Education in Darien, Insurance Industry Update, and Objects of American History

Nov 8, 2013

FDR's Microphone, part of the literary exhibition "The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects."
Credit Cade Martin, Smithsonian Institute

This summer we covered the Department of Education investigation into Darien’s special ed program. Since then, the superintendent has resigned and the school is dealing with a forensic audit.  Today we’ll check back in with Darien Times reporter David DesRoches for the latest.  

And, we’ll find out about the upcoming Insurance Market Forecast, a gathering of insurance professionals in Hartford. Are we still the insurance capital of the world?


And the Smithsonian Institute’s Richard Kurin has a great job. working with top scholars and curators to assemble objects like Lincoln’s stovepipe hat, Dorothy’s ruby slippers, and Sam Colt's revolver into a new book The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects.  


  • David DesRoches, Assistant Editor at The Darien Times
  • Susan Winkler, Executive Director of the Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services Cluster 
  • Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institute