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.
The Open Forum w Frank Prosnitz
Guest: Len Lardaro, economist at the University of Rhode Island
Newport Mayor Jamie Bova talks about the city's budget hearing, funding for schools and temporary repairs to an athletic field, and efforts to merge Newport's Rogers High School and Middletown High School.
"The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love Story," comes out in print this fall. Dr. Barbara Roberts, Rhode Island's first female cardiologist, memoir tells an intriguing story of a young woman who became the cardiologist to the head of the New England mafia, and a longtime advocate for women and women's health.
Lt. Col. Gareth Prendergast of the Irish Defense Forces, a recent lecturer at the Naval War College, talks about his research into the Irish Civil War, and his experiences throughout the world as a member of the Irish Army.
Newport Mayor Jamie Bova said the city council is asking representatives from Middletown, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), and state legislators to meet to consider merging the Newport and Middletown high schools into a regional system.
State Sen. Dawn Euer talks about the challenges of overcoming a 150 million state budget deficit, the prospects for passage of reproductive rights and gun legislation, among other important legislation.
Newport Councilwoman Jeanne Napolitano discusses a council resolution that would ask legislators to block a state budget proposal that would cut tourism councils from funding for certain taxes collected from Air B&Bs. She also talks of the importance of the 2020 census when it comes to representation and preserving nearly 4 billion in federal funding.
A Federal Court Judge has told the national trucking association that its suit against the state of Rhode Island over truck tolls beliongs in the state courts. Chris Maxwell from the Rhode Island Trucking Association joins Frank and outlines what might be the association's next steps in its efforts to overturn the tolls.
Greg Abate, among the top alto jazz sax players according to major jazz publications and a member of Rhode Island's Music Hall of Fame, talks about his upcoming Newport performances, his time with Ray Charles, Artie Shaw and Phil Woods, and an upcoming tour of Great Britain.
Discover Newport Executive Director, Newport Mayor Jamie Bova, and Newport City Manager Joe Nicholson discuss the governor's proposed beach parking increase, and the city's proposed 1 percent increase in the hotel and restaurant taxes.
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.