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5:09 am
Fri February 6, 2015

RIPR News Director Catherine Welch Leaving To Become News Director In Orlando

Catherine Welch is leaving Rhode Island Public Radio this week to become the news director at WMFE in Orlando.
Credit File/Ryan T Conaty

Since August, 2010, the Rhode Island Public Radio newsroom has been headed up by News Director Catherine Welch. Friday is Catherine’s last day. She’s leaving for a job in Orlando, Florida where she will be news director at the public radio station WMFE.

Orlando is the 33rd largest television market in the country, and WMFE is a growing station covering Orlando, Daytona Beach and the Space Coast. Catherine has family in Central Florida and is looking forward to being closer to them as well.

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Theater Reviews
5:54 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Ocean State Theatre’s “The Meeting” Packs A Punch

Damron Russel Armstrong (L) and Marcus Denard Johnson (r) star as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the New England professional premiere of Jeff Stetson’s play, The Meeting.
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

February being Black History Month the Ocean State Theater in Warwick has brought back a 1987 play, “The Meeting.” African-American playwright and screenwriter Jeff Stetson brings together two major leaders who had very different ideas about improving the life and times of their fellow black Americans.

Dr. King, of course, developed a non-violent strategy. A minister with a Boston University PhD, he aimed to confront racism and violence strongly but without turbulence.

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The Education Blog
8:29 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Gist Going To Tulsa

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has gotten the votes to become Tulsa's superintendent of schools.

In a statement, Gist said it was a difficult decision, but she welcomed the opportunity to lead an urban school district.

She also noted that Tulsa is where her family lives.

"I know that Rhode Islanders can certainly recognize the attraction we have to our hometowns, and it would be a special honor for me to lead the district where I attended public school throughout my childhood," Gist wrote.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
3:12 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Whither The PawSox?

The fate of the Pawsox staying in Pawtucket is unclear. Gov. Gina Raimondo said she has not talked with Red Sox owners about keeping them here.
Credit File/Aaron Read / RIPR

Rhode Islanders have been transfixed lately by snow drifts and the Super Bowl. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to look ahead to spring and the return of baseball.

Has dealing with that white mountain in your driveway reminded you that one never has to shovel humidity? Do you yearn for a sport where the balls can be scuffed, but not deflated?

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Political Roundtable: Avedisian on the Blizzard of '15, Warwick & the RI GOP Outlook

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss how top elected officials responded to the Blizzard of 2015; development in Warwick; and the outlook for RI Republicans to win more elections.

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On Politics
12:50 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Brown Medical School Dean Dr. Stanley Aronson Dies At 92

Dr. Stanley Aronson, the founding dean of Brown University’s Alpert School of Medicine, a prolific writer, advocate for community organizations and one of Rhode Island’s most prominent public intellectuals,  died this morning. He was 92.

Aronson, whose career spanned more than 70 years, was a world-renowned doctor, medical researcher and leader in medical education. A genial, generous man, Aronson served as mentor to generations of physicians and medical students.

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RI News
7:22 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Rhode Island Starts Digging Out Of The Blizzard

A snow blower clears off a side walk in downtown Providence Wednesday morning
John Bender RIPR

Residents across the state are digging out of the blizzard that dumped more than two feet on parts of the state. Gov. Gina Raimondo lifted the state’s travel ban last night. She thanked Rhode Islanders for staying off the roads. There was a fire in Providence and a handful of accidents, but no major injuries from the storm.

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Education
9:14 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Kids Count: RI Has Highest Child Poverty Rate In New England

New numbers out of Rhode Island Kids Count show the number of children living in poverty has grown nearly five percent since the start of the Great Recession.  Kids Count RI executive director Elizabeth Burke-Bryant sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison to go over the numbers.

The latest report on child poverty in Rhode Island found in 2013 44,923 children under the age of 18 lived below the federal poverty threshold. That’s 21.5%, and higher than the rate of 15.5% in 2008.

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Education
8:49 am
Thu January 22, 2015

New Push To Teach Students How To "Code Like A Girl"

Girls at the Lincoln School in Providence taking part in the Girls Who Code club.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Women make up nearly 60 percent of the U-S workforce, but Federal Labor Department Statistics show they account for less than a quarter of all software designers. So how do you change that? One national program thinks it has the answer. It’s called Girls Who Code. Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison visited a chapter at Lincoln School in Providence.

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Theater Reviews
4:35 am
Tue January 20, 2015

2nd Story’s “Collected Stories” Is One Not To Miss

Lynne Collinson and Gabby Sherba are featured in "Collected Stories."
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies once said that he loves “. . .smart, complicated women. . .” 

Well, in just two hours (with an intermission) he lets us look in on two females who meet that criteria, and more. “Collected Stories” takes place entirely in the Greenwich Village apartment of one Ruth Steiner, an award-winning author/professor. She's sharp as a whip, tight as a drum and both prissy and provocative. Lives alone and likes it. Or at least thinks she does.

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