WNPR & Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of "Where We Live." No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.
Connecticut hopes to grow a significant cluster of high-tech companies in fields such as fuel cells, advanced manufacturing and medical devices. But one of the stumbling blocks can be finding cash to develop new and unproven ideas. WNPR’s Harriet Jones looks at efforts to fill the funding gap for emerging technologies.
The state’s environmental agency wants to increase the overall recycling rate and has initiated a program to make state parks more sustainable. But as WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports there aren’t a lot of visible recycling bins at one of the most popular state parks.
If you visit Hammonassett Beach State park it’s easier to find a trash can than a recycling bin. Diane Joy, Assistant Director of State Parks, says the state has a new contract with trash haulers to place special green dumpsters that take only recyclables in the parking lots, They'll be right next to the trash dumpsters.
Herman Melville knew he had written a difficult book to love. After Hawthorne praised it, Melville wrote back saying:
"You did not care a penny for the book. But, now and then as you read, you understood the pervading thought that impelled the book—and that you praised. Was it not so? You were archangel enough to despise the imperfect body, and embrace the soul."
The problem with the book is the problem with the whale. They're both too damned big. And the virtue of the book is the vice of Ahab. They are gloriously mad and unapologetically obsessive.
A recent report from New Haven's Public Health Department found that in 2008, 100% of people arrested for murder in the city were under the age of 35. Half of those were under 25. But a small library, tucked into a strip mall in a neighborhood often labeled one of New Haven's most dangerous, is making a real difference with city youth.
It's family night, and about 15 kids from the nieighborhood are learning to make Afro-Carribbean folk dolls from plastic bottles.
"Where do they come from? The Carribbean? No, they come from Africa, right?"
Oscar Robles is a New Yorker by way of Florida. He moved to Hartford, CT in August of 2009. From a young age, he has been engaged in LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) activism work and helped start the first Gay Straight Alliance in Brevard County, FL .
Journalist and New Haven native Clare Gillis testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday on a measure that would ensure that the U.S. lives up to its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular relations. Earlier this year Gillis was captured and detained in Libya by pro-Qaddafi forces.
She joins us by phone to discuss her situation and what can be done in the future.
New Haven native and journalist Clare Gillis spent 44 days in captivity in Libya before she was released in May. Gillis appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to share her story.
Gillis spoke out in favor of the bill in question -- the Consular Notification Compliance Act of 2011.
"If the U.S. continues to ignore its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, that makes it easier for foreign governments to ignore their obligations to imprisoned American citizens abroad," she said.
A military jury has found a U.S Army National Guardsman guilty of premeditated murder in the shooting death of an Afghan civilian.
Sgt.Derrick Miller of Hagerstown, Md., was convicted Wednesday. He was assigned to a Connecticut National Guard unit attached to the 101st Airborne Division at the time of the shooting in Eastern Afghanistan.
WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Associated Press reporter, Kristin M. Hall who covered the trial at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. .