Coming Home Project
3:31 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

VA Commissioner Highlights Programs to Combat Suicide Among Veterans

Photo by Tyler Antrim

A lot of attention has been paid lately to troops coming home from Iraq now that the war is over. 

But thousands of soldiers who have served post 9-11 are home already and many continue to struggle in civilian life.  One of these struggles is combating suicidal thoughts.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs finds that eighteen veterans die by suicide each day. In Connecticut, Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, Linda Schwartz says in the last year, an estimated fourteen veterans in the state committed suicide. But she stresses suicide is often underreported.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:09 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Our Favorite Jazz For 2011

Flickr Creative Commons, HenryStradford

Like pretty much everybody else on the planet, I bought my first jazz recordings in college. Thirty-five years later, I still feel inadequate and intimidated by a lot of what I hear. I think listening to jazz is sort of a muscle. Either you use it or it atrophies.

For today's show, we asked three jazz experts to pull together about 15 of their favorite recordings from the past year. (Listed below.)

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News
11:58 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Favorite Albums of 2011 PT. 2

This is part two of the Needle Drop's show series tributing the best records of 2011. In this episode, we look back on new records from Fleet Foxes, Crystal Stilts, Big K.R.I.T., and Holy Ghost!.

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News
7:29 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Hospitals: Same Surgery, Widely Different Rates

Gabriela Pinto (Flickr Creative Commons)

Each time John Dempsey Hospital performs a cardiac valve surgery, the hospital receives a median payment of $82,589 from Medicare – about $23,000 more than the median paid to Danbury Hospital for the same surgical procedure.

A pacemaker implant at Dempsey, part of the University of Connecticut, costs Medicare about $20,000—$2,200 more than Yale-New Haven, $3,500 more than Bridgeport Hospital and $6,300 more than the Hospital of Central Connecticut.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:32 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Is Everybody A Gossip?

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On the Internet, gossip lives forever.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:06 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Lady Parts

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The premiere of Lady Parts, a kind of Car Talk version of women's health. The conversation will be frank, so we leave it to you to decide if you'd like the kids to listen.

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Police Profiling
10:14 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Reaction To Findings In East Haven Police Probe

A lawyer representing the town of East Haven says findings in a federal racial profiling investigation must still be substantiated. He’s cautioning against a quick rush to judgment.

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights’ Division found that East Haven Police intentionally target Latinos for traffic stops, and use excessive force against those taken into custody.  

"Charges like these are easily made. They’re not so easily proven."

Hugh Keefe is a trial lawyer for the town of East Haven.

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Police Profiling
10:04 am
Tue December 27, 2011

DOJ Finds Pattern Of Discrimination In East Haven

Diane Orson

A U.S. Department of Justice investigation finds that police in East Haven engage in a pattern of discrimination against Latinos. The DOJ's Office for Civil Rights launched its investigation in 2009 after Latinos described a pattern of race-based violence, harassment and intimidation by East Haven police. 

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy Austin announced the probe’s findings.  

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Education Reform
9:59 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Urban School Superintendents Describe Dire Fiscal Realities

Bridgeport’s Board of Education has appointed Paul Vallas, interim superintendent, part of the state’s takeover of the struggling school system. Vallas is a nationally recognized education reformer who’s spearheaded turnaround efforts in Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans. 

Departing Bridgeport superintendent John Ramos joined a panel of school leaders earlier this month to talk about the effect of inadequate education funding on disadvantaged students. 

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Music Programs
9:40 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Quiet Transformation Of SCSU Music Department

Diane Orson

Think college music program in Connecticut and the Hartt School of Music springs to mind. There’s the Yale School of Music and Wesleyan’s ethnomusicology program. Now, a report on the quiet transformation of Southern Connecticut State University’s Music Department – thanks to the generosity of a state resident.

SCSU student Andrew Pinto sings a song he composed. Pinto, a music theory major, says he’s benefited from free private singing lessons at Southern.  

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