Series
Chicago Matters. Town Meeting
Episode
The Muck Stops Here
Segment
Part 2
Producing Organization
WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-fx73t9fc27
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Description
Series Description
"WTTW's Chicago Matters Project was designed to involve Chicagoans in environmental problems as well as to educate them. The project comprised three special programs as well as other on and off-air activities. "Recycling: The Case Against Garbage showed viewers the strides made in recycling, the variety of recyclables, and the enormous benefits of recycling. The program avoided beating the viewer over the head it explained the hows and whys of recycling in an entertaining way which kept people from burning out on information overloud. "The history of the environmental movement in Chicago was the subject of Coming Clean, but the program also showed how many problems remain as well as ways to solve them. In spite of that, the many successes that were explained in the program pointed out how much can be done to improve the environment. "The Southeast Side of Chicago has been the city's dumping ground as well as the site of a great deal of heavy industry. Consequently it's one of the most polluted areas of the city. The Chicago Matters Town Meeting gave residents of that part of the city a forum to comment and complain about the cavalier way their neighborhoods have been treated by industry, government, and landfill operators. Their comments were sparked by a plan to build Chicago's third airport on the Southeast Side which would destroy their homes and which would also require massive decontamination of the construction sites. "The Chicago Matters Project dealt with environmental news on WTTW's nightly news analysis program, Chicago Tonight were problems such as the Clean Air bill, the cost of caring for the environment, and even the trendiness of being environmentally aware were discussed. The project also used on-air promotions, educational projects, and WTTW's member magazine, Eleven, to help people understand gravity of the problem and what they could do to help."--1990 Peabody Awards entry form. In the second half of the program, the issues of the future of a polluted Chicago, landfills, and waste disposal are discussed. In front of a large audience, reporters Royal Kennedy, John Callaway, and Chitra Ragavan speak with local youth Dusanka Vunjak and Tamara Pavlovic of Washington School; George Brabec of the waste disposal company Land and Lakes, Southeast side attorney Robert Balanoff, Stella Rymus of the United Neighborhood Organization, assistant to the Mayor of Chicago Robert Repel, Ken Westlake of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), President of the Center for Neighborhood Technology Scott Bernstein as well as area residents Mary Ellen Martes and Virginia Camp.
Broadcast Date
1990
Created Date
1990
Asset type
Episode
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:29:43.782
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Credits
Producing Organization: WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)
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The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
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Citations
Chicago: “Chicago Matters. Town Meeting; The Muck Stops Here; Part 2,” 1990, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 28, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-fx73t9fc27.
MLA: “Chicago Matters. Town Meeting; The Muck Stops Here; Part 2.” 1990. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 28, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-fx73t9fc27>.
APA: Chicago Matters. Town Meeting; The Muck Stops Here; Part 2. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-fx73t9fc27