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Playwright Tackles Stigma of Opioid Addiction

Jan 9, 2018
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Playwright Ana Bess Moyer Bell was studying for a master’s degree at New York University when the opioid epidemic hit home.  Friends in their 20s began dying of drug overdoses.

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Monuments to the Confederacy have become sites of renewed controversy in recent months. But not all acts of confrontation and reconciliation occur in public.

Ximena Conde

In an unassuming building about a mile from the Rhode Island Statehouse, there’s a treasure trove of history at the State Archives. Located in downtown Providence, the vast archives house documents dating back centuries.


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About half of New England’s households are on septic systems, the highest proportion in the country. 

For decades, most conventional systems have done a good job of removing pollutants and pathogens. But they're not very good at removing nitrogen, which is in human waste.

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In part 2 of our series, "Striking a New Chord: A 15-Week Journey To Learning An Instrument," RIPR’s Morning Host Chuck Hinman continues to follow a group of adults learning to play string instruments for the first time.

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Detectives, booking officers and county jail sergeants sit side-by-side at the Bristol County Jail and House of Correction, flipping through documents and looking for tips.

They're searching for details that could unmask an impostor.

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A new threat to New England’s shellfish industry seems to be establishing itself more firmly, and regulators are trying to stay ahead of potentially deadly blooms of toxic algae that may be driven by climate change.

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Miosotis Castro, her husband Francisco Alvarado and their three children are among thousands of Puerto Ricans who lost their homes when Hurricane Maria hit the island three months ago. 

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Reaction to the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, the man who came to be the face of the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, has been emotional, particularly for survivors of clergy abuse.

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Accidental drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island fell 9 percent during the first eight months of this year, compared with the same period in 2016. Gov. Gina Raimondo called it a hopeful sign in the fight against opioid addiction and death. But she cautioned Rhode Island has a lot more work to do. Health Reporter Lynn Arditi and RIPR's Elisabeth Harrison break down the newly released data.

A Tougher 21st Century Elm Makes A Comeback

Dec 19, 2017
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There are thousands of Elm Streets in America, but not many surviving elms, for which the streets were named. Starting in the mid-20th century, Dutch elm disease killed off millions.

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During a wide-ranging year-end interview, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello explains his concerns about the proposal for a new PawSox stadium in Pawtucket, and why he remains fully behind eliminating the state car tax.

Lynn Arditi / RIPR

Last week we met Rhode Islanders waiting outside the state Department of Human Services because of problems with benefits like food stamps and Medicaid. The shift to a new online system left thousands of people without the assistance they count on. One woman, Elizabeth Vanover, says doctors bills have been piling up since the state cut off her Medicaid.

Lynn Arditi

The start of the month is an important time for Son Sam, a 62-year-old grandmother. That’s when she gets her food stamps. But this month, she didn’t get any.

So, on the first Monday in December, Sam and scores of other people lined up outside the state Department of Human Services in Providence.

A Conversation With The Providence Athenaeum's Matt Burriesci

Dec 12, 2017
Photo Credit: The Providence Athenaeum

Matt Burriesci is the Executive Director of The Providence Athenaeum. He talked with Laxmi Parthasarathy for a special RIPR interview. They talked about the Athenaeum's 180-year history, its beautiful Greek Revival building, its collection, and how it is working to engage audiences with its programming today.

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