Featured Issue

  • Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage with Susan Ware

    Air Dates: April 6-12, 2020 The history of the American women’s suffrage movement is the history of determined community organizing, fierce protest, and the power of ideals. Susan Ware, however, tells us the history we know fails to reflect the diversity of the movement that won women the right to vote 100 years ago. A pioneer in the field of women’s history and a leading feminist biographer, Ware is the … Read More

  • Advocacy in Crisis with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

    Rebroadcast Dates: March 30-April 3, 2020 In April 2014, officials in Flint, Michigan, switched the source of the city’s water from the Detroit water supply to the Flint, River.  It was a cost-saving move, but it touched the lives of citizens across that city.  Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha helped blow the story open.  With science and determination, she proved the decision was poisoning the children of Flint.  Dr. Hanna-Attisha is an … Read More

  • Inspiring the Next Generation Through Story with Chelsea Clinton

    This episode was made possible through our partnership with the Rhode Island Center for the Book. Air Dates: March 23-29, 2020 President John F. Kennedy once said, “[one person] can make a difference.  And everyone should try.”  Chelsea Clinton is the author of a series of books for young readers inspired by that same sense of idealism. Chelsea Clinton is the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation and works alongside … Read More

  • Defense and Climate Change: Adapting to a Changing Physical Landscape with Michael Klare

    Air Dates: March 16-22, 2020 The partisan split on climate change is unmistakable.  Democrats view the climate as one of their top-two national issues.  Republicans tend to worry more about the economic disruption that may result from efforts to reduce carbon emissions.  Dr. Michael Klare argues that for the a-political men and women who lead the U.S. military, the challenge of defending the nation and its interests in an age … Read More

  • The Makings of Mass Incarceration in the United States with Elizabeth Hinton

    Air Dates: March 9-15, 2020 While the United States contains less than five percent of the planet’s population, it has nearly one-quarter of the world’s prison population.  Elizabeth Hinton traces the politics and policy decisions since President Lyndon’s Johnson’s War on Poverty that created the nation’s reliance on mass incarceration. Elizabeth Hinton is Professor in the Departments of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard University.  Hinton’s research … Read More

  • Telling the Stories of the Voiceless with Sara Jordenö

    Air Dates: March 2-8, 2020 In the course of producing “Story in the Public Square” each week, co-hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller revel in the chance to sit down with incredibly gifted story-tellers and artists, to hear them describe their craft, and to benefit from their unique perspectives on the world.  Sara Jordenö is all of those things and more.  Jordenö is a filmmaker, visual artist and researcher … Read More

  • Experiencing Climate Change Through Story with Elizabeth Rush

    Air Dates: February 24-March 1, 2020 Climate change is reshaping America’s coast-line—from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico; from Staten Island New York to California.  For most of us, the change is invisible, but Elizabeth Rush tells us that is, in part, because we don’t know what we’re seeing.  Rush is the author of “Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, and “Still Lifes … Read More

  • Pell Center and League of Women Voters, Newport County to Celebrate Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

    See the Newport Daily News’ Coverage of this event. Newport, R.I. – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University and the League of Women Voters, Newport County will host Susan Ware, historian and leading feminist biographer to present “Why They Marched: Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage” on March 3, 2020 as part of the Pell Center’s spring lecture series. The struggle for women’s suffrage raised fundamental questions about women’s roles … Read More

  • The Expanding News Desert with Penny Abernathy

    Air Dates: February 17-23, 2020 It wasn’t so long ago that small and mid-sized American communities were served by multiple news outlets.  Penny Abernathy warns of the expansion of “news deserts,” or areas without dedicated local coverage because of shifting technology and consumer behavior.  Penelope (Penny) Abernathy is the Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina and former executive at The Wall Street … Read More

  • Telling the Stories of War with Mark Jacobson

    Air Dates: February 10-16, 2020 War stories—whether the stuff of memoir or fictional portrayals of people at war—are mainstays of literature across human history, and today, that extends to film.  Mark Jacobson is both a historian and a veteran who seizes on the power of modern storytelling in film to educate the next generation about the realities of war. Dr. Jacobson is the John J. McCloy ’16 Professor of American … Read More