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5:13 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Legislators Asked to Strengthen Protections for Disabled

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Advocates for victims of sexual assault want legislators to strengthen protections for those with disabilities. 

Recently the state Supreme Court ruled 4 to 3, agreeing with an Appellate court decision to release a man convicted of raping a young woman with severe disabilities. The reason?

The two sexual assault charges against Richard Fourtin state that a victim was physically helpless at the time of the alleged assault. The justices said prosecutors did not provide the evidence needed to prove the victim was uncommunicative or unconscious at the time.

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12:14 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

“SOMETHING TO REMEMBER ME BY”

One hundred and fifty years ago the Civil War was raging, and men from all over Connecticut were signing up to go and fight in the South.  Most of these men had their pictures taken by a local photographer; others sent pictures of themselves home from the war front to their loved ones.  In most of these portraits, the men pose self-consciously, sometimes in formal postures recalling portrait paintings.  In others, they lounge casually, uniforms unbuttoned, surprisingly at ease.  Some of them returned to Connecticut to resume their normal lives; others were not so lucky.

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4:07 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

QPoll: Senate Race Is Dead Heat

 

A new poll shows Connecticut's U.S. Senate race remains a dead heat. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

 

The Quinnipiac University Poll shows that 48 percent support Republican Linda McMahon while 47 percent back Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy.

 

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said both candidates have taken hits from the recent barrage of negative TV ads.  And he says both candidates have their upsides and their downsides.

 

A challenge for McMahon is that she's in a Democratic state.  But...

 

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2:30 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Beats, Beats, and More Beats

This week on the Needle Drop, we're diving into the latest beatmusic albums from Flying Lotus and the Gaslamp Killer. Both are at the forefront of some pretty interesting musical ideas right now with their respective albums, Until the Quiet Comes and Breakthrough.

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11:08 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Bells Ringing Once Again In Belltown

Matthew Bevin returned to his family's historic bell making business in 2008. It was running at a loss, and Matt's uncle was about to sell the last bell factory in East Hampton.  Bevin, who is a serial entrepreneur in his own right, turned the business around within a year. In 2010 and 2011, Bevin Brothers, a 180 year old five-generation family business, turned a profit. 

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4:22 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

General Assembly Primary Revote Underway

Today is re-vote day in Hartford and Windsor, where an August Democratic primary ended up in a tie.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the 5th district race is small and spirited.

Brandon McGee, a newcomer, is from Hartford.  Leo Canty, a veteran of the teacher's union, is from Windsor.  Both men want to serve in the state's legislature, but only one can.  The August primary eventually ended in a tie, with both men sharing the same number of votes and a third candidate getting the balance.  

 

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12:21 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Top Tech Companies Showcased

Scott Nickel

Last night over 400 people gathered at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford for the Annual Marcum Tech Top 40. The event, sponsored by the Connecticut Technology Council and Marcum LLP, highlighted forty of the fastest growing companies in the state that have had substantial revenue growth over the past four years.

Matthew Nemerson is the CEO and President of the Connecticut Technology Council.

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12:04 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Keeping It In The Family Part 2

Family businesses are arguably at the heart of the American economy, and yet there’s little recognition of their contribution. In the second of our series, WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports on the unique challenges facing families that go into business together.

Just how important are family businesses to the economy?

“There are statistics that say that family businesses comprise 80 to 90% of the business entities throughout the country.”

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5:11 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Summit Shines Light on Investor Fraud

Office of U.S Attorney, Connecticut

Most people know about Bernie Madoff. He swindled billions in a ponzi scheme that left many without their life savings.  Madoff is still in prison but the U.S Department of Justice says there are plenty of others involved in this kind of fraud.

The Justice Department hosted an investor fraud summit Monday morning to teach people how to avoid falling for these schemes.

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil interviewed U.S Attorney for Connecticut, David Fein about the summit.

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5:03 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Malloy Announces Federal Funding For Rail Project

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

 

Another $121 million in federal funding has been committed to a high-speed rail project linking New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield.  As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, Governor Dannel Malloy was in Meriden for the announcement.

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1:51 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Has State Recovery Lost Its Way?

Harriet Jones

Connecticut and the U.S. may appear to be in a recovery that’s lost its way, especially given recent disappointing jobs numbers. But the message from economists at a Rocky Hill conference seemed to echo President Obama – hang on and it’s going to get better. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

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10:55 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 61

Cindy Papish Gerber

We've been focusing our conversations on the specifics of some of our categories lately, and in the area of relationships, there are many difficulties associated with the process of coupling - and uncoupling - in 21st century life, it seemed ike a natural topic for the Guide.

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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

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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

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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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11:41 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Keeping It In The Family, Part 1

Harriet Jones

“Keeping it in the family” takes on a whole new meaning when that family runs a business. In the first of a two part series, WNPR’s Harriet Jones visits two very different family businesses here in Connecticut.

In an ordinary looking house in an unremarkable street in Bridgeport, an extraordinary enterprise is being carried on.

 “I’m Beverlee Dacey and I am second generation of the family business….”

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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

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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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