Kids' Mental Health
4:04 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Connecticut and California Groups Unite to End Social Isolation in Schools

No One Eats Alone Day aims to enable students to help each other and form their own connections without adult interference.

Laura Talmus experienced that most unthinkable of events for a parent. Her daughter, Lili, died in her sleep after only 15 years of life. Her death was due to complications with a cranial facial syndrome, but her mother, Laura, said that while Lili was alive, she also suffered from an often-unnoticed affliction: social isolation.

“When Lili passed away, it was a group of her peers who came up to me and said that they had really not realized that by leaving Lili out from a lot of the social structure of middle school, but particularly at lunch, they felt terrible and they wanted to know what they could do,” Talmus said.

So Talmus and Lili's classmates got together and went to other middle schools to see if students noticed anyone eating alone or without friends. The response, she said, was overwhelming.

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Historical Accuracy
1:39 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Congressman Joe Courtney Turns Glaring Mistake in "Lincoln" Into a Teachable Moment

"Lincoln" screenwriter Tony Kushner incorrectly portrayed 2 of Connecticut's 4 congressmen as voting against the 13th amendment.

One hundred fifty years ago this Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 13th amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery. To commemorate, Connecticut's Second District Congressman Joe Courtney has issued a resource guide for students that details Connecticut's part in passing the amendment. The guide also corrects a glaring mistake in Steven Spielberg's 2013 movie "Lincoln."

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Tess contributes to WNPR’s digital content as well as general organization around larger projects. She is known for her graphs, charts, and spreadsheets for days. Tess started as an intern in 2013 working on Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show. She earned her stripes as a well-organized individual and has since contributed to the working systems of WNPR.

Tess graduated from Clark University with a bachelor’s degree in screen studies and English with a focus in screenplay writing. She got her start at WCUW Community Radio where she produced a series of radio stories titled Things of Interest with host Christena Smith. She now lives in Hartford with her family.

Chion Wolf
State Budget
12:50 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Gov. Malloy Makes Budget Cuts After Inconclusive Lunch Date

Governor Dannel Malloy in a WNPR file photo.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Last week, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced cuts to social services and health care in his second round of emergency rescissions to cut down the state budget deficit.

Malloy’s office projected a $121 million deficit last week. On Monday, the non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis estimated the deficit is closer to $202 million.

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12:42 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Bishop Calls Plan on Cathedral High School’s Future Optimistic, But No Decision Yet

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of the Springfield Catholic Diocese speaking on plan addressing Cathedral High School's future.
Kari Njiiri NEPR

The head of the Springfield Catholic Diocese says a plan addressing the future of the tornado-damaged Cathedral High School has been worked out. But Bishop Mitchell Rozanski is refusing to say what that is…for now.

Rozanski says a workshop this past weekend involving parents, alumni, and faculty produced a plan he calls both optimistic and realistic. But the bishop says he now needs do his homework and due diligence, and won’t announce his decision until mid-February.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Calorie-Friendly Soup, Dip, Spicy Tuna, and Steak Tacos

Credit Alpha/flickr creative commons

Going Light: Easy Pho Soup... Quick Yogurt Dip for Veggies... Spicy Tuna Tartare... Dr. Yavari's Egg White Salsa Omelet to get your day started in a high protein way... Plus fantastic Flank Steak Tacos that are easy on the waistline and irresistible...

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Winter Storm
9:56 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Uncertain Science of Weather Forecasting Impacts Connecticut Municipalities

This week's blizzard is captured from satellite imagery near peak intensity around 1:45 am on Tuesday, January 27.

With meteorologists predicting the latest storm would bring 15 to 30 inches of snow across Connecticut, cities and towns prepared for the worst. But the latest storm brought a mixed bag.

Eastern Connecticut was clobbered, while western parts of the state were not hit nearly as hard as expected.

Speaking on WNPR’s Where We Live, Mayor Mark Boughton said the forecasters who predicted two feet of snow in Danbury got it wrong, and that means that people may not believe him when the next storm heads our way.

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Jazz Corridor
9:18 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Elm City’s Gift to Jazz World Celebrates at Big Apple’s Village Vanguard

Wayne Escoffery moved from London to New Haven, Connecitcut and is currently in pursuit of his musical aspirations in New York City.
Gulnara Khamatova

Tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, one of the best and the brightest of New Haven’s major contributions to the international jazz scene, hopes that his many friends and fans in Connecticut will show up to help him celebrate several major milestones in his life and career as he leads his new band in a six-night stint from February 3 to February 8 at the Village Vanguard.

Along with the sheer joy of playing once again at the Vanguard, a jazz shrine located in Greenwich Village, Escoffery, a formidable saxophonist, composer, bandleader and consummate sideman, is celebrating his 40th birthday on every one of those nights in the venerable venue.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:15 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Overconfidence Is Overrated

Daylian Cain is an associate professor at Yale School of Management
Chion Wolf WNPR

Here's my favorite one. Eighty-four percent of Frenchmen rate themselves as above average lovers. Ninety-three percent of young drivers in another survey said they were above average. And, 68% of the faculty at the University of Nebraska place themselves in the top 25%.

All of those numbers reflect misplaced confidence. It seems to be genetically wired into us in certain ways.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

The Wheelhouse Digs Out

Governor Malloy meets with his emergency management team ahead of the blizzard.
Gov. Dannel Malloy Office Twitter

The blizzard has moved on from Connecticut and we're moving on with our regularly scheduled programming. Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse will recap the week's news, from Governor Malloy's response to the storm, to last week's bizarre capitol cafeteria summit regarding the state budget. Also, one Hartford-based company that benefited from a state economic development deal is in trouble.

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