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“Story in the Public Square” Episodes

February 18, 2017: Katherine Brown

With the transfer of power in Washington, the stories the United States tells the world are changing, too. Hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller are joined by Katherine Brown, a public diplomacy professional who has served the United States from the corridors of Foggy Bottom to Kabul Afghanistan.
February 11, 2017: Marc Smerling
Politicians and voters may hate crime, but American audiences can’t get enough of shows like CSI or Law and Order. This week, we’re joined by Emmy-winning filmmaker Marc Smerling, who has intimately chronicled some of America’s most notorious criminals.

February 4, 2017: Jonathan Alexandratos

How we play and how we teach our children to play are tremendously important narratives in public life. Jonathan Alexandratos argues that “toys are texts,” and we should read them with the same analytical eye we bring to books, movies, songs, and other media.

January 28, 2017: Dan Fagin
Science is simultaneously celebrated, ignored, and criticized in public life. In this episode, hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller sit down with Pulitzer-Prize winning science journalist Dan Fagin to better understand the power of science to explain the world around us, whether we like what it’s telling us, or not. This episode is supported by The Pulitzer Prize Committee and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, whose commemoration of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize is exploring the changing nature of journalism and the humanities in the digital age.

January 21, 2017: Christian Hopkins, Lorén Spears

One of the big stories of the last six months has been the protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline. This week on “Story in the Public Square,” two Native American activists talk about events on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and the role of storytelling in native culture.

January 14, 2017: Tom Nichols
The United States finds itself in the midst of an information war with an old adversary. This week, national security analyst Tom Nichols will help us understand the contours of that conflict, the role of storytelling in it, and also the implications of what he calls “the death of expertise.”.

October, 2016: Adam Zyglis

Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis discusses a cartoonist’s unique form of storytelling and the wide range of topics he has covered in his dozen years of professional cartooning.

September 2016: David Shuster
Emmy-winning broadcast journalist David Shuster discusses the narratives shaping the 2016 presidential campaign.

August 2016: Raina Kelley

Raina Kelley is the managing editor of ESPN’s new site, The Undefeated, a content initiative focused on the intersection of sports, race and culture.

July 2016: Javier Manzano
Manzano, a talented Pulitzer-prize winning photographer and documentary filmmaker, shared his story of covering the Syrian civil war and his work as a journalist in some of the world’s most dangerous places.
May 2016: Brian Goldner
Goldner talks about the use of narrative storytelling in the toy, TV and film industries; the challenges of running a global toy company; and the research with parents, children, internal staff and outside experts that goes into development of hundreds of products for all age groups.
April 2016: Tricia Rose
Brown University professor Tricia Rose joins hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller to discuss hip-hop, structural racism, and the role of race in the 2016 presidential campaign.
March 2016: Dan Barry
Dan Barry discusses his work and soon-to-be-released book, “The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland.” Set to be released May 17, 2016 by HarperCollins, Barry’s latest book tells the story of dozens of men with intellectual disabilities who spent decades working at an Iowa turkey-processing plant, living in an old schoolhouse, and enduring exploitation and abuse – before finding justice and achieving freedom.
March 2016: August Cole
This week on “Story in the Public Square,” author August Cole shared a glimpse of his experience writing a fictional novel that garnered so much attention as a possible future for the world as we know it.
February 2016: What is Story in the Public Square
Story in the Public Square is a partnership of the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.
February 2016: A New Partnership for White House Chronicle
The Pell Center at Salve Regina University will partner with “White House Chronicle,” a national PBS show with global reach, to produce episodes of “Story in the Public Square.”