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Story in the Public Square

Next Airing: Mon, Feb 24th, 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.


  • 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.

    Next Airing: Mon, Feb 24th, 2020 at 11:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:46
    Usage rights: 2/24/2020 to 2/23/2023
  • 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.

    Next Airing: Fri, Feb 28th, 2020 at 5:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:46
    Usage rights: 2/17/2020 to 2/16/2023
  • Adela Raz

    Afghanistan is known to most Americans as the site of America's longest war. Since 2001, the United States has sent hundreds of thousands of its sons and daughters to fight extremists and hunt-down the perpetrators of 9/11. But Afghanistan is more than the war. Adela Raz, Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United Nations, has a unique perspective on her country's rich history and insights about its future.

    Length: 00:27:46
    Usage rights: 12/23/2019 to 12/22/2022
  • 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.

    Length: 00:27:16
    Usage rights: 1/6/2020 to 1/5/2023
  • 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.

    Length: 00:27:19
    Usage rights: 2/3/2020 to 2/2/2023
  • Keesha Middlemass

    With less than 5% of the planet's population, the United States houses 22% of the world's prisoners. The challenges of navigating that system don't end when the convicted felon completes his or her sentence. Keesha Middlemass shines a light on the substantial barriers felons face when they try to reenter society.

    Length: 00:27:30
    Usage rights: 12/30/2019 to 12/29/2022
  • 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.

    Length: 00:27:01
    Usage rights: 1/13/2020 to 1/12/2023
  • 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.

    Length: 00:27:46
    Usage rights: 1/27/2020 to 1/26/2023
  • 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.

    Length: 00:27:46
    Usage rights: 2/10/2020 to 2/9/2023
  • 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.

    Length: 00:27:30
    Usage rights: 1/20/2020 to 1/19/2023