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  1. One Person's Junk Is This Home Improvement Show's Treasure

    10.07 / 01:40 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    “You Can’t Turn That Into A House” on FYI takes home improvement to a new level: transforming old grain silos, chicken coops, a dumpster and more into tiny houses. Here & Now‘s Robin Young learns more about the show from hosts Taimoor Nana (@taimoor_nana), Rehan Nana and Kyle Davis.Interview Highlights On the concept behind the show Taimoor Nana: “This story started off about 10 years ago, and the three of us were sitting around and we had an old grain bin, and a 100-year-old wooden barn th…
  2. Local Residents Experience A Piece Of Ancient China Through Traveling Art Exhibit

    10.06 / 22:50 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Audio File Edit | Remove Ancient Chinese caves are part of an exhibit at Bryant University exploring archeological sites and art from the northwest region of China. The area is a cultural and religious melting pot because of its proximity to the Silk Road, which connected China to the West. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Ximena Conde visited the exhibit and brings us this audio postcard. " Dunhuang : An Oasis for East-West Cultural, Commercial, and Religious Exchanges Along the Ancient Silk R…
  3. Secret Service Says 'No System For Keeping Track' Of Mar-A-Lago Visitors

    10.06 / 22:50 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's private club and winter White House in Palm Beach, Fla., is a casual place. And so, it seems, are any official records of those who visits him there. There "is no system for keeping track of presidential visitors at Mar-a-Lago, as there is at the White House complex," Special Agent Kim Campbell said in a legal filing . She said the Secret Service conducted a lengthy search, only to find "there is no grouping, listing, or set of records that would reflect…
  4. Scott Mackay Commentary: Time to Get Serious About Guns

    10.06 / 21:31 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    The mass shooting last week at a country music festival in Las Vegas has renewed conversation about gun control. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its way past time to get tougher on this issue. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air on Columbus Day). From sea to shining sea, it’s become a sad ritual: Another murderous shooting with military-style rifles, this time amid the glitz of Vegas. The reaction is much the same as it was in such tragedies as Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech a…
  5. Time to Get Serious About Guns

    10.06 / 20:51 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    The mass shooting last week at a country music festival in Las Vegas has renewed conversation about gun control. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its way past time to get tougher on this issue. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air on Columbus Day). From sea to shining sea, it’s become a sad ritual: Another murderous shooting with military-style rifles, this time amid the glitz of Vegas. The reaction is much the same as it was in such tragedies as Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech a…
  6. Commentary: Memo to Gov. Raimondo On RI Media

    10.06 / 20:51 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    In the famous words of an old friend and colleague Charlie Bakst (the ProJo’s longtime political columnist, when the state’s largest newspaper had such a position), I’m getting cranky. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo went off on the local media at a Brown forum this week. Among her complaints: the Providence Journal is no longer what it once was, television news has become more sensational and talk radio is, well, silly (those were not her exact words, but we get her drift). Sam Howard at R…
  7. Once Its AIM Was True, But Soon AOL's Instant Messenger Will Be No More

    10.06 / 20:51 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    In a few months, AOL Instant Messenger will go the way of such tech touchstones as AltaVista and Netscape. It was 20 years ago that "AIM" went online. It quickly exploded in popularity, peaked and then slowly succumbed to competitors. For many of us, AIM conjures up memories of dial-up modems, the sound of a "handshake" and the phrase "You've Got Mail." "AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly…
  8. Outdated Security System and Leadership Faulted In Report On RI Training School

    10.06 / 19:53 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families released a report Friday on a spate of violence at the state Training…
  9. Raimondo Offers State Workers Early Retirement Bonus

    10.06 / 18:47 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    In an effort to trim costs, Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration is offering veteran state employees an incentive of up to $40,000 in an early retirement package, according to a memo sent to state employees by State Administration Director Mike DiBiase. The incentive consists of a “one-time payment” equal to twice the value of a retirement-eligible employee’s annual longevity bonus dollar amount, capped at $40,000. In the memo, DiBiase says the program is restricted to state workers who are …
  10. 6 Lessons About Trump From Season 1 Of 'The Apprentice'

    10.06 / 18:47 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    The drama. The loyalty. The speculation about who stays and who goes . The Trump administration has it all. And so did Donald Trump's run on The Apprentice. The personality that made the show a hit is also what propelled Trump to the presidency. But as with his administration, Trump also stirred controversy on the set. A former producer tells the NPR podcast Embedded that at times Trump used "really unfathomably despicable words" while the cameras were rolling — remarks that have never b…
  11. Consumer Watchdog Proposes New Rules On Payday Lenders

    10.06 / 18:21 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Many payday lenders could go out of business if rules made final this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau go into effect. But the changes face stiff headwinds from Republicans in Congress. One new rule would require payday and auto title lenders to determine whether a borrower can afford to repay in full within 30 days. That could thwart a business model that consumer advocates say relies on the rollover of unpaid loans with the accumulation of exorbitant fees and interest…
  12. TGIF: 21 Things To Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

    10.06 / 18:21 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    The fall campaign announcement season is here, bringing us closer to a new year bursting with political storylines. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome , and you can follow me through the week on the twitters . Here we go. 1. On Tuesday, during an appearance at Brown University's Watson Institute, Gov. Gina Raimondo lamented the fracturing of the media landscape -- and how that makes it harder to get her message out. She made some critical remarks about…
  13. How Monopoly Man Won The Internet

    10.06 / 18:21 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Monopoly Man became the Internet crush of the day on Wednesday, after upstaging former Equifax CEO Richard Smith at a Senate hearing on the company's massive data breach. The board game character, whose name is Rich Uncle Pennybags, was brought to life by Amanda Werner, an arbitration campaign manager for Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform, groups that advocate for consumer rights and protections. Almost immediately, the monocle, mustache, top hat, pillowcase-sized bag of…
  14. Deadly Tropical Storm Nate Threatens U.S. Gulf Coast

    10.06 / 18:21 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Tropical Storm Nate was gathering force in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea on Friday as it made its way toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, which was bracing for a potential direct hit Sunday. The storm has already unleashed heavy rain and flooding over parts of Central America, where several people have died. In Nicaragua, the death toll reached at least 11 on Thursday, while thousands of people had to evacuate their homes and several others were reported missing, according to Vice President…
  15. Puerto Rico's 'Singing Newspapers' Tell A Story Of Resilience

    10.06 / 15:44 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Since Hurricane Maria, people in Puerto Rico have been without easy access to electricity, clean drinking water, or food. Many are still staying in shelters; some are living in the ruins of their homes. The once-lush green trees were stripped bare and uprooted. But all is not lost. There are two quintessential Puerto Rican sounds that survived: One is the plaintive song of the tiny coqui frog. The other is the improvised Afro-Puerto Rican call-and-response musical tradition known as Plena.…
  16. Trump Guts Requirement That Employer Health Plans Pay For Birth Control

    10.06 / 15:44 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    The Trump administration is rolling back the Obama-era requirement that employer-provided health insurance policies cover birth control methods at no cost to women. According to senior officials with the Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the new rule is to allow any company or nonprofit group to exclude the coverage for contraception if it has a religious or moral objection. "This provides an exemption and it's a limited one," said Roger Severino , director of the HHS…
  17. Firm Behind 'Fearless Girl' Statue Underpaid Female, Black Execs, U.S. Says

    10.06 / 15:44 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    The State Street Corporation, a financial services company that put the "Fearless Girl" statue on Wall Street to promote the importance of women working in corporate leadership roles, will pay $5 million after an investigation found that it underpaid female and black executives. The company denies any wrongdoing, but will pay as part of a settlement with the Department of Labor. Law360 reported on the payout earlier this week , and Bloomberg posted the text of the conciliation agreement…
  18. Bob Kerr: Looking Back On Vietnam

    10.06 / 15:44 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Columnist Bob Kerr spent a year in Vietnam as a combat correspondent with the marines. He’s been processing the experience ever since, and trying to figure out where it all fits in. And after watching the 10-part film “The Vietnam War” on PBS he is still wonde…
  19. U.S. Jobs Dropped By 33,000 In September, Likely Due To Storms

    10.06 / 15:44 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    The U.S. economy shed 33,000 jobs in September, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while unemployment fell to 4.2 percent. The September payrolls drop broke a nearly seven-year streak of continuous job gains, but economists caution that the drop is likely representing the short-term consequences of bad weather, not a long-term shift in the job market. Before this report, the economy had added an average of about 175,000 jobs per month; the unemployment rate…
  20. Militia Defendant Wants Cliven Bundy Trial Postponed After Las Vegas Massacre

    10.06 / 11:49 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    A federal judge in Las Vegas on Friday will consider a motion to delay the start of next week's high profile trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his militia associates. In two motions filed by one of the defendants in the 2014 Bunkerville armed standoff this week, the court-appointed attorneys for militia sympathizer Ryan Payne argue that the trial should be delayed in light of Sunday's shooting rampage in Las Vegas at a country music concert that left 59 dead and almost 500 injured.…