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Story in the Public Square

Story in the Public Square

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. For example, Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," shined a crucial light on the violence and inhumanity of American slavery, fueled the abolition movement, and inspired Abraham Lincoln, upon meeting the author, to say "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war." Narrative is no less important today-though the vehicles for dissemination are much more diverse. From a great novel to a film, a song, or even a Tweet, stories still very much impact the way the American public looks at issues. Our show turns a critical eye to these stories and their tellers.

Latest Episodes

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.

WGBY World
Thu Feb 28th, 6:00am

Poets, rock stars, authors-and even mere mortals-all share a nightly sojourn-a temporary stay-in the land of dreams. Alice Robb argues they are not just flights of fancy, but critical to health and happiness in our waking hours too.

Imagine the courage of a young black man in the Jim Crow South to sit at a "Whites Only" lunch counter; to need a military escort for a bus ride; to be assaulted by the Ku Klux Klan, and, through it all, to remain committed to non-violence. Dr. Bernard LaFayette has done just that.

A behavioral scientist by training, an unwanted Twitter celebrity by circumstance, Caroline Orr uses social media to make sure her scholarship reaches a wide audience-and in doing so helped expose Russia's disinformation campaign against the United States.

News consumers rely on a select group of journalists willing to travel into combat zones to understand the conflicts of the 21st century. No one in recent years has done that job better than CJ Chivers.

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