Local Features

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With three weeks to go, the Providence mayoral campaign is heating up. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what to look for in the Democratic primary as the days dwindle down.

One of Rhode Island’s favorite spectator and participant sports has long been Providence mayor elections. A mélange of circus, street theater and rugby scrum, this year’s campaign is bound to land in the capital city’s political Hall of Fame, and perhaps, shame.

Keeping Busy: Harvest Kitchen

Aug 14, 2014
John Bender / RIPR

This summer, we’re bringing you stories of programs for kids during the summer months, for a series we’re calling “Keeping Busy.”  These programs are aimed specifically towards at-risk youth, many of whom don’t have safe, productive, places to spend their summer vacations. 

For this installment, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender visited Harvest Kitchen, a culinary program in Pawtucket.

How will the sale of the Providence Journal affect labor contracts, small businesses, and the state's other newspapers?  We discuss all these questions on this week's episode of the Bottom Line.

Media consultant and former managing editor at the Providence Journal, Bill Ostendorf joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon, along with Providence Business News editor Mark Murphy to do the numbers.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 pm.

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Republican First Congressional District candidate Stan Tran joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; how the US can improve healthcare policy; and the intensifying Democratic primary for governor.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Conflicts of interest in the awarding of state grants, violence in Providence, sexual assault allegations on college campuses -- those are the topics on this week's Political Roundtable.  This week, Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller, and Associated Press reporter Erika Niedowski  join the discussion.  Weekend host Chuck Hinman hosts.

Our Own Curriculum

Jul 28, 2014

This short radio piece gives you a peek into the lives of three people in their early twenties who graduated from college one year ago. I called these recent graduates, asking two questions: “Are you happy where you are career-wise” and “Do you think that you are on the right track”. The answers that I get back vary quite a bit.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

The televised air wars have started in the Democratic primary for governor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if voters are paying attention yet.

As the weeks dwindle towards the September primary, the advertising rhetoric among the major Democratic candidates has heated up. This is especially true of the campaigns of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

The odds of table games coming to Newport, the sale of The Providence Journal, and diversity in the General

Assembly – those are the topics this week on the Political Roundtable with our guest Newport Rep. Marvin Abney and special host Rhode Island Public Radio news director Catherine Welch.

Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

Ah, yes, “Hay Fever” one of those plays that became known as “a comedy of manners.” But in truth Coward's 1925 hit really ought to be called a “comedy of ill manners.”

It's Coward's view of a famous family being famously, uproariously, ridiculously bad mannered to point of forcing the family's so-called “guests” to split, to sneak out of the house, to take any measures to get away from the family's self-regard, their “I really don't give a hoot for anything or anyone but myself” attitude.

Great Friends Dance Festival Returns To Newport

Jul 22, 2014
Thomas Palmer

You know it's no easy thing to run a small but professional dance company.  Fund-raising is constant and communication with other companies sometimes almost non-existent. That's why Island Moving's idea to trade locations with other companies is such a good thing. It allows a small but efficient troupe to not only travel the nation but brings dancers, choreographers and administrators together in what can sometimes be a kind of singular business.

No one is saying why federal officials have launched an investigation into Brown's handling of a sexual assault complaint, but the school is one of 68 around the country facing increased scrutiny over the issue of sexual violence.

Campus officials have struggled to strike a balance between the rights of students who say they are victims of sexual assault and the rights of their alleged attackers, who often have not been found guilty of any crime.


Just when you thought you knew the candidate field in the Providence mayoral campaign, things changed. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay’s thoughts on the capital city’s revised City Hall election.

Another week, another new twist in the Providence mayor campaign. The departure of independent Lorne Adrain from the race has set off a scramble for his supporters, most of whom hail from his home neighborhood on the city’s affluent East Side.

Rhody Votes '14: Republicans for Governor Debate

Jul 15, 2014

The Republican candidates running for governor took part in a special, live edition of The Political Roundtable. Ken Block and Allan Fung answered questions from our moderators and asked each other questions.

You can hear the program in its three segments here:

Mark Turek

Well, yes it does. At the Ocean State in Warwick “Guys and Dolls” – admittedly one of my all-time favorite musicals – comes across as a bifurcated project. On the one hand there is still that marvelous score by Frank Loesser, songs that can break your heart and make you laugh out loud. Under music director Justin P. Cowan they are handled well by a cast of good singers who know how to offer a song without seeming to force it.


It’s election year in Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the one issue that never goes away in our small state – casino gambling.

There’s an old gallows humor joke about banks and creditors. If you owe the bank $30,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $300 million, you own the bank.