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
11:37 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Where We Live: Mates of State

Catie Talarski

NPR Music says Mates of State are the “sound of infectious joy.”  Its a joy that rubs right off of this very happy and pleasant married couple - both on their new record, Mountaintops, and in person.

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Where We Live
11:16 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Gwathmey Siegel Architects

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects

The modernist architectural team of Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel used art as an inspiration throughout their long collaboration, which produced many acclaimed public buildings and private residences until Gwathmey’s death in 2009.

The inspiration they drew from art forms the basis of an exhibit of their work on display at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery - until January 27th.  

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Where We Live
11:16 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Gwathmey Siegel Architects

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects

The modernist architectural team of Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel used art as an inspiration throughout their long collaboration, which produced many acclaimed public buildings and private residences until Gwathmey’s death in 2009.

The inspiration they drew from art forms the basis of an exhibit of their work on display at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery - until January 27th.  

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Fri December 16, 2011

School Arrests

Rob.Wall, creative commons

Hundreds of students are arrested each year in Connecticut schools.  That’s the finding of a new report by C-Hit - the Connecticut Health Investigative Team.  They reviewed data from the Connecticut judicial department - and their story points to instances where “zero tolerance” policies often mean students in handcuffs, even for minor offenses.  Today we talk to reporter Lisa Chedekel. 

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Where We Live
10:30 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Violence In And Around Sports

David Baker (Flickr Creative Commons)

If you’ve listened to this show for a while, you know I’m from Pittsburgh. And that makes me a Steelers fan. Steelers fans root for their team in good seasons and bad, and have always had a belief that their players embody the spirit of Art Rooney, one of the founders of the modern NFL. Their players are tough and gritty, without being thuggish. They play hard…and they play right.

Then, you see this.

That’s from last Thursday night.

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Where We Live
10:14 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Health Care Advocate Victoria Veltri

Chion Wolf

Connecticut’s new healthcare advocate, Victoria Veltri is tasked with helping residents through the maze of health care laws, regulations and roadblocks.

Veltri’s involved in disputes between insurance carriers and health care providers; disputes about the state’s Medicaid program for low-income adults; and about the implementation of state health exchanges.

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Where We Live
11:23 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Stalin's Soviet Union

German Federal Archive

Sometimes a prominent historical figure achieves a resurgence...not necessarily in popularity, but in our daily conversation. It’s been that kind of year for Joseph Stalin.

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

Reporting Child Abuse

USAG-Humphreys

Last week, two more men accused Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing them when they were children. The case has raised questions about what one is required to do when child abuse is seen or suspicioned. Policymakers in CT are discussing whether to make all adults “mandated reporters,” but some worry this could mean a flood of reports that would clog the system.

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Where We Live
11:14 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Jerry Wong (Flickr Creative Commons)

Each year more than 350,000 Americans die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest – that’s more than the total death rate for breast cancer, lung cancer, HIV/AIDS, motor vehicle accidents, and violent traumatic events combined.

Health officials say widespread public access to Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs...small easy-to-use devices, could drastically reduce the death rate.

So why aren’t they more accessible?

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Where We Live
10:52 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Environmental Priorities

citizenswaine

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Studying The Chaos Theory

Gardener41, creative commons

Mark Demers is a Fairfield University Professor who just got a grant to study “chaos theory.” Could the gentle flap of a butterfly wing in China set off a tornado in Texas? He’ll study the evolution of systems that change over time and attempt to understand their stability and predictability.

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Where We Live
10:29 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Chaos and Creativity

NASA

A new PBS film “Journey of the Universe” invites viewers to become travelers on a journey that explores the origins of the universe, the emergence of life, and the rise of humans. Today, we’ll talk to producer and scholar Mary Evelyn Tucker about the human connection to the Earth and the cosmos.

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Where We Live
12:13 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Where Are The Fish Going?

Chris Deacutis (Flickr Creative Commons)

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Where We Live
11:34 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Youth Media

DavidMartynHunt

Young people in New Haven are tackling the crime problem with microphones and video cameras. This is just part of a growing number of youth media projects that are opening up ears and minds about young people growing up around the world.

Today, we’ll talk to the head of Youth Rights Media in New Haven - and a Yale World Fellow and Ted Fellow Gavin Sheppard. He started his own organization in Toronto, empowering youth through creative industries like music and writing.

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Where We Live
11:06 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Post-Irene Fraud Investigation

Mark Pazniokas

The state has launched an investigation into possible fraud in a federal food stamp program - meant to help residents following Tropical Storm Irene.

The fraud was found by the state Department of Social Services - which will conduct the investigation.

We're joined by Andrew J. McDonald who is the General Counsel to Governor Malloy. 

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Where We Live
10:37 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Internet Sales Tax

Chion Wolf

In the week after Thanksgiving, U.S. consumers spent nearly $6 billion online. Those numbers come from research firm ComScore, which says online sales are already up 15% from last year.

The benefits of internet shopping can include free shipping, no crowds and seemingly...no sales tax.

Across the country, states miss out on more than $7 billion from online sales.

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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
10:49 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Did the Supercommittee Fail?

Kevin Burkett (Flickr Creative Commons)

So, the “super committee” failed to reach a deficit-reduction plan - now, “automatic” cuts loom.

While this is undeniably true - the impact of the committee’s “failure” can be read many ways: One is that it actually helped to divert attention away from the debt ceiling battle in Congress until after the 2012 election.

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Where We Live
9:51 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Public Radio Showcase

Chion Wolf

The day after Thanksgiving has come to be known as Black Friday. Dave Isay is trying to change that.

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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
10:48 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Measuring The World

Chion Wolf

“A pint’s a pound, the world around.” Except...what’s a pint? And, for that matter, what’s a pound?

Here in America, we take for granted our feet, our inches, our Fahrenheit temperatures...we even watch our pounds.

But, leave this country, and it’s pretty clear we’re on an island - an island the rest of the world would measure in meters...an “international standard” that we’re still resistant to.

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