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Scott MacKay Commentary
2:59 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island Needs More People Like The Pells

Nuala Pell in her Newport home.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Rhode Island pays its final respects this morning to Nuala Pell, widow of  Sen. Claiborne Pell at services in Newport. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why the passing of Mrs. Pell signals the end of an era.

Sen. Claiborne Pell represented Rhode Island for 36 years in the United States Senate. Few senators have ever better served a state.

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Theater Reviews
2:17 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Contemporary Theater Company’s “Cloud Nine” Worth Catching

Ah, yes, welcome back, “Cloud Nine.” Churchill’s play was a hit in certain quarters back there when the world as we knew it seemed to be tumbling onto a landscape that was unclear and wonderful and scary.

The play won an Obie, Off Broadway’s version of the Tony Awards. It was done around the country by risk-taking regional theaters including a crackerjack production in the 1983-84 season at what we then called the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence.

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RI News
2:48 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Boston Marathon: RI Trooper Doesn’t Consider Himself A Hero

Rhode Island State Police trooper Roupen Bastajian is running this year's marathon after helping victims of last year's bombings.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island State Police trooper Roupen Bastajian had just crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. He was one of many who rushed into the chaos to help the injured. He talks with Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch about that day and how it's changed him a year later.

Last year’s marathon was the 117th and 117 is Bastajian’s  badge number. It was a beautiful day, other state troopers were also running the marathon and he did it, he crossed the finish line. Minutes later, as he was on his way to the medical tent, the first bomb exploded.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
2:35 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: We Remember: Patriot's Day 2014

The corner of Cambridge and Tremont streets after the Boston Marathon bombings, one year ago.
Credit Bradley Campbell / RIPR

It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.

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The Bottom Line
11:46 am
Fri April 11, 2014

The Bottom Line: The Message Pension Mediation Sends To Outside Businesses

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

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Local Feature
5:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Beer, Wine Bills Backed By Farm Breweries And Wineries, But Not Liquor Industry

Exeter resident Matt Richardson tapped his maple trees this late winter to collect sap to brew in his beer.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Right now, in Rhode Island you pretty much have to go to a liquor store to stock up on beer for a dinner party. A few bills under consideration in the General Assembly aim to change that. If passed, the bills would give farmers, who grow crops for beer production, special licenses to sell their craft beers at their farms and at farmer’s markets. These bills are pitting local farmers against the local liquor industry. Rhode Island Public Radio brings you two perspectives on the issue: one from a farmer, and one from a liquor store owner.

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Weekend Arts Segment
11:26 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Sound Artist Ed Osborn: Thinking About Sound and Space

Sound artist Ed Orsbon will preview a performance in Pawtucket on April 26th.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Artist Ed Osborn works in audio and video to create installations, sculptures and performance pieces. Osborn is an assistant professor in the Visual Art Department at Brown University.

On his website, his work is described as “testing the patience of audiences.”  His next performance is a preview of a new sound installation that takes place on Saturday April 26th at Machines With Magnets, 400 Main Street, Pawtucket at 4:30 pm.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:43 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: When Will The Debate Over Public Pensions End?

A settlement over the state's public pension has been the subject of heated debate.
Credit RIPR FILE

When will Rhode Islanders stop debating public employee pensions? Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay says that won’t happen anytime soon.

You can hear political analyst Scott MacKay’s commentary every Monday during Morning Edition on Rhode Island Public Radio.

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Theater Reviews
6:35 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Gamm’s Macbeth Is A Big Bang Production

Jeanine Kane as Lady Macbeth in The Gamm Theatre's production of MacBeth.
Credit Peter Goldberg

Well, that’s right. Filled with shouting, drumming and blood, blood, blood, this Macbeth is a fearsome production. Director Fred Sullivan Jr. has missed no chance to put a point right under your nose, and into your ears.  Drums pound, soldiers shout and women weep.

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Local Feature
6:20 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Heavy Rain, More Severe River Flooding In A Warmer Rhode Island

A flood in 2005 was the first catastrophic flood that affected Paul Prendergast's house in Johnston. The next one took place in 2010.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Decades of development along floodplains and on wetlands in Johnston have made the town vulnerable to severe flood issues. Scientists say climate change may make these floods even worse, with more frequent and intense storms. A couple families that have long dealt with floods year after year will soon get relief, as federal money is available to buy out and demolish these properties in flood zones in the Pocasset River watershed.

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