Springfield voters have approved the MGM casino plan ...UConn is conducting an investigation into how the university handled allegations of sexual abuse by one of their professors...and last week, the Eastern League All-Star Game was held at New Britain Stadium and Governor Dannel Malloy received a less-than-warm welcome.

Turns out national political observers have their eyes on Malloy, too...he’s on a Washington Post list of “governors likely to lose their seats.”

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The Tribune Company made an announcement yesterday that it’s going to split its broadcast and publishing divisions. It’s just another chapter in the ongoing saga of “the future of the newspaper industry.” The Tribune has owned the Hartford Courant since 2000, and more recently merged the paper  with the FOX News affiliate TV station. So what now? Industry analyst Ken Doctor joins us. 

Chion Wolf

It began last night with a documentary about some of the greatest backup singers in rock and roll history, including Darlene Love, who is here, and a short film featuring Tony Shalhoub, who was here.

It will close with a screening of the much anticipated film "Frances Ha" directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Greta Gerwig, both of whom will be here. And in between, the Berkshire International Film Festival will show 26 other documentaries, 24 other feature films and 23 other shorts. Roughly 20 different countries will be represented in the mix.

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The University of Connecticut has come out with a new study on violent video games. It looked specifically at whether video games that pit players against human looking characters provokes more violent thoughts in the player than fighting non-human creatures.

When players fight human looking characters, "they're later more verbally aggressive and they have more aggressive thoughts," said Kirstie Farrar, who is an associate professor of communication and lead researcher of the study.

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I'm one of those odd people who still gets physical newspapers thrown into his driveway.

On Monday, I was paging trough the New York Times and came upon Angelina Jolie's now-famous essay about her decision to have her breasts removed preventively, after learning of her high genetic risk factor for breast cancer. I had the odd sensation of looking at my laptop on a nearby table and knowing that, inside it, a massive cyber-conversation was unfolding.  

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Tomorrow, is the final Connecticut Forum of the season. It’s called Funny, Smart People and it’s being moderated by our very own Colin McEnroe. The panelists are The Daily Show’s John Hodgman, Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein and our next guest, Baratunde Thurston.

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It has been widely reported -- but not heavily discussed -- that Charles and David Koch are the leading suitors to buy the eight newspapers belonging to the Tribune Company. One of those eight newspapers is the Hartford Courant.

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It has been widely reported -- but not heavily discussed -- that Charles and David Koch are the leading suitors to buy the eight newspapers belonging to the Tribune Company. One of those eight newspapers is the Hartford Courant.

Covering Trauma

Apr 29, 2013
Chion Wolf

The mass murder in Newtown Connecticut raised many questions about how the media covers traumatic events, and how those same events may traumatize the reporters who cover them.

In early April, before the Boston Marathon bombings, host John Dankosky brought together a conversation with journalists who’ve covered violence at Central Connecticut State University.

Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma was our keynote speaker.  His center specializes in helping reporters do this kind of work.

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Is Martha Stewart History?

Apr 5, 2013

With over thirty books published and millions of magazines devoured by fans eager to organize their homes, prepare delicious meals, and simply be crafty, Martha Stewart has become known as the most successful modern domestic advisor in the United States.  But domestic advice of the kind Stewart doles out in her television appearances, print, and internet publications is not something new.  Domestic advisors have long had a place in America’s kitchens and homes and have been providing women with guidance on how to manage their homes and cook appropriate meals for hundreds of years. 

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CPBN Education is establishing a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at America’s Choice at SAND School in Hartford. There is only one other elementary school and only three middle schools in this nationwide program, which includes over 40 schools, with teams from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., South Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana, Utah, Texas and California.

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If you take a look at movies or TV, you’d think that having a disability is the worst fate possible-- maybe even worse than death.  Better to not be born at all than struggle through life unable to walk, hear, see or talk.

Chion Wolf

Two years after the uprisings of the “Arab Spring” - and the overthrow of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, that country is in political turmoil. The state - and it’s president - Mohammed Morsi was even the target of the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.

Here are some of the magazine's I've written for: Mirabella, Men’s Health, Mademoiselle, Best Life, Verge ...

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New York Times reporter John Broder got the kind of assignment that’s pretty sweet in these days of high-profile “tech” reporting - a road trip in a Tesla “model S” electric car.

His article - drawn from his experience of running out of battery power in the cold temperatures here in Connecticut - suggested that Tesla’s vision of the great American road trip “needs some work.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk snapped back - calling the article a “fake.”

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Watching the coverage of Newtown unfold on Friday, I grew upset by the number of wrong reports.

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What didn't get covered as a full-blown campaign issue in 2012?


Oct 19, 2012

Poster stamps, also known as “cinderellas,” are posters shrunk to the size of stamps. Though they are gummed on the back for affixing to letters, they are non-denominated, meaning they cannot be used to mail anything.  In the early 1900s, they were used to advertise businesses and events or to make political statements. Before poster stamps, stamps were created only for postage or revenue. In the late 1800s, stamps created for exhibitions and fairs were among the first to be non-denominated and became the pre-cursors to poster stamps.

Trust Al Gore to come up with an out-of-left-field and yet completely plausible explanation for something people have been discussing for two days.

Chion Wolf

Latinos make up one-sixth of the nation's population, but accounted for more than half of the country's population growth from 2000 to 2010, according to the latest census.

That includes a growth of nearly 50 percent in Connecticut - where Hispanics make up 13 percent of the population.

With this growth comes a new push from the media to cater to the population - and not always just in Spanish. Major news networks are creating English language programming for Latinos.

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It’s the fiftieth anniversary of CPTV! Connecticut Public Broadcasting President and CEO Jerry Franklin joins us. David Shipley and Will Schwalbe's Send—the classic guide to email for office and home—has become indispensable for readers navigating the impersonal, and at times overwhelming, world of electronic communication.  Filled with real-life email success (and horror) stories and a wealth of useful and entertaining examples, Send dissects all the major minefields and pitfalls of email. Schwalbe is our guest.

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 61

Oct 1, 2012
Cindy Papish Gerber

We've been focusing our conversations on the specifics of some of our categories lately, and in the area of relationships, there are many difficulties associated with the process of coupling - and uncoupling - in 21st century life, it seemed ike a natural topic for the Guide.

Impressionist Art in the Information Age

Sep 20, 2012

Hartford, CT -  What does the CPBN Media Lab and The New Britain Museum of American Art  have in common?  The answer; Weir Farm.  

Lunch With the Lab

Aug 9, 2012

On May 7, Kayley, our first summer intern, began her experience in the media lab. She was later joined by Anthony, Lucy, Kirsten, Tyler, Emily, and me. We did a total of 17 shoots over our three months here. In addition to having three of the four senatorial candidates come to our studio for the (I)NTERVIEW series, we went out for two Outdoor Enthusiast shoots, at Wadsworth Falls and Candlewood Lake. With all of our adventures across the state, I wanted to know what my fellow interns are taking away from their experiences.

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What a strange day. I've just been reading the final tweets of a very young journalist named Jessica Ghawi also known as Jessica Redfield.

Chion Wolf

After years of speculation, rumors, and whispers, we finally heard this week what we had long expected. The only problem is I can't tell whether I'm talking about the Higgs boson or Anderson Cooper.

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You can read about government, listen to stories on the radio and watch them on TV...but do you really know how government works?

When a mayor makes a campaign promise...when a candidate takes a campaign donation from a company...when a complex budget is explained in a one-page press release...we’re left wondering, “What’s the real story?”

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 46

May 13, 2012
Cindy Papish Gerber

I don't want to say that serving adult beverages makes for better conversation, but in Episode 46, recorded at Nini's House of Tapas, the conversation flowed - and so did the vino!

Joining the party; guest cohost Gerry McGuire (sitting in for Duo, who's back next week), Barbie Douglas, Katie Gerhard, Mary Elliot and Jon Crane.

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 45

May 6, 2012
Cindy Papish Gerber

I've known News 8 anchor Ann Nyberg for years now, and always describe her as "the whole package" - kind, generous... and drop dead gorgeous! Needless to say, when Ann offered to host Episode 45 of the Real Life Survival Guide, we couldn't say "YES" fast enough!

Joining Ann and her boutique-mate (and great friend) Francine Piscitelli were Venetucci Home visionary Tony Venetucci, and returning guest editor Eileen Kaplan.

Ann Nyberg is WTNH-TV's longest serving Anchor~Reporter in station history. Ann anchors the 6 and 10 o'clock nightly newscasts.