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.  

OSM locations have included:



9:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Regionalized School District

Field and fans at a Mt. Hope High School football game.
Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Bristol, Rhode Island is home to one of the largest consolidated school districts in the state, the Bristol-Warren Regional School District. For today’s installment of our series One Square Mile Bristol, Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter, Elisabeth Harrison, wanted to find out whether regionalizing has been a success.

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Local Features
5:34 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Marine Industry Mixes Tradition And Innovation

Boats in the water at Bristol Marine, a full-service repair and boarding operation.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Bristol boat building industry has its roots in the late 19th Century, when the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company built boats for the Navy and yachts that successfully defended the America’s Cup. A lot has changed since then, but maritime industries still form an important part of Bristol’s economy. The work being done by Bristol’s current generation of maritime companies ranges from the traditional to the cutting edge.

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One Square Mile: Bristol
4:53 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Public Forum: The Future of Bristol's Boat-Building Industry

Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A forum featuring Bristol boat builders and industry leaders discussing how the boat building industry is recovering from the bottom dropping out during the financial crisis of 2008.

Thursday, October 10th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Bristol Elks Lodge

1 Constitution Street, Bristol RI

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OSM: Block Island
4:41 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

One Square Mile: Block Island memories

PROVIDENCE, RI – Several listeners responded to our request for Block Island memories. One listener gave us more than 20 memories, another told us how he met his wife on the island, and another gave us a fascinating story of adventure on the island.

Not all of the memories made it on the air, so we laced them together for this special addition to our online coverage of One Square Mile: Block Island.


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OSM: Block Island
4:53 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

One Square Mile: The story of the Southeast Lighthouse

The Southeast Lighthouse.
Photo by Bradley Campbell.

Providence, RI – In 1875, workers constructed the Southeast Lighthouse on the edge of the Mohegan Bluffs. It worked for more than a century to help keep sailors safe. But in the 1990s, erosion forced the islanders to make a decision: save the lighthouse, or let it fall into the sea.

Islanders chose the former. And the Southeast Lighthouse continues to shine. But the story of the Southeast Lighthouse is something more.

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OSM: Block Island
4:53 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

One Square Mile: Justin Lewis takes the baton

The abandoned Solviken restaurant.
Photo courtesy of Block Island Conservancy.

Providence, RI – Over the last 40 years or so, residents of Block Island have worked to conserve nearly half of the island. But there's still more work to do. So Justin Lewis who is continuing the effort. Lewis is in his thirties, and a surfer. But he's also the next generation of a family that's synonymous with conservation on the island.

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OSM: Block Island
3:17 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

One Square Mile: Directions to the Forum on Sat. Sept.8th

Map from the ferry to the forum at Smugglers Cove

PROVIDENCE, RI – Join us for a forum about research into tick-borne diseases like Lyme Disease and Babesiosis, hosted by RIPR's Kristin Gourlay. It's at Smugglers Cove (next to Payne's Killer Donuts) on Saturday September 8th from 1-2pm.

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One Square Mile: Woonsocket
5:57 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Woonsocket Community Forum

Woonsocket Community Forum

Woonsocket, RI – Scott MacKay leads a discussion on issues facing Woonsocket.

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OSM: Woonsocket
9:22 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Woonsocket's Draco and the Malfoys


In their Woonsocket apartment, Bradley Mehlenbacher and his half-brother Brian Ross known to thousands as Draco and the Malfoys play a stripped-down version of their song, "Potions." They're one of the big names in a genre called wizard rock music that's based on the popular Harry Potter book series.

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OSM: Woonsocket
11:08 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Woonsocket and CVS

PROVIDENCE, RI – When you drive into Woonsocket, the sign welcoming you into the city includes another welcome- to the world headquarters of CVS. The fortune 18 pharmacy company, and one of the biggest employers in Rhode Island, continues to choose Woonsocket as its home.

WRNI's health care reporter Megan Hall sat down with one of CVS's top executives, Helena Foulks, to learn why.

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