Longtime mayors can often become outsized personalities and pop culture figures within the cities they serve. Former Providence mayor Vincent Cianci was no exception: Cianci, or “Buddy” as he was known, ruled Providence from his throne at city hall for a record breaking seven terms, first between 1975 and 1984 and then again between 1991 and 2002. In […]


Since coming into office, US President Donald Trump has signed multiple executive orders attempting to repeal the policies enacted by former President Barack Obama. These efforts have worried many foreign governments, who are painfully aware that the global power dynamic could change significantly over the next few months. Japan, in particular, has much at stake: […]


“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen….” So begins George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, originally published in 1949. In 2017, nearly 70 years after being written, the novel has resurged to the top of several bestseller lists. Set in Oceania, a totalitarian police superstate controlled and heavily surveilled […]