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SPSQ 0400H1
Number of Episodes/Length:
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.

#401 Jamie Metzl
The genetics revolution is already reshaping healthcare—and most people see in it the potential for healthier children, healthier adults, and less disease. Jamie Metzl argues that the same technology making progress possible has the potential to saddle the world with a complex array of thorny ethical questions that will effect everything from human sexual reproduction to national security.
Feed Date: January 6, 2020

#402 Kj Dell’antonia
Nothing saps the confidence of the uninitiated quite like the reality of actually becoming a parent. KJ Dell’Antonia tells parents to cut themselves some slack and to worry less about the many hours each day that teenagers spend on screens.
Feed Date: January 13, 2020

#403 Tom Nichols
In this era of “fake news,” disinformation, and social-media distortion and falsehood, professional expertise is under fire. U.S. Naval War College Professor Tom Nichols, author of The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters, explains why these assaults on truth threaten American democracy.
Feed Date: January 20, 2020

#404 Linda Tropp
On many issues today, Americans are bitterly divided. Many politicians are unwilling to reach across the aisle, and fact-based attempts to bridge these gaps seem to fail. Linda Tropp, award-winning author and professor of social psychology at the University of Massachusetts, argues that face-to face connections and emotion, not data and statistics, can bring disparate groups together.
Feed Date: January 27, 2020

#405 Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
History, as a subject of study, is more than a linear progression of events. It is ideas, currents of thought, institutions of learning, social movements, moral awakenings and more. In a brief, new book, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen traces the history of ideas that shaped the United States from its beginnings.
Feed Date: February 3, 2020

#406 Mark R. Jacobson
War stories—whether the stuff of memoir or fictional portrayals of people at war—are mainstays of literature across human history. Mark R. 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.
Feed Date: February 10, 2020

#407 Penny Abernathy
With more and more newspapers closing, a cornerstone of democracy in many localities is imperiled. Penny Abernathy, head of the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discusses the problem – and poses possible solutions.
Feed Date: February 17, 2020

#408 Elizabeth Rush
Climate change is about water: places where there is either too little or too much. Elizabeth Rush describes the impact of rising sea levels on the people and animals who live on America’s coasts.
Feed Date: February 24, 2020

#409 Sara Jordeno
Documentary filmmaker, visual artist, researcher and educator Sara Jordenö explores marginalized groups and communities from around the globe, bringing their stories to mass audiences.
Feed Date: March 2, 2020

#410 Elizabeth Hinton
Associate Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard University, Elizabeth Hinton focuses on poverty and racial inequality in the United States. She is the author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America.
Feed Date: March 9, 2020

#411 Michael Klare
From Australian bush-fires to the latest UN report, climate change is a clear and present danger. Michael Klare explains the impact of a changing climate on the planning and facilities of the U.S. Department of Defense, not from the perspective of an environmentalist, but in terms of national security.
Feed Date: March 16, 2020

#412 Chelsea Clinton
Children’s books reach young minds in their most formative years. As a children’s-book author, Chelsea Clinton presents stories of courageous women, tales of political persistence, and the need to protect animals and their environment.
Feed Date: March 23, 2020

#413 Susan Ware
One hundred years after the adoption of the 19th amendment, noted feminist historian Susan Ware has produced a new, inclusive history of the women who led the suffrage movement, Why They Marched.
Feed Date: April 6, 2020

#414 Daniela Lamas
While many Americans spent most of the last three months at home, Daniela Lamas, MD, had to go to work each day as a pulmonary and critical care specialist. She shares what it is like on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Feed Date: June 8, 2020

#415 Mary Rohlich
Mary Rohlich is drawn to stories that matter. As executive producer of the Netflix hit “Atypical,” she helps the world understand life through the eyes of 19-year-old Sam Gardner, who lives on the autism spectrum.
Feed Date: June 15, 2020

#416 Karey Kirkpatrick
Karey Kirkpatrick transformed his childhood passions into a career that stretches from Hollywood to Broadway. In his 2018 blockbuster film, “Smallfoot,” Kirkpatrick tells a modern fable about “others.”
Feed Date: June 22, 2020

#417 Peter Singer & August Cole
A treatise on the future of technology and security usually is thick and often inaccessible, but Peter Singer and August Cole turn their expertise on emerging technology and national security into a page-turning techno-thriller, Burn In, set in the not-too-distant future.
Feed Date: June 29, 2020

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1/6/2020 - 1/5/2026
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