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Eleventh National Season of “Story in the Public Square” to Premiere July 2023 on Public Television

May 30, 2023

NEWPORT, RI— “Story in the Public Square,” the six-time Telly Award-winning series from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, will premiere its eleventh national season on public television on July 3, 2023, via NETA.  The new season will feature 24 new 30- minute episodes and a diverse array of guests who either study or tell stories that shape our understanding of issues that matter in public life today.

Each weekly episode of “Story in the Public Square” delivers new perspectives and opportunities for audiences to connect with inspiring stories and important issues.  The series features a culturally and professionally diverse group of distinguished guests.  Filmmakers, editorial cartoonists, musicians, bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, academics, journalists, still photographers, physicians, scientists, public health experts, advocates, actors, producers, and Pulitzer Prize winners truly make this show all that it is.

The show continues to benefit from the longstanding creative collaboration between hosts Jim Ludes, Vice President, Salve Regina University, and G. Wayne Miller, Director of the Pell Center’s Ocean State Stories initiative, also at Salve Regina University.

“The power of story intersects with developments in American politics, trends in American society, the rise of artificial intelligence, shifts in the way Americans work and spend their time, questions about identity—who we are as individuals and who we are as a people,” said Ludes.   “These are the kinds of conversations we have every week on “Story in the Public Square,” added Miller.  “We know how fortunate we are to be able to bring these guests and the stories they tell our audience in each episode.”

The series has been in production at Rhode Island PBS since January 2017 and is currently seen in more than 85 percent of the nation’s television markets with nearly 500 weekly broadcasts nationally.  It has won Telly Awards for excellence in politics and commentary as well as social impact in 2022, 2021, 2020 (twice); 2019, and 2018.  The show is produced by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and presented by Rhode Island PBS via NETA, the National Educational Telecommunications Association.

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The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy is a think tank on the Salve Regina University campus in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Its programs on domestic and international issues are designed to generate new ideas, to expand public understanding of important issues and, ultimately, to help the public and its leaders make better decisions.  Dedicated to honoring Sen. Claiborne Pell’s legacy, the center promotes American engagement in the world, effective government at home and civic participation by all Americans. The Pell Center accomplishes this through research and publications, public events and media programs that run throughout the year.

The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) is a professional association that serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Since 1967, our reason for existing has been to connect public television people and ideas by providing quality programming, educational resources, professional development, management support, and national representation.