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Looking Back At The Fight For Susette Kelo's Little Pink House

Apr 24, 2018

A new movie revisits the battle behind Kelo v. City of New London. We’ll take a look back at this eminent domain case that unfolded right here in Connecticut.

We talk with Little Pink House author Jeff Benedict, who is also an executive producer on the new movie adaptation. And we hear from Susette Kelo, who became the face behind the fight between Fort Trumbull homeowners and the government.

And we hear from a Wesleyan group who traveled to Ukraine. What can American students learn from that country?

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"Little Pink House" will be playing at Real Artways in Hartford starting Friday, April 27.

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USA Today: I still feel the pain of losing my 'Little Pink House': Susette Kelo - “Destroying neighborhoods and homes, without regard to the families who live in them, is not new to New London.”

Hartford Courant:  Film 'Little Pink House' Tells Eminent Domain Story From New London - “Kelo fought the decision as the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case, which was lost by a 5-4 vote. Nevertheless, her little pink house survived the aggressive acquisition campaign by New London Development Corp.”

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New York Times: Driven Out [Book Review] - “Benedict strives for balance, but balance here consists of toggling back and forth between Kelo’s story and that of the powerful interests seeking to crush her.”

The Yale Law Journal: Looking Back Ten Years After Kelo - “In one sense, states have filled the vacuum of federal constitutional protection amazingly well. In response to Kelo, a total of forty-four states changed their laws: Eleven changed their constitutions,while forty enacted a broad range of statutory changes”

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.