Ladies' Auxiliary Telephone Bee


In which politicized performers don their Sunday best to call activists, specialists, and those in the know to interview them live about their experiences both personal and political. The Ladies of Polybe + Seats (and our dedicated team of Gentleman Callers) are always ready to bust out their party clothes (and cloches) to celebrate democracy with the help of modern telecommunications.

CALLING ALL SWING STATES
October 2004
The Tank
Our exploration of day-to-day life experiences on the muddy battleground for the White House, at a time when the term "swing state" was dominating the news. We learned about the impact this campaign had on the everyday lives of Floridians, Coloradoans, Ohioans, and Michiganders. The event was a benefit for MoveOnPAC.  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROE V. WADE
The Tank
January 2005
A benefit for NARAL Pro-Choice New York.  Our callers and crowd snow-shoed it to the Tank to hear conversations with NARAL activists, medical practitioners, lawyers, and women who have chosen.

A CALL TO ARMS, or PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR TROOPS ARE
The Tank
March 2005
On the 2nd anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, we examined the successes, disappointments, problems, and possibilities of this highly controversial military engagement.  Callers spoke with veterans of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, Veterans Association Medical personnel, current GIs, and an anti-war activist or two.  Proceeds from the Call to Arms Telephone Bee went to Operation Truth, a veterans' organization with an activist agenda.

GIMME SHELTER: FRAMING THE DEBATE ON PUBLIC HOUSING
The Brick Theater Moral Values Festival
June 2005
What has housing to do with moral values? To which we respond: Absolutely everything. On the sage advice of George Lakoff (Don't Think of an Elephant), we focused on an issue that highlights the moral issues of right and wrong, the prejudices and resources of those in charge, and the theories and practical applications that directly affect millions of Americans. We talked with political writers and consultants, religious and civic leaders, someone without a home, and others about the urgent and historically complex problem of subsidized and public housing in the US.