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“Story in the Public Square” to Premiere 12th National Season in January 2024

October 31, 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 12th national season on public television on January 1, 2024, 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 the public’s understanding of issues that matter in public life today.

“Story in the Public Square” delivers new perspectives from distinguished, diverse guests who offer audiences opportunities to connect with inspiring stories.  Journalists, filmmakers, editorial cartoonists, scientists, musicians, advocates, bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, academics, still photographers, physicians, public health experts, actors, and Pulitzer-Prize winners make the big issues of our day accessible with each weekly episode.  The show has continued to diversify its pool of guests since the pandemic thanks to technology to host them virtually and in-studio at Rhode Island PBS.

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.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to share these stories and storytellers with our audience,” said Ludes.  “We sit down with real greats and recognize the incredible privilege of being invited into people’s homes each week for conversations that both inspire and inform.”

“As always, we express our gratitude to our great audience, guests and crew at our flagship station, Rhode Island PBS, and at the Pell Center,” added Miller.  “I am thrilled to begin our 12th national season!”

The series has been in production at Rhode Island PBS since January 2017 and is currently seen in more than 86 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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