• Appreciating the Obituary with Mo Rocca

    Air Dates: July 27-August 2, 2020

    There are some really great dead people.  Mo Rocca helps us remember them in part through his own appreciation of the obituary. 

    Humorist, journalist and actor Mo Rocca is best known for his off-beat news reports and satirical commentary.  He is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, Rocca and the host of CBS’s series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation.  The show features stories about some of the world’s greatest inventions—past and present—and the effort it took to create them, educating and inspiring audiences with stories of creativity, hard work, and passion.  Rocca created and hosted the Cooking Channel’s show, My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learned to cook from grandparents across America.  He is also a frequent panelist on NPR’s hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Rocca describes his book, “Mobituaries,” as his “appreciation for someone or something, that didn’t get the send-off it deserved the first time around or any send-off at all.”  He adds, “any good obit writer will tell you that a good obituary is really about someone’s life, not their death.”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Public Health and Native Populations with Donald Warne

    Air Dates: July 20-26, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has affected some communities worse than others—drawing into specific relief decades of data on health disparities.  Dr. Donald Warne warns that the impact has been particularly grave for Native Americans. 

    Donald Warne, MD, MPH is the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as the Director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) and Master of Public Health Programs, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota.  He also serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men.  He received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and his master’s in public health from Harvard School of Public Health.  He has been a primary care physician with the Gila River Health Care Corporation in Arizona, a Staff Clinician with the National Institutes of Health, Indian Legal Program Faculty with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, the Health Policy Research Director for Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, the Executive Director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board and Chair of the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Warne describes the long-existing public health issues facing Native populations in the United States.  He cites historical issues, modern day policy issues, and existing health disparities as factors that make up the “negative synergy” that results in “the terrible, really third-world health conditions indigenous people face in the United States.” Warne added that the lack of public health infrastructure left native populations largely unprepared to meet the demands of the coronavirus pandemic.

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Capturing Images of the Era with Maddie McGarvey

    Air Dates: July 13-19, 2020

    A lot of Americans feel like the 2020s have already been a grueling decade—and we’re barely half-way through the first year of it.  While the narrative of this experience will take some time to be written, Maddie McGarvey is among the photo journalists already capturing the images of this era and beginning to tell those stories.

    McGarvey is a freelance photographer based in Columbus, Ohio. She worked as a staff photographer at the Burlington Free Press in Vermont before returning to the Midwest. She was named an Emerging Talent for Getty Reportage and selected as one of Magnum’s 30 Photographers under 30 and was chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s 51 Instagram Photographers to follow in the United States and was recognized by Picture of the Year International for her campaign work.  She frequently photographs for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, AARP, NPR, and ESPN.  Her work has also appeared in Mother Jones Magazine, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, and FiveThirtyEight, among others.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” McGarvey discusses how her approach to photography has changed during the coronavirus pandemic.  She said, “safety is most important,” describing photographing from a distance and the protective equipment she now wears on the job.  “It really has changed the way I went to work, but I know it’s not going to be forever.”  For her subject matter, she says, “I’m photographing how this has affected other parts of our society,” describing her work photographing people facing eviction to those who were already struggling with homelessness and food insecurity. 

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • 45 Rhode Island Students Awarded Pell Medal for Excellence in U.S. History.

    Newport, R.I. — Forty-five students from across Rhode Island have earned the Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for U.S. History this year. The award was originally presented by Senator Claiborne Pell and his wife, Mrs. Nuala Pell, recognizes college and high school students in the state who have excelled in U.S. History.

    “The Pell Center at Salve Regina University is proud to honor outstanding students of American history in Rhode Island,” said Pell Center Executive Director, Dr. Jim Ludes. “Now more than ever, we need to look at history with clear eyes and understanding about our republic, its founding principles, and those examples of both when we lived up to those ideals, and when we have not.”

    Established by the Pell family, the Pell Medal is named for Representative Herbert C. Pell and his son, Senator Claiborne Pell. Herbert Pell served as a member of Congress and American Minister to Portugal and Hungary, while Claiborne Pell, who is responsible for the creation of the Pell Grants and the National Endowment for the Humanities, served in the Senate for 36 years and worked to strengthen American foreign policy. The medal, which features a pelican on the left side and an anchor on the right, symbolizes the Pell family and the state of Rhode Island. 

    The winners of the 2020 Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for excellence in the study of U.S. History are:

    Barrington    

    Lorelei Alverson, Barrington High School

    Ethan Ciak, St. Andrew’s School

    Bristol

    Robert O’Dell, Roger Williams University

    Central Falls

    Lorraine Quintero, Central Falls High School

    Coventry       

    Alexander Lavoie, Coventry High School

    Cranston       

    Maura Potter, Cranston High School East

    Cumberland 

    John Ayick, Cumberland High School

    East Greenwich        

    Jordan Kalinsky, East Greenwich High School

    East Providence       

    Jacob Rivet, Providence Country Day School

    Alexis Silva, East Providence High School

    Harrisville    

    Hannah Eaton, Burrillville High School

    Johnston       

    Madisyn Turcotte, Johnston Senior High School

    Kingston       

    Cameron W. Garvey, University of Rhode Island

    Lincoln          

    Alec Buffi, Community College of Rhode Island

    Nathan Surmeian, Lincoln High School

    Nicholas Croce, William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School

    Narragansett

    Alison McCadden, Narragansett High School

    Newport

    Cailin Martin, Rogers High School

    North Kingstown     

    Alaina Minarik, North Kingstown High School

    North Providence     

    Nicholas Barrow, North Providence High School

    Pawtucket     

    Erick Luciano, Blackstone Academy Charter School

    Pawtucket     

    Enrique Echervarria, William E. Tolman High School

    Daniel Soares, Shea High School

    Portsmouth   

    Ava Park, Portsmouth Abbey School

    Providence    

    Christopher Azar, La Salle Academy

    Amarylis Cruz, Paul Cuffee Upper School

    Nicholas Dwyer, Rhode Island College

    Grace Jordan, Classical High School

    Rachel Lynch, Providence College

    Leah Marchant, Rhode Island School of Design

    Dewa Putra, Central High School

    Xander Schenck, School One

    Kobii Spruill, Lincoln School

    Leah Tabor, Scituate High School

    Smithfield     

    Connor Henderson, Bryant University

    Tiverton        

    Angelin Santerre, Tiverton High School

    Warwick       

    Charlotte Frost, Pilgrim High School

    Michael Graves, Toll Gate High School

    Noah Sullivan, Bishop Hendricken High School

    West Warwick          

    Grant Black, West Warwick High School

    Westerly

    Sean Rafferty, Westerly High School

    Wood River Junction          

    Andrew Poirier, Chariho High School

    Woonsocket

    Ajiehume Ceesay, Woonsocket High School

    Crickett Fisher, Beacon Charter High School for the Arts

    Everett Misto, Mount Saint Charles Academy

  • Race and the NFL with Ken Belson

    Air Dates: July 6-12, 2020

    Sports play a giant role in American public life—and their absence has been a much-discussed part of the pandemic.  Ken Belson covers the National Football League for The New York Times

    Belson writes about teams, stadiums, medical issues, lawsuits and more in his coverage of the National Football League (NFL) for The Times.  Mr. Belson joined the Sports section in 2009 after spending three years writing for the Metro and Business sections.  From 2001 to 2004, he wrote about business in Japan while working in The New York Times’ Tokyo bureau.  Prior to joining The Times, Belson wrote for Bloomberg, Reuters and Business Week, all in Tokyo, and many other publications as a freelancer.  He is the co-author of “Hello Kitty: The Remarkable Story of Sanrio and the Billion Dollar Feline Phenomenon.”  He attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism on a Japan-America Friendship Commission Fellowship and won the Pulitzer Traveling Scholarship, which he used to travel to the Cook Islands to write about the effects of bankruptcy on a country.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Belson discusses race in the NFL, saying Roger Goodell’s statement in response to George Floyd’s murder was intended to set the tone for team owners to do the same.  He said many in the league, including head coaches, are “baring their souls in ways that were not [previously] the typical NFL, tough exterior, manly message that you often get,” saying recent events have prompted extensive “soul searching by some of the most powerful people in the league.”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • The Future of Defense and Technology with P. W. Singer and August Cole

    Air Dates: June 29-July 5, 2020

    A treatise on the future of technology and security usually is thick and often inaccessible, but P.W. Singer and August Cole turn their expertise on emerging technology and national security into a page-turning techno-thriller set in the not-too-distant future. 

    August Cole and Dr. Peter W. Singer are co-authors of the best-seller “Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War” and “Burn In: A Novel of the Real Robot Revolution.”  Cole is an author exploring the future of conflict through fiction and has reported on defense for The Wall Street Journal and MarketWatch.com among others.  He is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, where he directed the Art of the Future Project, which explores creative and narrative works for insight into the future of conflict, from its inception in 2014 through 2017.  Cole works on creative futures at SparkCognition, an artificial intelligence company and is a regular speaker to private sector, academic and U.S. and allied government audiences.

    Singer is a strategist at New America.  He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, and as an official “Mad Scientist” for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.  Singer is the author of multiple best-selling, award winning books in both fiction and nonfiction, including “Wired for War.”  Singer is considered one of the world’s leading experts on changes in 21st-century warfare, with more books on the military professional reading lists than any other author in history.  He served as coordinator of the Obama campaign’s defense policy task force and was named to the U.S. Military’s Transformation Advisory Group, NATO’s Innovation Advisory Board.  In addition to his work on conflict issues, Singer served as a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and as an advisor to IDS.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Singer and Cole discuss what it means to live “through a new kind of industrial revolution,” as technology progresses in future years, saying by 2030, much of the disruptive and innovative technologies as they often are, will be fairly seamless and invisible.”  While Singer said their new book, “Burn In” addresses the darker side of the technological revolution, he emphasized the potential positives, describing how algorithms based on individual preferences can enhance everyday life.

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Modern Fables with Karey Kirkpatrick

    Air Dates: June 22-28, 2020

    Fables are ancient tools for delivering big lessons to human audiences.  In his work, Karey Kirkpatrick applies modern story-telling technology to this ancient tradition. 

    Kirkpatrick is a writer, director, composer and lyricist whose films include “Chicken Run,” “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Over the Hedge” “Charlotte’s Web,” and the 2018 animated musical “Smallfoot” among others.  He and his brother, Wayne Kirkpatrick, were nominated for a 2015 Tony Award for Best Original Score for “Something Rotten!”  This was just one of many honors for Kirkpatrick, who has won four Annie Awards for television and movie animation.  He has also won a Saturn Award, a Hugo Award, and a Cannes Film Festival Award, among others.  He directed the computer-animated feature films “Over the Hedge” and “Smallfoot,” from Warner Bros., and co-wrote the story and screenplay, and his brother Wayne, wrote the songs. “Smallfoot” featured the voices of Channing Tatum, Zendaya, James Corden, LeBron James, and Danny DeVito among others.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Kirkpatrick describes drawing inspiration for his work from events taking place around him. As a creator, he said, “whatever world you’re living in, living in and [whatever is] going on in the world, it’s impossible for you to not have feelings and thoughts about them. And it’s almost impossible for them to not kind of leak in to whatever it is that you’re creating.”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Stories With Social Impact with Mary Rohlich

    Air Dates: June 15-21, 2020

    This show is built on the power of storytelling to change the world. Mary Rohlich has built her career telling stories that matter, whether in documentaries, feature films, or on television.

    Rohlich is an independent film, television and documentary producer.  She is currently an executive producer on the Netflix series “Atypical,” which was renewed for a fourth and final season this year.  She has produced several television pilots and series including “The Good Doctor” as co-executive producer, “Sneaky Pete” as producer, “The Goldbergs” as co-producer, and “Breaking In” as co-producer.  Rohlich worked with director Seth Gordon on “Four Christmases” as associate producer.  With Gordon, she co-produced the hit comedies, “Horrible Bosses,” “Identity Thief,” and was an executive producer on “Baywatch.”  She has also produced several notable documentary features including “Gleason,” which was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2017, “Wrestle,” “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” “Finders Keepers,” among others.  Rohlich also serves on the board of Vidiots, a non-profit film organization, and was named one of the Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Gen 35 under 35” industry up-and-comers in 2016.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Rohlic describes her current project, “Atypical,” which follows the story of a young man diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder.  She attributes its success and to its capacity to connect with people who haven’t seen their story represented on television before.  She says, “I want to tell stories that have heart.”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Coronavirus: On the Front Lines with Daniela Lamas

    Two months ago, production of Story in the Public Square was stopped when our state governor issued a stay at home order.  Like most of the rest of the country, we’ve watched the days pass.  While we stayed home, Dr. Daniela Lamas kept going to work as a pulmonary specialist on the front lines of the pandemic. 

    Lamas is a pulmonary and critical-care doctor at Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.  Following graduation from Harvard College, she went on to earn her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where she also completed internship and residency.  She then returned to Boston for her subspecialty fellowship.  She has been a medical reporter at the Miami Herald and her essays frequently appear in the New York Times, including her most recent from the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.  

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Lamas describes how the coronavirus has changed her practice of medicine.  She hopes first-hand accounts like hers can enhance and shift public understanding of our current situation. She says the stories we have are so powerful because they are so few. They are “change agents” that spark questions that lead to meaningful change.

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • “Story in the Public Square” will Debut Fifth National Season on Public Television July 6, 2020

    NEWPORT, R.I. – The four-time Telly Award-winning series “Story in the Public Square” will continue to be broadcast across the United States with the debut of its fifth national season beginning July 6, 2020, the show announced. The show has been in production since January 2017 on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and in southeastern New England from its flagship TV station, Rhode Island PBS.  “Story in the Public Square” is currently seen in more than 80% of the nation’s television markets.

    Hosted by Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, and G. Wayne Miller, Staff Writer at The Providence Journal, “Story in the Public Square” is a weekly 30-minute public television program that tries to make sense of the stories shaping public life in the United States and abroad.

    A partnership of the Pell Center and The Providence Journal, the program provides insights and perspectives into culture, politics and current national and international events from diverse storytellers of every variety and in any media—from acclaimed journalists, filmmakers, authors, photographers, scholars, activists, historians, musicians and more.

    “The disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic challenges all of us to think creatively about how we work,” said Ludes.  “In the weeks and months that make up Season 5, we expect to explore stories from the pandemic, the protests sweeping the United States this summer, as well as the crescendo and aftermath of the 2020 election, and the narratives that spawns,” he continued.  “And we’re going to make sure we laugh a little bit along the way—because that’s important, too.”

    “Our guests are the secret to the success of “Story in the Public Square,” said Miller. “In the upcoming season, we’ll widen our reach and include more talented storytellers from the entertainment industry, as well as the top scholars, journalists, and visual artists who have been the mainstay of the show.”

    The season will feature 26 new episodes.

    “Story in the Public Square” provides audiences the opportunity to hear compelling stories, and learn the story behind the stories in an accessible format where the hosts listen rather than lecture. The program offers a refreshing alternative to the standard news and public-affairs offerings. The show is produced by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and presented by Rhode Island PBS via NETA, the National Educational Telecommunications Association.

    The audio version of the series is broadcast multiple times each weekend on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States) channel. “Story in the Public Square” won Telly Awards for excellence in general politics/commentary in 2018, 2019, and 2020. 

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