Alcoholics Anonymous III

Lead: Alcoholics Anonymous has helped millions of people kick their addiction to liquor, but like all human institutions, the group is not without its critics.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: Since its founding in 1935, AA has shown remarkable resistance to institutional sclerosis. The emphasis on anonymity and local control have kept conflict at a minimum. That said the organization is not without its flaws and it has critics. They point out that AA is beneficial to many individuals, but not all.

Alcoholics Anonymous II

Lead: Established as a part of the Christian religious tradition, Alcoholics Anonymous soon evolved into a multi-sectarian group with traditions and precepts all its own.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: Delivered of his dependence on alcohol in 1934, William Griffiths Wilson became an enthusiastic convert and soon with his own first convert, Dr. Bob, were finding success with other alcoholics and they established Alcoholics Anonymous stressing small group meetings, admission of a permanent addiction to alcohol, conversion to some concept of the divine, and willingness to share their struggle and success with others so afflicted.

Alcoholics Anonymous I

Lead: Born of despair and yet giving hope to millions, Alcoholics Anonymous, through its principles and methods maps a pathway out of addiction into sobriety.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: By December 1934, William Griffiths Wilson, a theretofore-successful stock broker had just about reached the end of his resources. He was an alcoholic, hopelessly addicted to liquor and in deep peril professionally and personally. Three times before he had taken the detox treatment at Charles Town’s posh Manhattan retreat for well-to-do devotees of alcohol. Each time he went back to the bottle. This was his fourth attempt at getting sober. Wilson was deeply in debt. His career was ruined. To his care givers, the only possibility seemed long-term institutionalization. The attending physician had prescribed the Belladonna Cure, hourly injections of a hallucinogenic made from a poisonous nightshade, a plant designed to invoke relaxation and sobriety out of the discomfort of the treatment.

American Revolution: Tea Act II

Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: With Parliament’s passage of the Tea Act in late spring 1773, an all-to-brief period of calm in colonial resistance to Britain’s taxation schemes came to a crashing end. Gone were the respectful petitions, the heartfelt arguments, Americans cut straight to the threat of violence, and all up and down the seaboard the consignees set to sell the dutied tea and ship captains bearing East India tea from England were forced to resign their commissions or haul anchor and flee.

American Revolution: Tea Act I

Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: By summer 1773, the brief abatement in active colonial resistance to British taxation which had ushered a time of political calm since early 1771 came to a crashing end. Parliament, clearly incapable of political subtlety or of learning from its past mistakes, passed the Tea Act. This bit of economic pretense contrived to at the same time continue the revenue stream into governmental coffers at 3 pennies or pence per pound, aid the financially troubled East India Company which was given a monopoly on the tea trade to America, and most importantly signaled that it would have its way in the colonies regardless of native public opinion.

David Livingstone II

Lead: On October 23, 1871, two men greeted each other on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Africa. It was during this brief encounter there was uttered one of history’s most famous phrases. “Dr. Livingston, I presume?”

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: In 1866, missionary David Livingston embarked from there on what would be his last journey to Africa. His goal—to find the source of the Nile River. Livingston began with a party of 30 porters, several Indian soldiers, freed slaves and local recruits. But most of party dropped out—leaving only Livingston and a handful to continue.

 

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