SOURCE: Story In The Public Square

Storytelling has the ability to touch listeners and viewers in a way that the cold hard facts of exposition never can.

Hosted by Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, and G. Wayne Miller, senior staff writer at The Providence Journal, and produced in association with Rhode Island PBS, Story in the Public Square features interviews with today’s best authors, filmmakers, musicians, and other storytellers about their creative processes and how their stories impact public understanding and policy.

Now in its ninth season, the two-time Telly Award-winning Story in the Public Square will be featured in a mini-marathon of four powerful episodes on Thursday, February 4, beginning at 9 p.m.

The featured episodes are:

“Sister Helen Prejean” – February 4 at 9 p.m.

Since 1976, nearly 1,500 Americans have been executed in the name of justice. Sister Helen Prejean cautions about the human cost of the death penalty and the innocent victims wrongfully put to death. (Originally aired September 22, 2018)

“Dr. Mona Hannah-Attisha” – February 4 at 9:30 p.m.

In April 2014, officials in Flint, Michigan, switched the city’s water supply from Detroit to the Flint River. It was a cost-effective move, but it impacted countless lives. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha helped sound the alarm, proving through science and determination that the city’s decision was poisoning their own children. (Originally aired May 27, 2019)

“Daniel Okrent” – February 4 at 10 p.m.

In 1924, new laws ended the steady influx of American immigrants that began in the nineteenth century. Thousands of European immigrants entered the United States each year before the law, but after 1924, those numbers were drastically reduced. Daniel Okrent is the author of a remarkable history of the bigotry and sham science that lay at the heart of the Immigration Act of 1924. (Originally aired October 28, 2019)

“Eve Ewing” – February 4 at 10:30 p.m.

Race in American life remains a powerful force. Eve L. Ewing explores its potency in her scholarship and bears personal witness in her art and poetry. (Originally aired August 5, 2017)

Story in the Public Square is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

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