Policy and Pinot

Policy & Pinot is our public discussion series held in conjunction with the Providence Athenaeum.  Hosted by RIPR reporters, featuring expert guest panelists,  and covering a wide range of topics: politics, health care, the environment, education...anything and everything that impacts Rhode Island!

All events are held at the Athenaeum, located at 251 Benefit Street, Providence, unless otherwise noted.

William Fischer, Nirva LaFortune, Luis Vargas, Ian Donnis
Aaron Read RIPR

Recorded live, Thursday, October 12, 2017.

BROADCAST: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7pm.

Join the Athenæum and Rhode Island Public Radio for this season’s Political Roundtable to discuss political narrative in the media. RIPR Political Reporter Ian Donnis will moderate, with guests:

Policy & Pinot: Sanctuary Cities

Feb 22, 2017
Policy and Pinot - Sanctuary Cities
Aaron Read - RIPR

What is a "Sanctuary City," and what are the risks of being one under President Trump?  Join us at the Providence Athenaeum on Thursday March 9, 2017 for our latest Policy & Pinot forum discussion.  Reception at 5:30pm, Program from 6:00 - 7:00pm.

Policy & Pinot: The November 2016 Election

Oct 7, 2016
Aaron Read / RIPR

How is the presidential election resonating with Rhode Islanders? What are the big local races? Our guests are Republican House Minority Leader Brian Newberry and Democratic campaign operative Kate Coyne-McKoy, along with RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay and our intrepid moderator, RIPR Political Reporter Ian Donnis.

Policy and Pinot Panel 05-18-2016
Aaron Read RIPR

This month’s Policy & Pinot will focus on the state of the region’s energy grid, which has undergone dramatic changes. Older oil- and coal-fired power plants are retiring, while natural gas production is increasing. State laws requiring ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions have been driving the shift toward cleaner energy from the sun, wind and water.

Located at Save the Bay's offices overlooking Narragansett Bay, and moderated by RIPR environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza, we’ll talk with our guest panelists about what the future grid could look like, how greener energy may impact consumers, and how Rhode Island’s progress compares to other states.

It’s been a wild and wooly year in presidential politics – and there’s still a long way to go until November.

The unexpected success of Donald Trump has delighted his supporters, and alarmed his critics. On the Democratic side of the race, Bernie Sanders has also exceeded expectations. Trump and Sanders have capitalized on Americans’ economic frustration, and many voters remain angry as we move closer to the general election.

RIPR’s Political Roundtable team of political reporter Ian Donnis, political analyst Scott MacKay, and with URI political science professor Maureen Moakley, along with occasional Roundtable guest Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, analyze the local and national political scene. Recorded May 13, 2014.

Miss Our Policy & Pinot On Overdose? Listen Here.

Mar 17, 2014
Garry Bliss / The Providence Center

We had a full house at the Providence Athenaeum last week. If you weren't able to join us, not to worry. You can listen to the full program right here.

Rhode Island Public Radio, in concert with the lovely Providence Athenaeum, hosted a stellar group of panelists for this one hour radio show taped in front of a live audience. Guests included a recovering addict and overdose survivor, an addiction medicine and infectious disease specialist, a drug abuse epidemiologist, a Warwick police captain trained in mental health first aid, and an addiction treatment specialist.

Tomorrow night! Join Rhode Island Public Radio for Policy & Pinot, our ongoing public discussion series held in conjunction with the Providence Athenaeum.

When: Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Reception at 5:30 PM, program begins shortly after.

Where: The Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI. Some street parking available.

Policy & Pinot: Bicycles in Rhode Island

Apr 21, 2013
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, hosted by RIPR's Bradley Campbell, we explore how making the city an attractive place to live and bike could boost the capital city’s bottom line.

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

Susan Greenhalgh / RIPR

Advances in technology have changed the types of skills needed to land a well-paying job. In this Policy & Pinot discussion, Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison examine how the state is retooling the education system from K-12 and beyond to prepare students for 21st Century jobs. Panelists are David Abbott, Deputy Rhode Island Commissioner of Education, Katherine Bergeron, Dean of the College at Brown University, John Hazen White, Jr., President of Taco, Inc., Steven Kitchin, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology.