One Square Mile

About once a year, our newsroom will devote an entire week to award-winning reporting that covers "one square mile," somewhere in Rhode Island, from a diversity of angles: politics, education, health care, the economy, its character and history.  

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
5:50 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

One Square Mile: An Audio Postcard From Hope Island

Hope Island is a refuge to many nesting colonial wading birds, including great egrets, snowy egrets, and black-crowned night herons. Other nesting birds include, double-crested cormorants, and different gulls. Pictured here are American oystercatchers.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Narragansett Bay is home to more than 30 islands. Some are bustling with people; others with birds. Rhode Island Public Radio’s summer intern Molly Malinowski set out to explore some of the lesser known islands in the bay and went on a boat tour with the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve. As part of our One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay series, she filed this audio postcard about Hope Island.

An old dock and a small concrete fort greet us, as the boat approaches Hope Island. In the distance, some wooden telephone posts peek out from the overgrown trees. 

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
1:51 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

One Square Mile: Surf's Up!

Surf boards on the sand at Narragansett Town Beach.
Elisabeth Harrison

All this week, Rhode Island Public Radio is bringing you stories of Narragansett Bay in our series One Square Mile. Beachgoers love the bay for swimming, kayaking and fishing. But where the bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, there are waves, and that means… surfing!  Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison caught up with some local surfers to find out what the scene is all about.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
9:30 am
Wed October 8, 2014

One Square Mile: An Audio Postcard From Dyer Island

Ambar Espinoza RIPR

More than 30 islands dot Narragansett Bay. They range in size from as big as Aquidneck Island to as small as Whale Rock, a flat rock ledge about half an acre in size. Few have remained undeveloped, giving birds and other plant and animal species a protected space to be. As part of our One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay series, our summer intern Molly Malinowski took a boat tour with the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve and filed this audio postcard about Dyer Island.

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Local Features
9:25 am
Wed October 8, 2014

One Square Mile: Monitoring The Bay, One Sample At A Time - An Audio Slideshow

Dave McLaughlin with Clean Ocean Access takes us into the bay to take a water sample, one of many his group collects year round to help monitor the cleanliness and safety of Narragansett Bay.

dave mclaughlin head of clean oc from Kristin Gourlay on Vimeo.

Health Care
6:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

One Square Mile: Open Water Swimming Grows, For Exercise And Community

Open water swimmer Susan Hannel loves the group that gathers week nights at Narragansett Town Beach.
Kristin Gourlay RIPR

This week we’re bringing you stories from our series One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay. We’re taking a deep dive into the bay that helps define the Ocean State. Its history. Its present. Its future. Now, a look at how the bay keeps us healthy, through the eyes of a few of the growing numbers of open water swimmers.

Gathering for an evening swim

We’re sitting on a ledge at Narragansett town beach. The sky is overcast, it’s early evening. Dozens of people are suiting up for a swim.

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