Story in the Public Square

  • Comic Communication: “Wrong Hands” Creations with John Atkinson

    Air Dates: May 2-8, 2022 Cartoons communicate ideas in ways words cannot.  Canadian artist and humorist John Atkinson shares his unique take on the world through his cartoon series, “Wrong Hands” creations. Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, John Atkinson has been writing and drawing his cartoon series, “Wrong Hands,” for over ten years.  After graduating from the University of Ottawa with a degree in fine arts, Atkinson began his … Read More

  • Tackling Election Integrity Issues on Social Media with Katie Harbath

    Air Dates: April 25-May 1, 2022 A decade ago, social media could be seen as a well-spring of democratic innovation and potential.  Events of the last six years may have changed the public’s perception on that score, but Katie Harbath warns that social media platforms have much more work to do to protect democracy in the United States and around the world. Harbath is a global leader who works at … Read More

  • The Blueprint for Autocracy with Ruth Ben-Ghiat

    Air Dates: April 18-24, 2022 Tyranny comes in many forms, but its central elements of violence, lost glories, and corruption seem to repeat.  Ruth Ben-Ghiat warns that autocrats have risen frequently from democracy over the last century by relying on a simple playbook that has proved as durable as it is menacing. Ben-Ghiat is a historian and commentator on fascism, authoritarian leaders, and propaganda and the threats they present to … Read More

  • The Power of Great Literature with Azar Nafisi

    Air Dates: April 11-17, 2022 So much of our modern life is built upon simplifying the complex.  We reduce social interactions to likes and follows on social media and dilute the “news” in our favorite echo chambers.  But Azar Nafisi warns that life is not simple and the complexity found in great literature is ultimately liberating of the mind and essential to the health of our democracy. Dr. Azar Nafisi … Read More

  • Photographing America with Maddie McGarvey

    Air Dates: April 4-10, 2022 America is a study in contrasts: from the pomp and circumstance of a presidential inauguration to the reality of hunger across the land, Maddie McGarvey documents life in the United States as only a photojournalist can. Maddie McGarvey is a freelance photographer based in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication in 2012 with a degree in Photojournalism, interned at the … Read More

  • Bridging the Divide with Susan Rice

    Air Dates: December 9-15, 2019 Rebroadcast Dates: March 28-April 3, 2022 Politics, it’s often said, is a tough game.  But lost in the back and forth over policies are the lives of public servants who pay a very real toll for their service.  Ambassador Susan Rice knows that experience better than most. Rice served as the U.S. National Security Advisor under President Barak Obama from 2013 to 2017.  She was … Read More

  • 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