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Where We Live with John Dankosky
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am and 7:00 pm

August 24 - 28, 2015

MONDAY: Are Opioids the Best Way To Treat Chronic Pain?
Opioid overuse is America’s “silent epidemic”- affecting far too many of the roughly 8 million people on opioid painkillers. Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, says overprescribing is to blame for the 46 Americans who die every day from an overdose of prescription painkillers like Vicodin, Oxycontin or Methadone. Yet, The National Institutes of Health say opioids are often the first treatment doctors choose to relieve the discomfort of the 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, even without evidence that long-term use works. But, most of us, including the doctors who prescribe, are not aware of other options. Is it time we look at how we deal with pain in America?

TUESDAY:  Kevin Lembo // The Man in the Monster 
State Comptroller Kevin Lembo joins us to talk about his plan to end the backlog of state pension audits, why he thinks the CT Gig Project is a good idea, and more. Also, we’ll hear an interview with  Martha Elliot about her book The Man in the Monster, about Connecticut serial killer Michael Ross. 

WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse Gets Sweet Talked By New York
One of Connecticut’s biggest companies, General Electric is being wooed by other states, including our neighbor New York. This hour, our weekly news roundtable discusses the fluctuating state of business in Connecticut and what companies stand to gain by leaving Connecticut.

THURSDAY: Pedro Segarra
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra is in the midst of a tight re-election campaign against Democratic challenger Luke Bronin. After walking out of his party’s endorsement convention, Segarra gathered enough votes to get on the ballot for the September primary. The mayor stops by our studios to discuss his record, plans for the future of Hartford, and the close race he is in.

FRIDAY: TBA

 

The Colin McEnroe Show
Monday - Friday, 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm

August 24 - 28, 2015

MONDAY: The Scramble Tries to Be As Composed as Carter
Last week, former President Jimmy Carter announced his melanoma spread to his brain. But then he addressed his own life and impending death with the poise and frankness that few possess in private, let alone in front of hundreds of reporters and cameras. This hour, we talk about this and recap the big stories of the weekend.

TUESDAY: Protest Music
Music can be a powerful, transformative tool in the quest for social change. Protest songs are the songs associated with a particular movement. Earlier this month, Janelle Monáe and Wondaland produced a searing protest song "Hell You Talmbout." Nearly seven minutes long, the song is a tribute to a long list of black men and women lost. The performers have joined protesters at Black Lives Matter rallies, where they perform this song. Where did protest music originate? How has it evolved to what we hear today?

WEDNESDAY: The Otherworldliness of the Octopus
The octopus has always been the stuff of spine-tingling legend, like that of Kraken, the many-armed sea monster that dragged ships to the bottom of the sea after dining on the crew. In reality, the octopus is more benign but equally fascinating. "Meeting an octopus is like meeting an intelligent alien," says Peter Godfrey-Smith, diver, philosopher and lover of octopuses (no, the plural is not octopi) Did you know the octopus is the only invertebrate to have both a brain and brain neurons that reside in each of their eight arms? You can actually cut off the arm of an octopus and it will crawl away on its own, grab food and pass it to where their mouth would be if their arm was still connected! Scientists wonder if humans can even begin to understand the intellect and mystery of the octopus. 

THURSDAY: Dante Saved My Life
Dante Aleghieri was an Italian poet, moral philosopher and political thinker who wrote his best work after the ruling political faction forever banished him in 1302 from his beloved home in Florence. In his misery, he wrote his best work, including what would become one of the most influential works of all time, "The Divine Comedy," his visionary trip through the Christian afterlife of hell, purgatory and paradise. Dante's poem still holds universal appeal and is used worldwide by people seeking help through life's most difficult challenges. We'll talk to a few today. 

FRIDAY: The Nose
Our weekly cultural roundtable. 

The Faith Middleton Show
Monday - Thursday, 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm
The Food Schmooze®
Wednesday at 3:00 pm & Saturday at noon

August 24 - 28, 2015

MONDAY: ADHD
Every day, children of concerned parents are handed a quick diagnosis of ADHD and an open-ended prescription for medication. What if ADHD traits just need a little expert coaxing to function as competitive advantages and assets for success in business, athletics, school, and every other facet of life? We'll talk with Dr. Dale Archer about his new book, The ADHD Advantage.

TUESDAY: Free-Range Parenting 
Were we unsupervised child hellions, or are parents now overprotective? Are we dumping on parents again? This time for being hovering, helicopter parents. Our crowd talks about what we did as kids that would be frowned upon now -- they even have a name for it: free-range parenting. Our parents just trusted it would all work out. Has life become more unsafe? Or is everybody just a little too paranoid?

WEDNESDAY: The Food Schmooze
If you like the fun, flavor, the passion of good food and conversation, party with us on The Food Schmooze. Pesto chicken potato salad for Labor Day weekend. Try our healthy piña colada -- frozen. How to make fresh bluefish really great. And dirty steak grilled on the charcoal -- not near it, not next to it, but ON it. We're where the wild things are, on The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze party.

THURSDAY: Parenting 
To do well in our globally connected, highly competitive world our children need twenty-first-century skills. Creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration are at the top of the list according to child psychiatrist Dr. Shimi Kang. The Harvard trained expert on motivation claims current parenting trends are preventing children from reaching their full potential. She'’ll discuss her prescriptions for raising well-adjusted, self-sufficient kids.

SATURDAY: The Food Schmooze 
If you like the fun, flavor, the passion of good food and conversation, party with us on The Food Schmooze. Pesto chicken potato salad for Labor Day weekend. Try our healthy piña colada -- frozen. How to make fresh bluefish really great. And dirty steak grilled on the charcoal -- not near it, not next to it, but ON it. We're where the wild things are, on The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze party.