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A collection of interviews, press conferences and news actualities from the Newsroom of the Providence Journal, Providence, Rhode Island.

A collection of interviews, press conferences and news actualities from the Newsroom of the Providence Journal, Providence, Rhode Island.


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A collection of interviews, press conferences and news actualities from the Newsroom of the Providence Journal, Providence, Rhode Island.




One Less Worry podcast

Nellie Gaye, who was homeless and hungry as a child in her native Liberia, discusses establishing the One Less Worry program, which provides free food to people in need. The program is based at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Providence. @GWayneMiller #podcast for @projo. Story, photos and video at


MAPPS explained by Mark Lurie podcast

Imagine there was a way to prevent potential pandemics by accurately predicting how they might unfold, which would enable policymakers and medical and public health officials to act to stop them long before reaching crisis stage. Brown University School of Public Health epidemiologist Mark Lurie describes a major new initiative that he heads that aims to make this possible. @gwaynemiller #podcast for @projo -- story and images at


Suzanne Firstenberg podcast

The more than 3,000 Rhode Islanders lost to COVID were memorialized Saturday with a display of thousands of white flags on the State House lawn and a ceremony that opened a week during which the flags will remain in place. The display was created by artist Suzanne Firstenberg, who explains its purpose here. NOTE: This was recorded outside, so there are background sounds. @gwaynemiller #podcast for The Providence Journal; read the story and see photographs here.


Jim McDonald leaves podcast

Interim state Health Department director Dr. James McDonald is resigning. In this interview, he explains his reasons. @gwaynemiller #podcast for @projo - story at


Nicole Alexander Scott at Brown podcast

Speaking at a forum during Brown University’s commencement weekend, former state Health Department director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott discussed health equity, the COVID-19 pandemic, her admiration for former Gov. Gina Raimondo and her staff, and the leadership qualities she says are needed to head public-health agencies. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency physician and academic dean of Brown's School of Public Health. @gwaynemiller #podcast for @projo, story at...


Mary Marran podcast

Mary Marran, president and COO of Butler Hospital, discusses the crisis in the state’s behavioral health care and disabilities systems and a path toward reform. @gwaynemiller #podcast for @projo Story at The Providence Journal


Jim Whiteside discusses how the WellOne community health center helps him live independently in rural Rhode Island.

PASCOAG -- Jim Whiteside lives about as far into the woods of northwestern Rhode Island as you can get without being in another state. Which would not be remarkable until you learn of the multiple health challenges that limit his vision, hearing and mobility. But thanks to a community health center that makes house calls and provides transportation to office appointments, Whiteside, a retired social worker, remains independent in his home of many years on pristine Wakefield Pond, near Buck...


Lifespan leaders discuss the fourth surge and staffing shortages

Dr. Dean Roye, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Rhode Island Hospital; Dr. Kenneth Wood, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Lifespan; Dr. Mitchell Levy, Director of Critical Care Medicine for Lifespan; and Dr. Jeremiah Schuur, Physician-in-Chief of Emergency Medicine for Lifespan, discuss Lifespan leaders discuss the fourth surge and staffing shortages. From a virtual press conference held on December 9, 2021. Stories at...


Brown University epidemiologist Mark Lurie discusses the omicron variant threat

Brown University School of Public health epidemiologist Mark Lurie discusses the omicron variant threat. “In times of uncertainty, it’s better to be overly cautious than under-prepared,” he says. @gwaynemiller #podcast for @projo -- story and video at The Providence Journal


ashish long haul podcast

Brown University's School of Public Health is embarking on a study designed to assess the broad impact of Long COVID, the post-acute coronavirus disease syndrome that affects millions in America alone. Dean Dr. Ashish Jha discusses the methodology and uses for the research, which is supported in part by a grant from Hassenfeld Family Initiatives, headed by former Hasbro CEO and chairman Alan G. Hassenfeld. @gwaynemiller #pocast for @projo -- video and story at


DIY filters

Simple. Inexpensive. Effective. These are among the virtues of an ingenious do-it-yourself air-filtration system designed to protect against COVID-19 and other viruses that Brown University students were assembling Friday afternoon in Alumnae Hall under the watchful eye of Brown School of Public Health dean Dr. Ashish Jha. @gwaynemiller #podcast for @projo - story at



The COVID pandemic has affected the mental health of untold millions of Americans and residents of other countries. And in this continuing public-health crisis, which is linked to rising suicide rates the world over, it has never been more critical to talk openly and seek professional help when warranted. “Pay importance to your own mental health and with the people around you, look for early signs [of difficulties], talk to them and refer them for care if needed,” advises Dr. Shekhar...


Neil Steinberg and Jane Hayward discuss RI Foundation report on proposed merger

Neil Steinberg and Jane Hayward discuss the Rhode Island Foundation report on the proposed merger of Care New England and Lifespan, to be affiliated with Brown University. @gwaynemiller #podcast for @projo - story at


RI Life video

Martha L. Wofford, president and CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University's School of Public Health, discuss the 2021 Rhode Island Life Index. @gwaynemiller #podcast for @projo - story at


Christa Thomas-Sowers discusses the behavioral-healthcare workforce crisis - and what it means for needy people

Christa Thomas-Sowers, community outreach coordinator for Community Care Alliance, discusses Rhode Island's statewide behavioral-healthcare and mental-health workforce crisis - and what it means for needy people who are forced to go without vital services. @gwaynemiller #podcast for @projo - story at


Dawn Dove podcast

Exeter's Dawn Dove, a Narragansett/Niantic elder, talks about the steps including vaccinations that she and her family have taken to stay safe during the pandemic -- and the amazing gift given her and her young grandson as the seasons changed from fall to winter and then spring, when nature came alive. @Gwaynemiller #podcast for @projo. Dawn's story and the stories of how a scientist, a nurse, a pastor, a mother and daughter, and a restaurant owner have fared since March 2020 at...


Pastor Chris podcast final cut

When the Rev. Chris Abhulime discusses his job as Gov. Dan McKee’s deputy chief of staff, equity is the dominant topic. @gwaynemiller #podcast for @projo - story and video at


Wendy Lower projo podcast

At a time when white supremacists deny that the Holocaust occurred and stickers of former Nazi leader Adolf Hitler have been posted in Bristol, scholar Wendy Lower’s appearance this week on “Story in the Public Square” could not be more timely. This week on "Story in the Public Square." Story at


FDA approval of aducanumab podcast

Leading Alzheimer's scientists Drs. Stephen P. Salloway, Butler Hospital, & Chuang-Kuo Wu, Rhode Island Hospital, discuss FDA approval of new drug aducanumab. @gwaynemiller #podcast for @projo -- story and video at


Saul Weingart, new president of Rhode Island and Hasbro Chilren's Hospitals

Dr. Saul N. Weingart, the new president of Lifespan's Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s Hospitals, discusses challenges, successes and the future. @gwaynemiller #podcast for @projo - story and video at