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Taking Care of Those Who Care in Cumberland County, PA (S2E4)

Taking Care of Those Who Care in Cumberland County, PA (S2E4)

Ali Rothrock’s podcast https://onthejobandoff.com/over-a-cup-podcast/#:~:text=Over%20a%20Cup%20is%20a,On%20the%20Job%20and%20Off.   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 […]

Teaching Tech to Seniors in Montgomery County, MD (S2E3)

Teaching Tech to Seniors in Montgomery County, MD (S2E3)

Teaching technology to senior citizens, especially your parents can be tough, but Montgomery County, Maryland has found a way to make it work

McDowell Teachers Lead the Way, McDowell County WV (S2E2)

McDowell Teachers Lead the Way, McDowell County WV (S2E2)

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.

Turning Coal into Lavender, Boone County WV (S2E1)

Turning Coal into Lavender, Boone County WV (S2E1)

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

Commissioner Craig Rice, Montgomery County MD and Season 2 preview

Commissioner Craig Rice, Montgomery County MD and Season 2 preview

A discussion about Good Government and the Good Government show with host David Martin and Montgomery County, Maryland County Commissioner Craig Rice.

The Fabulous Florida Keys

Cleaning up the Canals, Monroe County, FL (S1E11)

Monroe County has very forward-thinking ideas that are bringing back fish life into now clean waters … one canal at a time.

A jail that’s not a jail, but a way out of jail. Smith County, TX (S1E10)

A jail that’s not a jail, but a way out of jail. Smith County, TX (S1E10)

Putting young teenagers in jail for felony offenses gets them off the street for awhile but it doesn’t rehabilitate them.

A Sensory Trail for Everyone in Harford County, MD (S1E9)

A Sensory Trail for Everyone in Harford County, MD (S1E9)

People with disabilities in Harford County, Maryland now have a wonderful way to get exercise thanks to a fabulous new sensory trail.

Good Government Show on BCTV – Pennsylvania

Good Government Show on BCTV – Pennsylvania

Our host David Martin joined Commissioner Christian Leinbach on his show COUNTY CONNECTION on BCTV to discuss our podcast highlighting local government and the widespread impact it has for local governments across the country.

Suicide Prevention Six Strings at a time in Josephine County, OR (S1E8)

Suicide Prevention Six Strings at a time in Josephine County, OR (S1E8)

Thanks to one guitar playing vet services director, a group of veterans gather weekly to play music together, forming their own musical support group.

About Us

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. ~ Thomas Jefferson

No wonder trust in our institutions is at an all time low! Well, we believe that if folks could stop yelling long enough to actually listen to stories about what government does for people every single day, they’d be pretty darn impressed!

This is what this show is about. Join our co-hosts David Martin and Carol D’Auria, two experienced journalists who explore a new Government project in each episode. In each podcast we meet the government worker, a mayor, a county commissioner, a veteran’s affairs officer, or the public works project manager who said, “There must be a better way.” Then they made it happen. We will also speak with the folks who made the project a success, and last but not least, we hear from the people who benefited from these amazing good government-in-action projects. Listeners will hear personal and amazing stories of good government doing good work for good people.

The Hosts
Dave Martin

Dave Martin

David Martin is one of the founding partners of Valley Park Productions and one of The Good Government show co-creators. He also is the co-host of the two and one of the reporters.

A former television producer, David produced pieces for PBS in New York and also CBS News and WABC-TV. He also has an extensive background in newspapers, working as a reporter for the Daily News, the New York Post, Reuters, and the Staten Island Advance.

As a magazine writer, he covered the airline industry for travel magazines, including Recommend and Travel Agent Magazine. It all started at WLIS AM, in Old Saybrook, Ct. as an on the air as a news reporter. When he’s not working, check the local rugby fields in season, or he may be out sailing.

Carol D’auria

Carol D’auria

As a reporter and anchor at 1010 WINS, Carol has covered everything from the most infamous crimes, trials, and tragedies of our time, to knotty political dilemmas, protests, and social change; innovations in business, medicine, and government; inspiring community heroes; celebrities of the moment; and international disputes.

Over the years, Carol has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast, from the Associated Press; Best Continuing Coverage of Spot News, from the New York Press Club; the Front Page Award, from the Newswomen’s Club of New York; and Best New York Spot News Award, from United Press International.

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