Featured Issue

  • Ninth National Season of “Story in the Public Square” to Premiere July 2022

    NEWPORT, RI – “Story in the Public Square,” the five-time Telly-Award winning series from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, is set to premiere its ninth national season during the week of Monday, July 4 2022 via NETA.  The new season will include 24 new episodes seen nationally on public television. “Story in the Public Square” is a weekly, 30-minute series that brings audiences to the intersection of storytelling … Read More

  • Studying Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Survivors of Domestic Violence with Eve Valera

    Air Dates: May 9-15, 2022 Traumatic brain injuries can have lifelong impacts on cognitive and psychological function.  Dr. Eve Valera studies these injuries among survivors of domestic violence and says they have serious mental health impacts. Valera is an associate professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a research scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has been studying domestic violence for nearly 25 years and is recognized internationally for … Read More

  • Comic Communication: “Wrong Hands” Creations with John Atkinson

    Air Dates: May 2-8, 2022 Cartoons communicate ideas in ways words cannot.  Canadian artist and humorist John Atkinson shares his unique take on the world through his cartoon series, “Wrong Hands” creations. Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, John Atkinson has been writing and drawing his cartoon series, “Wrong Hands,” for over ten years.  After graduating from the University of Ottawa with a degree in fine arts, Atkinson began his … Read More

  • Tackling Election Integrity Issues on Social Media with Katie Harbath

    Air Dates: April 25-May 1, 2022 A decade ago, social media could be seen as a well-spring of democratic innovation and potential.  Events of the last six years may have changed the public’s perception on that score, but Katie Harbath warns that social media platforms have much more work to do to protect democracy in the United States and around the world. Harbath is a global leader who works at … Read More

  • The Blueprint for Autocracy with Ruth Ben-Ghiat

    Air Dates: April 18-24, 2022 Tyranny comes in many forms, but its central elements of violence, lost glories, and corruption seem to repeat.  Ruth Ben-Ghiat warns that autocrats have risen frequently from democracy over the last century by relying on a simple playbook that has proved as durable as it is menacing. Ben-Ghiat is a historian and commentator on fascism, authoritarian leaders, and propaganda and the threats they present to … Read More

  • The Power of Great Literature with Azar Nafisi

    Air Dates: April 11-17, 2022 So much of our modern life is built upon simplifying the complex.  We reduce social interactions to likes and follows on social media and dilute the “news” in our favorite echo chambers.  But Azar Nafisi warns that life is not simple and the complexity found in great literature is ultimately liberating of the mind and essential to the health of our democracy. Dr. Azar Nafisi … Read More

  • Nuala Pell Leadership Fellows Visit Washington

    On March 24, 2022, eleven undergraduate student fellows in the Nuala Pell Leadership program arrived in our nation’s capital to meet with Rhode Island’s legislators in Washington and leaders from across the public sector.  Named in honor of the late Nuala Pell, wife of Sen. Claiborne Pell, who was an avid supporter of public service, the program exposes student fellows to both the theory and practice of leadership with an … Read More

  • Photographing America with Maddie McGarvey

    Air Dates: April 4-10, 2022 America is a study in contrasts: from the pomp and circumstance of a presidential inauguration to the reality of hunger across the land, Maddie McGarvey documents life in the United States as only a photojournalist can. Maddie McGarvey is a freelance photographer based in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication in 2012 with a degree in Photojournalism, interned at the … Read More

  • Student Blog: Nuala Pell Leadership Fellows Visit Washington D.C.

    On March 24, 2022, Salve Regina University students in the Nuala Pell Leadership Program arrived in our nation’s capital to meet with Rhode Island’s elected leaders and leaders from across the public sector.  The visit concluded the year-long leadership program that exposed our high-achieving student fellows to both the theory and practice of leadership and emphasized public service. One day prior to arriving in Washington, the students presented their research … Read More

  • Bridging the Divide with Susan Rice

    Air Dates: December 9-15, 2019 Rebroadcast Dates: March 28-April 3, 2022 Politics, it’s often said, is a tough game.  But lost in the back and forth over policies are the lives of public servants who pay a very real toll for their service.  Ambassador Susan Rice knows that experience better than most. Rice served as the U.S. National Security Advisor under President Barak Obama from 2013 to 2017.  She was … Read More