Where We Live

Weekdays at 9:00 am and 7:00 pm

Where We Live, hosted by John Dankosky, is a talk show about where we live…in Connecticut, in the northeast, in the U.S., and on the planet. You can stream us live. We welcome phone calls at (860) 275-7266, emails at wherewelive@wnpr.org, tweets @wherewelive, or visit us on Facebook.

Contact producers Tucker Ives and Lydia Brown.

The executive producer is Catie Talarski.

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A Gamble
10:29 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Regional Roundtable: Casinos, Lobsters, and Presidential Politics

MGM Springfield

Could we someday have the “Springfield Strip?”  

Yesterday MGM unveiled their plans to revive the struggling Massachusetts city by pumping 800 million dollars into a gambling resort, entertainment complex, and housing development. It’s one of several proposals on the table as Mass tries to take on Connecticut casinos.

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Bugs Bite
12:30 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Itchy, Annoying and Sometimes Deadly Mosquitoes

Trindade.Joao

Mosquitoes are one of those things that we learn to deal with. We put the bug spray on, light the citronella candle, and try to keep the itching to a minimum. But for some people, those skeeters are deadly.

Yesterday, the Dallas, Texas region saw its 11th death of the year from the West Nile Virus. More than 200 people have been infected by the disease. And here in Connecticut, officials announced the first case of West Nile last week. The Agricultural Experiment Station has found mosquitoes carrying the virus in dozens of towns across Connecticut.

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Off Track
12:43 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

CTfastrak: Is It On Track? A Busway Update

Courtesy CTfastrak

The busway planned between Hartford and New Britain has been dubbed CTfastrak, perhaps to get out from under the divisive political connotations of “busway.” But as the plans start to take shape, local politics are again playing a role.

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Where We Live
12:19 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Connecticut Eccentricities

Joe Mabel (Wikimedia Commons)

What makes your town unique or puzzling? What local history is important about where you live? What makes you proud to be in your part of Connecticut? Today we look into all the nooks and crannies that make our state eccentric. We'll answer burning questions like:

Why is Mystic half in Groton and half in Stonington? How did the Quiet Corner get its name? (Litchfield County’s pretty quiet, too)

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Primary in August?
11:05 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Rise and Shine! Primary Morning in Connecticut

Chion Wolf

It’s primary day in Connecticut!  The last time Governor Malloy was on The Colin McEnroe Show, he said it doesn't make any sense to have hold primary day in August. Yeah, it’s a little hard to drum up much enthusiasm for a trip to the polls when its 87 degrees and sunny, the Cape is calling, or you are deep in the woods.  

But, at least the candidates have tried to keep things interesting - with high-stakes primary contests in a race for Senate and the 5th district seat.

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Need Shades?
11:09 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Artificial Lighting and Our Health

Chion Wolf

Remember those big storms that left many of us in the dark for days and even weeks? We all went scrambling to power up our computers, recharge our smart phones, and grab a bite to eat in a warm and well-lit restaurant. The dark didn’t feel quite right.

But, maybe a little more dark is what we need.  

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Funny Looking
11:43 am
Thu August 9, 2012

The Wild History of CT's 5th Congressional District

Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives; Wikimedia

Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District is kind of funny looking.

It’s been that way since 2002, when the state lost a seat in congress and had to jam together two “normal looking” districts. This made for an epic battle for control of the seat...but it also made for one of the strangest and most entertaining political arenas in our state.

The old 5th was a simple diagonal line - stretching from Waterbury to Danbury.

The old 6th - its unhappy partner in a marriage arranged by the census - was a sprawling landscape of mostly rolling hills and suburbs.

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Where We Live
10:49 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Why Is Algebra Necessary?

stuartpilbrow (Flickr Creative Commons)

“Is algebra necessary?” It’s a question that crosses the minds of many students struggling in high school and college math classes.

Professor Andrew Hacker wonders the same thing. His opinion piece about the math we teach to students has started a big conversation about how schools prepare people for the real world.

He wonders whether this stumbling block forces kids out of school early...whether it really helps with the 21st century tools we need.

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Where We Live
12:08 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans on Trial

U.S. Army (Flickr Creative Commons)

In the Civil War, it was called soldiers heart or nostalgia. In WWI, it was known as shell shock. These days, it's known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Talk to any veteran and they'll tell you: war changes you.

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Where We Live
11:22 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Mark Greenberg: Islam Is "a Cult in Many Respects."

Mark Greenberg.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Republican 5th congressional district candidate Mark Greenberg questioned whether Islam is a religion of peace.

"I don't believe in all manner, that Islam is a religion of peace and we have to be careful about that," said Greenberg on WNPR's Where We Live. "We got to be honest about it. We have to be able to be real about the fact that some people in that religion are out to kill us."

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Reporter Roundtable on House and Senate Races, Swing States

Chion Wolf

In Connecticut, we’re only one month out from an important primary in two key races.

The Senate Race has lost a bit of its drama with front-runners Chris Murphy and Linda McMahon pulling out to big leads.

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Where We Live
10:25 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Paved Paradise

Picabu (Wikimedia Commons)

Picture a parking lot....what comes to mind? A sea of asphalt, white lines, birds pecking at discarded food. Don’t forget the stray shopping carts, bright lighting at night, and blinding glare by day. Not the most pleasant place.

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Where We Live
1:21 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Andrew Roraback on the Death Penalty, Health Care and Rowland

Chion Wolf

Republican State Senator Andrew Roraback is leaving the legislature to run for the 5th Congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Senate candidate Chris Murphy.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Thu April 26, 2012

The State of Play

Lou & Traci plus, creative commons

The Executive Director of the Alliance for Childhood talks about how important play is for young people. She’s part of a two-day creativity conference coming up in Ridgefield, CT.

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Where We Live
10:10 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Legislative Update With Keith Phaneuf

Chion Wolf

With everything else going on at the Capitol, it’s good someone is paying attention to the budget.

That someone is The Connecticut Mirror’s Keith Phaneuf.  Our budgetary Obi Wan Kenobi stops by to give us an update on the fiscal health of the state - along with news on the “hot button” issues like minimum wage and Sunday liquor sales.

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Where We Live
11:09 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Young People, Don't Go!

Connecticut has lost more of our 25-34-year-old population since 1990 than any state but Michigan. I’m no demographer - but that’s not good. Of course, big population shifts are happening around the country as baby-boomers retire – but Connecticut is poised for the most hardship, unless we turn this around quickly.

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Where We Live
10:03 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Robert Ballard on the Titanic

Inst. for Exploration & Inst. for Archaeological Oceanography

Dr. Robert Ballard is probably the world’s most famous explorer - in part because of his Titanic discovery - in part because of his tireless mission to uncover secrets of the deep.

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Where We Live
10:33 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Election Double Header: Voting In The 21st Century

Chion Wolf WNPR

We now take some things for granted about voting in Connecticut.

1.) It’s gonna happen on a Tuesday.

2.) You’re going to have to register in advance - then go to a polling place and hope you’re on the list.

3.) You’re going to “bubble in” your choice on a piece of paper - yes, “bubble in” is an idiom.

4.) Connecticut is going to be almost irrelevant to the national political discussion.

5.) In some towns, we’re gonna have a hard time conducting an election at all.

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Where We Live
10:29 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Irish Identity In The U.S.

Chion Wolf

Hartford and New Haven held their St. Patrick’s Day parades last weekend...but the holiday is actually this weekend. It’s a time when we’re supposed to honor and celebrate the rich Irish culture and history.

But - if you look at the way most Americans celebrate - it’s just another excuse to go to the bar.

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Where We Live
9:59 am
Fri March 16, 2012

String Theorie - Little Elephant

Chion Wolf

String Theorie is a Hartford-based band that plays what they call “Instrumental World Fusion.”

Fingerstyle acoustic guitarist Joel Weik, electric bassist Karl Messerschmidt and percsussionist Jordan Critchley have been playing all over Central Connecticut for the last few years - including in our studios.  

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Where We Live
10:21 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Adult Ed For Teens

preetamrai, creative commons

Thousands of teens are leaving traditional high school in Connecticut and opting for adult education programs instead.

These programs have more flexible hours and fewer requirements for graduation, allowing students - in some cases - to finish school more quickly.

But there are complicated reasons why some teens are taking this opportunity.  One is that some low-performing students - or those with troubled pasts - are being “pushed out” of the traditional school system...and there aren’t always spaces in “alternative” schools.

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Where We Live
10:33 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Returning To Iraq

USAG-Humphreys (Flickr Creative Commons)

Roman Baca entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 2000 and was eventually deployed to Iraq. He returned to Connecticut and struggled to adjust to civilian life. He finally found purpose in his life...in dance. Baca started the Exit 12 Dance Company and is the artistic director there. He’s getting ready to embark on a trip back to Iraq later this month where he will teach dance to local children there.

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Coming Home Project
10:27 am
Wed March 14, 2012

A Veteran's Writing Project

Chion Wolf

Today we'll profile an interesting program happening at Central Connecticut State University within the English Department.  It’s in collaboration with the “Veteran’s Project” which is putting together a “Welcome Home” event on March 31 at the Armory in Hartford. English professor Mary Collins is working with her creative writing students to tell Veteran's stories. 

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Where We Live
12:40 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Racial Profiling

Emad Ghazipura (Flickr Creative Commons)

It has been a sad - but well-known - fact that in many communities, “Driving While Black” or “Driving While Hispanic” can be seen as a reason to get pulled over by police.

While the state has a law that mandates reports on the ethnicity of drivers pulled over in traffic stops - that data is not universally reported by towns. And the state agency that collects it is overburdened.

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Where We Live
10:49 am
Fri March 9, 2012

The Women's Wealth Divide

kevin dooley

We’ve been hearing about a “war on women” in the political arena - mostly over issues of contraception and reproductive rights. But a new book by Dr. Mariko Chang looks at what might be a more pressing problem...a wealth gap that’s faced women for years. The book is Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It.

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Where We Live
10:29 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Nuclear Power After Fukushima

burnanenergyjournal.com

It’s been a year since the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a new conversation about nuclear power.

In his new documentary series called “Burn: An Energy Journal” - public radio pioneer Alex Chadwick is back with a report examining the future of nuclear power after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan.  It premeires this weekend on WNPR and we’ll get a preview.

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Where We Live
10:34 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Teachers Unions

LizMarie_AK, creative commons

Connecticut teachers have been feeling under fire since Governor Malloy announced a sweeping new education plan.

Among the many points in his 163-page plan that’s now being debated by the legislature is a provision to change the rules on teacher tenure.

Malloy says that unions have already agreed to a deal that would tie student performance to teacher evaluations – but they’re cool to the Governor’s tenure plan.

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Where We Live
10:58 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Patient Safety

isafmedia, creative commons

Patient safety is one of the nation's most pressing health care challenges.

Patient safety advocates say that thousands of people are put in harm’s way from preventable hospital-acquired infections and medical errors.

Connecticut alone reported more than 16-hundred “adverse hospital events” 2004 and 2011, including 157 cases in which patients died.

But reporting by the Connecticut Health Investigative Team shows that few of these cases are actually investigated by the state.

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Where We Live
9:33 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Imagine Your Town Without Trees

Chion Wolf

After a series of bad storms, Governor Dannel Malloy declared a “War on Trees!” Or, at least, that’s what it seemed like at the time. The governor was reacting to the hundreds of thousands of power outages caused by downed trees after a tropical storm and a freakish October snowstorm.

In his defense of more aggressive tree-cutting he coined this signature phrase: “Trees grow, ladies and gentlemen of the state of Connecticut, they grow.”

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Arts/Culture
10:47 am
Fri March 2, 2012

On The Road

Michael Krigsman (Flickr Creative Commons)

Roads get you where you need to go...at least some of the time. But roads are more than just well worn paths for busy motorists.

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