Rhode Island Report

Rhode Island Report

A weekly podcast from The Boston Globe on what’s bubbling in Rhode Island news. In-depth interviews with newsmakers, perspective and analysis from Globe Rhode Island reporters, and intimate conversations with community members across the state.

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November 23, 2022 16 min

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, and why it’s worth $60 million in taxpayer funds. Tips and ideas? Email us...

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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. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com.

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November 9, 2022 18 min

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 the night. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com.

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November 2, 2022 16 min

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 ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com.

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October 26, 2022 21 min

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.

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October 19, 2022 20 min

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? Email us at rinews@globe.com.

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October 12, 2022 18 min

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

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October 6, 2022 20 min

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, we’ll see where the candidates stand on student loan debt, immigration, and the 2024 e...

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October 5, 2022 19 min

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 contrast. Here’s part 1.

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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 do about it. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com.

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September 21, 2022 20 min

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.

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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.

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*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 Claude Leboeuf. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com.

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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.

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COVID is still lingering, monkeypox is spreading, and polio is reemerging in wastewater. Is it time to panic? Or is this just our new normal? To give us some perspective, we talk to Dr. Amy Nunn, the executive director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com.

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US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island joins us to talk 2024, the new information he's learned about the FBI's investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and what the landmark Inflation Reduction Act will do about climate change. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com.

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This week, we sit down with state treasurer candidate Stefan Pryor, who has served as secretary of commerce under governors Gina Raimondo and Dan McKee. Pryor faces James Diossa, a former mayor of Central Falls, in next month's Democratic primary. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com.

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The Democratic primary for Rhode Island Treasurer is only a month away, and the race is heating up. So, we’re talking to both candidates about why they deserve the job. This week, the former mayor of Central Falls, James Diossa. Tips and ideas? Email us at rinews@globe.com.

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Brien Lang, the co-founder of the Rhode Island Ukulele Armada and the director of new works at the Wilbury Theatre Group, talks about the Providence Fringe Festival, which is organized by the theater group. The Armada's performance at the festival had to be postponed due to COVID, but Lang's special in-studio performance gives Rhode Island Report listeners a taste of what the Armada has to offer. Tips and ideas? Email us at...

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If you feel like there’s been an unending string of gun violence in the US this year, you’re right. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been at least four mass shootings every week so far in 2022. Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency room doctor and the academic dean at Brown University’s School of Public Health, says gun violence should be treated like the public health crisis that it is.

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