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John Bender / RIPR

Do you have a favorite book? Maybe it’s a novel you read again and again. But has a work of fiction ever inspired your vacation plans? New Bedford is the destination for devotees of one famous literary leviathan.

Jesse Costa/WBUR

It’s been the talk of New England for weeks now. Will the Pats blow out the Eagles in the Super Bowl? Or will the Eagles run away with this one?  Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon put that question to sports blogger Mike Szostak.

His take?

This will be a close game. There's no doubt about it. Both teams have strengths, and a few weaknesses, but they both had to prove themselves to get this far. 

Mark Turek/Trinity Rep

At Trinity Rep, the new play “Into the Breeches” by George Brant is filled with humor, or at least many a fast-breaking try for laugh after laugh.

Lovecraft Leaves A Troubling Legacy For Providence

Feb 1, 2018
WSHU

A century ago, the Providence author H.P. Lovecraft set the bar for what we find scary, from giant aliens to grotesque cave monsters. But Lovecraft’s literary legacy is complicated by his grotesque views of immigrants, black people and Jews. And it's the subject of a new podcast from reporter Davis Dunavin.

Annie Ropeik/NHPR

Massachusetts opted last week for one large power line to cover a big chunk of its energy needs for the next 20-plus years.

The Northern Pass proposal beat out other big transmission projects and dozens of smaller options for the right to supply all renewable power the Commonwealth wants.

This I Believe New England: David's Inferno

Jan 30, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Have you ever encountered moments in life when you weren't sure you had the wherewithal to climb out of bed and face another day?  Moments when you saw no light whatsoever at the end of your tunnel, when you wanted to, well, just give up? 

Fred Bever / New England News Collaborative

When President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday, his audience in the House chamber will include a number “Dreamers” who could face deportation as early as March — including one who grew up in Portland, Maine.

Peter Goldberg/Gamm Theatre

Two of Rhode Island’s leading theaters, Trinity Rep and the Gamm, have combined talents. The result of this joining of forces is a winner, all the way.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Lobster conservation techniques pioneered by Maine fishermen helped drive a population boom that's led to record landings this century. That's the conclusion of new, peer-reviewed research published this month. 

The paper also finds that lobstermen in southern New England could have used the same techniques to prevent or at least slow the collapse of their fisheries — even in the face of climate change — but they didn't.

Courtesy of Burbage Theatre Co.

 


 

How about a feisty fantasia of a play that lasts just 90 minutes, is filled with fierce fun, and moves rapidly as it offers ideas that would be called shocking by some, and right-on by others?

John Bender

Bernice King, daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. expanded on her late father’s philosophy at Providence College Thursday night. King discussed her father’s legacy and current national divides.

Elisabeth Harrison

The single largest piece of the state budget – roughly $1.4 billion from general revenue – goes to education. 

John Dillon/VPR

 

An escalation in immigration enforcement over the past year has brought a new level of anxiety for the several thousand migrant farm workers living in Vermont.

Elisabeth Harrison

Unemployment is down, cranes are rising over Providence, and there’s hope for a better future. That was the message from Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, who delivered her 4th State of the State address Tuesday evening in Providence.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo used her latest State of the State address to paint an upbeat picture of the Ocean State.

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