Ralph Nader Appears on (I)NTERVIEW, a Web Original Series at www.cpbn.org

Release Date: 11/11/2009

 

A production of the CPBN Media Lab

HARTFORD, Conn. (November 11, 2009) – Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is the latest addition to (I)NTERVIEW, a Web Original series created by the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) Media Lab. The CPBN Media Lab is a hands-on educational production unit staffed by students from regional colleges. The series features unexpected and revealing answers from some of Connecticut's most recognizable people—literally, names you know, stories you don't.

During the interview, Nader shared that Bill O’Reilly tends to make him laugh, and his hobbies include chess and hopscotch, which he doesn’t do much anymore. He confessed that his new book, “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!” is sort of his answer to Ayn Rand, “whose book is bigger.”

Nader joins a wide-ranging list of notable people who have been interviewed by the CPBN Media Lab students. Interviewees include Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal, criminologist Dr. Henry Lee, WTNH-TV news anchor Ann Nyberg, WNPR news director John Dankosky and president of Stew Leonard’s Dairy stores, Stew Leonard Jr.

"(I)NTERVIEW is a great learning experience for our Lab staff,” said Paul Pfeffer, CPBN's manager of online content and executive producer for the series. "It is an opportunity for the students to perform all the production tasks involved in creating an original show for the web—from producing, interviewing, shooting, editing and posting.”

The interviews are shot in the CPBN Media Lab's Studio B at the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network headquarters, located at 1049 Asylum Avenue, Hartford. Production equipment includes a Sony EX-3 camera, Sony UWP-V1 wireless microphone and a Bogen tripod. Post production is completed using Adobe CS4 and Final Cut Pro.

The (I)NTERVIEW series can be found online at www.cpbn.org, keyword: Interview.

About the CPBN Media Lab

The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) Media Lab is a hands-on educational production unit. It is a service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR).In little more than a year, the CPBN Media Lab has provided real world training for students from the University of Connecticut (UConn), Trinity College, University of Hartford, Quinnipiac University, Central Connecticut State University, Syracuse University, Emerson College, Amherst College, University of Rhode Island, Smith College and Springfield College. The CPBN Media Lab has produced several multi-part web original series, including a series on metal bats in Little League baseball, Foul Play; the history, facts and the promise of young voters participating in the democratic process, Youth Vote; and the history and effects of political corruption in Connecticut, Corrupticut. Online features include profiles of the Newington Children's Theatre Company and the UConn Pep Band. The Media Lab also completed a documentary airing on the Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN) about four Connecticut-based high school teams and their efforts in the FIRSTS robotics competition called RoboNation: CT FIRST. Current projects include the Outdoor Enthusiast and (I)NTERVIEW, a series of conversations with Connecticut’s most recognizable people—literally, “names you know, stories you don’t.”

About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network

The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The CBPN also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cpbn.org.

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