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Rhode Island PBS Weekly features in-depth, well-researched stories that go beyond the headlines. Our award-winning team employs balanced, reflective investigative journalism and narrative storytelling to explore the whole story and provide needed context. These are stories that matter, from politics to art, education, the environment, and more, produced by WSBE Rhode Island PBS.
 
A Rhode Island podcast hosted by Mary Larsen and Benjamin DeCastro, we want you to know about all the amazing current events, places, food, music, and people of the biggest little state in the union. Whether you are a tourist, or a long time resident who refuses to drive more than fifteen minutes without an overnight bag, we'll have something special in store for you on our show. It's wicked good, wicked fun, Wicked Rhody. Rhode Island 's premiere podcast! Listen each week to hear about even ...
 
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Soccer is in the news right now — around the world with the start of the 2022 men's World Cup in Qatar, and here in Rhode Island, which is getting a new men's professional soccer team in 2024. Brett Johnson is the developer behind the newly named Rhode Island FC. He joins us to talk about the team, its new stadium that's being built in Pawtucket, a…
 
On this episode of Rhode Island PBS Weekly, we meet a Wampanoag chef looking to change the way we think about food. Then, David Wright uncovers the hidden history of Duchess Quamino, the pastry queen of Rhode Island. Plus, the legacy of Benjamin Franklin in one town, and a commentary from Providence Journal Columnist, Mark Patinkin.…
 
URI Assistant Professor Emily Lynch, URI Graduate Teaching Assistant Mary Lind, and News Editor of The Good Five Cent Cigar Juliana Lepore join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss why the predicted red wave never manifested, Gen Z voter turnout, important issues to Gen Z and millennial voters including climate change and abortion, plus the possible fat…
 
Rhode Island has more than its fair share of elite runners. Take Emily Sisson. In October, the Providence College grad crushed the American women’s record for the fastest marathon. And earlier this year, she broke the record for the fastest half marathon. She joins us to talk about her career and why so many amazing runners come out of Little Rhody…
 
On this episode, Michelle San Miguel speaks with emergency physicians about treating gun violence as a public health issue over objections from the National Rifle Association. Then, we revisit a segment about a unique program turning guns into art. Next, a look at famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his first days of freedom in southern New E…
 
Bartholomewtown Podcast’s Bill Bartholomew, Editor and Chief of The Anchor at RIC Raymond Baccari, and Political Contributor Bob Walsh join Moderator Jim Hummel to break down the midterm election results, including Congressional District 2, the RI governor’s race, and the RI general assembly races. Support the show…
 
Globe columnist Dan McGowan and Jim Hummel, the host of A Lively Experiment on Rhode Island PBS, join Ed Fitzpatrick to analyze Democrat Seth Magaziner's big win over Republican Allan Fung in CD2 and the "red wave" that never came. They also dive into Governor Dan McKee's rout of challenger Ashley Kalus in the governor's race and other trends from …
 
In this episode, Rhode Island PBS Weekly partners with ecoRI News to investigate how warming waters are affecting the catch of the day in Narragansett Bay. Then, Pamela Watts profiles a Rhode Island woman who was nicknamed the Queen of Diamonds, for being the first to play in a Major League Baseball game. Finally, we revisit the Touro Synagogue, an…
 
The Providence Journal’s Patrick Anderson, WPRI TV’s Steph Machado and The Public’s Radio Reporter Ian Donnis join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss the last push from candidates with Election Day days away, as well as down-ballot races and ballot measures. Support the showRhode Island PBS による
 
You’ve probably already seen the campaign ad where Governor Dan McKee plays cards with his mother. Turns out it was pretty true to real life. Every week, McKee and his family sit down for a card game called May I. So Ed stopped by his campaign headquarters to give the game a try and ask McKee about the cards he’s been dealt as governor. Tips and id…
 
On this special Halloween episode, Weekly takes a second look at the life of H.P Lovecraft—an author whose haunting work has an even darker past. Then, David Wright visits the Lizzie Borden house, the site of one of America’s most notorious murders. Finally, historian and author Beth Caruso shares her take on witches.…
 
The Boston Globe Reporter Ed Fitzpatrick, Former RI Democratic Party Chairman Bill Lynch, and Republican Strategist Lisa Pelosi join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss the CD2 and RI Governor races, as well as national midterms, two weeks away from Election Day. Support the showRhode Island PBS による
 
Witches are having a moment right now. But what does it actually mean to be a witch or practice witchcraft? Alexa Gagosz talks to Loren May and Tracey Lawrence, practicing witches who co-own the Veiled Crow in Cranston. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at htt…
 
On this episode, Weekly investigates the issue of food waste and meets Rhode Islanders fighting to prevent food from ending up in landfills. Then, go back in time to 1937, with a look at how a bitter rivalry between the governor of Rhode Island and a racetrack owner culminated in what became known as the Racetrack War. Finally, we return to the Pro…
 
RI Republican National Committeeman Steve Frias, Political Contributor Scott MacKay, and Brown University Professor Wendy Schiller join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss the debate between CD2 candidates Alan Fung and Seth Magaziner, the latest in the RI governor’s race, apartment pricing announced for Providence’s ‘Superman’ building, plus national …
 
A new documentary, "No Time to Fail," offers an unprecedented look at what it took to keep Rhode Island elections running in 2020, at a time of escalating partisan attacks on ballot workers nationwide. Ed Fitzpatrick spoke with the film's directors and two election officials at a recent screening at the GlobeDocs Film Festival. Tips and ideas? Emai…
 
On this episode, Michelle San Miguel visits Rhode Island dairies, where farmers face an uncertain future. Then, in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, Pamela Watts interviews a local artist about her unique experience meeting the Queen. Plus, a conversation with local author Padma Venkatraman, who traveled the world as an oceanographer before b…
 
Watchdog RI Chairman Ken Block, retired URI Political Science Professor Maureen Moakley and Former State Representative Nick Gorham join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss two gubernatorial debates, Gov. McKee is appealing the truck toll verdict, the latest in CD2, and more. Support the showRhode Island PBS による
 
Back in the day, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ashley Kalus was a serious boxer. She even won a Golden Gloves championship in 2001. These days, she trains at a gym in West Warwick. Ed dropped by to learn a few moves from Kalus's coach – and to let her take a swing at some policy questions. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com See Priva…
 
This week on Rhode Island PBS Weekly, Pamela Watts interviews Travis Landry—a toy hunter making waves on Antiques Roadshow. Then, visit the shores of Rose Island, where one professor is catching birds in the name of science. Plus, a Coventry man teaches thousands to fish and a Boston plumber with a unique story shares his take on being yourself.…
 
Corporate Communications Consultant Dave Layman, RI Black Business Association President and CEO Lisa Ranglin, and Attorney and Legal Analyst Lou Pulner join moderator Jim Hummel to discuss the latest polling in the RI Governor and CD2 races, RICAS test results unreleased, plus the Woonsocket Mayor removed by the city council. Support the show…
 
This is part two of our special episode with the candidates for Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District - Republican Allan Fung and Democrat Seth Magaziner. We brought both candidates into the studio separately to explain where they stand on the major issues. Then we put their responses together so voters can easily compare and contrast. Today, w…
 
The race to watch this election cycle is the contest between Republican Allan Fung and Democrat Seth Magaziner to replace Jim Langevin in the 2nd Congressional District. So, we brought both candidates into the studio separately to explain where they stand on the major issues. Then we put their responses together so voters can easily compare and con…
 
This week on Rhode Island PBS Weekly, Michelle San Miguel meets a guitar maker reimagining how instruments are made. Next, we examine a less talked about form of pollution that's taking away our connection to the night sky. Finally, Providence-based and New York Times best-selling author Ann Hood talks about coping with grief.…
 
The Boston Globe Reporter Amanda Milkovits, Providence branch NAACP President Jim Vincent, and Former State Representative Dan Reilly join moderator Jim Hummel to discuss attacks in the RI governor’s race getting personal, truck tolls overturned, plus investigations into inappropriate behavior from teachers. Support the show…
 
Conspiracy theories. Doctored photos. Outright lies. We’re inundated by disinformation online. And it's only going to get worse heading into the midterm elections and the 2024 presidential contest. Claire Wardle, co-director of the Information Futures Lab at the Brown University School of Public Health, explains what it all means -- and what we can…
 
This week, Rhode Island PBS Weekly takes a look at a little-known inner-city travel baseball league churning out major success stories, both on and off the field. Then, a look at how a group of surfers in Little Compton are changing the worlds of teens with autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, depression and other conditions . Finally, Weekly profiles a ne…
 
On this special episode, college newspaper editors in chief Raymond Baccari from RIC and Jason Phillips from URI join moderator Jim Hummel to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on college newspapers, the push to digital news, issues facing college students today, and RI political news from the perspective of college students. Support the show…
 
Thom Jones, a dialect coach for Hollywood stars, who used to work for Trinity Rep and Brown University, explains the mystery of Rhode Island accents and teaches our producer how to sound like a local. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/priv…
 
On this episode, Pamela Watts takes and in depth look at the issue of installing barriers on Rhode Island bridges to help prevent suicides. In our continuing Greenseeker series, we look back five decades and the continuing efforts today to keep the Blackstone Clean.RI PBS Weekly による
 
RI GOP Chairwoman Sue Cienki, Boston Globe Columnist Dan McGowan, and Political Strategist Rob Horowitz join Moderator Jim Hummel to analyze the results from the Rhode Island primary races. Support the showRhode Island PBS による
 
Adam Myers, Associate Professor of Political Science at Providence College, joins Ed to unpack the results of Rhode Island’s primary. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
The Bartholomewtown Podcast’s Bill Bartholomew, former Attorney General Arlene Violet, and former Mayor of Providence Joe Paolino join moderator Jim Hummel for the last A Lively Experiment before the Rhode Island primary elections. They discuss the latest in the races for Governor, Providence Mayor, and Treasurer. Support the show…
 
On this episode, contributing reporter David Wright brings us the long criminal history of Boy 402, aka Albert DeSalvo, aka The Boston Strangler. Then Michelle San Miguel brings us an intriguing story about a world where some people not only hear music, but also see it and where even the words they see can have flavors and colors and smells. The ne…
 
*Warning: Parts of this episode may be disturbing to some listeners* This month, a national organization for clergy abuse victims will launch its first support group in Rhode Island. It’s known as SNAP, which stands for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We talk with the new group’s co-leaders- psychologist Dr. Ann Hagan Webb and Cla…
 
On this week's episode, Michelle San Miguel speaks with two individuals living with alopecia. Next, Pamela Watts profiles Lady Carnarvon who resides at Highclere castle - site of the hit series Downton Abbey. Finally, Judge Frank Caprio of "Caught in Providence" fame gives us his take on second chances.…
 
Rhode Island has an open seat in Congress for the first time in over a decade and the primary is just weeks away. Our own Globe RI columnist Dan McGowan breaks down the latest in the CD 2 race. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-…
 
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