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The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina is a multidisciplinary research center focused at the intersection of politics, policies and ideas.

“Story in the Public Square” to Premiere 13th National Season in July 2024

NEWPORT, RI, May 23, 2024— “Story in the Public Square will premiere its 13th national season on public television on July 1, 2024, via NETA. The new season will feature ­­24 new, 30-minute episodes and a diverse array of guests who tell the stories that shape our understanding of issues that matter in American public life today.

The upcoming season of “Story in the Public Square” will feature stories that put American politics front and center, offering a balanced look at the issues and people. The show will continue to emphasize an appreciation of stories and their tellers, offering perspectives from distinguished, diverse guests. Journalists, filmmakers, scientists, musicians, advocates, bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, academics, photographers, physicians, public health experts, actors, and Pulitzer-Prize winners make the big issues of our day accessible with each weekly episode.

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

“We are so grateful for the privilege of bringing these stories and storytellers to our audience each week,” said Ludes. “Every time we sit down with one of our guests, we’re blown away by the volume of stories that deserve to be told, and heard, and entered into the public consciousness. We’re lucky to play a small roll in bring them to the public.”

“When we began Story, Jim and I had no inkling that the show would become what it has–an award-winning platform with a coast-to-coast reach featuring some of the finest storytellers of our time,” said Miller. “We are deeply indebted to our guests, audience, and crew who have made ‘Story’ such a success.”

The show announced that it was honored with its seventh and eighth Telly Awards Wednesday, ahead of the new season’s premiere.  It won bronze in the History category for its episode with historian Jeffery Veidlinger on Inter-War Pogroms and bronze in the Entertainment category for its episode with renown film critic Pete Hammond who forecasted the 2023 Academy Awards.

The series has been in production at Rhode Island PBS since January 2017 and is currently seen in more than 84 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.