Local Features

Mark Turek / Courtesy of Trinity Rep

Trinity Rep continues its season with "Skeleton Crew." The play is set in Detroit but could be almost anywhere USA. Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale says it's a production with many strong points and some problems too.


John Bender / RIPR

Across the country, and in New England, elementary schools are revamping recess with a focus on organized games and teamwork, instead of free play.

Ian Donnis

A longtime community activist is running to be Providence's next mayor. 

Catherine Welch / RIPR

Woonsocket and East Providence will receive nearly $2.4 million in federal grants to help revitalize local neighborhoods and increase affordable housing. The grants were announced on Sunday by Rhode Island's U.S. senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse. 

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Construction is under way at the Wexford Innovation Complex in the I-195 District in Providence. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo calls the project a game-changer for the state’s economy. But is the governor’s optimism justified?

KATHLEEN MASTERSON / Vermont Public Radio

 

To prevent their collective cultural knowledge about medicinal plants from disappearing, some Vermont tribal nations are sharing their expertise with those outside the native communities.

Mark Turek / Courtesy of Trinity Rep

Trinity Rep is opening its season with Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” the powerful drama concerning the downside of the American Dream. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale has the review.

Hospital Workers’ Pension Plan On Life Support

Oct 10, 2017
Lynn Arditi / RIPR

Across the country, millions of employees have entrusted their retirement savings to unregulated pension plans known as church plans. Many of these plans are run by church-affiliated schools, nursing homes and hospitals.

And when church plans run into financial trouble, as happened in Rhode Island, the beneficiaries' retirement savings have no government safeguards. 


U.S. Marines / Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

Columnist Bob Kerr spent a year in Vietnam as a combat correspondent with the marines. He’s been processing the experience ever since, and trying to figure out where it all fits in. 

John Bender / RIPR

How do you turn around a struggling middle school? It’s a question teachers, administrators, and city leaders are trying to figure out in the state’s biggest school district. Providence is focusing this year on its middle schools.

Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash leads a songwriting master class and performs from her repertoire, including the acclaimed 2014 album "The River & The Thread," Wednesday at the Granoff Center at Brown University. The sold-out evening also features Cash's longtime collaborator and husband, John Leventhal, who served as producer, arranger, co-writer and guitarist on "The River & The Thread." 


Debi Cornwall

"Welcome to Camp America: Beyond Gitmo" is a photographic exhibit now at the Carriage House Gallery at the Brown University Center for Public Humanities. For this month’s Artscape, the visual artist Debi Cornwall talks to Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman about making pictures at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.   

RIPR FILE PHOTO

Political scientists recall a time when elected officials campaigned for office, then laid off the political pitches while they governed. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says those days are long gone.  

Peter Goldberg / Gamm Theatre

The Gamm Theatre is dashing through Oscar Wilde’s ever-popular comedy with a point, “The Importance of Being Earnest” while the Wilbury Group is tangling with Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker.”   Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale has seen them both.

Sarabande Books

An author’s first book is a special event, at least for the author, and even more so when it gains national recognition. That’s the happy situation for Shawn Wen, a former employee of RIPR. Wen has written an unconventional biography of Marcel Marceau, the acclaimed mime artist who died in 2007. The book is called A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause. Wen was in Providence recently to give a reading, and said it was a homecoming, of sorts. 

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