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’ve created this podcast as an antidote to the steady stream of negative government stories out there in the media environment.  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.

Season 1 Available Now!

Preview of The Good Government Show: Season One

June 15, 2021
Season 1

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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The Farmingdale Downtown Restoration

July 2, 2021
Season 1Episode 1

 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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Reading Revitalization

July 10, 2021
Season 1Episode 2

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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A Tiny Piece of Paradise – Homes for the Homeless

November 9, 2021
Season 1Episode 3
David Snyder

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.

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Our Hosts

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.