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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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12:48 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Cats & Dogs in Art and Life

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.                          

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3:35 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Hartford's Front Street To Get A Music Venue

After years of empty storefronts in downtown Hartford's flagship development, things are picking up at Front Street.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the state says a new concert venue may be the district's newest tenant.

Front Street is the retail and entertainment district the state built in the center of Hartford's downtown.  It sits across the street from the convention center and the science center.  But since it's completion, the retail space has been empty.  That will soon change.  Later this fall, a new movie theater is planning to open its doors.

 

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10:41 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Millstone Shutdown Signifies Broader Power Problem Caused by Climate Change

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.

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5:40 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

An Emo Revival and Grizzly Bear Brings Sheilds

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.

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2:40 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

A Generation Remembers 9/11

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.

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8:55 am
Sun September 23, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 59

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.

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4:16 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

“AN ADMIRABLE PORTRAIT” OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS

 “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.”

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1:15 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Impressionist Art in the Information Age

 

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

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3:12 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Falsetto Freak Folk and a Cumbia Explosion

In addition to our usual assembly of new tracks and singles, we'll also be diving into the latest album from Woods, Bend Beyond. The album is a pretty awesome and modern take on psychedelic folk, being graced with the band's usual falsetto vocals. We've also got new tracks from Ondatropica's self-titled debut. The Columbian cumbia supergroup is defying genre with over an hour of music on their new LP.

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9:57 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Releases Citizen Transportation Guide

Robert McConnell (Wikimedia Commons)

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

Getting Where You Want to Go takes a comprehensive look at transportation in the state - what works, what doesn't, and solutions that will help ease traffic congestion, while preserving Connecticut's natural resources and sense of community. 

 

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12:09 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Youth Vote: The Real Question Isn't For Who, But...When?

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.

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12:04 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Youth Vote: Senators, Students & Some Perspective In CT

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.

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3:29 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

New Administrative Judge For Juvenile Matters

Jaqueline Rabe Thomas/Connecticut Mirror

 

Connecticut has a new judge in charge of its juvenile courts.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Carol Wolven began the job earlier this month.

 

Before Carol Wolven was a lawyer, she was a nurse.  And now that she's a judge, those nursing skills -- assessing a person's needs -- still come in handy when a child or a family come into her courtroom. 

 

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12:46 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

"Bill W" The Man Behind Alcoholics Anonymous

Courtesy of Page 124 Productions

Most people have heard of "AA" or Alchoholics Anonymous.  The international program is credited with helping thousands of alchoholics recover from their addiction. It's membership totals two million worldwide.

But not many outside of AA know about the man who co-founded the organization. His name was Bill Wilson. A documentary about him opens Friday in New Haven at  Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas.

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Co-Producer and Director of the film, Kevin Hanlon. 

 

More about the film can be found here: 

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9:07 am
Fri September 14, 2012

PRINTED FOR THE JAMES PHARMACY

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.

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4:27 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Witty Songwriters and a Tribute to Japan

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.

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8:13 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Turning to Native Bees as Pollinators Amid Honeybee Die-Off

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. 

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2:03 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Report: Family Health Insurance Costs Go Up Modestly

 

A new national study shows that healthcare premiums went up modestly nationwide this year.  But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the rise in premiums still outpaces increases in both inflation and wages.

 

The study was conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust.  It shows that annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached nearly $16,000 this year -- up four percent over last year.  Workers pay on average about a quarter of that.

 

Drew Altman is Kaiser's president.  

 

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3:56 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Rovella Is Hartford's New Chief

 

After a lengthy delay, the city of Hartford finally has a new police chief. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. 

 

James Rovella is the city's new permanent chief and has a four-year contract that pays $156,700 a year. Mayor Pedro Segarra selected him after a nationwide candidate search failed to turn up satisfactory outside candidates.  Rovella was serving as acting chief. By his own choice, Rovella wasn't part of that search process, and that rubbed some on the city council the wrong way.  So it subjected Rovella to a confirmation hearing and questions of its own.

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8:31 am
Sun September 9, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 58

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.

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3:16 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

At Front Street, Movies Soon And More Good News To Come

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

 

Front Street is the retail and entertainment district the state built in the center of Hartford's downtown.  But since it's completion, the space has been empty.  That will soon change.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen checks in with state officials who say a movie theater will soon open, and more tenants are on the way.

 

We're standing at the corner of Columbus Boulevard and Front Street, right across from the Connecticut Convention Center.  A couple of guys in hard hats are tinkering with the big, new signs above the doors.  Jim Abromaitis is looking on.

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1:31 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Irene Recovery in Vermont Focuses on How to Minimize Future Damage

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. 

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8:52 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Moody Dance Pop and Some Heady House

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.

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2:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Hartford Layoffs Loom

 

The city of Hartford is preparing to lay off at least a dozen people later this month.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Mayor Pedro  Segarra needs to reduce his staff to balance his budget.

 

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1:41 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

The Science Behind How Furry Animals Shake To Get Dry

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.

The team sampled everything from mice to dogs and even took a trip to a zoo in Atlanta, where they sprayed down a bear and watched how it dried off. 

 

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9:41 am
Tue September 4, 2012

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding

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.

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1:24 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Traveling In Style

The Connecticut Historical Society. 1985.202.0a,b.

 Modes of transportation have come a long way. In Colonial times, options included riding a horse or walking; later choices expanded to include the trains and airplanes.  Regardless of the transportation type, how to travel stylishly has been a question for centuries.

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4:18 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

City Still Needs Union Concessions To Balance Budget

 

The current budget of the city of Hartford is a tight one, and it includes a million dollars in labor concessions that haven't yet been agreed to.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Mayor Pedro Segarra has offered either furlough days or layoffs.

 

This year's budget for the city of Hartford was one of the toughest in memory, as the mayor had to close a projected $50 million deficit.  To get there, the city approved $1 million in savings from labor unions.  But by the time the budget went into effect in July, those concessions hadn't yet been found.

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6:23 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Dreamy Pop and Snarky Rock

This week on the show, we're trying out new tracks from Flying Lotus, Holy Others, Krule Kid, and more. We're also diving into the latest LPs from Wild Nothing and Parquet Courts.

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