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January 14, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

*Rebroadcast April 15-16, 2017*

The United States finds itself in the midst of an information war with an old adversary.  This week, national security analyst Tom Nichols will help us understand the contours of that conflict, the role of storytelling in it, and also the implications of what he calls “the death of expertise.”

Nichols is a professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College, a former Jeopardy champion, and author of the soon to be published book The Death of Expertise.

“Russian information operations in the U.S. election are the most visible examples of storytelling’s impact on public affairs today. Tom Nichols brings a lifetime of study and thought to a lively conversation about the challenges facing the United States and what we can do to meet them,” said Jim Ludes, executive director.

“Story in the Public Square” airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at 1:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124.

Story in the Public Square is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter.


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