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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.

Story in the Public Square  
  • William Taubman
    Friday, June 21
    5:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Mikhail Gorbachev is one of the most important figures of the 20th century. A child of the Soviet Union, and a fast rising star in the Communist Party, Gorbachev was also a democratizer whose reforms led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. William Taubman authored the definitive biography of the last Soviet leader.
  • Helen Schulman
    Monday, June 24
    11:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    It's almost taken for granted that technology is changing America. Whether we're talking about job losses, election meddling, or the role of big-data in healthcare, technology is everywhere. Helen Schulman, through her remarkable fiction, warns that technology is changing our personal relationships and our families, too.
  • Helen Schulman
    Friday, June 28
    5:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    It's almost taken for granted that technology is changing America. Whether we're talking about job losses, election meddling, or the role of big-data in healthcare, technology is everywhere. Helen Schulman, through her remarkable fiction, warns that technology is changing our personal relationships and our families, too.
  • Philip Deloria
    Monday, July 1
    11:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The British colonies in the New World, and later the United States, were built on land taken from native populations. Philip Deloria explores the interplay of Native Americans and the development of America's national identity.
  • Philip Deloria
    Friday, July 5
    5:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The British colonies in the New World, and later the United States, were built on land taken from native populations. Philip Deloria explores the interplay of Native Americans and the development of America's national identity.
  • Lisa Genova
    Monday, July 8
    11:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Lisa Genova, best-selling author (Still Alice; Every Note Played; and more) and neuroscientist.
  • Lisa Genova
    Friday, July 12
    5:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Lisa Genova, best-selling author (Still Alice; Every Note Played; and more) and neuroscientist.
  • Adam Zyglis
    Monday, July 15
    11:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Adam Zyglis, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist from The Buffalo News.
  • Adam Zyglis
    Friday, July 19
    5:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Adam Zyglis, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist from The Buffalo News.
  • Maggie Smith
    Monday, July 22
    11:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Maggie Smith, an award winning poet.
  • Maggie Smith
    Friday, July 26
    5:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Maggie Smith, an award winning poet.
  • Danny Strong
    Monday, July 29
    11:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Danny Strong, Emmy-winning screenwriter and co-creator of "Empire" on FOX.

 

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  • William Taubman
    Monday, June 17
    11:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Mikhail Gorbachev is one of the most important figures of the 20th century. A child of the Soviet Union, and a fast rising star in the Communist Party, Gorbachev was also a democratizer whose reforms led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. William Taubman authored the definitive biography of the last Soviet leader.
  • Julie Keller
    Friday, June 14
    5:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The super-heated rhetoric over immigration and border security in the United States is part of a long tradition of anti-immigration hysteria. Julie Keller puts our recent panic in a sociological context-exploring changes in who works on American dairy farms, and how they traveled from Mexico to farms in the upper-Mid-West.
  • Julie Keller
    Thursday, June 13
    11:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The super-heated rhetoric over immigration and border security in the United States is part of a long tradition of anti-immigration hysteria. Julie Keller puts our recent panic in a sociological context-exploring changes in who works on American dairy farms, and how they traveled from Mexico to farms in the upper-Mid-West.
  • Julie Keller
    Thursday, June 13
    4:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The super-heated rhetoric over immigration and border security in the United States is part of a long tradition of anti-immigration hysteria. Julie Keller puts our recent panic in a sociological context-exploring changes in who works on American dairy farms, and how they traveled from Mexico to farms in the upper-Mid-West.
  • Julie Keller
    Monday, June 10
    11:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The super-heated rhetoric over immigration and border security in the United States is part of a long tradition of anti-immigration hysteria. Julie Keller puts our recent panic in a sociological context-exploring changes in who works on American dairy farms, and how they traveled from Mexico to farms in the upper-Mid-West.
  • Alexandra Watts
    Friday, June 7
    5:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Local journalism is one of the keys to American democracy. There's no substitute for an experienced, local reporter who can share a story with the insight and perspective that comes from living in the community in which they report. Alexandra Watts is part of a new movement to put reporters on the ground in communities across America.
  • Alexandra Watts
    Thursday, June 6
    11:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Local journalism is one of the keys to American democracy. There's no substitute for an experienced, local reporter who can share a story with the insight and perspective that comes from living in the community in which they report. Alexandra Watts is part of a new movement to put reporters on the ground in communities across America.
  • Alexandra Watts
    Thursday, June 6
    4:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Local journalism is one of the keys to American democracy. There's no substitute for an experienced, local reporter who can share a story with the insight and perspective that comes from living in the community in which they report. Alexandra Watts is part of a new movement to put reporters on the ground in communities across America.
  • Alexandra Watts
    Monday, June 3
    11:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Local journalism is one of the keys to American democracy. There's no substitute for an experienced, local reporter who can share a story with the insight and perspective that comes from living in the community in which they report. Alexandra Watts is part of a new movement to put reporters on the ground in communities across America.
  • Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
    Friday, May 31
    5:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Flint, Michigan, has become a cautionary tale about America's decaying infrastructure. But it's more than that: it's a cautionary tale about the loss of democracy; it's a celebration of the scientific method; and it's the story of dedicated doctors and public health officials, like Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who made the story known.
  • Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
    Thursday, May 30
    11:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Flint, Michigan, has become a cautionary tale about America's decaying infrastructure. But it's more than that: it's a cautionary tale about the loss of democracy; it's a celebration of the scientific method; and it's the story of dedicated doctors and public health officials, like Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who made the story known.
  • Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
    Thursday, May 30
    4:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Flint, Michigan, has become a cautionary tale about America's decaying infrastructure. But it's more than that: it's a cautionary tale about the loss of democracy; it's a celebration of the scientific method; and it's the story of dedicated doctors and public health officials, like Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who made the story known.
  • Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
    Monday, May 27
    11:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Flint, Michigan, has become a cautionary tale about America's decaying infrastructure. But it's more than that: it's a cautionary tale about the loss of democracy; it's a celebration of the scientific method; and it's the story of dedicated doctors and public health officials, like Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who made the story known.
  • Katherine Brown
    Friday, May 24
    5:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The war in Afghanistan is America's longest war, and Katherine Brown explains how stories told by American journalists have shaped the public's understanding of the conflict and the options available to American and Afghan leaders.
  • Katherine Brown
    Thursday, May 23
    11:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The war in Afghanistan is America's longest war, and Katherine Brown explains how stories told by American journalists have shaped the public's understanding of the conflict and the options available to American and Afghan leaders.
  • Katherine Brown
    Thursday, May 23
    4:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The war in Afghanistan is America's longest war, and Katherine Brown explains how stories told by American journalists have shaped the public's understanding of the conflict and the options available to American and Afghan leaders.
  • Katherine Brown
    Monday, May 20
    11:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The war in Afghanistan is America's longest war, and Katherine Brown explains how stories told by American journalists have shaped the public's understanding of the conflict and the options available to American and Afghan leaders.
  • Sr. Helen Prejean
    Friday, May 17
    5:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    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.
  • Michael J. Mazarr
    Thursday, May 16
    11:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The war in Iraq has cost the United States trillions of dollars and thousands of lives. Michael J. Mazarr explores the decision-making and narratives that shaped America's march to war in 2003 only to reveal disagreement among the principle policy makers about how the decision was actually made.
  • Michael J. Mazarr
    Thursday, May 16
    4:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The war in Iraq has cost the United States trillions of dollars and thousands of lives. Michael J. Mazarr explores the decision-making and narratives that shaped America's march to war in 2003 only to reveal disagreement among the principle policy makers about how the decision was actually made.
  • John Kerry
    Monday, May 13
    11:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Former Secretary of State and Democratic Senator of Massachusetts John Kerry is interviewed.
  • Peter Blanck
    Friday, May 10
    5:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Sixty-one million Americans live with some kind of disability. These are our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers, and our family members. While the Americans with Disabilities Act has improved the lives of many since it became law nearly three decades ago, Peter Blanck tells us challenges remain.
  • Peter Blanck
    Thursday, May 9
    11:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Sixty-one million Americans live with some kind of disability. These are our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers, and our family members. While the Americans with Disabilities Act has improved the lives of many since it became law nearly three decades ago, Peter Blanck tells us challenges remain.
  • Peter Blanck
    Thursday, May 9
    4:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Sixty-one million Americans live with some kind of disability. These are our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers, and our family members. While the Americans with Disabilities Act has improved the lives of many since it became law nearly three decades ago, Peter Blanck tells us challenges remain.
  • Peter Blanck
    Monday, May 6
    11:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Sixty-one million Americans live with some kind of disability. These are our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers, and our family members. While the Americans with Disabilities Act has improved the lives of many since it became law nearly three decades ago, Peter Blanck tells us challenges remain.
  • Michael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko
    Friday, May 3
    5:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    It's easy to be convinced by talk show hosts and politicians that American security hangs on the razor's edge and that the world is more dangerous, now, than it has ever been. But Michael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko claim the facts simply don't match that narrative. In fact, the world has never been better.
  • Michael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko
    Thursday, May 2
    11:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    It's easy to be convinced by talk show hosts and politicians that American security hangs on the razor's edge and that the world is more dangerous, now, than it has ever been. But Michael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko claim the facts simply don't match that narrative. In fact, the world has never been better.
  • Michael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko
    Thursday, May 2
    4:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    It's easy to be convinced by talk show hosts and politicians that American security hangs on the razor's edge and that the world is more dangerous, now, than it has ever been. But Michael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko claim the facts simply don't match that narrative. In fact, the world has never been better.