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SPSQ 0300 H1
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26 / 30
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Pell Center for International Relations & Public Policy
Rhode Island PBS
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Story in the Public Square is a weekly, public affairs show designed to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter. The show is inspired by the power of stories to shape public understanding of important issues.

#301 Lisa Genova
Inspired by curiosity about what it would be like to live with Alzheimer’s disease, this Harvard-trained neuroscientist broke onto the national stage when her novel, Still Alice, became a best-seller and major motion picture. Genova has since turned her talents into a mission to educate the public about other neurological disorders.
Feed Date: 7/8/19

#302 Adam Zyglis
Editorial cartoonists occupy a unique space in public life. They educate, inform, sometimes mock, and often inspire readers with a combination of wit and wisdom rarely seen in print. Adam Zyglis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Buffalo News, does it better than most.
Feed Date: 7/15/19

#303 Maggie Smith
Poets have the unique ability to capture human existence—in all of its glory and tragedy—with clarity. With a mastery of language and a wealth of human insight, Maggie Smith speaks her truth to the world.
Feed Date: 7/22/19

#304 Danny Strong
Whether he’s in front of the camera, writing a script, or producing a mega-hit for television, Danny Strong understands the power of story to change the world.
Feed Date: 7/29/19

#305 Ashley Jardina
Typically, identity politics are associated with marginalized groups—communities that have been defined as “other” by the dominant group in a political culture. Ashley Jardina explains the contemporary emergence of white-identity politics.
Feed Date: 8/5/19

#306 Gavriel Rosenfeld
History, when seen through the eyes of people living in a particular era, becomes less predictable, decisions seem less certain, and understanding becomes, in fact, more complete. Gavriel Rosenfeld brings that discipline to the history of “the Fourth Reich,” a fear that has mobilized and motivated Europe and the world since 1945.
Feed Date: 8/12/19

#307 Frank Bowman
Of the two mechanisms in the U.S. Constitution for removing a president from office, impeachment remains the only way to remove a sitting president for crimes. Frank Bowman explores the history of impeachment and the arguments for, and against, the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.
Feed Date: 8/19/19

#308 Deborah Carr
For older Americans with means and access to quality healthcare, as well as the emotional benefits of a loving family and friends, the “golden years” are just that. But Deborah Carr warns that millions of Americans find their later years characterized by poverty, poor health, inadequate housing, and loneliness.
Feed Date: 8/26/19

#309 Christopher Brown
The concept of justice is central to the American experience. We celebrate it on our monuments and in our history. But “who gets justice,” and “who defines it” are seldom considered questions. Christopher Brown is a practicing attorney and dystopian novelist who combines his talents in a new novel, Rule of Capture, exploring these concepts in a different America.
Feed Date: 9/2/19

#310 Ian Reifowitz
When Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States, pundits and leading news outlets heralded the arrival of a “post-racial America.” Some Americans, however, didn’t see it that way. Ian Reifowitz documents the exploitation of race in the Obama years by one of America’s prominent conservative opinion makers, Rush Limbaugh.
Feed Date: 9/9/19

#311 Michael Fine, MD
The political debate over healthcare in the United States seems cyclical—it rises and falls with America’s political calendar. Dr. Michael Fine argues that for patients and caregivers, issues like cost, access, and outcomes are real, they are present, and they often have life-and-death consequences.
Feed Date: 9/16/19

#312 Joseph Sakran, MD
In 1994, an errant gunshot struck high-school senior Joseph Sakran in the throat. He survived and is now a trauma surgeon in one of America’s most violent cities. Dr. Sakran sees the effects of gun violence every day, and in the faces of affected families, he is reminded of his own mom and dad.
Feed Date: 9/23/19

#313 Ilan Goldenberg
In 2015, the United States and Iran concluded years of difficult diplomacy that froze Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Just under three years later, in May of 2018, Donald Trump withdrew the United States from that agreement. Ilan Goldenberg warns that while neither the United States nor Iran want a war, the potential for miscalculation and stumbling into conflict is quite real.
Feed Date: 9/30/19

#314 Scott Hartley
As education in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—has grown with the need for more “techies” in the workforce, the humanities have suf¬fered. Scott Hartley argues that the future will need both “techies” and “fuzzies,” indi¬viduals grounded in the liberal arts and their insights into human needs and desires.
Feed Date: 10/7/19

#315 Michael Isikoff
Every American has heard a conspiracy theory—whether about 9/11, Area 51, or the Kennedy assassination. But conspiracy theorizing has a new and growing place in America’s public discourse as social media and the internet spread sensational allega¬tions and politicians encourage stories that help themselves or harm their opponents. Michael Isikoff unpacks the conspiracy theories circulating in the United States today.
Feed Date: 10/14/19

#316 Patricia Nguyen
The daughter of refugee immigrants from Vietnam, scholar and artist Patricia Nguyen is committed to healing and political empowerment. With her family history and her Chicago childhood, she is deeply versed in the Asian-American experience.
Feed Date: 10/21/19

#317 Daniel Okrent
In 1924, a new American law ended the wave of immigration to this country that had begun in the 19th century. Motivated by nativism and eugenics, the proponents of this immigration policy read like a who’s who of the early 20th century. Daniel Okrent tells the remarkable history of the bigotry and sham science that lay at the heart of the Immigration Act of 1924.
Feed Date: October 28, 2019

#318 Dr. John Halpern And David Blistein
In 2017, opioid addiction claimed nearly 50,000 American lives. Dr. John Halperin and David Blistein explore the history of opium—from antiquity to the modern world—and propose a solution to the opioid crisis that blends an understanding of what works and what has failed, previously.
Feed Date: November 4, 2019

#319 Audrey Kurth Cronin
After Alfred Noble developed dynamite, his invention changed political violence—both on battlefields and in the streets where the first modern terrorists adopted the explosive as a weapon of choice. Audrey Kurth Cronin says we have to better manage the current age of open technological innovation before it gets ahead of us with potentially destructive consequences.
Feed Date: November 11, 2019

#320 Marina Ottaway And David Ottaway
The protests that swept across North Africa and the Middle East in the “Arab Spring” toppled some governments and threatened others. Marina and David Ottaway argue the uprisings splintered the Arab region into four worlds with vastly different outcomes, consequences, and prospects.
Feed Date: November 18, 2019

#321 Edward Berenson
Lies and hysterical fabrication have been the basis historically to persecute and kill Jews. New York University professor Edward Berenson, author of The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town, discusses the only documented case of “blood libel” in the United States and its meaning today.

#322 Lenette Azzi-Lessing
Nearly six million American children live in poverty. Boston University professor Lenette Azzi-Lessing dissects the reasons and the profound implications for these children as they grow—and the consequences for all of us in the world’s richest country.

#323 Susan Rice
As the youngest Assistant Secretary of State in the history of the United States, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and as National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama, Susan Rice carried the lessons of her family’s unique American experience.

#324 Michael Kennedy
From the Mueller report to Syria, Ukraine, and impeachment, 2019 was a year of big stories and powerful narratives. Scholar Michael Kennedy looks back at the preceding 12 months and helps us name the 2019 “Story of the Year.”

#325 Adela Raz
Afghanistan is known to most Americans as the site of America’s longest war. Since 2001, the United States has sent hundreds of thousands of its sons and daughters to fight extremists and hunt-down the perpetrators of 9/11. But Afghanistan is more than the war. Adela Raz, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, has a unique perspective on her country’s rich history and insights about its future.

#326 Keesha Middlemass
With less than 5% of the planet’s population, the United States houses 22% of the world’s prisoners. The challenges of navigating that system don’t end when the convicted felon completes his or her sentence. Keesha Middlemass shines a light on the substantial barriers felons face when they try to reenter society.

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