• Harnessing the Power of Laughter with Gina Brillon

    Air Dates: November 30-December 6, 2020

    There hasn’t been a lot to laugh about in 2020, but Gina Brillon reminds us of the power of laughter and good humor even amidst so much tragedy.

    Brillon is a standup comic, singer, published writer, and poet.  Her newest one-hour comedy special, “Gina Brillon: The Floor is Lava,” is now available on Amazon Prime Video, along with her first one-hour special, “Pacifically Speaking.”  She also performs in the HA Festival: The Art of Comedy on HBO Max.  Her half-hour comedy special, “Easily Offended,” was one of the top shows from the Entre Nos franchise on HBO Latino, and streams on all HBO Digital Platforms.  She has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” “The View,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Brillon also appeared on “Kevin Can Wait” on CBS and “The Conners” on ABC.  In 2012, she became the first and only Latina winner of NBC’s Stand up for Diversity Showcase.  The following year, she was a “New Face” at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.  In 2019, she was featured on Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias’ “Beyond the Fluffy Tour,” which visited 46 cities across the United States.  She co-hosts the podcast, “Mess In Progress,” with Katherine G. Mendoza.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Brillion discusses her Amazon Prime special, “The Floor is Lava.”  She says this one-hour special is unique because of how much creative control she had.  She says, “I was so happy with that because there’s not a lot of people [in the comedy industry who] would trust an artist enough to let them do all that creative work. It has a special place in my heart because of how much work went into it and how much of my personality is in every aspect of it.”

    “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 Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 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.

     

  • Making the Case for Multiparty Democracy with Lee Drutman

    Air Dates: November 23-29, 2020

    America’s founders feared the rise of political factions that would pit Americans against Americans.  Lee Drutman warns that the founders’ greatest nightmares have come true and threaten the health and welfare of our republic.

    Dr. Lee Drutman is a senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America.  He is the author of “Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America” and “The Business of America is Lobbying,” winner of the 2016 American Political Science Association’s Robert A. Dahl Award, given for “scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy.”  He is also the co-host of the podcast “Politics in Question,” and writes for the New York Times, Vox, and FiveThirtyEight, among other outlets.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Drutman discusses the evolving state of American democracy.  He says the two-party system is now “a very highly nationalized political conflict that is sorted very much along urban rural lines… with a very close balance of power.” He adds, “America is also transitioning to becoming a multi-ethnic democracy in a way that we never have been before,” which exacerbates the division we see today.

    “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 Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 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.

  • Extraterrestrial Exploration with Andrew Siemion

    Air Dates: November 16-22, 2020

    Science fiction is full of stories about communication and contact with civilizations beyond the stars.  Andrew Siemion leads a multi-national effort to scan the heavens for indications of intelligent life.

    Dr. Andrew Siemion is an astrophysicist and director of the Berkeley Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Research Center. His research interests include high-energy time-variable celestial phenomena, astronomical instrumentation and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Siemion is the Principal Investigator for the Breakthrough Listen program, the “largest ever scientific research program aimed at finding evidence of civilizations beyond Earth.” In 2018, he was named the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute and was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics as a Corresponding Member for Basic Sciences. In September 2015, he testified on the current status of astrobiology to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the United States Congress. He is jointly affiliated with Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Malta.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Seimion says there are two ways to approach the universe when looking for intelligent life. “You can approach it by projecting all of the worst parts of humanity—all of the fear and the danger and the conflict—and project those out to other civilizations that we might encounter. Or you can project the most beautiful parts of humanity—the art and the love and the comradery that also is a part of the human condition.” He imagines that if there is something potentially negative to discover beyond our Earth, it is just as possible there are beautiful things to discover too.

    “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 Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 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” to Debut Sixth National Season on Public Television January 4, 2021

    NEWPORT, RI–The four-time Telly Award-winning series “Story in the Public Square” will continue to broadcast across the United States with the debut of its sixth national season beginning January 4, 2021, the show announced. The season will feature 24 new episodes. 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 (Vice President, Salve Regina University) and G. Wayne Miller (Staff Writer, 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. Featuring great guests talking about big issues, “Story in the Public Square” is a refreshing alternative to the standard news and public affairs offerings.  The program delivers the opportunity to learn the story behind the stories in an accessible format where guests are the focal point.

    “A recent guest called 2020 our global ‘gap year.’ We’ve tried to make the most of it,” said Ludes, “bringing our audience timely and essential conversations about the pandemic and American politics.” He continued, “As we look ahead to a new year and a new season, we know the political calendar and the start of a presidential term will shape some of the national dialogue, but so will the artists and storytellers who have continued their work throughout lockdowns and re-openings. We’re excited to present them to our audience.”

    “The show succeeds because of our guests—incredibly talented artists whose craft gives meaning to the world around us,” said Miller. “Whether a poet, a visual artist, or a scholar, their insights into the human condition ground us and enrich our understanding of public life in the United States.”

    A partnership of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and The Providence Journal, “Story in the Public Square” provides insights and perspectives into culture, politics and current national and international events from diverse storytellers of every variety—from acclaimed filmmakers, scholars, photographers, journalists, activists, historians, musicians and more. 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 twice in 2020.

    Story in the Public Square:

    On the Web: https://pellcenter.org/story-in-the-public-square/

    On Twitter: @pubstory

    On Facebook: www.facebook.com/StoryInThePublicSquare/

  • Exploring Loss, Creativity and Change with Maggie Smith

    Air Dates: November 9-15, 2020

    It is one of the cruel realities of life for every nation and every individual: we all suffer loss and disappointment.  Maggie Smith is a poet whose new book offers wisdom—and hope—for anyone who knows that pain.

    Smith is the author of four books of poetry, including “Good Bones,” “The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison” and “Lamp of the Body.”  Her latest book, “Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change,” a collection of essays and quotes, was released in October.  She is also the author of three prizewinning chapbooks.  Her poems are widely published and anthologized, appearing in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, POETRY, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.  In 2016, her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages.  Public Radio International called it “the official poem of 2016.”

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Smith says her latest book began as a series of Twitter posts she created as a way of talking herself through a difficult time. She says posting those thoughts in a public space added accountability and she experienced a sense of community that helped her realize she wasn’t alone. She shares an excerpt from “Keep Moving” that reads, “try to shift your thinking away from loss and toward growth. Consider this difficult time a ‘gap year’ between your last life and what might happen next. “Think of it as the first (messy, brave, hard, exhilarating) year of your new life. Keep moving.”

    “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 Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 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 Coronavirus and the Entertainment Industry with Kate Aurthur

    Air Dates: November 2-8, 2020

    The pandemic has changed a lot of habits—including the ways in which people around the world spend their leisure time and resources.  Kate Aurthur tells us that the entertainment industry—literally built on storytelling—has been among the most effected.

    Aurthur is a veteran entertainment journalist and is editor-at-large at Variety.  She has worked as a top reporter and editor at BuzzFeed News, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.  She writes high-impact cover and feature stories about the industry for Variety’s weekly magazine, breaking news on Variety.com and contributes to its video content.  She covers major issues and business trends in TV, film and streaming as the consumption of content across all distribution platforms, including Netflix, Amazon and Apple, continues to reshape the media landscape.  Aurthur also writes about diversity and inclusion in Hollywood, both in front of and behind the camera, profiles prominent writers, directors, producers and actors and covers key festivals and events.  She also contributes to Variety franchises including Actors on Actors, and moderates panel discussions at the company’s summits and conferences.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Aurthur describes the coronavirus’ widespread impact on the American entertainment industry.  As movie theaters closed early this year, she says release dates for many blockbusters were postponed and some were made available through streaming services.  She adds that streaming services were already challenging movie theaters before the virus began and will continue to impact the way consumers experience feature films in the future.

    “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 Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 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.

  • Principled Leadership with Susan Eisenhower

    Air Dates: October 26-November 1, 2020

    In the pantheon of American presidents, perhaps none was better prepared for the job than Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Susan Eisenhower shares with us the principles that guided Ike in war and in peace.

    Eisenhower is the CEO and Chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc., a Washington D.C. based consulting company founded in 1986, which has provided strategic counsel on business development, public affairs and communications projects for more than twenty-five years.  She is the Chairman Emeritus at the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College, where she served as president twice.  She has also had a distinguished career as a policy analyst and has been a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and a Distinguished Fellow at the Nixon Center, now the Center for National Interest.  She is the author of the recently published biography, “How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions.”  In addition to “How Ike Led,” Eisenhower has written four trade press books, two of which were on regional best seller lists and has co-authored or co-edited four other books on international security issues and has authored hundreds of op-eds for newspapers such as the Washington Post and the LA Times.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Susan Eisenhower describes the guiding principles and depth of experience President Eisenhower drew from throughout his life.  She adds that leading the way her grandfather did was a conscious decision on his part.  “I think we were lucky that we had a military man who was arguably the most nonpartisan president we’ve had since certainly the 20th Century. He put his country first. And we should remember that and strive for it.”

    “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 Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 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.

  • Fighting Misinformation and the Pandemic with Ashish Jha

    Air Dates: October 19-25, 2020

    Whatever the final count of fatalities is in the United States from the COVID-19 pandemic, the cost is already far too high.  Dr. Ashish Jha reminds us that there are still simple things that Americans can do to stay safe, to stay healthy, and to help fight the pandemic.

    Jha is a practicing physician and is the Dean of the Brown School of Public Health and professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice after serving as the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute and teaching at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.  He has been recognized as a global expert on pandemic preparedness and response in addition to health policy research and practice.  He has led groundbreaking research around Ebola and is now on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, leading national and international analysis of key issues and advising state and federal policy makers. Jha has published more than two hundred original research publications in prestigious journals including the BMJ and New England Journal of Medicine and is a frequent contributor to a range of public media. He has conducted extensive research on improving the quality of health care and the reduction of its costs, focusing on the impact of public health policy both nationally and globally.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Jha addresses the segment of the population who are not following basic public health measures.  He says he feels sympathy, knowing many Americans are experiencing “pandemic fatigue” and are dealing with a “a deluge of misinformation.”  He says, “you can understand why some people might think, well maybe it’s not so bad, maybe it is overstated, and that makes it harder for people to constantly be wearing the mask, to constantly be doing social distancing.”  He adds, “from a policy point of view, we’ve got to counter that misinformation, and we need our leaders to counter that misinformation.”

    “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 Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 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.

  • Pell Center And Salve Regina University Partner with DHS For National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

    Newport, RI – For the sixth year in a row, the Pell Center and Salve Regina University are supporting the annual Department of Homeland Security’s campaign as a National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion Organization, participating in a growing global effort, to promote online safety awareness with the theme: STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

    Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

    In support of the campaign, Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes will deliver the keynote address on information security & protecting critical information within networks as a part of the Council for Electronic Revenue Communication Advancement 2020 Fall Conference on October 21, 2020.

    Additionally, Salve Regina University will hold a virtual Cybersecurity Career Seminar on October 21.  The event will feature a panel discussion with Salve Regina alumni and faculty, including Darwin Salazar, Senior Product Security Analyst at Johnson & Johnson, Giuliana Sandonato, Senior Software Engineer at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Barrett Wann, professor of Administration of Justice, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and Intelligence at Salve Regina University and Defense Intelligence Agency Account Executive at CACI International Inc., and Francesca Spidalieri, senior fellow for Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center, where she leads the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI).  This seminar will cover cybersecurity careers with discussion on the widening gap between the demand of cybersecurity professionals and the supply of a skilled workforce.  Each panelist will discuss their respective career paths and offer insight into what Salve Regina can offer to students who wish to pursue a cyber-focused degree, either as an undergraduate or a graduate student.  The event is co-sponsored by the Pell Center, the Office of Career Development, and the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at Salve Regina. Register for this webinar here.

    On October 28th, the Pell Center will host a panel discussion on election security, moderated by Francesca Spidalieri.  The discussion will explore some of the key issues surrounding election security and cyberattacks and cover strategies and solutions to securing the integrity and availability of our elections.  It will also highlight specific measures adopted by many state and local election jurisdictions to keep elections secure and accurate and to ensure public confidence in the work of their local governments.  Panelists include Dr. David Mussington, Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise and Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Derek Tisleris, a fellow and counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, and David Levine, who is the Elections Integrity Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. Register for this event here.

    To raise community awareness, the Salve Regina’s Cybersecurity Team will be engaging the community in a series of exercises in ways cybercriminals would attempt to infiltrate our systems and networks.  Additionally, the Office of Information Technology at Salve Regina will host an online cybersecurity presentation with a Q&A session.  More programming details and additional cybersecurity awareness resources on Salve Regina’s NCSAM page on the new Campus Portal.

  • Russia’s History of Covert Electoral Influence with David Shimer

    Air Dates: October 12-18, 2020

    Over the last four years, Americans have heard a lot about Russian interference in our elections. David Shimer says we haven’t heard the whole story about the Cold War, 2016, or 2020.

    Shimer is an expert on election security, U.S.-Russian relations, and covert action.  He is the author of “Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference,” a New York Times Editors’ Choice book.  His reporting and analysis have been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs.  He has appeared on CNN and MSNBC to discuss the threat of foreign election interference, and he has been interviewed by the New York Times, NPR, and Politico about American and Russian foreign policy.  Shimer is an Associate Fellow of Yale University, where he received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in history, and is pursuing a doctorate in international relations at the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Shimer describes writing his book “Rigged” to detail the history of Russia’s covert electoral interference to what came before its operation in the U.S. presidential election in 2016.  He says Russia’s foreign policy has evolved from spreading communism to tearing down democracy and from engaging in an ideological struggle to a power struggle.  He adds, “Russia’s strategy to divide democracies from within […] gives [it] new opportunities for influence, which is why you’ve seen Russia supporting authoritarian-minded, divisive candidates and causes around the world.”

    “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 Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 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.