FCTV Presents THE Conversation, a Program on Racial Justice

In an effort to open dialogue and work to educate our community on issues of racial justice, Falmouth Community Television (FCTV) presents a new program entitled THE Conversation.

Co-hosted and co-produced with FCTV by The Rev. Will Mebane and Onjalé Scott Price, the program provides a timely dialogue on race with a local focus.

The Latest Episode, Episode Four:

Joining the co-hosts for the fourth episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists Talia Landry, Julianne Vanderhoop, and Jerry Lassos . Matt Lilles and Andre Price also appear on the program.

This edition of THE Conversation focuses on two topics: “Do you see racism in the celebration of Columbus Day and Thanksgiving?” and “How should we locally in the Commonwealth and across the nation best acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of indigenous people?”


Talia Landry grew up in Mashpee and is a 2010 graduate of Mashpee High School. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Quinnipiac University, Talia took on different roles for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and is currently President of the Tribe's Community and Development Corporation Board of Directors. Talia is presently the Productions Manager for MashpeeTV and has created the tribal news segment, First Light News. She is one of the filmmakers of the documentary Mashpee Nine.

Julianne Vanderhoop is a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). A mother of two and former pilot and flight instructor, Julianne serves on the Town of Aquinnah Select Board and the Wampanoag Tribal Education Committee. An accomplished baker, Julianne founded the Orange Peel Bakery in 2008 by constructing a traditional outdoor, wood-fired oven.

Jerry Lassos is from Venice, California, and is a member of the Tongva indigenous people of Los Angeles. After graduating from California State Northridge as an education major, he served in the Air Force, then attended the University of Colorado and earned his Master’s Degree. After a career as an educator in Colorado’s Jefferson County Schools, he became a founding board member and chairman of the West Denver Prep Charter School. He co-created a service for students called Indigenous Students Leap Ahead.

EPISODE 1:

Rev. Mebane is the rector of Falmouth’s St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Ms. Scott Price is the COO of Mizar Imaging in Woods Hole, and a member of the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee.

Joining the co-hosts for THE Conversation’s premiere are guest panelists Robert Antonucci, Adam Subhas, and Olivia Masih White. Also appearing on the program are Sue O'Brien, Diane Jemmott, and Henry St. Julien.

The inaugural program focuses on two topics, “When you hear Black Lives Matter, what does that mean to you?” and “How and why is this moment different from other periods of change?”

The first episode of THE Conversation will run on FCTV Public Channel 13 on Friday, August 21 at 6:00 PM; Sunday, August 23 at 8:00 PM; Monday, August 24 at 8:00 AM; and Wednesday, August 25 at 11:00 AM.

EPISODE 2:

Joining the co-hosts for the second episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists Sandra Faiman-Silva, Meghan Hanawalt, and Carmina Mock. Also appearing on the program are Gabriel Duran, George Liles, and Donna Jackson. This edition of THE Conversation focuses on two topics, “When you hear the term ‘White Privilege,’ what does that mean to you?” and “Why do you think it is hard for white people to have a conversation about racism?”

Sandra Faiman-Silva has lived in Falmouth since 1984 and retired in 2014 as a Professor of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University where she taught for more than thirty years. Her areas of expertise include Native North America, Latin America, political economy, women’s and gender studies, race and ethnicity.

Meghan Hanawalt has lived in East Falmouth since 2004. She is a town meeting member for Precinct 8, Co-chair of the Affirmative Action & Diversity Committee, Treasurer for the Falmouth League of Women Voters and one of three organizers of Racial Justice Falmouth.

Born in Spain, a mother of six and grandmother of six, Carmina Mock exiled from Franco's fascist Spain to Holland in 1976 and moved to Falmouth twenty years ago. For several years she has been active in promoting women's rights and racial justice.

EPISODE 3:

Joining the co-hosts for the third episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists Mark Long, Ph.D.; Lynne Rhodes; and Joanna McWilliam. Also appearing on the program are Joel Smith and Lionel Hall. This edition of THE Conversation focuses on two topics, “What concerns, if any, do you have about voter suppression as it pertains to race and racism?” and “How do you motivate people to vote in light of voter suppression efforts?”

Mark Long holds a Ph.D. in history from Loyola University Chicago and a B.A. in political science from Auburn University. His research areas and interests include the intersections between maritime, economic and environmental history and policy, especially focused on frontier and borderland areas.

Lynne Rhodes is a native of Falmouth who majored in Social Work and Human Development in college. She is a member of the Town of Falmouth Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee and was elected as a Town Meeting Member for Precinct 8. She was also elected to the Falmouth Democratic Town Committee’s Executive Board and is an Executive Board member for the Cape Cod branch of the NAACP.

A civil rights and voting rights activist who trained with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Jesse Jackson; Andrew Young; and others as a member of the SCOPE (Summer Community Organization and Political Education) program in the 1960’s, Joanna McWilliams has a Master’s Degree in African Studies from Boston University. After living and working as an activist and educator in Nigeria, South Boston, New York, India, and Kenya, she retired to Cape Cod in 2010.

The premiere of episode three of THE Conversation will be Sunday, November 1 at 9:00 PM on FCTV Public Channel 13. The program can also be viewed Monday, November 2 at 8:00 AM; and Wednesday, November 4 at 11:00 AM; and Friday, November 5 at 6:00 PM. Channel 13 is also streamed live via FCTV’s website at www.fctv.org, and the program will also be available for viewing on-demand on the website, FCTV’s Facebook page, and YouTube channel.