Tolland and Windham Region http://wnpr.org en The Last Wolf in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/last-wolf-connecticut <p>Israel Putnam is a name that stands out in the colonial history of Connecticut as a war hero of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Prior to his wartime glory, he earned the nickname “Wolf Putnam” by killing what was believed to be the last wolf in Connecticut when he was a young farmer in the eastern Connecticut town of Pomfret.</p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:23:06 +0000 Emily Dunnack 13177 at http://wnpr.org The Last Wolf in Connecticut End of Bilingual Education in Windham Forces English Language Learners to Cope http://wnpr.org/post/end-bilingual-education-windham-forces-english-language-learners-cope <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the number of Hispanic students in Connecticut's schools continues to rise, the achievement gap between these students and their white classmates remains. Gaps can be found in every grade, in every subject, in just about every school district in the state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The highest percentage of English language learners can be found in the town of Windham. In the past year, there have been&nbsp;big changes there to the way Hispanic students are being taught.</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:09:56 +0000 Diane Orson 12775 at http://wnpr.org End of Bilingual Education in Windham Forces English Language Learners to Cope Film Sheds Light on Hidden World of Supermax Prisons http://wnpr.org/post/film-sheds-light-hidden-world-supermax-prisons <p><a href="http://yalevisuallawproject.org/" target="_blank">Yale Law School’s Visual Law Project</a> has created a film about Northern Correctional Institution in Somers, Connecticut. The documentary film sheds light on the hidden world of supermax prisons, where inmates may be held in solitary confinement for weeks, months, and even years at a time. The film is called "<a href="http://yalevisuallawproject.org/film/the-worst-of-the-worst/" target="_blank">The Worst of the Worst</a>."</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:52:10 +0000 Diane Orson 10270 at http://wnpr.org Film Sheds Light on Hidden World of Supermax Prisons Small Business After Hours: The Not-So-Quiet Corner http://wnpr.org/post/small-business-after-hours-not-so-quiet-corner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Have you visited the Quiet Corner lately? In nighttime satellite imagery, it shows up as a swath of darkness in a field of twinkling lights. This rural area is larger than you might think - it’s about half the size of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, and about ten times the size of Acadia National Park in Maine. And it’s almost 80 percent forest and farmland.</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Catie Talarski, Tucker Ives & Heather Brandon 5231 at http://wnpr.org Small Business After Hours: The Not-So-Quiet Corner Live from UConn: One-on-One with Susan Herbst http://wnpr.org/post/live-uconn-one-one-susan-herbst <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re at the Student Union on the </span>Storrs<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> campus as a new school year is underway, and the state’s flagship school is back in the news once again.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’re planning new facilities, like a $100-million recreation center for students, and they're preparing for an even bigger rebuild that will require a new flow of water onto campus.</span></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 17:23:08 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky, Heather Brandon & Catie Talarski 3553 at http://wnpr.org Live from UConn: One-on-One with Susan Herbst Agriculture Chief Hopes Grants Boost "Locally Grown" http://wnpr.org/post/agriculture-chief-hopes-grants-boost-locally-grown <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Harriet/ssagrigrant0513.mp3</p><p>The recent growth in farmer's markets in Connecticut speaks to the increasing popularity of locally grown food. Now the state's Department of Agriculture has big plans for Connecticut-grown produce to fuel the economy and create jobs.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 17:06:20 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 734 at http://wnpr.org Agriculture Chief Hopes Grants Boost "Locally Grown" Storrs Downtown Supermarket Plans Hit A Snag http://wnpr.org/post/storrs-downtown-supermarket-plans-hit-snag <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Neena/ns%20121207%20storrscenter.mp3</p><p></p><p>The new Storrs Center just down the road from the University of Connecticut is buzzing with activity. But that project is only partly finished, and the developers have had to make some very big changes to what’s left of it. Critics say those changes could undo the attempt to create a college downtown atmosphere where none existed before.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 00:28:13 +0000 Neena Satija 4685 at http://wnpr.org Sam Pickering "Doesn't Have An Answer" http://wnpr.org/post/sam-pickering-doesnt-have-answer <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Where%20We%20Live%2009-14-2012%20Seg%20C.mp3</p><p></p><p>Remember the 1989 Robin Williams movie “Dead Poet’s society?” An unorthodox and inspirational teacher takes on the establishment culture of a prestigious boy’s school.</p><p>The real-life teacher who helped inspire that character has been teaching literature at UConn since 1978. Sam Pickering told us that he doesn’t really think much about the movie. He told us that he “only saw it once” and even missed parts of it.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:35:35 +0000 John Dankosky 4759 at http://wnpr.org Sam Pickering "Doesn't Have An Answer"