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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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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:45 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Brown University Celebrates 250 Years

Brown University has been a looming presence in Rhode Island since its founding.
Credit Courtesy Brown University

Beginning this week, Brown University celebrates its 250th birthday.. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay kicks off our week long Brown series and ponders the college’s role in Rhode Island.

Brown is perched atop the tallest of the seven hills on which Providence was built. For its first two centuries the university reflected this lofty status on its College Hill cloister. It was an all-male institution that launched the well-born, Yankee elite to the upper reaches of banking, medicine, law and the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Politics
9:40 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block On Public Education, Tax Reform + More

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block sits down with host Elisabeth Harrison and Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott Mackay to discuss a variety of issues including public school, the floundering economy, and his switch from Moderate to Republican.

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Political Roundtable
9:17 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Political Roundtable: Block On RI's Economy, Pension Settlement, + More

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

On tap this week, Republican Ken Block’s plan to rescue the Rhode Island economy, and the outlook for the settlement aimed at ending the lawsuit over the state pension system.  Host Elisabeth Harrison sits in for Ian Donnis, and is joined by Rhode Island Public Radio’s political analyst Scott MacKay, and University of Rhode Island Political Science Professor Maureen Moakley.

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Artscape
8:48 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: Designing Better Ballots

A ballot secrecy sleeve redesigned by RISD students.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

In Rhode Island a group of design students barely old enough to vote are working on projects that could potentially affect the future of Presidential elections.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender profiles a class that is trying to tackle the problem of a better ballot.

On the third floor of a building in downtown Providence, a group of a dozen or so students from the Rhode Island School of Design, also known as RISD are giving their final presentations for a class called VoteLab: Designing for Democracy.

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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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Scott MacKay Commentary
4:39 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Buddy Cianci, The NEXT Mayor Of Providence?

Will Buddy Cianci sit, again, at the helm of the Capital City.
Credit RIPR FILE

Love him or loathe him, Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., has long been Rhode Island ‘s political Rascal King. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay ponders the talk about another Cianci comeback.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said famously that there are no second acts in American life. The Jazz Age novelist never met Buddy Cianci.

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Politics
11:06 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Providence Mayor Angel Taveras On The Pension, Education, And More

Providence mayor Angel Taveras sits down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison, and our political analyst Scott MacKay, about a variety of issues including the proposed pension settlement, charter schools in Providence, and the Superman Building.

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Political Roundtable
9:46 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Political Roundtable: Taveras On The Pension Settlement, The Governor's Race And More

Providence Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Providence Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Angel Taveras joins the Political Roundtable this week to talk the Governor's race, the pension reform settlement, and income equality in the Ocean State.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
3:56 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: The New RI Public Pension Reality

An out of court settlement marks the end of a contentious lawsuit over public pensions.
Credit RIPR FILE

In the famous words of Yogi Berra, `it ain’t over till its over.’ RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why that’s the case with the latest twist in Rhode Island’s public employee pension settlement.

In many a long legal  battle, a settlement reached out of court marks the end of a contentious lawsuit. The opposing parties shake hands and sometimes share an odd drop. Then they put the dispute behind them.

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