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Yale Law School Case Integral To Supreme Court Argument Over DACA

Nov 13, 2019 311

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that could be pivotal for hundreds of thousands of young people covered by the DACA program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Connecticut Students Face Uncertain Future As Supreme Court Takes On DACA

Nov 12, 2019 111

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About 800,000 young undocumented immigrants have benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, since its inception in 2012, but now many of them are living and going to school in the U.S. with their status in doubt.

High-Dose Flu Vaccines Hard To Find, But Conn. Health Officials Warn Seniors Not To Wait

Nov 12, 2019 116

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Patricia Banach just wanted her annual flu shot. As the weather got colder, she and her husband, both in their 70s, knew that the chances of falling ill were higher, so they set out to a local pharmacy near their home in Somers to get vaccinated. But it didn’t turn out to be that simple.

PFAS Contamination Concerns Now Raised At Canton Elementary School

Nov 12, 2019 70

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The town of Canton will hold an informational meeting Wednesday night about possible contamination at Cherry Brook Primary School from firefighting foam that was released on school property in 2013. The foam contains chemicals that may be toxic to humans and the environment.

Law Professor: Remington News 'Blew A Very Large Hole' In Gun Industry Immunity

Nov 12, 2019 259

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The Supreme Court’s decision declining to block a lawsuit against gun manufacturer Remington Arms throws the spotlight on a 2005 federal law that shields firearms manufacturers from most lawsuits stemming from crimes committed with their products.

'It's Meant So Much': One Yale Student On DACA Status

Nov 12, 2019 311

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The United States Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a challenge to the Trump administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program that shields young immigrants from deportation and allows them to work legally in the U.S.

After Bradley B-17 Crash, Lasting Impact of PFAS Firefighting Foam Remains A Question

Nov 12, 2019 228

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Christopher Albani was at home when he heard the call that a B-17 crashed at Bradley International Airport, killing seven people. He’s a firefighter, one of several who responded to the Oct. 2 crash. Albani was put on a hose line, dumping firefighting foam onto burning wreckage. “So in that moment, being exposed to it, guys were covered, head to toe, in the stuff,” Albani said.

Connecticut National Guard Canines Honored On Veterans Day

Nov 11, 2019 61

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Members of the Connecticut National Guard and the 928th Military Working Dog Detachment were honored by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in a Veterans Day ceremony at the State Armory in Hartford.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Indoor Begonias

Nov 8, 2019 120

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This common flower originated in Central and South America and is named after a famous botanist Michel Begon. Gardeners love the wide variety of flower and leaf shapes, colors and sizes and its tolerance of shade. This plant is called the begonia.

Poll: Dirty Politics And Gridlock Among Reasons People Don't Vote

Nov 7, 2019 538

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During presidential election years, a majority of Americans vote. According to the United States Elections Project , about 60% of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2016 election. In New England, percentages vary by state, with Maine and New Hampshire at the high end with just above 70% casting ballots, and Rhode Island at the low end, matching the national average. But no matter how you break it down, the reality is a lot of people are choosing not to vote.

Undocumented Honduran Immigrant In Connecticut Says ICE Agent Raped Her

Nov 7, 2019 103

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An undocumented Honduran immigrant living in Connecticut is suing several federal agencies, alleging that she was sexually assaulted multiple times by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.

Painting Space: Connecticut's Avant-Garde Dance Pioneer Alwin Nikolais

Nov 6, 2019 145

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Avant-garde choreographer Alwin Nikolais was more than a modern dance pioneer -- he was a designer, an early multimedia artist, and a composer. Thursday in Hartford, dancers and historians will gather for a panel discussion on this 20th century icon, whose early years in Connecticut helped shape his later works.

Cleanup Costs Continue After B-17 Crash, And So Far, Taxpayers Are Footing The Bill

Oct 31, 2019 82

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State environmental officials say no one has stepped up to take responsibility for cleanup costs after a World War II-era plane crashed at Bradley International Airport, killing seven people. Meanwhile, those costs continue to rise.

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules In Frozen Human Embryo Possession Case

Oct 31, 2019 78

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Connecticut Supreme Court justices ruled Wednesday that remaining frozen human embryos belonging to a divorced couple can be destroyed, as previously stipulated in a contract agreement. The court avoided making a judgement in an argument about affording embryos human rights, but its decision did set a legal precedent for future possession disputes by clarifying how contract agreements should be followed.

Yale Center For British Art Welcomes New Director

Oct 30, 2019 134

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The Yale Center for British Art has a new director. Courtney J. Martin is a Yale alumnus, returning to New Haven after her tenure as deputy director at the Dia Art Foundation. Now, she’s leading one of the largest repositories for British art in the world, outside of the United Kingdom.

Yale Medical Residents And Fellows Draft 'Bill of Rights' To Improve Training Programs

Oct 30, 2019 283

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Senior physicians at Yale New Haven Hospital were in the middle of presentations during a recent meeting of the graduate medical education committee when a group of interns, residents and fellows interrupted. At the front of the room, they unfurled a banner painted with the words “Doctors Are Humans Too.” The group of training doctors then presented staff with what they called a Resident and Fellow Bill of Rights.

Hartford Athletic Looking Toward Second Season After Challenging Inaugural Campaign

Oct 29, 2019 64

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Hartford Athletic soccer recently finished up its first season in the United Soccer League, winning 8 of 34 games played.

Connecticut's Construction Industry 'Stands Down' For Addiction Awareness And Prevention

Oct 28, 2019 86

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When Kyle Zimmer started working in the construction industry 40 years ago, he said health and safety standards focused on reducing injuries and fatalities from electrical hazards, falls and a lack of protective gear. But today, he said the focus needs to be on addiction, suicide prevention and behavioral health.

2016 NPR Tiny Desk Contest Winner Performs in Connecticut

Oct 25, 2019 129

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NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea was a fiddle teacher and performer in Duluth, Minnesota when she was encouraged by a friend to submit her song " Someday We'll Linger in the Sun" to the second ever NPR Tiny Desk contest in 2016. All Songs Considered Host Bob Boilen told NPR that when the judges of the competition heard Lea’s song they were completely floored.

Conn. Health Officials Report First 2019 Case Of Measles In A Child

Oct 25, 2019 74

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A child in Fairfield County has contracted measles, public health officials announced Friday. This is the fourth reported case of measles in Connecticut this year, and the first in a school-aged child, Department of Public Health officials said. This case is not connected to three previous cases in adults reported between January and April.

Wadsworth Brings Black Film Weekend To Hartford

Oct 25, 2019 103

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In conjuction with its newest exhibition Afrocosmologies: American Reflections , The Wadsworth Atheneum will host its Black Film Weekend featuring five films that celebrate and reflect stories of Black lives on screen. The films are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, from Toni Morrison and Harriet Tubman to two stories based in Jamaica, including the story of the island's national men's soccer team.

Going Independent: UConn Releases 2020 Football Opponents

Oct 24, 2019 65

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The University of Connecticut has announced who the football team will play in its upcoming season – its first without conference affiliation since 2003.

Connecticut Author Upending Negative Stereotypes About Apartment Complexes

Oct 24, 2019 504

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The new children’s book “The Night Is Yours” by Abdul-Razak Zachariah captures a snapshot of life growing up in an apartment complex. This is Zachariah’s first book, and it’s based loosely on his childhood -- with his sister as inspiration for the main character. He and his family lived in Terrace Heights, an apartment complex in West Haven, Connecticut. About the community Zachariah grew up in: "It was a pretty diverse community. I grew up with a lot of different children of immigrants, including myself, a lot of children of color and people of varying working class and lower-middle class income. The apartment complex had a huge courtyard and an open space where all the kids would play in the afternoon and during the summers." "It's the kind of space that I think should be available to a lot of kids. If they don't have a courtyard, then they should have a park near their home. It allowed us to all interact and see the lives that we had with each other in an open and shared space."

Connecticut Garden Journal: Should The Leaves Go?

Oct 24, 2019 120

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Fall is great for shuffling through layers of dried, fallen leaves. I love the smell, sound and feeling of the leaves underfoot. But leaves are also a great resource for your garden, lawn and yard. So, let's look at five ways to use those leaves in the garden.

Art And Activism Inspire Long Wharf Theatre's New Artistic Director Jacob Padron

Oct 24, 2019 320

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A big change is underway right now in American theater. More women and people of color are being appointed to lead theatrical institutions. A recent survey called American Theater Leadership Change finds that of 85 artistic director positions that have opened since 2015, 41% have gone to women. People of color have been named to 26%.

Connecticut Mental Health Providers Tackle Barriers To Care In Black Communities

Oct 22, 2019 239

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Michael Manson isn’t shy about sharing his past of criminal charges, mental illness and problems with alcohol and substance abuse, because lately, he’s been focused on improving relationships with his family, staying sober and managing his mental health. “I had therapy yesterday. I’m having therapy Friday. Some weeks I have two days — it depends on the week I’m having, because I know every day is a struggle,” he said. “Every day, I’m trying not to re-offend.”

UConn Students React As Classmates Arrested For Shouting Racial Slurs

Oct 22, 2019 85

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Police arrested two University of Connecticut students Monday after a video posted to social media showed students shouting racial slurs outside of a campus residence hall.

For New England Bats, It's Been A Decade Of 'Carnage'

Oct 21, 2019 246

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Morgan Bengel stood about 35 feet underground, gesturing at the cold, rocky walls inside Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine. Late 18th-century descriptions of this subterranean penitentiary were bleak. “Some of the words are, hell, a dungeon, woeful mansion,” Bengel said.

A Father Remembers The Son He Lost In 'Collision Course'

Oct 18, 2019 420

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It’s been six months since a police officer fatally shot Anthony Jose “Chulo” Vega Cruz after a traffic stop in Wethersfield, Conn. The 18-year-old’s father, Jose Vega, often walks by the site of the shooting on Wethersfield’s Silas Deane Highway. It’s hard not to — he lives just a block and a half away.

‘Collision Course’ Of An Officer And Teen Leads To Fatal Shooting

Oct 17, 2019 601

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On average, police are more likely to pull over a person of color than a white person. That’s what the data shows. Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont have all taken steps to reduce this disparity, but these stops still happen every day. And, that higher number of stops leads to more encounters between civilians and police. Last April, Anthony Vega Cruz was shot and killed by police in Wethersfield, Connecticut after cops tried to pull him over. He was 18 years old. A new documentary from Connecticut Public called “ Collision Course ” tells the story of Vega Cruz and the officer who shot him.

Connecticut Health Officials Fear ‘Losing A Whole Generation’ To Vaping

Oct 17, 2019 106

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Before electronic cigarettes hit the U.S. market about 10 years ago, Connecticut was making progress in decreasing nicotine use among young people. About one in four teens were smoking cigarettes in 2000, but by 2017, that dropped to only 3.5% of school-aged students statewide, according to state reports.

Connecticut Garden Journal: The Perfect Pumpkin

Oct 17, 2019 120

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It's getting closer to the big day. Halloween rivals Christmas for the amount of money spent on decorating, costumes and parties. However, with all the things you can buy for Halloween decorations, the pumpkin is still at the center of all the action.

Connecticut Flu Shots Are Here, And Officials Want You To Get One

Oct 15, 2019 282

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Denise Guillemette sat at a table preparing dozens of flu vaccines that she would eventually give to residents who came to a recent community clinic in Glastonbury. “Come on down,” she called to the next person in line waiting their turn. “How are you feeling today, good?”

After Two Chemical Spills, Town Official Still Concerned

Oct 14, 2019 76

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Politicians and environmentalists met on the banks of the Farmington River Monday to call for more federal action to regulate a band of toxic chemicals. The call comes following two-high profile accidents at Bradley International Airport.

Shattered: Intimate Partner Gun Violence

Oct 14, 2019 276

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Timira Hopkins knew her boyfriend was angry that she had stayed late at her grandmother’s house one day in March 2014, instead of being at home waiting when he got off work . She had seen him upset before — often, even. His rage would routinely erupt into acts of violence, leaving her with black and blue bruises across her face. He sometimes threatened worse.

Hartford Marathon Brings Road Closures, Celebrations To Capital City

Oct 12, 2019 81

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Runners from across the state will hit the streets tomorrow morning for the 26th annual Eversource Hartford Marathon. Organizers say to expect several road closures as early as 7 a.m.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Invasive Shrubs

Oct 11, 2019 120

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Fall is a great time to watch birds enjoy the various wild berries, as they get ready for winter and migration. However, some of the plants the birds enjoy are not good characters. There are a number of invasive shrubs that are spread by birds eating the berries and then pooping out the seeds. These shrubs can take over habitats, crowd out natives and make the environment less hospitable for wildlife.

New Haven Community Invited To Join In The Dance

Oct 9, 2019 131

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Has performing in front of a live audience been on your bucket list for a while? Well, you may be in luck. A modern dance group is holding a series of free workshops in New Haven this weekend. The workshops are for tailored anyone who wants to dance, regardless of age or experience. The end result will be a performance at next year's International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven.

State Auditors Find Uncashed Checks At Department Of Agriculture

Oct 9, 2019 75

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Financial auditors Wednesday cited the state Department of Agriculture for a “serious breakdown” in its accounting procedures. It’s a breakdown that included numerous uncashed checks that were left in a safe in a store room in Hartford.

New State Database Helps Patients Figure Out Health Care Costs

Oct 8, 2019 126

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Trying to figure out how much a medical procedure or treatment may cost can be time consuming and complicated, but Connecticut officials hope a new web tool may now make it easier for patients and their families. The state Office of Health Strategy Tuesday launched a cost estimator tool on HealthscoreCT.com , a new website for health care quality and cost information. The estimator tool was designed to aid people in their medical decisions and give them a better idea of how health care pricing and coverage work.

Connecticut Officials Advise Against Eating Some Fish From The Farmington River

Oct 7, 2019 97

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A ban on consuming fish taken from a portion of the Farmington River will likely remain in place “at a minimum” for the remainder of the year, the state said. The timeline from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection comes following two high-profile discharges of per-and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) at Bradley Airport.

10 Years Of The Affordable Care Act: What Now?

Oct 7, 2019 241

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Ten years ago around this time, U.S. legislators were in the middle of hashing out one of the biggest ever pieces of health care reform legislation. Democrats narrowly passed it, and President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March of 2010. Looking back on the last decade, Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, health policy expert and professor emeritus at Washington and Lee University, said the ACA has accomplished a lot, but it’s also left a fragmented health system divided by private and public sectors.

His Aunt Saw Red Flags, Police Got A Risk Warrant

Oct 6, 2019 241

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Melissa Potter was standing in her kitchen when the call came in. It was her estranged nephew, Brandon Wagshol, and she was surprised — he’d never called her before. “When I saw his name on the caller ID, I got worried that maybe something horrible had happened,” Potter said. “Or, you know, maybe something was going on with the family that he needed to tell me about. So I picked up the phone.”

Trump Challenger Bill Weld: 'I'm A New England Republican' And Voters Know What That Means

Oct 4, 2019 350

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Not all of the presidential campaigning this primary season is on the Democratic side. A few Republicans are challenging President Trump. One who’s best known to New England is Bill Weld, former governor of Massachusetts. Weld is fiscally conservative and socially liberal. He ran for Vice President as a Liberatarian in 2016, and he says that’s the sort of thing that plays well among New England voters. He’s trailing Trump badly in the polls, but is spending a lot of time in New Hampshire talking to voters about issues like immigration and climate change.

Connecticut Reports First State Death From Vaping-Related Lung Illness

Oct 4, 2019 54

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A Connecticut resident has died from lung illness related to vaping, state officials announced Thursday. It’s the first fatality of its kind in the state and among a growing number of people who are dying in a nationwide outbreak of cases. The patient was between 30 and 39 years old and died last week while being hospitalized for multiple medical conditions, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Unusual Fall Perennials

Oct 3, 2019 120

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Fall is in full swing. The perennial flower gardens are taking on the colors of autumn with colorful berries, foliage and flowers. While we all know about goldenrod, asters and chrysanthemums as traditional fall flowers, there are other perennial flowers, hardy in our area, that can increase the fall color range and interest.

Conn. Judge Dismisses School Vaccination Data Lawsuit

Sep 30, 2019 78

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A Superior Court judge has dismissed a parents’ lawsuit against the Connecticut Department of Public Health over the release of school-level vaccination data. Brian and Kristen Festa, of Bristol, challenged DPH’s decision to release school-by-school vaccination data in May. The report also included the percentage of kids with religious and medical exemptions at each school.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Cognitive Gardens

Sep 27, 2019 120

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When I was a young boy growing up near my Italian grandfather's farm in Waterbury, every day my cousins, and neighborhood friends, would spend hours in the farm fields and forest playing. We'd make up games, go on adventures, or simply lie in the field and dream. Little did I know that we were creating better cognitive functioning for our brains.

How The Ukraine Investigation Fits Into The History Of Impeachment Inquiries

Sep 26, 2019 299

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It’s been a dizzying week of news out of Washington, surrounding the fallout of President Trump’s interactions with the president of Ukraine. Connecticut’s congressional delegation voiced support for the opening of an impeachment inquiry, which Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday. Joining us to talk about this is Kevin Rennie -- he’s an attorney and columnist for the Hartford Courant .

Lamont, Cuomo Discuss Joint Response To Vaping Regulation In Connecticut And New York

Sep 25, 2019 112

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Gov. Ned Lamont held a private meeting at his residence in Hartford Wednesday with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to discuss policy and plans around transportation, cybersecurity, economic ventures, marijuana regulation and more. High up on the list of concerns shared by the two governors is the nationwide outbreak of serious lung illnesses that may be related to vaping.

Connecticut Theater Producers Bring 'Slave Play' To Broadway

Sep 25, 2019 377

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When it ran off-Broadway, the show Slave Play left audiences stunned. The provocative new script centers on three interracial couples – diving deeply into issues of racism, sexuality and love. Slave Play is now in previews and opening on Broadway in October.

Dankosky To Leave Connecticut Public After 25 Years

Sep 24, 2019 65

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Veteran radio reporter and editor John Dankosky is leaving Connecticut Public, the organization announced Monday. Dankosky, who has worked at the company for 25 years and is the executive editor of the New England News Collaborative, has taken a voluntary separation option offered to longtime employees.

For Hemp Farmers, It's Been A Season Of Learning And Hope

Sep 23, 2019 314

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Roxann Roche doesn’t expect to get rich farming. She and her husband both have other jobs. She's a gardner. He's a mechanic. And like many for the past few years, their small family farm in northwestern Connecticut operated at a loss.

On Climate Change, Connecticut Students Join A Worldwide Chorus Demanding Action

Sep 20, 2019 92

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Teenagers and young children around the world are speaking up to call for immediate action to reverse global warming and decrease the use of fossil fuels. That movement, dubbed a “Global Climate Strike,” made its way to Hartford just outside the state Capitol Friday.

Connecticut Entrepreneurs Launch Gin In Partnership With The Real 'Downton Abbey'

Sep 19, 2019 340

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Cocktail hour at Downton Abbey is always high drama for the fictional inhabitants of the stately home, and every revelation around the dinner table is usually accompanied by at least a few glasses of alcohol. But for one Connecticut entrepreneur, it wasn't the staged high life that inspired a spirited idea -- it was a peek inside the real-life castle where the series is filmed.

Cases Of Lung Injury Linked To Vaping Continue To Rise In Connecticut And Around The Nation

Sep 19, 2019 103

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The number of people becoming ill with lung injuries possibly linked to vaping continues to climb as states like Connecticut report more hospitalizations. Two more cases of serious lung illness have been reported in the state, bringing the total to 13 people. That’s according to the Department of Public Health. That news follows an increase in cases nationwide.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Sunflower Season

Sep 19, 2019 120

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Sunflowers are gorgeous this time of year. New varieties feature colors such as gold, white, burgundy and bronze. While most sunflowers grow tall, some new varieties are short and bushy. Sunbelieveable fits well in containers with its bushy growth and produces hundreds of small, yellow flowers all summer.

African Chorus Celebrates Legacy Of Liberian Music Professor In New Haven Concert

Sep 18, 2019 219

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Once a year, about 50 alumni of the University of Liberia Chorus come together to make music, reminisce, and raise money for the university’s music department. This year's performance is this weekend in New Haven.

New Sandy Hook Promise 'Back To School' Ad Tackles Gun Violence

Sep 18, 2019 81

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A nonprofit formed in response to the Sandy Hook school shooting has released a new public service announcement.

Searching For One Of New England's Most Endangered Species

Sep 18, 2019 687

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The Puritan tiger beetle used to be found up and down the Connecticut River, but climate change, dam construction, flooding, and other ecosystem changes have reduced its range to a few small patches of sandy soil. For researchers, where those patches are is a well-guarded secret. That's because last fall, they planted hundreds of beetle larvae on a few of those beaches, with the hopes of finding adults this year. Rodger Gwiazdowski gently runs his hands through sand. Puritan tiger beetles burrow in sandy beach habitat found along the banks of the Connecticut River. Gwiazdowski is the lead scientist for today's tiger beetle survey. Over the last several years, he developed an expertise in these rare insects, formulating a technique to raise them in captivity and re-introduce them to the wild. Last year, he seeded more than 300 lab-reared Puritan tiger beetle larvae along several secret spots on the banks of the Connecticut River. Today, his team is surveying to see if those larvae grew

Connecticut Workers Invoke Janus Decision In Fight Against Local Union

Sep 18, 2019 89

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A lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of two Connecticut workers could be a test of a 2018 landmark Supreme Court ruling on unions.

Connecticut Doctors, Nurses Part Of Recovery Efforts In Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian

Sep 17, 2019 208

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Dr. Natalie Moore was keeping an eye on the news leading up to Labor Day weekend — experts were tracking Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm that was headed for the Caribbean and the Florida coast.

Connecticut Leaders Pledge To Eliminate Religious Vaccine Exemption

Sep 16, 2019 78

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Gov. Ned Lamont and other state leaders promised Monday they would back efforts to eliminate the state’s religious exemption for mandatory childhood vaccinations in order to preserve immunization levels and prevent disease outbreaks.

'Just More Nickel-And-Diming': Connecticut Shoppers Condemn New Prepared Foods Tax

Sep 13, 2019 87

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Certain items bought at the grocery store will soon cost a little extra. The state is due to make an extra penny on every dollar spent on prepared food items under a meals tax that will take effect on October 1.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Chrysanthemums

Sep 12, 2019 120

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Fall is for mums. Chrysanthemums adorn front porches, window boxes and containers from September until frost, providing beauty and color that compliments our fall foliage. But this traditional fall plant can be more than a short-lived decoration.

Listen: Pedal Steel Guitarist John Widgren

Sep 12, 2019 351

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One of the most recognizable sounds of country music comes from an instrument that’s often overlooked: the pedal steel guitar. And one of the nation’s top pedal steel players lives - no, not in Nashville - but in Connecticut. John Widgren has performed with recording artists including Jonathan Coulton, Patty Loveless, Martina McBride, Toby Keith and others. He’s played on Broadway, done hundreds of commercials and been a guest instrumentalist with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Amaranth

Sep 6, 2019 120

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Some late blooming annual flowers are really shining this time of year. One of my favorites is amaranth. If that name sounds familiar, you're probably munching on it in the morning, as the grain is a popular breakfast cereal.

Connecticut Health Insurers Face Questions On Premium Price Hikes

Sep 5, 2019 117

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Open enrollment for health insurance plans on Access Health CT — the state’s Affordable Care Act exchange — begins in November, but before that happens, the state Insurance Department needs to approve new premium prices. Anthem and ConnectiCare are both seeking increases, and insurance representatives answered to state officials at a public information hearing Wednesday on the reasons why.

Alex Jones Loses Appeal, Sandy Hook Lawsuit Moves Forward

Sep 4, 2019 60

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Infowars founder Alex Jones has lost another legal battle against families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.

Connecticut Sun Forward Jonquel Jones Seeking Hurricane Relief For Bahamas

Sep 4, 2019 85

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Relief efforts are underway in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands that make up the country.

Connecticut Looks To Expand Doula Services To Improve Childbirth Outcomes

Sep 3, 2019 208

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Lucinda Canty is a researcher who focuses on maternal mortality. As part of her Ph.D. program at UConn, she interviewed several women who had severe complications in childbirth. And while the specific details of their stories varied, they all pointed to a similar conclusion. “With pregnancy, women are so vulnerable, and then you add labor on top of that, you need someone to be there to advocate and encourage you,” Canty said, “and we have a health care system that, even myself as an educated women, I still feel intimidated by it.”

Lamont Wants To See More Clean Energy And Accountability In Connecticut

Sep 3, 2019 60

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Governor Ned Lamont signed the third executive order of his administration Tuesday, setting an ambitious environmental goal, a zero carbon energy grid by 2040.

Raptor Migrations Set To Take Off In Connecticut

Sep 2, 2019 82

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The early weeks of September provide some of the best times to watch migrating birds of prey, and over the years, there have been big changes to what you can see in Connecticut.

Protesters In New York, Connecticut, Concerned Over Border Plant

Sep 2, 2019 248

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A new natural gas-fired power plant is slated to open in the Hudson Valley in 2020. The plant is only a few miles from the border with Connecticut, and from several schools. That has some residents in both states concerned.

'Nedstock' Brings Flowered Hair, Fringe, And Funky Music To Woodstock, Connecticut

Sep 1, 2019 100

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Something Governor Ned Lamont had been promising for 10 months finally happened Friday in Woodstock. In the absence of an official Woodstock 50 th anniversary concert in New York, Lamont invited the general public up to the Woodstock Fair for Connecticut’s own Woodstock tribute show.

After Tragedy In El Paso, A Special Visa Could Provide Some Survivors A Glimmer Of Hope

Aug 30, 2019 252

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Leer en español. On Aug. 3, 2019, a shooter at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas , took the lives of 22, injured over two dozen and changed a whole community . The shooting was the worst targeting Latinx in modern U.S. history. But as some survivors begin to process the horror, there might be a glimmer of hope: Those without a green card may now be eligible for a special visa, designed to protect crime victims.

'Lucky To Be Alive:' Fire Disrupts Post-Incarceration Re-Entry For Women Of Mart's House

Aug 29, 2019 273

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Right now, there are 941 women in prison in Connecticut. For those that make it out, one of the most difficult initial parts of re-entry can be finding somewhere to live. A fire recently devastated one home that helps former inmates.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Pears

Aug 29, 2019 120

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Pears are great backyard fruits. New Englanders have been growing pear trees since the 1600s. While the commercial industry has shifted to Washington and Oregon because of better growing conditions and fewer disease problems, pears still make great backyard fruits.

Connecticut's Treat Williams On 40 Years Of 'Hair'

Aug 29, 2019 306

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Forty years ago, a film called Hair starring a budding actor from Connecticut debuted at The Cannes Film Festival. It was 1979, the Vietnam War was over as were the days of hippies and The Black Panthers. Yet then and now, the on-screen musical still has a way of reaching audiences from past and present.

Hurricane Dorian Approaching Puerto Rico Creates 'Flashback' To Maria

Aug 28, 2019 102

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As another major storm approaches Puerto Rico, the people on the island are still thinking of when Hurricane Maria made landfall there in 2017.

Conn. Public Health Commissioner Won’t Release School-By-School Vaccination Data

Aug 27, 2019 102

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Renee Coleman-Mitchell, Connecticut’s public health commissioner, said Tuesday that she has no plans to release the most recent round of statewide school-by-school immunization data, despite calls this week from lawmakers who say parents should have access to the information as the school year begins.

Enfield Police Involved In Cross-Border Fatal Pursuit Were 'In Accord With Department's Policy'

Aug 26, 2019 75

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Enfield’s police chief said it appears that his officers who pursued a suspect across state lines into Massachusetts were following department protocol.

Conn. Nursing Homes Plan To Fight State Reductions In Medicaid Funding

Aug 23, 2019 124

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Executives and labor leaders at a group of skilled nursing homes in Connecticut that are set to lose Medicaid funding plan to challenge the state’s decision — they said otherwise, their nursing homes face severe financial cuts.

Cimafunk Brings A New Groove From Cuba To Connecticut

Aug 22, 2019 256

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Despite ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Cuba, the music of Cimafunk reaches out and connects the sounds of Africa and Cuba with the rhythms of black America. Cimafunk performs Thursday in Hartford .

Connecticut Garden Journal: Sneezeweed

Aug 22, 2019 120

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Some plants have unfortunate common names. Take sneezeweed for example. Sneezeweed, or helenium, is a native perennial that's blooming now with colorful flowers on 3 to 5 foot tall plants. It's great to grow in your garden because it flowers as the summer perennials, such as bee balm, are finishing but before the fall perennials, such as sedum and asters, begin.

Conn. Health Officials Investigate Respiratory Illness Possibly Related To Vaping

Aug 21, 2019 73

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State officials are investigating two cases of severe respiratory symptoms that health experts say may be related to vaping or e-cigarette use. The Department of Public Health said in a statement Wednesday that two Connecticut residents have been hospitalized with respiratory issues including shortness of breath, fever, cough, vomiting and diarrhea. Officials say both patients admitted to vaping and e-cigarette use with both nicotine and marijuana products.

State Lawmakers Consider Quasi-Public Agencies In Wake Of Port Authority Turnover

Aug 21, 2019 117

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Lawmakers and members of the public listened at a forum in Hartford on Tuesday, as more details emerged regarding alleged mismanagement inside a quasi-public state agency. The Connecticut General Assembly’s Transportation Committee hosted the public hearing in order to learn more about the corporate structure of the Connecticut Port Authority.

"Everybody Plays:" Beloved Director Retires After 45 Years At Integrated Special Needs Camp

Aug 20, 2019 276

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At 8:30 a.m. on a Friday morning in Torrington, a group of counselors in lime green shirts gathered around the flag pole at Camp MOE for a quick game of WAH. It was the last day of camp for the season — they were waiting for director Katherine Marchand-Beyer to make the morning announcements before children arrive.

Gypsy Moths On The Decline — For Now — But Damage Is Already Done

Aug 19, 2019 226

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In recent years, an invasive insect called the gypsy moth has spelled doom for countless New England trees. From 2016 through 2018, it’s estimated gypsy moths defoliated more than 2 million acres in southern New England, which means a lot of cleanup for foresters. But among all that destruction there is some good news: gypsy moth populations are, finally, declining.

Blumenthal, Auto Body Industry Warning On Collision Repair Proposal

Aug 19, 2019 92

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Senator Richard Blumenthal is warning consumers about a proposal from the federal government that could force them to pay more for potentially inadequate repairs if they're involved in a car accident.

ACLU Tests Bail Practices With Stamford Suit

Aug 19, 2019 97

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The ACLU of Connecticut is bringing a case against the city of Stamford that it hopes will test bail practices around the state.

Republican Questions Bates' State Job After Port Authority Resignation

Aug 15, 2019 110

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The Secretary of the State’s office is defending Deputy Secretary Scott Bates as evidence grows about his role in questionable decisions at the Connecticut Port Authority.

Connecticut Horticulturist Dedicated To Increasing Monarch Butterfly Population

Aug 15, 2019 218

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Monarch butterflies famously migrate to Mexico in the winter, traveling along well established routes. One of those routes runs along the shoreline of Connecticut. An organic gardener whose mission is to increase the population of migrating monarchs will be in New Haven this weekend to show people how to raise and release these amazing creatures.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Composting In Place

Aug 15, 2019 120

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I've been rereading an old classic, 1973 gardening book by a former Redding, Connecticut resident Ruth Stout. In her book, No Work Gardening , she touts using deep layers of organic mulches as the solution to pretty much everything in the garden. She uses deep mulching for weed control, fertility management, and pest control and got huge yields with little work. Ruth passed many years ago, but her book got me thinking about simplifying my garden work.

Back To School Boost From Hartford Block Party

Aug 15, 2019 106

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Just ahead of a new school year, hundreds of families gathered in Hartford for CREC’s fifth annual Back to School Block Party. The event has quickly become a community favorite, offering free ice cream and hot dogs, along with other items like water bottles and books.

New Breast Cancer Screening Laws, Technology Give Advocates Hope In Closing Gaps In Care

Aug 14, 2019 317

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Marion Bradley always knew that getting breast cancer was a possibility. After all, she had a family history of the disease, so she wasn’t shocked when she was diagnosed with an early stage of the cancer about five years ago. But that didn’t make it any less scary.

Conn. Senator Blumenthal Calls For Technology Fix To Hot Car Threat

Aug 13, 2019 77

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Thirty-one children have died around the country so far this year as a result of being left alone in hot cars. Senator Richard Blumenthal is endorsing a bill aimed at preventing these deaths. He said Monday the proposed law will require all auto manufacturers to include technology that alerts drivers to check the rear seat for passengers when a vehicle is turned off.

Federal Trial Over Medicare Coverage and Hospital Admissions Begins In Hartford

Aug 12, 2019 61

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Plaintiffs in a nationwide class-action lawsuit are challenging how Medicare pays out for health coverage of hospitalizations and related rehabilitative services.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Tomato Hornworm

Aug 8, 2019 120

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I remember my first encounter with the tomato hornworm. I came back after being away from my garden for a few days and noticed the tops of my plants were all munched. I naturally blamed the deer, but after further inspection I came face to face with this 4-inch long, green monster. It was happily munching away on the leaves. I swear I could hear it chew.

Toni Morrison: The Personal As Universal

Aug 7, 2019 108

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Pulitzer prize winning author Toni Morrison died Tuesday at the age of 88. As news of her death spread, tributes paying homage to her began pouring out on Twitter. Known for her striking command of language and vivid storytelling of Black life through multiple novels, Morrison's work left a mark on more than just writers.

Alzheimer's Patients Show Cognitive Improvement After Treatment With New Medical Device

Aug 7, 2019 104

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A potential new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease -- partly based on technology developed in Connecticut -- has proven in an early clinical trial to reverse some of the cognitive decline which is a hallmark of the disease.

Kids Count Report Highlights Connecticut’s Racial, Ethnic Disparities in Child Well-Being

Aug 6, 2019 121

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At first glance, it looks like Connecticut is one of the best states for the well-being of children. The state is ranked eighth in the country by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s most recent Kids Count report, which measures how children and families do in education, community and family, health, and economic well-being. But Liz Fraser, policy director for the Connecticut Association for Human Services, said after diving deeper into the data, it’s clear that significant racial and ethnic disparities remain in Connecticut. “When parents do better and have more opportunity for economic mobility, the data shows that their children will do better as well, there’s more opportunity to move where they want to move or to go to better schools,” she said. “And in our state, the children who have more opportunity are generally white children.” Fraser and her colleague Sheryl Horowitz, association chief researcher and evaluation officer, presented further analysis of this year’s report to lawmakers

HUD Accused Of Failing Hartford Tenants In Wake Of Housing Scandals

Aug 5, 2019 147

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A group of Connecticut residents, advocates and state leaders in Hartford are demanding systematic change in public housing assistance, in the wake of several scandals over shocking conditions at public housing complexes. Many say the help available to tenants from the federal government is inadequate.

Fatal Shootings Have A Higher Arrest Rate Than Non-Fatal Shootings

Aug 2, 2019 61

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A new study says that fatal shooting cases are getting measurably more attention from police than non-fatal shootings. But one expert thinks giving fatal shootings more attention might not be the most efficient way to combat gun violence.

Connecticut Garden Journal: What To Plant In Wet Areas

Aug 2, 2019 120

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If you have a wet area, a pond or stream or live near Long Island Sound, finding an attractive shrub that grows well in wet conditions can be difficult. Luckily, there are some easy to grow shrubs -- beyond winterberry and shrub dogwoods -- that can take wet and, even salty soils, and thrive in your yard.

IMatter Project Celebrates The Faces And Voices Of New Haven Youth

Aug 1, 2019 359

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Walk or drive around downtown New Haven and you can’t miss them: large-scale banners on the sides of buildings, in windows and on vacant storefronts featuring compelling photos of city youth.

E-Cigarette Company Juul Under The Microscope In Connecticut

Jul 31, 2019 101

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The state of Connecticut is launching an investigation into how one e-cigarette brand is marketed. Attorney General William Tong announced on Wednesday that he’s sent a ‘civil investigative demand’ to Juul Labs Incorporated, the makers of Juul e-liquids. The state is looking at Juul because Tong says that company has the largest share of sales in the e-cigarette market – one Nielsen estimated was 75 percent as of last October. Tong said that Juul markets itself as a smoking cessation product, but that they shouldn’t do so if they aren’t approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration. “Connecticut is today taking aggressive action to protect children and families across Connecticut and across this country -- protection against products and marketing efforts that may be designed and targeted for children and that may be intended -- not to help you stop smoking -- but to produce dependency and addiction,” Tong said. Juul said that its product is not for kids and that the company

‘We Were Left Out’: Conn. EMS Workers Fight For Bigger Voice At The State Level

Jul 30, 2019 313

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For more than six years, Connecticut legislators and advocates have been trying to pass legislation that expands workers compensation benefits for first responders, particularly for those who develop job-related post-traumatic stress. And when they finally succeeded this year and Gov. Ned Lamont signed a bill into law earlier this month, advocates and workers cheered in victory. But for emergency medical service professionals, who are not included in the new law, it was a different story.

As College Tuition Skyrockets, Students Turn To Crowdfunding To Help Defray Costs

Jul 29, 2019 248

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Shawn and Shane Brooks had a problem. They'd been accepted into Morehouse College, excited to attend the same school as Martin Luther King Jr. and other black male leaders. But then they got their financial aid packages.

UConn's Move To Big East Now Has A Start Date

Jul 26, 2019 87

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The University of Connecticut is paying a premium to leave the American Athletic Conference after the upcoming NCAA season is complete.

Yale School of Architecture Dean Reflects On Cesar Pelli’s Life And Legacy

Jul 26, 2019 246

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Renowned Architect Cesar Pelli died last Friday at the age of 92. For Deborah Berke, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, Pelli’s influence on the school and its faculty will be long lasting. “I can't say enough what an extraordinarily lovely and generous human being Cesar Pelli was,” said Berke. “He cared about scholarship, he cared about students, and he cared passionately about architecture. He was an exceptional human.”

Connecticut Public Offers Buyouts To Its Longtime Employees

Jul 25, 2019 149

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Connecticut Public, the entity that operates Connecticut Public Television and WNPR radio, is offering voluntary buyouts to some longtime employees.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Cabbage Worms

Jul 25, 2019 120

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If you've ever grown broccoli, cabbage, kale, or cauliflower you know this insect. We've all experienced this. You're happily washing your head of broccoli or kale leaves when you come across a green caterpillar. Worse yet, if you miss them you end up having a little protein in your veggie dish.

Yale Employees Test Their Workplace Wellness Program In The Courts

Jul 25, 2019 327

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Lisa Kwesell started getting emails and notices mailed to her home last year about her employer’s new wellness program, which was marketed as voluntary and an opportunity to help workers manage or improve their health. She’d worked for Yale University as a part-time unionized employee for 14 years, and this was the first time she was being offered the opportunity to join a wellness program.

State Finds Norwalk Schools Violated Federal Special Education Law

Jul 24, 2019 113

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A state investigation into Norwalk's special education program has found that the district has not been following federal law, but the findings reflect deeper problems that the district has faced for years. The complaint that sparked the investigation was filed on behalf of 14 Norwalk students, but Jill Chuckas, a special education advocate who filed the complaint along with two lawyers, said the problems impact all kids with disabilities in the district.

Connecticut's Puerto Rican Diaspora Joins 'Ricky Renuncia' Protests

Jul 24, 2019 150

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For almost two weeks now, Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets of San Juan to call for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello. He was already a controversial figure in the wake of Hurricane Maria, but a recent leak of private messages sent between members of his administration has sparked a massive response that’s now reaching far beyond the island.

ICE Not Recognizing Conn. Pardons, State Defends Them In Federal Court

Jul 22, 2019 244

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A federal court in Boston hears arguments Tuesday that will center, in part, on whether Immigration and Customs Enforcement has the right to deport immigrants for past crimes - despite a state pardon.

Wave Of 'Renuncia Ricky' Protests In Puerto Rico Resonate In Connecticut

Jul 20, 2019 106

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Puerto Ricans are vowing to continue their protests of the island’s leadership until one major demand is met.

Private Wells in Connecticut Get A Closer Look For Natural Contaminants

Jul 19, 2019 318

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Jim Webb has been drinking the tap water in his Glastonbury home for 15 years. When he first bought the house, he got the water tested, because it comes from a private well. “It came back perfect,” he said. “The gentleman said, this is equivalent of spring water. So that was great.” It meant that a testing lab ran the water sample and found it clear of things like pesticides, lead, sulfates and other contaminants. But back then, they didn’t screen for high levels of radon or uranium, a type of metal.

Connecticut Engineer Recalls His Role In Historic Moon Landing

Jul 19, 2019 1521

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Saturday, July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Several Connecticut companies played an important role in the historic mission. 82 year-old Donald Rethke was a mechanical engineer at Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks in 1969. He helped design the life support systems and the heating system on the lunar module used in the moon landing.

Union Workers File Civil Action Lawsuit Against Yale Over Employee Wellness Program

Jul 18, 2019 84

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The AARP Foundation and a New Haven law firm have filed a class action lawsuit against Yale University over how the college implements its employee wellness program. The lawsuit claims that Yale’s wellness program, which is marketed as a resource to help employees and their spouses improve their health, violates several discrimination and health privacy laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Libraries Across Connecticut Are Eliminating Overdue Fines

Jul 18, 2019 225

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For generations, librarians assumed the threat of fines incentivized people to bring back books on time. But lately, that assumption has been coming under scrutiny, leaving many librarians to wonder if the idea of fines is one whose time may be past due.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Zinnias

Jul 18, 2019 120

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Sometimes flowers take a while to catch on. Consider the zinnia. This popular annual flower was first discovered in its native Mexico by the Spanish. They thought it was so unattractive they called it “mal de ojos” or sickness of the eyes. Not a great beginning for a flower. But after years of breeding, the zinnia has been transformed into one of my favorite summer bloomers.

Mothers United Against Violence Hosts Hartford Vigils In Wake of Fatal Shootings

Jul 17, 2019 93

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Following multiple fatal shootings in Hartford last week, Mothers United Against Violence is holding a series of vigils to honor the victims. They've been organized to give the community an opportunity to grieve, come together and be encouraged.

Hartford Shootings: Mayor Asks Residents To Report The 'Beef'

Jul 17, 2019 72

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City leaders in Hartford are asking residents for help in the fight against a recent uptick in gun violence.

Summer Sees Spike In Hartford Shootings

Jul 13, 2019 84

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A rise in the number of shootings in Hartford over the past few weeks is concerning residents and police. It's not uncommon for violence to spike during summers in the city but it's not something that goes unnoticed. Dyzhae Richardson was standing outside on Sisson Avenue talking to a friend when he heard gunshots. He tried to duck but it was too late — he'd been shot. He looked down and saw blood on his hands. It was the morning of June 30th.

As Ice Raids Loom, One Connecticut Family Struggles To Keep Things Normal

Jul 13, 2019 259

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Families in Connecticut and across the country who are here illegally are bracing for raids this weekend, as agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, are expected to target some 2,000 people with deportation orders in at least 10 cities. Even though the names of Connecticut cities have not been circulated as targets, families here are still worried about being separated.

New Report Looks At Greater Hartford's 'Arts Ecosystem'

Jul 11, 2019 277

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The Greater Hartford art scene is thriving in many ways, but challenges persist. That's the conclusion of a new comprehensive report.

Connecticut Former Federal Prosecutor: Acosta's Epstein Deal 'Completely Unheard Of'

Jul 11, 2019 73

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A former federal prosecutor said the 2008 deal handed out to accused child molester Jeffrey Epstein in Florida is "completely unheard of." For over a decade, Krishna Patel prosecuted human traffickers in Connecticut. She said current labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, needs to explain why he gave Epstein such a good deal.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Mulberries

Jul 11, 2019 120

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Here we go round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush. Here we go round the mulberry bush on a cold and frosty morning. We all know this English nursery rhyme, but ironically, the mulberry bush or tree is native to China, not England.

Yale Hosts Reading Of Rare Copy Of Declaration Of Independence

Jul 11, 2019 121

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If you’ve been inspired by recent Fourth of July celebrations, you don’t have to travel outside of Connecticut to encounter some of the original history of Independence Day.

As Court Hears Arguments in Lawsuit To Eliminate Obamacare, Conn. Senators Plead Their Case

Jul 10, 2019 121

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As oral arguments were being heard Tuesday by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana in a multi-state lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, Connecticut senators at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., were making the case as to why Americans need the federal health care law. Sen. Chris Murphy said eliminating the ACA without any replacement plan in place would result in a “humanitarian catastrophe.”

Connecticut Governor Says He Wants To Learn More About PFAS Risks

Jul 8, 2019 72

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Governor Ned Lamont told reporters Monday he's finding out more about the environmental and health risks associated with the family of chemicals known as PFAS.

Vandalism At Connecticut Church Tied To Its Affirmation Of LGBTQ Community

Jul 8, 2019 132

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The man accused of a hate crime against a Connecticut church may have been in great theological distress – according to the church’s pastor. Rev. Kristina Hansen is senior pastor at Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church in downtown Milford, which has been openly defying the regulations of its governing body with its public affirmation of the LGBTQ community. Charles Yarbrough told Milford police that he vandalized the church “because he felt the pastor and the church as a whole were supporting and pushing the LGBT agenda.” Hansen said the first incident in late June took place during a community dinner for the homeless. “The person went into the sanctuary and slashed open the seat cushions, which the pastor and liturgist would sit on and then dug a hole in the kneeling rail,” she said. The second incident occurred in the church’s education building. “The man found the door to my office and defaced it,” Hansen said. “He used a box cutter to tear the veneer off the door and also

Hartford Youth Get Summer Internships Through Community-Supported Program

Jul 8, 2019 107

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Nearly 200 Hartford students will be spending the rest of their summer working, thanks to a paid internship program funded by the state and several nonprofits. Yalines Herrera, 15, participated in the Summer Youth Employment Program last year. She said if she wasn't getting a job this summer, she’d probably spend her summer at home.

Millions Of Older Americans Own Guns, Leaving Caretakers To Worry About The Risk

Jul 8, 2019 236

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Daryl Howard turns 65 in October. He has a Glock .45-caliber handgun stored in his desk at home, but hopes never to use it.

Conn. Diabetes Advocates Say High Insulin Prices A Matter Of ‘Life Or Death’

Jul 4, 2019 299

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Kristen Whitney Daniels was 15 years old when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes — a lifelong disease. “As if I wasn’t awkward enough as a sophomore in high school, I also acquired this chronic illness that completely upended my life,” she said.

Twin Sister Of U.S. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Discusses The Road To The World Cup

Jul 4, 2019 264

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The United States was up 2-1 against England in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday. In the 84th minute, all eyes were on England’s Steph Houghton who could tie the match with a penalty kick. The only person stopping her was U.S. goalkeeper -- and Stratford, Connecticut native -- Alyssa Naeher.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Heat-Tolerant Crops

Jul 4, 2019 120

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Gardeners love the idea of being independent of the seasons to grow crops whenever we like. For example, I love greens and would love to grow spinach, arugula and lettuce all summer, but I know the heat will cause them to bolt and get bitter. However, there are greens that can tolerate the heat and shine all summer.

Hartford Remembers Stonewall Riots And Fight For LGBTQ Rights Today

Jun 29, 2019 129

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Fifty years ago in the summer of 1969, during an era of extreme homophobia, police in New York City carried out a violent raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar. In the immediate days after, members of the gay community held protests and demonstrations in the city. The riots gained momentum and eventually led to the modern day LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. “The remarkable thing in the Stonewall story is that it was black and brown, queer, trans and cross dressing people who affected this remarkable change,” said Eric Ort, artistic associate at TheaterWorks in Hartford. Ort joined other members of Hartford’s Stonewall 50 planning committee near city hall Friday as they prepared for Pride Under the Stars, a public event that commemorates the anniversary and celebrates strides that have been made with LGBTQ+ civil rights. But the significance of the Stonewall riots has become something more. “The macro learning from an anniversary like this is that when you listen to the most vulnerable

State Reopens Connecticut Rest Stops 24/7

Jun 28, 2019 55

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Governor Ned Lamont announced Friday that all seven of the state-operated highway rest stops will be open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week beginning Monday.

Dr. Seuss' New England Roots

Jun 27, 2019 665

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Growing up reading Dr. Seuss books like, well, just about everyone else, I imagined they were written by someone who grew up in a fantastical place, filled with oddly shaped trees and strangely-named animals. But, it turns out Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Geisel, actually grew up in the rather normal town of Springfield, Massachusetts.

With State Approval, Conn. Airport Operator Hopes To Mitigate Future Contamination Risk

Jun 27, 2019 54

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The operator of Bradley International Airport said it is stepping up pollution control measures following a recent accident that released PFAS – a family of chemicals linked to a variety of negative health effects.

The Resilient River: What It's Like To Paddle Down The Quinnipiac

Jun 27, 2019 230

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The Quinnipiac River was, historically, one of Connecticut’s most polluted. For decades, nineteenth-century factories and densely populated towns poured sewage and industrial waste into the river. But recent history has been kinder to the Quinnipiac – thanks to a combination of conservation and environmental laws, which helped to boost its water quality and pave the way for the return of fish and wildlife.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Preventing Annual Weeds

Jun 27, 2019 120

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Ben Franklin once said, “A man of words and not of deeds, is like a garden full of weeds.” Yes, with all the rain, annual weeds are having a hay day!

Conn AG: Unsealed Lawsuit Against Generic Drug Makers Shows Proof Of Collusion

Jun 26, 2019 80

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Newly released emails and documents from an unsealed multi-state lawsuit against major generic drug manufacturers show correspondence between company leaders on drug price increases, Congressional investigations and more.

Despite Delay In Large-Scale Immigration Raids, Advocates Say Detentions In Connecticut Are Ongoing

Jun 25, 2019 249

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Despite President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he would delay large-scale raids nationwide, immigration advocates say that in Connecticut, detentions of undocumented residents by Immigration and Customs Enforcement are still happening.

Connecticut Immigration Advocates To Trump: No More Raids

Jun 25, 2019 94

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The United States Court House building in Hartford is home to an office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE, which has recently been directed by President Donald Trump and his administration to carry out mass raids and deportations in major cities of undocumented immigrants.

'Elevated' Chemical Contamination Remains Following Spill Into Farmington River

Jun 25, 2019 133

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The finding comes more than two weeks after an accident at a private aircraft hangar sent thousands of gallons of contaminated water into the river.

Lawmakers and Advocates Want More Regulation Following Chemical Spill

Jun 21, 2019 96

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Lawmakers and environmental advocates gathered on the banks of the Farmington River Friday, calling for state and federal action following a chemical spill at a private aircraft hanger, which contaminated the river.

How The Health Of Pollinators Impacts Our Food

Jun 20, 2019 474

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A new study finds one quarter of New England wildflower species have disappeared in the last 150 years . Researchers are worried about what that means for local ecosystems. The decrease can be attributed to pollution, urban development, invasive species and climate change.

TheaterWorks Play 'Actually' Tackles Rape, Race And Power Dynamics

Jun 20, 2019 243

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While TheaterWorks’ Hartford home is under construction, its summer plays are taking the stage at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Actually tells the story of two college students grappling with a haunting question—what happened that night after the party? It’s a question that’s resonating with fresh intensity in the #MeToo era.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Get The Bugs Out

Jun 20, 2019 120

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Happy Summer Solstice. Although gardens are slow to grow this year, the insects know what time of year it is and they're out in force. Particularly, the beetles.

Connecticut Teens May Soon Be Able To Get HIV Prevention Medication Without Parental Consent

Jun 19, 2019 333

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It was during his freshman year of high school when Sam Smith approached his doctor — he had been exploring his sexuality for a couple years. “I was like, hey, I’m having sex with guys,” he said, recounting the doctor’s visit. “What do I do?” Smith hoped that his doctor would suggest pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, which is a daily pill that can prevent someone from contracting the HIV virus if they’re exposed to it.

What Are The PFAS Chemicals Involved In The Farmington River Spill?

Jun 18, 2019 286

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There’s increasing concern over a chemical spill into the Farmington River that happened earlier this month. An accident June 9 at Bradley Airport released 50,000 gallons of firefighting foam containing chemicals known as PFAS -- and a substantial amount of it made its way from the sewer system into the waterway. In the days since, it’s become evident that it’s going to be very hard to contain and remove the chemicals from the spill.

What Does It Take To Get A ‘Public Option’ Health Program Passed?

Jun 17, 2019 302

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Democratic legislators and government officials stood with a small crowd of supporters at the Legislative Office Building in March to announce that it was time that Connecticut created a public option health insurance program.

Very Few Gun Owners Want To Buy A Smart Gun

Jun 14, 2019 60

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Smart guns, also known as “personalized guns,” use technology like fingerprint readers or radio frequency identification (RFID) to let only authorized users unlock the gun and fire it. New research shows many gun owners aren’t interested in purchasing them.

The One About Joni Mitchell

Jun 14, 2019 612

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Joni Mitchell is a singer-songwriter from Alberta, Canada. In 1968, her debut album, Song to a Seagull , was released and since then, Mitchell has become one of the most influential, and greatest recording artists. Mitchell has won nine Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, countless musical awards, and her albums are considered as among the best ever made. We’re big fans. It turns out we’re not alone.

Study: Permit Laws, Not Background Checks, More Effective In Decreasing Gun Violence

Jun 14, 2019 93

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Many advocates and politicians push universal background checks on gun purchases as a way to decrease gun violence. But researchers at Johns Hopkins say there’s a more effective solution to preventing homicide and suicide: requiring a license to purchase a handgun.

Why A Commercial Fisherman Turned To Restorative Ocean Farming

Jun 13, 2019 477

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Bren Smith began his career as a commercial fisherman, but now is the owner of Thimble Island Oyster Farm , a 3D restorative ocean farm in Connecticut. He’s also the author of the new book, Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer .

Sleeping Giant State Park Reopens, After More Than A Year Of Cleanup

Jun 13, 2019 81

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Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden is once again open to visitors following a series of storms last spring that saw tornadoes touching down just outside the park’s border.

The Hevreh Ensemble: Expanding The Boundaries Of Chamber Music

Jun 13, 2019 166

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Music by the Hevreh Ensemble blends Western classical flutes, oboe, clarinet and keyboards with an array of indigenous instruments including Native American flutes. They’ll be performing this weekend in West Cornwall. Here's our audio postcard.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Okra!

Jun 13, 2019 120

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Now that the weather was finally gotten warmer, it's time to grow heat-loving vegetables. This vegetable hails from Africa, was grow by ancient Egyptians, and was brought to this country by slaves. It's related to hibiscus, cotton, and mallow plants. Can you guess the name? It's okra.

Two Wethersfield, Conn. Officers Involved In Fatal Shooting Made More Traffic Stops Than Most

Jun 13, 2019 283

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In the 15 months before he pulled over Anthony Jose “Chulo” Vega Cruz, Wethersfield police officer Peter Salvatore made over 320 traffic stops — the third highest in a department that already stands out for how often it pulls over people of color. But while Salvatore initiated the stop that left the 18-year-old dead, it was another officer, Layau Eulizier Jr., who fired the fatal shots on April 20. Eulizier had been employed by the Wethersfield Police Department for roughly eight months. In that short time, Eulizier logged 266 traffic stops — more than most Wethersfield officers make in an entire year, according to a new data analysis by Connecticut Public Radio.

Real Life, Real Questions On Stage: Should We Have Kids?

Jun 13, 2019 290

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The question of if or when to start a family is something many adults ask themselves at some point in their lives.

How Wealthy Towns In Connecticut Limit The Availability Of Affordable Housing

Jun 12, 2019 469

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New England is different from the rest of the U.S. in many ways. But one of the most visible is our celebration of the individuality of each town. While some states may have giant metro areas governed as large cities, or strong county government overseeing the municipalities inside it, we, largely, let towns elect their own officials and run their own affairs.

Why Did The Recreational Marijuana Effort Fail In The Conn. General Assembly?

Jun 11, 2019 289

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Among the big-ticket items that did not pass in Connecticut's 2019 legislative session were tolls and legal cannabis. While tolls will likely be debated in a special session this summer, proponents of recreational marijuana will have to regroup and wait until next year.

Pair Charged Over Missing New Canaan Woman Plead Not Guilty

Jun 11, 2019 99

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The two people being charged with evidence tampering in the case of a missing New Canaan woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Stamford Superior Court. Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, both pleaded not guilty to two felony charges related to the disappearance of Dulos's estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos. She's been missing since late May.

Connecticut Poised To Collect Millions More Through “Hidden” Electricity Tax

Jun 10, 2019 99

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For the past two years, lawmakers have directed more than $100 million earmarked for energy efficiency upgrades to instead, be swept into the state’s general fund. Last week’s budget agreement got rid of those funding sweeps, but it was unable to reverse a more than $50 million diversion scheduled for July.

What Education-Related Bills Did Connecticut Lawmakers Pass?

Jun 9, 2019 115

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With Connecticut's legislative session now over, there were a few bills passed that impact education issues in the state, and some that didn’t make it through.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Catmint

Jun 7, 2019 120

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Nepeta, or catmint, is a tough, long blooming perennial that bees and butterflies love. Of course, one of its members, catnip, is a particular favorite of cats. Unfortunately, catnip isn't the most attractive plant, but kitties love to roll, munch and sleep on the plant.

Guns Make Some Women Feel Safe, From What?

Jun 7, 2019 244

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At this year’s National Rifle Association annual meeting, President Donald Trump invited some special guests on stage. The first was a young mother from Virginia, April Evans. “One night in 2015 she was alone with her two-year-old daughter when an intruder broke into her home violently,” said Trump.

Massachusetts Birders Participate In A 24-Hour Bird-A-Thon

Jun 6, 2019 451

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New England has lots of different kinds of special habitats, that are home to so many different species – if you just know where to look. Enter, the Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon. Each year, the best birders in Massachusetts participate, and it’s not as peaceful as it sounds… In fact, there's intense competition to see who can spot the most different kinds of birds around the state. Billy Baker is with us now to tell us all about the competition, he's a reporter on the Boston Globe 's narrative team and the author of the recent article, " Bird nerds’ assemble at Mass Audubon’s Bird-a-thon ."

Abortion Bans Reignite Fight For Black Reproductive Rights

Jun 3, 2019 232

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People crowded together on the top step of the Connecticut Supreme Court, shielded from the pouring rain under the building’s stone portico. Kamora Herrington stood in the center of the group in front of a large white banner painted with the words “CT Black Women.” She spoke into a megaphone mic, her voice amplified over the street traffic and rain.

Hartford Schools Textbook Offers Space To Climate Deniers

Jun 3, 2019 221

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A textbook being used in Hartford middle schools gives equal weight to an argument against climate change, despite the vast majority of scientists who say the planet is warming and human activity is a contributing factor.

At Muslim Sunday School, Learning About Islam — And Correcting Misconceptions

May 31, 2019 288

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Off a highway in central Connecticut is the mosque with a 400-student Muslim Sunday school. More guards are on patrol these days. And for the older students in the transition class, talking about Islamophobia is not only welcomed, but encouraged. The teenagers are in their final years of high school and will be heading off to college soon.

Connecticut Students Work Together To Meet The Expo Fest Challenge

May 31, 2019 105

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When people think of middle and high school kids presenting sophisticated technology or engineering projects, they usually think of a science fair. But according to Matt Mervis, Expo Fest looks more like a Silicon Valley start-up competition.

The Forgotten History Of The Mohawk Trail

May 30, 2019 455

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One of the most scenic, and, in places, scary, summer drives you can take in New England is the historic Mohawk Trail, which stretches almost 70 miles from Montague, Massachusetts to Williamstown, along Route 2. Long before it was a tourist highway, it was a native trade route, and while named for the Mohawks, there was another tribe that lived on that land, the Mohican Nation Stockbridge-Munsee Band.

Checkpoint Set Up In Vermont For First Time In Ten Years

May 30, 2019 402

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Over Memorial Day weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection set up a checkpoint in the northern New Hampshire town of Columbia –that’s about 25 miles from the U.S.-Canada border.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Summer Squash

May 30, 2019 120

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This vegetable was grown by the Wampanoag Native Americans in New England, but it originated in South America 12,000 years ago. Squash is an integral part of most gardens and there are many different types to grow. I particularly like summer squash. The main difference between summer and winter squash is when you harvest. Harvest the squash immature, it's a summer squash, or mature and it's a winter squash. Summer squash has the reputation of being a great producer. Come summer it's best to keep your car windows closed as neighbors may try to slip a few extra squash into your back seat. I like growing unusual summer squash varieties such as the Patty Pan that looks like flying sauces, Cocozelle, a flavorful Italian zucchini, and Cousa, a light green-skinned Lebanese squash. While summer squash is easy to grow with warmth, water, and sun, it's not without problems. If the weather is cloudy during flowering, bees may not be flying, which reduces pollination. The young squash rot at the

Cause Of Death Revealed In Wethersfield Police Shooting

May 30, 2019 78

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The 18-year old man shot by Wethersfield Police in April died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the results of an autopsy performed on Anthony Jose “Chulo” Vega Cruz.

Connecticut Looks At Tackling Housing Issues To Treat Asthma

May 29, 2019 193

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A 10-year-old boy in the New Haven area had developed a bad case of chronic asthma — he could no longer play sports with his friends and had to take high doses of steroids. He was constantly missing school and ending up in the emergency department.

Along The Scantic River, Blasts From Connecticut's Gunpowder-Filled Past

May 28, 2019 125

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At its peak, the “Hazardville” section of Enfield produced thousands of pounds of gunpowder each day. But then, about 100 years ago, the town's industry blew up.

Bill To Require African American And Latino Studies In High School Passes Conn. House

May 28, 2019 105

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State lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a bill that would require schools to teach African American and Latino history to high school students. Supporters of the measure say it’s time for African American and Latino history to be offered as its own course in high school, and not just as a footnote in the textbooks. “American history seemed to be a long catalogue of kings, presidents, generals, a few industrialists and a couple of inventors, and that was about it," said Edwin Vargas, who was a teacher in Hartford for 35 years before becoming a state Rep in 2012. “Everybody else seemed to get short shrift in American history," he said. African American and Latino history is American history, supporters have pointed out. Learning about them as a distinct course can help students from different backgrounds understand each other better, said bill co-sponsor Bobby Gibson. “We have to have this education so we can understand one another," Gibson said, "so we can understand our

Conn. Democrats Unveil New ‘Public Option’ Plan In Final Session Days, Drawing Republican Ire

May 24, 2019 118

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Democratic lawmakers are pushing a new public option health care proposal, angering Republican colleagues so close to the end of the legislative session. Supporters are calling the new plan Connecticut Option — it’ll be a program overseen by the state and offered through insurance companies or a network created by the state.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Let Us Eat Our Homegrown Lettuce

May 23, 2019 120

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I've got a riddle for you? What vegetable was eaten by Persian kings, was once considered a weed and is second only to potatoes in consumption in this country? The answer is lettuce.

CT Arts Trail Gets Underway With New Museums, Art Passport

May 22, 2019 139

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For over two decades, The Connecticut Art Trail has been a fun way for people to explore the state’s many and varied museums. The Arts Trail started as the Connecticut Impressionist Trail, but has expanded over the years to include a wider range of museums. “Bringing the museums all together under one umbrella is great for the museums in terms of us being able to market ourselves,” said Cary Weber, Executive Director of the Fairfield University Art Museum and President of the Connecticut Art Trail, “but it's also a way of celebrating the arts, and making sure people aren't missing out on wonderful opportunities to experience the arts.” This year, New Canaan's Glass House and Silvermine Arts Center joined the 20 museums on the Art Trail as affiliate members. To encourage participation in the Art Trail, organizers have created the Art Passport. For $25, pass-holders get free admission to the participating museums, as well as other perks, such as freebies and discounts at the museum gift

"A Big Fugazi": Why Fishermen Still Can't Get Behind Offshore Wind

May 21, 2019 367

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In Ken Schneider’s 40-year fishing career, he’s fished for pretty much everything that’s out in the Mid-Atlantic. Now, at 60 years old, Schneider spends most of his time hunting for lobster. On this day, he’s making some extra cash building a boat deck at Leonard’s Wharf in New Bedford before his next fishing trip. He takes his son with him sometimes.

Gov. Lamont Welcomes CCSU Graduates Into The Workforce With Commencement Address

May 20, 2019 85

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In a time when thousands of jobs for skilled workers remain unfilled, Gov. Ned Lamont is saying to college graduates “we need you”.

Connecticut Students With 'Emotional Disturbances' Face High Rate Of Suspensions

May 20, 2019 374

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It’s still hard for Keyanna Tucker to talk about what happened to her when she was six. “I was molested,” Tucker said. “I didn’t know how to cope with it … I didn’t know what was going on, but I knew it wasn’t right. So I started becoming a bully.” Tucker, who is now 22, recalled other problems. Her father was incarcerated, which was another layer of stress. And as time went on, her behavior slowly got worse.

Community Gathers For Vigil Following Arson At New Haven Mosque

May 17, 2019 104

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The intentional burning of New Haven's Diyanet Mosque during Ramadan prompted community members of all faiths to gather at the site for a vigil Thursday night. The mosque went up in flames on Sunday afternoon, sending waves of concern, anger, and heartbreak throughout the community.

Reflecting On Palestinian Culture Through Music

May 17, 2019 433

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Classical musicians of Palestinian origin live and perform throughout the world. Palestinian/Japanese soprano Mariam Tamari and Palestinian pianist Fadi Deeb present a recital this weekend in Connecticut as part of a three-city U.S. tour. The program includes a wide range of musical styles, from Puccini to Debussy to original settings of Palestinian poetry.

Leticia Colón de Mejias: Green Eco Warrior

May 17, 2019 272

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Leticia Colón de Mejias thinks no problem is insurmountable if Americans come together. “Sometimes we take these subjects and we make them so big and scary that people feel we can’t take action,” said Colón, 42, a Connecticut entrepreneur, environmentalist and mother of seven. “Climate change seems terrifying. And everyone’s like, it’s too big.”

Architecture Students Re-imagine The Future of Provincetown, Massachusetts

May 16, 2019 477

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Rising seas are a frightening reality for coastal communities, including many historic towns that have been built right to the water’s edge over the last few centuries. Provincetown, Massachusetts, at the tip of Cape Cod, is a perfect example of this kind of community. But what happens to the character of the place when sea level rise forces it to adapt?

Connecticut Garden Journal: Hold The Mulch

May 16, 2019 120

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This time of year, bark mulch is being thrown around like candy at a 4 th of July parade. We've grown very accustomed to, and even expect, mulched gardens. The ideal is a weed free, mulched garden.

Connecticut The Latest State To Tackle Frozen Embryo Cases And The Bigger Questions They Pose

May 16, 2019 328

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A Connecticut couple once decided to create and cryogenically freeze human embryos so that they could expand their family. But then their marriage ended, and a question remained: what should happen to a remaining frozen embryo?

Georgetown Study: Wealth, Not Ability, The Biggest Predictor Of Future Success

May 16, 2019 124

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A big part of the so-called American Dream promises that if people work hard enough -- no matter how poor they are -- they’ll find success. It turns out that's not completely true, according to a new report by Georgetown University , which shows that wealth is stronger indicator of success than intelligence. Education professor Anthony Carnevale co-authored the study. "Young people who are minorities, or from the working class, or low income who are talented when they are young -- they don't make it to the finish line,” Carnevale said. “That is, this study goes all the way into the labor market, and in the end, the loss rate of these young people is huge." By looking at years of data from different sources, the Georgetown researchers found that smart poor students are less likely to become wealthy by age 25 than not-so-smart rich students. The poor students also have less chance of graduating from college than their low-performing wealthy peers. Part of it is because affluent kids have

State Agency Turns Tolland Home With Crumbling Foundation Into A 'Sure Bet'

May 15, 2019 129

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The first Connecticut family to have a crumbling foundation repaired using a new state fund have moved back in to their home.

Attorney General Chooses Connecticut Prosecutor To Head Investigation Into Origins Of Russia Inquiry

May 14, 2019 81

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The United States Attorney from Connecticut has been chosen to probe the origins of the Russia investigation.

Hartford Police Department Rolls Out Body Cams To Officers

May 14, 2019 209

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The Hartford Police Department has begun rolling out body cams to its officers to use on a daily basis. Using a combination of state grant money and funding from the city, the department purchased 325 cameras. The cameras, supporting equipment, and some cloud storage space came from Axon, a company that started out making tasers in the 1990s. Since the launch of its pilot program in February, officers have recorded more than 12,000 videos with the body-worn cameras.

Teachers Union Says Connecticut's Charter Laws Need Improvement

May 13, 2019 97

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A new report by the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union, says that Connecticut's charter school laws need to be improved.

Connecticut AG: Generic Drug Companies 'Brazenly Colluding' To Manipulate Market

May 13, 2019 68

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Connecticut is leading a major effort to hold generic drug manufacturers responsible for the rising cost of pharmaceuticals.

New Documentary Details Attempt To Change School Lunch

May 9, 2019 405

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You know those airplane meals that arrive in those pre-frozen packages? Heated up in the back of the plane, with condensation leaking down from the plastic lid? It’s not too appetizing. But for years, that’s what many kids in schools around the country are getting for lunch every day. And for many of them, that means not eating all day.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Sunflowers

May 9, 2019 120

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One the quintessential flowers of summer is the sunflower. The common sunflower was originally grown in the Southwest 5,000 years ago. Native Americans used the seed for food, dyes, medicine, and oil. Though the Europeans started growing sunflowers in the 1500s, it was mostly as an ornamental. It wasn’t until Peter the Great of Russia started growing it on the large scale for oil production that sunflowers started booming as a popular crop.

Prosecutors, Family Want To Know Why Police Stopped Wethersfield Man Before Firing Fatal Shots

May 8, 2019 118

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The state’s attorney investigating the fatal Wethersfield, Conn. police shooting said she wants to go back to the beginning of the traffic stop and understand why police pulled over 18-year-old Anthony Jose “Chulo” Vega Cruz.

Governor Fumbles On Tribal Negotiations, Says Sports Betting, Gaming Bills Likely Off For Now

May 8, 2019 76

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Sports betting and other gaming-related bills are not likely to come out of this legislative session, according to Governor Ned Lamont.

Hartford Landlord Avoids Court Appearance, Confrontation with Angry Tenants

May 8, 2019 130

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The owner of Barbour Gardens, a subsidized housing complex in the North End of Hartford, was expected to appear in court Tuesday to face criminal housing charges, but the New York-based landlord was a no-show.

Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Uses Water From Cape Cod Bay. How Has It Impacted The Ecosystem?

May 7, 2019 363

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The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth pumps about a half-billion gallons of water from Cape Cod Bay into the plant every day. The water cycles continuously, passing through the plant’s condenser, and returning to the bay about 10 minutes later — and 30 degrees warmer.

Hartford Teachers Want Help Disciplining Students, Parents Say Teachers Don't Know Kids

May 6, 2019 218

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Four years ago, Hartford school officials decided to try to reduce the numbers of students being suspended. So they implemented what's known as a "restorative justice" model for discipline, but many teachers report that they haven't been trained on the new practice, and now many students are acting out, with no consequences.

Connecticut Venezuelans React To The Crisis Back Home

May 6, 2019 188

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Two Connecticut residents from Venezuela are calling for continued sanctions and stepped-up pressure from the international community to end the crisis in their native country.

Communities Rally In Wethersfield After Release Of Police Shooting Video

May 6, 2019 227

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The release of dashcam and surveillance footage on May 3rd of a police shooting in Wethersfield spurred a range of reactions. For friends and supporters of Anthony Jose "Chulo" Vega Cruz, the 18-year-old who later died from his injuries, it was a mix of sadness and outrage.

Videos of Wethersfield, Conn. Police Shooting Released, From Traffic Stop To Fatal Shots

May 3, 2019 239

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Nearly two weeks since a Wethersfield police officer shot an 18-year-old driver after a traffic stop, the chief state’s attorney’s office released dashcam footage and surveillance video on Friday that show the incident that led to the man’s death.

New Report Shows Lack Of Affordable Housing In Connecticut's Urban Areas

May 3, 2019 379

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Housing costs in Connecticut are high, median apartment prices are about $1,100 a month. And the state also has wide disparities, with some of the biggest concentrations of wealth and poverty in the nation.

Connecticut Releases School Vaccination Rates, But The Data Is Disputed

May 3, 2019 154

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The state Department of Public Health has made public the number of unvaccinated children attending every school in the state . But some of the numbers have already been disputed as inaccurate.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Don't Forget The Birds

May 3, 2019 120

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Everyone loves the calls and sights of songbirds this time of year. They're a cheery reminder of spring and a delight with all their activity. But due to habitat loss, climate change, and other factors, the populations of many song birds are declining. One way to help is to plant the right shrubs for birds.

Hartford Soccer Team To Make Home Debut After 'Brutal' Start On The Road

May 3, 2019 153

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The time has finally come for Connecticut’s newest pro soccer team to debut in the Hartford area.

Connecticut Legislators Push For Free Prison Phone Calls

May 3, 2019 289

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Connecticut legislators are hoping to pass a bill that would make phone calls from prisons in the state free. Currently the high cost of communication between prisoners and their families has negative consequences.

Understanding The Holocaust Through Survivor Testimonies

May 2, 2019 454

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Security has been stepped up at Jewish synagogues around the state. Thursday is Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day - and as people gather to honor the 6 million lives lost, they’ll also remember those killed in shootings at synagogues in California and Pennsylvania.

Community Health Centers Advocate For More Support For Telemedicine

May 1, 2019 234

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Dr. Suzanne Lagarde and her team at Fair Haven Community Health Care in New Haven see a steady stream of patients most days. People come in for routine wellness checks, or when they’re sick or injured. And sometimes, a primary care physician could use the help of an e-consult.

UConn Professors: New Test Is Yet Another Hurdle For Aspiring Teachers Of Color

Apr 29, 2019 118

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The state's new assessment for future teachers is biased against people of color and low-income students, according to a group of UConn professors, who said they want the state to stop using it and come up with something better. Starting this fall, students who go through teacher preparation programs in Connecticut must pass a new testing protocol called edTPA, developed by Stanford University and Pearson, which is the largest education publisher in the world. The state's been piloting the test for a few years. But Douglas Kaufman, a literacy professor at UConn’s Neag School of Education, said the test is not culturally responsive and inclusive. In other words, it doesn't consider the variety of ways that teachers connect to students or other hard-to-quantify measures. "It doesn't take into account multiple factors,” Kaufman said, “including the fact that a lot of teachers of color are going to want to work in very diverse school districts that have different challenges than schools of

Warrant Reveals Officers In New Haven Shooting Could Face Assault Charges

Apr 29, 2019 98

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Details are emerging out of the officer-involved shooting that wounded a passenger in a car pursued by Hamden and Yale University police this month in New Haven.

Down Syndrome Artist’s Depiction Of The Ten Commandments On Display At Yale

Apr 26, 2019 266

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A series of pictures depicting the Ten Commandments is on display at Yale Divinity School. The works were drawn by Bruce Gillespie, a celebrated artist with Down syndrome. For Gillespie, making art is practically a necessity. For most of his life -- he's in his 60's now -- any spare moment has been spent with his trusty felt-tip markers and sketch pad. Retired special education teacher Sam Goldenberg has mentored Gillespie for years. He first met the artist when Gillespie was in his early twenties. “I was teaching in Danbury at the Danbury Regional Center at the time,” said Goldenberg. “What I found was that every chance he got, he would go off into the kitchen, find some paper and pen and he'd be drawing and stuff like that. That was his love - any second he wasn't working he'd be drawing.” This was in the early 1970's, when programs and services for people with Down syndrome were few and far between. In fact, Goldenberg says when Gillespie was born in the early 1950's, the doctors

Protests Continue After Shooting Death Of Teenager By Connecticut Police Officer

Apr 26, 2019 114

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The shooting death of 18-year-old Anthony Jose "Chulo" Vega Cruz by a Wethersfield police officer prompted protesters to take to the streets of Hartford and Wethersfield Thursday night.

Latino Students In Connecticut Suffer Disproportionate Discipline From School Resource Officers

Apr 25, 2019 107

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As communities all over the country continue to debate how to keep children safe at school, many districts have turned to School Resource Officers, or SROs -- essentially uniformed and armed police officers in school. But a new study in Connecticut shows that SROs can have a negative impact on students.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Eggplants From Garden To Plate

Apr 25, 2019 120

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One of the food highlights growing up in Waterbury was my mom's eggplant parmesan. The combination of gooey mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and breaded and fried eggplant slices was to die for. It still is, and I love cooking it myself now.

Connecticut Files New Claims In Suit Against Purdue Pharma

Apr 24, 2019 297

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In her mid-20s, Sarah Howroyd was in a car accident with her fiancé. She suffered minor injuries to her neck and back, and the couple sought treatment for the pain. “And we were prescribed an astronomical amount of Oxycontin,” she said. It was the beginning of her long struggle with opioid addiction.

Lawsuit Alleges Connecticut Correctional Officials Refused To Treat Transgender Prisoner

Apr 24, 2019 74

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A transgender inmate seeking treatment for gender dysphoria is suing state correctional officials.

Two Arrests Made, But Cause Of Massive Fire At State Park Still Unclear

Apr 23, 2019 80

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What started a fire that destroyed a multi-million dollar state project in Milford is still a mystery, but this week police arrested two 18-year-olds in connection with a pair of smaller fires at Silver Sands State Park.

Latest Census Data Yield Growth For Connecticut’s Women Farmers

Apr 23, 2019 73

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More women are getting counted as farmers in the state, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Wethersfield Teen Shot By Police During Traffic Stop Has Died

Apr 23, 2019 149

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A Wethersfield teen has died after being shot during a traffic stop in the town. State police confirmed the death of 18-year-old Anthony Jose Vega Cruz Monday night.

Poll Shows That Teachers Want To Teach Climate Change, But Most Don't

Apr 22, 2019 62

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A large majority of teachers say that climate change should be taught in schools, according to a new NPR - Ipsos poll. But the same poll that found that most teachers don't teach climate change to their students. Connecticut is one of 19 states that uses the Next Generation Science Standards, which includes climate change as a core topic beginning in middle school. But this survey showed that more than 80 percent of teachers around the country think their states should follow suit. The poll surveyed more than 500 teachers from across the country. While most of the teachers polled agreed that climate change is happening, 8 percent said they don't believe in it. Another 4 percent said their school doesn't allow teaching climate change. Students were also more likely to bring up climate change in class if they were being taught about it in school. About twice as many teachers said that human beings were the primary cause of global warming, compared to those who said it was mostly natural.

Exploring The Causes Of Food Insecurity Among Vermont's Farm Workers

Apr 18, 2019 478

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We’ve been following the struggles and successes of farmers in our region. A new focus on organic, locally grown food has led to a boom in farmstand and ‘foodie’ culture. But the hard economic realities of milk production in the region has meant the closures of hundreds of farms over the last decade.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Sweet Peas

Apr 18, 2019 120

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One of the best smells of spring are sweet peas. The flowers look like colorful butterflies and many have a heavenly scent.

State Leaders Prepare For Possible Nursing Home Strike

Apr 17, 2019 297

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The state is making contingency plans in the event that 2,500 nursing home workers in Connecticut go out on strike next month.

Private Philanthropy In Public Schools: Can Ray Dalio Make His Gift Work In Connecticut?

Apr 16, 2019 304

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When it comes to philanthropic giving to public schools, the hype is always big. Like when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on Oprah Winfrey’s show that he was giving $100 million to Newark, New Jersey, schools. But the results don’t always live up to the hype.

Local Grocers Welcome New Customers As Stop & Shop Experiences Work Stoppage

Apr 16, 2019 89

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With one local grocery chain dealing with a union strike, other stores are enjoying a bit of a boost as customers go grocery shopping somewhere else.

Hayes Focuses On Education And Gun Control — Not Drama

Apr 15, 2019 269

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After another long day at work, Rep. Jahana Hayes spent the evening sitting on the floor of her office, surrounded by briefing papers and other documents that would help her prepare for a match up with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Public Broadcasters Form New Partnership In Western Mass.

Apr 11, 2019 230

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The two big names in public radio and public television in western Massachusetts are joining together. New England Public Radio and WGBY will soon become “New England Public Media.”

Why Does A Person Commit Arson?

Apr 11, 2019 283

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Three teenagers were charged this week with first-degree arson in connection with the fire that destroyed the historic Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. A lawyer representing one of the young men told Hearst Connecticut Media that the teens will likely be charged with at least four other recent fires in the area. Arson was also the cause of some of the wildfires that devastated California last year -- state insurance officials there say claims totalled $11.4 billion in November alone. Douglas Fields is a neuroscientist and author of the book Why We Snap , on the neuroscience of aggression. He’s also written about arson for Psychology Today . "What we need to distinguish - arson that’s committed as a weapon, a covert destructive act (a current example are the sad church burnings in Louisiana) from pyromania, which is committed by people with this overwhelming compulsion to light fires," said Fields. He said pyromania is not a mental illness, but rather a related behavior that often

Connecticut Garden Journal: Keeping It Native

Apr 11, 2019 120

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Everyone wants to plant native plants. The advantages to growing native plants are many. These are plants that have stood the test of time. They're adapted to weather, climate, insects, diseases and even human activity. They provide habitat for pollinators, butterflies, birds and other wildlife and, sometimes, food for us. But finding a good, economical source for lots of these trees, shrubs, perennials, fruits and berries can be problematic.

Connecticut Bill Looks To Ban Solitary Confinement For All Inmates

Apr 10, 2019 249

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Criminal justice reform advocates thought the state was on a better path after former Gov. Dan Malloy signed a 2017 law that banned solitary confinement for juvenile prisoners. But a January report by the state Office of the Child Advocate found that young inmates in adult facilities were still being put in isolation.

Connecticut's Food Waste Recycling Law Is Taking A Long Time To Grow

Apr 8, 2019 308

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Americans throw out lots of food. Estimates from the EPA say nearly 40 million tons are landfilled or incinerated each year. And in Connecticut, food waste is second only to paper in terms of what people toss in the trash. So more than five years ago, a new state law began requiring large businesses to recycle their leftover food. The hope was to divert organic waste from the trash bin while enticing recyclers to build in the state. But getting that recycling industry started has been a challenge.

Study: Some Types Of Fatal Workplace Shootings On The Rise

Apr 8, 2019 85

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According to a new study, there's been a rise in the number of fatal workplace shootings that are unrelated to robberies. Workplace shootings aren't uncommon, but they don't always make headlines unless multiple people are killed.

The Millennials Of Color Who Are Shaping Boston's Arts Scene

Apr 5, 2019 448

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At the end of March, WBUR's Arts and Culture Team, The ARTery, released an ambitious project that caught our eye: " The ARTery 25 ." The project features 25 millennials of color who are making waves in Boston’s arts scene. The people featured include painters, dancers, a street artist, and a violinist, among others, but what they all have in common is that they are all shaping the 'cultural ecosystem' of the city.

12 Impassioned Women Take On '12 Angry Men'

Apr 4, 2019 283

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A staged reading of the courtroom drama 12 Angry Men takes place this weekend in Connecticut.

The One About Joni Mitchell

Apr 4, 2019 612

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Joni Mitchell is a singer-songwriter from Alberta, Canada. In 1968, her debut album, Song to a Seagull , was released and since then, Mitchell has become one of the most influential, and greatest recording artists. Mitchell has won nine Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, countless musical awards, and her albums are considered as among the best ever made. We’re big fans. It turns out we’re not alone.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Dwarf Flowering Trees

Apr 4, 2019 120

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There's nothing like a dwarf flowering tree in your yard. While shade trees are beautiful, they take years to get established. But dwarf flowering trees are instant eye candy. They bloom each year, not growing too large and unruly.

Puerto Ricans Think Trump, U.S. Government Could Do More For The Island

Apr 4, 2019 117

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Federal legislators are fighting over additional disaster aid for Puerto Rico.

Unregulated Nail Salons In Connecticut Pose Labor, Health Risks

Apr 3, 2019 312

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Near a fleet of glossy parked vehicles in a Wallingford Toyota showroom, Fredina Mendez sits in the corner at a manicure table. Her job is to offer manicures to people waiting for their cars to be serviced. She thinks it’s a great customer service idea, but it’s not her dream job.

Community Health Workers Fill Gaps In Connecticut And Look To Solidify Their Roles

Apr 3, 2019 209

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One by one, people bundled up in long coats, hats and scarves made their way down into the basement of the Center Church Parish House in New Haven on a Wednesday afternoon.

'Shortchanged': Connecticut Officials Call Out Trump Administration On Puerto Rican Disaster Relief

Apr 1, 2019 96

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Connecticut lawmakers want Congress to send more disaster relief dollars to Puerto Rico.

New England Museum Houses Massive Collection of Accordions

Apr 1, 2019 297

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Tuck ed away in the northwest corner of Connecticut, just a few miles from the Massachusetts border, stands the New England Accordion Connection and Museum Company . The museum houses over 600 accordions, thousands of pages of sheet music, and a jukebox filled with hours of accordion music.

Rising Pop Star Sir Babygirl On Her Rural New England Roots

Apr 1, 2019 454

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It’s late July in a tiny venue, in a small town, in Vermont. This is an odd space. The walls are lined with strange artifacts and curiosities, including a canning jar that holds Elvis’ gallstones. Or so the label says. It’s the type of place where outcasts and misfits feel right at home. Tonight’s performer is no exception. It’s Kelsie Hogue, a.k.a. Sir Babygirl . She’s wearing a backwards bubblegum pink ball cap and shiny silk robe. She cradles the mic close to her mouth. Her lips are painted cornflower blue—the same as her eye shadow. This isn’t the type of performer you might expect to see in rural New England. But Hogue’s been here for the past year since she moved back in with her parents.

Snapshots Of A Controlled Burn On Connecticut's Coast

Apr 1, 2019 205

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Recently, part of Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford caught fire. But this shoreline blaze wasn’t a disaster. It was actually a carefully-planned “burn” aimed at preserving what’s been called the “last remnant” of eastern prairie in Connecticut.

How The Juvenile Justice System Can Better Work With Immigrant Youth

Apr 1, 2019 270

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President Trump threatened on Friday to close the southern border unless Mexico stops migrants from entering the U.S. illegally. “Mexico’s tough. They can stop ‘em, but they chose not to," he said. "Now they’re gonna stop ‘em. And if they don’t stop ‘em, we’re closing the border”. Among those people entering the country are children and teens.

With No National Standards, Policies For Arming Teachers Are Often Left To Local School Districts

Apr 1, 2019 277

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Teachers or other school staff in districts in 31 states can legally carry weapons in schools, according to a review of state laws and local news coverage by Guns & America .

State Finds Torrington Special Education Program Rife With Problems

Mar 31, 2019 108

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A recent state investigation found significant problems with a special education program in Torrington run by EdAdvance, one of six regional educational service centers, or RESCs, in the state. RESCs are publicly-funded schools that offer a variety of programs, including specialized services for students with disabilities who can’t be taught at their home schools. But a former social worker at EdAdvance’s Torrington location said the school was rife with problems, and a state investigation agreed. Investigators found that students were placed in the EdAdvance program without discussing whether it was a good fit for the students. Many of these students have suffered from trauma and some had recently been released from a psychiatric care facility. District officials reduced access to counseling for some students, and sometimes the people making these decisions did not even know the students, the investigation found. "Torrington just ran roughshod over the rights of parents and students

Lamont Tours Essex School To Promote Consolidation

Mar 31, 2019 80

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Students at Essex Elementary School received a visit from Governor Ned Lamont in their classroom on Friday, as he continues to push for districts to consider consolidating services. Lamont was touring the collaborative preschool program between the towns of Chester, Deep River, and Essex that has been running for 20 years, and -- according to his office -- has proved to be a significant saving for taxpayers.

Governor Lamont Speaks Up For Hartford Woman Detained By ICE

Mar 29, 2019 76

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Governor Ned Lamont is asking the federal government to recognize pardons handed down to residents by the state. Lamont wrote a letter to the secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security after the detention by ICE of an undocumented Hartford woman.

New Haven Man Battles Error That May Send Him Back To Prison

Mar 29, 2019 128

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Demetrius Anderson was getting ready for work last week when several U.S. marshals showed up at his apartment door.

Are You Prepared? Taking A Life In Self-Defense

Mar 29, 2019 250

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Standing in the master bathroom of his Bend, Oregon, home, Brennan Pebbles is describing the night a home intruder shot a rifle through his front window, killed his roommate, and then hunted him through his house.

A Rising Pop Star's Rural New England Roots

Mar 28, 2019 454

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It’s late July in a tiny venue, in a small town, in Vermont. This is an odd space. The walls are lined with strange artifacts and curiosities, including a canning jar that holds Elvis’ gallstones. Or so the label says. It’s the type of place where outcasts and misfits feel right at home. Tonight’s performer is no exception. It’s Kelsie Hogue, a.k.a. Sir Babygirl . She’s wearing a backwards bubblegum pink ball cap and shiny silk robe. She cradles the mic close to her mouth. Her lips are painted cornflower blue—the same as her eye shadow.

After Ethiopian Airline Crash, Ralph Nader Remembers Grand-Niece, Pushes For Reforms

Mar 28, 2019 424

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Connecticut-based consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader lost his grand-niece in the recent crash of a Boeing 737 Max jet in Ethiopia. Now he’s gunning for the planemaker and federal safety regulators who allowed the aircraft to be certified.

Mobile Sports Betting: A Moneymaker That Could Cost Connecticut Residents

Mar 28, 2019 282

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Sports betting could soon be available at your fingertips. Connecticut lawmakers could grant state residents the ability to gamble on their phones if they legalize sports betting.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Herb Garden

Mar 28, 2019 120

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There's nothing better than having fresh herbs at your fingertips when cooking your favorite recipes. Our tomato sauces always taste better in summer when we can add fresh basil, oregano, and parsley to the mix. But you don't have to have a large herb garden to have fresh herbs. Many herbs grow well in containers on a deck, balcony or patio. This is great because you don't have to venture far to harvest the leaves.

ICE Says Pardon Not Enough For Detained Hartford Woman

Mar 28, 2019 75

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Local immigration advocates are fighting on behalf of an undocumented Hartford woman who has been detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials.

Could Legalized Sports Betting Be The Answer To Curb Connecticut's Illegal Market?

Mar 27, 2019 288

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If you log onto some overseas website to bet on sports, or you do it through a bookie at the local bar, or even if you and your buddy have $20 riding on the Giants/Cowboys game, you’re betting illegally.

Outgoing Public Health Commissioner Talks Health Costs, Disparities And The State's Future

Mar 27, 2019 153

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Medium cardboard boxes take up the surface of a side table in Dr. Raul Pino’s office on Capitol Avenue in Hartford. They’re filled with picture frames, certificates, documents and other items that for the last three years have decorated the room. Pino is spending his last few days in office as the state commissioner of the Department of Public Health by taking care of loose ends and preparing a smooth transition for the new commissioner appointed by Gov. Ned Lamont last month.

Connecticut Residents Bet In Rhode Island As Local Lawmakers Look For Ways To Cash In

Mar 26, 2019 282

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Last year, the United States Supreme Court opened the door for states to make it legal to bet on sports. More recently, Connecticut lawmakers voted to send a bill that would legalize sports betting to the floor of the state legislature. But what could legalized sports betting look like here in the Land of Steady Habits? To answer that question, let's take a look first at neighboring Rhode Island, which debuted sports betting in November.

Doctors Endorse Connecticut Efforts To Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption Among Kids

Mar 26, 2019 93

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High rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic health conditions have doctors supporting local, state and national policies on reducing the amount of sugary beverages that kids drink.

Proposed Bill Would Require School Districts To Do More For Deaf Students

Mar 25, 2019 103

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Students who are deaf or hard of hearing often struggle to develop language, so state lawmakers are considering a bill that would require districts to collect and share data on their language abilities.

'There Is Evidence Of Collusion,' Says Blumenthal After Barr Letter

Mar 25, 2019 267

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When it was announced on Friday that Robert Mueller had submitted his report to the Justice Department, Connecticut's congressional delegation began calling for that report to be made public. Now, Attorney General William Barr has released a four-page letter with his conclusions -- but Democrats still want the Mueller report to be released, including Senator Richard Blumenthal who joins us.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Broccoli

Mar 22, 2019 120

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Broccoli has taken a long road to get to our tables. It's descended from wild cabbages. For over 2000 years, Italian and Greek farmers have carefully selected varieties to produce the current version of the vegetable many love.

What Role Does The Firearm Industry Play In New Hampshire's Economy?

Mar 21, 2019 414

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New England has long been one of the biggest makers of guns sold both inside, and outside, the U.S. Iconic names like Smith & Wesson, the Colt 45 and the Winchester rifle were all made here, and the region still has several global manufacturers of guns.

Hartford Exhibit Modeled After 'The Dinner Party' Turns Tragedy Into Healing

Mar 21, 2019 222

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A traveling art exhibit, created by a group of women incarcerated at Connecticut’s York Correctional Institution, is now on view at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford.

March Madness Hits Hartford's XL Center With No Remodel In Sight

Mar 21, 2019 114

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There could’ve been major work done by now on a building that’ll host a lot of people this weekend. But, there’s no renovation on the books right now for the XL Center in Hartford, a 44-year-old, state-owned building officials have said is in desperate need of a makeover.

In Latest Turn, Federal Judges Dismisses Challenge To Rhode Island Truck Tolls

Mar 20, 2019 75

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A federal judge moved this week to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Rhode Island’s truck-only tolling arrangement. The state’s legislature decided in 2016 to institute tolls, but just for trucks and only at certain spots on Interstate 95. Singling out trucks is a position that gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont also took while on the campaign trail -- only to reverse himself and back universal tolling after he was elected.

What's True And False In The Debate Over The Gardasil Vaccine

Mar 20, 2019 282

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People who describe themselves as "proponents for choice in vaccines" held a press conference Tuesday at the state capitol, on pending state legislation that would mandate certain vaccines. Part of the press conference was a presentation by vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who raised concerns about the safety of one particular vaccine, Gardasil.

Advocates Push For Connecticut Aid-In-Dying, Opponents Warn Of The Risks

Mar 19, 2019 261

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Only a small number of states have aid-in-dying or death-with-dignity laws that allow terminally ill patients to end their lives, and Connecticut supporters want that option, too. But opponents argue it could be dangerous, especially for people with disabilities.

Sports Betting One Step Closer To Being Legal In Connecticut

Mar 19, 2019 99

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Proposals that would expand gaming in Connecticut are on their way to the floor of the state legislature. Lawmakers passed several bills Tuesday, ranging from legislation that would skirt federal approval to authorize the building of a casino in East Windsor , to blueprints for how sports betting could be adopted in the state.

In Connecticut, The Costs And Benefits Of Shared Solar Are Tough To Calculate

Mar 18, 2019 274

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Renewable energy projects have been growing across New England in recent years. And while offshore wind and grid-scale solar have gotten lots of the attention -- a smaller, more community-oriented way of getting power has been steadily taking hold: “shared clean energy.”

Hartford Activates Pratt Plan To Keep 'March Madness' Foot Traffic Downtown

Mar 17, 2019 116

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The city of Hartford is going back to a familiar strategy with the hope that local businesses can capitalize on March Madness. Beginning March 21, the NCAA Tournament returns to Hartford for the first time since 1998.

Students Gather In Hartford To Demand Climate Action

Mar 16, 2019 128

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About 200 young people and their supporters gathered at the capitol in Hartford on Friday to demand action on climate change.

Connecticut Muslims Pray For Those Lost In New Zealand Attack

Mar 16, 2019 97

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Faith communities around Connecticut came together to show support in the wake of the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand.

Quinnipiac University Remembering Ireland's Great Famine Through Art

Mar 15, 2019 308

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Museums that tell the stories of tragic world events can be sobering, thought-provoking – and often poignant and uplifting. Nestled in Hamden, Connecticut is an art museum that centers on a defining moment in Ireland’s history – the great famine of the mid-19 th century.

Celebrities Cheating College Process Shines Light On Inequity For Low-Income Students

Mar 14, 2019 95

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Money appears to be no object for the 33 parents recently charged by federal authorities for paying bribes so that their kids could get in to elite schools like Georgetown, UCLA, and Yale.

Lawsuit By Sandy Hook Families Against Remington Allowed To Move Forward

Mar 14, 2019 58

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After months of silence, the Connecticut Supreme Court reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of nine victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting against Remington Arms, the manufacturer of the rifle used in the shooting.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Oxalis For St. Patrick's Day

Mar 14, 2019 120

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While green carnations are all the rage on St. Patrick’s Day, I would rather give a shamrock plant to a loved one. Oxalis, or the shamrock plant, can be an invasive weed in warm climates, a sour-tasting ground cover in cold climates or a cute houseplant. I want to focus on the houseplant versions.

Connecticut Seniors Face Possible Medicare Asset Test For Savings Program

Mar 13, 2019 246

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Connecticut is considering reinstating an asset test for Medicare Savings Programs. State officials say it will save money while program enrollees are worried about losing coverage and experiencing higher health care costs.

Politicians And Public Divided By Gun Bills In Legislature

Mar 12, 2019 97

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In a public hearing for several gun bills that lasted for more than eight hours, the testimonies of concerned mothers, proud gun owners, weary police chiefs, and drained doctors were put forth for the Judiciary Committee's consideration.

Politicians And Public Divided By Gun Bills In Legislature

Mar 12, 2019 97

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In a public hearing for several gun bills that lasted for more than eight hours, the testimonies of concerned mothers, proud gun owners, weary police chiefs, and drained doctors were put forth for the Judiciary Committee's consideration.

Connecticut Lawmakers Unveil A Public Option Health Plan

Mar 11, 2019 102

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State lawmakers revealed details Thursday on how Connecticut could create and run its own public option health care plan, which would compete with private insurers.

Connecticut Lawmakers Unveil A Public Option Health Plan

Mar 11, 2019 102

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State lawmakers revealed details Thursday on how Connecticut could create and run its own public option health care plan, which would compete with private insurers.

Faculty, Students Push Back Against Community College Consolidation

Mar 11, 2019 124

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Over 1,300 students, faculty members, and others have signed a petition asking for the state to stop its plan to consolidate the 12 public community colleges into one system. They’re calling themselves the Reluctant Warriors. "We are here today because it's time to stop pursuing higher education reform through secretive, backroom political deals, that consolidates power in the hands of a few and grows an already bloated system office," said Elle Van Dermark, a professor at Asnuntuck Community College. She joined about two-dozen others in Hartford to discuss their concerns with a plan to consolidate the community colleges under a single administrative structure. "We are here to respectfully ask Governor Lamont to stand up and step in," Van Dermark said, adding that that faculty concerns about the project have fallen on deaf ears. Several students also spoke out against the plan, which has been called Students First. "The consolidation does not put us first," said Romy Stewart, a student

Faculty, Students Push Back Against Community College Consolidation

Mar 11, 2019 124

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Over 1,300 students, faculty members, and others have signed a petition asking for the state to stop its plan to consolidate the 12 public community colleges into one system. They’re calling themselves the Reluctant Warriors. "We are here today because it's time to stop pursuing higher education reform through secretive, backroom political deals, that consolidates power in the hands of a few and grows an already bloated system office," said Elle Van Dermark, a professor at Asnuntuck Community College. She joined about two-dozen others in Hartford to discuss their concerns with a plan to consolidate the community colleges under a single administrative structure. "We are here to respectfully ask Governor Lamont to stand up and step in," Van Dermark said, adding that that faculty concerns about the project have fallen on deaf ears. Several students also spoke out against the plan, which has been called Students First. "The consolidation does not put us first," said Romy Stewart, a student

ICE Detainers, Misdemeanor Sentencing Bills Considered By Connecticut Lawmakers

Mar 8, 2019 115

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Local immigration advocates are continuing a push for state laws that would protect undocumented immigrants.

ICE Detainers, Misdemeanor Sentencing Bills Considered By Connecticut Lawmakers

Mar 8, 2019 115

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Local immigration advocates are continuing a push for state laws that would protect undocumented immigrants.

Connecticut Residents "Floored" By 2018 Tax Refunds, Learn Withholding Changes As They File

Mar 8, 2019 314

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Many Americans are shocked by their 2018 tax refunds. The Internal Revenue Service is reporting that the average refund is down 17 percent this year as compared to the same time in 2018.

Connecticut Residents "Floored" By 2018 Tax Refunds, Learn Withholding Changes As They File

Mar 8, 2019 314

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Many Americans are shocked by their 2018 tax refunds. The Internal Revenue Service is reporting that the average refund is down 17 percent this year as compared to the same time in 2018.

Students Call For African-American And Latino Studies Curriculum

Mar 8, 2019 122

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A new education bill seeks to add African-American studies to the social studies curriculum in Connecticut public schools. High school students testifying before the legislature this week said loud and clear that Black history is more than just Rosa Parks, slavery and civil rights.

Students Call For African-American And Latino Studies Curriculum

Mar 8, 2019 122

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A new education bill seeks to add African-American studies to the social studies curriculum in Connecticut public schools. High school students testifying before the legislature this week said loud and clear that Black history is more than just Rosa Parks, slavery and civil rights.

New Documentary Details A "Lobster War" On U.S.-Canada Border

Mar 7, 2019 449

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There’s a section of the ocean along the border between the U.S. and Canada that’s considered a “gray zone.” It’s a stretch of over 200 square miles that the United States and Canada both have claimed. And in recent years, as seas warm and lobsters move north, the "gray zone" has become prime lobster fishing ground, sparking tension between American and Canadian lobstermen, both trying to capitalize on the catch.

New Documentary Details A "Lobster War" On U.S.-Canada Border

Mar 7, 2019 449

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There’s a section of the ocean along the border between the U.S. and Canada that’s considered a “gray zone.” It’s a stretch of over 200 square miles that the United States and Canada both have claimed. And in recent years, as seas warm and lobsters move north, the "gray zone" has become prime lobster fishing ground, sparking tension between American and Canadian lobstermen, both trying to capitalize on the catch.

'The Prince Of Providence' Brings Controversial Mayor's Life To The Stage

Mar 7, 2019 120

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The larger-than-life former mayor of Providence Buddy Cianci will be reincarnated on stage in his home city later this year, as Trinity Rep stages a new play, The Prince of Providence .

'The Prince Of Providence' Brings Controversial Mayor's Life To The Stage

Mar 7, 2019 120

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The larger-than-life former mayor of Providence Buddy Cianci will be reincarnated on stage in his home city later this year, as Trinity Rep stages a new play, The Prince of Providence .

Connecticut Garden Journal: Elderberries

Mar 7, 2019 120

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Native shrubs are great in the landscape to attract birds, bees and butterflies. It also helps when they're beautiful and produce edible fruits. That's why I like elderberries.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Elderberries

Mar 7, 2019 120

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Native shrubs are great in the landscape to attract birds, bees and butterflies. It also helps when they're beautiful and produce edible fruits. That's why I like elderberries.

Tolling Headlines As Lawmakers Consider Transportation Bills

Mar 6, 2019 110

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Governor Ned Lamont is leaning toward tolling of all vehicles in Connecticut, rather than concentrating on trucks as he said during the campaign.

Tolling Headlines As Lawmakers Consider Transportation Bills

Mar 6, 2019 110

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Governor Ned Lamont is leaning toward tolling of all vehicles in Connecticut, rather than concentrating on trucks as he said during the campaign.

Connecticut Nurse Midwives Fight For Equal Health Care Pay

Mar 6, 2019 183

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Brianne Foley didn’t have time to plan for the birth of her first child. So when she and her husband were having their second child, Foley did extensive research on which ones accepted Medicaid and were within driving distance of her home in Watertown. That’s when she found a practice run by certified nurse midwives.

Connecticut Nurse Midwives Fight For Equal Health Care Pay

Mar 6, 2019 183

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Brianne Foley didn’t have time to plan for the birth of her first child. So when she and her husband were having their second child, Foley did extensive research on which ones accepted Medicaid and were within driving distance of her home in Watertown. That’s when she found a practice run by certified nurse midwives.

Stop & Shop, Union Representatives Negotiating To Avoid Strike

Mar 6, 2019 99

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Workers at local Stop and Shop grocery stores could soon go on strike. That would impact 91 stores in Connecticut – all of them employ members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

Stop & Shop, Union Representatives Negotiating To Avoid Strike

Mar 6, 2019 99

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Workers at local Stop and Shop grocery stores could soon go on strike. That would impact 91 stores in Connecticut – all of them employ members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

Toothbrushes And Floss Containers Become Playground At Connecticut School

Mar 4, 2019 268

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Third-grader Emma Hallett helped her mom manage the recycling bins, which were set up along a wall at the back of a noisy cafeteria at Kelley Elementary School in Southington.

'Nut-Free' Yard Goats Singing A New Tune

Mar 1, 2019 101

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The Hartford Yard Goats are taking ‘peanuts and Cracker Jacks’ out of the ballgame.

Casks Of Nuclear Waste Sit At Closed Nuclear Plants Around New England For Decades

Mar 1, 2019 421

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A recent article from The Boston Globe caught our eye. In it, reporter Joshua Miller reports on the casks of nuclear waste that are sitting at nuclear power stations in our region, plants that were closed decades ago. Scientists, plant operators, and lawmakers insist they’re safe, but how much are taxpayers shelling out to keep this waste on-site?

Hartford Photo Exhibit Stirs Memories of '60s Riots

Mar 1, 2019 233

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Steve Harris climbed the steps to the upper lobby of Hartford Stage. This was a night off for the cast and crew of Detroit ‘67 , a theater production set during the civil unrest of late 1960s Detroit. But Harris, a 71-year-old retired fire captain in Hartford, came to see the photo exhibit inspired by the play. It brought him back to those turbulent times.

More Connecticut Rivers Expected To Go “Wild And Scenic”

Feb 28, 2019 71

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Nearly 6,000 miles of river run through Connecticut. But only a few of these miles are designated “Wild and Scenic.” Now, more miles of river are poised to be added to that list.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Tips For Hydrangeas

Feb 28, 2019 120

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Late winter is the time to prune some trees and shrubs. One shrub that perplexes many gardeners is the hydrangea. With many different types of hydrangeas available that bloom and grow differently, it's easy to get confused about when and how to prune. Let me give you some tips on pruning three common types of hydrangeas.

Shall We Dance?

Feb 28, 2019 2962

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Why do we dance? The answer is more complicated than you might think. Dancing has served a multitude of functions for various cultures throughout history, and there is even evidence to suggest we, as a species, are biologically hard-wired to dance.

Connecticut Residents Look At Proposed Paid Leave Laws With Hope And Criticism

Feb 27, 2019 212

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Sarah Locke got excited when she heard that Connecticut lawmakers are trying to bring paid family medical leave to her home state, but then it gave her pause.

What’s Going On With Truck Tolls In Rhode Island?

Feb 27, 2019 120

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Last June, Rhode Island kicked off the nation’s first statewide truck-only tolling program, at two spots on Interstate 95, and so far, it’s been successful. This year, it plans to expand to ten more locations: tolling large tractor trailers. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont is looking at mimicking the plan in his state. But the trucking industry is challenging the arrangement in federal court.

Pain Is A Subjective Thing, Or Is It?

Feb 27, 2019 2963

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You have pain that wakes you up at night and distracts you during the day. You go to the doctor, who asks you to grade your pain on a scale of 1-10. The doctor can't find anything wrong with you; it may be stress or anxiety or that you need more exercise or sleep. You're confused. You feel pain but nothing seems to be wrong. Does this sound familiar?

Attack Of The Apocaloptimists

Feb 26, 2019 2924

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We were going to produce a show today on loneliness with British writer Olivia Laing. We still want to do that show with Olivia - but not today. Instead, we decided to switch gears and talk with Olivia and other artists about the themes in Olivia's new novel because they mirror our own concerns: how to live life in this fast-moving world where the present is history in the blink of an eye and world leaders can end our world with one wrong tweet? How can we exist, create art, raise children, commit to a future in a world that could be ending?

Jim Calhoun Reportedly Undecided On What's Next

Feb 26, 2019 85

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It could be ‘one and done’ for hall of fame coach Jim Calhoun at the University of Saint Joseph.

A Conversation With Peter Tork

Feb 25, 2019 2895

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Today, we remember Peter Tork of The Monkees. This show originally aired April 25, 2013. John Lennon said they were the greatest comedy team since the Marx Brothers. Gene Roddenberry based the look of the character Chekov on them. The Jimi Hendrix Experience got its first U.S. concert work as their opening act. Their TV show generated the money that launched the movie career of Jack Nicholson.

A Special Ed Lawyer Who's Walked In His Clients' Shoes

Feb 25, 2019 240

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When he was young, Michael Gilberg knew how to make a point. "My mother always said when I was 8, I would make a good attorney because I was good at arguing," he said.

Tax Season 2019; A Cannabis Course At UConn; Sealed Richard Sackler Testimony Now Public

Feb 25, 2019 2962

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The 2019 tax season is here. Have you filed your forms? If so, good on you for not procrastinating. If not, you might want to reconsider waiting until the last minute... because the U.S. tax code has changed. This hour, we take an in-depth look at the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and find out what it means for those filing taxes this year. Later, Connecticut Public Radio’s Patrick Skahill takes us inside a UConn lecture hall, where students are learning the science of cultivating... get this... cannabis.

More Men Put On Diocese Of Norwich 'Sexual Abuse Of A Minor' List

Feb 22, 2019 77

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The Diocese of Norwich has released the names of three more men credibly accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

It's The 2019 Noscars!

Feb 22, 2019 2958

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It's been a year of aborted missteps for the Academy Awards. There was going to be a new Best Popular Picture category . But now there won't be. Kevin Hart was going to host. But now there's nobody . They were going to present four awards -- including Film Editing and Cinematography -- during the commercial breaks. But now they aren't . Oh and there're the actual movies . Roma and The Favourite lead the field with 10 nominations each. A Star Is Born was once the favorite (no "u") to win in a bunch of categories. But now bettors' odds seem to favor Roma . Or maybe Green Book ? And A Star Is Born ? Its Best Picture hopes have fallen all the way to 40-1 against.

Unpacking The Crisis In Venezuela

Feb 22, 2019 2967

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This hour: the crisis in Venezuela. We take an in-depth look at the realities on the ground in the country and consider the future that lies ahead for its people. Plus: We learn how a New London, Connecticut-based nonprofit is opening residents’ eyes to the diverse cultures of Latin America.

UConn Students Experiment With Classroom Cannabis

Feb 21, 2019 213

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It’s something you might expect to see on a poster in a dorm. Bright green leaves, fanned and serrated. It’s cannabis. Except today, it’s center stage on a table in the biggest lecture hall on UConn’s campus. But first, it had to get there.

How Distance Affects Incarcerated Women In Western Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2019 451

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A new series from the Berkshire Eagle looks at the consequences of women being jailed outside of their home county.

Tolls Are A Familiar, And Unpopular, Road For Connecticut

Feb 21, 2019 237

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It was 1983. Toll booths in Connecticut had already experienced decades of problems like accidents and traffic jams. And then, a truck slammed into a car waiting at the Stratford toll plaza on Interstate 95.

Does Religion Still Matter When We Need It Most?

Feb 21, 2019 2970

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Religious scholar Elaine Pagels , trusted the Gospel of Thomas to get her through the almost unbearably painful years after the death of her six-year-old son -- born with a congenital heart defect -- followed one year later by the unexpected death of her husband.

Dissecting Governor Lamont’s Budget Proposal

Feb 21, 2019 2963

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Governor Ned Lamont did a lot of asking Wednesday, as he promised he would. A general plea for everyone to step up toward a budget solution is one thing. Specific requests, like the ones he made in his state budget address to lawmakers, will prove much more difficult to attain.

Does Religion Still Matter When We Need It Most?

Feb 21, 2019 2970

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Religious scholar Elaine Pagels , trusted the Gospel of Thomas to get her through the almost unbearably painful years after the death of her six-year-old son -- born with a congenital heart defect -- followed one year later by the unexpected death of her husband.

The King: Before There Was Lebron, There Was Elvis

Feb 20, 2019 3032

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Elvis left two legacies. Musically, he pulled several American musical traditions out of the shadows, braided them together, and made them mainstream. Personally, he created a far darker template for the way a musical celebrity could be devoured by the very fame he avidly sought. Recorded live in front of an audience -- and with a band! -- as part of Colin's Freshly Squeezed series at Watkinson School, an hour about the artist who defined the birth of rock and roll and was the genre's first superstar.

Critics Line Up Against Gov. Lamont's Budget Plan Ahead Of Its Formal Release

Feb 20, 2019 2961

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The honeymoon period is over for Gov. Ned Lamont. When he delivers his state budget address to lawmakers later on Wednesday, there will already be plenty of animosity among those watching.

Live (On Tape) From The Sea Tea Comedy Theater, It's Our Stand-Up Comedy Special!

Feb 19, 2019 2964

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To do a show about local stand-up comedy, we figured we should probably do a show of local stand-up comedy. So we went to a comedy club , put on a comedy show, and then did a talk show about the comedy show we'd just done. This hour: some of said comedy show plus most of said talk show -- and we're fairly confident it'll make more sense when you hear it than it probably just did reading about it.

Syrian Family From Pulitzer-Winning Cartoon Talks About Rebuilding Their Lives In Connecticut

Feb 19, 2019 2966

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What’s it like to build a house, a family, a life…and then have a war take it all away? This hour we sit down with West Hartford, CT residents Adeebah Alnemar and her son, Naji Aldabaan. They’re Syrian refugees who fled during the civil war, and came to Connecticut in 2016. Their family is the subject of a 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoon series in the New York Times. We also talk with one of the people behind the cartoon series—New Haven-based journalist Jake Halpern.

National Massage Chain's Sex Assault Scandal Hits Connecticut

Feb 16, 2019 80

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Over 400 women have reported that they’ve been sexually assaulted by male masseuses at a national chain of spas called Massage Envy. One of the accused is an Enfield man who worked at a Glastonbury franchise.

The New Haven Nose On Aziz Ansari And Two More Oscar Nominees: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' And 'Green Book'

Feb 15, 2019 3029

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Colin's away this week, but The Nose must go on! Or maybe "must" isn't quite right, but in this particular case, The Nose is going on -- with excellent guest hosts: The Arts Paper 's Lucy Gellman and the New Haven Independent 's Tom Breen .

Can A New Haven Play Confront Questions About Race And Class In 'Good Faith'?

Feb 15, 2019 2962

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Whose responsibility is it to confront institutional racism in our country today? Good Faith: Four Chats About Race and the New Haven Fire Department is playing at Yale Reparatory Theatre this month. It revisits New Haven after a group of firefighters sued the city. The reverse discrimination lawsuit, Ricci v. DeStefano , was decided by the U.S Supreme Court.

Connecticut Judge Orders Deposition of Alex Jones in Sandy Hook Defamation Case

Feb 15, 2019 47

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A Connecticut judge has ordered InfoWars host Alex Jones to give a sworn deposition in a case brought against him by families of Sandy Hook shooting victims.

Looking Ahead To The New Hampshire Primary, One Year Out

Feb 14, 2019 481

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In about one year from today, if you can believe it, New Hampshire voters will participate in their 2020 Presidential Primary, famous for its long-time status as being first in the nation. The small state’s out-sized political role has made it a must stop for politicians of all levels of popularity. And the list of politicians who have visited the state so far is growing fast.

Spring Reopening Remains Moving Target For Sleeping Giant State Park

Feb 14, 2019 89

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Volunteers and state officials are optimistic Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden will reopen this spring, but have yet to set a specific date. The news comes following months of cleanup work after a series of devastating storms last year.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Hot Peppers

Feb 14, 2019 120

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Happy Valentine's Day. If you haven't made plans for the big day yet, perhaps try a different gift, such as a hot pepper plant? After all, it does have red fruits and may spice up the evening for you.

Kraken The Code... Of Squid

Feb 14, 2019 2955

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Have you ever looked closely at a squid? No, the calamari on your plate doesn’t count. A live squid? Sure, it might seem to have come from the pages of a science fiction novel. But squid are far from fictional.

A Radio Show About Mimes? You Bet!

Feb 14, 2019 2962

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Mimes have been gesticulating their way into our hearts (or nightmares) for a lot longer than you may think. While it may have been the legendary Marcel Marceau who popularized the mime, people have been communicating through movement since the very beginning.

New Space In New Haven For Artisans With Developmental And Social Disabilities

Feb 13, 2019 107

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Artisans and staff with Chapel Haven Schleifer Center’s UARTS program have a new storefront in the Westville neighborhood to create and display their weavings, hand-marbled silk scarves, and other items.

Budget Austerity, Hardball Politics, And The Police Chief In New Haven Says Adios

Feb 13, 2019 2959

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New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell's recently announced plans to leave the department has brought the city's budget woes into focus, as well as its contentious brand of politics. The police department is down to 395 officers , Campbell told city alders earlier this week. That's 100 less than called for in the department's 2019 fiscal year budget, he maintained.

The Seduction Of The Supermarket

Feb 13, 2019 2963

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We're doing a show on supermarkets today - from a supermarket! Most Americans still buy most of their food from a supermarket. While farmer's markets and specialty stores offer organic and local alternatives, large-scale supermarkets still offer more convenience, the lowest prices and a seemingly endless variety of choices. Their big wide aisles with neatly stacked and eye-catching packaged products are hard to resist.

Remembering Those We've 'Overlooked'

Feb 12, 2019 2962

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Obituaries can capture the life and achievements of individuals, from local community members to the famous. This hour we talk with an editor behind the New York Times’ “Overlooked” obituary series , which highlights black men and women whose contributions were overlooked at the time of their deaths like actress Nina Mae McKinney and ragtime composer Scott Joplin.

Norwich Diocese Is 'Grievously Sorry,' Reveals Names Of Abusers

Feb 12, 2019 116

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich has released names of clergy found to be credibly accused of sexually assaulting minors.

Lets Eat Grandma!

Feb 11, 2019 2969

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Who would have thought that a book on grammar would be #5 on Amazon's best-seller list? (Should that be "whom" would have thought? Should I write out the number five? Should it be "bestseller?" Ugh. I can't remember if the exclamation goes inside or outside the quotation mark in the sentence I just asked myself.)

Connecticut Garden Journal: Show Your Love With Cyclamens

Feb 11, 2019 120

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This Valentine’s Day, don't just give roses to your paramore, give the flower of lasting love. Cyclamens are great gifts because they can grow indoors as houseplants or outdoors a shade-loving ground cover. And like your love, they'll last for years if taken care of properly.

The Impact Of Gambling Addiction On Southeast Asian Refugees

Feb 11, 2019 2962

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When it comes to gambling addiction, what segments of the U.S. population are most affected? This hour, we look at a new report by Connecticut Public Radio and the Sharing America initiative, which shines a light on the issue of problem gambling within the Southeast Asian refugee community. Later, we discuss a new report on weight-based bullying and its effect on young members of the LGBTQ community. Dr. Rebecca Puhl of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity joins us and we also hear from you.

The Unfolding Evolution Of Origami

Feb 11, 2019 2963

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How do you make a 100-meter telescope that folds down to three meters so you can tuck it inside a space vehicle? How do you make a heart stent that folds out inside the human body? In each case, researchers have turned to masters of origami, the thousand-year-old art of paper folding.

An Exit Interview, Of Sorts, With Darko Tresnjak

Feb 8, 2019 2630

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Darko Tresnjak has been artistic director at Hartford Stage Company since 2011. During his tenure here, he's won a Tony. He's had multiple productions make the leap to Broadway. His Anastasia has multiple tours touring internationally. And this season is his last season in Hartford.

For Many Baby Boomers, Livin' Large Means Moving To The City

Feb 8, 2019 2596

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Their parents may have spent their golden years in vast 55 and older retirement communities, or remote cookie-cutter housing developments in the suburbs. But more and more, baby boomers are deciding that's definitely not for them. They want to live in walkable, vibrant neighborhoods where there's a mix of young and old, lots of dining options, and plenty of culture.

Departing New Haven Police Chief Speaks Of The Ministry Of Law Enforcement

Feb 8, 2019 777

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The New Haven Police Department lost 49 officers to retirement or better paying jobs in 2018. So far, the department has lost 10 this year. Police Chief Anthony Campbell makes 11.

Lawsuit Targets Purdue Pharma And The Sackler Family

Feb 7, 2019 433

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Massachusetts’ Attorney General, Maura Healey, has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler Family, claiming that “Purdue pharma created the [opioid] epidemic and profited from it through a web of illegal deceit.”

The Iranian Revolution Forty Years Later

Feb 7, 2019 2633

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This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution -- that is, the revolution that gave rise to what is today known as the Islamic Republic of Iran. This hour, we look back on this historic time in Iran and consider its significance in 2019.

The Contributions Of Wilhelm Reich

Feb 6, 2019 2582

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Wilhelm Reich was a once-promising psychoanalyst and scientist under the guidance of Freud in pre-World War II Europe. He promoted the "sexual revolution" to support his belief that sexual repression was linked to the bodily and societal ills of neurosis and fascism.

A Different View Of The American Revolution

Feb 6, 2019 2489

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton has inspired millions to learn more about the founding of America. Some may be moved by a story of scrappy underdogs fighting for freedom against all odds. Others may wonder if America has ever lived up to the ideals assured in our Constitution.

President Trump Seeks More Bipartisanship; Governor Lamont Seeks A Balanced Budget

Feb 6, 2019 2476

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President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night was full of contrasting tones. Like when he endorsed national paid family leave for new parents, and then just seconds later, called for legislation banning late-term abortions. Today, we break down his speech, and how well it went over or didn't go over with Congressional Democrats.

The Lure Of Luck: How Gambling Can Turn Addictive For Southeast Asian Refugees

Feb 6, 2019 277

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Quyen Truong still gets a cozy feeling when she sees a hand of cards. It reminds her of family and traditions as a refugee from Vietnam who arrived in the U.S. in late 1990. Aunts, uncles and cousins in Connecticut — among the Southeast Asian refugees who resettled here in waves after the Vietnam War — would get together on weekends with rolls of quarters, nickels, pennies and dimes.

Loitering Laws Hit Connecticut's Most Vulnerable Residents

Feb 5, 2019 2630

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Cities and towns have laws to keep people from engaging in behavior that may disturb others, like sleeping on park benches, drinking in public, or just plain “loitering”. What does it mean when just hanging out in a public space puts you in violation of these laws?

You Should Give Opera A Listen. It's Different Than You May Think

Feb 5, 2019 2545

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Have you ever been to the opera? I know, you think it's stuffy and formal and only for rich, white people of a certain age. You're wrong.

'Transit Equity Day': Advocates Want Transportation To Be More Accessible To All People

Feb 5, 2019 93

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Advocates across Connecticut called for increased access to public transportation Monday, February 4. At the Southeast Area Transit center in Norwich, Ariana Woody, the president of the NAACP chapter in Norwich, said public transit is a civil right. As someone who’s used public transportation her entire life, Woody said that service in the SEAT district could be improved, particularly when buses run -- and when they don't. “I know I’ve seen bus routes get cut kind of early when there are the casino people here that work until 11 [p.m.], midnight, 1, 2 in the morning and there’s not that transportation available,” Woody said. Jaroslaw Pizunski, a driver and the president of the New London chapter of the Amalgamated Transit Union, said there’s no direct service from Norwich to one of the casinos on a SEAT bus. “We don’t have a route from here to Foxwoods,” said Pizunski. “They have to go from here, to New London then to Foxwoods.” Under that scenario, Pizunski said It takes about two

The Super Bowl Was A Super Letdown

Feb 4, 2019 2530

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It's not a stretch to say the best part of Sunday's Super Bowl LIII was SpongeBob 's short, but sweet, appearance during the halftime show. Should it be a surprise that the game was boring , the halftime show was bland, and the ads were forgettable? The long shadow of Colin Kaepernick cast a cloud over this game and the NFL has yet to deal with the fallout.

One-On-One With Criminalist Dr. Henry C. Lee

Feb 4, 2019 2601

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Forensic scientist Dr. Henry C. Lee has been a well-known figure in Connecticut courtrooms for decades. His expertise led to high-profile work investigating famous crimes from the O.J. Simpson trial to investigating the murder of child beauty queen, JonBenét Ramsey.

Connecticut Taking Another Run At EPA Over Clean Air Act Enforcement

Feb 4, 2019 58

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Six states, including Connecticut, are suing the Trump administration over the “ good neighbor ” provision in the Clean Air Act.

Looking Back At The History Of The New England Patriots

Feb 1, 2019 475

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The New England Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl, again. If they win, it would be the team’s sixth championship since 2001. That would tie the record for most Super Bowl wins, and make them the greatest dynasty in NFL history. But it wasn’t always that way.

The Nose On Maroon 5 At The Super Bowl And 'Roma'

Feb 1, 2019 2964

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The long list of luminaries who have played the Super Bowl Halftime Show includes Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyoncé, Madonna, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, U2, Tom Petty, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen... and as of Sunday: Maroon 5 . Whatever artist finally agreed to perform, it was going to be seen as controversial. Maroon 5 is defending their decision , even in the face of petitions asking them to drop out . And: Alfonso Cuarón's Roma is nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including plenty of big ones -- Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay. Its 10 nominations tie it with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for the most ever by a foreign-language film. And this hour Roma becomes the 12th Oscar-nominated movie The Nose has covered .

Oh, Rats! The Rodents Scurrying Among Us

Feb 1, 2019 2962

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They live underground and gorge themselves in dumpsters. This hour, we’re taking a long, hard look at creatures you’d probably rather not think about: RATS! We hear about how the city of Hartford is fighting these unwelcome rodent residents, and we ask a researcher why are these scurrying creatures so successful at living alongside humans?

Connecticut Garden Journal: Onions

Feb 1, 2019 120

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I used to place onions in the same category as potatoes when it comes to growing them in our garden. It's so easy to buy fresh onions in markets and grocery stores, why bother growing them?

The Life And Promise That Comes With Being Connecticut's Chief Justice

Jan 31, 2019 2963

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The significance of being confirmed as Connecticut's first African-American state Supreme Court chief justice last May didn't fully sink in for Richard A. Robinson until a class of mostly minority students recently showed up to the Hartford court building for a tour.

Landmark New Haven Firefighters' Lawsuit Inspires New Play At Yale Rep

Jan 31, 2019 382

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Some 16 years ago, New Haven’s fire department was roiled by a controversy over race and promotions. Supposedly race-neutral tests were administered to determine who would move up in rank to captain and lieutenant. But no black firefighters scored high enough to gain promotion.

When Nursing Home Care Falls Short

Jan 31, 2019 2962

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A nursing home’s role is to care for its patients, not compromise their health. Yet, across Connecticut, a number of facilities have come up short in fulfilling this most basic function. This hour, we take an in-depth look at this issue. We talk with reporters, regulators, and advocates, and we also hear from you.

Cold Weather Provides Welcome Relief For Connecticut’s Troubled Hemlock Trees

Jan 30, 2019 87

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Hemlock trees in Connecticut have been having a tough go of it thanks, in part, to a small sap-sucking insect: the hemlock woolly adelgid.

School Regionalization, Grocery Tax, And Mayoral Upsets Coming In 2019?

Jan 30, 2019 2961

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Elections aren't for another nine or so months, but mayoral races are heating up across Connecticut. That includes those in the state's three largest cities where the top municipal leaders are Democrats, and challengers from within the party keep emerging.

Human Hubris And Its Cosmic Consequences

Jan 30, 2019 2964

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Humans are great at making a mess of things. So far, however, that mess has been confined to Earth. But as we develop into a spacefaring species, our capacity for destruction, pollution, and prejudice (towards aliens of earthly and unearthly origins) threatens to have cosmic consequences.

The Opioid Crisis And The Other Side: Group Calls For Better Access To Medication

Jan 30, 2019 89

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Chronic pain sufferers want people to know that the opioid crisis is affecting the way they manage pain.

Son Of A Bench! Here We Go Again: Not Necessarily The Nose -- 'The Good Place'

Jan 29, 2019 3031

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Where We Live producer Carmen Baskauf had been badgering us to do a show about The Good Place for months on end. (It had gotten kind of weird, to be honest. We were a little worried about Carmen, to be honest.) Partly to get her off our back, partly because The Good Place really is " a sitcom that's also a profound work of philosophy ," and partly because its Season Three season finale aired last Thursday night, last Friday afternoon we finally did a show about The Good Place . ...And then we got preempted by the president halfway through the forkin' show! So this hour, we try again.

Urban Blight, Transparency Issues Pushed By 2019 Mayoral Candidates

Jan 29, 2019 116

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Election Day 2019 will feature mayoral races in Connecticut’s biggest cities. Candidates challenging established incumbents are beginning to emerge.

Binge-Worthy: How Streaming Services Are Disrupting The Small Screen

Jan 29, 2019 2962

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When you sit down to watch a favorite TV show, do you check the program schedule for a weekly listing? Or do you turn on Netflix or Hulu and start binging? This hour, we take a look at what the rise of internet-based streaming services means for the television industry. And we want to hear from you, too. Have you cut the cord on cable?

For Out-Of-State Drivers Ignoring Tolls, Massachusetts Says Connecticut Motorists Are The Worst

Jan 28, 2019 65

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Connecticut drivers are the worst. At least when it comes to skipping out on highway tolls in neighboring Massachusetts.

To Impeach Or Not To Impeach? That Is The Question.

Jan 28, 2019 2963

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There's a healthy debate going on about whether to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump. The Atlantic's Yoni Appelbaum and others say now is the time to begin the process . History tells us that the process of impeachment, not the outcome, is a vital protection against the dangers of a president who has not kept his promise to preserve and defend our Constitution. Others say Trump will need to be beaten at the polls in the absence of Mueller-stamped evidence .

Southington Community Navigates Conversations About Race

Jan 28, 2019 2961

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What happens when a community comes together to talk about issues of race and racism? This hour, we find out how one Southington, Connecticut group is helping facilitate conversations between residents and town officials. Erica Roggeveen Byrne, founder of Southington Women for Progress, joins us. We also sit down with Oliver Scholes of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut. And we want to hear from you.

'A Long Time Coming': News Of Shutdown Deal Reaches Bradley International Airport

Jan 27, 2019 88

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President Donald Trump announced from the White House Friday that he’s made a tentative deal with congress to re-open the government and end the shutdown.

Not Necessarily The Nose: Holy Shirtballs, This Is 'The Good Place'

Jan 25, 2019 3031

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Where We Live producer Carmen Baskauf has been badgering us to do a show about The Good Place for months on end at this point. (It's gotten kind of weird, to be honest. We're a little worried about Carmen, to be honest.) Partly to get her off our back, partly because The Good Place really is " a sitcom that's also a profound work of philosophy ," and partly because its Season Three season finale aired last night, this hour we're finally doing a show about The Good Place .

Does Working More Days Make State Legislatures More Effective?

Jan 25, 2019 2963

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Connecticut purposely doesn't have a full-time legislature. But state lawmakers' jobs aren't considered part-time either, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures . They fall somewhere in between.

Connecticut Historical Society Uses Grant To Preserve Motion Picture Collection

Jan 25, 2019 271

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The Connecticut Historical Society has preserved and digitized over 70 motion pictures in its collection. The film stock was deteriorating and in danger of being lost forever.

What Is The Future Of New England's Small Colleges?

Jan 24, 2019 477

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Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts announced last week that they are looking for a “strategic partner,” that could help them survive while deciding whether or not to admit a class of students to start at the college in the fall of 2019.

Deconstructing 'Deconstructing 'The Beatles''

Jan 24, 2019 3030

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When Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band had its 50th anniversary, we put together a show with famed Beatles lecturer Scott Freiman and famed Hartford music genius Steve Metcalf. And now that The White Album has had its 50th anniversary, we've gotten the band back together, and we're doing it again. This hour: a look at the best-selling album of the 1960s, The Beatles .

Connecticut Garden Journal: Clivia

Jan 24, 2019 120

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When I first saw the houseplant clivia, I thought it was an amaryllis. It has the same, dark green, strap-like leaves and is also from South Africa. It was brought to England in the 1800s by plant explorer James Bowie. He cultivated plants in Lady Clive’s conservatory in London, hence the common name.

Beyond The U.S.-Mexico Border: A Look At Changes To U.S. Immigration Policy

Jan 24, 2019 2962

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While the debate over a U.S.-Mexico border wall has been broadcast loudly across headlines, revisions to U.S. immigration policy have occurred quietly, with little notice. This hour, we take an in-depth look at these changes and consider their impact on current and future immigrants. Plus, when it comes to welcoming new immigrants, how willing are municipal leaders and residents to open their arms? We find out and we also hear from you.

'Ice Missiles' From Connecticut Drivers A Threat To Public Safety

Jan 24, 2019 97

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State police say Connecticut drivers need to be on the lookout for ice missiles -- chunks of flying ice that leave one car and hit another.

It's All Fun And Board Games On This Show!

Jan 23, 2019 2964

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Today's show might get a bit dicey. In fact, it's almost certainly headed for Trouble . And all we can say is Sorry , that's Life! Okay, fine, let's drop the Charades. Today's show is about board games. Is that a big enough Clue ?

Sports Programs Drain Finances At UConn; Federally Funded Services Brace For Impact

Jan 23, 2019 2963

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As the shutdown of nine federal departments drags into its second month , it's not only about federal government workers going without paychecks. There has been an increase in warnings that various programs may also take a hit due to the stalemate between President Donald Trump and Democrats over border wall funding.

Domestic Violence Victims Could See Additional Hardship As Shutdown Continues

Jan 23, 2019 83

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Nonprofit organizations are having trouble in their efforts to serve survivors of domestic violence.

A (Video) Is Worth A Thousand Words

Jan 22, 2019 2968

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What we each saw in the short video (since deleted) that went viral this weekend of a Covington Catholic High School student staring at a Native American protestor on the National Mall is open to interpretation. Photos and videos carry the authority of truth, yet the 'truth' reflected in a video can vary, depending on what's included, what's left out and how it's framed.

How Do We Address Health Disparities For Men And Boys Of Color?

Jan 22, 2019 2971

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Black and Hispanic men and boys in the U.S. experience worse health outcomes than other groups. This hour we take a look at Connecticut’s first-ever report card on the health of men and boys of color in our state.

What Are The Secrets Of Connecticut's Bobcats?

Jan 22, 2019 263

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Inside a lab in northwest Connecticut is a bobcat. Its bright eyes and black-tufted ears are separated from me only by the metal grill of a large carrier. She’s sleepy, but waking up.

What's Next For Connecticut's Minimum Wage?

Jan 18, 2019 453

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The start of 2019 meant more workers around the region saw automatic increases to their minimum wages that were built into legislation – and it also meant new governors, like Ned Lamont in Connecticut. In his state of the state address, he addressed the fact that Connecticut’s been at $10.10 for a few years now, and he hopes to change that by moving the state’s minimum up to $15 an hour.

The Spirit Is In The Music

Jan 18, 2019 2963

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Recently, I hopped into my car to go home after a long and grinding first day back to work. I had just returned the day before from a two-week vacation exploring the treasures of two foreign countries I had never seen before. The abrupt transition from play to work left me feeling quite blue, made worse by my receding memories of those weeks. Something in me needed music. So, I traded out my usual afternoon newscast for a "soul" song that caught my ear and brightened my heart.

TSA Employees Turn To Food Bank For Support As Federal Shutdown Persists

Jan 18, 2019 118

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As the month-marker of the partial government shutdown approaches, Transportation Security Administration employees at Bradley International Airport are turning to food donations to keep meals on their table.

Embrace Your Inner Naturalist

Jan 18, 2019 2889

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With each new year come the same old resolutions. Go on a diet. Join a gym... But what if this year, we vowed to try something different? Unplug from technology. Spend more time in nature. This hour, we consider ways to become better connected to the natural world.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Get Those Seeds Ready

Jan 17, 2019 120

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January is peruse the vegetable seed catalog month. First, I take an inventory of my leftover seed and decide what I can use again this year. When in doubt, I do a seed germination test. If less than 80 percent of the seed sample germinates, I buy fresh seed.

Coast Guard Personnel, Families Experience 'Outpouring Of Love' During Shutdown

Jan 17, 2019 98

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Coast Guard active-duty personnel and their families are benefitting from local food banks as they deal with the financial uncertainty of the government shutdown.

Adult Literacy Is A Real Problem. How Do We Fix It?

Jan 17, 2019 2964

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Literacy. It's something many of us take for granted. The ability to read health forms, headlines, or the latest bestsellers. Yet, across the U.S., there are millions of adults who have difficulty reading. This hour, we find out why. We talk with literacy experts and advocates, and we also hear from you.

Shyness Is Not For The Faint Of (Their Racing) Heart

Jan 17, 2019 2963

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I once took guitar lessons with a small group of people who met two nights a week in the basement of a local elementary school. We spent most of each lesson practicing in little nooks and crannies we each carved out in the old room. I enjoyed picking out tunes in my own little corner at my own pace. It was all going so smoothly until... the instructor mentioned the final "concert."

After 30 Day Extension, Open Enrollment For Access Health CT Ends

Jan 16, 2019 333

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The open enrollment period for 2019 health insurance in Connecticut wrapped up Tuesday. We're joined by James Michel, chief executive officer of Access Health CT, to talk about how things went – and the state of the state’s health exchange.

Minimum Wages, Early Voting, And Federal Employees Forced To Work Without Pay

Jan 16, 2019 2963

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The new wave of progressive Democrats, both in the Connecticut General Assembly and in Washington, D.C., isn't waiting for the 2020 election to bring about big changes. In Connecticut, there is emboldened optimism for increasing the state's minimum wage, like Massachusetts just did and allowing early voting , like New York, which is on the verge of enacting.

Noah Baerman And 'The Rock & The Redemption'

Jan 16, 2019 2964

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The Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble's The Rock & the Redemption is a jazz concept album of sorts that recasts the Sisyphus myth around the heroism of perseverance and persistence. Keyboardist and composer Noah Baerman joins us for the hour.

Webster Bank Partners With Connecticut To Provide Loans For Federal Workers

Jan 16, 2019 246

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Governor Ned Lamont has announced a partnership with local banks that will see federal workers in Connecticut offered interest-free loans to help them during the government shutdown.

After We Die, Our Dust Will Live Forever

Jan 15, 2019 2962

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Dust is a fascinating substance. Our bodies are always shedding dust from our skin, hair, and nails, leaving little bits of DNA wherever we roam. Dust floats unseen through the air around us. It's light. It's hard to see unless it lands on a contrasting surface or crosses the path of a ray of sunshine. It can travel far and wide.

Shutdown Creates Housing Insecurity; New Haven Approves Civilian Review Board

Jan 15, 2019 2963

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Shuttered national parks, TSA workers calling in sick, hundreds of thousands of paychecks missed. Americans around the country are feeling the impact of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. But it’s not just federal employees who are struggling. This hour, we find out how the shutdown is affecting some of the country’s most vulnerable residents.

'Priorities': Coast Guard Families Rethink Spending During Government Shutdown

Jan 14, 2019 111

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Coast Guard families are enduring hardships as active duty personnel and civilian employees live without pay during the government shutdown.

Report: Connecticut's Insurance Dominance Persists

Jan 14, 2019 88

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Connecticut’s insurance industry has been taking stock of its year, and a new report says the state should still pride itself on being the insurance capital of the world.

Trump And Putin; Secret FBI Investigation; Government Shutdown; Your Calls

Jan 14, 2019 2962

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Another weekend came, and another crop of revelations regarding President Donald Trump came with it. First out was The New York Times ' report that the FBI grew so worried the president might be acting in Russia's interests that it secretly launched a counterintelligence investigation. That happened after Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, according to The Times .

Speaking Up About Miscarriages

Jan 14, 2019 2889

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Many women who become pregnant miscarry without knowing it. Yet miscarriage is not something we, as a society, often talk about. Why? This hour, we take an in-depth look and we also hear from you. Have you or a loved one ever miscarried? Where did you turn for support?

The New Haven Nose On Imagine Dragons As The Worst Band Ever And 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'

Jan 11, 2019 3054

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On Monday, Imagine Dragons played the Halftime Show at the College Football National Championship Game. The reviews were... not great . In fact, the performance has raised the question: Is Imagine Dragons the worst band ever? And: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure-style, science fiction, psychological thriller film. It's streaming on Netflix, on some devices, as a standalone movie in the Black Mirror television series. The Nose has seen... a number of different versions of it.

Have Women's Magazines Fallen Out Of Fashion?

Jan 11, 2019 2963

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Elle . Marie Claire . Cosmopolitan . For generations, magazines such as these have informed the world's women, serving as fashion manuals, as well as vestibules between the conventional and taboo. This hour, we look back on the history of these publications, and talk about the challenges faced by many women's magazines today.

New Beer Labels On Hold During Government Shutdown

Jan 11, 2019 114

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Beer drinkers will not get to sample brand new creations from their favorite breweries during the government shutdown.

Celebrating New England's Artisan Foods

Jan 10, 2019 445

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New England cuisine is characterized by local farm-to-table producers, and each year Yankee Magazine scours our landscape to celebrate the best artisan New England products through the Editors’ Food Choice Awards.

Remembering The Great Boston Molasses Flood, 100 Years Later

Jan 10, 2019 423

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On a brisk winter day, Stephen Puleo, author of Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 , gestured towards the spot where a tank in Boston's North End burst, releasing a tsunami of hot molasses into the streets 100 years ago, on January 15, 1919.

Connecticut Garden Journal: African Violets

Jan 10, 2019 120

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This common houseplant is native to the lush mountains of Kenya and Tanzania. It was brought to Europe in the 1800s. In the early 1920s, a Los Angeles-based nursery grew thousands of seedlings and selected the 10 best for use in breeding. It's from these plants that we have many of the modern day African violet varieties.

To Hell With "Whom" (And More On The Inexorable Evolution Of Language)

Jan 10, 2019 3015

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Language is an untamable beast. You can decide that infinitives aren't to be split and that "whom" is the objective form of "who" and that "literally" literally means literally. But here's the thing: Language doesn't have to care one way or the other what nonsense you've decided.

Closing The Door On Homelessness In Connecticut

Jan 10, 2019 2962

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On a January night in 2018 , there were more than 3,000 people experiencing homelessness across the state of Connecticut. This hour we sit down with Dr. Richard Cho, the new CEO of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. Connecticut has made major strides in reducing homelessness, but how do we address areas where residents are still falling through the cracks?

Lamont To Lawmakers: "Let's Do This Together"

Jan 9, 2019 2968

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On his first day of the job, Gov. Ned Lamont made a lot of requests. He requested state lawmakers to not play the "blame game" and instead confront the challenge of fixing state finances head on.

Why Is Connecticut's Inaugural Parade In The Middle Of Winter?

Jan 9, 2019 115

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Ned Lamont was sworn in as the 89th governor of Connecticut Wednesday following a short parade outside the state Capitol. But the pomp and pageantry greeting a new governor didn’t always happen in the middle of winter.

Himes: Trump Won't Stand Down Until He Can Declare Victory

Jan 9, 2019 261

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Tensions remain high and a sense of urgency has set in as the partial shutdown of the federal government begins to affect more Americans.

Kafka. Need I Say More.

Jan 9, 2019 2963

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Most of us know what Kafkaesque means even if we've never read a word Kafka wrote. For example, it's Kafkaesque when your smart home turns on you. It's not Kafkaesque when you wait in line for two hours at DMV and they close the line when you get to the front. (Well, it's a little Kafkaesque.)

Lamont Promises An Inauguration Day Tone That's Both Realistic And Optimistic

Jan 9, 2019 2963

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Ned Lamont has been waiting for this day for a particularly long time. Our next governor may slip in a few new details about his specific policy goals after he takes the oath of office on Wednesday. But Inauguration Day will mostly be a time for Lamont to set the tone of his forthcoming administration.

Connecticut Doctors Continue To Take Home Millions From Big Pharma

Jan 9, 2019 110

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Doctors in Connecticut were paid over $27 million from pharmaceutical and medical device companies in 2017, according to a recent story by C-HIT. The highest paid doctor in 2017 was an orthopedic surgeon in Greenwich, who got over $1 million from a range of companies that year. C-HIT reporter Sujata Srinivasan said many of these doctors deal directly with patients, which raises ethical questions. "It's human nature to be favorable to those that reward us, and doctors are humans, too," Srinivasan said. Concerns have been raised by various health care groups that doctors who get paid by drug companies will over-prescribe those drugs to patients. Srinivasan says there is some evidence to suggest that's happening. "The journal of the National Cancer Institute found that pharma spending on doctors affected their prescribing patterns," she said. " And recently there was a study that found gifts from pharma companies is driving up drug costs. And I quote from the study, 'More prescriptions

What Is Connecticut Doing To Combat Climate Change?

Jan 8, 2019 2962

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Connecticut has joined nine states for a landmark agreement to reduce carbon emissions from transportation in the Northeast region. This hour, as the federal government backs away from fighting climate change, what role can states play?

Satanism: Religion, Philosophy, Lifestyle

Jan 8, 2019 2883

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Free will, individual responsibility, and the pursuit of happiness: Fundamental tenets of, wait for it... Satanism. While the word conjures up images of fire and brimstone, the truth is a bit more complicated. So why does a religion which celebrates so much what Americans profess to hold dear get such a bad rap?

Under New Management, New London Pier Looks To Capitalize On Offshore Wind

Jan 7, 2019 107

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A new operator has been selected to run a key port in New London. The management shakeup at State Pier comes with an eye toward capitalizing on the growing market for offshore wind energy.

Representative Rashida Tlaib Wants To Fu...Er, Impeach President Trump

Jan 7, 2019 2962

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The reactions to Representative Rashida Tlaib's profanity and her calls for impeachment against the president have been mixed. While most Republicans are in sync in their outrage over her comments, Democrats are further apart.

Criminal Justice Changes May Be Malloy's Greatest Success As Governor

Jan 7, 2019 301

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Outgoing governor Dannel Malloy has received mixed reviews over the last eight years. His approval rating has made him one of the least popular governors in state history. But many see the democratic governor’s changes to the criminal justice system as his greatest success.

Connecticut's 89th Governor To Take Corporate Approach To Management

Jan 7, 2019 2962

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In corporate America, chief operating officers are the glue that hold business units together and ensure they are all moving forward on the same page. But can they work as effectively in the public sector as they do in the private sector? Incoming Governor Ned Lamont, who takes office Wednesday, has faith that they can. He's tasked public policy specialist Paul Mounds Jr. to be state government's first-ever COO .

The Nose On Louis C.K. (What Else Is New?) And Two Movies: 'Bird Box' And 'Vice'

Jan 4, 2019 2963

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Louis C.K. has done another thing . He did the thing a few weeks ago, it turns out. But this week the thing appeared on the internet , as things do. And so The Nose, as it does , must cover the thing. And we've gotten to that part of the year where all the awards-season movies all come out at once. (I guess it's called... "awards season"? Huh.) But then the rest of pop culture keeps keeping on at the same time. It can get to be a real strain on The Nose, so this week we cover two movies at once: Adam McKay's six-time Golden Globe-nominated Vice and Susanne Bier's Sandra-Bullock-and-John-Malkovich, post-apocalyptic, Netflix thriller, Bird Box .

Kraken The Code... Of Squid

Jan 4, 2019 2963

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Have you ever looked closely at a squid? No, the calamari on your plate doesn’t count. A live squid? Sure, it might seem to have come from the pages of a science fiction novel. But squid are far from fictional.

New England Politicians Look Towards 2020

Jan 3, 2019 442

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With Few Regrets, Governor Malloy Is "Ready To Live A Different Life"

Jan 3, 2019 2970

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Connecticut's 88th governor, Dannel P. Malloy, loves to make decisions. "That's who I am and what I am," he proclaimed during a wide-ranging exit interview with Colin McEnroe. He also, undoubtedly, loves to get the last word, no matter if it's on state employee pension reforms, his handling of an unspeakable tragedy, severe weather events, or the results of the 2018 election.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Garden Resolutions

Jan 3, 2019 120

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With every New Year comes a bushel of resolutions. Whether it be eating better, exercising more, or spending more time with a loved one, we've all made resolutions. Gardeners are not exempt. Let me suggest a few New Year's gardening resolutions.

A Conversation With Connecticut Holocaust Survivor Rabbi Philip Lazowski

Jan 3, 2019 2963

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When Rabbi Philip Lazowski was just eleven years old, the Nazis invaded his hometown and began the mass slaughter of Jewish residents. This hour we sit down with Rabbi Lazowski, a Holocaust survivor and longtime leader in the Greater Hartford Jewish community, to hear his story. After witnessing one of the worst sides of humanity, how did he maintain his faith and find the strength to help others?

Destroying Wildlife; Hacking Newspapers; Firing NFL Coaches

Jan 2, 2019 2963

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It's been easy to overlook Trump Administration environmental policies that are contributing to the destruction of wildlife and habitats.

After Death Threat, One Colorado Doctor Feels Safer Without A Gun

Jan 2, 2019 267

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Gun issues haven't always been important to Dr. Erik Wallace. As a young kid growing up in Northern California, Wallace discovered his dad's handgun in a dresser drawer but was scared of what his dad would do if he touched it. He had a BB gun when he was young but preferred to play baseball, and has never been interested in hunting.

Lamont Looking To Bring All Sides To The Table, But What Will He Do From There?

Jan 2, 2019 2963

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It's the New Year and, for Ned Lamont, that means there is only one week left to prepare for the day he takes over the reins of state government. Lamont has signaled a willingness to be a consensus-builder , someone who brings together opposing viewpoints to reach effective solutions. But does he have the backbone to stand firm during the budget process when groups that propelled him into office present him with wish-lists the state can't readily afford?

A Space Experiment That Could One Day Cure Blindness

Jan 2, 2019 114

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A powerful purple protein that could help cure certain types of blindness has made its way from a tiny Farmington laboratory all the way up to the International Space Station.

Blumenthal Wants Coast Guard Pay Guaranteed During Government Shutdowns

Dec 31, 2018 65

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Thanks to what he calls a “quirk in history,” Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said that members of one United States military branch may not get paid in full during the government shutdown.

Child Deaths From Opioids Nearly Tripled In Past Two Decades, According To New Study

Dec 31, 2018 91

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Nearly 9,000 children and teens have died from opioid poisonings since the epidemic began in the late 1990s, according to Yale epidemiologist Dr. Julie Gaither. An earlier Yale study found that about 30 kids a year died in hospitals, but this time her team analyzed data on deaths in all settings.

Fred Rogers: The Simple Lessons Of A Complex Man

Dec 31, 2018 2943

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For interview highlights from this show, click here. It’s been fifteen years since the death of Fred Rogers -- a man who, for decades, served as the cardigan-donning host and creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood . Rogers’ life is now the focus of a new Maxwell King biography -- aptly titled The Good Neighbor . This hour, we sit down with King for a special preview of the book.

Closing The Skills Gap: Workforce Development In The Malloy Years

Dec 31, 2018 238

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Governor Dannel Malloy faced many challenges in his eight year tenure. While the state budget crisis may have grabbed the headlines, other structural issues with Connecticut’s economy also consumed his attention. One of the biggest of these - the skills gap.

The Semiotics of Cigarettes, Sexy Shoes, and Some Other Stuff

Dec 31, 2018 2941

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Semiotics is the study of sign process, which is to say: it's the science of the search for meaning. And then, part of the underlying premise of semiotics -- which just happens to be part of the underlying premise of The Colin McEnroe Show , itself -- is that there's meaning... everywhere.

As 2018 Draws To A Close, Celebrate With "Big Al" Anderson And "Tall Jim" Chapdelaine

Dec 28, 2018 3030

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Don't miss -- for what might just be the sixth year we've done this -- a very badly planned New Year's Eve Eve Eve Eve special featuring chaos muppet and music legend "Big Al" Anderson and the great Jim Chapdelaine!

Barnum's Circus, Barnum's Connecticut

Dec 28, 2018 2901

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P.T. Barnum is one of Connecticut’s most influential residents. As the “Greatest Showman,” he dramatically expanded the size and scale of the circus, through brilliant performance, innovations, and marketing.

For One Colorado Rancher, An AR-15 Is A Tool To Protect His Herd

Dec 28, 2018 361

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Scott and JJ Shepherd live in a white house at the end of a dirt road in Walden, Colorado, a small town near the Wyoming border.

A Tale Of Feet: Officer's Generosity Toward Flip-Flop Wearing Man Sparks Hartford 'Boot Party'

Dec 28, 2018 233

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One homeless man’s interaction with a Hartford police officer has become more than just a legendary city tale.

Best Of 2018: Samite Mulondo And Nekita Waller

Dec 28, 2018 2971

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Samite Mulondo went from a refugee camp in Kenya to collaborating with Paul Simon. This year, the musician and Uganda native joined us in the studio to share his story and his music.

A New Home For Red Pandas At Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Dec 28, 2018 136

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The Beardsley Zoo recently opened a new habitat for two red pandas, an endangered species.

Transcending Gender Roles Across Cultures

Dec 27, 2018 2894

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As our culture continues to progress, one elephant in the room that seems to be growing harder to ignore is our views on human sexuality. The traditional model of two mutually exclusive gender identities, male and female, is becoming increasingly outdated as we hear about people in our communities and around the world who fall somewhere in between the two (or outside the boxes entirely). Despite the threat of social exclusion and sometimes deadly persecution, stories of those who dare to embrace their own identity continue to increase in number.

Malloy Inherited, And Passes On, State Budget Challenges

Dec 27, 2018 255

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As the state prepares for a new governor to take office, one of outgoing Gov. Dannel Malloy’s ongoing challenges will become Ned Lamont’s problem: the state budget.

Best Of 2018: Lynsey Addario And Lhakpa Sherpa

Dec 27, 2018 2961

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This hour, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario joins us. We talk about her career and her new book, Of Love & War , and learn about her upbringing in Westport, Connecticut. Later, we sit down with world record holder Lhakpa Sherpa. A dishwasher at Whole Foods in West Hartford, is also the only woman to complete nine... yes, nine ... expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest. We hear about her remarkable journey as a climber, an immigrant, and a single mother.

Connecticut Garden Journal: You Got Plants As Gifts, Now What?

Dec 27, 2018 120

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If you love flowers, chances are you received a few plants as gifts this year. If you're a little unsure of what to do now, follow my tips.

Thames River Heritage Park Gets $30K Boost To Expand

Dec 26, 2018 81

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The Thames River Heritage Park Foundation has received a grant to help expand and enhance the services the park provides.

The Seduction Of The Supermarket

Dec 26, 2018 2970

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We're doing a show on supermarkets today - from a supermarket! Most Americans still buy most of their food from a supermarket. While farmer's markets and specialty stores offer organic and local alternatives, large-scale supermarkets still offer more convenience, the lowest prices and a seemingly endless variety of choices. Their big wide aisles with neatly stacked and eye-catching packaged products are hard to resist.

New Program Offers Connecticut Workers Job Opportunities In Manufacturing

Dec 26, 2018 261

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With national unemployment rates the lowest they’ve been in nearly half a century, many employers can’t find enough skilled workers. In Connecticut, manufacturers are especially feeling the pinch. The state Department of Labor estimates the industry will need to hire tens of thousands of qualified workers in the next five years.

I Want To Follow Jesus But...Can You Hold the Religion?

Dec 24, 2018 2939

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Donald Trump's election was the culmination of a venom-filled campaign that was nastier than almost any in recent memory. The mean-spirited comments tossed to voters eager to "lock her up" fell just shy of the malicious rhetoric coming from Thomas Jefferson's presidential campaign in 1796. Jefferson's hatchet-man called John Adams a "hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman."

Best Of 2018: Andrew Kahrl And Gary Ford Jr.

Dec 24, 2018 2963

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Each summer, Connecticut residents flock to the shoreline, raising umbrellas and spreading towels along the state's beaches. Yet, behind this sunny imagery hides a somber history -- a story of coastal ownership and exclusivity. This hour, Free the Beaches author Andrew Kahrl joins us. We reflect on the impact of Connecticut’s private and restricted beaches and learn about a 20th-century crusade to unlock the state’s coast. Plus, we draw attention to a Connecticut native who was integral in the campaign for civil rights -- Judge Constance Baker Motley. Lehman College professor Gary Ford sits down with us to talk more about Motley's life, as well as her legacy both inside and outside of the courtroom.

Connecticut Train Customers Unhappy With Unfair Treatment

Dec 24, 2018 239

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Connecticut passengers without certain train tickets continue to experience second-class treatment on Amtrak trains servicing the Hartford Line.

SNAP Changes Could Affect Thousands In Connecticut

Dec 23, 2018 125

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On Thursday, the Department of Agriculture announced a regulatory proposal that would impose stricter work requirements on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and strip states of their ability to make decisions based on local job conditions. The announcement comes after a Republican failure to impose those restrictions within the Farm Bill.

One-On-One With Criminalist Dr. Henry C. Lee

Dec 21, 2018 2880

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Forensic scientist Dr. Henry C. Lee has been a well-known figure in Connecticut courtrooms for decades. His expertise led to high-profile work investigating famous crimes from the O.J. Simpson trial to investigating the murder of child beauty queen, JonBenét Ramsey. But in addition to his testimony on famous cases, Dr. Lee has been a staple of forensic science in Connecticut for the past 40 years--from serving as the state’s chief criminalist to helping found the Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory. This hour we sit down with Dr. Lee to hear about his life and how his investigative career began right here in Connecticut. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter . GUESTS: Dr. Henry Lee - Forensic scientist and professor at the University of New Haven ( @ HenryCLee ) READING LIST: Hartford Courant – Unraveling Crimes, Henry Lee Transformed Art Of Forensic Science (April 2014) – “Virtually a one-man operation with a microscope and some camera equipment to analyze black and white

At The Beinecke, A Look At David Sedaris' Life Before Santaland

Dec 21, 2018 279

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David Sedaris’ reading of the “Santaland Diaries” is an NPR tradition. Twenty-six years ago, he first shared his tale of being Crumpet, one of Santa’s helpers in Macy’s.

The Nighttime Nose Bids Adieu To 2018

Dec 21, 2018 3030

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As 2018 draws to a close, The Nose makes its final appearance on our schedule this year. And so we've brought in a nine-person Nose to do a special, live, nighttime broadcast of our best ofs (and maybe worst ofs?) of the year.

Finding A More Sustainable Way To Cut Christmas Trees

Dec 20, 2018 179

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An Auction For Wind Lots Off The Massachusetts Shore Breaks Records

Dec 20, 2018 346

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Some Jobs Require A Human Touch, Or Do They?

Dec 20, 2018 2962

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Athletes, therapists, comedians, and public radio producers: All jobs which require a human touch, right? Perhaps not. Even now, we're beginning to see some of these rolls being performed by robots. But while machines may be capable of doing such work, is there any demand for it among humans?

Resolution 2019: Embrace Your Inner Naturalist

Dec 20, 2018 2963

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With each new year come the same old resolutions. Go on a diet. Join a gym... But what if, for 2019, we vowed to try something different? Unplug from technology. Spend more time in nature. This hour, we consider ways to become better connected to the natural world.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Winter Wreaths

Dec 20, 2018 120

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Christmas wreaths are a welcoming sign of the holidays and making your own holiday wreath can be a good family holiday activity, even after Christmas. Many wreaths look good all winter long.

Hurricane Maria Drives Up Connecticut's Homelessness Numbers

Dec 19, 2018 75

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A new federal report says Connecticut experienced one of the largest year-to-year percentage increases in homelessness. But state officials and advocates say Hurricane Maria had a major impact on those numbers.

Connecticut: An Expanding Saga Of The Haves And Have Nots

Dec 19, 2018 2964

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The troubling gap between the rich and the poor in Connecticut is formidable and only getting more profound . Studies have shown that failing to address income inequality hampers overall economic growth. So it's in everyone's interest that something is done about it. But with the state carrying the weight of massive debt payments, can we afford more programs designed to lift up those at the bottom? Can we afford not to spend more?

Celebrate The Best Jazz Of 2018!

Dec 19, 2018 2963

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2018 has been a doozy of a year. And 2019, well, who knows? But you know what would make you feel a little bit better? Listening to our esteemed panelists and some of their favorite jazz tunes of 2018, a show tradition we've had since 2014.

Hartford Gun Buyback Breaks Records Amidst Prevalence of Suicides, School Shootings

Dec 19, 2018 269

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At the 10th Annual Capitol Region Gun Buyback Program, 137 guns were turned in within six hours, doubling last year's numbers.

NPR's Adrian Florido On More Than A Year On The Ground In Puerto Rico

Dec 18, 2018 2963

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It began as a six-month assignment covering the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. But NPR reporter Adrian Florido has been on the ground in Puerto Rico for more than a year now. This hour, we check in with Florido. What changes has he observed since arriving on the island?

What We Get Wrong About Disability

Dec 18, 2018 2960

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When was the last time you saw someone with a disability? Do you have a loved one who is part of the community? Did you see a character on TV, or did you just pass someone on the street? For some it may take a while to answer that question. Why is that?

Who Are The Women Helping Guide The Far Right?

Dec 17, 2018 2963

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The most common image of white supremacy, nationalism, and other far-right movements is of angry men. Often overlooked are the women. On the surface, they may appear less menacing. But in many ways, they serve a more insidious role: lending their groups a more palatable, family-values cover under which to operate and spread messages of intolerance.

What's Next For Elizabeth Esty?

Dec 17, 2018 2962

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After six years on the job, Connecticut’s 5th District Representative Elizabeth Esty is leaving Congress. This hour we sit down with the outgoing congresswoman as she reflects on her time in the House of Representatives. Also, two violent incidents in Wethersfield have drawn attention to juveniles involved in car thefts across Connecticut. Police in some towns have argued that the prevalence of these crimes are a result of recent changes to state juvenile justice laws.

Greenwich Employee Details Retaliation And Betrayal Two Years After Alleged Assault

Dec 16, 2018 289

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Lynn Mason never took her eyes off Christopher von Keyserling -- the man walking behind her who had just grabbed her groin.

When Should Schools Be Able To Seize And Search A Student’s Phone?

Dec 14, 2018 96

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School districts across the state have varying practices on when and whether school officials should seize and search a student's phone. Now, there's an effort underway to make a statewide policy.

Families Separated By The Travel Ban Reunite In A Border Library

Dec 14, 2018 470

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For those living in the United States with a single-entry visa, it’s difficult, or even impossible, to leave the country to visit family and then re-enter. In recent years, the Trump administration’s travel ban has made it harder, barring individuals from certain countries from entering the U.S. For some families, it can be years between visits.

Not Necessarily The Nose: 'Hamilton' Is Here

Dec 14, 2018 3003

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton: An American Musical is, simply, a phenomenon. The Broadway production was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards, and it won 11. The Original Broadway Cast Recording is certified five-times Platinum and won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, and The Hamilton Mixtape debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

Connecticut Garden Journal: The Fragrant Paperwhite Narcissus

Dec 14, 2018 120

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If you want to add some fragrant, holiday flowers to your home, grow paperwhite narcissus. Paperwhites are small, flowered daffodils and feature fragrant flowers. The beauty of paperwhites is they're easy to force into bloom indoors this time of year. Simply pot them up and they'll be in bloom three to four weeks later.

Women On Wheels: How Bicycles Paved A Road To Social Change

Dec 14, 2018 2546

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Bicycles helped inspire modern cars, paved roads...even airplanes! But did you know they were also an inspiration for the women's movement? This hour we take a look back in time at the origins of the bicycle, including innovation that happened right here in Connecticut. We find out the history of how this vehicle spurred social change and helped empower women to break through gender barriers a little more than a century ago.

Actor Brings 'Hamilton Fever' To His Former School In Hartford

Dec 13, 2018 213

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Hamilton – the box office smash hit – is in Hartford and one of the actors appearing in the show was actually a student at the Greater Hartford Academy Of The Arts.

Rifling Through America's Hunting Culture

Dec 13, 2018 2535

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Whether for sport or sustenance; by rifle or crossbow, hunting has long been a part of the human experience. This hour, we look back on our relationship with hunting and consider what it means to hunt today. Are you a hunter? We want to hear from you.

Understanding Hierarchies in Nature and Society

Dec 13, 2018 2706

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Social structures, in almost all cases, are defined by some form of hierarchy. Whether in academics, sports, religion, business, or politics, there's usually someone at the top and others whose goal it is to get there. But while it's easy to think that we've designed our world to be this way, the truth may be that we had no choice.

Substance Or Symbolism: The Wave Of State Bump Stock Bans In 2018

Dec 13, 2018 237

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The Trump administration says it will soon place a federal ban on bump stocks, the gun attachments that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire faster. Ten states banned the plastic device after it was used by a gunman in Las Vegas to shoot and kill 58 people in 2017 .

An Hour With Singer-Songwriter Jill Sobule

Dec 12, 2018 2963

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Jill Sobule is back in town! She joins us after her first of three consecutive evening performances at the Mark Twain House.

America's Growing Cop Shortage

Dec 12, 2018 421

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It's a fall Monday morning in New Haven, Connecticut, and Officer Christian Bruckhart has lost track of how many calls he has had. He thinks it has been six. Maybe seven.

Measuring Governor Malloy's Eight Years In Office

Dec 12, 2018 2484

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To absolutely no one's surprise, outgoing Governor Dannel Malloy is not letting anyone define his legacy without adding his two cents . While speaking to the media Tuesday after the final Bond Commission meeting of his administration, Malloy struck back at those criticizing job growth in Connecticut and the level of state borrowing during his eight years in office.

Hurricanes Yield "Fundamental Change" In Puerto Rico's Watershed

Dec 11, 2018 88

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Researchers in Puerto Rico say hurricanes Irma and María made long-lasting and ongoing impacts to forest and coastal ecosystems.

Are Doctors Making The Obesity Stigma Worse?

Dec 11, 2018 2527

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In the office; on the scale. To what extent have physicians and other medical professionals contributed to the stigmatization of obesity? This hour, we take an in-depth look. We also discuss the effects of obesity and weight stigma on children. What responsibilities do parents, pediatricians, and educators share in keeping kids healthy and safe?

Twice-as-Nice Advice About Vice

Dec 11, 2018 2682

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Three guests, Peter Sagal of WWDTM, Maria Konnikova of The New Yorker , and Robert Evans of Cracked , take you on a tour of vice. They talk everything from casual sex to marijuana to greed and ostentation to coffee to beer to pornography. Peter and Colin also discuss what the next declared vice will be. Possibly sitting.

Robert Mueller Inches Closer To The President

Dec 10, 2018 2962

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What did he know and when did he know it? Prosecutors from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and the Southern District of New York on Friday afternoon came closer to answering these questions as they relate to President Trump and his campaign's interference in the 2016 election.

State Attorneys General A Force To Be Reckoned With, Just Ask The President

Dec 10, 2018 2494

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When it comes to being a check on the president's power, many say Congress has fallen down on the job. But another force has risen up to take over that role: state attorneys general.

Timely 'Boot Party' Protects Feet Of Hartford's Homeless

Dec 10, 2018 107

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A local nonprofit outfitted about 400 people with a brand new pair of boots and a fresh pair of socks at an event called the “Winter Boot Party” at the Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford Saturday.

Not Necessarily The Nose: 'Doctor Who' And Producers' Endorsements

Dec 7, 2018 3023

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The first episode of Doctor Who aired on November 23, 1963. Since then, there have been 37 seasons and 849 episodes of the show. The current Doctor, the thirteenth, is portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to take the role on. Is a show with this much history impenetrable, at this point, for new viewers? Is Doctor Who nerd culture for nerds who think nerd culture isn't nerdy enough? Are Jodie Whittaker's Doctor and her diverse group of companions a fresh, compelling way into the series for new audiences?

Online Ads Are No Longer Paying The Bills For Journalism. So What Do We Now?

Dec 7, 2018 2963

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Today, it’s more common to go online for news than subscribe to a physical newspaper , but with so much content freely available on the web, how are news outlets staying afloat? This hour we talk about how the digital landscape is impacting journalism. Are you frustrated by intrusive pop-ups and moving video banner ads that appear in the news articles you read? We learn why digital ads have become so obnoxious--so much so that more than 1 in 4 American internet users today use “ad-blocker” technology .

House Speaker Charges Panel With Finding Ways To Boost Conn. Tourism Industry

Dec 7, 2018 123

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Connecticut House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz has convened what's described as a blue ribbon panel on tourism in the state.

Health Officials: Living In Dorms Increases Risk Of Bacterial Meningitis

Dec 6, 2018 121

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A student at Central Connecticut State University is being treated for bacterial meningitis after becoming seriously ill. According to the university, the student is recovering and people who were in close contact with the student were given a course of antibiotics as a precautionary measure.

Climate Assessment Warns Of Rapid Warming In The Northeast

Dec 6, 2018 415

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Connecticut Garden Journal: Not Just Christmas Cactus

Dec 6, 2018 120

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Some plant names are confusing. Take Christmas cactus. This plant can flower anytime between November and April. The reason is most Christmas cactus can have Thanksgiving cactus or Easter cactus genes, but are forced into bloom at Christmas time by growers.

With MDC Rates Poised To Increase, Assistance Program Offered To Customers

Dec 6, 2018 81

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Water customers around Hartford who are having trouble paying their bill could be eligible for assistance. That’s because Operation Fuel has teamed up with the MDC to help households struggling with payments.

From The Bad Ideas Dept.: It's A Show About Towels!

Dec 6, 2018 3030

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Seriously: a show about towels. There's the history of towels , towels in Christianity , Terrible Towels , Towel Day . Oh, and there are actual towels too.

Speaking Up About Miscarriages

Dec 6, 2018 2963

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Many women who become pregnant miscarry without knowing it. Yet miscarriage is not something we, as a society, often talk about. Why? This hour, we take an in-depth look and we also hear from you. Have you or a loved one ever miscarried? Where did you turn for support?

How Do You Measure How Much Carbon Is In A Tree?

Dec 5, 2018 269

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The latest national climate assessment says forests play a key role in keeping our air clean. According to the report , America’s forests stored the equivalent of 11 percent of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions over a 25 year period. That’s because when trees breathe they suck up carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and store that leftover carbon in their trunks. But how scientists determine the amount of carbon stored in a tree is a question open for debate.

It's Time To Show Your Toothbrush Some Love

Dec 5, 2018 2959

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Our relationship with our toothbrush is complicated. Most of us don't brush our teeth well enough . We don't brush long enough, or we brush too hard, or we keep our toothbrushes so long that tests would show it to be about as clean as our toilets.

Lamont's Administration Begins To Take Shape

Dec 5, 2018 2962

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Governor-elect Ned Lamont on Tuesday announced two team captains who will be tasked with helping him confront huge state budget deficits and Connecticut's tarnished business climate. For his chief of staff, Lamont picked Ryan Drajewicz, an executive from Westport-based hedge fund behemoth Bridgewater Associates. His budget chief will be Melissa McCaw, currently the head of the city of Hartford's Office of Management, Budget and Grants.

Facing Deportation, Hartford Woman Trying To Remain With Family

Dec 5, 2018 74

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A Hartford woman is hoping for a last-minute stay of deportation before she’s ordered to leave her family behind for London in 10 days.

The Emotional Impact Of Losing A Pet

Dec 4, 2018 2962

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The death of a pet can be devastating --yet when you lose an animal companion--you’re sometimes expected to “just get over it.” This hour, we talk about human attachment to pets. Have you experienced the death of a beloved animal? How comfortable were you talking about your grief with others?

Smiling Will Get You Everywhere

Dec 4, 2018 2917

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On the series "NewsRadio, " the character played by Phil Hartman once said, "Experience once taught me that behind every toothy grin lies a second row of teeth." Smiling is a universal way to show happiness. But not all smiles are happy. In reality, we smile less for happiness than for social reasons that have nothing to do with happiness. That said, few things are more ingratiating and calming as another person's genuinely warm smile. But, maybe it's because a genuine smile is such a great thing that we're always looking for the false one.

President Trump, Male Insecurity, And His New Status As "Individual 1"

Dec 3, 2018 2963

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New York University researchers say they've found a link between appeal for President Trump and a certain, specific segment of the male population: those with "fragile masculinity." Their research is based on Google searches for "erectile dysfunction," "hair loss," "Viagra," and some other words we may refrain from mentioning. But first this hour, we catch up on the latest revelations coming out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

Big Changes At UTC; Goodwin's Mobile Trailer Takes Manufacturing On The Road

Dec 3, 2018 2961

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United Technologies, headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, has announced it will break into three companies by 2020. What will this mean for jobs and business in the state? This hour, we take a closer look. Later, we hear how a mobile trailer is taking manufacturing skills training to parking lots across Connecticut. And finally, we learn how a StoryCorps initiative brought two Trinity College students to the table to discuss their political differences.

Protesters Harden Approach In Support Of Undocumented Immigrant In Sanctuary

Dec 2, 2018 103

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Protesters disrupted regular business at the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building and Courthouse in Hartford Friday. It’s a facility that houses a United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office.

White Liberals May Be Relying On Old Stereotypes When Interacting With Black People

Dec 1, 2018 128

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A new study from Yale University concludes that white liberals actually make themselves appear less competent when interacting with African Americans. In the first part of “Self-Presentations in Interracial Settings: The Competence Downshift" by White Liberals” researchers analyzed 25 years of speeches delivered by white Presidential candidates to predominantly black audiences and predominantly white audiences. The study found that, liberal candidates tended to use words that downplayed their language competence. “For example, using the word ‘good’ instead of the word ‘exquisite’. If you use the word ‘good’ instead of the word ‘exquisite’ you are going to appear less competent,” explains Cydney Dupree, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Yale School of Management and lead author of the study. A perfect example of what the study calls “competence downshift” is this transcript of a speech former President Bill Clinton gave to the NAACP in 2015. One of their representatives,

The Nose On Bernardo Bertolucci, Fresh Air, And 'Creed II'

Nov 30, 2018 3029

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Bernardo Bertolucci directed The Last Emperor (which won nine Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director), Last Tango in Paris , The Dreamers , 1900 , and Little Buddha , among other movies. Bertolucci died on Monday . He was 77. In the years since it was released with an X rating in 1972, the infamous Last Tango in Paris -- and its infamous "butter scene" -- have complicated Bertolucci's legacy. In the days since Bertolucci's death, our friend David Edelstein made a tasteless butter-scene joke on Facebook , retracted the joke and apologized , and was fired from NPR's Fresh Air .

Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Vance Gilbert performs this weekend in New Haven

Nov 30, 2018 128

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Vance Gilbert fans will tell you - when the eclectic folk singer takes the stage, all bets are off. Heartbreaking stories and songs intermingle with Gilbert's razor sharp wit, taking audiences on a roller coaster of emotions and musical styles. Gilbert credits his broad musical language - which may switch from folk to rock, jazz, soul or the blues - to his days at Connecticut College back in the 1970's. “It was so eclectic,” said Gilbert, “I mean, that's where I got to hear everything from Parliament Funkadelic to Bonnie Raitt, and everything in between. You know, Keith Jarrett and Leo Kotke. I was really lucky.” Connecticut College is also where he learned to play guitar and where he wrote his first songs. He said those first attempts were “horrific”, but he said he kept at it. His early zeal for songwriting even caused him to fail, of all things, a poetry class taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet William Meredith. “I kept bringing in songs,” Gilbert explained, “and he pulled me

Remembering A Time When Polio Paralyzed America

Nov 30, 2018 2963

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It was a plague that came every summer and left thousands of American children paralyzed -- or dead -- in its wake. This hour we take a look at the legacy of polio. How did the development of the polio vaccine change the course of history?

From Buildings To Harbors, High-Profile Birds Return To Connecticut Cities

Nov 29, 2018 84

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Nearly 60 percent of Connecticut is forest. But the state is also one of the most densely-populated in the country. And now, a new report says that provides unique opportunities for animals and people to co-exist.

Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin In Massachusetts

Nov 29, 2018 558

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The Flat Earth Movement: A (Global) Phenomenon!

Nov 29, 2018 2963

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In case you haven't heard, our planet is as flat as a pancake. Sound crazy? Perhaps. But around the globe (disc?) a flat Earth movement is steadily on the rise. More and more people, educated and not, from all walks of life, are posting videos, attending conferences, and publishing books embracing this seemingly radical notion.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Amaryllis Ready To Shine

Nov 29, 2018 120

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No flower says the holidays like amaryllis. This bulb hails from South African and South America. It's a spring bloomer in its native range, but through hybridization and marketing mostly by the Dutch, amaryllis has been made into a favorite flower for Christmas time.

Exploring Surrealism's Connections To War, Connecticut

Nov 29, 2018 2962

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Salvador Dali and Max Ernst are among the Surrealist artists whose works are on view in Monsters & Myths , an exhibit at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. This hour, we go behind the scenes and take an in-depth look at Connecticut's place within the Surrealist movement.

March For Our Lives Leader David Hogg Talks Life After Parkland Shooting

Nov 28, 2018 119

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David Hogg survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February and on Tuesday night, he spoke to an audience at Southern Connecticut State University as a part of the university's Social Justice Month. It’s one of many speaking engagements he’s done since the Parkland, Florida mass shooting and part of a new lifestyle Hogg's adjusting to.

Out-Migration, Republican Messaging, And Calls For A Progressive Agenda

Nov 28, 2018 2963

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A narrative often repeated by Connecticut Republicans and others is that state residents are sick of the high taxes and government ineptitude, and ready to bolt to greener pastures. But new census data isn't all doom and gloom. Out-migration trends that soiled Connecticut's reputation in recent years are dissipating, according to a Hartford Courant editorial . In certain key categories, it found recent population losses have turned into population gains.

Economic Growth A Cornerstone For Governor-Elect In Transition

Nov 28, 2018 95

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Ned Lamont wants to focus on job creation and economic development as he prepares to assume Connecticut’s governorship.

An Hour With Nicholson Baker

Nov 27, 2018 2963

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Nicholson Baker once spent a portion of his retirement savings to rescue first edition newspapers from being destroyed. He also fought to save card catalogues and to prevent library managers from sending thousands of books to landfills in their rush to microfilm. He fought on behalf of all of us who think about what is lost when the specifics of a particular moment are worn away or forgotten or altered in the subsequent retellings of the original observations. It's kind of like a childhood game of telephone where the original message is passed from child to child until the last person relays a message with little resemblance to the original.

United Technologies To Break Itself Into Three Standalone Businesses

Nov 27, 2018 129

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Farmington-based conglomerate United Technologies has announced it will break itself up into three separate companies. The breakup, which had been signaled for months, follows the closing of a massive deal to buy aerospace systems maker Rockwell Collins.

Live (On Tape) From The Sea Tea Comedy Theater, It's Our Stand-Up Comedy Special!

Nov 27, 2018 3030

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To do a show about local stand-up comedy, we figured we should probably do a show of local stand-up comedy. So we went to a comedy club , put on a comedy show, and then did a talk show about the comedy show we'd just done. This hour: some of said comedy show plus most of said talk show -- and we're fairly confident it'll make more sense when you hear it than it probably just did reading about it.

Are Connecticut Inmates Receiving Adequate Medical Care?

Nov 27, 2018 2963

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Multiple lawsuits allege Connecticut’s prison system failed to properly diagnose and treat prisoners with serious illnesses. This hour we hear from a mother whose 19-year-old son died of an infection while incarcerated. Scott Semple, the outgoing prisons Commissioner, also joins us. What steps have been taken to improve health care behind bars?

Connecticut's Tobacco Farmers Face Land Use Choices In A Disappearing Industry

Nov 27, 2018 135

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Tobacco has been grown in Connecticut for hundreds of years. But the number of acres has shrunk dramatically, from more than 20,000 a century ago down to do 2,000 today. Now, growers are facing economic pressure to develop their land.

Riders Greeted By Holiday Capacity Issues On Hartford Line Trains

Nov 27, 2018 87

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Non-Amtrak riders continue to be shut out because of capacity issues, despite having valid tickets, on Hartford Line trains serviced in Connecticut by Amtrak.

What Is The Future Of Hospitals?

Nov 26, 2018 2964

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Amid reports of consolidations and staffing crises, we ask: What is the future of the U.S. hospital industry? A team of experts joins us as we weigh this question and consider its implications for Connecticut. Later, we discuss the role of crowdfunding platforms in helping alleviate the burden of medical expenses. Have you ever turned to GoFundMe or a similar site to finance the cost of treatment? We want to hear from you.

Stalin's Ghost

Nov 26, 2018 2963

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Joseph Stalin's only daughter grew up the beloved pet of a man responsible for a decades-long campaign to arrest, torture, execute or forcibly imprison millions of Soviet citizens, including children and members of his own family. That's what we know now.

Not The Nose: The Coen Brothers And 'The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs'

Nov 21, 2018 3028

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No Country for Old Men . Fargo . The Big Lebowski . Raising Arizona . O Brother, Where Art Thou? Miller's Crossing . Over the past 35 years, Joel and Ethan Coen have reliably been among the most recognizable voices in moviemaking. Their latest, the anthology western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs , hit Netflix last weekend. This hour: a Noseish look at the work of the Coen brothers.

The Future Of Connecticut's Changing Climate

Nov 21, 2018 2900

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Happy Thanksgiving! This week, The Wheelhouse is out enjoying a well-deserved break and being thankful for Colin McEnroe . We’ll be back next week giving you the latest news on all things politics in Connecticut.

Native Dishes From Sudan And New Holiday Traditions in Connecticut

Nov 21, 2018 224

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Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and friends and share a meal together. For many U.S. families, that means roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry, and pumpkin pie. But for some refugee families, the holiday can be a time to share native dishes and new holiday traditions.

Marijuana On Sale In Massachusetts, Connecticut Residents Roll Up To Buy Weed

Nov 20, 2018 110

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You can’t buy pot for fun in Connecticut, but provided you don’t bring it back over the border, you can now purchase at two stores in Massachusetts.

What Secrets Are Hidden Inside The Call Of A Bat?

Nov 20, 2018 250

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The fungal disease white-nose syndrome has killed off millions of bats across America. Since it was first identified in 2006, it’s appeared on bats in more than 30 states, including all of New England, Quebec, and the Maritimes. Now, scientists are trying to learn more about the impact of this devastating disease, by listening to the calls of the bats left behind.

Great Expectations: Are Middle And High School Students Being Over-Pressured?

Nov 20, 2018 2964

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Being a high school student isn't easy. There's pressure to get the grade, pile on the extracurriculars, and sleep enough to function. It's rare young people can do all three. This hour, we talk with child psychologists and counselors about adolescent stress and anxiety. Are you a high school student with too much on your plate? Do you feel pressure from your parents, teachers, or peers to take on more and more just to get into the “right college"? If you are a parent or educator, do you believe students are taking on too much? What do you think can be done to create a healthier school-life balance?

The Evolution Revolution: Women Call the Shots

Nov 20, 2018 2962

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The Argus Pheasant is a lifelong bachelor. He mates with multiple females but has no further contact with his mates or the baby pheasants he sires. By human terms, not much of a feminist.

Is Corporate Welfare The New Normal?

Nov 19, 2018 2962

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Amazon’s getting billions of dollars in tax breaks and other incentives from New York and Virginia to build its two East Coast headquarters. This hour: has corporate welfare become the standard?

Finding Common Ground On Guns Is Necessary

Nov 18, 2018 2964

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The repeated incidents of mass shootings are shocking. Yet, they're sanitized and abstract for most of us who haven't been directly touched by gun violence. The response to mass shootings has become predictable: anguished adults, candlelight vigils, and photos and remembrances of the victims in happier times. It's never about the carnage or the lingering impact on survivors or their families, communities, medical doctors, nurses and psychiatrists who care for them.

What The Life And Death Of Aaron Hernandez Can Teach Us About The Football Industry

Nov 16, 2018 685

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The Nose On Pete Davidson, Dan Crenshaw, Douglas Rain, Stan Lee, and 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

Nov 16, 2018 3031

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Last weekend, Saturday Night Live did a thing it rarely does: it apologized for a joke it had made in poor taste . Pete Davidson, the comedian behind the joke and the apology, is a unique figure in the history of SNL . This week's biggest pop culture story is probably the death of Marvel Comics's Stan Lee . The Nose also wants to take a moment to acknowledge the death of the voice of HAL, Douglas Rain . And: Academy Award-winner Melissa McCarthy? Is that a universe we're headed toward? Her turn as Lee Daniels in Can You Ever Forgive Me? just might get us there .

Making Her Story: Carolyn Miles

Nov 16, 2018 2963

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This hour, Save the Children U.S. President and CEO Carolyn Miles joins us. We talk about her decades-long career and learn about the unconventional journey that led her to the Fairfield-based NGO. It’s the latest conversation in Connecticut Public Radio's “ Making Her Story ” series, featuring prominent women with ties to the state.

Our Relationship Status With Blood: It's Complicated

Nov 15, 2018 2965

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Thirty million red blood cells circulate twelve thousand miles in a never ceasing loop through our bodies every day. Our blood has to keep moving in order to perfuse every organ and vessel necessary to keep us alive. Nothing in our body works without the constant presence and movement of our blood. Yet, few of us think about our blood until we see a few drops trickle from a cut. Then, we're horrified by it.

Are 'Megafires' Our New Reality?

Nov 15, 2018 2965

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Massive wildfires are devastating California, with dozens dead and hundreds of thousands of residents evacuated. This hour we talk with author and environmental journalist Michael Kodas about why wildfires today are so much larger and more destructive than ever before. Do you have family or friends who’ve been affected by blazes across the west?

Connecticut Garden Journal: Shiitake Mushrooms

Nov 15, 2018 120

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Shiitake mushrooms are all the rage in kitchen, teas, and medicinal preparations. It seems not only are they good for you, they're tasty too. But one drawback of shiitake mushrooms is they can be expensive. So, grow your own. It's not as hard as you think.

Disgraced Former Hartford Mayor Back In Court Over Benefits

Nov 15, 2018 98

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The state of Connecticut is going after the pension of former Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez, who pleaded guilty last year to two corruption-related charges.

How Much Does A Vote Cost In The Race For Conn. Governor? For Lamont, About $18

Nov 14, 2018 72

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This year’s race for governor saw candidates spending a lot of money for each vote cast. Democrat Ned Lamont outspent his Republican opponent nearly two to one.

What If Tug-Of-War Were Still An Olympic Sport? And Other Crazy Crucial Questions With Mike Pesca

Nov 14, 2018 2963

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Mike Pesca is one of our very favorite guests -- on any number of topics . And he's got a new book out: Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History .

What's Up With Connecticut's Election System?

Nov 14, 2018 2963

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We’re still finding out results from last Tuesday’s elections in Connecticut and that’s not surprising, really. Some of the races were just really close. That’s probably a good thing. Another good thing: Lots of people showing up to vote. Gigantic numbers showing up to vote in a midterm election in Connecticut and just about everywhere. The bad thing: We still can’t seem to get this election thing right at least in our cities. This hour, we look at possible fixes.

Woodbridge Students Take Complaints Of Anti-Semitism To School Board

Nov 13, 2018 75

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Students at Amity High School in Woodbridge say the school system is underreacting to reports of anti-Semitism.

No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk...Right? A Look At Regret

Nov 13, 2018 2931

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We all regret and we should not regret that we regret. I regret buying that pair of pink sneakers that I'll never wear. I can't take the sneakers back but I can call the brother that I regret not speaking to for several months.

Family Matters: Stories And Realities Of Adoption

Nov 13, 2018 2933

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The National Council for Adoption has reported a decline in U.S. intercountry adoptions since the year 2004. This hour, we discuss the factors driving this downward shift and consider how it compares to trends in the adoption of children born domestically. We also hear from two Connecticut residents with unique adoption experiences -- one as an adoptive father, the other as an adopted son. If you have an adoption story you want to share, we want to hear from you, too.

100 Years After WW1; Matthew Whitaker; Doctored Videos

Nov 12, 2018 2963

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This weekend was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. World leaders convened in Paris and listened to French president Emmanuel Macron warn against reviving the "old demons" of nationalism that led to our first world war.

Mysterious Suitcase Helps Connecticut Man Discover His Grandfather's WWII Service

Nov 12, 2018 385

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David McGhee grew up with two mysteries. One was his grandmother's suitcase — it was full of stuff she shared with no one. The other mystery was about the boy's grandfather, a soldier who died before David was born.

Connecticut's Rural Schools Get Creative To Stay Viable

Nov 12, 2018 336

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Schools throughout rural Connecticut have been shrinking or closing for years. Many districts have consolidated with neighboring towns to pool resources, in a process called regionalization. And some schools – like Burnham School in Bridgewater – have taken a more creative approach.

Looking Back On A Decade Of Marriage Equality In Connecticut

Nov 12, 2018 2964

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This month marks 10 years since Connecticut first granted marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. This hour we talk about the work that led up to a historic ruling from the state Supreme Court and we learn how LGBTQ rights have advanced in recent years. Were you one of the couples that finally got to tie the knot in 2008?

The Transgender Bathroom Debate And A New Vision For Inclusive Public Spaces

Nov 12, 2018 317

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The Trump administration is considering a rollback of protections for transgender people under civil rights law. Those who want to limit trans people’s access to bathrooms say it’s a question of public safety. Others say restrictions are discriminatory.

The Nose On The Sexiest Man Alive And 'Homecoming'

Nov 9, 2018 3027

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Last week's Nose painted itself into a bit of a rhetorical corner and somehow found itself arguing that Idris Elba is too old to be James Bond. And while historically that's true, it's not an argument we're proud to have made. Thankfully, this week, the universe has been kind enough to redeem us with the announcement of your new Sexiest Man Alive : Idris Elba. Of course, that's no reason not to make a new bad argument about Elba, like that he's, say, too macho to be the sexiest man alive ? And: The Amazon Prime series Homecoming is a few firsts. It's Julia Roberts's first TV series. It's the first scripted TV drama based on a podcast. And it's Sam Esmail's first new television project since Mr. Robot .

What Is The Future Of Primary Care?

Nov 9, 2018 2963

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What are the short- and long-term benefits of receiving continuous health care? This hour, we talk with the medical director of the Washington, D.C.-based Robert Graham Center . We also hear from three Connecticut-based doctors, who tell us how technology and innovation are revolutionizing the way care is delivered. Have you heard of telemedicine? What about subscription-based concierge services? We want to hear from you, too.

Swamps: The Past, Present, And (Endangered?) Future Of America's Wetlands

Nov 8, 2018 2957

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As President Trump talks about draining the swamp in Washington D.C., we turn our attention to actual swamps. Associated with death and decay, while also celebrated for their beauty and biodiversity, few landscapes evoke such contradictory sentiments as swamps.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Indoor Succulents

Nov 8, 2018 120

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Succulents are popular container and garden plants. Some, such as Hens and Chicks, are hardy in our climate and make excellent rock garden plants. If you go into a garden center, however, you'll often see succulents sold as houseplants. These aren't necessarily hardy as outdoor plants in our area, but can survive indoors, with the right care.

Connecticut Democrats Ride A 'Blue Wave' In Midterm Elections

Nov 8, 2018 2964

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A record number of residents voted on Tuesday -- electing, among others, Connecticut’s first African American woman to Congress. This hour we talk with Jahana Hayes about her historic win. We also break down what happened in other midterm races, where Democrats achieved major victories in the governorship and General Assembly. And we want to hear from you. What issues do you want our newest leaders to tackle first? Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter . GUESTS: Mark Pazniokas - Capitol Bureau Chief at the CT Mirror ( @ CTMirrorPaz ) Will Haskell - State senator-elect for the 26th district ( @ WillHaskellCT ) Jahana Hayes - Representative-elect for the 5th congressional district ( @ JahanaHayesCT ) Daniela Altimari - Reporter for the Hartford Courant ( @ capitolwatch ) Dana Chisnell – Co-director at the Center for Civic Design ( @ danachis ) READING LIST: Connecticut Public Radio: Democrat Jahana Hayes wins 5 th Congressional district (November 2018) - Democrat Jahana Hayes, an

Women Of Connecticut Surf The Blue Wave

Nov 7, 2018 3029

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Women won big in these 2018 Connecticut midterm elections. This follows a national trend sparked in response to the 2016 election of Donald Trump. More women ran and more women won, many in seats not held by a Democrat in decades, let alone by a woman. Today, an hour with several of Connecticut's new female legislators.

Unofficial Election Results Suggest Lamont's The Winner

Nov 7, 2018 2963

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Upstart candidates like Connecticut's Jahana Hayes played a big role in Democrats regaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday's election. Hayes' victory over Republican opponent Manny Santos also kept the GOP locked out of the state's congressional delegation yet again.

Citizen Observers Share What's Happening At Polling Places Around The State

Nov 6, 2018 3029

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We have a tradition on the show of celebrating voting and the people who vote by speaking to thoughtful "citizen observers" from around the state about their experience of voting on this Election Day.

Polls Are Open, Voters Are Voting: Election Day 2018

Nov 6, 2018 2962

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It's November 6, which means the wait for Election Day is finally over. As Connecticut voters head to the polls, we sit down with reporters and election officials to preview the day ahead. Do you plan on voting? We want to hear from you, too.

Bradley Airport Power Outage: Passengers Experience Delays, Long Lines

Nov 5, 2018 70

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The power went out at Bradley airport twice on Monday morning.

For Minority Voters, Will 'Status Quo' Candidates Be Enough On Election Day?

Nov 5, 2018 226

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The nerves are kicking in, said Constanza Segovia, talking politics outside her house in Hartford before Election Day. The stakes are high -- nationally and in the Connecticut gubernatorial race.

WE DON'T GIVE A F*** If You Don't Like This Terrific Interview With Lewis Black, King Of Rant

Nov 5, 2018 1371

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Lewis Black is a funny guy. His expletive-laced RANTS and YELLING about whatever's on his (our) mind lends a rejuvenating catharsis for anyone who's thinking exactly what he's saying.

Let's Talk About Election Day

Nov 5, 2018 2962

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It's almost over. One more day of lawn signs, robocalls, nasty mailers and deceptive commercials. Election Day is upon us and is shaping up to bring an unprecedented number of voters to the polls.

Connecticut Native Lynsey Addario On Photojournalism, 'Of Love & War'

Nov 5, 2018 2940

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This hour, we sit down with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario . We talk about her career and her new book, Of Love & War , and learn about her upbringing in Westport, Connecticut. Later, we discuss the effects of trauma on journalists and other members of the media. Bruce Shapiro of the Dart Center at Columbia University joins us, and we also hear from you.

Democrat Jahana Hayes Goes 'Full Steam' In Historic Race For Congress

Nov 3, 2018 265

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Team Hayes brought out the bullhorn. A League of Women Voters debate was starting in an hour in Danbury, Conn., so a crew of volunteers set up on the side of the road, waving campaign signs at passing cars and chanting about change.

Archaeologists Discover Evidence Of Connecticut's Earliest English Colony

Nov 2, 2018 153

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On the grounds of Wethersfield's Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, archaeologists have discovered evidence of the oldest English colony in Connecticut.

The Nose: 'Party For One' And 'Bodyguard'

Nov 2, 2018 3030

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Carly Rae Jepsen hadn't released a Carly Rae Jepsen single from a Carly Rae Jepsen album in three years... until Thursday, that is. Her new single and video is " Party for One ," and it's the " perfect self-love anthem for 2018 ." And: The six-part BBC miniseries Bodyguard is British television's highest-rated drama since Downton Abbey and the BBC's highest-rated drama in a decade. The only broadcasts with similar ratings this year were things like the World Cup and the royal wedding. And now Bodyguard is on Netflix.

Exploring The Jewish Klezmer Tradition

Nov 2, 2018 2963

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It's as somber as it is blissful; as old as it is contemporary. And it's more than just the Horah! This hour: the music of the Jewish klezmer tradition. We discuss its history and cultural significance, and we also hear from you.

Transportation Lockbox Now In The Hands Of Connecticut Voters

Nov 2, 2018 286

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One of the two questions featured on statewide ballots will give Connecticut voters the chance to decide if money earmarked for transportation should be kept in a lockbox.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Store Your Flower Bulbs

Nov 1, 2018 120

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Halloween has passed, frost has come and now it's time to get your garden ready for winter. One chore that needs to be done soon is digging and storing your summer flowering bulbs.

Mike Stanton Describes Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano's Ties To New England

Nov 1, 2018 623

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Fred Rogers: The Simple Lessons Of A Complex Man

Nov 1, 2018 2943

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For interview highlights from this show, click here. It’s been fifteen years since the death of Fred Rogers -- a man who, for decades, served as the cardigan-donning host and creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood . Rogers’ life is now the focus of a new Maxwell King biography -- aptly titled The Good Neighbor . This hour, we sit down with King for a special preview of the book.

The Decimation Of The Osage Nation

Nov 1, 2018 2869

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Native Americans have been getting forced off their land for a long time. Thomas Jefferson forced them from their ancestral home in 1804 after he signed the Louisiana Purchase and promised they shall know the United States as only "friends and benefactors."

Bob Stefanowski: Polite Businessman, Picky With Press, Seeks Governor Office

Nov 1, 2018 250

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Chip Toth was working at General Electric when he found himself across the table from Bob Stefanowski. The two men both worked at GE, but in different divisions, competing for the same customers.

Stefanowski Continues To Get Millions From Political PACs

Oct 31, 2018 112

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Change PAC has spent a lot in Connecticut. In a financial report released Tuesday, the group, backed by the Republican Governors Association, reported spending $7.4 million.

Republican Manny Santos, Trailing In Money And Popularity, Goes Grassroots In 5th District

Oct 31, 2018 323

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Republican Manny Santos is vying for the 5th Congressional District seat that’s about to be vacated by Democrat Elizabeth Esty.

Governor's Race Moving Toward Photo Finish; Campaign Mailer Rebuked As Anti-Semitic

Oct 31, 2018 2963

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The final debate in this year's race for governor is in the rearview mirror. What did we learn Tuesday night, and what should Ned Lamont and Bob Stefanowski be most worried about before polls open just six days from now? Should it be: Reaching out to those favoring Oz Griebel? A Quinnipiac Poll released Oct. 30 found 7 percent of likely voters support their unaffiliated rival. Of that group, more than half said they might jump ship at the last moment. In a close race, Griebel breakaways could put Stefanowski or Lamont on top.

Not Happy With The Major Party Candidates? You Have Options. We Bring You A Few.

Oct 31, 2018 2964

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Are you one of those people who wants to vote for Oz Griebel for governor but won't because you're afraid your vote might lead to a win for your least favorite candidate?

Forget Google Maps, There's Still Lots To Explore

Oct 30, 2018 2968

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There's a set of steps and a big stone fireplace sitting in the middle of the woods where I used to walk my dog. I can envision the family living in the house that was part of the neighborhood that got washed away when the Farmington River overflowed its banks in 1955. My exploration led me to the origin of those steps.

Race For Governor 2018: Mark Stewart

Oct 30, 2018 2963

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This hour, we sit down with AMiGo Constitution Party candidate Mark Stewart .

Oz Griebel: Almost A James Bond Impersonator, Business Advocate, Wants To Run The State

Oct 30, 2018 279

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The plan was to attach Oz Griebel to a cable and then lower him onto the stage, to make it look he was wearing a jetpack and flying around. Jim Foye remembered asking Griebel to do it.

Another Mass Shooting: Responding To The Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

Oct 29, 2018 2963

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Eleven are dead and six others injured after a gunman opened fire Saturday inside a Pittsburgh synagogue. What drove this violent act? And how have members of the interfaith community responded in its aftermath? This hour, we find out and we also hear from you.

Pulling Back The Curtain On Political Polls

Oct 29, 2018 2963

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The polling industry is seeking to regain public confidence after the 2016 election. Will the advent of live polling, like what's being done by The Upshot at The New York Times , rejuvenate enthusiasm or trust in poll results? What about the Political Atlas and its incorporation of opinions expressed on social media?

After Synagogue Shooting, Connecticut's Jewish Communities Reflect On Faith And Hatred

Oct 29, 2018 380

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Jewish congregations around Connecticut struggled this weekend to absorb the news out of Pittsburgh. Several communities held candlelight vigils to remember those killed in a mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue.

Ned Lamont: Former Journalist, Businessman, American Idol Fan, Hopeful For Governor

Oct 28, 2018 297

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It was the summer of 1976, and Will Hunter was living with a group of 20-somethings in farmhouse. Well, calling it a farmhouse might not be completely accurate.

Federal Judge Tosses Out Lawsuit Challenging Last-Minute Efficiency Fund Cuts

Oct 26, 2018 72

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a legislative raid of money set aside to make homes and businesses more energy efficient. It’s a decision viewed as a setback for environmentalists and energy contractors in the state.

Not The Nose: What A Horror Show

Oct 26, 2018 3030

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In terms of box office, 2017 was the biggest year in the history of horror cinema . One wonders: Why? And then this year has brought us Hereditary , A Quiet Place , and now Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House . This hour: a look at our current horror through the lens of our current horror.

Stories Of Gun Violence Grip Candidates, Community On Campaign Trail At CONECT Forum

Oct 26, 2018 143

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The crowd of more than 750 people that gathered at Congregation B'Nai in Bridgeport for CONECT's Candidate Assembly on Monday was not expecting Shawn Wooden's vulnerabilty. They'd come to hear how five candidates running for statewide offices would respond to questions on four issues—gun violence, immigration, health care, and criminal justice reform—but it was the Democratic candidate for treasurer's story about gun violence, along with mothers Kristin Song's and Mory Hernandez's stories, that stood out.

Race For Governor 2018: Ned Lamont

Oct 26, 2018 2964

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This hour, we sit down with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont . What is Lamont's strategy for reaching Connecticut voters ahead of the November 6 election? We find out and we also hear from you.

As Ridership Booms On the Hartford Line, CTrail Riders Are Being Kicked Off Amtrak Trains

Oct 26, 2018 277

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A seat on the 4:32 p.m. train out of Hartford’s union station is emerging as the most coveted seat on the CTrail’s new Hartford Line that was launched in June.

Sandy Hook Shooter's Personal Items To Be Made Public By Connecticut State Police

Oct 23, 2018 79

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Items belonging to Sandy Hook School Shooter Adam Lanza – including spreadsheets and violent writings – will have to be released by the Connecticut State Police, after a ruling in the state Supreme Court.

Connecticut Voters Face Complicated Amendment Question On State Land Sales

Oct 23, 2018 209

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Voters this November won’t only be deciding on a long list of candidates for elected office. They’ll also decide two ballot questions which, for the first time in a decade, could amend the state’s constitution.

With Sheff Back in Court, A Look At School Integration In Hartford

Oct 23, 2018 2963

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In the 1996 landmark Sheff v. O’Neill case, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that minority students in Hartford's public schools “suffered daily” due to racial and economic segregation. Now, 22 years later -- Connecticut’s magnet school solution to Sheff ’s desegregation mandate has been held up as a model for integration around the country. Yet many minority students in Hartford still attend struggling and highly segregated schools.

After Revolving Door Questions, Former Access Health CEO Resigns From Private Sector Job

Oct 23, 2018 128

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The former CEO of the state’s health care exchange has resigned from his new private sector job, just weeks after taking it. Jim Wadleigh now says his move may have contravened state ethics laws.

Fire: Sparking Imagination Since Two Million B.C.

Oct 23, 2018 2883

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Things burn: Our environments, resources, and all forms of monument to self. And since the beginning, so too has our imagination. The inspiration humans have drawn from fire throughout the millennia is as impressive as it is immeasurable. Why fire occupies such an elemental place in the creative wellsprings of our consciousness is certainly a debate to had.

Live From MGM Springfield

Oct 22, 2018 2961

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It's been two months since MGM opened its doors in downtown Springfield. So far, what has business been like for the $960 million casino? How are its operations expected to impact nearby competitors, such as Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun?

Jamal Khashoggi's Killing And Trump's Transactional Presidency

Oct 21, 2018 2963

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The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has hit a cultural nerve in America. The sustained anger outstrips our response to the killing of 43 other journalists in 2018, Saudi Arabia's jailing of these dissidents, or the U.S.-supported Saudi invasion of Yemen that has created a humanitarian crisis that is affecting millions of people and getting worse.

New Racial Profiling Report Focuses On Eight Connecticut Police Departments

Oct 19, 2018 119

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A board set up to combat racial profiling by police has released a follow-up to last year's report on traffic stops and racial profiling across the state. The follow-up focused on eight towns that had unusually high number of minority traffic stops in the initial report.

Gubernatorial Candidates In Massachusetts, New Hampshire Explore Energy And Environmental Policy

Oct 19, 2018 714

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'They've Destroyed My Family' The Story Of A Mother's Last-Minute Deportation

Oct 19, 2018 355

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Miguel Torres said his wife’s deportation didn’t come as a complete surprise. Glenda Cardenas Caballero was undocumented and had a order of deportation from 2005. He said the family had tried for years to find a way for her to stay.

The New Haven Nose On Louis C.K. And 'First Man'

Oct 19, 2018 2963

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Louis C.K.'s surprise return to a comedy club stage in late August was widely covered and discussed. His subsequent performances have maybe sparked less internet conversation, but they're just as confounding. This week, the owner of one club where C.K. has been performing has made a couple media appearances to explain his thinking about the whole thing. And: Damian Chazelle is the director behind the three-time Academy Award-winner Whiplash and the six-time Academy Award-winner La La Land . His new movie, First Man , stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong.

Race For Governor 2018: Oz Griebel

Oct 19, 2018 2961

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He was at the head of the Hartford-area economic development group, MetroHartford Alliance, from 2001 to last year. Now, he wants to be governor of Connecticut. This hour we sit down with Oz Griebel, who is running as an unaffiliated candidate for governor of Connecticut.

How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, And Superheroes Made America Great For Extremism

Oct 18, 2018 2963

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You know all the reasons Trump won, right? Economic anxiety . Racial anxiety . The forgotten working class . The forgotten rustbelt ... But what if the real cause were something much simpler and much more pervasive: our popular culture.

How The Roots Of New York Comic Con Start In Norwalk

Oct 18, 2018 192

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New York Comic Con is the center of the pop culture universe, but when it comes to picturing where the operation originates from, chances are Norwalk, Connecticut is not on your short list. For over a decade, ReedPop , the company behind the largest entertainment event on the east coast has made the southwest Connecticut city its home.

Race For Governor 2018: Rod Hanscomb

Oct 18, 2018 2961

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This hour, we sit down with Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Rod Hanscomb . What drove the Stamford, Connecticut resident to enter the race? And what issues would he prioritize if elected to lead the state?

Connecticut Garden Journal: Pumpkin Seeds

Oct 18, 2018 120

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It's almost Halloween and lots of families are buying pumpkins for carving and decorating. It's fun to carve all types and colors of pumpkins from the small pie pumpkins to large field pumpkins.

State Comptroller Says Three Quasi-Public Agencies Blocking Transparency Efforts

Oct 17, 2018 118

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A state official is trying to get quasi-public agencies to be more transparent, but that's proving to be a bit difficult.

Patterns Emerge From Campaign Donor Listings

Oct 17, 2018 2963

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We can learn a lot from campaign finance reports. In Connecticut's race for governor, they reveal that the three top contenders, Bob Stefanowski, Ned Lamont, and Oz Griebel, are all dipping deep into their own pockets to fund their campaigns.

You Should Give Opera A Listen. It's Different Than You May Think

Oct 17, 2018 2960

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Have you ever been to the opera? I know, you think it's stuffy and formal and only for rich, white people of a certain age. You're wrong.

Bridgeport Music Teacher Named Connecticut's Teacher Of The Year

Oct 17, 2018 84

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A music teacher at Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport has been named the Connecticut Teacher of the Year.

Engaging Voters At An Earlier Age; Who Is Ebenezer Bassett?

Oct 15, 2018 2963

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U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has announced she will resign from the post by year's end, raising questions and speculation as to who will fill the high-ranking vacancy. This hour, we examine one possible candidate: former Connecticut U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman. What qualifications would Lieberman bring to the position? And what would it take for him to be confirmed? Later, we talk about trends in U.S. civics education. Are children who are exposed to the topic earlier more likely to develop into engaged voters? And finally, controversy surrounding New Britain’s Paul Manafort Sr. Drive has drawn attention to a lesser-known Connecticut son, Ebenezer Bassett. Who was he? And how should the state honor his legacy?

Report: Three New Names Surface In Choate Sex Abuse Scandal

Oct 15, 2018 81

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An elite Connecticut boarding school has acknowledged more instances of faculty sexual misconduct.

Our Electronic Voting Systems Are Still Pretty Hackable

Oct 15, 2018 2962

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Despite Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and attempts by hackers to infiltrate voter-registration databases in Illinois, Arizona and several other states in the summer of 2016, little has been done to better secure America's network of electronic voting systems.

Not The Nose: 'A Star Is Born' (Again)

Oct 12, 2018 2485

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We now have no fewer than four big screen versions of A Star Is Born . There's the 1937 original, the Judy Garland/James Mason remake, the Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson remake... and now's there's the Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper remake, which is directed by Cooper, and which might just take the fall movie season by storm . This hour: a Noseish (but not quite actually The Nose ) look at the phenomenon of A Star Is Born .

Decades After Being Convicted, Men Say Famed Criminologist Provided False Testimony

Oct 12, 2018 274

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The Future Of Philanthropy

Oct 12, 2018 2395

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What does effective philanthropy look like in the 21st century? This hour, we sit down with Jay Williams, the President of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. We also talk with scholar and author, Chuck Collins. He is a one-percenter who dedicated his life to addressing income inequality. Collins’ policy institute has found that charities are increasingly depending on larger donations from a smaller number of wealthy individuals. We ask Collins--is that a good thing?

'Not Going Anywhere': Hartford Youth Group Finds Voice In Fight Against Gun Violence

Oct 12, 2018 289

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Gunfire brought chaos to the West Indian Day Parade in Hartford a decade ago. Some parade goers assumed fireworks — until they saw a kid on the ground. His head was soaked with blood.

New Britain Considers Renaming Street Ebenezer Bassett Drive. Who Is He?

Oct 12, 2018 198

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A tussle over the renaming of a street in New Britain has illuminated the life of a little known, but important Connecticut abolitionist and diplomat.

"Autumnwatch" Comes To New England

Oct 11, 2018 376

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What New England Can Learn From Kansas About Creating A Wind Energy Economy

Oct 11, 2018 705

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New England’s wind energy world changed dramatically this week when Denmark-based Ørsted acquired the developer of America’s first-ever offshore wind farm, Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind. The Danish company currently has offshore wind projects in development with Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, and New York. Combined, the two companies say they hope to deliver offshore wind power to seven states on the east coast by 2030 (you can read more about this deal on WNPR and RIPR ). The agreement is expected to be finalized by the end of the year. But as New England invests in wind energy projects off of our coasts, the amount of wind energy we use still pales in comparison to states in the “wind belt.” One such example is Kansas. John Dankosky spoke with Philip Warburg about what states in our region can learn from states that we don’t usually think of as leaders in renewable energy. Philip Warburg is the former president of the Conservation Law Foundation and the author of Harness

From Rivers To Highways: Bald Eagle Populations, And Sightings, Soar

Oct 11, 2018 87

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One of the nation’s most iconic creatures continues its comeback. A state report indicates bald eagles are returning to Connecticut in record numbers.

Our Theme Today Is Theme Songs

Oct 11, 2018 2550

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So, when Prince died ( which was two-and-a-half years ago ), we announced that we were finally going to retire our theme song ( which was a Prince song ). And then we promptly did... nothing at all. Earlier this year, though -- and in typical Colin McEnroe Sho vian fashion -- we decided that this non-problem was a big problem. And so, in order to try and hopefully finally fix this non-problem big problem, we did a whole show about theme songs -- ours and other people's.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Test Your Soil

Oct 11, 2018 120

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While fall is a time of garden cleanup and planting bulbs and garlic, it's also a perfect time to test your soil.

Rifling Through America's Hunting Culture

Oct 11, 2018 2489

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Whether for sport or sustenance; by rifle or crossbow, hunting has long been a part of the human experience. This hour, we look back on our relationship with hunting and consider what it means to hunt today. Are you a hunter? We want to hear from you.

Q Poll: Economy Top Issue In Governor Race; Candidates Say Little About The Environment

Oct 10, 2018 2663

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Two issues continue to dominate this year's race for governor: taxes and the economy . That notion has been reinforced by the latest Quinnipiac University poll . Of the likely voters surveyed, 31% said the economy was their chief concern, while 26% said it was taxes. Climate change wasn't even an issue listed in the poll question. It's also been left largely unaddressed by those running for governor this year.

An Ode To Yodeling

Oct 10, 2018 2482

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What is yodeling, anyway? Some consider it singing, some say it's an ululation, and still others consider it merely a means to herd animals. Whatever yodeling is, one's thing clear: Yodeling has been around for thousands of years and shows no signs of disappearing.

Connecticut Mets Fans Left On The Bench

Oct 9, 2018 121

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The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are in the middle of a playoff series that’s dividing Connecticut residents. But as the legendary rivalry reaches another dramatic crescendo, one segment of area baseball fans is once again on the outside looking in.

Is America Becoming More Tribal Or Just More Angry?

Oct 9, 2018 2424

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Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton were using strategies to deliberately divide America's political system decades before the pivotal 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush divided us into gangs of 'red' or 'blue.'

Would A CVS Acquisition Of Aetna Be Good For Consumers?

Oct 9, 2018 2451

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When CVS agreed to acquire Aetna, they halted a plan to move the Hartford-based company’s headquarters to New York City. Connecticut has been breathing a sigh of relief that one of the capital’s largest employers isn’t ditching the state.

Has Lady Justice Ditched Her Blindfold?

Oct 8, 2018 2492

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Today, we've booked no guests. It's Colin and your calls. Saturday's confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was the anticlimatic coda to a nomination that has both riveted and more deeply divided our country. Depending on your view, the Kavanaugh confirmation either endangers the legitimacy of the court or is a welcome culmination to a decades-long effort to capture a solid conservative majority on the high court.

The New Haven Nose Takes Two: 'Slow Burn: Season Two' And 'Serial: Season Three'

Oct 5, 2018 3030

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So we did a Nose last week . It was good. It was about the second season of Slow Burn and the third season of Serial , and it was kind of also about how both of those shows tie into our present moment in interesting ways and that that's kind of interesting and suchlike. We thought it went well. You probably would've thought so too. Except you didn't hear it, so how would you know? That present moment that I was just talking about got in the way: We were preempted by some Senate Judiciary Committee vote or something. So we brought the show back for this week. We hope you'll like it now too.

Are Livestock Beefing Up Our Carbon Emissions?

Oct 5, 2018 2548

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Do you worry about how you’re everyday actions contribute to climate change? You may think about the carbon gas-burning cars are putting into the atmosphere, or coal-powered electricity in your houses. But what about the food you eat?

How A Murder In Small Town N.H. Changed Investigations Forever

Oct 4, 2018 656

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Are You 'October Ready'?

Oct 4, 2018 2481

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The postseason proper is upon us! Baseball has already played four winner-take-all games in three days. The Dodgers and the Brewers won their divisions in a pair of extra, tie-breaking game number 163s. And then the Cubs and the A's saw their seasons end in the two Wild Card Games. And now we're onto a round of real, full-length, five-game series. The two National League Division Series start today, and the American League's DSes start tomorrow.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Bringing Plants Indoors

Oct 4, 2018 120

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Many gardeners like to bring their houseplants out onto a deck, balcony, or patio in summer for a little rejuvenation. It's good for houseplants to get some fresh air, bright indirect light, and natural watering in summer.

Are Doctors Making The Obesity Stigma Worse?

Oct 4, 2018 2508

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In the office; on the scale. To what extent have physicians and other medical professionals contributed to the stigmatization of obesity? This hour, we take an in-depth look. We also discuss the effects of obesity and weight stigma on children. What responsibilities do parents, pediatricians, and educators share in keeping kids healthy and safe?

New Britain Art Gallery Dries Out After Flooding

Oct 4, 2018 96

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Tuesday’s severe weather dumped several inches of rain on New Britain. A local art exhibit came very close to being destroyed due to flooding.

How Can I "Take It Easy" When Everyone Is Still Fighting Over The Eagles?

Oct 3, 2018 2492

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The Eagles' first album touched a cultural nerve in 1971, with songs like "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Witchy Woman." And the hits never stopped. Despite mounting criticism from critics and fans alike, within five years they rolled those hits into one of the biggest selling Greatest Hits albums of all time.

With All The National Drama, Who's Paying Attention To The Governor's Race?

Oct 3, 2018 2663

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With the nation transfixed on the revelations pouring out of Washington, D.C., how much remaining brain capacity do voters have for Connecticut's governor's race? It's undoubtedly hard to compete for attention against news cycles dominated by edge-of-your-seat histrionics that could shape the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court for a generation. So this week we set out to bring state politics back into focus.

Consumers Feel Sticker Shock As Out-Of-Pocket Health Care Costs Rise

Oct 3, 2018 114

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In February, Joan Goldstein of Monroe received a panicked call for help from her wife, Lauren Goldstein. Joan found Lauren rolled up like a ball on the floor in her office bathroom. “I have never seen her sick in 15 years,” Joan said.

Women On Wheels: How Bicycles Paved A Road To Social Change

Oct 2, 2018 2513

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Bicycles helped inspire modern cars, paved roads...even airplanes! But did you know they were also an inspiration for the women's movement? This hour we take a look back in time at the origins of the bicycle, including innovation that happened right here in Connecticut. We find out the history of how this vehicle spurred social change and helped empower women to break through gender barriers a little more than a century ago.

Little House Libertarians

Oct 2, 2018 2440

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A lot of you reading this are familiar with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder because you watched the popular "Little House on the Prairie" television show that ran from 1974-1983. But the television show came long after Laura Ingalls Wilder began sharing the story of her family's journey through the open frontier. She shared her memories in a series of beloved Little House books that spanned a life of pioneering both before and after the government declared the frontier closed. She speaks in simple and intimate prose of everyday life that fascinated millions of young readers who wanted to live like Laura. Fans today still want to believe in the absolute truth of every word.

The Kavanaugh Hearings; Drug Exchanges

Oct 1, 2018 2481

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Like many Americans, our newsroom was glued to the eight or so hours of testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh during last week's Senate Judiciary Hearings, including the dramatic committee vote on Friday that led to a limited FBI investigation.

Meet Connecticut's New State Troubadour, Nekita Waller

Oct 1, 2018 2648

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Nekita Waller was recently named Connecticut's 17th State Troubadour. This hour, she joins us in our studios. We talk about her background as a performer and learn about the influence she hopes to have over the state’s arts and culture scene.

NCAA Charges Former UConn Coach Ollie For 'Unethical Conduct'

Sep 30, 2018 123

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Former University of Connecticut men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie has been charged by the NCAA with multiple violations including unethical conduct. Those findings could validate UConn’s March dismissal of Ollie.

Ford Testimony Against Kavanaugh Triggers Trauma For Abuse Victims

Sep 29, 2018 149

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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s account of what she said Judge Brett Kavanaugh did to her in the early 1980s acted as a trigger for many of the millions who watched on television. It’s forcing survivors to relive abuse they’ve suffered.

The New Haven Nose On 'Slow Burn: Season Two' And 'Serial: Season Three'

Sep 28, 2018 3030

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It's been... quite a week. It kinda seems like nothing happened in pop culture at all this week, doesn't it? Regardless, The Nose has a mandate to satisfy. Slow Burn is Slate 's scripted, narrative impeachment podcast. The first season covered Watergate and President Nixon. The second (and current) season is covering Monica Lewinsky and President Clinton. It has a strong, willful woman at its center. It has some sexual malfeasance. It has some questionable testimony. Serial is This American Life 's scripted, narrative true crime podcast. The first and second seasons covered Adnan Syed and Bowe Bergdahl. The third (and current) season covers the court system in Cleveland. It has some justice and plenty of injustice. It has some lawyerly delays and obfuscation. It has at least one questionable judge.

Traveling Along America's 'Forgotten Border'

Sep 28, 2018 733

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Our nation’s border with Canada has become increasingly tightened. But because this is the longest international boundary in the world there are a lot of wild places and big gaps where it’s easy to still walk across, undisturbed. The northern border and the unique landscape of the northern United States that surrounds the border is the subject of Porter Fox’s new book: Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border . In it, Fox details his own travels along our northern border, a trip he made on foot, by boat and by car along the winding, often remote, U.S.-Canada border, starting in the state where he grew up, Maine. Interview Highlights These interview highlights have been lightly edited for length and clarity. John Dankosky: The line itself and your journey start somewhere off the coast of Maine. Can you describe the start of the border for us? What's it like there? Porter Fox: It’s kind of hard to find actually. It’s the easternmost point in Continental America,

Reaching New Heights: Journeys To Everest And Beyond

Sep 28, 2018 2964

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A dishwasher at Whole Foods in West Hartford, Lhakpa Sherpa is also the only woman to complete nine... yes, nine ... expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest. This hour, the world record holder stops by our studios to share her remarkable journey as a climber, an immigrant, and a single mother.

Kavanaugh, Ford Testify In Historic Hearings

Sep 28, 2018 344

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, just hours after the judge and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified. Joining us now to discuss Thursday's hearings is Adrienne Fulco -- she's an associate professor of legal and policy studies at Trinity College in Hartford.

Mystic Seaport Museum Will Use Federal Grant To Rehabilitate Historic Fishing Schooner

Sep 27, 2018 99

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Mystic Seaport Museum has received two federal grants that will rehabilitate an ailing schooner, and save thousands of photographic negatives from further deterioration. The grants were part of the National Parks Service's Save America's Treasures Program. The Museum was given a grant of $491,770 to restore the 1921 Fishing Schooner called the L.A. Dunton. Mystic Seaport Museum's Dan McFadden said the 123 foot vessel is one of the last surviving examples of the Grand Banks fishing schooners, which were used frequently in New England waters. McFadden said the L.A. Dunton also needs a lot of work. “Over time wooden vessels deteriorate, it’s just a fact of nature,” said McFadden. “The Dunton needs a lot of structural work. It needs a new deck, new deck houses, really the whole hull will be addressed in many different ways to get her back to 100 percent.” The second grant will be used to restore deteriorating negatives from the Museum’s Rosenfeld Collection of Maritime Photography. The

Connecticut Garden Journal: Cold Weather Bulb Gardening

Sep 27, 2018 120

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It's almost October, and time to plants some bulbs. Many gardeners plant tulips, daffodils, crocus, and hyacinths each fall. But some gardeners don't have the space or are tired of dealing with critters digging up or eating their bulbs. One solution is to plant bulbs in a pot.

What Is The Future Of Hospitals?

Sep 27, 2018 2951

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Amid reports of consolidations and staffing crises, we ask: What is the future of the U.S. hospital industry? A team of experts joins us as we weigh this question and consider its implications for Connecticut. Later, we discuss the role of crowdfunding platforms in helping alleviate the burden of medical expenses. Have you ever turned to GoFundMe or a similar site to finance the cost of treatment? We want to hear from you.

As Puerto Rico Closes Schools, Communities Trying To Revive Shuttered Buildings

Sep 27, 2018 198

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This used to be Gamaliel Laboy Andino’s school. But he doesn’t go here anymore. No one does -- not since the government closed it more than a year ago. It saddened him, he said, because there are students who now have to go to school far away. “It makes me sad, because there are students who don’t have anywhere to go,” he said.

An Hour With Joyce Maynard

Sep 26, 2018 2964

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Joyce Maynard has been writing for over 45 years about the kind of human experiences we're often taught to keep hidden - stories about envy, anger, vanity, self-pity, pride. We read her stories because they offer a chance to first confront and then forgive ourselves for how those emotions can shape us into people we don't like.

Live From New Haven: Yale In The Middle Of Whirlwind Over Kavanaugh

Sep 26, 2018 2964

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The firestorm in Washington, D.C., over the sexual misconduct charges leveled against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is tearing its way through New Haven too. Both Kavanaugh and his latest accuser, Deborah Ramirez, attended Yale together in the 1980s. As Ramirez tells it , the lecherous behavior came during a dorm party at the university and was fueled by heavy drinking.

Local Activists Buy 'Gun Stock' To Hold Former Smith & Wesson Company Accountable To Community

Sep 26, 2018 127

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American Outdoor Brands Corporation, the gun company formerly known as Smith & Wesson, held its annual shareholders’ meeting Tuesday. The meeting was webcast, but in Hamden and Bridgeport, a group of unusual shareholders met at local houses of worship to listen. These shareholders are shaking things up.

Young Parents In Connecticut Often Have Low Income, Says New Report

Sep 26, 2018 116

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According to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national organization supporting families and the communities they live in, 22,000 of Connecticut’s children have parents that are 18-24 years old. 70 percent of those children belong to low-income households.

Will The Real Brett Kavanaugh Please Stand Up

Sep 25, 2018 2964

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The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat of departing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy had already widened the chasm between Democrats and Republicans before allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh blew it wide open.

When It Comes To Trauma, Who Helps The Helpers?

Sep 25, 2018 2964

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From veterans returning from Iraq, to survivors of mass shootings, to those putting together the pieces after a hurricane--we know that the emotional and psychological scars of violence and tragedies sometimes last even longer than physical wounds. But what is the psychological toll on those who help victims of traumatic experiences?

What's Next For Brett Kavanaugh?

Sep 24, 2018 2962

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Christine Blasey Ford says she will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday over allegations that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager. Coming up, we wade through the details of the case and get reaction to reports of new allegations against Kavanaugh by a former Yale classmate.

Combating Corrosion: America's War on Rust

Sep 24, 2018 2926

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Rust is all around us. It's in our cars, our homes, our infrastructure. It's also the subject of Jonathan Waldman's first book, Rust , which introduces us to the people who fight it.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Fall Flowers And Shrub Roses

Sep 23, 2018 120

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I'm always looking for perennial plants that will add color to our fall garden. I've been noticing the last few years how fall has become a beautiful time of year for perennial flowers. Certainly you can plant mums, goldenrod, asters, sedums and plants with brightly colored leaves for fall, but I've been surprised at a few other plants offering a second coming of color in autumn. One of the best are the shrub roses.

The Nose On The Death Of The Celebrity Profile, Chevy Chase, And 'The Land Of Steady Habits'

Sep 21, 2018 2953

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The celebrity profile is dead. Or dying, at least, according to The New York Times . Case in point: the Times 's own terrible profile of the great Maya Rudolph . Counterpoint: The Washington Post 's fascinating, and self-eviscerating, profile of the formerly great Chevy Chase . And: Nicole Holofcener's new movie is a Netflix adaptation of Ted Thompson's novel of the same name, The Land of Steady Habits . You'll never guess where it's set. (Actually, you might not. I'm pretty sure it's never said in the movie, and they shot it in Tarrytown, New York. But it's meant to be Westport, Conn., which is why The Nose is covering it.)

Hurricane Maria Victims Remembered In Bridgeport One Year Later

Sep 21, 2018 118

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A vigil was held in Bridgeport Thursday — one year after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. The event was a small, solemn gathering held in memory of those who died.

An Hour With Hartford Police Chief David Rosado

Sep 21, 2018 2953

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David Rosado is a Hartford native who spent two decades with the Connecticut state police. In February he became Hartford’s new Police Chief. This hour, Chief Rosado will join us in studio. We ask him about what it’s like to return home as the top cop in the city where he grew up.

Why Do Democrats Remain Obedient To Connecticut's Congressional Team?

Sep 19, 2018 2963

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This election cycle has been perilous for many Democratic incumbents in Congress. Just look at the primary losses of ten-term U.S. Reps. Michael Capuano and Joseph Crowley next door in Massachusetts and New York. Yet members of Connecticut's all-Democratic congressional delegation are well on their way to being re-elected. The one exception is U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty who dropped her bid for a third term due to a singular scandal .

Attack Of The Apocaloptimists

Sep 19, 2018 2967

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We were going to produce a show today on loneliness with British writer Olivia Laing. We still want to do that show with Olivia - but not today. Instead, we decided to switch gears and talk with Olivia and other artists about the themes in Olivia's new novel because they mirror our own concerns: how to live life in this fast-moving world where the present is history in the blink of an eye and world leaders can end our world with one wrong tweet? How can we exist, create art, raise children, commit to a future in a world that could be ending?

Hartford Residents To March For Puerto Rico Despite Lack Of A Permit

Sep 19, 2018 78

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Rallies are scheduled Thursday in Bridgeport and Hartford to commemorate the one year mark since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. But, the Hartford event is facing a bit of an administrative obstacle.

Is Climate Change Causing More Dangerous Hurricanes?

Sep 18, 2018 2963

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The country watched Hurricane Florence pummel communities across the Carolinas this week, leaving flooding, destruction, and death in its path. This hour we ask New York Times climate reporter Kendra Pierre-Louis --is climate change causing these devastating storms to become more common?

'Untapped' Talent Engage Skills Training For Better Employment

Sep 18, 2018 295

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Hector Marrero is beginning to understand the difference between a career and a job. The 21-year-old Hartford native had abandoned high school, adult education and other job-course programs.

Historical Deletion and Censorship

Sep 18, 2018 2963

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There's a mostly forgotten story by the mostly forgotten sci-fi writer, R.A. Lafferty. It's called, "What's The Name of That Town." We meet a team of scientists and an amusing sentiant computer examining clues that suggested something existed once upon a time and has now been erased. It turns out to be the city of Chicago which has been obliterated in an accident so traumatic that the city's existence has been wiped from all records and from peoples actual memories.

Round Two For Lamont And Stefanowski Supporters At New Haven Debate

Sep 18, 2018 123

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It may have been a battle on the big stage between Republican Bob Stefanowski and Democrat Ned Lamont in their second gubernatorial debate Monday, but the candidates weren’t the only ones going after one another.

Connecticut Students Continue To Make Strides In AP Test Scores

Sep 18, 2018 75

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Advanced Placement test scores continue to rise in Connecticut, as does the number of students taking them.

The Collision Of Brett Kavanaugh And America's Moral Code

Sep 17, 2018 2963

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Today, we have no guests. We want to hear from you. We canceled our previously planned show so we could dedicate the entire hour to understanding how you are feeling about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

After Massachusetts Explosions, Questions About Connecticut's Gas Infrastructure

Sep 17, 2018 2962

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Three Merrimack Valley , Massachusetts neighborhoods were marred by natural gas explosions Thursday, in an incident that left one dead and several others injured. This hour, we take an in-depth look at what happened and consider the likelihood that a similar situation could unfold here in Connecticut. Later, we learn why some local residents and advocates are airing their grievances against Veyo , the company contracted to provide non-emergency transportation to adults and children on Medicaid. How did the California-based enterprise come to operate in Connecticut in the first place? We find out. And finally, we wade through the known and unknown effects of e-cigarette use, and find out why the electronic tobacco devices are so fashionable among youths today. Have you owned or smoked an e-cigarette? What about your child or children? We want to hear from you.

The Nose On Cynthia Nixon's Bagel, 'Searching,' And Some Other Stuff

Sep 14, 2018 2962

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Actress Cynthia Nixon lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary in New York yesterday . Did she lose because of the kind of bagel she eats ? Probably not. But from the Nose's point of view, what could really matter more than that? And Vulture , last week -- "as the discourse rages on about whether or not political correctness is destroying comedy (spoiler alert: it isn't)" -- ran a piece on the jokes comedians regret . But here's the real question: Do we want comedians regretting their jokes, tasteless or not? Finally: Aneesh Chaganty's directorial debut, Searching , is maybe the first movie told entirely from the point of view of all of our screens. And it's maybe the first mainstream Hollywood thriller with an Asian-American lead actor (and while Crazy Rich Asians is still near the top of the charts). And here's the recipe that Taneisha endorsed: Milk Bar's Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Family Matters: Stories And Realities Of Adoption

Sep 14, 2018 2965

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The National Council for Adoption has reported a decline in U.S. intercountry adoptions since the year 2004. This hour, we discuss the factors driving this downward shift and consider how it compares to trends in the adoption of children born domestically. We also hear from two Connecticut residents with unique adoption experiences -- one as an adoptive father, the other as an adopted son. If you have an adoption story you wish to share, we want to hear from you, too.

New Re-Entry Welcome Center For Ex-Offenders Opens In Hartford City Hall

Sep 13, 2018 122

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Before the Hartford Reentry Welcome Center opened, people in the city fresh out of prison didn’t have one central place where they could find housing, counseling or even a clean, safe place to use the bathroom. Now, they do. The center - located in City Hall - is a partnership between Community Partners in Action, the City of Hartford, the Department of Corrections and more than 40 local organizations.

How Did A Giant Heroin Spoon Sculpture Land In Front Of Purdue Pharma's HQ?

Sep 13, 2018 352

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One morning last June, a giant sculpture of a heroin spoon was dropped on the campus of Purdue Pharma in Stamford. It was a piece of protest art meant to hold the pharmaceutical company responsible for its role in the opioid epidemic. The incident led to the arrest of Stamford gallery owner Fernando Alvarez and the confiscation of the sculpture. The heroin spoon has since been returned to the Domenic Esposito, the artist who created it, and Alvarez is due in court on Monday facing charges related to the installation. The story behind the giant heroin spoon began back in April of this year. Stamford’s Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery was working on a new exhibition, "Opioid: Express Yourself". It was as an artist-led project aimed at calling out entities Alvarez believes are complicit in the current opioid epidemic - namely the pharmaceutical companies who produce opioid painkillers and their army of lobbyists, lawmakers, and the doctors who overprescribe painkillers. “I've been in waiting

45 Years Later, Remembering The Coup That Changed Chile Forever

Sep 13, 2018 2976

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This week marks the 45th anniversary of a coup in Chile that overthrew the democratically elected president Salvador Allende and radically changed the course of Chilean history.

Connecticut Garden Journal: It's Apple Season

Sep 13, 2018 120

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One of my fall traditions with my mom is to visit Roger's Orchard in Southington for apples. She's too old to pick apples, but it's still fun walking around the farm stand looking at the different heirloom varieties.

Does Color Exist In The Dark?

Sep 12, 2018 2969

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Color doesn't exist on its own. A red rose will look different to me than it does to you. It will also look different to a pigeon, who can see way more shades and tints than most humans can see. Remember the 2015 debate over the dress ? Gold & white, blue & black or yes, some saw brown & light purple.

The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is 'Fear' Itself

Sep 12, 2018 2963

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You may have heard that Bob Woodward has a new book out . It was number one on Amazon... before it came out. It was into its seventh printing -- a million copies... before it came out. The president Twittered about it at least a dozen times... before it came out. Well, now it's out. This hour: a look at the phenomenon of Fear .

Stefanowski Seeks Campaign Donations To Continue TV Ad Blitz

Sep 12, 2018 2963

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In recent days, Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Stefanowski has ratcheted up the pleas for campaign donations . If more money doesn't come in quickly, he may be forced to curtail his television advertising blitz, Stefanowski's wife warned in an email to supporters. This week, ahead of the first debate between the two major party candidates Wednesday night, we evaluate how Stefanowski and Democrat Ned Lamont are doing at this critical stage of the race, both financially and otherwise. Will the constant barrage of attack ads, from both sides, continue?

Trump Administration Faulted For Failing To Commit Funds To 9/11 Survivors

Sep 12, 2018 107

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A Connecticut mother who lost her son during the September 11th attacks is still working to support the needs of other victims. Those needs include health care but the funding to continue providing screenings and treatment could be cut by the Trump administration.

Sen. Murphy Demands Clarity From Betsy DeVos On Grants That Could Arm Teachers

Sep 7, 2018 114

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With school in session and safety top of mind for parents, students, teachers and politicians, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is demanding clarity and accountability from U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Not The Nose: Pop Culture Is One More Thing That Divides Us, And The Major Leagues Of Wiffle Ball

Sep 7, 2018 2963

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Here's the money quote from a recent Washington Post story on entertainment in the Trump era : "People look at politics when deciding how they feel about a host or actor. Pop culture has now become one more thing that divides us, just like cable news and social media." The Nose couldn't pass that up, and this not-quite-The-Nose show can't pass it up either.

NBMAA Exhibition Explores Works From Farmington Art Colony

Sep 7, 2018 279

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A new exhibit at the New Britain Museum of American Art celebrates the history of the Farmington arts scene, a little known but influential chapter in American art. "Art in Farmington Village” spans over 100 years, from the late 18th century to the early 20th century. The art produced in Farmington during that time reflects overarching trends in American and European fine art, like Hudson River School, Impressionism, Pre-Raphaelite and Barbizon School. The first artists to come to Farmington, Connecticut were limners in the late 18th century, traveling portrait artists who plied their trade among the affluent families in town. On display is the work of renowned limner Richard Jenneys. In 1794, The Boston-based artist painted Catherine and Martha Hooker Mix, young sisters from Farmington. The sisters are rosy cheeked with a precocious smile, and their large brown eyes are clear and sparkling. “Jenneys' work is particularly striking among the works of limner artists because he achieved a

With Legal Status Ending, A Salvadoran Dad Must Leave His Family Or Live In Hiding

Sep 7, 2018 301

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Sitting in his tidy apartment in Bridgeport, Jose Zabala, 38, described crossing the U.S. border in 2001 when a major earthquake hit El Salvador. The disaster allowed him to receive legal protection known as Temporary Protected Status or TPS.

Swimming In Plastic

Sep 7, 2018 2962

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When you put your recycling into those big blue bins on the curb for garbage night, do you ever think about where all that trash goes?

Hartford Police Sergeant Demoted, Could Lose Job After 'Trigger Happy' Remarks

Sep 7, 2018 171

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A white Hartford police sergeant who was caught on a citizen’s video saying he was “trigger happy” has been demoted and is fighting for his job, city officials said Thursday.

The First Gubernatorial Debate: Ned Lamont and Oz Griebel

Sep 6, 2018 3600

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Connecticut Public Radio, The Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, WFSB Channel 3, the CT Mirror hosted the first gubernatorial debate of the general election at the University of Saint Joseph on September 5, 2018. Missed the event? Listen to the audio above

The Semiotics of Cigarettes, Sexy Shoes, and Some Other Stuff

Sep 6, 2018 2962

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Semiotics is the study of sign process, which is to say: it's the science of the search for meaning. And then, part of the underlying premise of semiotics -- which just happens to be part of the underlying premise of The Colin McEnroe Show , itself -- is that there's meaning... everywhere.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Meadows Gone Wild

Sep 6, 2018 120

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It takes just one look outside to know what time of year it is. The goldenrod, Queen Anne's lace, and asters are blooming, so it must be late summer moving into fall.

Need Help Finding A Summer Read? We've Got You Covered

Sep 6, 2018 2963

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Check out some of the titles recommended during this episode here . Now that it’s summer, it’s time to head to the beach with a good book! For many of us, vacation is one of the few times we get to read for fun. Don’t know what book to pick up? Where We Live has got you covered.

Off To Prep School: Hartford Students Get Scholarships After Learning Sport Of Squash

Sep 5, 2018 241

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Julissa Mota can recall the exact moment when squash — the preppy racquet sport — entered her consciousness. Visitors had stopped by Julissa's fifth-grade class at M.D. Fox School, a neighborhood school in Hartford's South End. Capitol Squash , an urban squash program, was new and recruiting kids in 2014, so the executive director brought along a coach and a big blue box with racquets inside for the children to pass around.

Trends Point To Big Year For Women Candidates

Sep 5, 2018 2963

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Should she win the Fifth Congressional District race on Nov. 6, Jahana Hayes would no longer be the only black female from New England elected to Congress. Ayanna Pressley , who toppled 10-term U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in Tuesday's Democratic primary in Massachusetts' 7th District race, would hold that claim too. Unlike for Hayes, there's no Republican opposing Pressley in the general election. This week, we gauge what Pressley's victory, and other trends suggesting this will be a big year for female candidates , means for Connecticut.

Colin Kaepernick And Nike

Sep 5, 2018 2962

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Nike is catching a lot of press for selecting former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of a new "Just Do It" ad campaign.

Calif. School For Computer Engineering To Open Conn. Campus

Sep 5, 2018 108

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A San Francisco-based software engineering school is opening a new location in Connecticut.

State Continues To Struggle To Recruit Teachers Of English Learners

Sep 5, 2018 223

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Over 2,000 students have come to Connecticut from Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria. Many of them have settled in Connecticut's biggest cities, and their arrival has highlighted the need for more teachers who speak Spanish and who are certified to teach English language learners, or ELLs.

Identity Politics: Friend Or Foe?

Sep 4, 2018 2965

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Former Trump official Steve Bannon was disinvited from the 19th annual "New Yorker Festival" Monday, after David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, first invited him for a "serious" and "combative" conversation in which Remnick promised to pose "difficult" questions to Bannon.

Tim Parrish On Being A Recovering Racist

Sep 4, 2018 2962

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From Charleston to Charlottesville, white supremacy still has roots in some communities. What draws some Americans to embrace extreme, hateful racist ideologies? We talk with Tim Parrish, a Connecticut resident with firsthand perspective. Now a college professor, Tim joined an extremely violent and racist crowd as a high school student in Louisiana.

Eleanor In Love: An Intimate Portrait Of The 'First Lady Of The World'

Sep 3, 2018 2962

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Eleanor Roosevelt was a woman with a huge historical footprint -- First Lady, first U.S. delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. She was dubbed “The First Lady of the World” by Harry Truman. But how much is known about Eleanor’s personal life beyond the politics and activism? This hour, we sit down with Connecticut author Amy Bloom. Her new book, White Houses , is a fictional novel that explores Roosevelt’s real-life romantic relationship with female journalist Lorena Hickok.

Living the Freelancer Life

Sep 3, 2018 2936

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We all know that the days of punching our clock for exactly forty hours is over. One of the alternatives that has risen in its place is what's called the "gig economy": Americans are casting off the traditional full-time job to freelance, moonlight, and temp their way to financial success.

Noah Baerman And 'The Rock & The Redemption'

Aug 31, 2018 3089

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The Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble's The Rock & the Redemption is a jazz concept album of sorts that recasts the Sisyphus myth around the heroism of perseverance and persistence. Keyboardist and composer Noah Baerman joins us for the hour.

Fred Rogers: The Simple Lessons Of A Complex Man

Aug 31, 2018 2964

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It’s been fifteen years since the death of Fred Rogers -- a man who, for decades, served as the cardigan-donning host and creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood . Rogers’ life is now the focus of a new Maxwell King biography -- aptly titled The Good Neighbor . This hour, we sit down with King for a special preview of the book. We hear details of Rogers’ upbringing in western Pennsylvania and talk about his legacy as a trailblazer in early children’s television. Do you have memories of watching Mister Rogers as a child -- of being transported into his neighborhood? We want to hear from you, too.

Woman Deals With Long-Term Impact Of Sex Abuse At The Hotchkiss School

Aug 31, 2018 281

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An investigation has found that seven former faculty members at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville sexually abused students over a 23-year period.

A Radio Show About Mimes? You Bet!

Aug 30, 2018 3024

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Mimes have been gesticulating their way into our hearts (or nightmares) for a lot longer than you may think. While it may have been the legendary Marcel Marceau who popularized the mime, people have been communicating through movement since the very beginning.

Connecticut Garden Journal: New England-Friendly Hibiscus

Aug 30, 2018 120

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When I say hibiscus, most gardener's think of the shrubby plant we see outdoors in warmer climes like Florida, or ones we see at garden centers. This shrub is beautiful, but isn't hardy in our area. But another hibiscus is and it's showing off right now.

America's Eviction Epidemic

Aug 30, 2018 2970

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Each year, millions of Americans are evicted from their homes. This hour we talk with Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City started a national conversation about America’s eviction crisis.

Third Candidate For Governor Makes Ballot, Could Face Uphill Climb

Aug 30, 2018 93

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It's now a three-way race for Connecticut governor, as business advocate Oz Griebel has made it on to the ballot as a petitioning candidate.

The Wonder Of Termites (Yep, That's What I Said)

Aug 29, 2018 3020

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Nobody likes the termite. They get into the wood in our homes that can lead to infuriating and expensive repairs. What's to like. It turns out, there's a lot to like about the termite; scientists study how termites build their "mounds" for clues to solving some of the world's most pressing problems, like mitigating the effects of drought, building colonies on Mars, and the creation of biofuels.

Calculating The Value Of Cross-Endorsements

Aug 29, 2018 2998

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Will a second spot on the November 6 ballot be the difference maker for either Ned Lamont or Bob Stefanowski in their bid to be Connecticut's next governor? Stefanowski, already the GOP nominee, secured the Independent Party's cross-endorsement on Sunday. Just 64 members of Connecticut's third-largest political party turned out for its caucus. A majority of them picked Stefanowski over petitioning candidate Oz Griebel and others to appear on the Independent Party ballot line.

Marking Time On The Quinnipiac River: One Bridge Opening At A Time

Aug 28, 2018 213

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When a boat needs to pass under a low bridge on a river, that bridge needs to move out of the way. A drawbridge lifts up so a boat can pass under. A swing bridge pivots out of the way so a boat can pass by. But these decades-old bridges don’t operate on their own. They rely on a small group of “bridge tenders” who specialize in a peculiar and slow-moving job.

Climate Change And The Future Of Connecticut's Coastline

Aug 28, 2018 2963

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With climate change come looming questions about the future of Connecticut's shoreline. Among them: How will sea level rise and extreme weather events alter the shape of the state's coast? And what will happen to the residents -- the people and native species -- who live there? Coming up, local experts join us to offer some insight and talk about the ways municipalities are planning for the challenges that lie ahead.

Who Killed the King?

Aug 28, 2018 2879

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One of the things you will learn this hour is how close New Haven came to being a possession of Spain. Even if you think you know the story of the New Haven Regicides, the men who fled to the New World rather than face punishment, by which I mean death, for their complicity in the execution of Charles I, we probably have some surprises for you. By we, I mean Lord Charles Spencer, who joins me in studio to talk about his book, Killers of the King . Spencer writes a very brisk and compelling style of history. To put it another way, if you like "Game of Thrones," it's a pretty easy leap from there to this story.

Will Political Decency Die With John McCain?

Aug 27, 2018 2964

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I didn't vote for U.S. Senator John McCain when he ran for president in 2000 and again in 2008. I was deeply angry with him in 2008 when I felt he capitulated to political pressure when choosing his running mate. I realize now that I felt angry because I expected more from him. In my mind, he was a man with integrity.

Is Connecticut Providing Adequate Care For Inmates?

Aug 27, 2018 2963

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Today, we take a look at a series of disturbing cases of alleged medical malpractice of inmates incarcerated in Connecticut.

John McCain's Connecticut Director In 2000 Election Remembers Late Senator

Aug 27, 2018 385

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As tributes to Senator John McCain pour in, the Connecticut director for McCain's 2000 presidential campaign remembers his nearly lifelong interest in the late senator.

Are Urban And Suburban School Districts Working Together For Hurricane Evacuees?

Aug 27, 2018 292

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Last fall, 2,281 new students poured into Connecticut from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Sixty-five percent of them went to five of the state's largest cities -- the ones that were already dealing with fiscal crises.

Not The Nose: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Is Changing Hollywood, And Baseball Is Changing... For The Worse?

Aug 24, 2018 3030

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The Nose is off this week, but we bring you some pop culture topics anyway: Jon M. Chu's Crazy Rich Asians is the number-one movie in the country, and it's expected to hold onto the top spot on the charts through this weekend. It's on the cover of Time magazine , and it's seen as "a major step forward for representation -- and the industry." And: Hits are down, and strikeouts are up. Pitching changes and replays are at an all-time high, and take-out slides and home-plate collisions have been banned. As such, baseball greats find the game " very difficult to watch ." Is baseball in trouble? (Spoiler alert: Probably not. )

Reaching New Heights: Journeys To Everest And Beyond

Aug 24, 2018 2964

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A dishwasher at Whole Foods in West Hartford, Lhakpa Sherpa is also the only woman to complete nine... yes, nine ... expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest. This hour, the world record holder stops by our studios to share her remarkable journey as a climber, an immigrant, and a single mother. Later, we also sit down with former Connecticut resident Erik Weihenmayer who, in 2001, became the first blind person to successfully climb the 29,000 feet to Everest's peak. We hear his story and we also hear from you.

Polls Show Mixed Results In Connecticut Governor's Race

Aug 23, 2018 93

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Two statewide polls show the race for governor is tight at this early point in the campaign, but one poll does give an edge to the Democrat. The Quinnipiac University poll shows Democrat Ned Lamont in a double digit lead over his Republican opponent, Bob Stefanowski. "The poll is good news for Ned Lamont," said Quinnipiac's Doug Schwartz. "This is mainly due to strong support among women and the fact that Connecticut is a Democratic state." Quinnipiac surveyed just over 1,000 Connecticut voters, and broke down the results by age, gender, race and education. The data had a margin of error of just under four percent, which means that even if the results were off, Lamont would remain in the lead. But another poll by Hearst Connecticut Media and Sacred Heart University showed Lamont and Stefanowski virtually tied. Schwartz said he doesn't know why there might be a discrepancy. He pointed out that most respondents to his poll said their votes wouldn't be affected one way or another by

New Haven Woman Supported By Protesters, Family Ahead Of Federal Removal Order

Aug 21, 2018 91

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A New Haven woman is scheduled to be deported to her native Bangladesh this Thursday. On Tuesday, she made it to Hartford for her final check-in with immigration officials.

Sugar Highs (And Lows): A History of "White Gold"

Aug 21, 2018 3012

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The history of sugar is a complicated one. Once available to only the rich and powerful, sugar now shows up in everything from cereals and soups, to cigarettes and body scrubs. It is known to both have medicinal qualities and to contribute to a variety of health problems.

How Do We End An Epidemic Of Clergy Sex Abuse?

Aug 21, 2018 2964

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“Uprooting this culture of death.” That is how Pope Francis described the challenge in front of the Roman Catholic Church, in a letter responding to the findings of Pennsylvania grand jury investigation into widespread sexual abuse of children at the hands of priests.

The Battle For Butter

Aug 20, 2018 3012

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We tend not to think much about that pat of butter we put on our morning toast, including how the store-bought sweet cream butter we're eating likely pales in comparison to the rich, nutty flavor of the cultured butter not found in many stores.

What You Need To Know About K2

Aug 20, 2018 2963

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New Haven, Connecticut was the site of more than 100 overdoses last week -- drawing national attention to the city and to a synthetic drug known as K2. But what exactly is this drug? And how did it wind up in the hands of so many here in Connecticut? This hour, an addiction psychiatrist from Silver Hill Hospital joins us to answer our questions.

Report: Students Experienced Sexual Assault At The Hotchkiss School For 23 Years

Aug 19, 2018 153

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The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville is the latest Connecticut boarding school that’s had to acknowledge reports of sexual abuse of students. The findings of an independent investigation conducted by the Locke Lord law firm were released Friday.

New Haven City Officials Call For State Help In Overdose Crisis

Aug 17, 2018 190

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Over 100 people are now known have overdosed on the New Haven Green since Tuesday night, apparently as a result of using part of a bad batch of the synthetic cannabinoid K2. Officials say that the man-made drug and this particular batch was designed to have a more potent effect on the people who took it—so they could become addicted.

In Era Of 'Buy Local' Movement, Some Connecticut Farmers Still Struggling

Aug 17, 2018 370

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Connecticut’s Department of Agriculture doesn't track the number of farms that come and go. But last month, one farmer wrote on social media that she'd seen three farms within a 37 mile radius close -- in a matter of two weeks. And more have shut down since then.

(You Make The Nose Feel Like) A Natural Woman

Aug 17, 2018 3024

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August 16 -- yesterday -- is kind of an oddly busy day in the history of popular culture. In 1954, the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published. In 1962, Pete Best was fired from The Beatles. In 1948, Babe Ruth died. In 1958, Madonna was born (and so she turned 60 yesterday). In 1977, Elvis Presley died . And yesterday, a new August 16th-shaped dot was added to the timeline of pop culture: the death of Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul was 76 years old. And: The new Spike Lee joint, BlacKkKlansman , is set in 1970s Colorado Springs, Colo., and it tells a story that's about race relations in all of America right now, today. It's " a slapstick comedy, a blaxploitation throwback, and an incendiary Molotov cocktail thrown into the foray of the modern multiplex ," and it's being called Lee's " hardest-hitting work in decades ."

The Future Of Cars

Aug 17, 2018 2960

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From self-driving cars to all-electric Teslas, Silicon Valley is imagining an automobile beyond the internal combustion engine and steering wheel we all grew up with. Meanwhile, app-based companies like Uber and Lyft are radically shifting the way we interact with cars.

In 5th District, 'Students For Hayes' Get Hyped Up For Former Teacher Of The Year

Aug 17, 2018 124

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Zack and Gillian Petrarca aren’t old enough to vote. But the teenage siblings say they are Team Hayes all the way.

What Does It Mean To Be A Man In 2018?

Aug 16, 2018 3014

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What do recent events such as # MeToo , the election of Donald Trump , and an onslaught of mass shootings perpetrated by white men all have in common? They’ve all provoked important cultural conversations about manhood in America.

Meet Connecticut's New State Troubadour, Nekita Waller

Aug 16, 2018 2963

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Nekita Waller was recently named Connecticut's 17th State Troubadour. This hour, she joins us in our studios. We talk about her background as a performer and learn about the influence she hopes to have over the state’s arts and culture scene.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Asian Pears

Aug 16, 2018 120

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What fruit looks like an apple, but tastes like a pear? It's the Asian pear. Although we know European pear varieties such as Bartlett, many gardeners are still unfamiliar with this ancient fruit. Asian pears have been grown for more than 3,000 years in Japan and China. There are yellow- and brown-skinned varieties. Both are round and crisp like an apple, but sweet and juicy like a pear.

After Primary, 2018 Gubernatorial Hopefuls Lamont And Stefanowski Trade Barbs

Aug 15, 2018 78

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It didn’t take long for the gloves to come off in the race to be Connecticut’s next governor.

Bringing Connecticut's Coastal History To Your Phone

Aug 15, 2018 112

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Researchers at UConn are teaming up with local history groups to create a state “Blue Trail.” The idea is to build an interactive outdoor museum on Connecticut’s coast, that’s accessible through your phone.

Connecticut's 2018 Primaries: Stefanowski, Lamont, Hayes Among Nominees

Aug 15, 2018 240

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Primary Results: The Morning After

Aug 15, 2018 2964

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Two self-funding millionaires Tuesday secured their spots at the top of the ballot in the November 6 election. Ned Lamont, now the undisputed Democratic Party nominee for governor, trounced Joe Ganim in a race that was called by The Associated Press just 30 minutes after primary polls closed at 8 p.m.

What Can Hannah Arendt Teach Us About This Moment?

Aug 15, 2018 3025

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Hannah Arendt's 576-page magnum opus, The Origins of Totalitarianism, is a densely-written book about the rise of anti-Semitism up to the outbreak of World War I. The book sold out on Amazon within one month of the 2016 election in which America elected Donald Trump as their next president.

It's Primary Day, Er, Remember?

Aug 14, 2018 3020

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It's Primary Day in Connecticut! We know a lot of people can't vote in today's primaries because they're either not registered with one of our two major political parties, they're one of the millions of Americans on vacation during one of our final weeks of summer, or they just don't know about it. Maybe, it's all of the above.

Guild Of Carilloneurs Keeps Yale's Bells Ringing At Harkness Tower

Aug 10, 2018 317

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If you live, work, or study anywhere near Yale's Old Campus, the sounds of the bells emanating from Harkness Tower are probably a routine part of your day.

The Nose On The Academy Award For Best Popular Picture And 'Eighth Grade'

Aug 10, 2018 3022

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this week announced changes to the annual Oscar awards , including a new category recognizing "outstanding achievement in popular film." Eligibility requirements and other details haven't been announced, but that hasn't stopped the film world from having strong opinions . And: Bo Burnham is a comedian, musician, and actor who was a teen YouTube star. He’s directed a few comedy specials -- including Chris Rock's Tamborine -- and as of this week, his feature film directorial debut, Eighth Grade , is in wide release. Its " queasy verisimilitude " has earned it a 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes .

BRASS—An Hour With Author Xhenet Aliu

Aug 10, 2018 2900

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Xhenet Aliu is a native of Waterbury, CT, a city that once hosted a strong brass manufacturing industry.

Dig Uncovers Ancient Artifacts Around Norwalk Walk Bridge

Aug 9, 2018 97

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Repair work on a century-old bridge in Norwalk has dug up something even older: the remains of a 17th-century American Indian trading fort.

A World In A Grain Of Sand

Aug 9, 2018 3004

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Sand is the most abundant material on Earth. And, other than water and air, sand is the natural resource we consume more than any other -- more, even, than oil.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Balloon Flowers

Aug 9, 2018 120

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I like growing flowers that are unique and fun. One easy-to-grow perennial that fits the bill is the balloon flower.

Making Her Story: Carolyn Miles

Aug 9, 2018 2963

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This hour, Save the Children U.S. President and CEO Carolyn Miles joins us. We talk about her decades-long career and learn about the unconventional journey that led her to the Fairfield-based NGO. It’s the latest conversation in Connecticut Public Radio's “ Making Her Story ” series, featuring prominent women with ties to the state.

Digital Project To Help Families Struggling With Addiction Reaches Connecticut

Aug 8, 2018 103

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The Addiction Resource Center (ARC) is an interactive website that provides information about substance use disorders as well as local addiction treatment centers and health care providers.

What We Get Wrong About Disability

Aug 8, 2018 3012

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When was the last time you saw someone with a disability? Do you have a loved one who is part of the community? Did you see a character on TV, or did you just pass someone on the street? For some it may take a while to answer that question. Why is that?

Primary Upsets On The Menu For August 14?

Aug 8, 2018 2963

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In this last week before the August 14 party primaries , the debates, and endorsements--not to mention those tree-killing mailers clogging our post office boxes--are coming fast and furious. Here's a sample of the questions we're contemplating at this critical stage:

Bridgeport Faces Punishment For Missing Data In Racial Profiling Project

Aug 8, 2018 156

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The city of Bridgeport may soon see grant money withheld by Connecticut’s budget office, as the state investigates why Bridgeport’s police department has failed to provide complete data about traffic stops.

Behind The Scenes At Monrovia Nursery Company

Aug 7, 2018 2963

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This hour, we take you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Monrovia Nursery Company in Granby, Connecticut. We meet up with self-proclaimed 'plant geek' and Connecticut Garden Journal host Charlie Nardozzi, and get a lesson on the company's history and cultivation techniques. Later, we listen back to our interview with Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe, co-authors of the book Native Plants for New England Gardens . We discuss tips and tricks for native plant gardening, and take your comments and questions.

An Hour With Martin Amis

Aug 7, 2018 2947

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The Times of London has said that Martin Amis "is as talented a journalist as he is a novelist." His latest collection of essays and reportage covers 1994 through 2017, Travolta through Trump. Amis joins us for the hour.

Connecticut Group Opposes Restrictions On 3D-Printed Guns

Aug 7, 2018 110

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Local gun advocates are speaking out against an attempt by lawmakers to stop a Texas group from releasing downloadable blueprints for 3D-printing guns.

Is President Trump Inciting Violence Against The Media?

Aug 6, 2018 2962

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The Washington Post, in The Fact Checker database they've kept since the 2016 election , notes an increase in the number of false or misleading claims the president has made in recent months while traveling the country to campaign for Republicans running in summer primaries.

How Do We Design Better Streets?

Aug 6, 2018 2965

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Should streets be designed for cars? Some urban planners think we should be making our streets less efficient for automobiles, not more. This hour, can reimagining our streets create better communities?

Candidate Asks For Connecticut Ballot Petition Process To Be More Accessible

Aug 6, 2018 188

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Ahead of Connecticut’s August 14 primaries, a veteran dealing with the effects of injuries he suffered while serving in Afghanistan has complained to the secretary of the state’s office because he believes the process of petitioning to get on the ballot is unfair to candidates with disabilities.

Juggling...And Struggling To Re-Imagine Arts And Culture In Puerto Rico

Aug 6, 2018 350

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When Hurricane Maria barreled into Puerto Rico last year, it swept away homes, businesses, and jobs. Not only did it leave a catastrophic environmental mess, but Maria also blew away any remaining cover for the island’s dire fiscal crisis. That’s affecting the basics of life like power and education, but it goes further. Shifting financial priorities are also affecting the arts.

Hartford Area Teens Breakdance For Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

Aug 5, 2018 100

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The Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Breakdancing Shakespeare showcased its summer production this weekend at Hartford Stage with three performances of Twelfth Night .

This Nose Will Self-Destruct In Five Seconds

Aug 3, 2018 2962

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Colin's quite fond of this little piece of trivia : Tom Cruise was five years older during the production of Mission: Impossible -- Fallout than Wilford Brimley was during the filming of Cocoon . And it seems we're all okay with Tom Cruise as a 56-year-old action star. Fallout 's opening weekend was the biggest for a Mission: Impossible movie and the second-biggest of Cruise's career . Fallout is the best-received movie in the M:I franchise too. If you had to pick the five best blockbusters of this decade, you could put together a totally reasonable list made just of Tom Cruise movies. (Here, look: Edge of Tomorrow , Jack Reacher , and the last three Mission: Impossible s. See?) In fact, at this point, if you like high-concept summer popcorn movies, but you don't like comic books/ Star Wars / Star Trek /Harry Potter/etc.... what else even is there besides Tom Cruise movies anymore? Not much.

Dancin' in the Moonlight: Connecticut Dance Halls

Jul 25, 2018 2959

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This hour, we talk about two Connecticut dance halls, each springing from the vision of two very different men who took their respective dance halls down very different paths. One's dream soared, bringing thousands of concert-goers to over 3,000 acts over an eleven-year history. The other's dream stalled, his elaborate dance hall sitting idle for decades.

Meet The Candidates: Steve Obsitnik

Jul 24, 2018 2963

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This hour, we sit down with Republican gubernatorial contender Steve Obsitnik . What drove the Westport-based veteran and businessman to enter the race? What kind of future does he envision for the state and its residents? We find out and we also hear from you. Later, political experts Ben Mallet and Bilal Sekou provide analysis of our interview and tell us what they will be watching for in the weeks leading up to August 14 .

Dancin' in the Moonlight: Connecticut Dance Halls

Jul 24, 2018 2963

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Today, we revisit our conversation about two Connecticut dance halls, each springing from the vision of two very different men who took their respective dance halls down very different paths. One's dream soared, bringing thousands of concert-goers to over 3,000 acts over an eleven-year history. The other's dream stalled, his elaborate dance hall sitting idle for decades.

Revolt Is In The Air On The Political Left And Against Twitter

Jul 24, 2018 2963

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a 28-year-old Democratic socialist from New York who beat the fourth-ranked Democrat in the U.S. House in an upset primary victory in June. She won by unapologetically supporting Medicare for all and free college tuition.

With Truck Tolls In Rhode Island, Is Connecticut Next?

Jul 23, 2018 2962

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Rhode Island’s new toll program made more than half a million dollars in one month. But only tolling tractor-trailers has led to a lawsuit by the trucking industry not to mention criticisms from some Rhode Island politicians.

Connecticut Becomes First State To Recognize Sikh Genocide

Jul 23, 2018 76

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Connecticut has become the first state in the nation to officially observe Sikh Genocide Remembrance Day. The day honors the lives lost during anti-Sikh riots in India in the 1980s.

The Nose On 'Hannah Gadsby: Nanette' And 'Three Identical Strangers'

Jul 21, 2018 2970

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Hannah Gadsby is an Australian comedian and writer. Her new Netflix special is Nanette . There are certain ways it's a different sort of comedy special than you're used to. It's, for instance, more of an art history lecture than you'd probably expect. Its audience laughs much less than you're used to. And it'll probably make you cry more than other specials have. Those idiosyncrasies are just some of the reasons Nanette is " the most discussed comedy special in ages ."

America's Diet Craving

Jul 20, 2018 2963

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Type the word "diet" into a search engine and... bam... you’ll unlock a goldmine of results: diet books, diet blogs, diet pills, and other evidence of a diet-crazed world. But what drove society to become so obsessed with food restriction? How did something as simple as eating become so complicated? This hour, we take a bite out of... diets and diet trends... with guest host David DesRoches. We also look back on the history of the federal government's Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) . What impact has the program had on the diets and health of Native communities?

As Internet Crime Rises, New Haven Officer Turns To Poetry

Jul 20, 2018 97

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Police departments across the country, including New Haven, report that they’re seeing a rise in internet-related crimes. One officer even took a literary approach to the problem.

Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived?

Jul 20, 2018 2963

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During his remarkable career with the Boston Red Sox, Ted Williams earned many nicknames: The Kid, The Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame... but the only nickname that he ever wanted was "the greatest hitter who ever lived."

Connecticut Garden Journal: Spilling The Beans On Beans

Jul 19, 2018 120

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It's hard to imagine having problems with your green bean crop. Bush beans are one of the easiest veggies to grow. It's part of our history. Every kid has probably started bean seeds in their science class and were amazed when it bore fruit!

Connecticut Festival Celebrates Authentic Argentine Tango

Jul 19, 2018 182

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The tango you see in glitzy television dance competitions is not what you'd see in Buenos Aires. And that’s why Gem Duras put together The Connecticut Tango Festival -- to promote the sense of community one would feel doing the dance in Argentina.

Exploring Our Biological Inheritance: Carl Zimmer On Heredity

Jul 19, 2018 2963

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Inside our genomes, we carry information about our recent ancestors as well as ancient human history. This hour, we sit down with science writer Carl Zimmer to talk about his new book, She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity . We ask him what our DNA can—and can’t—tell us about where we’re from and who we are.

Will Clouds From Helsinki Linger Over Connecticut Elections?

Jul 18, 2018 2963

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Following his one-on-one summit Monday with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, President Donald J. Trump provoked bipartisan scorn for seemingly placing more trust with the former KGB agent than his own foreign intelligence experts over the issue of Russian interference in U.S. elections. But how much will those condemnations influence political races here in Connecticut?

Profiling Criminal Profilers

Jul 18, 2018 2961

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Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter series. "Criminal Minds" on CBS. In the past year, there've been "Mindhunter" on Netflix and "Manhunt: Unabomber" on Discovery. It seems we're fascinated by forensic psychology, by criminal profiling, by... mindhunting.

Region 10 Says 'Yes' To Armed Guards; Other School Districts Still 'No'

Jul 18, 2018 85

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The Region 10 School District in Burlington recently informed parents their plans to train and arm security guards for the upcoming school year. But many other schools in the state take a different approach to student safety.

Connecticut Criminal Justice Reporter Marcia Chambers Dies

Jul 17, 2018 137

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Legendary Connecticut shoreline reporter Marcia Chambers has passed away. Chambers, who lived in Branford, died Friday at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

How Do We Regain Public Trust In Journalism?

Jul 17, 2018 2962

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Public trust in the media is at historic lows. Today, Americans believe that the majority of news they encounter is biased, according to recent polling by Gallup . This hour, guest host David DesRoches asks--why are journalists losing ground and what can they do to regain trust?

Proposal To Turn Rock Quarry Into Reservoir Faces Mountain Of Opposition

Jul 17, 2018 280

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In Connecticut, a debate is underway about what to do with a protected stretch of watershed land between a public drinking water supply and an old stone quarry.

Are You Smarter Than an Octopus?

Jul 17, 2018 2956

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The octopus has always been the stuff of spine-tingling legend, like that of the Kraken, the many-armed sea monster believed to drag ships to the bottom of the sea after dining on the crew. Or Gertie the Pus , the giant Pacific octopus that lives under the Narrows Bridge connecting Tacoma, Washington to Gig Harbor.

Murphy Touts 'Buy American' Message To Connecticut's Manufacturing Employees

Jun 18, 2018 103

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United States Senator Chris Murphy told employees of the Mazak Corporation in Windsor Locks Monday that a re-industrialization of America is afoot. He’s excited about Connecticut’s manufacturing jobs outlook, but he said that even more jobs can be had if the Pentagon makes a deeper commitment to “buy American.”

Is It Time For A Radical Change In How The Media Reports On Trump?

Jun 18, 2018 2960

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Despite First Amendment protections separating the press from unchecked presidential power, President Trump is pushing limits beyond any president before him.

Should We Care If We're Eating GMOs?

Jun 18, 2018 2963

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The USDA recently proposed recommendations that would require foodmakers to label their products if they contain genetically modified ingredients. Genetically modified crops have been portrayed as everything from a dangerous health risk to a miracle solution to tackle world food shortages. But among all this debate, many of us may not really know what a “genetically modified organism” (GMO) even is. This hour, we ask: what does it actually mean for food to be genetically modified, and should we care if it is?

The Nocean's 8, Starring Rebecca, Elizabeth, Vivian, Kate, and Wu, with Irene, and Colin

Jun 15, 2018 2962

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Ocean's 8 is about as 2010s a movie as there's ever been. It's a reboot sequel of a series that started with a remake. The fun part, though, is that this movie (unlike the four that precede it) stars eight women. And the even funner part is that it's the number one movie in the country . Our all-star, all-lady (plus Colin) Nose has thoughts.

Ahead Of Juneteenth, Reflecting On Connecticut's Often-Ignored History Of Slavery

Jun 15, 2018 2962

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Next Tuesday is “Juneteenth”, a holiday that marks the day that slavery finally ended in Texas--two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This hour, we learn more about Juneteenth and how the holiday came to be commemorated nationwide. The Amistad Center will explain why this day is still relevant today. Many people think of American slavery as a Southern problem, but there were in fact enslaved people in Connecticut until 1848. We take a look at the history and legacy of slavery right here in Connecticut.

Congolese Actor Toto Kisaku On How Theater Saved His Life

Jun 15, 2018 357

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The International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven hosts the premiere of a play called Requiem for an Electric Chair . It’s written and performed by Congolese actor Toto Kisaku who was granted asylum in the U.S. earlier this year. He lives now in Connecticut.

After Pleading Guilty to Corruption, Former Mayor Perez Wants Hartford To Pay Legal Bills

Jun 14, 2018 103

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Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez pleaded guilty last year to two felony corruption charges related to his time in office. Now, Perez is trying to get the city of Hartford to pay his more than $1 million in legal bills.

A Big, Dumb Paean To Big, Dumb Action Movies

Jun 14, 2018 2464

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The Fast and Furious franchise includes eight feature films and two short films, and it looks like it's about to include a series of spinoff films . It's Universal Pictures's highest-grossing film franchise with a combined box office of more than $5 billion . Uhh, how did that happen?

Deepwater Wind Wins Bid To Bring Offshore Wind Power To Connecticut

Jun 14, 2018 84

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Offshore wind energy got a big boost this week, when Connecticut officials announced the state’s first-ever procurement of the renewable resource. The move is part of larger offshore wind acquisition, which also involves Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

To Guilt, Or Not To Guilt? A Social Dilemma

Jun 14, 2018 2427

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Guilt. Ah, yes, that awful, anxiety-ridden five-letter word. Most of us have experienced it. All of us have learned to dread it. But is a little guilt really such a bad thing? This hour, we consider that question and more with a series of guilt (note we did not say “guilty”) experts. We check in with a researcher at the University of Virginia and with a psychologist based in New York . And we want to hear from you, too.

Connecticut Garden Journal: New Pests For Viburnums

Jun 14, 2018 120

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Nature abhors a vacuum. For years, viburnums have been carefree shrubs. They flower consistently each year, some with fragrant blooms, and produce colorful berries in fall for beauty and for the birds. Viburnums have few pests or problems, until now.

Connecticut Soccer Fans Staring Down A World Cup Without The United States

Jun 13, 2018 221

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The World Cup begins Thursday. But the United States men’s national soccer team didn’t even qualify, so fans will have to wait another four years to see their team play for international glory.

No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk...Right? A Look At Regret

Jun 13, 2018 2964

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We all regret and we should not regret that we regret. I regret buying that pair of pink sneakers that I'll never wear. I can't take the sneakers back but I can call the brother that I regret not speaking to for several months.

The Campaign Trail, Highway Tolls, And Connecticut's Expanding Wealth Gap

Jun 13, 2018 2963

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During their first post-convention debate Monday, four Republican gubernatorial candidates spoke a lot about state employee pensions, excessive government regulation, and running the state more like a business.

Mark My Words: Larry Wilmore

Jun 12, 2018 2970

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You probably know Larry Wilmore as the host of the Black on the Air podcast or of Comedy Central's The Nightly Show . Or maybe you know him as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 's Senior Black Correspondent. Or you could know Wilmore as the co-creator of Insecure and The Bernie Mac Show or as a writer on The Office and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and In Living Color . In any case, this hour, a conversation with Larry Wilmore recorded last week at The Mark Twain House & Museum as part of their Mark My Words series.

Sick Of The Cost Of Prescription Drugs?

Jun 12, 2018 2964

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The Affordable Care Act’s protection for people with preexisting conditions is one of the most important provisions in the law. But that may be in jeopardy after a decision by the Department of Justice to not defend the ACA in a lawsuit filed by 20 states.

Is President Trump Replicating His Loneliness In Our Foreign Policy?

Jun 11, 2018 2963

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It's lonely at the top. President Trump has a lot of acquaintances but not many close friends, according to those who know him best.

A Rise In US Suicide Rates; Cleanup At Sleeping Giant; The Day's New Crime Podcast

Jun 11, 2018 2963

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Amid the high-profile deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain came news of a new CDC report outlining a rise in U.S. suicide rates. This hour, we take an in-depth look at the numbers with Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention . Plus: On the heels of last month’s violent storms, we hear about efforts underway to restore one of the state’s most damaged -- and beloved -- outdoor areas: Sleeping Giant State Park . And finally: In search of a good ol' non-fiction murder mystery? Or, better yet, one with a Connecticut twist? Look no further than New London’s The Day . A little later, reporter Karen Florin and digital news director Carlos Virgen take us behind the scenes of the newspaper's new crime podcast, Case Unsolved . Have you been listening?

Adaptive Sailing Program Launches In Stonington

Jun 11, 2018 257

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It's a warm, Saturday afternoon on the water in Fishers Island Sound. There are three of us in the 20-foot long sailboat. At the helm is Kiera Dawding. She's almost 17, and she's from Westerly, Rhode Island, which we can see from the water. From our position, we can actually see three states, including New York, points out Kali Cika, Kiera's sailing instructor.

The Nose On Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, Clemency Counselor Kim Kardashian, And 'In The Dark'

Jun 8, 2018 2963

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Kim Kardashian rose to fame as a friend of Paris Hilton. She has a sex tape. She's been the subject of any number of reality TV shows. Kardashian is, for many people, the very definition of "famous for being famous." The Nose's charter includes a provision specifically requiring that we cover all things Kim Kardashian. But then, this week, we learned that she has the power to will presidential commutations into being . That's actually almost too much substance for The Nose to parse. Almost. But not quite.

School Districts Struggle To Comply With New Student Data Privacy Law

Jun 4, 2018 117

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Connecticut school districts have been working over the last two years to comply with new privacy laws around student data, but many have been struggling to make the July 1, 2018 deadline.

Nigerian Singer And Youth Prison Reformer Lamboginny Brings Crusade To The US

Jun 1, 2018 130

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A Nigerian musician, who regularly performs for young prison inmates in his native country, will make his American debut early next month in Connecticut.

The Nose On Roseanne Barr, Samantha Bee, And 'Solo'

Jun 1, 2018 2964

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Solo is the tenth feature-length, live-action Star Wars film. It is the fifth Star Wars prequel. It is the second Star Wars anthology film (following 2016's Rogue One ), and it's the second Star Wars movie to come out in just the last six months (along with The Last Jedi ). It is, though, a number of Star Wars firsts too: It's the first Star Wars picture to have its director(s) fired midway through production . It's the first to star Woody Harrelson . It's the first Star Wars movie that may well lose money .

The Buzz About Flies

Jun 1, 2018 2964

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Fruit flies. You may have seen one or two dancing above your fruit bowl. But what about under a microscope? Believe it or not these seemingly insignificant insects have had a long and (dare we say) fruitful history in advancing scientific research. This hour, First in Fly author Dr. Stephanie Mohr joins us to explain why. Later, we also take a deeper look into the realm of so-called “true flies” with London-based "fly girl" Dr. Erica McAlister .

Taking Stock of Iraq 15 Years After The US Invasion

May 31, 2018 2962

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In March 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq--in what turned out to be a baseless search for hidden “weapons of mass destruction.” Fifteen years later, we are still dealing with the deadly fallout of the decision to go to war.

Colin's Constipation Contemplation And Cogitation

May 31, 2018 2960

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We've been trying to push this show out for quite a while now. It's been a bit of a strain, and we got kind of backed up. But, this hour, we let loose a long look at... constipation. It should be a big relief for everyone involved.

Live From New Haven: Petitioning Candidates, Magnet Schools And Tweed Airport

May 30, 2018 2963

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Connecticut residents, especially those in heavily Democratic or Republican leaning districts, should be on the lookout for campaign workers soliciting your John Hancock. Five candidates in the race for governor are attempting to petition their way into party primaries this summer. They have until June 12 to submit thousands of signatures to the state for verification.

The Secret Lives Of Numbers

May 30, 2018 2963

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Numbers are so fundamental to our understanding of the world around us that we maybe tend to think of them as an intrinsic part of the world around us. But they aren't. Humans invented numbers just as much as we invented all of language.

After Storms, Some Connecticut Schools Say They Can't Make The 180 Day Requirement

May 29, 2018 79

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Over the last nine months, Connecticut's weather has wreaked havoc on school schedules, especially those in the western part of the state that got hit by the recent tornado. So some districts leaders have said they won’t be able to provide the mandatory 180 days of instruction, so they’re asking the state for a waiver.

Samite: A Journey From Refugee Camp To The International Stage—And Back

May 29, 2018 2966

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Samite Mulondo went from a refugee camp in Kenya to collaborating with Paul Simon. This hour, the musician and Uganda native joins us to share his story and his music.

America Through The Looking Glass

May 29, 2018 2962

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I have traveled to three foreign countries since President Trump was elected. While I have always been proud to be American, even as I criticize much in my country, I was humbled by what people thought of America in the countries I visited. They were puzzled by our health care system, and appalled by our guns and voter apathy.

Radiation: Maybe Not As Bad As You Think

May 28, 2018 2962

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Radiation is everywhere. It's emitted by our sun, by cat litter, by bananas and occasionally by nuclear bombs. It's even emitted by you, and by me, and by every living (and dead) person in the world. So why are we so scared of something so prevalent in our everyday lives?

Gardening With New England's Native Plants

May 28, 2018 2908

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What do goldenrod, milkweed, and wild bergamot have in common? All are plants that are native to the New England region. This hour, we talk about the beauty and value of native plant gardening with Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe, co-authors the new book Native Plants for New England Gardens . What native plants are best suited for your backyard plot or porch pots? We take your questions. Plus: sowing in the city. A Connecticut garden expert shares her tips for successful urban planting.

Free Concerts Bring Together Residents And Workers in Hartford’s Asylum Hill Neighborhood

May 26, 2018 146

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Members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra ventured outdoors earlier this week to perform a free concert in Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood. On this sunny, spring lunch hour in Hartford, the HSO's Jazz Quartet ripped into a bunch of standards, including "Blues Inn” by Hartford's own Jackie McLean. Almost on cue, people began milling into The Hartford's Liam E. McGee Memorial Park - employees of The Hartford with their Styrofoam box lunches, grade school students in their school uniforms, and people from the neighborhood drawn by the music. The lunchtime concerts are a collaboration between insurance group The Hartford and The HSO. It's part of a larger effort with other local non-profits to connect with people living and working in Hartford's Asylum Hill Neighborhood. “The Hartford has long been committed to building stronger and more connected communities,” said AnnMarie LaBreck Assistant Vice President of National Partnerships and Programs for The Hartford, “what better way than

FuelCell Energy, Inc. Gets Federal Boost While Continuing To Gauge State Support

May 26, 2018 98

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Danbury-based FuelCell Energy recently won a $1.5 million research grant from the Department of Energy. It’s money coming at a time when industry leaders are hopeful fuel cell technology will grow in the state.

Does Noank Have the Longest-Running Memorial Day Parade In The Country?

May 25, 2018 182

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This year marks the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day. On May 30th, 1868, a group of veteran Union soldiers known as the Grand Army of the Republic held the first "Decoration Day" as it was known back then as a way to commemorate their fallen comrades. Noank, Connecticut has been cited by several sources on the internet for having the longest running continuous Memorial Day Parade in the country. Are those sources correct? Noanker Dr. Karen Meister Willis spent a year looking into this claim. Along the way, she learned plenty about her hometown, including the date of Noank's first Decoration Day parade - May 30th 1876. The event was reported in the June 2nd, 1876 edition of the Mystic River Press. Decoration Day was observed here (Noank). A company met at the schoolhouse with 50 or 60 of the small children. At 3 o'clock they were out in marching order, with flags in hand, directed by Elihu H. Potter (of the surviving soldiers of the war) and marched to the cemetery. After arriving

How Do We Design Better Streets?

May 25, 2018 2965

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Should streets be designed for cars? Some urban planners think we should be making our streets less efficient for automobiles, not more. This hour, can reimagining our streets create better communities?

The Amazons: Myth, Reality, And Modern Relevance

May 25, 2018 2962

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Amazons of ancient Greek mythology is that they were not entirely mythical. While many of the deeds and details ascribed to these women warriors were imagined, the Amazons themselves were inspired by a real-life horse-riding tribe of nomads called the Scythians.

For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

May 25, 2018 250

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Commencement was two days away and Karina Lasalle Arroyo had hauled out nearly seven months’ worth of luggage from her time in Connecticut. She stood in a dormitory parking lot and confirmed she was ready to go home.

Open To All: A 20th-Century Crusade For Connecticut Beach Access

May 24, 2018 2965

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This Memorial Day weekend , Connecticut residents will flock to the shoreline, raising umbrellas and spreading towels along the state's beaches. Yet, behind this sunny imagery hides a somber history -- a story of coastal ownership and exclusivity. This hour, University of Virginia professor and Free the Beaches author Andrew Kahrl joins us. We reflect on the impact of Connecticut’s private and restricted beaches and learn about a 20th-century crusade to unlock the state’s coast.

The New Haven Nose On "This Is America," R. Kelly and Spotify, and Monica and Town & Country

May 11, 2018 2960

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Donald Glover can do anything . He's an actor and a comedian, he's a singer and a songwriter, he's a rapper and a DJ. Mainstream audiences know him from Community and maybe the FX series he created, Atlanta . Nerdy audiences know him as the voice of Spider-Man , and they're about to know him as a young Lando Calrissian . But Glover's music -- he sings and raps as Childish Gambino and DJs as mcDJ -- has never quite punched through into the wider popular consciousness, despite some chart success. Until this week, maybe. The new Childish Gambino video, " This Is America ," which dropped last Saturday in concert with Glover's hosting Saturday Night Live , has just about 75 million views on YouTube. It is " a milestone " and " a media phenomenon ," and it has finally made Glover " a superstar ."

Question About Connecticut Land Conservation To Appear On November Ballot

May 11, 2018 73

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This November, voters will see a ballot question asking them to change Connecticut’s constitution. The question will focus on how the state controls public land and whether the whole process should be more transparent.

Counterfeit Drugs Leave 'Bitter' Taste

May 11, 2018 2970

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This hour: the deadly reality of counterfeit drugs . We discuss the history and proliferation of fake pharmaceuticals with Dr. Muhammad Zaman, author of Bitter Pills: The Global War on Counterfeit Drugs , and consider their impact both internationally and at home. Also: a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines an alarming trend in the U.S. -- flea-,tick-, and mosquito-borne diseases are on the rise. But what, exactly, is driving the increase? And what does it mean for public health?

Anybody Got A Match?

May 10, 2018 2970

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Lauren Bacall probably does have the most famous line about smoking in all of cinema. But there are other good ones too. "What are you gonna do? Charge me with smoking? " " Smoke if ya got 'em. " And many more. Cigarettes have been such an integral part of movies for so long that one big concern in the lead up to Disney and Fox's planned merger is -- seriously -- all the smoking in Fox movies .

Connecticut Garden Journal: Mother's Day Flowers

May 10, 2018 120

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Mother's Day started back in the late 1800s when Julia Howe, lyricist of the “Battle Hymn to the Republic,” called upon all mothers to protest the senseless killing of their sons during the Civil War.

As Hartford Becomes Home, Puerto Rican Evacuees Take A Trip To Mark Twain House

May 10, 2018 227

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Minutes into touring the Mark Twain House in Hartford, the visitors came across a black-and-white photo of a young Clara Clemens, a daughter of Mark Twain. Soon, it dawned on everyone that Clara looks a lot like Milianis Rivera, a Puerto Rican evacuee.

Should We Care If We're Eating GMOs?

May 10, 2018 2972

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The USDA recently proposed recommendations that would require foodmakers to label their products if they contain genetically modified ingredients. Genetically modified crops have been portrayed as everything from a dangerous health risk to a miracle solution to tackle world food shortages. But among all this debate, many of us may not really know what a “genetically modified organism” (GMO) even is. This hour, we ask: what does it actually mean for food to be genetically modified, and should we care if it is?

Controversial Changes To Connecticut's Solar Power Program Set To Become Law

May 9, 2018 97

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Environmental and industry advocates are taking issue with a particular piece of a wide-ranging energy bill Governor Dannel Malloy plans to sign into law. The measure makes big changes to rooftop solar and a policy called “net metering.”

Seeing Things Differently: Racial Disparities In Autism Diagnoses

May 9, 2018 356

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A growing body of research indicates that there are disparities based on race and ethnicity in health care overall. This is also true in the field of autism.

Exploring Where Oceans And Rivers Intersect Along Connecticut's Shoreline

May 9, 2018 111

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In nature, fascinating biology can be found on the edges -- intermingled habitats where biodiversity can flourish. Connecticut Public Radio recently traveled to one such edge, what’s called a “head of tide.”

Sloane Crosley and Andy Borowitz Are Really Funny. They Join Us.

May 9, 2018 2963

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Comedy forces us to confront uncomfortable realities that we prefer to ignore. It also makes us laugh. Laughter is a powerful force. It can release chemicals in our body that make us feel good and help us better cope with the daily stress of living in a world that can lately seem to be spiraling out of control.

State Lawmakers Fight The Clock As This Year's Legislative Session Winds Down

May 9, 2018 2941

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There are just a few frenetic hours left in the 2018 legislative session. The fate of many controversial bills will be decided between now and when state lawmakers adjourn Wednesday at the stroke of midnight. What's next for those still dreaming of a Bridgeport casino ? Will labor unions be rejoicing over a minimum wage increase ? Will a budget deal be brokered on time this year?

Union Leaders Criticize End Of Temporary Protected Status For Honduras

May 9, 2018 126

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Union leaders representing janitors, maintenance, and food service workers in Connecticut say the end of Temporary Protected Status for Honduras is unfair and will tear families apart.

Home School Parents Say Regulations Are Not The Answer

May 9, 2018 96

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For Erin Ring-Howell, home schooling her two kids was a practical choice.

The Rise Of Esports: From Internet Cafes To College Campuses And Beyond

May 8, 2018 2966

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From its humble, South Korean origins in the early 2000s to its current place as an international, cultural phenomenon, esports is certainly on the rise. Huge venues including Madison Square Garden, the Staples Center and others are routinely selling out to diehard fans of these competitive video gaming tournaments

Give Peace A Chance? The Future Of The Korean Peninsula

May 8, 2018 2963

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North and South Korean leaders Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un met last month in what was deemed an " historic summit " -- spurring reports of a possible peace treaty between the fraught nations. Coming up, we take an in-depth look at this and other news out of the Korean Peninsula. We also talk about plans for President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet . What issues top the agenda of the prospective U.S.-North Korea summit?

What Are We Not Talking About When We Talk About Trump?

May 7, 2018 2964

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We live in a big world and we're focused on one small speck in it named Donald Trump.

The Arab Spring Exception: Why Tunisia's Local Elections Matter

May 7, 2018 2970

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Tunisia was the catalyst for the Arab Spring seven years ago. After historic municipal elections in this North African country, we ask—why has Tunisia succeeded in achieving democracy when others have failed?

Child Advocate Says Connecticut Home Schooling Needs Oversight

May 7, 2018 114

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Connecticut families who choose to home-school their children are not required to show that their kids are actually learning anything. A new report from the state's Office of the Child Advocate found that holes in the system make it hard to track home-schooled kids who are abused and neglected.

Hit-And-Run Crashes Increasing Nationwide, AAA Says

May 4, 2018 66

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Since 2015, nearly 70 people have died in hit-and-run crashes in Connecticut and hundreds have been injured.

Meet Your Gubernatorial Candidates! (the ones you don't know)

Apr 25, 2018 2776

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Each election year, we invite candidates running for public office who are on the 'fringe' of voter consciousness to join our show. We like to talk to these candidates. They're passionate, they want to talk about the issues important to them, and they don't necessarily follow a party platform.

Tracking Down Who Is Using Connecticut's Trails

Apr 25, 2018 86

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A state-wide census of trail use is underway. Last year, it recorded more than 1.4 million trips taken by hikers, bikers, and others looking to get outside.

Governor Hopefuls Make Moves To Impress Convention Delegates

Apr 25, 2018 2478

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What moves do you make to break out of the pack in what's been a governor's race without any indisputable front-runners? If you're Susan Bysiewicz , you call out wealthy, largely self-funding fellow Democratic rival Ned Lamont for not participating in the state's public campaign finance system, which restricts candidate spending.

Is Beauty In The Eye Of The Beholder?

Apr 24, 2018 2480

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I find great joy in walking in the dead of winter along the river trail near my house. Everything leaves my mind as I watch the Canadian geese take flight, their wings flapping together as they lift and swoop over my head. I'm in awe of their beauty.

Looking Back At The Fight For Susette Kelo's Little Pink House

Apr 24, 2018 2470

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A new movie revisits the battle behind Kelo v. City of New London . We’ll take a look back at this eminent domain case that unfolded right here in Connecticut.

At This Hartford School, Welcoming Puerto Rican Evacuees Is Personal

Apr 23, 2018 278

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A sprightly “Good morning!” awaited students and parents who approached Sanchez Elementary School on the Friday before spring break. Maybe the school staff was in an extra good mood? But Merelys Torres, secretary of Sanchez’s parent-teacher organization, said it’s like this every morning. She noticed it right away when her family came to Hartford from Puerto Rico last fall — a sensitive time for her two kids.

Connecticut Schools Waiting On Federal Money For Hurricane Evacuees

Apr 23, 2018 106

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Details on how states could apply for federal disaster relief money for U.S. schools were due out over a week ago.

The Scramble Takes Your Calls

Apr 23, 2018 2494

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We didn't book any guests today. We decided to take your calls for the entire hour so you could share what's on your mind. A lot happened this weekend in the news that you may want to talk about. But, instead of encouraging reactions to the latest news, many of you expressed interest on Colin's Facebook page in talking about something deeper.

New Haven Coach Brings Health And Happiness To Women And Their Families

Apr 23, 2018 2538

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Watching her mother’s battle with diabetes fueled one Connecticut resident’s passion for health and fitness. This hour, New Haven-based author and entrepreneur Mubarakah Ibrahim joins us. We talk about her upcoming book, mR40 method , and learn about her unique journey as a wellness coach and Muslim-American.

Competitive Ballroom Dance Takes Center Stage, And Connecticut Teen Is A Winner

Apr 20, 2018 181

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Back in the days of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, ballroom dancing was all the rage. Then came the 1960s, when partner-dancing moved off to the sidelines. But ballroom is back on the dance floor – both socially, and increasingly as a competitive sport.

The Nose Can't Hear You Over All The Noise In This Restaurant

Apr 20, 2018 2487

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The original Lost in Space , an Irwin Allen series that aired on CBS for three seasons in the 1960s, was a marginal ratings success with seemingly outsized cultural impact. The show is still remembered for its campy humor, its catchphrases, and its not-possibly-designed-in-any-decade-but-the-1960s robot. Netflix's new Lost in Space , on the other hand, tells the Swiss-family-Robinson-in-space story as a relatively serious family drama with super high production values and the mostly serialized narrative that's become the custom on prestige TV. The Nose has thoughts.

Retirement: Is It Ever Too Early To Start Saving?

Apr 20, 2018 2483

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Whether you’re young or old(er), has retirement planning got you swimming in a sea of dollar signs and question marks? Have no fear! This hour, we look at best practices to help keep your head above water and make the most of your financial future. 401(k)s, Roth IRAs… we check in with a certified financial planner and take your calls, tweets, and emails. Plus: learning to save at an early age. We hear how a series of local “ reality fairs ” is teaching Connecticut’s high school students the value of financial literacy. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter .

Three Montville School Employees Charged As Student Fight Club Investigation Widens

Apr 19, 2018 65

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Three top-level employees from the Montville school district have turned themselves in to state police, as the district grapples with allegations that a substitute teacher ran a fight club at the high school.

As Cuba's New President Moves In, Cuba-Inspired Film And Art Come To New Haven

Apr 19, 2018 190

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This week saw the end of an era in Cuba, as Raul Castro stepped down from the presidency on Thursday. During the island’s decades of comparative isolation, film and art have offered rare glimpses into life in Cuba.

How Does Public Financing Work When You’re Running For Governor?

Apr 19, 2018 108

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The wide-open race for governor means lots of campaigns will need cash if they want to compete in November. In Connecticut, one way to do that is through public financing -- a program called the Citizens’ Election Program. But how, exactly, does the program work?

Hospitals Bill More Than $1 Billion In Facility Fees Over Two Years

Apr 19, 2018 110

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Connecticut consumers were billed for more than $1 billion in facility fees for outpatient services in 2015 and 2016, documents filed with the state Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) show.

Connecticut Residents Shine A Light On Rohingya Crisis

Apr 19, 2018 2534

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The military of Myanmar has been carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims. This hour we talk with a Connecticut delegation who just returned from a humanitarian mission to a refugee camp in neighboring Bangladesh and a political science researcher studying the crisis. What is the role of the U.S. as this massive humanitarian disaster unfolds?

Connecticut Garden Journal: Keeping Critters Out

Apr 19, 2018 120

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It's been a slow spring, but our flowering bulbs are finally are putting on a show. But it's a shame to do all the hard work of growing tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and crocus only to have critters eat them. To avoid frustration, and excessive cursing, here's what to do.

What Does It Mean To Be 'Too Old' or 'Too Young'?

Apr 19, 2018 2966

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Joe Biden is seriously thinking about running for president in 2020. He's got a wealth of political experience and institutional knowledge. He's vibrant and in good health. He's also seventy-five-years-old. Many of us are quietly wondering if he's too old for the job.

New Britain's Spanish Language Radio Bears Witness To Stories Of Puerto Rico

Apr 18, 2018 186

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Hablando En Seri o, which translates to Talking Seriously is the name of a show on WPRX 1120 that has been part of the Latino community for the last 30 years. The one-hour interview show out of New Britain is hosted by Felix Viera Garcia.

Esty's Exit From 2018 Race Fuels Political Scramble

Apr 4, 2018 2963

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For almost a decade, Democrats have held all of the state's five seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. But an unexpected development over the past week has given Republicans in Connecticut's Fifth Congressional District new hope for a victory in 2018.

Community Development Grants That Support Nonprofits Survive Federal Spending Bill

Apr 4, 2018 204

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When the massive omnibus spending bill was passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump last month, Community Development Block Grants actually received an eight percent funding increase through September 2020.

Redheads: From Stereotypes To Superpowers

Apr 4, 2018 2963

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They smell better, they're better at sensing temperature changes and they can handle more pain. These are just a few of the actual differences between redheads and the rest of us. But while having red hair does come with certain advantages, there are more than a few disadvantages as well.

Eleanor In Love: An Intimate Portrait Of The 'First Lady Of The World'

Apr 3, 2018 2962

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Eleanor Roosevelt was a woman with a huge historical footprint—First Lady, first U.S. delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. She was dubbed “The First Lady of the World” by Harry Truman. But how much is known about Eleanor’s personal life beyond the politics and activism? This hour, we sit down with Connecticut author Amy Bloom. Her new book, White Houses , is a fictional novel that explores Eleanor’s real-life romantic relationship with female journalist Lorena Hickok.

Remembering H.M.: The Man Who Couldn't Remember

Apr 3, 2018 2958

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H.M. is one of the most important and studied human research subjects of all time. He revolutionized what we know about memory today because of the amnesia he developed after a lobotomy in 1953 to treat the severe epilepsy he developed after a head injury sustained earlier in life.

The Scramble: Elizabeth Esty Says She Failed To Protect Her Staff

Apr 2, 2018 2964

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U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty apologized​ Thursday​ ​for failing to dismiss ​ Tony Baker, her former Chief of Staff, after learning that Anna Kain, a former aide who once dated Baker, filed serious allegations against him for sexual harassment and death threats.

Through Local History, A Stronger Sense Of Place

Apr 2, 2018 2963

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This hour: a lesson in public history. How are towns and cities across Connecticut and the Northeast engaging residents with the past? We check in with a team of experts and historians. We look at examples of locally driven projects and initiatives, and consider their impact on community building and sense of place. Do you feel a strong tie to your community’s history? We want to hear from you.

Are Private Special Ed Schools Better? An Unanswerable Question, State Audit Says

Apr 2, 2018 256

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The system that oversees private special education schools in Connecticut needs an overhaul, according to a recent state audit. About 3,000 students with severe needs are currently placed in these schools, mostly at the expense of public school districts.

Federal Spending Package Includes Significant Boosts To Long Island Sound Conservation

Mar 30, 2018 87

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A federal budget cycle akin to a wild roller coaster ride ended up boosting funding for some environmental work. With his signature last week, President Donald Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion spending package that shores up funding for two conservation and research programs in Long Island Sound.

For The Nose, It's Always "Freaky Friday"

Mar 30, 2018 2962

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Armando Iannucci is the creator of Veep and The Thick of It and the writer and director of In the Loop . Those, you'll note, are all contemporary political satires. Iannucci's new movie, The Death of Stalin , is set in 1953 Moscow and tells a true-to-some-degree version of the story of, logically, Joseph Stalin's death. Historical period piece or no, The Death of Stalin is still utterly recognizable Iannucci: it's funny, it's filthy -- it's mostly about the incompetence of the powerful. And, at the same time, stories about Russian authoritarianism have a certain contemporary vibe too , ya know?

Constance Baker Motley: A Woman's Fight For Civil Rights

Mar 30, 2018 2963

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This hour: As Women's History Month draws to a close, we draw attention to a Connecticut native who was integral in the campaign for civil rights -- Judge Constance Baker Motley . Coming up, we take an in-depth look at Judge Motley's life and talk about her legacy both inside and outside of the courtroom. Plus: Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home From the Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3 opened at Yale Repertory Theatre earlier this month. We learn more about the production and find out how the Theatre’s ongoing WILL POWER! initiative is exposing students to the arts.

UConn Women Head To Final Four, Trailing A Familiar Controversy

Mar 29, 2018 154

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The UConn women’s basketball team will play in their 11th straight Final Four this weekend. No team in either the men’s or women’s game has ever done that. But not everyone thinks that’s a good thing.

The Power Of Christ Compels You (To Listen To This Show About Exorcism!)

Mar 29, 2018 2964

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As secular attitudes increase around the world and beliefs in the supernatural decline, how is it that the demand for exorcisms has never been higher? In America and across Europe, the Catholic Church is struggling to keep up. And as the Vatican is busy teaching courses to train new exorcists, the question remains: Why now? This hour we speak with a historian, a psychiatrist, and an officially sanctioned exorcist to unravel the mystery behind the twenty-first-century resurgence of this age-old Catholic practice. GUESTS: Dr. Francis Young - Historian specializing in the history of religion and supernatural belief; author of several books including A History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity Father Vince Lampert - Pastor of Saint Malachy Parish in Brownsburg, Indiana; Priest and official exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Dr. Richard Gallagher - Board certified psychiatrist as well as Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at New York Medical College and lecturer at Columbia

Connecticut Garden Journal: Greenin' Out

Mar 29, 2018 120

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Let's get a little wild with our greens. I'm going start with mache. My Swiss friend calls it lamb's lettuce because she remembers harvesting it, in early spring, in fields when lambs were born. Mache has a mild taste and is great with eggs.

A Pound For Pound History Of Connecticut's Weights And Measures

Mar 29, 2018 295

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Thumb on the scale , loading the dice -- the English language is full of idioms for people who cheat the system. If you’ve ever wondered why so many of those expressions invoke images of weights and measures, a good “rule of thumb” is to look back at New England’s colonial history, when standardizing the way we define our world today was a priority.

Reckoning With Race

Mar 29, 2018 2963

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For over a century, Americans have looked to National Geographic to learn about other people and cultures around the world. Now for the first time ever, the magazine has acknowledged its “exotic” portrayals of other cultures, which it was known for during much of its history, were based on racist ideas.

Colleges Scramble To Meet Soaring Demand For Anxiety, Depression Counseling

Mar 28, 2018 120

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As anxiety and depression among college students soars, universities in Connecticut and nationally are expanding their mental health counseling, even offering courses that address mental well-being.

Senate Republicans Vote Down McDonald's Chief Justice Nomination

Mar 28, 2018 2965

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Robocalls, rallies, even an offer by Governor Malloy to make a Republican his next pick to the state's Supreme Court couldn't prevent Andrew McDonald's chief justice nomination from going down in flames.

Dying In Prison

Mar 28, 2018 2966

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"Compassionate release" of our sickest and oldest prisoners is a way to reduce the federal prison population. It's also meant to save on the high cost of health care for aging inmates, and show some - well, compassion, to prisoners closing in on the end of their lives.

Plan To Save Endangered Whales Faces Pushback From Lobster Industry

Mar 27, 2018 353

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The endangered North Atlantic right whale population took a big hit last year, with a record number killed by fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes. Now, an ongoing debate over threats posed by Maine's lobster industry is gaining new urgency.

Motorist Deaths On Merritt Parkway Could Lead To Tree Cutbacks

Mar 16, 2018 62

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Following the death of a man on the Merritt Parkway this month, officials say more tree trimming alongside state highways is needed.

Teachers Say State Shouldn't Balance Its Books On Teachers' Backs

Mar 16, 2018 130

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Teachers from across Connecticut convened at the state Capitol on Friday, asking lawmakers to not increase their pension obligations. Teachers call it the "teacher tax,” and they said it’s asking them to fix a system broken by years of under-funding by the state.

The Nose Travels Through "A Wrinkle In Time" To Watch "The Bachelor"

Mar 16, 2018 2963

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There was a lot of pressure on Ava Duvernay to bring Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 classic book, A Wrinkle In Time , to the screen. This is the first $100-million movie directed by an African-American woman with a diverse cast chosen to fill the roles written for whites in 1962.

How U.S. Customs Officers Are Trained

Mar 15, 2018 404

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It looks just like an airport customs checkpoint. Role players wait in lines, each playing different travelers that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer is likely to encounter. Some may be playing the role of refugee, others are told to act as though they're hiding something sinister.

Wesleyan Remembers Its Poet Laureate, Richard Wilbur

Mar 15, 2018 91

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Wesleyan University is celebrating one of its own this month as it honors former U.S. Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur.

The Making Of Adolf Hitler

Mar 15, 2018 2963

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How did a figure like Hitler emerge so quickly and so forcefully onto the world stage? How, in what was thought to be an enlightened and civilized society, did such demagoguery manage to incite an army to commit one of history's greatest atrocities?

Does Social Media Cause Social Isolation?

Mar 15, 2018 2964

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Are you constantly pulling out your phone to check that notification from Instagram or Facebook? If so, you’re not alone—nearly seven in ten American adults are on social media, according to a recent Pew survey. This hour: social media has made our world smaller, but do virtual networks make us feel more connected? A recent study found that those who spend more time on social media actually tend to feel more socially isolated. We ask researchers and a psychiatrist why.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Crocus

Mar 15, 2018 119

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This spring flowering bulb was first brought to Europe from its native Middle East in the 1500s. It was mostly grown for the fall blooming species used for making an expensive cooking spice. However, most gardeners know it for the early blooming varieties that herald spring. It's the crocus.

Remembering The Flight Where Stephen Hawking Went Weightless

Mar 14, 2018 83

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For a few moments, one of the world’s foremost experts on gravity was free of it. His smile -- and his eyes -- couldn’t have been brighter.

Intimate Partner Violence Remains Pervasive; Efforts Seek To Break The Cycle

Mar 14, 2018 112

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West Hartford resident Adrienne Doughty recalls the summer night in the family camper when her then-husband hurled an object at her that whipped past head before shattering a window.

Our Ninth* Annual March Madness Show

Mar 14, 2018 2967

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Every year at this time, we invite an improv comic and an ex-politician-turned-political-pundit on to break down the NCAA tournament brackets and battle for sports analyst supremacy. Logically.

The Wheelhouse: Will Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald Be the Next Chief?

Mar 14, 2018 2962

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The Connecticut House voted to approve Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald to be chief justice Monday by one vote. The next stop is the Senate, where Republicans will have a one-vote majority after Democratic lawmaker Gayle Slossberg recused herself last week.

As White House Tightens Asylum Standards, Connecticut Artist From The Congo Is Allowed To Stay

Mar 13, 2018 118

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A Middletown resident who was incarcerated in his native Democratic Republic of Congo for creating political theater has been just granted asylum in the U.S. This comes as the Trump administration is making moves to limit who gets asylum.

Who Do You Think You Are? Ancestry In The 21st Century

Mar 13, 2018 2873

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Unearthing family history -- one saliva sample at a time. This hour: how low-cost DNA testing helped spawn an industry and, with it, a new wave of genealogical sleuthing. Ancestry.com , 23andMe , Family Tree DNA -- how far are you willing to go and how much are you willing to spend to better understand your roots?

Human Guinea Pigs Are So Unappreciated

Mar 13, 2018 2963

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Do you ever think about the people who make sure the medicine you're taking is safe for you to take? If your like most of us, probably not.

UConn Fires Kevin Ollie, Hoping Not To Pay Out Contract

Mar 12, 2018 155

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The University of Connecticut announced Saturday that it’s separating from men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie.

Making Her Story: Teresa Younger

Mar 12, 2018 2963

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She grew up knowing more about "farming than feminism." Now she serves as leader of the oldest women's foundation in the country. This hour: a conversation with Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. It's the fourth installment in Connecticut Public Radio's “ Making Her Story ” series highlighting prominent women with ties to Connecticut.

Connecticut Has Given Private Schools Over $3M In Public Cash For Security Upgrades

Mar 12, 2018 236

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Connecticut has spent over $50 million helping schools beef up security since 2013. Some of that money -- $3.2 million -- has gone to private schools, which are reimbursed at a higher rate than many public schools.

One Leg At A Time: The History Of Women And Pants

Mar 12, 2018 2961

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According to mytho-historical accounts, the ancient Amazons wore pants while riding into battle. But the trend this tribe of warrior women set was short lived. For nearly two millennia after their demise, the notion of women wearing pants was steeped in controversy.

The Nose Watches "Seven Seconds"

Mar 10, 2018 2965

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In this week's Ridiculous Moments in Late-Stage Capitalism: Pizza Hut's new shoes -- because there are Pizza Hut shoes, apparently; they're, of course, called "Pie Tops" -- will pause live TV when your pizza delivery arrives . Amazon's Echo devices have started spontaneously laughing at people , which might really be scarier than it is funny. And, to celebrate International Women's Day, KFC is introducing the world to Colonel Sanders's wife, Mrs. Claudia Sanders . And: Netflix's Seven Seconds is not, it turns out, the prequel to a Luke Perry vehicle, rodeo movie it sounds like. It is instead " the contrived, misery-riddled show " that you maybe won't be able to stop watching. And it is also maybe the coldest Netflix show .

Trains, Tolls, Taxes: A Conversation With Transportation Commissioner James Redeker

Mar 10, 2018 2964

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Connecticut's transportation system is facing some problems. Weathered infrastructure, scant funds, an inert legislature -- can these hurdles ever be cleared? This hour, James Redeker, Commissioner of the Department of Transportation , joins us. We take an in-depth look at the state's ongoing transit issues and talk about solutions.

"Now, In Color" Focuses On The Black Experience At Yale

Mar 9, 2018 201

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Season two of the docuseries "Now, In Color" is underway. The project explores the diverse experiences of black students at Yale University.

A Push To Expand A Struggling Sector Of Solar Energy In Connecticut

Mar 9, 2018 77

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Think of “shared solar” as a community garden, but for energy.

An Hour With Martin Amis

Mar 9, 2018 2967

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The Times of London has said that Martin Amis "is as talented a journalist as he is a novelist." His latest collection of essays and reportage covers 1994 through 2017, Travolta through Trump. Amis joins us for the hour.

Connecticut Garden Journal: Bring The Wild Corydalis To Your Garden

Mar 9, 2018 119

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While we plant spring flowering bulbs to naturalize in our meadows and woods, there are some naturally occurring ones that you can just help along. Corydalis is a tuberous plant that forms a carpet-like, ground cover of pink or white blooms each spring.

Those Bathroom Hot Air Dryers? They Blow Bacteria Back At You

Mar 8, 2018 302

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Are bathroom hot air hand dryers a better choice than paper towels?

Is Democracy Dying?

Mar 8, 2018 2965

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Populism is on the rise from Europe to India to the United States.

Gun Risk Warrants: What We've Learned Since The Lottery Headquarters Shooting

Mar 7, 2018 2964

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Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of the shooting rampage at the state lottery headquarters in Newington. The horrific event prompted the passage of the state’s so-called “risk warrant” law allowing police to temporarily seize weapons from those deemed a threat to themselves or others.

The Robot Revolution

Mar 7, 2018 2964

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They may not look like R2D2 or BB8, but in 2018, robots are an important part of our world. This hour we talk about ​automation — new advances in “smart” technology during a period of time that’s been dubbed the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

Demolition Begins For East Windsor Casino, But Can Construction Be Completed?

Mar 6, 2018 137

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The partnership between the state’s two federally recognized tribes began demolition on Monday of the old Showcase Cinemas building on Route 5 in East Windsor. That’s the site of the state’s proposed third casino.

When The Heat Escapes Chilly New England Homes, So Does Money

Mar 6, 2018 272

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Every morning, Mary Hollis follows a routine. Breakfast is oatmeal with granola, coffee, and maybe some yogurt or applesauce to help wash down her medication. During the winter, the retiree says she “shivers” through the meal.

Community Organizers To Rally In Hartford To Support Disaster Relief Bill

Feb 28, 2018 98

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A rally for Puerto Rican families will take place in Hartford on Wednesday. Organizers of the event hope it will lead to the passage of a bill in the Connecticut legislature that will set aside money for hurricane relief.