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The Education Blog
3:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Artscape: Rock-a-Baby Brings Live Music To Infants And Toddlers

Singer Kate Jones shows children how to play a tone drum at a Rock-a-Baby class in Providence
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

It’s Thanksgiving, and for many families, that means time to jump in the car and visit with relatives. If your drive is a long one, you might put on some music to entertain the kids along the way. Almost all children naturally love music.

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison visited a music class for tiny babies and toddlers, with a little something for adults too.

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On Politics
2:57 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Time to Focus on R.I. History in Our Public Schools

It sometimes seems as if all of our contemporary debates over education revolve around high-stakes testing. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says our schools are neglecting an important topic that isn’t tested.

Trying to figure out what’s happening in education nowadays is an exercise in futility. You have to learn a new language suffused with psycho babble and techno-speak:  educators use terms  like rubrics, social-emotional learning and  site-based management..

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RI News
10:18 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Providence Soup Kitchen Prepares To Serve Holiday Meal To Hundreds

Amos House, a social service center in Providence, hosts the largest regular soup kitchen in the state. On Wednesday, the center's meal will serve turkey and all the trimmings to between 500 and 700. 

It’s a tradition at Amos House, to serve the turkey, potatoes, cranberry all on the day before the holiday.  That’s because, other places will offer the Thanksgiving meal on the actual day, so Amos House decided why not give the needy a nutritious meal the day before?

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RI News
9:50 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Millions Of People Set To Hit The Road As One Of The Busiest Travel Weekends Begin

About a million Rhode Islanders will travel during the Thanksgiving, (unfortunately the weather is not expected to be this nice.)
Credit thisisbossi / flickr

About 46 million people will be traveling across the country during the Thanksgiving holiday according to predictions from Triple-A.  That’s the highest number since the great recession in 2007.  Unfortunately a winter storm is expected to pelt the state with rain and some snow Wednesday; bad news for travelers. 

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The Education Blog
9:46 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Providence Schools Encourage Discussion About Ferguson

Providence school officials say they provided extra counseling Tuesday, the day after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

District leaders said the decision was likely to bring up a range of emotions for both students and teachers. Urging respect, they said they encouraged schools and teachers to engage students in thoughtful discussions.

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RI News
8:54 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Hundreds Of Protesters March Through Providence, Spill Onto Highway

Hundreds of protesters spill into the streets of Providence, spurred by anger over racially charged incidents in Ferguson, Missouri.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

What started as a peaceful protest in Providence ended with more than 100 people blocking traffic along Interstate 95.  The demonstrators were protesting a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer responsible for the shooting death of an African American 18 year-old Mike Brown in Ferguson Missouri.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

At The Crossroads, Part 5: The Uncomfortable Math Of Hep C Treatment

What’s the price of a human life? Many of us would say each life is priceless. But health economists sometimes have a number in mind.

Want to know what that number is?

In this part of our series “At the Crossroads: The Rise of Hepatitis C and The Fight To Stop It,” we'll tell you that - and more. We go beyond the high price of new hepatitis C drugs  to ask: how much is too much? And what the heck is a "quality adjusted life year" anyway?

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Local Features
7:49 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Gravestones

Perhaps most of us have spent some time anticipating our own deaths, our own mortality.  Perhaps these are but fleeting moments, or maybe not.  Have you ever pictured the gravestone meant for you, and what it might mean to those who visit your gravesite?  For many of us this may be a macabre subject, one that’s hard to embrace.  But as we hear from Nicholas Benson, gravestones can host profound messages that convey so much about the stories of our lives – who we were, what we aimed to be, the very essence of our being.

Nicholas Benson owns the John Stevens Shop in Newport, RI, a small stone carving business founded in 1705, that specializes in the design and carving of one-of-a-kind inscriptions in stone.

The Pulse
3:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

At The Crossroads: Hepatitis C Resources In RI

For the past several weeks we've been airing stories from our series, "At the Crossroads: The rise of hepatitis C and the fight to stop it." Maybe you've been wondering, hey, should I get tested? Where can I do that? And what's it like?

Wonder no more. Here's a collection of resources to get you started.

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On Sports
3:21 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

PC, URI Attracting National Attention

URI upsets No. 21 Nebraska and receives votes in the national polls.

PC beats Florida State and Notre Dame in the same tournament and earns a No. 25 ranking in the USA Today national coaches’ poll.

What in the name of James Naismith is going on here?

URI’s long-suffering basketball fans were ecstatic after their Rams edged the Cornhuskers, 66-62, in overtime Saturday before a packed house at the Ryan Center. Sophomore E.C. Matthews led the way with a 26-point, 10-rebound effort that garnered him the Atlantic 10 Conference player of the week honor for the first time.

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