2012-10-18 / About Town

Public Radio’s political panel at URI tonight

Fans of Rhode Island Public Radio’s political roundtable will be treated to a full hour of political and election analysis as the show visits the University of Rhode Island from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Political analyst Scott MacKay, political reporter Ian Donnis and professor Maureen Moakley will take the stage for the one-hour discussion at the Edwards Auditorium on the Kingston Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The roundtable is a 10-minute segment usually recorded in the station’s Providence studio. The university will host the live recording of a special hour-long program that will be aired at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. The university will also provide a full video recording of the event at URI.edu, which will be posted after the radio broadcast.

Last year, a Rhode Island Public Radio panel discussion on wind turbine projects slated for just off Block Island drew a standingroom only crowd to URI’s Lippitt Hall.

“Rhode Island Public Radio’s political roundtable is appointment listening for voters and office holders alike,” said Joe O’Connor, general manager of Rhode Island Public Radio. “It is a delight to be able to record a live edition of the roundtable at URI, long a supporter of Rhode Island’s NPR, during this historic election season.”

URI President David Dooley said he is honored to have Rhode Island Public Radio return to the campus.

“We had a lively discussion about wind turbine development last year, and this month we expect another captivating discussion, this time on the major political issues of the day. We thank the entire Rhode Island Public Radio team for partnering with the state’s flagship university. In these most contentious times, it is important to spotlight the important work of public radio and its dedication to accurate and thorough reporting delivered in compelling and entertaining fashion.”

The panelists will discuss such topics as the congressional race between incumbent Democrat David Cicilline and Republican challenger Brendan Doherty, the impact of the election on the next General Assembly session, gambling, and campaign financing’s impact on local and national elections.

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