The Good Government Show

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

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.

Some stories you will hear about include; a California program that built mini-houses for homeless veterans, a Kansas county that revitalized an abandoned bowling alley and ice rink and turned it into a modern county museum, theater, office space, and wedding venue, a rural North Carolina county that put it’s the library in a van and brings books to kids without school libraries and created mobile hotpots so folks can use computer services, a new local public transportation service in Georgia where folks can call the county for a bus pick up and a group of veterans in Oregon who formed a local music group where they bring other veterans into the group, providing fellow vets a safe support group and bring music to local events.
All of these are government projects, good government projects that work and help people. That is good government in action, and that is what The Good Government Show is all about.

Co-hosts David Martin and Carol D’Auria are experienced journalists who will present a new project in each episode. Each episode will feature 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 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.
So listen to The Good Government Show

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...

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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...

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Preview of The Good Government 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...

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Our 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

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.