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.

Godspeed Returns and Some Psych Rock Jams

Oct 16, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we're playing the latest tracks from Haleek Maul, How to Destroy Angels, Rhye, and the Babies. We'll also be diving into the colorfully psychedelic sounds of the new Tame Impala LP, Lonerism, as well as the full-length return of post-rock heavyweights, Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

A Prescription For Healthier Eating

Oct 16, 2012
Jan Ellen Spiegel

The obesity epidemic in the U.S. has left the medical community perplexed about how to get people to change their eating habits. Government is opting for public policy alterations like healthier school lunches. New York City has a new ban on selling large sodas or sugary beverages at restaurants and sports events.

But a Connecticut-based group is trying another way – literally giving people prescriptions for fruits and vegetables. And it seems to be working.

YG: "3, 4, 5 ,6, 7 ,8 ,9. Thank you very much. Have a great day."

The Flood That We Forget

Oct 11, 2012

Connecticut had been clobbered in August by two successive hurricanes, Connie and Diane, and was still reeling from their impact. Over 80 people had been killed in the resulting flooding that some still consider the greatest natural disaster in the state’s recorded history. People forget that only two months later, Connecticut was hit again. Parts of the state that were spared the worst of the devastating August flood found themselves underwater and other parts, like Hartford, were flooded for a second time on October 15 and 16, 1955.

Saving the Historic Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island

Oct 11, 2012
Wlavallee (Wikimedia Commons)

There are fewer and fewer working lighthouses left in New England. But in a story produced by Rhode Island Public Radio's Bradley Campbell, residents of Block Island share how they saved one historic lighthouse... before it fell into the sea.

In 1875, workers constructed the Southeast Lighthouse on the edge of the Mohegan Bluffs. It worked for more than a century to help keep sailors safe. But in the 1990s, erosion forced the islanders to make a decision: save the lighthouse, or let it fall into the sea.

Deerhoofs and Mountain Goats

Oct 9, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Stalin Gardens, Fins, Foxygen, and the Bad Plus. We're also diving into the latest full-length releases from Deerhoof and the Mountain Goats.


Oct 5, 2012

One hundred and fifty years ago the Civil War was raging, and men from all over Connecticut were signing up to go and fight in the South.  Most of these men had their pictures taken by a local photographer; others sent pictures of themselves home from the war front to their loved ones.  In most of these portraits, the men pose self-consciously, sometimes in formal postures recalling portrait paintings.  In others, they lounge casually, uniforms unbuttoned, surprisingly at ease.  Some of them returned to Connecticut to resume their normal lives; others were not so lucky.

Beats, Beats, and More Beats

Oct 3, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we're diving into the latest beatmusic albums from Flying Lotus and the Gaslamp Killer. Both are at the forefront of some pretty interesting musical ideas right now with their respective albums, Until the Quiet Comes and Breakthrough.

Top Tech Companies Showcased

Oct 2, 2012
Scott Nickel

Last night over 400 people gathered at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford for the Annual Marcum Tech Top 40. The event, sponsored by the Connecticut Technology Council and Marcum LLP, highlighted forty of the fastest growing companies in the state that have had substantial revenue growth over the past four years.

Matthew Nemerson is the CEO and President of the Connecticut Technology Council.

Summit Shines Light on Investor Fraud

Oct 1, 2012
Office of U.S Attorney, Connecticut

Most people know about Bernie Madoff. He swindled billions in a ponzi scheme that left many without their life savings.  Madoff is still in prison but the U.S Department of Justice says there are plenty of others involved in this kind of fraud.

The Justice Department hosted an investor fraud summit Monday morning to teach people how to avoid falling for these schemes.

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil interviewed U.S Attorney for Connecticut, David Fein about the summit.

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.

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 60

Sep 29, 2012
Cindy Papish Gerber

With the election season bearing down on us, we thought it appropriate to feature a conversation about our what our civic and social responsibilities should entail in what has turned out to be a pretty contentious time.

I invited Ed Sabationo, Suzanne Cahill, Christopher Korenowsky and Justin Gill to talk over chicken wings and a couple of beers at the fantastic Archie Moore's in New Haven's East Rock section.

Cats & Dogs in Art and Life

Sep 28, 2012

Cats and dogs and people have been together for a long time. As workers, companions, and friends, cats and dogs provide and inspire intense loyalties among humans. Dogs have played many roles—hunters, watchdogs, status symbols, companions—even multiple roles at the same time. Cats seem to be more (or less!) complicated. As hunters, they catch mice in the barn but also kill chicks in the henhouse. As companions, they purr in one’s lap but then may disappear into the alley for the night.                          

kestrana (Flickr Creative Commons)

Last month’s shutdown of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station’s Unit 2 was the first time in the U.S. a nuclear plant had to shutdown because the cooling water it uses was too warm.  

But as WNPR’s Jan Ellen Spiegel reports, the situation is bigger than just Millstone and the Sound. It involves climate change, the vast amounts of water practically every power plant in the country uses, and whether the nation’s electric grid is at risk.

An Emo Revival and Grizzly Bear Brings Sheilds

Sep 25, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we're exploring new tracks from a variety of genres from Flatlander, METZ, Dinosaur Jr., and the Bruiser Brigade. We'll also be diving into the latest albums from Grizzly Bear and Title Fight.

A Generation Remembers 9/11

Sep 25, 2012
CPBN Media Lab: Miles Byers

This September 11th, the CPBN Media Lab interns went to the University of Hartford to ask students about their experiences on September 11, 2001.

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 59

Sep 23, 2012
Cindy Papish Gerber

"That's meaning of life isn't it - trying to find a place for your stuff." George Carlin. The man is a genius.


Sep 21, 2012

 “S. H. Waite, No. 271 Main Street, has taken an admirable photograph of Frederick Douglass, which may be seen in the store window of Geer & Pond’s, where copies (carte de visites) can be purchased.”

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.  

Robert McConnell (Wikimedia Commons)

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has offered their vision for a better statewide transportation system. 

Hartford, CT - The hotly contested Connecticut senatorial race is in full swing with only two candidates remaining and Election Day fast approaching- Or is it? On the eleventh anniversary of September 11, we headed to the University of Hartford campus to gather students memories about the attacks and opinion’s on the upcoming senatorial election. While students were able to vividly remember where they were 11 years ago today – impressions about the upcoming senate election were much vaguer.

Youth Vote: Senators, Students & Some Perspective In CT

Sep 18, 2012

Hartford, CT - It may be one of the biggest elections this year in CT, but the senatorial race between Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy doesn’t appear to be making large strides within the college/university crowd. As part of the coverage for the 2012 Connecticut Senatorial Race, the CPTV Media Lab Interns went out to the University of Hartford to experience first hand the views of students during the 2012 election year. Most students who were interviewed didn’t have explicit knowledge of the Candidates though there were a few students who rose above the rest with their knowledge.


Sep 14, 2012

Over the years, the historic James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook was patronized by the great and famous, ranging from the Marquis de Lafayette, who is said to have stopped and made a purchase in the store on his way through town in 1824, to Katherine Hepburn, the well-known actress and Saybrook resident.  But its greatest claim to fame is that from 1917 to 1967, it was run by Miss Anna Louis James (1886-1977), the first female African American pharmacist in the state of Connecticut.

Witty Songwriters and a Tribute to Japan

Sep 12, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Dustin Wong, the Gaslamp Killer, Rustie, and Converge. We'll also be diving into the latest album releases from singer-songwriters Cat Power and Jens Lekman.

Turning to Native Bees as Pollinators Amid Honeybee Die-Off

Sep 12, 2012
Roo72 (Wikimedia Commons)


Since 2006, much of the West has experienced unusually sharp declines in honeybee numbers, so much so that the unprecedented decline was given a name: Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon where worker bees seem to simply vanish. While scientists ponder the reasons for the collapse of honeybees, fruit farmers face extra pressure to pollinate their crops. Now, a handful of researchers in the Northeast are proposing that fruit growers in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut might look to the lesser-known members of the bee family to take up the slack. 

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 58

Sep 9, 2012
Cindy Papish Gerber

Having just arranged for the payment of a rather large college tuition bill ("arranged" meaning we borrowed most of it), the topic of "buying stuff" has begun to occupy a lot of my attention. Not only do I question the usefulness/necessity of some of my past purchases, I wanted to get an idea of what criteria others use when making decisions about buying goods and services.

Steve Zind (VPR)

It’s been one year since Hurricane Irene tore up the Eastern Seaboard, finally hitting Connecticut as a Tropical Storm. While the damage and power outages in this state were substantial, the impact was nothing like that in Vermont, where heavy rains flooded creeks and streams, blocking roads for days and washing away buildings across the state. As Steve Zind of Vermont Public Radio reports, the recovery effort is ongoing. But it’s not just about rebuilding…it’s also planning for future storms. 

Moody Dance Pop and Some Heady House

Sep 4, 2012

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Ondatropica and the Meridian Brothers. We'll also be trying out the latest releases from Matthew Dear and Four Tet.

The Science Behind How Furry Animals Shake To Get Dry

Sep 4, 2012
Flickr Creative Commons, Soggydan

Using high-speed video cameras, hoses, and a healthy dose of bravery, David Hu’s lab is studying the science behind how wet animals get dry.

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding

Sep 4, 2012
Mark Yaworowski

When Kerry Christianson first rode a horse, she needed people on each side of her to make sure she did not fall. Her posture was poor, and she needed to wear a special brace, so someone could hold her. Now, she is able to sit upright in her saddle, and hold her head steady. This is thanks to High Hopes Theraputic Riding in Old Lyme, Connecticut.