On February 5, the Rhode Island House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare heard testimony from supporters of a bill that would equip all public schools in Rhode Island with Narcan, the “miracle” drug capable of rapidly reversing opiate overdoses. I’ve seen Narcan administered as an EMT, and the results are astounding: an unresponsive patient […]

Dr. Lindsay Orchowski, a research professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of Alpert Medical School and a leading researcher nationally on these issues, will offer an evidence-based and research-driven explanation of how rape culture and sexual assault affect our communities, our campus and our society at large.This event is co-sponsored by: BWell […]

On October 15, Brown University Taubman Center for Public Policy is hosting the Providence mayoral debate. Democrat Jorge Elorza, Republican Daniel Harrop and independent Buddy Cianci will face off and discuss issues affecting the city and its residents. Brown Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Ross Cheit will moderate the event. This event is funded […]

Inspired by The Dish, BPR invited its readers to submit questions for Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn ’81. In the second video in our series, readers ask Corn about his fascination with Senator Rand Paul, and whether or not he thinks Paul could win the presidency.See the entire series here.

This is my sixtieth column for BPR, and probably my last (though feel free to start the Brett Favre “will he or won’t he?” unretirement talk, it’s good for the ego). I started out writing about gambling in my hometown, and ended with a column about a racist basketball owner. I’ll say this for America, […]

Some big things are happening one town to my north. Up in Pawtucket, RI (yes, where Peter Griffin works on Family Guy), a coordinated effort has been made to revitalize the downtown. Pawtucket’s downtown has many amazing buildings, but has fallen victim to a familiar series of problems in Rhode Island: overreliance on one industry, […]

Over 8 million people have signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), exceeding the White House’s enrollment goal for the end of March. However, this number isn’t indicative of the real impact of the healthcare program; many of these people already had insurance, and this figure doesn’t include those who are newly […]

Dan Barry’s recent New York Times article “The ‘Boys’ in the Bunkhouse” shed light on the deplorable use of segregated workshops, which keep developmentally disabled (DD) individuals in life-long jobs that often consist of little more than repetitive and labor-intensive tasks. Within the shocking exposé, one comment was easy to miss: that there is an […]