Local Features
6:19 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Unexpected Gift

It seems almost trite to say that nature is a remarkable teacher.  But that’s okay.  Indeed, nature is a remarkable teacher. All of us can point to lessons nature has taught us about appreciating life’s wonders, managing uncertainty and unpredictability, coping with adversity and accepting that we have so little control over some aspects of our lives. The English poet William Wordsworth wrote in his poem The Tables Turned, “Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”  And we hear similar sentiments from Lisa Jacobson.


Lisa Jacobson is an artist, gardener, mother and teacher at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts.  She lives with her family in Providence.

Arts & Culture
5:24 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Newport Folk Fest Announces 50th Anniversary Celebration Of Dylan Going Electric

The Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Newport Folk Festival has announced plans to celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan going electric.  But details of the celebration remain a mystery.

In true Folk festival fashion, producers are keeping silent on the headlining act for what they’ve dubbed “65 revisited,” an affectionate nod to the Bob Dylan album ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’

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On Politics
4:38 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Magaziner Unveils Transparency Initiative for the Treasurer's Office

Magaziner (center) flanked by deputy treasurers Jeffrey Padwa and Patrick Marr.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Treasurer Seth Magaziner on Tuesday unveiled an initiative to bring more transparency to his office.

Magaziner says his initiative will make the treasurer’s office a national leader in transparency. For example, he said one new policy requires investment fund managers that want state business to disclose information about their finances.

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RI News
3:39 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

State Lawmakers Considering Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

The House Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing on legislation that would provide driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Once again, lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in the Ocean State. The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the proposal Tuesday.

This is the second time in as many legislative sessions that drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants have surfaced as an issue before the General Assembly. Last year, bills in the House and Senate failed, despite support from then-Governor Lincoln Chafee.

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RI News
10:47 am
Tue May 26, 2015

For The First Time, Navy Week Kicks Off In Rhode Island

Capt. Dennis Boyer, the commanding officer at Naval Station Newport.
Credit John Bender / RIPR


Memorial Day marked the kickoff of Navy Week in Rhode Island. The event comes to cities across the U.S., but this is a first for the Ocean State, despite a long history with the Navy. East Greenwich (unofficially) touts itself as the birthplace of the American Navy, and Newport continues to be home to a naval station, and the Naval War College.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s morning host Chuck Hinman sat down with Capt. Dennis Boyer, commanding officer at Naval Station Newport to talk about the celebration and the Navy's role in Rhode Island, past and present.

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