Ray Hardman

Host/Reporter

Ray Hardman began his broadcasting career at WFSU in Tallahassee Florida where he served at different times as a producer, Operations manager, and Morning Edition host. Ray joined the WNPR staff in 1996, as a reporter and host. He later became the Music Director for WNPR, and in 2002 he went back to his newsy roots as the host of WNPR’s Morning Edition.

From 2002 to 2009 Ray divided his time between WNPR and CPTV, first serving as a correspondent on CPTV’s news magazine Main Street. He later became the host of Main Street, and from 2005 to 2009 was the host and producer for CPTV’s Front and Center with Ray Hardman.

Ray holds degrees from St. Mary's College of Maryland and Florida State University. In his spare time, Ray fronts a garage band called The Radiation.  Ray lives in West Hartford with his wife Kathleen, and their sons Benjamin and Jackson. 

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Environment
9:28 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Saving Plum Island From Development

Looking Toward the Eastern Tip of Plum Island
Save the Sound

The town of Southold New York has approved new zoning measures that will protect much of Plum Island from development.

For years, the 840 acre island in Long Island Sound has been home to a government laboratory that studies animal diseases. It's also served as an unofficial wildlife sanctuary for dozens of species, some of them endangered.

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News
12:36 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Senator Chris Murphy Opposes Military Action Against Syria

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The Obama Administration is considering military strikes on Syria in response to the Assad regime's deadly poison gas attacks in Damascus last week.

While there is growing support for military intervention in Syria by members of Congress, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy says he's against it. Rather, Murphy says the president should focus on a diplomatic way to deter the Assad regime from further attacks. 

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Non-Profit Woes
1:03 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Amistad Goes To Puerto Rico...During Hurricane Season

The Amistad is heading down to Puerto Rico to film a NBC miniseries.
Ed G (Flickr Creative Commons)

State officials are expressing concern about a series of recent blunders by the Schooner Amistad, including the decision to sail to the Caribbean during hurricane season. 

The ship will be featured in an NBC miniseries on the pirate Blackbeard, starring John Malkovich. Amistad America will be paid $250,000 but will have to film in Puerto Rico during Hurricane season:

"I complained about it because we're talking about a tall, wooden ship. There essentially is no real safe harbor for that in a hurricane," said North Stonington State Representative Diane Urban.

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Medical Technology
2:41 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Google Glass in the Doctor's Office?

Hartford Hospital is looking into medical uses for Google Glass.
Ariel Zambelich/WIRED (Creative Commons)

You've probably heard of Google Glass - the computer you wear like eyeglasses. The computer display is right in front of your eyes, and is navigated by voice commands.

Now Hartford Hospital has been given a pair of the futuristic glasses by Google to explore the possibilities of using Google Glass in life saving situations by medical personnel.

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Technology
2:25 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Google Glass in the Doctor's Office?

Ariel Zambelich/WIRED (Creative Commons)

You've probably heard of Google Glass - the computer you wear like eyeglasses. The computer display is right in front of your eyes, and is navigated by voice commands. Now Hartford Hospital has been given a pair of the futuristic glasses by Google to explore the possibilities of using Google Glass in life saving situations by medical personnel.

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Environment
7:34 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Trying Times For Connecticut's Shellfish Industry

U.S. Army photo/Pamela Spaugy

It's been a rough summer for Connecticut's shellfish industry. 

A recent Connecticut law states that Connecticut oysters must be at least three inches long when harvested. The state's shellfish industry supported the bill, despite neighboring states allowing smaller sized oysters to be harvested in their waters.

Now a recent inspection by the State Department of Agriculture revealed that 20 of 24 randomly chosen samples by 11 harvesters had oysters smaller than three inches. Steven Reviczky is the commissioner of the Department of Agriculture.

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Oysters
2:36 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Trying Times for Connecticut's Shellfish Industry

U.S. Army photo/Pamela Spaugy

It's been a rough summer for Connecticut's shellfish industry.

A recent Connecticut law states that Connecticut oysters must be at least three inches long when harvested. The state's shellfish industry supported the bill, despite neighboring states allowing smaller sized oysters to be harvested in their waters.

Now a recent inspection by the State Department of Agriculture revealed that 20 of 24 randomly chosen samples by 11 harvesters had oysters smaller than three inches. Steven Reviczky is the commissioner of the Department of Agriculture.

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Wilderness
9:26 am
Tue August 6, 2013

New England Trail Has Something for Everyone

Andy Neale, Flickr Creative Commons

Congress designated the New England Trail as a national scenic trial in 2009. The 215-mile trail winds through 39 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The trail's website has launched a new interactive map. 

"Folks really like to start their hike at home," said Clare Cain, trail stewardship director for the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. 

Morning Edition Host Ray Hardman talks to Cain about the ways the trail has improved since 2009, dramatic views, and its artist-in-residence.

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Energy
12:20 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Connecticut Launches Nine Microgrid Projects

WNPR Files

Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene has promoted state officials and utility companies to come up with ways to minimize massive power outages.

This week, United Illuminating announced upgrades and retrofits to its elictric substations. Yesterday, Gov. Dannel Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty announced funding for nine microgrid projects. 

The projects will allow cities and towns to keep critical services going in the event of another super storm.

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Health Care
12:28 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Simple Steps to Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates That Few Are Doing

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One in five Medicare patients are back in the hospital within 30 days after being discharged. A new study looks at simple measures hospitals can adopt to reduce readmission rates.

For an elderly patient, one hospital stay is hard enough, but having to come back due to complications can be devastating.

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National Parks
12:19 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Wolves Not Linked to Elk Decline at Yellowstone Park, Yale Researcher Says

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According to Wyoming's Game and Fish Department, there has been a 70 percent decline in migratory elk calf production in Yellowstone since 1992. For years, researchers suspected predatory wolves were to blame. Now, a new study details a more complex set of circumstances that account for the low calf numbers. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Lead Plaintiff in Connecticut's Same-Sex Marriage Case Celebrates SCOTUS Decisions

Chion Wolf

Advocates of same-sex marriage in Connecticut are celebrating the Supreme Court ruling that strikes down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. Both banned gay marriage.

Beth Kerrigan was the lead plaintiff in the Kerrigan v. The State of Connecticut, a case that struck down a Connecticut law banning same-sex marriage,

Kerrigan says she is "overwhelmed" and "ecstatic" about the ruling.

She says with the Supreme Court ruling, her marriage to Jody Mock means a lot more now, than it did earlier this week.

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Agriculture
8:42 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Connecticut Farmers to Receive State Assistance

Melanie McCue (Flickr Creative Commons)

Connecticut is offering $5 million in emergency assistance for farmers who have been hurt by severe weather.

Governor Dannel Malloy announced yesterday that the assistance may be used to repair damaged property, replant lost crops, purchase feed, apply fertilizer and perform activities needed for recovery.

Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky says the rough winter in early 2011, Hurricane Irene, the October snow storm, Superstorm Sandy, this year's blizzard, and recent rain have taken a toll on farmers.

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Conservation Fund
11:20 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Lawmakers Tap Energy Funds to Balance Budget

Energy Tomorrow, Flickr Creative Commons

Environmentalists are giving state legislators a mixed report card for the session that's just ended. They're happy with parts of the state's new energy policy. But a raid on clean energy funds is causing major concern.

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Keno
9:06 am
Thu June 6, 2013

How Was Keno Legalized In Connecticut?

Daniel Lobo (Flickr Creative Commons)

This was not the first year that Keno was discussed in the state of Connecticut. But its inclusion in the 2013 budget surprised many - including those who thought they were following it closely.

Earlier this week,  executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling Mary Drexler said she's been in contact with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman about Keno for the last two years.

"I did not get any word on this until Friday of last week," said Drexler about the deal that passed the legislature.

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News
2:02 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Legislature Looks To Cut Tourism Budget

CTVisit.com

The fortunes of the Connecticut Office of Tourism have turned around since 2009, when then-governor Jodi Rell infamously cut state funding for tourism marketing to just one dollar. Last year the state invested $15 million to promote the state's tourism industry.

The result was the Connecticut "Still Revolutionary" campaign and according to Randy Fiveash, Director of the Connectict Office of Tourism, "Still Revolutionary" has been a huge success.

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News
10:11 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Violent Video Games Involving Human Characters Linked to Aggression

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The University of Connecticut has come out with a new study on violent video games. It looked specifically at whether video games that pit players against human looking characters provokes more violent thoughts in the player than fighting non-human creatures.

When players fight human looking characters, "they're later more verbally aggressive and they have more aggressive thoughts," said Kirstie Farrar, who is an associate professor of communication and lead researcher of the study.

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News
3:10 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Polo: Not Just For Princes and Models

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Britain's Prince Harry capped his week-long trip to the U.S. by winning a charity polo match at a star-studded event in Connecticut.

 The prince's team won 4-3 after he scored a game-tying goal Wednesday afternoon at the Greenwich Polo Club.  Polo is a sport long associated with the British upper crust, but there are polo clubs playing matches right here in Connecticut.  Joining us by phone is Andrew Flint, a veterinarian, and a member of the Giant Valley Polo Club in Hamden.

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News
3:38 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Remixing Middletown

Middletown is gearing up for a special celebration Saturday.

The city's north end will will come alive with music, dancers and visual art Saturday. MiddletownRemix: Hear More, See More is a festival of Art and Sound that features a flash mob dance, a laptop computer Orchestra, and a host of other events.

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News
2:37 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Advocates Look to Increase Foster Care Age from 18 to 21

May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and as WNPR's Ray Hardman reports, advocates are pushing to extend foster care from 18 to 21 years old.

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News
3:11 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

New Agreement Reached In The Sheff v. O'Neill Saga

The Connecticut Department of Education has reached a new agreement with the plaintiffs in the decades long Sheff v. O'Neill case.

The lawsuit is meant to ease the racial disparity between students in Hartford Public Schools and neighboring school districts.

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News
12:18 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Avery Point Exhibit Combines Nature and Art

Ana Flores

Sculptor and Ecological designer Ana Flores has been incorporating nature and art for years. The Rhode Island-based artist has a big presence right now at UConn's Avery Point. Besides an exhibit of her art at the Alexy von Schlippe Gallery, earlier this month, Flores installed her latest Poetry of the Wild Poetry Walk. 

Flores talks to WNPR's Ray Hardman about the new exhibit. The walk runs through August 30. 

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News
3:10 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

New Haven To Have A Night Rainbow

Edmund White (Flickr Creative Commons)

The City of New Haven's 375th birthday celebration will feature a laser light display.

New Haven was founded in 1638 by English Puritans. The city is celebrating it's 375th birthday this week with a hosts of activities throughout the city, culminating this Saturday with the official birthday celebration on the New Haven green.

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News
1:35 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Law Enforcement's Response to the Boston Marathon Bombing

Aaron Tang (Flickr Creative Commons)

Information about yesterday's explosions at the Boston Marathon is still trickling in, but the two big questions - who did it and why - have yet to be answered.

National security expert Scott Bates, speaking on WNPR's Morning Edition, says he expects the FBI to name a suspect fairly soon.

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News
10:34 am
Fri April 12, 2013

The Hidden World of Hartford's Homeless

Susan Campbell

The Hartford Homeless Outreach Team heads out every Thursday to check-in on Hartford's homeless population and hand out lunches. They go out early before the homeless leave their makeshift abodes for the day.

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News
10:38 am
Thu April 11, 2013

The Road to the Frozen Four

Tonight the Frozen Four gets underway in Pittsburgh. The Frozen Four is the college hockey equivalent of the Final Four. This year, two of the teams in the men's Frozen Four are from Connecticut: Yale University, whose last appearance in the Frozen Four goes all the way back to 1952, and the number one ranked team going into the Frozen Four, Quinnipiac University.

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News
12:44 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

A Miracle Comes to Connecticut

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Transportation
12:12 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Town Officials Learn About Transit Oriented Development

Sean Marshall Creative Commons

Officials from towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties got a crash course on transit oriented development.

Roger Reynolds is the senior staff attorney for the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. He helped create the toolkit and he gave us a crash course on TOD.

Reynolds says taking a TOD will create more of a community and use the resources that we already have.

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News
9:30 am
Tue April 2, 2013

From Blueberries To Ladyslippers, The Benefits Of A Native Garden

So, most of the snow has melted. The day are longer and warmer. And you may be starting to think about your garden.

Anne Rowlands, co-publisher of Connecticut Gardener magazine talks with WNPR's Ray Hardman about early season gardening tips and the benefits of of a native garden.

"The little bugs that feed on the native plants are the ones that feed your birds; that feed their babies," Rowlands said.

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News
3:45 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

'It's Time To Start Talking About Climate Change'

Alfred T. Palmer

Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication addressed a crowd that included U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in a town hall-style meeting on climate change. The event was held on March 27 at Yale.

Leiserowitz spoke with WNPR's Ray Hardman.  

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