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  • 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 … Read More

  • This Way, Tyranny Lies

    One of my favorite topics to teach is the 16th century scientific revolution in Europe.  If I could, I would spend an entire semester dissecting the way Ptolemy’s second-century explanation of the universe prevailed for 13 centuries, only to be challenged by Copernicus and then utterly destroyed by Tycho Brahe and Johanne Keppler, who turned 20 years of nightly observations of the heavens into three laws of planetary motion: Planets … Read More

  • 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 … Read More

  • “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 … Read More

  • 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 … Read More

  • 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 … Read More

  • “They Bought Us Time to Do Better”

    One week before D-Day, on May 29, 1944, Britain’s air chief marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory approached General Dwight Eisenhower with a warning.  As commander of the airborne assault on D-Day, Leigh-Mallory’s paratrooper and glider units would be among the first to assault Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, and the British general was worried.  The Germans had been reinforcing parts of the region targeted by U.S. airborne forces.  By his calculations, glider forces would … Read More

  • 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 … Read More

  • Back to the Future

    Every four years we have a presidential election that sets the agenda for the country for the following four years.  Theoretically, the election is the culminating moment of a national dialogue.  In the ideal, the vote is an expression of the nation’s opinion, not necessarily on the fitness of candidates, but on the major issues of the day. Growing up, I loved campaigns because of that Capra-esque idealism.  I reveled … Read More

  • 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 … Read More