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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.