Youth Violence

Jul 3, 2012
Chion Wolf

When violence strikes a city – as Hartford was struck last month in a weekend of shootings that left two dead and eight wounded  – you have to ask why, and you have to ask how can we prevent this from happening again?

Especially when the violence involves young people, a city stops and ponders. One of the dead was a 16-year old Windsor High student, shot while attending a Sweet Sixteen birthday party.

Kids in Prison: Raising the Age

Jul 2, 2012
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What's an adult?  And, when it comes to crime, should a teenager be treated like one?

Did you know that, up until 2010, 16-year-olds charged with most crimes in Connecticut were handled in the adult judicial system?  And did you know that until yesterday, the same could be said for 17-year-olds? The changes were at the heart of what was called the "raise the age" effort -- and today we'll talk to lawmakers an legal experts about how the new law has played out.

Beating the Downturn Together

Jun 30, 2012

The economic downturn has hit many of the small towns in Connecticut ’s Northwest corner hard.   As WNPR’s Lori Ann Brass reports, these “ Main Street ” business districts think they have a much better chance of surviving the economic downturn if they work together.  



Jun 29, 2012

The American Civil War was an exceptionally deadly war that lasted longer than either side anticipated.  A particularly fatal set of battles was the Seven Days Battles at the start of the war, which set the tone for things to come. The Seven Days Battles lasted from June 25 to July 1, 1862 and were the culmination of Major General George B. McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign, an unsuccessful attempt to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.   

Congressional Delegation Reacts To SCOTUS Ruling

Jun 29, 2012
Marty Stone (Flickr Creative Commons)

The Supreme Court’s validation of the health care law did nothing to end the bitter debate in Congress over the Affordable Care Act. In fact, the decision may have hardened positions.

Grump. C. Mudgeon

Jun 28, 2012

This is the winner in Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s video contest that sought to answer the question “why should I vote?” 

The winners are a group of students from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, who worked on the project as part of the CPBN (Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network) Media Lab.  The winning video will air as a public service announcement this fall for the more than 500,000 local customers who subscribe to Comcast Cable, Inc. The members of the winning group include: Michael DiChello; Amy Roy; Brian Johnson and Nils Toledo Jr.

Jan Ellen Spiegel

As Connecticut’s growing season heads towards its peak, farmers are facing greater risks from more pests and diseases than they’ve seen in recent years. The situation could turn even worse because, as WNPR's Jan Ellen Spiegel reports, a popular pest management program was cut at the last minute. And that means there will be fewer eyes on the fields, just when they may be needed most.

Can Small Be Revolutionary Too?

Jun 27, 2012
Sarah Miner

 Tourism in Connecticut seems to revolve around a few big names. The Seaport, the Aquarium, and the casinos. These are prominently featured in the state’s new marketing campaign. But the industry is also sustained by hundreds of small businesses – inns, restaurants and small attractions. They’re wondering if they’ll get a fair shake in this new focus on state marketing. WNPR’s Sarah Miner reports.

Fiona's Back and Swedish Synth Pop

Jun 26, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we're sampling tracks from the latest releases from Swedish synth pop songstress iamamiwhoami, and piano rock warrior Fiona Apple.

Chion Wolf

Every summer, a world of arts and ideas descends on New Haven Connecticut - and we're here to take a look and a listen.

Today, we're broadcasting live from The Study at Yale - a beautiful, modern hotel, right in the heart of the city on Chapel Street.  We're only a block from a few of Yale's terrific art galleries. But honestly, during the Festival of Arts and Ideas, art is everywhere.  

Helping to Heal with Songbirds

Jun 25, 2012
Wesleyan University


A new finding by a Wesleyan University professor may hold promise for people suffering Neurological Disorders like Alzheimer's and Epilepsy. WNPR's Ray Hardman speaks to Dr. John Kirn, Professor of Biology and Chair of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program at Wesleyan University whose work focuses on the brain of a small songbird.

Steve Blass On Living The Pirate Life

Jun 25, 2012
Design by James Slate and Andy Hansen. Photo from AP Images.

Most major league players have a lot of stories to tell. But Steve Blass might have more than most. He went from a skinny prospect in the tiny Connecticut town of Falls Village to become the star pitcher on a World Series team, where he befriended a baseball icon.

Title IX

Jun 25, 2012
Chion Wolf

Title IX is 40 years old this week...and slowly over that time, it’s meant a big boost in Women’s athletics.

Just to give you some idea - there are nearly 10 times as many high school girls playing organized sports today as there were the year the law went into effect. At the college level, nearly half of the athletic scholarships go to female athletes.

J Holt

Late last week it looked certain that Hartford's last remaining duckpin bowling center would close, as its owner faced mounting expenses and changing priorities. But one day after a last ditch effort to save Highland Bowl failed, the historic business experienced a dramatic turnaround. WNPR's J Holt was there.


Jun 22, 2012

On June 25, 1876, over two hundred men serving under George Armstrong Custer were wiped out by a combined force of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in present-day Montana. Custer’s Seventh Cavalry was part of a larger military operation intended to round up the remaining free Plains Indians and force them onto reservations. This larger force was led by General Alfred H. Terry, Commander of the Department of Dakota.


Jun 22, 2012

On June 25, 1876, over two hundred men serving under George Armstrong Custer were wiped out by a combined force of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in present-day Montana. Custer’s Seventh Cavalry was part of a larger military operation intended to round up the remaining free Plains Indians and force them onto reservations. This larger force was led by General Alfred H. Terry, Commander of the Department of Dakota.

In The "Obamacare" Waiting Room

Jun 22, 2012
Matt Renlund (Flickr Creative Commons)

It’s officially called the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Some detractors call it “Obamacare.” And, soon the court may call it unconstitutional.

We’ve been waiting for months to hear what the US Supreme Court will rule on the health care reform that is seen as “transformational” - even by those who don’t like it too much.

It is meant to provide health care coverage to all Americans - but the provision that mandates purchase of that coverage is what has it in front of the court.

Susan Herbst on Ambition, Expansion, and Sports

Jun 20, 2012
Chion Wolf

University of Connecticut president Susan Herbst has had a busy first year on the job.

She’s pushed for a major expansion of its faculty – part of a plan to get more students into the classes they need and get their degrees in four years. The university is hiring 275 new faculty over the next four years. 

Controlling for West Nile Virus

Jun 18, 2012


Real Life Survival Guide Episode 50

Jun 17, 2012
Gary Choronzy

I've been working on the concept for The Real Life Survival Guide - in one form or another - since the mid nineties. The idea was to create a radio show that was helpful and funny, and to use the Internet to extend the conversation. Having celebrated (and recorded) our 50th Episode, I do believe we're getting somewhere!


Jun 15, 2012

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812. Outraged by British restrictions on trade, the impressment of American sailors, and confrontations in the Northwest Territory, the United States declared war on Great Britain on June 18th. That summer, as the war got underway, Secretary of War William Eustis wrote to Capt. C. D. Wood in New London, Connecticut.

Outdoor Enthusiast: Why I love the outdoors...

Jun 11, 2012
CPBN Media Lab

For the first Outdoor Enthusiast segment of Summer 2010, the CPBN Media Lab spent the afternoon on the scenic Farmington River in Barkhamsted, CT, already active with fly-fishermen. We met up with Steve Grant, a freelance writer and six-time Pulitzer Prize nominee from Farmington, who explained to us the appeal of the most actively used recreational river in Connecticut. Fishing seems to be the most popular attraction, as the river is regularly stocked with trout in a catch-and-release policy.


Jun 9, 2012

John Warner Barber’s 1834 drawing of Saybrook Point shows the area that would later be known as Fenwick, located where the Connecticut River flows into Long Island Sound. A light house, which was rebuilt in 1839, is visible in the distance.  Fenwick today has two lighthouses—the inner (situated at the tip of Lynde Point on Fenwick's peninsula) and the Outer (standing tall on a rough jetty about a quarter mile off shore). The Outer Lighthouse is so iconic that it is featured on Connecticut “Preserve the Sound” License plates.

Chion Wolf

There’s a few ways to think about how to spur economic growth in a city. One way is through the “big bang” theory - you know, the kind of project that inspires city leaders and residents alike with dreams and promises of “revitalization.” It’s something Hartford experienced during the building of Adrian’s Landing.  

A splashy convention center - a science center - a brand new shopping area.

Sometimes those developments work - look at West Hartford’s BlueBack Square as an example.

Chow Down CT

Jun 6, 2012
Chion Wolf / WNPR

Controversy is swirling around the campaign of a frontrunner for congress, and that’s not all that’s happening.

Aside from the troubled campaign of House Speaker Chris Donovan, we’ve also got a legislature heading back into a special session to work on the state budget, a session that Donovan says he will vote in, but not preside over.  How will that affect the process - and how will the political scrutiny affect his run for the 5th district seat.

Bundled Insurance Payments

Jun 6, 2012
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Chion Wolf

Republican congressional candidate Justin Bernier is casting himself as the conservative alternative to Andrew Roraback in Connecticut's 5th Congressional District race. Bernier described the 5th as a "right-of-center district, no doubt about it."

During an appearance on WNPR's Where We Live, Bernier weighed in on the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. "I support Citizens United," said Bernier. "I think that what they're doing is good in terms of getting Republicans elected."

New Haven Wetlands Get a Boost

Jun 4, 2012
Uma Ramiah

Connecticut Fund for the Environment is working to restore 82 acres of wetlands to New Haven's West River and Edgewood parks. This is the largest urban tidal restoration project to date in New England.

John Champion -- of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment -- is trudging through the mud on a rainy Saturday in New Haven. He's followed by a few Connecticut lawmakers. Champion wants to show them a nearly century old tidal gate, soon to be replaced.

"These things date back to 1920."

Turtles and Salmonella

Jun 4, 2012


The Connecticut Department of Health is warning Connecticut residents that small turtles can pass Salmonella bacteria to people.

The announcement comes in the midst of a nationwide outbreak linked to pet turtles that may be related to street vendors selling immature turtles. Although no cases have yet been identified in Connecticut, Dr. Randall Nelson, Public Health Veterinarian for the CT Department of Public Health, says that over 100 people in 27 states have become ill, with 60% of illness occurring in children under 10 years old.