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Perspective

 ("What makes people act the way they do?" - Ernest Becker)

 A 30 minute program series in which Steve James & Ken Swain, producers, interview prominent minds and discuss the social philosophy of Ernest Becker (1924-1974).

The program is a live multi-camera production, with post-production editing by AES LLC.

This riveting program can be seen on the following community access cable television channels:

*** Charter CommunityVision Channel 21: Mon 4 pm & Thursday 8 pm.

CT towns include: Trumbull, Monroe, Newtown, Brookfield, Southbury, Sherman, New Fairfield, New Milford, Bridgewater, Roxbury, Woodbury, Washington, Bethlehem, Kent

Perspective is a unique new cable-television series featuring applications of some of the past century's most important advances in social science and philosophy to contemporary issues and aspects of modern life. Perspective is a series of half-hour talk shows that focuses on the discipline of the Science of Humanity and the ideas of Ernest Becker, a cultural anthropologist and interdisciplinary teacher and writer who many describe today as a major twentieth century American thinker. Each show features a recognized expert, who manages to make complex concepts understandable for a general audience. Discussions explore Dr. Becker's central question: What makes people act the way they do?

Ernest Becker was the author of 10 books including Denial of Death for which he was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1974. He died of cancer at the age of 49. The Science of Humanity is a synthesis of psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and theology. It includes the work and ideas of some of the greatest thinkers in Western thought, including: Sigmund Freud, Soren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Otto Rank, William James, Norman O. Brown, A.M. Hocart, and Paul Tillich.

Perspective appeals to audiences with a general interest in American contemporary thought, students, Ernest Becker enthusiasts, and general audiences who are seeking new awareness and explanations for modern life. Discussions are pragmatic, and focus on practical applications of Becker's work. Some of the topics discussed on the show have included: heroism and self-esteem, freedom, violence and evil, prejudice, religion, childhood development, laughter, America's role in the world, the American culture, money and materialism, health, sex, and the role of women.

Episode 14: Daniel Liechty, Ph.D. -

Daniel Liechty holds doctoral degrees in both religion studies and counseling. He is the author of 8 books,most recently an anthology of Ernest Becker's writings. Liechty has a background of many years in hospice work, providing counseling services to dying people and their families.

Episode 12: Jamie Goldenberg, Ph.D. - Human Sexuality

Why are we so obsessed with sex? It is our greatest pleasure, but also our biggest hang up. And what's love got to do with it? Jamie Goldenberg is an experimental social psychologist and a member of the research faculty at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Goldenberg is currently working on the implications of Ernest Becker's ideas for attitudes toward the body, sex, and women. She works from the empirical framework of Terror Management Theory.

Episode 11: Jamie Arndt, Ph.D. Money & Materialism

Why is it always about money? We worry constalntly about not having enough. We do incredibly destructive things to get it. Why does it run our lives? Dr. Arndt has published 35 articles that examine such topics as how the fear of death influences creativity, self-esteem, aggression, leagl judgements, unconscious processes, and material persuits.

Episode 10: Jamie Arndt, Ph.D. - About Health

Why in the richest country in the world, are we Americans suffering so from obesity, diabetes, preventable forms of cancer, heart disease, and a host of avoidable health problems? Dr Arndt, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of social psychology at the University of Missouri, and was recently awarded a grant from the Nactional Cancer Institute to study different types of health risk behaviours.

Episode 9: Kirby Farrell, Ph.D. - America's place in the world

Why is America so alone in its relations with other countries? Are we rescueing the world, or preying upon it?

Episode 8: Kirby Farrell, Ph.D.- American Culture

Why is there such a sense of frustration in America? Are we a cunsumer utopia, military machine, or prison factory? Are we the land of the free, or home of the afraid?

Episode 7: Neil Elgee, M.D.- On Laughter

A man is like a fine wine. He starts out like a grape, and it's a woman's job to pick him, stomp on him, and keep him in the dark until he matures into something she would like to have dinner with. What is humour, and why is laughter important?

Episode 6: Jerry Piven, Ph.D.- On Child Development

Why is it so hard for kids growing up these days? If we love our children, sacrifice for them, see them as our future and source of greatest pride, why do we continue to mestreat them and raise them so badly?

Episode 5: Merlyn Mowrey, Ph.D. - On Religion

Why is there religious intolerance? If religion is the finest and most noble achievement of humanity, why has it been the source of so much suffering and persecution?

Episode 4: Sheldon Solomon, Ph.D. - On Prejudice

Why is there prejudice? What is it that makes us hate or at least distrust or live apart from our frellow human beings who may look or acty differently from ourselves?

Episode 3: Jerry Piven, Ph.D. - On Violence and Evil

Why is there violence? Why, in the 21st Century, does humankind still resort to violence and killing one anothyer to settle our differences?

Episode 2: Merlyn Mowrey, Ph.D. - On Freedom

What is Liberty? In our "land of the freee and home of the brave", why are we slaves to the almighty dollar, our jobs, and status symbols? Why do we hand over our freedom and power so readily to others?

Episode 1: Sheldon Solomon, Ph.D. - On Self-esteem

Why is the world so confusing? On the one hand we have wars, violence, pollution, and injustice. On the other, we have love, charity, technology, and social progress. What is behind all of the wonderfully positive and monstrously negative aspects of our lives? What are the forces that drive and motivate people?

Episode 0: Steve Haken Why Perspective

Are you open to changing your perspective? Are you satisfied with the world the way it is? Steve Haken, LLD did his undergraduate work in philosophy with a special interest in the work of William James, and American philosophy. He is a lawyer, and Administrative Law Judge for the CIty of New York. __________________________________________________________

Wednesday Night Poetry, from the Bethel Arts Junction

A one hour TV program of the best and longest running (since April 2002) weekly poetry series in New England.

The Wednesday Night Poetry Series can be seen on the following community access cable systems: Charter Community Access Ch.21 - at 1pm Tuesdays, and 9pm Fridays

CT towns include: Trumbull, Monroe, Newtown, Brookfield, Southbury, Sherman, New Fairfield, New Milford, Bridgewater, Roxbury, Woodbury, Washington, Bethlehem, Kent

WNP023 WNP Feature poet Robert Masterson

WNP022 WNP open mics & Feature poet Marty McConnell

WNP021 Xmit mstr WNP Feature Poet Ken Cormier

WNP020 Open mics & Feature Poet Sandra Bishop Ebner

WNP019 Featured Poets Reggie Marra & Sondra Zeidenstien

WNP018 Open Mics-16poets on a Hot night

WNP017 Featured Poet Taylor Mali

WNP016 Feature Poet Steve Straight & open mic poets

WNP015 16-Poets on the open mic

WNP014 20-Poets on the open mic

WNP013 Feature Poet Gabrielle Zane, followed by Open mics

WNP012 Open Mic Performances, followed by Feature Poet Jessica Treat

WNP011 Feature: Trance Vocal Poets Suzanne Heyd & Suzin Green

WNP010 Open mics + Feature poet Sean Thomas Dougherty;

WNP09 Open mics

WNP08 Feature Poets; The Elevator Tribe

WNP07 Feature Poet Double Header: Eli Rosenblatt & Krishna Miles Hayes

WNP06 Open mics + Feature Poet Richard Blanco

WNP05 Open mic performances

WNP04 Open mics+Feature Poet Sue Holloway PhD

WNP03 Open mics+Feature Poet Brad Davis

WNP02 Open mics

WNP01 Open mics+Feature Poet Polly Brody

WNP0b 13 Mar 02 Open Mics:

WNP0a 13 Mar 02 Feature Poet Loni Black _________________________________________________________

Special Event Program Productions

by AES LLC, Gregory Davis Audio Video Producer:

Connecticut Choral Society Special "Inspire the Desire" Documentary 25th Anniversary Special

Connecticut Choral Society Special, Woolsey Hall, Yale University New Haven

A Symphony of Psalms (recorded 3-May 2003)

Connecticut Choral Society Special Woolsey Hall, Yale University New Haven

Bach Mass in B Minor Choral Highlights (recorded 26-Apr 2002)

Hat City Music Theater Special The Friedrich Schorr Memorial Vocal Prize Competition 2002

"A Grand Night for Singing" David Katz Artistic Director, Parts 1 & 2

Hat City Music Theater Special The Friedrich Schorr Memorial Vocal Prize Competition 2003

"A Grand Night for Singing" David Katz Artistic Director, Parts 1 & 2

Conversations with the Other Side, Cheryl Sheinin, Clairvoyant and psychic medium

(recorded 13 April 2003 at the Bethel Arts Junction). Cheri helps audience members spiritually connect with deceased loved ones, and communicates personal messages from the other side.

Danbury Symphony Orchestra Concert Special - An American Salute

(recorded 10 May 2003, Ives Concert Hall, WCSU)

Bunker Hill Church 23 March 2002 Allen Organ Concert

Danbury Symphony Orchestra 24 March 2002 Italian Festival Concert

Connecticut Master Chorale 10 March 2002 Concert, part 1 & 2

The Litchfield Hills Opera Ensemble - A Program of Opera Favorites Parts 1, 2, & 3

Heritage Fund Benefit Performance, Heritage Village, Southbury 23-Aug 2003

The Litchfield Hills Opera Ensemble offers solos, duets, trios and quartets from Lakme, Manon, Faust, Pearl Fishers, Samson & Delilah, La Traviata, Elixir of Love, Don Giovanni, Carmen, La Boheme and Madama Butterfly. The ensemble features Rebecca Nesmith, Soprano, Helen Falcone, Mezzo Soprano, Ben Davidson, Tenor and Winthrop Buswell, Baritone. They are accompanied by Joseph Jacovino, Jr.