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Same-Sex Marriage
1:01 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Rhode Island Public Radio Same-Sex Marriage Special

Rhode Island State House
Credit RIPR

In this hour long special, Rhode Island Public Radio's political reporter Ian Donnis and political analyst Scott MacKay sit down with local observers on both sides of the complex and hotly contested same-sex marriage debate in Rhode Island.




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Local Features
7:08 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Town Council President: Central Coventry Voters Need More Information

Gary Cote, President of the Coventry Town Council, weighs in on the financial challenges faced by the Central Coventry Fire District.
Credit John Bender/RIPR

For several months we’ve been hearing news about the cash-strapped Central Coventry Fire District, fighting to stay open during liquidation. 

These financial woes seem like a case study for the challenges many cities and towns face, as they try to provide services through a patchwork of municipal agencies.

The Town Council has loaned the district $300,000 to stay open for a few more weeks.  The debate surrounding the fire district is complicated, so we sat down with Gary Cote, President of the Coventry Town Council, to get the details.  

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Future Docs
5:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Future Docs 9: Teaching Medical Ethics

Jay Baruch, MD teaches ethics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Some of the toughest decisions any of us will ever make will take place in a doctor’s office. But before those decisions ever come up, doctors must often wrestle with the options themselves. And those options are growing more complicated every year. In this next to last episode in our series Future Docs, we ask how today’s medical students are learning to grapple with tomorrow’s ethical questions.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Political Roundtable: Sullivan on How the Battle for Same-Sex Marriage Was Won

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Ray Sullivan, the head of Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, joins the Roundtable this week to discuss the state Senate vote in favor of same-sex marriage; concerns about the impact on religious institutions; how the battle was won, and other issues.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

The Season That Made Baseball the National Pastime

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Local baseball fans are accustomed to watching Sunday afternoon games and getting a beer at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket or Fenway Park in Boston. But it wasn’t always this way. A new book by the Providence Journal’s deputy editorial page editor, Edward Achorn, describes how Sunday games and beer sales were once controversial. His book, “The Summer of Beer and Whiskey,” describes 1883 as the groundbreaking season that remade baseball as the national pastime.

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7:15 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Do Rhode Island State College Police Need Guns?

The University of Rhode Island is the only state university in the country not allowed to arm its campus police.
Credit RIPR File Photo

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony Wednesday on a bill that would allow Rhode Island State College Police to carry guns. 

The hearing comes after a scare at the University of Rhode Island about a gunman on campus, and Rhode Island is currently the only state in the country that does not allow armed campus police at public colleges and universities. The University of Rhode Island is also expected to release its preliminary review in the coming days examining how it responded to the report of a possible shooter.

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RI News
5:04 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Family of Missing Brown Student Horrified by Erroneous Link to Boston Bombings

Sunil Tripathi has been missing since March 16th.
Credit Tripathi family

It’s been about six weeks since Brown University philosophy major Sunil Tripathi disappeared. For a few hours he was erroneously linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. His family was horrified that he was rumored to be involved. 

Sunil’s brother, Ravi Tripathi, stopped by our studios to talk with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic.

Sunil "Sunny" Tripathi is six-foot tall, last seen wearing a black ski jacket and black hat with a Philadelphia Eagles logo. Anyone with information should call the Providence or Brown University police.

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Local Features
1:13 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Policy and Pinot: Bicycles in Rhode Island

Policy & Pinot panelists
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Bicycles in Rhode Island

Providence is striving to become a city where young people want to live and work. For many, having a green way to commute is vital. In this Policy and Pinot we explore how making the city an attractive place to live and bike could boost the capital city’s bottom line.

Bradley Campbell – Environment Reporter / Weekend Host, Rhode Island Public Radio

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The Bottom Line
4:48 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

The Bottom Line: Creating a Smarter RIPTA

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, also RIPTA chairman. The segment centers on proposals to move bus lines out of Kennedy Plaza and to restructure RIPTA lines across the state.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Fung Explains Why He's a Republican

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q+A to talk about why he's a Republican, his potential race for governor next year, and what Rhode Island should do to improve its economy, among other issues.

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