Welcome to Iowa Public Television! If you are seeing this message, you are using a browser that does not support web standards. This site will look much better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device. Read more on our technical tips page.

Iowa Public Television


Where are our manners? Is civility dead?

May 12, 2011

Iowa Public Television Examines Civility with Two New Specials

Civil discourse is the focus Tuesday, May 17


(Johnston, Iowa)  -- In today’s world, many people feel Americans have lost their ability to disagree while maintaining respect and civility. Have we become a nation of less tolerant, less civil people? If so, how do we allow for more civil discourse in public dialogue? Two new specials will examine these issues and more on statewide Iowa Public Television Tuesday, May 17, beginning at 7 p.m.

            Rude: Where Are Our Manners?, at 7 p.m., investigates whether society really has become less tolerant of differing opinions, or if this worry arises in each generation.

Following that program, Conversations on Civility: An Iowa Perspective examines the future of civic discourse from Iowans familiar with political dialogue. Host Paul Yeager interviewed several guests for this new program, including:

«     Barry Griswell – Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

«     Connie Ryan Terrell – Interfaith Alliance

«     Scott Raecker – Character Counts in Iowa

«     Kathie Obradovich – The Des Moines Register

«     Joe Shannahan – Partner, LS2g (public relations/public policy firm)

«     Chuck Larson, Jr. – Partner, LS2g (public relations/public policy firm)


For more information about these programs, please call 515-242-3146.


# # #

« Back to IPTV News