Talia Blake

Morning Edition Producer

Talia joined RIPR in February 2018 as the Morning Edition Producer.  She graduated with a double-major in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Before starting at RIPR, she was an intern at public radio station WMFE in Orlando. Originally from Connecticut, Talia is no stranger to New England. In her spare time, she is an avid foodie and enjoys working out.

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The house from Detroit, which was once home to the brother of civil rights icon Rosa Parks and his family, and where Rosa Parks stayed with family after she left the south will be offered at auction this summer in New York after being saved from demolition and turned into an art piece. 

A New Bedford elementary school is launching a new language program this fall. Fifty kindergarteners at Gomes Elementary School will enter a lottery for the chance to land a spot in the school’s new dual language immersion program.

The selected students will spend half their day learning subjects in English. The other half will be exclusivley in Spanish.

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The Miss America organization has announced they’re changing out of swimsuits and into a whole new era. But, the change has some in the pageant world feeling torn.

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The eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano has left 99 people dead, at least 192 missing and displaced thousands.

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Today is the day Rhode Island drivers will have to put down their cell phones while driving, or risk getting a hundred dollar ticket. Rhode Island’s hand-free cell phone law is officially now in effect.

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The Eigth Amendment to the Irish Constitution held one of the strictest abortion bans in the world. Ireland's recent vote to repeal that amednment in a referendum has Catholics talking around the world, and in Rhode Island. 


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More than 200 years ago, on May 29, 1790, Rhode Island became the last state of the union to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 

Film buffs only have a few days left to catch a flick at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence. After more than 40 years of screening independent and foreign films, the cinema will close its doors Sunday, May 27th. 

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The house where Rosa Parks stayed with family after she left the south won’t remian in Providence, as some might have hoped. After a one-month display, the Rosa Parks House Project will be packing up June 3rd. 

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AAA anticipates millions of drivers on the road this Memorial Weekend, and rising gas prices are not expected to deter travelers.


On Tuesday, a clean water advocate will announce his plans to swim the entire length of Narragansett Bay. Christopher Swain will swim from Point Judith to Providence over the course of 2 weeks, in an effort to celebrate and protect the bay. His plan is to spend 2 to 6 hours a day in the water.

The Rhode Island School of Design explores the story and history of the Rosa Parks House Project from the viewpoint of art, preservation, and memory. RISD's Interior Architecture Department will host the symposium, called Everybody’s House, on Friday at Waterfire, where the display is located.

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Plans for what would be the tallest building in Providence hit a bump in the road recently. The Providence City Plan Comission voted against recommending approval of zoning changes for the controversial 46-story Hope Point Tower. 

The commission’s vote came despite a planning staff report that found the project complied with the city’s comprehensive plan, which encourages mixed-use development downtown.

In a statement, Fane Organization spokesman Dante Bellini said, “We will take time to reflect upon their decision and any next steps.”

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A routine hoof procedure turned out to be not so routine when a takin named Har-Lee managed to escape his enclosure around 9:05 Tuesday morning. 

Roger Williams Park Zoo said the recapture team was immediately activated with tranquilizers and backup rifle, never losing sight of Har-Lee following him to a point where they could safely sedate him.

The issue was resolved at 9:55 a.m. and the zoo opened for regular business 20 minutes later. 

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Six months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, many families are still struggling to find a new place to feel at home. United Neighbors of Fall River and other human service agencies joined together to form the Hurricane Relief Coalition, and they’re saying Bienvenido or welcome to Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria with an event May 12th. 

Wendy Garf-Lipp, United Neighbors Executive Director, is spearheading the event. It will include job fair, transitional paperwork assistance, a language translator, and more.