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  • Exploring Hidden Networks Below the Forests with Suzanne Simard

    Air Dates: November 1-7, 2021 Forests have long been celebrated in literature as a repository or life and solitude.  But Dr. Suzanne Simard says they are also an important repository of wisdom—a wisdom passed from tree to tree as they communicate with one another. Dr. Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada.  She is … Read More

  • Studying the Classics in the American Judicial System Emily Allen-Hornblower and Nafeesah Goldsmith

    Air Dates: October 25-31, 2021 The promise of a liberal arts education has always been the insight offered to us by classic texts about the human experience.  Emily Allen-Hornblower and Nafeesah Goldsmith tell us the appeal is not limited just to traditional students in classrooms, but also students learning in environments as challenging as the American judicial system. Emily Allen-Hornblower is Associate Professor of Classics at Rutgers University.  She is … Read More

  • Michael Paul Williams Named 2021 Recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    NEWPORT, R.I.—Michael Paul Williams, a long-time columnist for The Richmond Times Dispatch, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square.  Awarded since 2013, the prize honors storytellers whose work has a meaningful, positive impact on the public dialogue. Williams joined The Times Dispatch in 1982 and covered local government for a decade before becoming a columnist for the paper a decade … Read More

  • Investigating the Events of January 6, 2021 with Scott MacFarlane

    Air Dates: October 18-24, 2021 On January 6, 2021, a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol seeking to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.  While our attention has been consumed with things like the pandemic, vaccines, and America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, Scott MacFarlane reminds us that the investigations into the events of that day—and the prosecutions of those responsible—are just beginning. MacFarlane is an investigative reporter with the News4 I-Team … Read More

  • Unwinding Anxiety with Judson Brewer

    Air Dates: October 11-17, 2021 Colleges and universities all over the United States are facing a wave of students suffering from depression and anxiety heightened by the last year and a half of the pandemic.  Dr. Jud Brewer says there are things everyone can do to be more mindful, to break bad habits, and to be happier. Brewer is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and … Read More

  • Season 8 of “Story in the Public Square” to Premier in January 2022

    NEWPORT, RI – “Story in the Public Square,” the five-time Telly-Award winning series from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and The Providence Journal, is set to debut its eighth national season during the week of January 3, 2022 with 24 new episodes seen nationally on public television. “Story in the Public Square” is a weekly, 30-minute series that centers on storytellers—acclaimed filmmakers, scholars, photographers, journalists, physicians, activists, historians, … Read More

  • An Inside Look at Today’s China with Desmond Shum

    Air Dates: October 4-10, 2021 There is a contradiction inherent in today’s China.  The Chinese Communist Party wields total control over the politics of the land, but the state also celebrates and encourages private wealth.  Desmond Shum offers an insider’s account of wealth, power, corruption, and vengeance in today’s China. Shum was born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong and developed the largest air cargo logistics facility in China, … Read More

  • Afghanistan Beyond the War with Adela Raz

    Rebroadcast Dates: September 27-October 3, 2021 Original Air Dates: December 23-29, 2019 Afghanistan is known to most Americans as the site of America’s longest war.  Since 2001, the United States has sent hundreds of thousands of its sons and daughters to fight extremists and hunt down the perpetrators of 9/11.  But Afghanistan is more than the war. Ambassador Adela Raz has a unique perspective on her country’s rich history and … Read More

  • Exploring Identity and Hope with Padma Venkatraman

    Air Dates: September 20-26, 2021 The idea of “caste,” or a hereditary structure to society is foreign to many U.S. audiences. But Padma Venkatraman takes young readers into the caste structure of her native India in a soulful exploration of identity and hope. Venkatraman is an award-winning author who was born in Chennai, India.  Before becoming a novelist, she earned a Ph.D. in oceanography from The College of William and … Read More

  • A Look Ahead at the COVID-19 Pandemic with Dr. Ashish Jha

    Air Dates: September 13-19, 2021 When schools finished the academic year earlier this summer, they looked forward to the fall with the first cautious optimism anyone had felt in years.  But Dr. Ashish Jha has offered level-headed wisdom that the pandemic simply is not over. Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, is a physician, health policy researcher, and the Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.  Before joining Brown, … Read More