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Policy & Pinot: The November 2016 Election

Oct 7, 2016
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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.

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  Christina Bevilacqua, the talented intellectual and public face of the Providence Athenaeum for more than a decade, is stepping down from her post as director of public engagement at the library on September 1st.

As public engagement director, Bevilacqua has developed new audiences for the historic library on Benefit Street and cemented the Athenaeum’s reputation as a top cultural center in Rhode Island. She was crucial to organizing such programs as the celebrated Salon Series and the Marcel Proust Reading Group.

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.

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The Providence Athenaeum has appointed a new executive director. Matt Burriesci comes to the non-profit following work with the director of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. He’s also the author of two books, including one novel.

The Providence Athenaeum is an independent library and cultural center, founded in 1836.

Burresci and his family will move to Providence this month from the Washington D.C. area. He begins his tenure at the library and cultural center on September first.

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.

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As a 10-year-old child, Howard Phillips Lovecraft would tuck himself into his grandfather’s library and read. Lovecraft’s father had gone mad and his mother eventually would too, making his wealthy grandfather – and all of those books –the center of Lovecraft’s world. Then his world fell apart. Lovecraft’s grandfather died and the estate was badly managed, wiping away his comfortable life in Providence. To earn much needed income Lovecraft, at 13-years-old, carefully crafted astronomy pamphlets and sold them, essentially starting his career as a published writer.

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.

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

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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.