Five Things This Week on WNPR

Aug 1, 2014

Derek Hayn contributed to Where We Live's bird discussion. He took this photo of a black-crowned night heron.

Can't get enough bird talk? Here's five other things you may have missed this week, from WNPR. 

1. Remembering NPR's Margot Adler 

Margot Adler's NPR career was just beginning in 1979 when she published her book, Drawing Down the Moon, an exploration of the Pagan community of which she was a member. When she died Monday, she left a long legacy as a reporter, and as an outspoken Wiccan. Aldler spoke on WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show in 2011 on a program about being Pagan. Here, she talks about how she felt discriminated against for being a Wiccan:

2. Jimmy Greene and Mario Pavone Jazz Up Studio Three

Jazz superstars Jimmy Greene and Mario Pavone visited us for a live in-studio concert. They're promoting the upcoming Litchfield Jazz Festival, and to Greene's tribute album in honor of his daughter Ana Grace, who was murdered in Newtown. Here Greene talks about his new album, and plays a song with Mario Pavone: 

3. East Haven Mayor's Accuser Upset by Release of Complaint

An East Haven Town Hall employee filed a sexual harassment complaint against East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. She didn't expect the mayor's office to release the complaint to the public, however. In it, she said that the Chief of Police told Maturo that he was sexually harassing her, but the behavior did not change.  The complainant has worked for the town of East Haven since 1997. Here's the latest from WNPR reporters Jeff Cohen and Diane Orson: 

4. Colin McEnroe Show Ponders Hell

CMS talked to a hell-raising panel of brilliant women about all sorts of fire-and-brimstone topics. Stanford professor Kathryn Gin Lum recently wrote about why the idea of hell has survived so long. Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge asked Millenials to invent a new religion. They got rid of hell.  Guest Meghan Henning agreed with McEnroe that purgatory could be "a brazilian wax that never ends." Here's Henning and Kathryn Gin Lum on the origins of hell:

5. Wrongfully Imprisoned Man Seeks Damages from State

Kenneth Ireland spent 21 years imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit.
Credit Connecticut Innocence Project

Kenneth Ireland was released in 2009 after DNA tests exonerated him for a crime he didn't commit. Now the state of Connecticut is holding hearings about how much to compensate him. He's now seeking up to $8 million in damages from the state. "Being accused of a murder definitely is everyone's nightmare," he said. "However, I wish it was a nightmare because nightmares you wake up from. Every morning when I woke up, I was still in the prison cell, [and] still in the same conditions." More on this story from WNPR's Patrick Skahill.