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Good Government Show

We’re from the government; we’re here to help you! It’s true, ask the millions of people across the country who have been touched by government services that gave them a ride to the supermarket, or got them a library book, or built them a house, or gave them a new suit for a job interview. Because all of those services are provided by your government every day in every state, county, and town, it’s all because Good Government provides good services and creates good projects for Americans. There is a lot of distrust in the government; many people think the government wants to tax you, make it hard to start a business or throw up too many rules. But in reality, the government works hard every day to ensure we have clean water, fresh air, open roads, modern hospitals, good schools, and are safe. But the government also gets involved in the details. And these are the good stories we are going to tell on The Good Government Show.

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S2E6 - eBikes in Pueblo County
Pueblo County, Colorado created a pilot program and gave away eBikes to essential workers. Hear how a simple thing like a new bike is changing the lives of riders. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Martin, David Snyder Hosts/Reporters: Carol D'Auria and David Martin Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Media Manager: Chris Queen Editor: Jason Stershic Transcriptions: Kofi Ajeasi Ampah
27:37 09/22/2022
S2E5 - Take a Shower at the Library
Libraries are more than book lenders. Hear how modern libraries are expanding way beyond books and magazines. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Martin, David Snyder Hosts/Reporters: Carol D'Auria and David Martin Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Media Manager: Chris Queen Editor: Jason Stershic Transcriptions: Kofi Ajeasi Ampah
31:33 09/15/2022
S2E4 - Taking Care of Those Who Care
They are the first to rush in but the last to get help. Their normal day is usually someone's worst day. First responders undergo stress and trauma most people can't begin to understand. In Cumberland County, PA a new program is supporting these folks with dealing with the stress most first responders typically just try to bury. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Martin, David Snyder Hosts/Reporters: Carol D'Auria and David Martin Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Media Manager: Chris Queen Editor: Jason Stershic Transcriptions: Kofi Ajeasi Ampah
32:04 09/08/2022
S2E3 - Teaching Tech to Seniors
Teaching technology to senior citizens, especially your parents can be tough, but Montgomery County, Maryland has found a way to make it work. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Martin, David Snyder Hosts/Reporters: Carol D'Auria and David Martin Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Media Manager: Chris Queen Editor: Jason Stershic Transcriptions: Kofi Ajeasi Ampah  
29:13 07/23/2022
S2E2 - McDowell Teachers Lead the Way
A new apartment building for teachers in Welch, WV is just one of the projects created by Reconnecting McDowell that is changing a coal dependent county toward a more prosperous future. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Martin, David Snyder Hosts/Reporters: Carol D'Auria and David Martin Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Media Manager: Chris Queen Editor: Jason Stershic Transcriptions: Kofi Ajeasi Ampah  
34:58 07/22/2022
S2E1 - Lavender Farms of the Coal Fields
A lavender farm is on the site of former coal field. Meet the people who are bringing jobs and a new industry to the former coal country in Boone County, West Virginia. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Martin, David Snyder Hosts/Reporters: Carol D'Auria and David Martin Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Media Manager: Chris Queen Editor: Jason Stershic Transcriptions: Kofi Ajeasi Ampah  
31:23 07/22/2022
S2E0 - Good Government Good Listener – A Season Two Preview
A discussion about Good Government and the Good Government show with host David Martin and Montgomery County, Maryland County Commissioner Craig Rice. This includes a preview of Season 2. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Martin, David Snyder Hosts/Reporters: Carol D'Auria and David Martin Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Media Manager: Chris Queen Editor: Jason Stershic Transcriptions: Kofi Ajeasi Ampah  
08:59 07/21/2022
S1E11 - Clear blue water and deep dirty problems, how the Florida Keys are cleaning their polluted waterways
Developers created miles and miles of beautiful waterfront coastline, but that also created water so polluted you couldn’t sit outside — the smell was putrid. But Monroe County realized that water was their lifeblood. Listen and hear very forward-thinking ideas that are bringing back fish life into now clean waters —-one canal at a time. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Snyder Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Associate Producers: Jade Ludlow, MacKenzie Martin Editor: Jason Stershic  
39:32 11/03/2021
S1E10 - A jail that’s not a jail, but a way out of Jail
Putting young teenagers in jail for felony offenses gets them off the street for awhile but it doesn’t rehabilitate them. So, in Smith County, Texas they found a better way. It’s called Hope Academy and it’s an alternative to the county lock up. Here kids learn to live and work and they create a positive future for themselves. When you listen to these stories you won’t believe how well it’s working. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Snyder Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Associate Producers: Jade Ludlow, MacKenzie Martin Editor: Jason Stershic  
26:13 11/03/2021
S1E9 - A Park where Everyone can Bang on the Drum all Day
People with disabilities in Harford County, Maryland now have a wonderful way to get exercise thanks to a local plan. It’s a sensory trail and it features among other things a huge drum, 9-foot-high chimes, a roller table for tactile sliding and lots of other activities for fun and relaxation. There’s also a specially designed baseball field for wheelchairs. For many kids, this is a way to use a park that in the past was out of bounds. Just listen to the enthusiasm in their voices. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Snyder Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Associate Producers: Jade Ludlow, MacKenzie Martin Editor: Jason Stershic  
23:20 11/03/2021
S1E8 - Suicide Prevention Six Strings at a time
Meet the DD-214’s of Josephine County, Oregon. This is a group of combat war veterans who left their rifles behind and picked up a guitar. Thanks to one guitar playing vet services director, they gather weekly to play music together, forming their own musical support group. They play at local festivals and for a few hours, put their worst thoughts out of their mind. Meet the men who live to play music and hear their music. For some, this group is the homecoming they never had. GoodGovernmentShow.com Bob Eaton - The Unknown Veteran Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Snyder Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Associate Producers: Jade Ludlow, MacKenzie Martin Editor: Jason Stershic  
19:24 11/03/2021
S1E7 - What’s Old is New Again updating a bowling alley to art Center
The county needed theater space and room for a museum. Some creative thinking by a handful of county officials turned an old and abandoned bowling alley into an arts and cultural center. Listen to the stories of performers who got on stage and one person whose life was actually saved by art classes in Johnson County, Kansas. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Snyder Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Associate Producers: Jade Ludlow, MacKenzie Martin Editor: Jason Stershic  
19:55 11/02/2021
S1E6 - Taking Care of Women Veterans Texas style
The state of Texas has the most women veterans in the entire country. But veterans’ programs were originally designed with men in mind. So, they had to think out of the box to provide women veterans with the services they needed. Women networking with women and with the help of the Travis County vets services, they are helping women return to life after active duty. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Snyder Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Associate Producers: Jade Ludlow, MacKenzie Martin Editor: Jason Stershic  
17:33 11/02/2021
S1E5 - A solution over 75 years in the making, putting the Disabled to work
In this episode, we go all the way back to the New Deal from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and we meet the folks at Source America. Listen to their inspirational stories about how they were trained, found work and improved their lives in a program still going strong. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Snyder Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Associate Producers: Jade Ludlow, MacKenzie Martin Editor: Jason Stershic  
20:06 11/02/2021
S1E4 - Modernizing the Old Bookmobile
When the people couldn’t get to the library, or worse, didn’t have a library, the librarians in Catawaba County, North Carolina came up with a solution. They packed the books into a van, loaded it with new electronics, a couch and a few chairs and they drove to the folks who needed it most. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Snyder Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Associate Producers: Jade Ludlow, MacKenzie Martin Editor: Jason Stershic  
18:48 11/02/2021
S1E3 - A Tiny Piece of Paradise – Homes for the Homeless
For homeless veterans in Sonoma County, California, having the county help build you your own mini-house takes you off the street and gives you a home of your own. It may be small but listen to what a guy with his own home thinks of his new house. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Snyder Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Associate Producers: Jade Ludlow, MacKenzie Martin Editor: Jason Stershic  
27:31 10/31/2021
S1E2 - Reading Revitalization
On this episode of the Good Government show we travel to Reading, Pa and meet the folks from Berks County. We meet Peggy Kershner and Nikki Schnovel, who are the co-executive directors of the Berks Connections Pre-Trial Services. They came up with a better way to greatly reduce recidivism and becoming effective members of the workforce. They created 3 Rs’ Program that teaches work and life skills. We meet former gang members and drug dealers whose lives were changed by the program. We also sit down with Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach who meets with each of these program graduates and sees the huge advantages to continue this program. Commissioner Leinbach explains how it’s good for the former criminals, county government and the people he represents. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Snyder Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Associate Producers: Jade Ludlow, MacKenzie Martin Editor: Jason Stershic  
14:27 07/10/2021
S1E1 - The Farmingdale Downtown Restoration
Farmingdale is a bedroom community on Long Island, New York. A once thriving factory town, by the 2000’s it had become a shadow of what it once was. A largely empty downtown wasn’t attracting much interest or shoppers and large commercial buildings were laying empty. But, the local Mayor along with other government officials realized something had to be done to turn the town’s fortunes around. They had one big thing going for them. They were a commuter stop on the Long Island Railroad and daily thousands of people traveled into and out of Manhattan. They created a brownfield site out of abandoned warehouses, turned the area into apartment buildings that were attractive to young professionals working in New York City and soon the retailers and restaurants followed. Listen to how all this happened, how the new business owners have built successful operations and how the Mayor continues to lead the way. Join David and Carol as we visit Farmingdale, New York. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Snyder Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Associate Producers: Jade Ludlow, MacKenzie Martin Editor: Jason Stershic  
24:23 07/02/2021
Season One Preview of The Good Goverment Show
Co-hosts David Martin and Carol D’Auria discuss the upcoming first season of The Good Government Show. The hosts discuss the idea behind the podcast and talk with two guests. Scott Thomsen President of the National Association of Government Communicators who discusses the importance of telling listeners why these stories matter. Brian Namey, chief spokesman for the National Association of Counties talks about why these stories matter and why they tell important stories that will help listeners have a little faith restored in the ability of government. Listen for a lively preview of the podcast. GoodGovernmentShow.com Executive Producers: Jim Ludlow, David Snyder Producers: Carol D'Auria, David Martin, Jason Stershic Associate Producers: Jade Ludlow, MacKenzie Martin Editor: Jason Stershic
14:17 06/15/2021