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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.
 
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Brown University Professor Wendy Schiller, Libertarian Party of RI Chairman Billy Hunt, and Corporate Communications Consultant Dave Layman join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss a proposed repeal to voter ID laws in RI, proposed residency requirements for gubernatorial candidates, possible frontrunners for Cicilline’s seat, and the debate over affor…
 
On this episode, Michelle San Miguel explores the issue of noise pollution, investigating the hidden costs of noisy neighborhoods. Then, an interview with Ilyon Woo about her new book, Master Slave Husband Wife, which tells the story of an enslaved couple’s daring escape. Finally, a second look at the story of Sissiretta Jones, a Black opera singer…
 
Former State Representative ( R ) Doreen Costa, RI Republican National Committeeman Steve Frias, and Political Contributor Scott MacKay join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss possible replacements for Rep. Cicilline, an interview with Providence’s new mayor, plus the discussion around making RI legislators full-time employees.…
 
Weekly's Michelle San Miguel sits down with the soon to be senior Congressman, Seth Magaziner, as he enters a bitterly divided House of Representatives. Then, Pamela Watts speaks with Olympic skating champion and Brown University Student Vincent Zhou. Finally, in honor of Black History month, we revisit a story on the Black Baseball players, the Pr…
 
Boston Globe Columnist Dan McGowan, The Public’s Radio Ian Donnis, and WPRI TV’s Steph Machado join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss Rep. Cicilline’s surprise resignation announcement, legislation submitted to make government more transparent, plus calls for change in RIPTA leadership.
 
Watchdog RI Chairman Ken Block, RI Black Business Association CEO Lisa Ranglin, and Former RI Democratic Party Chairman Bill Lynch join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss a bill that would arm officers at CCRI and RIC, Ruggerio wants to legalize online gaming, firefighters lobby for benefits for hypertension and PTSD, plus a special message for our lo…
 
The Boston Globe Reporter Ed Fitzpatrick, RI GOP Chairwoman Sue Cienki, and Political Contributor Bob Walsh join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss the former RI Housing Secretary Josh Saul is hired as a contractor after resigning, an interview with the new Housing Secretary Stefan Pryor, how RI should spend the budget surplus, and a close look at the…
 
On this episode, contributing producer/editor Dorothy Dickie reports on military veterans and their families as they deal with an unprecedented suicide crisis. Then Pamela Watts takes another look at the life of abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. Finally, an update to a My Take segment on Frank Caprio and the art of second chances.…
 
Former State Representative Nick Gorham, Political Contributor Jim Vincent, and URI Political Science Professor Emily Lynch join Moderator Jim Hummel to discuss Gov. McKee’s proposed assault-style weapons ban that has overwhelming public support, plus talks of reforming or repealing the police officer’s bill of rights in the wake of Tyree Nichols’s…
 
On this episode, Michelle San Miguel explores the winter wildlife -- from seals to snowy owls - that Rhode Island attracts from as far away as the arctic circle. Then Pamela Watts explores Rhode Island falconers and their intriguing hunters of the sky. And finally, we re-visit some hearty Rhode Island cold-water swimmers.…
 
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.
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 showBy Rhode Island PBS
 
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 showBy Rhode Island PBS
 
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 …
 
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 showBy Rhode Island PBS
 
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 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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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.…
 
On this episode, we revisit the story of Amin Faqiry, an Afghan translator who fled to the Ocean State after the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan. Then, we take a second look at a story about a photographer cataloguing lighthouses up and down the east coast. Finally, an update on Troy Quinn, a conductor with a surprising resume.…
 
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