News
4:28 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Faith Middleton Show: Environmentalist/Journalist Bill McKibben And How Pleasure Works With Paul

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Long Distance: Testing the Limits of Body and Spirit in a Year of Living Strenuously
by Bill McKibben

 

A new edition of a classic McKibben book about what it takes to be a world-class athlete and where the true meaning of endurance can be found

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:15 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Fan Fiction Keeps 'Harry Potter' Alive; Sheds Light On Spock's Evening Wear

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"Lay down some cover fire for me," I told Commander Troi, Buffy and Bill Curry. "I have to get back to Earth and do a show about fan fiction."

The vampire slayer and the busty Betazoid Starfleet counselor crouched behind the body of the slain Chewbacca while Curry scrambled to fetch the phasers and I activated the escape pod, setting the controls for the Dankosky Building on planet Earth in the Delta Quadrant. I hit warp speed and was gone in a flash.

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News
12:17 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Where We Live: Baseball Legends

Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Today,  a baseball celebration - about heroes and the places where they play.  We’ll talk with the author of a new oral history of Fenway Park; with the organizers of a Hartford Little League trying to stay afloat; and hear a classic public radio documentary about the real homerun champion.

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News
6:31 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

SEBAC Changes its Rules

Connecticut Mirror

State employee union leadership voted today to ease the rules for ratifying contract concessions, clearing the way for the unions and the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to reach a new deal to avoid mass layoffs and deep budget cuts.

Simple majorities now will be required for ratification: eight of 15 unions must vote in favor, and their membership must represent a majority of the unionized workforce. Under previous rules, ratification required the support of 14 of 15 unions representing 80 percent of members.

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Achievement Gap
3:12 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Achievement Gap Between Hispanic And White Students Found In Every School District

For the past two decades, the achievement gap between Hispanic students and their white classmates nationwide has remained largely unchanged. Hispanic students perform about two grade levels below their white peers in math and reading.

Connecticut has one of the largest gaps in the nation, and a new study finds the problem exists in every school district in the state.

White students in Connecticut are two to three times more likely than Hispanic students to achieve at or above goal on the Connecticut Mastery Tests. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:58 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

The Arguments For Arguments

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I wasn't sure I understood the main idea of today's show... Until I talk to Bill Curry. That doesn't happen very often. I mean, I talk to Curry pretty much every day, but I usually don't end up feeling less confused.

But here's what he helped me see:

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News
10:52 am
Mon July 18, 2011

The Fighting Fifth

With four public hearings in three days, the legislature's Reapportionment Committee this week finishes its first round of information gathering to be used in drawing five congressional and 187 state legislative districts to reflect the 2010 census. Then the fun begins.

Drawing new districts in Connecticut is an exercise in computer-assisted puzzle making and old-fashioned horse-trading by a precisely balanced committee of four Democrats and four Republicans, with equal numbers from the state House and Senate.

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Congress
7:59 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Cautious Support for McConnell Plan

Federal lawmakers spent the weekend working on ways to break the standstill in budget talks. While there is still hope that lawmakers can come up with a package of spending cuts and taxes, including President Obama's $4 trillion so called grand bargain, with an August 2 deadline quickly approaching, a simple raise of the debt limit, as proposed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will be the more likely outcome.

Here to talk about reaction from Connecticut's congressional delegation is the Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen.

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News
3:21 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

Black Friday - A Guide to State Cuts and Layoffs

Will the legislature cut its own staff? Click here.

A tiny watchdog agency faces extinction. Click here. 

The New Haven Independent covers cuts at the Ag Station. Click here.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:34 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

The Nose: Obama's Stressed, Bachmann's Praying & Dobbin's Ombudsmaning!

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Here are links to a few of the topics discussed on today's episode of The Nose:

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