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RIPR Series: One Square Mile Johnston

Feb 12, 2018
Elisabeth Harrison

After the 2017 presidential election, RIPR produced "One Square Mile: Johnston," a week of stories about the northern Rhode Island town that flipped the most dramatically from blue to red in voting for President Donald Trump.

We explored the town's politics, learned how to make a true Italian-American meatball and visited some little-known spots that reveal Johnston’s culture and history.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

As part of our series One Square Mile: New Bedford, we look at the “Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World”, painted by New Bedford artists Benjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington. 


John Bender / RIPR

Do you have a favorite book? Maybe it’s a novel you read again and again. But has a work of fiction ever inspired your vacation plans? New Bedford is the destination for devotees of one famous literary leviathan.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The town of Johnston has been a Democratic stronghold for years, but in 2016 Johnston voters gave Republican Donald Trump a decisive 14 point victory over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. That was the sharpest swing in partisan support since 2012 for any Rhode Island community.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democrat Hillary Clinton won the state of Rhode Island in November, but then-candidate Donald Trump beat her by 14 points in Johnston.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Monday we renew a tradition at Rhode Island Public Radio: our recurring series  "One Square Mile." It’s designed to take you deep inside one  Rhode Island community and bring you insights about the people and places of the Ocean State. 

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.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

This week, a Burrillville couple sued Warner Brothers over the movie “The Conjuring,” claiming it has turned their lives into a nightmare. The couple lives in the house that the supernatural thriller is based on. They claim their peace and quiet has been ruined by trespassers trying to check out their supposedly haunted property. Well, it turns out that tales about “The Conjuring” house are among several ghost stories told in Burrillville. 

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Want to take a trip through history with your own personal tour guide? Or better yet, want to send some relatives visiting for the holidays on an adventure? Try our audio walking tour of historic Harrisville, one of the main villages in the town of Burrillville.

Find out what it was like to work in a woolen mill in the late 1800s, meet the industrialist who embraced profit-sharing and paid vacations before most others had even heard of such practices, and follow the rise and fall of a town whose fate has been intertwined with the textile industry - until now.

Jesse M. Smith Library in Harrisville
RIPR

Join Rhode Island Public Radio for a listening party for our series One Square Mile: Burrillville at the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library in Harrisville!  Hear highlights from the series, meet the local reporters who produced the stories, and share your stories with us!

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Burrillville has become the unlikely epicenter for controversy over natural gas. The town is home to a natural gas-fired power plant, two pipelines, and two compressor stations to push gas through the pipelines.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

This week, we’re bringing you stories from Rhode Island’s picturesque Northwest. They’re part of our series One Square Mile: Burrillville.

We've put together an audio walking tour of one of Burrillville’s most historic villages, Harrisville. Here's an excerpt. Your guide is Betty Mencucci, president of the Burrillville Historical and Preservation Society.

One Square Mile Burrillville: Zambarano's Roots Run Deep

Oct 27, 2015
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

As part of our series One Square Mile: Burrillville, we're taking you on an insider's tour of a venerable Burrillville institution, Zambarano Hospital. In 1906, the Wallum Lake campus opened as a tuberculosis sanatorium. Today, the patients, and the times, have changed, but a sense of community remains.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

In our series One Square Mile we're exploring Narragansett Bay: what's lurking in the bay, its rich natural resources, how it affects the state's economy and the lives lived on the bay.  One of those lives is that of a tour guide who for years has delighted ferry passengers with fascinating stories of the many lighthouses in and around the bay.  

At Quonset Point, the ferry called The Ava Pearl idles along the dock as passengers line up to board. A man with a shock of white hair stands near the front of the line.

One Square Mile: Kayaking Narragansett Bay

Oct 10, 2014
Catherine Welch / RIPR

All this week we’re looking we’re looking at one of the Ocean State’s most visible resources: Narragansett Bay, with a series we call One Square Mile. There are plenty of ways for residents and tourists alike to get out onto the water: sailboats, surfboards, even jet skis.  

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender went kayaking to get a feel for why people choose to pick up the paddle.

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