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James Diossa (Mayor, Central Falls, RI)

James Diossa was re-elected as Mayor of Central Falls, RI in 2016, after rising to Mayoral status in 2012 at the age of 27. In 2018, Mayor Diossa was also named President of The Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, a testament to the work he has done as leader of a municipality in the midst of recovery from a near economic collapse. Diossa’s tenure as Mayor of Central Falls overlapped with the city emerging from bankruptcy, and he has been gradually working to guide the Central Falls...


Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D, RI)

Democratic United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is junior Senator from Rhode Island, and has served in the post since 2007. From his early years working under former Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun to contemporarily serving on prominent positions including on the Budget, Finance and Judiciary committees of the United States Senate, Senator Whitehouse discussed his tenure in public life, using the politics of practicality to make change and specific actions he has taken in the Senate...


Dr. Wendy Schiller (Chair, Brown University Department of Political Science)

Dr. Wendy Schiller is Chairwoman of Brown University’s political science department, where she instructs students in poli-sci and international and public affairs. Dr. Schiller is also a frequent contributor to local and national media outlets, providing distinct commentary on issues of politics, policy and government. With the 2018 election cycle in the rearview, I wanted to get Dr. Schiller’s big-picture takeaways and impressions on how she sees Rhode Island and national politics...


Hilary Levey Friedman (President, RI NOW)

Hilary Levey Friedman teaches courses in Brown University’s Department of Education, and is also an author and the President of The RI chapter of The National Organization for Women. I was curious as to Professor Friedman’s opinion on what are the most pressing issues facing women in Rhode Island. Our conversation addressed a multitude of issues that RI NOW are focused on, from reproductive rights to gender-based economic and educational disparities, to transgender rights and protections.


Kim Kalunian (Televison Personality, WPRI)

Kim Kalunian is an anchor and reporter for WPRI channel 12 television in Providence, RI, where she has emerged as a signature talent on the station’s roster. Ahead of pursuing a full-time broadcasting career, which launched with radio work, and a stint at Providence news-talk station WPRO, Kim was a full-time stage actress, performing nationally and locally, including at Trinity Rep. I identified with Kim’s journey as an artist, making bold choices to pursue her dreams - and fulfil her...


Blake Filippi (Rhode Island House Minority Leader)

Republican Blake Filippi is the recently elected Rhode Island House Minority Leader, leading a caucus that has less than 15% of House membership in an overwhelming Democratically controlled lower chamber. Following an election cycle that saw Rhode Island Republicans fail to mount any serious challenges for statewide offices, and with the national Republican brand soured by the antics of President Donald Trump, I sat down with Representative Filippi, an attorney and organic cattle farmer who...


Parker Gavigan (NBC10 WJAR I-Team Reporter)

Parker Gavigan is an investigative reporter for NBC 10 WJAR, where he is a member of the I-Team, channel 10’s longstanding investigative unit which rose to prominence through the work of Jim Taricani, Diana Keolsh and others. We discussed Parker’s responsibility in maintaining the I-Team and channel 10 as the Providence-New Bedford market’s number-one rated news station, adapting as a broadcaster in light of shifting viewing habits, news stations serving as a public service, plus I...


Joseph Molina Flynn (President, Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee)

In this episode of The Bartholomewtown Podcast, Bill Bartholomew sits down with Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee President Joseph Molina Flynn. Flynn highlights which Rhode Island elected officials are working effectively with the Rhode Island Latinx community, looks towards the 2022 election and offers insight into his own background as an immigrant, Rhode Islander, Law student and attorney.


Matt Allen (Talk Radio Host, WPRO)

In this episode of The Bartholomewtown Podcast, Bill sits down with WPRO AM midday host Matt Allen. The pair discuss Allen's broadcasting career, including his time working with former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci, the future of local media, plus Matt offers his advice to progressives on how to win over a broader audience with their messages.


Election Day In Rhode Island - Ben Decastro, Kobi Dennis plus Peter Neronha and Giovanni Feroce

Special episode! Election Day In Rhode Island, roundtable panel with Ben DeCastro and Kobi Dennis, plus checking in with Attorney General candidate Peter Neronha and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Giovanni Feroce. Welcome to Election Day In Rhode Island.


RI election preview with Dan McGowan (

In this episode of The Bartholomewtown Podcast, Bill Bartholomew welcomes back Rhode Island-favorite, reporter Dan McGowan. The pair preview the upcoming Providence Mayoral and Council races, gubernatorial race, plus talk about Dan's work as a multimedia reporter. Not to mention, discussion on possible Rhode Island politics baseball trading cards!


Rob Horowitz (Democratic strategist)

In this episode of The Bartholomewtown Podcast, Bill Bartholomew discusses the upcoming Rhode Island election with Democratic strategist and media personality Rob Horowitz. The pair break down the gubernatorial, House District 15, Providence Mayoral and other races, plus Horowitz offers his take on Rhode Island's political media.


Jamie Bova (Newport City Councilwoman)

In this episode of The Bartholomewtown Podcast, Bill Bartholomew goes deep with At-large Newport City Councilwoman, Jamie Bova. From discussing her reelection campaign, to Newport's future innovation hub, to general city development, this is an enlightening conversation about the politics of one of Rhode Island's fastest moving regions.


Allan Fung (RI Republican gubernatorial nominee, Mayor of Cranston, RI)

In this episode of The Bartholomewtown Podcast, Bill Bartholomew sits down with Cranston Mayor and Rhode Island Republican gubernatorial nominee Allan Fung. This wide-ranging conversation touches on Mayor Fung's journey in public office, his plans for improving Rhode Island's business climate and his thoughts on key opponents, Governor Gina Raimondo and independent Joe Trillo.


Dee Dee Witman (independent Providence Mayoral candidate)

In this episode of The Bartholomewtown Podcast, Bill Bartholomew sits down with independent candidate for Mayor of Providence, RI, Dianne "Dee Dee" Witman. The conversation, taking place in the homestretch of this election season, touches on a vast array of issues facing Providence, as well as Ms. Witman's background and some positions.


Kat Kerwin (Providence City Council candidate)

In this episode of The Bartholomewtown Podcast, Bill Bartholomew sits down with 21 year old Providence City Council candidate Kat Kerwin, who will likely join the first majority female council this January. We talked about Ms. Kerwin's campaign, shifts within the Democratic party, her favorite Providence food, Providence local music and art, and all things RI politics.


Patrick Anderson (Providence Journal State House reporter)

In this episode of The Bartholomewtown Podcast, Bill Bartholomew goes one-on-one with Providence Journal State House reporter, Patrick Anderson. The two talk Rhode Island politics, focusing on the upcoming general election, as well as sustainability models for local media outlets, working in print media and the artistry of storytelling. Follow on Twitter: @billbartholomew


Nika Lomazzo (Providence activist, performer)

In this episode of The Bartholomewtown Podcast, Bill Bartholomew talks Rhode Island and Providence politics. arts and more with activist, performer and commentator Nika Lomazzo.


Dr. June Speakman (Roger Williams University political science professor)

In this episode of The Bartholomewtown Podcast, Bill Bartholomew sits down with Roger Williams University political science professor and Warren, RI Town Council candidate Dr. June Speakman. The episode touches on Dr. Speakman's council run, and focuses on a discussion surrounding all things Rhode Island politics and media.


R.J. Heim (NBC10)

In this episode of The Bartholomewtown Podcast, Bill Bartholomew welcomes Rhode Island favorite R.J. Heim, who has been a weatherman and reporter for NBC 10 WJAR for 25 years. In this special audio documentary podcast, get a feel for who R.J. is, and how he came to be a beloved member of the southern New England media. Very special thank you to Famous 56 for supplying some of the WFIL audio heard in the podcast. All audio samples copyright their original owners