Ray Hardman


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. 


12:44 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

A Miracle Comes to Connecticut

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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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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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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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3:22 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

First 'Passive House' Built In Harwinton

UI/Energize Connecticut

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Mystic Aquarium
12:16 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

No Flipper? No Problem!

Mystic Aquarium

An 8-month-old harbor seal pup has successfully recovered from a flipper amputation and is now on view at Mystic Aquarium.

She's called Pup 49, and when she came to Mystic Aquarium last summer she was in pretty bad shape.

"Pup 49 was very thin, she came in with a respiratory infection and she had lots of wounds all over her body, but very severe wounds on her rear flippers," said Mystic Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Allison Tuttle. She added that the wounds got very infected over time.

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10:58 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Podunk Bluegrass Festival

Photo by Mark Walz (Flickr)

The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival gets underway in East Hartford and runs through the weekend. Some of the best Bluegrass acts in the country will perform this weekend. What started 16 years ago as a small get together of local bluegrass musicians and fans has become one of the biggest Bluegrass festivals in the US.

Joining us by phone is C. Roger Moss, director of East Hartford's department of parks and recreation which organizes the event

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8:55 am
Wed July 27, 2011

A Piece of Hartford in Space

Photo by Jurvetson (Flickr)

When the space shuttle Atlantis lifted off on its final mission earlier this month, it brought along a little bit of Hartford with it. A group of eighth graders from the Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School in Hartford's North End wanted to measure the effect of microgravity on Tomato growth, so they wrote a proposal and it was accepted.

We talk to principal Melony Brady about her students' project.

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Public Defenders
12:37 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Budget Cuts Threaten Public Defenders


In the wake of the failed labor concessions agreement between Governor Dannel Malloy and state labor unions, state agencies are feeling the crunch. The Office of the Chief public defender has to cut about 7.5 percent of their overall budget, which some believe will hinder the states poorest from getting proper legal counsel, and will make it difficult for public defenders to honor their constitutional obligations.

We are joined by Mike Lawlor, undersecretary for criminal justice planning.

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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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7:57 am
Wed July 13, 2011

Debt Negotiations Impasse Continues

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Deficit cutting negotiations with President Obama and Congressional leaders continued yesterday with no apparent progress.  Time is running short to raise the government's debt limit.  We talk to Congressman John Larson about the impasse.

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Recipe Contest
1:55 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

West Hartford Student Chefs Enter U.S. Semi-Finals With Fiesta Wrap

Courtesy of Cloe Poisson, Hartford Courant

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School Lunch
8:03 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Inadequate Health Inspections Plague School Cafeterias

DC Central Kitchen, Creative Commons

The Connecticut Health Investigative Team or C-HIT has uncovered that many school cafeterias in Connecticut are not getting regular inspections as required by law.  Some schools, who were cited for various health infractions, did not even get a follow-up inspection to ensure they had resolved their health issue.  We talked to C-HIT reporter and co-founder, Lisa Chedekel about the story.

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Plug My Ride
7:47 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Electric Cars Power Up

JM Rosenfeld, Creative Commons

Earlier this week Connecticut Light & Power Co launched the "Plug My Ride'' campaign to increase awareness of electric and hybrid vehicles in the state.  This also kicked off a research project that aims to understand how an influx of electric vehicles in the near future will affect the region's power grid.   

We spoke with Watson Collins, the electric vehicles project manager for parent company Northeast Utilities, about the company's plans to install up to 30 charging stations by the end of the year.

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Cambodian Dance
8:17 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Children of Bassac

Long Chean

This Sunday at 7pm, Hartford's Watkinson School host a performance of traditional Cambodian dance by the dance troupe, The Children of Bassac, Joining us by phone to talk about the troupe, and the performance is Phloeun Prim.

Visit: http://www.marioninstitute.org/blog/2011/03/children-bassac-us-tour-schedule

For a schedule of the group's upcoming performances.
For more infomation please contact info@cambodianlivingarts.org

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8:13 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Week of the Young Child

Pawel Loj, Creative Commons

This week has been designated The Week of the Young Child by the National association for the Education of Young Children, Joining us by phone is Maggie Adair, executive director of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance.

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8:46 am
Tue April 5, 2011

New Britain Busway

Governor Dannel Malloy has given his stamp of approval on construction of a New Britain to Hartford busway. The busway will travel along a 9.6 mile route of abandoned railroad bed, easing congestion on Interstate 84. Opponents and Supporters of the project met late last month with the Governor to offer their opinion on this controversial project.  One of those opponents is University of Connecticut Civil Engineering professor, Norman Garrick.

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New Haven
8:12 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Dubey Family Benefit Concert

Many in New Haven are still reeling from last week's tragic shooting death  of 23 year old Mitchell Dubey. Last Thursday in an attempted robbery, a masked gunman entered Dubey's house, and ordered he and his roommates to sit down. After shooting Dubey in the chest, the gunman fled. Now one of those roommates, Andy Tabar is organizing a big music show this Sunday night at Toad's place in New Haven to raise money for the Dubey family. Andy Tabar joins us by phone.

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Connecticut Legislature
10:40 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Rep. Mae Flexer on Domestic Violence

Yesterday, the general Assembly's Judiciary Committee heard public testimony on a host of bills aimed at better protecting victims of domestic violence. Joining us by phone is State Representative Mae Flexer - she is a member of the legislature's Judiciary committee and chairwoman of the Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence.

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8:33 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Campaign Finance

In just a few hours the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in an Arizona case that may affect Connecticut's public campaign finance system.  We talk to Deirdre Shesgreen of the Connecticut Mirror about her recent article.

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7:56 am
Fri March 25, 2011

Szechuan Toyko Closes its Doors

It's getting harder to find a place that has live jazz on a regular basis.  Even harder to find is a place that presents jazz and serves Chinese and Japanese cuisine.  But for the last decade or so West Hartford's Szechuan Tokyo has successfully managed this tri-fecta of music and food from two cultures.  But now, sadly the establishment closes its doors for good this weekend.  We talked to Paul Lewis, the owner of Szechuan Tokyo.

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3:33 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

StemConn 2011

Stem cells hold the promise of treating a host of diseases in the future. Today in Farmington, some of the top Stem Cell researchers in the country gathered to share the latest discoveries in this new technology.

Every two years, Connecticut hosts StemConn, a full day symposium that looks at the latest research and trends in this promising technology. Stem cells have the ability to regenerate and replenish various tissue in the body, which could potentially treat diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis.

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Health Care
10:55 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Obama Health Care Reform, One Year Out

One year ago today President Obama signed into law his health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Today at the state Capitol a host of supporters, including most of Connecticut's Washington delegation, will join together to celebrate the anniversary.  We checked in with Judith Stein, the executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, to hear how this law has affected Connecticut residents over the past year.

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Connecticut Lawmakers
8:04 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Nuclear Plants, Lieberman, And Blumenthal's Maiden Speech

Paul J. Everett, Creative Commons

As the world watches the nuclear crisis unfolding in Japan, Federal lawmakers, including Connecticut's Washington delegation are rethinking nuclear power.  We talk to the Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen.  So what are Connecticut lawmakers saying?

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Connecticut Legislature
11:49 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Marijuana Bills Get Hearing at Capitol

The equinist, creative commons

Yesterday at the State Capitol, the General Assembly's Judiciary heard testimony on a number of marijuana related bills being considered by the state legislature this year, including the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of Marijuana, and the use of marijuana for medical purposes.  Joining us to talk about this is Stamford state representative Gerald Fox, the house chair of the Judiciary committee.

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10:19 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Mark Twain Meets Norman Rockwell


Illustrator Norman Rockwell was 16 years old when Mark Twain died, and while the two artists never met, they do share some fundamental similarities.  Now, the illustrator and writer will share an exhibit at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford.  American Storytellers: Norman Rockwell and Mark Twain opens today.  We're joined by Mark Twain House Chief Curator, Patti Philippon.

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Connecticut Legislature
8:16 am
Wed March 9, 2011

Boards of Education Day at the Capitol

Bonnie Brown, Creative Commons

Today is Connecticut Association of Boards of Education day at the state Capitol.  Some 200 school board members, students, and teachers will spend the day talking with state lawmakers about their concerns and their legislative agenda.  Joining us is Patrice McCarthy, Deputy Director and General Counsel of The Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. 

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8:10 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Dodd Takes Hollywood

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Earlier this week, retired US Senator, Chris Dodd, came out of his 8 week retirement.  We talk to the Connecticut Mirror's Deirdre Shesgreen about Dodd's new gig.

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1:41 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Bioethics at Yale, Revisited

Andres Rueda, Creative Commons

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Governor's Budget
8:33 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Malloy Recaps His Budget Address

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy unveiled his new two year budget yesterday.  The $19.7 budget for 2012 seeks to close a $3.2 billion deficit through tax hikes, spending cuts, and 2 billion dollars in union concessions.  

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