Yohuru Williams
story in the public square

The challenges of the year 2020 echoed previous eras of hardship in American history. Author and historian Yohuru Williams reflects on the ways Americans navigated communal loss during the COVID-19 pandemic and what that means for our collective future.

Episode Duration: 27 minutes and 15 seconds

Episode Number: 914

About 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.


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Thu, Feb 22 6:30 A.M. Francoise N. Hamlin     NH World (11.3)
Thu, Feb 22 1:00 P.M. Francoise N. Hamlin     NH World (11.3)
Thu, Feb 29 6:30 A.M. Kliph Nesteroff     NH World (11.3)
Thu, Feb 29 1:00 P.M. Kliph Nesteroff     NH World (11.3)
Thu, Mar 7 6:30 A.M. Pete Hammond     NH World (11.3)
Thu, Mar 7 1:00 P.M. Pete Hammond     NH World (11.3)
Thu, Mar 14 6:30 A.M. Margaret Spellings     NH World (11.3)
Thu, Mar 14 1:00 P.M. Margaret Spellings     NH World (11.3)
Thu, Mar 21 6:30 A.M. Cornelia Griggs     NH World (11.3)
Thu, Mar 21 1:00 P.M. Cornelia Griggs     NH World (11.3)
Thu, Mar 28 6:30 A.M. Story in the Public Square     NH World (11.3)
Thu, Mar 28 1:00 P.M. Story in the Public Square     NH World (11.3)


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