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5:16 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Young Adults Still Use Libraries As E-Readers, Smartphones Reign Supreme

Photo by Chion Wolf

Young people still go to public libraries according to a recent study by Pew Research Center.  As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, teens continue to visit libaries despite the popularity of using digital devices to consume media. 

The Pew study found that sixty percent of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 use their local library. In a traditional sense, libraries offer printed materials and special programming for patrons.  Some libraries even have teen librarians on staff. But that's not always possible depending on budget constraints. 

 

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3:37 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

McMahon Spends Money On The Ground In Hartford

 

Republicans don't generally spend a lot of time or money in Hartford.  But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Linda McMahon is trying to do  both in her bid for the senate against Democrat Chris Murphy.

 

Evelyn Richardson is a Hartford Democrat.

 

But over the summer, she was a paid campaign worker for Republican Linda McMahon.

 

"And because I didn't have any income at the time, I was like, hey, none of the Democrats asked me and here go Linda McMahon offering me a job to feed my children.  Of course."

 

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1:38 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

NO LOVE and Conscious Rap

This week on the Needle Drop, we're listening to new tracks from Holy Ghost!, Daphni, and Jean Grae. We'll also be playing tracks off the lastest releases from Macklemore and Death Grips.

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2:17 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

No Cloud Computing For Hartford

 

One reason Google and other cloud computing services are popular is because they're free to the individual user.  But if you're the city of Hartford, making the switch from local services to the cloud is an expensive affair.

 

The city just did a study, and the math is pretty simple.  It will cost about $13 million over ten years to keep the city's emails, finances, and other technology services functioning.  But moving them all to the cloud could cost anywhere between $16 million and $26 million over ten years.

 

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1:47 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Linda McMahon's Expansive Campaign Infrastructure

Chion Wolf

In the close race to fill retiring Senator Joe Lieberman's open seat, Republican Linda McMahon has outspent Democrat Chris Murphy nearly five to one. And according to the Connecticut Mirror's Washington Correspondent Ana Radelat, the money has gone to more than just campaign ads - she has built an impressive campaign infrastructure:

There are so many people on Linda McMahon's campaign payroll that its spokesman, Todd Abrajano, wouldn't venture a guess at the number.

"Honestly, I don't know," he said.

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1:43 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Youth Vote: It's Debatable

Mark Yaworowski

New Britain, CT - President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney met on October 3rd for the first of their three debates. The CPBN Media Lab Interns went out to Central Connecticut State University the next day to speak with students about the debate.

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4:14 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

McMahon and Obama: The New Dream Team?

With just two and a half weeks to go before election day, the race for senate remains tight and independent voters could help determine the result.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Republican candidate Linda McMahon is apparently hoping some supporters of President Barack Obama will break her way.

So here's something you don't hear every day.

 

Man: I'm supporting President Obama and Linda McMahon.

 

Woman 1: I'll be voting for Barack Obama and Linda McMahon this year.

 

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3:03 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Recent Poll on Latino Voters Raises Questions

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2:15 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

TINY ART

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.

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12:01 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

14th Dalai Lama Visits Connecticut

By Peggy Stewart, courtesy of WCSU

3500 people travelled to Western Connecticut State Universitys campus in Danbury  Thursday afternoon to hear his holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. The school worked in partnership with the Tibetan Buddhist Center in Redding to host his visit. 

As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the spiritual leader of Tibet shared his thoughts on finding inner peace within oneself.

People streamed through the doors of the university's O'Neill Center to listen to the Dalai Lama talk about the art of compassion.

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2:35 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 62

Cindy Papish Gerber

Out of all the things that confuse me (and there are many), parenting has to be at the top of my list. It's something I really, really, really don't want to screw up... but the correct path often seems so murky.

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6:18 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Thousands To Hear 14th Dalai Lama Speak in Connecticut

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Western Connecticut State University in Danbury will welcome 3500 visitors Thursday and Friday as the campus hosts a visit from his Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.

The spiritual leader of Tibet and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize has spent much of his life travelling the world, speaking about values like compassion and decency. 

 

The Dalai Lama will spend two days in Connecticut after Western Connecticut State University extended the invitation to speak here in partnership with the Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace in nearby Redding.

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1:23 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Godspeed Returns and Some Psych Rock Jams

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.

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11:14 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Doctors Still Upset About New Vaccine Program

 

In January, the state will roll out a new program forcing doctors to get most of their child vaccines from the state.  But physicians have been opposed to the change.  And, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, two groups representing doctors say the state's new plan leaves them shocked and dismayed.

 

As it stands now, doctors only have to get their vaccines for children from the state if their patient is on Medicaid. But as the state tries to save money and vaccinate more children, nearly all childhood vaccines will have to be bought from the state as of January.

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8:43 am
Tue October 16, 2012

A Prescription For Healthier Eating

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."

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5:26 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Town Center Project

Sheldon Oak Central

Urban redevelopment is often more art than science. Cities faced with brownfield sites or vacant lots face a challenge to pick projects that will fit with the needs of a community and yet also be a commercial success.

This summer, WNPR’s J Holt followed the story of one such renewal site in Hartford’s Upper Albany neighborhood.
 

We’re riding east on Albany Avenue in Hartford with local resident Denise Best.

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4:25 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

The Flood That We Forget

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.

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11:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Saving the Historic Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island

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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.

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4:02 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Deerhoofs and Mountain Goats

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.

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8:48 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Glengarry Glen Ross Staged At Fairfield University

J Holt

Teaching business can be a pretty rigorous discipline, and sometimes a bit dry. But Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business has embraced an unconventional teaching tool - one that involves its professors taking to the stage. WNPR’s J Holt has this report.

In the black box theater at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Performing arts, the cast of Glengarry Glen Ross is taking their places backstage as a sold out crowd assembles in the lobby, and after a final check of the lights, 

Alistair Highet “And, I guess that’s it.”  

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5:13 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Legislators Asked to Strengthen Protections for Disabled

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Advocates for victims of sexual assault want legislators to strengthen protections for those with disabilities. 

Recently the state Supreme Court ruled 4 to 3, agreeing with an Appellate court decision to release a man convicted of raping a young woman with severe disabilities. The reason?

The two sexual assault charges against Richard Fourtin state that a victim was physically helpless at the time of the alleged assault. The justices said prosecutors did not provide the evidence needed to prove the victim was uncommunicative or unconscious at the time.

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12:14 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

“SOMETHING TO REMEMBER ME BY”

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.

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4:07 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

QPoll: Senate Race Is Dead Heat

 

A new poll shows Connecticut's U.S. Senate race remains a dead heat. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

 

The Quinnipiac University Poll shows that 48 percent support Republican Linda McMahon while 47 percent back Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy.

 

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said both candidates have taken hits from the recent barrage of negative TV ads.  And he says both candidates have their upsides and their downsides.

 

A challenge for McMahon is that she's in a Democratic state.  But...

 

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2:30 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Beats, Beats, and More Beats

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.

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4:22 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

General Assembly Primary Revote Underway

Today is re-vote day in Hartford and Windsor, where an August Democratic primary ended up in a tie.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the 5th district race is small and spirited.

Brandon McGee, a newcomer, is from Hartford.  Leo Canty, a veteran of the teacher's union, is from Windsor.  Both men want to serve in the state's legislature, but only one can.  The August primary eventually ended in a tie, with both men sharing the same number of votes and a third candidate getting the balance.  

 

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12:21 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Top Tech Companies Showcased

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.

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5:11 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Summit Shines Light on Investor Fraud

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.

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5:03 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Malloy Announces Federal Funding For Rail Project

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

 

Another $121 million in federal funding has been committed to a high-speed rail project linking New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield.  As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, Governor Dannel Malloy was in Meriden for the announcement.

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10:55 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 61

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.

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4:54 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 60

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.

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