The Rotunda #274 3/1/21 - Tina Pederson joins the show to talk about two things that are near and dear t her heart: the incoming McKee administration, and RAMP. We talk about the hiccups to date in the transition process, what could have been done better and also how she anticipates Governor McKee will differentiate himself form outgoing Governor Raimondo. We also talk about issues that differently abled people deal with that we may not even be aware of, and how we can help!
I also talk about Governor Cuomo's fitness to lead the state of New York, Donald Trump at CPAC and the strange willingness by those on the far left and far right to call in government to force people to do things their way.
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The Rotunda #273 2/22/21 - Alyssa Heller from Gallery Night Providence calls in to talk about the spectacular virtual event that is being hosted by Sprout Coworking in Providence. Arts and humanities exposure is critical not just for young people and students, but for all of us, especially in these times when needs so often overpower wants. Check out this segment and learn how you can take part in a fun night for not just yourself but your family!
Also discussed tonight is the nearly 2.4 million Americans who experience panic or anxiety attacks yearly. There's a stigma of weakness and frailty attached to this - and in this episode, we being the task of saying 'no more' to people being looked down upon for this. Symptoms, coping mechanisms and treatment options are discussed right here.
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The Rotunda #272 2/8/21 - Jason Hand joins the show to talk Browns football, and recap the recently concluded season. We also talk about the potential Deshaun Watson trade, and why, exactly, are some people still not committed to Baker Mayfield in Cleveland?
Alex Tarnava calls in as well, to talk about all the rejuvenating benefits of Hydrogen and how his company can help us to take advantage of them!
In the first segment, I talk about the Rooney Rule that the NFL is supposed to use, and how, to date, it appears to be failing. What can we do to ensure that minority coaches can rise through the ranks? I propose my own solution and I think that everyone will like it.
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The Rotunda # 271 1/25/21 - Foreign Policy expert Harry Kazianis makes his Rotunda debut tonight to talk about the changes in foreign policy that we can expect form the Biden administration. What worked under Trump, and what will be improved? Terrific content that you will not want to miss.
Also Scott fills you in on other presidential transitions that were, shall we say, frosty, the RIGOP's attempt to get Raimondo to commit to an exit date, and the tax implications of the $600 unemployment bump many got.
Something else to think about: will Trump also lose his SAG card? What, pray tell, is a SAG card? Tune in and find out!
The Rotunda #271 1/18/21 - Have you noticed how......aloof our Governor has been, ever since she was tapped for Commerce Secretary? It's almost as if RI has outlived its usefulness to her. And, just look at many local news personalities, feeling like jilted lovers and you cant blame them. Has Governor Raimondo truly abandoned her free PR team? Pat Ford calls in to discuss!
Kim Petrarca calls in for the third segment to catch up, talk about what's new and how the local music scene, which has endured so much so far, can hope to keep going until this pandemic is over.
I also have thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr, Trump's ban from Twitter and much more! Give this a listen and a like!
The Rotunda #269 1/11/2021 - After the brutal events that took place at the Capitol as the Electoral College votes were being certified, I have a full-spectrum take on the events, from WBOB's own Allan Giberti and correspondent Cameron Pond!! Check this out and dig into it, this is great content right here.
I also get into Gina Raimondo's rise to Commerce Secretary, what this means for the 2022 race for Governor, and how much the world has changed since the Browns last playoff win!
The Rotunda #268 1/4/21 - In the first episode of 2021, we unfortunately have to talk about sedition the likes of which we have not seen since the Civil War. While we all can understand the disappointment that comes form not winning an election, there is absolutely no excuse for Lin Wood to put out, on social media, a call to execute the sitting Vice President of these United States. We talk about the devastating effect that this, and the planned objection to the Electoral Collee results, will have on our system of government.
We also have guests Ray Davis and Chas Calenda call in. Ray talks about how we can try to somehow, some way bridge the gap that we have in America right now, and Chas fills us in on his upcoming run for AG here in Rhode Island. What were his thoughts on the Britt trial? What would he like to do differently? Tune in and check it out, then give us a like!!
The Rotunda #267 12/21/20 - Scott talks with Chad Michael, ho shares his new venture, Appleseed Rhode! We are going to learn all about this one stop shop.
Also, we now have a COVID vaccine being distributed - what are the ethical concerns about whether or not someone can be mandated to take it? And locally, what does our GA have against DCYF, and can someone, anyone tell me what the pause was supposed to accomplish - cause I sure cannot make good sense out of it.
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The Rotunda #265 12/7/20 - In this edition of the op-ed current events podcast hosted by Scott Rotondo, Jaimie Adler with just the thing for those who, like me, procrastinate a bit about holiday gift giving.
In addition to all this, Scott gives his thoughts on how irresponsible, clickbait headlines can add fuel to the fire of unrest in this country, Trumps potential pardons, and more! Give this a listen and a like!
The Rotunda #264 11/30/20 - With Rhode Island now in a two week pause, what can we reasonably expect as a tangible result of this preventative action? Dr. Luis Daniel Munoz calls in for the third segment to talk to us about this topic - also, with vaccines making headlines in the news, how soon can we reasonably expect distribution? With any vaccine totally eliminate this virus, or will bit become something akin to the flu - something that we have to watch out for every year?
Another important topic - benefits fraud. With COVID ravaging the economy, state offices are being overrun and the possibility of fake claims have skyrocketed. I'm going to talk about what to look out for and what to do if you suspect, or if you confirm, that you have been a victim in order to limit any potential damage or liability to you.
Amazingly enough, President Trump and his team still have not fully accepted the reality of their loss. I'll talk a bit bout some interesting interactions that I had this weekend on Twitter, and my thoughts on a pressing question: now that everyone questions everything that they do not like, can we expect every presidential election going forward to be this messy?
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