Groundbreaking Mayors, and Ten Years of StoryCorps

Nov 22, 2013

New Haven Mayor-elect Toni Harp. Art installation structure by Eric Epstein.
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South Windsor Mayor-elect Saud Anwar.
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This hour, two stories, and a story about stories. Toni Harp talked about breaking a glass ceiling when she was elected mayor of New Haven earlier this month. The veteran state legislator fought back a tough challenge from Justin Elicker to become the first female mayor of the Elm City. We talk about her personal voyage to city hall, and her vision for New Haven. 

Saud Anwar is another groundbreaker. The new South Windsor mayor is the first Muslim to hold such a post in the state. Anwar has been on our show in the past, talking about Pakistan-U.S. relations and the growing role of Muslims in America.

We also sit down and have our yearly conversation about stories and storytelling with Dave Isay. The founder of StoryCorps is celebrating ten years of this mammoth project to document the stories of America. He’s got a new book: Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps. We hear some amazing voices, and talk about the National Day of Listening, which is coming up over this Thanksgiving Holiday.


  • Toni Harp, mayor-elect of New Haven
  • Saud Anwar, mayor-elect of South Windsor
  • Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps and author