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  • ‘MLK/FBI’ with Sam Pollard and Benjamin Hedin

    Air Dates: February 22-28, 2021 This episode was made possible with the gracious collaboration of Newport Film and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities’ “Culture is Key” Project. In the 1960s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation spied on civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Sam Pollard and Benjamin Hedin tell that story in a powerful documentary that shines a light on race, power, and the politics … Read More

  • Life with the Afterlife with Amy Bruni

    Air Dates: February 15-21, 2021 Everyone has a ghost story—a personal family experience, something that happened to a friend, an uncle, or even ourselves.  Amy Bruni tells us that sometimes these stories are comforting and sometimes they are not, but there is a lot we can learn from them. Bruni is a paranormal investigator and co-star of the Travel Channel’s hit show, “Kindred Spirits,” and previously appeared on “Ghost Hunters.” … Read More

  • First Principles with Tom Ricks

    Air Dates: February 8-14, 2021 Political divisions are as old as the republic, itself.  But Tom Ricks says that if we’re serious about preserving the union, there is much we can learn from the founders study of the ancient republics in Rome and Greece. Ricks is an adviser on national security at the New America Foundation, where he participates in its “Future of War” project.  He was previously a fellow at the … Read More

  • Rhode Island PBS Revisits Four Hard-Hitting Selections from “Story in the Public Square”

    PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – Now in its ninth season, the three-time Telly Award-winning “Story in the Public Square” will be featured in a mini-marathon of four powerful episodes on Thursday, February 4, beginning at 9 p.m. Hosted by Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, and G. Wayne Miller, senior staff writer at The Providence Journal, and produced in … Read More

  • Exploring a Future Tech Dystopia with Kashmir Hill

    Air Dates: February 1-7, 2021 We live in an age increasingly defined by the intrusion of technology in our lives. Kashmir Hill is a technology journalist whose work explores the looming tech-dystopia—and how we can avoid it. Kashmir Hill is a New York-based technology reporter who writes about the unexpected and sometimes ominous ways technology is changing our lives, particularly when it comes to our privacy.  She joined The New … Read More

  • Remain in Love with the Talking Heads’ Chris Frantz

    Air Dates: January 25-31, 2021 The music scene in the 1970s and 1980s is now the stuff of legend—from disco to the rise of hip hop, punk, and new wave, innovation and artistry dominated pop music.  Chris Frantz was in the middle of it all as a founding member of Talking Heads. Frantz is one of the Talking Heads band’s founding members.  As the drummer, he provided the backbeat for … Read More

  • O’Malley publishes “Directors’ Duties and Corporate Anti-Corruption Compliance”

    The Pell Center congratulates Dr. Patrick O’Malley on his recently published book, “Directors’ Duties and Corporate Anti-Corruption Compliance: The ‘Good Steward’ in U.S. and U.K. Law and Practice.” O’Malley is an adjunct fellow at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy and teaches graduate courses in Social Justice and Business Ethics and Business Law at Salve Regina University.  A Milan-based international corporate and securities lawyer, he is dual … Read More

  • American Crossroads: What’s Next with Norman Ornstein

    Air Dates: January 18-24, 2021 A lot of people believe our politics are broken.  Dr. Norman Ornstein says the fault lies squarely with one political party—and will likely shape the course of the Biden administration. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies politics, elections, and the U.S. Congress.  He is a cohost of AEI’s “Election Watch” series, a contributing editor and columnist for … Read More

  • 2021 Spring Event Series Announced

    The Pell Center is pleased to announce its 2021 spring event series.  Tickets to these events are free and will be available approximately two weeks prior to the event date.   All events will take place virtually on the Pell Center’s Facebook page.  Please RSVP for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page and email [email protected] with questions.  To be notified when tickets become available, subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom … Read More

  • Examining Animal Rights in Industrial America with Ernest Freeberg

    Air Dates: January 11-17, 2021 The end of the 19th Century in America, is often associated with the rise of profound social movements like the temperance movement; the women’s suffrage movement, and—more darkly—even the eugenics movement.  Ernest Freeberg tells the story of the birth of the animal rights movement. Freeberg is a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of Tennessee and is the award-winning author of “A Traitor to … Read More