Damon Scott

Jul 2, 2013
CPBN Media Lab

 Damon Scott hosts a morning show-style afternoon radio program on 96.5 TIC-FM.  Originally from Hoisington, Kansas, he settled down in Essex, CT.  His ongoing success as the afternoon radio personality on 96.5 has opened the door for many more opportunites.  He owns his own creative services business, providing voiceover services for clients like Madison Square Garden.  He was also the first person to ever introduce a group at the Meadows, now called the Comcast Theater, and has since continued introducing bands and performers on a regular basis.

Harvey Hubbell V

Jun 17, 2013
CPBN Media Lab

Harvey Hubbell V is many things; chief among them he is a documentary filmmaker. His work has won many awards, including the Gold World Medal for Comedy at The New York Festivals and multiple Emmys. Harvey has worked in many aspects of production, meandering the professional halls of commercial work and feature films (Mr. Deeds, BlackMale), but has found his home in the documentarian world. “Commercials are film-lies” Harvey says, “…documentaries are film-truth”. The search for that film truth has taken Mr. Hubbell all across the great United States, Poland, Peru, and beyond.

Anthony Fantano

Jan 14, 2013
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Anthony Fantano describes himself as a musician, vegan, troublemaker, health nut, radio host, b/vlogger, and indie music spelunker from the great state of Connecticut. Fantano has an affinity for music and reviewing new music on his YouTube channel, which has over 100,000 subscribers and 25 million views. He hosts a weekly radio show called The Needle Drop on WNPR that airs in Connecticut, Colorado, Montana, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Idaho. He calls his followers “needle drops” and has a massive collection of albums.

Nicholas Bellantoni

Dec 13, 2012
CPBN Media Lab

Dr. Nicholas F. Bellantoni serves as the state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Connecticut.

After high school he served four years in the US Navy.  A graduate of Central Connecticut State University, he received his doctorate in anthropology from UConn in 1987.  Shortly thereafter he was appointed to the newly created post of state archaeologist. 

Kara Sundlun

Nov 26, 2012
CPBN Media Lab

Kara Sundlun is an award winning journalist who has been a part of the WFSB news organization here in Connecticut for over twelve years.  She had a unique opportunity at 17 years old to intern at WPRI in Rhode Island, and the experience increased her interest in broadcast journalism while providing the drive and direction to pursue her dreams.  During her time as a Communications and Political Science Major at the University of Michigan, she furthered her expertise through multiple internships, which included an amazing opportunity at the White House; she found it “fascinating to be amongst

(I)NTERVIEW - Chris Murphy

Jul 31, 2012

Chris Murphy is seeking to take his young political career to the next level. While fulfilling his eight years of service in Connecticut’s House of Representatives and Connecticut’s Senate, Murphy brought attention to environmental protection and juvenile justice reform. He was later elected as Connecticut’s Congressional Representative from the state’s 5th congressional district in 2006.

(I)NTERVIEW: Wendy Black-Nasta

Apr 25, 2012
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This (I)NTERVIEW is from February 29th, 2012

What first attracted me to interview Wendy was her peace work. Many artists SAY that they're peace activist and want to spread peace throughout the world, but not many actually follow through on that. Mrs. Black-Nasta did. Her work with Artist for World peace is incredibly inspiring and motivational. During the interview I was able to delve deeper into her psyche and what I found was one of the most intriguing people you will ever meet.

(I)NTERVIEW: Steve Wolfberg

Mar 19, 2012
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Steve has been creating compelling and memorable advertising for over 30 years for national brands such as Amica Insurance, Benihana, Konica Minolta, MasterCard and Tractor Supply Company, as well as local and regional icons like the Connecticut Lottery, Bertucci’s Restaurants and Northeast Utilities.

(I)NTERVIEW: Wally Lamb

Mar 5, 2012
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Wally Lamb graciously agreed to be a part of the (I)NTERVIEW Series, conducted by CPBN Media Lab Interns, on February 1, 2012. 

(I)NTERVIEW: Tommy Simpson

Jan 10, 2012

Tommy Simpson agreed to be interviewed for our MLAB101 series on October 11th, 2011.  He came to the interview with an ample portfolio, and a few of his published works.

Tommy Simpson is an artist, woodworker, sculptor, furniture maker, painter and poet.  Internationally acknowledged for his work, he is a true original in the art community.  

(I)NTERVIEW: Susan Talbott

Jan 9, 2012
CPBN Media Lab


Susan Talbott agreed to be interviewed for our MLAB101 series on August 22nd, 2011. She came to the interview with an extensive resume, and a detailed biography.

(I)NTERVIEW: Simon Konover

Dec 15, 2011

This (I)NTERVIEW is from July 14, 2011.

(I)NTERVIEW: Nancy Tafuri

Nov 28, 2011
CPBN Media Lab

This (I)NTERVIEW is from October 11, 2011.

Marion Ettlinger

As a young woman making her way in literary New York, Sigrid Nunez — now the acclaimed author of novels like The Last of Her Kind — took a job as an assistant and Girl Friday to the famous intellectual Susan Sontag. Soon, Nunez was the lover of Sontag's son, David Rieff. And soon, the three of them were living together.

Morning Edition: Silk City Flick Fest

Oct 14, 2011
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The Silk City Flick Fest is underway in Hartford and runs through this weekend. This year's theme is Steampunk. Joining us by phone is filmmaker and founder of the Silk City Flick Fest Justin Michael Morales.


When Chris Hedges attacks mainstream newspapers, he knows what he is talking about: he once wrote for The New York Times. When he attacks the liberal Protestant establishment, he knows what he is talking about: his father is a minister. Hedges has a scathing critique of how the old liberal institutions have caved, he believes, in this age of right-wing and capitalist ascent. He is not shy about saying it.

Nancy Wyman

Aug 3, 2011
CPBN Media Lab

Nancy Wyman was elected Lt. Governor of Connecticut in 2010 in one of the narrowest gubernatorial races in the state’s history.  Nancy’s commitment to improving quality of health care in Connecticut traces back to her interest in medicine, including her first job as an X-ray technician which she began after graduating from radiological school in 1966.

Jeff Wiggins

Aug 1, 2011
CPBN Media Lab

Jefferson Wiggins is an author, educator, lecturer, mentor and community leader. Born in rural Alabama to sharecropper parents, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a teenager and received a field commission during World War II. He was one of the few black officers of that era.

Paul Assaiante

Aug 1, 2011
CPBN Media Lab

Entering his 18th year as head coach of the Trinity College Men's Squash team, Paul Assaiante is coming off his thirteenth consecutive winning season. The Trinity Bantams have won 282 out of 292 matches, and have a record of 224 consecutive victories. Paul has also coached the Trinity Men's Tennis Squad for 15 of the last 17 seasons, having a 163-71 record. 

Mark Colville

Jul 12, 2011
CPBN Media Lab

This (I)NTERVIEW is from March 28th, 2011

Mark Colville is a founding member of the Amistad Catholic Worker House in New Haven, CT. Based on a philosophy of “personalism” (“If you want to help the person in the street, go the person in the street,” Mark explains), the house is open to members of the community seeking sustenance and companionship. Mark and his wife, four children, and a nephew share their home with five to 20 people at any given time.

Sam Chauncey

Jun 15, 2011

This interview was conducted as part of the CPTV original documentary "The 60s in Connecticut."  By sharing the many hours of rich content that do not appear in the finished documentary, we hope to provide even further understanding of the times.  Sam Chauncey, alumni of Yale University and Assistant to its President during the 60s,  was interviewed in the fall of 2010.

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Patricia Kelly

Jun 8, 2011

While producing the CPTV original documentary "The 60s in Connecticut," numerous interviews were conducted totaling over one hundred hours of footage. While only a small portion appears in the documentary, we are posting the interviews in their entirety to share the rich content with viewers.

Fred Calabretta

Jun 8, 2011

Fred Calabretta was interviewed in the Fall of 2010 for the CPTV original documentary "The 60 in Connecticut."  In an effort to share the many hours of footage and rich content that does not appear in the documentary, we are posting the full length interviews online.

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Dick Allen

Jun 2, 2011
CPBN Media Lab

Dick Allen retired from his position as Charles A. Dana Endowed Chair Professor at the University of Bridgeport in 1999, after an accomplished and lauded career. He became Poet Laureate for the state of Connecticut on July 1, 2010, beginning a five-year term in that role. Allen is a winner of numerous poetry awards, including the Robert Frost Prize for Poetry, the Hart Crane Poetry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and the Connecticut Book Award in Poetry. He was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Phil Steele on Bob Steele

Jun 1, 2011

During the making of the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s in Connecticut" over a hundred hours of interviews were filmed.  We are posting the complete interviews online to share the rich content that wasn't included in the program.

Butch Lewis

May 31, 2011

As part of the CPTV original documentary "The 60s in Connecticut," we are posting the full length interviews of subjects interviewed for the project.  Producers spent over a hundred hours conducting these interviews including this one of Butch Lewis.  

Butch Lewis served in Vietnam, co-founded the Hartford Black Panther Party, and experienced first hand the social changes of the 1960s.  “The whole 60s was a learning and growing era.”  

Joe Hoke

May 24, 2011

Joe Hoke, veteran advertising executive, was interviewed in the fall of 2010 for the CPTV original documentary "The 60s in Connecticut."  In an effort to share the many hours of rich content that does not appear in the hour long documentary, we are making this full length interview available on-line.  

Carrie Saxon Perry

May 18, 2011

Carrie Saxon Perry, community activist in Hartford, was interviewed in the late fall of 2010 for the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s inConnecticut."  While small portions of her interview do appear in the documentary, her full length interview is only available online.

Interview Synopsis:

In the 1960s Carrie Saxon Perry worked as a community activist in Hartford.  She experienced first hand the frustrations and rewards of rolling up her sleeves and helping the poor and disenfranchised in her home town.  

Tom Violante

May 18, 2011

Tom Violante, co-founder and rhythm guitarist for The Shags, appears in the CPTV original documentary "The 60s in Connecticut."  His interview, conducted in late 2010, is now available online in its entirety.   Mr. Violante is one of many subjects interviewed for the documentary airing on Connecticut Public Television.

Interview Synopsis.

Tom Violante, co-founder and rhythm guitarist for The Shags, tells the story of how four high school friends, inspired by the Beatles, formed a local garage band and became a Connecticut sensation.  

Charles Vendetti

May 17, 2011

While making the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s in Connecticut," producers spent over a hundred hours interviewing subjects for the film.  Charles Vendetti, photo journalist and fashion photographer, was one of them.  His photographs can be seen in the documentary along with his commentary.  His full length interview is now available online.  

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