State of the State Communications


State of the State Communications is a non-profit corporation

in the state of Rhode Island. Its general purpose is to educate and

to promote, in a non-partisan manner, the civic awareness of the

general public; to promote greater civic participation and

the exercise of political citizenship through the production and

broadcast of its television show - "State of the State" - which 

has been continuously produced and broadcast on public

access television since 1991.

Television Broadcast Information:

This broadcast information pertains only to Rhode Island public access television broadcast.

All programs can be viewed any time at your convenience on the online video channel http://vimeo.com/channels/365354

 

Broadcast times and channels

Saturday, at 7:00 PM on Cox channel 13, Verizon channel 32, and Full Channel 9

Sunday, at 8:00 AM on Cox channel 13, Verizon channel 32, and Full Channel 9

Monday, at 9:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9

Wednesday, at 5:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9 

Thursday, at 9:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9

Note: Cox channel 18 is broadcast locally in Kent County only, which includes Coventry; East Greenwich; Exeter; North Kingstown; Warwick; West Greenwich and West Warwick. 

              Verizon channel 31 is broadcast locally except in Barrington, Bristol, Warren, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, and Tiverton.

 

See below for specific CURRENT and UPCOMING  program broadcast information. 

 
ARCHIVED programs follow current and upcoming listings.
If you are not able to find a particular archived show here, please visit our online video channel. Archived programs have been broadcast on Rhode Island public access television channels and can be viewed online at your convenience on the State of the State RI channel on Vimeo.com. To view archived videos, go to http://vimeo.com/channels/365354

 

To view broadcast information: scroll down for current and upcoming programs.


To view a particular program: click on the image or the link.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Television broadcast dates, times and channels

Saturday, July 27 + Aug 3, 10 at 7:00 PM on Cox channel 13, Verizon channel 32, and Full Channel 9

Sunday, July 27 + Aug 4, 11 at 8:00 AM on Cox channel 13, Verizon channel 32, and Full Channel 9

Monday, July 29 + Aug 5, 12 at 9:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9

Wednesday, July 31 + Aug 7, 14 at 5:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9

Thursday, Aug 1, 8, 15 at 9:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9

 

Production: Senior Agenda Coalition of R.I. at Work (7-22-24)

Guests: Maureen Maigret, Policy Advisor, Senior Agenda Coalition of R.I.,          

   Diane Santos, Board Chair of the Senior Agenda Coalition of R.I., Senior Agenda Coalition of Rhode Island      

Host: Richard August          Time: 60 mins

Description: Guests Maigret and Santos introduce us to Senior Agenda Coalition of R.I. They discuss its origins and its place and work today on behalf of senior citizens in Rhode Island.  The organization’s work broadly includes communication, public education, advocacy, and legislative action. Guests discussion of these broad categories includes but is not limited to the following: the graying of our population and it’s value; its needs and struggles like health care, nursing home care, home care, Social Security, Medicare and much more; and what their agency has done to address these matters. NOTE: The agency shall sponsor a Conference on October 9th entitled “A Bridge to a Secure Future” at Crown Plaza which is open to the public.

 

Video channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/988993879

 

YouTube: https://youtu.be/Z5EYfh10cRs

ARCHIVED PROGRAMS FOLLOW:

Presidential Debate; Issues Facing Candidates and Nation; Wars in Ukraine, Israel, Etc. (6-24-24)

Guest: Richard August        

Host: John Carlevale          Time: 60 mins

Description: Our guest Richard August is a student of history and politics. He shares his views and concerns regarding the upcoming presidential election and the many issues and concerns facing the next president. Among these are the presidential candidates themselves; the matters they will face and grapple with upon being elected; the impact of these matters on the nation and its citizens; the escalation of the wars in Ukraine, Israel, and elsewhere; and the increasing role of and its cost to the USA and its citizens.  

 

Video channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/967828586

Megan Reilly Candidate for NK School Committee (6-10-24)

Guest: Megan Reilly, Candidate for N. Kingstown School Committee, meg4nksc@gmail.com   www.meg4nksc.com   

Host: Richard August          Time: 30 mins

Description: Megan Reilly, a teacher and mother of children in North Kingstown schools has been an active citizen, especially in regards to the town’s school system, which has been plagued with many problems. The school system currently has a new superintendent and administrative staff and seems be making progress. Reilly discusses the many problems, issues and concerns of the past and her purpose and optimism for the future. With her experience and involvement to date, she has decided to seek election to the N.K School Committee.

 

Video channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/956603851

Ukraine and Russia at War: Historical Notes and War Notes (6-10-24)

Guest: Richard August, State of the State Host and Guest,

Host: John Carlevale          Time: 30 minutes

Description: Richard August discusses the current Ukraine and Russian war and offers many historical notes and current war notes with the hope that it will aid our understanding of how this came about and what are the implications for present and future. The history of this dates back to the end of World War One with many diverse influences and changes over the years. The results of which are the present circumstance. As August talks us through history, it helps to remind us that there are many different sources of information and interest which we are challenged to understand.

 

Video channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/956613291

RI League of Cities and Towns, Topic: Legislative Concerns (5-28-24)

Guest: Ernie Almonte, Executive Director, RI League of Cities and Towns, www.rileague.org  

Host: Richard August          Time: 30 mins

Description: Almonte discuses a variety of legislation bills currently before the RI General Assembly which will directly affect city and town taxpayers. Almost all are unfunded mandates imposed upon RI City and Towns which cause financial distress on local governments. Bills discussed included Policeman’s Bill of Rights; Injured While on Duty Benefits; need for a State Presumptive Fund; Employees with Hypertension; city and town’s need for a fiscal note performed by legislature to determine the cost a particular mandates; state and local pensions. The details are import; be sure to watch.

 

Video channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/951636024

Israel – Hamas War, Topic: Information Sources Influence What We Know (5-28-24)

Guest: Richard August

Host: John Carlevale          Time: 30 minutes

Description: August is a disciplined interviewer and seeks to know the truth as best he can. As a guest, he is equally disciplined about his discussion of recent demonstrations at Colleges and a variety of claims made by various sources. Such claims: the term Palestinian is made up; Oct 7 attack by Hamas was a surprise; Israel is simply “defending itself”; Israel has laid siege to Gaza; Israel accused of war crimes and genocide; labeling based on one’s view of matters; Israel is USA’s only Ally in the region; Israel’s response to 300 drone and missiles attack was a disproportionate response; variations in terrorist slaughter rate.

 

Video channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/951640538

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Topic: Vision and Current Roll Out of 988 in RI (5-13-24)

Guests: Karen Jeffreys, Horizon Health Care Partners, www.hhpartners.org

              Beth Lamarre, Executive Director, NAMI Rhode Islandhttp://www.namirhodeisland.org                     

Host: Susan Orban, LICSW, Director, Washington County Coalition for Children

Time: 30 mins

Description: 988 is the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Rhode Island is part of this national effort to provide immediate contact and help to persons in need. Host and guests discuss the vision and current roll out of 988 in RI. Both guests and their organizations are involved in implementing and promoting the 988 effort in RI. The 988 system aims to provide a responsive hotline, a mobile crisis response, and a safe place to be to insure that mental health service is provided when it is most needed (at a time of crisis). Our guests share the details of their success to date and their hopes for the future.

 

Video channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/946238009

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Topic: Gun Ownership and Mental Health Management (5-13-24)

Guest: Brenda Jacobs. RI Revolver & Rifle Assoc., Secretary and Lobbyist, Certified firearm instructor

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo          Time: 30 minutes

Description: Our guest Brenda Jacobs is a gun owner and actively involved in the concerns facing some gun owners and non-gun owners both nationally and locally. Mental health is one of these concerns. She shares with us the concerns that she and many gun owners have about the effect that some gun laws have on individuals who may be in need of mental health services and are gun owners themselves. For example, when a gun is taken away because someone has labeled the gun owner as a threat to himself or others, there is often no appeal process for the gun owner. Jacobs points out many other circumstances which impede the access to mental health services for gun owners.

 

Video channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/946247346


Production One: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Topic: Youth Mobile Crisis Services (4-22-24)

Guests: Beth A. Bixby, MSW, LICSW, Chief Executive Officer, Tides Family Services, http://www.tidesfs.org    

             Sarah Kelly-Palmer, LIC SW, Chief of Behavioral Health, Family Service of RI, http://www.familyserviceri.org 

Host: Susan Orban, LICSW, Director, Washington County Coalition for Children

Time: 30 mins

Description: Our Guests Bixby and Kelly-Palmer and their respective agencies are not only primary providers of youth mobile crisis services but also collaborators. Yes, they are intentionally working together to maximize their effectiveness in providing the mental health services needed by their youth clients and their parents. Their partnership has been effective as evidences by their success rate in meeting the needs of their clientele. This service responds immediately to youth in need and it makes connection promptly to provide helpful service. This is an exceptional operational model that is likely to be replicated in RI.

 

Video channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/938282825 


Production Two: May Is Dental Care Awareness Month

Topic: Dentist Shortage in Rhode Island (4-22-24)

Guest: Aaron Guckian, Executive Director, RI Dental Association, aguckian@ridental.org, www.ridental.org   

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Time: 30 minutes

Description: Guckian discusses a number of factors contributing to a rising shortage of dentist in Rhode Island. This fact alone has consequences for people in need of dental service. They cannot access the dental services needed. Children have been especially impacted. Our guest identifies a number of contributing factors, which if addressed properly would improve conditions for dentist and other dental personnel, but most importantly for people in need of dental services. Guckian explicitly identifies what needs to be done and who/what needs to be involved to get it done.

 

Video channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/938288067

 

Block Discusses His Book “Disproven,” Part One.

Guest: Ken Block, Author and political activist  

Host: John Carlevale    

Time: 30 mins

Description: Ken Block explains how he was recruited by the Donald Trump Campaign to research a handful of swing states to find evidence of fraudulent votes…. Block’s search turned into a much broader search and it eventually prompted this realization from him:” I did not know how finding so little would lead to so much.” He talks about the many factors and differences in how voting is handled in some state and within some states and the challenges these presented to him as he did his research. These challenges lead him to this conclusion: “Our elections are in fact rigged and unfair. Not because of voter fraud… Our elections are rigged because the playing field on which our elections are conducted is not level for all.” This latter concern shall be the discussion of Part Two and needed remedies.

 

Video channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/932599681

McKay Discusses His Candidacy for US Senate

Guest: Ray McKay, Candidate for US Senate, mckayforussenate.com  

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Time: 30 minutes

Description: Ray McKay introduces himself to Host D’Arezzo and our viewers. He begins with his interest in politics at an early age and his experience supporting other candidates who have a similar political perspective. Retirement has offered him an opportunity to seek elective office at this time. He is particularly concerned about the current political climate in the USA and the needs of many Americans, especially the elderly, whose needs are not being adequately met. A few of his related concerns are the national economy, which is using money in the wrong places. Social Security is a concern because the elderly population is growing exponentially. Green energy is important but it is not the complete solution. New nuclear plants are safer and should be a part of the energy solution.

 

Video channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/932614895



Questions and Concerns: RIDEM Leased Land in Galilee, RI (3/25/24)

Guest: Albert Alba, PhD., Concerned Citizen

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo             

Time: 30 mins

Description: Guest Alba describes a saga, yet to be resolved, occurring between concerned citizens of Galilee, Narragansett town officials, RI State agencies, and private business interest. The center of concern is the Lighthouse Inn and adjacent property.  At the heart of this struggle is local control of property and how it is to be used; “Home Rule” issues of the Town; the role of RIDEM and the Attorney General’s Office; private business entities; and others who have concerns relating to preserving and protecting the particular land area involved. Alba describes stalemate after stalemate of attempts to resolve the issues of local concerned citizens and a resulting increase of local support of their efforts.

 

REVISED Video channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/927595626

Journalist Snizek Updates Status of Israel/Gaza and Ukraine Wars, Part Four (3/11/24)

Guest: Rick Snizek, Executive Editor, Rhode Island Catholic, www.thericatholic.com   

Host: Richard August               Time: 30 mins

Description: Host August discusses with guest Snizek events and concerns which have occurred since Snizek’s last visit to Gaza. He shares conversations had with people he has come to know from previous visits. Some are Palestinian Christians, some military personnel, etc. Some of their accounts are optimistic, some not. There is a common feeling of confusion about the motives and purpose of these wars. Host and guest discuss these variations more explicitly from a number of different viewpoints/sources, which makes for an interesting thirty minutes.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/922495278

Women for Gun Rights and Women Rights (3/11/24)

Guests: Michelle Camara, 2nd Amendment advocate, RI Delegate of Women for Gun Rights

              Brenda Jacobs, Lobbyist, Certified firearm instructor, Gun rights advocate

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo           Time: 30 mins

Description: Guests Camara and Jacobs discuss a variety of topics related to gun rights and women rights and their involvement in encouraging women to participate and become involved in the political process. In reviewing a report on firearm charges in Rhode Island, they discover many cases are still in litigation or have been pleaded out or dismissed. Many of these cases are domestic abuse cases of women. They also discuss gun legislation laws in R.I. and note how nomenclature has been used to imply that all guns are “weapons of war” or nearly so. They have also observed that many legislators have preconceived outcomes and unwilling to learn from gun rights advocates.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/922454863 

Discussion of Pending Gun Control Legislation, Part Two (2/26/24)

Guest: Rep. Mike Chippendale, Minority Leader

Host: Richard August               

Time: 30 mins

Description: Rep. Chippendale offers a view of pending gun control legislation from a conservative perspective rooted in the US Constitution’s Second Amendment and common sense. What is the purpose of such legislation and what is it intended to do and what has actually been the effects or outcomes? These are questions which enter one’s thoughts as Chippendale offers his perspective and becomes apparent when he offers answers to such considerations. A wide range of proposed legislation with varying purposes is discussed by a well-informed guest and host.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/917187411  

Niyoka Powell for RI Senate, D 1 (2/26/24)

Guest: Niyoka Powell, Candidate for RI Senate, D 1, npowellsdi@gmail.com

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Time: 30 mins

Description: Our guest Niyoka Powell came to America as a young child from Jamaica. Some of her family members are rooted in Jamaica, some in England and some in the USA. She is a well-educated individual, mother, nurse, civic volunteer and recently a candidate for elective office. She offers candid comparisons of the different cultures which have influenced and shaped the person she has become. Her life as an America has influenced her interest in politics along with her career as a human service professional and volunteer. She is interesting and very likeable. See for yourself.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/917191726 

Rep. Jason Knight on Gun Control Legislation (2/12/24)

Guest: Rep. Jason Knight, rep-Knight@rilegislature.gov

Host: Richard August               Time: 30 mins

Description: Rep. Knight and other legislators from other states met with VP Harris at the Office of Gun Violence Prevention to discuss legislation to be introduced in various states to address gun violence prevention. Guest Knight and Host August discuss the intent and strategies of such legislation and also look back at previous efforts and discuss their relative success and failure. The discussion is informative and not one sided. This interview includes an interesting discussion about which attributes make an automatic rifle; and much more.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/912656239

History of N. Providence Basketball Summer League (and more) (2/12/24)

Guest: Len Cabral, Author, storyteller and social activist, lencabral@gmail.com

www.lencabral.com Connecting Cultures Through Stories

Host: Darlene D'Arezzo          Time: 30 mins

Description: Guest Cabral is an author, story teller, and social activist. These together characterize his belief and practice that various cultures can be connected through stories, which has been his adult life’s work. But before all this, Cabral played basketball with youngsters from various cultures. Hence he talks about the History of North Providence Basketball Summer League and the in progress making of a film to document this entitled “Meet Me At The Court”. Next, Cabral talks about another devotion of his and offers a brief history of Providence Inner City Arts.  And of course, the interview closes with Len sharing and telling a story.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/912659929 

Patricia Morgan Candidate for US Senate, Part Two (1/22/24)

Guest: Patricia Morgan, Candidate for US Senate, www.PatriciaMorgan.com 

HOST: Darlene D'Arezzo         Time: 30 mins

Description: Morgan discusses legislation she shall submit to address home-owner affordable housing, which is very different than the current approach to housing affordability and shortages. Electricity cost can be lowered and better meet the demands presently and in the future by using the new nuclear energy generation systems. RI has hired outside private agency (aka, Erick System) to manage voter rolls, etc. As personal information is involved, Morgan will submit legislation to make this process a government task, not a private corporation. Morgan believes there should be a One Day Holiday for voting; opposes the governor’s plan to eliminate gas car purchase in RI by 2035; and much more.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/905720983 

Proposed Changes to RI Election Laws and More (1/22/24)

Guest: Gregg Amore, R.I. Secretary of State, www.secretaryamore@sos.ri.gov

Host: Richard August               Time: 30 mins

Description: Discussion begins with the propose project to build a facility to house RI’s current and dispersed archives. Focus shifts to proposed changes to RI election laws and processes, which includes changes to candidate declaration date, nomination papers gathering and primary election dates, all regarded as significant improvements as these changes establish earlier times to declare and longer time to gather nomination papers and to have them verified. Discussion touches upon establishing civic education in all schools. Other topics include voter rolls; mail in ballots, security of ballot boxes; same day registration and voting; open primary, rank choice voting and more.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/905709448

Patricia Morgan Candidate for US Senate, Part One (1/8/24)

Guest: Patricia Morgan, Candidate for US Senate,

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo              Time: 30 mins

Description: Candidate Morgan discusses the role of government and its effect on our lives. She shares her personal history and why she decided to seek elective office, first at the local level and now for US Senate. She talks about a number of important issues and concerns: Critical Race Theory in public schools; the need for an Inspector General in RI; the excessive cost of the Viaduct in Providence and now the Washington Bridge structural failure; US debt level of $34 trillion; climate agenda cost; new nuclear generators; and more.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/901513985

A Look Back to 2023 and A Look Forward to 2024 (1/8/24)

Guests: Richard August, State of the State Host and Coproducer

              Mike Stenhouse, CEO of RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Host: John Carlevale                 Time: 60 mins

Description: During this annual look back (to 2023) and look forward (to 2024), guests August and Stenhouse discuss a variety of matters including but not limited to the following:  2023 RI special election in Congressional District 1; volume of legislation proposed in RI general assembly; RI budget; RI economy; upcoming national elections; candidates Biden and Trump; effect of judicial system on elections; US southern border; Ukraine war; Israel war; US relationship with Iran; and much more between.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/901234245 

Israel and Gaza, Part 3 Photos 12-11-2023 
This video is Part 3 of the trip to Israel and Gaza taken by Journalist Rick Snizek. It is a collection of photos taken by him during his trip immediately after the terrorist attack of Oct. 7, 2023. It is approximately 7 minutes in duration.

Click the link below to view. 


Israel/Gaza, Part Two: Events Following the Terrorist Attack of Oct 7 (12/11/23)

Guest: Rick Snizek, Executive Editor, Rhode Island Catholic, www.thericatholic.com

Host: Richard August                Time: 30 mins

Description: In Part Two, Journalist Snizek traveled to various locations throughout Israel and Gaza. He viewed various locations and met a variety of people. His descriptions of both are interesting and educational. Example: His impression of Palestinians is that most are not the terrorist. They simply want to live in peace, be safe and care for their families. They are held captive by the militant faction, which is small in number but very powerful. Snizek also comments that local reporting can differ very much from IDF reports. So it can be difficult to determine where the truth lies. And there is so much more he shared with Host August. .

Please note: Catholic Near East Welfare Association so people can donate. The website is: cnewa.org. Thank you.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/895519094

The Vietnam War, Part Two: Implications for Other US Interventions (12/11/23)

Guest: Reggie Centracchio, Adjutant General, R.I. National Guard, Retired

Host: Richard August                Time: 30 mins

Description: General Centracchio brings to bear his military experience more full in Part Two. Both he and Host August talk about various military strategies over time and referencing different military engagements over time. Their impressions are likely to confirm those of many of our viewers. Centracchio’s account of how the National Guard’s role has changed significantly over time is interesting and educational, especially in regard to the National Guard having allegiance to two heads of state-the US President and a State Governor.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/895511476 

The Vietnam War, Part One (12/11/23)

Guests: Reggie Centracchio, Adjutant General, R.I. National Guard, Retired

               Francis Flaherty, Associate Justice, R.I. Supreme Court, Retired

Host: Richard August                Time: 30 mins

Description: Host August begins the discussion with an overview and synopsis of the Vietnam War. Guests Centracchio and Flaherty recall their personal experiences as participants during the war and measure those experiences today against their subsequent experiences as professionals and as more experienced men. Their insights suggest that some aspects of war have changed significantly while others unfortunately have not. The particulars of this discussion and recollections are often emotional and philosophic.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/893818740

Israel and Gaza, Part 1: Recent Experience in Israel and Gaza Following the Terrorist Attack (12/11/23)

Guest: Rick Snizek, Executive Editor, Rhode Island Catholic, www.thericatholic.com

Host: Richard August                Time: 30 mins

Description: Journalist Snizek traveled to Israel and Gaza to get some first-hand experience and insights. What he experienced in the few days he was there were extreme and challenging within any given day and any given moment. This was so far from any experience he has had as a citizen in the USA. His first day, just 45 minutes after arriving there was an alarm sounding, followed by people running to shelter and seconds after rockets could be seen and subsequently shot down by Israel’s defense system. And there is so much more he shared with Host August. 

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/893825541 

A Holiday Special Featuring the Aristocats. Enjoy!

Aristocats, reconfigured (11-22-21)

Aristocats band members:
          Lloyd Kaplan, Leader, saxophone, clarinet, vocals; Joe Holtzman, drum; Stan Holtzman, keyboard; Dennis Pratt, bass, vocals
Host: John Carlevale

After two years of not performing music due to the Covid19 pandemic and the death of band member Nat Piccirilli, the Aristocats have regrouped and reconfigured. They are performing once again. We meet the newest member of the band and reconnect with former members. They perform some of greatest songs by some of the most famous writers of music. This special production is dedicated in memory of Nat Piccirilli, who appears at the end in a brief video of his last performance on State of the State at age 97.


The Big River Reservoir Project (10/23/23)

Guests: Keven Breene, West Greenwich Town Administrator

              Victor Moffitt, Author - Eminent Domain Violated in Rhode Island,

Host: Richard August                Time: 30 mins

Description: The beginning of this topic of discussion began nearly 65 years ago and continues today. Why? The proposed Big River Reservoir was determined that it would not hold water by the Army Corp of Engineer’s Geologic Survey and thus was never built. Nevertheless, many other uses have been proposed over the years including the most recent idea which is discussed by the guests in this interview. Guests assert that this current suggested use is not legal under Eminent Domain Law and they propose that the property be returned to its original owners or their family survivors.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/877619264 

School Construction Bonds (10/23/23)

Guests: Lisa Daft, Barrington resident, Holly Quinn, North Kingstown resident, and 

        Rickey Thompson, North Kingstown resident

Host: Jessica Drew Day                        Time: 30 mins

Description: Rhode Island cities and towns have been offered incentives by the State to build new school buildings through the bonding process. Our guests (and they are not alone) believe that this is not a good idea for a number of cities and towns. They share their concerns; point out some pitfalls; offer alternative approaches to new and costly construction and costly bonding, among other matters discussed. Guests and host encourage viewers to find out what plans their city or town is planning and what the impact may be in terms of costs to their community and to individual property taxes. For more information contact: jessicadrewday@gmail.com or www.nkmegabond.org

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/877632498 

Gabe Amo for US Congress (10/10/23)

GuestGabe Amo, Candidate for US Congress, www.gabeamo.com

Host: Richard August                Time: 30 mins

Description: Candidate Amo discusses a few topics which highlight his campaign. He discusses his pledge to ban assault weapons and addressing the role mental health plays; supports Red Flag Laws; protecting Social Security and indexing cost of living adjustment to factors impacting; codify Roe vs Wade nationally; climate change; voting rights; immigration law needs a comprehensive over-hall. He supports term limits for Congress and Supreme Court.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/873289842

Analysis of Special Primary Election for US House D1 (9/11/23)

Guest: Mike Stenhouse, CEO RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity, https://rifreedom.org/

Host: Richard August                Time: 58 mins

Description: This show focuses on the results of the special primary election for US Congress D1. Guest and Host share their analysis of the results and their implications for the upcoming special general election. They discuss a variety of related topics including but not limited to the following: the cross over vote; use of false narratives; individual candidate results and the emergence of the party winners Gabe Amo (D) and Gerry Leonard (R); core values and strategies employed by the candidates and their respective political parties; and more. The interview ends with a discussion of national matters and concerns.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/863591602 

Spencer Dickinson for US Congress (8/21/23)

Guest: Spencer Dickinson, Candidate for US Congress, www.spencerdickinson.com  

Host: Richard August                Time: 30 mins

Description: Candidate Dickinson, a moderate Democrat has some major concerns which have contributed to his candidacy. They include but are not limited to the following: reform of the state and municipal pension systems (the last effort “stole” money from pensioners); solving the gun violence problem where it originates at criminal behavior and mental health concerns; solving problems at the border begin with closing the border first and foremost and fixing and enforcing immigration law/rules; student loan forgiveness does not work and is unfair; he supports parental rights in schools and elsewhere.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/856802784 

Stephen Casey for US Congress (8/21/23)

Guest: Stephen Casey, Candidate for US Congress, www.caseyforcongressri.com           

Host: Richard August                Time: 30 mins

Description: Candidate Casey, a moderate Democrat explains his position on various issues and concerns. He supports driver license for undocumented as a path to citizenship; border practices have become misguided and need correction; supports a national abortion rights initiative but is against late term or partial birth abortion; supports 2nd Amendment; gun laws should focus on illegal guns and practices; climate change is an issue which needs infrastructure policy; “Medicare for All” efforts have not worked but other measures are needed like controlling drug cost; he does not support student loan forgiveness-it is a maturity and responsibility issue; supports parent rights….

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/856808683 

Aaron Regunberg for US Congress (8/7/23)

Guest: Aaron Regunberg, Candidate for US Congress, aaron@aaronregunberg.com       

Host: Richard August                Time: 30 mins

Description: Candidate Regunberg describes himself as a progressive Democrat and shares his view of what this means to him. The recent finding of false signatures on the campaign nomination papers of Sabinal Matos raises his concerns that this incident may discourage voters and their confidence in the voting process. Other important topics relating to his campaign and standing on various issues are discussed with Host August and these make for interesting discussions. The interview ends with Regunber talking directly to the viewing audience. 


Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/852697119 

Dare to Dream Ranch: Recent Growth and Development (8/7/23)

Guest: Karen Dalton, Founder and Executive VP, Dare to Dream Ranch, www.daretodreamranch.org

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo              Time: 30 mins

Description: Dalton updates us on the more recent improvements, growth and development of the Dare to Dream Ranch, which offers a variety of activities and experiences for military veterans and their family members. These experiences are offered for fun and enjoyment and to promote emotional and mental health growth and development. Some of the many experiences offered are equine facilitated coaching; gardening; fly fishing; woodworking; bee keeping; farming; military development; and more have mental health benefit and are at no cost to clients. 

Upcoming Gala Event is September 16th at the Crown Plaza in Warwick, RI.


Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/852703845  

A Review of Legislative Session and the Integrity of Elections (7/24/23)

GuestMike Chippendale, Representative and House Minority Leader

Host: Richard August

Description: The recent discovery of fraudulent signatures gathered in the Sabina Matos campaign prompted a discussion of other implications regarding the integrity of elections in Rhode Island and the views and concerns of the legitimate voting public. Subsequently, discussion turned to a review of the recently ended legislative session. The increase in the RI budget was explained with concerns for the future following. Leader Chippendale was especially pleased with the improved working relationship between the two political parties, especially relating to the budget and some important legislative matters.


Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/848440725 

A Twelve-Year Retrospective (7/24/23)

Commentator: Richard August

Description: Host and commentator for this show, August discusses how attitudes, values, political shifts and much more have changed during the past twelve years. His concerns are shared by many Rhode Islanders who have become progressively disenfranchised in many varied ways. Some have given up but August points out that this is no solution. Rather he encourages and believes that greater involvement in community and greater exercise of their political citizenship is the solution. The producers of State of the State encourage greater participation of different points of view on this show and welcome all views. This is our stated purpose and commitment.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/848443083

Production One: Baseball to Politics and Much Between (7/10/23)

Guest: Mike Stenhouse, CEO RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity, https://rifreedom.org/

Host: Richard August

Description: Guest and host talk baseball to politics and much between. The between includes driver permits for undocumented immigrants; state budget of $14 billion; affordable housing and related homelessness; access to shoreline vs. private property ownership; and gun control legislation. On the national front: 1st Congressional seat candidates; open boarders; a voting season vs. Election Day voting; US budget deficit vs. national debt; declining approval ratings of incumbent national leaders (puzzling).  


Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/844401580

School Safety (6/26/23)

Guests: Tim Colgan, former Captain Warwick Police Dept. member of School Safety Now  

              Kevin McCormick, SVP Global Sales and Marketing for Campus Safety Products    

Host: Richard August

Description: School Safety Now recently started in Rhode Island in response to increase in school shooting nationwide and the need for better school safety locally. Tim Colgan is a retired police Captain and Keven McCormick is involved in providing school safety products nationwide. Both believe that school safety is best achieved with adequately trained security officers. Polices officers are best suited because their training is ongoing and trained to function under duress. Cost of police officers in schools should be provided by the State not by already burdened municipalities.


Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/840184926

Civic Education and Ecubed Justice League (6/26/23)

Guest: John Healy, RI Civic Education Teacher of the Year       

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description: John Healy is the first teacher to be recognized as the RI Civic Education Teacher of the Year. He talks about his teaching, his school and especially his students, who became active participants in their school’s Ecubed Justice League project. Healy took his students through the legislative process and students eventually were able to have introduced a bill in the R.I. general assembly regarding student mental health needs. The focus of this bill was based on student needs relating to their mental health. The bill was held for further study.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/840188439

June 12-Women’s Veterans Day (6/12/23)

Guest: Mary Goff, Military Nurse Veteran      Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description: This show celebrates Women’s Veterans Day and the 75th anniversary of Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. We also celebrate our guest Mary Goff, Military Nurse Veteran, for her service and her experiences which she shares with us during this interview. Her service began at age 22 in Japan where she and other medical personnel received wounded military persons from Vietnam. She shares her journey as a nurse and her realization at age 55 that she too suffered PTSD-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder- a common result of war experience. Her experience with PTSD motivated her to become an advocate for others with this condition and to help them to tell their own personal stories. 


Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/835786574

This interview is part of a series of interviews in support of May is Mental Health Awareness Month 2023.

 

RI Children’s System of Care Activities (5-8-23)

Guests: Marti Rosenberg, Director of Policy, Planning, and Research at EOHHS

              Ana Novais, Acting Secretary at EOHHS

                        EOHHS: The Executive Office of Health and Human Services, https://eohhs.ri.gov   

Host: Susan Orban, Director at Washington County Coalition for Children, wccc@washcokids.org  

Description: EOHHS is engaged in creating a broad and effective comprehensive system of care for both people who are served directly by state agencies and those who are outside of state services but are nevertheless in need of such services. This interview focuses on children’s mental health system of care services. Guests discuss a wide array of services and concerns, which include prevention, crisis, expanding the service array (beyond DCYF clientele), care management, family care partnerships, residential and outside care, Many other concerns and challenges are mentioned along with what is hoped to be achieved.

 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/825213437

This interview is part of a series of interviews in support of May is Mental Health Awareness Month 2023.


Women in the Military and Mental Health Issues (5-8-23)

Guest: Melanie Costa, Certified Peer Support Specialist at Providence VA Medical Center          Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description: Costa talks of her military experience beginning in the Marine Corps and later in the Army Reserve. Both took her to places outside of her home in Rhode Island. She had to adjust to not only different environments but also to different cultures with strongly imbedded hostility toward and lack of trust of others. While serving in the military, one particular experience gravely affected her mental health and sense of wellbeing. She was sexual abuse by a military officer. Costa candidly describes this experience, confronted her shame, found help, which helped returned her to better mental health.

 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/825216846


Television broadcast dates, times and channels

Saturday, May 27 + Jun 3 at 7:00 PM on Cox channel 13, Verizon channel 32, and Full Channel 9

Sunday, May 28 + Jun 4 at 8:00 AM on Cox channel 13, Verizon channel 32, and Full Channel 9

Monday, May 29 + Jun 5 at 9:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9

Wednesday, May 31 + Jun 7 at 5:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31

Thursday, Jun 1 +8 at 9:00 PM on Cox channel 18, Verizon channel 31, and Full Channel 9

 

These two interviews are part of a series of interviews in support of

May is Mental Health Awareness Month 2023.

 

Production One: Legislative Actions to Address RI’s Youth Mental Health Crisis (5-22-23)

Guests: Senator Alana DiMario, RI Senate, District 36

            Representative Teresa Ann Tanzi, RI House, District 34

Host: Susan Orban, Director at Washington County Coalition for Children, wccc@washcokids.org

Description: The RI system of care for children is complicated, with many state agencies involved. Some child advocates would also add that this system lacks leadership and is comprised of differing systems of care. These systems lack parity as related to insurance coverage, with wide variations among various plans. The mental health workforce is insufficient to meet current needs. Our two guests are legislators who have been working diligently to improve services of care for children. Their efforts are noteworthy.

 

          Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/829405646 


Production Two: Sojourner House Strives to Meet Community Mental Health Needs (5-22-23)

Guest: Vanessa Volz, Executive Director, Sojourner House, www.sojournerri.org

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description: Sojourner Hose was established in 1976 to help meet community mental health needs. The hotline was the initial service. Executive Director Volz describes how the agency has grown and diversified to offer various services. Currently a large part of services address domestic violence, housing needs, temporary shelter, immigration services, work with and on behalf of children and much more. For more information visit www.sojournerri.org

 

          Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/829401787


This interview is part of a series of interviews in support of May is Mental Health Awareness Month 2023

 

Legislative Actions to Address RI’s Youth Mental Health Crisis (5-22-23)

Guests: Senator Alana DiMario, RI Senate, District 36      Representative Teresa Ann Tanzi, RI House, District 34  

Host: Susan Orban, Director at Washington County Coalition for Children, wccc@washcokids.org  

Description: The RI system of care for children is complicated, with many state agencies involved. Some child advocates would also add that this system lacks leadership and is comprised of differing systems of care. These systems lack parity as related to insurance coverage, with wide variations among various plans. The mental health workforce is insufficient to meet current needs. Our two guests are legislators who have been working diligently to improve services of care for children. Their efforts are noteworthy.

 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/829405646

This interview is part of a series of interviews in support of May is Mental Health Awareness Month 2023

 

Sojourner House Strives to Meet Community Mental Health Needs (5-22-23)

Guest: Vanessa Volz, Executive Director, Sojourner House, www.sojournerri.org          Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description: Sojourner Hose was established in 1976 to help meet community mental health needs. The hotline was the initial service. Executive Director Volz describes how the agency has grown and diversified to offer various services. Currently a large part of services address domestic violence, housing needs, temporary shelter, immigration services, work with and on behalf of children and much more. 

For more information visit www.sojournerri.org

 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/829454783 

This interview is the first in a series of interviews in support of May is Mental Health Awareness Month 2023.

 Promoting Mental Wellness Using The Greatest 8 Skills (2-13-23)

Guest: Ellen Flannery-Schroeder, PhD, URI; www.thegreatest8.org

Guest Host: Susan Orban, Washington County Coalition for Children

DescriptionThe Greatest 8 project is geared to helping parents to help their young children develop mental wellness skills at an early age. This is a skill set that is functional throughout the life cycle. The eight skills are foundational and are a valuable guide in helping parents, teachers and others who care for and work with children to help them promote mental health in children for life.

Visit www.thegreatest8.org for more information.

 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/799491954 

RIDE Curriculum Mandates (3-13-23)

Guest: Mike Stenhouse, CEO, RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity www.rifreedom.org

Host: Richard August

Description: Guest Stenhouse discusses RIDE curriculum mandates for social studies and history. His organization RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity sponsored a review of the curriculum. It concluded that Rhode Island’s incomplete social studies standards shortchange students by teaching radical activism instead of America’s birthright of liberty. Furthermore, history studies are missing important facts and are more a method for ideological indoctrination. Stenhouse invites viewers to visit www.rifreedom.org/action-center for more information.

 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/808023675 

Hunter Safety and Aquatic Resource Education (3-13-23)

Guest: Dana Kopec, Technical Assistant, Aquatic Resource and Hunter Safety Education, www.dem.ri.gov          

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description: Kopec specifically discusses DEM’s Aquatic Resource and Hunter Safety Education Programs, which she is particularly involved in, especially the programs for women. She talks about such topics as hunter safety; standards; responsibilities; different season for various types of hunting and fishing; and more. An interesting offering of the aquatic resource program is raising salmon eggs in school classrooms, where students observe egg hatching and subsequently relocate the young salmon to appropriate bodies of water in RI. For more information visit the RI Division of Fish and Wildlife.

 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/808018041 

Introducing the RI Forward Party (2-27-23)

Guests: Jim Palmisciano and Sarah R, Forward Party members, https://www.forwardparty.com.rhode_island          Host: John Carlevale

Description: From time to time a third party movement emerges at the national and/or state level. The reasons for this are discussed. The National Forward Party asserts that it “is fighting for the American people with practical, common-sense solutions. While other political parties look to divide America into different camps, the Forward Party aims to bring them together.” It further describes itself as “not left, not right, FORWARD.” Guests describe their local RI focus: Rank Choice Voting; redistricting; ballot access; bringing people together to work on common solutions; and more.

 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/803078715

Exercising Your Political Citizenship (2-27-23)

Guest: Jessica Drew-Day, Jessica@jessicaDrewDay.com          Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description: Jessica Drew-Day shares with us how she learned to begin to exercise her political citizenship. The process she engaged in helped her learn more about how Rhode Island state government works and her journey empowered her to become a candidate for the RI House of Representatives. She shares the process she went through and the things she learned in a step by step manner. Her message is simple and assuring: try it; you can do it too!

 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/803082921

A Discussion with Secretary Gregg Amore (2-13-23)

Guest: Gregg Amore, Secretary of State, www.sos.ri.gov

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description: Secretary Amore offers an overview of the areas he has begun working on. These include elections, specifically voter registration and preparation for elections; business regulation; State records and archives; State library; and enhancing the civics education function. He acknowledged being an advocate for same day voter registration at the state level as it is permitted for presidential elections. Voter registration has undergone a cleanup in removing 60 thousand inactive voters. Rank choice voting; civics curriculum; enhancing business services; building a State Archives facility were also spoken about.

 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/798877991 

Promoting Mental Wellness using The Greatest 8 Skills (2-13-23)

Guest: Ellen Schroeder, PhD, URI; www.thegreatest8.org

Guest Host: Susan Orban, Washington County Coalition for Children

Description: The Greatest 8 project is geared to helping parents to help their young children develop mental wellness skills at an early age. This is a skill set that is functional throughout the life cycle. The eight skills are foundational and are a valuable guide in helping parents, teachers and others who care for and work with children to help them promote mental health in children for life. Visit www.thegreatest8.org for more information.

 

Link to video:  https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/799491954 

ONE: RI State Police K-9 Unit and K-9 Movie Star Ruby (7/11/22)

GuestCorporal Daniel O’Neil, K-9 Unit Coordinator, RI State Police                  Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description:  Colonel O’Neil acquaints us with the K-9 Unit of the RI State Police and describes how his search and rescue dog Ruby became a star in the movie “Rescued by Ruby.” Ruby died shortly after the movie was completed. O’Neil introduces us to his current work partner, Coda who sat beside him throughout this entire interview. We learn how the K-9 unit was established, the variety of “disciplines” such as search and rescue and a newly established discipline for certain dogs “therapy/comfort.” The interview is not only enlightening, but also inspirational.

              Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/729266614

 

TWO: RI State Police Museum Foundation (6/13/22)

Guests: Ret. Lt. Kenneth Bowman, RI State Police Museum Foundation, kenbowman116@gmail.com

               Ret. Lt. James T. Beck, RI State Police Museum Foundation, dashammer@verizon.net                Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description: Guests are retired RI State Police and members of RI State Police Museum Foundation https://rispmuseum.org .

They talk about how the museum originated and the persons involved. They offered a video which provides an overview of its creation and another about Trooper O’Brien, who died while on duty during Hurricane Carol. They share not only their memories but also commentary on some favorite topics: Troopers in Uniforms on the Dave Letterman Show; Red Disk use; the unique Social Investigator Corp; the upcoming 100 year book and 2025 Centennial; the charity events hosted by the Museum Foundation; and more.

            Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/720312905 

R.I. Gun Magazine Limits Before Court (1-23-23)

Guests: Dane Ardente, Attorney with KSP Law           Host: Richard August

Description: The R.I legislature recently passed a law limiting gun magazine capacity to 10 rounds and requires that magazines larger than 10 rounds must be relinquished to the state. A group of plaintiffs asked the Federal District Court to issue a preliminary injunction/temporary restraining order so the plaintiffs could be heard in court before the law goes into effect and causes harm to gun owners. This case has many complexities and constitutional concerns, which are discussed during this interview.

 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/792187796

Economic Trends and Expectations (12/21/22)

Guest: Derek Amey, StregisPoint Investment Advisor, www.StrategicPoint.com

Host: Richard August                Time: 30 minutes

Description: Investment advisor Derek Amey discusses a variety of economic conditions and trends with reasons for these and speculations regarding what we might expect during 2023. Economic market trends, current inflation, and a future anticipated recession considerations are discussed. An historical comparison of USA national debt from @1988 to present is mind-bending. Lastly and somewhat confounding is a discussion of energy needs and sources vis-vis the move to renewal sources of energy. Can developing cleaner energy sources be accomplished without petroleum?

            Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/783662242  

Rowley’s view of current politics (12/12/22)

Guest: Travis Rowley, Host of podcast Good Men https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCumvkUv8VEGz3lD1iy37I4g 

             To subscribe to Rowley’s newsletter, use this email address: travisrowley21@gmail.com

Host: Richard August                Time: 60 minutes

Description: A broad range of topics are discussed including Donald Trump; social media; Universities; Silicon Valley; free speech; public education; private life and more and how these have been influenced by politics. The main political influences are particularly the far left liberal politics and conservative politics and their inability to reach common ground for the public good. In their tug of war over political influence, one side has become and remains dominant.  

          Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/780791456 

2022 Midterm Election Retrospective (11/12/22)
Guest: Richard August, State of the State Host and Co-producer
Host: John Carlevale                 Time: 60 minutes
Description: Guest and host discuss a wide range of topics and concerns in looking back at the 2022 election. Their discussion includes the impact of campaign advertising and strategies; a lack of candidate clarity; impact of Donald Trump in this past and the next election; the coming energy crisis; and border crisis to mention just a few. How has the new “voting season” and increased use of mail ballots effected the election process and political party candidates? Given these and other influencing factors, who is likely to be the next president and which political party is likely to benefit the most?
 
          Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/776208481

2022 Midterm Election Review (11/14/22)

Guests: Darlene D’Arezzo, State of the State Host and Co-producer

Mike Stenhouse, Host and producer of In the Dugout; CEO of RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity www.rifreedom.org

Host: John Carlevale                 Time: 60 minutes

Description: Guests and host discuss a wide range of topics and concerns in their review of factors which have influenced midterm election results. Topics included RI statewide office outcomes; top election issues nationally and locally; political party strategies; political ads; campaign money; polarization and dominance by one political party; voting procedures; and the emergence of a new third party movement and much more.

 

          Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/771214257 

Secretary of State Candidates Debate (10/24/22)

Guests: Gregg Amore, candidate for Secretary of State, www.greggforri.com

              Pat Cortelessa, candidate for Secretary of State, www.twitter.com/PatCortellessa

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo                     Time: 60 minutes

Description: Candidates Amore and Cortelessa begin by connecting their respective personal and professional experiences as these relate to the office they seek. The topics discussed include the various jurisdictional roles of the Office of Secretary of State; elections process fair and safe; their perspective regarding early voting; ballot harvesting; the shared responsibility of the Board of Election and the Secretary of State regarding elections; and many other matters betwixt and between. Toward the end, the candidates ask questions of each other. Throughout, Amore and Cortelessa maintain a respectful attitude of each other, their difference on certain matters and the process of their discussion.

 

          Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/763744585 

A Veteran’s Journey from Combat to Advocacy (10/24/22)

Guest: Captain Randell Bagwell, www.facebook.com/Bagwellfarmofri

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo                     Time: 32 minutes

Description: Captain Bagwell candidly shares his life’s journey from boyhood; his early work experience and business endeavors, his first military experience when her was injured, discharged and later rejoined for his second Navy experience. This journey included work for Electric Boat and General Dynamics; marriage and parenthood; various business endeavors; and then a return to cattle farming but this time in Rhode Island. This interesting journey began in childhood and transitioned to young adulthood, and then to combat, followed by his return to civilian life and farming in Rhode Island, to his involvement and service to other veterans.

 

          Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/763947952 

James Lathrop for General Treasurer (10/11/22)

Guest: James Lathrop, Candidate for General Treasurer, www.lathropforri.com            Host: Richard August   

Description: The discussion begins with a review of state and federal pensions and cost of living adjustments and how they are managed in the Treasurer’s Office. Lathrop suggests a more fair way of giving COLAs to those retired. Discussion includes how investment gains are applied and reported; unfunded liabilities; cost of living and cost of doing business in Rhode Island; and more. “I am really about the finances” stresses Lathrop and he asserts that his public service financial management experience suits him best for the position of General Treasures.

 

          Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/759534481

Aaron Guckian for Lt. Governor (10/11/22)

Guest: Aaron Guckian , Candidate for Lt. Governor, www.guckianforltgov.com          Host: Darlene D’Arezzo  

Description: Guckian asserts that qualifications matter in the Lt. Governor’s race before he begins his review of his work experience whiles explaining his view of the office and his fit and goals. Part of the job is meeting with the people and agencies the Lt. Gov. oversees. He points out that Sabina Matos has been characteristically absent from these. In response to how he compares and contrasts himself with Matos, Guckian shows his past experience and familiarity with the workings of government as a distinct advantage. A message he repeats: “Matos doesn’t show up!” “She is not here.”

          Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/759540317 

Chas Calenda for Attorney General (9/26/22)

Guest: Chas Calenda, Candidate for Attorney General, www.chas4ag.com            Host: Richard August   

Description: Calenda believes that the Office of Attorney General should exemplify “law above politics.” He believes the current AG Peter Neronha is an activist attorney general pushing a political/partisan agenda. Calenda further believes that the role of the AG is to be the people’s attorney. These beliefs drive his candidacy. The discussion also addresses other topics: gun control; Second Amendment rights; use of emergency powers; driver licenses for illegal residents; oversight of police shootings; violent and habitual offenders; and more.          Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/754367462

Ashley Kalus for Governor (9/26/22)

Guest: Ashley Kalus, Candidate for Governor, https://ashleykalus.com             Host: Richard August  

Description: Kalus asserts that she will fight for Rhode Island and it’s citizens to make the state affordable to live in with high performing schools for its children, parents and teachers. She provides an overview of the partnership she will develop to improve schools, which shall include public school choice. Other topics discussed include: guns laws; Second Amendment rights; mental health concerns; abortions rights; illegal resident driver permit rather than license; and more.

 

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/754373898

Aaron Guckian for Lt. Governor (9/12/22)

Guest: Aaron Guckian, Candidate for Lt. Governor, www.guckianforltgov.com         Host: Darlene D’Arezzo   

Description: Navigating government systems can be difficult, complicated and time consuming. He first came to recognize this as a special assistant to Governor Don Carcieri. Guckian plans to remedy this by creating a help center within the Lt. Governor’s Office. His professional background is varied and includes education, athletics, banking, private sector fund raising, and more. He does not believe there should be a political class. People should serve for a limited time and return to the private sector. For more information, visit his website: www.guckianforltgov.com

 

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/749221947

James Lathrop for General Treasurer (9/12/22)

Guest: James Lathrop, Candidate for General Treasurer, www.lathropforri.com             Host: Richard August  

Description: Lathrop, a certified public accountant, has spent a career in private and public accounting sectors. He believes that the General Treasure position is not a political position; it is a public/government accounting position. This belief has prompted him to make a “transparency pledge.” Forbes Magazine has noted that neither of the other two Democrat candidates for this office has agreed to make this pledge. The discussion includes the pension systems; cost of living suspension and restoration; the huge cost of other benefits like health care cost, and more. Visit Lathrop’s website www.lathropforri.com

 

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/749229116

David Segal for US Congress (8/22/22)

Guest: David Segal, Candidate for US Congress, www.davidsegalri.com           Host: Darlene D’Arezzo   

Description: Segal discusses his history of political activism and service as a member of Providence City Council and RI General Assembly. His concerns include corporate dominance and its often adverse effects on small business; economic development; and environmental concerns. He favors increasing the minimum wage and supports a “Medicare for all” approach to managing medical cost and services and diminishing the influence of insurance companies. On 2nd Amendment rights, he supports current legislative efforts to limit or ban assault style weapons.

 

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/742391054

Paul Pence for Lt. Governor (8/22/22)

Guest: Paul Pence, Candidate for Lt. Governor, www.changeagent.us          Host: Darlene D’Arezzo  

Description: Pence regards the Office of Lt. Governor as a unique position and opportunity for serving the people of Rhode Island. He explains this notion in his discussions of two responsibilities of the Lt. Governor: emergency management and the small business advisory council. Outside of the Lt. Governor’s office, he explains how his knowledge and skill-set can be used to improve performance in the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. He is a 2nd Amendment advocate who views gun control efforts as dominated by emotion and political actions rather than logic and problem solving approaches and outcomes.

 

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/742386435  

Deborah Ruggiero for Lt. Governor (7/25/22)

GuestDeborah Ruggieru, Candidate for Lt. Governor, www.debruggiero.com           Host: Richard August

Description: Ruggiero has served as a RI Representative for 14 years with devotion to four areas of interest: the economy, education, environment, and the elderly. She plans to continue this focus in the Office of Lt. Governor by being an advocate/ombudsman and serving as a bridge between the legislature and governor’s office. One of her goals is to restore the Department of Elderly Affairs to cabinet level once again; it has been reduced to an Office… Throughout the conversation, she skillfully weaves these four areas together as a potential power source of jobs and economic development.

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/733589555  

Spencer Dickinson for US Congress (7/25/22)

Guest: Spencer Dickinson, Candidate for US Congress, District 2, www.spencerdickinson.com          Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description: Dickinson has served in the RI legislature during two distinct time periods, which has influenced his current concerns and issues. He believes that the Democratic Party in is need of restoration: bring is back to a more moderate political party or suffer the consequences.  Issues which are most important include preserving Social Security; managing health care; global warming; border concerns; threat of nuclear war and international relations; and more. A very special concern needing to be addressed is pension reform at both the state and municipal level.

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/733587701

RISP K-9 Unit and K-9 Movie Star Ruby (7/11/22)

GuestCorporal Daniel O’Neil, K-9 Unit Coordinator, RISP               Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description:  Colonel O’Neil acquaints us with the K-9 Unit of the RI State Police and describes how his search and rescue dog Ruby became a star in the movie “Rescued by Ruby.” Ruby died shortly after the movie was released. O’Neil introduces us to his current work partner, Koda who sat beside him throughout this entire interview. We learn how the K-9 unit was established, the variety of “disciplines” such as search and rescue and a newly established discipline for certain dogs “therapy/comfort.” The interview is not only enlightening, but also inspirational.


Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/729266614

Production Two: Recent Gun Control Legislation/Recent Supreme Court Decision, #2 (7/11/22)

Guest: Richard Sinapi, Attorney and gun control advocate            Host: Richard August

Description: This interview is a follow up to a previous interview on this topic but is viewed from the perspective of a gun control advocate. Sinapi points out that all rights are not absolute and are limited to some degree. Regarding gun control laws, Sinapi asserts that any law, even if marginal is a step in the right direction. The discussion focuses on recent laws passed in Rhode Island and the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the right to carry a gun for self-protection. Regarding the later, to be continued.


Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/729257468

Recent Gun Control Legislation/Recent Supreme Court Decision (6/27/22

Guest: Frank Soccoccio, attorney and president of the RI 2nd Amendment CoalitionHome (ri2nd.org)     

Host: Richard August

Description: This interview focuses on the recent gun control legislation passed by the RI general assembly and the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the right to carry a firearm. The discussion includes the general content of the laws passed and their anticipated effects; various aspects of the laws like magazine limitations; conceal carry permits; differences in the permitting practices; anticipated court action resulting; the required surrender of personal property; etc. An interesting fact is that less than one half of one percent of the Rhode Islanders have a firearm carry permit.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/724965837

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

This is the fifth in our series of interviews in support of mental health awareness.

How Therapy Helps Us Navigate through Life’s Challenges (2/27/22)

Guest: Mike Cerrullo, mental health practitioner          Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description: Host and guest are mental health practitioners.  They discuss how therapy helps us navigate through life’s challenges and the various approaches therapists, including themselves, use to help people manage their personal lives. Included in this discussion is the reluctance/resistance to seeking help and the barriers associated. Goals of therapy typically include how to remain well and healthy; understanding what factors have contributed to their situation; the troubles and problems they will learn to manage, and much more.          


Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/72496889

RI State Police Museum Foundation (6/13/22)

Guests: Ret. Lt. Kenneth Bowman, RI State Police Museum Foundation, kenbowman116@gmail.com

              Ret. Lt. James T. Beck, RI State Police Museum Foundation, dashammer@verizon.net

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Description: Guests are retired RI State Police and members of RI State Police Museum Foundation https://rispmuseum.org .

They talk about how the museum originated and the persons involved. They offered a video which provides an overview of its creation and another about Trooper O’Brien, who died while on duty during Hurricane Carol. They share not only their memories but also commentary on some favorite topics: Troopers in Uniforms on the Dave Letterman Show; Red Disk use; the unique Social Investigator Corp; the upcoming 100 year book and 2025 Centennial; the charity events hosted by the Museum Foundation; and more.          Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/720312905

Pat Cortellessa for Secretary of State (5/23/22)

Guest: Pat Cortellessa, Candidate for Secretary of State, patcortellessa@icloud.com

Host: John Carlevale                         Time: 30 minutes

Description: Cortellessa focuses on the need for fair and equitable election rules and laws. He begins with an assessment of the Let RI Vote Act before the RI General Assembly and continues with concerns of excessive use of mail ballots; mail ballot harvesting; method of confirming of signatures on mail ballots; accuracy of the official voter list; and voter fraud cases in RI. Cortellessa also comments on the recent reports of a census over-count of 55,000 residents in RI: What was the consequence? Who was responsible? What action taken?

 

Video channel link: YouTube link: https://youtu.be/N-2cwBXVg3Y

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

This is the fourth in our series of interviews in support of mental health awareness.

 Intervention, Readiness and Treatment (5/23/22)

Guest: Kate Duffy, Interventionist and Recovery Coach, Tipping Point Recovery, kate@tippingpointrecovery.com  

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo                     Time: 30 minutes

Description: Duffy begins with a candid account of her own addiction to alcohol and its impact on her life, her family members and her current work as an intervention and recovery coach. She describes the trials, challenges, and failures of getting the help she needed. Over time and with greater self-awareness, she eventual succeeds in becoming sober and begun her transition to becoming a helpful agent of change for others. She now is President of Tipping Point Recovery and continues to work with persons with addiction problems and provides training to others to become effective mental health practitioners themselves. www.tippingpointrecovery.com

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/71338453 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

This is the third in our series of interviews in support of mental health awareness.

Promoting Children’s Mental Health (5/9/22)

Guests: Louise Kiessling, Andrea Martin, and Susan Orban – Washington County Coalition for Children, www.washcokids.org

Host: Susan Orban                             Time: 30 minutes

Description: Dr. Kiesslink offers an overview of the mental health status of children. Unfortunately, there has been a trend of diminishing health and helpful treatment is not readily available nationwide. She cites some of the local efforts to find or create helpful treatment options; but supply of these falls short of the growing demand. Martin describes the use of literature (bibliotherapy) as a helpful approach to helping children of varying ages. She introduces a small sampling of books their efforts have found appropriate and helpful. Orban describes current programs

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/708356663

Robert Lancia for Congress (4/25/22)

Guest: Robert Lancia, Candidate for Congress, District 2, www.lanciaforcongress.com          

Host: Richard August                         Time: 30 minutes

Description: Lancia talks about his experience as a state representative and a multitude state and national of issues and concerns, which motivate his candidacy. Topics include federal debt; universal pre-k education; school choice; teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools; environmental concerns; border security; inflation; cancellation of student debt; voting laws; taxing the wealthy more; Ukraine war; statehood for Porter Rico; increasing number of Supreme Court judges; gun control; and more. Lancia believes that his work as a state representative has adequately prepared him for the national House of Representatives.

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/703325268 

Magaziner for Congress (5/9/22)

Guest: Seth Magaziner, Candidate for Congress, District 2, www.sethmagaziner.com           

Host: Richard August                         Time: 30 minutes

Description: General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is seeking the RI Democratic Party’s nomination for US Congress, District 2. At the onset he offers his reasons for seeking this Congressional seat. The discussion touches on a variety of topics which include pre-K education; reducing the cost of drugs for Medicare and Medicaid members; support of a public option among health care insurance options; worker rights; corporate dominance in certain sectors of the economy/technology; inflation; the proposed Bureau of Disinformation; border management; changing the number of Supreme Court Justices; and the most recent leak of draft decision regarding Roe v. Wade. 

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/708350595

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

This is the second in our series of interviews in support of mental health awareness.

Mental Health Training and Care (4/25/22)

Guest: Mike Cerullo, Mental Health Practitioner    Host: Darlene D’Arezzo                     Time: 30 minutes

Description: Cerullo discuses some significant changes in mental health practice, training and care in Rhode Island in recent years. Topics covered include training and care of first responders-fire, police, EMT; the prisons as major care centers; increase in rate of suicide; challenge of getting to treatment; effect of marijuana; laws pertaining to marijuana use; concerns about legalizing recreational marijuana use; and more.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/703332165

 

Speaker Shekarchi on Current Legislative Matters(4/11/22)

Guest: Joseph Shekarchi, Speaker-House of Representatives, rep-shekarchi@rilegislature.gov       

Host: Richard August                         Time: 30 minutes

Description: Speaker Sherkarchi candidly and straightforwardly discusses some of the current maters facing the legislature during the current session. Topics include recreational marijuana; the size of the budget; voting rules; policeman’s bill of rights; access to the shoreline; gun laws; driver’s permits for undocumented persons; elimination of Voter ID; legalization of prostitution; and bonus payments to state employees.

 

Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/698699642

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

This is the first in our series of interviews in support of mental health awareness.

Program Two: Mental Health in Law Enforcement (4/11/22)

Guest: Bud Cicilline, Mental Health Practictioner-Retired, bud@cicliilne.onmicrosoft.com

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo                     Time: 30 minutes

Description: Following a brief review of past changes in mental health practices in R.I.,Cicilline discuss current matters facing Rhode Islanders. The discussion includes changes in process at the Eleanor Slater Hospital and mental health issues and concerns facing law enforcement and other first responders. The latter addresses the Policeman’s Bill of Rights; the different circumstances where police are called to respond; changing expectations of police; mental health first aide training; mental health care for police and fire personnel; crisis intervention training; further development of risk team and crisis intervention for first responders along with increasing sensitivity training for these.          Video channel link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/69870860 

Pending Legislation: A Labor Union Perspective (3/28/22)

Guest: Patrick Crowley, Secretary-Treasurer, RI AFL-CIO www.rhodeislandaflcio.org       

Host: Richard August                         Time: 30 minutes

Description: Crowley discusses pending Rhode Island legislation from a labor union perspective. The discussion includes various voting changes; driver licenses for undocumented persons; $3,000 vaccination incentive/bonuses/retention pay; state employee contracts/wages/benefits packages; minimum wage changes; wage theft by some employers; and some suggestions for changes to existing laws.         

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/693651022

Living Successfully with Visual Impairment (3/28/22)

Guest: Michael Prusko, advocate for visually impaired, slicehook@cox.net

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo                     Time: 30 minutes

Description: Prusko began to experience vision problems at age 45. Over time, he was seen by four different eye doctors and was eventually diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. He takes us step by step through this diagnostic process. His condition progressively worsened and eventually he retired from his job. A variety of life changes were made in order to begin to manage his loss of sight more adequately. He acknowledges the support from his wife, children, and various helping professionals. Prusko has learned to use various prosthetic devices and a few very helpful technology tools. He cites a couple of organizations that were helpful to his learning to live successfully with his vision loss.        

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/69365656

Libertarian Party of R.I. (3/15/22)

Guest: Billy Hunt, Candidate and Chairman, Libertarian Party of RI, bhunt@lpri.us https://lpri.us   

Host: Richard August                         Time: 30 minutes

Description: This interview focuses on two aspects: the Libertarian Party’s philosophy and values and its chairman and candidate Billy Hunt. Topics include property rights; legalization of certain drugs; second amendment rights; diminishing and limiting government authority; right to life; freedom of speech; affordable housing; environment concerns; energy sources and much more. One statement made by Hunt characterizes the libertarian view of government: “With enough time and money, there is nothing the government can’t make worse.” Visit https://lpri.us         

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/688474898

Racism and “The Aaron Thomas Affair” (2/28/22)

Guests: Jim McGwin and Megan Reilly, concerned citizens of N. Kingstown, RI.          Host: Richard August  

Description: This interview focuses on two topics of concern involving the N. Kingstown School Department. One relates to a study to evaluate if systemic racism exists in the NK school system. The other topics focuses on allegations of sexual abuse of students by a faculty member, described herein as “The Aaron Thomas Affair.” Complaints regarding the latter date back to 2016 with other complains following with little or no action taken by the school department officials on behalf of students whom may have been abused. This interview is alarming on multiple levels involving various adults who seem to have failed to protect students in their care.

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/683445444

Varnum Armory Museum(2/28/22)

Guest: Patrick Donovan, Varnum Armory Museum Vice President and Curator            Host: Richard August  

Description: The Varnum Continentals were charted as a militia in 1774. In 1913 they built the Varnum Memorial Armory. It has recently undergone a considerable renovation/upgrade, expanding the museum which was contained therein. The organization’s members of Varnum now view itself as a conservation organization of RI military history, which of course intertwines with USA history. The museum contains many valuable artifacts of this history and its people, which Donovan talks about with captivating devotion, respect, admiration and pride. The museum is free and open to the public by appointment only.           Contact: armory@varnumcontinentals.org

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/683451734

Election Year 2022 (2/14/22)

Guest: Sue Chienki, RI GOP Chairperson, www.ri.gop          Host: Richard August  

Description: Chairperson Cienki discusses a variety of issue and concerns from her political party perspective; she also addresses that which should be of concern of all Rhode Islanders regardless of political affiliation. Discussion includes redrawing of voting district boundaries; prison inmate voting; state of emergency powers of governor; unilateral change of mail ballot requirements by Secretary Gorbea and its consequence “ballot harvesting,” citizenship requirement for voting; size of state budget; management of JCLS (Joint Commission on Legislative Services); and much more.

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/677842490

Charles Calenda for RI AG (2/14/22)

Guest: Charles Calenda, Candidate for RI Attorney General  www.chas4ag.com  

Host: Richard August           Time: 60 minutes

Description: Attorney Calenda is seeking election to the AG’s office out of concern for how the office has been run under incumbent AG Neronha. These concerns are discussed along with gun laws in general; in particular Red Flag Law, prohibition of guns on school grounds; upcoming hospital merger; change of requirements of mail ballot voting; use of executive orders by governor; legalization of recreational marijuana; restructuring the AG’s office; and some interesting considerations pertaining to driver license for illegal immigrants; and more.

 Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/677839453

Tomaquag Museum Update (1/24/22)

Guest: Loren Spears, Executive Director – Tomaquag Museum          Host: Darlene D’Arezzo  

Description: Many exciting things have happened at the Tomaquag Museum since Loren Spears’ last appearance. She reacquaints us with the museum’s beginnings and updates with some of the most important program changes, partnerships developed, enhancements to historical collections, exhibits, classes in indigenous history, and much more. The most exciting of all is the expected groundbreaking and start of construction in the Fall of 2022 of the long-awaited, state-of- the-art, four building campus of a new Tomaquag Museum. For more info, visit www.tomaquagmuseum.org

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/6698716
Current Legislation, Concerns & Issues (1/10/22)

Guest: Susan Donovan, State Representative, Dist. 69          Host: Richard August

Description: This interview reviews recent legislation and current concerns and issues of the past legislative session. This includes pay equity; privacy bill relating to health care; child opportunity centers; gender conversion therapy for minors; affordable housing; safe school act; non-gender specific rest rooms; nursing home equity staffing act; African American history curriculum; and more.

 

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/664833636

Where Have All the Workers Gone? (12/13/21

Guest: Derek Amey, Partner & Portfolio Manager, Strategic Point Investment Advisors, www.StrategicPoint.com        Host: Richard August

Description: This interview discusses the answers to the question “Where have all the workers gone?” And there are many contributing factors, all following the Covid19 pandemic response. Contributing factors include change in the GDP; consumer spending and goods; child care costs; low wages; employee benefits; fear of exposure to Covid19; contact restrictions; inflation; government/federal reserve mismanagement; supply and demand issues and more.                     

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/656702332

Black Lives Matter-RI PAC (12/13/21)

Guest: Harrison Tuttle, Executive Director, BLM RI, www.blmripac.com           Host: Richard August

Description: This interview reviews Black Lives Matter-RI PAC background, goals for the 2022 session of the GA and 2022 elections. Various topics follow including policeman’s bill of rights; driver license for undocumented immigrants; open borders; right to vote for non-citizens; elimination of for-profit prisons; removal of cash bail; social workers in lieu of police to respond to domestic calls and more. For more information visit www.blmripac.com

 

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/656695526

Aristocats, reconfigured (11-22-21)

Aristocats band members: Lloyd Kaplan, Leader, saxophone, clarinet, vocals;
Joe Holtzman, drum; Stan Holtzman, keyboard; Dennis Pratt, bass, vocals

Host: John Carlevale

After two years of not performing music due to the Covid19 pandemic and the death of band member Nat Piccirilli, the Aristocats have regrouped and reconfigured. They are performing once again. We meet the newest member of the band and reconnect with former members. They perform some of greatest songs by some of the most famous writers of music. This special production is dedicated in memory of Nat Piccirilli, who appears at the end in a brief video of his last performance on State of the State at age 97.

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/649182308

Mental Health Issues and Concerns (11/8/21)

Guest: J. Clement ‘Bud’ Cicilline, former CEO of Newport County Mental Health Center, bud@cicilline.onmicrosoft.com                      Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Mental health practitioner Bud Cicilline discusses some major issues and concerns facing mental health practice today. With many years of experience, he walks us through the history of mental health services in Rhode Island and talks about what is needed to improve services and meet the growing need for mental health services.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/644016489

Marijuana vs. CBD:  Uses, Effects & Cautions (11/8/21)

Guest: Nadia Archambault, PhD Pharm, www.drnadia.org                    Host: Darlene D’Arezzo

Dr. Archambault is a pharmacist, women’s sexual health coach and much more. The focus of this interview discusses the differences between marijuana and CBD, their uses and their effects on the human condition and development. Our guest is very candid when she shares her concerns and offers cautions about use, drug source, etc.

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/644011549 

Production One: Civics; Black History and Other Matters

Guest: Rep. Brian Newberry, (R) House Dist. 48          Host: Richard August         Time: 30 minutes

Host August and guest Newberry discuss a wide range of legislation and concerns including but not limited to Civics and Black History to be taught in RI schools; behind the scene political power struggle; immigration; need for affordable housing; growing state budget; proposed hospital merger and more. Regarding public school curriculum, Newberry encourages parents to become more involved in what is being taught to their children.

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/639112877

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at URI (10-12-21)

Guest: Beth Leconte, Director of R.I.’s chapter of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Bleconte@uri.edu 

Host: John Carlevale

Beth Leconte is director of the R. I. Chapter of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at URI. The program is dedicated to supporting lifelong learning experiences among those fifty years and older. Members are able to takes courses at the URI campus in a variety of subject matter content areas and of special interest at greatly reduced fees, without the concern of grades, exams, papers, etc. Learn more by visiting the OLLI website: www.Uri.edu/Olli 

 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/631169295

Allen Waters for US Congress (10-12-21)

Guest: Allan Waters, candidate for US Congress, www.allenrwaters.com  Host: Richard August

Allen Waters is seeking election to US Congress. He discusses some of the issues which are important to him, to the people and to this nation. These issues include but are not limited to school choice, corruption, the FAIRtax, 2ndAmendment rights, higher education, and matters concerning veterans. Waters is fiscally responsible, socially conscious, believes in traditional American values, follows the Constitution, and is a strong advocate for ordinary Americans. For more information: www.allenrwaters.com

 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/631183840  

Paintings and Music by Mitchell Kaplan (9/27/21)

Guest: Mitchell Kaplan, Artist and Musician, Saxophone, flute, kaplan928@aol.com

Hosts: John Carlevale

Kaplan is a musician who has performed in many jazz bands with some of the most notable musicians. The Covid19 shutdown put a halt to his music performances. But there is a silver lining to his circumstance. He began to explore more fully his artistic skills, and this experience had resulted in some of his artwork to be shared during this interview along with some music too.

Contact info: Email: Kaplan928@aol.com ; Instagram: mitch_Kaplan65; www.Bonanza.com and use access code: bonzuser_mk65 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/617190577

Management of Covid19 Money (9/27/21)

Guest: Mike Stenhouse, CEO RI Freedom & Prosperity, mstenhouse@rifreedom.org

Host: Richard August

Stenhouse shares his perspective regarding the management by Rhode Island government of Covid19 money received from the federal government. The distribution of monies has been delayed and speculates that a struggle for control of the money between general assembly leadership and the executive branch is at the root of this delay. How the money is to be used is part of this struggle.

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/617179575
Ray Rickman for R.I. Senate (9-13-2021)

Guest: Ray Rickman, candidate for R.I. Senate, www.electrayrickman.com

Host: Mike Stenhouse                       Time: 31 minutes

Rickman and host Stenhouse talk briefly about Rickman’s extensive public service background and a variety of topics relating his practical, pragmatic and realistic plans as an elected official. Rickman’s major goal is to improve education in Providence public schools with reasonable and achievable changes rather than lofty transformative reforms, which rarely achieve their promised results. The link to Rickman’s election announcement is https://fb.watch/7UG0FDXArd/

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/604847202

Legislation of 2021 General Assembly Session(8/31/21)  

Guests: Julie Casimiro, Representative D-31, (D) AND Mike Chippendale, Representative D-40, (R)

Host: Richard August

Topic: Legislators Casimiro and Chippendale discuss bills passed and not passed during the last legislative session and the agenda for a possible special fall session, now seeming unlikely. They also talk about the current budget inflated by the influx of federal Covid-19 money and its effect on future budgets which may be unsustainable. The power struggle between the legislature and the executive branch regarding power and jurisdiction was addressed.          Video link:  https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/596043740

Critical Race Theory, Part 3  (8/31/21)

Guest: Mary Brimer, North Kingstown Councilwoman

Hosts: Richard August

Topic:  Councilwoman Brimer addresses such questions as: Does structural racism exist in N.K. schools? Is Critical Race Theory being introduced in N.K. schools? What has been the impetus behind this emerging trend to teach Critical Race Theory in RI schools? What are the pros and cons and effects on teachers and students? Brimer questions some of the methodologies being used to justify these curricular changes.

Video link:  https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/596047833

Providence Grays Host Historic Base Ball Festival (7-26-21)

Guests: Johnny Carlevale, Secretary/Treasurer, Providence Grays

               Jon Henson, President, Providence Grays, 1884providencegrays@gmail.com

Hosts: Mike Stenhouse

This historic baseball event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15 at Rocky Point Park, Warwick, RI. The event is free and open to the public. Approximately 10 historic base ball teams from various states are scheduled to play historic or vintage base ball. Guests Carlevale and Hensen discuss the history of the Providence Grays and historic base ball, which is still played across the USA today.   

Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/579905160

Critical Race Theory in Public Schools, Part Two (7-26-21)

Guest: Ramona Bessinger, Teacher, Providence School System

Hosts: Richard August

Critical Race Theory is being taught in RI public schools. Guest Bessinger teaches in the Providence Public School system. She shares her experience and concerns about teaching CRT during this interview. She also shares some of her classroom experiences as they relate directly to her interaction with some of her students and their responses to CRT.      Video link: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/579924364

Is inflation coming? (7/12/21)

Guest: Derek Amey, Partner Strategic Point Advisers, damey@strategicpoint.com  www.strategicpoint.com 

Hosts: Richard August      Time: 30 mins

Derek Amey is an investment advisor who has posed the question “Is inflation coming? The interview discusses what inflation and other words and concepts imply in order to answer this question against our current financial status as a nation, if so, for how long, etc. Our view of this question varies according our age, financial condition, employment and more. Most will this an interesting and informative interview.

            Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/574528466

Critical Race Theory in Public Schools, Part 1 (7/12/21) 

Guest: Representative Patricia Morgan (R), D-26, rep-morgan@rilegislature.gov

Hosts: Richard August      Time: 30 mins

The teaching of Critical Race Theory has been introduced into several Rhode Island public schools. Some people are advocates and some are not, in fact they oppose the teaching of CRT in our public schools. In this interview Representative Patricia Morgan explains the oppositional position.

For more information visit the following website www.StopSchoolIndoctrinationNow.com 

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/574536260

Luis Daniel Munoz Candidate for Governor (6/28/21)

Guest: Luis Daniel Munoz, candidate for Governor, www.luisdanielmunoz.com  

Host: Richard August                Time: 30 minutes

Munoz offers a substantial explanation of why he is a candidate for governor. During the interview, Munoz discusses many topics including single payer health care systems, the disease which are higher in the USA and why, gun control, driver license for immigrants and more. His explanations of the use of “equity and justice” are noteworthy.

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/569025224

Mental Health Training and Man Therapy (6/28/21)

Guests: Michael Cerullo, Rob Harrison, and Susan Orban.

Host: Darlene D’Arezzo              Time: 30 minutes

There are a variety of programs initiated in Washington County which focus on meeting mental health needs in this community. They range from mental health first aid training for various groups and ages, which can be obtained online now to the newer program, man-therapy, which serves as the doorway to getting help needed for men. All of this is part of a national effort to address mental health issues with appropriate support services.

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/569035452

ARCHIVED: 3-9-20 Bold Changes Needed in Teacher Contracts  
Guest: Michael Marra, Teacher, Portsmouth School System, marram@portsmouthschoolsriorg   
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Marra is a teacher of history and economics and asserts that Providence schools are not the only schools in need of improvement. His focus is on teacher contracts, which need to be modified to foster good teaching and diminish poor performance. He discusses various aspects of teacher contracts such as merit based compensation; tenure; seniority; teacher evaluations; longevity bonuses; sick time; due process; and out-of-classroom work/preparation. An important aspect affecting outcomes is the influence of parents and family culture.

ARCHIVED: 2-24-20 RedrawRI
Guest: John Marion, Executive Director, Common Cause RI, www.commoncauseri.org
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Mr. Marion is the executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island a non-partisan organization promoting clean, open and accountable government. He discusses the importance of the upcoming census and its impact on redrawing the state’s House and Senate districts. This has given rise to a movement called RedrawRI a campaign to reform how RI legislative districts are drawn. It calls for an impartial citizens’ commission to redistrict the state.


Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/393744644

ARCHIVED: 2-24-20 Red Flag Law
Guest: Charles Calenda, Attorney with Inman and Tourgee, ccalenda@itwlaw.com   
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Mr. Calenda was a prosecutor in the Attorney General’s office for many years. Now in private practice he describes how the “Red Flag Law” has been implemented over the last 18 months and its implications on the constitutional protections of due process and unlawful search and seizure. He also discusses the “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazine” bills introduced once again in this current session of the Legislature.


Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/393747354

ARCHIVED: 2- 10-20 Vaping and Other Pending Legislation

Guests: Julie Casimiro, State Representative, H-D 31, rep-Casimiro@rilegislature.gov    

               Camille Vella-Wilkinson, State Representative, H-D 21, rep-vella-wilkinson@rilegislature.gov

Host: Richard August             Time: 60 minutes

Representatives Casimiro and Vella-Wilkinson discuss a broad range of pending legislation and other matters, which have their concern. Topics include vaping legislation; a veteran joint oversight committee; pharmacist having birth control prescription authority; reproductive health; firearm legislation; climate control; out of school time learning; early parole for young rehabilitated offenders; military sexual assault trauma; and more.  Other matters include the need for a constitutional convention; line item veto; minimum wage; and candidate endorsements.


Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/390749444

ARCHIVED: 1- 27-20 Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI)
Guest: Terrence Gray, Deputy Director, RI Dept. Environment Management, www.dem.ri.gov
Host: John Carlevale     Time: 30 minutes
TCI is a multi-state effort of transportation, energy and environmental agencies to work collaboratively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through fees. The model is a “cap and invest” approach which Gray explains will generate revenue which will be invested in more environmentally friendly systems to cut greenhouse gasses. The challenging question is: Will these fees levied at the petroleum produces increase the cost of gasoline and diesel fuel?      Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/387767008
ARCHIVED: 1-27-20 Truck Toll Shortfall
Guest: Chris Maxwell, RI Trucking Association, www.ritrucking.org
Host: Richard August    Time: 30 minutes
In a recently completed study the state of RI learned that truck toll revenues have not yielded what had been expected or predicted by the RI Department of Transportation. This shortfall is consistent with what the local trucking industry has been predicting since the state announced its plans to toll trucks. The RI Trucking Association has filed a court case challenging the plan and more. Maxwell discusses various consequences of the tolling and the court case his Association has filed.

ARCHIVED: 1-13-20 Stun Guns, Tasers and the 2nd Amendment
Guest: Frank Soccoccio, Attorney; President-Second Amendment Coalition
Host: Richard August        Time: 30 minutes
Attorney Soccoccio is representing two plaintiffs before the court regarding the right to carry a stun gun or Taser for self-protection. The two plaintiffs possess a gun carry permit. Part of the argument presented by Soccoccio is that the US Supreme Court in 2016 ruled that it is legal and constitutional to possess and carry a stun gun or Taser. Nevertheless, the State of RI wishes to outlaw electronic stun guns and Tasers (excepting law enforcement).

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/384846499

YouTube https://youtu.be/VV2uQJLHeqA
ARCHIVED: 1-13-20 Recent Title IX Cases
Guest: John Grasso, Attorney; www.johngrassolaw.com
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Attorney John Grasso has “represented” individuals accused of sexual misconduct under Title IX rules in university and college settings. He has also written commentary on various similar Title IX hearing held in local settings. This commentary is a large part of the discussion as these cases are not only noteworthy but also challenge our thinking about how such matters are conducted in college and university settings.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/384843615

YouTube https://youtu.be/oks_QNxijCo
ARCHIVED: 12-9-19 A Different View of Matters
Guest: Justin Katz, Managing Editor – Anchor Rising & the Ocean State Current;
                                  Research Director – RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity
Host: Richard August        Time: 60 minutes
Katz shares his view on a variety of political and sociological matters. He raises the question: Are government documents factual or simply an expression of social-political opinion and goals or perhaps a little of both? In considering the consequences of social-political policy, the discussion touches on taxes and fees; balancing government budgets with more taxes and budgetary scoops; health care insurance; affordable housing; minimum/livable wage; education practices; and much more. What is Rhode Island’s national standing regarding percentage of citizens receiving governmental subsidies?
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/378609392
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYqEUG12L91psXoEE1zssmA
ARCHIVED: 11-25-19 Bass Duets in Various Styles
Guests: Dennis Pratt, bassist, teacher, author
              Susan Cursio, bassist, teacher and Mike Marks, student bassist
Host: John Carlevale        Time: 30 minutes
Dennis Pratt, bassist, teacher, author, has arranged and compiled 35 bass duets in various styles in his latest book, Bass Duets in Various Styles, which has a play along CD with MP3 files for each duet. He and two other bassists play a sampling of these in this video.

For info about the book visit: http://www.consortiumpublishing.com/musicbookscds.html

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/375799017

YouTube https://youtu.be/YxM24uQ9ezo

ARCHIVED: 11-25-19 DaVinci Center for Community Progress
Guest: John DeLuca, Executive Director, DaVinci Center
            Sharen Gleckman, VP-Board of Directors, DaVinci Center
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
John DeLuca and Sharen Gleckman talk about the programs offered by the DaVinci Center since its beginning in 1972. It continues to offer a wide array of services to the people in their local community aimed at achieving both personal and community wide progress.
For more info visit: http://www.davincicenter.org/
ARCHIVED: 10-28-19 Rhode Island Political Cooperative
Guests: Matt Brown, Co-Chair, RI Political Cooperative, www.ripoliticalcoop.com
              Michelle McGaw, candidate for RI House D-71; Cynthia Mendes, candidate for RI Senate D-18
Host: Richard August        Time: 30 minutes
Brown, McGaw and Mendes talk about the newly created RI Political Cooperative, its purpose and goals. McGaw and Mendes, candidates for general assembly seats, talk about their candidacies and what they each intend to focus on and accomplish as lawmakers. They are progressive democrats who support and discuss Medicare for All, affordable housing, improving the legislative process, fair taxation, and representing their constituents rather that powerful special interest and corporate entities, and much more.     Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/369650651

ARCHIVED: 10-28-19 Dare to Dream Ranch 
Guest: Karen Dalton, EVP, Dare to Dream Ranch, www.DareToDreamRanch.org 
Host: Darlene D’Arezzo     Time: 30 minutes
Dalton is founder and prime mover of the Dare to Dream Ranch in Foster, RI. She brings to her work a love for horses and a devotion to helping veterans and their family members to cope with their challenges and succeed in various aspects of their lives. Clientele face such challenges as PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger management issues and other matters stemming from their personal or military life experiences. Equine therapy is the major tool for helping; but other therapeutic approaches are also used and discussed in this interview.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/369656575

ARCHIVED: 9-23-19 Mental Health First Aid Training
Guests: Michael Cerullo, licensed mental health counselor, Mike_Cerullo@WhatstheRush-RI.org
              Susan Orban, Washington County Coalition for Children, http://www.washcokids.org
Host: Darlene D’Arezzo        Time: 30 minutes
Guests discuss mental health first aid training, which is an eight hour certification course which teachers how to recognize and respond to someone who may be facing a mental health challenge or crisis and link that person to the help needed. This training is offered to anyone genuinely interested in helping people in need. Guests describe their personal and professional involvement in the training and the various community agencies which are involved and support this training.
For additional information, contact Donna Greene at 401-788-2371 or dgreene@southcountyhealth.org  

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/362131210

ARCHIVED: 9-23-19 Economic Recoveries, Opportunities: Gains or Loss?  
Guest: Richard Sinapi, Attorney, http://sinapilaw.com/
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
Sinapi is interested in RI’s economic condition and has writing various commentaries published in ProJo, which represents some of his views expressed in this interview. He poses the question: Has our economic recoveries or opportunities been a gain or loss. He talks about “expending the pie” rather than fighting over the existing pie. RI has many inherent advantages, which need to be promoted and used to draw people, especially investors, entrepreneurs and others. Past and current economic efforts were discussed to illustrate/evaluate their gains or loss.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/362136757

ARCHIVED: 9-9-19 Gun Control Legislation in Rhode Island
Guest: Glenn Valentine, RI Firearms Owners League, www.rifol.org  
Host: Richard August        Time: 60 minutes
Our guest is a firearm owner and a teacher of physics. He and the host discuss a wide array of matters relating to Second Amendment rights and gun control legislation in Rhode Island. Their discussion includes the lobbying efforts and money spent on both sides in Rhode Island; what constitutes a military style or assault weapon; magazine sizes; universal background checks; and the fact that RI is one of the most restrictive of the states; and much more. The Host offer’s the assertions of the other side for our guest to respond to and to share his insight on a particular matter.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/359141449

ARCHIVED: 9-9-19 Renovation of Rhode Island Education
Guest: Angelica M. Infante-Green, Commissioner of Education, RI Dept. of Education,       https://www.ride.ri.gov/             Host: Mike Stenhouse        Time: 60 minutes
Newly appointed Commissioner Infante-Green has been given a Herculean task—the renovation of RI Education. An even greater task is her most immediate charge—to resuscitate the Providence school system. The latter was the major focus of the discussion. The Commissioner listed what needs to be addressed immediately and all at once. She predicts quick improvement in certain areas but some matters will take longer. Host Stenhouse questioned what can be done immediately as the process may outlive students currently enrolled. A discussion of immediate and innovative remedies followed.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/359073079

ARCHIVED: 8-26-19 Health Insurance in Rhode Island
Guests: Marie Ganim, Commissioner-Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, www.ohic.ri.gov
   Steve Boyle, Co-chair- Health Insurance Advisory Council      Host: Richard August  Time: 60 min.
The Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner takes a leadership role in state healthcare reform. It works with stakeholders on policies aimed to help make sure the health care system is meeting the needs of Rhode Islanders. OHIC gathers input from a range of stakeholders to ensure that proposed system reforms are practical, relevant, and fair. The Health Insurance Advisory Council plays a significant role in providing perspective and input from a broad array of stakeholders. Working with OHIC, the RI Parent Information Network Call Center serves to answer questions directly, guide callers and to help solve problems. Guests discuss these services and answer many challenging questions.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/356231562

ARCHIVED: 7-22-19 Providence GOP Offers Solutions for Failing Schools
Guests: William Ricci and Dave Talan, Co-Chairs of the Providence Republican Party,  ProvidenceRepublicans@gmail.com           Host: John Carlevale         Time: 60 minutes
Some of the solutions Ricci and Talan offer include allowing and promoting parent and community involvement; returning to neighborhood schools/minimizing bussing; reducing bureaucracy; fixing teacher union contracts; allowing Education Commissioner to override contract items when necessary; allowing charter schools to expand and share successful practices with traditional public schools; using city colleges and universities to take over some school operations; addressing shoddy maintenance; improving school security; getting City Council involved in fixing schools, and more.
ARCHIVED: 7-22-19 Oversight Committee Looks at Underperforming Government Agencies
Guests: Patricia Serpa, Chairwoman-House Oversight Cmte. rep-serpa@rilegislature.gov
Host: Darlene D’Arezzo         Time: 30 minutes
Representative Patricia Serpa is Chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee. She discusses its role and purpose and that of the committee members, which is to look at and evaluate the performance of government agencies and in this instance especially underperforming ones. Although she discusses many aspects, the focus during this interview is UHIP; DCYF and public transportation contracts, which have all been terribly underperforming. In the case of DCYF, some children have died while under state care. In a recent report, The Child Advocate has also called attention to DCYF’s poor performance.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/349846056
ARCHIVED: 7-8-2019 Legislative Session Retrospective
Guests: Richard August,
            Darlene D’Arezzo,
            Mike Stenhouse                         Hosts: John Carlevale       Time: 60 minutes
Richard August, Darlene D’Arezzo, and Mike Stenhouse share their insights, concerns, etc. regarding what transpired or did not and their prescriptions for the 2020 session and a possible Fall 2019 special session. They identify legislative winners and losers and note how some influential special interest groups prompt the passage of legislation, which benefits them at the disadvantage of taxpayers. Laws and ideas which would benefit the state and improve governance often fall on deaf ears and blind eyes within the legislature.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/347155242

ARCHIVED: 6-24-19 How Was the Google Drug Settlement Money Used?
Guest: Patricia Morgan, former Minority Leader, RI House of Representatives
Host: Richard August     Time: 30 minutes
After a very long and difficult process in obtaining public records from former Attorney General Peter Kilmartin regarding the use of the Google drug settlement money, Morgan has recently received the requested documents from current AG Peter Neronha. Of the $230 million in settlement money, the AG Office received $60 million. There seems to have been little or no state oversight of how the money was spent. This money was to be used for public safety purposes; but, Morgan questions how the money was actually used. She points out some areas of concern; but her study is ongoing. She expects to provide an update in the Fall of 2019.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/344333849

ARCHIVED: 6-10-19 Impact of Legislation/Court Decisions on Municipal Management and Cost
Guests: Robert Flanders, Jr., Attorney, www.whelancorrente.com
              Mike Stenhouse, CEO-RI Center for freedom & Prosperity, www.rifreedom.org
Host: Richard August         Time: 60 minutes
This interview focuses on how recently passed legislation and court decisions will impact municipal management and costs. Legislation discussed has weakened city and town ability to manage and control cost while disproportionately benefitting and empowering government employees and their unions. The underfunded municipal pensions are at further peril as a consequence. Contract law may be at odds with the legislation in question. On the other hand, recent court decisions may have given municipalities some tools to control government cost and a means to seek relief.  
ARCHIVED: 5-13-19 Barriers to Mental Health Care
Guests: Drs. Daisy Bassen and Gerald Tarnoff, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, www.lifespan.org
Host: Darlene D’Arezzo         Time: 30 minutes
Drs. Bassen and Tarnoff discuss the barriers to mental health from two important perspectives. One is the barriers the caregiver faces in providing care to patients. The other is the obstacles that are faced by the child/adolescent patient and parent and others seeking care on behalf of the child/adolescent. These obstacles include but are not limited to health care insurance industry, various attitudes and practices prevalent in the health care service community, shortage of resources for care, professional parity concerns, and stigma affecting the patient and others, and much more.

ARCHIVED: 5-13-19 Providence’s Challenge: Budget, Liabilities, Assets, Citizen Needs
Guests: Will Ricci + David Talan, Co-Chairman, Providence Republican City Committee, http://www.ri.gop/providence
Host: Darlene D’Arezzo   Time: 30 minutes
The city of Providence continues to face staggering challenges such as a one billion dollar unfunded pension liability, under performing schools, infrastructure needs, fire personnel and teacher contracts, etc.. Managing these liabilities against the cities asserts and citizen needs is the focus of this interview. Ricci and Talan offer some solutions to balancing the city budget by reducing spending, changing the type of pension, reducing school busing and more but absolutely not selling or renting Providence’s greatest asset, Providence Water.     Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/336148465
ARCHIVED: 5-13-19 Homelessness: Causative Factors and Mental Health
Guest: Dr. Eric Hirsch, Sociologist, Providence College, www.providence.edu
Host: Darlene D’Arezzo   Time: 30 minutes
Dr. Hirsch is an urban sociologist who has been studying and working to eliminate homelessness for nearly thirty years. First and foremost, he debunks a longstanding myth: Most homeless people are mentally ill. He asserts that this is not true and offers various profiles of homeless groups to support his claim. Hirsch continues his discussion by identifying what he believes are the more frequent/dominant causes of homelessness and what needs to be done to significantly reduce homelessness.
ARCHIVED: 4-22-19 Adolescent Mental Health Concerns and Marijuana Use
Guest: Michael Cerullo, licensed mental health counselor, Mike_Cerullo@WhatsTheRusk-RI.org  
Host: Darlene D’Arezzo         Time: 30 minutes
Mr. Cerullo is a mental health practitioner specializing in adolescent and young adult care. He discusses the adolescent mental health concerns as associated with marijuana use. His discussion is research based from a wide array of professional sources in the USA and Europe and his own professional experience as a practitioner. The effects of marijuana use on the adolescent brain are real and alarming. The question was posed: Is marijuana a gateway drug? His reply: Not a gateway drug but a syndrome. Physical and mental health effects of marijuana use, potency, the question of legalizing, residential placement needs, and treatment trends (and much more) are addressed.

Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/332569554

ARCHIVED: 4-22-19 Mental Health Rights, Laws, and Important Court Decisions
Guests: Dr. Frederic Reamer, Professor-School of Social Work, RIC www.ric.edu  
               Attorney Robert Landau, of Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Pierce, www.rcfp.com
Host: Darlene D’Arezzo         Time: 30 minutes
Dr. Reamer and Attorney Landau discuss mental health rights, laws and important court decisions, which have shaped the evolution of mental health practices and laws. They work with practitioners, clients and mental health institutions. Reamer’s focus is on ethics of mental health practice and Landau’s focus is on legal matters effecting mental health providers, patients and institutions; but their interaction is seamless and complementary. They both assert that clients must understand their rights and be informed; thus the duty of the practitioner is to help the client to be aware, to understand and to be empowered.      Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/333080961
ARCHIVED: 4-22-19 Governor’s Working Group on Gun Safety Report
Guests: Dr. Philip Auger, Superintendent, N. Kingstown School Dept., www.nksd.net
              Colonel James Manni, Superintendent, RI State Police, www.risp.ri.gov  
Host: Richard August         Time: 30 minutes
This discussion is with two members of the Governor Raimondo’s working group on gun safety. Some recommendations of the group have been incorporated into the Governor’s and Attorney General Neronha’s legislative package. The focus of this discussion is legislation proposing the banning of assault weapons, high capacity magazines and prohibiting guns near schools. No 2nd Amendment proponents were included is this working group, who perceive the proposed legislation as poorly written, often contradictory and potentially problematic from an enforcement perspective.
ARCHIVED: 4-8-19 Meet Sue Cienki, Chairwoman – RI GOP
Guest: Sue Cienki, Chairwoman – RI GOP www.ri.gop
Host: John Carlevale         Time: 30 minutes
Sue Cienki, the newly elected Chairwoman of the RI Republican Party discusses her plans as leader of RI GOP. This interview is an opportunity to come to know more about her at the personal level and also to find out what she regards at the important issues and concerns facing the RI Republican Party and the State of Rhode Island. Cienki states that her major focus is to get more Republican candidates elected to the RI general assembly. Some statewide issues and concerns discussed are education quality; exodus of taxpayers; government over taxation and over regulation. Party matters involve messaging and direct contact with voters to help them better understand Republican goals and values.
ARCHIVED: 4-8-19 Part Two: Legislation and Center Initiatives & Concerns
Guest: Mike Stenhouse, CEO-RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity, www.rifredom.org
Host: John Carlevale         Time: 30 minutes
This is a continuation of a previous discussion with Stenhouse about proposed legislation and the issues and concerns associated with these. Some of the matters discussed relate to government employee rights of association/dissociate from union membership; asset forfeiture law reform needed; the 6.5% sales tax reduction promised, which the government is resisting to adopt; government data collection infringing on personal privacy rights; the reasons the 2019 RI budget was graded “D” by the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, and more.
Link to video is https://vimeo.com/channels/365354/329376041
ARCHIVED: 3-25-19 Part One: Legislation and Center Initiatives & Concerns
Guest: Mike Stenhouse, CEO-RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity, www.rifredom.org
Host: John Carlevale         Time: 30 minutes