The Open Forum with Frank Prosnitz
Tuesdays through Thursdays on WADK
The Open Forum is a place to have discussions, exchange ideas and share valuable and useful information on issues that matter. Frank Prosnitz is an award-winning journalist who has also served as a public relations professional in state government, private industry, and in his own consulting business. Frank brings his unique perspective to the issues that affect us the most. Catch him mid-week on, The Open Forum.
With the gas crisis continuing in Newport, Newport Mayor Jamie Bova, Councilwoman Lynn Ceglee, and City Manager Joseph Nicholson update us on National Grid's progress, and talk about resources available for area residents. RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner also joins us to talk about his proposal to require Financial Literacy courses in area schools.
What were the best … and worst … books you read in 2018, and what are you looking forward to reading in 2019? Elliot Kreiger, former book editor of the Providence Journal, who continues his commentary on all kinds of literature on his blog, tells us what he read in 2018.
URI economist Len Lardaro talks about a declining Rhode Island economy and an uncertain national one; and Mixed Magic Theater's Ricardo Pitts Wiley talks about Kwanzaa, the environment for African Americans and other minorities in America, and the need for change in the arts.
Multiple Grammy nominee Robert Berry, who played for years with Keith Emerson (band called 3), and has been a progressive and classic rocker for years, talks about his newest album, "The Rules Have Changed," a work he began with Emerson, and one he finished after Emerson's untimely death.
Will voters in Newport approve a large bond issue to replace and upgrade city schools? Or is the answer exploring merger pospects with Middletown? Newport Councilwoman Jeanne Napolitano the bond, traffic patterns in downtown Newport, and more.
Loren Spears, executive director and curator of the Tamaquag Indian Museum, is a fierce advocate for indigenous people. An educator, essayist, artist and two-term Tribal Councilwoman of the Narragansett Tribe, Loren taught for 12 years in Newport’s public schools, working with at-risk children. She founded Nuweetooun, a private state-certified school on the Narragansett Reservation, which ran for seven years, before it was put on hiatus following floods.
Russ Partridge, executive director of the Warm Center, an organization that provides a multitude of services to low income individuals and families, joins us as we discuss immediate and year-long needs and resources for the low-income.
Jeff Desnoyers, chief meteorologist at ABC 6, has joined a nationwide effort this November – No Shave November – helping to raise money for cancer prevention, education, and research.He talks about the Matthew Hill Foundation, formed several years ago by Matthew’s children in memory of their father. Since establishing the November challenge about 10 years ago, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars. Jeff, who is sporting a neat, but temporary beard, is doing his part.
Rebecca Northup, Seamen's Institute Church, discusses the institute's holiday activities, including community Thanksgiving dinner and community Christmas brunch, the Institute's plans for its 100th year celebration, and the development of a strategic plan to help map the Institute's future.
Organizations like Newport's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center are helping hundreds, maybe thousands of impoverished Rhode Islanders not only during the holidays, but year-round. Alyson E. Novick, director of development for the Martin Luther King Center, joins us today to talk about the center's efforts.
Phil Wiser spent World War II aboard a Coast Guard ship that was engaged in several battles. As a 16-year-old he enlisted, as did many in response to Pearl Harbor. As a young Coast Guard seaman, his ship sailed past the smouldering and overturned ships at Pearl Harbor. He stood on deck ... and he wept.
Daniel Buck Soule, president of Daniel Buck Auctions, an appraiser and auctioneer who toured with the Antiques Road Show; and Troy Logan, a martial arts expert whose recent book provides good advice for anyone who put on the defensive. For his book, visit strikefirstselfdefense.com.
After 18 years Lou Giancola is retiring as president and CEO of South County Health (South County Hospital). He shares his perspective on leading the only independent hospital in Rhode Island, on community health, health care costs, and the need for political will to bring the system under financial control
Two bills are pending in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives that would restore disability benefits to hundreds of thousands of Vietnam Veterans suffering from Agent Orange related illnesses.