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9:14 am
Sat December 1, 2012

The Faithful Dog (and Cat)

Tis but an olden theme

To sing the faithful dog.    

             

Lydia Sigourney, Hartford’s famous Victorian poet, published those lines in her poem “The Faithful Dog” in 1850. Poets, writers, and artists have celebrated the love and loyalty of animals long before and ever since. Selected prints, drawings, paintings, and photographs depicting “faithful dogs” (and cats) are on display in the CHS exhibition, “Cats & Dogs in Art and Life,” open through April 6, 2013.               

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9:43 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 65

Cindy Papish Gerber

The holiday season has me thinking about parties, decorations and family togetherness... and the way people freak out when things don't live up to their expectations. So, in honor of this "emotional minefield" of a time of year, I decided to convene a group of the usual suspects for a conversation about the broader subject of "getting along".

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2:03 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Where Business Takes Off?

courtesy Airport Data

 A new state initiative sees Connecticut’s airports as drivers of the economy. Bradley has been the model for this concept, and the vision may soon be replicated around the state.  WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

When Connecticut’s new quasi public Airport Authority was created last year, Governor Dannel Malloy gave it one, overriding mission – economic development.

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11:28 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Rant & Rail: The Thanksgiving Commute

42 million people drove to visit family and friends during Thanksgiving weekend. WNPR’s Neena Satija joined them this year, but before leaving, she paid a visit to the state department of transportation to get the insider’s guide to holiday traffic. 

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10:55 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Greed Waltzes and the Order of Noise

This week on the show, we've got new tracks from the likes of Michael Price, Voivod, Veronica Falls, and Susanne Sundfor. We'll also be diving into the latest full-length effort from UK music producer Vessel.

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12:47 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

(I)NTERVIEW: Kara Sundlun

CPBN Media Lab

 Kara Sundlun is an award winning journalist who has been a part of the WFSB news organization here in Connecticut for over twelve years.  She had a unique opportunity at 17 years old to intern at WPRI in Rhode Island, and the experience increased her interest in broadcast journalism while providing the drive and direction to pursue her dreams.  During her time as a Communications and Political Science Major at the University of Michigan, she furthered her expertise through multiple internships, which included an amazing opportunity at the White House; she found it “fascinating to be amon

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3:22 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Setting the Table in Historic Style

When setting the table for Thanksgiving dinner, you probably bring out your best china and glassware, perhaps including some that have been passed down for generations.

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10:07 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 64

Cindy Papish Gerber

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2:34 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Iron and Water

Connecticut’s early railroad history had at its core the goal of linking New York City and Boston through a hybrid system of steamboats and trains. This strategy allowed relatively fast schedules without the expense of constructing a rail route along the irregular Connecticut shoreline and avoided exposing steamboat passengers to the dangers of the Rhode Island coast. Using protected Stonington Harbor as its rail/water connection the New York, Providence & Boston Railroad linked the two cities beginning in 1837.

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4:21 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

What's It Mean If Larson Loses Leadership Role?

 

As congress readies itself for its next term, Congressman John Larson may be out of a formal leadership position with his party.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports that Larson is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives -- and it's a job he has to give up at the end of the year.

 

Larson holds the title of head of the Democratic caucus.  But according to the Connecticut Mirror, that role is term limited.  And, because the rest of the Democratic leadership will likely stay in place, it doesn't appear that Larson has any upward mobility.

 

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9:52 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Connecticut on Alert for Emerald Ash Borer After Superstorm Sandy

Courtesy USDA (Creative Commons)

We've talked on WNPR's Morning Edition about the Emerald Ash Borer, the tiny green Asian beetle that feeds exclusively on the ash tree and has decimated millions of ash trees in over a dozen states. It has been recently discovered in several towns in Connecticut.

Superstorm Sandy has thrown a wrench in the effort to contain the Emerald Ash Borer. Joining us by phone is Chris Martin, Director of Forestry for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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11:29 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Sweet Beats and Vintage Folk

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tunes from Hot Sugar, M-O-D, Code Orange Kids, Dumbo Gets Mad, and more. We'll also be diving into the latest album from singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt.

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10:29 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 63

Cindy Papish Gerber

When you look at the degree to which families are worried about money these days, we're talking about something of fairly epic proportions. College tuitions have risen faster than Apple's stock price, while our economy has caused widespread belt tightening across a variety of social and economic lines.

What to do? Go to a fun spot (Duffy's Taven in West Haven) with a group of smart people to identify important topics for the Guide in the category of "family finances".

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3:44 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Young Cuban-American Wins Election to CT General Assembly

Art Linares, Jr

Connecticut Republicans succeeded in sending a political newcomer to the General Assembly to take over a Senate seat long held by Democrats. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports Art Linares also will be one of the state's youngest Senators.

Not many 24-year-olds decide to run for office but Art Linares isn't the typical twenty-something.  He helped start a successful solar power company when he was just nineteen. 

 

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3:42 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Computer Programmer Aims To Help Sports Broadcasters

Relax sports broadcasters, robots aren't coming for your job. At least not yet.

"The human aspect is important," said Greg Lee, a recent Ph.D. graduate in computer science from the University of Alberta. Dr. Lee recounted how, while watching baseball on TV, he stumbled upon Vin Scully, the Hall of Fame sportscaster now in his 59th season as the voice of the L.A. Dodgers.

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3:40 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Textile Designs in New England

New England played a major role in American textile production in the early 1800s.  Although American women had woven textiles in their homes for centuries, and Europe and India had been printing textiles for more than a century, America only established its first textile mills in the late 1700s and its first textile-printing companies in the 1820s. 

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5:28 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Luxury Problems and Dripping Piles

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Diamond Rings, Dirty Projectors, and folk singer Jessica Pratt. We'll also be diving into the latest releases from Andy Stott and Pile.

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3:22 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Hartford Chooses Three Registrars Of Voters

 

For the past four years, the city of Hartford has been the only place in the state that has three registrars of voters.  And, as WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, unofficial results election results show that THAT will continue. 

 

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2:12 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Threat Of Sequestration Looms In Connecticut

Harriet Jones

The nation’s growing deficit looms large over this election season, and once the vote is over, the winners will have to grapple with sequestration – a threatened across-the-board cut to federal budgets. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports on what that might mean for Connecticut ’s defense jobs. 

 

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5:48 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Polling Move In New London Causes Confusion

Harriet Jones

Two polling places in Connecticut had to be moved for election day because of the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, the switch may have affected turnout in at least one case.

Bridgeport and New London were the two towns that had to move a long-established polling place – in New London, the third district normally votes at Ocean Beach Park, but a ceiling collapse after the storm made the building unusable. Republican registrar of voters, Barbara Major.

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5:47 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

I'm Miles Byers and I approve this message

Frank Wallace

Once every four years, Americans take time out of their busy schedules to vote. This November, it isn’t American Idol or Dancing With The Stars that we’re voting on. This year, it is for the presidency, and other federal races. While many differ on who they support, one thing is kept in common: it is important to vote. The election isn’t going to be decided by one vote; however, the support of one, unified by many, can swing the election in any direction.  Vote now or forever hold your peace, or at least until the next election!

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10:40 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Youth Vote: The Final Stretch

Paul Thorin

Tomorrow is Election Day. A few weeks ago, after the second presidential debate, the CPBN Media Lab went to Manchester Community College. The interns went around the campus, asking young people about their registration, their parents' registration, and their views on the two candidates.

Some of the students we spoke with were not registered, but many of them felt it was important and told us they would register before the election. On student, David Heikoff, even said, "Vote or die!"

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3:46 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Symphonies, Ballets and Personalities

Young Bill Mortensen was just twenty-six years old in 1929, when he was appointed director of the Horace Bushnell Memorial Theater by its founding trustees.  The son of Danish immigrants, William H. Mortensen was a college dropout, who would go on to become Mayor of Hartford—and a self-made millionaire.  Hartford in the 1930s was a vibrant city.  “Chick” Austen was bringing modern art and theater to the Wadsworth Atheneum;  Mortensen provided Hartford audiences with a vast array of alternative experiences during the Bushnell’s early years.

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3:37 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Voters Weigh-In Before Election Day

Photo by Chion Wolf

As Election Day draws near, WNPR spoke with Connecticut residents for a week-long series, "Voices of Voters" to find out which Presidential candidate they support. 

WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with four residents starting with Chinnel Chinnery of Waterbury. Chinnery says she's voting for President Barack Obama because the Democratic platform appeals to single mothers like her. 

 

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3:20 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

McMahon Backs Off Legal Threat Against New Haven

The campaign of Republican senate candidate Linda McMahon has apparently backed off a threat to bring New Haven officials into state court just days before the election. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

The McMahon campaign had alleged that the city wouldn't have enough ballots on Tuesday.   And even as late as this afternoon, McMahon said she had concerns about New Haven's election preparedness. 

 

"We want a total transparent election."

 

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2:18 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Power Outages Frustrate Shuttered Businesses

Harriet Jones

As Connecticut gets back on its feet in the wake of Sandy, job number one for many small businesses is just to be able to open their doors once again. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, in some hard hit shoreline communities, that’s a challenge.

Monday morning, as Sandy bore down on the tri-state coastline, some businesses defied the oncoming weather. In downtown Mystic, Wide World of Bagels was one of the few stores that still had power and owner Nicole Denkis was running to keep up with all the additional customers.

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1:55 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Malloy Tours Shoreline Towns

courtesy, Governor's office

Governor Dannel Malloy has appealed for patience as restoration efforts continue after Hurricane Sandy. The governor toured affected shoreline communities Wednesday. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

 

Governor Malloy began his tour in Stonington, battered by intense winds and flooded by storm surge during Sandy. Part of the town dock, home to the state’s only commercial fishing fleet, was washed away.

 

“’You got pounded huh?’

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1:30 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Southeastern Connecticut Mops Up After Sandy

Harriet Jones

Southeastern shoreline towns are cleaning up and assessing damage after the hurricane, which brought a record storm surge. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

Outside his Stonington home, Gary Giramonti is wading through several feet of water.

“We left Monday morning, and just came back this morning after a neighbor said, called and told us you need to get back”

The structure, which faces Fishers’ Island sound is still standing, but the interior has been turned upside down.

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8:05 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Businesses Batten Down The Hatches For Sandy

Just as many households prepared for the worst of Hurricane Sandy, so too did employers. But what’s the evidence that businesses have learned anything from the natural disasters Connecticut experienced last year? WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

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4:50 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Oyster Farmers Take Stock Of Sandy's Damage

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

 

Governor Dannel Malloy wrapped up a post Hurricane Sandy news briefing earlier this week by talking about sewage discharges into Long Island Sound.  And he said that no one should eat the clams or oysters.  That caught the attention of WNPR's Jeff Cohen, who decided to catch up with oyster fishermen as they surveyed the storm's damage.

 

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