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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? - 05/28/2009
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 - something long opposed by environmentalists - and by Republican Presidential Candidate Jo... read more
Zimbabwe - 07/08/2008
Amii Omara-Otunnu, Associate Professor at UCONN The African Union is calling for President Robert Mugabe to create a "unity government" that shares power with his main political rival, Morgan Tsvangari. Mugabe won 85 percent of the vote in a final Presidential election - after Tsvanga... read more
Home Heating Alternatives - 07/02/2008
Joel Gordes and George Goodrich Americans are getting used to news that oil continues to soar at record prices, making all of us groan each time we fill up at the gas pump. But in New England----the price of oil has many thinking about what it will cost to heat their homes this winter.... read more
Hayes and Cahill: Welcome Here Again - 10/17/2008
Fiddler Martin Hayes ion WNPR's Studio 3Fiddler Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill create a different kind of Irish traditional music...quiet, intimate and lyrical. The duo has recorded their first CD in nearly a decade, but they've been playing together all along. The disc "We... read more
Courant Cutbacks - 06/26/2008
The Tribune company is cutting jobs, and slashing it's news output at papers like the Hartford Courant and Baltimore Sun. The trends aren't new - newspapers have been taking hits from declining ad revenues for several years - and many papers like the Courant had already started to sh... read more
The Dance Exchange - 06/26/2008
Company members in rehersal for the premier of 631 Radical Acts of Prayer: Photo by Enoch Chan If you attend the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas, you can't help but to notice that there's an awful lot of Liz Lerman around. Liz Lerman is the founding artistic director of the Liz Le... read more
Free Software - 06/25/2008
Richard Stallman When you turned on your computer today, it was likely running Microsoft's Windows as the operating system (okay...maybe it's an Apple) and your computing experience was shaped by the dozens of proprietary programs pre-installed on it's hard drive. Big corporations cont... read more
Joseph Visconti - 06/24/2008
Joseph Visconti, Congressional CandidateHe's a businessman, a town councilman, a songwriter, and now, he's running for Congress. His Name is Joe Visconti, and as we continue our conversations with candidates for top office in the state, we'll give you a chance to ask questions of the Repu... read more
Eminent Domain - 06/23/2008
Jeremy Paul, Dean of University of Connecticut Law School: Photo by Danielle TumminioThree years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled in the case Kelo versus New London, changing the landscape of eminent domain law. The court ruled 5 to 4 that local governments could seize homes and busin... read more
Hartford Hit and Run: What Would You Do? - 06/20/2008
Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts: Photo by Chion WolfWhen an elderly man was struck by a hit and run driver on a Hartford street the images were captured by police cameras and prompted a global reaction. 24-hour news channels re-played the frightening video of Angel Arce Torres,... read more
Curry's Analysis of the Presidential Race - 06/19/2008
Democratic political analyst, Bill Curry: Photo by Kayla WiecheNow, we have the two major party candidates set,but we still have months to go before the November elections. Now, we'll start talking about the issues...right? In keeping with the themes of the last several months, the... read more
Life in the NICU - 06/17/2008
Nicky Schmidt, mother of Alex.: Photo by Lauren House The number of babies born prematurely in the US is up 30% in the past 20 years, and nearly 4000 will be born early in Connecticut alone. Some of the smallest babies are less than a pound, and can spend months and even years battl... read more
The Future of Radio: Dead Air? - 12/31/2008
Alec Foege, author of Right of the Dial: Photo By Chion WolfIt's been a long time since commercial radio was a haven of cutting edge rock; diverse opinion and local service, and many blame one company. Clear Channel is the company that nearly ate commercial radio owning more than 1200... read more
Our Irrational Behavior - 07/31/2008
So, no ladders...no mirrors...no black cats. Feeling lucky? Just listen to Where We Live. Superstitions, magical thinking and irrational behavior have always been a part of human existence...but why? Why are we more likely to choose a "safe" option - to avoid a perceived loss? Why... read more
The Future of Investigative Journalism - 06/12/2008
Chris Hedges, David Burnham, and Patrick J. Sloyan on Where We Live: Photo by Cecelia SmithDavid Halberstam was one of America’s great journalists, covering civil rights, African conflicts and the Vietnam War. When he was killed in a car accident last spring he was remembered for... read more
Coping with Schizophrenia - 07/07/2008
Barbara Frazier: Photo by Chion WolfThe latest schizophrenia research points to genetic causes for the disease - but it's still widely misunderstood. It's been called a "cruel disease," marked by delusions and hallucinations, an altered "sense of self," and sometimes an inability t... read more
The Long Commute - 06/10/2008
John Dankosky interviews Kurt Schlichting and Jim Cameron at WVOF: Photo by Jean SantopatreStuck in traffic on 95? Packed Like a sardine into a train? It’s the life of the Connecticut Commuter. Almost everywhere you go in the state, you feel the impact of traffic congestion... read more
From Crisis to Sustainability - 06/09/2008
The Bridge at the End of the World by James Gustave Speth: Photo by Derek Lartaud The opening chapters of the new book by Gus Speth are a haunting echo of coming environmental catastrophe. The Bridge at the Edge of the World lays out a pretty compelling case that something must be don... read more
Reforming Secondary Education - 06/06/2008
Mark McQuillan, Commissioner of Connecticut’s State Department of Education: Photo by Chion WolfConnecticut has proposed a series of reforms to redesign the High School system. How will these changes work to prepare students for their next steps in life? The reforms include mo... read more
A Closer Look at Pakistan - 06/05/2008
Saud Anwar, Dr of Pulmonary and Critical Care: Photo by Melissa Blanksteen Pakistan is the sixth-largest country in the world, and squarely in the center of the world's most pressing political, religious and economic issues. The country's main political party is proposing sweeping c... read more
Connecticut's Campaign Finance Law - 06/04/2008
Beth Rotman, Exec Director of Citizens Election Program: Photo by Cecelia Smith Two years ago Connecticut passed a strict campaign finance reform law and this November is the first election under the new public funded system. The state expects nearly 80% of the candidates to use pu... read more
Injuring the ACL - 06/03/2008
Highs school athelete, Natalie Beach: Photo by Danielle TumminioThe Anterior Cruciate ligament or ACL was once a body part relegated to news on the sports page. You'd hear about a pro football player "blowing out his knee" and facing months of rehab. But for those highly-paid profession... read more
Urban Libraries - 06/02/2008
Hartford Courant reporter Tina Brown: Photo by Melissa Blanksteen The library is "the civic ballroom of our community, where citizens can practice that awkward dance of mutuality that is the very signature of a democratic culture." That description is by writer Chip Ward, a former... read more
Stephen Ramsey - 05/30/2008
WNPR Environmental Reporter Nancy Cohen interviews former General Electric Vice President for Corporate Environmental Programs, Steven Ramsey. Join the conversation! Add your suggestions, questions and comments below. ... read more
DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy - 05/30/2008
DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy: Photo by Chion WolfImagine being responsible for everything from the life guard at the state park to the rogue black bear pawing through garbage to the raw sewage that’s dumped into the Connecticut River. These are just a few of the things the Departm... read more
The Science of Autism - 05/29/2008
Dr. Michael Weiss: Photo by Kayla WiecheResearchers and caregivers are meeting at Fairfield University next week to talk about new research and treatment for autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder affects about 4 out of every 1000 Connecticut Children, but that number has risen steadily ov... read more
The Rise of Populism - 05/28/2008
David Sirota: Photo courtesy of davidsirota.com Author David Sirota joins us to talk about the populist revolt he says is scaring Wall Street and Washington, highlighting Ned Lamont’s 2006 senate campaign. His book, THE UPRISING, traces the historical roots of populism, from its s... read more
Corrupt Cops - 05/27/2008
Police corruption is not a new story - it's the subject of countless movies and TV shows.  But, what exactly is corruption - a cop who takes a bribe?  One who plants drugs on a known dealer to get a conviction?  One who take "freebies" from local storeowners?   The city of N... read more
Adventure Films with Hank Paper - 05/23/2008
Hank Paper: Photo by Chion Wolf It's one of the guilty pleasure of all movie fans - even those who love small, quiet indie films. The rollicking action movie has been around since the start of cinema - but the genre means different things to different people. Is it a car chase throu... read more
The Potential of New London - 07/21/2008
Where We Live at the Garde Arts Center in New London.: Photo by Cecelia SmithLive from the Garde Arts Center in New London, Connecticut, this is Where We live. It’s our second day broadcasting from this small city situated on the banks of the Thames River. It’s a city wit... read more
Coast Guard Academy's Commencement - 05/21/2008
Professors Dorothy James and Ken Dautrich: Photo by Chion WolfVice President Dick Cheney is set to address graduating cadets at the academy’s 127th Commencement excercises. Later this morning, at 11, we’ll bring you live coverage of his speech, very likely his last major... read more
The Master of Craigslist - 05/20/2008
Jim Buckmaster: courtesy of craigslist.orgLooking for a car? A roommate? Love? What you used to find in the classified ads in the back of the newspaper, you now search for on CraigsList. Founded in San Fransisco in 1995, the website, a stripped-down, counter-culture swap meet - has bee... read more
Food Allergies - 05/19/2008
Pediatrician Dr. James Rosen: Photo by Derek LartaudSome 12 million people suffer from food allergies. They face the possiblility of a reaction to common food items like peanuts, eggs, or fish. This is true of those foods not just in their raw form but also as additives or components... read more
The Doctor Can't See You Now - 06/11/2008
The Doctor Can't See You Now is a collaboration between WNPR - Connecticut Public Radio's Health Reporting Initiative and WBUR – Boston. One of the fundamentals of medicine in the U.S. is primary care. In The Doctor Can’t See You Now, reporter Rachel Gotbaum tells a s... read more
Who Owns Art? - 05/15/2008
Hiram Bingham IIIAncient artifacts, looted from archeological sites... Expensive paintings disappearing during times of war and unrest… The question is: Who owns art? The arrival of the new Indiana Jones movie in theaters has people talking archeology once again - and not the... read more
Reading in Connecticut's Schools - 05/14/2008
Elaine Zimmerman, Executive Director of Connecticut Commission on Children: Photo by Catie TalarskiA new plan by Connecticut education officials will require teachers to prove they know how to teach reading, as part of their certification process. The idea stems from a "reading summit"... read more
Reading in Connecticut's Schools - 05/14/2008
Elaine Zimmerman, Executive Director of Connecticut Commission on Children: Photo by Catie TalarskiA new plan by Connecticut education officials will require teachers to prove they know how to teach reading, as part of their certification process. The idea stems from a "reading summit"... read more
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro - 05/13/2008
Rosa DeLauro speaks to the Partnership for Food Safety Education, September, 2007: Courtesy of the Partnership for Food Safety EducationCongresswoman Rosa DeLauro has made her mark in the House on issues of drug and food safety,and as a key part of Democratic party strategy. Rosa DeL... read more
5th District Challenger David Capiello - 05/09/2008
CT Senator David Cappiello: Photo by Chion Wolf David Capiello's campaign for Congress got a big boost last month, when President Bush came to Kent. The $750 thousand raised at the home of Henry Kissenger provides a kick start to the Republican's run against incumbent Democrat Chris Mur... read more
The End of the Legislative Session - 05/08/2008
Bill Curry in WNPR's Studio 4 earlier this year: Photo By Chion WolfDeclining revenues and a spiraling deficit forced lawmakers and governor Rell to halt any attempts to revise the state budget...leaving municipal leaders upset. But some bills did make it thru - on global warming, on to... read more
Ladies of Liberty - 05/08/2008
Ladies of Liberty by Cokie RobertsNPR Senior News Analyst Cokie Roberts talks about her new book Ladies of Liberty, The Women who Shaped our Nation. Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society and sheds new light on the ge... read more
Gary Hart on National Security - 05/08/2008
Gary Hart: Photo by Bo BickerstaffThe occasionally nasty race for the Democratic nomination continues - and it brings to mind another battle between very different Democrats. In 1984, Senator Gary Hart's upstart bid against Walter Mondale fell short after a protracted debate over who mi... read more
The Long Commute - 05/07/2008
John Dankosky interviews Kurt Schlichting and Jim Cameron at WVOF: Photo by Jean SantopatreStuck in traffic on 95? Packed Like a sardine into a train? It’s the life of the Connecticut Commuter. Almost everywhere you go in the state, you feel the impact of traffic congestion â... read more
Jim Himes - 05/06/2008
After Democrat Diane Farrell twice tried unsuccessfully to unseat 4th District Republican Chris Shays, it's Jim Himes turn. Himes is a Fairfield County activist and businessman, who made his money at Goldman Sachs and has brought big time investors and anti-war activists together in... read more
Connecticut Curiosities - 05/05/2008
For a state with such a rich history, it's no surprise that Connecticut has it's share of oddities, landmarks and roadside attractions. But as authors Susan Campbell and Bill Heald found out, we see things here that might surprise outsiders - who think our adulation of the nutmeg, and o... read more
Tensions with Syria - 05/02/2008
Syria has been in the news the last few weeks. First, for word that Turkey was helping to negotiate peace talks between Syria and Israel over the disputed Golan Heights region. Then, just a day later - news that Israel had bombed a Syrian facility it claimed was a nuclear reactor, bein... read more
The Dark Side - 05/02/2008
Taxi to the Dark Side DocumentaryThe wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have spawned a number of documentaries exploring the impact of war at home and abroad. But few films have had the impact of Taxi to the Darkside. Director Alex Gibney explores US interrogation techniques following 9/11 -... read more
Taxing and Spending in the Connecticut Legislature - 05/01/2008
The state budget has gone from a $250 million surplus - to a much smaller surplus earlier in the week - and now to a $19 million deficit. Democratic lawmakers are now proposing a "tax amnesty" plan to help close the gap...it would allow people to pay back taxes and avoid penalties. S... read more
Do You Feel the Squeeze? - 04/30/2008
Is today's bad economy the reason why workers are feeling a squeeze? Or, does this trend have a deeper history? In his new book, "The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker", Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times tells stories of the hardships faced by the country's wor... read more
Fair Trade - 04/29/2008
Ana Rosa Selva, El Salvador country director field officer for Aid to Artisans: Photo by Marie Kuhn When American consumers purchase "Fair Trade" products - what are they buying? Human rights and wage protection...or just peace of mind? From high-end coffee to tribal jewelry, Ame... read more
Election Official Addresses "Dead Voter" Controversy - 04/28/2008
Marcel Dufresne, UCONN Journalism Professor: Photo by Chion WolfA recent article in the Hartford Courant researched by University of Connecticut journalism students found more than 300 state residents who appeared to have voted after they died. After further examination, the problem was... read more
The Impact of the Olympics in China - 04/25/2008
James He, Fairfield University Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management: Photo by Chion Wolf The controversy surrounding the Beijing Games is threatening to overshadow the world's biggest sporting event slated to begin in early August. Worldwide protests against China's... read more
Legislative Review - 04/24/2008
Minority Leader John McKinney: Photo by George Goodrich Connecticut's legislative session is coming to a close - and the debate is heating up, with news that the state surplus is shrinking....fast. The state office of policy and Management is projecting a surplus of just $15.7 mill... read more
Pennsylvania Primary Wrap-up - 04/23/2008
Political Analyst and Trinity Professor Renny Fulco: Photo Catie Talarski Well, it's one day after the "most important" primary so far in the race for the Democratic Nomination. And, essentially nothing has changed. Hillary Clinton was expected to win the Pennsylvania Primary - an... read more
Congressman Chris Murphy - 04/22/2008
In 2006, the nation was watching Connecticut to see which party would control Congress. Three closely-fought races for seats in the House of Representatives - and one historic Senate campaign - thrust our small state into the spotlight. Now, with the long Presidential campaign eating up... read more
Asian Americans in Connecticut - 04/21/2008
Bill Howe, Secretary of the Asian Pacific American Coalition, and Jack Hasegawa, Education Consultant for the Dpt. of Education The state legislature is talking about creating an Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission - as an acknowledgement of this growing segment of the population.... read more
Teen Driving - 04/18/2008
A recent rash of accidents involving teens has led to some new legislation - aimed at keeping young drivers safe. Although the state has existing graduated licensing laws - which include passenger restrictions, curfews and increased supervised driver training - loopholes in the legisla... read more
Gene Wilder - 04/16/2008
Connecticut's own, Gene Wilder: Photo By Chion Wolf Few American film actors are as immediately identifiable as Gene Wilder. He brought his wild hair, expressive face, and impeccable comic timing to a series of classic movies in the 1960s and 70s. He starred in The Producers, Young Fr... read more
Catholic Church: The Millenial Generation - 04/17/2008
Father David Manna of Saint James Church in Manchester: Photo by George GoodrichThe american media has been inundated with news of the arrival of Pope Benedict the 16th. It's his first visit to this country, and he plans to hold large masses in Washington and New York City that will dra... read more
Iceberg, Straight Ahead! - 04/16/2008
Edward Kamuda of the Titanic Historical Society: Photo by WFCR's Bart FellerOn this date in 1912, the world was waking up to read accounts of the sinking of the massive ship, the Titanic. More than 1500 people died, when the liner hit an iceberg on it's trip from Southampton, Englan... read more
2nd District Challenger Sean Sullivan - 04/15/2008
2nd District Congressional Candidate, Sean Sullivan: Photo by George GoodrichConnecticut's 2nd District provided the closest house race in the nation in 2006 - so what's in store for this November? The win by Joe Courtney over incumbent Rob Simmons follows a pattern of tight election... read more
Congressman Joe Courtney - 04/14/2008
Congressman Joe Courtney: Photo By Chion Wolf The 2008 Election has focused on the Presidential race for the better part of two years. But this year will also be important for control of Congress. Today, we begin our regular series of forums with the candidates for the five House seat... read more
Healthcare Around the World - 09/10/2008
TR Teid, FRONTLINE Correspondent Michael Moore's documentary Sicko famously went to Cuba in search of a healthcare system that, he suggests, works better than that in the US. But comparing the richest country in the world to that of a small, dysfunctional island is not exactly apples t... read more
Capitol Check-in - 04/10/2008
CT Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on a previous Where We Live episode: Photo by Chion Wolf New York State officials say they are rejecting the controversial Broadwater Liquified Natural Gas Terminal proposed for Long Island Sound. The terminal was hailed by the energy industry as a... read more
Windy City - 04/09/2008
NPR's Scott SimonNPR's Scott Simon has a new novel....celebrating his hometown of Chicago.  We'll talk about how journilism is turned to fiction. Synopsis: The mayor of Chicago is found in his office late at night, sitting in his boxer shorts, facedown dead in a pizza. The ma... read more
Weicker on War, Obama - 04/09/2008
Former Governor Lowell Weicker - Photo by Tom Dudchik Lowell Weicker was a maverick politican in Connecticut - a former Governor and Senator, he formed his own "A Connecticut Party" - and has long been an independent voice. So many weren't surprised when he endorsed the presidential bid... read more
Dodd on Housing Stimulus Package - 04/09/2008
Senator Christopher Dodd at his home in East Haddam: Photo by Catie Talarski Senator Chris Dodd has been in the forefront in recent weeks on issues ranging from the housing crisis, to Iraq, to the siting of liquified natural gas facilities. Dodd questioned general David Patraus yester... read more
Local Television News - 04/08/2008
Quinnipiac Journalism Professor Karin Schwanbeck: Photo by Melissa Blanksteen Local TV news is one of the biggest revenue generators in the media - but some say the profit motive has damaged the quality of the news itself. A new documentary by Quinnipiac journalism professor Karin Sch... read more
Not in My Backyard! - 04/07/2008
Tom Kirk, President of CRRA: Photo by Marie KuhnSo what happens when the classic "not in my backyard" project is planned....and it's in YOUR backyard? The people of Franklin, CT are finding out. The regional authority that burns trash for power is looking for a new site to dump some... read more
It's Not Easy Being Green - 04/04/2008
Author Doug Fine and his dog in the garden "Think Globally - Act Locally" is a great idea that's been sadly reduced to a bumper sticker slogan. But there's a new movement that's bringing the idea back. Buzzwords like "sustainability" and "carbon footprint" have become part of our vo... read more
Curry on Healthcare - 04/03/2008
Bill Curry: Photo by Catie Talarski Last year at this time, we talked with our political analyst Bill Curry about the possibility of universal health care in Connecticut. There was some hope amongst advocates that it would be a key issue in the legislature. That didn't happen - but th... read more
From Embryo to Earth - 04/02/2008
Dr. William Herbst, Professor of Astronomy at Wesleyan University: Photo by Dereck Lartaud Astronomers have been watching the beginnings of an earth-like planet near a distant star. So, what can this tell us about our own beginnings? Wesleyan University astronomer William Herbst is lea... read more
Hip Hop in Hartford - 04/01/2008
Zee Santiago, co-organizer of the Trinity International Hip Hop FestivalArguably, no music has changed culture more than hip-hop. The sound of block parties and urban youth became a phenomenon that took over white suburbia...and the whole world. What came with the rapid-fire rhymes, co... read more
Disabilities in the Workplace - 03/31/2008
Amy Porter, Connect-Ability Project DirectorConnecticut employers have a big demand for highly-qualified workers, but thousands of these workers are without jobs because of disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is meant to protect everyone from workplace discriminati... read more
Twice as Good? - 03/28/2008
Marcus Mabry's biography of US Secretary of State Condoleezza RiceAs we continue a Presidential campaign that includes a real possibility of the first African American, or the first woman, to be president, we're going to look at the life and career of a woman who many thought could be th... read more
Investors Affecting Climate Change - 03/27/2008
Connecticut has joined a group of "institutional investors " from the US and Europe to propose a "climate change action plan" at the United Nations. The investment group includes state Treasurers, like Denise Nappier, who collectively manage nearly 2 trillion dollars in assets. T... read more
The Return of "The Needle Drop" - 03/26/2008
Today we talk to Anthony Fantano, host of The Needle Drop blog and soon, The Needle Drop show on WNPR, 10pm on Saturday nights. Here's just a sample of what Anthony brought to share with Where We Live The Terrordactyls- Mike Bowers EP I interviewed these guys a while ago, and... read more
A Look Ahead to Baseball 2008 - 03/26/2008
Peter Gammons: Courtesy of ESPN He's baseball's Renaissance man. A Rock 'n Roller who changed the way we read the sports page - and brought the sports page to cable TV. Baseball - more than any other sport - has had it's share of great writers. Something about the pace of the spo... read more
Diagnosing Clinical Trials - 03/25/2008
Dr. Diane Jorkasky: Photo by Catie TalarskiDrug companies go through a complicated process to get new medications to market that includes human drug trials. Pharmaceuticals are becoming a more prominent part of modern culture, with TV ads marketing new therapies direct to patients to... read more
Is Inequality Making Us Sick? - 03/24/2008
Baker Salsbury, Health Director for the Ledgelight Health District: Photo By Chion WolfA new PBS Documentary* explores the uncomfortable fact that economic status greatly affects a person's health and longevity. Unnatural Causes asks the question: Is inequality making us sick? It goes... read more
Small Towns: Chester, CT - 03/21/2008
Nilsson Studios, Spring Street Chester: Photo By Chion WolfSmall-town life has a rhythm of it’s own. Everyone knows everyone else - and they have to work together to maintain a vibrant community. Connecticut is dotted with small towns – tucked between our urban and suburban... read more
Cuba - 03/20/2008
Leon Yacher, professor of Geography at Southern CT State University: Photo by Marie KuhnWith President Fidel Castro stepping down, Cuba is primed for a major transformation...or is it? Observers of the island nation have long marveled at how it survives. Economically isolated by the... read more
Hartford Superintendent - 03/19/2008
Hartford School Superintendent Steven Adamowski: Photo by Derek LartaudPlaintiffs in the Sheff vs. O’Neill case are once again negotiating with Connecticut officials on ways to reduce the racial isolation of Hartford’s schoolchildren. As these negotiations continue, wi... read more
Money Savvy Kids - 07/03/2008
Connecticut Assistant Treasurer for Policy, Meredith Miller: Photo by Catie Talarski Ordinary families are feeling the effects of America's slumping economy, and parents are asking,can we do a better job teaching kids about money? Talking with kids about money is nothing new, but... read more
Workplace Bullying - 03/17/2008
Senator Edith Prague: Photo by Marie Kuhn According to a new Zogby International survey, workplace bullying is a big problem. 37% of workers, about 54 million Americans say they have been bullied on the job. The survey also showed that 72% of the bullies were bosses, and that 62 percent... read more
Academy of Ancient Music - 03/14/2008
Academy of Ancient MusicThe Academy of Ancient Music has been at the forefront of the Early Music Movement in the Classical Music world for several decades. Their performances of music by composers like Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and even of Mozart and Beethoven, have introduced audiences wo... read more
The "Magic" of Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA - 03/14/2008
Coaching and Acrobatic Performance Director, Boris VerkhovskyCirque du Soleil's show "KOOZA" is coming to Connecticut. The show tells the story of a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. Both he and the audience are taken on a journey through strength, fragility, laughter,... read more
Human Trafficking - 03/13/2008
Krishna Patel, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Connecticut: Photo by Chion WolfThe United Nations says 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked around the world. The US Government says up to 18,000 people are brought in forcibly into our own country and they're spending million... read more
Women in Politics - 03/12/2008
Shannon O'BrienAs the presidential race continues, so does the battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. A woman running for office...Senator Clinton has gotten flack for not showing enough emotion, and then showing too much. It was an emotional outburst before the New Hampshire... read more
Powered by the Sun - 03/11/2008
Robert Chew, owner of Solarwrights: Photo by Catie TalarskiBack in 1979, in the wake of the first energy crisis, Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the West Wing of the White House. But in 1986 Ronald Reagan took them down. And he wiped out the federal tax credits for solar. The s... read more
The Death of Capital Punishment? - 03/10/2008
John Connelly, Waterbury State Attorney: Photo By Chion WolfA debate is brewing over how Connecticut decides who is sentenced to death. Recently, seven inmates on Connecticut's death row won the right to challenge their sentences, based on a study that found disparities in how the dea... read more
Art as Rehabilitation - 03/07/2008
Joe Lea, Library Media Specialist at York CI and Adjunct Professor at CCSU: Photo by Chion Wolf   A new study by the Pew Public Safety Performance Project says that - for the first time - one in 100 american adults is in jail or prison. It's a shocking number, especially becau... read more
DCF Commissioner - 03/06/2008
Susan Hamilton, DCF Commissioner: Photo By Chion Wolf Last June, Susan Hamilton became commissioner of the Department of Children and Families, a state agency struggling to escape federal court oversight. The DCF has been under scrutiny since the early 1990s, when critics said... read more
Writing About the City - 03/05/2008
George Pelecanos, producer and writer on HBO's The Wire: Photo by Chion WolfHBO's Peabody-Award Winning drama "The Wire" has it's final episode this Sunday night. The show has gained a devoted following - and spawned numerous online discussion groups. It's a crime drama - a genre that fi... read more
Restoring Woody Guthrie - 03/05/2008
Jorge Arevelo Mateus, curator of the Woody Guthrie Archives: Photo by Chion Wolf Jorge Arevelo Mateus, curator of the Woody Guthrie Archives in New York, NY, won a Grammy for his restoring Woody Guthrie recordings, called "The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949." He joins Wher... read more
The Sexualization of Girls - 03/04/2008
Teen Girls at Pathways - Senderos: Photo Catie Talarski Parents have always complained that kids "grow up too fast." But in the case of young girls, it may really be true. Last year, a study by the American Psychological Association found that the increase of sexualized images... read more
...As the Primaries Continue - 03/03/2008
Political Commentator Bill Curry: Photo By Chion Wolf National political observers are calling Texas and Ohio the last stands for the campaign of Hillary Clinton. But New England can still be a factor. Rhode Island and Vermont also vote tomorow - and their delegates could be very impo... read more
Curious about Connecticut - 02/29/2008
Author Bill Heald: Photo By Chion Wolf Around every corner in our little state, you're likely to find something that might make you...curious. For a state with such a rich history, it's no surprise that Connecticut has it's share of oddities, landmarks and roadside attractions. But... read more
The Master of Craigslist - 02/28/2008
Jim Buckmaster, Criagslist CEO: Photo courtesy of craisglist.org Looking for a car? A roommate? Love? What you used to find in the classified ads in the back of the newspaper, you now search for on CraigsList.Founded in San Fransisco in 1995, the website, a stripped-down, counter-cultur... read more
Venezuela: Revolution or Evolution? - 02/27/2008
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has styled himself as a Revolutionary leader, taking on what he calls US "imperialism." In rhetoric that ranges from a threat to halt oil exports to the US to a crackdown on English words in the business sector, Chavez has built support from the poor acr... read more
Politics of Globalization - 02/25/2008
Nayan Chanda, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization: Photo: Yale Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama traded barbs this weekend over a topic that's fairly new to the debate, but important in upcoming primary states - Globalization. The senators have been walking a tightrope... read more
Young People... Come Back! - 02/22/2008
James Johnson, Director of the Urban Investment Strategies CenterDemographic trends in Connecticut are pointing to a looming crisis. The state has lost more young workers than any other since 1990. You can run off dozens of reasons why young people are leaving Connecticut at such a r... read more
Religious Environmentalism - 02/21/2008
Next week, Yale University holds a major conference to explore the emerging alliance of religion and ecology. Called “Renewing hope: pathways of religious environmentalism” - the conference at Yale Divinity School will bring together so-called "eco-theologians" to discuss the c... read more
Architect Cesar Pelli - 02/20/2008
Cesar Pelli's Petronas Towers - Courtesy Petronas Towers WebsiteCesar Pelli is a living link between the great architects of the mid-20th century modernist movement and the future of building design. Pelli's career goes back to the 1950s when he worked with the groundbreaking modernist E... read more
The Needle Drop Preview - 02/20/2008
New technology has opened up recording to just about any musician in the world, and that's why there's so much music out there.  If you try and find something that's new and not promoted by a major label it's almost too daunting.  Music review web sites are popping up left and right... read more
Office of the Child Advocate - 02/19/2008
State Child Advocate Jeanne Milstein: Photo by Ryan CassellaAs Child Advocate, Jeanne Milstein is charged with overseeing the protection and care of the state's most vulnerable residents. Milstein has been very critical of the state Department of Children and Families, a department... read more
Food Allergies - 02/15/2008
Pediatrician Dr. James Rosen: Photo by Derek LartaudSome 12 million people suffer from food allergies. They face the possiblility of a reaction to common food items like peanuts, eggs, or fish. This is true of those foods not just in their raw form but also as additives or components to... read more
Begging for Change - 02/12/2008
As founder of the DC Central Kitchen, Robert Egger has spent the better part of his career working to change the way nonprofits work. The job of soup kitchens, and community food banks has always been seen as noble work, but Egger contends that the work can be done more professionally, and... read more
Treacherous Alliance: Iran, Israel and the U.S. - 02/12/2008
With the fall of Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq, the neighboring country of Iran has been viewed by the Bush Administration as the greatest threat in the Middle East....not just to the US, but to it's ally, Israel. In his new book, T"reacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israe... read more
Physical Education - 02/11/2008
Patty Purcell, President of the Connecticut Association for Health: Photo by Ryan CassellaMost of us have horror stories to tell from our experiences in High School Gym Class. But physical education is changing, adapting to the students of today. The days of "dodgeball" might not be e... read more
The Geography of Bliss - 02/08/2008
Eric Weiner - Courtesy Hachette Book Group USAAmerica is known worldwide as the country where we have the right to the "pursuit of happiness." But does that make the U.S. the "happiest place in the world?" NPR correspondent Eric Weiner has covered a lot of tragedies and human sufferi... read more
Escaping Everest - 02/07/2008
Michael Kodas with his wife Carolyn Moreau, both members of the Connecticut Everest ExpeditionMount Everest is the world's tallest mountain, standing at more than 29 thousand feet. It was once a place where only a few ever stood. Now there's a daily race to the top. It's been nearly a... read more
Super Tuesday Wrap-Up - 02/06/2008
Hartford Courant Columnist Bill Curry: Photo By Chion WolfBarack Obama beats Hillary Clinton in Connecticut - but they draw across the country...John McCain takes the state, and a commanding national lead. So, after Super Tuesday - nothing's really decided at least for one party. And... read more
Changing How We Vote - 02/05/2008
Today's the closest thing to a national primary we've ever seen and the American electorate is engaged. But if you could, how would change the vote? From the confusing electoral college to instant runoff voting, from the internet ballot to the open primary big thinkers about politics h... read more
Connecticut Primary Preview - 02/04/2008
Trinity College Professor Renny Fulco: Photo by George Goodrich With one day left before the Super Tuesday primary, Connecticut - and the Northeast - has become an unlikely battleground for Presidential candidates. When Connecticut moved it's primary to become part of the 24 state... read more
Polls Ahead of Super Tuesday - 02/01/2008
Howard L. Reiter of UConn's Department of Political Science: Photo By Chion WolfThe Presidential field has narrowed down to two top candidates in each party...and as "Super Tuesday" draws closer, many voters still haven't made up their minds. So, what are the polls telling us right... read more
Commissioner of Higher Education - 01/31/2008
Commissioner if Higher Education, Valerie Lewis: Photo by Ryan CassellaConnecticut Higher Education Commissioner Valerie Lewis is stepping down today - after nearly 7 years on the job. It's been a time of change for the state's colleges. Lewis will be replaced in March by Michael Meott... read more
Campus Journalism - 01/29/2008
Frank Harris III, Chairperson of Department of Journalism at SCSU.: Photo by Lori Mack Student newspapers are learning grounds for budding journalists - but the work they do competes for space in the wider media world. This reality of campus journalism sets up some interesting chall... read more
Re-evaluating Dyslexia - 02/14/2008
Dr. Sally Shaywitz People who struggle with so-called "learning disabilities" often walk a tightrope between success and failure. Their non-traditional way of looking at the world, language, numbers, and strucutre can be a hindrance in the classroom. But, it can also be a window into... read more
Shannon O'Brien on Romney, Clinton, Women in Politics - 01/24/2008
Shannon O'BrienAs Mitt Romney continues his run for the Republican Presidential Nomination, some remember the race he nearly lost for Governor of Massachusetts. His rival in that 2002 campaign was Democrat Shannon O'Brien - then the Massachusetts State Treasurer. O'Brien was the produc... read more
Looking at Turkey - 01/23/2008
Marcie J. Patton, Associate Professor of Politics at Fairfield University: Photo by Melissa Blanksteen With it's military incursions into Iraq to battle Kurdish forces - and it's controversial bid to join the European Union, Turkey is at the center of many foreign-policy discussions her... read more
Criminal Justice Reform - 01/22/2008
House Republican Leader Larry Cafero and House Speaker Jim Amann: Photo by Ryan CassellaIt's been six months since a "home invasion" and triple-murder left a Cheshire family torn apart, and a state reeling. It wasn't just the brutal nature of the crimes, but the feeling that the state ne... read more
An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era - 01/21/2008
Benetha Ellis formed United Black Protective Parents during the busing crisis in Louisville, KY. : Photo by Kate EllisNearly everyone who experienced school desegregation has a story to tell about crossing racial lines. Together they reflect an era marked by struggle and hope, anger and... read more
Teaching the Holocaust - 01/18/2008
Sacred Heart University is holding a Holocaust Consortium meeting, gathering experts from all over the country to look at the state of the Holocaust curriculum in schools. Today, Where We Live talks to scholars about the Consortium, about teaching the Holocaust from a Catholic perspecti... read more
Poetry - 01/17/2008
Poet Marilyn Nelson: Photo by Ryan Cassella Former poet laureate of the state of Connecticut Marilyn Nelson joins Where We Live to talk about her new book Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color. Co-author of the book and Yale professor Elizabeth Alexander will j... read more
Teen Pregnancy Prevention - 01/16/2008
Dr. Kurt Myers, Health Director for the Hartford Public Schools: Photo by Lauren HouseBetween 1991 and 2005 the National Center for Health Statistics found that the birth rate among 15 to 19 year old girls dropped some 34 percent. It was a major success story for U.S. health policy. Th... read more
Mending the Housing Crisis - 02/12/2008
Carol DeRosa, CHFA: Photo by Catie TalarskiIn November, Governor Rell called for a new program to help Connecticut Families, hit hard by the sub-prime lending crisis. It followed a task force report on the subject - and was meant to assist first-time home buyers who are facing steeply ad... read more
Refugee Resettlement in Connecticut - 01/11/2008
Chris George, Executive Director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services Each year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homeland to escape war, famine, persecution or torture for their beliefs. Some of these refugees find their new home in Connecticut. Co... read more
Traveling with Thoreau - 01/10/2008
Guest host Nancy Cohen talks to author Tom Slayton who followed Henry David Thoreau's footsteps to Cape Cod, Walden Pond, and Mount Katahdin - and wrote a book about it, Searching for Thoreau: On the Trails and Shores of Wild New England. We also talk to Thoreau scholar Bob Richardson an... read more
New Hampshire Primary Recap - 01/09/2008
  Kenneth Dautrich, Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut: Photo by Lauren HouseAv Harris and Ken Dautrich analyze the New Hampshire primary results.   To see pictures of Where We Live's in-studio guests, please go to our Flickr page. If you have ques... read more
French-Canadian Band Le Vent Du Nord - 01/09/2008
Le Vent Du Nord plays an outdoor concert in Montreal on Dec. 8, 2007: Photo by Av Harris2008 marks 400 years since the arrival of French settlers in North America, and there are year-long celebrations of this planned in the province of Quebec. Av Harris recently travelled north of the... read more
Homelessness in Connecticut - 01/08/2008
Carol Walter, Executive Director of the CT Coalition to End Homelessness, Inc. 33,000 Connecticut residents were homeless during 2006, including 13-thousand children, this amid calls to end homelessness in the state. The last few nights of balmy spring temperatures have taken the edg... read more
New Hampshire Primary Preview - 01/07/2008
Political Analyst Bill Curry and Capitol Reporter Av Harris: Photo by Chion Wolf The Iowa Caucuses have given a big boost to Barack Obama and John McCain in their campaigns for President. His surprising win in Iowa helped Obama gain traction in a tough fight for the New Hampshire pri... read more
College Athletics - 01/04/2008
Walter Harrison, President of the University of Hartford: Photo by Chion WolfSince the advent of big money bowl games, national television deals and 24-hour sports networks, college athletes in division 1 football and basketball programs have been responsible for billions in revenues. Bu... read more
Christians and Muslims - 02/13/2008
Ingrid Mattson, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian Muslim relations at the Hartford Seminary : Photo by Catie TalarskiVatican officials say that Catholic and Muslim leaders plan to meet in Rome this spring to start a new dialogue between the faiths. The need for renewed talks fol... read more
Puerto Rican Influence in Connecticut - 01/02/2008
Luis Figueroa, Associate Professor of History at Trinity College: Photo Catie TalarskiThe influence of Puerto Ricans can be felt throughout the politics, the business and the culture of Connecticut. Hartford has the largest Puerto Rican community per capita in the entire country - th... read more
The Life and Music of Tommy Makem - 12/28/2007
Irish folksinger Tommy Makem, center, with Av Harris in 2001. At right is Makem's son Rory, also a folk musician and singer: Photo by Micheline BoudreauOne of the world's most distinctive voices was snuffed out in 2007. Tommy Makem, praised as the hero of Irish Folk Music in America, die... read more
Remembering Benazir Bhutto - 12/28/2007
Zaheer Sharaf (left), VP of Pakistani American Association of CT, and Dr. Lubna Pal, Assistant Professor, Yale Medical School: Photo by Derek LartaudViolence erupted today across Pakistan as tens of thousands of mourners flocked to Benazir Bhutto's ancestral village for her funeral. P... read more
A Where We Live year in review - 12/27/2007
2007 provided our first full year of conversations on Where We Live - today, we'll listen back to a few of our favorites. We spent this year searching for conversations that would inform, enlighten, incite and inspire you, and on many occasions, I think that's what we did. Of course, mu... read more
The Year in Review - 12/26/2007
2007 made for another interesting year in which our state was at the center of many national discussions. New Haven unveiled a new municipal ID card, which put it's immigrant-friendly policies in the spotlight. We continued our long string of corruption scandals and wrestled with the que... read more
Winter Storm Preparedness - 12/21/2007
Tom Alena, Meteorolgist at the Talcott Mountain Science Center: Photo by Chion Wolf, WNPRLast week's back-to-back storms dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the state and coated roadways with ice and slush. Despite extensive planning and mock drills to prepare for winter weather, m... read more
The Many Faces of Scrooge - 12/20/2007
Professor Joel Brattin, WPIYou've seen it a million times, the story of "A Christmas Carol" and it's main character, Ebenezer Scrooge. Bah Humbug! The story of the cranky old businessman, his encounter with spirits and his revelation about humanity and the meaning of Christmas has be... read more
An Interview with Governor Jodi Rell - 12/20/2007
Governor Jodi Rell: Photo by Chion Wolf Where We Live sits down with Governor Jodi Rell for the first of a two part end of year conversation. Earlier this week, we visited the Governor in her office at the capitol to talk about politics, priorities, and her choice for President. F... read more
Ethics in Government - 12/18/2007
Senate President Don Williams: Photo: Ryan Cassella State Democrats have unveiled a new ethics reform plan in the wake of several corruption scandals. The plan is meant to "strengthen trust in government" and proposes to revoke the pensions of corrupt officials, provide more ethic... read more
American Karma - 12/18/2007
Author Sunil Bhatia. : Photo: Ryan Cassella. We'll talk to the author of a new book called American Karma - that explores the unique experience of Indian immigrants in the US. For pictures of our Where We Live guests, visit our Flickr page. ... read more
Steve Davis Quintet: Live Jazz - 12/31/1969
Mike DiRubbo, David Bryant : Photo by Chion Wolf. Jazz Trombonist Steve Davis has been called one of the top improvisers in the world, and has performed with legends like Art Blakey, Jackie McLean and Chick Corea. Where We Live presents a special concert, recorded live at Sweet Janes... read more
New Wave of Online Shopping - 12/11/2007
Margery Steinberg, University of Hartford: Photo: Ryan CassellaWith the time crunch, busy malls, and high gas prices, more people are turning to the internet for their buying needs. Online shopping has become bigger business each and every year, the so called "Cyber Monday" after Th... read more
Human Trafficking - 12/10/2007
Krishna Patel, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Connecticut: Photo by Chion Wolf The United Nations says 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked around the world. The US Government says up to 18,000 people are brought in forcibly into our own country and they're spending millio... read more
Congressman Chris Murphy - 12/07/2007
Congressman Chris Murphy in the Where We Live studio: Photo by Chion Wolf, WNPRCongressman Chris Murphy has been working at a reform of the mortgage system aimed at predatory lenders. President Bush, meanwhile, announced his plan yesterday to help some people trapped in spiraling mortgage... read more
Connecticut Wildlife - 12/06/2007
Jenny Dickson, Supervising Wildlife Biologist, DEP: Photo: Ryan CassellaFrom the backyard birds that rely on our winter feed supply, to the backyard bears on our doorsteps, we've got an up-close look at nature in Connecticut. Wildlife biologist Jenny Dickson hears all the stories. The f... read more
Foster care and families - 12/05/2007
Sonya Merril (middle), with her daughters Sequoia (left) and Patricia in the Where We Live studio: Photo by Catie Talarski, WNPR Although there has been a focus on finding foster parents for needy kids in the state, one of the greatest challenges of the foster care system goes beyond the... read more
The Future of Libraries - 12/04/2007
Dr. Christina Baum.: Photo by Ryan CassellaIf you can download a book at home, and find just about anything with your cell phone. Why do we still need a library? The old-fashioned library is quickly becoming a thing of the past. The dusty stacks of little-read books, the earnest volunte... read more
UConn President Mike Hogan - 12/03/2007
UConn President Mike Hogan: Photo: George Goodrich The man who is charged with taking UConn into the future is Michael Hogan,the new President of the University. He comes to the job from the University of Iowa, and comes to a school that is on the upswing in many ways. He's set a goal... read more
The state of AIDS in Connecticut - 11/30/2007
The very first line of the new book by writer Tina Brown says a lot about the state of AIDS in America. It reads: "AIDS didn't become important to me until somebody I knew died." The AIDS/HIV epidemic that has claimed so many lives since the 1980s has claimed few headlines in recen... read more
The health of night shift workers - 11/29/2007
Dr. Richard Stevens Photo: Ryan CassellaThe World Health Organization is about to release a study that says people who work the night shift could have a higher risk of getting cancer. The study is coming out in the prestigious journal The Lancet Oncology - and it says that the WHO's can... read more
Children and Reading - 11/28/2007
Children and reading: Mark McQuillan, State Education Commissioner, and Kathleen England, Principal of Manchester Public Schools, in the Where We Live studio. A new national study by the National Endowment for the Arts brings troubling news for educators. It links a drop in reading scor... read more
Dr. Henry D. Astarjian - 11/27/2007
Dr. Henry D. Astarjian: Photo by Chion Wolf Numerous world powers have fought for control of the vast oil resources in fields near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. With tensions rising between Kurdish nationalists and the Turkish government to the North, American troops and the fled... read more
Remembering Bill O'Neill - 11/26/2007
Former Governor Bill O'Neill: Hartford Courant A major player in Connecticut politics has left the scene. Former Governor Bill O'Neill died over the weekend at the age of 77.O'Neill had long struggled with emphysema.   Bill O'Neill took over as governor for the ailing Ella Gr... read more
Connecticut's Prison and Parole system - 11/26/2007
Senator John Kissel of Enfield: Photo by Chion Wolf Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell suspended parole for violent offenders following a triple murder in Cheshire this past summer, now the state's prison population is swelling. According to some estimates, there are nearly 20,000 peopl... read more
Subprime Loans - 11/20/2007
Patricia McCoy, Professor of Law, UConn Law School Some seventy thousand Connecticut residents have sub-prime loans and many of them are caught up in the spiraling costs of home ownership. Governor Jodi Rell convened a taskforce to take a look at the problem in the state - as homeowners... read more
Water Bottles Everywhere - 11/16/2007
Kim Jeffery, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nestle Waters, North America.Once upon a time if you wanted a drink of water you turned on the tap. Now we tote it around like babies with a milk bottle. Betty McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Container Recycling Institute.: Paying... read more
Women in Politics - 11/06/2007
Renny Fulco, Associate Professor of Legal and Policy Studies at Trinity College: Photo: WNPR The face of politics in America has long been a white-haired man in a gray suit, the father-figure as political icon. But times are changing. With Nancy Pelosi serving as the first female speake... read more
Peter Sagal: The Book of Vice - 12/12/2007
Peter Sagal, Author of "The Book of Vice."Peter Sagal is known to NPR audiences as a quizmaster - but in his new book, he asks some questions that people find a bit uncomfortable talking about. Sagal hosts the NPR Quiz Show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me - a weekly review of the news of t... read more
Senator Joseph Lieberman - 10/18/2007
Connecticut Senator Joeseph LiebermanConnecticut's Junior Senator, Joseph Lieberman, joined John Dankosky by phone from Washington. John asked him about tensions between the United States and Turkey over a vote in the Turkish parliment that would allow cross-border incursions into a Kurd... read more
Globalization: Pros and Cons - 10/16/2007
Xiangming Chen, Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies.Globalization means different things to different people...but to many, it's a dirty word. It means out-sourced jobs, poor working conditions, and rampant pollution....it means overflowing immigration, a loss of cultural i... read more
Free speech in schools - 10/15/2007
Paul Schiff Berman, Jesse Root Professor of Law, UConn Law SchoolStudents and their free speech rights have always been a grey area for school administration. It's getting more complicated now with blogs, Facebook, and rate-your-teacher sites springing up everywhere. Avery Doninger tried t... read more
Live at CCSU: The Returning Veterans Summit - 10/12/2007
Comissioner Linda Schwartz and Professor Jim Malley talk to John Dankosky at CCSU.Today, we're broadcasting live from the Student Center at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. It's the site of a daylong Veteran's Issues Summit. Returning Veterans will be telling Governor J... read more
Preventing Teen Suicide - 10/01/2007
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed the largest one year increase in youth suicide rates in 15 years. So, what's causing this troubling trend? DeAnna Lia, Youth Suicide Advisory Board Some researchers are worried that the spike in teen suicide is linked... read more
Radio Lab - 09/24/2007
What if curious reporters used radio to talk about something bigger than politics, breaking news and crime? What if they tackled memory, mortality, and sleep? That radio show is Radio Lab and the curious reporters are Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. Radio Lab's third season of shows be... read more
PRNDI Award Winner: Gender Identity - 04/25/2007
Peterson Toscano and JeriMarie Liesegang Where We Live has been honored with a first place award from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI), a national organization dedicated to the professional development of public radio journalists. The national award, announced at PRNDI... read more
Eighth Blackbird - 04/01/2008
Chamber Music Ensemble Eighth BlackBird In the more traditional style, symphonies, chamber ensembles, soloists and vocalists devote themselves to interpreting the music of past centuries. Audiences for "classical" music, like Bach and Beethoven has a devoted following - that is, by... read more
College Admissions - 01/15/2007
Lee H. Melvin, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, UConn: Photo by Ryan Cassella Fairfield University. Hampshire College. University of Miami. Those are just three of the schools which have set today as the deadline for applications. It's a stressful time for high schoolers - hoping to... read more
Where We Vote: Linda McMahon - 03/30/2010
Linda McMahon says she'll spend up to $50 million on her campaign of Senate.  Doug Schwartz, the director of the Quinnipiac University poll says that money has already played a role in vaulting McMahon ahead of her main challenger for the Republican nomination, Rob Simmons.  Today,... read more
WWL: Urban School Reform - 03/22/2010
The Obama Administrations Race to the Top has states scrambling to come up with innovative educational policies to attract federal dollars. This transformation has shaken down to the local levels – where urban districts like Hartford and New Haven have taken very different approaches to t... read more
WWL: Between Two Worlds - 12/14/2009
One in Four newborn Americans is Latino.  Now, more than ever before, to understand the future of this country, it helps to understand young Latinos. A new study out from the Pew Hispanic Center shows that, as a group, Latinos coming of age in America are optimistic about the future, but... read more
WWL: The End of Don't Ask Don't Tell? - 11/20/2009
It's been over 16 years since US lawmakers made it illegal for openly gay Americans to serve their country in the Armed Forces. Since then, more than 13,500 service members have been discharged from duty under the polices commonly referred to as “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” Now, two protract... read more
WWL: No Re-election for Rell - 11/10/2009
After 25 years in public life, Governor Jodi Rell says “It’s time…” and she won’t run for re-election. The governor’s announcement shocked some – and didn’t surprise others – who’d been awaiting her decision for months. Rell’s popularity had been in decline during the state’s fiscal cris... read more
WWL: In Defense of Density - 11/24/2009
Skyscrapers, pollution, traffic jams, dense (and growing population): That’s Manhattan. But could it possibly be the greenest city in America? That’s the claim of David Owen’s new book Green Metropolis. Owen used to live in Manhattan, before moving to Northwestern Connecticut, a move... read more
WWL: From Crisis to Sustainability - 08/17/2009
We've been winning some environmental battles over the past decade. But for the most part---we're losing the war. This is the message Gus Speth has been trying to spread as he marks a turn in his career as an environmental crusader. “America is at a crisis point,” he says, and it will tak... read more
WWL: Health Care in Massachusetts - 07/22/2009
The 2006 Massachusetts health care reform bill is getting renewed attention from reform advocates nationwide as federal lawmakers debate their health care options. All but 2.5 percent of Massachusetts residents now have health care coverage—but providers have struggled to control costs and... read more
WWL: Gun Policy - 05/04/2009
Shooting rampages in places like Binghamton, NY, Pittsburgh, PA , and Athens, GA have claimed dozens of lives since the beginning of March. Guns sales have surged since the election of President Obama. The FBI says it is doing 30% more background checks on would-be firearms purchasers th... read more
WWL: Dating Jesus - 06/24/2009
By the age of twelve, Susan Campbell had been flirting with Jesus for some time, and in her mind, Jesus had been flirting back. Growing up in the Missouri Ozark mountains, Campbell’s childhood was filled with boundaries, big questions and baseball. The Hartford Courant columnist has told... read more
WWL: The Vanishing Middle Class - 02/16/2009
For the President's Day holiday, Where We Live presents a documentary special from WBUR's Inside Out series. Middle class American families are in distress. Despite the enormous increase in wealth in America over the past two decades, for most Americans in the middle, wages have been flat... read more
Boaz ItsHaky - 06/18/2008
Continuing our conversations with congressional candidates - Where We Live talks to republican Boaz ItsHaky from the 17th district. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro represents one of the most reliable Democratic seats in the House. Her Republican challengers have often been under-funded... read more
From Crisis to Sustainability - 05/12/2008
The Bridge at the End of the World by James Gustave Speth: Photo by Derek Lartaud The opening chapters of the new book by Gus Speth are a haunting echo of coming environmental catastrophe. The Bridge at the Edge of the World lays out a pretty compelling case that something must be don... read more
Genetic Testing - 01/28/2008
The genetic tests used in hospitals are being marketed to the public.A genetic testing kit for cancer risk is being marketed to the general public. But some doctors say proper genetic testing doesn't come in a box. One in eight American women will develop breast cancer...and many live... read more
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal - 01/25/2008
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Where We Live: Photo By Chion Wolf Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is announcing new legislation today that would strengthen whistleblower protections. This initiative is one of - seemingly hundreds - put out by the state's "public lawyer.... read more
Economics Roundtable - 01/30/2008
Economist Ron Van Winkle With worries about the economy falling into recession, the government is working on a "stimulus package" to put money in the hands of citizens, but will it help? All Americans have watched the roller coaster economy of the last few weeks with some anxiousness... read more