“Whistle Where You Work,“ produced by the Government Accountability Project, is a multimedia program focusing on issues of accountability. All episodes of the 30-minute program may now be viewed online. In “The Assault on Scientific Integrity,” part of Episode #4 in the series, GAP Executive Director Mark Cohen interviewed Francesca Grifo of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Rick Piltz of Climate Science Watch during the fall 2008 election campaign.
GAP is pleased to announce that it has launched a Web site for its multimedia program, Whistle Where You Work, which archives all previous episodes available for viewing – online and anytime. Click here to watch Whistle Where You Work.
The purpose of WWYW is to educate society on whistleblowing, free speech, civil liberties, and public interest issues. The program is typically made up of two segments—an interview with a prominent whistleblower, and a panel discussion with leading nonprofit and media experts. The interview provides viewers with an opportunity to better understand the toll that blowing the whistle can have on an individual’s personal and professional life, how important whistleblowing is to society, how actions of these brave individuals can affect millions of people, and the unfortunate retaliation that these employees face. The panel discussion gives viewers in-depth analysis on a range of public interest issues that mainstream television media fails to adequately cover (previous topics have included food irradiation, consumer product safety, and scientific integrity).
New episodes are updated, on average, every two weeks. The current episode leads off with a panel discussion on The State of the Food Safety System in America. Expert guests focus on: the growing-in-popularity idea of creating a unified food safety agency, the current problems of food safety oversight that stem from having multiple agencies in charge, and different pieces of proposed legislation that address this issue. Then, in the interview segment, James Murtagh of the International Association of Whistleblowers examines the problems with ‘peer review’ systems at hospitals. Other recent episodes deal with Consumer Product Safety, Whistleblowing at the Environmental Protection Agency, Fixing the Department of Justice, and Whistleblowing at the Food and Drug Administration.
On television, the program airs nationally on the Free Speech Channel, which is shown on the Dish Satellite Network. The program airs every other week, at least five times during that week. WWYW also is expanding to local community and public access program channels throughout the country.
Climate Science Watch is a program of the Government Accountability Project.