politics

  • Editorial Cartoons with Adam Zyglis

    Air Dates: July 15-21, 2019 Editorial cartoonists occupy the space between writing and drawing—capturing truth and big ideas with seemingly simple illustration and an economy of words.  Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis uses evocative images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words. Zyglis has produced cartoons for The Buffalo News since 2004. His cartoons are internationally syndicated and have appeared in many publications … Read More

  • Special Counsel; Independent Thinking

    There is a competition underway to condition the American public’s response, in advance, to whatever Special Counsel Robert Mueller ultimately reports.  For the president and his allies, the message has been consistent: it’s a “witch hunt.”  For Democrats, after championing the integrity of Mueller’s investigation for months, there seems to be an effort, now, to manage expectations. The president’s use of the term “witch hunt” in relationship to the Mueller … Read More

  • The First Campaign Narrative of 2020

    The 2020 campaign is fully under-way. Democrats and even a few Republicans have announced campaigns and exploratory committees, and campaign narratives are beginning to emerge. Campaign narratives are central to how candidates engage with the public. They provide a framework for understanding developments because the public, once having internalized a narrative, can sort facts and new developments on their own. The narratives that emerge around campaigns are driven by the … Read More

  • 2018 Story of the Year

    2018 Story of the Year – The Battle for Truth

    Air Dates: December 15-16, 2018 Every December since 2013, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University has named a “Story of the Year,” the most important narrative in the public life of the United States in the preceding 12 months. Since June 1, 2018, we have asked guests what they thought the top story would be, so some of their answers were speculative. In this episode we hear from past … 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

  • Trenni Kusnierek on Story in the Public Square

    Pastimes meet Politics with Emmy-winning Sports Anchor & Reporter Trenni Kusnierek

    Air dates: August 25-27, 2018 Sports have the power to unify people from diverse backgrounds, to give us something to be excited about and to talk about, together, no matter who we are, what we do, or where we’re from. But in the last couple of years, politics intruded in our pastimes. As an Emmy-winning sports anchor and reporter, Trenni Kusnierek has a unique perspective on sports in American culture. … Read More

  • Image from a Fall 2016 Lecture on Pope Francis' encyclical.

    Fall 2018 Lecture Series Announced

    Today the Pell Center announced the Fall 2018 event series. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 email [email protected] with any questions or concerns. Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and stay informed about … Read More

  • Gary Varvel on "Story in the Public Square"

    A Cartoonist’s take on the News with Gary Varvel

    Air dates: August 4-6, 2018 Editorial cartoonists use illustration to offer a different perspective on the news and in doing so they challenge us to think in new ways. Gary Varvel brings a conservative perspective to his cartoons for the IndyStar. Gary Varvel was born in Indianapolis in 1957, graduated from Danville High School in Danville, IN, studied at John Herron School of Art (IUPUI) and after college spent 16 … Read More

  • Jay Bookman on Story in the Public Square

    Death of the Grand Old Party with Jay Bookman

    Air Dates: July 21-23, 2018 American politics seemed sufficiently combustible even before the images and stories of immigrant children being separated from their parents pushed our temperature even higher. Jay Bookman argues the super-heated politics of 2018 are a reflection of the death of the GOP as a moderate, governing party. Jay Bookman is a columnist and blogger at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, national politics, environmental and … Read More