ASU on Arizona PBS

The Early Years of Arizona PBS

When Arizona PBS was founded in 1961, television was still a new format, and ASU wanted to put the new technology to work in education. When Richard Bell, the school’s director of broadcasting, first dreamed of starting a public television station at ASU, bringing courses to a wider audience was a key part of his vision.

The Civic Discourse Project: “Citizenship and Civic Leadership in America”

Writer Rich Lowry and political scientist Yascha Mounk discuss citizenship and civic leadership in America.

The Civic Discourse Project: ‘Civic Education and Renewal’

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

How can we restore healthy civic participation and discussion to American democracy? What sort of education will the renewal of our civic institutions require?

The Civic Discourse Project: “Turning the Corner”

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

Robert Putnam, from Harvard University, spoke on “Turning the Corner: What American History Teaches Us About Leadership and Civic Renewal,” which is also the title of his latest book.

The Civic Discourse Project: ‘Citizenship and the Media’

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020

New York Times columnist David Leonhardt and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review and American Enterprise Institute discuss the concept of political parties and the meaning of getting news in this day and age.

The Civic Discourse Project: ‘Immigration and Civic Integration’

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

Immigration has played an important role in almost every era in U.S. history, but it is often at the center of contentious political and economic debate. What does it mean to “become an American?”

The Civic Discourse Project: ‘Communicating with Arizona Voters’

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Daniel Scarpinato, Chief of Staff to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, and Sarah Elliot, Arizona State Director, The Impact Project, visited Arizona State University’s campus to participate in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership to discuss the 2018 gubernatorial campaign.

Mediactive: Balm for ‘an age of information overload’

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020

In the modern media landscape, we encounter more information from more sources than ever before — every day. Knowing what information is trustworthy can be a constant struggle.

‘The Civic Discourse Project’ tackles citizenship and civic leadership

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020

The primary purpose of civic education, as envisioned by the Founders, was to instill in our population the civic virtues, basic principles and practices of citizenship that would sustain a republic. What are the characteristics, advantages, duties and responsibilities of a citizen today?

The Civic Discourse Project: ‘Citizenship and the African American Experience’

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020

Angela Dillard, University of Michigan, and Peter Myers, University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair, discuss citizenship and the African American experience.