Story in the Public Square to broadcast in major markets across America

Story in the Public Square, a weekly television program that aims to make sense of the stories shaping public life in the U.S. and abroad, will be broadcast in major markets across America beginning in September. Since January 2017, the show has been a fixture on SiriusXM and in southeastern New England from its flagship TV station, Rhode Island PBS.

New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Phoenix, Detroit, San Diego, Milwaukee, Tampa, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Memphis and St. Louis are among the markets where the show will air every week.

Hosted by Jim Ludes, executive director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, and G. Wayne Miller, staff writer at The Providence Journal, Story in the Public Square provides insights and perspectives into culture, politics and current national and international events from diverse storytellers of every variety and in any media.

“We’re excited to bring the show to a national television audience,” Ludes said. “Storytelling has always been central to public life but it has never been more important than now, when on a daily basis we are bombarded with stories from endless sources. Our guests help us sort them out and bring us to new understandings.”

“While we explore topics of significance to us as individuals and fellow citizens of a complex world, we are also mindful that the best discussions are not only spirited but often fun,” Miller added. “Our audiences tell us they like the lively tone we set. They also appreciate the still and moving images we incorporate into the show.”

Thirteen guests will appear on Story in the Public Square’s first national season. They are:

  • Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times staff writer Dan Barry
  • Poet, artist and educator Eve Ewing, author of “Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side”
  • Omer Bartov, Brown University historian and author of “Anatomy of a Genocide”
  • Longtime New York Times obituary writer Margalit Fox
  • Civil rights legend and Martin Luther King Jr. confidante Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr.
  • Still photographer and Instagram pioneer Maddie McGarvey
  • Harvard literature scholar Martin Puchner, author of “The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization”
  • Tara Copp, Pentagon bureau chief for Military Times and author of “The Warbird: Three Heroes. Two Wars. One Story”
  • Caroline Orr, behavioral scientist who with her handle @RVAwonk has taken Twitter by storm
  • Oscar-nominated Greek filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki
  • Julian Chambliss, a historian of urban and popular culture at Michigan State University
  • Edward Luce, Washington correspondent for the Financial Times and author of “The Retreat of Western Liberalism”
  • J. Chivers, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times staff writer and author of “The Fighters”

1 comment

  1. Nancy Peresta says:

    Wonderful program to share with a larger audience. When will the first program be broadcast?

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