Ambassador Marc Grossman just returned from a trip around the Middle East - gathering support for a “Democratic Afghanistan.”
That meant trips to places like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar...all seen as key US allies in the region. But a notable absence from this tour was a visit to Pakistan. As a special representative to both Afghanistan and Pakistan, this omission seems to be important. He was told the Pakistani government was still reviewing its relationship with the US.
A Connecticut news web site, lauded for its online commenting policy, has stopped taking comments indefinitely. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports that’s prompted widespread debate about the future of free-for-all reader discussions online.
When the New Haven Independent began publishing online in 2005, editor Paul Bass took a different tack than most news web sites – he made sure a member of his staff looked at every comment before it went online to weed out anything inappropriate. That policy became the model for many news web sites.
Results of an investigation into alleged grade tampering at a New Haven High School are expected to be released on Friday/today. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports on the way school reform is mixing with city politics…. and has reaction to the investigation so far.
The media perception of African-Americans has shifted dramatically since the 18th century.
That’s what Southern Connecticut State University professor Frank Harris found out in his latest research. He looked at old editions of The Hartford Courant and saw an evolution of labels...from “Negro” to “Colored” to “Afro-American” to “African-American.”
But has the tone of the coverage evolved with the changing names?
Yesterday in his state of the state address, Governor Dannell Malloy outlined his proposed changes to the second year of state's 40-billion two-year budget. But before the noontime speech, the governor's budget chief Benjamin Barnes released the facts and figures of the budget adjustment, which will increase spending by 329-million. Mr. Barnes joins us now by phone.
In his State of the State address, Governor Dannel Malloy called on legislators to take bold steps to reform Connecticut’s public schools. He addressed the highly-charged issue of teacher tenure, and called for an overhaul of the system.
"Today tenure is too easy to get and too hard to take away."
Governor Malloy outlined six principles for education reform, but devoted the most time to teacher tenure.
Governor Dannel Malloy's mid-term budget adjustments make some notable changes to the way the state pays for healthcare. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.
In 2010, the state started a temporary program to provide health benefits to some uninsured, low-income residents. But now the state says that program is over enrolled and too expensive. Arielle Levin Becker covers healthcare for the Connecticut Mirror.
"The administration's position has been that the cost of the program has just grown to an unsustainable rate."
The songwriter Paul Simon once said: Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.
Improvisation is one of the key parts of musical expression...from fiddling with chord changes until a song emerges, to full-on “free” jazz, created on the spot. In fact, jazz is probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of “improv” - followed by comedy.
A troupe of actors, thrown quickly into haphazard situations - forced to think fast and create characters and dialogue on the spot.
The number of Chinese students at American colleges and universities jumped 43% in 2011 over 2010, according to the Institute of International Education. And now, more and more Chinese students are enrolling in American high schools. The trend is helping to stabilize Connecticut's private schools that have been grappling with declining enrollment in a weak economy.
When Christian Heritage School in Trumbull first starting accepting foreign students, Director of Admissions Martha Olson says most were from South Korea.
A Yale University professor is among the members of a task force advising President Obama on how to produce college graduates with science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports on the recommendations of the task force, which were released Tuesday.
After three days of intense pressure over its decision to end funding to Planned Parenthood, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has changed its mind. But as WNPR’s Neena Satija reports, the reversal won’t affect Connecticut all that much in the short term.
Mayor John DeStefano outlined his plans for the city of New Haven in his “State of the City” address Monday night. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports that DeStefano placed special emphasis on public education.
Qualified students in a New Haven engineering and science magnet school will be able to attend the University of New Haven for half price or free, under a program announced on Monday. The goal is to encourage students to pursue serious study in the “STEM” areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
Speaking at Monday’s announcement, UNH President Steven Kaplan said America is lagging behind other developed nations in math and science.
My name is Brian Johnson and I’m a 23 year old senior from Central Connecticut State University. I’m also an intern at the CPBN Media Lab, and I write monthly film reviews for my local newspaper “The Chronicle”. I’m here to present my top 5 films for 2011. This is not a list of the most commercially successful films or highest critically rated films. It is merely a list of my personal favorites.
The General Assembly reconvenes later this week for a session that looks to be jam-packed with issues. The state’s largest business organization says lawmakers will have a difficult balancing act. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
Augustus Washington was one of the most talented and successful photographers in mid-1800s Connecticut. He was also an African American. Washington lived in Hartford from 1844 until 1853 and was actively involved in the Abolitionist Movement and the life of Hartford’s free black community. Though his work depicts people of different classes and cultures, ironically, no portraits of African Americans survive from his years in Hartford.
Beginning this June, Planned Parenthood will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding from a national foundation committed to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. The foundation says that’s because Planned Parenthood is the subject of a Congressional inquiry. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports on how that will affect the services it provides here in Connecticut.
New Haven’s newest police chief continues to make significant changes to the city’s police department. But as WNPR’s Neena Satija reports, some in the community are questioning his move to replace all of his top aides, including the first African-American woman to become an assistant chief. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports.
And now to lawmaking at the state level. In Connecticut, residents will have to do some advance planning for their Super Bowl parties. The state is one of only two that still bans the sale of all alcohol at stores on Sundays. But Jeff Cohen of member station WNPR reports, that could change.