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9:47 am
Mon August 1, 2011

(I)NTERVIEW: Paul Assaiante

CPBN Media Lab

Entering his eighteenth year as head coach of the Trinity College Men's Squash team, Paul Assaiante is coming off his thirteenth consecutive winning season. The Trinity Bantams have won 282 out of 292 matches, and have a record of 224 consecutive victories. Paul has also coached the Trinity Men's Tennis Squad for 15 of the last 17 seasons, having a 163-71 record. 

 

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11:25 am
Sun July 31, 2011

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 7: Bishop's Orchards

It has become apparent (to me at least) that we are drawn to guest editors and locations because we love them. This week was no exception: Duo and I travelled to Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market in Guilford Connecticut to hear pitches from our host, sixth generation family member (and mother of 2) Sarah Bishop DellaVentura, along with freelance writer for (Patch.com) Sarah Kyrcz, stay-at-home dad Gerry McGuire, serial entrepreneur Ryan Duques, and the founder and president of Zane's Cycles, Chris Zane.

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3:41 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Elm City ID Card Helping Former Inmates

Photo by WNPR's Chion Wolf

Four summers ago, New Haven began issuing the Elm City Resident Card.  The program was controversial at the time because the city encouraged illegal immigrants to get the IDs. And many did because they had no U.S identification As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the city has found another over-looked population to connect to the ID card.

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3:01 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

How to Succeed in the Meat Business for Four Generations

J Holt

 

 

From changing market forces, to waning interest, a family business can face challenges on all fronts. WNPR’s J Holt brings us the story of a New Britain family that has kept their company moving forward with a balance of tradition and flexibility, and now has their fourth generation engaged in the business of making meats.

About 20 years ago, Joe Perez and some friends went to see former New Britain Red Sock Ellis Burks play at Yankee stadium. Every time he came by their seats they’d shout,

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1:57 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

A New Haven Neighborhood Embraces its Library

A recent report from New Haven's Public Health Department found that in 2008, 100% of people arrested for murder in the city were under the age of 35. Half of those were under 25. But a small library, tucked into a strip mall in a neighborhood often labeled one of New Haven's most dangerous, is making a real difference with city youth.

It's family night, and about 15 kids from the nieighborhood are learning to make Afro-Carribbean folk dolls from plastic bottles.

"Where do they come from? The Carribbean? No, they come from Africa, right?"

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1:39 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Out In CT - Oscar Alexander Robles

Oscar Robles is a New Yorker by way of Florida. He moved to Hartford, CT in August of 2009. From a young age, he has been engaged in LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) activism work and helped start the first Gay Straight Alliance in Brevard County, FL .

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11:46 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

New Haven Journalist Testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee

Christine Mai-Duc, Tribune Washington Bureau

New Haven native and journalist Clare Gillis spent 44 days in captivity in Libya before she was released in May. Gillis appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to share her story.

Gillis spoke out in favor of the bill in question --  the Consular Notification Compliance Act of 2011.

"If the U.S. continues to ignore its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, that makes it easier for foreign governments to ignore their obligations to imprisoned American citizens abroad," she said.

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4:42 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Soldier Who Served With Connecticut National Guard Guilty of Murder

A military jury has found a U.S Army National Guardsman guilty of premeditated murder in the shooting death of an Afghan civilian.

Sgt.Derrick Miller of Hagerstown, Md., was convicted Wednesday. He was assigned to a Connecticut National Guard unit attached to the 101st Airborne Division at the time of the shooting in Eastern Afghanistan.

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Associated Press reporter, Kristin M. Hall who covered the trial at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. .

 

 

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12:12 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Jeanmarie Conlon

Meet Jeanmarie Conlon abstract artist, sculptor, labyrinth designer, landscape designer and Mother.

As a resident of Connecticut, Jeanmarie talks about what inspires her to paint abstract paintings that have caught the attention of galleries in New York City as well as artists from Yale University.

Her work has been exhibited in New York, California, Vermont and also featured at the Paul Mellon Arts Center in Wallingford, CT.

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8:37 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Mayoral Hopefuls Start Petition Scramble

 

Jeffrey Kerekes Tuesday found out that he collected more than the 104 certified signatures he needed to land a spot on the ballot for the November general election. That was the easy part. Now comes the tougher test, in which he and fellow mayoral candidates need to collect over 2,000 signatures in just two weeks to make it to the Democratic primary—a threshold 20 times higher.

 

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8:29 am
Wed July 27, 2011

For all the wrangling, debt ceiling hasn't limited debt

 

WASHINGTON--If there's one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on in the current debt-ceiling standoff, it's that the nation's legal borrowing cap has failed in its primary goal: limiting the nation's debt.

 

After all, how can anyone argue that the debt ceiling has served to rein in federal borrowing, when the cap has been lifted at least 80 times and the U.S. government is in the red to the tune of about $14.3 trillion?

 

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4:20 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

A Break in the Connecticut Mountain Lion Story

Connecticut State Police

The mountain lion killed by a car in Milford was apparently a wild animal and one whose progress from the Black Hills are of South Dakota to the East had been followed by a federal genetics lab. Connecticut officials released the results of a long-awaited necropsy report Tuesday.

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3:08 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

No Werewolves But Lots of Night Sky

Allan Appel Photo

Rafael Ramos was explaining camping to 9-year-old Paola Cordero, who had never really been away from home, let alone slept under the stars. No, Ramos assured her, there really are no wolves or werewolves to worry about.

The consultation took place Monday morning across from JUNTA for Progressive Action on Grand Avenue, in the sleeping-bag strewn parking lot of the Fair Haven branch library.

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3:24 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

A Little-Known Program Helps Farmers Solve Energy Problems

Chion Wolf

WILLIMANTIC--Richard Berger and Nancy Roman were on a reconnaissance mission last week for White Flower Farm, the nationally known nursery in Litchfield where they work.

"We're here because of the rising energy costs," said Berger, White Flower's facilities engineer. "And the rising costs to heat our greenhouses"--26 of them, about two acres worth.

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12:21 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

‘Model Workplaces’ In CT Not Always Safest

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In February 2007, David Gootkin came to the state Capitol in Hartford to testify in favor a bill prompted by his brother Robert’s death the year before at Covanta’s waste-to-energy plant in Wallingford. The bill, which eventually was adopted, requires that operators of solid waste facilities have at least two employees or a camera in the work area when waste is being fed into a hopper.

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5:09 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 6: Delaney's

Bruce Barber

This week we gathered at one of my favorite local watering holes, Delaney’s Tap Room and Restaurant in the Westville section of New Haven. We chose Delaney’s to follow up on several conversations we had in Episode 4 at Heirloom: the importance of community, the uncertainty of our changing times, and the possibilities to be discovered in doing the things you love.

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2:40 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

CVS? KFC? No. DNA.

For Joyce Winston, her new walk-in paternity testing clinic at the corner of Sherman and Goffe is not just a business, it’s also a mission. She hopes the clinic will help men discover whether they’re “the daddy” so others won’t have to go through what she went through—twice.

On Monday, Winston (pictured), who previously ran a home health-care agency, will open the paternity testing clinic to provide one-stop shopping to deal with the problem summed up in the old saying, “Mama’s Baby, Daddy’s Maybe.”

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7:15 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Real Life Survival Guide: The Glenwood

Bruce Barber

Someone (it might have been Episode 4 guest editor Binnie Klein) commented recently that the show has been “a show about making a show”, and I don’t disagree with that assessment. Having worked on the Guide in one form or another for over ten years now, I’m finally learning not to over think things. (Gary, our web designer is constantly urging me to “grip it and rip it” – a golfer’s exhortation to stop standing there and hit the damn ball.) That’s what’s happening with the RLSG radio show: we’re trying things and finding out what works and what doesn’t.

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4:01 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

OSHA "Model Workplaces" Have Safety Lapses

Shurestep photo via Flickr Creative Commons

In February 2007, David Gootkin came to the state Capitol in Hartford to testify in favor a bill prompted by his brother Robert’s death the year before at Covanta’s waste-to-energy plant in Wallingford. The bill, which eventually was adopted, requires that operators of solid waste facilities have at least two employees or a camera in the work area when waste is being fed into a hopper.

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3:35 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Morris Cove Neighbors Say "No Dumping Here"

Allan Appel, New Haven Independent

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to move silt and sediment from Bridgeport’s Harbor to the New Haven Harbor. But some city residents are doing their best to keep that from happening.


New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro joined about fifty protestors who gathered recently on the shoreline in Morris Cove -- a neighborhood of New Haven that looks out onto New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound.  In the water are kayakers, and a line of boats 40 deep, all with anti-dumping signs…

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1:29 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

(I)NTERVIEW: Mark Colville

CPBN Media Lab

This (I)NTERVIEW is from March 28th, 2011

Mark Colville is a founding member of the Amistad Catholic Worker House in New Haven, CT. Based on a philosophy of “personalism” (“If you want to help the person in the street, go the person in the street,” Mark explains), the house is open to members of the community seeking sustenance and companionship. Mark and his wife, four children, and a nephew share their home with five to 20 people at any given time.

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3:39 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Congressman Himes on Debt Ceiling Negotiations

Photo by WNPR's Chion Wolf

A deadline looms large for Congress to reach a budget deal that includes  raising the U.S borrowing limit. If leadership fails to do so by August 2, the country could default on its debt for the first time ever.  WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports on the perspective of 4th district Congressman Jim Himes.

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8:43 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Real Life Survival Guide: The Paugusset Swim Club

Cindy Papish Gerber

By the time we were ready to record Episode 4, certain things were coming into focus. For starters, recording conversations with interesting people at fun (and interesting) places was working. The sound of the birds chirping and the haircuts in Episode 1; the clatter of dishes and late afternoon patrons talking in Episodes 2 and 3.

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8:59 pm
Sun July 10, 2011

Real Life Survival Guide: The Salon At Heirloom

Gary Choronzy

This winter, I woke up one morning and came up with a concept: why not have a modern day version of the “salon” (which Wikipedia describes as “…a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine taste and increase their knowledge of the participants through conversation.”) I got very excited for a couple of days, and then put the idea away. Fortunately, I keep this stuff.

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4:29 pm
Sun July 10, 2011

Real Life Survival Guide: Richters

Bruce Barber

We mourned the passing of a New Haven institution in episode 2, and we wish Dieter and the gang at Richter’s the best of luck.

 

We chose Richter’s because a.) I’ve been going there for years, and b.) at the end of Episode 1, while wandering Chapel Street, we decided to record at Richter’s – only to find out they were closing. Duo saw it’s demise as a metaphor for the shift from face to face conversation to the decidedly ethereal relationships we’ve cultivated on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Lou Manheim

 

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1:28 pm
Sat July 9, 2011

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 1: Radio Is Changing

Bruce Barber

The Real Life Survival Guide Radio Show returned to the airwaves this afternoon at 4:30 on WNPR. The first big difference from season 1 (November 2007 – June 2008): I have a cohost! 

His name is Duo Dickinson. He’s an architect, author, self proclaimed “swamp yankee” and committed family man. Duo is also much smarter than I am, and trust me when I tell you that this is high praise coming from me, the world’s greatest narcissist. He’s a natural performer, can turn a phrase with the best of them, and represents one of the great blessings of this endeavor.

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12:09 pm
Sat July 9, 2011

About The Real Life Survival Guide

Seshu/Gary Choronzy

The Real Life Survival Guide is a radio show (and web community) dedicated to answering questions through a series of conversations – with a diverse group of people across a variety of media channels: a radio show, a website, and social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Gang Sourced, Crowd Finished

Each week, cohosts Bruce Barber and Duo Dickinson meet with their “gang of provocateurs” – guest editors tasked with helping choose which topics will be featured.

 

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11:56 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

It's All Up For Grabs

Uma Ramiah

Goodwill and the Salvation Army are reliable spots for inexpensive items. But one New Haven store is working with a new model: everything is just plain free.

Twenty four year old Hans Schoenburg is talking to a potential customer, and she has a pressing inquiry.

"Now I have one question. What do you do about making sure there's no bugs in the sweaters people give you?"

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