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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The Open Forum


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.

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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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May 1st, 2017 10:48am

Guest Naomi Neville talks to us about architecture and we talk with the current mayor of Newport, Harry Winthrop.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


May 1st, 2017 10:44am

Former Rhode Island legislators who either are serving time in prison, or have in the past for peddling influence, accepting bribes, or misusing campaign funds, have thousands of dollars remaining in their campaign accounts, according to filings at the state Board of Elections. We discuss campaign finance, layoffs at Care New England, and President Trump's tax reform package on today's Open Forum.

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.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


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.

Open Forum


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.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


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.

Open Forum


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.

Open Forum


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.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


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.

Open Forum


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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