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Story in the Public Square

Next Airing: Mon, Jun 1st, 2020 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV

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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. 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.


  • Maggie Smith

    Maggie Smith, an award winning poet.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 1st, 2020 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:39
    Usage rights: 7/22/2019 to 7/21/2022
  • 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.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 8th, 2020 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:16
    Usage rights: 4/6/2020 to 4/6/2023
  • 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.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 15th, 2020 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:16
    Usage rights: 4/13/2020 to 4/13/2023
  • 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."

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 22nd, 2020 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 4/20/2020 to 4/20/2023
  • 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.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 29th, 2020 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 4/27/2020 to 4/27/2023
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    Next Airing: Fri, Jul 3rd, 2020 at 5:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:15
    Usage rights: Fair Use
  • 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.

    Length: 00:27:19
    Usage rights: 8/5/2019 to 8/4/2022
  • Danny Strong

    Danny Strong, Emmy-winning screenwriter and co-creator of "Empire" on FOX.

    Length: 00:27:34
    Usage rights: 7/29/2019 to 7/28/2022
  • 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.

    Length: 00:27:25
    Usage rights: 9/23/2019 to 9/22/2022
  • 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.

    Length: 00:27:39
    Usage rights: 7/8/2019 to 7/7/2022
  • 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.

    Length: 00:27:50
    Usage rights: 10/14/2019 to 10/13/2022
  • Sr. Helen Prejean

    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.

    Length: 00:26:39
    Usage rights: 1/7/2019 to 1/6/2022
  • 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.

    Length: 00:27:29
    Usage rights: 12/9/2019 to 12/8/2022
  • 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.

    Length: 00:27:16
    Usage rights: 3/30/2020 to 3/30/2023