A national / international broadcast of Democracy Now! with host Amy Goodman features, well, ...us!
DemocracyNOW is a daily TV/radio news program, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, airing on over 750 stations, pioneering the largest community media collaboration in the U.S. Lyle Estill of Piedmont Biofuels discussed "How a town [Pittsboro] proposes to be self sustaining." The segment begins at about 43 minutes and continues to 51:55.
The text of the program is here.
Among examples of innovation and cooperative development models, local currency was spotlighted as a means of affirming and supporting a local economy. The "Plenty" has achieved "on par" exchange with US currency at the Capital Bank in Pittsboro as well as being honored at Chatham Marketplace, General Store Cafe and other businesses,
Plenty is an acronym for Piedmont Local Exchange tender, which has circulated in Carrboro for years. http://www.ncplenty.org/scrip.
Chatham sustainability programs at CCCC and the revival of the Pittsboro mill were also given as examples of CCCC sustainable ag program, with local businesses bringing the mill back to life.
While signing books at a local gathering for a talk, Amy Goodman and her colleague Denis Moynihan were impressed that four local groups had cooperated in presenting the evening, and today's broadcast closed with a recognition of that cooperative spirit.
The groups are the three broadcasters: WNCU (at NC Central in Durham), The Peoples Channel, WCOM, and Balance & Accuracy in Journalism. Hopefully one day, Chatham Radio can join the four!