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Talkin' about "Aftermath"
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After reporting on the election for the last two years, it's hard to believe it's over.  And honestly, the stories now might be more interesting and more important to tell.  That's why tonight, Where We Live is taking part in "Aftermath" at Hartford's Real Art Ways.  

They describe it as a "public discussion" and that's what we hope to have.  There's a reception at 7pm, followed by a taping of tomorrow morning's show.  Our guests include some of our faves (Bill Curry and Larry Cohen of the Courant) and a voice we haven't heard on Where We Live (but can't wait to) Melanye Price of Wesleyan University.  We're also hoping for a big audience turnout, and we want you to get involved with the show.  (Click here for some directions to Real Art Ways, or call them at 860-232-1006 for info).  Among the questions: Are we on the way toward a whole new America?  Is this the start of another culture war?  And what's the state of the conservative movement?  Can't wait to see you.

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Today's show prompted dozens of phone calls...but then again the fairness of NPR reporting always does.  NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard joined us to answer questions and concerns about bias, and to talk about ethics and reporting.  A lot of the callers had only nice things to say about NPR and WNPR, but a few were concerned about the difference between "reporting" and "commentary" and the ingrained bias of reporters.  Shepard seemed to suggest that many listeners don't know enough about how reporters do their jobs, or how personal biases or ethics drive their decisions.  A good place to start learning about the world of journalism is Poynter.org.  It's the go-to place for reporters with ethical dilemmas, and they dispense some great advice.