Catie Talarski http://wnpr.org en The Wheelhouse: It's Not Just Ferguson http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-its-not-just-ferguson <p>With all eyes on Ferguson, MO, many people are also taking a step back to look at their own communities. What many of us see is a problem not restricted to Ferguson. Earlier this week, we had a conversation about urban policing and the militarization&nbsp;of police forces.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 27207 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: It's Not Just Ferguson Where We Vote 2014: Joe Visconti http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-joe-visconti <p>We continue our Where We Vote series with third party candidate for governor, Joe Visconti. He’s confident that he collected enough signatures to make it onto the November ballot - and many of those signatures came from a key demographic for him: gun owners. We’ll be joined in-studio by Visconti to talk about his candidacy and where he stands on the issues.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 27153 at http://wnpr.org Where We Vote 2014: Joe Visconti Ferguson, Missouri: A Case Study in Urban Policing http://wnpr.org/post/ferguson-missouri-case-study-urban-policing <p>The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown sent hundreds of angry protesters into the streets of Ferguson, Missouri last week. There, chaos erupted as police and demonstrators clashed amid smoke bombs and stun grenades.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 27126 at http://wnpr.org Ferguson, Missouri: A Case Study in Urban Policing From Suburbs to Cities: Design for a Better Future http://wnpr.org/post/suburbs-cities-design-better-future <p>In her<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2013/08/09/what-the-end-of-the-suburbs-means-for-boomers/" target="_blank"> first book</a> <em>The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving</em>, author Leigh Gallagher observes a growing trend in America’s housing landscape: fewer people are choosing to live in suburbs. This hour, Leigh joins us to explain some of the forces driving Americans out of suburbia, and give us a glimpse of what the post-cul-de-sac future might look like.</p><p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 27010 at http://wnpr.org From Suburbs to Cities: Design for a Better Future Obamacare Gets a Checkup http://wnpr.org/post/obamacare-gets-checkup <p>According to new data from Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT, the state’s uninsured rate has dropped by roughly 50 percent since 2012 This decrease is due, in part, to the more than 256,000 residents who’ve signed up for health insurance and Medicaid since Access Health CT’s exchange website was launched last fall.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 26927 at http://wnpr.org Obamacare Gets a Checkup The Wheelhouse: Primary-Palooza 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-primary-palooza-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maybe "</span>Primary-Palooza<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" is an exaggeration, since voter turnout is abysmal, at best, in some towns. Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse recaps the results of votes cast.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Were you one of the few, the proud, the voters? Did you join the masses of non-voters? We'd love to hear your Primary Day stories on The Wheelhouse.</p><p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 26842 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Primary-Palooza 2014 John Dean: "Master Manipulator" of Watergate? http://wnpr.org/post/john-dean-master-manipulator-watergate <p>As the country looks back on the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, we’ll revisit a conversation with former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean. He was credited with cooperating with investigators, and linking President Nixon to the Watergate scandal. He was also called, by the FBI, the “master manipulator of the cover up.”</p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 26818 at http://wnpr.org John Dean: "Master Manipulator" of Watergate? Getting Frank About Political Mail http://wnpr.org/post/getting-frank-about-political-mail <p>You’ve probably received a “legislative report” from your elected representatives. These mailers tout their accomplishments and some criticize political opponents. But they’re not paid for with campaign money. This “constituent outreach” is paid for with public dollars. We’ll look at the history of this practice called “franking” at the state and federal level.</p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 26760 at http://wnpr.org Getting Frank About Political Mail Where Does All Our Trash Go? http://wnpr.org/post/where-does-all-our-trash-go <p>Ever wonder what happens to all the stuff you throw away?</p><p>Chances are, you've watched it get hurled into the back of a garbage or recycling truck. But what happens after it leaves the curb? Well, the story of trash is a lot more fascinating and complex than you probably think.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 26643 at http://wnpr.org Where Does All Our Trash Go? Live From Litchfield's White Memorial Conservation Center http://wnpr.org/post/live-litchfields-white-memorial-conservation-center <p>For 50 years, the White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield has provided a hands-on look at the natural diversity of northwestern Connecticut. With workshops, educational programs -- even its own Nature Museum -- the center has been teaching visitors about the various species and habitats found on the surrounding land.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 26567 at http://wnpr.org Live From Litchfield's White Memorial Conservation Center The Wheelhouse: Dog Days of the Campaign Season http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-dog-days-campaign-season <p>We’re less than a week away from the Republican primary and the airwaves are filling up with more and more ads. But turnout is expected to be very low. Today is also the deadline for third party candidates Joe Visconti and Jonathan Pelto&nbsp;to submit their petitions to get on the November ballot.</p><p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 26511 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Dog Days of the Campaign Season Leaving Prison, and Re-Entering Society http://wnpr.org/post/leaving-prison-and-re-entering-society <p>After spending years, sometimes decades behind bars, inmates leave prison with little direction for moving forward. They face difficulties obtaining employment, education, and housing. Although Connecticut is a national leader on re-entry programs, a recent study finds nearly 80 percent of inmates released in 2005 were re-arrested within five years.</p><p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski & Brittany Hill 26455 at http://wnpr.org Leaving Prison, and Re-Entering Society Consumer Check-In: Alternative Electricity Suppliers; Herbalife Nutrition Clubs http://wnpr.org/post/consumer-check-alternative-electricity-suppliers-herbalife-nutrition-clubs <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1;">A new “<a href="http://www.ct.gov/ag/cwp/view.asp?Q=538190&amp;A=2341#.U9-K8GfMgxA.twitter" target="_blank">bill of rights</a>” has gone into effect for Connecticut’s electricity consumers. The bill is aimed at creating greater transparency in the marketing practices of third-party electric suppliers -- after many consumers complained that their electricity bills were increasing without warning. </span></p><p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 26388 at http://wnpr.org Consumer Check-In: Alternative Electricity Suppliers; Herbalife Nutrition Clubs Five Things This Week on WNPR http://wnpr.org/post/five-things-week-wnpr <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/rounding-birds-connecticut" style="line-height: 1.5;">Can't get enough bird talk? </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's five other things you may have missed this week, from </span>WNPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:16:50 +0000 Catie Talarski 26294 at http://wnpr.org Five Things This Week on WNPR A Conversation with Jazz Musicians Mario Pavone and Jimmy Greene; Transgender Youth http://wnpr.org/post/conversation-jazz-musicians-mario-pavone-and-jimmy-greene-transgender-youth <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Mario Pavone and Jimmy Greene are both veterans of Connecticut's jazz scene -- having grown up here, decades apart -- and both deciding to make the state their home.</p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 26271 at http://wnpr.org A Conversation with Jazz Musicians Mario Pavone and Jimmy Greene; Transgender Youth One for the Birds of Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/one-birds-connecticut <p>It’s an hour for the birds! We are joined by bird lovers and experts to discuss the state of the bird population in our state and to answer your burning bird questions. We also check in with our environmental reporter Patrick Skahill about his recent bird-related reporting.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 26152 at http://wnpr.org One for the Birds of Connecticut The Wheelhouse: Political Souls, Polls, and Jabs http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-political-souls-polls-and-jabs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut is generally a “blue” state, but the latest New York Times/CBS poll </span><a href="http://ctmirror.org/internet-poll-shows-foley-up-9-points-over-malloy/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">paints it a different color</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the race for governor. But </span><a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/07/28/qa-what-the-new-york-times-polling-decision-means/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the poll itself was a different color</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> too. On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we’ll discuss the divided state of Connecticut with our team of reporters and analysts, including </span><a href="http://www.salon.com/2014/07/27/my_party_has_lost_its_soul_bill_clinton_barack_obama_and_the_victory_of_wall_street_democrats/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Bill Curry who says his Democratic party has lost its soul.</a></p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 26107 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Political Souls, Polls, and Jabs Restraint and Seclusion in Our Public Schools http://wnpr.org/post/restraint-and-seclusion-our-public-schools <p>Restraint and seclusion is a legal, albeit controversial, practice in our nation's public schools. Students -- often those with disabilities -- can be restrained and secluded against their will. This can result, and has resulted on many occasions, in injury to the student. Nationwide, there are 20 known cases of death because of restraint or seclusion in the past two decades.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski & Allison Ehrenreich 26070 at http://wnpr.org Restraint and Seclusion in Our Public Schools Margot Adler on Being Wiccan and NPR Discrimination http://wnpr.org/post/margot-adler-being-wiccan-and-npr-discrimination <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/people/2100166/margot-adler" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Margot Adler's NPR career</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was just beginning in 1979 when she published her book, <em>Drawing Down the Moon</em>, an exploration of the Pagan community of which she was a member. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/28/336081618/margot-adler-an-npr-journalist-for-three-decades-dies" target="_blank">When she died Monday</a>, she left a long legacy as a reporter, and as an outspoken Wiccan.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:45:09 +0000 Catie Talarski 26029 at http://wnpr.org Margot Adler on Being Wiccan and NPR Discrimination Where We Vote 2014: Elizabeth Esty http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-elizabeth-esty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2012 race for Connecticut’s Fifth&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressional&nbsp;District seat was filled with campaign-related shenanigans. The person who came out on top was Elizabeth </span>Esty<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>She’s running for re-election this year in the “Fightin’ Fifth,” and she joins us for our Where We Vote series to talk politics, foreign relations, immigration, and more.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25904 at http://wnpr.org Where We Vote 2014: Elizabeth Esty Gov. Christie Visits Connecticut Following Gun Bill Veto; a Local Perspective on Ukrainian Conflict http://wnpr.org/post/gov-christie-visits-connecticut-following-gun-bill-veto-local-perspective-ukrainian-conflict <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ed94eae2-6d7c-af77-dd1a-ff3231cd9702"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-chris-christie-vetoes-bill-to-decrease-capacity-of-gun-magazines-20140703-story.html" target="_blank">making headlines once again</a>. </span></span></p><p><span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Just a few weeks ago, he vetoed a bill that would have restricted the size of gun magazines from 15 rounds to 10. The decision angered a number of gun control advocates, including some Sandy Hook parents. </span></span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 25896 at http://wnpr.org Gov. Christie Visits Connecticut Following Gun Bill Veto; a Local Perspective on Ukrainian Conflict How Effective Are Charter Schools? http://wnpr.org/post/how-effective-are-charter-schools <p>The recent FUSE scandal has raised questions about charter school oversight. Is this type of problem representative of the overall charter school system? We take a look at just how effective these schools are and how much oversight they have. We're joined by experts and we want to hear from you, especially if you have experience in the charter school system.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25774 at http://wnpr.org How Effective Are Charter Schools? The Wheelhouse: Migrating Children; Rt. 44 Tales; Chubby Checker Check-In http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-migrating-children-rt-44-tales-chubby-checker-check <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dannel</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Malloy takes a strong stance on housing immigrant children in this state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’ll talk about this story and more on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse. Also, the&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford Courant’s </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dan </span>Haar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been walking and reporting from Connecticut’s </span>Rt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. 44. He’ll take a load off to share some tales from the road. Chubby Checker (yes, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">that</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Chubby Checker) is also coming to town for a political fundraiser.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25759 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Migrating Children; Rt. 44 Tales; Chubby Checker Check-In The Culture and Design of Podcasts http://wnpr.org/post/culture-and-design-podcasts <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1;">Radio has a very long and storied history, and is influenced by -- some might say ruled by -- some long-held, traditional practices.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 25683 at http://wnpr.org The Culture and Design of Podcasts Conversations With "Democracy Now!" Host Amy Goodman and Guitarist Yovianna García http://wnpr.org/post/conversations-democracy-now-host-amy-goodman-and-guitarist-yovianna-garc <p>Amy Goodman’s radio, TV, and Web program<em> Democracy Now!</em> has a wide following among people who think the mainstream media doesn’t let us hear enough voices from those who protest against powerful interests. This week, she visits the Mark Twain House and Museum to discuss her new book <em>The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope</em>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This hour, we preview that event, with a conversation about the state of the news media today.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We also listen back to a conversation with a Hartford-based guitarist who celebrates the music of her home country, Puerto Rico, while also exploring the classical repertoire.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25614 at http://wnpr.org Conversations With "Democracy Now!" Host Amy Goodman and Guitarist Yovianna García The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe http://wnpr.org/post/modern-age-science-connecticut-bull-osborndale-ivanhoe-0 <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">Back in March, a team of Harvard scientists claimed to have found the first direct evidence of gravity waves from the Big Bang. Within a matter of hours, their story had made its way around the Internet, spreading across blogs, news sites, and social media. </span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 25466 at http://wnpr.org The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe Everything You Want to Know About Turtles http://wnpr.org/post/everything-you-want-know-about-turtles-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are currently some 57 turtle species living in the United States and Canada, 12 of which can be found right here in Connecticut -- including some sea turtles!</span></p><p>Chances are, you’ve probably seen a few of them poking around a nearby pond or basking on some sunlit rocks. Perhaps you’ve even rescued a few from the peril of oncoming traffic.</p><p>But there’s a lot more to these terrestrial critters than meets the eye.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 25439 at http://wnpr.org Everything You Want to Know About Turtles The Wheelhouse Only Watches TV for the Political Ads http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-only-watches-tv-political-ads <p>Connecticut is fully engulfed in campaign ad season and candidates are already spending big money to get the message out to voters. What's the message? "Like me! The other guy, not so much." On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, Colin McEnroe guest hosts a conversation with a panel of reporters and political analysts to catch you up on the week’s news.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25332 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Only Watches TV for the Political Ads Transgender Rights: "The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time"? http://wnpr.org/post/transgender-rights-civil-rights-issue-our-time <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4c1472fc-3a09-d7c8-46e7-0a0e54c51306"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Those who identify as transgender Americans continue to face social stigmas, discrimination, and legal issues not often faced by other members of the LGBT community.</span></span></p><p></p><div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1;">This hour, we talk with some transgender rights experts and advocates about what Vice President Joe Biden has called "the civil rights issue of our time."</span></div><div><p><br /><span id="docs-internal-guid-3b85fe0c-3a0a-aea1-dabd-58270274c404"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We also check in with WNPR reporter Lucy Nalpathanchil, who gives us the latest on the case of transgender teen Jane Doe.</span></span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski & Brittany Hill 25313 at http://wnpr.org Transgender Rights: "The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time"? Connecticut Prepares for Sale of Medical Marijuana http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-prepares-sale-medical-marijuana <p>Approved patients will soon be able to obtain medical marijuana…legally. The marijuana producers who were approved by the state earlier this year will start to get their product out to dispensaries later this summer.</p><p>We talk with Commissioner William Rubenstein from the Department of Consumer Protection about the state’s medical marijuana program.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25237 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Prepares for Sale of Medical Marijuana