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.

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The executive producer is Catie Talarski. The digital editor is Heather Brandon.

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

The Urban Metabolism

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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

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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 WNPR

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

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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

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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 WNPR

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 WNPR

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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Where We Live
10:33 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Cable TV

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The average cable TV subscriber pays nearly 3 times as much for cable now as they did in 2001. And the costs are going up all the time.

The cable industry says that’s because of the high cost of the programming it buys, and its need to maintain an infrastructure to bring you those 500 channels.

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Where We Live
11:10 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Where IS The Beef?

Dave Wild (Flickr Creative Commons)

In this country, omnivores ate over 26 billion pounds of beef in 2010.

All that meat sold for roughly $74 billion. Of course, some of that was the local, grass-fed stuff that food author Michael Pollan would approve of. A lot of it was the “other” stuff that goes into Big Macs and Whoppers.

But even with all those “Billions Served” - times are tough for the beef industry.

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Where We Live
10:56 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Changing Marriage Rates

Ruddington Photos (Flickr Creative Commons)

Today, just 51% of adults over 18 are married, dropping from 72% in 1960. It’s a record low.

Instead, more people are living in alternate arrangements, including cohabitation, single-person households and as single parents.

The numbers come from a Pew Research Center analysis of census data - and we’ll be trying to figure out what it means on today’s Where We Live.

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Where We Live
11:08 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Redistricting Update

Where We Live
10:37 am
Fri December 30, 2011

A Year of Wacky Weather

Chion Wolf

The big story of 2011 was the weather: epic snowstorms, dangerous ice storms, a deadly tornado, a tropical storm...

And that was all before a freakish October Nor’Easter that snapped leaf-laden trees, downing power lines and - for a week - took us back to a kind of pre-Colonial Connecticut. Today, where we live, meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan helps us take a look back at an unpredictable year - and we’ll find out if climate change foretells an “apocalyptic” 2012.

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Where We Live
9:58 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Santa, Scrooge and Economics

Chion Wolf

Twas the last show before Christmas and we’re visiting Santa, Scrooge...and an economist.

We’re digging into the Where We Live archive for some of our favorite interviews from previous Decembers.

The holiday season is what many retailers look forward to. Consumers head out or log-on in hopes of finding the perfect present for friends and family. But we’ll hear from an economist who proposes a different idea and he calls it, Scroogenomics.

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Where We Live
10:22 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Taxing Inequality

Income inequality stands to be the biggest issue - not just of the next election cycle - but of the next decade. Why? Well, the rich just keep getting richer - a new study released by Connecticut Voices for Children shows that over a four year period, the highest wage earners in the state have seen their income sharply increase - even through a recession - while middle-class workers struggle by, making about the same.

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Where We Live
11:01 am
Wed December 21, 2011

The Age of Alzheimer's

Vince Alongi

Alzheimer’s is predicted to be the defining disease of the baby boom generation.

It’s an incurable brain disorder that destroys memory, as well as the ability to speak and function.  It also slowly eats away at loved ones who serve as caregivers.  

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Where We Live
11:23 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Detainees From The War On Terror

James Gordon (Flickr Creative Commons)

President Obama promised to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, used to hold suspected terrorists. Ten years after 9/11...we’re seemingly no closer to a resolution about how to handle these detainees.

Attorney General Eric Holder went out on a limb - calling for civilian trials - only to have his idea ditched by the administration.

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Where We Live
10:46 am
Tue December 20, 2011

The Connecticut Economy

The Connecticut Economy is a quarterly review put out by the University of Connecticut that analyzes - well - the state’s economy. The latest edition was recently released and includes an analysis of Connecticut’s quality of life.

One major factor in any economic study is the unemployment rate and yesterday, the Connecticut Department of Labor released new statistics showing a slight drop to 8.4% in what the department calls a plateauing of the unemployment rate.

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Where We Live
11:12 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Mormon Voting Trends

Chion Wolf

A recent Trinity College study takes a look at socio-demographic trends among the United States' Mormon population. Mormons make up just 1.4% of the U.S. adult population and vote heavily Republican.

It is also a group with very high rates of voter registration. We talk with someone who worked on this study, Juhem Navarro-Rivera and take listener phone calls about the media's coverage of the Mormon presidential candidates.

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Where We Live
10:49 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Gearing Up For 2012

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