Story in the Public Square

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    ‘Truck tolls’ roads, bridges plan named R. I. Story of the Year

    Newport, R.I. – Governor Gina Raimondo’s ambitious and controversial plan to modernize aging state roads and bridges – in part, through the imposition of tolls on trucks – has been voted the 2016 Pell Center Rhode Island Story of the Year. Raimondo’s blueprint, approved by the General Assembly in February, was selected by a panel of 19 judges from the media and academia. Runners-up in the annual contest were the … Read More

  • October 2016: “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square”

    This weekend, “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square” hosts G. Wayne Miller and Jim Ludes welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis to the show. In this episode, Zyglis talks about a cartoonist’s unique form of storytelling and the wide range of topics he has covered in his dozen years of professional cartooning. He has tackled everything from national and international politics, to the environment, to sports, to … Read More

  • Books on a bookshelf, blurred background and sharp focus on the title "Toy Wars" by G. Wayne Miller.

    Pell Center Visiting Fellow G. Wayne Miller Will Co-Executive Produce “Toy Wars”

    Pell Center Visiting Fellow G. Wayne Miller will co-Executive Produce “Toy Wars,” a limited dramatic series for Amazon.  Based on Miller’s 1998 book “Toy Wars: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbie and the Companies that Make Them,” the project brings together some of Hollywood’s best creative talent, including Josh Gad; Josh Schwartz; and Seth Gordon. “Toy Wars” tells the tale of G.I. Joe and Barbie, produced by Hasbro and Mattel, … Read More

  • Executive Director Jim Ludes and fellow G. Wayne Miller speak with emmy award-winning broadcast journalist David Schuster

    September, 2016: “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square”

    This weekend, “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square” hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller welcome Emmy-winning broadcast journalist David Shuster to the show. Throughout his remarkable career, Shuster has covered American politics on major cable news networks from MSNBC to Al Jazeera America, and more. This episode delves into the narratives surrounding political campaigns, particularly in the 2016 presidential race. With the election fast approaching, the dominant … Read More

  • Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and fellow G. Wayne Miller speak with Raina Kelley on the set of Story in the Public Square.

    August, 2016: “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square”

    This weekend, “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square” hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller welcome ESPN’s Raina Kelley to the show. Kelley is the managing editor of ESPN’s new site, The Undefeated, a content initiative focused on the intersection of sports, race and culture. The site features in-depth reporting, commentary and insight on race and culture through the lens of sports. Kelley delves into the tensions and … Read More

  • Pell Center Prize winner Javier Manzano speaks from the podium during an event for the acceptance of his award.

    Witness: Photographer and Filmmaker Javier Manzano Receives 2016 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    Newport, R.I. – One day in Aleppo, Syria, in 2012, Javier Manzano was in a car driving along a road.  He found himself in one of the world’s most dangerous places because he is a photojournalist and there was a story to tell. As they drove, he saw the road in front of him erupt as a Syrian Air Force bomb detonated.  His car screeched to a halt and as … Read More

  • The Pell Center's Executive Director Jim Ludes and the Providence Journal's G. Wayne Miller sit down with photojournalist Javier Manzano on the set of Story in the Public Square.

    July 10, 2016: “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square”

    Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Javier Manzano, who recently received the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square, will be featured this week on “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square.” Manzano captures the stories of people all over the world, from American workers who built nuclear weapons for the Cold War to fighters in the Syrian civil war. He won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography … Read More

  • May 15, 2016: “Story in the Public Square”

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Brian Goldner, chairman, president and CEO of giant toy- and game-maker Hasbro, Inc., will be the guest this weekend on “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square.” Goldner runs the $4.45-billion company that markets and sells Monopoly, Nerf, Transformers, Star Wars, Disney, Marvel and other house brands and licensed products. But more than that, Hasbro projects influence inside millions of homes across the planet – and … Read More

  • April 17, 2016: “Story in the Public Square”

      The third episode of “Story in the Public Square” will be featured on this weekend’s edition of White House Chronicle. Locally, the broadcast will be aired on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS (WSBE). This week, “Story in the Public Square” welcomes guest Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. She is … Read More

  • Story in the Public Square Welcomes Jeff Sparr to Story Board

    Nationally acclaimed artist, advocate and storyteller Jeff Sparr, founder of the renown PeaceLove Studios, has joined the Story in the Public Square (SIPS) Story Board, the creatively and culturally diverse advisory body to the program at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center. In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Jeff is a tireless champion and friend of people who, like him, live with mental illness. In building PeaceLove Studios into a … Read More

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