Story in the Public Square

  • Season Seven of “Story in the Public Square” Set for July Premier

    May 17, 2021, NEWPORT, RI – “Story in the Public Square,” the four-time Telly-Award winning series from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and The Providence Journal, will debut its seventh national season on July 5, 2021. The season will feature 24 new episodes seen nationally on public television and heard nationally on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s P.O.T.U.S. channel “Story in the Public Square” provides insights and perspectives into culture, politics … Read More

  • Capturing Life in Lyric and Melody with Mariee Sioux

    Air Dates: May 17-23, 2021 Folk music has a long and rich tradition in the United States, telling stories by capturing life in lyric and melody.  Singer-songwriter Mariee Sioux uses those tools to tell stories that reflect her indigenous heritage. Mariee Sioux was raised in a small gold mining town in Northern California and is of Indigenous and Polish Hungarian ancestry.  She was exposed to melody, harmony, and the way … Read More

  • Jonathan Karp Matches Books with Their Audiences

    Air Dates: May 10-16, 2020 Books have always seemed like self-contained worlds to me.  Pick up a book, and you can transport yourself to any time in history—or the future. Delve into the mystical or the romantic.  Books help us to open our minds and our hearts, and over the last 30 years, Jonathan Karp has put more of those books into hands than just about anyone else. Jonathan Karp … Read More

  • Creating a Collective Urban Experience with Julian Chambliss

    Air Dates: May 3-9, 2021 The analytical mind can explain the world around us, but the creative mind can help create our future. Dr. Julian Chambliss explores the power of Afrofuturism in comic books, the expression of creativity in the midst of the pandemic, and the way we think about and process history as a society. Chambliss explores the real and imagined city. From planning and community development to comic … Read More

  • Continuing the Creative Process during the Pandemic with Ida Darvish and Josh Gad

    Air Dates: April 26-May 2, 2021 The pandemic has had a profound effect on the entertainment industry, disrupting live performances and posing challenges for production in both film and television.  Ida Darvish and Josh Gad are two of the bright lights of Hollywood and they tell us that the creative process continues. Ida Darvish is a producer and actor who has played multiple characters in the “Assassin’s Creed” video game … Read More

  • Covering the 2021 Academy Awards with Pete Hammond

    Air Dates: April 19-25, 2021 In the midst of a year that saw pandemic disease, social unrest, and bare-knuckled politics, Hollywood churned out a tremendous body of work—even while theaters closed and films created for the big screen streamed directly to our homes.  Pete Hammond says this year’s Academy Awards reflect the issues facing Americans. Hammond is currently Chief Film Critic for Deadline Hollywood, where he has been the Awards … Read More

  • Telling the Stories of the Greatest Generation with Tim Gray

    Air Dates: April 12-18, 2021 Stories from the Second World War continue to educate, fascinate, and even entertain audiences around the world. Tim Gray tells those stories to educate a new generation about the horrors of war and the heroism of the generation that saved the free world. Gray is a national award-winning documentary film director, producer and writer who has produced and directed 17 documentary films on the personal … Read More

  • Addressing the Impacts of our Changing Climate with Michael Oppenheimer

    Air Dates: April 5-11, 2021 Some call it climate change, others call it a crisis, and still others call it a hoax.  Dr. Michael Oppenheimer tells us to take seriously the impact climate change will have in all of our lives. Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), the Department of Geosciences, and the High … Read More

  • The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Immigration Act of 1924 with Daniel Okrent

    Rebroadcast Dates: March 29-April 4, 2021 Air Dates: October 28-November 3, 2019 This episode of “Story in the Public Square” received the Silver award for Best Political/Commentary in Television in the 41st-Annual Telly Awards.  In 1924, a new American law ended the wave of immigration to this country that had begun in the 19th century.  Hundreds of thousands of southern- and eastern-European immigrants had entered the United States each year … Read More

  • Untangling News-Media Bias with Vanessa Otero

    Air Dates: March 21-29, 2021 Anybody on social media has seen it: dueling posts, arguing over a hot political issue. The protagonists in these online debates are generally sincere in their convictions, but Vanessa Otero says that too many of us remain unaware of the media biases that shape our understanding of the world. Otero is the creator of the Media Bias Chart®, the viral image that rates news organizations … Read More