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Education
8:56 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Brown 250: Gordon Wood On The History Of Brown University

An illustration of Brown University's earliest days in Providence.
Credit Courtesy Brown University

Brown University is marking its 250th anniversary this month, and all week Rhode Island Public Radio is exploring the university's past and future in a series of conversations we're calling "Brown 250."

To kick off our series, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with historian Gordon Wood to go back to the Ivy League university's beginnings.

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Central Falls
9:35 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau May See Prison Release

Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau could find himself a free man as early  as Friday, despite his conviction for corruption.  A ruling in another case has through his conviction into question because he guilty to taking a gratuity.

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Theater Review
4:24 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Trinity Rep's "Oliver!" Is A Solid Winner

Phineas Peters as Oliver and Noah Parets as Artful Dodger in Trinity Rep's Oliver! by Lionel Bart, based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Directed by Richard and Sharon Jenkins, set design by Eugene Lee, costume design by WIlliam Lane.
Credit Mark Turek

 

It certainly is. With a book, and music and lyrics, by the era’s one-time

wunderkind, Lionel Bart, “Oliver!” received 23 curtain calls opening night and

sailed on for six years in London’s West End. Then it became a Broadway hit and

there was a very successful film, too.

 

Later on, producer Cameron Macintosh took over and ran successful revivals.

Many theater fans loved “Oliver!” for its gutsy, and plucky, drive. It’s wistful

happy ending helped, too.

 

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Weekend Arts
9:16 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Weekend Arts: The Providence French Film Festival Returns

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Providence French Film Festival is back! Presented by Brown University, the 2014 festival is the 19th edition, with 20 films playing at the Cable Car Cinema now through March 2nd. 

Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host Chuck Hinman talks with the festival's co-director, Richard Manning. 

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Weather
8:38 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets

Plows clear snow in downtown Providence.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The agencies responsible for keeping the roads clear in Rhode Island are having a challenging winter.

Providence’s Public Works Director, William Bombard, described this winter’s snowfall as above average, but says Providence still has plenty of resources to face any further storms.

“The numbers are, we’re about $800,000 into a $1.8 million budget, not counting the most recent storm," said Bombard.

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Weekend Arts
6:00 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Weekend Arts: A Preview Of The Providence Children's Film Festival

Providence Children's Film Festival executive director Anisa Raoof
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The Providence Children's Film Festival is now in it's fifth year, and has recently expanded to eight days of programming.

Anisa Raoof, the executive director of the festival sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host Chuck Hinman to speak about the festival, and what makes a good kid's film.

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Business
5:26 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

The Bottom Line: How To Jump-Start The RI Economy

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce President Laurie White. They discuss her takeaway from the chamber’s recent legislative luncheon, the chamber’s legislative priorities and various economic development proposals from state and community groups.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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RI News
3:43 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

RI Pension Deal Details Unveiled, Pension Board OKs Plan

State treasurer Gina Raimondo and Retirement Board member Michael Robinson announce the 6-1 vote on the proposed pension settlement.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The state retirement board voted in closed session Friday afternoon to approve a proposed pension settlement. The board met in executive session for nearly an hour, ending in a vote of 6 – 1, with 5 abstentions.

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Business
1:11 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Strong Chocolate Sales This Valentine’s Day For RI Chocolatier

Making chocolates at Jennifer's Chocolates.
Credit Courtesy Jennifer's Chocolates

One local chocolatier says this has been a busy Valentine’s Day. Jennifer Dowell owns Jennifer’s Chocolates in Wakefield. Sales this year are way ahead of last year, she speculates that maybe the bad weather prodded couples to get their Valentine’s orders in early.

The big sellers this year are smoked sea salt caramels, truffles, and chocolate dipped strawberries – lots of chocolate dipped strawberries. “We have about a million orders for strawberries,” Dowell said. “Strawberries have to be eaten and dipped on the same day so, we have ah … we’re doing a lot of strawberries.”

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Weather
9:22 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Rhode Island Hunkers Down For Yet Another Winter Storm

Snow is expected to start falling at the rate of an inch an hour in some parts of the state Thursday morning.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Snowflakes started falling early this morning, but already the precipitation is picking up as a winter storm sweeps across Rhode Island.

Matt Doody a meteorologist for the national weather service, said snow fall is expected to get very heavy over the next several hours.

“You’re looking at maybe like four to six inches closer to the coast.  You’re getting closer to the six plus to six to eight inches from Providence up into the northern part of the state," said Doody.

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