News
3:33 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Health Care, The Supreme Court, and You

In all likelihood, the US Supreme Court will rule next week on one of the biggest political issues of the year -- President Obama's health care overhaul.  To understand a little bit more about what the law entails and what is at stake for Connecticut, WNPR's Jeff Cohen sat down with Victoria Veltri -- the state's healthcare advocate.

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News
9:54 am
Thu June 21, 2012

While Hartford Violent Crime Goes Down, Other Crimes Go Up

 

Violent crime in the city of Hartford is down.  But other crimes -- like robbery, larceny, and car theft -- are up over last year.  In the second installment of a two-part interview with WNPR's Jeff Cohen, Mayor Pedro Segarra says the problem is people coming back to the community from prison...and he's looking to the state for help.

 

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Hospital Merge
4:01 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Yale-New Haven Hospital to merge with Hospital of Saint Raphael

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Earlier this month Attorney General George Jepson signed off on the merger between The Hospital of Saint Raphael and Yale-New Haven Hospital. The merger between the two elm city hospitals was proposed last fall, as the Hospital of Saint Raphael faces a multi-million dollar shortfall, and Yale-New Haven is looking for more hospital beds. Here to talk about the merger is the President and CEO of the Hospital of Saint Raphael Christopher O'Connor.

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Cenorship Target
11:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Judy Blume Uncensored And Coming To Hartford

News
10:50 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Susan Herbst on Ambition, Expansion, and Sports

Chion Wolf

University of Connecticut president Susan Herbst has had a busy first year on the job.

She’s pushed for a major expansion of its faculty – part of a plan to get more students into the classes they need and get their degrees in four years. The university is hiring 275 new faculty over the next four years. 

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Tuition Price
9:43 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Experts Say - Sometimes College Tuition Data Can Be Misleading

Connecticut College has the highest tuition in the nation among private, not-for-profit four-year colleges, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. But experts say sometimes statistics can be misleading.  

The College Affordability and Transparency Center website is part of President Obama’s push to make the costs of higher education more transparent. Schools are ranked in several categories, including tuition sticker price, and net cost to families.

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Economic Development
9:29 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Alexion Pharmaceuticals To Anchor New Haven Downtown Crossing

Diane Orson

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. has announced it will move its headquarters to New Haven with up to $51 million in state aid. Governor Malloy announced the move on Tuesday as part of his "First Five" economic development initiative.

For years, New Haven’s Route 34 highway connector separated the Hill neighborhood and Medical district from the downtown area. Alexion Pharmaceuticals’ move is part of a project to knit New Haven back together.

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News
4:24 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Segarra, Frustrated By Violence, Says Police Could Soon Make Arrests In Recent Homicides

 

A week and a half after a violent weekend , Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra says police investigators are making inroads.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

 

I met with Segarra in his office.  I walked in as the acting police chief walked out.  And here's what the mayor said about investigations into the shootings that killed two people and wounded nine others.  One of the dead was a cousin of City Council President Shawn Wooden. 

 

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News
3:38 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Thrashy, Metallic Hardcore and Dreamy Hip Hop Beats

This week on the Needle Drop, we're observing the dreamy, atmospheric sounds of hip hop beats from the new Clams Casino instrumental compilation. We're also giving the new Black Breath album a go, Sentenced to Life--not to mention trying out new tracks from Recondite, Grizzly Bear, and Fiona Apple.

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Strong Sense of Community
11:52 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Green Haven, a Cohousing Neighborhood, Planned in Bethany

Joe Mabel (Wikimedia Commons)

More and more cohousing neighborhoods are cropping up nationwide. These are intentionally planned neighborhoods committed to a strong sense of community. A group of Connecticut residents have gathered together, hoping to create Connecticut's first cohousing neighborhood, called Green Haven.

Green Haven is in the planning stages. Jack Nork, one of the participating residents, joined us to tell us about it.

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News
11:22 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Revitalizing New Haven's Neighborhoods

Payton Chung, Creative Commons

New Haven was once known as the “model city” - for a massive urban redesign in the 1950s and 60s.

That renewal - 50 years later - has divided the city. Literally and emotionally.  Now, some of the damage is being repaired - a plan to reconnect a “downtown” crossing where homes and businesses were destroyed to make way for a highway.

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News
11:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Are Big Sports Tournaments Worth It?

Matthew Kenwrick (Flickr Creative Commons)

Today, the Traveler’s Championship week kicks off in Connecticut. It was known for years as the Greater Hartford Open...the GHO. It’s always raised lots of money for charities and always attracted thousands of visitors. But on a few occasions in its history, it has almost gone away. The corporate community stepped in once again - with a local title sponsor - and the tournament is expected to mean nearly $30 million to the local economy.

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News
9:47 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Controlling for West Nile Virus

Trindade.Joao

 

Hartford officials say crews will be treating catch basins and wetland areas in the city with larvicide to control mosquitoes and the West Nile virus.

 

The city's health director, Dr. Raul Pino, says a contractor will begin applying the liquid larvicide Monday, but no spraying is involved. Officials say the larvicide is registered with state and federal environmental agencies and doesn't pose any health or environmental risks.

 

Pino says the larvicide program has been successful and there were no West Nile virus cases in the city last year.

News
11:02 am
Sun June 17, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 50

Gary Choronzy

I've been working on the concept for The Real Life Survival Guide - in one form or another - since the mid nineties. The idea was to create a radio show that was helpful and funny, and to use the Internet to extend the conversation. Having celebrated (and recorded) our 50th Episode, I do believe we're getting somewhere!

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News
4:20 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Wooden Grieves

 

The city of Hartford says that gun crimes are down, as is the homicide rate.  But last weekend was a violent one in Hartford - with two shooting deaths, nine other shooting victims, and two stabbings.  One of the dead is 24-year-old Michael Bailey, Jr. -- a cousin of City Council President Shawn Wooden.  He and WNPR's Jeff Cohen sat down for an interview.

 

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Energy Efficiency
4:19 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

How Many "Miles-Per-Gallon" Does Your Building Get?

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Business leaders, policymakers, and advocates gathered in Stamford for a two-day summit on energy efficiency this week. High up on the agenda was finding a way to encourage businesses to track their own energy usage so they can reduce their emissions and save money. 

You probably know how many miles per gallon your car gets. But what about a similar kind of rating for the building you work in? Or the building you live in? Most of us have no idea, and it would be pretty hard to find out.

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News
4:06 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

DEFENDING CONNECTICUT

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812. Outraged by British restrictions on trade, the impressment of American sailors, and confrontations in the Northwest Territory, the United States declared war on Great Britain on June 18th. That summer, as the war got underway, Secretary of War William Eustis wrote to Capt. C. D. Wood in New London, Connecticut.

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Immigration
2:49 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

CT Dreamers Praise Immigration Rule Change

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Today's announcement by the Obama Administration that it will allow certain illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. and have the ability to work without penalty is being embraced by undocumented students in Connecticut.

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News
2:42 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Hartford Community Activist Dies at 67

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A woman who worked tirelessly in the community to enact social change has died.

67-year-old Marlene Berg was one of the co-founders of Institute for Community Research in Hartford. 

Berg had just retired from the Institute for Community Research as the Associate Director of Training this past January after working there for more than 25 years. Her colleagues remember her as a passionate activist and researcher.

"Marlene was one of the bravest people I'd ever met. She was never afraid to say anything to anyone regardless of the consequences."

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News
10:27 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Digging Into Soil

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Last week on the show, we talked about big rocks, and Connecticut’s glacial history, but what about the tiny stones and sediment beneath our feet?

Yes, today, where we live, we’re digging in to soil.

According to one of our guests, soil is the foundation of everything. It’s where our food grows, of course, but did you know that soil stores more carbon than vegetation?

And do you know why our soil here in New England is so rocky and shallow?  What about our obsession with picture-perfect lawns and what that means for the soil below?

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News
3:48 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

State Approves New Vaccine Protocols

 

In their special session earlier this week, lawmakers approved a plan to make doctors get most of their child vaccines from the state.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

 

Currently, doctors who need vaccines for children only have to get them from the state if their patient is on Medicaid.  The rest can be bought on the private market. But a new state law will change that -- making it mandatory for doctors to source nearly all of their vaccines from the state.  

 

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News
9:33 am
Thu June 14, 2012

State Loan Package Broadens Its Focus

Sujata Srinivasan

It’s been about six months since Connecticut issued its first loan under the Small Business Express program. The aid package has proved wildly popular with business owners in the state, but as WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, it’s raised some questions along the way.

What do a printing firm, a financial services company, a hardware store and a biomedical device maker have in common? They all qualify for funding under the state’s small business express program.

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Neighborhood Revitalization
12:00 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

A Highway Underpass Turns New Haven Inside Out

Diane Orson

A highway that once divided a New Haven neighborhood is bringing neighbors back together.  We report on a public art project that’s transformed a barren underpass into a lively mural of familiar faces.

To get from downtown New Haven to upper State Street, you have to pass under Route 91.

Most people see rusty steel beams that stretch a couple hundred feet, grey cold walls and eerie lighting. But to Ben Berkowitz, the highway underpass is something different.  

"Huge blank canvases, the perfect place to turn New Haven Inside Out."

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News
11:05 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Jackson Laboratory Breaks Ground And Looks Ahead

Christopher Spooner (Flickr Creative Commons)

Earlier this week, Jackson Laboratories broke ground on a...well, a groundbreaking new facility in Farmington. In collaboration with UConn and the state, they hope to pioneer genomic medicine and incubate new startup biotechs in the state.

The state of Connecticut has made a big commitment to this project, investing $291 million dollars. So what will this investment bring to Connecticut?

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News
10:15 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Wrapping Up The Session With Ken Dixon

Chion Wolf

There was lots of excitement around this special session, with the FBI investigation of Chris Donovan’s campaign staff - leading him to recuse himself as speaker.

Then there was the “mixed bag” of non-budget related “concepts” added to the bills - many without any sort of public hearing.  Republicans cried “foul” Democrats said “Hey, at least we’re getting something done.”  

Today we found out what did get done with Ken Dixon of The Connecticut Post, Senate Democrat Don Williams, and Republican Representative Vin Candelora.

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News
10:03 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Promising Drug for Depression

Erik Charlton

 

According to the Connecticut Health Investigative Team, researchers at the Yale School of Medicine are touting  Ketamine as “the magic drug,” able to ease severe depression and suicidal thoughts in patients within a matter of hours.

 

Dr. John Krystal, chair of the school’s Department of Psychiatry and chief of psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital, says that although Ketamine is currently used primarily as an anesthetic and for certain types of pain, it shows early promise as a treatment for depression.

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Signed Into Law
9:19 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Medical Marijuana

The Equinest

Last month Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law the Medical Marijuana Bill, which will allow patients with certain medical condtions to obtain and use marijuana to ease the symptoms of their ailments. The state Department of Consumer Protection has been charged wtih implementing the law.

Commissioner William Rubenstein of the Department of Consumer Protection talks about what we can expect from the regulations which go into effect on October 1, 2012.

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News
4:07 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Special Session Starts As Donovan Investigation Looms

 

Almost two weeks after federal investigators arrested a campaign aide of Democratic House Speaker Chris Donovan, the legislative body he leads went back into special session to work on the budget.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

 

House Republican Leader Larry Cafero was getting a coffee, readying for what promised to be a long day.  And I asked him whether the circumstances of the FBI's investigation into Donovan's campaign were going to have any effect on the form or function of the special session.  He said it has...

 

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Coming Home Project
2:37 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

American Legion Post Opens Housing for Veterans

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

An American Legion post in Jewett City has dedicated the last decade to raising money so it could help homeless veterans. On Monday, hundreds of Griswold residents turned out to celebrate the project's completion. Post 15 renovated its building so to provide 18 apartments to veterans who need housing.

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