We’ve received a lot of feedback on The Atlantic magazine’s piece that we posted this week, in which former New York City School Chief Joel Klein praised the work that contributing RP Eva Moskowitz has been doing to promote education in the innercity.
By Jonathan Miller, on Tue May 24, 2011 at 12:00 PM ET
We’re now ready for Part 3 of the most spectacular film I have ever directed and produced. (OK, it is the only one. Still…) Hopefully, it is more like Return of the Jedi than Godfather III.
Last week, RPTV shared with you Part 1 and Part 2 of My Home Energy Efficiency Rehab which taught you about the initial energy audit of my residence, and gave you some illustrative examples of some of the problems your own house might be facing. It also shared some of the energy savings that you might be able to capture with just a small investment — an investment that will be returned in spades.
Today, Part 3 focuses on the rehab itself. The 15-minute film will give you a brief overview of the plans, as well as show you much of the work being done at my home. As you will see, I have decided to install geothermal in my home — a big production, but something that will pay for itself and far more in the long run.
If I’ve inspired you to explore an energy efficiency rehab at your own residence, and you live in Kentucky, we have a great new program called KY Home Performance – that I’m using for my own home — which provides low-interest loans or generous rebates to KY citizens. You can find out more here.
If you live in the region, amd you’d like to specifically contact Jamie Clark of Arronco — who is both the contractor of the rehab as well as the tour guide of this film — go to this link. Arronco can install geothermal, as well as the more traditional electric and gas rehab work, in an extraordinarily affordable and environmentally-friendly way.
Contributing RP Artur Davis has been an outspoken national leader on the subject of the proper role of faith in public policy. Four years ago, he sat down for an interview to summarize his views on this subject. His words rings true today, especially in light of the partisanship and polarization plaguing American politics.
As I discussed yesterday, while many of us would like to take meaningful steps to adjust our lifestyles to help protect the plan; often times, the remedies can be expensive.
With a home energy efficiency rehab, however, your rehab expenses will be paid off by the savings in your utility bills after only a few years; then the savings go directly into your pocket.
Today, I will share with you part 2 of the energy audit of my house. In the coming week, films will feature the rehab itself.
If I’ve inspired you to get an energy audit and/or explore an energy efficiency rehab at your own residence, and you live in Kentucky, we have a great new program called KY Home Performance – that I’m using for my own home — which provides low-interest loans or generous rebates to KY citizens. You can find out more here.
But using my handy and soon-to-be-discontinued Flip Video device, I am sharing with you over the next week a series of short films about an energy efficiency rehab that is going on at my home residence.
Many of us would like to take meaningful steps to adjust our lifestyles to help protect the planet from the growing threat posed by climate change. Often times, the remedies can be expensive.
But with a home energy efficiency rehab, not only do you do good, but you also do well: Your rehab expenses will be paid off by the savings in your utility bills after only a few years; then the savings go directly into your pocket. Additionally, by hiring a rehab firm to do the work on your house, you are helping create green jobs in this new economy.
It is one of those rare win-win-wins.
Today and tomorrow, I will share with you films about the energy audit of my house. I was surprised to find how much energy inefficiency and leakage there was in my relatively young (13 year) building. In watching the film, you may identify similar issues at your own house.
If I’ve inspired you to get an energy audit and/or explore an energy efficiency rehab at your own residence, and you live in Kentucky, we have a great new program called KY Home Performance — that I’m using for my own home — which provides low-interest loans or generous rebates to KY citizens. You can find out more here.
By Jonathan Miller, on Tue May 17, 2011 at 8:30 AM ET
We’re pleased to share with you our latest installment of RPTV’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame.
Today’s guest is Mark McKinnon, a nationally-respected political consultant, with clients from both sides of the political aisle. His most famous was former President George W. Bush; McKinnon ran his campaigns at both the state and national level.
Today, in addition to his consulting business and writing for the Daily Beast, McKinnon is the co-founder of No Labels, a new grassroots organization, joining Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who are united in the belief that we do not have to give up our labels, merely put them aside to do what’s best for America.
By Jonathan Miller, on Fri May 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM ET
Our newest Friend of RP, Abigail Miller, made quite an impression when she made her TV debut at the ripe old age of 22 months. As you will see at the very end of the Friday Video Flashback below, Abby sits quietly as her older sister — then 4 year old, Emily — steals the spotlight with her adorable bravado, yelling “I’m for Daddy!”
Abigail actually had a unexpected speaking role that wound up on the editing room floor. After about the seventh take, Abby started to mimic her sister. Unfortunately, with the pacifier in her mouth, all that came out was “Mmm mmm mmm m!”
Abigail also appeared in an earlier commercial. Sitting in her high chair while her father recited his lines, Abby went to work on a chocolate popsicle for about 20 minutes. After the tenth take, popsicle fully ingested, Abby lifted her arms and yelled: “All done!” The director knew better than to rebuf his star, so shooting was shut down for the day.
Another cute aside: In the following ad, the little “future Democrat” holding the Miller for Congress sign about 5 seconds into the video is Conrad Bandaroff, son of the RP’s good friends, Holly and Craig Bandaroff, thoroughbred horse farmers who bred and co-owned Animal Kingdom, winner of last weekend’s Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately, the RP didn’t learn this fact until after he placed his wager on Derby Day.
By Jonathan Miller, on Tue May 10, 2011 at 8:30 AM ET
Today’s guest on RPTV is a true Renaissance woman.
Nell Minow is both a leading expert on corporate governance — some even have called her the Queen of Good Corporate Governance — as well as a nationally-followed family movie critic, using her nom de plume, “Movie Mom.”
She’s got some famous relatives as well: Her sister, Martha, is the Dean of the Harvard Law School (and one of the RP’s favorite former professors); and her father, Newton, was the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and the man who presciently and famously called television a “vast wasteland” exactly fifty years ago.
In her Fifteen Minutes of Fame, Minow discusses the impact of the recent financial reform laws on corporate governance, recommends some excellent movies for your family, and gives a surprising (and funny) answer when questioned on her greatest point of pride about her famous family.
If you read contributing RP Carte Goodwin‘s inaugural piece on Wednesday, you learned that the first vote he cast in his brief four month tour of duty as a U.S. Senator was one of his most important. Indeed, Carte was the deciding vote to break a fillibuster in order to extend unemployment benefits to some of the nation’s most needy citizens.
Today’s RPTV Friday Flashback memorializes that epic moment in Carte’s life:
By Jonathan Miller, on Fri May 6, 2011 at 8:30 AM ET
Today, we debut a new contributing RP through the magic of Skype video.
Dan Hynes served with distinction for three terms and twelve years as Illinois’ state Comptroller. He took two tries to leap to higher office, once barely losing a Democratic primary to the incumbent Governor (2010), and once finishing in second in a Senate primary (some guy named Obama won that race.)
An expert in fiscal management and public pension funds, Dan speaks with the RP about the economic outlook for our states and the nation, and gives his perspective on the job performance and political prospects of his former rival and current friend, President Obama: