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12 on 12 Digital Originals: New series premiere each month only on WPRI.com

It’s been another challenging year, but at a time when it’s easy to focus on the negative, we sought out the positive.

In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, Danielle North takes you on a Holiday Rhode trip filled with uplifting and inspiring stories from around our area — and it was all done in a single day.

From stepping up for those less fortunate to literal steps taken on a miraculous road to recovery, these are stories of hope, healing and humanity.


The holiday season is here, and you may be seeing items out of stock, higher prices, and shipping delays as you shop in stores and online. But why?

In our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original, we go to supply chain experts to find out what’s causing the shortage of products and what you can do to prepare.

In this 12 on 12: Supply Chain Explained | Interview: RI Trucking Association President | Further Reading & Viewing


A lack of affordable housing has been a problem in Rhode Island for some time, but the root causes behind it were both magnified and worsened by the pandemic.

New data from HousingWorks RI shows rentals are not just hard to come by, but they’re also too costly for many people. In fact, only one town last year had housing that was affordable to someone making the median income for renters.

In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, 12 News reporters Gina Marini and Courtney Carter explore why the housing crisis has become an epidemic, how difficult it is to find an apartment in Rhode Island, and what’s being done to address the issue.

IN THIS 12 ON 12: Housing Hurdles | The (un)affordability of renting in RI | How $1.1B in ARPA funding could help | More Information & Resources | Further Viewing


A year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, Rhode Island hospital workers are leaving in droves, data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows.

In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, Target 12 Investigators Tolly Taylor and Sarah Guernelli uncover just how dire the situation has become at the state’s hospitals, why it’s particularly severe for nurses, and how the staffing shortage has impacted patient care.


The opioid epidemic is an ongoing problem in Southern New England that health officials say was made worse by the pandemic.

No matter the substance or source of the addiction — help is available for those who need it.

In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, 12 News reporter Courtney Carter connects with a man who once struggled with addiction and now runs a recovery center in Providence where people can go to get better.


The War on Alzheimer’s is a battle being waged on several fronts. Millions of Americans are living with it, fifty-four thousand Rhode Islanders are caring for someone with this memory robbing disease, and the medical and research community is on the verge of breakthroughs.

In this award-winning 12 on 12 Digital Original, Mike Montecalvo introduces you to some of those affected by Alzheimer’s and a local doctor who’s hopeful that a cure will be found.

In This 12 on 12: The War on Alzheimer’s | Meet the Warriors | In-Depth with Dr. Salloway | Resources & Links


Rhode Island is the Ocean State and Narragansett Bay is at its heart and soul. Along with memorable summers, the bay is a big part of the state’s history and economy. But from pollution to oil spills and climate change, Narragansett Bay has had and continues to have its challenges. What does the future hold for this iconic body of water?

In this award-winning 12 on 12 Digital Original, Pinpoint Weather 12 Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo – with help from Sky Drone 12 – takes an in-depth look at how the bay is doing now and what its future may look like.

Watch Part 2 and learn more here »


The Mafia Tapes: 12 on 12 Digital Original only on WPRI.com

Oct. 29, 1989: A secret recording captured inside a Massachusetts home changed organized crime forever. Four members of the Patriarca crime family took the oath of secrecy to join the crime family. Little did they know that the FBI was secretly recording the whole thing.

In this award-winning 12 on 12 Digital Original, Target 12 Investigator Tim White goes in-depth on this incredible moment in mob history, 30 years to the day of the now-infamous mob induction ceremony. An FBI agent assigned to the case speaks publicly for the first time, and we reveal what happened to the four men who swore a secret oath to La Costa Nostra.


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