1:46 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

Training Program Helps Low-Income Parents Help Kids

Diane Orson

A special summer program has just wrapped up at a New Haven elementary school.  But  in this class the students are parents. 

It’s the final day of his year’s parent training program at Lincoln-Bassett School in New Haven.  Brenda Whitfield is telling the class of about 20 parents, what she’s learned. "I found out a lot of stuff about the math I can tell my granddaughter and my grandson. And I learned a lot about the science. I just learned so much while I was here at the training."

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5:00 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Singer-Songwriters and Jazz / Hip Hop Fusions

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new albums from Herman Dune and Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis. We'll also dive into a fusion of jazz and hip hop courtesy of Canada's BADBADNOTGOOD; plus, a listen to the Indian garage rock trio Sleeping Bag.

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Clean Energy
4:50 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

President's Environmental Advisor Touts Clean Energy Jobs In Connecticut

Nancy Eve Cohen

President Obama’s key environmental policy advisor visited Connecticut today. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports her tour began at UTC Power in South Windsor.

Nancy Sutley chairs the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and Environmental Commissioner Dan Esty took a ride on a fuel-cell powered bus, got a look at UTC Power’s manufacturing facility and saw fuel cells up close.

“Over here we have the PEM fuel cell that powers the bus.”

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3:52 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like Eggplant in July, That's Lasagna

The rainbow Swiss chard was grown nearby. Master chef Denise Appel found it at a farmers market by the Green—and by the next night had it stemmed, cooked, squeezed of water, chopped fine, and added to a distinctive lasagna served at a restaurant two blocks away.

The Swiss chard’s journey was part of a summer tradition at Zinc, the restaurant where Appel is the chef: a weekly ritual that starts at farmers markets and ends up with dishes made from local natural ingredients and offered as part of a weekly Wednesday-Sunday “market menu.”

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3:21 pm
Thu July 14, 2011


Both small farms and large companies have shaped the history of tobacco production in Connecticut. Native Americans grew tobacco and passed their knowledge on to colonial settlers. Since then, from the broadleaf variety grown prolifically during the 1800s to the innovative shade-grown tobacco that remains a major Connecticut crop today, tobacco has had a significant economic and cultural impact on Connecticut.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:41 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Stay Cool In The Summer Heat

Flickr Creative Commons, Jan Tik

I'm not opposed to air conditioning. I'm opposed to its ubiquity and misuse.

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Mayoral Race
1:38 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Ganim? Seriously? Maybe.

Cloe Poisson photo courtesy of The Hartford Courant

Former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim has not announced whether he’ll jump into the mayoral race this year, but a poll finds that if he does, it could change the landscape of the election.

Joe Ganim was released from prison one year ago after serving six years for a massive municipal corruption scandal. The former Bridgeport mayor was convicted on 16 counts, including steering city contracts in return for hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Big City Violence

Chion Wolf

The number of violent crimes in the US dropped significantly last year to the lowest rate in 40 years.

But then why haven’t Connecticut cities like Hartford and New Haven been able to join this trend?  

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Small Business
8:04 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Engaging Students With Business

J Holt

If you imagine a summer camp based on a farm, kids learning about crops and barnyard animals probably come to mind. But profit margins and business plans? Not likely at the top of the list. WNPR’s J Holt brings us a story of one farm taking camp in a new direction.

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6:28 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Faith Middleton Show: Painter April Gornik; An Extraordinary New Map Of The Universe

Faith Middleton talks with renowned artist April Gornik about a project involving art, a big truck, and the start of a new conversation about what matters in life. Plus, a new era in citizen science thanks to a new map of the universe

A Grand and Bold Thing: An Extraordinary New Map of the Universe Ushering In A New Era of Discovery

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