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A Tradition of Craft

Mar 29, 2012

The newest exhibition at the Connecticut Historical Society brings together craftspeople from across the country, from New England, New York, and Pennsylvania to as far away as Missouri, New Mexico, and California. A Tradition of Craft: Current Works by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers features selected furniture created by today’s members of SAPFM displayed alongside authentic 18th- and 19th-century furniture from the CHS collection. It’s a unique opportunity to admire the skill and passion of woodworkers from both the past and the present.

The New England Klan

Mar 29, 2012
Martin (Arete13 on Flickr Creative Commons)

Many Americans know the history of the KKK in the South but there is A Little Known History of Discrimination in New England: The Ku Klux Klan Attacks on Franco-Americans in the first half of the 20th century -  that's the name of a presentation that will be given by Eileen Angelini. She's a professor of French at Canisius College and was named a recipient of a 2010-2011 Canada-U.S. Fulbright Award as a Visiting Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at McMaster University.

After three days of intense pressure over its decision to end funding to Planned Parenthood, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has changed its mind. But as WNPR’s Neena Satija reports, the reversal won’t affect Connecticut all that much in the short term.

Beginning this June, Planned Parenthood will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding from a national foundation committed to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. The foundation says that’s because Planned Parenthood is the subject of a Congressional inquiry. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports on how that will affect the services it provides here in Connecticut.

Winter Wonderlands

Dec 23, 2011

The Canadian-born printmaker Kerr Eby is best known for his depictions of combat during World War I and World War II.  He is one of a very few artists who served during both conflicts.  Less well-known but equally impressive are Eby’s stark and lovely landscapes of Connecticut in the winter.

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.

Vermont to Connecticut Tourists: We're Open for Business

Sep 22, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

Vermont is a big tourist destination for people in Connecticut who enjoy the outdoors.  As the foliage season begins Vermont’s Office of Tourism says most of the state has recovered from Tropical Storm Irene and is "open for business". WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

Nancy Eve Cohen

About three weeks after Irene hit people in some areas of Vermont have been living without phone service, impassable roads and a scarred landscape.  WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports some Vermont residents are worn out physically and emotionally.

The Rock River in South Newfane flows through the back yard of Maureen Albert-Piascik. She says when Irene hit the river started to crest and she evacuated.

"it just went up so fast. The river was just so high the next thing I knew my house was surrounded by water." 

Flooding Causes Sewage To Overflow

Sep 8, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

Heavy rains today have brought some flooding in urban areas across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports in a few places the sewage system has been affected.

In Connecticut the ground is saturated and there’s still a lot of debris left over from Tropical Storm Irene, clogging up storm drains. That means there aren’t a lot of places for storm water to go. Dennis Greci with Connecticut’s environmental agency says in some cases flooded streets have drained into the sewage system and overflowed.

Nancy Eve Cohen

In Connecticut losing power has been a big problem post Irene. In Vermont people have had a hard time getting around. About 65 roads are closed there and dozens of bridges are out . WNPR’s Nancy Cohen took a road trip in the southern part of the state and found some people are still stuck at home.

On route 112 in Halifax a stretch of road is missing. The asphalt has caved into the North River. A guard rail  is under water.  But  despite the conditions Brianna Inman is heading northwest to Whitingham

Vermont Town Devastated By Irene Is Moving Forward

Aug 31, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

In Wilmington Vermont the town is picking up after  the devastating floods of Tropical Storm Irene.  WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

Just outside of the village center the remains of an antique shop sit on the side of the road. Only the roof is left.

"It came all the way from around that corner about a quarter of a mile."

Steve Amidon and his crew from  Furlon Construction are taking the building apart.

“Oh this one’s pretty heavy! Just cleaning up the mess! That’s all we’ve been doing since the water went down.”

Nancy Eve Cohen

Although some people may have found Irene’s punch to be weaker than they had expected, others say it was more than enough. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports on evacuations on the Westfield River in western Massachusetts.

About midday, officials in Chester heard of a possible breach at a dam upstream of town That was enough to evacuate about 50 people there who lived close to the Westfield River.  Further downstream, in Huntington and in Westfield more were evacuated.

Chion Wolf

A new study reports on the economic impact of shifting from gasoline --- to fuels with lower carbon emissions. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the study focused on 11 Northeast and mid-Atlantic states

So Few Smelt

Apr 11, 2011
Flickr Creative Commons, John Loo

Migrating fish just a half-foot long once flooded coastal rivers of the northeast every spring. In recent decades, rainbow smelt populations have been declining every year, and are fading to a dim memory in many places. But not in Down East Maine. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, Murray Carpenter reports that elsewhere in the region, scientists are trying to bring them back.   

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