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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

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    The End of Moderate Conservatism: Foreign and Domestic Ramifications

    As a tumultuous year comes to a close, Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman takes a deep look at some of the more profound transformations underway under the Trump administration—whether  in the realm of politics or foreign affairs.   Rise of the Reactionaries: The American Far Right and U.S. Foreign Policy Many of Trump’s core foreign policy beliefs are less unique than they seem at first, stemming from a longstanding reactionary tradition … Read More

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    Evelyn Farkas on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: December 16-17, 2017 Since 2013, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University has announced a “Story of the Year,” the narrative that had the biggest impact on American public life in the preceding 12 months. This week we’re joined by, Evelyn Farkas, whose work in and out of government gives her special insight into this year’s top story. Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas is a nonresident senior fellow at … Read More

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    Continuing UHIP debacle named R. I. Story of the Year 

    Panel of 18 judges decide fourth annual Pell Center contest         By: G. Wayne Miller NEWPORT, R.I – The continuing problems related to the state’s public-benefits computer system known as Unified Health Infrastructure Project, or UHIP, has been voted the 2017 Pell Center Rhode Island Story of the Year by a panel of 18 judges from local media and academia.   UHIP was launched in September 2016. Still unresolved 15 months later, the UHIP debacle has caused lengthy delays in payments, problems with verification … Read More

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    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

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    Pell Center Hosts first-ever Conference in Rhode Island on Blockchain, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

    Written by: Francesca Spidalieri, Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership       Darwin Salazar, Cyber Leadership Intern & Founder of the Salve Cybersecurity Club Senior corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, government officials, military personnel, law enforcement, researchers, and faculty members from multiple organizations in New England and abroad, convened at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University on November 29, 2017 to participate in the first-of-its-kind conference in Rhode Island on Blockchain, … Read More

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    Matthew Gault on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air Dates: December 9-10, 2017 The United States is engaged in nuclear brinksmanship with a reclusive despot whose regime is determined to develop nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them to the United States. Matthew Gault argues that the American public isn’t worried enough about these issues. “This is civilization ending. This is no iPhones, tomorrow,” said Gault. Matthew Gault is a journalist whose work has appeared in Vice, … Read More

  • Tara Copp on Story in the Public Square

    Tara Copp on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air Dates: November 17-18, 2017 Whether it’s a film like “Saving Private Ryan,” or a memoir like “A Helmet for My Pillow,” the temptation to romanticize war—and the Second World War, in particular—is part of American life. Tara Copp made sense of her own experience in the Iraq war, by understanding her grandfather’s service more than 70 years ago. Copp is an accomplished journalist, and is currently the Pentagon Bureau … Read More

  • Poland Independence Day

    Diversity and Peace vs Purity and Violence

    ‘White Europe’: 60,000 nationalists march on Poland’s independence day | The Guardian White nationalists call for ethnic purity at Polish demonstration | Politico Poland defends massive far-right protest that called for a ‘White Europe’ | Washington Post Poland celebrated its 99th Independence Day last weekend—and a parallel celebration of far-right extremists—almost 60,000 of them calling for “pure blood” and a “white Europe”—marched through the streets.  The celebration attracted white supremacists … Read More

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    Christopher Brown on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: November 18-19, 2017 Dystopian fiction has become increasingly popular in today’s culture with the rise of books brought to the big screen. For example, The Hunger Games and the recent Hulu series, The Handmaid’s Tale. Speculative fiction, from the most fantastic science fiction to the bleakest dystopias, shines a light on current issues and the reality we know in the here and now. Writer and lawyer, Christopher Brown uses … Read More

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