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Commons Sense




Genre: Educational

Place Covered: Sturbridge, Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2001-10-24

Duration: 00:19:14

Subjects: Educational films | Science | Fisheries | Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge


  • Grandy, Greg Host
  • LaBauve, Randy Producer
  • Aguilar, Priscilla Speaker
  • Azene, Hendekea Speaker
  • Bergeron, Beau Speaker
  • Kelleher, Tom Interviewee
  • Jenkins, Brooke Interviewee
  • Murawski, Steve Interviewee
  • Parker, Paul Interviewee
  • Olsen, Julie Interviewee
  • Elsey, Ruth Interviewee
  • Marsh, Lisa Interviewee


In this episode of the series “Enviro-Tacklebox” from October 24, 2001, host Greg Grandy explores the concept of a “commons” and the overuse of resources. Grandy first visits Old Sturbridge Village, a living museum in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. He interviews Tom Kelleher, a research historian, who discusses the commons of early New England towns. Next, Brooke Jenkins, a sheep farmer in Louisiana and Oklahoma, discusses the problem of overgrazing. Then, Grandy visits Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He interviews Steve Murawski, a research director for the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Paul Parker, a Cape Cod fisherman, who discuss the depletion of the cod fish population. Grandy then visits the National Marine Fisheries Institute in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and interviews Julie Olsen, a cultural anthropologist, who discusses the regulations put on fisheries. Next, Grandy visits the Rockefeller Refuge in south Louisiana. He interviews Ruth Elsey, a wildlife biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, who discusses the state’s regulation of the alligator harvest. Lastly, Grandy interviews Lisa Marsh, a park ranger in Boston, who discusses the history of Boston Common.