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12:53 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

My Favorite Music of 2012: Part 5

It's our 5th and final installment of music off of my favorite records of 2012. Thanks for listening, and I hope to have turned you on to some music you love over the course of this year-end series. 2013! Let's do this!

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11:10 am
Mon January 14, 2013

(I)NTERVIEW: Anthony Fantano

Jonathan Scranton

Anthony Fantano describes himself as a musician, vegan, troublemaker, health nut, radio host, b/vlogger, and indie music spelunker from the great state of Connecticut. Fantano has an affinity for music and reviewing new music on his YouTube channel, which has over 100,000 subscribers and 25 million views. He hosts a weekly radio show called The Needle Drop on WNPR that airs in Connecticut, Colorado, Montana, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Idaho. He calls his followers “needle drops” and has a massive collection of albums.

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1:07 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Let there be light (in Hartford)

The Connecticut Historical Society, Gift of NE Utilities

In 1881, over one thousand gaslights lit eighty miles of streets in Hartford. The Hartford Electric Light Company began operations with a steam-powered electrical generating plant on Pearl Street on April 7, 1883, serving six customers with twenty-one arc lamps.  By the end of September 1888, a HELCO arc lamp had replaced the city’s last gas streetlight. 

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1:28 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

My Favorite Music of 2012: Part 4

This week on The Needle Drop, it's the show's fourth installment in our look back at some of the best records of 2012--don't worry, we're almost done. We'll be flying through releases from TNGHT, Dope Body, Holograms, iamamiwhoami, and more.

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10:38 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Why CT's Defense Industry Is Still Under Threat

Harriet Jones

The fiscal cliff could have had serious consequences for Connecticut’s defense industry. Across the board spending cuts were projected to threaten thousands of jobs in the state. And industry experts say last week’s deal didn’t change a whole lot. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

 

Turning away from the fiscal cliff, says Pratt & Whitney’s Jay DeFrank was necessary, but the fix produced last week really fixes nothing.

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9:12 am
Sat January 5, 2013

THE GREAT REMEDY

On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, declaring more than three million African Americans in those states in rebellion against the United States to be forever free.   An article in the Hartford Daily Courant on January 2nd proudly declared that “Now, for the first time in history, the Government stands unequivocably committed to the support of the fundamental principles on which it was founded.”  Reactions were mixed overall, and ranged from raucous celebrations to expressions of deep concern about the impact of the sudden liberation of so many people.

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2:40 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

The Spy Who Loved Me (Then Went to Work for Hitler)

You’ve probably heard the story of Nathan Hale – one of Connecticut’s most famous spies. But in the 1930s, Connecticut was home to a lesser-known case of international espionage. As WNPR’s Nina Earnest reports, a Russian immigrant in Thompson became the focus of an FBI investigation for spying on behalf of Germany.

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4:47 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

My Favorite Music of 2012: Part 3

This week on The Needle Drop, we head further into my favorite albums of 2012 with my third episode in this series.

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12:03 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Retirement Tax Rules At Issue In Fiscal Talks

Legislators appear to have stepped away for the minute from significant changes to tax advantaged retirement accounts in the latest attempt at a fiscal cliff fix. That’s welcome news for those who say right now most Americans don’t do enough to save for retirement. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

Surveys consistently show that working for or owning a small business is a woefully bad way to plan for your golden years.

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11:18 am
Wed January 2, 2013

No Deal For Credit Unions On Small Business Lending

Harriet Jones

One group that didn’t get the Christmas present they were hoping for this year is the nation’s credit unions. They want to expand their lending to small businesses, but as Harriet Jones reports, regulation – and opposition from the banks -- stands in their way.

Many credit unions have a history of humble beginnings, and the Charter Oak credit union, based in Groton, is no exception.

“We were born in the Electric Boat boatyard, out of a lunchbox where five people put in $25.” 

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8:22 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Labeling Genetically Modified Foods in Connecticut

Wikimedia Commons

After a bill to require labeling for genetically modified foods failed to make it out of the Connecticut legislature’s Environment Committee this past February, a bi-partisan legislative task force met last month to consider their next move.

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9:05 am
Sat December 29, 2012

Marking Time

The beginning of the New Year is an opportunity to reflect on the passage of time.  The invention and creation of devices to measure time has an ancient history.  During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Connecticut played a major role in the development of clock making.

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5:02 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 68

Cindy Papish Gerber

I try to be a happy person, and I’m becoming more and more aware of the fact that to be truly happy, you have to look beyond yourself. (This seems particularly true when you consider recent events.) So I decided to pose the question “what role should things like “volunteerism, charity and giving back” play in our lives?

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1:21 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Sending Season’s Greetings

Holiday greetings have been around almost as long as the Christmas holiday itself, in the form of sermons, almanac entries, poems, and books for children, even notes attached to bills and receipts.  In the 1840s, people were given another way to express good will to their neighbors through the Christmas card.  Changes in postal charges made the sending of specific cards for specific holidays easier.

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12:17 am
Thu December 20, 2012

CT Firm Doubles Workforce on Export Order

Harriet Jones

 A small Middletown company is about to double its workforce, as it signs a huge European export contract. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

“This is our demonstration room. So you’ll see the flags. All these flags represent countries that we’ve installed equipment to…”

Gerard Fenerty is something of a world traveler. In recent years he’s collected more than a few airmiles.

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3:31 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

(I)NTERVIEW - Steve Perry

Frank Wallace

“I'm unapologetic for our success because I know at the root of our success is a deep love for children. We come to win at everything we do. you can get on our team or you can be on the other team, I prefer winning, I'll stay with us.” These words, were spoken by educator Dr. Steve Perry in this exclusive CPBN Media Lab (I)NTERVIEW.

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2:25 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

My Favorite Music of 2012: Part 2

This week on The Needle Drop, we continue our revisit to some of the best releases 2012 had to offer. We bring tracks from Soap&Skin, Spiritualized, Bit K.R.I.T., BADBADNOTGOOD, and more!

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12:46 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 67

Cindy Papish Gerber

For episode 67 of the RLSG, we decided to talk about “holiday stress”. This was before our perception of the world changed - just two days ago - as the heartbreaking series of events played out in Newtown. There will be more than the normal level of stress during this holiday season, and for too many, life will never be the same.

It is with thoughts of those who are no longer with us, and of those who will never see their loved ones again, that we go forward, hoping for a future in which we can live together in peace.

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3:57 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Windham in the Winter

Get out your snow shoes! It’s snowing outside!

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3:11 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

(I)NTERVIEW: Nicholas Bellantoni, PhD

CPBN Media Lab

Dr. Nicholas F. Bellantoni serves as the state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Connecticut.

After high school he served four years in the US Navy.  A graduate of Central Connecticut State University, he received his doctorate in anthropology from UConn in 1987.  Shortly thereafter he was appointed to the newly created post of state archaeologist. 

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8:38 am
Thu December 13, 2012

CT Manufacturing Shows "Creative Destruction"

Harriet Jones

The Malloy administration has made a big commitment to nurture manufacturing in Connecticut, despite the fall off in employment in the sector over a period of decades. Are they right to place so much faith in making things here?  A new analysis attempts to answer that question.

The Naugatuck River Valley is one of the great seats of Connecticut’s manufacturing history. And Bill Purcell, president of the Valley Chamber of Commerce says that’s still relevant today.

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2:35 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

A Common Virus Can Trigger Asthma in Children

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A new report on asthma finds the rate among Connecticut children rose more than seven percent between 2005 and 2010. The state health department says no one really knows what causes asthma. But WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports that a  common virus called RSV or respiratory syncytial virus may be a contributing factor.  

Most people think of the winter months as cold season but at Connecticut Childrens Medical Center, November thru March is also called  RSV season.

 

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12:28 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

My Favorite Music of 2012: Part 1

This week on The Needle Drop, we're starting our revisit to the best records of 2012. We'll be doing it for the next several episodes, actually. Here, we're revisiting past releases from post-punkers Cloud Nothings, electronic jazz experimentalists Portico Quartet, and pained singer-songwriter Perfume Genius.

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12:01 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Paychecks Heading For The Fiscal Cliff

It seems there’s no end to the negative consequences of the fiscal cliff. And just the latest to be highlighted is the chaos it’s about to cause for payroll managers. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

If there’s one thing taxes cause, it’s paperwork. In a little more than a week from now, payroll managers everywhere will have to start computing paychecks for employees for the new year. Trouble is, no-one knows how much tax we’ll be paying.

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2:39 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Murder on the Map

The “murder map” is, at first glance, unremarkable – hand-drawn, it depicts a section of an unnamed town, one that contains various houses and businesses, was near the water, and had railroad tracks running through it. Things get decidedly more compelling when it becomes clear that it depicts the scene of a sensational crime in Bridgeport, Connecticut:

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3:36 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Convicted Former Hartford Mayor Perez Gets January Appeal

WNPR File Photo

More than two years after he resigned his office, former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is about to have his second day in court.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Perez is appealing his corruption convictions and that appeal has been scheduled for January.

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12:07 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Angel Olsen Gets Evens

This week on The Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Zoo Babies, Dumbo Gets Mad, and Holly Herndon. We'll also be diving into the latest releases from D.C. underground vets the Evens and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Angel Olsen.

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3:02 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

State Puts Dollars Behind Innovation Partnerships

courtesy mberggr, Flickr Creative Commons

The state of Connecticut is offering financial incentives to small businesses to carry out research for large corporations. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, the state is acting as a matchmaker for new projects

 

Innovation is expensive and often risky. It also requires many creative thinkers to get it working. That’s why increasingly many big technology-based corporations are looking for new partnerships and ways to outsource research and development functions.

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1:17 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

HIV AIDS Programs Among Cuts in Malloy Deficit Plan

Photo by WNPR's Chion Wolf

In the lead up to World Aids Day, Saturday, December 1, local advocates spent the week marking the advances made in the treatment and prevention of HIV-AIDS.

The week also brought news that Governor Dannel Malloy will be cutting almost $270,000 in funding from AIDS prevention and outreach programs in the state as part of his across the board budget rescissions to help plug a $363 million dollar shortfall this year.

 

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10:46 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 66

Cindy Papish Gerber

This time I decided to focus on extreme temperatures and money - two things I have a problem with.

 For this conversation, I invited Duo Dickinson (who happens to be an architect with a passion for such matters), writer Bob Tedeschi, animal rescuer (and farm gal) Kathleen Schurman, travel industry goddess Katie Gerhard, and our resident genius, Harlan Brothers, to talk about how we heat (and cool) our homes for a reasonable amount of money.

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