Where We Live - Full Episode Archive

We've Moved! - 09/18/2013

We were recently shocked by the suicide of a 15-year-old Greenwich High School student after his first day of school. But the numbers prove this is not an isolated incident. Every 15 minutes, someone dies by suicide in the U.S. And, for every one of the almost 40,000 people who died... read more

We’re at the Student Union on the Storrs campus as a new school year is underway, and the state’s flagship school is back in the news once again. They’re planning new facilities - like a $100-million recreation center for students and they're preparing for an even bigger rebuild tha... read more

Just Doodle It - 09/05/2013
Ever been caught doodling during a meeting a work? A boring class? You’re not alone. Did you get yelled at? “Get your head in the game! You’re distracted! You're not serious!" Our guest Sunni Brown, author of The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently, says doodlin... read more

President Barack Obama has found some unlikely congressional support for his plan to intervene in the Syrian war. He’s got the backing of Republicans like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senator John McCain, and House Speaker John Boehner. "This is something that the United State... read more

In August, President Obama signed a bill preventing the doubling of interest rates on federal student loans for those entering college this year. Students borrowing the maximum amount this year will save about $4,600 in extra interest...but it’s a temporary fix. Next year’s rate... read more

If Sean Spellman’s life was captured in a TV show, it’d be Portlandia. He’s a bearded guy - whose rootsy, folky rock band Quiet Life tours the country in a van powered by used vegetable oil.  And yeah, they’re based in Portland. But get beneath the surface a bit, and Spellman’s... read more

Lyme disease gets its name from the Connecticut town, and it’s always been a problem here...but it’s spreading, as far North as Maine and south down to Virginia. Dr. Paul Mead of the CDC says that due in part to the “reforestation” of the Northeast. The CDC estimates that there are... read more

Robert Braddock is going to jail for 38 months for his role in the scandal surrounding the congressional campaign of Chris Donovan. The judge said the long sentence would send a message to others about corrupt political behavior. If nothing else, it seemed to send a message to Braddock... read more

Students across the state are heading back to school this week – and they’ll be seeing a lot of changes.   The common core state standards are taking effect and changing the way teachers teach and students take tests. Schools are struggling to find the best way to teach ESL kids... read more

Concussions in football may be the biggest threat to America’s biggest game. For 15 months, ESPN teamed up with PBS’ Frontline for a film called “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.” About a month and a half before the film premieres, ESPN has announced they are pulling o... read more

Connecticut’s Governor has talked openly about his developmental struggles. He's also one in five people who has dyslexia. It’s a developmental reading disorder that causes difficulties with spelling, reading and writing. Dyslexia is something that keeps Malloy from being able to re... read more

We’ve talked about warming waters before on Where We Live. Now warm waters are in the news again. There are new climate change studies that provide more proof of the human causes of warming temperatures. The next big UN report on climate change contains some scary predictions...that... read more

During yesterday’s show with Governor Malloy, he was asked whether he’s running for re-election. “I’m not running now, no,” he said. Then, he went on to sound like someone who definitely is. "You can’t name a recent governor who’s had net job growth. I’m the one. No others."... read more

Since Governor Dannel Malloy narrowly won the race for governor in 2010, Republicans have set their sights on 2014. We’re still more than 14 months away from the next election, but Republican candidates are already getting in line. Today, Governor Dannel Malloy joins us in-studi... read more

What's In A Name? - 08/19/2013
Just last week, a Tennessee judge ruled that the parents of a baby boy they named “Messiah,” must change his name to Martin. While some of us may cringe at this unusual name, Messiah was the fourth fastest growing baby name in 2012. Increasingly, we are seeing names that are more un... read more

Eighteen states, plus the District of Columbia, have changed their laws over the last few decades to allow for the usage of marijuana for medical purposes. Patients with a variety of chronic conditions say the drug is the only thing that can ease their pain. In California, the pioneerin... read more

A common thread running through any type of interpersonal conflict in whether it’s bullying in school or online, gun violence on a street corner, or abuse in a home,  is a need for safe places to live, work, and learn. It’s a fundamental human need. Today, where we live, we’ll talk... read more

The New Haven area is still looking for answers after last week’s plane crash at Tweed Airport. Patrick Murray is in charge of the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into what happened. "The airplane impacted the ground and the house upside down, in a 60 to 70... read more

What's Work Worth? - 08/13/2013
It’s the set-up for countless plots in tv and the cinema: The low-wage worker accidentally gets his hands on the big boss’ paycheck and is flabbergasted by the numbers he sees. Outside of Hollywood, here’s the reality: Workers on Wall Street earned an average bonus of $121,900 last... read more

Even if they’re not crawling all over your neighborhood as we feared, the cicadas have returned! There’s a lot of buzz around the millions of cicadas swarming along the East coast this summer, the eggs of a brood last seen17 years ago. And they have us thinking about the the las... read more

Chet Baker was a troubled soul, who had one of the most unique and haunting voices in jazz. Joni Mitchell  is a complex artist who has stayed away from the spotlight, letting her music tell her story. We explore these two iconic artists on Where We Live. First, we consider C... read more

Earlier this year, Governor Dannel Malloy named Edith Prague the Commissioner of the state’s Department on Aging. The 87-year-old previously served as state representative, state senator and was even the commissioner of aging once before under Governor Lowell Weicker. We sat dow... read more

Anthony Weiner is definitely not the first U.S politician to find himself wrapped up in a sex scandal. But being implicated in a political scandal may no longer be a career death sentence. Newt Gingrich and Mark Sanford are just two examples of politicians who have gone on to have succe... read more

Coming up we'll talk about the case of Bonnie Foreshaw, serving the longest sentence of any Connecticut woman for the death of a pregnant woman. Her case is back in the news because of new revelations and high profile support.   But first, more than 1,100 women are scheduled for tra... read more

In 1962, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Cuba.  He was exiled from his family, his country, and his own childhood by the revolution.  Like many other Cuban refugees, he has a deep loathing for the Castro regime - and wants to stop the increasing flow of tourist d... read more

You might’ve noticed a slideshow at the Hartford Courant website comparing what used to be on various downtown street corners, and what’s there now. It shows some pretty stark contrasts. Multiple, narrow stone structures were demolished to make way for, in some cases, enormous buildings... read more

Secretary of State John Kerry is only six-months into his new job - and he’s brought two major opponents together in Washington. "We’re here today because the Israeli people and the Palestinian people both have leaders willing to heed the call of history," said Kerry yesterday.... read more

Prescription painkillers have become the most widely-used drugs in America, and the Centers for Disease Control says that deaths from overdose are at “epidemic” levels. The death rate has tripled since 1990. Doctors are prescribing fewer of the opiates, because they fear addiction,... read more

The recent early retirements of four US nuclear reactors, because they’re too expensive to keep up, has some wondering how much longer the two working Millstone reactors in Waterford, Connecticut might last. In Japan, the cost of cleaning up the Fukushima plant, damaged in the 2011... read more

Earlier this week, The President and Co-founder of the Families and Work Institute came to Hartford this week to talk about the work she’s been doing in early childhood development. Hartford Community Schools was chosen as one of a handful of communities nationally to take part in h... read more

Audio will be posted around 12pm. Are you ready for the 2014 gubernatorial election? We don't know if we are, but we're wading into it anyway after Senate Minority Leader John McKinney announced his bid for the governor's mansion. We also discuss the ongoing issue of money in po... read more

Today, we’re talking about the changing face of fatherhood. While the birth of most children don’t get as much attention as the arrival of the royal baby, many of us already know what Prince William has yet to learn, this is just the start. Of course, he’ll have a little help ra... read more

Memory shapes everything that we do, but the science of memory is still very much a mystery. And a lot of what we do know comes from a Connecticut man - Henry Molaison , or HM. He lost his ability to form, store and access new memories after a disastrous brain surgery at Hartford Hospit... read more

You can’t turn on the TV news or check your Facebook page without encountering a conversation about the complicated tangle of race, guns and the law in the George Zimmerman case. Is the death of Trayvon Martin, as one of our guests today has said, "The black community’s Newtown?” Is... read more

Springfield voters have approved the MGM casino plan ...UConn is conducting an investigation into how the university handled allegations of sexual abuse by one of their professors...and last week, the Eastern League All-Star Game was held at New Britain Stadium and Governor Dannel Mallo... read more

A recent Quinnipiac Poll shows that the majority of American voters see Edward Snowden as a whistleblower and not a traitor. University of New Haven professor Stuart Sidle says he’s neither of those – he’s an activist. Former FBI agent and 9/11 whistleblower Coleen Rowley disagrees... read more

When the ultimate history book of America is written, there will probably be a whole section on organized crime. The Mafia has long fascinated Americans, especially in popular culture. But beyond The Godfather, The Untouchables, The Sopranos and countless other movies and books,... read more

Young teens and “tweens” are plenty comfortable with technology and networking - and they use iPhones to explore brands they’re interested in, and what they’d like to buy. But they can’t be manipulated easily - experts say they’re more independent and fickle than previous generations.... read more

The Tribune Company made an announcement yesterday that it’s going to split its broadcast and publishing divisions. It’s just another chapter in the ongoing saga of “the future of the newspaper industry.” The Tribune has owned the Hartford Courant since 2000, and more recently merged th... read more

In May we spoke with Department of Social Services Commissioner Rod Bremby about his agency and its lack of manpower and technology. The shortfalls have resulted in long waits for services - and lawsuits claiming a need for more staffing.   On Monday they opened a new centralized call c... read more

You might have seen this: another one of those studies just came out that paints a pretty negative picture of Connecticut.  CNBC ranked it’s “top states for business” - and Connecticut placed 45th.  The study measures things like the “cost of doing business” and “business-friendliness.”... read more

Once again this week, there’s news coming from the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings in December. On Sunday, the Danbury News-Times ran a story where a “source close to the police investigation” suggests that Newtown police delayed before entering the school. It’s the latest in... read more

Why is it that Americans are so fiercely individualistic...so protective of their rights to be “different," but yet we all shop at the same few stores with the same products, in places that look the same? If you’ve got a morning commute down a commercial thoroughfare, just look arou... read more

Egyptian military officials have set a deadline of today for President Mohammed Morsi to agree to share power, or face a coup. Sharif Abdel Kouddous is an Egyptian-American journalist and correspondent for the program Democracy Now! When he was on Where We Live earlier this year... read more

When Americans get older, two things often happen. Some are forced into a life where everyone around them is the same age, in an assisted living community when they become reliant on others for their care. Others choose this life, retirement to the South, in a community of activ... read more

You ever notice how gas prices tend to rise, just when we’re all on the road for summer get-aways? Well, starting today, we’ll see the prices go even higher – as a Connecticut tax goes up.  It’ll give the state some of the highest prices in the country – but at least that extra reve... read more

Social Enterprise is a big idea that straddles for-profit and non-profit worlds, with an aim to make a difference. Today, local business leaders and entrepreneurs are working to make our state a social enterprise “hub.”  But can we turn from a place with lots of non-profits struggling f... read more

Massachusetts elects a new senator, the Supreme Court makes landmark rulings, and the race for New Haven mayor gets smaller. Today, the political news roundtable “The Wheelhouse” is back on a very busy day in the news. We’ll start with Ed Markey making history in Massachusetts.... read more

Yesterday, Governor Malloy signed an executive order establishing the Office of Early Childhood, an idea that has broad support, and funding from the legislature. "There was no doubt that this legislation, until it apparently got tied up in some politics, was going to pass," said Ma... read more

The first day of summer promises longer, hotter days. The summer solstice, or the day when the Northern Hemisphere is closest to the sun, is Friday, giving us more light than any day of the year. But that’s only one of several big astronomical events happening this week, including a... read more

Are you surprised that this week we’re talking about Joe Lieberman and Dick Cheney? Are you surprised the former thinks the NSA’s data gathering is a good idea? And that President Obama doesn’t want to be compared to the latter? Are you surprised that our state has 406 deficient bri... read more

We’re broadcasting live today from The Study at Yale - it’s an annual trip that we make to the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. As usual, this year’s lineup features a wide array of performances and discussions from a “comic-rap-scrap metal musical” to a talk about our hunt... read more

Connecticut was one of the first states to have its own Freedom of Information Commission, designed to administer and enforce FOIA laws. But things are changing. A last minute bill passed at the legislature, limiting the release of information about Newtown - but does that set a pre... read more

Today, we're broadcasting live from the offices of the Newtown Bee - a small, hometown newspaper that -like the rest of this community - was thrown into the national spotlight six months ago today. The mass shooting that killed 20 young students and 6 educators launched a national c... read more

The music of Caravan of Thieves is just about what you'd expect from a band with that name. Their gypsy-rock hybrid has won them legions of fans around the country - a community they lovingly call "Freaks." And they’re back home, playing in Stafford Springs tomorrow night at the Pal... read more

Ballplayer: Pelotero is a film about the baseball pipeline between the Dominican Republic and Major League Baseball. One of the characters in the movie was Miguel Sano - a third baseman now in the Minnesota Twins organization. Back in March, we spoke with one of the filmmaker’s behi... read more

Today, it’s another edition of “The Wheelhouse” - our weekly Wednesday wade into the news and politics. What’s on tap? Well, your phone for one...Bill Curry and Glenn Sulmasy debate the NSA surveillance program and privacy vs. security. We’ll clean up a few of the messes left be... read more

June is Homeownership Month and part of peak real estate season. The housing market across the nation is finally showing signs of improvement with signs up across the nation. But it is not the market it was before the 2008 crash. Some real estate experts say the market hit bottom at... read more

Running a restaurant is hard. Most fail the first year, and most of the rest fail soon after. Those who make it are rewarded with long hours, lots of bureaucracy, and the knowledge that they’re doing what they love. At our Small Business After Hours event, hosted at Molto Bene in An... read more

Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness has been an unlikely and controversial best seller. In it, Alexander makes the case that the prison system we have long filled with a disproportionate number of young black men is not just a... read more

The weather is heating up, the car windows are rolling down and the summer music season is upon us. If you’re getting bored with that album that is sooooo 2012, or maybe even 1992, then you’ll want to hear some recommendations from our guests today. Anthony Fantano from WNPR’s T... read more

The state legislative session is wrapping up with a budget deal that many observers say is full of “promises and gimmicks.” Ned Lamont, the former gubernatorial candidate agreed in a recent op-ed and he joins us with his own budget prescriptions. Mark Pazniokas of the Connecticut Mi... read more

There are more bacteria in our bodies than there are human cells: about 10 microbes for every cell! UConn microbiologist Joerg Graf says “If you took a person and removed all the human cells, you would still see the outline of a human body.” So what are all these bacteria doing?... read more

Remember when you used to learn about what was happening in your community when the newspaper hit your front stoop? That world has, of course, changed—and journalism professor Dan Kennedy says we’re now in a “post-newspaper” age. Papers haven’t gone away, but their staffs and scope... read more

There is a lot happening in Connecticut education. Public school districts are busy preparing for the new Common Core State Standards that promise more rigor, a different kind of high-stakes testing, and a teacher and Principal evaluation system that could lead to job loss if studen... read more

  To get a sense of the flood of work the state department of social services deals with, just look at the big raw number: DSS serves more than 750 thousand state residents.  But a number of legal actions have suggested the department hasn’t kept pace with that growth.  For instance... read more

Eight years ago, Team Connecticut fought to keep New London Sub Base open. At a base closure hearing in Boston, Connecticut’s delegation defended the value of the base. The speakers included a who’s who of political leaders in Connecticut: Governor Jodi Rell, DEP commissioner Gi... read more

Lucianne Lavin is out to dispel some myths about Connecticut’s native peoples. They didn't all move west or die out from war or disease, she says. Those who remain don’t all have claim to the land or the heritage. In her comprehensive book, Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples, she expl... read more

Today, nearly a third of the US. is in severe drought. In places like Kansas and Texas, reservoirs and wells are actually running dry. Even here in the Northeast, where we get plenty of rain, water is still a scarce resource. The University of Connecticut already doesn’t have enough wat... read more

Pressure is building on the military to change its culture from within after an alarming Pentagon report estimates 26,000 servicemembers were sexually assaulted last year-- President Obama calls these crimes “shameful and disgraceful.”  Another layer to this problem is that very few of... read more

Poverty is a problem you tend to think of affecting very urban and very rural areas of america. But a new Brookings study shows a shocking fact: that over the last decade, the poor population in the suburbs has grown by about 60 percent. That national trend follows the same path as loca... read more

For many commuters, Friday evening's ride on Metro-North was uneventful at first. “The train was moving along, I guess there was no reason to suspect anything," said Frank Bilotti to the New Haven Register. "Everybody was just daydreaming and passing the time away and all of a sudde... read more

As our gadgets move into the future, we’re moving into the past. That email you just received? It was written seconds, minutes or hours ago. The tweets you’re catching up on? That’s old news by the time you read it. This radio show? Even if you're listening "live," you're not really lis... read more

It seems that money and power always get in the way of democracy. Compromise can water down idealism, but no compromise results in gridlock. So, a lot of people ask, what’s government good for? Professor Douglas Amy, author of a book called Government is Good: An Unapologetic Defens... read more

Last year’s congressional race in Connecticut’s 5th District was flipped on its head when former speaker Chris Donovan’s campaign finance director was indicted for hiding illegal campaign contributions. The investigation into Donovan’s campaign eventually derailed the former Democra... read more

Vegetables that are genetically modified to resist pests have become a part of our daily diet, whether we like it or not. Several states have been considering legislation that would require the labeling of GMO products, but Connecticut could be the first to pass such a law. Opponents of... read more

The Skills Gap - 05/13/2013
President Obama said in his second inaugural address that he believes America’s growth rests “upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class” - he wants everyone to find independence and pride in his or her work. But is there a job for everyone? Is our working population ready? ... read more

Seventeen days after a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh, a woman was pulled alive from the rubble. But more than 1,000 people have been confirmed dead in the tragedy. This has renewed questions about where all the stuff we buy in America comes from. NPR’s Planet Money has... read more

  Suicide rates have risen dramatically for middle-aged Americans in the last 10 years - the highest jump is for men aged 50-54. In a report released last week, the CDC says that more people aged 35-64 die from suicide than from car accidents, and they have been since 2009.... read more

Pennsylvania is no stranger to controversy surrounding the teaching of evolution. When the school district in the town of Dover required creationism be taught alongside evolution, it sparked a national debate. Ultimately, a federal court ruled that intelligent design is religious theory... read more

  The situation in Syria gets more confusing by the day. The Obama Administration is treading very cautiously around conflicting reports of who actually staged a sarin gas attack, the government of besieged President Bashar al Assad, or the rebels fighting to take over the country.... read more

Last week, the Connecticut Mirror ran a three part series by Keith Phaneuf on “Connecticut’s budget deficit, and why you should be worried.”  It paints a pretty bleak picture of the Malloy administration's attempt to get out from under the historic budget deficit they were handed, and h... read more

Today, Governor Dannel Malloy joins us once again for his monthly visit, and we will, as always, give you a chance to ask questions. We’ll be focusing on the state budget today, and also joining us in-studio is Ben Barnes, Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management. We’re... read more

As the civil war in Syria continues to wreak havoc on the country, President Barack Obama is facing political pressure to respond. In a news conference earlier this week, Obama addressed evidence that chemical weapons were used in that country - something he says could be a "game ch... read more

  Advocates for mental health have been expressing concern about the conversation in American following the Newtown shootings.  While we still don’t know the details of whatever mental illness Adam Lanza may have suffered from, and we don’t know the particulars of his treatment or m... read more

Tomorrow, is the final Connecticut Forum of the season. It’s called Funny, Smart People and it’s being moderated by our very own Colin McEnroe. The panelists are The Daily Show’s John Hodgman, Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein and our next guest, Baratunde Thurston. Baratunde is the fo... read more

  The music, culture and movement of Brazil is evocative of a certain kind of lifestyle to many Americans - like me - who’ve never been there. The beach at Ipanema, dense rainforests, a lyrical language and laid-back people. But the real Brazil is booming and complex, one of the... read more

A group of parents in Darien have filed a complaint against the school district, alleging that their children with learning disabilities have not been getting the services they are supposed to. It’s just one of many examples of parents fighting through a hard-to-navigate system,... read more

Libraries might be changing faster than just about any other part of public life. These civic institutions were known for more than a century for their voluminous stacks of books and quiet spaces - now, they’re all about public events, high-tech connectivity, even 3-D printing! Toda... read more

Covering Trauma - 04/29/2013
The mass murder in Newtown Connecticut raised many questions about how the media covers traumatic events, and how those same events may traumatize the reporters who cover them. In early April, before the Boston Marathon bombings, host John Dankosky brought together a conversation wi... read more

It’s a logo that has become synonymous with the state of Connecticut...or at least it’s athletic teams. Of course, I’m talking about Jonathan the Husky. But the friendly looking dog, looking off to the side, with his tongue hanging out is being replaced with a fiercer looking dog.... read more

  In 2010, the Pew Center on the States reported that a majority of states didn’t have enough available cash to pay for the pensions of their public sector workers...and Connecticut--along with Illinois, Kentucky, and Rhode Island were in the most trouble. But, not all states fa... read more

  How is science serving us? And how do we keep kids interested in the field? Those are the big questions we’re tackling today on the program with a panel of scientists and educators. Microbiologist Arturo Casadevall says “all the major problems facing humanity are scientific pr... read more

What a week it was. Today at 2:50, Boston and all of New England will observe a moment of silence for the lives lost in the Boston Marathon bombing one week ago...a shocking event that terrorized a city during one of its greatest celebrations. The week that followed was filled w... read more

WNPR ongoing coverage of the investigation and manhunt for Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev. As the search takes over the greater Boston area, it also has implications for Connecticut residents.    Where We Live guests: Scott Bates, national security expert a... read more

Have you ever wanted to make a big change in your life and go on a big adventure? You know, try something where you could push yourself? Well Roz Savage did that - but the challenge she took on was bigger than most of us could even imagine. She became the first woman to row - solo -... read more

  Human trafficking is a 32 billion dollar a year industry, and it’s prevalent all over the world. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million are children trafficked annually. So what do we mean when we say “trafficking?”  Well, it’s slavery. Whether that means the sex trade in South... read more

Patriot’s Day in Boston is a regional holiday and a citywide celebration. Thousands line the streets between Hopkinton and the Back Bay....The Red Sox play a morning game at Fenway...and the Boston Marathon becomes the center of the sporting world. Today, it’s the center of a massiv... read more

  A few weeks ago, the Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP released a report showing significant health, economic, and educational disparities between White and minority populations....so significant that they’re calling it a modern day “urban apartheid.” In Connecticut,... read more

  One in 10 adults in the United States is a lapsed Catholic, according to a 2009 report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. This might change, say some religious scholars. They think that the newly appointed Pope Francis is going to bring people back to the church. He... read more

State hospitals say that if Governor Malloy’s recommended reductions to hospitals are accepted, they’ll have to cut services, programs, and jobs. They’re looking at a $550 million dollar hole in their budget - used to pay for people who show up at their hospitals without insurance.... read more

  Connecticut Hosptial Day at the Capitol drew more than 600 hospital workers to Hartford today. They were protesting Governor Malloy's proposed budget, which they say would cut state spending on hospitals by $550 million over the next two years.     The cuts would include t... read more

College Readiness - 04/10/2013
  Last week, we talked about what can be done to get students ready to work - and then get into a job. But here’s something holding them back: About two-thirds of students entering community colleges and 20 percent of those entering state universities are placed in remedial and... read more

We talk a lot about cities and urban planning on Where We Live - the way cities work, fit together, breathe and function. But when it gets right down to it, I’m viewing the city structure from my “liberal arts” background - not using math to “crunch the numbers” about what makes a c... read more

On Nov. 21, 2012,  Malvrick Donkor, 14, drowned during a swim class at Manchester High School. His death was the second drowning at a Connecticut school last year. In the neighboring town of East Hartford, Freshman Marcum Asiamah  drowned Jan. 11 during P.E. class at East Hartford H... read more

Governor Malloy says a new Office of Early Childhood or OEC, will fundamentally transform how the state helps Connecticut’s children ages zero to five. Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman says its been hard for parents maneuver within the current system. "To get through the bureaucr... read more

Kate Callahan is one of our favorite local folk artists. Now she’s a music festival organizer as well. This weekend, the Hartfolk Festival is taking place at the University of Saint Joseph. Musicians from throughout the area will take the stage and show us what modern folk music sou... read more

If you take a look at movies or TV, you’d think that having a disability is the worst fate possible-- maybe even worse than death.  Better to not be born at all than struggle through life unable to walk, hear, see or talk. Then there’s the flip side - the media loves to show us the... read more

After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, support for gun control laws was up to 57-percent according to a CBS News poll - it has since dropped 10 percent. So did gun control advocates lose their momentum? Not in Connecticut. The legislature is expected to pass a gun bill l... read more

  American politicians at all levels have been debating the role of guns in society since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. State lawmakers have struck a deal on expanded background checks on rifles along with a broadening of the assault weapons ban and a ban on the sale... read more

  Two years after the uprisings of the “Arab Spring” - and the overthrow of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, that country is in political turmoil. The state - and it’s president - Mohammed Morsi was even the target of the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. Bassem Yousef was released on... read more

In his State of the Union address, President Obama issued a challenge: "To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require. But we also have to make sure that America remains a place where everyone who’s willing to work ha... read more

Traumatic brain injury has become a household term thanks largely to football players and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Center for Disease Control estimates at least 1.7 million TBIs occur every year. More than half of those come from either falls or motor-vehicle a... read more

Prosecutors in Connecticut have released new information about last year's deadly school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.  One things appears clear: gunman Adam Lanza had easy access to weapons. In the hours and days after the Dec. 14 shooting, Connecticut police search... read more

  It's an unusual time to be the president of a state university in Connecticut. The Malloy administration has been trying to overhaul the system of state colleges and universities, the legislature is trying to reign in spending by the Board of Regents which oversees that system... read more

We all know the story. Monkeys in a science lab, top secret research, something goes terribly wrong. It’s no surprise that most cinematic attempts to depict research like this ends up focusing on what happens to the humans. But what about the ethics of this research, and what it mea... read more

America is getting older and Connecticut is growing grayer faster than almost every other state. The first batch of baby boomers hit 65 in 2011, and Connecticut’s over-65 population is expected to grow by more than 64% by the time the last batch turns 65 in 2029.  When they retire,... read more

Gideon At 50 - 03/25/2013
Gideon v. Wainwright is arguably one of the most influential cases in law history. Fifty years ago this month, it changed American law by providing counsel to those who could not afford it on their own. Today, on Where We Live, we reflect with Connecticut public defenders on this la... read more

This last, heavy snowfall sealed the deal for me. It is officially time for baseball season. Whether you’re a fan of the Yankees, the Red Sox, or the Mets...or whether you’re like me, rooting for a hometown team that’s far away...from here and the playoffs (Go Pirates!) it’s time for ou... read more

President Obama is on an historic visit to Israel and the West Bank, as Palestinian militants fire rockets out of Gaza into an Israeli border town. The President spoke of “unbreakable bonds” with Israel, and a red line on nuclear arms with Iran.  Meanwhile another “red line” in the... read more

Women's rights pioneer Marcia Ann Gillespie was in state for Women’s Day at the capitol.  We talked to her about her rise to prominence as the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, and the fight for gender and racial equality.   But first, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity started o... read more

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war. Throughout the day, we're looking back at what has changed over the last 10 years both there and here at home. It was a war that cost trillions of dollars and more importantly, thousands of lives. On today's show,... read more

Today, we’re going to delve into a bit of Connecticut History that you may not know, and later, the story of a group of determined women who saved and preserved Hartford’s Mark Twain House.   We’ll also talk about how we talk about ourselves.  Charley Monagan, who just left Connect... read more

When we need to go to the hospital, we usually don’t care what it costs to make us better. We just want to get better. And when you think about it, you shouldn't have to worry about how much it costs when you’re sick or hurt. But in America, where we’re likely to spend $2.8 tr... read more

Many students aren’t getting the help they need, but could flourish with a little help. "Every student needs to know there’s some adult out there who’s looking out for them. Even if it’s not a biological parent. It makes a huge difference in outcomes." That was leading educatio... read more

Governor Dannel Malloy’s popularity is at an all-time high, jumping five points in a new poll to 48 percent. What do people like about the job the governor’s doing? Well, they say he’s good in a crisis...and he’s had plenty of those to deal with. They’re less pleased with his handli... read more

So how might we best portray the realities of marriage? In a novel, perhaps?  A long-running TV drama or sitcom?  What about a movie? Serious business indeed. It seems hard to translate the ins and outs of a long relationship in a 2-hour capsule.  Hollywood has been trying since the... read more

For the first time in a long time, observers of the phenomenon of mass incarceration in America have seen some good news. The rate of African Americans in prison has dropped sharply over a decade - a trend that pushes back against a historical disproportionality of blacks in our prison... read more

Today, we’re talking about ice --- and no, not because of today’s weather. But the icy regions of our planet are telling us important information about our climate. Ice locks in historical data that researchers are just starting to unlock. They’re finding greenhouse gases trapped du... read more

So, if there are now 7 billion people in the world, how can we possibly need to have MORE babies? Well, the truth is, today, deaths outnumber births in more than a dozen countries, and another 24 will see population decline by mid century. Author and Journalist Jonathan Last s... read more

A few weeks ago, we talked about first responders to the tragedy in Newtown. Now the state’s stepping in to help.  Yesterday, the state legislature voted unanimously to establish the Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund. This privately funded program will provide financial help to th... read more

Let's Get Creative - 03/06/2013
We talk about creativity here on Where We Live every so often... it’s one of our favorite subjects. In fact, this year we’ll be partnering with Connecticut Creates - a consortium of creative people around the state - to have more of these conversations. Today’s “creative conversatio... read more

President Obama has announced his next round of administration officials...including one who might have the toughest job in Washington. “The New EPA Administrator will have a tall task to perform here. This is a big deal. The new administrator will be one of the most powerful direct... read more

Good teaching is the single biggest indicator for student success, and while we spend more money to teach our students than in any other country, we achieve at lower levels than our foreign counterparts. So, what makes for a good teacher, and how do we know it when we see it? Th... read more

So, let’s say Where We Live was like the federal budget, and because of some self-imposed deadline, our show was subject to a “sequester” -  A cut of 2.3%.  Well, you’d lose about 1 and a quarter minutes off the show. Doesn’t seem too bad, right?  But what if it was completely arbi... read more

What do Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Steve Wozniack, and the Wright Brothers have in common? They’re tinkerers, of course. Yes, tinkering isn’t just something that your uncle does on the weekends. As author Alec Foege says, tinkerers help make America great. Today, the... read more

Today - we’re talking about guns. It seems like that’s all we’ve been talking about since the mass shooting in Newtown that left 20 children and 6 educators dead. While that crime left people stunned because of the horrific circumstances, Newtown is only part of a much bigger proble... read more

When a meteor exploded in the sky above Russia’s Ural mountains, damaging cities and injuring thousands, at first it seemed like an event out of a movie, about alien invasion or a nuclear attack - or the end of the world. Ultimately - we learned that it was simply a natural phenome... read more

Today we’ll talk with our exploration expert, Michael Robinson of the University of Hartford. He’s written about the great arctic explorers of the past, but his new book has him on his own voyage to the tops of giant mountains in Uganda, searching for a fabled “Lost White Tribe.” His bo... read more

Today, we’re joined by sculptor Lucy Orta, who with her husband, have an exhibit now at Wesleyan University Center for the Arts called FOOD- WATER-LIFE:  an exploration of the  major concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, and climate change. She w... read more

After Newtown - 02/22/2013
All this week, PBS has been airing special coverage looking back at December’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Frontline teamed up with the Hartford Courant to look at the life of the gunman and guns themselves in America. “The sort of overarching issue that I’m looking at is whet... read more

A few years ago, we broadcast from "The Grove" in New Haven's Ninth Square, when it was part of "Project Storefront" - an attempt to breath life into a neighborhood that needed help. Now, this co-working space, which draws entrepreneurs from all over, is part of a state-sponsored i... read more

The idea ‘For what you pay to feed your cat, you can save lives in my country.’ That...set a fire under Quinnipiac Professor Dennis Richardson. He works in remote villages in Cameroon to aid a community of about 1,000 people. On the opposite side of Africa, student and faculty... read more

The state of Maine has never been considered a “diverse” place - the population of blacks has always been less than one percent. And as you can imagine, this minority group hasn’t always been treated well. Today we'll talk to a radio producer who dug into the history of one very small m... read more

Immigration Reform - 02/19/2013
President Obama has called on both parties in Congress to send him an immigration reform package - saying in his State of the Union address that “now is the time to get it done.” He’s vowed to let Congress do its work...but in the last few days, we learned that the President has crafted... read more

A group of mayors and other municipal leaders are upset that Governor Malloy’s budget proposal cuts needed aid - even as the governor says they’re being “held harmless” in his proposal. New Haven Mayor John DeStefano says other states like New York, are having a different conversati... read more

The New York Times had the best description of the first term of Governor Dannel Malloy, “a wearying tape loop of natural chaos.” The state is still digging out from yet another blizzard and he’s probably sick of the seeing the inside of the Emergency Operations Center and many stud... read more

New York Times reporter John Broder got the kind of assignment that’s pretty sweet in these days of high-profile “tech” reporting - a road trip in a Tesla “model S” electric car. His article - drawn from his experience of running out of battery power in the cold temperatures here in... read more

Portraying Lincoln - 02/12/2013
It’s argued that no one can do as good of a job of portraying President Lincoln on film as Daniel Day-Lewis.  Lincoln, the movie, is up for 12 Academy Awards. But weeks before the Oscars, Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney is asking the studio to alter an inaccuracy that puts Con... read more

Last night, Governor Dannel Malloy briefed reporters as Connecticut continues to dig out from record amounts of snowfall. “Municipal officials and their employees are working very hard to clear the problems that exist," he said. "I know that people are impatient but I remind everyone th... read more

Governor Dannel Malloy’s new budget includes some tax relief, and a promise of no new taxes.  But it’s also a document that even some in his party are calling “confusing.”  Today, where we live, we’ll try to pull apart fiction from reality in the new two-year state budget.... read more

The Shubert Theater in New Haven turns 100 next year - At one time it was a test stage for future Broadway shows, but since then has struggled to make ends meet, and now the city wants to hand over operations and expenses to a private company. But the Shubert’s a success story, in... read more

Backyard Wildlife - 02/06/2013
Wildlife of all kinds thrives in our verdant, wooded state. Most of us are used to seeing squirrels and possums, raccoons and turkeys, some of us even bears and many, many deer. But what happens when those furry critters rummage through your garbage, scare your kids or even burrow a... read more

  The presidency of Barack Obama has been a milestone in America’s history of race: from a country whose Founding Fathers owned slaves to a black man in the White House. But while the Obamas are seen as the first African American “first family” - their own racial history is much... read more

It's our yearly trip to our favorite little seaport town. Home to a DIY art and music scene that seems to grow every year.  And today, we're coming to you live from The Telegraph. It’s a record shop, used bookstore and performance space owned by Daphne Lee Martin and her husband, R... read more

America’s debate over guns was in Newtown High School last night - as hundreds gathered to give emotional testimony to state lawmakers. It was happening in Washington too, where Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal re-affirmed his support for tighter gun control, invoking the “Sandy H... read more

Today we’ll talk about the legacy of John DeStefano, the long-serving New Haven Mayor who’s said he’ll step aside. We talk to Paul Bass from the New Haven Independent.  ... read more

Last week we spent an hour talking about pipelines, specifically the controversial MDC proposal to build a 20-mile waterline to service the increasingly thirsty UCONN Storrs campus. Many in the Farmington River Valley - which would provide the water - arent happy. We heard from some of... read more

School “reform” is a loaded term that divides many teachers and parents - and pits many well-intentioned educators against one another.  Dr. Pedro Noguera is a leading national voice on education, education reform and the achievement gap. He’s a professor of education at NYU, author... read more

It’s been a little over a year since Governor Dannel Malloy announced Startup Connecticut - an effort to support entrepreneurship in the state. The idea is to create an “innovation ecosystem” to grow the economy. The state is setting up four innovation hubs.   The program launched i... read more

The Sandy Hook shootings have resulted in a special bipartisan task force of the Connecticut legislature.  Last week’s public hearing dealt with recommendations to enhance school safety.  Today’s lengthy hearing is about reducing gun violence, and tomorrow they’ll talk about increasing... read more

Pipelines - 01/25/2013
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has given the go-ahead to the revised Keystone XL pipeline route. That project has been the subject of intense debate since it was first proposed in 2008. And now its fate is up to President Barack Obama. On a local level, Connecticut is in the midst... read more

In his second inaugural address Monday, President Obama addressed the nation on the need for clean and renewable energy, but he might as well have been talking about Connecticut. Each state has developed its own plan to harness wind, solar, hydro and geothermal power. And by most in... read more

School safety and the evaluation of teachers are on the minds of state lawmakers. After the Newtown shootings, people across the country - and especially in Connecticut - are asking how we can keep students from harm. The legislature’s bipartisan task force on gun violence preve... read more

Coming up, There are few places where income inequality is rising faster than the United States. In fact, the distance between rich and poor is greater in America than nearly all other developed countries. Online news service Global Post set out to explore these inequalities by comparin... read more

Driving through downtown Hartford, you’ll see a lot of empty storefronts, plenty of parking garages, and some impressive high rises. And while the city has a hard time getting businesses to fill the office space - now at 26% vacancy -- developers can’t build housing fast enough to meet... read more

Yesterday, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced 23 executive orders and proposed laws in response to the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. "No one can know for certain if this senseless act could have been prevented, but we all know we have... read more

Our beloved New England. Scenic coastline...lobster pots and clam shacks...Green Mountains, White Mountains...a long river valley filled with Yankees who take their long winters as a point of pride...history, culture...it’s all right here. So, here’ sa question...what if New England... read more

The recommendations on gun safety from Vice President Biden to President Obama include: requiring background checks for all gun sales, banning the sale of certain rapid-fire weapons and ensuring mentally ill people can’t acquire guns Other proposals like these are being considered... read more

The Air We Breathe - 01/14/2013
The air we breathe is usually not something we can see.  Today, in Beijing, that is not the case. Activist Zhou Rong of Greenpeace tells NPR, "In the last three days, the air pollution is beyond index. It's the worst since we have readings starting from last year." But just because... read more

Last month, on December 13, Governor Malloy appeared on our show for his monthly visit. We talked about the budget and the upcoming legislative session, and the issues he hoped to work on in the coming year.   The next morning, everything changed. As he said during Wednesday’s... read more

A new legislative session begins in Hartford today - and lawmakers will have a lot on their plates as usual. But the standard-issue partisan fights over spending, revenues may well be eased - at least early in the session - by the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings. Governo... read more

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging lawmakers to work with him to prevent future tragedies like the mass shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School. Malloy became emotional Wednesday as he spoke about the teachers and a therapist who sacrificed their lives to protect... read more

The world is a pretty noisy place...but you don’t think of the middle of the ocean being one of those places. But a project by NOAA - the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration - has found that sea life in the North Atlantic Ocean is in danger because of the human sounds... read more

There are plenty of roadblocks to healthcare, especially if you’re without insurance and money. But for many Americans, just finding a doctor can be difficult. Although nearly a quarter of the U.S. population lives in rural communities, only a one in ten physicians practice there...... read more

Sometime today, the US House of Representatives may vote on an aid package to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.  That 9 billion dollar aid package is only about $51 billion smaller than the Senate bill that House speaker John Boehner walked away from without taking a vote. Meanwhil... read more

According to Children’s HealthWatch, in 2010, there were 48.8 million Americans who lived in households that were food insecure, including 16.2 million children. But in a nation suffering from an obesity epidemic, is hunger really the problem? Experts tell us that yes, while obese k... read more

Safe School Climate - 01/02/2013
The children of Sandy Hook Elementary school go back to class today, in a new school in Monroe. Officials of that district are putting a premium on the safety of these students - physically and emotionally - as they try to return their lives to normal. But around the country,... read more

Yes, I know - the easiest thing in the world is to come up with “lists” of things at the end of the year. Best movies, best shows, and of course best music.   But here’s the thing: Everyone loves them! I love them because I never have the time to dig through all of the music that’s... read more

Ralph Nader’s book “The Seventeen Traditions” was a postcard to his hometown - and the one where I now make my home - Winsted, CT. He wrote about small-town life and the lessons he learned in his father’s restaurant, in the local library, in the nearby woods. His newest book builds... read more

Church bells across the state and the nation tolled 26 times to honor those killed one week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. So much has changed about where we live in this last week. And we've spent this time trying to grapple with the emotions - and the... read more

Connecticut is one of five states getting funds to extend instructional time-- by as much as 300 hours a year-- in seven Connecticut schools in the cities of Meriden, New London, and East Hartford. But does a longer school day really mean better prepared students? The National S... read more

The tragedy in Newton has consumed our lives for the last several days. We’ll continue to have that conversation - as Connecticut attempts to heal. But today, we welcome in two guests to talk about something that many people in our state turn to as a relief - a respite - and a place to... read more

Beyond the horror of the childern and teachers killed, why do mass shootings, like the one in Newtown, affect us so deeply? We hear statistics all the time about how unlikely an event like this is -- how schools are actually safer. Here’s Daniel Webster from the Johns Hopkins Ce... read more

President Barack Obama and Governor Dannell Malloy spoke at an interfaith prayer vigil held last night in Newtown, Connecticut. As that community attempts to heal - we’ll be looking at how our entire state is dealing with this tragedy. Last Friday the tragedy was unfolding as we wer... read more

Today we revisit our show on Connecticut eccentricities, looking into all the nooks and crannies that make the state unique. We’ll answer burning questions like: What’s the real story behind the name “Nutmeg State”? What do you call yourself if you’re from Connecticut? We’ll talk about... read more

Governor Dannel Malloy is heading into the new year with a series of questions surrounding this budget year - and the next couple. He’s put a plan in place to cope with the state’s current budget shortfall...but the next three years show the state budget billions in deficit. He’s s... read more

Project Longevity - 12/12/2012
Alicia Caraballo’s story is far too common in Connecticut cities: “I have a 24 year old son. Only child. Did everything the right way. Went to school. Became a social worker. Became a school administrator. Little did I know I would be called to the hospital because my son was murdered.”... read more

In the November elections, most results were pretty clear cut. But one that seems to have raised more questions than answers was a plebiscite on Puerto Rico’s political status. The island nation, now a US commonwealth, seems to have voted to become the 51st state...something Preside... read more

Religious leaders get to oversee some of life’s happiest moments, but they’ve also seen enough death to last a lifetime. They officiate funerals, bless graves, and provide comfort to those who are suffering loss.  So it makes sense that we expect them to have some kind of wisdom ab... read more

The Hartford Courant is - famously - the oldest continuously published newspaper in the US.  But the New Haven Register has its long and storied history. This year is the 200th anniversary of the paper - and today, where we live, we’ll talk about the history of the Register, and th... read more

Are there places where people just live longer? We’ve been hearing about this phenomenon for years, but our guest today has proof. In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and hired the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where... read more

Yesterday, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo officially certified a state budget deficit of $415 million. That’s $50 million more than the Governor Malloy's numbers and these come less than a week after a first round of budget cuts. Those $123 million in cuts span the budget from educat... read more

The Sundance Film Festival just announced this year’s lineup - and it’s a record year for women. Eight of the sixteen films are directed by women, ithe most in the festivals 33 year history - the first time the entries have been split between male and female directors. So maybe females... read more

Bullied No More - 11/29/2012
When the topic of bullying makes it to the news, it’s usually because of a worst case scenario - an incident that ends in suicide. But many more cases happen every day in our schools and neighborhoods, and parents, teachers and legislators are trying to figure out how to stop it.  In Ju... read more

Neri Oxman - 11/29/2012
John Dankosky gets to talk to a lot of smart people...really smart people.  But he doesn’t think he's ever done anything like he's about to do Saturday night.  Dankosky is hosting a Connecticut Forum panel called “Vision and Brilliance” with super-popular Astrophysicist Neil De Grasse T... read more

We’ve been a bit hard on the Front Street Project in Hartford. It was a key piece of the Adriaen's Landing revitalization plan in the city, which was cooked up by former governor John Rowland in an era when he promised to get the New England Patriots to come to town. Remember that? Yeah... read more

Surviving Cancer - 11/28/2012
More people than ever are surviving after treatment for cancer, but sometimes living a life after cancer is almost as difficult as having the disease. Many people expect that when their treatment for cancer is complete, they’ll go back to feeling the same as they did before they go... read more

The university of Connecticut is moving it’s “Greater Hartford” campus to downtown Hartford.  The move is being hailed as a key piece of revitalization for the city.  It’ll mean more young people downtown, spreading life, vibrancy, money? But does the downtown campus really bring these... read more

We’ve talked on this show about the decline of the book - about how new technology and shorter attention spans make it harder for fiction writers to get their stories out in the “traditional” way - and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Here’s one thing we do know - this ne... read more

Connecticut’s industrial history means that we have hundreds of  abandoned sites, or ”brownfields,” whose clean-up could provide economic opportunity and take away the pressures to develop “greener” land. Successful clean-ups like the Brass Mill Center Mall in Berger’s hometown cre... read more

We’ve been thinking a lot about the damage Sandy inflicted on homes, communities, infrastructure. But it’s also been reshaping the coastline in places like Hammonasset beach, where a lot of sand and vegetation was cleaved away, leaving the dunes looking like cliffs. At Misquamicut beach... read more

If Einstein was right that "The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind," why don’t more of us seek it out? Sure, we all say we want a little “me time” or want to “get away from it all” but how often do we really spend time alone and quiet. Not just “unpl... read more

We get together a few times a year to talk about the issues that face small businesspeople in Connecticut.  And today's topic is Health Care. Traditionally, small business people and their employees pay more for health care because they don't have enough employees to spread out the... read more

Today, we’ll officially kick off a monthly visit from Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. Here at Where We Live, we made a big deal about how the last governor didn’t like to come on the show and answer questions from listeners. This Governor, despite news of a growing budget gap an... read more

On Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, announced the end of gas rationing in his state. But two weeks after Sandy hit, it’s still hard to find gasoline in parts of the tri-state area. A rationing system is still in effect in New York City and parts of Long Island. So, what h... read more

Yesterday was “National Plug In Day,” a celebration of the environmental and economic benefits of electric cars. At CCSU, 100 people gathered with only 15 electric vehicles. You might think that by now, there should be hundreds - or thousands - of electric cars in Connecticut.  But... read more

Compromise, cooperation, conversation - these are the topics in Washington after the election. But we’ll see how long that lasts. Can the world of politics learn from the world of religion? Hartford Seminary is one of the leading spaces for multifaith education - and this weeken... read more

Radio Drama is associated with a so-called “Golden Age” of radio in the 30s and 40s, before TV became the dominant medium. Today, Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” is the best known program still presenting this traditional style. But Jonathan Mitchell does things a bit... read more

Very little is known about North Korea’s brutal regime, in part because its people are not allowed to leave. So, unlike humanitarian crises elsewhere in the world, citizens of the US spend very little time thinking about the plight of the 24 million people living in one of the harshest... read more

Big turnout, long lines, and an enthusiasm for voting that had not been predicted were the stories of yesterday’s election day in Connecticut and across the nation. When it was over, Democrats kept control of the Presidency and the Senate - with the addition of a new face, Chris Mur... read more

Election Day! - 11/06/2012
The power’s on at the polling places. The coffee is flowing and the donuts are warm, which is good, because this morning at my polling place, it was 21 degrees.  One poll-standing candidate was wrapped head to toe in a sleeping bag.  Yes, it’s election day in Connecticut...finally.... read more

Can it be? Is West Hartford the new Bridgeport? Election Day is unfolding before us, and right now the big lines and the unhappy faces are in West Hartford, which implemented a consolidation of polling places from 20 to 9. What could go wrong?   Meanwhile the campaign of Chr... read more

It’s been one week since Sandy hit, and the state and region are still clearing up. While Connecticut has not suffered anything like the damage inflicted on New Jersey or Queens, thousands are still in the dark - and it’s unclear how this might all affect tomorrow’s election. We get... read more

  Maybe no American has had as much impact on - or as much to say about - our Presidential elections in recent years as Ralph Nader. The longtime consumer advocate and Winsted Native ran third-party races for President in 2000, 2004 and 2008, but decided not to run this year.  Inste... read more

These days, it seems as though we know just about everything (probably more than we need to know) about the men who are running for President. Every gaffe and personal trait gets a full treatment on SNL and on Twitter. But throughout history, our presidents have had some pretty int... read more

Connecticut Light & Power is promising to have electricity at polling places one way or another. But there were still close to 100 polling places without it as of yesterday. Secretary of the state Denise Merrill will be assessing the progress in several of the hardest hit towns. Me... read more

As Hurricane Sandy moved north and got stronger, Governor Dannel Malloy was direct with residents along the shoreline. “One more plea to anyone trying to stick it out in a city or town where evacuations have been ordered," said Malloy. "Don’t be stupid. Get out now.” It appeared... read more

Resilient Cities - 10/31/2012
The phrase is: “The new normal.” The world we used to know...one where Connecticut seemed neatly tucked away from hurricanes and tornadoes, destructive storm surges and catastrophic snowstorms. That world is gone, replaced by one where every year brings another life-threatening emer... read more

Sandy's Aftermath - 10/30/2012
For days, meterologists and state officials have been saying that “Superstorm Sandy” would be one of the worst weather events in history - and as we woke up this morning, it seems those predictions were true. More than 625 thousand customers are without power today because of high... read more

As Hurricane Sandy moves in, we check in with Governor Dannel Malloy, the mayors of Stamford and Bridgeport, meteorologists and reporters. Governor Malloy has ordered all state highways to be shut down to non-emergency vehicles starting at 1pm. A truck ban starts at 11am. For th... read more

This is going to be a bad storm, but it doesn't have to be personally catastrophic. There will be considerable loss of property, but loss of life and limb doesn't have to be terrible if people will get out of the way of the water. Easy to talk about. The persuading can be hard.... read more

One out of every 100 Americans is locked up in jail or prison. The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Most offenders will be released from incarceration, and more than 40% will be back behind bars within three years. Many states, including Connecticut, are looki... read more

Check back for the latest coverage on Hurricane Sandy.   News 10/26 ME:  Following Hurricane Sandy's Path  Local officials are urging residents to prepare for Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to affect Connecticut early next week. NBC Connecticut meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan gi... read more

MSNBC political analyst and Salon.com editor Joan Walsh says that our nation has been slowly tearing itself apart along racial, class and economic lines.  So she’s asking the big - and provocative question “what’s the matter with white people?” She says that the country’s major racial g... read more

Radio producer Aengus Anderson is on his third cross country trip, this time for a podcast called “The Conversation” - a collaborative project about the future interviewing a cross-section of America’s most creative thinkers. Anderson joins us to talk space colonization, transhumanism,... read more

Driving on I-84 in Hartford, have you seen a billboard from Hartford Hospital. It's the one that asks, "What’s scarier -- a colonoscopy or cancer?" What’s the point of an ad like that? Does it inform us? Does it freak us out? Rexford Santerre is a finance professor and healthcar... read more

First - highlights of a “mock” presidential debate between two prominent Connecticut politicians at Central Connecticut State University last week. Ned Lamont has Obama’s back. Tom Foley is in romney’s corner. It’s ON! This week is also the 50th anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis... read more

After two decades, casino gambling in Connecticut has become a regular part of life here. Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun bring in visitors from around the country and they’re two of the biggest casinos in the world. The state relies on them for revenue, which comes from thos... read more

Like other government programs, there is a debate over funding for Amtrak. It’s a complicated business model for the rail operator because it’s owned by the government but operates in many ways like a private company. Today,  we’ll talk about the current state of rail in the United... read more

With violence in Syria starting to spill over into neighboring Turkey, Representative Jim Himes wants to start considering a no-fly zone over the wartorn country. Speaking on WNPR's Where We Live, Himes continued to oppose supplying the rebels with weapons, but Himes is looking at o... read more

The Art of Debate - 10/15/2012
We’ve seen some interesting political debates in the past few weeks. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have had a first round, and Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan had their first and only debate. At the state level, we’ve seen two debates so far featurin... read more

It’s high drama this past week at the state Board of Regents for Higher Education. President Robert Kennedy is being pressured to step down after he mistakenly authorized twenty-one executive pay raises without board approval, and he also took a leave this summer for “professional devel... read more

Jackie McLean had one of the most amazing musical lives of the 20th century. He learned jazz in Harlem from the great pianist Bud Powell...he idolized, then sat in for, Charlie Parker. His first recording gig was with Miles Davis....and he played with all the greats. The new biograp... read more

  The “Patient Centered Medical Home” is a fairly new way of talking about what medical care used to be. The idea is that a patient has a primary care doctor who does more than just see them when they’re sick, but actually knows them, has all their records at hand, can suggest speci... read more

A political newcomer is challenging two-term incumbent Jim Himes in the 4th Congressional district. Republican candidate Steve Obsitnik is a Navy veteran and businessman from Stamford. Speaking on WNPR's "Where We Live," Obsitnik says if elected, he wouldn't cater to special interests.... read more

With his new energy plan unveiled last week, Governor Dannel Malloy is trying to explode an old stereotype. "It used to be that you could only be pro-business or pro-environment. Let me say clearly that I reject that as a false choice," said Malloy during the unveiling. Malloy’s... read more

Sugar is getting a lot of the blame these days for its role in obesity and other illness from heart disease to cancer. We’ve been eating sugar for a long time, so, what’s changed? According to the USDA, Americans now consume approximately 156 pounds of sugar, per person, per y... read more

President Obama has made it part of his regular education speech that the best path to the middle-class is through a college education. And the numbers bear it out. Getting a college degree brings higher earnings over a lifetime. Today, those with a bachelor’s degree earned 84% mor... read more

It’s been a strange week in politics...just ask President Barack Obama. Speaking to a Colorado crowd the day after the first presidential debate he said, "When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney." Yeah, the guy he met in Denver se... read more

Latinos make up one-sixth of the nation's population, but accounted for more than half of the country's population growth from 2000 to 2010, according to the latest census. That includes a growth of nearly 50 percent in Connecticut - where Hispanics make up 13 percent of the popula... read more

We're all about last night's debate. The nation's go-to site on this topic, Presidential Debate Blog, is sort of based here in Connecticut, and we'll have its contributing editor, Mark Samburg, on the show. Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.... read more

We recently learned about the 40 “fastest-growing” tech companies in the state. The list includes bio-science, IT, manufacturing, and green technology firms. Matt Nemerson of the Connecticut Technology Council says the list is a kind of guide to a new economy for the state. "When yo... read more

Andrew Roraback is the Republican nominee for the open Congressional seat in the 5th District...and he’s a bit stuck. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has been trying to paint him as a Tea Partier in an ad campaign, which is something Roraback denies.  He denies it so... read more

We’re back at our “pop up” storefront at 90 State House Square, with help from the city of Hartford, in a former bank space. Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show are broadcasting here for two days, right on one of the city’s most bustling corners. And downtown will be bursting w... read more

We’ve been talking a lot about “pop up” storefronts on the show - the attempt by cities to fill vacant spaces on their streets, temporarily, just to get a sense of possibility. So, with help from the city of Hartford, and 90 State House Square, we’re trying something new the next few da... read more

Although national Democrats are running ads in Connecticut connecting Republican Andrew Roraback to the tea party, his opponent Elizabeth Esty distanced herself from the attacks. "I don't say that and I've said I don't say that," said Esty. She added that if a Republican is elected from... read more

When can you call something a “crisis?” Is it when a problem gets worse than ever before?  When some aspect of life falls apart completely? Or, can a crisis be something that lingers for years - maybe even decades - until it poses a threat to the community? That’s the story of... read more

Today we're broadcasting from one of the cultural meccas of Fairfield County - a waterside aquarium that hosts a half-millionlion visitors each year.  Among other things, they have exhibits of seals and fish, and lots of stuff for kids.  Four times a year, WNPR's Small Business Pro... read more

A new poll out today from the University of Connecticut and the Hartford Courant shows Senate candidates Chris Murphy and Linda McMahon in a virtual dead heat.  It’s the second recent poll to show a tight race in a Senate contest long thought to favor Democrats. Congressman Murphy’... read more

Connecticut, especially Hartford, has a special relationship with the island of Puerto Rico. These ties brought Sila Calderón to the state this week. She was the keynote speaker last night at a meeting of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Latino Endowment Fund. Calderón wa... read more

It wasn’t too long ago that everything you threw out went in the trash, then to a landfill. Now, due to changes in public attitude and government incentives, recycling has become a part of our daily lives. Back in 1980, for instance, only about 10 percent of trash got recycled. That... read more

Does geography matter anymore? It seems more and more Americans have trouble finding other countries on the map, but why would you need to? Your cellphone can tell you. Robert Kaplan says knowing the map can actually tell you quite a bit about how we got here politically, socially a... read more

It’s been nearly 10 years since the deadlies rock concert disaster in US history. The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island went up in flames only minutes after a pyrotechnic display by the heavy-metal band Great White. The final death toll from the fire was 100 and lookin... read more

Remember the 1989 Robin Williams movie “Dead Poet’s society?” An unorthodox and inspirational teacher takes on the establishment culture of a prestigious boy’s school. The real-life teacher who helped inspire that character has been teaching literature at UConn since 1978. Sam Picke... read more

“Is algebra necessary?” It’s a question that crosses the minds of many students struggling in high school and college math classes. Professor Andrew Hacker wonders the same thing. His opinion piece about the math we teach to students has started a big conversation about how schools... read more

Today, Governor Dannel Malloy is in China - leading a delegation trying to drum up business between our state and increasingly powerful economic force. He’ll also be making an appearance at the World Economic Forum being held there. It’s not the first trip abroad for the Governor -... read more

After years of decline, Connecticut farms are on the rise, and they’re smaller, more diverse, and more self-sufficient than ever before. It seemed for a long while that Connecticut farms were going out with the 20th century as more and more farms were being plowed under to make way... read more

Ice in the Arctic Ocean is at a record-setting low this summer - covering less of the sea, and melting at a more rapid rate than ever. Although climate change skeptics rail about Al Gore’s stranded polar bears, the melting of Arctic ice is - scientifically - really real... Over 30 y... read more

It flows from the upper reaches of New Hampshire through the heart of New England...and winds its way through our state - twisting, turning, sometimes flooding, and eventually emptying into Long Island Sound. The 410-mile-long Connecticut River was recently designated America’s fir... read more

We’ve been hearing for years that political conventions used to mean so much more. That these rallies actually helped parties to “decide” on candidates. Our own history with conventions goes all the way back to the beginning...1766 to be exact, in Hartford. It was organized by the “Sons... read more

A new poll out from Quinnipiac University shows former wresting executive Linda McMahon leading Congressman Chris Murphy in their race for Senate. It’s one of two polls out this week. The other was conducted by Public Policy Polling on behalf of the League of Conservation Voters. It... read more

Pete Seeger may be one of the most important folk singers of the 20th century. But he’s more than a musician – he’s a political activist and an environmentalist too. At age 93, he is still thriving. He was even featured on the Colbert Report in August. Weselyan University provost an... read more

We're surrounded by cool technology. Skype allows us to talk to people on the other side of the world. We have iPods that let us carry thousands of songs in our pocket. But how about an iPhone app that lets you record the sounds of your hometown, then remix them into a unique audio... read more

Two stories this summer have had us thinking about the stars... and a bit about our own backyard.   The death of Neil Armstrong - the first man to walk on the moon - has made many nostalgic for a time when the American space program captured the world’s imagination.  The local conne... read more

During the countless speeches at the national conventions, there’s group that you will hear about over and over again: the middle class. But how big is the middle class? In February, Mitt Romney drew fire for comments he made on CNN. “I'm in this race because I care about Americ... read more

You’ve probably seen the plans: Amtrak wants to build high-speed rail in the Northeast running trains from Boston to Washington at 220 mph to make the trip in 3 hours! Amtrak is betting that rail can once again compete with cars and planes to get us where we want to go, faster, mor... read more

Today, we’re in our studio 3 for some live music with the New Haven indie-folk band “Goodnight Blue Moon.” They’ve been playing as a band in the area since 2008...but many of them have been playing songs together for much, much longer. Erik Elligers is the lead singer and plays... read more

Could we someday have the “Springfield Strip?”   Yesterday MGM unveiled their plans to revive the struggling Massachusetts city by pumping 800 million dollars into a gambling resort, entertainment complex, and housing development. It’s one of several proposals on the table as Mass... read more

Mosquitoes are one of those things that we learn to deal with. We put the bug spray on, light the citronella candle, and try to keep the itching to a minimum. But for some people, those skeeters are deadly. Yesterday, the Dallas, Texas region saw its 11th death of the year from the... read more

The busway planned between Hartford and New Britain has been dubbed CTfastrak, perhaps to get out from under the divisive political connotations of “busway.” But as the plans start to take shape, local politics are again playing a role. Today, where we live, we’ll try to avoid the p... read more

What makes your town unique or puzzling? What local history is important about where you live? What makes you proud to be in your part of Connecticut? Today we look into all the nooks and crannies that make our state eccentric. We'll answer burning questions like: Why is Mystic half... read more

It’s primary day in Connecticut!  The last time Governor Malloy was on The Colin McEnroe Show, he said it doesn't make any sense to have hold primary day in August. Yeah, it’s a little hard to drum up much enthusiasm for a trip to the polls when its 87 degrees and sunny, the Cape is cal... read more

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, Germany is undertaking a massive effort to eliminate its eight nuclear power plants. It will rely on more wind and solar power, and less on coal. The Germans may spend as much as $250 billion over the next several years just to g... read more

Remember those big storms that left many of us in the dark for days and even weeks? We all went scrambling to power up our computers, recharge our smart phones, and grab a bite to eat in a warm and well-lit restaurant. The dark didn’t feel quite right. But, maybe a little more dark... read more

Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District is kind of funny looking. It’s been that way since 2002, when the state lost a seat in congress and had to jam together two “normal looking” districts. This made for an epic battle for control of the seat...but it also made for one of the str... read more

TV shows and Sci-Fi books and  from the 1950’s and 60s brought us images of future cities filled with flying machines, moving sidewalks, helpful robots and meals at the push of a button. Although we never quite got there,  we do have internet, a phone in our pocket that does everyth... read more

The state’s child welfare agency said it's aware of roughly 100 children who have been sold for sex in the state during the past five years - and that’s just who they’ve identified. Joette Katz - commissioner of DCF is launching a public awareness campaign to try to train both safet... read more

In the Civil War, it was called soldiers heart or nostalgia..in WWI it was known as shell shock. These days its known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Talk to any veteran and they'll tell you.. war changes you. Some come back to their families and re-integrate with no prob... read more

While political candidates are quick to claim a religious faith, you sometimes have to wonder to whom they are speaking. A recent Pew Center report said 19 percent of Americans claim no religious affiliation. A Trinity College report said that the so-called “nones” – spelled n-o-n-e... read more

Federal authorities made seven new arrests in their investigation into the campaign of house speaker Chris Donovan The arrests circle around an alleged scheme to cover up campaign donations that were aimed at using Donovan’s influence as speaker of the house to kill a bill aimed at... read more

The Great River - 07/27/2012
Highway. Barrier. Resource. Sewer. Each of these names has been used to describe the Connecticut River in the almost four centuries since Europeans first settled along its banks.  This prominent feature of the state’s physical landscape also provides a reference point for our sense of p... read more

Springfield is Hartford's neighbor to the north...we share an airport, a major highway and a river. But what do we really know about Springfield? Today, for the first time, we broadcast live from Springfield, MA. We're celebrating our new relationship with American International Col... read more

  A hundred years ago, a river ran through the city of Hartford. And I don’t mean the powerful, 400 mile long Connecticut river. It was the Park River…and it was not loved. Due to massive pollution, the spread of disease, and a few devastating floods –the Park River, was buried bene... read more

Suburbs 4.0 - 07/25/2012
Our federally-funded highway system has been called the greatest public subsidy to private real estate in history. Where’s that real estate? The suburbs.  You might think of cities as places for tall buildings, busy sidewalks, buses and trains, and coffeeshops. Suburbs, on the other... read more

It’s been ten years since Richard Florida’s bestseller, “The Rise of the Creative Class.” So, has it risen yet? Florida touted the cities like San Fransisco and Austin Texas that have, for years, attracted young “creative” types with socially tolerant attitudes, plenty of outdoor a... read more

Today, the “big bang theory.” Not the kind that Ira Flatow talks about on Science Friday...but the kind that city leaders talk about when they want to make a splash...to revitalize their city...to get millions in taxes. These urban “big bangs” are often pipe dreams that never get be... read more

In 2011,  Aetna spent more on lobbying than any other insurance company - 11.6 million dollars.  3.3 million went to the American Action Network, and 4.5 million went to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - both organizations supporting conservative causes, both working against federal health... read more

Republican 5th congressional district candidate Mark Greenberg questioned whether Islam is a religion of peace. "I don't believe in all manner, that Islam is a religion of peace and we have to be careful about that," said Greenberg on WNPR's Where We Live. "We got to be honest about... read more

As the University of Connecticut gets bigger - with more global aspirations - what does that mean for the state university system? This fall, Dr. Elsa Núñez starts her seventh year as president of Eastern Connecticut State University. Some view it as UConn’s little sister campus in... read more

Samuel Amadon is a poet who grew up just outside of Hartford. He left for college, and grad school, but kept finding himself coming back to the capital city. Now he teaches in South Carolina, and has recently published “The Hartford Book” – a collection of gritty poems he wrote about hi... read more

Pop-Up Storefronts - 07/17/2012
Popup storefronts are popping up all over. Maybe even in your town. Here’s the idea: You take one empty retail space and offer it up for free. A new business comes in for a day, a week, a month, or who knows?   The hope? It can re-energize a commercial strip and fill in a sad,... read more

At the Rio Earth Summit that just concluded, more than 100 world leaders gathered to talk global sustainability and set goals for the environment. President Barack Obama was not among them. Neither was Angela Merkel of Germany or David Cameron of the UK. This may say something about the... read more

The Rise of Women - 07/13/2012
Women outpace men in colleges and graduate school and account for half of the workforce, so why are there still so few women in top jobs? Because women have more education and career opportunities than ever before, because they’ve entered male-dominated fields like medicine, the mi... read more

Everyone counts down the days to vacation, right? Well not in America...it seems we’d rather keep working. Yes, despite all the data that time off makes you happier, healthier and MORE productive, a majority of americans - some 57percent had unused vacation time at the end of 2011,... read more

In Connecticut, we’re only one month out from an important primary in two key races. The Senate Race has lost a bit of its drama with front-runners Chris Murphy and Linda McMahon pulling out to big leads. But in the race for the open 5th district seat, it’s still a wild showdo... read more

Foxwoods Casino is an unlikely Connecticut success story. Before 1992, residents never would have guessed they’d have one of the world’s largest casinos in its backyard. But given the years of profits and massive expansion, the headline of a New York Times Magazine story now seems... read more

The whole point of the company Journatic is that you’re not supposed to know that they exist. What do they do? Well, they provide news stories for papers - sometimes written under fake bylines - often “reported” from far flung places. Think that story about West Hartford gas prices... read more

Remember when we used to have to do “research?” You know, go into dusty library backrooms? Spool through microfilm of old newspapers? Save important information in overloaded file drawers? Of course, the internet changed all that, with the advent of the “search engine.” The more tha... read more

We know they’re the biggest voter block in Connecticut...and we know they’ll decide this year’s presidential election... Yes, it’s the Independents! Technically in our state most of them are “unaffiliated” - not part of any party. They have a wide range of ideas, but they’re unified... read more

Louis Masur is Chair of the American Studies program at Trinity College, and is author of the forthcoming Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union. It’s out on September 22nd this year - the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s “preliminary” proclamation... read more

Lee Epstein, in a recent piece for the Atlantic Cities blog, wrote that healthy watersheds and sustainable in-town development are directly linked: “what happens on the land affects the water downstream” across a wide area. He says sprawling development damages water quality for the... read more

Youth Violence - 07/03/2012
When violence strikes a city – as Hartford was struck last month in a weekend of shootings that left two dead and eight wounded  – you have to ask why, and you have to ask how can we prevent this from happening again? Especially when the violence involves young people, a city stops... read more

What's an adult?  And, when it comes to crime, should a teenager be treated like one? Did you know that, up until 2010, 16-year-olds charged with most crimes in Connecticut were handled in the adult judicial system?  And did you know that until yesterday, the same could be said for... read more

Students are learning math and reading, but do they know how to get along with others around the world? It’s called “cultural competence” - a facility with different languages, an understanding of climate and geography, and familiarity with global financial markets. And according t... read more

Every summer, a world of arts and ideas descends on New Haven Connecticut - and we're here to take a look and a listen. Today, we're broadcasting live from The Study at Yale - a beautiful, modern hotel, right in the heart of the city on Chapel Street.  We're only a block from a few... read more

Title IX - 06/25/2012
Title IX is 40 years old this week...and slowly over that time, it’s meant a big boost in Women’s athletics. Just to give you some idea - there are nearly 10 times as many high school girls playing organized sports today as there were the year the law went into effect. At the colle... read more

Most major league players have a lot of stories to tell. But Steve Blass might have more than most. He went from a skinny prospect in the tiny Connecticut town of Falls Village to become the star pitcher on a World Series team, where he befriended a baseball icon. But he has been re... read more

“We’ve been fighting about gay marriage for what, 15-20 years now.  Is there any evidence that fighting gay marriage is contributing to a greater appreciation among the broad society of the marital institution? Is there any evidence that the re-institutionalization of marriage is happen... read more

It’s officially called the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Some detractors call it “Obamacare.” And, soon the court may call it unconstitutional. We’ve been waiting for months to hear what the US Supreme Court will rule on the health care reform that is seen as “transformational” - even b... read more

“We’ve been fighting about gay marriage for what, 15-20 years now.  Is there any evidence that fighting gay marriage is contributing to a greater appreciation among the broad society of the marital institution? Is there any evidence that the re-institutionalization of marriage is happen... read more

We’ve got the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Hall High Warriors. So what’s in a name? Hall High School in West Hartford has decided to change their logo, which previously depicted a profile view of a Native American. They will still be known as the “Warriors... read more

University of Connecticut president Susan Herbst has had a busy first year on the job. She’s pushed for a major expansion of its faculty – part of a plan to get more students into the classes they need and get their degrees in four years. The university is hiring 275 new faculty ov... read more

New Haven was once known as the “model city” - for a massive urban redesign in the 1950s and 60s. That renewal - 50 years later - has divided the city. Literally and emotionally.  Now, some of the damage is being repaired - a plan to reconnect a “downtown” crossing where homes and... read more

Today, the Traveler’s Championship week kicks off in Connecticut. It was known for years as the Greater Hartford Open...the GHO. It’s always raised lots of money for charities and always attracted thousands of visitors. But on a few occasions in its history, it has almost gone away. The... read more

Digging Into Soil - 06/15/2012
Last week on the show, we talked about big rocks, and Connecticut’s glacial history, but what about the tiny stones and sediment beneath our feet? Yes, today, where we live, we’re digging in to soil. According to one of our guests, soil is the foundation of everything. It’s wh... read more

Jill Sobule Live! - 06/14/2012
[Featured on the Audio to the left: A one-hour conversation and performance with and by Sobule in which she sings "Jetpack" and "Heroes" and some rarities.] Usually I hate pre-thinking my interviews. I do it, but I hate it. Today, writing down questions for Jill Sobule has been fun.... read more

There was lots of excitement around this special session, with the FBI investigation of Chris Donovan’s campaign staff - leading him to recuse himself as speaker. Then there was the “mixed bag” of non-budget related “concepts” added to the bills - many without any sort of public he... read more

Earlier this week, Jackson Laboratories broke ground on a...well, a groundbreaking new facility in Farmington. In collaboration with UConn and the state, they hope to pioneer genomic medicine and incubate new startup biotechs in the state. The state of Connecticut has made a big com... read more

Job Creation - 06/12/2012
Politicians often promise to create new jobs if you elect them...but who really “creates” jobs anyway? I mean, as a business owner, you know you’re doing well if you’ve got enough business to actually hire more people to do work.  But the motivation of the business is to create “pr... read more

Insuring the City - 06/11/2012
In the 1950s and 60s northeastern cities were evolving from being railroad hubs to being anchored by the insurance industry. And those “anchor companies” changed the skyline and the culture of the places they invested. Today’s guest, Elihu Rubin, author of Insuring the City: The Pru... read more

We take certain things for granted. Like the mountains, rivers and rocks around us. So what made Connecticut look the way it looks today? As you kayak on the Connecticut River, drive over Talcott Mountain, or swim in Long Island Sound...there are millions of years of history underne... read more

There’s a few ways to think about how to spur economic growth in a city. One way is through the “big bang” theory - you know, the kind of project that inspires city leaders and residents alike with dreams and promises of “revitalization.” It’s something Hartford experienced during the b... read more

Controversy is swirling around the campaign of a frontrunner for congress, and that’s not all that’s happening. Aside from the troubled campaign of House Speaker Chris Donovan, we’ve also got a legislature heading back into a special session to work on the state budget, a session t... read more

Connecticut Fund for the Environment is working to restore 82 acres of wetlands to New Haven's West River and Edgewood parks. This is the largest urban tidal restoration project to date in New England. John Champion -- of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment -- is trudging throu... read more

Republican congressional candidate Justin Bernier is casting himself as the conservative alternative to Andrew Roraback in Connecticut's 5th Congressional District race. Bernier described the 5th as a "right-of-center district, no doubt about it." During an appearance on WNPR's Wher... read more

Paved Paradise - 06/04/2012
Picture a parking lot....what comes to mind? A sea of asphalt, white lines, birds pecking at discarded food. Don’t forget the stray shopping carts, bright lighting at night, and blinding glare by day. Not the most pleasant place. But to Eran Ben-Joseph, a parking lot can be much mor... read more

Kate Callahan has been a fixture in the Hartford music scene for years - now she’s out with her first new album in six years. The new record is called “Two Doors” - and as usual with Kate’s music, the songs are delicately arranged, her voice is clear as a bell, and the themes are b... read more

We come to rely on our communities being a certain way.  A disaster can change all that. It can take the form of a tornado.  That’s what happened one year ago in Joplin Missouri - a city that was nearly wiped out - with 160 of its residents killed. More than a week later, anot... read more

Dan Roberti is a little-known candidate from a well-known political family, making a big run at a seat in congress. Roberti is a democrat running for the 5th congressional district seat, opening up this fall as Chris Murphy makes his run for the Senate. He qualified - if barely - fo... read more

Connecticut Creates - 05/25/2012
We talk a lot on the show about the brain dain in Connecticut. The creativity drain, the young people’s exodus... you name it. But not all the creative people are leaving Connecticut. Some have become pioneers in their own communities. And now they are getting some attention through a n... read more

The American Mural Project hopes to become the largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world - a mural 120 feet long, five stories high and up to ten feet deep. And it’s happening in Winsted, Connecticut. Ellen Griesedieck is the artist behind the project, and today she rejoins us i... read more

Every few months, "the internet's busiest music nerd" joins us to share some of his favorite new tracks. Anthony Fantano is the man behind The Needle Drop, which is a blog, YouTube channel and a public radio show that can be heard on WNPR at 10pm on Saturday nights.  Mr. Fantano was... read more

Today, we broadcast live from Torp Theater on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. The live radio debate between candidates for the Democratic nomination for Senate.  Chris Murphy is a congressman who represents the 5th congressional district.  He is the pa... read more

Fair housing advocates say that “integrated” communities with various racial, ethnic and economic groups are the key to prosperity.   In fact, administration officials says that President Obama has the “desire to see a fully integrated society.”   This has led to battles in pl... read more

Community Courts - 05/22/2012
American cities are rethinking their approach to what are often  called “nuisance” crimes...like drinking in public, graffitti, vandalism, prostitution, and shoplifting. Sending people away for these violations doesn’t exactly improve the  conditions within the communities where th... read more

Outgoing Speaker of the House Chris Donovan said the jobs bill known as Senate Bill One will be passed during a special session. Some believe the bill did not get brought up in the House because Donovan's minimum wage bill was not passed in the Senate. The minimum wage bill that cou... read more

  Two high-priority pieces of legislation didn't make it out of the capitol this session: One was a jobs bill, the other raised the minimum hourly wage by a quarter.  But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, House Speaker Chris Donovan says he expects both to be on the table at an upcoming... read more

Back in January we did a show about the cable industry and how it works.  We found a lot of people ready to “cut the cord.” Why are so many ready to dump cable?  Well, we learned that the average cable subscriber pays nearly 3 times as much now as they did in 2001. The average hous... read more

Despite barely qualifying for the Democratic primary for the 5th Congressional seat, expect to see Elizabeth Esty campaigning at least through August. During an appearance on WNPR's Where We Live, Esty believes that some delegates voted for Dan Roberti in Monday's convention in orde... read more

Republican State Senator Andrew Roraback is leaving the legislature to run for the 5th Congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Senate candidate Chris Murphy. On WNPR's Where We Live, Roraback voiced off on his vote against the repeal of the death penalty, which he was previously in... read more

Quinnipiac University law professor John Thomas teaches health and intellectual property law during the day. When he's not doing that though, he's a guitar geek. He collects, studies and writes about guitars and his latest venture has him looking at World War II-era Gibson Guitars.... read more

  If Connecticut’s new marketing campaign is any indication, we’re a state filled with “history.” History is the main theme behind the 2-year, $27 million tourism project - which now has the tagline, “Connecticut: Still Revolutionary.”  It’s meant to capitalize not just on our... read more

You can read about government, listen to stories on the radio and watch them on TV...but do you really know how government works? When a mayor makes a campaign promise...when a candidate takes a campaign donation from a company...when a complex budget is explained in a one-page pres... read more

The end of the state legislative session is an emotional time for lawmakers.  After weeks working closely together on legislation, and holding dueling press conferences to unveil bills that ultimately go nowhere, it comes down to a few frantic late nights, where - bleary-eyed and cloudy... read more

According to U.S. Senate candidate Susan Bysiewicz, you will see her name on the Democratic primary ballot in August, "no matter what." Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz appeared on WNPR's Where We Live ahead of this weekend's Democratic state convention. Earlier this mo... read more

The “age of exploration” is long past. We’ve charted most every inch of the planet, So what’s left to explore? It seems we’re no longer sending men and women into space, and even if you make it to the arctic or the top of Mount Everest you’re sure to have cell phone service. Well,... read more

When Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others were shot by a gunman in Tuscon, Arizona 16 months ago, it set off a national conversation about guns, politics and the way words can perhaps prompt violent reactions.  But for Kelly, a retired Navy pilot and space shuttle astronaut, it started a di... read more

A big part of the conversation about our earth and our environment is about how we talk about these issues. Despite what is considered “settled science” on climate change - the language around it still includes political landmines. And, despite what’s widely viewed as one of mankind... read more

Republican Christopher Shays represented the 4th district for 21 years, until he was unseated by Democrat Jim Himes in 2008. Now Shays is back as one of a number of candidates running to replace the retiring Joe Lieberman in the U.S. Senate. Among his challengers is former WWE CEO L... read more

  Not every school student wants to dissect a fetal pig in biology class.  And now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the Connecticut legislature is considering a law that would mandate that those students have another option.   State Representative Diana Urban says students who... read more

  Connecticut’s Minimum wage - now at $8.25 - may be changing. The state house has passed a bill that would hike it by 25 cents each of the next two years. Now it goes to the senate. Supporters argue the increase would help low wage workers while stimulating the economy.... read more

  The state's house of representatives voted last week to increase Connecticut's minimum hourly wage by fifty cents over two years.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the measure is now in the hands of the senate.    Democratic House Speaker Chris Donovan had wanted much more --... read more

Representative Chris Murphy is hoping to make the jump from the House of Repesentatives to the Senate. He kicked off WNPR's "Where We Vote" series of interviews with the 2012 political candidates. Murphy is one of a number of candidates running to replace the retiring Joe Lieberman.... read more

  As the U-S Supreme Court considers the fate of the national health care overhaul law, some national politicians are taking positions on what would happen should the law be found unconstitutional.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Democratic congressman and senate candidate Chris Murp... read more

With everything else going on at the Capitol, it’s good someone is paying attention to the budget. That someone is The Connecticut Mirror’s Keith Phaneuf.  Our budgetary Obi Wan Kenobi stops by to give us an update on the fiscal health of the state - along with news on the “hot but... read more

The Executive Director of the Alliance for Childhood talks about how important play is for young people. She’s part of a two-day creativity conference coming up in Ridgefield, CT. ... read more

If you wander around New York City for long enough, you'll probably run into the National Debt Clock. It shows what the national debt is at and what your family's share of the debt is. And every few months it seems, Congress is debating the debt ceiling. It's something that has become a... read more

Last year - a major Vanity Fair story brought the issue of sex trafficking in the US to many who’d never considered the issue. And the stories it told were centered right here in Connecticut. In that story, our first guest, Krishna Patel, an Assistant US Attorney told the magazine t... read more

The race for president has taken us on a long, eventful and often amusing road. From gaffes on the campaign trail to bizarre exchanges on the debate stage, the candidates have given bloggers and late night talk show hosts a goldmine of material. Today as part of our Election Double... read more

We know that music, pets, and exercise make us feel good - but did you know they can also make our aging brains stronger? It used to be that getting older meant forgetting more, slowing down, and acting more and more like our grandparents. But no more. We can add years to our... read more

We know that music, pets, and exercise make us feel good - but did you know they can also make our aging brains stronger?   It used to be that getting older meant forgetting more, slowing down, and acting more and more like our grandparents. But no more.    We can add ye... read more

Mike and Ruthy are a folk and blues duo from Woodstock New York, who’ve been playing together for thirteen years.  They’re also a married couple - with a young son and another child on the way. Their music spans the wide spectrum of “Americana” - featuring fiddle, banjo, guitar and... read more

Connecticut has lost more of our 25-34-year-old population since 1990 than any state but Michigan. I’m no demographer - but that’s not good. Of course, big population shifts are happening around the country as baby-boomers retire – but Connecticut is poised for the most hardsh... read more

After the high profile resignation of NPR’s former CEO, the organization needed a fresh start. Last October, Gary Knell took over. NPR faced criticism over the firing of Juan Williams and the undercover sting on a NPR fundraising executive caught bashing the Tea Party. After the... read more

Sure, we’ve got more choice than ever before. But do you ever wonder what happens to all that food on the shelves that doesn’t get bought - and eaten? Journalist Jonathan Bloom is author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of its Food and What We Can Do... read more

Sure, we’ve got more choice than ever before. But do you ever wonder what happens to all that food on the shelves that doesn’t get bought - and eaten? Journalist Jonathan Bloom is author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of its Food and What We Can Do... read more

We’ve come a long way since Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, started a national movement to protest a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. Since our first Earth Day in 1970, our cars, buildings, and even light bulbs have becom... read more

The housing crisis that has cost millions of Americans their homes.  In fact, banks have foreclosed on more than 4 million homes since the crisis began in 2007. Almost 6 million are still in danger of foreclosure, and some analysts say 2012 could be the worst year yet. In fact, acc... read more

Rising global temperatures means a shrinking ice cap in the arctic.  But it also means a new maritime frontier for oil exploration, shipping and tourism.  But how to deal with all of this increased human traffic in a place not really made for humans?  The United States Coast Guard Acade... read more

Dr. Robert Ballard is probably the world’s most famous explorer - in part because of his Titanic discovery - in part because of his tireless mission to uncover secrets of the deep. He’s been in Connecticut this week to help launch a new exhibit at Mystic Aquarium called “Titanic –... read more

Facebook has redefined the word “friend.” But what if you’re looking for real friends - where would you begin? It seems natural for adults, after high school or college, to struggle with new patterns of adult relationships. When the weekend arrives, maybe we find ourselves a l... read more

Facebook has redefined the word “friend.” But what if you’re looking for real friends - where would you begin? It seems natural for adults, after high school or college, to struggle with new patterns of adult relationships. When the weekend arrives, maybe we find ourselves a l... read more

Today’s cities face a bunch of hard choices. So, who can solve today’s urban problems? Where will the GOOD Ideas come from? GOOD Magazine has been bringing creative professionals to the table to solve what they view as big challenges in American cities. Starting in 2008, in Los Ange... read more

Baseball is a sport that revels in nostalgia. Get most American men over a certain age talking about the sport - especially in the spring - and you’ll hear about “the good old days” of trips to the ballpark...told in almost poetic terms. But in the late 60s, as America was changing,... read more

Ten years ago, there were three AA-level Minor League Baseball teams in Connecticut. Today, only one remains. The Rock Cats just started its 30th consecutive season of playing in New Britain. Last month, New Britain Double Play, LLC was introduced as the new owners of the franchise led... read more

Do you ever wonder what the cash in your pocket is really worth? It might cost more than you know. According to the IRS, every year the U.S. government loses billions of dollars in tax revenue due to individuals underreporting, underpaying, or not filing their taxes. But, tax... read more

Where We Live Alone - 04/06/2012
In the 1950s, less than a quarter of American adults were single. Today - that number is up to about half. But when we say “single” - we mean not part of a couple. A different - and slightly antique-sounding term - “singleton” means people who live by themselves. That number is up t... read more

The media perception of African-Americans has shifted dramatically since the 18th century. That’s what Southern Connecticut State University professor Frank Harris found out in his latest research.  He looked at old editions of The Hartford Courant and saw an evolution of labels...f... read more

Thousands of teens are leaving traditional high school in Connecticut and opting for adult education programs instead. These programs have more flexible hours and fewer requirements for graduation, allowing students - in some cases - to finish school more quickly. But there ar... read more

A hundred years ago, the tallest building in the world was 700 feet. Today, the record is 2,000 feet taller than that...and this trend isn’t slowing down. Skyscrapers have gone from being merely “tall” to “supertall.” Seven of the world’s ten tallest skyscrapers were built since the... read more

NPR listeners have heard Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reporting from around the Middle East for years. Her reports have led the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to recently grant her the Edward R. Murrow Award for her outstanding contributions to public radio. She's now based in Jerusalem,... read more

Long before “climate change” came into public consciousness as a major environmental issue - we worried about “acid rain” - caused by emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides that react with water in the atmosphere to create acids. Gene Likens was at the forefront... read more

Greg Tate of the HartBeat Ensemble has been an important part of Hartford’s artistic community. They create original plays based on the place where they live...and work with school systems to create student theater works. Tate has been diagnosed with lung cancer - and has been shari... read more

Worldwide, more people are moving to cities than ever before...but can our cities handle the load? Between 1990 and 2008, the EPA reports that in roughly half of the 50 largest metropolitan regions dramatically increased their growth. Why are people flocking back? Lower crime... read more

In Washington, the Supreme Court held an unprecedented three-days of hearings on the constitutionality of President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act.” Gregory Warner - the Marketplace reporter who’s been covering the hearings called it a kind of “Constitutional Woodstock” with protesters, t... read more

Today we’ll check in with Andrew Fleischman, the Chairman of the state education committee.  They considered Governor Malloy’s education reform bill this week - and depending on who you ask, the resulting document is “bold” or “gutted.”   ... read more

Many Americans know the history of the KKK in the South but there is A Little Known History of Discrimination in New England: The Ku Klux Klan Attacks on Franco-Americans in the first half of the 20th century -  that's the name of a presentation that will be given by Eileen Angelini. Sh... read more

John Mayer, Adele and Keith Urban have all had to cancel shows in past months because of vocal problems. But pop singers aren’t the only ones who find their careers in jeopardy because they’ve lost their voice. Our NPR colleague Diane Rehm has struggled for years with a condit... read more

Playing to a red-meat conservative crowd, Rick Santorum called President Obama a “snob” for saying people should go to college. This statement - and others like it about the liberal “indoctrination” that happens on college campuses - obviously set off millions of educated Americans... read more

Arguments begin in the Supreme Court today over the Affordable Care Act - its one of the biggest, longest, and most highly publicized cases in the court’s recent history - and it has enormous political implications. If the law - or parts of it - are overturned or retained, it could... read more

March 23, 2012-An analysis of Department of Defense records shows that hundreds of veterans have been wrongfully discharged since 2008. The Vietnam Veterans of America allege that service members were incorrectly diagnosed with “personality disorder.” The Veteran’s group is represen... read more

Connecticut is working to get back on the tourism map...and the Eastern part of the state is a big part of that plan. The region has some of the most evocative names... “Mystic Country” and “The Quiet Corner.” It has legendary seaports like New London and Stonington, and the many pe... read more

In late January, the city of St. Louis did something unusual. Actually, in the America of 2012 it was more than unusual...it was extraordinary...they held a parade to honor those who fought in Iraq. Unlike the wars of past generations, the soldiers and sailors, marines and airmen wh... read more

A coalition of…coalitions has coalesced in support of Governor Malloy’s education reform legislation. The group includes organizations that support boards of education and superintendents, the business community and charter school advocates. These groups - CAPSS, CAS, CABE, CBI... read more

We now take some things for granted about voting in Connecticut. 1.) It’s gonna happen on a Tuesday. 2.) You’re going to have to register in advance - then go to a polling place and hope you’re on the list. 3.) You’re going to “bubble in” your choice on a piece of paper - ye... read more

Baseball season puts us in mind of those great baseball names --  Van Lingle Mungo, Prince Fielder, Napoleon Lajoie, Nestor Chylack, Rabbit Maranville and Lancelot Phelps. Actually ... Lancelot Phelps wasn't a baseball player. He was the first person elected to Congress from Connec... read more

More people are buying local food, choosing more sustainably-produced food, and growing their own. This trend is the topic of The 5th Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium at CCSU. Today we’ll talk to some of the panelists -- Bill Duesing - head of the Connectic... read more

String Theorie is a Hartford-based band that plays what they call “Instrumental World Fusion.” Fingerstyle acoustic guitarist Joel Weik, electric bassist Karl Messerschmidt and percsussionist Jordan Critchley have been playing all over Central Connecticut for the last few years - i... read more

Hartford and New Haven held their St. Patrick’s Day parades last weekend...but the holiday is actually this weekend. It’s a time when we’re supposed to honor and celebrate the rich Irish culture and history. But - if you look at the way most Americans celebrate - it’s just another e... read more

Today we'll profile an interesting program happening at Central Connecticut State University within the English Department.  It’s in collaboration with the “Veteran’s Project” which is putting together a “Welcome Home” event on March 31st at the Armory in Hartford.  English professor Ma... read more

Roman Baca entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 2000 and was eventually deployed to Iraq. He returned to Connecticut and struggled to readjust himself to civilian life. He finally found purpose in his life...in dance. Baca started the Exit 12 Dance Company and is the artistic director there... read more

Thousands of troops are home from Iraq - and soon from Afghanistan - to a country that, in many ways, barely noticed they were gone. These wars have been fought at such a distance from a public that was told to “go shopping” to support a war effort, that we don’t have the impact of... read more

While we’ve been obsessed with the big changes that may be coming to the state’s education system - there’s plenty more that lawmakers are considering. On that long list: Red light cameras, hotel taxes, racial profiling, Sunday liquor sales and the death penalty. There’s also news... read more

It has been a sad - but well-known - fact that in many communities, “Driving While Black” or “Driving While Hispanic” can be seen as a reason to get pulled over by police. While the state has a law that mandates reports on the ethnicity of drivers pulled over in traffic stops - that... read more

It’s been a year since the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a new conversation about nuclear power. In his new documentary series called “Burn: An Energy Journal” - public radio pioneer Alex Chadwick is back with a report examining the future of nuclear powe... read more

  We’ve been hearing about a “war on women” in the political arena - mostly over issues of contraception and reproductive rights. But a new book by Dr. Mariko Chang looks at what might be a more pressing problem...a wealth gap that’s faced women for years. The book is Shortchanged:... read more

The Beman Triangle is a site key to understanding the changing nature of Middletown's African-American community over the 19th and 20th centuries. This project is a partnership between the AME Zion Church community, Wesleyan archaeology/ anthropology professor Sarah Croucher, and other... read more

Connecticut teachers have been feeling under fire since Governor Malloy announced a sweeping new education plan. Among the many points in his 163-page plan that’s now being debated by the legislature is a provision to change the rules on teacher tenure. Malloy says that unions... read more

Patient safety is one of the nation's most pressing health care challenges. Patient safety advocates say that thousands of people are put in harm’s way from preventable hospital-acquired infections and medical errors. Connecticut alone reported more than 16-hundred “adverse ho... read more

After a series of bad storms, Governor Dannel Malloy declared a “War on Trees!” Or, at least that’s what it seemed like at the time. The governor was reacting to the hundreds of thousands of power outages caused by downed trees after a tropical storm and a freakish October snowstor... read more

Roads get you where you need to go...at least some of the time. But roads are more than just well worn paths for busy motorists. Writer Ted Conover shows them to be a kind of metaphor for human movement. From frightening mountain passes in Peru that carve a path for prized mahogony,... read more

In the nearly five years since a tragic bridge collapse in Minnesota, the nation’s bridges have been under scrutiny. And a national overview shows that 11.5% of the country’s bridges are “structurally deficient.” But what does that mean exactly? Are they in danger of falling apart,... read more

For people who aren’t in politics - it seems like an awful business. Raising money, cashing in favors, countless meetings and handshakes. So why do people want to do it? And what does it take to actually be successful? Today, we’ll talk about how difficult it is for new people to b... read more

The state of Connecticut is asking residents for their “Connecticut Stories” today...part of a new marketing push. It may not prove to be “I Love New York” - the highly memorable 1970s campaign that rebranded a city and a state - and that had a young Dannel Malloy working on.  But... read more

You know how we love main street preservation and architecture here on where we live. Sometimes, though, you need to step back and ask: Is it really better to spend money fixing up an old building than replacing it with a new one?     That’s part of the conversation at an event sp... read more

Alix Lambert is a photographer, documentary filmmaker, writer, director, and conceptual artist who is fascinated by crime.  Her films have explored the impact of a serial killer on the Southern Louisiana community in which the killings occur, and Russian Penitentiary System through the... read more

Governor Dannel Malloy has some big challenges on his plate - not the least of which is an education overhaul. Malloy promised “wholesale changes” in his state of the state address...changes that including adding $50 million into the allocation the state sends to towns - still far... read more

  Governor Dannel Malloy responded to concerns about his plan to revise the system of teacher tenure on WNPR's Where We Live. His education proposals have been the subject of hearings at the Legislative Office Building this week.     Malloy has made education reform a key pa... read more

The last few weeks have been difficult for arts organizations in Connecticut as the Malloy administration revamps arts funding. First, arts groups were surprised to hear about funding cuts in the revised budget that came from the Governor...but then came word that they’d be forced t... read more

With the state legislative session underway - advocacy groups are talking about their “priorities.” And in this “education session” - many of those priorities have to do with education and funding education. Today, we’ll talk policy with two consortiums...and see if some of their id... read more

We kept hearing it from business...there really are jobs in Connecticut...we just don’t have the right workers. Business owners were telling us they weren’t finding people with the right competencies in science, technology, engineering and math...what are called the STEM subjects.... read more

The idea of personalized medicine was a driving force behind the Human Genome Project. Now Connecticut might be in the driver’s seat. Governor Malloy recently sealed the deal that will give Jackson Laboratories $291 million to build their new genomic research facility on the Univer... read more

There’s no sports market in the United States quite like Connecticut. Hartford hockey fans have been longing for the NHL to return to Connecticut ever since the Whalers left in 1997. Two years later, the New England Patriots rejected a deal to move that team to Hartford. More than a... read more

  Education is the focus of state and national policy as we try to find ways to close the “achievement gap.” Among the many ideas being tried is expanded “choice” - giving families in low-income areas more options of where their kids can go to school. But what if we flippe... read more

For the first time in 2012, we’re on the road in Norwich..."the Rose of New England." On Groundhog Day...we took a trip to the Norwich Arts Center. A large crowd of committed community members came to join us and talk about their town...the local press was there. But sadly, some tec... read more

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM): Connecticut's strengths? Many of the state's employers don't think so anymore. Listen for WNPR's week-long special investigation of STEM education: STEM Series: Unfilled Jobs In CT Due To Lack Of Qualified Workers STEM... read more

Ambassador Marc Grossman just returned from a trip around the Middle East - gathering support for a “Democratic Afghanistan.” That meant trips to places like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar...all seen as key US allies in the region. But a notable absence from this tour was a visit to... read more

The band Bronze Radio Return has been in our studios before. The Hartford band has been touring hard for years, showing off a rootsy rock and roll sound. But as you can hear - on their new record, Shake! Shake! Shake! new sounds are creeping in. But the band is still holding close enoug... read more

The songwriter Paul Simon once said: Improvisation is too good to leave to chance. Improvisation is one of the key parts of musical expression...from fiddling with chord changes until a song emerges, to full-on “free” jazz, created on the spot.  In fact, jazz is probably the first t... read more

A year ago, Dannel Malloy's job fell into the general categories of triage and emergency medicine. The state's fiances were broken. He had to get the patient stabilized so the process of care could begin. This year, to extend the analogy, the patient is out of intensive care but not out... read more

“Freakonomics” changed the way we think about...well, everything. About people’s motivations, their actions, their desires and dreams. Stephen Dubner and economist Steven Levitt found ways to tell stories that explain how economies work - that drew us in, and made us question the co... read more

Investment options are endless...Apple, Walmart, Starbucks, Microsoft, Exxon Mobil...but how about countless numbers of local startups around the country? They might not be the most obvious investment choice. But many people call small business the backbone of our economy and the co... read more

  Is it our genetic code that determines our destiny, or can early life experience influence the course of our fate? A recently released report from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that stress - especially in our earliest years -plays a big role in future health.  ... read more

The police commission in East Haven has voted unanimously - chief Len Gallo must go. Chief Gallo had already said he was stepping down in the wake of an FBI investigation which resulted in four officers in the town being arrested for allegedly systematically terrorizing Latinos in t... read more

Having a “high metabolism” is seen as a positive for humans...what about cities? The idea of “urban metabolism” comes from a new book by Austin Troy, associate professor at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.  He’s the author of The Ve... read more

The November elections are shaping up to be largely about the issue of income inequality. That’s especially if multi-millionaire investor Mitt Romney gets the Republican nomination - which seems increasingly likely.  News of Romney’s tax rate - around 14% - coupled with outspoken st... read more

Thousands of children struggling against poverty find hope - and the path to a better life - through classical music. Its not some pipedream...but a very real and inspiring story of El Sistema - The System: a music phenomenon in Venezuela that’s touched the lives of hundreds of thou... read more

Pregnancy brings a rollercoaster of emotions for women and their partners. Those 9 months bring parents anxiety, excitement, a sense of wonder, and joy. It's during the first trimester when mothers are first asked about whether they want to have genetic tests done to check on the ba... read more

Last week, the National Alliance to End Homeless released an annual report that said homeless is down slightly, but the number of people who are doubling up with friends and family is up. Today, advocates around the state will conduct an annual point-in-time survey of Connecticut’s home... read more

In this country, omnivores ate over 26 billion pounds of beef in 2010. All that meat sold for roughly $74 billion. Of course, some of that was the local, grass-fed stuff that food author Michael Pollan would approve of. A lot of it was the “other” stuff that goes into Big Macs and W... read more

Since Connecticut legalized gay marriage in November 2008, more than 6,000 same-sex couples have been married here. More and more Northeastern states are legalizing same-sex marriage with New York doing it last summer. It’s an issue that continues to stir debate - from California’s... read more

Congressman Jim Himes is getting ready for another battle over unemployment benefits and a payroll tax cut...while trying to keep open a Social Security office in his district.  We talked to him about these issues, but he’s also been weighing in on SOPA and PIPA - the anti-piracy bills... read more

Today, a roundtable discussion of the many stories we’re following this week.....the budget’s on the brink of deficit, Sunday liquor sales seem just around the corner, as do so-called “red-light cameras”...ah yes, it must almost be time for a state legislative session. We’ll check in wi... read more

  Today the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program releases its Global MetroMonitor report - ranking the world’s 200 largest metropolitan economies for income and employment growth from 2010-2011. Now we’ve talked to Brookings in the past about the importance of metro areas but... read more

It’s already in place in New York - a grading system for restaurants. Soon, Hartford diners will find out if their favorite hotspot makes the grade. This new grading system is also in place in Stamford, Norwalk, and the Farmington Valley.  How does it work? Starting this month,... read more

There has been a lot of talk recently about whether a Liberal Arts college degree is worth it. Some leading liberal arts schools are trying to make their case. It used to be that a new college graduate could walk off the campus and into a job, but that’s not happening right now and,... read more

  Both socially and politically, blacks are the least trusting racial group in the U.S. So says UConn political science professor Shayla Nunnally who’s written a new book exploring “Trust in Black America” - She says the African American legacy of experiencing racial discrimina... read more

Just over a year ago, Governor Dannel Malloy became the state’s first Democratic governor in 20 years. His first year in office could be remembered in any number of ways: the state budget battle, the union concession rejection and then approval...and of course the weather. Later... read more

Governor Malloy has called this upcoming legislative session “The Education Session.” You can see why. Connecticut has one of the worst achievement gaps in the nation. Students in wealthy, suburban schools do as well - or better - than any in the country. Students in poor, urban... read more

Iran is back at the top of the news, over its nuclear program, a death sentence, and a raft of rescued sailors. And that news is all within one week. Let’s start with the nuclear program - a source of contention with the West. It’s prompted strict sanctions that are starting to take... read more

2011 saw the city of Hartford embark on a grand new plan to market itself. We’ll get an update from Oz Griebel on how the effort to sell the capitol city is moving along. ... read more

Ralph Nader’s not getting into this year’s presidential race...but that doesn’t mean he’s sitting it out. The consumer advocate and past presidential candidate has talked this year of a “progressive/libertarian” alliance with Ron Paul, another polarizing figure who’s selling outrage... read more

2011 was the year fracking “cracked the public consciousness” - and it stands to be an environmental and political issue in 2012. We get an update from Nick Kusnetz who was recently a reporting fellow for ProPublica, focusing on fracking. Here is an excerpt from ProPublica's reflect... read more

The average cable TV subscriber pays nearly 3 times as much for cable now as they did in 2001. And the costs are going up all the time. The cable industry says that’s because of the high cost of the programming it buys, and its need to maintain an infrastructure to bring you thos... read more

Today, just 51% of adults over 18 are married, dropping from 72% in 1960. It’s a record low. Instead, more people are living in alternate arrangements, including cohabitation, single-person households and as single parents. The numbers come from a Pew Research Center analysis of... read more

The big story of 2011 was the weather: epic snowstorms, dangerous ice storms, a deadly tornado, a tropical storm... And that was all before a freakish October Nor’Easter that snapped leaf-laden trees, downing power lines and - for a week - took us back to a kind of pre-Colonial Conn... read more

Today’s yet another deadline in the ongoing saga of “Connecticut’s Congressional Map.” Lawmakers repeatedly missed deadlines to draw district lines and eventually punted to the state Supreme Court - saying they’re deadlocked over a few details. The Court considered....quickly...then lob... read more

Twas the last show before Christmas and we’re visiting Santa, Scrooge...and an economist. We’re digging into the Where We Live archive for some of our favorite interviews from previous Decembers. The holiday season is what many retailers look forward to. Consumers head out or lo... read more

  Income inequality stands to be the biggest issue - not just of the next election cycle - but of the next decade. Why? Well, the rich just keep getting richer - a new study released by Connecticut Voices for Children shows that over a four year period, the highest wage earners in t... read more

  Alzheimer’s is predicted to be the defining disease of the baby boom generation. It’s an incurable brain disorder that destroys memory, as well as the ability to speak and function.  It also slowly eats away at loved ones who serve as caregivers.   According to the Alzhe... read more

The University of Connecticut announced yesterday that it’s raising tuition starting in 2013. Yearly increases thru 2016 will be 6 percent, 6.3 percent, 6.5 percent and 6.8 percent...nearly doubling the cost of attending UConn in less than 12 years. Tuition and fees for an in-state stud... read more

  The Connecticut Economy is a quarterly review put out by the University of Connecticut that analyzes - well - the state’s economy. The latest edition was recently released and includes an analysis of Connecticut’s quality of life. One major factor in any economic study is the... read more

President Obama promised to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, used to hold suspected terrorists. Ten years after 9/11...we’re seemingly no closer to a resolution about how to handle these detainees. Attorney General Eric Holder went out on a limb - calling for civilian trials - only... read more

You could see it coming. More than a week ago - political reporters were awash in Newt-mentum! An unexpected surge by a candidate whose campaign nearly fell apart at the beginning...and whose personal “likeability” has always been in question. Then there were concerns about consulting d... read more

A recent Trinity College study takes a look at socio-demographic trends among the United States' Mormon population. Mormons make up just 1.4% of the U.S. adult population and vote heavily Republican. It is also a group with very high rates of voter registration. We talk with someone... read more

Hundreds of students are arrested each year in Connecticut schools.  That’s the finding of a new report by C-Hit - the Connecticut Health Investigative Team.  They reviewed data from the Connecticut judicial department - and their story points to instances where “zero tolerance” policie... read more

  The modernist architectural team of Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel used art as an inspiration throughout their long collaboration, which produced many acclaimed public buildings and private residences until Gwathmey’s death in 2009. The inspiration they drew from art... read more

NPR Music says Mates of State are the “sound of infectious joy.”  Its a joy that rubs right off of this very happy and pleasant married couple - both on their new record, Mountaintops, and in person. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel are a husband and wife duo who’ve been playing togeth... read more

If you’ve listened to this show for a while, you know I’m from Pittsburgh. And that makes me a Steelers fan. Steelers fans root for their team in good seasons and bad, and have always had a belief that their players embody the spirit of Art Rooney, one of the founders of the modern NFL.... read more

Connecticut’s new healthcare advocate, Victoria Veltri is tasked with helping residents through the maze of health care laws, regulations and roadblocks. Veltri’s involved in disputes between insurance carriers and health care providers; disputes about the state’s Medicaid program f... read more

  As the U-S Supreme Court prepares to test the constitutionality of President Obama's signature health care reform law, state officials across the country are trying to figure out the best ways to implement it -- even if they don't think it's the best option out there. WNPR's Jeff... read more

Sometimes a prominent historical figure achieves a resurgence...not necessarily in popularity, but in our daily conversation. It’s been that kind of year for Joseph Stalin. The Soviet leader’s name has been evoked by Russia’s current leader, Vladimir Putin - who sometimes refers to... read more

  Last week, two more men accused Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing them when they were children. The case has raised questions about what one is required to do when child abuse is seen or suspicioned. Policymakers in CT are discussing... read more

Each year more than 350,000 Americans die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest – that’s more than the total death rate for breast cancer, lung cancer, HIV/AIDS, motor vehicle accidents, and violent traumatic events combined. Health officials say widespread public access to Automated External... read more

  A new PBS film “Journey of the Universe” invites viewers to become travelers on a journey that explores the origins of the universe, the emergence of life, and the rise of humans. Today, we’ll talk to producer and scholar Mary Evelyn Tucker about the human connection to the Earth... read more

Mark Demers is a Fairfield University Professor who just got a grant to study “chaos theory.” Could the gentle flap of a butterfly wing in China set off a tornado in Texas? He’ll study the evolution of systems that change over time and attempt to understand their stability and predictab... read more

  Audio excerpts from a panel discussion that John Dankosky hosted, as part of the 2011 environmental summit of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.  The event was meant to highlight some of the issues that the environmental community plans to focus on in the state in 2012... read more

Cod is still one of the most important fish in the Atlantic...and a new survey of its population has fishermen worried. Only a few years after reporting that the stocks were healthy and headed toward recovery, NOAA (The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) says its on... read more

The state has launched an investigation into possible fraud in a federal food stamp program - meant to help residents following Tropical Storm Irene. The fraud was found by the state Department of Social Services - which will conduct the investigation. We're joined by Andrew J.... read more

The state has launched an investigation into possible fraud in a federal food stamp program - meant to help residents following Tropical Storm Irene. The fraud was found by the state Department of Social Services - which will conduct the investigation. We're joined by Andrew J.... read more

Young people in New Haven are tackling the crime problem with microphones and video cameras. This is just part of a growing number of youth media projects that are opening up ears and minds about young people growing up around the world. Today, we’ll talk to the head of Youth Rights... read more

In the week after Thanksgiving, U.S. consumers spent nearly $6 billion online. Those numbers come from research firm ComScore, which says online sales are already up 15% from last year. The benefits of internet shopping can include free shipping, no crowds and seemingly...no sales t... read more

The Wadsworth Atheneum is the nation’s oldest public art museum. It has amassed an impressive permanent collection, and features large, popular exhibitions. But that long history can sometimes be a bit of a curse - as it fights for attention with dozens of art museums and other online e... read more

The population of those 90 and over in America has nearly tripled in the last 30 years. And (surprise!) Connecticut is in the top five states with the largest number of people over 85 years old. A recent census study had to add a whole new category for these “oldest old” folks. So w... read more

After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. On Sundays, Andre spent time with his dad, an author and college professor. Today we have... read more

Wednesday is the deadline for state lawmakers to draw up a new legislative map. Every ten years, the boundaries are adjusted based on the census and it is a process that can often be contentious. The redistricting commission is responsible for balancing out the state House and Senate di... read more

The state’s school superintendents have cooked up the latest in a series of high-profile plans to reform education in the state. Their plan is ambitious and far reaching, including changes to testing, teaching and teacher tenure.  Most importantly, perhaps are goals to offer more fl... read more

So, the “super committee” failed to reach a deficit-reduction plan - now, “automatic” cuts loom. While this is undeniably true - the impact of the committee’s “failure” can be read many ways: One is that it actually helped to divert attention away from the debt ceiling battle in Con... read more

The day after Thanksgiving has come to be known as Black Friday. Dave Isay is trying to change that. Isay, of course, is the man behind StoryCorps - the long running public radio series and comprehensive oral history project that has recorded some 40,000 stories of America for futur... read more

Every year, more than 75,000 eyewitnesses identify criminal suspects in the U.S., and studies suggest that as many as a third of them are wrong. Nearly 300 people nationally have been exonerated thanks to DNA evidence, and that number is expected to rise.  Meanwhile, many guilty peo... read more

We’ve been hearing for years that Connecticut has an aging electricity infrastructure - along with some of the highest electric rates in the country. So, there’s a problem - how to upgrade without sending costs through the roof? It’s a problem that the state has been able to kick do... read more

Today, we’re talking about crowds...their power, and perhaps, their combined wisdom. A recent Boston Globe column called the scientific world a closed society. But technological innovation has opened up the field to the ordinary citizen on the outside with online programs such as Fo... read more

Yesterday’s national “day of action” for Occupy Wall Street was meant to mark the movement’s two-month anniversary...but it also came just after a forceful eviction from the park in lower Manhattan where the protests started. The anniversary sparked actions around the country...some... read more

When you make a decision, do you carefully deliberate? Or do you go with your gut? It seems as though those are our choices...but as scientists dig deeper into the human mind, they’re discovering that this is not actually how the brain works. Our best decisions - they find -... read more

We keep hearing that the job prospects for young workers aren't very good. So, what if they start their own businesses?  Today, we're live from the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford for the last Small Business Breakfast of the year. It's taking place as part of the Greater New Haven Ch... read more

By the end of  2010, over 15 percent of the nation’s population lived below the federal poverty line— that's just over $22 thousand dollars for a family of four. Over a ten-year span, the US saw the poor population grow by 12.3 million, driving the total number of Americans in pover... read more

“A pint’s a pound, the world around.” Except...what’s a pint? And, for that matter, what’s a pound? Here in America, we take for granted our feet, our inches, our Fahrenheit temperatures...we even watch our pounds. But, leave this country, and it’s pretty clear we’re on an islan... read more

Last month, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. will withdraw troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. 100,000 troops have already been removed and the latest withdrawal will bring the last 40,000 home. Today, Where We Live, as we celebrate Veterans Day a conversation about t... read more

In a world where everything we do seems tied to science and technology, a quote like this is pretty scary: Leon Botstein, the president of leading liberal arts college Bard, told the New York Times: “The most terrifying problem in American university education is the profound la... read more

Today CL&P faces their final deadline to have everyones power back on. Are you still in the 1%? It’s also the deadline for the NBA players to accept a deal from the league. There’s that new, looming deadline November 23rd on the national debt ceiling (as if it really matters)…and th... read more

  Robert Gates was defense Secretary for two Presidents – one Republican and one Democrat.  Gates also oversaw two wars, in Afghanistan and Iraq, getting mixed reviews from defense experts for his handling of those conflicts.   He’s also been sharply critical of the types... read more

Donald Poland’s research focuses on the remaking of urban spaces, and he’s using West Hartford Center as a case study. Poland argues that this type of space is not “explained” by current studies of urban areas - which focus instead on big cities and metro areas. Today - where w... read more

CL&P said they’d have power back on by Sunday night - but none of us - including Governor Malloy - were surprised when that didn’t happen. Now, Malloy is one of many state officials launching an investigation into the power company’s response. He’s hired former FEMA director James Lee W... read more

Governor Dannel Malloy deployed the troops six days after the snowstorm that tore down powerlines and left millions of Northeast residents in the dark. Still, as of this morning, 300 thousand customers are without power in Connecticut - making the state the slowest to respond.  ... read more

President Obama just unveiled a new plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure...but what other help is out there? The state of Connecticut is working to help homeowners as well...sponsoring a Mortgage assistance event  on Tuesday November 15th.   And, the Wall Street Journal... read more

There is one part of the autism spectrum with a specific name: Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s is a relatively new diagnosis - it was just added to the DSM in 1994. It’s said to be a “milder” form of autism... Those with Asperger's may face social challenges and sometimes develo... read more

When Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed last month, the photos quickly become public and the media had to make a decision. Many news organizations had slideshows of Gadhafi’s death on their websites. Some published the photos in their newspapers. Even fewer put it on the front... read more

The freak October storm that hit the state this weekend caused more power outages than Hurricane Irene. And, for people in many parts of the state, it could be at least a week until they get their power back. Transmission lines are out to the Northwest corner of the state - where many t... read more

The federal EPA is under attack. From Republican lawmakers and some businesses who say their regulations choke off commerce...and from some environmentalists who think they haven’t been forceful enough in safeguarding our air, water and land. Our recent program looked at several bil... read more

The Anthrax attacks of 2001 terrified a nation already shaken by 9/11.  Five people died, and many others were sickened.  One death hit home - 94 year old Ottellie Lundgren of Oxford Connecticut. The investigation into who launched these attacks pointed to one man - a government... read more

One year ago - a senseless murder shocked New London - a city that’s been undergoing a renaissance as a walkable, artsy, vibrant downtown. The young man who was killed, Matthew Chew, embodied that new vibrancy - and he’s being remembered in a vigil this Sunday, October 30 at 6:30pm at t... read more

An FBI database lists more than 6,000 pieces of stolen and missing artwork. In 2004, the FBI created an art crime team dedicated to recovering stolen or otherwise missing paintings, sculptures and cultural artifacts from around the world. Thirteen pieces in that database were ta... read more

  In 2008, it was hope and change.  Barack Obama promised not just a new kind of president...but a new kind of politics.   But it seems that political transformation will have to wait.  Despite his attempts at bi-partisanship, Republicans have repeatedly rebuffed President Obam... read more

  The state legislature is calling a special session tomorrow. It’s a tale of two bills: Jobs and Jackson Labs. Governor Malloy has unveiled a jobs plan.  It’s focused on small business growth, startup investments for innovative firms, and streamlining the process for business... read more

Moammar Gadhafi was killed today.  The former libyan leader held on to power for nearly 42 years in the North African country, supporting global terrorism and terrorizing the people of Libya. Dr. Abubaker Saad should know, the history professor at Western Connecticut State University wo... read more

Karachi, Pakistan has grown from a relatively small seaport city into a sprawling metropolis of at least 13 million people in just a few decades. It's what NPR host and reporter Steve Inskeep calls an "Instant City." He observes the changes in Karachi through the lense of one especially... read more

Last week, Connecticut handed out $5 million to a variety of towns and cities to create transit-oriented development projects around existing or planned transportation hubs. Here to talk with us about what this means is Tom Condon, he's deputy editorial page editor and columnist with th... read more

The Catholic Church has had a long history of difficulties surrounding the ideas of sex and sexuality, problems that have forced their way into the public spotlight in recent decades. The scandal of sexually abusive priests and the Church's strong stance against same-sex marriage and in... read more

Yesterday more protestors were killed in Syria, Turkey bombed rebels in Iraq and the Greek protests turned violent...again. The news looks pretty violent these days. But renowned psychologist Steven Pinker says that our ancestors were far more violent than we are today. It is th... read more

The EPA has been criticized for being both “regulators gone wild” and “regulators gone missing.” The Environmental Protection Agency has been the target of legislation passed in recent weeks by the Republican-led House.  The bills aim to gut existing regulations - while forcing the... read more

  Americans are far less healthy than their European counterparts as they enter old age. But if we make it there, our chance of survival gets better. So, why is this?  Well, one big reason is the enormous amount of money we’re pumping into end-of-life care.  By 67 - the time ma... read more

  America is looking for ways to create jobs and avoid a prolonged recession. Europe is looking for ways to solve their own economic crisis. But how do problems there affect your wallet here - and the other way around?  And what are the best ways to deal with our economic troub... read more

  Hartford Public Schools have been the subject of books, documentaries and national news stories...and not always cast in the most positive light. Hartford’s has long had status as one of the poorest cities in the country - and with that has come trouble in its education syste... read more

Our recent conversation with Robert Egger, the social enterprise pioneer, got us thinking more about the role of non-profits in the state.  In fact, he thinks Connecticut has a leg up in the way it thinks about the non-profit sector, having appointed Deb Heinrich, a former state lawmake... read more

Diane Orson has made a “beat” out of covering a fascinating story of intrigue and international relations that reads like a combination of Indiana Jones and an Aaron Sorkin drama. Yale and the nation of Peru have been in a dispute for years over artifacts...a dispute that is now finally... read more

Massachusetts senators are set to begin a fifth day of debate on a bill that would bring casino gambling to the state. It’s been an ongoing political fight in Boston...that could have a big climax today. Connecticut’s casinos, both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, draw visitors from throughout... read more

Today’s guest says when it comes to restaurants only three things matter: food, service and ambiance. He says if restaurants don’t reinvent themselves every ten years or so, they’re doomed. So goes our beloved Friendly’s, which hasn’t changed it’s decor in.... uh 50 years?!... read more

It’s one of the most famous baseball radio broadcasts ever: Giants broadcaster Russ Hodges yelling, “The Giants win the pennant.” Those words made Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca want to throw his radio out the window...he was the pitcher that gave up the blast. It’s been 60 y... read more

  Pizza...tacos...mystery vegetable.  Oooh, you want tater tots with that? Yes, the iconic school lunch.  It has strangely changed very little over the years, and accomplishes a difficult feat.  It’s not thought of fondly by either nutritionists or students. But all that m... read more

Egypt has a deep cultural and musical tradition that goes back thousands of years. That history is continuing with modern music that provided the soundtrack to this spring’s uprising and overthrow of the government. Afropop Worldwide - the public radio show dedicated to the musi... read more

Today we’re going to follow up on our recent conversation with DECD commissioner Catherine Smith.   She and the Malloy administration are holding an economic summit on job creation today.  Former gubernatorial candidate and small businessman himself, Ned Lamont has some ideas of his own... read more

Following up on our conversation with astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, today we check in with cosmologist Priya Natarajan from Yale’s upcoming conference “Why is There Anything”. ... read more

Activists are not just occupying Wall Street - they’re occupying cities all over the country. We’ll talk to our #Occupy correspondents in Hartford and New York City. The New Haven Independent’s Melissa Bailey has been spending time with protesters on Wall Street - and the Hartford Coura... read more

Starting next year, light bulbs will have to be more energy efficient. The federal regulation signed into law in 2007 (yes, prior to the Obama administration) has some people stocking up on incandescent light bulbs. A New York Times article says these people have “profound light... read more

It started three weeks ago with a small group of protesters, a vague list of objectives, and a central message: Occupy Wall Street. The movement has picked up steam - adding thousands of protesters, with a still evolving list of concerns.  Aimed at corporate America and the wealt... read more

  Tom Ridge was the first Homeland Security Secretary under George W. Bush.  He’s in town this past weekend to speak on the Connecticut Forum panel called “Global Affairs: A World of Revolution” with host Michel Martin from NPR, former policy director for the state department, Anne... read more

  Robert Egger’s been called a Knight of Social Enterprise - but to understand this, you probably need to understand exactly what social enterprise is.  This idea is the topic of reSET’s Beyond Business as Usual Conference this Wednesday, October 5 at the Hartford Club.  The whole “... read more

  Stanley Tigerman’s name is not one of the first mentioned when thinking of great American architects, but in part that’s because he’s crafted a career as an outsider - not just with his whimsical designs, but with his sharp criticism of his profession. He’s used this quote, which... read more

Jobs plans and jobs “agendas” proposed by “proven job creators” who’ve taken “job tours.” At least someone has a job. With persistent 9 percent unemployment - and weak job growth nationally, politicians are themselves working hard to prove that they’ve got the best ideas for creatin... read more

Every ten years, the U.S. Census is taken and every ten years, the legislative map is redrawn. In states like Connecticut - that process is handled by a legislative committee - an arrangement that leads many to wonder about whether politics plays too large a role in who we get to vote f... read more

Ted Carroll is celebrating his 25th year as president of Leadership Greater Hartford, one of the largest community-based leadership organizations in the country. The organization honors him for his service at their annual Polaris Awards September 27. Because we’re based in Hartford... read more

Retired General David Petraeus is now CIA director. He’s been one of the most influential American leaders of the last decade. His wife, Holly Petraeus has made her own mark - helping military veterans cope with difficult financial issues. She was at Hartford’s Mark Twain House last wee... read more

During the week of September 23rd to October 2nd 2011, over 100,000 people in over 250 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Galleries, Universities, Museums and Cafes for one purpose - to view and vote on our Finalists' Films in the Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. I... read more

Connecticut attracts people from all over the country for one of its natural resources: the Farmington River. The reason people come to this river is for fly fishing. Every day, you see them: The men and increasingly, the women, who stand - silently - in the middle of the river... read more

After two years with Connecticut’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Deputy Commissioner Peter Boynton is moving on. Boynton was first appointed to the post under Republican Governor Jodi Rell. During his tenure, he’s led the department through Presidential dis... read more

There was a time when both the National Rifle Association and the Ku Klux Klan were advocates for gun control. The 2nd Amendment debate has always been contentious. One recent example was the scene outside the United States Supreme Court building in March of 2008 where a gun rights... read more

Economists worry about a “double-dip” recession as the state and federal governments try to create jobs.   We’re live today at the Connecticut Science Center for one of our quarterly Small Business Breakfasts.  It’s done in conjunction with our Small Business Project, where we look... read more

  Marshall McLuhan was the prophet of today’s digital world.  This year, he would have turned 100.   Try on, for example, this passage from the beginning of McLuhan’s most widely read work, “The Medium is the Massage.” Youth instinctively understands the present environmen... read more

It was a sunny morning in Connecticut with no hint of the terror to come. When the day turned dark, its shadows stretched across the state in uncountable ways. As the airplanes struck their targets, they started the clock on a new era. Political fortunes rose and fell. Commuters who cro... read more

The numbers don’t do justice to the scope of Alzheimers Disease. Yes, it affects 5.4 million people in the US, including 70,000 people in Connecticut. The number of new cases has also increased 10% nationally over a decade, and that number could rise, especially in a state like Conn... read more

A speech by the president of the United State about creating jobs for milions of Americans has been preempted by a debate between republicans vying for his job. Yes, that’s where we are in America right now. But thank God...at least President Obama was nice enough to schedule his im... read more

The new Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party, Jerry Labriola joins us to discuss state politics, Democrats and Connecticut's role in the 2012 Republican presidential primary. ... read more

The Connecticut Health Investigative Team's senior writer Lisa Chedekel published a report on Massachusetts-based veterans who say they were exposed to Agent Orange in the United States. Read her article here. ... read more

Principal Steve Perry has been hailed for his “tough love and high expectations” at Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford. He’s had success in keeping kids in school in a city that’s struggled with dropout rates for decades. He preaches strict discipline and no excuses. He greets k... read more

Five days ago, Tropical Storm Irene battered Connecticut and put nearly a million utility customers in the dark. Still, Governor Dannel Malloy says the biggest issue facing the state is “power, power, power, power.” Homes from Bristol to East Haven have been destroyed by floodin... read more

Steve Jobs’ departure from Apple has people talking about what makes a great business leader. You’d have thought the pope or the president was stepping down.  Such was the adulation laid on the outgoing leader - and such was the worry.  Can he be replaced?   Jobs made such an... read more

Hurricane Irene, and the string of devastating weather events across the country have taken our focus away from another crisis. Depending on the analysis you believe, we’re either still in recession, about to head back into another one, or in a painfully slow recovery.   The p... read more

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman might be the most well-known observer of the Sabbath in American life. Lieberman has written a new memoir called “The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath.” He takes you through a magical place he visits each Friday night at sundown... read more

Depending on where you live, this storm was either all hype - or a major disaster. If you had power yesterday, and no trees came down in your backyard, you might have thought - “what’s all the fuss?”   But at its height, Tropical Storm Irene killed two Connecticut residents -... read more

New UConn President Susan Herbst has taken on the job with big plans for the state’s flagship university. When we spoke with Herbst months ago, just before her appointment had become official, we talked at length about athletics at the school - a point of statewide pride, but also... read more

For 25 years, Ted Koppel came into America’s living rooms as the anchor of Nightline. That program started during the Iran Hostage crisis, and never left the air - tackling the issues of the day in long-form interviews and reports, and going on-scene to wars and conflicts. He was, u... read more

They’re both Democrats, but Jonathan Pelto and Patrick Scully don’t exactly see eye-to-eye. Their differences largely stem from the recently ratified labor concessions deal. Pelto - a progressive former state lawmaker - was disappointed in Governor Malloy’s handling of the deal... read more

People around the world are watching the ongoing battle for control of Libya.  Yesterday, President Obama - like most observers - seemed ready to say that rebel forces had taken control of the country, displacing Muammar Gadhafi. But today, the situation seems very unclear.  There’... read more

We talk with Hartford Courant columnist Jeff Jacobs about the “resignation” of UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway. He is leaving the post he's had since 2003. Although the athletics program has enjoyed success, Hathaway was criticized for low attendance and fundraising. The move... read more

Last weeky we did a whole show about sugar.  We talked to author Gary Taubes who wrote an article for New York Times titled “Is Sugar Toxic?” - after talking with him awhile, it seems as though he and the scientists he quoted had made a conclusion.  Their answer is “yes.”   But w... read more

A Pew survey from earlier this year shows that a growing number of Americans are choosing not to identify with either party. These so-called “independent” voters are thought to be key to the President’s re-election, and control of congress.   But in another Pew poll conducted... read more

All the news about health and medicine we’re exposed to might lead some to healthier lifestyles...but to some people, all this information can cause a problem. For hypochondriacs, a little knowledge about health and medicine can lead to a fear of everything that can possibly go wron... read more

The state is investigating teachers and staff at a Waterbury elementary school about suspected cheating on the 2011 Connecticut Mastery Tests. This follows widespread cheating scandals uncovered in the District of Columbia, Baltimore and Atlanta…just this year.  In a story this mon... read more

For a decade now, Hartford has been “New England’s Rising Star.” It never really caught on, did it? That “branding” campaign was pretty widely ridiculed from the moment it was first unveiled. Why? Because people who know the city...who know its story...don’t really believe in what t... read more

How much sugar do you eat? The U.S.D.A. estimates the average American consumes more than 3,500 pounds of sugar in their lifetime. Sugar seems to be in or on everything. Cereal, coffee, yogurt, candy, ketchup and of course...soda. It certainly affects our health, and is seen as the... read more

Here’s the misperception: Eating disorders affect white, middle and upper class women.  A new study says, “not true.”   The study, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, finds that Native American women are just as likely to suffer from binging and purging as w... read more

In 1994, John DeStefano took over as mayor of New Haven and has held the position ever since. Tonight, with the primary just over a month away, DeStefano squares off in a debate with four Democratic opponents. Even if the Mayor wins, which he’s expected to do, others may petitio... read more

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, and the state of Connecticut is paying tribute. Earlier this year, we talked a bit about Connecticut’s civil war history - and got a big response.  Including from our friend, author and historian Bill Hos... read more

Thursday night, August 11, The New Haven Independent is partnering with WNPR and other media outlets to present a multi-media New Haven mayoral debate. Join in on the action during by participating in a live chat.  ... read more

Natural gas is responsible for more of New England’s energy than you might expect. More than 40 percent of power plants in our region are fueled by gas. It’s cleaner - though more expensive to burn - than coal. And with the cost of heating oil high - many homeowners have switched ov... read more

Income tax increases are being felt in some paychecks while tax breaks are going out to some big companies. Those tax increases are being felt mostly by Connecticut’s wealthiest residents...and are showing up in paychecks now.  It’s an issue of “fairness” according to some - but an... read more

After discovering the shipwrecked Titanic in 1985, Dr. Robert Ballard could have retired and still gone down as one of the greatest explorers ever. More than 25 years later though, he’s still at it. His latest expedition is underway and he’s monitoring its every move from his contro... read more

The New York Times called drummer Matt Wilson an “ambassador of good feeling.” It’s a role he takes both seriously...and not all that seriously at all. Drummers have a long history of being the cut-ups in the band and Wilson carries that tradition forward, bringing a sense of humor and... read more

TwitterGoogleFacebookGmailGchatFlickerLinkediniPhoneiPad....ahhhhergh!  I think it might be time for a break. This week, we've been talking about technology and the internet - and how we consume it.  But what happens when it consumes us? Tom Cooper’s “Fast Media/Media Fast” lo... read more

Media Fast: Day 1 - 08/03/2011
WNPR & Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind an... read more

The number of shark attacks reported worldwide increased 25% in 2010. That sounds scary!  Until you realize that the worldwide total is 79.  And despite an increase in shark sitings, the shark population is actually declining. Today, where we live, while the discovery Channel... read more

Media Fast: Day 2 - 08/03/2011
WNPR & Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind an... read more

What company became so successful that its name is now used as a verb? If you’re not sure, well, maybe you should Google it. Google started as a search engine but it has grown to include email, calendars, documents, maps, even mobile operating systems. The best and brightest min... read more

WNPR & Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind an... read more

We used to discuss the news around the water cooler, at the barbershop and sometimes at dinner. Now, we can get right online and tell people how we REALLY feel... Is there anyplace more cringe-worthy than the “comments section” of a news website? The intentions were good: provid... read more

WNPR & Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind an... read more

WNPR & Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind an... read more

Yesterday, Republicans who control the house finally addressed the issue that's been gripping the nation: Naming Post Offices. Yes, when it became clear that House Speaker John Boehner's two-stage solution to avert the debt crisis was not going to get enough votes from within his c... read more

We all have junk...maybe too much. You know, the stuff we just don’t use that much. But what if there was a way to make better use of it? For instance, you use a lawn mower once every few weeks. Your weed-whacker might get used once a year. So why spend hundreds of dollars on someth... read more

In 2010, there were 1,770 lung transplants performed in the United States -- the most ever in a single year. For a person with Cystic Fibrosis, the transplant may extend life by years – or it could lead to continued suffering and rejection of the new organ. Later in the program... read more

What do you get when a little-known candidate raises more than a half-million dollars in the first months of a run for Senate?  Could it be “tong fever"? Well, at least that’s what Colin McEnroe called it.  The condition is named after William Tong, who in 2006, became the first As... read more

What if the blueprints to the next great American building were released to the public and it was designed collaboratively? That’s a far cry from the “individualistic” approach in the iconic novel, “The Fountainhead.”   This new idea suggests all of us might have something to... read more

With a 12-year career on Wall Street before coming to Congress, Jim Himes has become a “go-to” guy on questions about the debt ceiling. The 4th district congressman has been making the rounds of cable talk shows, warning about the coming crisis if Congress doesn’t act to raise the d... read more

Borders Books reached its height in 2005 with more than 1,200 bookstores around the world. In a few weeks, there will be no more. What is the current state of the book industry and where is it going? A recent Pew survey says the percentage of adult eReader owners doubled to 12 perce... read more

Susan Bysiewicz is hoping to turn her name recognition and long political career in Connecticut into a spot in the US Senate.  Bysiewicz was Connecticut’s popular Secretary of the State, when she decided to give up that job to run for Governor.  Then, in the first round of the biza... read more

Today,  a baseball celebration - about heroes and the places where they play.  We’ll talk with the author of a new oral history of Fenway Park; with the organizers of a Hartford Little League trying to stay afloat; and hear a classic public radio documentary about the real homerun champ... read more

Thirty years ago, food allergy was extremely rare. Today, about 5.9 million U.S. children under 18 suffer from this potentially life-threatening condition. That’s 1 in every 13 children. Or, to look at it another way, one student per classroom has a food allergy. What’s more, nearl... read more

The number of violent crimes in the US dropped significantly last year to the lowest rate in 40 years. But then why haven’t Connecticut cities like Hartford and New Haven been able to join this trend?   There have been 18 homicides in Hartford this year, compared to 11 in the... read more

The city of Bridgeport is the latest struggling school district to be taken over by the state. The Board of Education in the city has essentially voted to dissolve itself - to be replaced by an oversight board hand-picked by the State Department of Education. As this process i... read more

A new Pew study says the sluggish recovery from the “Great Recession” has been better for men than women. But in the context of  the June recent jobs report that shows only 18,000 new jobs were created nationally - it might signal continued bad times for both sexes. Today, whe... read more

A walk trough Central Park puts you in touch with its creator – Frederick Law Olmsted. But it’s not just this grand park smack in the middle of the world’s busiest island that have Olmsted’s stamp. It’s also the Emerald Necklace around Boston, Mont Royal Park overlooking Montréal, the g... read more

Michael Vick is once again a star in the Nike universe - only a few years after serving time for his role in a dog-fighting ring. Vick’s “redemption” is in part due to his resurgence on the football field, of course, but also in part due to his work with the Humane Society of the U... read more

Connecticut’s special legislative session ended last night with a budget deal.  But, believe it or not - this still might not be over. Governor Dannel Malloy and state lawmakers agreed on a package to plug the last $1.6 billion dollar hole in the state budget with up to 6500 layoff... read more

If you stop and really listen, there’s a world of sound all around you. For many people, this ambience of life is drowned out by the constant soundtrack of music...in our cars...on our headphones as we walk a city block or hop a subway.   But today we’ll explore a different so... read more

Hartford is at a time of transisition. Recovering from corruption, transforming its education planning for the future. Today, Where We Live teams up with The Hartford Public Library for “The Year Ahead: A Conversation with Hartford’s State Legislators.”  We'll be talking with... read more

The capture of Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger puts an end to a long manhunt - but it brings up questions about his dealings with the FBI. Despite his disdain for “rats” - Bulger, now charged with 19 murders and implicated in countless other crimes, was an informant with the FBI for... read more

Since the days of great explorers, maps have served a very simple purpose, getting us from point A to point B (without falling off the edge of the earth, of course).  But with the advent of digital mapping technologies, the form, function and potential of maps has been revolutionize... read more

Field recordings of traditional music and oral history have provided an important window into the past.   Mystic Seaport has been collecting the stories of Connecticut’s dwindling fishing industry for exhibitions and books.  We’ll hear the voices of the men and women who keep alive... read more

WNPR has a popular regular show where food and drink flows freely.  This is not that show. Yes, while Faith Middleton's Food Schmooze gets ready to crown a “Connecticut state cocktail” tonight - we’ll take our “sober” look at the history of the cocktail. According to Dale DeGr... read more

As we get ready to consider an end to the war in Afghanistan, it's not just soldiers who've paid the price in American wars. American society is just beginning to seriously consider the emotional trauma of fighting war. But what about reporting it?  The deaths of two photojournalis... read more

Looking for a Father's Day card you might think that all dads do is grill, golf and goof around. Those themes run through the imagery of this holiday. You can see the picture now - a tired man, finally able to relax in the hammock one day of the year. Dog at his side, hot dog on the gri... read more

This past weekend kicked off the annual International Festival of Arts and Ideas, a highlight of the summer in New Haven. For 15 days the festival creates an environment of entertainment and serious discourse in the city through concerts, lectures, films, live theatre, tours and ac... read more

Not too long ago, Connecticut had a $1 tourism budget, and we’d been taken off New England’s official tourism map.  Well, we’re back, baby!  In a capitol press conference yesterday, Dannel Malloy - already the “jobs” governor - is now the “tourism governor,” too...launching a summe... read more

Young people today have a lot of ways to define themselves – their clothes, their music, their Facebook profiles.  But what about religious and cultural identity?  These things are a bit trickier, especially for young secular Jews.  What does this identity mean today in a world where Is... read more

Bob Hohler was executive director of Melville Charitable Trust, which gave generously to support NPR News, and led a historic revitalization of Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood with the Billings Forge project.   He was a passionate advocate for the homeless, and also a guiding force... read more

One hundred years ago, America didnt look anything like it does today. The great American forests had been decimated by the limitless appetite for wood of the Industrial Revolution and the nation's westward expansion. The Weeks Act of 19 11 set out to change that - restoring and protect... read more

A man who once worked for the company that oversaw Hartford's multi-million dollar schools construction project says that former Mayor Eddie Perez and others tried to hit him up for jobs and no-bid contracts. That man, William Myles, worked for Diggs Construction. But since 2005, h... read more

Connecticut’s legislative session has drawn to an end….on time.  Yeah, really.  Governor Dannel Malloy did a little bit of celebrating, shortly after midnight, then called for a special session on job creation and declared that education reform should be the priority of the next le... read more

Hedge Fund managers are America’s new economic elite...they weathered the storm of the financial collapse better than anyone, and have made the kind of money that’s hard to imagine.  In fact, author Sebastian Mallaby calls it “More Money Than God.” He’s studied the history of hedge fund... read more

Where We Live: Ikea - 06/07/2011
You can find a blog called “Colorado Ikea Fans” - where you’ll see a real-time countdown to the store’s opening in Denver on July 27th at 9 AM.   Now, anxious shoppers - we’ve learned - will be lining up 48 hours before opening day.    The Ikea craze is widespread – indoctrina... read more

Doctors get years of training in medicine, but what’s often left out is humanity. The relationship between doctor and patient is among the most important many of us will have in their lives, yet it’s becoming increasingly depersonalized thanks to overwhelming patient loads. Bu... read more

So, the state legislative session’s about to end, and we’ve got a balanced budget, and all is right with the world - right? Judging by his press conference with reporters yesterday, Governor Dannel Malloy thinks there’s still work to be done.  He told state workers that if they don... read more

E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Cyclospora - All bacteria that have caused food borne illnesses and deaths in the past decades. And it’s back in the news again – German health officials say more than 1500 people have been sickened by a new e. coli strain in Europe – and 18 are confi... read more

We give billions to charity every year - but are we actually solving the world’s problems?   When we look at the programs meant to fight global poverty and disease, we tend to see two poles...either we just need more money thrown into the aid programs we now have, or we realize tha... read more

Connecticut is host to hundreds of war memorials and monuments dating back all the way back to the Civil War. These memorials are usually very literal - depictions of heroic figures or commemorations of the war dead.  Or, they are truly monumental - points of civic pride meant to b... read more

Firehouse 12 in New Haven  is an innovative space that is part of a neighborhood resurgence in downtown New Haven . In fact, the jazz trumpeter and composer Taylor Ho Bynum says that there are only a few places like it in the world. It's a high-tech recording studio that present... read more

Nearly 30 million trips are made every day using public transit, mostly in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas.  And the main destination of these millions of commuters is, not surprisingly, work.  So a new Brookings report surveyed public transit in 100 cities in the U.S. inclu... read more

Of the four cardinal virtues, why is lady justice the only one who has a statue in courthouses around the world? Yeah, in case you didn’t remember - those other virtues, Temperence, Prudence and Fortitude all seemingly have some role to play in our systems of law and governance.   ... read more

May is “Preservation Month” in Connecticut - and preservationists just celebrated a six-year milestone. The wide-ranging Community Investment Act was signed into state law in 2005.  It increases investment in the areas that preservationists have shown the most concern about - open... read more

  A 24-hour news cycle, media moguls with political agendas, blurred lines between news and commentary. To many, these are sign’s that today’s media couldn’t be farther removed from the integrity of its roots. After more than two decades reporting on the Media, NPR’s Brooke Glad... read more

Cocaine v. Chocolate Milkshake? Could there be a similarity?   One Yale researcher says that addictions to both food and drugs have similar reactions on the brain. Using an MRI, participants’ brains were scanned while looking at and eating a chocolate milkshake. In our “addict... read more

You’re on the train, listening to only one half of somebody else’s inane conversation.  That is so annoying! What else annoys you?  Lip-smacking at the dinner table, slow drivers in the left lane, someone singing (ever so slightly) off key.  Let’s see, I’ve gotten some of these fro... read more

  It’s the first visit of a President to commencement ceremonies at the academy since George W. Bush’s visit in 2007.  That year, President Bush was in the middle of two wars and used the occasion to talk about foreign policy and homeland security. President Obama addresses the... read more

Today’s guest memorized the precise order of an entire deck of cards in one minute and forty seconds. This supreme act of memorization earned Joshua Foer a US record for speed and a winning title at the US memory championship in 2006.  But how does his uncanny ability to memorize us... read more

Prejudice is one of the more troubling and baffling aspects of human nature It has been the subject of scientific study for years.  But while social psychologists have learned a great deal about attitudes and societal influences that cause intergroup conflict, little effort has been... read more

Late night meetings on union concessions; layoff notices rattling the state workforce; and a “plan B” that stands for bad news in state government.  Capitol reporter Brian Lockhart says “Plan B” - prepared by budget chief Ben Barnes - also stands for “bursting bladders” for motoris... read more

Could our higher education system, once seen as a great equalizer, actually be adding to the nation’s inequalities? As high schoolers grapple with the grueling spring admissions process, one author argues that students’ true courses into college are forged by many factors other tha... read more

George Jepsen’s predecessor was well known for being “media savvy” – and that’s a nice way to put it. In fact, Attorney General - now Senator - Richard Blumenthal still jokes with reporters that he would show up for “a garage door opening.”  He also blasted the media daily with ann... read more

From shopping to banking to taxes “design thinking” is all around us....But beyond the buzz phrase, what does it mean? Here’s another one: “Data Visualization” - and you’ve gotta come up with something better than an overhead projector showing a pie chart.   Today we try to un... read more

  Last week, while he was in Afghanistan, Congressman Chris Murphy saw a wanted poster for Osama Bin Laden in the special ops command center. Now, that poster’s down - but Bin Laden’s death doesn’t clean up the messy history of US involvement in Afghanistan, or the rocky relati... read more

Hank Mandel lives by a motto: When you die, if you’ve got five real friends, you’ve had a great life. But real friendships between men - that’s not always easy.   So awkward, in fact, that it seems they’re always the stuff of comedy - beer commercials and “buddy” flicks.  They... read more

Connecticut lawmakers have passed a new, two year budget that raises taxes - and is counting on union concessions.  What will it mean for small business? Today, we're broadcasting live from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport - at the second of our yearlong series of... read more

Workplace expert Al Bhatt says our places of employment should be made up of jazz bands, rather than a marching band. Bhatt’s done consulting work for big companies like Facebook, Siemens, American Express, and State Farm Insurance. Now Facebook, I can see them being pretty i... read more

President Barack Obama made the stunning announcement late last night that a long intelligence operation led US forces to a compound 60 miles outside of Islamabad, Pakistan - where they killed Bin Laden in a firefight.   In his short speech, he also asked Americans to think back to the... read more

This week, state officials got a visit from an administator in the Obama administration - who gave the state high marks for its efforts to implement health care reform. But tell that to supporters of a “public option” under the state-run SustiNet plan, who held a rally to try and g... read more

About one in five prisoners in Connecticut is receiving mental health treatment  According to the 2010 recidivism report recently released by the state, inmates with mental health problems are significantly more likely to end up back in jail once they get out. The statistics r... read more

The governor negotiated a budget deal with democratic leaders, although he hadn’t finished negotiating labor concessions with state unions. Meanwhile, negotiations have broken off in conflicts between the Israelis and Palestinians, and between Thailand and Cambodia - and former Pre... read more

Jim Leach says the humanities “expand understanding of human nature and the human condition.”  Leach is a former congressman and champion collegiate wrestler.  Both of these life skills come in handy as he navigates federal funding in his role as Chairman of the National Endowment... read more

You’re on the train, listening to only one half of somebody else’s inane conversation.  That is so annoying! What else annoys you?  Lip-smacking at the dinner table, slow drivers in the left lane, someone singing (ever so slightly) off key.  Let’s see, I’ve gotten some of these fro... read more

Cocaine v. Chocolate Milkshake? Could there be a similarity?   One Yale researcher says that addictions to both food and drugs have similar reactions on the brain. Using an MRI, participants’ brains were scanned while looking at and eating a chocolate milkshake. In our “addict... read more

Recently a vandal broke into St. Paul and St. James Episcopal church in New Haven.  The ransacked the chapel, broken windows and tore a bible.  So, how did the church community respond?  With a message of forgiveness through music.  Several days later the most valuable stolen item... read more

It might be a stretch to say Connecticut cities are “booming,” but new census figures show they are growing. People are starting to move back into Connecticut’s cities. This reverses a decades-long trend toward suburban sprawl and urban decline.  The five largest cities in the stat... read more

When critics say the state shouldn’t increase taxes on the wealthy, they often say that it’ll force the rich to leave Connecticut.  So, is it true? Two new studies show - well, that’s it’s not true at all.  That other factors, beyond the tax rate, are what drives people to make dec... read more

Today mark’s the state’s 14th Annual Immigrant Day We’ll take the opportunity to highlight some of the heroic, inspiring, and heartbreaking stories of immigrants in Connecticut and around the country.  Daniel Ndamwizeye, a Rawandan Genocide Survivor, immigrated to Connecticut after... read more

We’re struggling to get out of a recession, caused in part by borrowing way too much.  So, if grown-ups can’t manage their money – how should we expect kids to? Many financial experts say that children aren’t learning the right lessons about how to handle their money.  Here’s an exa... read more

So we keep hearing that we’re a “global society.”  But that can lead to some big gaps in cultural understanding.  Today we talk to international businesspeople, consultants, and bi-lingual Americans who have learned how to negotiate across cultures…a necessity in a world where we’... read more

There’s a midnight deadline.  If a deal between lawmakers and the White House can’t be struck, the federal government shuts down. And the next question is…does it matter?  We’re being assured that even in shut-down mode, our mail still gets delivered, entitlement benefits will still... read more

For years, we’ve been hearing about the chronic struggles of newspapers and the proliferation of so called “new media” sources of journalism.   As one outcome of this change, the traditional competition for stories between papers has given way to a new era of cooperation.  By poolin... read more

Prejudice is one of the more troubling and baffling aspects of human nature It has been the subject of scientific study for years.  But while social psychologists have learned a great deal about attitudes and societal influences that cause intergroup conflict, little effort has been... read more

Today we talk with Palestinian physician Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. In 2009 during Israel’s invasion and bombardment of Gaza, a rocket hit his house killing three of his daughters and his niece. Author of “I Shall Not Hate,” Abuelaish has devoted his life to reconciliation between Israelis... read more

In New London, a house tells the story of slavery, race and abolition.  Multi-media artist Judy Dworin’s new work “In This House” is inspired by the Joshua Hempstead House in New London.  The home has a legacy as a place where a slave was kept – now it sits in the middle of a ne... read more

So, these three Governors walk into a town hall meeting.  One’s a member of the tea party, one is Mario Cuomo’s kid, and the third guy’s wearing a green tie. I think I’m telling this wrong. The joke’s also supposed to include something about a labor department mural in Maine, and th... read more

NPR's David Folkenflik once got into a battle of words with Geraldo Rivera.  It just proves that covering the media isn't always pretty.  His latest assignment is a perfect example: Cover the corporate meltdown of your own company...go!  In fact, his reporting for NPR on NPR has... read more

On Friday’s show Governor Dannel Malloy took a hard line with state labor unions – if they don’t reach an agreement on concessions, massive layoffs are on the table. Governor Malloy said about the possibility of layoffs: “If it’s the only option, it’s the only option to pursue.” To... read more

Dannel Malloy said he’d be more open to the press – more “communicative” than the previous governor.  I guess he wasn’t kidding… Since his budget speech, Malloy has embarked on a voyage through Connecticut towns and cities that would seem ambitious by the standards of a touring rock... read more

NPR is under attack over funding, fundraising and claims of bias.  So what does the network’s Ombudsman think? We have Alicia Shepard, NPR’s Ombudsman on Where We Live regularly to talk about journalism, and the job that NPR reporters and editors do.  She’s leaving the network,... read more

Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian Human Rights attorney, who in 2003 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of democracy and human rights - especially for women and children.  She’s speaking on the “Role of the West in Iran’s Struggle for Freedom,” this Saturday, March 26th a... read more

The proposed merger of Northeast Utilities and NSTAR would create the third largest utility in the country and the largest in New England NU of course is based in Connecticut and NStar in Massachusetts.  The companies would retain headquarters in both states, but the top executives... read more

Susan Herbst is the new President of the University of Connecticut.  She says the state needs a school it can “brag on.” Coming from the University System of Georgia, she says that’s a “Southern” code phrase for making UConn a flagship University in the mold of Michigan or Berkeley... read more

Today’s guest memorized the precise order of an entire deck of cards in one minute and forty seconds. This supreme act of memorization earned Joshua Foer a US record for speed and a winning title at the US memory championship in 2006.  But how does his uncanny ability to memorize us... read more

After a full week of pictures and words and statistics, it’s still hard to get a grip on the scope of the tragedy.  Thousands killed, with many thousands more missing.  Hundreds of thousands without water or shelter.  And, the specter of a nuclear meltdown that has taken the world’s att... read more

  Dan Esty is the new head of the Department of Environmental Protection – and if Governor Dannel Malloy gets his way, that job will grow to include “Energy” in the title.  Esty’s a Yale professor who’s advised President Obama on energy policy, and several corporations on how to... read more

Across the country, millions are still unemployed…and they’re not just older workers who’ve been laid off. The most recent government report says nearly 20% of young adults don’t have jobs. Recently on the show we talked about “emerging adulthood” – the phenomenon of young peopl... read more

The American family has been changing for decades and attitudes about what makes up a family have been changing as well. But, it seems the recession has sped up the process.  Most of the lost jobs in the last few years were lost by men – that tipped the balance of the workforce... read more

You can win the peace, win the future, win the game, win the lottery, or if you’re Charlie Sheen you can just be “A Winner.” You’ve heard variations on the saying, “Winning isn’t everything…it’s the only thing.”  Motivational, to be sure – but when winning is the only goal, does tha... read more

Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey are all talking about taxes and public sector unions. It’s a different kind of conversation in the Northeast than they’re having in say, Wisconsin - but the rhetoric is still kind of hot. Dannel Malloy dubbed himself the “Anti-... read more

Today, Long Island Congressman, Peter King, holds a hearing called "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response." As chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, King says he wants to look into the threat of homegrown terr... read more

On the day Illinois is expected to abolish the death  penalty, Connecticut lawmakers are grappling with the same question.  Democrats in this state who want to repeal the law allowing executions feel this is their year - with a Governor who says he’ll sign a “prospective” law.  But... read more

Could it be true?!  The lost city of Atlantis has been found!  Well, not yet, but a University of Hartford archeologist is on the case. Archeologists have been surveying marshlands in Spain where a space satellite photograph identified what looked like a submerged city in the midst... read more

Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work pioneering the concept of “micro credit,” providing small loans to village entrepreneurs as a way to fight poverty.  The Bangladeshi economist was supposed to be in Connecticut today, speaking at Quinnipiac University – b... read more

Farai Chideya has been following the intersections of race and gender, pop culture and politics for years.  During the 2010 campaign, she hosted a series of election specials for public radio in association with her blog, “pop and politics” – where she traveled the country, talking to v... read more

Last weekend the Waterbury Arts Magnet School performed the Tony award-winning Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by the Pulitzer prize-winner August Wilson – a celebrated play that was first staged in1984 at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. The play almost d... read more

More than 336,000 residents of Connecticut use food stamps – up over 30% in the past year.  This program, now known as SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs – provides an average of $263 a month for each household on the program.  But with demand way up, the st... read more

In 1961, Estelle Griswold, president of Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, opened a birth control clinic to dispense contraceptives -- a bold act of civil disobedience that changed the course of the history of family planning legislation.  It resulted in the 1965 case of Gris... read more

Leadership in school districts is more important than ever before – as schools struggle to fulfill local educational needs, while paying close attention to edicts from the federal government.   Then, of course, there’s the job of finding the money to do it all…while dealing with pol... read more

Step aside “quarter life crisis” -  there’s a new term for 20-somethings in that transition phase of their lives.  He calls it “emerging adulthood” Dr. Jeffrey Arnett claims that in the past half century, the experience of people aged 18 to 29 has changed dramatically - at least... read more

Governor Malloy is pushing to increase the minimum age for kindergarten, hoping to close the achievement gap and raise test scores. The state's plan is simple. To enter kindergarten, a child would need to turn 5 by October first...rather than the current date of January 1. The bill... read more

Temple Grandin has a unique talent. She thinks entirely in pictures. She is autistic and has become a renowned autism advocate. Today she'll describe how her brain processes language in pictures, and how this talent for visual thinking has led to a successful career as a consultant on A... read more

Voters from 18 Connecticut cities and towns head to the polls today to fill nine legislative seats.  Three of the races are for state Senate and six are for the state House of Representatives.  We talked with Connecticut Secretary of State, Denis Merrill. ... read more

 It’s been a little more than a month since the shooting of a congresswoman made the nation stop and really think about how it talks about guns.  Well, that didn’t last long.  Here’s a case in point:  When New Haven Mayor John DeStefano announced that he's laying off some city emplo... read more

Governor Malloy says Connecticut’s “open for business” – but not everyone in the business community sees the same thing. First it was United Technologies saying that Connecticut might be too expensive a place to do business.  Now, Aetna’s saying the same thing.  Is it possible that... read more

This year Joette Katz takes over one of the hardest jobs in Connecticut.  As the new commissioner of the Department of Children and Families, she’s in charge of what many people see as the core function of state government – taking care of its neediest residents.  But over the last... read more

  by John Dankosky - The Chairman of Connecticut’s Commuter Rail Council wants to know why new Metro-North train cars still aren’t in service.  He’s asked officials from the manufacturer and the company testing the cars to attend a meeting tonight in Stamford. The new Kawasaki M... read more

Budget day at the Connecticut capitol used to be like Christmas morning…you were never sure what you’d be getting. Sure, like with Santa Claus you had a pretty good idea.  I mean you’d been dropping hints for months.  But, the final budget presented by the governor always included... read more

  A pilot landing at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks hears a roaring noise just above his plane, but checks his traffic alert system and sees nothing in the area. “Do you have traffic on top of us?” he asks an airport controller. The response is matter-of-fact but... read more

  Connecticut transportation is in crisis on the ground and in the skies. The Northeast corridor has the nation’s busiest airspace and Metro-North’s New Haven Line the most commuter traffic in the U.S. But thanks to relentless winter weather and continued delay of the MTA’s new... read more

Advanced science and technology is helping to keep people alive longer than ever, but our emotional and mental ability to cope with aging are as regressed as ever.  Dr. Marc Agronin is a geriatric physciatrist and author of the new book How We Age: A Doctor’s Journey Into the Heart... read more

Nine months ago, then Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal found himself miredin controversy over reports that he inaccurately claimed on at least two occasions that he served in Vietnam, when in fact he served stateside during the confict.  This week in Washington, Senator Blumenthal ha... read more

  This Weekend kicks off New York City’s 19th annual Outsider Art Fair, featuring the work of artists who have no art school training and often come from folk-art backgrounds.  Many also suffer from mental disabilities.  WNPR’s Josie Holtzman reports on two Connecticut Outsider Arti... read more

Hartford’s new mayor is dealing with piles of snow, a hole in the budget, and the everyday problems of running a city.  Pedro Segarra took over when Eddie Perez stepped down amidst corruption charges.  At the time, he said he wasn’t planning to run for Mayor again.  But now he i... read more

  Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra took over last summer after Eddie Perez was found guilty of corruption and resigned his office.  Now Segarra is running for mayor, and he says Perez’s political allies are targeting him.   Segarra appeared today/yesterday on WNPR’s Where We Liv... read more

Today, we’re going to take a break from our usual talk about the state budget crisis…or transportation policy…and talk about something really exciting.  Boredom!  Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.  Especially in these mid-winter stir crazy days.  What to do with myself?  Well,... read more

  Recent reports show a 3% increase of people in shelters in Connecticut from 2009 to 2010. Of this population, more than half of all families and 40% of single adults in shelters report being homeless for first time  And in these harsh winter months, even overflow homeless shelters... read more

After 11 days of uprising, tens of thousands of Egyptians gathering in Cairo’s Central Square have declared today the “Day of Departure.”      But the immediate departure of the country’s president is far from certain   UN estimates 300 people dead across the country ove... read more

  Billings Forge is reshaping Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood through the arts, historic preservation, farm to table food, and affordable housing. Billings Forge might just be the next big thing in community revitalization.  Frog Hollow is a neighborhood that has struggled t... read more

  In the late 1960s, jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd sold millions of records by tapping in to the psychedelic sounds of the days He achieved a “superstar” status, unfamiliar to jazz musicians today, thanks to the cross-over appeal of this soulful and experimental music.  His 196... read more

We keep hearing that “small business” is what's going to drive an economic recovery.  But I have a question:  What is a small business anyway? The Small Business Administration says anything under 500 employees is the number - but that's depending on the industry. The state’s jobs b... read more

  Yann Beaullan’s mother is Jewish; his father is Cambodian. He grew up listening to Buddhist chants. On Sunday he was worshiping in Wooster Square—to the strains of alto saxes offering Coltranesque riffs on the Christian hymn “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.” Beaullan... read more

New statistics show that union membership in America has slipped again…reaching its lowest rate in more than 70 years.  While unions in the for-profit world have seen their influence decline,  and many state workers face budget cutbacks, some union watchers question the whether labo... read more

Hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid have new rules to follow concerning patient rights. WNPR'S Lucy Nalpathanchil reports Earlier this month, the federal Department of Health and Human Services implemented the new federal regulations that were first proposed by Presi... read more

Democrat Denise Merrill has taken over a tough job – as the new Secretary of the State. The end of Susan Bysiewicz’ long career in the job was marked by a confusing, close election for Governor – compounded by a ballot controversy in Bridgeport.  It has some people calling for a... read more

Recently a compilation came out covering 50 years of African music, an 18 CD compilation of 185 songs.  Many of these tracks crossed borders and helped build a new global awareness of Africa.     Today it seems like the borders between western and African music are very fluid.  ... read more

Republican legislators at the Capitol in Hartford have been left on the sidelines during many of the state’s tough political battles over the last few years. With Republican Governors negotiating, or fighting with, the big Democratic majority in the General Assembly, the voice of GO... read more

Hiram Bissell, Ezra Clark, Caleb Saville. Names you’ve probably don’t know – but if you drink tap water, you should. The average American uses 156 gallons of water a day - But we take it for granted that we can go to the faucet for a glass of clean water.  Where does it come from? ... read more

The USS Revenge was at one time commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry, a Rhode Island native who rose to fame in the War of 1812.  When he crashed the vessel off Rhode Island, it “changed the course of U.S. History”. Connecticut Scuba Divers Charles Buffam and Craig Harger join us to... read more

Wesleyan artist Jeffrey Schiff has a new exhibit, inspired by the writings of the American Philosophical Society -a group which included Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and other early American luminaries.  It's called Double Vision: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society.... read more

This weekend, Long Wharf Theater presents an adaptation of author phillipe sands acclaimed book, Torture Team.  It's about his investigation into the US authorization of new interrogation techniques.  It features actress Vanessa Redgrave, and after the performance, she'll join the autho... read more

Since Saturday, millions of words have been written about the presumed causes of the shooting rampage in Tuscon, Arizona.   Many more words have been used to talk about the country’s “tone” and the “heightened rhetoric” which could be at the root of such violence.  At the very least... read more

NPR News has made headlines twice in the last week for its editorial decision making – neither instance has been especially good for the network. First, the NPR board released a review and recommendations by an independent group about the firing of commentator Juan Williams.  The fi... read more

Hundreds of organizations are working to send aid to the country of Haiti yet we hear about squalid tent cities, Cholera, Rapes, and a contentious runoff election. It’s been a year since the devastating earthquake rocked the country of Haiti.  So what’s the latest on the destructio... read more

  For the first time in more than two decades, Connecticut is swearing in a Democrat as Governor.  As Dan Malloy takes office, Where We Live kicks off a full day of inauguration coverage on WNPR.  We’ll preview the pomp and circumstance coming up at the State Armory.  It’s t... read more

The Connecticut Technology Council released a report this month that warns that our state is falling behind in high tech jobs and development.   In a state that’s already lacking in job creation, the council suggests we could lose the few technology firms we do have because of our “... read more

It's easy for us to have a laugh about Connecticut being carved out of the map of New England by the tourism agency Discover New England (creating what Colin McEnroe now calls "The Gulf of Rhode Island). But, the state's decision to stop paying its bills to the group - which markets the... read more

The two men who were formerly the most powerful Democrats in state government, get ready for a new Democratic Governor. Senate President Don Williams and Speaker of the House Chris Donovan have enjoyed big Democratic majorities in the state legislature, but they’ve never started a... read more

The census numbers are in… but what are they saying about the state of Connecticut?  We know that the US has seen the lowest population growth since the great depression… but what about Connecticut?  Sandwiched between two states who lost  congressional seats – we managed to grow by... read more

Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinksi first conceived of the plot for the fantasy series Dormia, while holed up in a hut in Egypt escaping a sudden sandstorm.  Kujawinksi is an American diplomat.  Halpern's a New Haven-based journalist.   They both make their living traveling to t... read more

Over the weekend, the Senate passed a repeal of Don’t ask Don’t tell - part of a flurry of activity by the lame-duck congress.  A bi-partisan congress helped President Obama make good on his promise to repeal the ban of gays in the military.  And it’s that same bipartisan approach t... read more

The Torrington Register Citizen dates back to 1874 but this week, it took a big leap into the future.  The paper, which serves the old factory town, and the surrounding Litchfield Hills, had a pretty traditional relationship with its readers.  Reporters and editors write stories and... read more

Governor Jodi Rell is leaving office as one of the state’s most popular political figures, but with many questions surrounding her. When she took over for jailed Governor John Rowland, Rell said she wanted to restore trust to the office – and she did that, pushing for ethics reforms... read more

  The impact of the Wikileaks release of US diplomatic cables has been enormous, it’s given us insight into the the way the US conducts its business around the world.  But clearly, it’s only a very small insight.     Today on Where We Live, we want to know more about h... read more

  For 30 years in the Senate, Chris Dodd has been occasionally diplomatic, sometimes combative, but always colorful.  He has a voice you don’t forget once you’ve heard it, and he’s used that voice to argue for issues he feels passionately about.  In fact, at a time when “partisan” b... read more

New London is a small city undergoing a big revitalization.  Can it survive a rash of senseless crime? It’s been a rough couple months for the city of New London. The tight-knit community of artists and businesspeople who've been instrumental in jump-starting the port town has been... read more

Enjoy this brief respite from the barrage of political ads.. because soon enough…they’ll be back.    Are you surprised to learn that 2010 was the most negative election in recent history?  Not really, huh? That non-surprising finding is just one of the many things The Wesleyan... read more

Governor-elect Dan Malloy is getting ready to begin a job he’s been wanting for years. As he replaces Jodi Rell in the Governor’s office, he also takes on a problem that’s been dogging her administration – a big and growing budget deficit.  But the budget’s not all a Governor... read more

Copying is something that we do every day, and it’s also the building block of much of our culture.  What truly gets created that’s not in some way a copy of something else? Of course, our digital environment has amplified the importance of copying, in fields like music, fashion and... read more

Jared Duval’s book “Next Generation Democracy” looks at big changes he sees coming in politics. But the politics Duval is talking about don’t have to do with Democrats or Republicans – it’s about Open Source, citizen participation and a crowd-sourcing solution to problems.  It’s ab... read more

During its evolution from Indian trails to modern interstates, the Boston Post Road, a system of overland routes between New York City and Boston, has carried not just travelers and mail but the march of American history itself. Coming up, we’re joined by Eric Jaffe, author of “The King... read more

Governor-elect Dan Malloy has named one of his top aides from his administration in Stamford for the crucial role of overseeing the budget. Ben Barnes held three top jobs during Malloy’s tenure as mayor, and as the new secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, will now be s... read more

The oceans occupy nearly 71% of our planet's surface, an expanse rich in living organisms and natural resources.   But the oceans have much more significance to our world than just environmental.   Today we’ll explore the social and historical impact of two of the world’s great bodi... read more

by Paul Bass, New Haven Independent, You can add your voice in person at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School or here online as School Change 2.0 meets New Media 2.0 Tuesday night at a one-of-a-kind summit. The topic is school reform—where it’s headed nationally, where New... read more

As we heard recently on the show, the movie “Waiting For Superman” has prompted national discussion about how to fix a broken education system. But in places like New Haven, that conversation’s been going on for a while.   In the last year, The Elm City has made headlines with... read more

  The micro-lending movement has won a Nobel Prize as a leading antipoverty strategy.  Now, in some places, it’s facing imminent collapse. The idea is simple.  Lenders make small loans to some of the poorest people in developing countries, with no collateral.  It’s been shown t... read more

by Paul Bass, New Haven Independent, You can add your voice in person at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School or here online as School Change 2.0 meets New Media 2.0 Tuesday night at a one-of-a-kind summit. The topic is school reform—where it’s headed nationally, where New... read more

Whether it’s the first time, or the hundredth time you listen to Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" it’s still mesmerizing.  It’s the sound of an artist’s greatest artistic and commercial achievement happening all at the same time.  "Kind of Blue" is the best selling jazz record in history... read more

Anthony Fantano is host of The Needle Drop.  It's a blog, a podcast, a YouTube channel, and a radio program, which you can hear Saturday nights at 10 p.m. on WNPR (11 p.m on Yellowstone Public Radio in Billings, MT!)  He also writes reviews for NPR's Music site.   Periodically, he d... read more

Gov-elect Dan Malloy will face a nearly 3.8 Billion deficit when he takes office on January 5th.  But is it really that bad??? Well yeah, it’s bad…in fact, a new economic report by UConn economists is called “A Very Deep Hole Indeed.”  And the problem they see isn’t just a deficit –... read more

The Paycheck Fairness Act would have taken on the wage disparities between male and female workers.  But last week, it was killed by Senate Republicans.  The bill was championed by Congresswoman, Rosa DeLauro - and would have closed loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963.  Proponent... read more

Today on Where We Live, we talk with two musicians from very different musical worlds and generations– Willie Ruff came up in a vibrant music scene in New Haven when there was a club on every corner and a gig every night.  He’s now a teacher at Yale and the music landscape has changed d... read more

A film on the crisis in America’s public schools has people everywhere talking. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim says getting people talking is the point of his riveting and controversial documentary Waiting for Superman.  The film puts an achingly human face on huge problems facing Ameri... read more

Faith Trumbull - 11/05/2010
In 1754, 11 year-old Faith Trumbull (1743–1775), the daughter of Governor Jonathan Trumbull of Lebanon, Connecticut, was sent to boarding school in Boston. In the 1750s, formal education for girls was a luxury, and only the most educated and well-off families could afford that experienc... read more

In Bridgeport, the votes are in.  17, 800 for Democrat Dan Malloy.  4,075 for Republican Tom Foley.  But again, it’s unofficial. Going into the long delayed hand count, Foley held a lead of 8409 votes…but the Bridgeport votes for Malloy would give him a margin of 5,319.  That’s not... read more

It was a long and eventful election night 2010.  And, at least in Connecticut – it’s not over yet. The national story is one of sweeping change for Republicans.  The GOP gained enough seats in the House to take control – and enough seats in the Senate to change the landscape.  E... read more

It’s election day, 2010.  It’s gonna be a brisk, but bright and sunny day.  Are you gonna get out to vote? It’s what we’ve been waiting for since…well, I can’t remember when.  I do remember that when Chris Dodd and Jodi Rell announced they were stepping down from their jobs it set o... read more

The Society Room in Hartford is still remaining optimistic despite trailing numbers from the Malloy camp.  According to various reports, Republican Tom Foley currently leads by 4 points with the polls in Bridgeport soon to close. ... read more

A victorious night for George Jepsen as he graciously accepted his role as Connecticut's new Attorney General. The race against Republican Martha Dean ended with a five point lead and over 180,000 voters turning out for Jepsen.  After a tight race, Jepsen pledged to a crowd of supporter... read more


Presidents, professional wrestlers and conservative icon all came to Connecticut this weekend, to get ready for election day. Once again, Connecticut seems to be the center of the political universe.  Don’t believe me?  Then explain why President Barack Obama made Bridgeport one of... read more

If you've noticed the political campaigns this year they havent exactly been rich with issues and evidence.   You're more likely to hear emotions, anger, empathy and fear.  This is the world that Drew Westen studies.  He is professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University and... read more

The underlying theme this month (right after the elections, of course) is transportation. It seems much-anticipated changes are slowly happening, on the national and local level.  This week, Connecticut and Massachusetts announced that they will share nearly 121 million in federal f... read more

The already nasty race for Attorney General got nastier this week, with Martha Dean filing a suit over George Jepsen's eligibility for office.  It's the latest, weird chapter in a story that began with Richard Blumenthal’s decision to step aside after 20 years and run for Senate. ... read more

Tom Foley and Dan Malloy held their final TV debate last night – and the topic once again turned to taxes and fixing the state budget hole. Foley, the Republican candidate, has said that he plans to close the largest budget deficit in state history – some 3.3 billion dollars – witho... read more

  NEW BRITAIN -- Former gubernatorial candidates Ned Lamont and Oz Griebel found it much easier Monday to tackle the state's budget crisis, now that their respective bids for state government's highest office is over. Lamont, who was reluctant to talk about any state employee wa... read more

Candidates on the election trail have been saying some pretty bad things about Connecticut’s business climate…but is any of it true? Connecticut is often denigrated as a state that’s unfriendly to business. We have high taxes, high wages and high costs, we're told, and that's drivin... read more

Real Art Ways in Hartford started 35 years ago as a scrappy, do-it-yourself, alternative arts space.  It’s still all of those things, but it’s also a growing force in Connecticut’s arts scene.  Back in 1975, the founding members created a space to live and work and present art – but... read more

  Yale University’s two new proposed residential colleges, still called by placeholder names “North College” and “South College,” took a major step to becoming reality Wednesday night when the City Planning Commission provided initial zoning approval and gave the nod to go ahead wit... read more

A group of business leaders and others, hand-picked by Governor Jodi Rell, unveiled a set of recommendations to close the state’s worst in the nation achievement gap. The plan has been a longtime in the making – since March, they’ve traveled to Massachusetts, New York and Delaware –... read more

Chris Murphy’s opponent, Republican Sam Caliguiri is a State Senator, who’s taking pages from the national GOP playbook this campaign.  He’s hitting the Democrat on tax policy, cap & trade and the size of government.  Meanwhile, an outside conservative organization – American Action Net... read more

The Forum 2000 Conference held in Prague, Czech Republic, is one of the most notable global events held here in Central Europe. The mission of the three day conference is to "identify the key issues facing civilization, and to explore ways in which to prevent escalation of conflicts tha... read more

This summer Facebook passed the half-billion user mark, and it’s already worth an estimated 2 billion dollars.  Is Facebook taking over the world?  Yeah, we thought Google was trying to do that…but some tech observers believe that in just five years Facebook will overtake Google in... read more

Anne Applebaum has covered the collapse of communism and the transformation of Europe.  She’s a columnist for The Washington Post, who’s been sending back dispatches from Europe for years.  Her 2003 book, Gulag: A History, won a Pulitizer Prize for non-fiction.  Today, she’s in Conn... read more

  Issues during political campaigns seem to change by the year – but we know one thing: Connecticut’s 2nd district wants to keep its submarine jobs!  The issue of defense jobs, of course, is just one of many issues that the state’s eastern district cares about. The 2nd congr... read more

  Dan Malloy has been running for Governor – pretty much non-stop – for about five years. In three weeks, he’ll see if his work has paid off.   The former Stamford mayor lost a primary battle for the Democratic nomination to New Haven mayor John Destefano in 2006, but he kep... read more

We keep hearing from the candidates in this November’s election that small business is the lifeblood of our economy. It’s where the new jobs are going to come from and how the state is going to recover its economic balance. So who are the innovative small businesses out there, and what... read more

  There’s a big policy dispute over what real economic benefit comes from Connecticut’s film tax credit.  Reports from Connecticut Voices for Children say that only a very small percentage of the millions given out in tax credits ever gets spent in the state.  But advocates for the... read more

The old saying goes, “The Rich Get Richer.”  We shrug our shoulders and move on…but why? I mean, why do the rich always get richer – even in an economic downturn?  The usual suspects include globalization, an education gap…greed.  But in a new book called “Winner Take All Politi... read more

Last night, Richard Blumenthal and Linda McMahon faced off in their first TV debate in their Senate race.  So, any knockout punches?  Any game-changers? It’s hard to talk about this stuff without sports clichés.  Because, in essence – big debates are like sporting events.  Unlike an... read more

From Atticus Finch to Law and Order, lawyers and the law have been the subject of endless fascination in American culture, including one overlooked pop cultural medium.  Comic Books! Images of lawyers and courtroom scenes were a part of some of the very first comic books in the... read more

The latest US Senate poll puts candidates Linda McMahon and Richard Blumenthal in a virtual dead heat.  Tonight the candidates will engage in the first of two televised debates.  Today we preview this debate with CT Mirror reporter Mark Pazniokas.      ... read more

2010 will be a record year for campaign spending in a midterm election. In Connecticut alone, we’ve seen tens of millions poured into races for Governor and Senate. Meanwhile, our state has struggled to institute a new “clean elections” law that was meant to take money and influence out... read more

Negative ad campaigning for the mid-term elections has already gotten nasty, but as candidates come head to head in debates will they play nice or throw civility out the window? Today we look at civility in politics, or rather, the lack of it.  Midterm elections are around the c... read more

Since the trial of Stephen Hayes began, the twitterverse has been bombarded with at least a half dozen reporters and others “live-tweeting” every gruesome detail of the Cheshire Petit murders.   Tweets from the courtroom also became an important part of finding out minute-by-minute... read more

Polls conducted over the past few years show that nearly 60 percent of Americans favor repeal of the 1993 prohibition on gays serving openly in the military, and the country’s top two military leaders, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs... read more

Interfaith understanding seems more important than ever, given controversies about Manhattan mosques, the burning of holy books and the fresh attempts to restart peace talks in the Mideast.  Three men – known as the “Interfaith Amigos” – are trying to get this converstation started.... read more

Canadian folk ensemble Le Vent du Nord give us a taste of the Quebecois traditional music – based on some of the old folk ballads in Normandy and france, mixed with foot stomping reels and jigs of the Irish.   Former WNPR reporter Av Harris sat down with the group before one of thei... read more

Foreclosures in Connecticut dropped dramatically in August. But there’s no clear trend in the state’s figures over the last few months. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports. According to new figures from foreclosure data firm RealtyTrac, filings were down 22% in the state from the number i... read more

New England is filled with old buildings.  So why do we knock so many down to build new ones?  Investing in existing buildings makes financial, economic, and environmental sense – yet few people understand it as an economic and environmental planning tool for our state.  Today,... read more

The Obama Administration’s “Race to the Top” is meant to close the achievement gap.  CT has the highest achievement gap in the country but didn’t get funding.  What is this race for, anyway? The “Race To The Top” education funding contest is meant to spur states into making big chan... read more

Today, Former Mayor Eddie Perez is sentenced on corruption charges.   Is Hartford ready to turn the page? The conviction of the mayor is seen by some observers as a culmination of bad events for the capitol city.  It still has problems with poverty, crime and education – and a self-... read more

Despite social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter, some argue that today’s world is more disconnected than ever.  So, what to do about this disconnect?  Today we’ll talk to several artists who are trying to make deeper connections with the world around them. We... read more

  Despite social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter, some argue that today’s world is more disconnected than ever.  So, what to do about this disconnect?  Today we’ll talk to a musician who is trying to make deeper connections with the world around him. Jaz... read more

States spend millions of dollars every year to imprison, treat and monitor sex offenders. But do these laws increase public safety, or create a false sense of security?  Sex offender registries are in place nationwide, and local laws have been put in place to try and protect childre... read more

It used to be called “National Public Radio” – now it’s just “NPR.”  That subtle change is just one of many you may have heard at the network.  There’s also a new, punchier style of newscast that reminds some of commercial radio, some tension about “celebrity” news coverage and it’s... read more

The economic downturn means more empty storefronts in city centers.  But in New Haven, some folks are getting creative.  A new initiative called Project Storefronts is revitalizing a section of New Haven by turning vacant storefronts into temporary artist galleries and sites for cre... read more

Commuting costs America an estimated $90 billion dollars per year in terms of lost productivity and wasted energy. That stat comes from the annual Urban Mobility Report. Other research shows that every minute shaved off America's commuting time is worth an estimated $19.5 billion do... read more

The City of New Orleans has gone through several “city plans” – both before and since Hurricane Katrina.  It’s up to urban planners to design safe, sustainable, and adaptive cities in an increasingly volatile world.  But these plans are often met with resistance by citizens and gove... read more

Connecticut lost out again in the second round of Race To The Top Education funding.  But if we want to check out states that did get the money, we don’t have to go far. As a matter of fact, we’re surrounded by success.  Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York are among 9 states an... read more

Every month, the treasury department releases new numbers about how homeowners in its mortgage modification program are faring… and every month the numbers are bleak.  The Treasury department program was meant to help homeowners avoid foreclosure – but a report by ProPublica says it... read more

When WNPR’s news photo of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was stolen – three times – by opponents for negative ads, it got us thinking about images. Not just the ownership of images – the picture in question by Chion Wolf was clearly labeled “rights reserved” when posted online... read more

The last US combat troops have left Iraq.  It marks a new stage in a long war – that displaced Saddam Hussein, but also cost thousands of US and Iraqi lives.  The much discussed “timeline for withdrawl” has – by some accounts – provided incentive for the Iraqi government to train it... read more

Technically speaking – we’re all protected under the fourth amendment from racial or ethnic profiling by authorities – from unlawful searches or seizures – and from invasive government surveillance.  But, in practice…this isn’t always the case. Civil rights lawyer Shahid Buttar... read more

As college students head back to school, many are facing massive debt from their school loans.  In fact, student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt for the first time.  This trend is expected to continue, as college tuition increases faster, and financial aid does not.  Ou... read more

The controversial Mosque and Islamic Community Center near Ground Zero has incited a heated debate about freedom of religion.  On Aug. 3, a decision by the New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission cleared the way for the construction of the proposed $100 million Islamic Cen... read more

When the Kindle 3 was recently released, some observers said that the e-reader war has begun.  But as it turns out, Amazon and Apple might be waging a secret war against us, the consumer.  As Amazon unveiled the Kindle 3 - their latest answer to the slick new iPad - Connecticut Atto... read more

Artist Elaine Gan, whose new installation at Real Art Ways, called Considering Rice explores one of the world’s most amazing man-made environments, which is also a living, working agricultural site - the Ifugao Rice Terraces of the Phillipines.  Considering Rice focuses on the entan... read more

Rob Simmons, a long time fixture in Connecticut politics, conceded his Senate hopes to Republican rival Linda MacMahon Tuesday. After curtailing his campaign, Simmons still managed to win 30 percent of the vote. Rob Simmons got into this race in 2009 as a favorite, a known quantity... read more

Linda McMahon laid the smackdown on her 2 Republican opponents Tuesday night, easily winning 49 percent of the vote. As WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil reports. McMahon promised to bring something different to Washington and she still has plenty left in her campaign coffers to ge... read more

The polls said Dan Malloy was behind but making it close; but on Tuesday night, the former Stamford mayor taking a surprising 16 point win over Ned Lamont. For his Republican counterpart, Tom Foley,the night was a more tense affair, with only three percentage points separating him f... read more

It’s a hot summer day in Connecticut.  People are at the beach, in the mountains, getting ready for a new school year.  And, oh yeah…it’s also primary day. The August 10th primary may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but turnout could be the big story in key races around th... read more

Ned Lamont lost his second bid for elective office in Connecticut.  WNPR’s Jeff Cohen has more. Lamont’s headquarters never had the feel of a place that was winning.  Finally, just after 9:30, red-eyed campaign staffers made their way to the ballroom at Testo’s Restaurant in Bridgep... read more

GOP Gubenatorial Race was down to the wire, but Foley came out ahead The CT Mirror Reports: A dispute over vote tallies from one of Connecticut's largest cities pushed the battle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination late into the night between Tom Foley and Michael Fedele.... read more

Money doesn't talk, As the New Haven Independent Reports - Connecticut’s Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday over Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont. Malloy claimed a come-from-behind victory not just for him, but also for public financing in state elections. Lamont spent... read more

  The recent workplace shooting in Manchester, CT has employers and employees talking about workplace safety.  The shooter, who killed 8 people and then himself at beer distributor in Manchester, changed the lives of dozens of people directly but also reminded all of us about th... read more

Anthony Fantano, the internet's busiest music nerd and host of the needle drop on WNPR, joins us in studio to run through some of the latest and greatest independent music.  ... read more

Mike Fedele’s campaign for Governor has faced some tough challenges – but he’s using public financing to claw back into the race. This week, we’ll find out  whether the Lt. Governor has done enough to close the gap with Republican front-runner Tom Foley.  Fedele’s been running f... read more

Rob Simmons began his campaign for Senate back in the good old days - when Chris Dodd was facing trouble from the left and the right.  We all know what’s happened since.  Dodd dropped out of his re-election bid – and the same day Attorney General Richard Blumenthal jumped in to take... read more

  Rob Simmons says he got back in the race for U S Senate because he was disappointed by the choice facing Republican voters.  WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports.   Simmons scaled back his campaign after he lost the Republican nominating convention to former wrestling executive Linda... read more

It’s one week and one day before the August 10th primary, and Dan Malloy hopes he can close the gap with Ned Lamont in the polls. The race for the democratic nomination for Governor has gotten pretty nasty, with Malloy – the party endorsed candidate – trading barbs with Lamont over... read more

  Gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont has confirmed with me and WFSB’s Dennis House that he will take part in our August 3rd debate with rival Democrat Dan Malloy.  As recently as last Friday, he told me pretty definitively that he would not be joining us. The reason for the change o... read more

Connecticut’s urban students have been making progress on state tests – but the state’s achievement gap between rich and poor is still the largest in the country.Only 18% of Connecticut’s poor students read at or above the proficiency level, compared to 52% of wealthier students.  G... read more

The marketplace remains tough for many job seekers, even as the recovery continues. But hiring experts report that some positions are high demand. WNPR’s Harriet Jones has the story. With a 9.5% unemployment rate nationally, and 8.9% in Connecticut, you might assume that hiring emp... read more

Oz Griebel has served as President and CEO of MetroHartford Alliance and with many other business and civic organizations – now he wants the state’s top job. Today, we continue our Where We Vote series, and give you a chance to ask questions of Oz Griebel – one of 3 Republicans runn... read more

Senate Candidates Richard Blumenthal (D) January 7, 2010 - Colin McEnroe Show: Richard Blumenthal January 22, 2010 - Where We Vote: Richard Blumenthal (I)nterview with CPBN Media Lab Linda McMahon (R) March 30, 2010 - Where We Vote: Linda McMahon Third Party Candi... read more

Nancy Wyman and Mary Glassman are Democrats running for Lt. Governor.  Its Glassman’s second try at the job – the First Selectman of Simsbury ran with Dan Malloy in 2006, won the primary, and ended up as John DeStefano’s running mate in the general election.  Now, she’s teamed with... read more

  The state’s two democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor debated Monday morning on Where We Live.  WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports.   State Comptroller Nancy Wyman is the party's endorsed candidate and is running with former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy.   Simsbury Fir... read more

Ned Lamont is leading in a race for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  But that race is tightening. The latest Quinnipiac poll puts Lamont’s lead over Dan Malloy at only 9 points, despite greater name recognition, and a bigger campaign fund.  Lamont says he supports the st... read more

The artist M. C. Escher is known for his etchings and drawings of visual puzzles and impossible structures. You may have had a poster of his work on your dorm room wall, but now  now you can see one of the most comprehensive Escher collections at the New Britain Museum of American A... read more

Last April we explored the fishing industry through three stories: the men who catch them, the business that draws them out to sea, and the crisis that threatens an industry worth billions.  Today this conversation may be more important than ever, as the oil spill in the Gulf threat... read more

Nicholas Longrich is a paleontologist and postdoctoctoral fellow at Yale University who discovered a new dinosaur species. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchi speaks with Longrich about his discovery and about the unique name he gave the species.   ... read more

An empire lost in the jungles of Peru, an explorer who uncovers the Incan ruins, and a battle over cultural heritage.  Today guest host Diane Orson looks at the life of an explorer.   Author Chris Heaney has written a carefully researched book about the life of Hiram Bingham – whose... read more

On the surface, this coulda been a bad week for Tom Foley – stalled in court while trying to stop a rival from getting campaign money – slammed in the papers over Iraq and arrests -  then come the numbers. And those numbers show – well, Foley’s more popular than ever in a contest wi... read more

A federal appellate court issued a ruling yesterday on the state’s program to publicly finance political campaigns.  The current law allow participating candidates to get public money if they meet certain thresholds.  But the court says that some portions of the law are unconstituti... read more

After stories about missed opportunities at federal transit funding, and a scandal that’s forced the head of the state DOT out the door, Connecticut seems to be bobbling its chance to regain a historic position as a hub of transportation.  The state was a pioneer in the field – cana... read more

Ben Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General in 1775. More than 230 years later, the United States Postal Service isn’t doing as well as Franklin probably would have liked. If you want to mail a letter, it may be more difficult than ever to find one of those blue mailboxe... read more

If you watch financial shows on cable, or read online papers like “Investment News” then no doubt, you’ve heard of Peter Schiff. Through his books and TV appearances, he’s crafted a “Dr. Doom” image, as the guy who got the financial collapse right – and who predicts more bad things... read more

For a state oozing with history, flooded with natural resources, and desperate for dollars, tourism seems like a natural money maker. But, as they say – you have to spend money to make money.  And Connecticut has invested NO money in tourism promotion this budget cycle.  Well, that’... read more

  The city will soon cut its last pay check to former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.   Perez resigned on June 25 and is due pay for his last week in office -- the week between his conviction and his resignation. That money is payable this Friday.... read more

A disgraced former Governor takes to the air…new jobs numbers look good – but only on the surface…and Joe Lieberman says Iraq is “thriving.” Today, we’ll tackle three stories we’ve been watching over the long, hot holiday weekend.  First, the station that pushed Colin McEnroe in... read more

The current recession has caused a number of cities and towns across the country to run out of money.  But what happens when a city goes bankrupt?  Maywood, California will lay off all its employees, police, and has contracted a neighboring city to run municipal operations. Harr... read more

The committee on Homeland Security has approved a cyber security bill sponsored by Senator Lieberman,  what has been called the “Internet Kill Switch Bill”. The bill would put the Department of Homeland Security in charge of civilian and private sector networks, such as power compan... read more

A new study says that by 2019 Connecticut’s state employee pension will be broke. Connecticut Mirror state budget reporter Keith Phaneuf reports that our state will be one of seven that will run out of money to pay pension over the next decade.  Just more bad news in an unforgiv... read more

A massive oil spill in the Gulf. A brand of cars with faulty accelerators. A golfer with a broken personal life. That list goes on. A banking industry at the heart of an economic collapse. American automakers turning to the government to keep them financially viable. We live in... read more

Hartford has a new mayor.  He says “there will be changes, and these changes will come quickly.” The capital city is in need of change, after becoming the latest city in Connecticut to lose a mayor to corruption.  Eddie Perez stepped down after being found guilty on 5 charges pertai... read more

  Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has asked for resignation letters from all city department heads and mayoral staff.    Segarra says he'll be considering each resignation letter individually but adds that the mayor’s office specifically should expect staffing cuts in order to... read more

In 2004, artist and director Joe Standart began Portrait of America in New London. The exhibit featured monumental portraits of the city's residents throughout various pubic spaces in the downtown area.  Now he’s brought the project to Hartford, photographing and interviewing the capita... read more

"Architecture is the one art that defines our lives our lives all the time, whether we choose to have it or not." Paul Goldberger agrees that although architecture doesn’t solve hunger or cure cancer, it’s an important part of our lives, surrounding us and affecting our quality of l... read more

String Theorie is an instrumental World Fusion band from Central Connecticut that brings together finger-style acoustic guitar, electric bass, and a wide variety of world percussion instruments to forge a sound that draws influences from artists like Michael Hedges and Victor Wooten. Th... read more

After the recent news of a Connecticut man who attempted to set off a bomb in Times Square, we heard a lot from his neighbors. They said he was a “quiet, normal man” and that “he kept to himself”. They didn’t know much about alleged bomber, although he had lived next door for years.... read more

There are nearly five thousand people out of prison and under state supervision in Connecticut. Most of these parolees return to their neighborhoods looking for job opportunities, and to try to make a new life. But in an already bad economic time, how are ex-offenders able to secure... read more

Terrorist plots on U.S. soil, and terrorist acts around the world are blamed on “radical” strains of Islam. But what are the causes of “radicalization” and how can it be reversed? A conference this month in East Hartford brings together leading thinkers and writers – tackling the to... read more

We talked last week on the show about the impact of the Gulf oil spill, including conversation with a bird researcher in Louisiana. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen, who is the managing editor of our Northeast Environmental Reporting Hub went to Louisiana over the weekend to learn what these scie... read more

A recent Gallup poll says Middle East residents overwhelmingly consider democracy to be the best form of government. Coming with this is a widespread desire for greater political freedoms. And this democratic desire spreads far across the world – but what kind of democracy are globa... read more

Ever find yourself in your driveway, with a million things to do inside, but unable to move because you just have to hear what happens on the radio? Us too. That’s why we’re talking about radio with people who make it—to find out what makes telling stories on the radio…well, differe... read more

Forty years ago, downtown Portland, Oregon was losing residents and businesses to housing developments, shopping malls, and business parks in the suburbs. Sound familiar? But then Portland made a series of decisions: They decided not to build a new freeway. They decided to eliminate... read more

By 2050, The United States will be home to 100 million new residents. Most of them will live in the suburbs.  As census forms roll in and an updated picture of America emerges, so too will an updated picture of suburbia. Beyond cul-de-sacs and mcmansions, there exists a persistent and f... read more

As college commencement season winds down and high school seniors prepare to graduate---it’s a good time to ask your favorite student---so, what did you learn?  It’s been nine years since David Brooks first wrote about the “organization kids,”---those high achieving students with br... read more

Below is a transcript of my conversation on Wednesday, May 26 with Ken Rudin and Neal Conan on NPR's Talk of the Nation.  We talked about the Senate race in Connecticut from several angles, including a new Republican online ad comparing Blumenthal to other Democrats who've been caught i... read more

UConnPresident Mike Hogan is leaving the university after less than three years on the job. This comes just after Governor Rell helped push through a $362 million dollar project to overhaul the UConn Health Center in Farmington - something he’s spent his tenure pushing hard for.... read more

Connecticut’s cities, once the economic and cultural engines of the state, are increasingly home to some of our toughest public policy problems.  Poverty, crime, and disinvestment have plagued Connecicut’s urban centers for decades and though there is no single, clear-cut solution, a ne... read more

John Dankosky Biography This (I)NTERVIEW is from July 10th, 2009 John Dankosky has been working in radio - mostly public radio - for 20 years. Since coming to Connecticut in 1994, he has helped to build WNPR's award-winning newsroom, cultivating one of the most talented ne... read more

Its Commencement Weekend for many colleges and universities in Connecticut. Among them is Wesleyan University in Middletown, where there’s been a lot of talk this year about a subject that’s often buried in a culture of silence: campus sexual assault. In the first of a series of stories... read more

Before this week's political explosions, it looked like this weekend's state nominating conventions would be interesting - now they're really interesting. A tight race for Senate in the GOP,  a new twist for the likely Democratic nominee, an unsettled picture on both sides of the Go... read more

Language, it's a topic that linguist David Crystal has called "the Mt. Everest of subjects."  That's why he's written a little book.  A Little Book of Language, that is.  It's out new from Yale University Press and today we'll get a peek inside. We'll talk about the origins of spoke... read more

Yesterday may have been the most unusual day in Connecticut political history. We had a national media hurricane swirling around Attorney General Richard Blumenthal – as the Senate candidate answered questions about his military service during the Vietnam era. We had charges fro... read more

Senate Candidate Richard Blumenthal is taking heat this morning because of a New York Times article calling to question his military service record.  In speeches to veterans groups, Blumenthal has cited “his time in Vietnam” – a period in his life which never actually happened. In fact,... read more

The field for Governor is narrowing all the time, but some lesser-known candidates seem like they're in it for the long-haul.  Today brings us news that Mark Boughton, Danbury Mayor and Republican candidate will be joining the ticket of current Lt. Governor Mike Fedele.  That leaves Tom... read more

We’ve been getting questions from reporters and listeners about why WNPR’s Jeff Cohen, one of the reporters responsible for uncovering the corruption case against Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez while at the Hartford Courant, isn’t covering the trial for WNPR. Instead, our All Things Conside... read more

The sweeping energy reform bill passed by the Connecticut General Assembly just over a week ago is on its way to Governor Rell’s desk. Will she veto it? Proponents of the bill say it is a collection of many smaller pieces of legislation from earlier this year, aimed at regulating re... read more

This spring, 481 students will graduate from two Enfield high schools. But they won’t receive their diplomas on school grounds, instead, they’ll graduate in Baptist church in Bloomfield. The ACLU has sued the Enfield School district, saying the practice would violate the First Amend... read more

Connecticut lawmakers approved a bill this session that subsidizes solar power, promotes energy efficiency and restructures the electric industry The bill – called the most lobbied bill this session - has yet to be signed by Governor Rell. The last decade of deregulation has res... read more

One in five women who enter college will become a victim of rape or attempted rape before they graduate. These numbers are from a report funded by the Department of Justice. A subsequent nine-month investigation by the Center for Public Integrity shows that many victims never report the... read more

Prosecutors in Massachusetts are charging nine teenagers with bullying 15-year-old Phoebe Prince to death.Prince took her own life on January 14th, after what prosecutors say was an unrelenting campaign of bullying by her classmates at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts. Although... read more

It was all swooning and kudos in the newsroom today, as we featured Harvard professor, TARP Oversight chair, and media star Elizabeth Warren.  We got her talking about the financial services reform bill, set to be taken up by the Senate when it returns to session next week. Among ot... read more

While most of our food is grown--usually far away--under tightly controlled conditions, most of the fish we eat is still captured by men and women who take enormous risks.  Throughout the world, that livlihood has been threatened, with only a few major fishing ports left on our shores.... read more

The recession hit downtown Hartford’s commercial real estate market hard. In 2009, nearly 760,000 square feet of space became vacant. Combine this with bankruptcies and foreclosures, with stalled projects and a down economy, and it’s tough to know what shape the capitol city’s in. T... read more

Oz Griebel's spent the last decade working on developing the Greater Hartford region.  Now he's running for Governor.  As part of our continuing Where We Vote series, we'll bring in the Republican and talk to him about his vision for the state.  He's one of many running for the top offi... read more

Christopher Meade served as a priest in the Hartford archdiocese for nine years. Meade left the priesthood when he could no longer reconcile the humility and love that he says are central to the Catholic faith, with the hypocricy he saw infecting the heirarchy. But, he says, this moment... read more

As the oil spill crisis continues off the coast of Louisiana, it's a better time than ever to talk about clean energy. President obama said this in his address to the nation recently – and his administration is still pushing for a moratorium on deepwater drilling, despite a federal... read more

As the Senate votes on amendments to the financial reform bill, Yale is hosting a conference about Money and Morals. These two events seem intertwined, at a time when Americans struggle with questions about whether banks – or borrowers – should be bailed out. Whether tighter reg... read more

The 2010 State Legislative Session has come to an end. It saw begging, borrowing, budget battles, bats, and a bit of buck-passing. The $19-billion dollar budget avoids tax hikes and deep cuts to social services. It includes what Governor Rell calls a “comprehensive” and bi-partisan... read more

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WWL: Capitol Roundtable - 05/07/2010
The 2010 State Legislative Session has come to an end. It saw begging, borrowing, budget battles, bats, and a bit of buck-passing. The $19-billion dollar budget avoids tax hikes and deep cuts to social services. It includes what Governor Rell calls a “comprehensive” and bi-partisan jobs... read more
WWL: Money Morals - 05/06/2010
As the Senate votes on amendments to the financial reform bill, Yale is hosting a conference about Money and Morals. These two events seem intertwined, at a time when Americans struggle with questions about whether banks – or borrowers – should be bailed out. Whether tighter regulations... read more
WWL: A Mighty Wind - 05/05/2010
Though climate legislation seems to be stalled in the US Senate, clean energy advocates in Massachusetts and around the nation are cheering this week, after the federal government approved the nation's first offshore wind farm, the Cape Wind Project in Nantucket Sound. Wind industry ins... read more
WWL: Sexual Assault on Campus - 05/04/2010
One in five women who enter college will become a victim of rape or attempted rape before they graduate. These numbers are from a report funded by the Department of Justice. A subsequent nine-month investigation by the Center for Public Integrity shows that many victims never report the... read more
WWL: Icons and Iconoclasts - 05/03/2010
Christopher Meade served as a priest in the Hartford archdiocese for nine years.  Meade left the priesthood when he could no longer reconcile the humility and love that he says are central to the Catholic faith, with the hypocricy he saw infecting the heirarchy. But, he says, this momen... read more
Where We Vote: Oz Griebel - 04/30/2010
Oz Griebel's spent the last decade working on developing the Greater Hartford region. Now he's running for Governor. As part of our continuing Where We Vote series, we'll bring in the Republican and talk to him about his vision for the state. He's one of many running for the top office,... read more
WWL: A Developing Situation - 04/29/2010
The recession hit downtown Hartford’s commercial real estate market hard. In 2009 nearly 760,000 square feet of space became vacant. Combine this with bankruptcies, foreclosures, stalled projects, and a down economy…and it’s tough to know what shape the capitol city’s in. Today... read more
WWL: Reality Radio - 04/28/2010
Ever find yourself in your driveway, with a million things to do inside, but unable to move because you just have to hear what happens on the radio? Us too. That’s why we’re talking about radio with people who make it—to find out what makes telling stories on the radio…well, different.... read more
WWL: Watching the Gap - 04/22/2010
Though Governor Jodi Rell and the General Assembly reached an agreement last week to close most of this year’s budget gap—The state still faces giant deficits over the next two fiscal years. Some observers fear that state leaders are relying to heavily on federal money, rainy day reserv... read more
WWL: The Disappearing Center - 04/21/2010
We usually hear about political polarization as a stumbling block to good governance and progress, but coming up on Where We Live, we’ll ask: can political polarization actually serve to strengthen democracy? Alan Abramowitz is a political scientist who argues that the real divide in Ame... read more
WWL: So Healthy and Clean - 04/19/2010
It’s been more than four months since New Years. How are you doing on your resolutions? Every year it seems we eventually slip out of our resolutions to quit smoking or exercise more – so why is it so hard to keep new healthy habits? That’s the question the Donaghue Foundation is asking... read more
WWL: Imagination Conversation - 04/19/2010
Imagination, the ability to visualize new possibilities, is a prerequisite for success in the 21st century global economy.  America has long been the vanguard of creation and innovation, but an economic downturn and increased worldwide competition mean that we cannot take our position for... read more
WWL: New Haven Violence - 04/16/2010
New Haven has a new police chief who stepped into a flurry of violence in the Elm city. Eleven homicides since the start of this year – 17 since October – and residents are wondering why. Unlike past spurts of violence in Connecticut, these killings largely aren’t tied to gangs.  It's p... read more
WWL: Martin Hayes - 04/16/2010
Martin Hayes started playing fiddle when he was seven years old and, by the age of thirteen, was touring with the Tulla Ceili Band, arguably the most revered and famous ceili band in Ireland at the time which was led by his father, PJ Hayes. When Martin left Clare for Chicago in the 1980s,... read more
WWL: Recognizing Genocide - 04/15/2010
1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks 95 years ago – an event some call the first genocide of the 20th century. The word – genocide – has been a difficult social and political issue for Turks and Armenians, US politicians and academics. The House Foreign Affairs committee re... read more
WWL: NASA, We Have a Problem - 04/14/2010
On this, the 40th anniversary of Apollo 13, President Obama prepares for tomorrow’s big Florida Space Summit. Obama’s proposed NASA budget will likely require drastic changes at the agency, and tomorrow he’ll lay out his plan and make the argument for it. Today we’ll talk NASA, space exp... read more
Where We Vote: Kevin Lembo - 04/13/2010
Kevin Lembo heads the Office of the Healthcare Advocate for the State of Connecticut, but he’s exploring the possibility of a new office: Lieutenant Governor. Right now, Kevin Lembo is the only Democrat seeking the job—and maybe that’s because when people think of Lieutenant Governors, the... read more
WWL: Educating the Young Child - 04/12/2010
Every $1 invested in high quality early childhood education saves taxpayers $7. Those numbers from Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance cite reduced costs from special education, welfare, and criminal justice services. And that learning doesn’t start in kindergarten, it starts at birth.... read more
Where We Vote: Tom Foley - 04/09/2010
A millionaire businessman from Greenwich is leading the field of candidates for Governor.  And, it's Tom Foley.  This week's Rasmussen Report Poll has Foley leading fellow Greenwich resident Ned Lamont 44 to 37 percent--taking over the lead since the last poll in February. Foley's candida... read more
WWL: Irvin Muchnick - 04/07/2010
Today on Where We Live, we'll talk with Irvin Muchnick. He’s author of a new book, Chris & Nancy: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling's Cocktail of Death. We’ll talk with him about the professional wrestling industry and the 2010 race for Connecituct's senate sea... read more
WWL: Celebrating our Sense of Place - 04/07/2010
William Hosley has spend his career talking about historic preservation, urbanism and creativity. He says places like Connecticut have long been hotbeds of innovation and art – but residents sometimes don’t see the rich history that’s right around them. Tonight at 7pm, Hosley will be spe... read more
WWL: Elizabeth Warren on Financial Reform - 04/07/2010
When the Senate returns next week after a two week recess—they’ll take up financial reform. Stuck in committee for months, Senator Chris Dodd finally unveiled a bill that, among other things, calls for the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency within the Federal Reserve. Som... read more
WWL: Parents Powering Education - 04/06/2010
Parents who are concerned about their children’s education are trying to take control – in the cities and the suburbs. First, The Black and Puerto Rican caucus has proposed a bill that creates a “parent trigger” for failing schools. The legislation would allow parents whose children atte... read more
WWL: Smart Sprawl? - 04/05/2010
By 2050, The United States will be home to 100 million new residents. Most of them will live in the suburbs.  As census forms roll in and an updated picture of America emerges, so too will an updated picture of suburbia. Beyond cul-de-sacs and mcmansions, there exists a persistent and... read more
WWL: Bullying - 04/01/2010
Prosecutors in Massachusetts are charging nine teenagers with bullying 15-year-old Phoebe Prince to death.Prince took her own life on January 14th, after what prosecutors say was an unrelenting campaign of bullying by her classmates at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts. Although... read more
WWL: Reporting on Climate Change - 03/31/2010
Deforestation and Degradation accounts for nearly 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. The idea behind REDD – or reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degredation in Developing Countries – is to create financial value for the carbon stored in forests. Alex Chadwick – a long-time N... read more
WWL: DEP Commissioner Amey Marrella - 03/29/2010
Amey Marella is pretty new to her job as Connecticut’s DEP commissioner, but it must seem like she’s been at it for a long time. With the state continuing to hemorrhage jobs, lawmakers – spurred by the business community – are pushing for changes to her department. They say businesses ha... read more
Where We Vote: Rob Simmons - 03/26/2010
As democrats on Capitol Hill celebrate the passage of health care reform legislation, Republican Senate hopeful Rob Simmons is calling for a repeal.  The former 2nd district congressman stops by today as we continue our Where We Vote series here on Where We Live. Recent polls show that... read more
WWL: Health Care Bill Becomes Law - 03/24/2010
Yesterday President Obama signed historic health care legislation - so, what will it mean for you? It’s taken – seemingly – forever to get to this point. Now, as we start to grapple with what a new federal health care law will mean, we’ll talk to two people who have spent a great deal of... read more
WWL: Ambassador Mark Hambley - 03/23/2010
Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington right now, visiting with President Obama and top administration officials The meeting is focused on peace talks amidst continued Israeli-Palenstinian conflicts. This comes after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Israe... read more
WWL: Health Care Update - 03/19/2010
President Obama postponed a trip to the pacific this week to stick around Washington as health care legislation comes close to approval.  Vote counting has become a political game as House Democratic leaders count toward the magic number - 216 - to pass the $940 billion dollar package.  T... read more
WWL: Celebrating Women Poets - 03/19/2010
Maya Angelou, Jane Austen, Emily Dickenson, Sylvia Plath. These are a few of the worlds great female poets.  You’ve read their work in school. But how many more can you name? Women have been influential in the field of poetry – although not always getting the credit they deserve. Today... read more
WWL: Blazing the Trail to Smart Growth - 03/18/2010
Forty years ago, downtown Portland, Oregon was losing residents and businesses to housing developments, shopping malls, and business parks in the suburbs. Sound familiar? But then Portland made a series of decisions: They decided not to build a new freeway. They decided to eliminate a... read more
WWL: Female Executives - 03/17/2010
Women make up just under half of the American workforce, but for the first time in US history, they’re poised to surpass the 50% mark in the next few months.  The last 50 years have represented an educational and professional revolution for women. Females now earn 60% of the university d... read more
WWL: Are Cell Phones Dangerous? - 03/16/2010
About 90% percent of Americans, and four billion people worldwide, use cell phones. There have been whispers about a link between cell phone use and brain cancer for decades. But while the state of Maine and the city of San Francisco consider requiring a warning label on cellular phones,... read more
Where We Vote: Rudy Marconi - 03/15/2010
Rudy Marconi's run for governor has brought a big issue back onto our table--should we start collecting tolls on our highways? Marconi, the Ridgefield first selectman, says that out-of-state drivers who go through Connecticut are getting a free ride through our state, and by collecting to... read more
WWL: Gone Fishing - 04/08/2010
Today's episode originally broadcast on 3/12/2010. Fish is one of the few foods left that people hunt.  Think about that. While most of our food is grown--usually far awa--under tightly controlled conditions, most of the fish we eat is still captured by men and women who take enormous ri... read more
Where We Vote: Mary Glassman - 03/11/2010
There is no one tougher than Mary Glassman, or so she tells the Hartford Courant. Glassman grew up in a blue collar family in New Britian. She and her siblings were the first in their family to go to college. A former journalist and UCONN-schooled lawyer, Glassman has been first selectm... read more
WWL: Krista Tippett - 04/02/2010
*Today's program originally aired on 3/10/10 “The science-religion debate is unwinnable, and it has led us astray.” Those are the words of Krista Tippett, from her new book Einstein’s God. Tippett is the creator and host of Speaking of Faith, the public radio show about belief, meaning,... read more
WWL: In Old Age, Finding a Home - 03/09/2010
There are some subjects that we come back to all the time, like state politics and “smart growth,” – and some that we can’t seem to get back to enough. Health care, especially for the elderly, is one of those. Given the average age of our audience (somewhere in their 50s) the topic of ho... read more
Where We Vote: Ned Lamont - 03/05/2010
Ned Lamont’s 2006 senate race against Joe Lieberman became th enational story about anti-war anger, and proved to be the test case for a new, blogger-driven fundraising effort. When he beat Lieberman in the Democratic primary, it forever changed the Senator’s relationship with the state –... read more
WWL: All About the News - 03/04/2010
A new study by the Pew Research Center shows that more people are getting their news from the internet than ever before. This is not surprising news - nor does it shock that a third of cell phone users get their news there, too.  But a lot of that news is what's selected by users - the th... read more
WWL: Checking in on Haiti - 03/03/2010
After the initial shock and outpouring of support to the devastated country of Haiti, attention has shifted to the massive earthquake that rocked Chile last weekend. The quake in Haiti was the worst in the region in two hundred years, and is estimated that costs could reach up to thirteen... read more
WWL: NPR Ombudsman - 03/02/2010
NPR’s Ombudsman is the public's representative to the network, serving as an independent source regarding NPR's programming. So, if you get lots of your news from NPR – you probably have questions for NPR Ombudsman Lisa Shepard - questions about story selection, language and choice of gue... read more
WWL: Connecticut News Roundtable - 03/01/2010
These days it seems nearly everyone in Connecticut is running for Governor. But if you look at the numbers, it’s a wonder anyone wants the job. We’ve talked about the big deficit this year – that the current Governor Jodi Rell needs to find a way to fill. But then there’s billions in sh... read more
WWL: Sexuality and Religion - 03/25/2010
Today's program originally broadcast on 2/26/2010. In a recent survey, more than 75% of clergy hadn’t addressed sex education in the pulpit in over two years. A startling statistic when much of the news deals with abstinence education, don’t ask don’t tell, same-sex marriage, and ongoing... read more
WWL: Revisiting New London - 02/25/2010
We’ve been talking about how a "Creative Economy" can be the key to revitalizing Connecticut's cities. New London is leading the way, with a bustling, creative arts scene. It's part of a grass-roots effort to remake the city's identity. Today, we’re live at the Hygienic on Bank Street –... read more
Where We Vote: John Mertens - 02/23/2010
John Mertens says he’s running for senate because “apathy is not allowed.”  Mertens is a tenured professor of Engineering at Trinity College. He says he’s got no interest in being a career politician, but that the two party system in American politics is broken. Mertens is chair of the... read more
WWL: The Sports Business - 02/22/2010
A new professional football team is coming to Hartford. Several groups want to bring back the NHL Whalers. And, there are rumors about Major League Baseball in Connecticut? Yes, no less an expert than Hall of Fame Baseball writer Peter Gammons says that Southern Connecticut could be a ne... read more
The Children of Children Keep Coming - 02/21/2010
Through story and song, author Russell Goings has adapted his epic poem “The Children of Children Keep Coming” into an hour-long spoken word performance that delineates and celebrates the too often unsung African American cultural history. His inspiration comes from friendship of iconic c... read more
WWL: Eero Saarinen - 02/19/2010
Starting today, Yale Art Gallery and School of Architecture are hosting the first major museum retrospective exploring the career of Finnish born architect Eero Saarinen. The exhibit “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future” looks at Saarinen’s expansive body of work – from his design of a “wom... read more
WWL:Binnie Klein - 02/19/2010
Binnie Klein is a psychotherapist in private practice in New Haven and a lecturer in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Yale. She also hosts a radio show on WPKN. But she joined us today as a boxer. Binnie started boxing in her mid-fifties and she’s written a book about it, called Blows to... read more
WWL: Allison Joseph - 02/19/2010
The city of Hartford has the third largest West Indian population in the United States. The population is being celebrated by a multimedia exhibit at Real Art Ways “ROCKSTONE & BOOTHEEL”. Poet Allison Joseph draws from her experience as a West Indian in her writing, exploring her relatio... read more
WWL: New Media Tools for Transparency - 02/18/2010
The internet has become an incredibly useful tool for citizens and journalists looking to hold government accountable for the money it spends. Add in non-profit organizations willing to do some data-mining, and it seems that nearly everything you’d need to track the bank bailout, the reco... read more
WWL: The Jobs Predicament - 02/17/2010
One year ago today, President Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. And while the economy is finally showing small signs of recovery, unemployment persists at just under 10 percent. Understandably then, the first word on everyone’s lips these days is "jobs... read more
WWL: Monopoly Capitalism - 02/16/2010
Monopoly. It's a term we don't hear very often--almost as if monopolies were a Guilded Age relic of the American past. On the other hand, we all know they're out there and that the growing consolidation of American business is dangerous. Afterall, the phrase "too big to fail" is practic... read more
WWL: Landscape Manifesto - 02/12/2010
As we enter a massive “green building” boom, it might be wise to stop and really assess what “green buildings” are. For instance, are these buildings meant to merely meet some basic governmental requirement for “sustainability?” Or, should they be designed to be essentially organic, and... read more
WWL: The Economy of Weather - 02/12/2010
We’ve been hearing an awful lot about the economic impact of severe winter weather. Closed business, stalled airlines, and lost worker productivity are just the tip of the iceberg. But what about the cost of the snowstorm that doesn’t actually come? Many Connecticut residents woke up Wed... read more
WWL: Middletown Explosion - 02/08/2010
A Devastating explosion destroyed a power plant in Middletown yesterday morning.  Five people are confirmed dead, dozens have been injured, and at this point, it is unclear whether everyone is accounted for. Sunday’s explosion shattered windows in Middletown, and was felt as far away as No... read more
WWL: Getting to Green - 03/08/2010
Today's program originally aired on 2/5/2010. Today on the show we’ve got a series of conversations about environmentalism and the changing culture surrounding what it means to be “green.”  We’ll talk with two Yale Students back from their first Climate summit in Copenhagen and with a ph... read more
WWL: Legislative Preview - 02/03/2010
If the state fired every employee, closed every office and terminated every aid program, legislators would still have to appropriate $3.3 billion this year to meet its past obligations. That report from Mark Pazniokas from the Connecticut Mirror. Journal Inquirer reporter and budget guru... read more
WWL: Housing Connecticut's Workforce - 02/02/2010
Connecticut loses a bigger percentage of its young workers than other state in the country.  Some say that’s because the cost of living here is 25% higher than the national average and entry level salaries at Connecticut companies haven’t kept up. Today on the program, a look at part o... read more
WWL: We the Wired - 02/01/2010
Monday, Where We Live, we'll preview the new Frontline documentary, Digital Nation with producer Rachel Dretzin. From multi-tasking to the military--how is the wired world we're living in changing us? We’ll also talk with Farai Chideya, author and blogger, in advance of her talk at Yale... read more
WWL: Comer on Education - 01/29/2010
James Comer is one of the nation’s leaders in early childhood education – and his innovative ideas have been put to work in more than 1000 schools. Comer is founder of the School development program, and a professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University Child Study Center. He says o... read more
WWL: Remembering Howard Zinn - 01/28/2010
A common criticism of history books is that they're written by the winners of war, presenting a one sided view of the way things were.  This view is the one most of us grew up with.  For instance, there's the idea that Columbus discovered America.  Something that's still a painful distorti... read more
WWL: Helicopter Parents - 01/28/2010
This program originally aired on Januray 28.2010. Is so-called “Helicopter Parenting” a sign of concern in a scary world? Or is it creating a “Nation of Wimps?” Today, parents have the option of leashes for their children, baby kneepads to cut down on scrapes and scratches…and for older... read more
WWL: Children of Incarcerated Parents - 04/20/2010
One out of fifteen black children has a parent in prison, compared to one in one hundred eleven white children. That’s just one of many shocking statistics you’ll find when you start looking into the problem of children with parents behind bars. For instance: About half of all children... read more
WWL: Jim Himes on Afghanistan - 01/25/2010
Congressman Jim Himes is back from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan. He’s been talking about his findings in a series of town-hall meetings. Himes had heard from a wide range of Fairfield County constituents – many upset about President Obama’s plan for the war. Himes says he’s still... read more
Where We Vote: Richard Blumenthal - 01/22/2010
When Senator Chris Dodd's poll numbers began to sag last year, many Democrats in the state worried that the seat would be vulnerable to a Republican victory in the 2010 midterm elections. But new poll numbers from Quinnipiac indicate that Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s entrance into... read more
WWL: Radio Diaries - 02/24/2010
*This episode originally aired on January 21, 2010. Fifteen years ago, “Radio Diaries” began giving tape recorders to teenagers, pioneering a model for working with people to document their lives. Since then, the series has taken public radio listeners around the world – introducing us t... read more
WWL: Racing to the Top - 01/19/2010
Today is a big deadline for educators in the state. The bell’s ringing on round one of the Obama Administration’s “Race to the Top” education funding plan. President Obama has issued a challenge to states to achieve the highest rates of college graduates in the world by 2020. His “Race... read more
WWL: A Year of President Obama - 01/20/2010
President Barack Obama was sworn into office one year ago today. On January 20th, 2009 Obama enjoyed approval ratings as high as 70%. Today, only 45% of Americans think his first year was a success. If the election in Massachusetts yesterday can be seen as a referendum on Obama's first... read more
WWL: CT Youth Forum on Race in America - 01/18/2010
The CT Youth Forum is a program for high school-aged youth to get together to exchange ideas and learn about each other, learn from each other.  In these discussions, they talk about provocative topics.  Today we're celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  We're going to talk about rac... read more
WWL: "Child of the Civil Rights Movement" - 01/18/2010
Paula Young Shelton is a first grade teacher - with that alone, she's put herself on one of our most important front lines, that of preparing our children with a quality education.  But she comes from a family that also walks the front lines in a fight for civil rights.  Her father is Andr... read more
WWL: Paula Young Shelton - 01/18/2010
Paula Young Shelton comes from a family that walked the front lines of the fight for civil rights. Her father is Andrew Young, former congressman, Atlanta mayor and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Paula Young Shelton has written a children’s book about growing up in a civil rights hou... read more
Where We Vote: Dan Malloy - 01/15/2010
Dan Malloy is “exploring” a run for governor.  Given the events of the past week, that exploration is a bit more interesting. Dan Malloy was most recently on Where We Live as part of our “State of the Cities” series when he was still running the city of Stamford. His decision to leave th... read more
WWL: Update on Haiti - 01/13/2010
We're joined by the development director of the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, who runs a hospital in Southern Haiti.      ... read more
WWL: How Health Care Reform Will Affect You - 01/13/2010
As congress works to turn the House and Senate health care reform bills into one piece of legislation, there are still questions about the impact it will have. Those questions don’t always have clear answers – and the political posturing by both sides of the debate may be further clouding... read more
WWL: Undocumented Teen Immigrants - 01/12/2010
*This program originally aired on 1/12/2010 Last year, about 65,000 graduated from American High Schools but only 5% went to college. Illegal immigrants are not eligible for federal financial aid, so increasingly expensive higher education is often out of their reach. And, many worry th... read more
WWL: Transforming Transit - 02/09/2010
*This episode originally aired on January 11, 2010. Community transportation activist Toni Gold says the streets of Hartford “have become little more than sewer pipes for automobiles.” Though the two interstates that run through the city were meant to bring economic development to the ar... read more
Where We Vote: Merrick Alpert - 01/08/2010
Merrick Alpert got into a race for Senate against a weakened political giant. Now, that giant has left the race…is Merrick still in?  Today we kick off our 2010 series of election conversations. We’re calling it Where We Vote. We’ll be talking to the candidates for the major statewide o... read more
WWL: A Nation Under Contract - 01/07/2010
Last week, a federal judge dismissed charges against the five Blackwater guards accused of the 2007 killing of seventeen Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.  The Iraqi government says it will pursue its own charges, but the episode brings renewed attention to the US government's controversial u... read more
WWL: Dodd is Out - 01/06/2010
After 30 years in the Senate, Chris Dodd says he will not seek re-election. Dodd’s announcement comes as Democrats in Connecticut start an election year – with the real possibility that they wouldn’t be holding the senate seat they’ve held for 46 years. A group of well funded, and increa... read more
WWL: The Water We Drink - 01/14/2010
The Safe Drinking Water Act requires communities nationwide to provide safe drinking water to their residents. But many millions of Americans may still be drinking contaminated water.  There are over 50,000 water systems in the United States and more than 20 percent of them may be violat... read more
WWL: Closing the Gap - 01/05/2010
The achievement gap in Connecticut is the largest in the country by every measure. More than 90% of fifth graders in the town of Ridgefield can read at or above grade level – but only 31% of Bridgeport kids can. But is this gap between the high and low performing students in our state re... read more
WWL: Checklist Manifesto - 02/04/2010
*This episode originally aired on January 4th, 2010. When surgeon and author Atul Gawande was asked to lead a global project for the World Health Organization, his charge was simple: find ways to reduce deaths and complications in surgery.  Gawande researched a variety of fields and profe... read more
WWL: It's a Resolution Show! - 12/30/2009
Look, I don’t want to dash your hopes here, but 88% of New Years resolutions end in failure. This year, the Where We Live team is aiming to be part of that 12% that end in success! Today – it’s our annual New Years resolutions show. Producer Libby Conn tries to kick her internet addicti... read more
WWL: Connecticut Jobs, When? - 12/29/2009
More than 80 thousand Connecticut jobs have been lost to the recession. But job growth has stagnated here for nearly two decades. The economic crisis has prompted lawmakers and others to focus anew on economic development out of sheer, dire, necessity. But many observers say the downtur... read more
WWL: The Decade of Lieberman? - 12/28/2009
When this decade began, Joe Lieberman was riding high –as one of the most popular politicians in Connecticut history. Remember 2000? State Democrats swooned as one of their own was tapped to be the Vice Presidential nominee. Lieberman enjoyed a better than 70 percent approval rating an... read more
WWL: The Business of Christmas - 12/23/2009
Economist Joel Waldfogel says that we're about to be hit by a tornado, a red tornado. But we shouldn't be caught unaware, because this cyclone hits every year, and he's got a name: Santa. Waldfogel says the business of Christmas actually destroys value, taking millions of consumer dollar... read more
WWL: Saab Stories - 12/22/2009
General Motors is winding down business at the Swedish Automaker Saab. But wait… Is there hope? Dutch company Spyker made a last minute bid to buy the company. So, why should we care about this bulbous European automobile? Isn’t it just another car company whose time has come and gone... read more
WWL: Public Allies - 12/22/2009
This time of year, many people think about helping others - whether through giving their money or their time.  But what about living a life of service?  Making a career about helping other people?  Public Allies is one of many national service groups run by Americorps, that is taking youn... read more
WWL: Catching Up With Congressman Courtney - 12/21/2009
Congressman Joe Courtney has been an advocate for universal health care coverage – so what does he think of the Senate’s bizarre process of getting toward a health reform plan? Today, Where We Live, the 2nd district congressman joins us to talk about the differences in the House and Sena... read more
WWL: Lynn Malerba - 12/18/2009
Lynn Malerba is the first female tribal chairwoman for the Mohegan Tribe. She takes over their leadership at a time when their business - gambling - is facing tough times. The Mohegan Sun resort and casino is still one of the world's largest casinos ... but it's $1-billion in debt, and ha... read more
WWL: The Year's Best Independent Music - 12/18/2009
Coming up, we'll welcome back The Needle Drop's Anthony Fantano, who will share some of his picks for the year's best Independent Music.  Fantano's show, The Needle Drop airs on WNPR every Saturday night at ten o'clock. You can find his entire Top 20 here. What are some of your favorite... read more
WWL: Budget Debacle Continued - 12/15/2009
The state legislature meets today in a special session called by Governor Jodi Rell. The plan for today? Not much. Democratic leaders who control both houses of the legislature say they won’t take up any of the plans aimed at filling a growing budget deficit. How big is that deficit?... read more
WWL: Exploring Main Streets - 12/11/2009
There are more than 10,000 streets called “Main Street” across the US. These are real places, where people work and live, but “Main Street” is also an idealized vision of community - the polar opposite of “Wall Street” and the mythic center of American life. “Mapping Main Street” is a co... read more
WWL: American Mural Project - 12/11/2009
Artist Ellen Griesdieck has long been drawn to the subject of Americans hard at work. She’s turned her ideas into the largest collaborative artwork in the world. The American Mural Project started ten years ago as a way to celebrate the labor of engineers, iron workers, craftsmen, athlet... read more
WWL: In Denial - 12/09/2009
As climate negotiators continue talks in Copenhagen this week and lawmakers on Capitol Hill debate the future of health care in the US, one of the questions looming large is: will science play a leading role? Author Michael Specter cautions that a growing mistrust of science, especially i... read more
WWL: On the Economy and Poland - 12/08/2009
Twenty years ago, when communism collapsed, the countries in the gravitational pull of the Soviet Union were released into their own orbits. This meant reforming entire social structures, economies, and ideas about Democracy, all at the same time. Leszek Balcerowicz was the man put in ch... read more
WWL: Dodd on Jobs - 12/08/2009
A White House jobs summit, several state initiatives to spur the workforce. Everyone’s talking about how to grow jobs. Now, Senator Chris Dodd is getting in on the act. Yesterday, he toured the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, and touted his own job plan, which would invest r... read more
WWL: A Nation of Criminals? - 02/11/2010
*This episode originally aired on December 7, 2009. The average American wakes up each day, goes to work, comes home, and goes to bed—with no idea that he or she may have committed a federal crime or two over the course of the day. That's the argument of attorney Harvey Silverglate, whos... read more
WWL: Mayoral Roundtable - 12/04/2009
Governor Rell has unveiled her plan to close the state’s budget gap – it includes cutting aid to cities and towns by 3% or $84 million. The cuts are part of a “deficit mitigation plan” – prompted by a $470 million dollar shortfall. While many agencies that help the sick and needy say the... read more
WWL: Milk Matters - 01/27/2010
* This episode originally aired on December 3, 2009. Author and food historian Anne Mendelson calls milk “the world’s first food.” And indeed, humans have been milking animals for centuries. The educated guessers say as far back as 8000 BC. Our history with milk is long and complicate... read more
WWL: Unemployment Fund Runs Dry - 12/02/2009
In October, Connecticut's unemployment insurance fund ran out of money.  The state has already borrowed $80 million to make up for the shortfall, and these loans will increase to 260 million by the end of the year.  Connecticut is not alone.  Twenty-five other states have also drained thei... read more
WWL: Aggregation in the News - 12/10/2009
The new buzzword in media: aggregation. The Huffington Post does it, it happens every minute on Twitter… and on local websites like ct capital report dot com. And, it’s not just new media bloggers doing it - as larger newspapers shed local reporters, they’re borrowing content from small... read more
WWL: Countdown to Copenhagen - 12/01/2009
Most scientists agree: global warming increasingly threatens our climate, geography, and way of life.  It's been twelve years since the Kyoto Protocol was drafted to address global warming, and it still hasn't been signed by the United States. World leaders, including President Obama, wil... read more
WWL: Megan Stack - 11/30/2009
Stack will be speaking at CCSU November 30 at 7PM in the Vance Academic Center, Room 105.  Tomorrow President Obama will announce how many troops he’ll be sending to Afghanistan and how long U.S. forces will stay in the country. Megan Stack covered the invasion of Afghanistan – as well... read more
WWL: Chris Murphy on Health Care - 11/23/2009
Senators headed into the holiday recess, still jockeying for position on the public option and health care reform. The initial 60-39 vote opens the way for work on a bill after Thanksgiving – on a plan that may, or may not, include the option of a government health care plan, which states... read more
WWL@RAW: Locating Creativity - 11/19/2009
In October, Where We Live and Real Art Ways asked for your thoughts,  ideas, questions, and stories about Hartford’s past, present, and future. We heard what you had to say – and now we’re continuing that conversation with a series of interactive live recordings. Locating Creativity: Can... read more
WWL: Peter Galbraith - 11/17/2009
Peter Galbraith has been one of the leading voices about the wars, and ongoing nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was recently fired from his post in Afghanistan with the United Nations, after a conflict with his boss there…about the UN’s handling of the tainted August elections.... read more
WWL: Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele - 11/16/2009
Michael Fedele is a Stamford businessman, and the 107th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut – now he’s a candidate for the state’s top job. Michael Fedele was a relative unknown statewide when Governor Jodi Rell tapped him to be Lt. Governor. Now, with Rell stepping down after next years... read more
WWL: Farmer's Cow - 11/13/2009
Here on Where We Live, we’ve talked about our state’s attempts to preserve working farms to feed our residents, and preserve open space. The key to preservation is sustainable success – making a product that people buy, and keep coming back for The consortium of dairy farms called The Fa... read more
WWL: The Satire Show - 11/13/2009
Satire has been around for thousands of years, but it seems like there’s more to make fun of than ever. Our media-saturated culture gives satirists almost too much to work with…from politics, to blowhard pundits, it’s a good time to try to find the funny in everyday life. Today, where we... read more
WWL: Historic Preservation - 11/12/2009
The middle of the 20th century saw a building boom in Connecticut – and the spread of an iconic architectural style. Modern architecture in Connecticut ranges from the small-scale work of the “Harvard Five” – a group of architects who brought a new style to the suburban landscape of New C... read more
WWL: What Are You So Happy About? - 11/11/2009
It’s guaranteed in our Declaration of Independence: the right to pursue happiness. But that doesn’t make it mandatory, does it? Happiness is this formerly elusive thing, which has been turned into a kind of a global commodity – with countries touting their “Gross National Happiness.” But... read more
WWL: Rating Our Towns - 11/10/2009
Connecticut Magazine has ranked the best and worst places to live in the state, grouped by size and ranked by statistics like crime, cost and culture. It’s great when your town’s on top - or even in the middle of the pack. But what does it mean when the place you live finishes last? Joi... read more
WWL: Brave Thinkers - 11/09/2009
According to the Atlantic Magazine, a “Brave Thinker” is “someone who has the courage to ask fundamental questions about why things are the way they are, and how they might be instead”. Brave thinkers ask uncomfortable questions and drive our society forward – The Atlantic has nominated 2... read more
WWL: The Wounds of War - 11/06/2009
A shooting yesterday at Fort Hood in Texas has left 13 people dead – and it has America thinking about the effects of war. The shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, is a psychiatrist, who reportedly did not want to be deployed overseas – after counseling scores of colleagues coming back from Iraq a... read more
WWL: Advocating for Health Care - 11/05/2009
The ongoing health care debate in Washington is drawing the states back in. What if Connecticut gets to “opt-out” of a federal health plan? The Opt-out language in the latest “public option” bill is just one possible way Washington is punting to the states when it comes to remaking health... read more
WWL: Dropping in on the Needledrop - 11/05/2009
Coming up, independent music extrordinaire Anthony Fantano clues us into the latest and hippest tunes from his WNPR show The Needledrop.  Featured artists include: The Mary Onettes, The Fresh & Onlys, Jesu, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and Atlas Sound.  Hear Anthony Fantano dj a... read more
WWL: Learning from Tragedy - 12/16/2009
*This episode originally aired on November 4, 2009. In the summer of 2005, an out-of-control dump truck careened down Avon Mountain, resulting in a crash and fire that resulted in the death of five people. After the crash, the state responded by changing rules for truck inspections and l... read more
WWL: Spotlight on Local Elections - 11/03/2009
More than 2 million Connecticut residents are registered to vote in today’s municipal elections, but less than 40% are expected to actually cast a ballot. Last year’s presidential elections prompted record breaking turnout across Connecticut and across the country. Sure, there was plenty... read more
WWL: Bus to the Future? - 10/30/2009
Speedy. Clean. Reliable. These are words we associate with rail travel. But can buses compete? Bus Rapid Transit systems are popular in South America and Europe, but so far, only a handful of American cities have made investments in the technology. The Connecticut Department of Tran... read more
WWL: Ralph Nader's New Novel - 10/29/2009
Throughout his career, Ralph Nader has used the written word to take sharp jabs at the status quo. Now, in his new book, he’s still challenging corporate America. But this time, Nader’s trying something new -- the utopian novel! Actually, he’s not quite sure he’d call his new book a... read more
WWL: Women's Health Around the World - 10/27/2009
Of the many issues that impact women globally, health is a critical factor that is often overlooked. Globally, there are 5.4 million young men and women who are living with HIV, and nearly 60 percent of them are female. The number of maternal deaths each year--550,000--has remained cons... read more
WWL: Guantanamo to Close, Now What? - 10/26/2009
President Barack Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay prison within a year - but that pledge has brought up many issues, including where to house detainees, how to try them, and how the U.S. can regain trust of the world community. Coming up, we’ll talk with authors Christopher Pyle an... read more
WWL: Jobs for Journalists - 10/23/2009
As experienced newspaper reporters lose their jobs, the Columbia Journalism Review is putting them back to work. Last year, 16,000 American journalists lost their jobs. And the New York Times just announced it would cut 8% of its newsroom staff. These cuts, along with struggling ad reve... read more
WWL: Bridgeport Housing - 10/23/2009
The city of Bridgeport has spent several years – and millions of dollars trying to remake itself. The Steel Pointe revitalization project – an attempt to bring retail and housing to a prime waterfront location has finally gotten the go-ahead…and several other major redevelopments of downt... read more
WWL: Keeping Campus Safe - 10/22/2009
Three high-profile murders at Connecticut universities in six short months has students and parents asking: Is my campus safe? The UCONN community is sill reeling after Sunday night's horrific crime. One student, Jasper Howard, is dead and another is injured. Meanwhile investigations con... read more
WWL: Lean Times and Expanding Waistlines - 10/21/2009
Stressed, spelled backwards? That's right: desserts.  Perhaps it should come as no surprise then that a recent poll found that nearly half of those surveyed said they eat to cope with stress. Today, Where We Live, we’ll take a look at how obesity is linked with stress and economic in... read more
WWL: Bill Curry - 10/16/2009
President Barack Obama is facing big decisions on Afghanistan, Health care, climate change and financial services regulation. In what’s been a challenging first year in office, the President is facing sharp criticism from Republicans…and gentle prodding from inside his own party to act qu... read more
WWL: Living by Design - 10/15/2009
Design isn’t a fancy new dress or an expensive chair…it’s about asking questions and solving problems. Design is how you construct a bridge…and a stylish logo. But, it’s also how you put together an effective health care system. Design has left the studios and the board rooms…and it’s... read more
WWL: Are You Sitting Down? - 11/18/2009
Most of us sit in front of a desk for at least eight hours a day. Doctors tell us to get at least thirty minutes of exercise a day - but shouldn’t we be doing more? Coming up, a journey through our sedentary culture with CCSU professor Mary Collins, author of "American Idle". She visit... read more
WWL: Columbus Revealed - 10/12/2009
“In fourteen hundred ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” So, is it a day to celebrate? The Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria brought Christopher Columbus and his fellow explorers from Spain to what he thought was India…it was actually the Bahamas. Despite claims that he “discovered”... read more
WWL: What's Your Green IQ? - 12/17/2009
*This episode originally aired on October 9, 2009. Lead in our drinking water. Pesticides on our fruits and veggies. Agricultural runoff in our rivers and streams. Bad plastics. Harsh detergents. The list of everyday environmental health hazards is long. And in an perfect world, we'd... read more
WWL: An Inside Look at Health Care - 10/08/2009
People on both sides of the health care debate can pretty much agree on one thing - the current system is failing.  Today, a discussion with and about some of the people who keep the system running - health care professionals.  We'll talk with Dr. Robert Levine, a neurologist from Norwalk,... read more
WWL@RAW: Hartford - 10/07/2009
One of America’s oldest cities. The oldest continuously published newspaper. The oldest public art museum. The city of Hartford is wrapped in history. But what about it's future? Since its first settlement by Dutch colonists in the early 1600s, Hartford has been a place of commerce an... read more
WWL: The Future of the GOP - 10/06/2009
Republicans may still be stinging from losses in the last year's election - but a new wing of the party is looking forward to a different kind of GOP. As FOX News roils with tea party protests, and political pundits clash over who's really leading conservatives today - Glenn Beck?  Sarah... read more
WWL: Next American City - 10/05/2009
In the "Next American City" - citizens will be able to communicate directly with public officials through innovative new media.  Or, maybe that's already here. This week, the publication "Next American City" kicks off a conference in Washington devoted to shaping urban policy through new... read more
WWL: Driving to Distraction - 11/02/2009
Guess what!? You’re not as good a driver as you think you are.  It’s true. We can’t all be “above average” drivers, but most Americans rate themselves that way. And that’s at least partially because most of us drive every day without incident. Even though we’re talking on our phones.... read more
WWL: Life in the Inner City - 10/28/2009
If a man doesn't have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility of the pursuit of happiness. He simply exists. - MLK Fifteen year old Fausto Rivera made it to tenth grade without the ability to read or write in either English or Spanish. That was nearly 20 y... read more
WWL: A Tale of Technology - 09/30/2009
Google Wave goes out to 100,000 preview users today and Google hopes their new tool will change, well, everything. This is the sort of new development that technology writers keep close tabs on…but increasingly their work is more than just reviewing the latest gizmos, or predicting future... read more
WWL: Checking in on Real Estate - 10/19/2009
With rock-bottom mortgage rates, and a successful federal incentive plan, it’s the perfect time to buy a house. So, are you? The Mortgage Bankers Association says the average 30 year fixed rate loan is about 4.97 percent, and mortgage applications have jumped 50 percent from where they w... read more
WWL: From Cold War to an Age of Terror - 09/28/2009
As the Obama administration considers a way forward in Afghanistan and Iran, history may provide some important lessons. Both Vietnam and the nuclear standoff of the cold war era are instructive as we try to understand how we got to where we are and what kind of strategies will and won’t... read more
WWL: America's Parks - 09/25/2009
If you've ever hiked in Yosemite, or even in People's State Forest, you know the value of public parks.  But the case for national and state parks wasn't always so clear cut.  Coming up, Where We Live, a conversation about the people who've fought to protect some of America's favorite plac... read more
WWL: Hyper-Local News - 09/24/2009
Newspapers can’t cover local communities the way they once did…so who steps in? It's a confusing time in the news business. We're stuck somewhere in between How Things Used To Be and Whatever Comes Next, but online publications are testing a variety of business models and content strat... read more
WWL: Previewing the G-20 - 09/23/2009
Yesterday's U.N. Conference on Climate Change kicked things off with Mr. Obama pledging U.S. cooperation in advance of the December meeting in Copenhagen about the issue.  But other world leaders are looking warily at a U.S. government that can't get it's domestic cap and trade plan passed... read more
WWL: Fighting Blight - 09/22/2009
Some cities around the state are getting serious about abandoned and rundown properties. Blight is an issue that every city deals with – abandoned homes or commercial properties that take up space, become safety hazards, and lower property values. The state of Connecticut has taken initi... read more
WWL: Women and Philanthropy - 09/21/2009
Earlier this year, a philanthropic mystery circulated through American colleges. An unknown donor was giving millions to universities…all of which had one thing in common. They’re led by women presidents. Now this may – or may not – give us clues as to who was making these donations, bu... read more
WWL: The Fight for Fair Housing - 09/15/2009
Discrimination in housing based on race has been illegal since 1968.  But communities all over the country are still struggling to develop and enforce fair housing.  Today, Where We Live, a look at a lawsuit in Westchester County, New York that’s bringing this issue back into the nati... read more
WWL: Economics Roundtable - 09/14/2009
Today marks exactly one year since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the beginning of a downward spiral into economic turmoil.  President Obama travels to Wall Street today and is expected to argue for expanded oversight of the financial industry—while simultaneously assuring people tha... read more
WWL: Mary Catherine Bateson - 09/11/2009
Today, Where We Live, we’ll preview the upcoming Institute of General Semantics’ Korzybski Lecture by talking with anthropologist and keynote speaker Mary Catherine Bateson.  Daughter of famed anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, she'll discuss her research and writing on agi... read more
WWL: Transgressing Gender - 09/11/2009
Coming up, we’ll talk to two performance artists who are pushing the boundaries of gender. Peterson Toscano unearths transgender Bible characters in his upcoming play “Transfigurations” – those people who do not fit in the gender binary and who, in transgressing and transcending gender, f... read more
WWL: Debating Connecticut's Citizen's Election Program - 09/10/2009
In last November's elections, more than three quarters of the candidates for state legislative office funded their campaigns with public funds---it was the fist election of its kind here in Connecticut, and perhaps the last. A federal judge ruled late last month that Connecticut's Clean... read more
WWL: Finally, A State Budget - 09/09/2009
The budget debate in Connecticut went on for so long that some lawmakers turned to Solitaire to pass the time. So, Now that a budget’s finally in place... was it worth waiting for? Governor Rell obviously doesn’t think so. She’s allowed the budget to take effect – without signing it – a... read more
WWL: Preparing for the Swine Flu - 09/08/2009
State health officials say closing schools and wearing facemasks won’t prevent the expected spread of swine flu in the coming months. So the question is, how do we prevent the spread of the disease – and how concerned should we be?   Today, where we live, a swine flu history lesson. We’l... read more
WWL: Rosa DeLauro - 09/04/2009
Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill after Labor Day, and they’ve got their work cut out for them.  Today we’re continuing our series of summer discussions with Connecticut’s congressional delegation.  We're joined in our New Haven studio by 3rd District Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro... read more
WWL: Exploring the "Public Option" - 09/02/2009
Four out of five House and Senate Committees have now passed health care reform plans that include a public option. But President Obama may be backing off. Jacob Hacker says the congressional plans range from the good to the not-so-good, to the downright ugly. Hacker is the political s... read more
WWL: Employment Law - 10/20/2009
The changing economy makes it more important than ever for employers and employees to know their legal rights and responsibilities.  Layoffs, furloughs, severance packages---there are laws about all of these things. Attorney and employment law blogger Daniel Schwartz returns to the show... read more
WWL: The Reality of Racial Profiling - 08/31/2009
Earlier this summer, the whole nation was talking after the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates. There was a big discussion of “race in America”, then the “beer summit” – okay, so now what? The Gates scandal prompted an outpouring of sentiments on both sides of the racial profili... read more
WWL: Beyond 311 - 10/05/2009
That pesky pothole! That dangerous intersection! The graffiti under the bridge!  See something in your neighborhood that isn't right?  Now, communicating with a municipal public works department can be as simple as one, two, three. See a problem, map it, and track it until it's resolve... read more
WWL: Congressman John Larson - 08/27/2009
Update 9/3/09 On Wednesday, September 2, Congressman Larson held a town hall meeting about health care reform in West Hartford.  For more, you can read Daniela Altimari's story in The Hartford Courant.  Join the conversation about health care reform - leave your comments below. Congressm... read more
WWL: Muzzling the Watchdog? - 08/20/2009
Consumer watchdog George Gombossy was recently fired from the Hartford Courant for “refusing to be nice to major advertisers”, although the Courant disputes that claim. Coming up, we’ll talk to Gombossy about the role of consumer advocates – and we’ll explore the ethics and the conflict of... read more
WWL: One Nation, Over-Prescribed - 08/19/2009
Americans are flocking to antidepressants. Since 1996, use has more than doubled with more than 10 percent of the population, or 27 million patients, on the drugs. In 2005, sales of Zoloft exceeded that of Tide laundry detergent. Increasingly, Americans choose to avoid the psychiatrist’s... read more
WWL: Why We Fear - 08/18/2009
Terrorists. Swine Flu. Climate change. Unemployment. It seems we may have more to fear than fear itself. But do we have any more to be afraid of than generations that have gone before us? Journalist Daniel Gardner says it's simply "arrogant" to think as such. We are living longer an... read more
WWL: The ABC's of Kid's TV - 09/18/2009
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood taped episodes for more than thirty years – and continues to entertain and educate children long after Fred Rogers’ death. It was the second longest running children’s show on PBS – trailing only the groundbreaking Sesame Street, which celebrates its 40th birth... read more
WWL: Medical Mysteries - 09/16/2009
Coming up, Where We Live, Dr. Lisa Sanders joins us to talk about her new book, Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis.  Dr. Sanders writes the monthly column "Diagnosis" in the New York Times Magazine and is technical advisor for the TV series House, M.D. ... read more
WWL: Are "Sin Taxes" the Answer? - 08/12/2009
Governor Rell is proposing a big tax hike on alcohol and cigarettes – she says it’s a tax you can avoid, because you “Don’t have to drink, and you don’t have to smoke.” Today we’ll explore these “sin taxes”, in practice around the country. In many states the taxes do bring in money, re... read more
WWL:The Food We Throw Away - 11/24/2009
The average American wastes more than half a pound of food every day. That’s 29 million tons of food waste every year. Some researchers estimate that as many as 40 percent of the food produced for consumption in America never gets eaten. So why does it matter and what can we do about it... read more
WWL: Revisiting Main Street - 08/05/2009
The Main Street Project has helped revitalize downtown areas in dozens of cities – but the economy is hitting the project hard. There are some neighborhoods, however, that are partnering with universities – collaborating to revive sections of town that would otherwise flounder. The Unive... read more
WWL: Elders Behind the Wheel - 09/03/2009
A spate of serious accidents in the past few months has raised concerns about elderly drivers. As a group, older drivers are relatively safe when measured by the number of crashes per licensed driver. But if you measure by crashes per mile driven, the data show a substantial rise in cra... read more
WWL: Bill and Dean Talk Politics - 08/03/2009
Senator Chris Dodd has been leading Democratic efforts to pass health care reform – now he’s struggling with his own health care issues. The news late last week that the Senator is suffering from early-stage prostate cancer comes in the middle of his push toward Congressional action on a... read more
WWL: LIVE in Kent - Litchfield Jazz Festival - 07/30/2009
The Litchfield Jazz Festival has brought hundreds of world class artists to Connecticut – and has helped educate hundreds of students in this American art form. The Festival started in 1996, and quickly became one of the most respected jazz events in the world. After starting its life i... read more
WWL: Nuclear Energy - 07/29/2009
The US currently gets about 20% of its electricity from nuclear power, but many argue we’ll need to get much more, really soon. One of those people is Obama’s Secretary of Energy. Steven Chu, who has said that Americans should look at nuclear “with new eyes.” He and others say climate ch... read more
WWL: Jim Himes - 07/28/2009
Jim Himes worked on Wall Street for 12 years, and represents a district knee-deep in the nation’s financial mess. Himes is on the House Financial Services Committee. It’s chairman, Barney Frank says the House will pass major regulatory reform of the financial system by this fall…and toda... read more
WWL: The Evolution of God - 09/17/2009
Since ancient times the God of scripture has been at times vengeful and wrathful—and at other times loving and compassionate. Author Robert Wright says that, even for the non-believer, there is a hidden message in these vacillations—a message with the potential to lead a modern, technologi... read more
WWL: Dodd, and the State Budget - 07/23/2009
Senator Chris Dodd trails Republican challenger Rob Simmons by 9 points in a new Quinnipiac poll The numbers show a continued slump in popularity for the powerful Senator – who’s leading efforts to get President Obama’s health care reform passed – while still chairing the banking committe... read more
WWL: Public Transit Benchmarking - 07/21/2009
The state of Connecticut has applied for its share of the 8 Billion in stimulus funds for high speed rail projects. This could mean that the long-awaited New Haven to Springfield rail is within reach. We’ve had no shortage of discussions on the inadequate state of public transportation... read more
WWL: To the Moon! - 07/20/2009
Forty years ago today, human beings stepped on the lunar surface – it was the culmination of a “space race” – that’s never recovered it’s urgency. As we celebrate the success of Apollo 11 – many wonder if we’ve forgotten about the frontier of space. The Obama administration is looking cl... read more
WWL: When Divorce Turns Dangerous - 07/17/2009
In the past several weeks Connecticut has been rocked with several high profile cases of domestic violence. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year…about 1 in 4 women will be affected in their lifetimes. But often, domestic violence... read more
WWL: The Impact of the Casinos - 07/16/2009
Connecticut’s two casinos are reporting a drop in slot revenue last month compared to this time last year – but they still bring in big money to the state. Despite a nine percent decrease at Foxwoods, and a six million dollar shortfall at Mohegan – the state still took in almost 30 millio... read more
WWL: On Forgiveness - 08/26/2009
Most of us have needed forgiveness a time or two. And many of us have offered it—or at least attempted to. But what does it really mean to forgive? Today we’ll continue with part two of the conversation we started yesterday about punishment and forgiveness. We’ll probe the meaning of f... read more
WWL: On Punishment - 08/25/2009
The United States is home to just five percent of the earth’s population. But we lock up a staggering one quarter of the world’s prisoners. From our puritan beginnings to our prison abuse scandals, America has an interesting history with punishment. We punish harder and longer than othe... read more
WWL: Aging Out of TV News? - 07/13/2009
A Fox 61 reporter has filed a complaint against her employer – charging age discrimination, and lifting the veil on the industry’s obsession with youth and beauty. This is nothing new to former news anchor Janet Peckinpaugh, who also filed an age and sex discrimination suit against her fo... read more
WWL: Old Time Speaker - 07/10/2009
Connecticut-based rock group Bronze Radio Return just released their first full album "Old Time Speaker".  Today, Chris Henderson, Rob Griffith and Craig Struble join Where We Live in studio three to talk about their music. Bronze Radio Return will be playing July 11 at Riverfest in... read more
WWL: "Socialized" Medicine and the AMA - 07/10/2009
Last month President Obama gave the first presidential speech to the American Medical Association in 26 years. The President is looking to the AMA as a partner as he attempts a massive federal health care overhaul. The last presidential speech to the group was in 1983 by Ronald Reagan.... read more
WWL:A Look at Lyme - 07/09/2009
It sounds simple: a deer tick, a rash, and a chronic syndrome. But Lyme disease isn't just a pathogenic infection—it's a political maelstrom. First discovered right here in Connecticut, Lyme disease provides a case study in doctor-patient relations and who decides what treatments get p... read more
WWL: Closing the Digital Divide - 08/24/2009
The Internet might have been born here in the US, but we’ve fallen behind much of the industrialized world when it comes to making sure everyone can access the web.  Non-white households, rural households, and low income households are still significantly less likely than wealthier, white... read more
WWL: After America? - 07/07/2009
Is America headed toward the same fate as the powerful British and Roman empires of the past? At the very least, journalist Paul Starobin argues that America’s days as a sole superpower and influence around the world are nearing an end. He says weaknesses in America’s political and econ... read more
WWL: Chris Murphy - 07/06/2009
Murphy sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and it's Health Subcommittee.  Last week, the committee had hearings on the House draft of the health care reform bill.  When he returns to Washington, they will complete work on the bill, and then it is expected that the full House w... read more
WWL: Hard Choices - 07/02/2009
For months, Governor Rell and lawmakers have been talking about the “tough choices” the budget deficit is presenting. And some of those choices have been tough – like cuts to Medicaid and social services... some could be tough, like whether to raise the income tax rate... but some seem re... read more
WWL: Joe Courtney - 07/01/2009
Health care is at the top of the agenda for the Obama white house – and Congress. Second district congressman Joe Courtney has been talking about health reform in the district. Today, where we live – we’ll talk to Courtney about prospects for a “public option” – and how much health care... read more
WWL: The Music Industry's New Groove - 06/30/2009
In a 2002 New York Times article, David Bowie said that “music itself is going to become like running water or electricity….it doesn’t matter if you think it’s exciting or not; it’s what is going to happen.” Now, seven years later, the music industry has continued its rapid metamorphosis.... read more
WWL: Aetna on Health Care Reform - 06/29/2009
President Obama has met with insurance industry leaders as he moves forward with plans to overhaul the nation’s health system. Aetna says they have a plan of their own. Hartford based  Aetna is one of the nation’s insurance giants – and they have many reasons to keep the current system... read more
WWL: Hands On - 08/07/2009
As unemployment in the US inches dangerously close to 10%-- there are actually some jobs that employers are struggling to fill.  In an age when many information jobs have been outsourced, there are openings for skilled trade workers in communities all over this country than there are qual... read more
WWL: The Workplace of the Future - 06/23/2009
In March 2008, more than 600,000 self-employed workers across the country labeled themselves as working "part time for economic reasons." A year later, that number has reached 1.1 million. The recession is shaking up the workplace - pushing more workers to consider self-employment, both ou... read more
WWL: Love Makes a Family - 06/22/2009
Love Makes a Family led the fight for marriage equality in Connecticut. Now the successful advocacy group is closing its doors. Love Makes a Family got its start in 1999 under the direction of Anne Stanback. First the group helped create a law that allowed gay and lesbian couples to ad... read more
WWL: The Children of Children - 06/19/2009
When Russell Goings was a little boy, he shined shoes on Wall Street.  He looked up to the stock brokers and vowed to be one some day.  When his teachers told him there were no black stock brokers - he proved them wrong.  Goings became the first black branch manager of a New York Stock Exc... read more
WWL: Choosing Single Motherhood - 06/17/2009
Women who want children are no longer waiting for Mr. Right.  In 1981---a New York woman started Single Mothers By Choice—a support network for working women who wanted to start a family before it was too late. Now thousands are single mothers by choice including women in Connecticut. Toda... read more
WWL: Independent Cinema - 06/15/2009
Independent films often break new ground, taking chances when the big Hollywood studios choose to play it safe. From scratchy silent films to breathtaking high definition, independent films have come a long way. Today, Where We Live, we’ll look at Independent cinema, with author Phil Hall... read more
WWL: The Rest is Noise - 06/12/2009
The sounds of 20th century classical music can fit a lot of descriptions - atonal, romantic, minimal, popular.  There’s no concensus on what this era of music meant, but it’s left a rich impression on our next guest, Alex Ross. He’s the music critic from the New Yorker, and will join us t... read more
WWL:Jason Moran - 06/12/2009
Today, Where We Live, we'll preview The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, which opens in New Haven on June 13th. We’ll talk with pianist Jason Moran about his upcoming performance at the Long Wharf with his eight-piece band The Big Bandwagon.  They'll perform an original multimedia... read more
WWL : Ramani Ayer - 06/12/2009
Today, Where We Live, A conversation with Hartford CEO Ramani Ayer, who’s announced that he’ll step down by the end of the year. After a thirty-six year career with the insurer, Ayer is proceeding with his plans to retire, following a tough year of losses for the company.... read more
WWL: Health Care Reform - 06/11/2009
The spiraling cost of health care. It’s a problem for government. It’s a problem for businesses. It’s a problem for families and unemployed workers looking for affordable health insurance. Today, Where We Live, a conversation about proposals to reform health care in Washington and Hartfor... read more
WWL: Linda Greenhouse - 06/10/2009
Hamden native Linda Greenhouse has returned to Connecticut after three decades covering the Supreme Court for The New York Times. Coming up, Diane Orson guest hosts a conversation with Greenhouse, now the Journalist-in-Residence at Yale Law School, about her life, her work, and the Supre... read more
WWL: OMG! The Toll of Texting - 06/09/2009
American teenagers send and receive an average of 2,272 text messages per month. Teens are texting almost 80 messages a day – at school, on the bus, at the mall, and in bed late at night. But what effect is this having on grammar and health… and what does this constant communication mea... read more
WWL: Making Ends Meet - 06/08/2009
The recession is having an impact across Connecticut, but it's especially difficult for families who are facing financial crisis for the first time. New survey results from Bridgeport show more and more families at risk of homelessness and health care emergencies-- due to pervasive loss... read more
WWL: On Politics - 06/05/2009
June 5, 2006 – WNPR started a new conversation with Connecticut. Three years later, we’ve talked to thousands of politicians, pollsters, opinion leaders, big thinkers, researchers, and the curious and well-informed citizens of our state. As Where We Live celebrates this milestone, we’re... read more
WWL: OPEC's Midwife - 06/04/2009
Coming up, Where We Live, we’ll talk to author and journalist Anna Rubino on her new book, The Queen of the Oil Club: The Intrepid Wanda Jablonski and the Power of Information.  It tells the story of the woman who broke social and cultural barriers to get the inside scoop on big oil in... read more
WWL: Addicted to Oil - 06/04/2009
Fuel, a new feature length documentary from environmentalist Josh Tickell, examines America's complicated history with oil and examines the possible replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy.  12 years in the making, the movie began with video clips from Tickell's "Veggie Van" and... read more
WWL: Legislative Roundtable - 06/03/2009
Connecticut’s current legislative session adjourns today, but budget talks have been unsuccessful, and a special session will convene tomorrow.  The budget stalemate could continue throughout the month – in part because The Governor and the Legislature still can’t agree on exactly how b... read more
WWL: LGBT Bullying - 06/02/2009
Bullying is a big problem in schools – but it’s especially acute for gay and lesbian teens. A national survey from 2007 shows that nine out of ten lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered middle and high school students experienced harassment at school in the past year - and more than 80%... read more
WWL: In This Together? - 06/01/2009
State workers negotiated a deal with Governor Rell that's supposed to save the state about $700 million over the next two years.  It includes wage freezes, three unpaid furlough days, and increased employee contributions to benefits.  In return the state agreed not to have laoffs for the n... read more
WWL: Waterbury Mayor Michael Jarjura - 05/29/2009
Inscribed in marble at the City Hall entrance is the motto—What's more lasting than brass? And in a way—it’s the question Waterbury tries to answer every day. Once the brassware production capitol of the world, Waterbury Connecticut is a city working to redefine itself. With the last mills... read more
WWL: Youth Violence - 05/27/2009
Every summer, Connecticut is rocked by gun violence. Every year, a new call for calm…and a new crackdown. Since the beginning of summer, a 19 year old has been charged with murder in East Hartford, two teens were killed in Hartford while riding scooters, and just this past week a group... read more
WWL@RAW: Who Pays for the Arts? - 05/29/2009
The recession has government – from federal to state to cities and towns – thinking about how to stay above water…let alone how to fund music, museums, dance and theater. But because of the downturn, corporate and individual donations are down and endowments have also shrunk. So, without... read more
WWL: Teaching Machines Morality - 08/21/2009
Star Trek. Wall-E. Terminator. There are no shortage of movies in which computers take on a mind of their own. But could this scenario happen in real life? Even if true morality for machines is a long way in the future, Wendell Wallach thinks it's necessary to build a kind of function... read more
WWL: Status Update - 05/22/2009
Status Update is a new exhibition presented by The Arts Council of Greater New Haven on view at Haskins Laboratories through August 1st. The exhibit explores how artists are using social networking technologies like facebook and twitter to create and show new work.Today, Where We Live, De... read more
WWL: Still Predictably Irrational - 05/22/2009
Duke University economics professor Dan Ariely joins us once again to talk about his book Predictably Irrational – and to explore the irrationality of our financial system. The last year has been bad for the stock market…bad for our financial system…bad for the economy as a whole.  But Ar... read more
WWL: Responding to Needs in Africa - 05/21/2009
Today, we'll explore three stories from Africa.  In April, Pfizer reached an agreement to pay millions to settle a criminal case involving drug testing in Nigeria.  The trial of the antibiotic Trovan killed 11 children and harmed scores of others.  The story was first widely told in a seri... read more
WWL: Financial Literacy - 05/20/2009
A recent UCONN poll shows that while 67% of Americans believe they had a high level of “financial literacy”, more than half of them weren’t able to answer basic questions regarding financial issues. Yesterday the senate voted to prohibit credit card companies from arbitrarily raising an i... read more
WWL: The State of Business - 05/19/2009
As both the state and federal government face fiscal crises, the business community – along with labor - is being asked to make concessions. But what points are they willing to concede? Coming up, John Rathgeber, President and CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association jo... read more
WWL: To The Class of 2009 - 05/18/2009
It's one of the toughest speaking assignments a person can get. The Commencement Speech. So, what to say to the class of 2009?  Speech coach Joan Detz says that even the most seasoned speakers can get overwhelmed by the task…especially as they send graduates into an uncertain future.... read more
WWL: Connecticut Basement Tapes - 05/15/2009
Coming up, Where We Live, we're talking with Ray Hardman, WNPR's Morning Edition Host and creator of the Connecticut Basement Tapes Project. The concept for the project is simple – it aims to uncover long lost audio gems and bring them to our airwaves here on WNPR. When we say basement ta... read more
WWL: New From The Needle Drop - 05/15/2009
Anthony Fantano is host and creator of The Needle Drop, a show that constantly aims to bring listeners the best of new independent rock music.  The Needle Drop airs at 10 pm on Saturdays here on WNPR.  Coming up, Where We Live, We'll check in with Anthony to see what he's listening to. Yo... read more
WWL: Cabinet of Curiosities - 05/15/2009
Curators Nancy Kuhl and Timothy Young were coming across so many treasures in their daily work at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, that they decided to start a blog and share some of their favorite finds with the world. The blog is called Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities.... read more
WWL: Forging a Path to Community Development - 05/14/2009
At a time when government and business are struggling to find solutions to the nation’s problems – philanthropy is stepping in. And the role of these grantmakers is more than just handing out money – hoping for new outcomes from the same old strategies. A prime example is our guest today... read more
WWL: Understanding ADHD - 08/10/2009
In Connecticut, about 7% of school-aged children have been diagnosed. These children often experience challenges in controlling their behavior and remaining focused. As our recent program about “The Spirited Child” pointed out – there are many reasons why children might be hyperactive – o... read more
WWL: The Madoff Affair - 05/12/2009
Bernard Madoff is now behind bars--serving time for a massive fraud that cost investors $65 billion.  The Madoff Affair, a new Frontline documentary will air tonight at 9:00 on CPTV.  Coming up, Where We Live, we'll talk with producer Martin Smith about the program, which traces Madoff's s... read more
WWL: Gifts to Doctors--Ethics or Information? - 05/11/2009
The pharmaceutical industry spends nearly 11 billion dollars a year marketing their products to doctors. Reformers worry that this is eroding professionalism and ethical standards within the medical profession—and that patients can no longer trust their doctors to make decisions based on... read more
WWL: The Farms That Feed Us - 05/08/2009
There are more than six and a half billion people in the world.  And many of them have no idea where the food they eat comes from.  It's a strange place we find ourselves in--disconnected from the land we inhabit and the plants and animals that nourish us.  Coming up Where We Live, we'll p... read more
WWL: Time Traveler - 06/25/2009
Time travel. It’s the stuff movies are made of. But what if it were a reality? UConn Physics Professor Ron Mallett has been asking himself that question since 1955 and he’s dedicated his life to developing a working theory of time travel. Mallet says that the 20th Century was the centur... read more
WWL: Time for Budget Reform? - 05/05/2009
State Representative Tom Reynolds is urging his fellow state legislators to use the current fiscal crisis as the impetus for launching a new era of budget reform.  His recommendations are outlined in an essay "Crisis: A Terrible Thing to Waste - Connecticut's Budget Dilemma and the Opportu... read more
WWL: Little Pink House - 05/01/2009
In 2005 the supreme court ruled in favor of the city of New London in a landmark eminent domain case. But there’s much more to the story. The ruling was widely criticized – because it allowed land to be transferred from private home owners to a private development company – to bring more... read more
WWL: Web 3.0 - 04/30/2009
The internet we know today –home to applications like Facebook, Google, and Wikipedia—has developed in a (more or less) open environment that has invited tinkering from anyone with the time and interest to learn how to speak its language. But now, more than ever, our guests say, it will... read more
WWL: Salvage Rights - 04/29/2009
The photographs of Emma Wilcox reflect the type of urban decay seen in too many places across our region.  In her new exhibit "Salvage Rights", she takes on the issue of eminent domain - the seizing of property for "the public good".  It's an issue in Connecticut, where New London became t... read more
WWL: Toumani Diabate - 06/19/2009
Toumani Diabaté is one of the most important musicians in Africa. Toumani plays the kora, a harp unique to West Africa with 21 strings; and more than any other kora player it is Toumani who is responsible for bringing this instrument to audiences around the world. He is a performer of trul... read more
WWL: Reforming Health Care - 04/28/2009
About 80% of Americans say they want health care reform now - but what form will it take?  President Obama wants to spend 600 Billion dollars on health care reform.  By early June, the chairmen of two senate committees have plans to finish legislation that would provide health care coverag... read more
WWL: Sheff @ 20 - 04/27/2009
It’s been 20 years since the Sheff v. O’Neill lawsuit was filed. The case challenged the entrenched racial isolation in the Hartford Public School system. A 2008 settlement in the case commits the state to expand integrated education options for Hartford's public school children over the... read more
WWL: State of Black Connecticut - 04/24/2009
Connecticut’s African American families are facing a health, education and employment crisis that’s far worse than the rest of the population In Connecticut, African American children are seven times more likely to live in poverty than white, non-Hispanic children, and these stark poverty... read more
WWL: Spreading the Stimulus - 04/23/2009
Connecticut’s getting about 3 billion dollars in federal stimulus money. But where is it going (and how can I get some)? The process to distribute the 787 billion dollars meant to flow into the states has been called “confusing, frustrating and ridiculous” – but it also represents a chan... read more
WWL: Work/Life Balance - 04/22/2009
During a recession, many people are working harder for a smaller piece of the pie. So, how do you balance work with the rest of your life.? A recent survey found that work-life balance now ranks as one of the most important factors in employee satisfaction—second only to compensation.... read more
WWL: Ricci vs. DeStefano - 04/21/2009
Tomorrow the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that’s been being argued in New Haven for years. In 2004, New Haven city officials decided to throw out the results of a fire department promotional exam after the results of the exam yielded a racially lopsided set of promotions... read more
WWL: Tareq Ismael - 04/20/2009
The President is making good on a promise made on the campaign trail, but many see his proposal for that country being little more than an acceleration of the plans left by the Bush administration. What is different, everyone acknowledges, is a change of tone in engaging the Middle East,... read more
WWL: Graphic Narratives - 04/17/2009
Comic books have come a long way from the days of Batman, Superman and Spiderman.  Before these superheroes made it to the big screen, their exploits were confined to little boxes in flimsy magazines.  They inspired generations of young readers who stopped paying attention to comics in the... read more
WWL: What's Next for Willimantic? - 04/16/2009
The city known as "Romantic Willimantic" is filled with Victorian-era architecture, was once one of the largest producers of thread in the world. It’s also the home to a legendary “frog invasion” – which you’ll hear more about – it’s immortalized by enormous frog statues guarding the brid... read more
WWL: Bad Money? It's Only Gotten Worse - 04/15/2009
Last year at this time, just as we began our descent into a global recession. Of course, we didn’t know that at the time. But those who read Phillips’ book from last spring, “Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism” might have had a clue.... read more
WWL: Coming Home to No Home - 04/14/2009
On his recent visit to Iraq, President Obama told a group of servicemen that “we all share the shame of 154,000 veterans going homeless on any given night.” And, according to numbers from the Department of Defense, those numbers could be even higher.  With an increasing number of veterans... read more
WWL: Jim Amann - 04/13/2009
Jim Amann has gone from the top spot in the state House of Representatives to the campaign trail for governor Amann spent four years as speaker of the house, and nearly 20 years as a lawmaker. His run for governor has gotten off to a rough start. He accepted a high-paid job to work for... read more
WWL: Getting Creative - 04/11/2009
The recession might be depressing to some…scary to others…but it’s sparking creativity across the country. Today, Where We Live, a conversation about personal creativity in rough economic times. We’ve heard about the recession’s impact on arts institutions – we’ll look at how how artists... read more
WWL: The Economic Impact on Family - 04/08/2009
The economy is changing our expectations for our careers, how we spend our money, and even how we raise our kids. Layoffs and tight household budgets are causing families to change their routines. Child care centers across the country have vacant slots where there used to be waiting lists... read more
WWL: Free Speech and the Internet - 04/07/2009
How far should First Amendment protections extend into cyberspace – where content can be posted anonymously, and can remain published and searchable, pretty much forever? We'll look at efforts to protect free speech and the legal questions that arise when an "anything goes" policy on the... read more
WWL: The Faces of Feminism - 04/03/2009
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem is still going strong at 75, and taking her message of a struggle for gender equity to college campuses. Coming up, Where We Live - we’ll talk with Steinem and other leading feminists about where the movement is today. We’ll also hear about the feminists tha... read more
WWL: Bill Curry - 04/02/2009
The early stages of the Obama administration may be the most scrutinized in history. As he talks with world leaders at the G20 summit in London, President Obama’s first few months in office are being looked at by economists, politicians and everyday Americans – all desperate for relief fr... read more
WWL: Healthcare in America - 03/31/2009
As the worsening economy leads to massive job losses, the number of people without insurance is rising. Coming up, Where We Live, we'll talk to FRONTLINE producer Jon Palfreman about his new documentary Sick Around America which you can see tonight at 9pm on CPTV. He traveled the country... read more
WWL: Liquor Laws, Outdated? - 03/30/2009
Ever wonder why you can buy alcohol on a Sunday in just about every other state but Connecticut? Our state is one of fourteen that still hold tight to so called "blue laws" and one of three that continue to ban the sale of any kind at liquor stores on Sundays. Now, some lawmakers are ch... read more
WWL: Virtual Reality - 03/25/2009
Ten years ago- the term “virtual reality”  existed mostly within the realms of gaming and science fiction.  But future virtual environments may change how some clinicians deliver health care.  New research shows that beyond the most basic uses of virutal environments--training pilots, for... read more
WWL: Vivian Schiller on NPR - 03/24/2009
New President Vivian Schiller comes to NPR at an important time in the history of NPR – and the media as a whole. Coming from the New York Times online division, Schiller has said that she wants to overhaul NPR’s web service – saying it’s one of the most important things the network can d... read more
WWL: American Security Project - 03/24/2009
The American Security Project believes we must restore American leadership in the world and recommit to cooperation with other nations to enhance our national security and find a common ground to strengthen security across the globe.  Today, Where We Live, we talk to executive director Dr.... read more
WWL: StemCONN - 03/23/2009
President Obama's executive order, now two weeks old, “removes barriers to responsible scientific research involving human embryotic stem cells” But what does responsible mean? But what guidelines should govern how stem cells are used, moving forward? The order was met with joy by research... read more
WWL: Susan Bysiewicz - 03/19/2009
A recent poll by Quinnipiac University puts Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz in the lead among Democrats running for Governor in 2010…but any candidate would face an uphill climb against the very popular Governor Jodi Rell. Today on Where We Live, we’ll talk to Bysiewicz about her r... read more
WWL: The Spirited Child - 05/07/2009
Author, speaker and parent educator Mary Sheedy Kurcinka has a word for children the rest of us might call “hard to handle” – it’s “spirited”. And, Kurcinka argues that the word that distinguishes these “spirited” children from other children is more. More intense, persistent, sensitive... read more
WWL: Heroin in the Suburbs - 06/18/2009
A study conducted by the CDC found that more than 4% of high school students in Connecticut have used heroin - compared with 2.5% nationwide.  In the past several years, the number of heroin deaths in the state has doubled from one a week to two a week.  And, despite what many suburban par... read more
WWL: A Coming of Old Age Story - 03/16/2009
It's a fact of life that most of us want to avoid.  As life expectancy increases, more and more people will find themselves living into extreme old age--and with that, the physical and mental struggles that come along.  That also means more of us in nursing homes, or assisted care situatio... read more
WWL: Holding Government Accountable - 03/20/2009
Governor Rell’s proposed budget would close or reorganize several agencies that serve as “advocates” or “watchdogs”. Among the proposals, Rell would shut down the Office of Healthcare Advocate, merge the Office of Child Advocate into the Attorney General’s office, place the Council on Env... read more
WWL Special: Title IX - On the Court and Off - 03/12/2009
The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) and WNPR will be joining forces for a new program, Title IX: On The Court And Off, which will be held on March 12, 2009. Focusing on the controversial law which ended gender-bias and paved the way for a new generation of women athletes, the program... read more
WWL: Generation Y at Work - 06/16/2009
Entitled.  Demanding.  Disloyal. These are words that have been used to desribe the Generation Y workforce. Bruce Tulgan joins us to talk about his new book Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage Generation Y. He'll argue that Generation Y, the most high-maintenance workforce in history... read more
WWL: The Vanishing Capitol Press Corps - 03/09/2009
In the last round of layoffs, the Hartford Courant let go of a Capitol reporter in Hartford and its Bureau Chief in DC. A recent report in the American Journalism Review says more than 40 Washington regional reporter positions have vanished in the last 3 years. And the cutbacks are being... read more
WWL: Connecticut's Dairy Industry - 03/11/2009
Connecticut’s dairy farmers say the industry is at a tipping point. Federally regulated milk prices are at record lows while the costs of production, especially in the New England, are higher than ever. Farmers get about a dollar for a gallon of fresh drinking milk these days. Meanwhi... read more
WWL: When Anger Strikes - 04/06/2009
A recent CNN survey asked Americans how they feel about the way things are going in the country.  Three out of four are ANGRY. They’re mad about bailouts and banks and Bernie. They’re mad about layoffs, vanishing savings, and health care. Leaders who don’t pay those pesky taxes—and those... read more
WWL: Reality of the Rail - New Haven to Springfield - 03/05/2009
It comes up every time we talk about transportation and infrastructure - a Springfield to New Haven communter line.  Is it possible?  The proposed line would connect three cities along the I-91 corrider - and link together suburban communities along the route.  It's seen by advocates as a... read more
WWL: State of Our Cities, Bridgeport - 03/04/2009
Bridgeport is seen by many observers as a city with remarkable opportunities. Positioned near New York City, accessable by rail, road and boat – it could be a center of commerce and culture for Connecticut. Today on Where We Live – we’ll continue our State of our Cities series with Bill... read more
WWL: A Time to Serve - 03/03/2009
Both state and federal leaders have called for the development of new “service corps” that will put young people to work rebuilding America. President Obama is supporting legislation that would dramatically expand federal support for civilian service programs such as Americorps. Our own G... read more
WWL: 100 Days on the Road - 03/02/2009
NPR’s David Greene is spending the first 100 days of the Obama administration on the road. What he’s finding for us is a changing America – filled with resilient people, telling remarkable stories about the economic downturn and how it’s affected his life. Today on Where We Live, Gree... read more
WWL: A More Sensible State Policy on Marijuana? - 02/27/2009
Senators Martin Looney and Toni Harp have introduced legislation calling for the creation of "a more sensible state policy regarding marijuana possession by classifying the possession of a small amount of marijuana as an infraction." Such a law would effectively decriminalize the possessi... read more
WWL: Reinventing Government - 02/26/2009
Yesterday, state lawmakers passed a “deficit mitigation bill” to cut the roughly 1.2 billion dollar budget gap for this fiscal year more cutting is coming up, with an $8.7 billion dollar deficit looming for the next two years. The process has included some of the same political name-calli... read more
WWL: Non-Profits in a Down Economy - 02/25/2009
Usage of their services is up – charitable giving is down – and state budget cuts are on the way for non profits. With Connecticut facing a budget deficit pushing nine billion dollars for the next two years – everyone is bracing for deep cuts. But many who work in the non-profit sector, p... read more
WWL: Drowning in Debt - 02/24/2009
The trend has been accelerating for the last two years – and there’s no doubt it will get worse as the recession deepens. And, despite the fact that Connecticut hasn’t been hit as hard by the mortgage crisis as other states – we’re adding bankruptcies faster than the rest of the nation – a... read more
WWL: Budgeting Benchmarks - 02/23/2009
As Connecticut lawmakers struggle to balance the budget, they can take solace in the fact that they are not alone. Forty-Six states face revenue shortfalls—projected to total over $350 billion over the next 30 months, before the inflow of any federal stimulus dollars. California's crisis... read more
WWL: Chris Murphy - 02/20/2009
House Democrats rallied behind President Barack Obama to give him his first big victory – passage of a massive stimulus package.  But his plan met with opposition from Republicans and has been criticized for being both too big – and too timid. Today on Where We Live, Democratic Congressma... read more
WWL: A New Blueprint - 02/19/2009
The Brookings Institution is making the case that metro areas are what drive the U.S. Economy, and if we enhance them – we’ll be a more prosperous nation. This plan is called the “Blueprint for American Prosperity: Unleashing the Potential of a Metropolitan Nation.” With billions of fede... read more
WWL: Future of the Book - 04/09/2009
Publishers Weekly has predicted that 2009 stands to be “the worst year for publishing in decades.” American publishers and booksellers are cutting staff across the country and the economy has some wondering if even big booksellers, like Barnes & Noble, will survive as they currently exist... read more
WWL: Indian Ambassador to the U.N. - 02/17/2009
There's news this week that in the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, the CIA orchestrated back-channel intelligence exchanges between India and Pakistan, allowing the two countries to quietly share highly sensitive evidence - with the U.S. helping things along.   This seems li... read more
WWL: Kevin O'Connor - 02/17/2009
Former US Attorney Kevin O'Connor took a job as Chief of Staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez during the height of controversy surrounding the Department of Justice. At the time, Gonzalez was facing criticism over the firing of seven US Attorneys--allegedly for political reasons....... read more
WWL: Eaton on Education - 02/13/2009
As the state struggles to find funding for education - some researchers say our money would be best spent on improving diversity in the classroom. That's the goal of the long-standing Sheff v. O'Neill lawsuit in Connecticut - which reached a settlement last year over the racial and ethnic... read more
WWL: State of Our Cities, John Destefano - 02/12/2009
In his recent State of the City address, mayor John DeStefano said the state of New Haven is strong - but it’s the national recession that’s holding us back. Like many of Connecticut's towns, New Haven faces a tough year ahead. A 25-28 million dollar budget hole has they city asking for b... read more
WWL: Fairfield vs. Madoff - 02/11/2009
The alleged Ponzi Scheme perpetrated by Bernie Madoff has hit thousands of investors - from celebrity superstars to elderly grandparents. All of whom put their faith in one man’s stellar record - and many of whom lost their life savings. Among the biggest impacts felt was in the town of... read more
WWL: Exploring Environmental Policy - 02/10/2009
A new "green" economy is supposed to emerge from the Obama stimulus package now being crafted in Congress - but what does "green" really mean?  The President made billions for environmentally-friendly building and energy infrastructure available in the plan - both as a way to jump-star... read more
WWL: A Look at Health Care - 02/09/2009
The massive state budget deficit is growing by the day - and lawmakers are are focused on filling the gap...so what about the plan to revamp the healthcare system?  Health reform advocates are calling once again for a health insurance buying pool that they say would lower costs - and c... read more
WWL: National Security - 02/06/2009
Among the many tough tasks of the new Obama administration is a remaking of the nation's intelligence, military and law enforcement infrastructure. It's a big task - especially since the webs of the Pentagon, the CIA and the FBI have gotten so tangled in the last 8 years.   Today, W... read more
WWL: Budget Address Recap - 02/05/2009
Governor Jodi Rell's budget makes plans to close a 6 billion dollar deficit over the next two years - lawmakers say it falls nearly 3 billion short of solving the problem.     The independent Office of Fiscal Analysis puts the two-year deficit at something closer to $8.7 billion - and... read more
WWL: Looking for Work - 03/26/2009
The recession came late to Connecticut—but a recent report out from the Connecticut Department of Labor leaves no question. It's here.  Connecticut lost more than 25,000 jobs in the last quarter of 2008. So far, 2009 brings more losses with cuts across all kinds of industry including h... read more
WWL: Colin McEnroe - 02/02/2009
For years, Hartford Courant Columnist Colin McEnroe has lent his quirky, quick-witted, and liberal voice - to the conservative "sameness" of commerical talk radio.   His show was a mix of humor, politics, unusual phone callers - and hilarious rants on obscure topics.   Then, one month a... read more
WWL: New Independent Music - 01/29/2009
Anthony Fantano, host of WNPR's The Neele Drop, says 2009 promises to be a great year for independent music.  He's got his eye on new artists and new albums, but says that part of what makes this year so exciting are the new ways people can access and listen to music.   Today on Where We L... read more
WWL: Courtney on Stimulus Plan - 02/03/2009
Congressional Democrats helped the new President Barack Obama get his first big victory - passage of an $819 billion dollar stimulus plan, meant to jump-start a struggling economy.   But, the plan had no support from house republicans, and is expected to have a tougher time in Senate th... read more
WWL: Speaker Donovan - 01/28/2009
Chris Donovan's tenure as speaker of the Connecticut house got off to a rocky start, just as he attempts to help get the state out of it's financial mess.   Donovan, a liberal democrat, and longtime labor organizer, took the speakers' gavel from outgoing speaker Jim Amann - the polarizing,... read more
WWL: Mayor Perez Update - 01/27/2009
Yesterday's show featured a continuation of our "State of the Cities" series, where we talk with mayors of the state's largest communities.  We sat down for an hour with Eddie Perez, Mayor of Hartford.  We talked about progress the city's making on curbing crime, revamping education, and a... read more
WWL: Finding a Religious Common Ground - 01/27/2009
A worldwide religious debate was sparked between Chirstians and Muslims, following Pope Benedict's controversial 2006 comments about Islam and Holy War.   This is Where We Live. The comments prompted an open letter from the Muslim community in response - "A Common Word Between Us and Yo... read more
WWL: State of our Cities, Eddie Perez - 01/26/2009
National attention for a shocking hit and run. More gun violence. The closure of a historic hotel. This bad news, compounded by the savage beating of Nick Carbone -- a former city official -- an ongoing grand jury investigation into the mayors' office, and the loss of former mayor, and cit... read more
WWL: Christopher Hitchens - 01/23/2009
The presidential inauguration ceremonies were filled with religious references: from the controversial Pastor Rick Warren - to the entertaining Reverend Josephy Lowrey , to President Obama's own call to Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus and...non-believers.  On today's Where We Live, noted... read more
WWL: Harry Shearer - 01/23/2009
With a new Grammy nomination in hand, Harry Shearer is set for a year of major milestones: the 25th anniversary of his radio program Le Show, as well as the 25th anniversary of his perforamnce in This Is Spinal Tap.  Today on Where We Live, Shearer talks with us about his video installatio... read more
WWL: On Healthcare - 01/22/2009
Changes to the healthcare system are touted as major priorities for the new federal government under Barack Obama - and the new session of the state legislature - but facing a massive deficit in Hartford, and growing recession nationally - what change can we really expect?  Today, Where We... read more
WWL: Reading the...um, Dictionary - 03/12/2009
There may never be a moment in your life when you’ll have to use the word “Fleteen” – meaning “Having the color of Skim Milk”.   Or, “petrichor” – It's not a type of dinosaur… but rather the “pleasant smell of rain on the ground, especially after a long, dry spell”. These are among the... read more
WWL: Inaugural Poetry - 01/20/2009
Poet Elizabeth Alexander believes in the power of words to change people.  She's a Yale Professor of African American Studies and English Literature.  Later today, she'll be reading an original work for the inauguration of Barack Obama in front of a huge global audience.  We spoke with her... read more
WWL: Insights from the Inauguration - 01/20/2009
Today, Barack Obama is sworn in as the first African American President of the United States - and millions will witness the event in Washington. People from around the nation were drawn to the long strip of parkland called the national Mall - despite choking crowds, tight security, lim... read more
WWL: Presidential Movies - 01/16/2009
Next Tuesday, Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States and maybe, a few years from now, some movies will be made about his story.  The Presidency has prompted some of Hollywood's best - and most overblown movies but either way, the way we portray our leaders on film... read more
WWL: Teacher Certification - 01/15/2009
Connecticut has plans to tighten it's certification requirements in conjunction with federal standards laid out in the No Child Left Behind law.  Education officials say this means better education for students from more qualified teachers - but does "certified" mean the same thing as "qua... read more
Who Should Own Ideas? - 01/14/2009
In an information age with calls for innovation coming from leaders in every sector, from the halls of Washington, D.C., to the factories of Detroit, how are the rules governing ideas keeping up?  James Boyle joins us on Where We Live today to talk about his new book, The Public Domain: En... read more
The Soviet-Afghan War - 01/13/2009
It's been called the Soviet Union's Vietnam War.  The nine year invasion of Afghanistan during the end of the Cold War seemed endless and inconclusive, with the Afghan mujahedeen eventually defeating the Red Army through the use of unconventional warfare tactics.   The war was the begin... read more
The Future of Newspapers - 01/12/2009
Though the Bristol Press and the New Britain Herald escaped closure when a buyer emerged last week, struggles like those of the Journal Register Company have become common in an industry at a crossroads.   Today on Where We Live, a look at local newspapers and the newspaper industry.  How... read more
Corrupticut - 01/09/2009
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich faces almost certain impeachment by the Illinois House, a historic step that would trigger a trial to determine whether the Democratic governor should be tossed out of office.  The legislature there has been studying the possibility of impeachment since sh... read more
What's the Story in the Ocean State? - 01/08/2009
Our neighbor to the east is having problems, just like the rest of the country in this recession—but they seem magnified in Rhode Island—the country’s smallest state, where unemployment is nearing 10% and the percentage budget deficit is the largest in the nation.  Home prices are plummeti... read more
WWL Special: State of the State Wrap Up - 01/08/2009
Connecticut kicked off it’s 2009 legislative session today under a fiscal cloud – a budget deficit that is ballooning to billions over the next few years. We’re broadcasting today from the state Capitol in Hartford – where Governor Jodi Rell addressed a joint session of the legislature to... read more
Legislative Preview - 01/07/2009
Connecticut kicks off it's 2009 legislative session this morning with new leadership in the House and big economic troubles at the state and municipal levels.  Later today, Governor Jodi Rell officiallly kicks off the session with an address to lawmakers, but the tone has already been set.... read more
Mid-Size Mayors Mobilize - 01/07/2009
Mid-sized towns in Connecticut are coming together to set priorities for this legislative session - and find new ways to make it through an economic crisis.  The Mayors of West Hartford, East Hartford and Middletown are leading a legislative agenda that caters to the needs of their mid-s... read more
WWL: Our Changing Urban Landscape - 04/01/2009
Today on Where We Live, a look at how we build and live in our cities.  What kind of development makes for better city living and what, if any, expansion makes sense in this time of economic contraction?  We'll explore the major urban renewal effort of the 1950's and 60's in New Haven and... read more
The Bells of Climate Change are Ringing - 12/24/2008
The sound of carillon bells from church steeples is a traditional sound this time of year - but at Wesleyan University, a different kind of sound is ringing across campus.   "The Weather at Six" is a sond installation by Wesleyan professor and sound artist Ron Kuivila, based on weather pat... read more
Environmental Policy - 12/24/2008
Environmental Groups expect a big change coming in January.  But what will that change look like?  From his list of picks to run environmental agencies, President-elect Barack Obama has worried some environmentalists that his administration might be too cozy with big business and big agric... read more
Budgetary Woes - 12/23/2008
Governor Jodi Rell is calling the state legislature into special session before the start of the regular session to vote on another "deficit mitigation" plan. Today, Where We Live, we decided to take a look back at another administration, faced with a massive budget deficit - that made a c... read more
Gamblin' on the Economy - 12/22/2008
In 2007, the State of Connecticut brought in more than $430 million dollars in gaming revenues from  local tribal casinos Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.  So it's hard to argue that what happens to the gaming industry isn't important to the state as a whole.  It's an industry that's brought thou... read more
A New Push for Regionalism - 12/19/2008
 It's been talked about in Connecticut for decades - but the idea of "regionalism" is starting to pick up political steam.  The idea has always been seen as a more modern approach than our traditional 169 town strucutre - with closely guarded local control.  But with the combined reces... read more
The Old Leatherman - 12/19/2008
He lived in caves, walked thousands of miles, and relied on the kindness of strangers for food. Covered from head to toe in leather, nobody knew his real name. From 1856 to 1889, the Leather Man covered a 365 mile circuit every 34 days, over and over again, never speaking a word. Who was h... read more
Interfaith Marriage - 12/18/2008
The so-called "millennial generation" is marked by a sort of inclusiveness, that breaks down many traditional racial, ethnic and religious barriers. That often extends to their choice of partners. But despite these trends, many couples face pressures from family and society over their in... read more
Congressman-Elect Himes - 12/17/2008
Fresh off his upset of the last New England Republican in the House, Congressman elect Jim Himes is getting ready for Washington.  Himes arrives in his new job at a critical time - in the middle of a recession, with crises in two areas of his expertise: housing and banking.  In the nex... read more
Childhood Obesity - 12/16/2008
In the last twenty years, the number of obese children between the ages of 6-11 has tripled in the United States.   For teenagers, those numbers are even worse.  Public health officials are calling this an epidemic and warning that if the pattern continues, a startling new trend could emer... read more
State of our Cities: Stamford - 12/15/2008
  Connecticut’s cities are the centers of our commerce, our transportation system and our cultural lives.  Despite the important role played by our cities, they have troubles not faced by suburban and rural towns. In a state that has some of the best education in the country, our... read more
Coping With Stress - 12/12/2008
We've been hearing for years that stress is bad for us.  It affects the way we sleep, the way we feel, the way we interact with others.  Research also shows that it can weaken the immune system, causing health problems and, it has troubling correlations with unhealthy behaviors, like eatin... read more
Investing in Infrastructure - 12/11/2008
President-elect Barack Obama has proposed a massive infrastructure investment plan to jump-start the economy and put millions of people to work.The plan is being called the largest public works construction program since the Eisenhower administration started building the interstate highway... read more
Retail Sales - 12/10/2008
Analysts say many consumers are waiting to do their shopping until they see steep discounts closer to the holidays. Stores of all kinds are running promotions - big promotions - trying to get shoppers in the doors. But what if they don't come? And what does a bad fourth-quarter mean to... read more
Henry Gustav Molaison - 12/09/2008
Last week, a very famous man known to the world only as “HM” died in Windsor Locks, Connecticut at the age of 82. Henry Gustav Molaison, called HM to protect his identity, was a little boy in Hartford, when an accident changed his life forever. Over the next seven decades, HM would suffe... read more
Towards a New American Dream - 12/09/2008
Today we'll talk to renowned pollster, John Zogby about his new book, The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the transformation of the American Dream.  Though Zogby doesn't have a crystal ball and insists that nothing can reveal the future to us, he says that polling points us towards the A... read more
Inside Afghanistan - 12/08/2008
President-elect Barack Obama has continually said that the war in Afghanistan will require more US troops and attention in the coming years.  This in response to a worsening security situation in that country, as Iraq has slowly stabilized.  Obama has also made it clear that success in Afg... read more
WWL:Getting Back to Our Roots - 01/30/2009
Note: This program originally aired on December 5, 2008. Today, Where We Live, we're getting in touch with our roots. We all associate ourselves with an ethnicity or a culture.  Whether we're of African, Irish or Columbian descent  - most of us want to know something about our ancestry or... read more
Education Funding - 12/04/2008
The State Board of Education unanimously approved a proposed budget that cuts ten percent of its funding, tut they also said these cuts would be a big mistake. The biggest cuts would come in grants or funding for local schools, which the Board acknowledges would cause "significant harm" to... read more
The Obama Cabinet - 12/03/2008
As barack obama stocks his cabinet with veterans of the Clinton administration, many are wondering whether this is the type of forward looking administration they'd hoped for. With the announcement of former Clinton cabinet member Bill Richardson as commerce secretary, the president e... read more
One America? - 12/02/2008
The upcoming inaguration of America's first black president has many people talking about the issue of race and how important the issue is in today's society.   During his second term, in 1997, Bill Clinton formed a commission to address the problems of race in America.  Now, ten years... read more
World AIDS Day - 12/01/2008
Nearly 20,000 people in Connecticut are estimated to be living with HIV.  Almost half are unaware of their status. Connecticut ranks 14th in the nation in AIDS cases per capita, 3rd per capita among women and 1st among injecting drug users.  But it often seems like we aren't talking about... read more
Pursuing Happiness - 11/25/2008
NPR correspondent Eric Weiner has covered a lot of tragedies and human suffering around the world, and on the way, he became fascinated with how people experience happiness.  He went in search of researchers who are attempting to quantify happiness - and map it around the world.  Do rich n... read more
The Spirit Catches You - 11/22/2008
One of the huge health care challenges for the state's Latino community is communication with health providers.  But now, magnify that barrier through the lens of massive cultural, spiritual and communications differences, and you have the situation of the Hmong people living in the US.  L... read more
A Latino Healthcare Crisis - 11/21/2008
Latinos account for more than 11% of Connecticut’s population – making them the state’s largest ethnic minority.   But as a group, they are also the states poorest, sickest and least educated residents - and they account for 40% of the states uninsured.  Today at 4:30 at UCONN School of So... read more
Theater of the Deaf - 11/21/2008
The National Theater of the Deaf is the oldest continuous touring production company in the United States - and it's in our own backyard.  The deaf community has received a lot of attention due to advances with cochlear implants - and their acceptance or rejection of this new technology. ... read more
Energy Under Obama - 11/20/2008
 Energy issues are at the heart of everything that’s happened in America over the last few decades.  Dependence on foreign oil, and its role in our foreign policy; investment in renewable resources , balanced with heavy pressure to continue down the same fossil fuel paths; volatile fuel... read more
On Foreign Policy - 11/20/2008
Much of the recent speculation about the Obama administration revolves around Hillary Clinton's possible appointment as Secretary of State.  The personality-driven speculation has taken away from direct discussion of the top issues that department, and the defense department will have to d... read more
Budget Woes and Lieberman Spared - 11/19/2008
Governors in several states all are calling lawmakers into special sessions to deal with new economic realities.  In Connecticut, that process starts Monday. The independent office of Fiscal Analysis handed out new numbers on the budget yesterday, and they're just about as bad as the ones... read more
The Rising Cost of Food - 11/18/2008
The rising cost of food is taking a toll on personal budgets, but it's really hitting hard at soup kitchens and public schools.  Organizations who provide food for the homeless or hungry are dealing this triple threat:  Higher expenses for food - as much as 5 or 6% - an increased deman... read more
Connecticut Forests: Ecosystems and Economy - 11/17/2008
Connecticut’s forests provide wildlife habitat, and recreation for thousands of Connecticut residents every year. But what are they really worth? An annual forum at the University of Connecticut brings together ecologists, educators, and conservationists to discuss Connecticut’s shrinking... read more
The Aftermath - 11/14/2008
  Today's show is happening live at Real Art Ways in Hartford.  This vibrant arts space in the Parkville neighborhood is a focal point for visual and performance art, as well as collaboration and conversation.  That's why we're thrilled they invited us here to talk about the world as we k... read more
Fair Coverage on NPR - 11/13/2008
NPR News gets its' share of listener complaints - coming from both the left and the right.  So how does the network achieve the right balance?  Alicia Shepard is an award-winning media critic, university lecturer on media ethics and a former reporter.  She's now NPR's Ombudsman - deali... read more
Once Again, The Economy - 11/12/2008
Adam Davidson is one of the people trying to clean up the mess - not by handing out bailout checks, but by helping us decipher the worlds of high finance, corporate malfeasance and governmental oversight.   NPR's Economics Correspondent is a contributor to the NPR blog "Planet Money" an... read more
Language, Symbols and Words... Oh My - 12/29/2008
For many of us, the word "semantics" is used dismissively - for instance, when someone's making an argument using loaded language, you'd say "well, that's just semantics!"   Obviously, semantics is larger than that - way larger, in fact.  It's the study of meaning in communication - the... read more
Voices From Iraq - 11/10/2008
After five years at war,  more than 4000 US troops killed , a military surge which has cut down on violence - have we forgotten about Iraq? Iraq was on the minds of students at Wilton High School two years ago, when theater arts teacher Bonnie Dickinson started developing "Voices in Con... read more
Films in Hartford - 11/07/2008
The Hartford International Film Festival is an innovative, grassroots festival.  Coming up, Where We Live, we'll talk with the director, and two of the filmmakers who are presenting this weekend. For more information on the festival, visit www.hiffct.org  ... read more
The Dry Cleaning Effect - 11/07/2008
Ever find it hard to remember to drop off the dry cleaning on your way to work?  Or maybe you can never remember to stop off for some groceries on your way home—until it’s 10 blocks too late?  It’s not just you and, no, you’re not just tired.  Yale researchers have described how differ... read more
Amal Elsana Alh’jooj - 11/06/2008
Amal Elsana Alh'jooj is a Bedouin Arab, living in Israel.  The population of these once nomadic people mostly left Israel, starting in the late 1940s, with the establishment of the current state.  Now, the number of Arab Bedouins living in the Negev desert is around 170,000, Many in so cal... read more
WWL: Martin Fletcher on Breaking News - 01/29/2009
Martin Fletcher has put himself in danger throughout his nearly 40 year career in journalism.  But his new book isn't just an adventure tale. Fletcher is NBC's Tel Aviv Bureau Chief, and his new book is Breaking News: A Stunning and Memorable Account of Reporting from Some of the Most... read more
The Morning After - 11/05/2008
The historic election of 2008 is over, and now focus turns to the Democratic party, with control of the White House, along with bigger margins in both houses of Congress. As much as the nation might want to look forward to a new administration - and how it might fix our economic crisis... read more
Where We Live Election Night Special - 11/05/2008
More than 2-million people have registered to vote in Connecticut alone.  Many polling places are overflowing, and this is in a state where the Presidential race isn't even seen as all that important by the campaigns. It's an historic night, and tonight, Where We Live, we'll be bringing... read more
Looking Ahead - 11/04/2008
Tonight in Chicago - win or lose - Barack Obama is expected to address nearly one-million people in Grant park.  The scale of the gathering is unprecedented - and has led to security concerns.  There will be fewer people - about 6000 - but still a sense of history as John McCain addresses... read more
Watching the Exit Polls - 11/04/2008
Across Connecticut, voters are heading to the polls in record numbers.  More than two-million registered voters, the most in history.  This scene is being played out across the country because of the historic nature of this campaign for president.  Because tonight is expected to provid... read more
Independent Tom Winn - 11/03/2008
Coming up, Where We Live, we'll talk to 5th district congressional candidate Tom Winn.  He's running as an independent in the competitive race between Chris Murphy, David Capiello and Harold Burbank. Join the conversation!  Add your suggestions, questions and comments below. Block Photo... read more
Political Predictions Markets - 11/03/2008
Political futures trading is considered illegal in the US. It's sort of lumped with online gambling. But, in many ways, it's more similar to a long-established and accepted form of trading, the commodity exchange--where traders bet on the future prices of commodities like corn and wheat... read more
Jacob Hacker on the Elections - 11/03/2008
Jacob Hacker - political scientist at Berkeley, formerly of Yale, has written about the "middle class squeeze" and our health care crisis.  Today, where we live, we'll talk with him about how he expects either of the major candidates for President to deal with these issues. Join the conve... read more
To Convene or Not To Convene? - 10/31/2008
A new poll by The University of Connecticut and the Hartford Courant shows that 50 percent of voters support a Convention to amend the state Constitution. This is Where We Live.  Every 20 years, Connecticut residents get a chance to vote on whether they'd like to convene a convention. It's... read more
Suffield, Swing Town - 10/30/2008
Today, we’re broadcasting live from the Kent Memorial Library in Suffield, Connecticut. This town of 15,000 is less than 20 miles from Hartford and only minutes from Bradley International Airport. It’s got an agricultural past – a part of the fertile “tobacco valley” – and a suburban fut... read more
Barr off the Ballot in Connecticut - 10/29/2008
Bob Barr served Georgians in the US House of Representatives for 8 years between 1995 and 2003, where he was known as a solidly conservative lawmaker, loved by the Christian right. He fought for the impeachment of Bill Clinton, staunchly supported the war on drugs, and fervently opposed a... read more
Blogging Around the World - 10/29/2008
The American presidential elections aren’t just being talked about in the states – they are in the news all around the world.   Not only will the next president  be making policies that have global impact, but the American expatriate community will be watching closely to see how their co... read more
Young Voters - 10/28/2008
  Young people born between 1982 and 2000 make up the largest generation since the baby boomers.  Record numbers of eligible young voters are registering this year, over 70,000 in Connecticut alone. But it remains to be seen how many will actually vote.  Today we’re talking to three young... read more
Understanding Health Care Policy - 10/28/2008
Health care policy is one of the major issues of the Presidential and congressional campaigns, but the language can often be too dense to understand.  This is why NPR Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner has updated her guidebook, Healthcare Policy and Politics A to Z. In it, she has... read more
It's a Green Party! - 10/27/2008
The Green Party is running a full slate of candidates for Congress in Connecticut this year.  they hope to have an impact on the issues being discussed. The party of environmental conservation and social justice has been making inroads in the state, especially on the municipal level, for y... read more
Congressman John Larson - 10/24/2008
John Larson began serving in the House in 1999 - and is now in his fifth term, representing the first congressional district. Larson's tenure in Congress has been marked by a quick rise through the ranks of the Democratic party. He's Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus helping to lead the... read more
Christopher Shays - 10/22/2008
The latest poll in the 4th district race tells the tale.  Christopher Shays - after 21 years in Congress - is running a race for his political life.  The University of Connecticut Poll released this week shows a dead heat - 44 to 44% in the race between the Republican Shays, and hi... read more
UConn Presidential Symposium - 10/21/2008
Today, we’re broadcasting from The Dodd Center on the campus of the University of Connecticut.  It’s part of a daylong seminar called UConn: UVote – Election2008 On the Storrs and Stamford campuses, they’ll be talking about the issues facing the presidential campaigns - the s... read more
Dropping in on TND - 10/20/2008
Finding music you want to listen to - or download - is a pretty difficult task these days.  Sometimes, there's such a thing as "too much choice."  Periodically, we invite Anthony Fantano, the host of the music review show the needle drop onto Where We Live to give us some of his sugges... read more
The Renaissance Generation - 10/20/2008
Periodically, throughout world history, times of enlightenment are born out of tragedy or turmoil.  Some observers, looking at the failures in our economic system, and widespread dissatisfaction with government policies, see now as another such time.  Patrica Martin was recently in Har... read more
Celebrating Noah Webster - 10/20/2008
Last week was the 250th anniversary of Noah Webster's birthday. The Connecticut native is known as the Founding Father of American English, who tirelessly built the first American dictionary, a process that took 28 years and ruffled a lot of feathers. Today on Where We Live, we'll ta... read more
Bill and Dean on Presidential Politics - 10/16/2008
Bill Curry and Dean PaganiLast night, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain met in the final Presidential debate.  What will it mean for the last few weeks of this campaign?  It was, by far, the most heated - and most tense confrontation between the men - sitting close together at... read more
Connecticut Votes 2008 - 10/15/2008
Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz says she wants to make sure that continued registration and education efforts run smoothly and contribute to an election free from the confusion and uncertainty that has marked recent presidential elections. Today on Where We Live, she joins us to t... read more
The Latest Polls - 10/13/2008
On the stump for Barack Obama yesterday, Hillary Clinton warned Democratic supporters not to get too "overconfident" with polls showing Obama leading by double digits over John McCain.  Why not?  Well, by this morning, new polls had that lead down to 4 percent. That's the way it goe... read more
5th District Challenger David Cappiello - 10/10/2008
5th District challenger David Cappiello: Photo by Chion WolfState Senator David Cappiello is running against a former colleague in the Hartford legislature for the 5th District seat in Congress.   The Republican is running to unseat freshman Democrat Chris Murphy. A battle between tw... read more
5th District Congressman Chris Murphy - 10/09/2008
Congressman Chris Murphy in WNPR's Studio 3: Photo by Marie KuhnFifth District Congressman Chris Murphy is heading into his first re-election campaign, after his upset of Nancy Johnson two years ago. Murphy is running against Republican David Cappiello and Green Party candidate Harold... read more
Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader - 10/08/2008
Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader: Photo by Chion WolfRalph Nader has spent his career crusading against big corporate influence and the anger over Wall Street may have given him new life. It’s the third straight Presidential campaign for the consumer advocate and his impact in nati... read more
Jim Himes - 10/07/2008
The meltdown in the credit markets that prompted the massive bailout in Washington is, of course, a huge story everywhere in America. But it might be the biggest story in the 4th Congressional district. Fairfield county is home to thousands of residents who work in the financial sect... read more
The 700 Billion Dollar Question - 10/06/2008
Whether you call it a "bailout" or a "rescue" or a "financial stabilization program" - the US government just spent 700 billion dollars, fixing problems with our financial system - caused by us. At a time when dollars are tight, any similar investment in social programs, infrastructure,... read more
Joe Courtney - 10/03/2008
With the House expected to vote on a revised bailout bill - Congressman Joe Courtney is undecided about what he'll do this time.  Courtney was the only member of the Connecticut delegation to vote against the first "rescue" plan - that was voted down by the House.  It's been wildly unpop... read more
Joe Visconti - 10/02/2008
Joe Visconti is an unlikely candidate for Congress.  He's running against the entrenched Democrat John Larson for the first District seat.  The West Hartford resident made his name politically as a vocal opponent to the Blue Back Squarre development plan.  He serves on the West... read more
The Multigenerational Workforce - 10/01/2008
  For the first time in American history, four generations of employees are in the workforce - causing cultural and generational friction.   Older workers - the traditionalists - are finding it hard to retire early.  The post-war Baby Boomers, who have spent the last few dec... read more
Bracing for the Storm - 09/30/2008
It's been 70 years since the Hurricane of 1938 - which ripped through Long Island and New England, killing more than 600 people - including 100 in Connecticut. The anniversary - along with the latest wave of powerful storms which hit the Gulf Coast and Caribbean - has been reminding resid... read more
Curry on the Economy - 09/29/2008
President Bush is calling on congress to act quickly to pass a 700 billion dollar plan meant to rescue the financial industry.  The bailout has been called vital to an economy teetering on collapse - but it's been widely panned by Americans getting ready to vote in November - many see i... read more
Everyday Ethics - 09/26/2008
Governor Jodi Rell has declared today "Ethics Day" in the state of Connecticut - but, when is it ever not "ethics day?" The daylong ethics conference is mandated by stricter state laws, put in place following the Rowland Administration scandal.  Rell came into office with a mandate t... read more
Republican Candidate Boaz ItsHaky - 09/26/2008
Bo ItsHaky has a remarkable life story - born in Israel, as the son of Holocaust survivors - trained in Acupunture in America - now running for Congress. He's running against Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro - who represents one of the most reliable Democratic seats in the House.  Her Repub... read more
Report Card on Bridgeport Schools - 09/25/2008
Marilyn Ondrasik: photo by Catie TalarskiThe Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition recently released a report that five Bridgeport Public Schools have showed substantial improvement over the past five years.  Despite being the most underfunded school district in the state - having had mor... read more
The Drinking Age: 18 or 21? - 09/24/2008
Dr. Lee Peters talks with John Dankosky in WNPR's Studio 3: Photo by Libby Conn18-year-olds can vote. They can fight in a war. Should they be able to legally have a drink at the bar, too? Some colleges are asking that question. 130 college and university administrators, including s... read more
Financial Markets Bailout - 09/22/2008
Over the weekend, the Bush administration - the Treasury Department and lawmakers started work on the massive 700 billion dollar bailout of wallstreet - meant to get a handle on a looming economic crisis.  Because it's really unprecedented - we wanted to give you a chance to ask questio... read more
Lou Gehrig's Disease - 09/22/2008
ALS is a rare disorder, affecting about 1 in 100 thousand people. A related condition, called PLS is even rarer - but both have devastating effects. ALS is short for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - but it's commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease after the Yankees star, whose Hall of Fame... read more
Breaking Bad Habits - 12/30/2008
Dr. Judith Fifield: photo by Chion WolfOf all the diet plans and weight loss programs in the world - two successes jump out:  Prayer...and gambling. Two very different ideas are being floated in Connecticut about how to lose weight, break bad habits, or change behavior. The first is "S... read more
Fixing the Property Tax System - 09/18/2008
Connecticut’s property tax system has been called flawed, broken and in need of reform – so why does nothing ever change? Our state’s reliance on property taxes to fund municipal services means wild inequities in the cost of living from one town to the next – and spurs sprawling... read more
Are We Safe Yet? - 09/17/2008
Two decades after the end of the Cold War - it's a fair question to ask: Are we any safer from the threat of nuclear annihilation?   We start to get scared again when we hear news of a newly bold Russia - asserting itself against its neighbors. We got so scared by faulty intellige... read more
Sean Sullivan - 09/16/2008
Two years ago, the race between Courtney and then-incumbent Rob Simmons was the closest in the country.  After his narrow victory, Courtney stepped into a new Democratic majority in the house.  Now, he faces his first challenger - Sean Sullivan - a lawyer and former Commanding office... read more
Speaker Nancy Pelosi - 09/15/2008
Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House of Representatives and the first in a recent line of high-profile political leaders...who are women.  The California congresswoman is the first woman to sit in the speaker's chair - and her ascension to the job came just before the historic Pre... read more
The Future of Iraq - 09/15/2008
Last week, President Bush announced that 8000 troops would be leaving iraq by early next year - the administration credits the "surge" of troops that they say has led to stability in the country - and they praise the Iraqi forces for being, in the president's words: "increasingly capable... read more
The Cost of College - 09/12/2008
Mark French, Dept of Higher Ed: photo by Chion WolfAbout 10% of those who get federal student loans default on those loans, and with more students needing to borrow money, more are at risk. It's been a big week to talk about how students are paying for college.   This week, a... read more
Exploring the Brain - 09/11/2008
This complex web of neurons that controls our thoughts and feelings, our movements and dreams, is better understood by science everyday.   But even those who work with the brain on a daily basis express wonder at what it can do...and how little we still understand about it. Toda... read more
Women on the Way to the White House - 09/08/2008
Lisa Burns, Quinnipiac University: Photo by Chion WolfA new USA Today/Gallup poll has John McCain pulling ahead of Barack Obama - with his Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin closing the "enthusiasm gap." Palin's presence on the ticket has done more than just provide a bump for the... read more
Live Longer, Work Longer - 09/05/2008
Because of tough economic conditions, Americans' retirement savings don't look quite as good as they did a few years back. Some say the answer is: Work Longer. Americans are living longer, our health care costs are going up - while the system we've counted on to provide for our ret... read more
Innocent Until Proven Guilty? - 09/04/2008
When the US Supreme Court ruled in June that prisoners in the military prison have the right to challenge their detention in federal court, it was seen as a blow to the Bush administration's policies after 9/11. Calling them "enemy combatants" in the war on terror - the administration... read more
Jazz Diplomacy - 09/03/2008
Fifty years ago four Jazz musicians headed to Europe, the Middle East and Asia to do what they did best – play music. The Dave Brubeck Quartet was sent on a “cultural ambassador tour” - that took them behind the iron curtain. Dave Brubeck has said: “I still b... read more
Lieberman Speaks at RNC - 09/03/2008
For those who remember Joe Lieberman speaking at the 2000 democratic convention as that party's nominee for Vice President - it was an odd site. The former Democrat-turned independent, making the case for his close friend John McCain to be President. The speech wasn't filled with the... read more
Fairfield County Housing - 09/09/2008
Dr. Kurt Schlichting: photo by Jean SantopatreThe bad economy has hit cities, suburbs and rural areas equally hard - but what about the places where growth and prosperity are the norm?  Places like Fairfield County?    Today, we'll talk about the economic state of Conne... read more
GOP Convention Check-In - 09/02/2008
Hurricane Gustave delayed the real start of the Republican National Convention - today, as it gets underway, we talk politics and the RNC. We were hoping to break down Joe Lieberman's speech to the convention - along with those of Vice President Dick Cheney, and President George W.... read more
DNC: Obama Speaks - 08/29/2008
One down, one to go. Senator Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party's nomination to be President last night - next week, John McCain takes the stage.Obama's historic speech was made before a football stadium full of suppporters, and a Prime-Time audience - on the anniversary of Dr. Ma... read more
Emotional Intelligence - 10/14/2008
Ross Buck, Professor of Communication Sciences at Uconn: Photo by Kierstin WesolouskiThe phrase "emotional intelligence" describes a controversial theory that feelings and empathy for others are skills that can be taught and learned. The original theory suggests four main components... read more
Crowdsourcing - 08/26/2008
"Crowdsourcing" is a new buzzword in business, using the power of large groups to solve problems, share ideas and create content. The term was coined by journalist Jeff Howe in Wired Magazine, and is now the title of a new book, Crowdsourcing: Why The Power of the Crowd is Driving the... read more
CEO Pay - 08/25/2008
Despite the tough economy, CEOs at major companies are still making nearly 350 times as much as the average American worker. Each year, around labor day, the Institute for Policy Studies puts out a report on what they call "executive excess" - the huge gap between employees and top b... read more
Child Safety Zones - 08/22/2008
Under "Megan's Law" - convicted sex offenders must register with a state-run database. But some communities have taken this idea even further. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton: photo by Chion Wolf Cities like Danbury and Bristol have created so-called "Child Safety Zones" - which make p... read more
The Democrats Convene - 08/28/2008
The Democratic National Convention concludes tonight in Denver, with an anticipated speech from the party's candidate - Barack Obama. Obama's speech is expected to be a high point for a convention, filled with all sorts of drama - both manufactured and real. From Ted Kennedy's rousing o... read more
Dave Brubeck and Paquito D'Rivera On Stage - 08/21/2008
Dave BrubeckFifty years ago Dave Brubeck took an amazing diplomatic journey. He toured Europe and the Middle East with his quartet and went behind the iron curtain.This story is one of many Dave Brubeck told me onstage at this year's Litchfield Jazz Festival. I was asked to interview Brube... read more
Lieberman Switcheroo Stirs Pot - 08/21/2008
Courant Political Reporter, Mark Pazniokas: Photo by Danielle TuminioThe news that Connecticut independent senator Joe Lieberman is speaking at the Republican National Convention isn't much of a shock to people who've watched him follow republican candidate John McCain on the campaign trai... read more
Investigating Forensic Science - 08/20/2008
Howard Harris, Professor of Forensics at University of New Haven: Photo by Danielle TuminioConnecticut is investing heavily in a new state forensics lab and local students are studying crime investigation but it's not all like CSI. The good-looking and oh-so-knowledgeable detectives on... read more
How Effective are Curfews? - 08/19/2008
Andrew Schneider, Executive Director of the Connecticut ACLULast Thursday night, Hartford city officials imposed a 9 o'clock curfew for children under the age of 18. It's in reaction to yet another wave of violence. In one weekend, 11 shootings and one man dead with residents of Hartfor... read more
The New, Resurgent Russia - 08/18/2008
Dr. Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University: Photo By Chion WolfWhen Russia came to the aid of separatists in the Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, it prompted outrage from many in the international community, which saw a possible return to Soviet-style dominance of the region.... read more
Evolutionary Medicine - 08/15/2008
An important line of scientific study shows that many diseases actually exist to protect humans from things that are even worse. This is one of the main ideas behind Dr. Sharon Moalem's bestselling book Survival of the Sickest. In it, he shows how the human body has adapted defense m... read more
Examining the Charter Oak Health Plan - 08/14/2008
Mike Starkowski Commissioner of the Department of Social Services: Photo by George GoodrichGovernor Jodi Rell's Charter Oak Health plan is touted as a way to provide health insurance to thousands of Connecticut residents currently uninsured. It's introduction came during a political se... read more
Media Ecology: Is Technology Helping? - 08/13/2008
Author Dick Meyer has a long list of gripes about modern American culture - not the least of which is the pervasive presence of the media. This is a bit surprising, because Meyer has made his career as part of the media. He's now editorial director of digital media at NPR. He's been... read more
From the Archive: Jeff Tweedy of Wilco - 08/12/2008
Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR. The band Wilco has gone through countless personnel changes over the years - but now the band's leader says - they finally have it right.  The Chicago-based rock band was started more than a decade ago by singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy after t... read more
Bioterrorism: Are We Safe? - 08/12/2008
But now that accused anthrax culprit Bruce Ivins is dead, how to prevent a future attack? The anthrax mailings, now linked Ivins, an Army scientist, hit especially close to home in Connecticut. 94 year old Ottilie Lundgren died from inhalation anthrax, after a letter sent to her had been... read more
Saving the State Money - 08/11/2008
Bill Curry and Dean Pagani in WNPR's Studio 3: Photo by Danielle TumminioGovernor Jodi Rell has put out a challenge, asking current and former state employees to submit innovative ideas to tighten Connecticut's belt. The program is called the Innovative Idea Initiative, or "I cubed.... read more
Emergency Room Overcrowding - 08/08/2008
Visits to emergency rooms are up more than 25 percent in just the last decade, according to a new report by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More people using the emergency room means longer wait time - up to nearly an hour, and with more people getting their primary care... read more
Hogan on the UConn Health Center - 08/08/2008
UConn President Mike Hogan The University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington has been struggling for years - and has been the recipient of three state "bailouts" - some say "investments" - since 2000. A planned expansion at the Farmington campus prompted concern from other are... read more
Unpackaging the PACs - 08/07/2008
The leadership PAC was born about thirty years ago, with a simple idea: To raise money for their parties and political allies in tough election fights. But, they realized something pretty important along the way - they can use this money for just about anything...fancy meals, travel, ba... read more
Holocaust Reparations - 10/23/2008
Joan Margolis Dozens of Connecticut Holocaust survivors are applying for reparations for work performed in Jewish ghettos established by the Nazis in World War II. The one-time payment of $3000 may not repair the damage done by the Holocaust, but it is seen by some as a symbolic... read more
Enjoying the View: Merritt Parkway - 08/05/2008
Where We Live broadcasts from WVOF, Fairfield University I know it’s hard to believe, but 70 years ago, when the first section of the Merritt Parkway opened, gas was cheap and America had a love affair with the automobile. The road was meant to connect Fairfield County to... read more
Navigating Motherhood and Work - 08/04/2008
Dr. Emily Monosson, author of Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory: Photo by Danielle Tumminio A majority of American women, both married and single, with children of all ages, from infants to teens, are working outside the home and lots are working full-time. These days only 30% of... read more
John Larson on Energy - 08/01/2008
Congressman John Larson in WNPR's studio 3 in August, 2007: Photo By Chion Wolf John Larson began serving in the House in 1999 - and is now in his fifth term, representing the first congressional district. Larson's tenure in Congress has been marked by a quick rise through the ranks o... read more
Free Healthcare - 07/30/2008
Malta House of Care Mobile Vehicle47 million Americans have no health insurance. Millions more Americans are underinsured, unable to pay their medical and dental bills. For this enormous group of Americans, free clinics are often the only place where they can get the care they need... read more
Schools Feel the Squeeze - 07/28/2008
The cost of milk alone has gone up some $700 a day in Bridgeport schools, it's one of many districts coming to terms with higher prices. In Bridgeport, where 90% of students get free or reduced price meals, rising food costs means a big economic hit to the district. In other towns,... read more
Health of Connecticut's Banks - 07/25/2008
State of Connecticut Banking Commissioner Howard Pitkin: Photo By Chion WolfSeveral reports say that as many as 150 banks could fail during the current credit crisis, but how big would the impact be? With headline grabbing bank failures like California's IndyMac, and the government-s... read more
Email at Work - 07/24/2008
Mike Song, author of The Hamster Revolution: Photo by Kaitlin MeehanIf it takes a couple minutes to process every email you get, and you get dozens of emails a day, do you realize how much time you're spending just on email? Before I began writing this today, I spent a few minutes c... read more
Connecticut's Juvenile Training School - 07/23/2008
Bill Rosenbeck and Laura Herscovitch The Connecticut Juvenile Training School has a troubled history, but state officals are betting that it can be rehabilitated. The problems with CJTS date back to scandals in the Rowland administration. Critics wondered why the 240 bed facility... read more
Reforming the Juvenile Training School - 07/23/2008
Today, Where We Live, we'll talk juvenile justice - Exploring how DCF and the CT Juvenile Justice Alliance are working together to improve the Connecticut Juvenile Training School.  We'll also talk to a state that is doing things right - and see what our state might be able to learn.... read more
Political Cartoons - 07/22/2008
Peter Gottschalk, Professor of Religion at Wesleyan and author of Islamop[hobia: Making Muslims the Enemy: Photo by George GoodrichPolitical cartoons have been called a "yardstick to measure tolerance in a society." So what does the latest cartoon controversy tell us about ourselves?... read more
Mayor Eddie Perez - 07/17/2008
Mayor Eddie Perez: Photo by Catie TalarskiThe city of Hartford has about 34,000 uninsured residents -about 10% of all those without health coverage in the state. The City has assembled a task force to try and find ways to provide coverage who don't qualify for state or federal aid. Toni... read more
The State of the Presidential Speech - 07/16/2008
Elvin Lim: Photo by Kaitlin MeehanIf the level of discourse in American life has suffered - it may be time to listen to what's coming from the oval office. The presidential speech has devolved from college-level, to something that might be right for an 8th grade assembly - at least acco... read more
Chris Healy, State Republican Party Chairman - 07/15/2008
Chris Healy, Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party: Photo by Lauren House The latest state poll is bad news for John McCain, and Governor Rell's taken her first big tumble in her approval ratings. What does this mean for the state GOP? The Connecticut Republican party is ofte... read more
Kevin Phillips: Bad Money - 07/14/2008
Author Kevin Phillips: Photo By Chion WolfThe Federal Government has announced its pouring billions of dollars into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the troubled mortgage companies…but with that news comes another troubling report, that as many as 150 US banks could go under, with the g... read more
Christopher Shays - 07/11/2008
Congressman Christopher Shays at his re-election party in 2006: Photo by Diane OrsonMost political observers say Connecticut's 4th Congressional district is one of the hardest to call in the November Elections. And, the Republican incumbent in that district the only Republican left in t... read more
John Edwards Takes on Poverty - 07/10/2008
John Edwards has been on the campaign trail - pretty much every day - since 2003. Now, he's working to get Barack Obama elected. Senator Edwards talks about his "Half in Ten" campaign to cut poverty in half in the next decade. Join the conversation! Add your suggestions, qu... read more
Filmmaking "Y Nada Mas" - 07/10/2008
Filmmaker Justin Liberman: Photo by Cecilia SmithSo everyone's got a great movie idea - but never before has it been more within our grasp. Tiny digital cameras and cheap laptop editing programs mean that every college dorm and suburban bedroom could be hiding the next Stanely Kubrick.... read more
To Drill or Not to Drill - 07/09/2008
Congress is struggling with the issue of rising fuel prices - as their constituents tell them it's the biggest thing on their minds. The President wants to lift a moratorium on offshore oil drilling - so