American politics

  • White Identity Politics with Ashley Jardina

    Rebroadcast Dates: May 11-17, 2020 Air Dates: August 5-11, 2019 Identity politics are typically associated with marginalized groups—communities that have been defined as “other” by the dominant group in a political culture. Ashley Jardina argues that there is an emerging white-identity politics in American society today.  Jardina is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University.  Her book White Identity Politics explores the nature of racial attitudes, the development of group … Read More

  • Bridging The Divide With Susan Rice

    Rebroadcast Dates: April 27-May 3, 2020 Air Dates: December 9-15, 2019 Politics, it’s often said, is a tough game.  But lost in the back and forth over policies are the lives of public servants who pay a very real toll for their service.  Ambassador Susan Rice knows that experience better than most. Rice served as the U.S. National Security Advisor under President Barak Obama from 2013 to 2017.  She was … Read More

  • 2019 Story of the Year: The Fracturing of America’s Public Narrative

    Air Dates: December 16-22, 2019 Each year since 2013, the Pell Center has announced the public narrative that has had the biggest impact on public affairs in the previous twelve months, the “Story of the Year.”   This year, co-hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller agreed the story of the year is not a single story, but a greater phenomenon: the fracturing of America’s public narrative.  The broad outlines … Read More

  • Bridging the Divide with Susan Rice

    Air Dates: December 9-15, 2019 Politics, it’s often said, is a tough game.  But lost in the back and forth over policies are the lives of public servants who pay a very real toll for their service.  Ambassador Susan Rice knows that experience better than most. Rice served as the U.S. National Security Advisor under President Barak Obama from 2013 to 2017.  She was unanimously confirmed by the Senate as ... Read More
  • The Tribalization of Politics with Ian Reifowitz

    Air Dates: September 9-15, 2019 When Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States, pundits and leading news outlets heralded the arrival of a “post-racial America.”  Some Americans, however, didn’t see it that way.  Ian Reifowitz discusses the exploitation of race in the Obama years by one of America’s prominent conservative opinion makers, Rush Limbaugh, in his latest book, The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh’s Race-Baiting Rhetoric … Read More

  • White Identity Politics with Ashley Jardina

    Air Dates: August 5-11, 2019 Identity politics are typically associated with marginalized groups—communities that have been defined as “other” by the dominant group in a political culture. Ashley Jardina argues that there is an emerging white-identity politics in American society today.  Jardina is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University.  Her book White Identity Politics explores the nature of racial attitudes, the development of group identities, and the … Read More

  • Technically True, but Spin

    In 2005, the United States Department of Defense announced a list of excess military bases that it wanted to close as part of a cost-saving measure.  Anyone who has lived near a closed base will appreciate that this is an incredibly disruptive thing for communities who lose an important employer, community members, both in uniform and their families, and a source of pride—an operational military unit in their home-town that … Read More

  • Larry Tye on Story in the Public Square

    Bobby Kennedy, the Liberal Icon as told by Larry Tye

    Air Dates: June 2-4, 2018 Bobby Kennedy had a reputation as a tough, even ruthless politician; however, Larry Tye believes he evolved into a liberal icon grounded in a personal authenticity. Larry Tye is a New York Times bestselling author whose most recent book is a biography of Robert F. Kennedy, the former attorney general, U.S. senator, and presidential candidate. Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, explores RFK’s … Read More

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    Year in Review on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: December 30-31, 2017 In the last year, Story in the Public Square brought you scholars, journalists, novelists, movie makers and more. Some of the stories they shared made us laugh. Others caused us worry and even anger. All of them helped us understand public life in the United States today. Over 48 episodes in the previous 12 months, we’ve had the opportunity to talk about big issues facing … Read More

  • Rex Tillerson

    Tillerson’s Travails

    “Rex Tillerson, Visiting Europe, Gets Cold Shoulder” | The New York Times “Tillerson Seeks to Reassure Worried Europe Over Trump” | Reuters “Tillerson Visits Brussels Amid Doubts About his Future, and His Boss” | Politico Europe “The Worst Secretary of State in Living Memory” | The Atlantic “Replacing Tillerson with Pompeo Would Supplant a Moderate with a Hawk” | The New York Times   When Rex Tillerson was chosen as … Read More