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As Rhode Island’s health insurance commissioner, Marie Ganim knows a lot about health plans. So when she started to get calls from telemarketers hawking a new type of short-term health insurance, she decided to play along.

Chaiel Schaffel

Summer is a dangerous time to be homeless. When temperatures top 90 degrees, as they did again on Tuesday, there’s a risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion and sunstroke.

To reduce this risk, outreach workers have been hitting the streets, hoping to convince more people to come inside. One of those workers, Chris Curtin, was out on a recent morning, as he is most weekdays.

2nd Story Theatre

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale generally goes to see a play in its early days, but this time he’s reviewed the last performance of a show at 2nd Story Theater in Warren. The play was fine, he said, but the theater is no more.

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Narragansett Bay is alive with sails, the spectacular sunsets burst into pink and plum streaks and fireworks flash and linger across the night sky.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Brockton native Rocky Marciano was a staple on Rhode Island's boxing scene in the mid-20th Century, on his way to becoming U.S. heavyweight champion. Then he died in a plane crash in 1968.

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In the 1920s, 30s and 40s, radio was the dominant electronic medium for home entertainment, with much of that entertainment being performed live and broadcast over the airwaves. A monthly performance at the Columbus Theatre draws inspirationg from this tradition.

Talia Blake / RIPR

It’s been nine months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and displaced residents are still scrambling to find permanent housing.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

The future of the Pawtucket Red Sox stadium, and President Donald Trump’s shifting policies on immigration. That’s all part of the conversation this week on Political Roundtable. 

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Rhode Island state Representative Mike Chippendale is one of a small contingent of Republicans in General Assembly. The Foster lawmaker stopped by our studio yesterday to discuss the legislative session and governor’s race.

Dancing For A World Record At PVD Fest

Jun 12, 2018

Thousands of people visited downtown Providence this weekend for the city’s annual arts and culture extravaganza: PVD Fest.  And this year, organizers sought to break an obscure world record: largest choreographed group Bachata dance.

The record to beat is 370 dancing couples, set in 2016 in Greece. 

In Providence, participants started gathered downtown Friday evening. Dance instructors from Mambo Pa Ti studio in Providence hyped the crowd up and encouraged passersby to join in.  

Juan Rodriguez

Eileen Sheehan lives only about a couple hundred feet away from the Westport River. Through the windows in her living room, you can see light from the sun twinkling off the water. 

However, Sheehan said these days, it's depressing to look out into the river because of what's been happening to the salt marsh islands. 

Steven Richard Photography

The summer theater season is underway at Matunuck where the Theatre by the Sea is presenting “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says it’s a winner all the way.

If ever there was a Broadway show that deserves the title of “musical” its probably got to be 'Ain’t Misbehavin’' that classic piece of singing and singing and . . . well, singing.

Erin X. Smithers

“The Pirates of Penzance,” that 19th Century view of a Great Britain long gone, is rarely seen these days. But the Wilbury Theater Group has revived it. 

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Care New England announced Wednesday that it has signed an agreement for a takeover of Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital network by Boston-based Partners HealthCare.

 

The deal, if approved by federal and state regulators, would mark a giant shift in Rhode Island’s healthcare market, granting Massachusetts’ largest health system huge influence -- and pricing power -- over Rhode Island’s health system.

 


Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, parents and teachers across the country are wondering how to make schools safer. In Rhode Island, State Police Captain Derek Borek reviews school safety plans and works with school administrators to improve school security measures. 

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