Chuck Hinman

Morning Edition host

Chuck became part of RIPR in 2012 after a career on commercial radio. He got his broadcasting start as an announcer for Off Track Betting Corporation in NYC. He’s been a news director, music director, production director and morning personality on radio stations in Providence and Boston. 

A native of New Jersey, Chuck attended the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri and graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Mass Communications.                    

 

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On Rhode Island Public Radio's Artscape this month we look at podcasting, with a profile of Nate Dimeo, a podcaster based in Los Angeles, but with deep Rhode Island roots.

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Rhode Island-based nonprofit, The Providence Plan, is handling fallout from the discovery of embezzlement by its Finance Director Charles Denno. 

Denno, who allegedly had a gambling problem, is under investigation for the disappearance of at least $600,000 over a four-year period. 

Elisabeth Harrison

In Tuesday's primary, Rhode Island voters ousted House Majority Leader John DeSimone and five other incumbents. Progressive Democrats picked up three wins, and mayors in North Providence and Woonsocket won re-election. Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Analyst Scott MacKay discusses these results and more with Host Chuck Hinman.

Labor Day has come and gone, schools are back in session, and once again teachers are on the hunt for classroom supplies. Many of them will head straight to Resources for Rhode Island Education, a non-profit organization that, for 25 years, has been recycling manufacturers’ excess material, and making it available to schools and community organizations.

In many ways, this story really starts with the fact that there are always people with stuff they want to get rid of, like Mack the Finger, from Bob Dylan’s classic song "Highway 61."

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Brown University senior  Sovijja Pou competed for the Cambodian swim team at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He talks with RIPR's Chuck Hinman about his experiences there:

NOAA

The storm, Hermine, which made landfall last week has been downgraded from a category one hurricane, to a tropical storm, to what's called a post-tropical cyclone. In general terms that just means a lower-strength event, said Rebecca Gould, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"Really no different than a Nor’easter," said Gould. "You might get some showers, some rain, probably not until [Monday night] into [Tuesday]. Winds along the south coast will be a bit stronger than anywhere else. We’re expecting gusts up to about 30-35 mph. In Providence 25-30 mph gusts."

Elisabeth Harrison

A long-awaited independent report on sexual abuse at St. George’s School in Middletown was released on Thursday by Boston lawyer Martin Murphy. Murphy, a partner in the law firm Foley Hoag, was retained in January to investigate allegations of abuse going back decades at the elite boarding school.

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Across Rhode Island, local theaters are gearing up for their fall season. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman traveled to the Contemporary Theater Company in Wakefield to talk with Terry Shea, an actor and director who also covers theater for Motif Magazine. Shea has a line on what to expect from the great variety of local theater that Rhode Island has to offer, from the well-established to the up and coming.

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Providence poet Christopher Johnson is one of 20 candidates for Poet Laureate of Rhode Island. He is also facing charges of assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after an encounter last spring with a Providence police officer. Johnson wrote about that encounter earlier this month for Motif Magazine, in an essay called Walking While Black. He spoke to Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman about his case.

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Providence reached 96 degrees Sunday. It's not a record -- that's 98 degrees -- but the humidity was unusually high. The National Weather Service issued heat advisories for several days last week.

On Monday, the state will get relief, according to Weather Service meteorologist Bob Thompson.

“[Monday] will be a little bit less humid, it’s still going to be very warm [Monday], we’re still probably going to see high temperatures near 90, but the humidity will be a little bit less," said Thompson.

But Thompson predicts the respite will be brief.

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For night-sky watchers, August is the time for the annual Perseid meteor shower. This year’s light show for Thursday and Friday nights promises to be unusually memorable, weather permitting, according to Scott MacNeill, Director of the Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown.

“Usually it produces up to 80 to 100 meteors an hour," he says. "But this year we could very likely see a Perseid outburst, of 200 plus meteors per hour.”

Elisabeth Harrison

In Middletown, St. George’s boarding school has announced a settlement with up to 30 former students, who allege they were sexually abused. 

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Summer is the season for festivals here in Rhode Island, and heading into this last weekend in July, two festivals are offering very different experiences.

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa
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Central Falls Mayor James Diossa joins RIPR's Chuck Hinman and Scott Mackay for a discussion of school funding, politics, and housing and the arts in Central Falls.

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