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  • 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 Atr 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

  • Watching Darkness Fall: Roosevelt and The Rise of Hitler’s Germany with David McKean

    Air Dates: January 17-23, 2022 In the 1930s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt saw war coming with Hitler’s Germany even as he reconciled the isolationism of American politics with his own internationalist instinct.  Ambassador David McKean tells the story of FDR’s personal reliance on his hand-picked ambassadors to Europe in the critical years before America’s entry into World War II. David McKean served as United States Ambassador to Luxembourg from 2016-2017.  … Read More

  • Discussing the Legacy of Confederate Monuments in Richmond and Beyond with Michael Paul Williams

    Air Dates: January 10-16, 2022 Most Americans want to believe that the United States of America as a bastion of liberal democracy.  But Michael Paul Williams is a columnist whose work exposes the illiberal elements in American society, including white supremacy, banning books, and vigilantism. Michael Paul Williams is a native of Richmond and longtime columnist at the Richmond Times Dispatch.  Williams joined The Times Dispatch in 1982 and covered … Read More

  • Bringing the Story of America’s Opioid Crisis to the Screen with Danny Strong

    Air Dates: January 3-9, 2022 According to the CDC, more than 588,000 Americans have died from opioid overdose since 1999.  Danny Strong tells the story of that epidemic in “Dopesick,” a new series on Hulu. Danny Strong is one of the most prolific TV and big-screen talents today, with more than 75 acting, screenwriting, producing, directing, show running and creating credits, three directing credits, according to IMDB.  For writing, directing … Read More

  • Immigration and America’s Dairy Farms with Julie Keller

    Air Dates: June 10-16, 2019 Rebroadcast Dates: December 27, 2021-January 2, 2022 The super-heated rhetoric over immigration and border security in the United States today is part of a long tradition of anti-immigration hysteria.  Julie Keller puts our recent panic in a sociological context—exploring changes in who works on American dairy farms, and how they traveled from Latin America to farms in the upper-Mid-West. Julie C. Keller is an associate … Read More

  • Adapting to a Warmer Planet: “Fighting Climate Change after COVID-19” with Alice Hill

    Air Dates: December 20-26, 2021 The planet is warming.  This isn’t conjecture and it isn’t political: it’s the overwhelming conclusion of climate scientists from all over the world.  Now, for a long time, the debate has been over whether and how we mitigate the threats posed by climate change.  But Alice C. Hill warns that debate needs to be expanded to include a discussion about the things we must do … Read More

  • Colin Woodard Named Visiting Senior Fellow at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center

    NEWPORT, RI—Best-selling author Colin Woodard has been named a Visiting Senior Fellow at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.  The author of six books, including “Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood” as well as “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America” Woodard will build a Pell Center initiative focused on the preservation of American … Read More

  • The 2021 Story of the Year with Dr. Evelyn Farkas

    Air Dates: December 13-19, 2021 2021 is the second year of the pandemic, and it began, almost immediately, with a violent insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Dr. Evelyn Farkas helps us put the big stories of the last 12 months in context even as we name the top story of 2021. Dr. Farkas has three decades of experience working on national security and foreign policy in the U.S. executive … Read More

  • Examining the Expectations Placed on Women Through the Lens of Sport with Lindsey Crouse

    Air Dates: December 6-12, 2021  The demands society places on women—the choices they make about their lives, their relationships, and their appearance—can be overwhelming.  Lindsay Crouse exposes those expectations to the bright light of day and forces all of us to consider our own roles in them. Crouse is a film producer and senior editor at The New York Times.  A Rhode Island native, she graduated from Harvard University, where … Read More

  • America’s Search for National Identity with Colin Woodard

    Air Dates: November 29-December 3, 2021 There are some who argue that the United States of America as a nation, should be defined by its civic identity. A federal Republic that’s found he promised equality under the law and Liberty to all of its people. But there’s a darker side to the American history too, one built on ethnonationalism and white supremacy.  Colin Woodard traces the rise and fall, and … Read More