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4:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Hugh “Yusha” Auchincloss III Remembers JFK

Hugh "Yusha" Auchincloss III remembers JFK fondly on the 50th anniversary of his death.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

As we continue our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we speak to his brother-in-law about that tragic day.  Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic reports from Newport.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Political Roundtable: The Race for Governor, Mayor of Providence + Remembering JFK

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island Monthly political columnist Ellen Liberman joins us this week to talk about the 2014 race for governor; Clay Pell's organization of a campaign; Jorge Elorza's formal launch of his mayoral campaign; and the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy.

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Theater Reviews
6:49 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

2nd Story Theatre’s “Golda’s Balcony” Is a Splendid Piece of Theater

Sandra Laub as Golda Meir in William Gibson’s one-woman tour de force "Golda's Balcony."
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

Yes, indeed. There are lots of reasons why this production is a splendid piece of theater. First and foremost is Sandra Laub, the actress playing the one-time prime minister of Israel, Golda Meir.

Most theater people, especially actors, will tell you that doing a one-woman or one-man show is the most difficult of assignments.  After all, it is just one soul out there, alone. It’s a matter of getting the audience to fall for you, and there’s nobody to help out. You, and you alone, must keep the play’s pulse moving, must make the character live.

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Politics
4:51 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Rhode Island Remembers JFK

Judge Sarah T. Hughes administers the Presidential Oath of Office to Lyndon Baines Johnson aboard Air Force One, at Love Field, Dallas Texas.
Credit Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

November 22, 1963 started out as an ordinary day at the Providence Evening Bulletin. By 12:30, city editor Jim Wyman was ready for lunch and headed across the street to the Providence Journal diner. He had just settled into his favorite stool when the phone on the counter jangled to life.

“It was the managing editor seeking me and urging me to get back across the street because the president had been shot,” Wyman explains.

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Theater Reviews
4:31 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Gamm’s “Good People” Nothing Less Than Sizzling

Bill Mootos and Jeanine Kane in Gamm Theatre's "Good People."
Credit Peter Goldberg

Well, I don’t want to go overboard here. But “Good People” is just nothing less than a sizzling comedy with a real life message. It’s delicious, deep, delightful, and just plain dandy.

Directed with fire and feeling by Rachel Walshe, the production will have you laughing out loud and holding your breath as the characters reveal themselves.

Led by a splendid Janine Kane, the acting is as good as you’re liable to see anywhere. The sets and the goofy, great costumes add a lot, too.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:18 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: JFK's Rhode Island

President John F. Kennedy sits with his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr., in a rowboat on Bailey’s Beach in Newport, Rhode Island.
Credit Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

It’s been a half-century  years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.

Our state is America’s smallest but it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.

From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island.  If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

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Theater Reviews
4:35 am
Fri November 15, 2013

At Ocean State Theatre Lombardi Is Played With Dark Vigor

Jennifer Byrne, Robert Ierardi and Joel Kipper in the New England premiere of "Lombardi."
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

Ah yes, the late Vince Lombardi. I can see him now, back in the black and white TV era of the 1960s. He’s standing like a statue on the sidelines on the tundra that is a Green Bay football field. Legs apart, polo coat covering his broad shoulders, absurd fedora on his head. And most of all there’s his shouting, bellowing, at anyone nearby. The refs, his own players, his assistant coaches, were all fair game, targets of his single minded drive.

He was the Bill Belichick of his time, the best-known coach in all of football. Only louder, tougher, harder to deal with.

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Education
8:49 am
Wed November 13, 2013

New Standards For RI Teacher's Colleges

Karen Castagno, head of the education school at Rhode Island College.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

As public schools focus on raising test scores and getting more students ready for college, there is new scrutiny on teachers and the schools that teach them.

Rhode Island’s the Board of Education is scheduled to vote tonight on new standards for teacher preparation programs.

Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Karen Castagno, head of the education school at Rhode Island College who explained some of the changes they are looking at.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Heather Abbott Adapting To Life As An Amputee

Heather Abbott at home in Newport
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A little more than six months have passed since Newport resident Heather Abbott lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. We’ll be checking in with Abbott for the next few months as she adjusts to life without a limb. We’ll also be exploring the growing community of amputees Abbott has joined – a community researchers say could double in the next few decades.

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Education
8:56 am
Mon November 11, 2013

RI Veteran Transitions From Military To Student Life At URI

Credit RIPR FILE

On this Veterans Day we meet Donald Ruggieri.  He served five years in the Marine Corps, and was deployed to Iraq as an explosives dog handler.

He continued that work state-side, working with the secret service on missions for both President Bush and President Obama.

Ruggieri is not only a veteran, but also a student at URI where he is studying to become a veterinarian. 

Ruggieri spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison.

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