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3:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Colorful Beats and m.A.A.d. Cities

This week on the Needle Drop, we're trying out new tracks from Chelsea Wolfe, Andy Stott, and Mac DeMarco, too. We'll also be exploring the latest full-length releases from Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, and part-jazz drummer, part-hip hop producer Karriem Riggins.

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2:48 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Voting Will Happen With or Without Power

Photo by Chione Wolf

Local registrars held a conference call Wednesday to talk about election preparation in the wak of Hurricane Sandy. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the Secretary of the State says Election Day will go on with or without power.

Denise Merrill says as of mid-week, there are one-hundred polling sites in Connecticut Light and Power's coverage area without  So far, Merrill says CL&P has been very responsive, making it a priority to get town halls back on. But she hasn't heard yet from United Illuminating, a utility that powers a much smaller part of the state.

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11:43 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Sandy's Aftermath

Diane Orson
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4:43 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

What Will Sandy Mean for Election Day in Connecticut?

Photo by Chion Wolf

It's too early to tell how Hurricane Sandy will affect elections in Connecticut next Tuesday but as WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, that hasn't stopped officials from thinking about a plan B.

Connecticut Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill says elections officials in each town were mandated to come up with emergency plans after last year's freak October snowstorm that had some impact on municipal elections.

 

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1:21 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Connecticut River Towns Prepare For High Water

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High water is also threatening the lower Connecticut River, which rises and falls with the tides.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports on preparations there. 

Steve Leonti and a coworker are on top of a tractor. They've just moved a boat away from the docks at Chester's Chrisholm Marina.  And as they look at the river, they're hoping the water coming in from Long Island Sound doesn't get so high that the docks start to float away.

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4:14 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

The Art of Burying the Dead

The Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford is the city’s oldest historic site and was its only cemetery from the 1640s to the early 1800s. Located downtown, the burying ground accepted anyone who died in Hartford, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic background, economic status, or religious faith. Around 6,000 people have been buried in the site, yet only 415 people are represented with gravestones. Hiring stone-cutters to inscribe gravestones was expensive and the majority of people could not afford it.

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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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10:54 am
Tue October 23, 2012

A New Downtown For Mansfield

Harriet Jones

University towns face a unique challenge in fostering a successful downtown business environment. And perhaps none more so than the rural town of Mansfield, dwarfed by UConn’s massive Storrs campus. But the town is hopeful that a decade’s worth of work to construct an entirely new downtown will shortly come to fruition. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

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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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11:05 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Green Jobs Push Includes Vo-Tech Training

Harriet Jones

Training the workforce of the future requires a lot of foresight about which new technologies will succeed in the long run. Connecticut wants to make an investment in green jobs, according to a new report, and its technical high schools are writing a new curriculum to suit. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

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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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7:32 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Mortgage Industry Grapples With New Regulation

If you’re planning to buy or sell a house, changes are on the way. The creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the tightening of mortgage lending rules mean the industry is in the process of being turned upside down. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

It’s been a turbulent period for the mortgage industry and four years after the financial crisis, the debates are still going on.

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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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5:00 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Manufacturing Mania!

Harriet Jones

Manufacturing might be a tiny part of the economy these days but the state of Connecticut is making the case that it’s vital to the future. This has been declared Manufacturing Month, and today hundreds of school kids descended on a new show in Hartford designed to showcase the industry.

Welcome to Manufacturing Mania, the kick off for Connecticut’s month long celebration of the industry that’s defined its past, but struggles these days to stay in the public eye.

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