even humorous, in the hopes of reaching a broader audience.

Born Out of Love

Our show began in 2010, when our founder, John Bredin, Jr., approached his wife, Claudia, with the idea for a progressive TV program. Fortunately, she said yes. The result is a fusion between a university and a talk show. Public Voice Salon is a new kind of institution dedicated to keeping humanistic learning alive to avoid a new, digital Dark Age.

Can a Talk Show Build a Community?

We’d like to think so. In our 170 episodes—and counting—we have referenced the work of Robert Putnam (the author of Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community) and David Brooks' ideas on the value of community.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Animating our show's philosophy are the works of two great thinkers. The first is John Dewey, who believed education should strengthen democracy, and the second is Maxine Greene, who linked art to human empathy and civic imagination.

Notable Guests

Our show has featured many prominent figures in education, culture, and the arts. They include:

  • David Amram - Composer, Conductor, Beat Historian
  • Kurt Anderson - Author, Cultural Commentator
  • Stanley Aronowitz - Public Intellectual, Educator, Union Activist
  • Thomas Bender - Intellectual Historian
  • Rev. Joe Ben-david - Founder Church Of Humanism
  • Keen Berger - Psychologist, Educator, Greenwich Village Activist
  • Jean-louis Bourgeois - Author, Poet, Relaxivist
  • Robert Cenedella - Artist, Educator, Movie "The Art Bastard"
  • David Cogswell - Author Of Books On Chomsky, Zinn; Travel Writer
  • Harold Channer - Manhattan Talk Show Host
  • Pat Cooper - Comedian, Actor
  • Frank Craven - Actor, Tv Producer
  • Jim Drougas - Unoppressive, Non-imperialist Books Nyc
  • Craig Dudley - Actor, Filmmaker
  • Richard Dreyfuss - Actor, Leader Of Civics Project
  • Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth - Educator, Bilingualism Scholar
  • Debbie Joffie-ellis - Pscyhologist, Educator
  • Jim Fouratt - Writer, Activist, Gay Rights Pioneer
  • Harried Fraud - Psychoterapist And Activist
  • Joe Franklin - Tv Talk Show Founder, King Of Nostalgia
  • Todd Gitlin - Public Intellectual, Educator
  • Dolly Hall - Indie Film Producer
  • Alex Harsley - Photographer, East Village Gallery Owner
  • Judi Harvest - Internatioanal Artist, Chelsea Nyc
  • Molly Haskell - Feminist Film Critic
  • Foster Hirsch - Film Historian And Educator
  • Frances Fox Piven - Sociologist, Professor
  • Dr. Henry Kellerman - Psychotherapist, Author
  • David Kirkland - Educator, Public Intellectual
  • Edith Kurzweil - "Partisan Review" Editor, Intellectual
  • Dodge Landesmann - Education Activist, Traveller
  • Paul Langland - Postmondern Dancer, Educator
  • Chris Lehman - "The Baffler" Editor
  • Evander Lomke - American Mental Health Foundation
  • Jonas Mekas - Iconic Filmmaker
  • Fernando Naiditch - Progressive Educator
  • Carmen & Cornel Russu - Symposia Booktore Hoboken
  • Danny Schecter - Pioneering Indie Journalist
  • Arthur Schwartz - Union Lawyer, Activist
  • James Shapiro - Shakespeare Scholar, Educator
  • Ira Shor - Education Scholar
  • John Strasberg - Actor, Teacher, Son Of Lee Strasberg
  • Rick Ulfik - Composer, Director Of We, The World
  • Ralph White - Founder Of Ny Open Center, Author
  • Richard D. Wolff - Marxian Economist
  • Sharon Woolums - Artist, Writer, Community Activist
  • Phyllis Yampolsky - Participatory Artist
  • Stephen Eric Bronner - Political Philosopher
  • Neil Noddings - Education Philosopher
  • Philip Lopate - Essayist, Educator
  • Thaddeus Rutkowkski - Author, Educator
  • Frances Goldin - Literary Agent, Activist
  • Bertell Ollman - Marxist Dialectician, Professor
  • Harlod Bloom - Notible Literary Critic
  • Vivian Gornick - Memoirist & Feminest

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