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In 1980 the American Policy Roundtable was founded and dedicated to restoring Judeo-Christian principles to American public policy. In 1989 the Roundtable began a daily radio broadcast titled, The Public Square®. The mission was clear:

  • Meet with Americans every day to retell the story of Liberty

  • Challenge citizens to rediscover America, and

  • Encourage responsible citizenship by focusing on positive alternatives in public policy.



An Introduction

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?” Thomas Jefferson 1781

Is the sun rising or setting on America?
That was the question Benjamin Franklin faced in 1787 in the midst of the debate during Constitutional Convention. After the signing of the Constitution a woman of Philadelphia confronted Franklin, asking him what type of government he and his colleagues had given America. “A Republic, Madame, if you can keep it.”

As Americans face the 21st Century the question is simply this: Can we keep America alive – as it was intended to be? How can Americans accomplish such a mission if the core ideas that define America are lost from the culture?

In the Founding era, men like Sam Adams understood the times. He had no massive wealth or influence to bring to the table. He was the owner of a failed brewery and a part-time tax collector. He knew the time for Independence had come and spent his life working to bring the principles of Liberty to Boston, the Northeast, and the American colonies. Adams was a prolific columnist, legislator, and activist. He created media opportunities everywhere he went. He birthed the Committees of Correspondence that united the colonies. He was the father of the Sons of Liberty and the chief conspirator in the Boston Tea Party. He was never elected President but every President owed their office to the ideas Sam Adams brought to the marketplace,the pulpit, and the public square.

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A Positive Alternative – on The Public Square®

In 1980 the American Policy Roundtable was founded dedicated to restoring Judeo-Christian principles to American public policy. In 1989 the Roundtable began a daily Christian talk radio show titled, The Public Square ®. The mission was clear:

- Meet with Americans every day to retell the story of Liberty.
- Challenge citizens to rediscover America.
- Encourage responsible citizenship by focusing on positive alternatives in public policy.

Over the past seventeen years this daily broadcast has grown in market reach and influence. The Public Square®, in its current two-minute news/commentary format, is now heard over 7,000 times per year in eight states. Much has been accomplished in this daily two-minute program but millions more need to be reached.

The Next Step Forward: TPS60

For years listeners, station managers and career radio veterans have urged the Roundtable to create a “long format” version of The Public Square®, an online Christian talk radio program. As an organization living in the trenches of American politics for almost 30 years, the Roundtable is uniquely suited to host such a talk radio show. In response to this market opportunity the Roundtable began production of a 60 minute programming schedule.

The Public Square® 60 minute broadcasts bring a unique perspective to radio programming. The content of these broadcasts is shaped from the real-life experiences on the mission field of public policy. From distributing yard signs and walking neighborhoods to the front row at the US Supreme Court, the Roundtable has participated in public policy at every level of government.

The new 60 minute broadcast goes beyond opinion and entertainment, the hallmarks of standard conservative streaming talk radio. The Public Square® is a conversation on how to walk out a Biblical worldview in the field of public policy. The program is a “team broadcast” co-anchored by David Zanotti, President and CEO of the American Policy Roundtable and Wayne Shepherd, career radio veteran and long-time host of Moody ’s “Open Line.” Additional team members include:

  • historian and Pastor Dr. Jeff Sanders
  • Melanie Elsey, veteran Legislative Director, the American Policy Roundtable
  • Dr. Charles McGowen, retired Air Force Flight Surgeon, Medical Professor, and author
  • Dr. Sterling Glover, Dean at Temple University, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

Any subject of the news is fair game on The Public Square® but the program does much more than talk about the news or venture opinions. The broadcast uncovers the historic principles at play in critical issues and provide listeners positive opportunities to get involved and make a difference. All of this is done from a platform of non-partisanship and independence from any political party or candidate.

The Public Square® is a content rich, conversation that stands in the historic stream of the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all areas of life. It is an interactive model supported by the nearly 30 years of resources of the American Policy Roundtable including several of the most visited public policy websites in the nation.

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