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
10:57 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Needle Droppin'

We get some end-of-the-year music recommendations from Anthony Fantano. He’s the man behind The Needle Drop, which is a blog, YouTube channel and radio show that can be heard on WNPR. He is the “internet’s busiest music nerd.”

We have a bonus song included in the web version of this segment. Here is a list of all the songs Anthony and John discuss for the latest edition of the Where We Live/The Needle Drop mashup.

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Where We Live
10:07 am
Fri December 2, 2011

The 21st Century Wadsworth

Chion Wolf

The Wadsworth Atheneum is the nation’s oldest public art museum. It has amassed an impressive permanent collection, and features large, popular exhibitions. But that long history can sometimes be a bit of a curse - as it fights for attention with dozens of art museums and other online entertainment options.

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Where We Live
11:49 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Redistricting Connecticut

NationalAtlas.gov

Wednesday is the deadline for state lawmakers to draw up a new legislative map. Every ten years, the boundaries are adjusted based on the census and it is a process that can often be contentious. The redistricting commission is responsible for balancing out the state House and Senate districts in addition to the five Congressional districts. While progress has been made since the previous deadline was extended, the commission is unlikely to complete its task at hand.

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Where We Live
10:12 am
Tue November 29, 2011

The Superintendent's Plan

hythe eye, creative commons

The state’s school superintendents have cooked up the latest in a series of high-profile plans to reform education in the state.

Their plan is ambitious and far reaching, including changes to testing, teaching and teacher tenure.  Most importantly, perhaps are goals to offer more flexibility for both school districts and individual student learning plans.  

Among the other recommendations? Universal Preschool and development of new relationships between superintendents and school boards.

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Where We Live
10:39 am
Tue November 22, 2011

The Unreliable Eyewitness

kevin dooley

Every year, more than 75,000 eyewitnesses identify criminal suspects in the U.S., and studies suggest that as many as a third of them are wrong.

Nearly 300 people nationally have been exonerated thanks to DNA evidence, and that number is expected to rise.  Meanwhile, many guilty people have been let to live free.

Today, where we live, Connecticut’s new task force to look at eyewitness testimony and its reliability.

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Preparing for Future Storms

Chion Wolf

We’ve been hearing for years that Connecticut has an aging electricity infrastructure - along with some of the highest electric rates in the country.

So, there’s a problem - how to upgrade without sending costs through the roof? It’s a problem that the state has been able to kick down the road for years - but now consecutive, massive storms have brought these questions into the fore.

First Tropical Storm Irene knocked out power to around three-quarters of a million customers...then a few months later, a freakish October snowstorm did even more damage.

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Where We Live
10:56 am
Fri November 18, 2011

#Occupy's Day Of Action

Chion Wolf

Yesterday’s national “day of action” for Occupy Wall Street was meant to mark the movement’s two-month anniversary...but it also came just after a forceful eviction from the park in lower Manhattan where the protests started.

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Where We Live
10:52 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Crowdsourced Science

Cano Vääri (Flickr Creative Commons)

Today, we’re talking about crowds...their power, and perhaps, their combined wisdom.

A recent Boston Globe column called the scientific world a closed society. But technological innovation has opened up the field to the ordinary citizen on the outside with online programs such as Foldit and Planet Hunters - attempts at “crowdsourcing” some of our trickiest problems.

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Where We Live
10:19 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Decisions, Decisions

Rex Roof, Creative Commons

When you make a decision, do you carefully deliberate? Or do you go with your gut?

It seems as though those are our choices...but as scientists dig deeper into the human mind, they’re discovering that this is not actually how the brain works.

Our best decisions - they find - are a finely tuned blend of both feeling and reason and the precise mix depends on the situation.

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Where We Live
1:34 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Small Business Breakfast: Young Entrepreneurs

Chion Wolf

We keep hearing that the job prospects for young workers aren't very good. So, what if they start their own businesses? 

Today, we're live from the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford for the last Small Business Breakfast of the year. It's taking place as part of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

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Where We Live
10:34 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Poverty in the Suburbs

Chion Wolf

By the end of  2010, over 15 percent of the nation’s population lived below the federal poverty line— that's just over $22 thousand dollars for a family of four.

Over a ten-year span, the US saw the poor population grow by 12.3 million, driving the total number of Americans in poverty to a historic high of 46.2 million.

...and the number of those poor people living in the suburbs increased by 25%. New research from the Brookings Institute explores how poverty is shifting from inner cities to the suburbs.

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Where We Live
10:34 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Returning Home

HarshLight Creative Commons

Last month, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. will withdraw troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. 100,000 troops have already been removed and the latest withdrawal will bring the last 40,000 home. Today, where we live, as we celebrate Veterans Day a conversation about the transition from military life to civilian life for the thousands of Veterans who have and will return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Wed November 9, 2011

On Deadline

thomasbonte, creative commons

Today CL&P faces their final deadline to have everyones power back on. Are you still in the 1%?

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Where We Live
10:29 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Day Ten Without Power

Tucker Ives

CL&P said they’d have power back on by Sunday night - but none of us - including Governor Malloy - were surprised when that didn’t happen. Now, Malloy is one of many state officials launching an investigation into the power company’s response. He’s hired former FEMA director James Lee Witt to oversee the investigation, which is due December 1.

The Courant’s Chris Keating still doesnt have power in Simsbury and we want to hear from you. How’s it looking in your town? We’ll have an update with Keating on power outages, lawsuits, investigations.

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Where We Live
10:12 am
Mon November 7, 2011

West Hartford Center

conbon33, creative commons

Donald Poland’s research focuses on the remaking of urban spaces, and he’s using West Hartford Center as a case study.

Poland argues that this type of space is not “explained” by current studies of urban areas - which focus instead on big cities and metro areas.

Today - where we live - we’ll explore West Hartford Center which he describes as both “resilient and mundane.”

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Where We Live
10:15 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Still In The Dark

Chion Wolf

Governor Dannel Malloy deployed the troops six days after the snowstorm that tore down powerlines and left millions of Northeast residents in the dark.

Still, as of this morning, 300 thousand customers are without power in Connecticut - making the state the slowest to respond.  

Some residents in the hardest-hit areas are forming “vigilante” tree crews to clear debris - something that CL&P officials say could be dangerous.  

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Where We Live
11:22 am
Thu November 3, 2011

A Banking Roundtable

Chion Wolf

President Obama just unveiled a new plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure...but what other help is out there?

The state of Connecticut is working to help homeowners as well...sponsoring a mortgage assistance event  on Tuesday November 15.  

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Where We Live
11:42 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Graphic And Newsworthy Photos

Chion Wolf

When Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed last month, the photos quickly become public and the media had to make a decision.

Many news organizations had slideshows of Gadhafi’s death on their websites. Some published the photos in their newspapers. Even fewer put it on the front page.

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Where We Live
11:30 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Remembering Matthew Chew

One year ago - a senseless murder shocked New London - a city that’s been undergoing a renaissance as a walkable, artsy, vibrant downtown. The young man who was killed, Matthew Chew, embodied that new vibrancy - and he’s being remembered in a vigil this Sunday, October 30 at 6:30pm at the Bean & Leaf in downtown New London.  Jade Huguenot, organizer of the event joins us.

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Where We Live
10:15 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Anthrax Attacks

The Anthrax attacks of 2001 terrified a nation already shaken by 9/11.  Five people died, and many others were sickened.  One death hit home - 94 year old Ottellie Lundgren of Oxford Connecticut.

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Where We Live
10:03 am
Fri October 28, 2011

From The DEP To The EPA

Chion Wolf

The federal EPA is under attack. From Republican lawmakers and some businesses who say their regulations choke off commerce...and from some environmentalists who think they haven’t been forceful enough in safeguarding our air, water and land.

Our recent program looked at several bills, passed in the House, that would weaken the EPA’s regulatory authority. Some Midwest states are challenging new rules going into effect in January that would force them to reduce harmful emissions that float downwind into our airspace.

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Where We Live
10:06 am
Wed October 26, 2011

Bill Curry is Back

Chion Wolf

In 2008, it was hope and change.  Barack Obama promised not just a new kind of president...but a new kind of politics.  

But it seems that political transformation will have to wait.  Despite his attempts at bi-partisanship, Republicans have repeatedly rebuffed President Obama in his attempts to pass domestic legislation - including his jobs bill.  Now, Washington’s more gridlocked than ever.

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Where We Live
10:26 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Special Session Roundtable

Chion Wolf

The state legislature is calling a special session tomorrow. It’s a tale of two bills: Jobs and Jackson Labs.

Governor Malloy has unveiled a jobs plan.  It’s focused on small business growth, startup investments for innovative firms, and streamlining the process for business to get things done.  
These are all ideas that the governor and legislative leaders expect to get some level of bi-partisan support.

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Where We Live
10:38 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Andre Dubus III

Jacket design: Evan Gaffney Design (photo by Chion Wolf)

After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. On Sundays, Andre spent time with his dad, an author and college professor. Today we have a conversation with Dubus, the House of Sand and Fog author, about his new memoir Townie, about a clash of worlds, physical violence, and the failures and triumphs of love.

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Where We Live
10:09 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Transportation And Development Funding

Chion Wolf

Last week, Connecticut handed out $5 million to a variety of towns and cities to create transit-oriented development projects around existing or planned transportation hubs. Here to talk with us about what this means is Tom Condon, he's deputy editorial page editor and columnist with the Hartford Courant who writes about transportation and development.

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Where We Live
9:50 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Steve Inskeep And The Instant City

Doby/NPR

Karachi, Pakistan has grown from a relatively small seaport city into a sprawling metropolis of at least 13 million people in just a few decades. It's what NPR host and reporter Steve Inskeep calls an "Instant City." He observes the changes in Karachi through the lens of one especially violent day in 2009. 

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Where We Live
9:19 am
Fri October 21, 2011

The End of Gadhafi

BRQ Network, Creative Commons

Moammar Gadhafi was killed today.  The former libyan leader held on to power for nearly 42 years in the North African country, supporting global terrorism and terrorizing the people of Libya. Dr. Abubaker Saad should know, the history professor at Western Connecticut State University worked as a diplomat for the Libyan monarchy, and was recruited to be Gadhafi's personal interpreter after he took power. Saad worked next to the dictator for 9 years until Saad fled the country after taking part in a plot against Gadhafi that was foiled. 

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Where We Live
11:18 am
Thu October 20, 2011

The Better Angels Of Our Nature

Chion Wolf

Yesterday more protestors were killed in Syria, Turkey bombed rebels in Iraq and the Greek protests turned violent...again.

The news looks pretty violent these days. But renowned psychologist Steven Pinker says that our ancestors were far more violent than we are today.

It is those stories of violence and mayhem that enter our homes on TV or even here on public radio. Those extraordinary stories get seared into our memory and we forget about the countless numbers of people who die of old age every day.

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Where We Live
10:48 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Examining Environmental Regulations

thoth, creative commons

The EPA has been criticized for being both “regulators gone wild” and “regulators gone missing.”

The Environmental Protection Agency has been the target of legislation passed in recent weeks by the Republican-led House.  The bills aim to gut existing regulations - while forcing the agency to examine the economic impact of the work it does.  This movement the heart of a new book by Richard Trzupek about how many Republicans think the EPA kills jobs.

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Where We Live
10:39 am
Tue October 18, 2011

The Long Goodbye

Chion Wolf

Americans are far less healthy than their European counterparts as they enter old age. But if we make it there, our chance of survival gets better.

So, why is this?  Well, one big reason is the enormous amount of money we’re pumping into end-of-life care.  By 67 - the time many of us are retired - the US is spending two and a half times more than other Western Countries.

And, what’s known as “end of life” care accounted for more than a quarter of Medicare spending last year....sometimes on aggressive care that the patient doesn’t even want.

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