Talia Blake

Morning Edition Producer

Talia joined RIPR in February 2018 as the Morning Edition Producer.  She graduated with a double-major in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Before starting at RIPR, she was an intern at public radio station WMFE in Orlando. Originally from Connecticut, Talia is no stranger to New England. In her spare time, she is an avid foodie and enjoys working out.

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On Tuesday, a clean water advocate will announce his plans to swim the entire length of Narragansett Bay. Christopher Swain will swim from Point Judith to Providence over the course of 2 weeks, in an effort to celebrate and protect the bay. His plan is to spend 2 to 6 hours a day in the water.

The Rhode Island School of Design explores the story and history of the Rosa Parks House Project from the viewpoint of art, preservation, and memory. RISD's Interior Architecture Department will host the symposium, called Everybody’s House, on Friday at Waterfire, where the display is located.

Dante Bellini

Plans for what would be the tallest building in Providence hit a bump in the road recently. The Providence City Plan Comission voted against recommending approval of zoning changes for the controversial 46-story Hope Point Tower. 

The commission’s vote came despite a planning staff report that found the project complied with the city’s comprehensive plan, which encourages mixed-use development downtown.

In a statement, Fane Organization spokesman Dante Bellini said, “We will take time to reflect upon their decision and any next steps.”

Roger Williams Park Zoo

A routine hoof procedure turned out to be not so routine when a takin named Har-Lee managed to escape his enclosure around 9:05 Tuesday morning. 

Roger Williams Park Zoo said the recapture team was immediately activated with tranquilizers and backup rifle, never losing sight of Har-Lee following him to a point where they could safely sedate him.

The issue was resolved at 9:55 a.m. and the zoo opened for regular business 20 minutes later. 

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Six months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, many families are still struggling to find a new place to feel at home. United Neighbors of Fall River and other human service agencies joined together to form the Hurricane Relief Coalition, and they’re saying Bienvenido or welcome to Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria with an event May 12th. 

Wendy Garf-Lipp, United Neighbors Executive Director, is spearheading the event. It will include job fair, transitional paperwork assistance, a language translator, and more.


The economy is staying steady. That’s the opinion of some business leaders in the Ocean State. A new survey, conducted by The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, looked at the overall economic conditions under President Trump. 

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Rhode Island is spending $14 million to improve and modernize the port and infrastructure at Quonset Business Park, and has committed up to $20 million in tax breaks for Electric Boat. 

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Rhode Island drivers will have to put their phones down or risk getting a hundred dollar fine. Starting June first, driving while holding a phone in your hand will be illegal in Rhode Island.

After more than 40 years, Providence’s independent Cable Car Cinema will close its doors next month. One of the theater’s owners, Emily Steffian, is a member of the Community Advisory Board of Rhode Island Public Radio. She and co-owner Daniel Kamil said their decision wasn’t made lightly.

Dante Bellini

The Fane organization is seeking a zoning change in regards to the proposed Hope Point Tower (pictured above). The New York developer wants to build a true skyscraper in Providence. 

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The Providence city plan commission will meet Wednesday to review plans for a new skyscraper proposed for the city’s Jewelry District. 

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The future of the house where Rosa Parks stayed with family after she left the south has been uncertain after Brown University backed out of plans to display it last month. But, it looks like the installation will remain in Providence for at least a month. 

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Providence has launched a mobile unit to give showers, haircuts, and medical services to residents who are homeless. Organizers believe this is first trailer in the country to offer all these services in one place. 

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April 17th is the due date for personal income tax payments and filings. The Rhode Island Division of Taxation said filers should not ignore the deadline. 

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Recent research sheds a new light on our understanding of black holes, specifically extreme black holes.