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The Public Square is a monthly cable show hosted by Jeff Thielman. Each month we tackle issues that are of importance to our community.

We typically talk to your neighbors to discover the local pulse, as well as interview experts on the topic at hand. The Public Square addresses issues with various points of view, and we try to include them in our shows.

We hope you'll join us on cable or online. You can view the programs via links on the Programs page.

Our current program:

Homelessness in Massachusetts

With the downturn in the economy, joblessness has increased as the government safety net has been trimmed. The result is increased homelessness.

How should we cope with the problem of homelessness? Should the government step in, or should religious groups take the lead?

In this episode, host Jeff Thielman talks with Joe Finn, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, and his colleague, Dr. Jessie Gaeta, a Physician Advocate. Joe Finn has worked on homeless issues for more than 17 years, and he is also a member of the city council in Quincy. Dr. Gaeta is on the staff at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and is a faculty member at the Boston University Medical Center.

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The show can be seen on the public channel (Comcast 8, Verizon 31, and RCN 3) daily, except Sun. and Weds, 11:30 a.m.; Th., 8 .p.m.; Tu., 9 p.m.; Weds., 11 p.m.  It is also streamed live at these times at

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The Public Square is broadcast on other local cable stations. Please see "Broadcasts" for a list of stations that feature our show.