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Colleges Radio Program To Broadcast With Studio Audience

The popular weekly news and opinion program “Plato’s Cave” will broadcast in front of a live studio audience on HWS radio station WEOS.

February 13, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y. – For the first time since it began airing in 1998, “Plato’s Cave,” the weekly radio program offering lively discourse, irreverence and keen insight into the relationship between media and politics, will broadcast in front of a live studio audience at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

A combination of Firing Line, Crossfire, and the “car guys,” Plato's Cave brings a unique perspective to politics and media, and to how they interact and affect one another. The program is produced through Hobart and William Smith Colleges' radio station, WEOS 89.7FM / 90.3FM, a National Public Radio affiliate. It is distributed on the Public Radio Satellite System. Check your local public radio station for day and time. The program is distributed to more than 700 public radio stations that can access the Public Radio Satellite System, the main distribution mechanism for distributing public radio programming throughout the country. It is also aired via the Web at .

The weekly program presents commentary by Hobart and William Smith Colleges Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman and Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Linda Robertson, who are published in the fields of political science, communications, and media analysis. Moderating the broadcast is Assistant Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn.

For this week’s live broadcast, Robertson plans to discuss propaganda, censorship, and the drive toward war with Iraq. According to Deutchman, she will tackle, “The myth of the liberal media the context of their near total silence on the economy as well as any criticism of Mr. Bush's rush to war.” Scheduled topics are subject to change if there is breaking news.

The audience will no doubt bring out some of the program’s “Loyal Listeners,” who communicate with the hosts via e-mail on their choices for the weekly “Have-they-no-shame Award,” which notes some egregiousness either in the political arena or culturally.

The live broadcast is part of the “Raise Your Voice” civic engagement activities sponsored by the Colleges Office of Public Service through a grant from the New York Campus Compact.