Democracy

  • Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from Within on Modern Democracy with Dr. Tom Nichols

    This Constitution Day event is in partnership with Salve Regina University’s Pell Honors Program and the League of Women Voters of Newport County. Democracy is in trouble, even here in the United States.  An increasing segment of the population, raised in liberal democracy, find increasing appeal in illiberal ideas of governing, identity, and politics.  Strategist and scholar Tom Nichols explores the origins of modern illiberalism and urges a rebirth of … Read More

  • Championing Democracy with M. Ali Kadivar

    Air Dates: August 16-22, 2021 Personal conviction and democratic activism often go hand-in-hand.  Mohammed Ali Kadivar is both a scholar of democracy and an advocate whose family has long been vocal proponents of it. Kadivar is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies and director of the Middle East Popular Politics Lab at Boston College.  The Middle East Popular Politics Lab focuses on collecting and analyzing data on various … Read More

  • Making the Case for Multiparty Democracy with Lee Drutman

    Air Dates: November 23-29, 2020 America’s founders feared the rise of political factions that would pit Americans against Americans.  Lee Drutman warns that the founders’ greatest nightmares have come true and threaten the health and welfare of our republic. Dr. Lee Drutman is a senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America.  He is the author of “Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in … Read More

  • The Information Trade: How Tech Companies Act Like Countries & What it Means for Our Democracy with Dr. Alexis Wichowski, Columbia University

    In The Information Trade, Columbia University professor and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York Alexis Wichowski presents both a near history and a profile of what it means to live a tech-enabled life. This talk will detail how we can both celebrate the ways technology enables us to share the stuff of life – information, data, stories, knowledge, sorrows and silliness, and ephemera – and inform ourselves … Read More

  • We are Americans, First

    I saw a Tweet this week that made me laugh a little.  Someone had shared a video of the flooding in downtown DC on Monday when that deluge of rain came through.  The National Archives had tweeted the footage and pointed out that you could see their building beyond the waves of the flood waters.  An historian at Georgetown said he hoped the Constitution had been kept dry because “we … Read More

  • Democracy is America’s Most Potent Asset

    The next American president should get back to celebrating the moral power of democracy.  This was standard fare for President Ronald Reagan—in fact it was pretty standard throughout the Cold War.  The fact that democracy promotion is little more than a slogan and not a centerpiece of American foreign policy is a mistake. We are leaving our most powerful asset unused in the global competition that will shape the 21st … Read More

  • Democracy in Peril

    When I moved back to New England eight years ago, the state of Rhode Island was in tough financial shape and several municipalities were being administered by officials appointed by the governor.  Let’s be clear about what this meant: whole communities—and sizable ones at that—had local democracy subverted and replaced by appointed officials.  I was troubled by the phenomenon.  It struck me as running counter to so many of the … Read More

  • Luis Martinez on Story in the Public Square

    Satellites & the Economy with Luis Martinez

    Air Dates: December 8-9, 2018 Publically available satellite images offer some of the most fascinating perspectives about life on Earth. Luis Martinez goes one step further and mines those images for the data and stories they contain about some of the world’s most repressive regimes. <iframe src=”https://omny.fm/shows/story-in-the-public-square/satellites-and-the-economy-with-luis-martinez/embed?style=cover” width=”100%” height=”180″ frameborder=”0″></iframe> Luis Martinez is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. His main research interest … Read More

  • John Kerry on Story in the Public Square

    Every Day is Extra with John Kerry

    Rebroadcast Dates: January 17-20, 2019 Original Air Dates: October 27-29, 2018 Over the last five decades, the United States has fought wars, worked for peace, achieved environmental breakthroughs, and struggled to pass on security—however, you might define that – to the next generation. More often, than not, you would have found guest, John Kerry in the middle of those fights. John Kerry is a visiting distinguished statesman at the Carnegie … Read More

  • Justin Hendrix on Story in the Public Square

    The Future of Media with Justin Hendrix

    Air Dates: October 20-22, 2018 We live in a world awash with media of all types. If we’re honest, it seems like we have not yet mastered the current onslaught of social media in public life. Justin Hendrix warns that, for good or for bad, the future is coming. Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab, connecting media and tech companies with NYC universities to drive digital media … Read More