Catie Talarski

Executive Producer

Catie Talarski is Executive Producer at WNPR, focusing on original WNPR programs; working to develop new concepts, live events and content strategies, with concentration on three pillars: Talk Programming, Community Outreach, and Education.

Catie got her start in documentary radio at the Salt Institute in Portland Maine. She has produced several PRNDI award-winning programs on Where We Live, including coverage of young people leaving Connecticut and Sexual Assault on College Campuses. In honoring her award-winning 2010 episode about what makes a good neighbor, PRNDI judges wrote that Where We Live “takes a news story and spins it into universal connections for listeners. This program is an inspiring example of how talk programs can take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.”

Catie’s also documented end-of-life decisions made by young people with Cystic Fibrosis for NPR’s Hearing Voices, and dug into archival tape of artist Romare Bearden for Studio 360. For WNPR, she’s explored the underbelly of Hartford’s Park River, and the history of the women who helped save the Mark Twain House. She worked with the Public Radio Exchange to produce the hour-long specials BULLIED: Teen Stories from Generation PRX and Left Behind, Dropping Out.

Her foray into magazine writing includes an article about her Polish heritage published in SilverKris, the in-flight magazine of Singapore Airlines.

Catie was inspired by Third Coast and others to create live events to build community around radio. She launched *the ear cave* a listening session hosted by a rotating cast of local radio professionals held at a coffeehouse in Hartford. And her Radio Adventure Theater is an experimental variety show that combines live music, theater, poetry and documentary radio. You can follow Catie on Tumblr and Twitter.

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Where We Live
10:36 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Just Doodle It

Constanza Segovia
Chion Wolf WNPR

    

Ever been caught doodling during a meeting a work? A boring class? You’re not alone. Did you get yelled at? “Get your head in the game! You’re distracted! You're not serious!" 

Our guest Sunni Brown, author of The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently, says doodling involves a lot of the senses... movement, sound, and visuals… and, far from being a distraction, it actually can enhance learning.

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Where We Live
2:01 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

The Student Loan Crisis and the High Cost of College

Student loan debt is topping $1.2 trillion dollars and 13% of students defaulting on their loans.
Credit DonkeyHotey on Flickr Creative Common

In August, President Obama signed a bill preventing the doubling of interest rates on federal student loans for those entering college this year. Students borrowing the maximum amount this year will save about $4,600 in extra interest...but it’s a temporary fix.

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Where We Live
11:25 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Sean Spellman of Quiet Life

Sean Spellman
Chion Wolf

If Sean Spellman’s life was captured in a TV show, it’d be Portlandia. He’s a bearded guy - whose rootsy, folky rock band Quiet Life tours the country in a van powered by used vegetable oil.  And yeah, they’re based in Portland.

But get beneath the surface a bit, and Spellman’s an east coast guy - raised in New London CT and the Jersey shore, he wears his complicated love for New England on his sleeve, and has a spot in is heart for Springsteen, like any good Jersey guy would.

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Where We Live
11:11 am
Thu August 29, 2013

The War on Lyme...and About Lyme

We often don't feel a tick on us because they secrete chemicals that numb us to their presence. While they can stay on us for up to one week, the threat of infection is low if we remove them within 36 hours.
Credit John Tann on Flickr Creative Commons

Lyme disease gets its name from the Connecticut town, and it’s always been a problem here...but it’s spreading, as far North as Maine and south down to Virginia. Dr. Paul Mead of the CDC says that due in part to the “reforestation” of the Northeast.

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Where We Live
11:34 am
Wed August 28, 2013

The Wheelhouse: Corruption Junction Edition

Matthew Kauffman, investigative reporter for The Hartford Courant
Chion Wolf

Robert Braddock is going to jail for 38 months for his role in the scandal surrounding the congressional campaign of Chris Donovan. The judge said the long sentence would send a message to others about corrupt political behavior. If nothing else, it seemed to send a message to Braddock himself, who told her: "You couldn't force me to work in politics ever again."

"If the judge really wanted to make it worse," Braddock said, "she could have sentenced me to work for another campaign."

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Where We Live
1:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

The Worldwide Leader in Cable

Tommy Gilligan/Pointer View (Flickr Creative Commons)

Concussions in football may be the biggest threat to America’s biggest game. For 15 months, ESPN teamed up with PBS’ Frontline for a film called “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.”

About a month and a half before the film premieres, ESPN has announced they are pulling out of the project.

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Where We Live
11:31 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Warming Waters: The New Normal

pinay06 (Wikimedia Commons)

We’ve talked about warming waters before on Where We Live. Now warm waters are in the news again. There are new climate change studies that provide more proof of the human causes of warming temperatures. The next big UN report on climate change contains some scary predictions...that sea levels could rise more than three feet by the end of the century.

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Where We Live
1:38 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

The Wheelhouse: Fiscal Flaming Bag of Doodie Edition

WNPR's Colin McEnroe
Chion Wolf

 

Listen to the full show.

Today, on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse we have an all-star panel to pull apart the threads of our conversation yesterday with Governor Dannel Malloy about the 2014 race for governor, the state budget, and more.

We also talk about a big change coming at the top for NPR.

On Monday, NPR President Gary Knell announced he was leaving the news organization for the National Geographic Society.

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Where We Live
11:10 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Creating Safe Communities with the Connecticut Youth Forum

Chion Wolf

A common thread running through any type of interpersonal conflict in whether it’s bullying in school or online, gun violence on a street corner, or abuse in a home,  is a need for safe places to live, work, and learn. It’s a fundamental human need.

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Where We Live
12:03 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

What's Work Worth?

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It’s the set-up for countless plots in tv and the cinema: The low-wage worker accidentally gets his hands on the big boss’ paycheck and is flabbergasted by the numbers he sees.

Outside of Hollywood, here’s the reality: Workers on Wall Street earned an average bonus of $121,900 last year while the per capita average income was $42,693.

But we knew that, right, that people who work in the financial industry in the “money-making” part of our economy are going to make more than, say, schoolteachers.

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Where We Live
4:20 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

The Reverberations of Chet Baker and Joni Mitchell

Chet Baker was a troubled soul, who had one of the most unique and haunting voices in jazz. Joni Mitchell  is a complex artist who has stayed away from the spotlight, letting her music tell her story. We explore these two iconic artists on Where We Live.

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Where We Live
11:18 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Edith Prague's New Job, Rosa DeLauro's Ongoing Fight, and Rinku Sen on Health Equity

Mark Pazniokas/CT Mirror, Chion Wolf/WNPR, Kris Krüg/PopTech

Earlier this year, Governor Dannel Malloy named Edith Prague the Commissioner of the state’s Department on Aging.

The 87-year-old previously served as state representative, state senator and was even the commissioner of aging once before under Governor Lowell Weicker.

We sat down with Edith Prague to talk about her new job, her political career, and one job she doesn’t want.

"I wouldn’t go to Washington if my life depended on it," said Prague.

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Where We Live
10:46 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Surviving Political Scandal

Thomas Good, Wikimedia Commons

Anthony Weiner is definitely not the first U.S politician to find himself wrapped up in a sex scandal. But being implicated in a political scandal may no longer be a career death sentence. Newt Gingrich and Mark Sanford are just two examples of politicians who have gone on to have successful political careers despite past infidelities.

So, what does this say about the American electorate? Do we really not care about the private lives of politicians, as long as they do their jobs?

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Where We Live
10:50 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Minds in the Making: Trouble in Darien and Seven Life Skills for Kids

Earlier this week, The President and Co-founder of the Families and Work Institute came to Hartford to talk about the work she’s been doing in early childhood development. Hartford Community Schools was chosen as one of a handful of communities nationally to take part in her “Mind in the Making” initiative - meant to share life skills and give hands-on training for parents and educators. Today, we’ll talk with Ellen Galinsky.  

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Where We Live
12:32 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Magazine: Tribune, DSS, CT Rankings

The Tribune Company, owner of the Hartford Courant and Fox Connecticut, made an announcement yesterday that it’s going to split its broadcast and publishing divisions. It’s just another chapter in the ongoing saga of “the future of the newspaper industry.” Coming up, industry analyst Ken Doctor gives us his prognosis on our nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper.

 

Also, we’ll check in on the progress of the Department of Social Services and their technologically deficient agency.  They opened a new call center on Monday, and got 11,ooo calls! And,  the measure of America says Connecticut is the best state to live in. We agree, but we’ll find out why we came out on top.

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Where We Live
10:33 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Connecticut: We're Number One!

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You might have seen this: another one of those studies just came out that paints a pretty negative picture of Connecticut.  CNBC ranked it’s “top states for business” - and Connecticut placed 45th.  The study measures things like the “cost of doing business” and “business-friendliness.”  It’s the sort of study that gets pointed to when we hear complaints about job creation.

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Where We Live
10:23 am
Thu July 11, 2013

DSS Making Moves to Modernize

Chion Wolf

In May we spoke with Department of Social Services Commissioner Rod Bremby about his agency and its lack of manpower and technology. The shortfalls have resulted in long waits for services - and lawsuits claiming a need for more staffing.  On Monday they opened a new centralized call center, and got eleven thousand calls. Now, with new leadership and increased technology, DSS may be on the slow road at least to catching up to where they need to be.

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Where We Live
10:18 am
Thu July 11, 2013

The Tribune Split: What's It Mean For The Future of Newspapers?

NS Newsflash, Creative Commons

The Tribune Company made an announcement yesterday that it’s going to split its broadcast and publishing divisions. It’s just another chapter in the ongoing saga of “the future of the newspaper industry.” The Tribune has owned the Hartford Courant since 2000, and more recently merged the paper  with the FOX News affiliate TV station. So what now? Industry analyst Ken Doctor joins us. 

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Where We Live
10:27 am
Mon July 1, 2013

A New Gas Tax, But What's It Paying For?

Lundgren Photography, Creative Commons

You ever notice how gas prices tend to rise, just when we’re all on the road for summer get-aways?

Well, starting today, we’ll see the prices go even higher – as a Connecticut tax goes up.  It’ll give the state some of the highest prices in the country – but at least that extra revenue will pay to repair the roads…or, not.

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Where We Live
1:08 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Newtown Healing: Six Months Later

Catie Talarski

Today, we're broadcasting live from the offices of the Newtown Bee - a small, hometown newspaper that -like the rest of this community - was thrown into the national spotlight six months ago today.

The mass shooting that killed 20 young students and 6 educators launched a national conversation about gun violence and mental health.  But those conversations in Hartford and Washington seem still distant from this community, where the pain is still very fresh, and real and daily.

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Where We Live
11:37 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ladies of Twain

The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford was in danger of being shut down back in 2008 after years of bad financial management.  But the struggle to save the 19 room mansion has been one that’s been going on for much longer.

It’s taken years of research, a lot of money and a little bit of luck to restore the house and make it a destination for visitors - who get to experience what it looked like when Mark Twain smoked cigars in his billiard room.

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Where We Live
2:46 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

What's Up With Stuff?

Mike Baird (Flickr Creative Commons)

Seventeen days after a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh, a woman was pulled alive from the rubble. But more than 1,000 people have been confirmed dead in the tragedy.

This has renewed questions about where all the stuff we buy in America comes from.

NPR’s Planet Money has been trying to tackle this question for the last three years by making their own t-shirt.

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Where We Live
2:38 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

Chion Wolf

A group of parents in Darien have filed a complaint against the school district, alleging that their children with learning disabilities have not been getting the services they are supposed to. It’s just one of many examples of parents fighting through a hard-to-navigate system, one where schools say they’re struggling to find the money to pay for learning disabled students.

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Where We Live
10:41 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Changing Health Outcomes

Chion Wolf

A few weeks ago, the Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP released a report showing significant health, economic, and educational disparities between White and minority populations....so significant that they’re calling it a modern day “urban apartheid.”

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Where We Live
12:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Retiring Research Chimps, And Our Unique Human Evolution

Tambako the Jaguar, Creative Commons

We all know the story. Monkeys in a science lab, top secret research, something goes terribly wrong. It’s no surprise that most cinematic attempts to depict research like this ends up focusing on what happens to the humans.

But what about the ethics of this research, and what it means for the test subjects? In many cases, chimpanzees have been seen as viable in research because of their close relationship to humans.

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Where We Live
3:20 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Daphne Lee Martin's Moxie

Lila Call

It's our yearly trip to our favorite little seaport town. Home to a DIY art and music scene that seems to grow every year.  And today, we're coming to you live from The Telegraph. It’s a record shop, used bookstore and performance space owned by Daphne Lee Martin and her husband, Rich Martin.

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Where We Live
11:09 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Project Longevity

Chion Wolf

Alicia Caraballo’s story is far too common in Connecticut cities: “I have a 24 year old son. Only child. Did everything the right way. Went to school. Became a social worker. Became a school administrator. Little did I know I would be called to the hospital because my son was murdered.” She’s now Adult Education Director for the New Haven Board of Education - and one of many officials and activists throwing their support behind a new attempt at curbing gun crime: Project Longevity.

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Where We Live
11:30 am
Mon October 15, 2012

The Art of Debate

Chion Wolf

We’ve seen some interesting political debates in the past few weeks. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have had a first round, and Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan had their first and only debate. At the state level, we’ve seen two debates so far featuring Linda McMahon and Congressman Chris Murphy. 

At this point in any presidential campaign, the same question gets asked: “Do debates really matter?” I mean, after a two-year campaign, what can we really learn? Can a gaffe really derail a candidate? Does the moderator matter? 

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Where We Live
12:19 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Connecticut Eccentricities

Joe Mabel (Wikimedia Commons)

What makes your town unique or puzzling? What local history is important about where you live? What makes you proud to be in your part of Connecticut? Today we look into all the nooks and crannies that make our state eccentric. We'll answer burning questions like:

Why is Mystic half in Groton and half in Stonington? How did the Quiet Corner get its name? (Litchfield County’s pretty quiet, too)

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Reporter Roundtable on House and Senate Races, Swing States

Chion Wolf

In Connecticut, we’re only one month out from an important primary in two key races.

The Senate Race has lost a bit of its drama with front-runners Chris Murphy and Linda McMahon pulling out to big leads.

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