Providence, R.I. – Imagine what it would be like if a place could "remember" sounds. That's the inspiration behind "Audio Winds," an installation by audio artist Marc Levitt now at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Audio Winds presents a rich collage of sounds that might have been heard in one particular place over the course of several centuries.
Providence, R.I. – As the political season in Rhode Island heats up a bit, there's lots of talk about the need for change and reform. But one reform that few politicians talk about is changing the state's election calendar. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay argues that moving the primary from September to the spring would be fairer for challengers and for voters.
Providence, R.I. – The Public Utilities Commission will hear arguments this Thursday on a motion to postpone review of a proposed power purchase agreement between National Grid and Deepwater Wind -- the company that wants to build an eight-turbine wind farm off Block Island.
Providence, R.I. – A funeral with full military honors will be held tomorrow for Marine Corporal Paul Fagundes of Fall River.
The 29-year-old Marine died on July 4 while trying to rescue fellow Marines at a beach off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to the Marine Corps. All three men, who were members of an anti-terrorism unit based in Norfolk, Virginia, drowned in the incident.
Providence, R.I. – It's been 35 years since Cape Verde won its independence from Portugal following a protracted guerilla war. Yesterday, Rhode Islanders of Cape Verdean heritage celebrated with traditional music, food and nostalgia for a homeland some like Elsa Tavares have only visited.
"I feel like culture is something we can't lose," Tavares says. "The United States is a huge melting pot. The whole world is immigrating everywhere around the world and we don't want to lose our culture."
Providence, R.I. – By now we've all seen the pictures of how the Gulf Oil spill is threatenting wildlife: an oil-soaked pelican being cleaned by volunteers, a crab covered in oil; a turtle floating dead in the water, among many, many more.
Providence, R.I. – Time now for Political Roundtable, our weekly discussion of Rhode Island politics and news. Part of this week's focus: the political fallout of a stalling economy. Here's WRNI's Ian Donnis.
Providence, R.I. – Saying the Gulf disaster demonstrates man's disregard for his environment, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse announced he's teaming up with Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine to launch a National Endowment for the Oceans.
It would fund projects that promote the vitality of the seas, coastal areas and the Great Lakes. Whitehouse says the BP oil spill should provide the impetus needed to pass the legislation.
Providence, R.I. – Changes to the schedule at Hope High School run contrary to state regulations and threaten the future of improvements at the school. That's according to attorneys for three current students, who presented evidence yesterday to the state Department of Education in a bid to halt the changes.
At issue are 190 minutes of weekly teacher meetings. Expert witness Paula Evans said surveys show teachers use the time to improve classes and meet with parents.