Featured Issue

  • Celebrating the 2022 Academy Award Nominees with Pete Hammond

    Air Dates: March 21-27, 2022 The 2022 Academy Award nominations are out.  Pete Hammond says they celebrate a remarkable array of films exploring topics as diverse as toxic masculinity and environmental catastrophe. Hammond is widely considered to be one of the preeminent awards analysts for both film and television and is the Chief Film Critic for Deadline Hollywood, where he has also been the Awards Columnist, covering the Oscar and … Read More

  • Laboratories of Autocracy with David Pepper

    Air Dates: March 14-20, 2022 Politics, at its best, is about getting things done.  At its worst—it’s something much more sinister.  David Pepper warns that some politicians are experimenting, now, with autocracy in statehouses across the United States. Pepper is a lawyer, writer, political activist, former elected official and professor, and served as the Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party between 2015 and 2021, where he was engaged in litigation … Read More

  • Reflecting on the COVID-19 Pandemic and What Lies Ahead with Dr. Megan Ranney

    Air Dates: March 7-13, 2022 Two years into the pandemic, COVID-19 has taken nearly 1 million American lives.  Dr. Megan Ranney reflects on the experience of these last 24 months and describes the steps we need to take collectively and individually to finally put the pandemic behind us. Ranney is a practicing emergency physician, researcher, and advocate for innovative approaches to health.  Her work focuses on the intersection between digital … Read More

  • Fighting for Fairness in America’s Justice System with Laura Coates

    Air Dates: February 28-March 6, 2022 The line between what is right and what is just isn’t always clear.  Laura Coates is a former federal prosecutor who describes how she reconciled ideas of justice, race, the role of law enforcement in our society, and her own role in the U.S. justice system. Laura Coates is a CNN senior legal analyst, SiriusXM host and author of “Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor’s … Read More

  • Abusers in Power and Their Impact on Public Issues with Ruth Colker

    Air Dates: February 21-27, 2022 It’s one thing to say that politics has always been a tough business, but it’s another to confront the reality that public insults have become more frequent, more intense, and more personal.  Ruth Colker explains this is not an accident, but often part of intentional efforts to hijack public issues. Colker is a leading scholar in the areas of Constitutional Law and Disability Discrimination and … Read More

  • 2022 Spring Event Series Announced

    The Pell Center is pleased to announce our 2022 spring event series.  Tickets to these events are free and will be available approximately two weeks prior to the event date.  Please RSVP for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page and call 401-341-2927 or email [email protected] with questions.  Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list to be notified when tickets become available.  Event updates and … Read More

  • “The People’s Gallery:” Art in the Heart of the Conflict with Tom Kelly and Kevin Hasson

    Air Dates: February 14-20, 2022 For one generation of Americans, civil and sectarian violence in Northern Ireland was brought into our homes through regular reporting on the nightly news. For a younger generation, it was brought home in the powerful lyrics of the band known as U2.  Tom Kelly and Kevin Hasson of the Bogside Artists are creating street art and murals that remember that era in Northern Ireland’s history. … Read More

  • Examining the Internet’s Impact on our Lives with Pamela Paul

    Air Dates: February 7-13, 2022 It’s not much of an exaggeration to say the internet changed all of us and everything around us.  Just look at the way we communicate, earn money, date, entertain, and inform ourselves.  Pamela Paul chronicles the things we’ve lost in the process—the charm that comes with some uncertainty and the romance of the time before the internet. Paul is the editor of The New York … Read More

  • “All of The Marvels” with Douglas Wolk

    Air Dates: January 31-February 6, 2022 Some of the most popular and profitable stories today are based on characters created and developed by authors and artists at Marvel Comics.  Douglas Wolk has read all 27,000 issues to unpack the hopes, anxieties, and cultural aspirations in their half-million pages. Douglas Wolk is a pop culture critic, teacher and writer, and the author of “All of the Marvels,” “Reading Comics” and “33 … Read More

  • Stories of Hope and Renewal in America’s Heartland with Art Cullen

    Air Dates: January 24-30, 2022 The rise of instant updates from today’s online news sources have left many to regard the local newspaper as a thing of the past.  But Art Cullen describes how he and his family have kept Iowa’s Storm Lake Times newspaper alive and prosperous in the digital age. Cullen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and editor of The Storm Lake Times, a family-run weekly newspaper in … Read More