Small Business, Big Struggles
9:50 am
Wed January 4, 2012

The Small Business Year In Review

Courtesy: Eugene Montano

2011 was a challenging year if you were running a small business. WNPR’s Harriet Jones has been speaking with small business owners in Connecticut about the year just past, and looking ahead into 2012.

2011 was supposed to be the year the economic recovery really picked up steam. For small business owners, it depends where you were standing.

“It’s been the toughest year, definitely been the toughest year.”

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Education Reform
8:10 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Teachers Union Proposes Tenure Reform

Diane Orson

Connecticut’s largest teachers union added its voice on Tuesday to a growing chorus of proposals for school reform.  The union’s plan addresses the controversial issue of teacher tenure.

Connecticut Education Association Executive Director Mary Loftus Levine says teachers are proposing to replace tenure with a streamlined dismissal process, " remove underperforming teachers and also allow for due process. We want teachers to be evaluated."

But she says, a teacher’s performance should not be judged solely by test scores.

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City Council
9:36 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Hartford's Segarra Sworn In, Wooden Chosen As Council President

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Pedro Segarra was sworn in as the Hartford's mayor yesterday, beginning his first elected term in office.  But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, a fight over control of the city council dragged on until the bitter end. Segarra was already Hartford's mayor.  He took over in the summer of 2010, after the criminal conviction and resignation of former Mayor Eddie Perez. On Tuesday, Segarra took the oath of office in a packed city hall atrium.  This time, it's for an office he won.  State Attorney General George Jepsen gave the oath. 

Segarra: I do.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:10 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

What Do We Know When There's Too Much To Know?

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David Weinberger, our guest today, argues that our reservoir of information has become so huge and complicated that one of the standard activities of knowledge-making -- shaping facts into testable theories and equations -- doesn't really work any more. Scientists take data and build models. Then they watch the models to see what happens.

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Cloud Computing
11:02 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Is 2012 Your Year In The Cloud?

For many companies, cloud computing is still kind of a fuzzy concept. But the IT professionals tell us that 2012 is the year it will come into sharp focus. Many businesses will spend this year figuring out how the cloud make sense for them, and how to integrate it into their IT strategies. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

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Where We Live
10:56 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Changing Marriage Rates

Ruddington Photos (Flickr Creative Commons)

Today, just 51% of adults over 18 are married, dropping from 72% in 1960. It’s a record low.

Instead, more people are living in alternate arrangements, including cohabitation, single-person households and as single parents.

The numbers come from a Pew Research Center analysis of census data - and we’ll be trying to figure out what it means on today’s Where We Live.

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Health Insurance
11:41 am
Mon January 2, 2012

As State Designs New Health Care Guidelines, Advocates Push For Consumer Voice

Earlier this month, the Obama administration said it wanted to let states play a bigger role in deciding what kinds of benefits should be covered by health insurance. Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, some advocates in Connecticut want to be sure that consumers have a voice in the state's decision, too. The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. By 2014, those without insurance will have the option of getting it through a state-administered exchange. 

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Community Outreach
8:59 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Meriden Family Zone Awarded Federal Grant

A program that serves families in a distressed, low-income neighborhood in Meriden has been awarded federal money to expand. The Meriden Family Zone ties together services and supports to improve the lives of families and young children.

Families who are part of the Meriden Family Zone tend be disconnected from life in the larger city, says David Radcliffe, director of Meriden Children First.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:02 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Food Schmooze: Cook This Now

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Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make

Melissa Clark, New York Times Dining Section columnist, offers a calendar year's worth of brand-new recipes for cooking with fresh, local ingredients--replete with lively and entertaining stories of feeding her own family and friends.

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:40 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Book Show: December 30, 2011

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So many books, so little time. Faith and her book buddies share their list of recommended reads.

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