Story in the Public Square

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Grappling with Mental Illness in 20th-Century America with Robert Kolker

    Air Dates: January 4-10, 2020 Every family has its secrets. Robert Kolker tells the story of an all-American family in the middle of the 20th century forced to grapple with that era’s stigma and tragic consequences of serious mental illness. Kolker is the New York Times bestselling author of “Lost Girls,” named one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books and one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Top Ten Books of … Read More

  • Navigating Our Future with Big Tech with Alexis Wichowski

    Air Dates: December 28-January 3, 2020 Our nationality has long been a part of how we identify ourselves.  But Alexis Wichowski surveys the rise of “net states,” big tech companies that are, increasingly, taking on roles traditionally played by nation-states. Wichowski is a public servant, teacher, and writer.  She serves as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Innovation and Acting Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Broadband for the City of New … Read More

  • Adapting to a Changing World with Jen Schwartz

    Change may be an essential part of human existence, but Jen Schwartz explores the dislocations in human society caused by the speed with which the world is changing around us. Schwartz is a senior features editor at Scientific American who produces stories on the intersection of technology and the human condition. She specializes in writing about how society is adapting—or not—to a rapidly changing world, with a focus on climate … Read More

  • 2020 Story of the Year: The Coronavirus Pandemic and Its Impact on American Life

    Air Dates: December 14-20, 2020 2020 is a year we won’t forget any time soon—though many of us might want to.  From the impeachment trial of the president, through the pandemic, and the 2020 election, this year has seen more than it’s fair share of important narratives.  Dr. Evelyn Farkas helps us make sense of them all and name our 2020 Story of the Year. Farkas is one of the … Read More

  • Artistic Resilience with Gayle Kabaker

    Air Dates: December 7-13, 2020 The uncertainty of a creative career—waiting for acceptance and dealing with rejection—can be an isolating experience. Gayle Kabaker turned artistic resilience into advice for coping through the pandemic. Kabaker is a graduate of the Academy of Art in San Francisco and has illustrated for various markets worldwide for over 35 years.  She illustrated her first New Yorker magazine cover, “June Brides,” in 2012, which celebrated … Read More