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Small state, big on the weird! Weird Island brings you some of the strangest stories you probably haven’t heard before, all originating in little Rhode Island. Maybe you’re a true crime fan, but you’re burning out on the binges and looking to shake things up. Well, look no further! We’ll bring you unsolved mysteries, conspiracy theories, weird history and even some MURDER (no need to completely leave your comfort zone). Join us as we uncover some strange stories from the smallest state.
 
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 ...
 
Public Health Out Loud is a podcast that delves into the broader public health concerns and issues facing everyday Rhode Islanders. From discussions about safeguarding against future pandemics to actionable plans for families to help keep their loved ones safe from preventable diseases, Public Health Out Loud is striving to be a no nonsense resource for listeners that only want to hear the truth. With all that’s going on in the world at every hour of the day, podcast hosts Dr. James McDonald ...
 
Member FDIC Equal Housing Lender Coastway Community Bank has been helping Rhode Islanders with their financial needs for nearly 100 years. From hand-written general ledger cards in 1920 to electronic banking in the 21st century, Coastway’s commitment to helping fulfill the dreams of its customers and their families stands strong and will only get stronger!
 
You are marooned a desert island with a few books and records. Fast forward three years. You now rule the island with an iron fist. But what laws will you enact? What will you ban? Each week, comedian Jacob Hatton interviews a new castaway from the worlds of science, journalism, politics and entertainment and asks them about their own personal island. Will it be a utopia or a nightmare?
 
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This week on A Lively Experiment, the long awaited settlement of the Providence teachers contract, but what's in it? And a COVID-surge nationally has some leaders rethinking masking policies. Joining us this week, Brown University political science professor, Wendy Schiller. Attorney and Former State Representative, Dan Reilly. And, political contr…
 
Bill Bartholomew welcomes HUD Director for RI's Commission For Human Rights Jay Flanders to discuss his role at the organization, the agencies operations, discrimination in RI housing, employment and how Rhode Islander's can report it. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/bartholomewtown?fan_landing=true)…
 
Have you heard the story of Hachiko, Japan’s most loyal dog? Find out why there’s a statue of Hachiko hidden in Woonsocket, RI. To Visit: 1 Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895 Episode Source Material: Akita (dog) History of the Akita Breed - The Akita Breed Akita History: Hachikō & the Revival of the Devoted Japanese Breed – American Kennel Club 15 …
 
Bill Bartholomew welcomes author Tom Flanagan for a discussion on growing up in Pawtucket, RI, his new book Acapulco, which is set in Pawtucket, and how residents of the city may be impacted by infrastructure changes that are set to - or already - taking place. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/bartholomewtown?fan_landing=true)…
 
Jon Hope is an acclaimed rapper, entrepreneur, and educator and on this episode, we have a long conversation that delves into all of these. We cover his early years, what he puts into his writing, how he reps Rhode Island, and we spend some time highlighting a couple of tracks from each of the albums he's done. Plus, we talk about his new book "Res…
 
Episode Source Material The Birth of American Industry: Why Pawtucket? - Online Review of Rhode Island History The Industrial Revolution - The Big Story - Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Rhode Island and the Industrial Revolution | EnCompass Slater Mill | EnCompass Brown University Portrait Collection Wikipedia, History of Rhode …
 
Bill Bartholomew welcomes Brian Lima, Steve Klamkin (WPRO) and Ken Abrams (WRIU, WhatsUpNewp) for a conversation about their work as photographers of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/bartholomewtown?fan_landing=true)Av Bill Bartholomew / Brian Lima / Steve Klamkin / Ken Abrams
 
This week on A Lively Experiment, a recap of what happened in the last days of the general assembly. And Rhode Island moves up on the national ranking business-friendly states, but don't pop the champagne corks just yet. Joining us this week, Sue Cienki, Chairwoman of the RI GOP. Ted Nesi, Politics and business editor for WPRI TV. And political str…
 
Bill Bartholomew welcomes Sankofa Community Connection's Niko Merrit, Ellen Pinnock, Amy McKinney, Melanie McKinney, Susan Kenny and Nycole Marvelous for a panel discussion on their work to uplift the voices of communities of color in Newport. From education to housing to elected officials, the discussion deals with some of the major challenges tha…
 
I sat down with Jack and Vinnie of Warwick party emo /sad jazz band Strip Mall to cover their start, how the band constructs their intricate songs, the experience they had recording the "Strip Mall EP", and what to expect at the release show on 7/15 at Dusk!!! (if you're listening to this in the future check the internet for some videos from the sh…
 
Episode Source Material: GEOLOGY OF MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND - 184 The American journal of science Rhode Island State Rock: Cumberlandite Cumberlandite Raw Cubes stone of Venus – Song of Stones GC51DR2 Only in Rhode Island (Earthcache) in Rhode Island, United States created by Twohig260 Walking RI: Hunt for RI's rare state rock at Cumberland'…
 
It’s the season one finale, and our co-hosts are feeling nostalgic. Dr. Jim McDonald and Dr. Philip Chan reflect on Rhode Island’s journey through COVID-19. They share personal stories about how they adapted to remote work, supply shortages, and swirling misinformation. The doctors also talk about the uphill battle that Rhode Island’s healthcare wo…
 
Bill Bartholomew welcomes back award winning investigative reporter and author Peter Lance for a third conversation on his blockbuster book "Homicide At Rough Point", which details the story of Doris Duke's murder of her longtime consultant Eduardo Tirella. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/bartholomewtown?fan_landing=true)…
 
Bill Bartholomew welcomes Providence Cultural Equity Initiative Founder and CEO Raymond Two Hawks Watson back to BTOWN for his analysis of the Rise of the Moors, the group that was involved in a standoff with Massachusetts State Police this past weekend. Mr. Watson has specific experience with the group and provides keen insight - including that he…
 
Episode Source Material: Gotham state of mind: what do comics tell us about cities? Why Superhero Comics Are Obsessed With Cities DC Finally Confirms Metropolis is Located in New York CLE Myths: Ohio Bell Building Inspired Superman The Architecture of Superman: A Brief History of The Daily Planet Daily Star - Supermanica Daily Star (DC Comics) The …
 
Levitt AMP Woonsocket has been featuring top-notch music in Rhode Island's northernmost city since 2018. On this episode, I catch up with event director, Meg Rego, to talk about the goal of bringing diverse music to Woonsocket, what goes into booking a 10-event series like this, and we go week-by-week covering what this year's lineup has in store!!…
 
This week on A Lively Experiment, The General Assembly calls it quits, for now. But this year's business isn't quite done yet. And the city and state step in to rescue WaterFire to allow an abbreviated season beginning later this summer. Joining us this week, Lee Ann Sennick, National Committeewoman for the RI GOP. Attorney and Legal Analyst, Lou P…
 
Maintaining consistent access to shelter and services can be difficult for people who use drugs, due to factors like housing policies and availability of shelter beds. But safe, reliable housing is also a critical part of a recovery journey. How can public health agencies put an end to this vicious cycle? That’s the topic up for discussion in this …
 
Bill Bartholomew welcomes Michael Beauregard of System Change Strategies for a discussion on how progressive candidates have reshaped the scope and nature of Rhode Island elections. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/bartholomewtown?fan_landing=true)Av Bill Bartholomew / Michael Beauregard
 
RI 5 has become a really fun conversation to have... and with Bill Bartholomew that is especially true! He shares a story of "taking trips to the city" (which refers to Warwick), exploring rural Rhode Island, we tick off some tried-and-true RI-isms, and he writes the beginnings of a song on the spot that could take him in a new direction :) We also…
 
This week on A Lively Experiment, a push to the end of the legislative session, we'll tell you what's in, and what's out. And most college students in Rhode Island are facing a mandate to get vaccinated if they want to return to campuses this fall. So why not the faculty at the states public institutions? Joining us this week, Angel Tavares, former…
 
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and highly effective. But to some, the arrival of the vaccine raises questions. In this week’s episode, Dr. Jim McDonald and Dr. Philip Chan explore how healthcare professionals should approach patients who may be taking the “wait and see” approach when it comes to getting vaccinated. The doctors also take a hard look a…
 
Bill Bartholomew welcomes Craig Kurtzweil, Vice President, UnitedHealthcare Center for Advanced Analytics to discuss their recent white paper “Finding the uncommon: Revealing disparities in care and prescribing for common condition.” The pair discuss a number of findings from the project, and what employers can do to better address these disparitie…
 
Episode Source Material: Respect (and Customers) Comes Back to Drive-Ins (Published 1997) Rustic Tri-View Drive-in Theatre in North Smithfield, RI Drive In Movie Theaters History Northeast Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts Lonsdale Drive-In: Rhode Island Blueways Drive-in Theaters: A History from Their Inception in 1933 The History of the Driv…
 
Bill Bartholomew welcomes Artist Republik founder Nick Cianfaglione for a discussion on his innovative platform for independent music artists, how Rhode Island has served as fertile ground for his project and how embracing tech startups as a pillar of economic development can move the state forward. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/barthol…
 
On this mini-episode, Bill Bartholomew and I get into the duality of needing to be self-sufficient as an artist but also the importance of being a part of a scene and showing up for others. We also talk about the thing that really motivates and inspires him. I also share with you a song he did with Silverteeth back in 2016 as part of the New Porch …
 
This week on A Lively Experiment, The house finance committee unveils it's long awaited budget, we'll tell you what's in, and what's out. And Massachusetts is offering up big bucks for people who get vaccines, will Rhode Island follow? Joining us this week, Bill Lynch, former Chairman of the RI Democratic Party. Maureen Moakley retired URI Politica…
 
Living with a substance use condition can feel isolating. But it doesn’t have to feel that way. Peer recovery support specialists are working to break through that isolation by tapping into something no medical training can provide: lived experience with addiction and recovery. In this week’s episode, we hear from Ines Garcia, a peer recovery suppo…
 
Bill Bartholomew breaks down three different things happening inside the Rhode Island legislature that you may not be aware of: Child Care Investments in the State Budget w/ Leanne Barrett, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Rachel Flum, Economic Progress Institute Autobody Bills and RI Drivers Paying Some of Highest Insurance Premiums in U.S. w/ Frank O'Brie…
 
Episode Source Material: VIDEO: Ride along with the Providence Police, 1993. Documentary featuring the old downtown Police HQ, the RISD May Day riot, and of course Buddy Cianci. : providence PROVIDENCE TUNNEL OPENED | New York Times Description of East Side Tunnel project East Side Train Tunnel providence.html What's underneath — Erik Gould Project…
 
Bill Bartholomew welcomes The Public's Radio's Political/Investigative Reporter Ian Donnis for a discussion on his in-depth reporting on Prospect Medical Holdings and other healthcare industry related matters that impact the state. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/bartholomewtown?fan_landing=true)…
 
In this interview, Bill Bartholomew illuminates the life of a full-time artist, how being a podcaster has informed his music and tells the story from one of the most important days in his career. We also chat about his new EP "Bats" which came out digitally on June 11th and got to discuss how this particular record was made and what he's striving f…
 
This week on A Lively Experiment, Governor McKee's first one hundred days in office, we'll break out the score card for how he's done. And, the home stretch to the general assembly begins this week, the second part of our interview with Joe Shekarchi. Joining us this week, Billy Hunt, Chairman Libertarian Party of RI. Lisa Pelosi, Republican Strate…
 
In Rhode Island, there is just one laboratory that conducts all public health, environmental, and forensic crime testing for the State. It all happens in one inconspicuous building near Downtown Providence. In this week’s episode, we hear from the director of the State Health Laboratories, Dr. Ewa King. Dr. King takes us behind the scenes to find o…
 
Following BTOWN's episode with Dr. Amy Nunn, who is pushing for the RI General Assembly to pass legislation that would impose a statewide tax on sugary beverages, a group of Rhode Island businesses expressed interest in offering their perspective on why the tax is onerous and will negatively impact their businesses. Bill Bartholomew also caught up …
 
Chrissy Stewart shares some of her Rhode Island faves in this mini-episode including where she shops for records, her special spot to hang in the Ocean State, and a favorite benefit show she does with PVDlive! I've included one of my favorite songs by Chrissy, which is "Dissolve" (as you may have guessed if you heard the full episode) from her albu…
 
Controversy and Opinions on the Gaspee Affair: Was the Gaspee Affair About Slavery? The Gaspee Affair was about the business of slavery – Uprise RI The Conspiracy to Destroy the Gaspee Additional Episode Source Material: About: Gaspee Days Conflicts That Led Up To the Burning of the Gaspee Copy of the testimony of Aaron Briggs | EnCompass This Lice…
 
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