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Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


April 26th, 2017 05:56pm

With just two months left to the Rhode Island legislative session, several important issues have yet to be voted upon. John Marion, executive director of Common Cause, updates us on line-item veto, a voter reform package, the governor's free tuition plan, the speaker's car tax elimination plan, and more.

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April 26th, 2017 05:48pm

Gary Sirak has been in pursuit of the American Dream for much of his adult life. Successful in business, Gary decided to find others who have overcome adversity in their pursuit of the American Dream. The result, his recently published "The American Dream Revisited." Gary joins us on Open Forum, sharing the stories, from a Holocaust survivor to an Amish man who found his American Dream by leaving the order and establishing a company that employed nearly 2,000 people.

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April 24th, 2017 10:49am

Guest Drew Thomas from Silva, Thomas, Martland, & Offenberg talks about things to know about trusts. This and more on the Elder Affairs edition of Open Forum.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


April 21st, 2017 11:39am

Brown and Sharpe was one of those storied Rhode Island manufacturers, its roots dating back to 1833. Over the years, in its various locations, it employed thousands of Thode Islanders. In 1981 some 1,600 union workers walked out, beginning what was to become the longest lasting strike in American history. Ged Carbone, author of the newly released " Brown & Sharpe and the Measure of American Industry" is our guest today.

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April 19th, 2017 05:09pm

"To understand the human condition today, we must realize that in our time the rate of change in human affairs is much faster and much more general and pervasive than ever before in the whole experience of the human race. We may not be better than our ancestors. But there is a lot of motion is us and around us, and we have, therefore, a better excuse for being puzzled and bewildered." From a speech made 50 years ago by the great columnist Walter Lippman. Words and a speech that are relevant today. We explore Lippman's words.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


April 19th, 2017 05:03pm

Rhode Island's economy is accelerating, according to URI economist Len Lardaro's most recent Current Condition Index. Still, the state's unemployment rate was the highest in New England in 2016, according to the Breau of Labor Statistics. We talk about the economy and explore some of the controversial proposals that are being debated in the General Assembly.

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April 18th, 2017 10:53am

Karen Vebber, mortgage loan officer at People's Credit Union, hosts today's edition of the Open Forum with guest, Barbara Jagolinzer.

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April 14th, 2017 04:40pm

It's that time of the month again. Leadership at ALL Levels. Gail Lowney Alofsin, Director of Corporate Partnerships & Community Relations for Newport Harbor Corporation, hosts this addition of the Open Forum. We talk with guests; Donna Mac, author, speaker, Founder and President of DMacVoice Communications. Jeff Deckman, President of Capability Accelerators. And Laura Clark, author, Feng Shui Practitioner, Master Coach and Massage Therapist.

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April 13th, 2017 04:41pm

A Bryant University poll shows that Rhode Islanders favor the reduction and then elimination of the car tax, and favor Governor Raimondo's tuition-free program, but want that program tied to a family's ability to pay, and a student's level of achievement in high school. We talk about the poll, the recently approved tuition assistance program enacted by New York State, and more.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


April 13th, 2017 12:28pm

Will Rhode Island legalize recreational use of marijuana? That was the subject of four hours of debate at the state legislature last night. We discuss the marijuana debate, an effort to allow parents to opt out of a required vaccinations for their children that are proving effective in the prevention of cervical cancer.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


April 12th, 2017 11:52am

The latest kids count report shows Rhode Island trailing the rest of New England in the percentage of students graduating college within six years. Numbers are worse for Newport and other urban areas. Coastal communities are also at risk of severe road flooding as a result of rising sea levels and severe storms. We discuss both issues on today's Open Forum.

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April 11th, 2017 11:16am

Trudy Cox, Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Newport County hosts today's show. Guests, Lawrence & Judy Cutler, Owners of the National Museum of American Illustration join us on the show today.

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April 7th, 2017 04:45pm

Our Guest today on this Elder Affairs edition is, GM Mobility Equipment Recyclers, Andrew Celani joins us on the first half of the show. The second half of the show is a rerun of the St. Patricks Day show.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


April 7th, 2017 10:53am

Today we explore the ongoing conversations about the PawSox future in Rhode Island, concerns about lost tourism revenue for Discover Newport and other tourism councils, various business issues, and the quest for freedom across the globe.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


April 6th, 2017 11:13am

Hank Whitin, co-owner of Newport's Pour Judgement, is about to undertake an ambitious journey, cycling across the country, hoping to raise 100,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Motivated by memories of his grandmother, who was afflicted with MS, Hank expects to begin his ride, along with several other riders, in mid-May. He'll begin in Oregon and end his ride at Pour Judgement. He joins us today on Open Forum

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


April 5th, 2017 11:13am

Erin Donovan Boyle, Executive Director of the Newport Chamber of Commerce, joins us as we explore the relationship of our educational system, public and private, and job initiatives; economic development on Aquidneck Island; and legislative issues that impact the business community.

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April 4th, 2017 11:55am


Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


March 31st, 2017 12:50pm

Dan Keating, president of Newport Polo, talks about the upcoming season (starts June 3), the care of polo ponies, the origin of the sport, its economic impact on the Newport area, and some of his greatest memories over the years. We also talk about Newport Polo’s involvement with area collegiate and interscholastic polo teams, and the Roger Williams University team, which has made it to the national finals, a six-team tournament that’s being played in California.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


March 30th, 2017 11:30am

We try to put some perspective to President Trump's environmental executive orders, particularly focusing on the coal industry and "clean coal". We reference reports that suggest the new measures will not achieve the revival for the coal industry that the president predicts. We also talk about former RI supreme court justice Robert Flanders' developing plans to run for U.S. senate in 2018, hoping to upend current Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


March 29th, 2017 10:59am

Adam Grossman, Boston Red Sox Senior Vice President, and Chief Marketing office talks about the upcoming season, kids nation, and Red Sox Foundation. We also celebrate International Whiskey Day, update a number of business and legislative issues.

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March 24th, 2017 05:15pm

Guests Naomi Neville and Newport City Manager Joe Nickleson, discuss on going projects in the city of Newport.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


March 24th, 2017 11:05am

What will the post-Paiva Weed Senate look like? We discuss the likely change in Senate leadership, as a result of Paiva Weed's resignation to become president of the Hospital Association of RI... and discuss the local ramifications of electing her replacement in the Senate. And we share several stories of courage, hoping that our elected officials today can find the courage to act in the best interests of all the people.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


March 23rd, 2017 11:31am

Len Lardaro, the University of Rhode Island economist who produces a monthly Rhode Island economic index, characterized a revised look at the state's labor force as a "train wreck." We also explore several statewide legislative initiatives, including bills that would assure that the provisions of roe v. wade become law in Rhode Island.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


March 22nd, 2017 11:04am

Remembering Chuck Berry and Jimmy Breslin, and recognizing investigative journalism's critical role as a watchdog over government institutions that often go astray without the oversight.

Open Forum


March 21st, 2017 01:54pm


Open Forum


March 20th, 2017 12:04pm

It's the Elder Affairs edition. We start off with Christina M. Offenberg and Debra Demar of the White Cross Pharmacy talk about Medication Management. And in the second half of the show, we talk with Helen Hames from Blenheim and Maryse Hathaway from North Western Mutual about long-term care insurance.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


March 17th, 2017 12:31pm

From lunch at the mansions to Free Tuition for Rhode Island students, the national budget, travel ban, and the fortunes of our college basketball teams in the NCAA... we talk about it all on today's Open Forum

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


March 15th, 2017 04:30pm

Celebrating World Consumer Rights Day, we talk about "Building Trust in a Digital World," the theme of this year's celebration. We also talk about the impact of weather on local crops, the rate hike by the Federal Reserve, and the continuing Washington debates over healthcare and "wire tapping".

Open Forum


March 13th, 2017 04:39pm

Preservation Society of Newport County. Guests: Trudy Cox, Executive Director of President Society. Andrea Carnero, Comm. Manager of President Society. Nancy McAuliffe, President of the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County. Colleen Jermain, Newport Schools Super Intendent. Talks about the value of Art & Art Education.

Open Forum


March 10th, 2017 04:28pm

Leadership at ALL Levels with Gail Lowney Alofsin. Guests: Charles Clarkson, ornithologist. Carla Silva, Foundation Fit wellness coach/physical therapist Maura Ryan, Sales manager at Castle Hill Inn

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


March 10th, 2017 11:57am

More than 30 years ago a group of individuals joined together to form the Tomorrow Fund, an organization that remains dedicated to providing financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families. Lisa Abbenante, executive director, and Kathy Connolly, development director from the Tomorrow Fund join us.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


March 8th, 2017 04:34pm

With Rhode Island still struggling to implement its truck-only tolling program to fund a bridge and road infrastructure project, we take a look at the trucking industry locally and nationally. Chris Maxwell, president of the RI Trucking Association gives us his perspective on everything related to trucking, tolling, and infrastructure.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


March 8th, 2017 12:11pm

Cuba, a nation in transition? Dan Weisman, a professor emeritus at Rhode Island College who recently visited the island, shares his impressions.

Open Forum


March 7th, 2017 12:14pm

Guest Evan Smith, CEO of Discover Newport talks about travel awards, Air BnB, and Newport Restaurant week.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


March 2nd, 2017 06:57pm

With efforts in Washington to relax many of our environmental regulations and to dramatically reduce funding to the Environmental Protection Agency, today's interview with Bob Wyss, author of "The Man Who Built The Sierra Club, A Life of David Brower" takes on greater significance. We are reminded of important efforts to preserve the environment, of the long-term dangers of climate change, and of the need to find strong leaders - like Brower - to champion preservation of our most cherished natural landmarks and resources.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


March 1st, 2017 04:28pm

In these uncertain times, we explore the impact of immigrants - legal and undocumented - on our community with Kathleen Cloutier, executive director of Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


February 28th, 2017 04:33pm

Our first "At Work" segment features Adam Zaccara, a Salve Regina graduate who has spent his career in the food industry, most recently as a sales representative for Toppa Food Service and at night a restaurant manager at Fluke on Bannisters Wharf, Newport.

Open Forum


February 27th, 2017 12:40pm

Leadership at ALL Levels, hosted by Gail Lowney Alofsin Director of Corporate Partnerships & Community Relations for Newport Harbor Corporation. With guests, Wendy Kagan, SVP, Director of Employee and Community Engagement, BankNewport, Mike Silva, President and co-founder of FOUNDATIONperformance sports medicine, and Angela Ranelli, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Founder: Kale & Tequila.com

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


February 23rd, 2017 04:38pm

In the state legislature, Representatives who initially supported a bill that wanted to protect abortion rights even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, are feeling pressure from the Catholic Church. Seven representatives, who were among the 36 who initially signed on as sponsors, have withdrawn their support. We discuss this, along with several other local, statewide, and national issues.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


February 22nd, 2017 04:47pm

We explore the potential impact of the aggressive deportation rules released by the Department of Homeland Security, and question the impact on health care, with 27% of physicians and surgeons in the United States immigrant.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


February 21st, 2017 04:49pm

"If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free - and many times adversarial - press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time - that's how dictators get started." - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Our conversation today focuses on the long tradition for a free and vigilant media as a watchdog for our society.

Open Forum


February 20th, 2017 05:09pm

For the Love of Money, with guest Karen Vebber of Peoples Credit Union

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


February 16th, 2017 04:54pm

General Discussion

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


February 15th, 2017 04:51pm

Guest: Ricardo Pitts Wiley, co-founder and owner of Mixed Magic Theater, talks about black history month, conditions in America today, education and the media.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


February 14th, 2017 04:28pm

Today's discussion ranged from a tribute to the late Al Jarreau, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the Flynn Resignation.

Open Forum


February 13th, 2017 05:16pm

Guests: Jeff Curtis - Director of Gardens and Grounds Andrea Carneiro - Comm. Manager Trudy Cox - Ex Director of the Pres, Society of Newport County

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


February 8th, 2017 04:31pm

Guest Rev. Don Anderson, Executive Minister of the RI State Council of Churches, discusses the Muslim ban and the efforts in RI to establish sanctuary houses of worship.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


February 7th, 2017 04:40pm

Topic: Black History Month and Abortion Legislation that has been introduced in the state.

Open Forum


February 6th, 2017 04:36pm

Guest; Evan Smith, CEO of Discover Newport talked about travel and tourism.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


February 2nd, 2017 04:37pm

Local Topics; 38 Studios, University North Carolina Berkeley. Also, Trumps meeting with the Australian Prime Minister and comments about the Holocaust.

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