AGE: 33.

OCCUPATION: Radio producer for The Public’s Radio, the NPR member station for Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

RESIDENCE: Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born in Hartford, Conn., raised in Farmington, Conn.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Researching and interviewing sources for "Mosaic," a 30-part podcast series on immigration told through the individual stories of local immigrants and their descendants. Anyone with ideas for the project can contact me at anunes@thepublicsradio.org.

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Hanging out with my family, reading, cooking, going to Westerly restaurants, perusing the shelves of the Westerly Public Library, Savoy bookshop, and ReReads.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Being married to my beautiful wife, Stacey, and raising our two wonderful sons, Julian and Harrison.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being a good and thoughtful guy who cared about the future being left to his and other people’s kids.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: I’ve had this idea for a while where I’ll someday take time to travel around the world and visit a newsroom in every country I go to.

I ALWAYS CARRY: My keys.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A psychiatrist with a radio call in show. I watched too much TV as a kid, especially reruns of the show “Frasier.”

PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ME: My parents, Martha and Lou Nunes. They impressed upon me and my siblings to use our talents and opportunities given to us to do something important and try to make a difference. I was also very influenced by my high school history teacher Jefferson Gawle. He helped me recognize and value my ability to think critically and independently.

FAVORITE AUTHORS: George Orwell, James Baldwin, William Styron, Leo Tolstoy, Joan Didion, Patti Smith, Raymond Carver, Chris Hedges, Andre Dubus, Jim Harrison.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: "Reporter" by Seymour Hersh, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown, "Hiroshima" by John Hersey.

I AM LISTENING TO: The band New Order a lot lately.

FAVORITE MOVIE: "Uncle Buck." I loved John Candy and his character was very much like my real life Uncle Skip.

LAST MOVIE WATCHED: "Anger Management." It was awful.

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Probably "Breaking Bad."

FAVORITE RADIO SHOW: "On the Media."

FAVORITE SONG/GENRE OF MUSIC: “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” by the Talking Heads. I like a lot of different genres depending on the mood I’m in.

TOP COMFORT FOOD: Pizza.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: I don’t use social media. I find it anxiety-producing.

TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Moral courage, loyalty, authenticity.

PET PEEVES: People who incessantly use the rewind/fast forward function on their TV during a live sports game. Stop it! Replay is built into the production!!

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” -Winston Churchill speaking of a political rival.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The Westerly Library & Wilcox Park.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Coffee.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: My full name is Alexis and I was named after the Nicaraguan boxer Alexis Argüello. I think my dad thought it’d make me tough but mostly it just got me made fun of.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Listen to your gut. My dad has always told me this.

ADVICE I LIKE TO GIVE: If you really want to do something, do it. Don’t let the fear of failure or embarrassing yourself stop you.

IF I RULED THE WORLD, I WOULD: End all wars and guarantee a basic standard of living worldwide.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Give my wife the ticket. She has much better judgment than I.

I DRIVE A: Navy blue 2011 Honda CRV.

I WISH I DROVE A: My dream is that Rhode Island have such great public transportation that I don’t need a car.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Almond milk.

IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON, PAST OR PRESENT, TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: My grandfather James “Jack” Raspanti. He died when I was 12. We were very close and used to talk a lot about history and current events. I’d love to hear what he thinks of everything that’s happened over the last 21 years.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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Elizabeth B

What a cool profile! I happen to like so many of the things he likes, so I'm kind of biased--from the TV shows to the songs. But as usual, it's great to read about people who love family and community.

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