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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Political Roundtable: Block Calls his Report the Start of Efforts to Cut Waste and Fraud

Block.
Credit RIPR

Moderate Party founder Ken Block joins the Roundtable this week to talk about his report on waste and fraud in state government; the state Senate's attempt to improve Rhode Island's business climate; internal strife at the state Board of Elections; and the dispute over ethics legislation between House Speaker Gordon Fox and Representative J. Patrick O'Neill (D-Pawtucket).

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Block says Straight-Ticket Voting Holds Back RI's Reputation

Moderate Founder Ken Block joins us on Bonus Q+A to discuss his fraud and waste report, attempts to abolish the master lever, RI's political culture, and his future political plans.

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The Silver Boom: Aging in RI
1:49 am
Fri March 15, 2013

The Silver Boom: Will Entitlements be There for Future Retirees?

What's being done on Capitol Hill to preserve Social Security and Medicare?
Credit US Capitol

A Brown University PhD student in epidemiology, Beth Lacy, is 28 years old. That means she’s a long way from retirement and plans to be working for decades to come. But the debate over the future of Medicare and Social Security is on Lacy’s mind even when she makes one of her regular coffee stops at the Cable Car Café in Providence.

“Is is something I think about,” she says. “It’s not something that necessarily keeps me up at night. But just because of the world I’m in with work – public health – I definitely think a lot more about Medicare than Social Security.”

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The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
4:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Silver Boom: Aging Behind Bars in RI

Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston RI
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

In less than 20 years a quarter of the state's population will be older than 60. In a series we call "The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island," we're looking at how the state will take care of this expanding older population .. and how it can benefit from it.  In this installment, we travel to Cranston to look  at the state’s aging prison population.

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The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
8:11 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Silver Boom: Tap Dancing at 91 Years Young

Theresa Landry Tap Dances in her Pawtucket Studio
Credit Lydia Rogers / RIPR

In less than 20 years, a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60.  In a series we call “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island” we’re looking at how the state will take care of this expanding older population and how it can benefit from it. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Lydia Rogers introduces us to Theresa Landry, tap dance instructor.

(Bonus Video: 

Watch Theresa Landry do the Castanet Dance here.

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The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
7:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Silver Boom: College at 50 and Beyond

Teresa Mahony graduated from URI at 80.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

We continue our series on aging in Rhode Island with a look at the fastest growing student group at Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island: students 50 and older.

RIPR Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison takes us to the RIC campus to find out why these students are returning to college, and what challenges they face when they get there.

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Intergenerational Living
4:05 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

The Silver Boom: Many Generations Under One Roof

Jacquelin Dowdy and her daughters Genesis and Ny-Asiah live on the 2nd floor of the family's triple-decker.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Nothing says home quite like a white picket fence, and Jacqueline Dowdy’s got one surrounding her light green triple-decker. Her grandparents bought the place more than 40 years ago. Back then, they lived on the first floor.

“My parents lived on this floor, this is the apartment I grew up in,” says Dowdy. “And I had an aunt, one of my mother’s younger sisters, who lived on the third floor.”

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Local Features
5:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

The Silver Boom: Life at Gorham & Providence Steel and Iron

The Gorham complex abandoned in place on Adelaide Ave in Providence in 1998.
Credit Erik Gould

In less than 20 years, a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60.  In a series we call “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island” we’re looking at how the state will take care of this expanding older population and how Rhode Island benefits from its older residents.  For example, they are the memory keepers, the informal historians of the state’s rich past. 

Gorham Manufacturing

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Addiction and Recovery
5:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Silver Boom: Senior Substance Abuse Grows, Resources Lag

Sam Bynum at The Anchor Center in Pawtucket, RI.
Credit Felicia Lesnett / The Providence Center

In less than 20 years, a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60.  In a series we call “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island,” we’re looking this week at how the state will take care of this expanding older population, and how it can benefit from it. Here’s an in-depth look at the growing problem of substance abuse and addiction among seniors, beginning at a community recovery center in Pawtucket.

Sam Bynum wasn’t born an alcoholic. But, like many alcoholics will tell you, the signs were there early on.

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The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
8:29 am
Mon March 11, 2013

The Silver Boom: An Overview of Rhode Island's Elderly

Director of Division of Elderly Affairs Catherine Taylor
Credit Lydia Rogers / RIPR

Rhode Island has the largest percentage of people age 85 and older in the nation, and the number is only going to grow as baby boomers begin to join that group. This week, Rhode Island Public Radio takes an in-depth look at older Rhode Islanders in a new series we’re calling The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island.  To start us off, RIPR Morning Edition Host Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Catherine Taylor, Director of the State Division of Elderly Affairs.

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