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July 21st, 2017 03:37pm

Today on our Elder Affairs of Open Forum we start off the show with guest Mary Beth Daigneault talking about the new facility and adult day programs at St. Clare Newport. Then, in our second half of the show, we sit down with Carmella Geer, Executive Director of Edward King House, and Stephanie Mediate, Rehab Director VNS of Newport and Bristol counties. They discuss Physical Therapy and how to stay active after PT.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


July 20th, 2017 04:11pm

We explore the Rhode Island's General Assembly's budget crisis with URI Economist Len Lardaro... and the long awaited truck tolls and highway infrastructure program with the Rhode Island Trucking Association's Chris Maxwell.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


July 20th, 2017 11:39am

Rhode Island is home to the Ireland West International Trade Centre, a business incubator established after a 2014 trade mission to Ireland that included several Rhode Island officials. Six contiguous counties on the west of Ireland joined together to explore business opportunities in the United States, opening the trade center in Providence. There are currently 10 to 15 active companies participating in the Trade Centre, with more expected over the next couple of years. We're joined today by John Magee, head of Mayo Enterprise of Mayo County, Ireland and a member of the Ireland West International Trade Centre.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


July 18th, 2017 03:38pm

With the Senate District 13 Democratic Primary underway, Gene Emery, former Providence Journal reporter and Politifact correspondent joins us to talk about the General Assembly, and other matters political. We also talk about the state of the media, and the struggle to reform Obamacare.

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July 18th, 2017 11:39am

On this, the People's Credit Union edition of Open Forum, Karen Vebber joins us in the studio to talk about mortgages.

Open Forum


July 14th, 2017 03:36pm

On this, the Leadership at ALL Levels edition of Open Forum hosted by the Director of Corporate Partnerships & Community Relations for Newport Harbor Corporation, Gail Lowney Alofsin. We focus on the importance of health, fitness, and teamwork and how it impacts your personal and professional leadership with guests; Alex Cathpoole, Owner and Managing Partner of Rail Explorers, Mark Stenning, Director of Marketing for Rail Explorers and Bari Freeman, Executive Director of Bike Newport.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


July 13th, 2017 03:22pm

Picking up a tradition started by her late husband, Mac Chrupcala, Nancy Paolino is resuming a local jazz series that ran at the Atlantic Beach Club for 26 years. The new series, Sundays from 3 to 7 pm at the Atlantic Resort, features some of the area's best jazz musicians. Nancy talks about the tradition and her vision for the series, and her own career as a professional singer.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


July 13th, 2017 11:38am

We're less than one week before the Democratic primary election for the Senate District 13 seat previously held by Teresa Paiva-Weed. We look at the finances of each of the candidates, and their high-profile financial supporters.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


July 11th, 2017 03:26pm

John Marion, executive director of Common Cause in Rhode Island, helps us understand the state's budget crisis and the status of bills left in limbo when the Speaker of the House abruptly adjourned the legislature in a dispute with the Senate President. What happens next?

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July 11th, 2017 10:59am

On this edition of Open Forum the director of the Preservation Society, Trudy Cox, is back in the studio with some guests. Ashley Householder, Curator of Exhibitions, Lucy Kinsley, Visitor Experience Manager, and Andrea Carneiro, Communications Manager all join us today.

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July 7th, 2017 04:23pm

On this Elders Affairs edition of Open Forum, we start off the show withBeth Kerr, President and Founder of Senior Fit Inc. We talk about in-home personal training for 55+. The second part of our show we have guests Catherine Leblanc, Public affairs specialist for SSA and Gerry LePage, information and referral specialist for C&F elders dept.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


July 7th, 2017 11:35am

The Italian Polo team rode into the station today, in advance of its match Saturday against Newport. We learned not only about polo in Italy, their Newport experience, but also got a glimpse of Italy's economy and political struggles.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


July 6th, 2017 11:12am

It's a small restaurant on a busy Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown, but one that's reaching hundreds of poor people in the Dominican Republic. It's a program that Will Burgess, owner, and founder of what may be Rhode Island's only Hawaiian Restaurant, calls "Beyond One Meal." Will talks about what motivated him to open a Hawaiian Restaurant in Middletown, Flat Waves Food Shack, and another on the campus of URI, and his "Beyond One Meal" Program.

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July 5th, 2017 10:53am

In our first segment of today's Open Forum, we have guest Andy Long from Congregational Church talking about Religious Freedom Tour. In our second segment, we talk with Evan Smith, President of Discover Newport.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 30th, 2017 10:31am

Meet Stephen Hopkins and William Ellery, Rhode Island's signatory to the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. We talk about Independence Day, the founders, the celebrations, and the words of the document itself.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 28th, 2017 04:42pm

When legislators consider the proposal for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox, it is not only construction costs and jobs to consider. We talk about the overall economic impact a Triple-A baseball team has on the economy, along with adding to civic pride. We also talk about healthcare and the need for political parties to begin working on behalf of the American people, instead of political parties.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 28th, 2017 10:28am

For 50 years Livingston Taylor has been delighting audiences around the globe, but particularly, in his home region, New England. Brother of James Taylor, Livingston has also taught for many years at Berklee School of Music. Livingston joins us today to talk about his career, and what he hopes audiences take from his performances. We also visit with Gary Maguire, a goalkeeper on the Dublin curling team. Dublin has a rematch versus Galway as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Fenway Park. The other match up is Tipperary versus Clare as the Irish bring one of its most popular sports to New England.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 23rd, 2017 10:42am

We continue to explore what some have characterized as a "coup" in East Greenwich, and a blow to town's educational system. It all revolves around the sudden ouster of now former Town Manager Tom Coyle, his replacement - consultant Gayle Corrigan, level funding for a school system experiencing a growth in student population, and a town council that was determined in passing a budget with a modest tax decrease.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 21st, 2017 04:30pm

For nearly all of Grow Smart RI's 20 year history, Scott Wolf has been its executive director, guiding the organization as Rhode Island's leaders advocate for sustainable and environmentally responsible economic growth. Scott joins us today, and gives us his snapshot of the proposed state budget, leadership, and efforts to revitalize Rhode Island's urban centers and villages. We also look at the connection between domestic violence, gun violence and pending legislation in Rhode Island aimed at keeping guns away from those convicted of domestic violence.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 21st, 2017 11:28am

With mandatory sick pay likely to come up before the State Senate's Labor Committee tomorrow (Wednesday), John Simmons, executive director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, sounds the alarm for Rhode Island businesses, hoping for a compromise that's more business friendly. Simmons also talks about the state budget, Rhode Island's economic outlook, and Rhode Works.

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June 20th, 2017 11:07am

On this, the People's Credit Union edition of Open Forum we have guest Karen Vebber, Mortgage Loan Officer. She discusses why the housing market is hot right now, and why it is important to get pre-approved now!

Open Forum


June 20th, 2017 11:03am

In our second part of this Open Forum, we bring you the Blenheim Newport edition. Guests Brian Kane, Director of Dining Services, and Foy Ann Plohr, Director of Community Relations. We talk primarily about the food services at the facility.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 16th, 2017 09:23am

The Newport Polo experience is unique for players and spectators, according to members of the French Polo Team, who play in Newport this weekend. Lizzie and Olivier of the French Team, talk about the differences between the polo clubs in France and around the world and the Newport experience, along with the unique challenges for any visiting international team.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 14th, 2017 03:41pm

South County Health in Wakefield is the last independent hospital still standing in Rhode Island - but maybe not for long. Lou Giancola, president, and chief executive officer of South County Health discusses how Yale New Have Health Systems have intensified, how becoming part of a larger system might impact patient care and the financial advantages of joining a larger system in an environment in which hospitals are becoming more and more financially challenged.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 13th, 2017 03:38pm

In the waning days of the General Assembly session, lawmakers still need to find a way to close a 130 million budget gap, while voting on key legislation. Still pending in the Speaker's car tax phase out, the Governor's college tuition free proposal, minimum wage, mandatory sick leave, marijuana study commission, and more. We talk about it all and touch on lessons for business leaders, the Russia investigation, and health care.

Open Forum


June 13th, 2017 09:31am

It's the Preservation Society of Newport County edition of Open Forum. Their Executive Director, Trudy Cox, host today's show with her guest the Chairman of the Newport Flower Show, Pat Fernandez. Trudy and Pat discuss all things, Newport Flower Show.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 9th, 2017 11:26am

Five-time Grammy winner Christian McBride, perhaps the best jazz bass player on the planet, joins us today to talk about his new role as artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival. We explore his feelings about following the legendary George Wein, his process of selecting artists, his respect, and hope for the festival and the future of jazz.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 8th, 2017 09:38am

Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, a strong advocate for small business, joins us to discuss his Ratepayer Protection Legislative Package. His hope, with the approval of the five-bill package, is to lower energy costs and improve customer service for Rhode Island small businesses and residential customers. He's hopeful that at least parts of his package will win legislative approval as the General Assembly enters the final weeks of this legislative session.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 7th, 2017 10:47am

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gherig's disease, is among the most devastating diseases on the planet. John Pagliarini, president of the Rhode Island chapter of the ALS Association. joins us today and discusses many of the challenges faced by patients and their families, and the recent release of a new drug that is providing hope for patients and their families. We also talk about the chapter's "Evening of Hope," its June 22nd fundraiser, which will honor Newport's Bobby Forster with the Brian Dickinson Courage Award.

Open Forum


June 6th, 2017 10:25am

On this Leadership at ALL Levels version of Open Forum, we are led by Gail Lowney Alofsin while she talks with her guests; Allison de Horsey, Director of Signature Programs at St. George's School. Annette Cerilli, Executive Director of Bryant University. Stephen Gray Wallace, President & Director of the Center for Adolescent Research & Education (CARE).

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 1st, 2017 04:28pm

From the Polo field to the Lacrosse field. Today we visit with three members of the Peruvian Polo Team that play Newport on Saturday at 5 o'clock in Newport's opening Polo match this year. It's the first time that a team from Peru has competed in Newport's International Polo Series. We also talk with Justin Turri, a member of the Boston Cannons professional Lacrosse team. Saturday's Cannons' game at Harvard Stadium is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for patients and families impacted by cancer. For information about the game, the team, and fundraiser visit www.bostoncannons.com.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


June 1st, 2017 10:51am

Brown University is part of Fenway Park's November Gridiron Series, taking on Ivy League rival Dartmouth. We talk about the football series and the history of football at Fenway Park. We also discuss Speaker Mattiello's car-tax repeal proposal and Lifespan's good financial fortune that resulted in non-union employees at four of five of their hospitals receiving a 2 percent pay increase. The one hospital left off the list - Newport.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


May 25th, 2017 04:32pm

With the legislative session entering its final weeks, we look at some outstanding issues, like the governor's proposal for free tuition, the speaker's car tax elimination plan, the Pawtucket Red Sox Stadium dilemma, the study commission on the legislation of recreational marijuana use.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


May 25th, 2017 11:33am

Cystic Fibrosis is a devastating disease that impairs 70,000 people worldwide, 30,000 of whom live in the United States. A genetic disorder that diminishes the lungs and digestive systems, it is often diagnosed at an early age. May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. Joining us today is Brad Benson, who developed a website, www.cFadventurers.org, to provide resources for people with CF, and information for those who want to learn more about the condition.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


May 24th, 2017 11:56am

While the debate continues over a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox, there has been little said about comparable projects in other AAA baseball cities. We take a look at some of those projects, from Charlotte, North Carolina to Omaha, Nebraska. We also talk about American's greatest fears and how they changed during las falls presidential campaign rhetoric.

Open Forum


May 19th, 2017 04:27pm

On the Elder Affairs edition of Open Forum, we start off with guests, Cristina M. Offenberg of Silva, Thomas, Martland & Offenberg, Ltd. and Kurt Edenbach talk about what you need to know/do upon the death of a spouse. In the second part of our program, we have Joseph Wendelken and Michelle Baron McGee of RI DOH discuss facts about diabetes.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


May 18th, 2017 05:54pm

Communication skills are central to so much that we do in our personal and business lives. If we communicate well, it often means we are more successful in our careers and relationships in all aspects of our lives. Peter George, a speech, and presentation coach joins us today and gives us some tips how we can improve our communication skills.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


May 18th, 2017 05:27pm

Turning to Rhode Island issues, we talk about the proposal for a new Pawtucket Red Sox Stadium, the phase-out of the auto tax, and the governor's free tuition plan. We look at proposals in the Connecticut legislature to slash vital programs and turn to new revenue sources. Meanwhile, the same issues Connecticut is facing are surfacing in Rhode Island, as projections suggest a 100 million revenue shortfall. And we watch as the stock market plummets as the chaos in Washington grows.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


May 17th, 2017 11:04am

Bill Malinowski was an award-winning reporter, working for the Providence Journal for 30 years, before being diagnosed with ALS, a disease that took his life last August. May is ALS Awareness Month. Former Journal Photographer and Bill's wife, Mary Murphy, joins us today to tell Bill's story, her story, and to raise awareness of this devastating disease.

Open Forum


May 15th, 2017 04:37pm

It's the People's Credit Union version of the Open Forum. Guest Steve Carneiro, Commercial and Residential Loan Manager, talks; business lending, commercial real estate, working capital/ lines of credit, equipment loans, and residential home sales.

Open Forum


May 12th, 2017 04:32pm

This is the Leadership at ALL Levels edition of the Open Forum hosted by Gail Lowney Alofsin. Gail talks with our guests; Eric Peterson, Head of School at St George's School, Tony Silvia, Professor of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of South Florida, St Petersburg, and Joe Rocco, President of RocJo Productions and co-founder of the Newport Comedy Series.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


May 12th, 2017 11:11am

What is fake news? How do I recognize it? We explore the sources and dangers posed by fake news. Gene Emery, former Providence Journal reporter, and Politifact correspondent provides us with his tips on today's Open Forum.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


May 11th, 2017 11:22am

On a "slow news day"... President fires FBI director, meets with Russian Ambassador; in the midst of what promises to be a spirited election to replace now former State Sen. Teresa Paiva Weed - We're joined by former state Rep. Paul Santilli, trying to put perspective on the local and national political scene.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


May 10th, 2017 11:06am

To a great extent, our lives are shaped by what we read. For Elliot Kriger reading has been his passion, his career. The former book editor of the Providence Journal, and a novelist, Elliot has been writing a blog for seven years, sharing his observations about the books he's reading. Elliot, who has written some 2,700 blogs, shares the best of those in a booklet he has recently published, "25 Posts from Elliot's Reading." Elliot joins us today on Open Forum.

Open Forum


May 9th, 2017 11:14am

Trudy Cox, Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Newport County, hosts today's Open Forum. The first part of the show we have guest Gregory Muse calls into the show from California. Part two we have guests Liliane Wong, professor of interior architecture at RISD, and Wendy Nicholas, the interim director of Newport Restoration Foundation.

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May 8th, 2017 09:33am

John Perotti from Mobility Equipment Recyclers joins us during the first half of the show.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


May 5th, 2017 11:23am

Providing services that give thousands of developmentally disabled adults in Rhode Island a sense of purpose and dignity challenging providing those services when funds are cut by some 13% only adds hardship and heartbreak. Joining us today is Gina Macris, editor, and founder of Development Disability News. We also turn our attention to Boston's professional lacrosse team, The Boston Cannons, and the team's home opener at Harvard Stadium this Saturday at 7 pm. Josh Hawkins, one of the team's leading players, joins us.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


May 3rd, 2017 04:48pm

"The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant is for some a controversial novel based on the biblical story of Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob. Mixed Magic Theatre's Ricardo Pitts Wiley has adapted the novel for the stage, hoping that its lessons are not only in its historical context but also about the importance it brings to today's society. Ricardo joins me today on Open Forum.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


May 2nd, 2017 05:18pm

"Making Sense of Science," a new book by former New York Times science editor, Cornelia Dean, is what Publishers Weekly calls an "excellent primer" for "those who find themselves lost in the fog of rival claims about science issues that affect us all." Cory, a former Providence Journal reporter, and editor joins us today. She addresses the climate denial talks about how to approach science and suggests that climate change poses considerable challenges for Rhode Island's coastline.

Open Forum


May 2nd, 2017 11:28am

Guest Evan Smith, President & CEO of Discovery Newport, talks to us about travel and tourism in Newport.

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