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8:46 am
Thu October 9, 2014

One Square Mile: The Slave Trade On The Narragansett Bay

Portrait of John Potter (1716-1787) and his family including three women and a young black servant. John Potter was a wealthy South Kingstown planter.
Credit Newport Historical Society

We continue our series One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay with a look at the bay’s role in the slave trade. Tens of thousands of slaves were traded on ships out of Narragansett Bay, more than any other part of North America.

Newport was at one time the largest slave-trading port in the region. To find out more, Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison met Newport history teacher Matt Boyle at Bannisters Wharf, which was built by a merchant involved in the slave trade. She asked him what it would have looked like in mid-18th Century.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
5:50 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

One Square Mile: An Audio Postcard From Hope Island

Hope Island is a refuge to many nesting colonial wading birds, including great egrets, snowy egrets, and black-crowned night herons. Other nesting birds include, double-crested cormorants, and different gulls. Pictured here are American oystercatchers.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Narragansett Bay is home to more than 30 islands. Some are bustling with people; others with birds. Rhode Island Public Radio’s summer intern Molly Malinowski set out to explore some of the lesser known islands in the bay and went on a boat tour with the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve. As part of our One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay series, she filed this audio postcard about Hope Island.

An old dock and a small concrete fort greet us, as the boat approaches Hope Island. In the distance, some wooden telephone posts peek out from the overgrown trees. 

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
5:50 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

One Square Mile: Lobstermen And Scientists Team Up To Collect Data On Lobsters

It’s another busy day out at sea for Captain Brian Thibeault. From Point Judith, he’s steered his lobster fishing boat 20 miles offshore. He’s released a long rope with 15 lobster traps filled with bait overboard.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Lobster populations in Southern New England were booming in the 1990s. Since then, their numbers have declined, from more than 36 million lobsters in 1997 to about 14 million in 2007. But commercial fishermen in Rhode Island say lobsters are making a comeback. And a pilot program in place today is giving lobster fishermen an opportunity to work with state and federal managers to collect data about the lobster populations in Narragansett Bay and the Rhode Island and Block Island sounds.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
7:54 am
Tue October 7, 2014

One Square Mile: Fish Of Narragansett Bay

URI students Mary Kane (left) and Rachel Marshall are about to count, sort, and weigh all the fish species caught in this bottom trawl net.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

For the past 55 years, researchers and students from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography have trawled Narragansett Bay on a weekly basis. These trawls are one of the world's longest running surveys that track the type of fish that come and go from season to season. For our One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay series, we turn to these trawls to give us a snapshot of how fish have responded to changes.

Three URI students board the 53-foot research vessel Cap'n Bert at Wickford Harbor, as they do each week, to trawl the bay at two stations.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
3:52 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

One Square Mile: How The Narragansett Bay Commission Takes Care Of Wastewater

In our series One Square Mile Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay sits down with Vincent Mesolella, chairman of the Narragansett Bay Commission board, about how the commission takes care of sewage treatment and keeping water pollution out of the bay.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
4:39 am
Mon October 6, 2014

One Square Mile: Why Sailing Should Matter To Every Rhode Islander

Sail Newport's Brad Read taking a sail around Newport Harbor.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

We’re launching our series One Square Mile and this time we’re focused on Narragansett Bay. The bay plays an enormous role in making Rhode Island a sailing mecca.

Sail Newport’s Executive Director Brad Read hops on one of the organization’s sailboats and starts pulling the line connected to the main sail. “You picked a perfect day, you couldn’t have asked for a dryer more perfect wind, beautiful blue sky,” said Read. “And you’re here at Sail Newport about to sail on one of our J-22’s.”

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
3:08 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: One Square Mile: The History Of Narragansett Bay

The Pell Bridge, near the mouth of the Narragansett Bay.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Narragansett Bay has encircled Rhode Island’s history and culture since the colonial era. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay kicks off our One Square Mile series on the bay.

Narragansett Bay was ours before we were Rhode Island. In 1524, the Italian explorer Giovanni de Verrazano sailed into the uncharted waters of the bay. He was impressed with what he saw, says Christopher Pastore, a professor at the SUNY at Albany and author of the new book `Between Land and Sea’ a history of the bay.

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Attorney General Peter Kilmartin

Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is seeking a second term as the state’s chief law enforcement officer. As part of our election coverage, Rhody Votes ‘14, Kilmartin sat down to talk about open records, strengthening gun laws and legalizing marijuana.

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2014 Providence Mayoral Race
9:44 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Candidates For Providence Mayor Trade Barbs In First Televised Debate

Providence mayoral candidates independent Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci, Democrat Jorge Elorza and Republican Daniel Harrop.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With five weeks until Election Day, the three candidates running to be the next mayor of Providence squared off during a televised debate last Tuesday.  Front runners Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza emphasized their competing messages.

Republican candidate Daniel Harrop provided the best laugh line during the one-hour skirmish at Rhode Island College when he was asked whether he’ll still be in the race on November 4th.

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Rhody Votes 2014
4:22 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Rhody Votes ’14: Attorney General Candidate Dawson Hodgson

Republican State Senator Dawson Hodgeson is running for Rhode Island's Attorney General.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Republican State Senator Dawson Hodgson is challenging incumbent Attorney general Peter Kilmartin. As part of our election coverage, Rhody Votes ’14, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch  sat down with Hodgson to talk about open records, strengthening gun laws and legalizing marijuana.

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