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8:27 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: An Interview With Republican Candidate For Lt. Gov. Catherine Taylor

Catherine Taylor announcing of her run for Lieutenant Governor.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Now for some Rhode Island election coverage that doesn’t involve the red-hot governor’s race.  Instead, we’re looking at the race one notch down on the ballot: lieutenant governor.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay sat down with Republican Lt. Governor candidate Catherine Taylor to talk about health insurance, a constitutional convention, and whether the office should even exist.

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One Square Mile
4:11 am
Sat October 11, 2014

One Square Mile: When A Big Personality Brings Light To The Lighthouses Of Narragansett Bay

Lighthouse tour guide Arthur Strauss
Catherine Welch RIPR

In our series One Square Mile we're exploring Narragansett Bay: what's lurking in the bay, its rich natural resources, how it affects the state's economy and the lives lived on the bay.  One of those lives is that of a tour guide who for years has delighted ferry passengers with fascinating stories of the many lighthouses in and around the bay.  

At Quonset Point, the ferry called The Ava Pearl idles along the dock as passengers line up to board. A man with a shock of white hair stands near the front of the line.

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One Square Mile
4:34 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

The Bottom Line: Banking On The Port Of Providence

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

This week Dave and Mark talk with Providence’s Economic Development Director Jim Bennet. As part of our series One Square Mile, they discuss the role of moveable cranes and where business can grow at the port.

When to Listen

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

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On Politics
4:18 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Old Providence Or New?

Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza face a tight race for mayor's office in Providence.
Credit RIPR FILE

Today is Columbus Day, the holiday honoring  explorer Christopher Columbus. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why it’s the day political calendar signals crunch time in the Providence mayoral race.

As revelers feast on sausage and peppers and celebrate Rhode Island’s storied Italian-American culture  on Federal Hill, the three candidates vying to be the capital city’s mayor will be stumping for votes.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
4:16 am
Fri October 10, 2014

One Square Mile: A Poem For Narragansett Bay

Poet Laureate Rick Benjamin stopped by our studios to deliver his poem written for our One Square Mile series.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

We’re extending summer just a little longer this week with our series One Square Mile focused on Narragansett Bay. Now we offer a little poetry. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch caught up with Rick Benjamin, the state’s poet laureate, who wrote a poem about the bay for our series.

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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Education
8:46 am
Thu October 9, 2014

One Square Mile: The Slave Trade On The Narragansett Bay

Portrait of John Potter (1716-1787) and his family including three women and a young black servant. John Potter was a wealthy South Kingstown planter.
Credit Newport Historical Society

We continue our series One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay with a look at the bay’s role in the slave trade. Tens of thousands of slaves were traded on ships out of Narragansett Bay, more than any other part of North America.

Newport was at one time the largest slave-trading port in the region. To find out more, Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison met Newport history teacher Matt Boyle at Bannisters Wharf, which was built by a merchant involved in the slave trade. She asked him what it would have looked like in mid-18th Century.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
5:50 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

One Square Mile: An Audio Postcard From Hope Island

Hope Island is a refuge to many nesting colonial wading birds, including great egrets, snowy egrets, and black-crowned night herons. Other nesting birds include, double-crested cormorants, and different gulls. Pictured here are American oystercatchers.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Narragansett Bay is home to more than 30 islands. Some are bustling with people; others with birds. Rhode Island Public Radio’s summer intern Molly Malinowski set out to explore some of the lesser known islands in the bay and went on a boat tour with the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve. As part of our One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay series, she filed this audio postcard about Hope Island.

An old dock and a small concrete fort greet us, as the boat approaches Hope Island. In the distance, some wooden telephone posts peek out from the overgrown trees. 

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
5:50 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

One Square Mile: Lobstermen And Scientists Team Up To Collect Data On Lobsters

It’s another busy day out at sea for Captain Brian Thibeault. From Point Judith, he’s steered his lobster fishing boat 20 miles offshore. He’s released a long rope with 15 lobster traps filled with bait overboard.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Lobster populations in Southern New England were booming in the 1990s. Since then, their numbers have declined, from more than 36 million lobsters in 1997 to about 14 million in 2007. But commercial fishermen in Rhode Island say lobsters are making a comeback. And a pilot program in place today is giving lobster fishermen an opportunity to work with state and federal managers to collect data about the lobster populations in Narragansett Bay and the Rhode Island and Block Island sounds.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
7:54 am
Tue October 7, 2014

One Square Mile: Fish Of Narragansett Bay

URI students Mary Kane (left) and Rachel Marshall are about to count, sort, and weigh all the fish species caught in this bottom trawl net.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

For the past 55 years, researchers and students from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography have trawled Narragansett Bay on a weekly basis. These trawls are one of the world's longest running surveys that track the type of fish that come and go from season to season. For our One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay series, we turn to these trawls to give us a snapshot of how fish have responded to changes.

Three URI students board the 53-foot research vessel Cap'n Bert at Wickford Harbor, as they do each week, to trawl the bay at two stations.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
3:52 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

One Square Mile: How The Narragansett Bay Commission Takes Care Of Wastewater

In our series One Square Mile Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay sits down with Vincent Mesolella, chairman of the Narragansett Bay Commission board, about how the commission takes care of sewage treatment and keeping water pollution out of the bay.

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