Catie Talarski http://wnpr.org en The Wheelhouse: Political Souls, Polls, and Jabs http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-political-souls-polls-and-jabs <p>Connecticut is generally a “blue” state, but the latest New York Times/CBS poll <a href="http://ctmirror.org/internet-poll-shows-foley-up-9-points-over-malloy/" target="_blank">paints it a different color</a> in the race for governor. But <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/07/28/qa-what-the-new-york-times-polling-decision-means/" target="_blank">the poll itself was a different color</a> too. On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we’ll discuss the divided state of Connecticut with our team of reporters and analysts, including <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/" 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 13:09:21 +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 </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;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 12:35:04 +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 This Week on WNPR: Five Things Not to Miss http://wnpr.org/post/week-wnpr-five-things-not-miss <p>There's lots of news to digest this week, from birdcalls to Beantown. Below are a few things you shouldn't miss.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:50:31 +0000 Catie Talarski & John Dankosky 25125 at http://wnpr.org This Week on WNPR: Five Things Not to Miss Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Escalates; LIRR Strike Looms; World Cup Preview http://wnpr.org/post/israelipalestinian-conflict-escalates-lirr-strike-looms-world-cup-preview <p>Once again, violence has escalated in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine. Rockets are now reaching northern Israel and that government is responding with barrages of its own rocket attacks on Palestinian targets.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We talk with a local professor who recently returned from the region and studies this on-going conflict.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25120 at http://wnpr.org Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Escalates; LIRR Strike Looms; World Cup Preview Is Boston Fit to Carry the Olympic Torch? http://wnpr.org/post/boston-fit-carry-olympic-torch <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-edfdb3fa-204d-8043-737f-eb93c427e656"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We’ve spent a lot of time considering whether it’s a good idea to build a new minor league ballpark in Hartford to lure a team up the road from New Britain. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 25047 at http://wnpr.org Is Boston Fit to Carry the Olympic Torch? The Wheelhouse: Cost of Clinton; Political Swiping; FOI Hit Again http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-cost-clinton-political-swiping-foi-hit-again <p>We learned that it cost $250,000 to bring Hillary Clinton to speak at UConn earlier this year. As the cost of higher education continues to soar, there are lots of questions being raised about this speaking fee. Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse discusses this story, and we check in on the race for governor as candidates start buying air time for those omnipresent campaign commercials. Also this week, the Connecticut Supreme Court took another swipe at Freedom of Information laws.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24928 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Cost of Clinton; Political Swiping; FOI Hit Again The Design of Workspaces Past, Present, and Future http://wnpr.org/post/design-workspaces-past-present-and-future <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b588b601-15e4-befb-ba70-6de737e98215"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">From the nineteenth century “counting house” to the modern-day cubicle, the layout of our workspaces has undergone some pretty radical changes over the years. </span></span></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 24904 at http://wnpr.org The Design of Workspaces Past, Present, and Future Financing Higher Education http://wnpr.org/post/financing-higher-education <p>Some people say that bachelor’s degrees are the new high school diplomas; they are becoming more and more necessary for job seekers to be competitive in the job market. But as the cost of higher education rises, students who attend college are now saddled with decades worth of debt in loans.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski & Allison Ehrenreich 24843 at http://wnpr.org Financing Higher Education GI Bill Funds; Coast Guard Safety; the Future of the Department of Veterans Affairs http://wnpr.org/post/gi-bill-funds-coast-guard-safety-future-department-veterans-affairs <p>Passed in 1944 -- 70 years ago -- The Serviceman’s Readjustment Act, better known as the GI Bill, was designed to provide American vets with a number of benefits, ranging from business loans, to mortgages, to money that would help with their education.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 24686 at http://wnpr.org GI Bill Funds; Coast Guard Safety; the Future of the Department of Veterans Affairs The Wheelhouse: Health Insurance; Charter Schools; Bridgewater Turns The Car Around http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-health-insurance-charter-schools-bridgewater-turns-car-around <p>It looks like the world'’s largest hedge fund won'’t build a new headquarters in Stamford…. What does that say about the state'’s economic development plans? A charter school organization faces investigations of its finances and operations. What does it say about the school reform movement? We’'ll look at those stories, plus the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, and whether the employer-based insurance model makes sense today.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24624 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Health Insurance; Charter Schools; Bridgewater Turns The Car Around Voices From the Hardware City http://wnpr.org/post/voices-hardware-city <p><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/when-it-comes-paying-stadium-hartford-changes-course" target="_blank">New Britain may lose its baseball team to Hartford</a>,&nbsp;another blow to a city that, over the years, has lost many of its jobs, and many of the the iconic brands associated with the city. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:48:21 +0000 Catie Talarski 24575 at http://wnpr.org Voices From the Hardware City With Proposed Hartford Stadium Come Questions, Concerns, and Criticism http://wnpr.org/post/proposed-hartford-stadium-come-questions-concerns-and-criticism <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-f8736877-f1e9-f771-042f-98bbe7680efa" style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">When officials from the City of Hartford announced it would build a Minor League Baseball stadium, many people were caught by surprise, including Hartford residents. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24562 at http://wnpr.org With Proposed Hartford Stadium Come Questions, Concerns, and Criticism A Conversation With Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson http://wnpr.org/post/conversation-hamden-mayor-scott-jackson <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffcc0265-eccd-dc26-f622-c1b806b35881"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A few months ago, I was asked to be part of a panel discussion about politics, and sat next to Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson.</span></span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 24504 at http://wnpr.org A Conversation With Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson Five Things You Have to Listen to From WNPR This Week http://wnpr.org/post/five-things-you-have-listen-wnpr-week-0 <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">1. A $60 Million Baseball Deal, and a Long-Awaited Supermarket&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Hartford Mayor Segarra and the city's Director of Development Thomas&nbsp;Deller <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/should-minor-league-rock-cats-relocate-hartford" target="_blank">joined <em>Where We Live </em></a>to talk ballpark. The city is looking to develop not just a ballpark, but a larger area that would be known as Downtown North, including a supermarket.&nbsp;Dankosky got a little fired up during the discussion about numbers presented by the city (like <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/rock-cats-ballpark-economics-numbers" target="_blank">600 full-time jobs created</a>, and <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/would-you-spend-night-hartford-after-rock-cats-game" target="_blank">700 people staying in hotels after a minor-league baseball game</a>). Listen to the audio below -- and&nbsp;<a href="https://storify.com/wnpr/should-we-build-a-baseball-stadium-in-hartford/edit" target="_blank">check out our Storify </a>of the conversation.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:05:36 +0000 Catie Talarski 24398 at http://wnpr.org Five Things You Have to Listen to From WNPR This Week The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe http://wnpr.org/post/modern-age-science-connecticut-bull-osborndale-ivanhoe <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, 27 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 24386 at http://wnpr.org The Modern Age of Science; Connecticut Bull Osborndale Ivanhoe Should Minor League Rock Cats Relocate to Hartford? http://wnpr.org/post/should-minor-league-rock-cats-relocate-hartford <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1; white-space: pre-wrap;">The lure of professional sports teams has often been irresistible to municipal leaders. It’s very easy to imagine a stadium filled with happy fans, spending money and spreading civic pride.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 24311 at http://wnpr.org Should Minor League Rock Cats Relocate to Hartford? The Wheelhouse: Boughton Bails, Party Money, and Political Alliances http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-boughton-bails-party-money-and-political-alliances <p><em>Where We Live</em> host John Dankosky&nbsp;recently had lunch <a href="http://www.espnfc.us/fifa-world-cup/story/1909019/uruguays-luis-suarez-appears-to-bite-italys-giorgio-chiellini" target="_blank">with&nbsp;Luis Suárez </a>and thought he was joking when he ordered "The Dankosky." Therefore, Colin McEnroe will guest-host our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton dropped out of the race for governor and <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/big-poppa-boughton-seems-lukewarm-about-foley" target="_blank">threw his (lukewarm) support</a> behind Tom Foley for the Republican nomination.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24218 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Boughton Bails, Party Money, and Political Alliances How Healthy Is Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/how-healthy-connecticut-0 <p>Our third Health Equity Forum is a project we’ve been working on for a few years now with our partners at Connecticut Health Foundation, exploring the idea of health equity in Connecticut. How do we make sure that everyone has the best possible health outcomes regardless of race, regardless of how much money you have?</p><p>It’s a tricky issue for policy makers, which is why we’re so glad to have as the basis for our conversation a new set of information called the <a href="http://www.fchealth.org/index.php/publications_media/ct_healthcare_survey" target="_blank">Connecticut Health Care Survey</a>. Six organizations came together to put out this report, which is drawn from some 5400 households interviewed.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24107 at http://wnpr.org How Healthy Is Connecticut?