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The Public’s Voice

Thu, Oct 5, 2023 @ 5 pm6:30 pm

The Public’s Radio’s Ian Donnis moderates a panel discussion about the 2024 Election, the potential threat to American democracy, and other hot topics. Panelists include Brown University Professor Corey Brettschneider, State Senator Jessica de la Cruz, and State Representative Katherine Kazarian.

Presented with The Public’s Radio


Moderator Ian Donnis has been the political reporter for The Public’s Radio, Rhode Island’s NPR member station, since 2009. He’s an occasional panelist on “A Lively Experiment” on Rhode Island PBS, and he’s been a television panelist for a number of political debates in the state.
Corey Brettschneider is a professor of political science at Brown University, where he teaches constitutional law and political theory. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Politico, and The Washington Post. His latest book is “The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents.”
State Sen. Jessica de la Cruz of North Smithfield is the minority leader in the Rhode Island Senate. She was first elected to the Senate in 2018 and became the top Republican in the chamber last year. Senator de la Cruz has been vocal on issues surrounding the Zambarano Unit of Eleanor Slater State Hospital in Burrillville and she describes herself as an advocate for constitutional rights and criminal justice reform.
State Rep. Katherine Kazarian of East Providence is the majority whip in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. She was first elected to the House in 2012 and became majority whip, the third-highest post in the chamber in 2021. Representative Kazarian was the main sponsor in 2021 of the “Let RI Vote Act,” which she describes as a way to expand voter access while ensuring the integrity of RI elections.