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Elisabeth Harrison

After a contentious presidential campaign, many communities -- and even families -- remain divided over the election of Republican Donald Trump. That’s been a challenge for churches, synagogues and other places of worship, where people with strong feelings may sit side-by-side each week.

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The nation’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island will start producing electricity any day now. It’s a pilot project that will change the way the people on this small island power their homes and businesses. They’ve relied on importing diesel fuel up to this point.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

University of Connecticut journalism professor Mike Stanton, a former Providence Journal investigative reporter, sat down to talk about President-elect Donald Trump and the media. Stanton is also a board member of the New England First Amendment Coalition.

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An earthquake election left Republicans in control of Congress and the White House. How will Democrats respond? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay posed the question to Sen. Jack Reed, the senior Rhode Island member of Congress.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. 

This week, Dave and Mark speak with Karl Wadensten, President of Vibco Vibrators, based in Wyoming, RI. The company manufactures industrial vibrators, used on large scale constructionand  agriculture projects. Wadensten is also a board member of the Rhode Island Commerce Corp.

John Bender

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza hosted residents Wednesday night concerned about the future under President-elect Donald Trump. 

The state Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to raise tuition at Rhode Island’s three public colleges and universities. The increases would be small, but they will still have an impact on students and their families, and on state efforts to increase the number of college graduates.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo said she's not sure what to expect from the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, although she's concerned about the possible repeal of Obamacare, likes Trump's plan to boost federal infrastructure spending, and vows that Rhode Island will protect the civil rights of its citizens.

Epic Theater

Rhode Island is currently enjoying a theatrical surge. New theater companies have arrived, often with plays – and ideas – that are far from the usual. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale has checked in on a couple now performing works that you are not going to see everywhere.

The Flu Season” continues at the Burbage Theater through December 3rd. James Franco and Me continues at the Epic Theater through November 27. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for Rhode Island Public Radio.

Back by popular demand, Rhode Island Public Radio is planning the next installment of our series "One Square Mile." There's just one question... Where should we go next?

So far our reporters have fanned out to Central Falls, West Warwick, Newport, Burrillville, Narragansett Bay, Woonsocket, Bristol and Block Island. You can find the stories here. We've looked at everything from local history, folklore and food traditions to the latest local controversies.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. 

How the changing legality of marijuana affects job searches and employee screenings? That’s the subject of this week’s segment, where Dave and Mark speak with Christine Cunneen, CEO of the firm “Hire Image” of Johnston.

The firm is a provider of background screening, drug testing for businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations.

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

Festival Ballet in Providence concludes its "Up Close on Hope" series of programs on Friday and Saturday nights, with a unique collaboration between choreographer Ty Parmenter and storyteller Valerie Tutson. The pair teamed up to produce an original dance set to the spoken word piece "How We Got the Stars." 

Originally a story told by the Zulu people, Parmenter has created a dance for four dancers choreographed to Tutson's telling of the story. Parmenter and Tutson spoke to Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman about how the piece evolved.

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On this Veteran’s Day, columnist Bob Kerr shares his experiences as a volunteer driver for veterans. Kerr says it’s the conversations he cherishes, even more than the satisfaction of delivering a vet safely to his or her destination. 

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Police departments in our region and around the country are scrambling to respond to the opioid addiction crisis. 

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