Through various quirks of the calendar, we haven't done a Politics, Burgers & Beer since January. Holy Moly. So Rich Hanley returns to talk issues, arguments, budgets, controversies, news, Obama, Malloy, Washington, Hartford, and other people and places with names. And as it's only Monday, this is just a guess, but I bet by Thursday the word 'sequestration' still gets mentioned once or twice or 39 times.
More and more Americans are renting instead of owning homes, and rents are skyrocketing. New national data show that some of the families struggling the most live here in Connecticut.
Connecticut has been known for its high cost of living for decades. But research just released from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition shows that situation is getting worse, especially for the neediest families. While wages have hardly budged, housing costs have soared for renters, since demand for rental apartments is so high.
Legislative leaders are meeting this week to try and cobble together new laws in response to the Newtown shootings. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, gun makers and owners showed up to the state capitol in force today to weigh in.
Manufacturers of guns and gun parts say it's simple: some of the proposed gun laws will cost the state jobs.
"I'm Jonathan Scalise. I own Ammunition Storage Components in New Britain, Connecticut. We're a manufacturer of rifle and pistol magazines."
In one sense, personal secrets are a modern invention.
It's at least true that in small village life, keeping secrets is difficult. And for the working class in crowded cities, secrets may have seemed like a luxury as well.
Of course, today, we may be going back in that old direction. We live in digital tenements, crammed cheek to jowl on Facebook where information is difficult to control. What you may regard as a shameful secret, your friend or sibling may regard as a hilarious shareable tidbit.
As Connecticut’s coastal cities struggle to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, it’s not clear how much money they’ll have to fortify themselves against future storms. For properties in floodplains that’s a particular concern. Residents of a public housing complex on Norwalk’s waterfront have been waiting for action for decades.
As the United States Congress nears its deadline for cutting spending, the country faces a sequester, or 85 billion dollars in across-the-board spending cuts that would take effect this year. The public debate over the impacts of the sequester have focused on defense and education cuts, but funding for environmental programs is also at risk. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports.
Governor Dannel Malloy rolled out new and aggressive proposals on gun control today. He and Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a conference in Danbury on gun violence. As WNPR’s The calls for harsher gun restrictions were emotional and, for some, unexpected.
On the Nose today: Have you seen so many post apocalyptic movies and read so many books like "The Road" and those Justin Cronin novels, that you're almost too exhausted to participate in your actual dystopian future?
The Hartford & Wethersfield Horse Railroad originated in 1863, with horse-drawn cars riding over steel rails, carrying passengers along Hartford’s Main Street and Wethersfield Avenue. Over the next two decades, as the Railroad expanded its routes throughout Hartford and into surrounding towns, it became part of one of the most dramatic technological revolutions of the nineteenth century.
Over fifty thousand students world wide will participate in the First Robotics Competition this year, and forty five teams are based here in Connecticut. WNPR's J Holt brings us the story of one of those teams.
In early January, teams of students gathered in high school auditoriums nationwide, for the kick off of an annual competition geared toward engaging young people with science and technology.
Every day an estimated 22 veterans kill themselves in the U.S. and most of them use a gun to do so, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. This trend mirrors the general population where more people kill themselves with guns than by all other methods combined.
The VA is trying to help with a program that offers gun locks to veterans for free. The thinking is that if they lock their guns up they might not reach for them in the spur of the moment.
Every day an estimated twenty-two veterans kill themselves in the U.S. and most of them will use a gun to do so according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs. This trend mirrors the general population where more people kill themselves with guns than with all other methods combined. The VA is trying to help with a program that offers gun locks to veterans for free. The thinking is that if they lock their guns up they might not reach for them in the spur of the moment.