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
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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4:16 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

City Treasurer, Mayor Reach Agreement On Personnel Issue

Photo: City of Hartford

In Hartford, city officials have been wrestling with a possible ethical issue for months.  The question was whether the city treasurer should be allowed to supervise his wife.  Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, city officials say an agreement is near.

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Where We Live
10:48 am
Thu October 6, 2011

#Occupying Spreads to Connecticut

5:15 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Segarra, Cloud: Working To Avoid Appearance Of Conflict Of Interest

In Hartford, the mayor and the city treasurer are working to resolve a staffing issue that both say could look like a conflict of interest. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

The concern is the treasurer's office, where Adam Cloud was appointed treasurer earlier this year. But also in that department is his wife, Nicole Plessy-Cloud. She works as a supervisor.

In an outside legal opinion sought on the matter in January, attorneys said that the situation didn't violate the city's ethics code -- but that it could should Cloud make any decisions about his wife's pay or advancement.

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Where We Live
11:25 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Holly Petraeus

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:24 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Money and College Sports

Photo / Jayel Aheram via Creative Commons

WANTED: Point Guard. $70K/yr. Must work weekends. Student-athletes generate billions of revenue for universities and private companies while they earn nothing. Some who’ve been badly hurt don’t get the care and coverage they’d get with workers comp. Others see their scholarship canceled after a year and find themselves on the hook for expensive tuition if they want to go further. Others object the the use of their images on licensed products long after their scholarship expire. Atlantic and Taylor Branch tackled this in a feature last week.

National Debt
1:02 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Republicans, Democrats Agree Changes In Debt Policies Needed

There’s not much that Republicans and Democrats agree on in the current debt-ceiling standoff. But one thing that all sides accept is that the nation's legal borrowing cap has failed in its primary goal: limiting the nation's red ink. From Washington Deirdre Shesgreen of the Connecticut Mirror reports.

No one can anyone argue that the debt ceiling has served to rein in federal borrowing. The cap has been lifted at least 80 times and the U.S. government’s total debt stands at about $14.3 trillion.


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7:59 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Cautious Support for McConnell Plan

Federal lawmakers spent the weekend working on ways to break the standstill in budget talks. While there is still hope that lawmakers can come up with a package of spending cuts and taxes, including President Obama's $4 trillion so called grand bargain, with an August 2 deadline quickly approaching, a simple raise of the debt limit, as proposed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will be the more likely outcome.

Here to talk about reaction from Connecticut's congressional delegation is the Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen.

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3:39 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Congressman Himes on Debt Ceiling Negotiations

Photo by WNPR's Chion Wolf

A deadline looms large for Congress to reach a budget deal that includes  raising the U.S borrowing limit. If leadership fails to do so by August 2, the country could default on its debt for the first time ever.  WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports on the perspective of 4th district Congressman Jim Himes.

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Higher Education
6:37 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Children of Immigrants Cheer In-State Tuition Law

Chion Wolf

Dozens of teenagers, the children of recent immigrants, turned out for a ceremonial bill signing with Governor Dannel Malloy today in New Haven. As WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, advocates for the in state tuition bill that became law July 1, say  the moment was a long time coming.

The crowd of college hopefuls cheered Gov Malloy as he signed the bill inside the lobby of Wilbur Cross High School. Joining the young adults were immigrant advocates and congregational members who lobbied for the bill in their home communities across Fairfield and New Haven counties.

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4:22 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

State Universities Working to Implement New In-State Tuition Law

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On Thursday, Governor Dannel Malloy will attend a ceremonial bill signing for a measure that will help illegal immigrant students.

The in state tuition law went into effect July 1, allowing undocumented students who enroll at a state university or community college to be eligible for the in-state tuition rate. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the schools are streamlining the admissions process so these students will be billed correctly.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:55 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Legendary Publishing Editor Jason Epstein; Financial Advice From Robert

David Shankbone

On today's show...Financial advice, the upcoming Festival of Arts and ideas in New Haven, and from the Faith Middleton's satellite studio on The East End of Long Island, legendary publishing editor Jason Epstein.

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Where We Live
10:47 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Hedge Funds

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Hedge Fund managers are America’s new economic elite...they weathered the storm of the financial collapse better than anyone, and have made the kind of money that’s hard to imagine.  In fact, author Sebastian Mallaby calls it “More Money Than God.” He’s studied the history of hedge funds for this bestselling book that’s - now out in paperback.  

He paints a picture of complicated men - who crave secrecy, exude eccentricity, and who have unlocked the mystery of how markets work, making billions in the process.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:46 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Overcoming Tough Times Financially

Our roller coaster economy has been a leveler - throwing the formerly rich and lower income people into the same basket.

We thought we'd talk about debt, credit cards and bankruptcy with Mitchell Allen, author of A Survival Guide to Debt.  He has been a debt counselor to many.

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Cash Flow
2:53 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Budget Officials Get a Second Surge of Unexpected Money

It almost sounds too good to be true: state budget officials, who already saw revenues surge by nearly $400 million over the past month, now say anticipated savings in retired worker health care costs have grown by some $100 million in the same period.

And though Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo said his office was somewhat conservative in assessing the account that it controls, he added that a number of factors made the $117.4 million savings--equal to nearly 20 percent of the entire annual allocation--difficult to predict before now.

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Commuter Rail
12:46 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

State Gets $40 Million For New Haven-Springfield Rail Project

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Connecticut has secured $40 million for its high speed rail project from New Haven to Springfield from the federal government. The money will be used to lay additional tracks.

When it comes to getting federal money, Judd Everhart with Connecticut's Department of Transportation says red tape can really slow things down.

"This grant was originally announced last year by then-governor Rell and that just gives you a sense of how long these kinds of things can take," Everhart says.

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Commuter Rail
4:04 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Connecticut Receives $30 Million for New Haven-Springfield Line

WNPR/Nancy Cohen

The New Haven to Springfield high speed rail line snagged $30 million in federal funding today. But that's far less than the $227 million Connecticut was hoping for.

Governor Dannel Malloy says he's not disappointed with the pay-out.

"You ask for a lot money in the hopes that you're going to get it. Amtrak asked for a lot more than they're getting. Everybody asked for more than they're getting," Malloy says. "No, I'm feeling great. We're going to compete time and time again. We're going to be in those fights. And we're not going to take passes."

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Commuter Rail
2:58 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Meriden Revitalizes as New Haven-Springfield Rail Line Chugs Closer

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Earlier this week, Connecticut received $30 million federal dollars for the New Haven to Springfield rail project. As the money starts to trickle in, WNPR is checking in with a few towns along the line to see how they're preparing. The first stop is Meriden, a city well on its way to welcoming the train.

Meriden's downtown isn't that different from those in other industrial towns in Connecticut. After manufacturing dried up, retail fled to the malls and slowly, all that was left behind started to crumble.

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Where We Live
10:53 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Financial Literacy and Connecticut's Kids

Chion Wolf

We’re struggling to get out of a recession, caused in part by borrowing way too much.  So, if grown-ups can’t manage their money – how should we expect kids to?

Many financial experts say that children aren’t learning the right lessons about how to handle their money.  Here’s an example: A recent study finds that today’s parents are “incredibly lenient” about handing their children extra money – you know, that 20 dollars to go see a movie, over and above their allowance.

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6:38 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

East Granby Woman Avoids Foreclosure With the Help of Friends and Facebook

Chion Wolf Photo

An East Granby woman was close to losing her home after falling behind on mortgage payments while she was unemployed.

Joan Wright-Lee found a new job but needed to raise $6000 to keep her home.
That's when her friends stepped in and created a website soliciting donations online. And through the power of Facebook, her story has been shared around the Internet thanks to her Facebook friends who posted her website address on their profile walls.

Wright-Lee spoke to WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil about this unconventional way to avoid foreclosure.

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Growing New Small Businesses
10:34 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Pfizer Layoff A Biotech Opportunity?

Harriet Jones

Over the next year or so, Pfizer will lay off more than a thousand people in Connecticut. If most of these highly skilled workers leave the state it’s estimated the hit to the local economy could be more than $100 million annually. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports on the prospects for retaining some of these skills by growing new small businesses.

In a two thousand square foot former restaurant in New London you can catch a glimpse of what a homegrown biotech industry might look like in this part of the state.

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8:33 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Campaign Finance

In just a few hours the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in an Arizona case that may affect Connecticut's public campaign finance system.  We talk to Deirdre Shesgreen of the Connecticut Mirror about her recent article.

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6:23 am
Thu March 24, 2011

So, What Makes A Town "Rural?"

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WASHINGTON--In 2009, Bolton and Vernon were moving full speed ahead on a vital $25 million sewer project to replace inadequate septic systems serving the area's residents. But as construction was about to start, local officials got bad news from Washington: $2 million in federal aid was suddenly being yanked.

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10:34 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Malloy Expects To Get Money For Transportation

Brent Moore

Governor Dannel Malloy was in Washington D.C. today (Thursday) to meet  with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. They discussed Connecticut’s application for high-speed rail funding. WNPR's Jason Cunningham reports.

Governor Malloy says he's confident that Connecticut will receive a portion of the $2.4 billion in federal transportation funding released last week. Speaking by phone to reporters he said he'll continue to pursue the $100 million in transportation funding that Florida’s Governor passed up.

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Where We Live
10:10 am
Mon March 7, 2011

A Look At Microfinance

Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work pioneering the concept of “micro credit,” providing small loans to village entrepreneurs as a way to fight poverty. 

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Every Child Ahead
11:29 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Balancing Business At Home

Harriet Jones

Many communities around Connecticut rely on small businesses to provide essential, basic services. For WNPR’s latest small business profile, Harriet Jones visited a home-based daycare in Hamden that’s helping children and parents alike.

Morning exercise is all part of the routine at Every Child Ahead in Hamden.

“I just care for them like they’re my children, and I think that’s why I keep my daycare full.”

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11:12 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Childcare Businesses Grow At Home

Harriet Jones

If Connecticut is to have an engaged and productive workforce it must have reliable childcare. Childcare comes in many different forms, but an increasing number of providers are small, home-based businesses. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

In a tiny condo in Hamden, Lushanna Thompson is allowing her small charges to let off some steam.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:28 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Politics, Burgers & Beer: FCIC Conclusions and Recommendations


It's a fresh edition of Politics, Burgers and Beer. We'll talk budgets, the state of the economy, how we got here, and how we'll fix it. Faith and Quinnipiac's Rich Hanley will be joined by Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Chairman Phil Angelides, New York Times Wealth Matters columnist Paul Sullivan, and YOU! Join the conversation on Twitter, on Facebook, or on air at 203 776-WNPR.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:21 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Growing and Protecting Your Money

creative commons, Iman Mosaad

Bob's simple saving rules.

1. Every month pay off the balance on your credit cards.

2. By age 30 save 15% of your income.

3. Pay yourself first (save before you spend)

4. When your portfolio is twice the size of your salary, become knowledgeable about investing and pay attention to your portfolio (gain in portfolio should be equal to or greater than what you are saving.)

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