Story in the Public Square

  • Crafting Stories of Empathy with Paul Tremblay

    Air Dates: August 24-30, 2020 Empathy is a recurring theme on “Story in the Public Square,” because it is central to the crafting of compelling stories—whether set in fiction or non-fiction.  Paul Tremblay uses empathy to draw readers in to the strange and often terrifying worlds that he imagines.  Tremblay is one of the best writers of horror and psychological thrillers today.  He is the author of “The Cabin at the … Read More

  • Re-envisioning American Heroes with Candace Fleming

    Air Dates: August 17-23, 2020 If you grew up in a household that prized reading, you probably recall a book from childhood that shaped your view of the world.  Candace Fleming writes those books with an unflinching honesty about the subjects she presents.  Candace Fleming is an educator, and speaker and author, who writes both fiction and non-fiction.  She has written more than twenty books for children and young adults, … Read More

  • From Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump: Exploring the Modern Presidency With Robert Dallek

    Air Dates: August 10-16, 2020 The history of the American presidency is full of accomplishments and compromises, successes and failures.  Robert Dallek argues that the giants from both parties in the last 120 years draw a sharp contrast with the characteristics of the Trump presidency.  Robert Dallek is the author of several bestselling presidential histories, including “Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power; An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917–1963,” and … Read More

  • The Reign of Beauty Pageants in America With Hillary Levey Friedman

    Air Dates: August 3-9, 2020 Whether you love them or hate them, beauty pageants continue to play a significant role in American popular culture.  Hillary Levey Friedman argues that their evolution is wrapped up in the history of feminism in the United States.  Hilary Levey Friedman is a sociologist and expert on beauty pageants, childhood and parenting, competitive afterschool activities, and popular culture.  She is Visiting Assistant Professor of Education … Read More

  • 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 … Read More

  • 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 … Read More

  • 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. … Read More

  • 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 … Read More

  • 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 … Read More

  • 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 … Read More