Catie Talarski http://wnpr.org en Looking Back At The Boston Marathon Bombing One Year Later http://wnpr.org/post/looking-back-boston-marathon-bombing-one-year-later <p>It's been one year since the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and wounded hundreds more.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It also changed the city of Boston, which was essentially shut down during the ensuing manhunt for the bombing suspects.&nbsp;</span></p><p>We look back at that long week in April, and how things have changed both in Boston and throughout the country since the bombing. We're joined by people who were at the marathon that day, including a local professor who will once again run in this year's race.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 20128 at http://wnpr.org Looking Back At The Boston Marathon Bombing One Year Later The Success and Failure of Design; a Conversation with Medea Benjamin http://wnpr.org/post/success-and-failure-design-conversation-medea-benjamin <p>This hour, we take a look at design and the impact it has on our lives. Longtime design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn joins us along with Dr. Henry Petroski of Duke University to talk about the good design that helps us, and bad design that hinders us in our daily routines.</p><p>Later, we talk to CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin about her work as a political activist and author. Her latest book is called <em>Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control</em>.</p><p><strong>GUESTS: </strong></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:52:53 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 20097 at http://wnpr.org The Success and Failure of Design; a Conversation with Medea Benjamin DCF's Handling of a Transgender Teen; Updates on a Heroin Epidemic http://wnpr.org/post/dcfs-handling-transgender-teen-updates-heroin-epidemic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. is in the middle of a heroin epidemic. It’s something that has become increasingly problematic in northeastern states like Connecticut. This hour, a panel of local reporters and health experts from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts share their stories.&nbsp;</span></p><p>We also hear about a controversial decision by the state Department of Children and Families to transfer a transgender teenager to one of Connecticut’s adult prisons, even though, as we’ve discussed on the show, the state now has a “locked” facility for girls like her. WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil joins us with more on that story.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:42:49 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 19964 at http://wnpr.org DCF's Handling of a Transgender Teen; Updates on a Heroin Epidemic Big Ideas (That Didn't Work) http://wnpr.org/post/big-ideas-didnt-work <p>If you watch "House of Cards," you might have noticed a main storyline about a bridge from Long Island to Connecticut. Sounds crazy, right? Well, here's the thing: it was a real idea!</p><p>From bridges, to highways, to malls, <em>Where We Live </em>takes a look at some outlandish project ideas that -- for some reason or another -- just never worked. Why isn’t there a bridge connecting Connecticut and Long Island? And why wasn't the New Haven Galleria mall ever built?</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:40:21 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 19887 at http://wnpr.org Big Ideas (That Didn't Work) The Wheelhouse Bleeds Blue But Politicians Are Looking for Green http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-bleeds-blue-politicians-are-looking-green <p>It feels a lot like 2004. Both UConn basketball teams are national champions, John Rowland is under investigation, and a Kennedy is in the news! Coming up on our weekly news roundtable&nbsp;The Wheelhouse, our panel of reporters and analysts weighs in on the state's relationship with it's flagship university. Governor Dannel Malloy (<a href="http://wnpr.org/post/please-call-me-danagain" target="_blank">er - Dan Malloy</a>) is trying to cash in on UConn's success as he runs for re-election.</p><p>We also say goodbye to a radio competitor who signed off last week. But we have a feeling that former Governor John Rowland will stay in the news.</p><p>Also, several Connecticut restaurants are in trouble for playing music and not paying royalties.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 19837 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Bleeds Blue But Politicians Are Looking for Green An Honest Look at Mental Illness at The Connecticut Forum http://wnpr.org/post/honest-look-mental-illness-connecticut-forum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For a bit more than a year, we’ve been trying to find different ways to tell the stories of mental health and mental illness in America.</span></p><p>The shootings at Sandy Hook presented a national narrative that was conducted at two poles. On one end, we made the conversation about guns. On the other, it was about mental illness.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It seems we conducted these different conversations the same way: too simply, with too little nuance, and too little listening to others.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many seemed content in their belief that we really knew all that we could know about that incident, and about that shooter; t</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat just keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, and strengthening our mental health system, would solve our problems.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:11:12 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 19709 at http://wnpr.org An Honest Look at Mental Illness at The Connecticut Forum Update on West Virginia's Elk River Chemical Spill http://wnpr.org/post/update-west-virginias-elk-river-chemical-spill <p>In January, West Virginia’s Elk River was contaminated by a chemical spill from a nearby coal processing plant, affecting 300,000 local residents. People were without water for days. Now months later, is the water safe to drink?&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:19:03 +0000 Catie Talarski 19706 at http://wnpr.org Update on West Virginia's Elk River Chemical Spill Is Another Water Revolution on the Horizon? http://wnpr.org/post/another-water-revolution-horizon <p>Each time you go to turn on the faucet, flush the toilet, or water the lawn, you’re connecting yourself to a complex water system with nearly two and a half thousand years of history. The structure of our modern network of reservoirs, pipes, and drains owes much of its influence to designs dating back to ancient Rome.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 17685 at http://wnpr.org Is Another Water Revolution on the Horizon? Supporting Connecticut Veterans; College Presidents on Reverse PILOT; a Study on Parking http://wnpr.org/post/supporting-connecticut-veterans-college-presidents-reverse-pilot-study-parking <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A conference was held in Hartford on Thursday to open up discussion about Connecticut’s veterans. The event came just one day after an Iraq War veteran<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/05/us/soldier-in-fort-hood-attack-was-in-dispute-over-leave.html?hp"> opened fire at Fort Hood in Texas</a>, wounding 16 and killing four, including himself. This hour, we talk about what happened at Fort Hood, and take a look at some of the services that are available to our veterans.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:32:04 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Catie Talarski & Tucker Ives 19587 at http://wnpr.org Supporting Connecticut Veterans; College Presidents on Reverse PILOT; a Study on Parking How Clean Is Our Air? http://wnpr.org/post/how-clean-our-air <p>A<a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/air-pollution/en/"> report </a>released by the World Health Organization last week found that some 7 million people died from air pollution exposure in 2012. In other words, one in eight of all global deaths that year resulted from breathing bad air.&nbsp;</p><p>Today, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he WHO</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">considers air pollution to be the single greatest environmental health risk, linking it to cases of asthma, heart disease, stroke, and even cancer.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:25:55 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Catie Talarski & Tucker Ives 19519 at http://wnpr.org How Clean Is Our Air? The Wheelhouse Respects the Process http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-respects-process <p>On Tuesday,&nbsp;<a href="http://wnpr.org/post/rowland-wont-talk-wants-respect-process">former Governor John G. Rowland took to the airwaves </a>at his usual time on his&nbsp;WTIC AM talk show, despite being named in federal court as an alleged co-conspirator to a campaign finance scheme. He wouldn't comment on the accusations, only to say, "I am not going to be discussing the recent news and legal developments. I am sure that you all understand. And I want to respect the process."</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:21:52 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Catie Talarski & Lydia Brown 19450 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Respects the Process Venezuelan Protests; Cyber Terrorism http://wnpr.org/post/venezuelan-protests-cyber-terrorism <p>Speaking before the U.S. Senate last week, Republican Senator Marco Rubio continued to push for sanctions against Venezuela, where violent protests over inflation, criminal violence, and food shortages have claimed 39 lives since January.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:05:14 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Catie Talarski & Tucker Ives 19360 at http://wnpr.org Venezuelan Protests; Cyber Terrorism Saving For a New Kind of Retirement http://wnpr.org/post/saving-new-kind-retirement <p>After decades of stagnant incomes, the inability to save, and disappearing pensions, 75 percent of Americans nearing retirement have less than $30,000 saved, which won’t last long.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">One third of Connecticut residents are baby boomers -- a big demographic that is headed straight towards retirement. In fact, Connecticut’s population of 65 and up is growing ten times faster than the general population.</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:39:03 +0000 Catie Talarski, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & John Dankosky 19315 at http://wnpr.org Saving For a New Kind of Retirement The Changing Landscape of Latino America http://wnpr.org/post/changing-landscape-latino-america <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday, a discharge petition was introduced by House Democrats in an attempt to force a vote on immigration reform. It’s an effort that is not likely to succeed, requiring the signatures of House Republicans, who have been stalwart in their opposition of immigration legislation.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:49:33 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 19200 at http://wnpr.org The Changing Landscape of Latino America Where We Teach: A Conversation With Connecticut's Teachers http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-teach-conversation-connecticuts-teachers-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our teacher panel welcomed educators from across the state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We broadcasted live from the </span>CPBN<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Learning Lab, </span><a href="http://jma.hartfordschools.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the home of the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet High School</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Satellite Campus and the Institute for Advanced Media.</span></p><p>Are you a teacher? Why did you decide to enter this profession and what keeps you going back to school every day? Find our tweets from the discussion at #WhereWeTeach, and watch our video of the event below.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 19096 at http://wnpr.org Where We Teach: A Conversation With Connecticut's Teachers The Wheelhouse: Legislative Deadlines, Money In Politics, and Common Core http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-legislative-deadlines-money-politics-and-common-core <p>Key deadlines are coming up for some proposed legislation at the state capitol and some have already passed. On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we talk about what bills may or may not make it out of committee.</p><p>We also discuss the role of money in this year’s statewide elections. Common Core remains in the national headlines, with Indiana actually dropping the standards.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Catie Talarski & Lydia Brown 19011 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Legislative Deadlines, Money In Politics, and Common Core A Look Inside Connecticut's Family Court System http://wnpr.org/post/look-inside-connecticuts-family-court-system <p>Earlier this month, <em>The Connecticut Law Tribune</em> reported that a number of the state’s guardian ad litem lawyers had withdrawn from their child custody cases.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Their actions came in response to growing tension within the family courts, where parents and advocates have criticized the system -- and the lawyers in it -- for high fees and lack of oversight.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:39:51 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18987 at http://wnpr.org A Look Inside Connecticut's Family Court System Checking In With Senate President Don Williams and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey http://wnpr.org/post/checking-senate-president-don-williams-and-house-speaker-brendan-sharkey <p>Today, conversations with Connecticut’s top two lawmakers - Senate President Don Williams and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey - about two big issues: Freedom of Information and taxes.</p><p>Williams has announced his retirement after 20 years in the legislature after this session ends. We talk about his tenure, which included the aftermath of the scandal that sent Governor John Rowland to jail. And about his testimony over proposed legislation that would limit access to public records.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:16:26 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18919 at http://wnpr.org Checking In With Senate President Don Williams and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey Remembering Ireland's Great Hunger; Asylum Saxophone Quartet http://wnpr.org/post/remembering-irelands-great-hunger-asylum-saxophone-quartet <div>This week, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, even if we aren’t Irish.<p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But sadly, this holiday meant to celebrate a heritage doesn’t really go too much deeper than green beer and shamrocks in the public consciousness.</span></p></div><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:44:00 +0000 Catie Talarski, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & John Dankosky 18681 at http://wnpr.org Remembering Ireland's Great Hunger; Asylum Saxophone Quartet Ukraine Crisis and Russian Relations: Chris Murphy Discusses Recent Trip to Kiev http://wnpr.org/post/ukraine-crisis-and-russian-relations-chris-murphy-discusses-recent-trip-kiev <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second time in recent months, Senator Chris Murphy traveled with other U.S. senators to Kiev to meet with the new political leaders in the embattled country of Ukraine. But the conversation for many has turned from Ukraine, to the U.S. relationship with Russia. What's next for the region and has Ukraine completely lost the Crimea peninsula?</span></p><p>Murphy joins us in-studio to debrief on his trip and discuss the possibility&nbsp;of further U.S. actions against Russia.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18703 at http://wnpr.org Ukraine Crisis and Russian Relations: Chris Murphy Discusses Recent Trip to Kiev A New Haven Kind of Wheelhouse http://wnpr.org/post/new-haven-kind-wheelhouse <p>Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse will be in New Haven, where the mayor's race led to special elections that created a political game of musical chairs recently. Our panel of reporters will catch you up on all the week’s news from the Elm City and beyond.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18630 at http://wnpr.org A New Haven Kind of Wheelhouse Global Warming: Attitudes Toward Our Changing World http://wnpr.org/post/global-warming-attitudes-toward-our-changing-world <p>A recent Gallup poll found that, when it comes to climate change, Americans just aren't that worried. Less than 36% of those surveyed recognized global warming as an immediate threat, while most placed economic, federal spending, and healthcare issues above the need for environmental action.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:34:59 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18613 at http://wnpr.org Global Warming: Attitudes Toward Our Changing World The Ongoing Debate Over Tribal Recognition http://wnpr.org/post/ongoing-debate-over-tribal-recognition <p>Before Thomas Hooker founded the Colony of Connecticut, before Europeans even knew this land existed, the indigenous people&nbsp;already lived off the land. But over hundreds of years, the United States of America grew into what it is today, and the indigenous people were only granted small slices of land if they are "recognized" by the federal government.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:15:58 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18546 at http://wnpr.org The Ongoing Debate Over Tribal Recognition Celebrating The Hartford Courant's 250th Year http://wnpr.org/post/celebrating-hartford-courants-250th-year-0 <p>For centuries, Connecticut has housed one of American journalism’s greatest gems: <em>The Hartford Courant</em>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1764, a New Haven printer by the name of Thomas Green founded the capital-based newspaper. Since then, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Courant</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has evolved into an established and highly revered news enterprise, circulating well over 100,000 copies to readers each day.</span></p><p>Now, thanks to years of professional writing and reporting, <em>The Courant</em> is celebrating its 250th year of publication, thus maintaining its status as the nation’s oldest continuously-running newspaper.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:03:19 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18423 at http://wnpr.org Celebrating The Hartford Courant's 250th Year Higher Learning, Higher Crime: A Look at Campus Assault and Violence http://wnpr.org/post/higher-learning-higher-crime-look-campus-assault-and-violence <p>It’s been estimated that roughly one in five female students experiences some form of sexual assault during the course of her college education.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a staggering figure that has caught the attention of activists and politicians across the United States.</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-c2ac2c98-bb74-cefa-59a2-a0d2a9468f70">Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced that it would begin efforts to stop sexual assault on campuses, creating a task force designed to improve the handling and awareness of sexual crimes at colleges and universities.</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:28:40 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18356 at http://wnpr.org Higher Learning, Higher Crime: A Look at Campus Assault and Violence The Wheelhouse Talks FOI, Peter Lanza, and Daylight Saving Time http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-talks-foi-peter-lanza-and-daylight-saving-time <p>It's been a busy week in the news. In 2014 campaign news, the number of Republican candidates for governor went from six to five and then right back up to six. At the state capitol, lawmakers held two public hearings at the same time, both of which ironically had to do with Freedom of Information legislation.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18291 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Talks FOI, Peter Lanza, and Daylight Saving Time School Resource Officers and the Safety of Our Students http://wnpr.org/post/school-resource-officers-and-safety-our-students <p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#333333">After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, something changed at many schools in Connecticut.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 16.5pt;">Armed guards started appearing in places they hadn’t before: in elementary and middle schools. Districts have struggled with the questions of whether this kind of increased security is worth the cost, and whether it provides the kind of school environment they want.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:38:41 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18214 at http://wnpr.org School Resource Officers and the Safety of Our Students DCF’s Locked Facility for Girls; Sandy Relief Funds; Aid-in-Dying Legislation http://wnpr.org/post/dcf-s-locked-facility-girls-sandy-relief-funds-aid-dying-legislation <p>A few weeks ago, we held a conversation about the Connecticut Department of Children and Families’ proposal to open a second locked facility for juvenile justice involved girls. It’s a project that has been at the center of intense debate across the state, as many wonder if it’s the best treatment option for at-risk youths.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:34:38 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18141 at http://wnpr.org DCF’s Locked Facility for Girls; Sandy Relief Funds; Aid-in-Dying Legislation Mental Illness, Jayson Blair, and Women Composers http://wnpr.org/post/mental-illness-jayson-blair-and-women-composers <p>Life with bipolar disorder is not easy for anyone. For a prominent psychiatrist, it has provided a very important window into how to treat others. Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison from Johns Hopkins University joins us, author of the bestselling memoir about living with bipolar disorder, <em>An Unquiet Mind</em>. We talk to her in advance of her appearance at Friday night's Connecticut Forum.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:14:12 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18037 at http://wnpr.org Mental Illness, Jayson Blair, and Women Composers What's In A Name? http://wnpr.org/post/whats-name-0 <p><span style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Just last week, a Tennessee judge ruled that&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0819-abcarian-messiah-20130819,0,6232746.story" style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; color: black; font-weight: bold;" title=":http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0819-abcarian-messiah-20130819,0,6232746.story">the parents of a baby boy they named “Messiah,”</a><span style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;mu Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives, Catie Talarski & Heather Brandon 17980 at http://wnpr.org What's In A Name?