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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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The Anchor Editor in Chief Raymond Baccari, Political Strategist Rob Horowitz, and Republican Strategist Lisa Pelosi join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss Gov. McKee’s proposed sales tax cuts, affordable housing and other legislation on the docket, and the Rhode Island Hope Scholarship Act.
 
Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed has been in the US Senate for more than 25 years. Over that time, he has risen to become chairman of the Armed Services Committee and a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee. He joins us to talk about his recent trip to Ukraine, a new drug threat in Rhode Island, and the recently opened train station in Pawt…
 
This week on Rhode Island PBS Weekly, Pamela Watts follows the intriguing true tale of a bold and bloody raid and the pirate detector who is hot on the trail of the 300-year-old cold case. Then, contributing reporter David Wright looks at the long and winning history of the Mt. St. Charles hockey team. Finally, we take another look at a local artis…
 
Bartholomewtown Podcast Host Bill Bartholomew, Providence Journal Reporter Antonia Farzan and Political Contributor Don Roach join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss Gov. McKee’s State of the State address, the tepid response to a proposed decrease in sales tax, a new Housing Secretary appointment, staffing problems in the nursing home industry, plus …
 
Most of Rhode Island’s houses were built before lead paint was banned in 1978. That means chipping paint can expose residents - especially young children - to lead poisoning. The rates of this poisoning went up while children were stuck at home during the pandemic. And Central Falls was among the hardest-hit communities. Central Falls Mayor Maria R…
 
On this episode, Michelle San Miguel investigates the issue of lead poisoning afflicting Rhode Island families. Then, we check in with a transgender teenager looking to become her true self. Finally, contributing reporter Bill Bartholomew explores how artists have embraced Rhode Island’s industrial past.…
 
House Majority Leader Blazejewski, House Minority leader Chippendale, Senate Minority leader de la Cruz, and Health and Human Services Chairman Miller join moderator Jim Hummel to discuss how the legislators hope to spend the budget surplus, complex issues surrounding homelessness and affordable housing, education concerns, and more. Support the sh…
 
“Venciendo el Adormecimiento y el Estancamiento” Identifiquemos y venzamos aquello que pretende llevarnos a un estado de letargo que busca hacernos vulnerables y detenernos en la conquista que Dios nos ha trazado. No te permitas vivir en la zona de comodidad; la bendición que Dios te ha reservado es grande, requiere de ti, disciplina y determinació…
 
Gregg Amore is just a few weeks into his new position, but he’s already pushing for changes to Rhode Island’s elections. We talk about why he's advocating for same-day voter registration statewide, an idea that's drawn pushback from legislative leaders. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy an…
 
On this episode, David Wright takes an in-depth look and interviews one of the migrants who was sent to Martha’s Vineyard last September by Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida. Then, on the 2nd anniversary of the January 6th insurrection we take another look at how it exposed the deep divisions in the country and the similarities between that event an…
 
Boston Globe Columnist Dan McGowan, Brown University Professor Wendy Schiller, and Former RI State Representative (D) Mike Marcello join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss McKee’s goals for his first full term as Governor, what’s on the docket for the General Assembly and Providence City Council, remembering Lincoln Almond, and chaos in the House of R…
 
This week marks the start of the 2023 legislative session. What can we expect from Rhode Island lawmakers this year? Providence College political science professor Tony Affigne and Jim Hummel, host of “A Lively Experiment” on Rhode Island PBS, offer a preview and some analysis of the upcoming legislative session. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@…
 
There’s no shortage of artists in Rhode Island. Our state is home to Rhode Island School of Design and Providence calls itself the Creative Capital. But how do we define art? And how are local creators defining art for themselves? We’re joined by Tracy MacDonald, the host of Art inc. on Rhode Island PBS, to learn about the diverse cast of artists w…
 
The Public’s Radio Ian Donnis, communications consultant Dave Layman, retired URI professor Maureen Moakley, and Brown professor Wendy Schiller join moderator Jim Hummel for the special end-of-year wrap up of all the biggest stories in Rhode Island and beyond. Topics include the biggest winners and losers of the year, things that can only happen in…
 
Rhode Island School of Design President Crystal Williams was officially inaugurated in October and just finished her first fall semester. She joins guest host Alexa Gagosz to talk about her vision for the school and some of RISD’s most pressing challenges. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy…
 
On this episode, we head to Newport where Michelle San Miguel takes a look inside the Breakers’ Gilded Christmas. Then we visit Trinity Rep. in Providence to profile the theatre’s annual adaptation of a Christmas Carol. Then, a second look at pop culture treasure hunter, Travis Landry. Finally, with the holidays upon us, we hear from Rhode Island-b…
 
The Public’s Radio Ian Donnis, corporate communications consultant Dave Layman, and retired URI political science professor Maureen Moakley join moderator Jim Hummel to discuss Speaker Shekarchi’s plans for the 2023 legislative session, reactions to Gov. McKee’s handling of the homelessness crisis, plus plans to close Providence schools leaked. Sup…
 
It’s been a big year for movies and TV shows in Rhode Island, including "Hocus Pocus Two" and HBO’s "Gilded Age." What does it take to attract film crews to Rhode Island? And are the state’s motion picture production tax credits paying off? We’re joined by Steven Feinberg, the executive director of the RI Film and TV office. He’s also the host of d…
 
On this episode, take a look inside the Nature Lab at Rhode Island School of Design, where unusual creatures are the norm. Then, a second look at how millennials and Generation Z are embracing thrift shopping for environmental reasons. Plus, career highlights from Pamela Watts, Rhode Island PBS Weekly host and now winner of the Silver Circle Award …
 
Watchdog RI Chairman Ken Block, Former Mayor of Providence (D) Angel Taveras, and Former State Representative (R) Doreen Costa join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss issues surrounding homelessness, ban on guns with 10+ magazines take effect in RI, former Providence mayors offer the mayor-elect advice, plus the continued struggle in Providence school…
 
What does it mean to be two-spirit? A new documentary examines what that experience is like for one member of the Narragansett tribe. The film, "Being Thunder," tells the story of Sherenté Harris, a local teenager who’s navigating life, school, and dance competitions. We talk to Sherenté, who is now a student at Brown University and RISD, about the…
 
Libertarian Party of RI Chairman Billy Hunt, RI Black Business Association Lisa Ranglin, and Attorney and Legal Analyst Lou Pulner join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss the giant RI budget surplus, legalized recreational marijuana sales begin in RI, and where the panelists stand on same-day voter registration and early voting. Support the show…
 
On this episode of Rhode Island PBS Weekly, Michelle San Miguel explores Abraham Lincoln’s journey from Illinois to Washington for his first inauguration as the country was on the verge of Civil war. Then, the story of a choral conductor and his family who fled Ukraine for Rhode Island, part of a collaboration with Globe Rhode Island. Plus, a look …
 
Nine months after the start of the war in Ukraine, refugees from the conflict have started to make their way to Rhode Island. We talk to Justin Kenny from Rhode Island PBS Weekly and freelance journalist Alli-Michelle Conti about their upcoming TV segment profiling the Kreshchuks, a family of Ukrainian musicians who relocated to East Providence. Ti…
 
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 showKirjoittanut Rhode Island PBS
 
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.…
 
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