• Sunrise Of The Summer Solstice MP3

    The first day of summer promises longer, hotter days. The summer solstice, or the day when the Northern Hemisphere is closest to the sun, is Friday, giving us more light than any day of the year. But that’s only one of several big astronomical events happening this week, including a super supermoon.  We talk with UConn Astronomer Cynthia Paterson. We’re also at the start of Hurricane se...

    20.06.2013

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  • Connecticut's Freedom of Information MP3

    Connecticut was one of the first states to have its own Freedom of Information Commission, designed to administer and enforce FOIA laws. But things are changing. A last minute bill passed at the legislature, limiting the release of information about Newtown - but does that set a precedent for future crime scenes? It’s definitely got people talking about the future of FOI - and spurred t...

    17.06.2013

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    17.06.2013

  • The "Pelotero" Comes to New Britain MP3

    Ballplayer: Pelotero is a film about the baseball pipeline between the Dominican Republic and Major League Baseball. One of the characters in the movie was Miguel Sano - a third baseman now in the Minnesota Twins organization. Back in March, we spoke with one of the filmmaker’s behind Ballplayer: Pelotero, Jon Paley about their next project. “We realized that this wasn’t so much an endi...

    13.06.2013

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    13.06.2013

  • Hop On Board The Caravan of Thieves MP3

    The music of Caravan of Thieves is just about what you'd expect from a band with that name. Their gypsy-rock hybrid has won them legions of fans around the country - a community they lovingly call "Freaks." And they’re back home, playing in Stafford Springs tomorrow night at the Palace Theater. Today, we'll talk to this Connecticut-based band that's fronted by husband and wife duo Fuzz...

    13.06.2013

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    13.06.2013

  • Connecticut's Complicated Housing Market MP3

    June is Homeownership Month and part of peak real estate season. The housing market across the nation is finally showing signs of improvement with signs up across the nation. But it is not the market it was before the 2008 crash. Some real estate experts say the market hit bottom at 2011 and has been slowly climbing back. This means jobs in construction and other parts of the housing sector...

    11.06.2013

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    11.06.2013

  • Connecticut's Legislature Wraps Up The Session MP3

    The state legislative session is wrapping up with a budget deal that many observers say is full of “promises and gimmicks.” Ned Lamont, the former gubernatorial candidate agreed in a recent op-ed and he joins us with his own budget prescriptions. Mark Pazniokas of the Connecticut Mirror and Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie have spent many sleepless nights following the marathon sessions o...

    05.06.2013

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    05.06.2013

  • Inside Connecticut's Submarine Base MP3

    Eight years ago, Team Connecticut fought to keep New London Sub Base open. At a base closure hearing in Boston, Connecticut’s delegation defended the value of the base. The speakers included a who’s who of political leaders in Connecticut: Governor Jodi Rell, DEP commissioner Gina McCarthy, Congressman Rob Simmons, and Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman. "Members of the commissio...

    29.05.2013

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  • Connecticut's Indigenous People MP3

    Lucianne Lavin is out to dispel some myths about Connecticut’s native peoples. They didn't all move west or die out from war or disease, she says. Those who remain don’t all have claim to the land or the heritage. In her comprehensive book, Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples, she explores this lineage through archeology, history and oral traditions. It takes us up to present day New Engla...

    28.05.2013

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    28.05.2013

  • Water: The Essential but Scarce Resource MP3

    Today, nearly a third of the US. is in severe drought. In places like Kansas and Texas, reservoirs and wells are actually running dry. Even here in the Northeast, where we get plenty of rain, water is still a scarce resource. The University of Connecticut already doesn’t have enough water to meet its needs, and the plans to quench its thirst have been controversial. Paul Formica is First Select...

    24.05.2013

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    24.05.2013

  • Sexual Assault in the Military MP3

    Pressure is building on the military to change its culture from within after an alarming Pentagon report estimates 26,000 servicemembers were sexually assaulted last year-- President Obama calls these crimes “shameful and disgraceful.”  Another layer to this problem is that very few of these assaults are actually reported. Now federal lawmakers including Connecticut’s Senator Richard Blumenthal...

    23.05.2013

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    23.05.2013

  • A Secret In The Suburbs MP3

    Poverty is a problem you tend to think of affecting very urban and very rural areas of america. But a new Brookings study shows a shocking fact: that over the last decade, the poor population in the suburbs has grown by about 60 percent. That national trend follows the same path as local metro areas are seeing, and the numbers aren’t just due to the effects of the economic downturn.   We ex...

    21.05.2013

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    21.05.2013

  • How To Survive "Present Shock" MP3

    As our gadgets move into the future, we’re moving into the past. That email you just received? It was written seconds, minutes or hours ago. The tweets you’re catching up on? That’s old news by the time you read it. This radio show? Even if you're listening "live," you're not really listening the moment it happens because of a delay. In a way, this has always been the case. Th...

    17.05.2013

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    17.05.2013

  • Government, Why Bother? MP3

    It seems that money and power always get in the way of democracy. Compromise can water down idealism, but no compromise results in gridlock. So, a lot of people ask, what’s government good for? Professor Douglas Amy, author of a book called Government is Good: An Unapologetic Defense of a Vital Institution, said, “Government really plays a vital and necessary role in our society. It’s reall...

    16.05.2013

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    16.05.2013

  • Chris Donovan's Former Campaign Finance Director on Trial MP3

    Last year’s congressional race in Connecticut’s 5th District was flipped on its head when former speaker Chris Donovan’s campaign finance director was indicted for hiding illegal campaign contributions. The investigation into Donovan’s campaign eventually derailed the former Democratic Speaker of the House’s run. He lost the primary to Elizabeth Esty who would go on to win the gen...

    14.05.2013

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    14.05.2013

  • The Skills Gap MP3

    President Obama said in his second inaugural address that he believes America’s growth rests “upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class” - he wants everyone to find independence and pride in his or her work. But is there a job for everyone? Is our working population ready?  "Middle skills" jobs - which require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree ...

    13.05.2013

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    13.05.2013

  • The Evolution Of Teaching Science MP3

    Pennsylvania is no stranger to controversy surrounding the teaching of evolution. When the school district in the town of Dover required creationism be taught alongside evolution, it sparked a national debate. Ultimately, a federal court ruled that intelligent design is religious theory and not a part of science. Eight years later, a study by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has found faith-base...

    08.05.2013

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    08.05.2013

  • Syria and Chemical Weapons MP3

      The situation in Syria gets more confusing by the day. The Obama Administration is treading very cautiously around conflicting reports of who actually staged a sarin gas attack, the government of besieged President Bashar al Assad, or the rebels fighting to take over the country. The U.S. backed Israel’s decision to make military strikes by air in Damascus - but there are questions ov...

    07.05.2013

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  • Baratunde Thurston On Comedy In The Digital Age MP3

    Tomorrow, is the final Connecticut Forum of the season. It’s called Funny, Smart People and it’s being moderated by our very own Colin McEnroe. The panelists are The Daily Show’s John Hodgman, Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein and our next guest, Baratunde Thurston. Baratunde is the founder of a comedy/tech startup called Cultivated Wit. Before that, he was the Director of Digital at The On...

    03.05.2013

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    03.05.2013

  • Dr. Lloyd Sederer on Mental Health Care MP3

      Advocates for mental health have been expressing concern about the conversation in American following the Newtown shootings.  While we still don’t know the details of whatever mental illness Adam Lanza may have suffered from, and we don’t know the particulars of his treatment or medication, lawmakers from all sides of the debate over guns have drawn mental health care into the discussion....

    03.05.2013

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    03.05.2013

  • Covering Trauma MP3

    The mass murder in Newtown Connecticut raised many questions about how the media covers traumatic events, and how those same events may traumatize the reporters who cover them. In early April, before the Boston Marathon bombings, host John Dankosky brought together a conversation with journalists who’ve covered violence at Central Connecticut State University. Bruce Shapiro, executive d...

    29.04.2013

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