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A weekly podcast from The Boston Globe on what’s bubbling in Rhode Island news. In-depth interviews with newsmakers, perspective and analysis from Globe Rhode Island reporters, and intimate conversations with community members across the state.
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Rhode Island PBS Weekly is a Newsmagazine anchored in journalism that searches for truth and examines today's most important regional and local issues. Viewers are introduced to individuals, ideas and places in Rhode Island and beyond that they won't see anywhere else.
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The history of Rhode Island is truly remarkable. The Story of Rhode Island is my humble attempt to tell you some of the stories about the people, places, and events that have made Rhode Island the state it is today. To learn more about the show visit the Story of Rhode Island Podcast website at https://www.storyofrhodeisland.com/
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Hello fellow fishing fanatics! Captain Mark here owner of Bristol Clear Charters visit us at bristolclearcharters.com welcoming you to my new podcast, Fishing Around Bristol Rhode Island. Please join me Captain Mark, my wife Nancy, and our daughter Sarah, on our journey to embark on a new chapter in our lives- starting a fishing guide, harbor tours, and sunset cruises Co. I already have my Captains six pack license and a 26’ vessel. Excellent fishing skills obtained during the last 5 fishing ...
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A Rhode Island podcast hosted by Mary Larsen and Benjamin DeCastro, we want you to know about all the amazing current events, places, food, music, and people of the biggest little state in the union. Whether you are a tourist, or a long time resident who refuses to drive more than fifteen minutes without an overnight bag, we'll have something special in store for you on our show. It's wicked good, wicked fun, Wicked Rhody. Rhode Island 's premiere podcast! Listen each week to hear about even ...
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On this episode, Pamela Watts takes an in-depth look at how climate change and rising sea levels threaten some of Rhode Island’s historical and iconic homes. Then, Michelle San Miguel introduces us to a local educator who has found a way to make learning fun by putting students in the drivers’ seat. And his lessons go well beyond academics. he’s on…
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The Public’s Radio Ian Donnis, The Libertarian Party of RI Chairman Billy Hunt, and Economic Progress Institute Executive Director Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss a report that engineers knew about structural problems with the Washington Bridge almost a decade ago, the CEO of RIPTA resigns, plus updates from the legisla…
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Every year, Rhode Islanders read the same book as a part of the Reading Across Rhode Island program.This year’s selection is Solito- a memoir by Javier Zamora. It tells the true story of Javier’s journey from El Salvador to The United States as an unaccompanied nine-year-old.Javier joins Ed in the studio, along with Maureen Nagle, education chair o…
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It’s Women’s History Month, so we’re taking this opportunity to talk with a leader who is devoted to understanding and empowering female donors- Jeannie Infante Sager, the director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Learn more about our work at https://rifoundation.org/.…
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On this episode, we re-introduce you to a Rhode Island woman, Navyn Salem who is on a worldwide mission to save little children from malnutrition. Then, in our continuing My Take series, local steel pan musician Becky Bass talks about her artistic journey. Finally, we take another look at the work of influencer Ian Brownhill.…
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When reporters are working on important stories, they often use Rhode Island's Access for Public Records Act, or APRA. It gives them the ability to ask for government emails, data sets, or other documents. But APRA isn’t perfect. So, there’s a bill before the General Assembly to make it stronger. Ed talks with Colleen Cronin, a reporter who covers …
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It’s been a little over a year since Stefan Pryor became Rhode Island’s housing secretary, as housing affordability remains one of the top issues facing Rhode Islanders. So what is he doing about it? Steph Machado sat down with Pryor to find out. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and Calif…
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On this episode, contributor Steph Machado has an in-depth interview with Rhode Island’s Secretary of Housing Stefan Pryor about the continuing affordable housing crisis in the Ocean State. Then producer Isabella Jibillian introduces us to and local potter Dwo Wen Chen who gives us his take on how clay becomes art. Plus, Michelle San Miguel and WPR…
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The Providence Journal’s Antonia Noori Farzan RI GOP Chairman, and former Providence City Council President David Salvatore join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss removing bike lanes to alleviate Washington Bridge traffic leads to protests, RIPTA CEO pleads not guilty in hit-and-run, RI struggles with lack of housing, takeaways from the RI Presidenti…
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For RI restaurants and food businesses, the overall cost of doing business is going up, and the closure of the Washington Bridge that carries Interstate 195 into and out of Providence has made matters worse. How are these companies going to survive? Alexa Gagosz talks with Kate Roberts, the owner of Easy Entertaining in Providence, to see how she’s…
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On this episode, Michelle San Miguel explores the problem of chronic absenteeism in Rhode Island schools. Then, we revisit best-selling author Ann Hood's thoughts on grief. And, Michelle San Miguel and WPRI 12’s editor Ted Nesi talk about democracy and the reason why a former state official has been fined.…
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Former State Reps Mike Marcello and Nick Gorham, and The Boston Globe’s Steph Machado join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss an Ethics complaint settled from the Philadelphia fiasco business trip last year, Steph’s report on Central Falls’ strategy for dealing with cellphones in schools, who will be held responsible for the Washington Bridge closure?…
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Teenagers spend tons of time on their smart phones, and often they don’t stop even when they’re in class. To address that issue, some Rhode Island schools make students put their phones in locked pouches. Our own Steph Machado just finished a segment for Rhode Island PBS about this growing trend. She joins us in the studio to talk about what she le…
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On this episode, contributor Steph Machado reports on why some schools in Rhode Island are looking to restrict or completely ban cell phones from schools. Then Pamela Watts introduces us to the diverse works of local sculptor, Peter Diepenbrock. Finally, on this episode of Weekly Insight, Michelle San Miguel and WPRI politics reporter Ted Nesi unpa…
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The Providence Journal’s Amy Russo, The Boston Globe’s Ed Fitzpatrick, and Political Contributor Scott MacKay join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss Pete Buttigieg’s visit to the Washington Bridge, noise cameras proposed in Providence, a bill related to the Access to Public Records Act, and walking back some changes to PVD Fest.…
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Earlier this week, our own Dan McGowan and Steph Machado moderated a live conversation about the state of RI schools. The panel featured Central Falls Mayor Maria Rivera, Rhode Island Commissioner on Postsecondary Education Shannon Gilkey, and Rhode Island Deputy Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Lisa Odom-Villella. If you couldn’t…
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If you want to know about the plans to bring minor league soccer to Pawtucket, Globe RI’s Brian Amaral is your man. He’s been covering the Tidewater Landing project from the beginning. Last weekend, he went to Rhode Island FC's home opener at its temporary home in Smithfield. Brian joins Ed to talk about the game, the team, and what he’s uncovered …
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I first met Rajiv Shah when he was the administrator for USAID under President Obama, where he did extraordinary things all over the world- including leading the US response to the earthquake in Haiti and the West African Ebola pandemic. Now he’s the President of the Rockefeller Foundation- a global institution devoted to promoting the well-being o…
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The Boston Globe’s Dan McGowan, Political Strategist Rob Horowitz, and Republican Strategist Lisa Pelosi join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss the Washington Bridge’s impending demolition, RIPTA underfunding and new bus hub, McKee asks for salary raises for cabinet members, safe weapons storage bill advances to senate floor, plus political leaders i…
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Back in 2020, the Trump campaign hired Rhode-Islander and Moderate Party founder Ken Block to investigate widespread election fraud. Spoiler alert: He didn’t find any. But Ken did find data to explain why Trump really lost. He joins Ed to talk about his new book, "Disproven." Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com. See Privacy Policy at https…
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On this episode of Rhode Island PBS Weekly, Michelle San Miguel reports on efforts to reduce teen pregnancy in Rhode Island. Then, for our continuing My Take series, producer Isabella Jibilian introduces us to Rhode Island filmmaker and urban explorer Jason Allard who gives us his take on why the State’s iconic, but abandoned buildings should not b…
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Former Cranston Mayor (R ) Allan Fung, Brown University Professor Wendy Schiller, and Former Chairman of the RI Democratic Party Bill Lynch join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss Biden’s State of the Union address, RI bills addressing healthcare, forgiving student loans, and the Washington Bridge debacle.…
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It’s been nearly three months since the RI Department of Transportation shut down the westbound side of the Washington Bridge and it doesn’t look like it’s reopening anytime soon. Our own Steph Machado and Jim Hummel, the host of “A Lively Experiment” on Rhode Island PBS, give us the latest on this debacle. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.…
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On this episode Michelle San Miguel visits a local hatchery as they prepare to stock local streams and lakes with tens of thousands of fish. And, in celebration of women’s history month we revisit Pamela Watts profile of gilded age socialite Alva Vanderbilt Belmont who became a vibrant voice in the fight for women’s right to vote. Then, contributor…
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Bartholomewtown Podcast Host Bill Bartholomew, The Rhode Island Current’s Nancy Lavin, and Political Contributor Raymond Baccari join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss the lack of affordable housing across the state, the future of RIPTA, the fate of the Washington Bridge, plus voter enthusiasm among Millennials and Gen Z.…
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Imagine studying science or math in a different language. Many English learners in Rhode Island’s public schools face this challenge every day, and their numbers are growing. What is the state doing to help these students succeed? Guest host Dan McGowan talks with RI PBS reporter Michelle San Miguel and Providence School Board President Erlin Rogel…
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On this episode, contributor Dorothy Dickie explores the heated debate around enacting gun control measures in Rhode Island. Then, Pamela Watts introduces us to a man who left his law practice to make – literally – beautiful music. Finally, in honor of Black History month, we again explore the often-forgotten history of Black folk music with the he…
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1781 - 1790 | With the Revolutionary War having come to an end, Rhode Island struggles to see eye to eye with their fellow Americans around what their new national government should look like, once again making them a group of outcasts. My Favorite Books on this Topic: Washington's General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolutio…
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The Providence Journal’s Antonia Noori Farzan, Author Ken Block, and BLM RI’s Harrison Tuttle join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss Tidewater Landing to cost taxpayers more than $100M, the RI tourism board released a new slogan and series of promotional videos, RI DOT announces a plan to squeeze six lanes onto the open side of the bridge, plus RIPTA…
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To celebrate Black History Month, we’re joined by Valerie Tutson, the executive director and festival director for Rhode Island Black Storytellers, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the awareness, appreciation, and application of Black storytelling. She talks with Ed about her work, avoiding the trap of ‘trauma stories,’ and training a new generat…
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On this episode, Pamela Watts explores the push to build a state archives to preserve Rhode Island’s historical past. Then, in celebration of Black History month, Michelle San Miguel interviews a Rhode Island woman who embodies what it means to live a life of service…even when her service wasn’t always welcome. Finally, on this episode of Weekly In…
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The Boston Globe’s Amanda Milkovits, Retired Professor Pablo Rodriguez, and the Economic Progress Institute Executive Director Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss how Gov. McKee and the DOT has handled the bridge debacle, shocking maternal mortality statistics in RI, a scathing report on St. Mary’s Home for Children, and le…
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Nearly 20 percent of General Assembly members belong to the Rhode Island Black, Latino, Indigenous, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Caucus. The caucus co-chair, Senator Jonathon Acosta of Central Falls, joins us to talk about some of his priorities, including police accountability, feeding more students, and raising taxes on the wealthiest hou…
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On this episode, alternative energy technology is driving the construction of windfarms in our area. But as more ships are needed to bring building materials out to sea, a new environmental concern emerged. Protecting Right Whales and other species from ship collisions. Contributor Elena Mannes reports, on why AI may be one answer to balance energy…
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1780 - 1781 | With the American's southern army on the verge of being defeated, an event that would likely lead to the patriot forces losing the Revolutionary War, George Washington calls on General Nathanael Greene to save the day. My Favorite Books on this Topic: Washington's General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution by…
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The Public’s Radio Ian Donnis, National Committeewoman for the RI GOP Sue Cienki, and Legal Analyst Lou Pulner join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss the Federal Highway Administration visits the Washington Bridge, retirees in RI feeling squeezed by pension cuts, magistrates could hear more cases, and a report card released about the public’s ability…
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If you want to know something about Rhode Island’s Latino community, ask Marta Martinez. Marta is the executive director of Rhode Island Latino Arts and the founder of the Latino Oral History Project of Rhode Island. She’s spent decades collecting the stories of Spanish-speaking pioneers, leaders, and community members. Now, her oral history collec…
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Weekly revisits a profile of Olympic ice-skating champion and Brown University student Vincent Zhou, who is about to get Olympic gold as Team USA advances to the top spot. Then, contributor Dorothy Dickie profiles an artist who spent more than three decades behind bars. Finally, Michelle San Miguel and Ted Nesi unpack the federal government's inves…
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