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Education
9:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Regionalized School District

Field and fans at a Mt. Hope High School football game.
Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Bristol, Rhode Island is home to one of the largest consolidated school districts in the state, the Bristol-Warren Regional School District. For today’s installment of our series One Square Mile Bristol, Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter, Elisabeth Harrison, wanted to find out whether regionalizing has been a success.

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One Square Mile: Bristol
8:53 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Boat Building Industry

Steve Thurston's company Quantum Sails made it through the economoic downturn, others weren't so lucky.
Catherine Welch RIPR

All this week we've been bringing you stories from Bristol in our series One Square Mile. We check in on the town's boat building industry. The sector got whacked, as one boat builder describes it, when the bottom fell out of the economy in 2008. Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch checks in to see how it’s doing now.

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Education
9:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol; Home to the State's Only Law School

Roger Williams Law School Dean David Logan.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Bristol is home to the only law school in Rhode Island, at Roger Williams University . The law school is celebrating its 20th  anniversary this year. As part of Rhode Island Public Radio’s series One Square Mile looking at Bristol, education reporter Elizabeth Harrison sat down with Law School Dean, David Logan, to ask about some of the challenges the school is facing today.

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One Square Mile: Bristol
3:59 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

One Square Mile: The Lost Art of Repairing Wooden Boats

One of two wooden boats being pieced back together at Shannon Marine in Bristol, RI.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Bristol boat builder Walt Schultz, is the owner of Shannon Boats. He worked his way through college destroying old, wooden boats. Older and wiser, he’s spent that last 40 years paying a penance of sorts repairing as many of those old boats as he can find.

There are two currently being repaired in his shop, one of them belonged to ice cream baron Howard Johnson. Schultz is one of the few remaining craftsmen repairing wooden boats from a long-gone era, and he shares his thoughts on what it means to know that craft.

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OSM: Bristol
3:35 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

One Square Mile: The Agony of Living on Route 114

Lyle Booth stands near one of his John Deere tractors out front his home on Route 114 in Bristol.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

There’s a saying in public radio, that our stories create “driveway moments.” That’s when you pull into your driveway and sit in your car to hear a story to the end. Well, if you live along Route 114 in Bristol, there’s a good chance you’re having a different kind of “driveway moment” –  when you can’t get out of your driveway because there’s so much traffic. As part of our series One Square Mile, Catherine Welch checks in finds out how these Bristolians make it out of the driveway and on to their destinations.

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Theater Reviews
1:01 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Ocean State Theatre’s “Les Mis” is a First-Rate Effort

Fredric S. Scheff and Kevin B McGlynn star as Jean Valjean and Javert in Les Misérables being presented at the Ocean State Theatre in Warwick.
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

Yes, you could figure that “Les Mis” might be just a tad over-saturated these days.

Many have seen it at least once. Or, they’ve heard the wonderful score.

But, you know what? “Les Mis” is still worth seeing, worth being affected by, worth pondering for its immense world view. And the production opening the season at Ocean State is a first-rate effort. No, it doesn’t have the great turntable racing the pace on stage. It hasn’t reached the incredible settings of Broadway or top flight road shows.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:48 am
Mon October 7, 2013

One Square Mile: Why I'll Never Call Myself a Bristolian

Historic map with bird's eye view of Bristol.
Credit RIPR FILE

RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay first encountered Bristol as a journalist in the 1980s and he has lived there for more than decade. In this week’s commentary, linked to our One Square Mile series on Bristol, he explains why he’ll never call himself a Bristolian, no matter how long he lives in town. 

In Bristol, as in Faulkner’s south, the past is never dead. It isn’t even past.  History and the sparkling waters of Narragansett and Mount Hope bays have defined a community that is more than three centuries old.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Mollis on the Master Lever, His Record as Secretary of State + More

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about his record after two terms in the job, his qualifications for lieutenant governor and a range of other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Political Roundtable: Mollis on 2014, Whether RI Needs a LG + the Government Shutdown

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the partial federal government shutdown; his plans for 2014; whether Rhode Island really needs a lieutenant governor; and the Rolling Stone story on pension cuts.

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Affordable Care Act
11:16 am
Tue October 1, 2013

HealthSource RI Launches in the Ocean State

Sec. of Health Steven Constantino, HealthSourceRI Director Christine Ferguson and Gov. Lincoln Chafee roll out the exchange's advertising campaign.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

HealthSource RI, the state’s health insurance exchange goes online Tuesday. The state is operating its own exchange, offering plans for both uninsured residents and small businesses. Enrollment starts today, with coverage kicking in January 1st. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with the director of HealthSource RI, Christine Ferguson, about what Rhode Islanders can expect when they log on to the exchange.

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