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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. 

Ways to Connect

Child advocates, concerned citizens, and state lawmakers will be in Hartford  today for Foster Youth Day at the State Capitol. Joining us by phone is  New Haven State Representative Toni Walker, she will hear from a panel of young adults who will speak about aging out of the state Foster care system.

Photo provided by the US Chemical Safety Board.

It's been nineteen months since the Kleen energy power plant explosion in Middletown killed six and injured nearly 50 workers. Now, the National Fire Protection Association has issued recommendations to avoid such a disaster at other natural gas plants. Joining us is the President of the National Fire Protection Association, James Shannon.

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Yesterday two Big East schools, Pittsburgh and Syracuse were accepted into rival league the Atlantic Coast Conference. This has schools scrambling to determine the future of their sports programs, including UConn, which according to some sources is already in discussions with the ACC. Joining us to talk about this shake up is Hartford Courant sports writer Dom Amore.

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Every ten years, a bipartisan committee made up of members of Connecticut's General Assembly go through the tedious process of redrawing legislative and congressional maps. Often the Reapportionment committee's work breaks down into partisan politics. Earlier this week, the Reapportionment committee wrote a letter to Governor Dannel Malloy acknowledging that they will miss their September 15th deadline, which is today. Joining us by phone is House Minority leader and co-chair of the Reapportionment committee Lawrence Cafero.

A Darkened Connecticut

Aug 29, 2011
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A day after Tropical Storm Irene knocked out power to half of Connecticut's residents, 700-thousand remain in the dark. More than 800 crews are beginning to repair the damage throughout the state. Joining us by phone is Connecticut Light and Power's spokesman, Mitch Gross.

Photo by Michael E. Anderson

What happens when four friends, all veteran musicians with a love of rock and roll and baseball get together? Well, they call themselves the Baseball Project, and they head out on the road. The Baseball Project rolls into New London for a show tonight. Joining us by phone is singer and guitarist for the Baseball Project Scott McCaughey, he's also front man for Minus 5.

Border Toll Outrage

Aug 22, 2011
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Rhode Island is considering placing tolls on I-95 near the Connecticut border. Joining us by phone to discuss the potential impact to Connecticut is North Stonington State Representative Diana Urban.

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A recent rash of accidents involving elderly drivers in Connecticut has state lawmakers, law enforcement and senior advocates again looking at the tricky issues that concern senior drivers.

Joining us by phone is Jennifer Millea, she is the Communications Director for AARP - Connecticut.

Photo by Chion Wolf

Today was supposed to be the day crews start the process of dry docking Connecticut's two state run ferries for the winter. The future of these historic ferries are uncertain. After state union workers rejected the first labor and concessions deal with Governor Malloy, the ferries were targeted for closure, but remain open while union members mull over a second deal. In the meantime the towns that surround the ferries are looking for other ways to keep them open.

A recent rash of suicides among Connecticut police officers has law enforcement leaders concerned. Tomorrow at Central Connecticut State University the nonprofit Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement welcomes some 300 police officers, dispatchers, counselors and others to a conference that looks at the issue of suicide prevention for police officers. Joining us by phone is Sergeant Troy Anderson, he is a CT state Trooper and is State Coordinator for the State Troopers Offering Peer Support or STOPS Program.

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A Group of Yale Undergraduates who participated in Yale's Rainforest expedition and Laboratory course have found an organism that can break down plastic, holding the promise of significantly reducing waste in the world's landfills. Their paper was published in the journal Applied and  Environmental Microbiology.

Joining us by phone is one of those students, and one of the lead authors of the paper, Jon Russell.

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

Journalist and New Haven native Clare Gillis testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday on a measure that would ensure that the U.S. lives up to its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular relations. Earlier this year Gillis was captured and detained in Libya by pro-Qaddafi forces.

She joins us by phone to discuss her situation and what can be done in the future.

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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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