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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Where we live
12:38 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Your Connecticut Story

myctstory.com

The state of Connecticut is asking residents for their “Connecticut Stories” today...part of a new marketing push.

It may not prove to be “I Love New York” - the highly memorable 1970s campaign that rebranded a city and a state - and that had a young Dannel Malloy working on.  But Connecticut’s brand new effort to market itself is a big step up from the days of Governor Jodi Rell’s $1 promotion budget - which helped get the state wiped off of tourism maps of New England.  We’ll talk about the new campaign with state tourism director Randy Fiveash. 

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Where We Live
10:51 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Governor Malloy on Education

Chion Wolf

Governor Dannel Malloy has some big challenges on his plate - not the least of which is an education overhaul.

Malloy promised “wholesale changes” in his state of the state address...changes that including adding $50 million into the allocation the state sends to towns - still far short of “fully funding” ECS - but seen by towns as a start.

Less embraced by some towns are other provisions - which include an attempt to force consolidation of smaller districts and to spend more money on charter schools.

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Where We Live
11:53 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Legislative Priorities Outside The Capitol

Chion Wolf WNPR

With the state legislative session underway - advocacy groups are talking about their “priorities.”

And in this “education session” - many of those priorities have to do with education and funding education. Today, we’ll talk policy with two consortiums...and see if some of their ideas on state government line up with yours.

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Where We Live
10:47 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Improving STEM Education

Chion Wolf

We kept hearing it from business...there really are jobs in Connecticut...we just don’t have the right workers.

Business owners were telling us they weren’t finding people with the right competencies in science, technology, engineering and math...what are called the STEM subjects.

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Where We Live
11:16 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Jackson Labs and Personalized Medicine

Amy Loves Yah, Creative Commons

The idea of personalized medicine was a driving force behind the Human Genome Project. Now Connecticut might be in the driver’s seat.

Governor Malloy recently sealed the deal that will give Jackson Laboratories $291 million to build their new genomic research facility on the University of Connecticut campus in Farmington.

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Where We Live
10:03 am
Fri February 10, 2012

SHAKE! SHAKE! SHAKE!

Where We Live
9:21 am
Fri February 10, 2012

The Diplomatic Dance with Afghanistan and Pakistan

Chion Wolf

Ambassador Marc Grossman just returned from a trip around the Middle East - gathering support for a “Democratic Afghanistan.”

That meant trips to places like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar...all seen as key US allies in the region. But a notable absence from this tour was a visit to Pakistan. As a special representative to both Afghanistan and Pakistan, this omission seems to be important. He was told the Pakistani government was still reviewing its relationship with the US.

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Where We Live
10:52 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Labeling Blacks in the Media

The media perception of African-Americans has shifted dramatically since the 18th century.

That’s what Southern Connecticut State University professor Frank Harris found out in his latest research.  He looked at old editions of The Hartford Courant and saw an evolution of labels...from “Negro” to “Colored” to “Afro-American” to “African-American.”

But has the tone of the coverage evolved with the changing names?

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Where We Live
10:50 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Improv Everywhere

Stephen Haynes

The songwriter Paul Simon once said: Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.

Improvisation is one of the key parts of musical expression...from fiddling with chord changes until a song emerges, to full-on “free” jazz, created on the spot.  In fact, jazz is probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of “improv” - followed by comedy.

A troupe of actors, thrown quickly into haphazard situations - forced to think fast and create characters and dialogue on the spot.

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Where We Live
11:41 am
Tue February 7, 2012

The Freakonomics Of Everything

“Freakonomics” changed the way we think about...well, everything. About people’s motivations, their actions, their desires and dreams.

Stephen Dubner and economist Steven Levitt found ways to tell stories that explain how economies work - that drew us in, and made us question the conventional wisdom.

Now, of course, Freakonomics is a lot more than just a book.

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Where We Live
10:23 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Locavesting

Shai Barzilay (Flickr Creative Commons)

Investment options are endless...Apple, Walmart, Starbucks, Microsoft, Exxon Mobil...but how about countless numbers of local startups around the country?

They might not be the most obvious investment choice. But many people call small business the backbone of our economy and the cornerstone of our communities.

So why aren’t we investing more in them?

Today, a look at investing locally or what our guest and author Amy Cortese calls locavesting. Her book looks at this new movement and explains how to profit from it.

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Where We Live
10:38 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Toxic Stress in Early Childhood

Pedro Klien, Creative Commons

Is it our genetic code that determines our destiny, or can early life experience influence the course of our fate?
A recently released report from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that stress - especially in our earliest years -plays a big role in future health.  

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Where We Live
10:45 am
Tue January 31, 2012

The Urban Metabolism

compujeramey

Having a “high metabolism” is seen as a positive for humans...what about cities?

The idea of “urban metabolism” comes from a new book by Austin Troy, associate professor at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.  He’s the author of The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities

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Where We Live
10:51 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Income Inequality and Economic Growth

zzzack, creative commons

The November elections are shaping up to be largely about the issue of income inequality.

That’s especially if multi-millionaire investor Mitt Romney gets the Republican nomination - which seems increasingly likely.  News of Romney’s tax rate - around 14% - coupled with outspoken statements from other uber-wealthy investors like Warren Buffett - who think they really should be paying more in taxes than those who work for them - have set up this battle.

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Where We Live
10:37 am
Fri January 27, 2012

El Sistema

Emily Moran

Thousands of children struggling against poverty find hope - and the path to a better life - through classical music.

Its not some pipedream...but a very real and inspiring story of El Sistema - The System: a music phenomenon in Venezuela that’s touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids and captured the attention of the world.

Today, we talk with the author of a book about El Sistema. We’ll also speak with educators who are using music to transform the lives of students right here in Connecticut.

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Where We Live
11:48 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Where We Live: Prenatal Genetic Testing

Chion Wolf

Pregnancy brings a rollercoaster of emotions for women and their partners.

Those 9 months bring parents anxiety, excitement, a sense of wonder, and joy. It's during the first trimester when mothers are first asked about whether they want to have genetic tests done to check on the baby's development.

How do parents decide if they want to undergo tests and what happens when results come back with news they weren't expecting?

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Where We Live
10:41 am
Wed January 25, 2012

A Look at Homelessness

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Where We Live
10:32 am
Fri January 20, 2012

God vs. Gay

Kellie Parker (Flickr Creative Commons)

Since Connecticut legalized gay marriage in November 2008, more than 6,000 same-sex couples have been married here.

More and more Northeastern states are legalizing same-sex marriage with New York doing it last summer. It’s an issue that continues to stir debate - from California’s Proposition 8 to this year’s presidential race.

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Where We Live
10:49 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Reporter Roundtable

Where We Live
10:37 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Checking-In With Jim Himes

Chion Wolf

Congressman Jim Himes is getting ready for another battle over unemployment benefits and a payroll tax cut...while trying to keep open a Social Security office in his district.  We talked to him about these issues, but he’s also been weighing in on SOPA and PIPA - the anti-piracy bills that have been dubbed “internet killers” by critics.

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Where We Live
11:01 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Hartford Restaurants Making The Grade

jimg944, creative commons

It’s already in place in New York - a grading system for restaurants. Soon, Hartford diners will find out if their favorite hotspot makes the grade.

This new grading system is also in place in Stamford, Norwalk, and the Farmington Valley.  How does it work?

Starting this month, Hartford health inspectors will begin checking each of the city’s 1,300 restaurants for cleanliness and safety. Following the inspections, restaurants must display their letter grades - “A” or “B.”  But there’s no, C, D...or a “For God’s sake don’t eat here.” Why not?  

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Where We Live
10:44 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Ranking Metro Areas

BPL, Creative Commons

Today the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program releases its Global MetroMonitor report - ranking the world’s 200 largest metropolitan economies for income and employment growth from 2010-2011.

Now we’ve talked to Brookings in the past about the importance of metro areas but this new study gives a detailed look at trends, and perhaps gives some surprising insight into our region’s metro areas, like Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven and Providence.

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Where We Live
10:20 am
Tue January 17, 2012

A Liberal Arts Education

NazarethCollege, Creative Commons

There has been a lot of talk recently about whether a Liberal Arts college degree is worth it. Some leading liberal arts schools are trying to make their case.

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Where We Live
11:19 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Trust in Black America

Chion Wolf

Both socially and politically, blacks are the least trusting racial group in the U.S.

So says UConn political science professor Shayla Nunnally who’s written a new book exploring “Trust in Black America” - She says the African American legacy of experiencing racial discrimination makes them distant from and distrustful of the American political system, its institutions, and its politicians.

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Where We Live
10:47 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Governor Malloy's First Year

Chion Wolf

Just over a year ago, Governor Dannel Malloy became the state’s first Democratic governor in 20 years.

His first year in office could be remembered in any number of ways: the state budget battle, the union concession rejection and then approval...and of course the weather.

Later today, he’s announcing his proposals coming out of the two-storm panel, which investigated the response to the storms...they announced their findings earlier this week.

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Where We Live
10:31 am
Tue January 10, 2012

The Education Session

Chion Wolf

Governor Malloy has called this upcoming legislative session “The Education Session.”

You can see why. Connecticut has one of the worst achievement gaps in the nation. Students in wealthy, suburban schools do as well - or better - than any in the country.

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Where We Live
10:37 am
Mon January 9, 2012

The Tension With Iran

Hamed Masoumi (Flickr Creative Commons)

Iran is back at the top of the news, over its nuclear program, a death sentence, and a raft of rescued sailors.

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Where We Live
10:55 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Fracking In 2011

Adrian Kinloch (Flickr Creative Commons)

2011 was the year fracking “cracked the public consciousness” - and it stands to be an environmental and political issue in 2012. We get an update from Nick Kusnetz who was recently a reporting fellow for ProPublica, focusing on fracking.

Here is an excerpt from ProPublica's reflection on fracking in 2011 by Abrahm Lustgarten:

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Where We Live
10:38 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Ralph Nader Is Getting Steamed

Chion Wolf

Ralph Nader’s not getting into this year’s presidential race...but that doesn’t mean he’s sitting it out.

The consumer advocate and past presidential candidate has talked this year of a “progressive/libertarian” alliance with Ron Paul, another polarizing figure who’s selling outrage as a key commodity in his race for President.

Nader’s outrage against corporate America - and the politicians of both parties that align with them - takes the form of a new book, “Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism.”

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Where We Live
10:35 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Checking In On Hartford's Brand

Chion Wolf

2011 saw the city of Hartford embark on a grand new plan to market itself. We’ll get an update from Oz Griebel on how the effort to sell the capitol city is moving along.

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