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At a time when a US nuclear agreement with Iran remains the subject of sharp debate, a two-year-old law calling for Rhode Island to divest from companies doing business with Iran has failed to result in the divestment of any money.

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Theater season kicked off this week in Southern New England with a contemporary version of Shakespeare's “Julius Caesar” at Trinity Rep. Rhode Island Public Radio theater critic Bill Gale says there's hardly a better way to begin.


This week on The Bottom Line, RIPR's Dave Fallon sits down with Discover Newport CEO Evan Smith to discuss the strongest tourism season in recent memory.

Providence Business News editor Mark Murphy, who usually joins the conversation, is on vacation, so RIPR News Director Elisabeth Harrison fills in.

According to Smith, food travel is taking off in a big way in Newport, and many tourists are increasingly seeking "authentic" experiences. That leaves an opening for new businesses, such as movie tours and kite surfing.

The plan for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox in Providence has hit a roadblock. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses how this field of dreams turned into a nightmare.

House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss a range of topics, including the GOP side of the presidential race; the performance of RI's pension fund; the next move on the PawSox, and more. For more Newberry, listen to his appearance on our Political Roundtable.

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House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor Gina Raimondo's changes at the state Department of Transportation; Raimondo's unresolved truck-toll proposal; and whether there's justification to keep confidential some of the 38 Studios documents.

For more Newberry, listen to his appearance on our Bonus Q+A.

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Trinity Repertory Company opens its 52nd season with William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The production is designed to have the feel of our modern political world, (hence the suits pictured above).

The show also offers a surprising twist in casting. The title role of Julius Caesar will be played by a woman, Trinity Rep veteran Anne Scurria. (Julius Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, will be played by a man -- with a name change to Calpurnius.)

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 Accidental drug overdoses kill more Rhode Islanders than car accidents, or any other kind of accident. And that’s been the trend for a while now. But there’s new energy – and new resources – to help combat this public health problem. This week on The Pulse, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay chats with news director Elisabeth Harrison about the state’s new overdose prevention work and the federal dollars that could help sustain it.

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Nearly three years after Superstorm Sandy, some Rhode Island residents are still dealing with the aftermath. And it’s not just damage to buildings and property. These Rhode Islanders are struggling with mental illness related to stress. 

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The Providence City Council holds a final vote next week on an ordinance that could significantly affect student housing. In a city that’s home to half-a-dozen colleges, town-gown relations are an ongoing struggle. But some residents have reached a breaking point.

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For  workers and unions, there hasn’t been much to celebrate on Labor Day in recent years. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says things may finally be looking up.

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss how the General Assembly impasse in June affected one of her legislative priorities; why her lobbying proposal didn't win approval; what she can do increase legislative transparency; and more. For more Gorbea, check her appearance on this week's Political Roundtable.

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss a new study on the economic impact of truck tolls; whether her office can do more to police lobbying; and whether a new state contract for daycare workers should concern taxpayers.

The Rhythm and Roots Music Festival in Charlestown has become a Labor Day tradition here in Rhode Island, especially as a showcase for Cajun music and dance. Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman explores the origin and lasting legacy of Rhode Island's Cajun connection, with Alan Bradbury of the Magnolia Cajun Band.



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As school gets underway across Rhode Island, thousands of kids will sign up to play sports. And with that comes the risk of concussion.