Story in the Public Square

  • Peter Asaro on Story in the Public Square

    Stopping Killer Robots with Peter Asaro

    Air Dates: November 10-12, 2018 For decades, Hollywood films and science fiction writers have told us ominous stories about the future dangers of killer robots and artificial intelligence. Peter Asaro warns that machines lack the essential human qualities required for operating weapons systems—and he’s working to ban them from doing just that. Dr. Peter Asaro is a philosopher of science, technology and media. His work examines artificial intelligence and robotics … Read More

  • Alan Lightman on Story in the Public Square

    The Battle Between Science & Spirituality with Alan Lightman

    Air Dates: November 3-5, 2018 The tension between faith and reason is an ancient one, made even more distinct in the West by the scientific revolution that preceded the era of the Enlightenment. Alan Lightman is a scientist whose personal transcendent experience shapes his view of spirituality today. Alan Lightman is an American writer, physicist, and social entrepreneur. Born in 1948, he was educated at Princeton and at the California … Read More

  • John Kerry on Story in the Public Square

    Every Day is Extra with John Kerry

    Rebroadcast Dates: January 17-20, 2019 Original Air Dates: October 27-29, 2018 Over the last five decades, the United States has fought wars, worked for peace, achieved environmental breakthroughs, and struggled to pass on security—however, you might define that – to the next generation. More often, than not, you would have found guest, John Kerry in the middle of those fights. John Kerry is a visiting distinguished statesman at the Carnegie … Read More

  • Justin Hendrix on Story in the Public Square

    The Future of Media with Justin Hendrix

    Air Dates: October 20-22, 2018 We live in a world awash with media of all types. If we’re honest, it seems like we have not yet mastered the current onslaught of social media in public life. Justin Hendrix warns that, for good or for bad, the future is coming. Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab, connecting media and tech companies with NYC universities to drive digital media … Read More

  • John Kerry on live set of Story in the Public Square

    John Kerry tapes special episode of Story in the Public Square at Salve Regina University

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Silence filled the great hall of Ochre Court. The cameras rolled and the audience sat in hushed anticipation of the special guest. On October 10, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry filmed a special edition episode of Story in the Public Square at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Salve Regina President Sister Jane Gerety gave the opening remarks welcoming the Secretary to the University. … Read More

  • Padma Venkatraman on Story in the Public Square

    Experiencing the World Through Reading with Padma Venkatraman

    Rebroadcast Dates: January 5-6, 2018 Original Air Dates: October 13-15, 2018 The stories we tell ourselves shape who we are, as individuals, and as a society. Padma Venkatraman is a novelist whose stories explore enduring themes about the use of violence to resist evil, the meaning of family, and tension between tradition and modernity. Multiple award-winning author Padma Venkatraman was born in Chennai, India. She came to the U.S. at … Read More

  • Sandeep Jauhar on "Story in the Public Square"

    Heart: A History with Dr. Sandeep Jauhar

    Air Dates: September 29 – October 1, 2018 We rely on physicians and the American healthcare industry to keep us healthy—and when we are gravely sick, we rely on them to keep us alive. Dr. Sandeep Jauhar has been on both sides of that equation, and his books give us an insight normally reserved for insiders. A practicing cardiologist, Jauhar has been writing regularly about medicine for The New York … Read More

  • Sister Helen Prejean on "Story in the Public Square"

    Dead Man Walking with Sister Helen Prejean

    Rebroadcast Dates: January 10-15, 2019 Air Dates: September 22-24, 2018 Since 1976, nearly 1500 Americans have been executed in the name of justice. Sister Helen Prejean, though, cautions about the human cost of the death penalty and the innocent victims wrongfully put to death. Sister Helen Prejean was born on April 21, 1939, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 1957 (now known … Read More

  • Mark Blyth on Story in the Public Square

    Why American Debt is Good with Mark Blyth

    Rebroadcast Dates: December 29-30, 2018 Original Air Dates: September 15-17, 2018 One of the most persistent ideas in the politics of the West, whether we’re talking about Europe or the United States, is that government debt is best attacked through reducing government spending. Mark Blyth, warns though, that “austerity,” as such plans are known, is a historically dangerous idea. Blyth received his PhD in political science from Columbia University in … Read More

  • Gary Glassman on Story in the Public Square

    A New Look at Native America with Gary Glassman

    Air Dates: September 8-10, 2018 One of America’s persistent myths is that the first European migrants to the so-called “new world,” found a largely uninhabited continent. In a new documentary, Gary Glassman brings alive the thriving cities, social networks, art, and science of Native America. Gary Glassman is a producer and director whose documentaries aired on NOVA/PBS, The History Channel, the BBC, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel, among other … Read More