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9:48 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Contract Negotiations Stall Hartford Chief's Swearing In

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

 

Contract negotiations have stalled the formal swearing in of James Rovella as Hartford's new police chief. As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, Rovella says he won’t take the job without a guarantee of lifetime health benefits for him and his family paid for by the city.

 

Rovella is the city’s interim police chief.  On Monday, he told the Hartford city council he is pushing hard for the healthcare package.

 

"I am a cancer survivor, and there are certain things that I will not sacrifice for my family and myself."

 

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2:21 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Depleted Long Island Sound Lobster Harvest Hurts Commercial Industry

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Environmental advocates and Connecticut lobstermen are calling on state and federal lawmakers to do more to restore the health of Long Island Sound. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the state's commercial lobster industry has been hit hard by a severely depleted lobster harvest.

Nick Crismale of Guilford has been catching lobsters for 40 years, but since the die-off began in 1998, he's had to move onto other shellfish to make his living.

 

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11:15 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Senator Who?

HARTFORD, CT - Some politicians believe that young people, between the ages of 18 and 26, don't care about politics. Senator Grump C. Mudgeon is one of those politicans. He claims that young people don't watch the news, pick up newspapers, or even register to vote.

The CPBN Media Lab went out in search of young people at the University of Hartford and Trinity College. After showing people Grump's message, which urges youth to avoid the polls, we filmed their reactions. "Who is this?" asked Andre Dixon, former UCONN student.

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2:45 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 52

Cindy Papish Gerber

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about which chapters to include in this "guide to modern living", and one of the obvious choices is - and always has been - a chapter on 'Relationships'.

With this in mind, I convened our weekly brainstorming session at Zinc Restaurant on Chapel Street in New Haven. (Thanks to Co-owners Donna and Denise, as well as Manager Peter Koll for hosting!)

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12:55 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

The Great River

The Connecticut Historical Society, Gift of Dr. W. J. Russell

Highway. Barrier. Resource. Sewer. Each of these names has been used to describe the Connecticut River in the almost four centuries since Europeans first settled along its banks.  This prominent feature of the state’s physical landscape also provides a reference point for our sense of place (e.g. “east of the river” or “the lower valley”) in a land where local identity still exerts a powerful influence.

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10:44 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Reporter Roundtable: The Donovan Dilemma

Chion Wolf

Federal authorities made seven new arrests in their investigation into the campaign of house speaker Chris Donovan

The arrests circle around an alleged scheme to cover up campaign donations that were aimed at using Donovan’s influence as speaker of the house to kill a bill aimed at “roll your own smoke shops.”  

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1:47 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Getting To Know Springfield, Massachusetts

Rusty Clark (Flickr Creative Commons)

Springfield is Hartford's neighbor to the north...we share an airport, a major highway and a river. But what do we really know about Springfield?

Today, for the first time, we broadcast live from Springfield, MA. We're celebrating our new relationship with American International College and its radio station WAIC 91.9 FM.

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10:06 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Discrimination Lawsuit Raises Question In Bridgeport

Steelpointe Harbor has been promised to residents of Bridgeport for more than thirty years. This empty 50-acre piece of land is expected to be built out into a complex of hotels, retail, high-rise apartments and offices. With the announcement that the outdoor goods megastore Bass Pro Shops would be moving in as early as next year, that promise could finally become a reality. But in a city where 38 percent of residents are Hispanic and 34 percent are black, allegations that Bass Pro Shops deliberately shut minority job applicants out is hitting hard.

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9:05 am
Wed July 25, 2012

The Park River: Exploring Hartford's Underbelly

Catie Talarski

 

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4:52 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

A White Bison Calf Brings Many to Small Goshen Farm

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Millions of bison used to roam parts of the U.S. more than two centuries ago. Once close to extinction, the commercial meat market has brought back the bison to farms in many states including Connecticut. In Goshen, a five-week old calf is getting a lot of attention since the day he was born. WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil has the story

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11:39 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Questioning the Creative Class

David Hilowitz, Creative Commons

It’s been ten years since Richard Florida’s bestseller, “The Rise of the Creative Class.” So, has it risen yet?

Florida touted the cities like San Fransisco and Austin Texas that have, for years, attracted young “creative” types with socially tolerant attitudes, plenty of outdoor activities and a confluence of art and hi-tech.

But even Florida seems to be adapting his ideas - talking about everyone being a “creative” person in the new economy.

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12:13 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Big Bang Economic Development

Av Harris (File)

Today, the “big bang theory.” Not the kind that Ira Flatow talks about on Science Friday...but the kind that city leaders talk about when they want to make a splash...to revitalize their city...to get millions in taxes.

These urban “big bangs” are often pipe dreams that never get beyond an architect’s sketch. But sometimes they do become reality - with mixed results.

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5:50 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 51

Cindy Papish Gerber

Welcome to a new phase in the development of The Real Life Survival Guide, as we focus our efforts on brainstorming ideas for the Guide around a single theme or "chapter". For our 51st session we gathered at the amazing Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar in New Haven - to talk about the chapter on "Self Care".

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3:48 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Youth Vote: Connecticut Primary

CPBN Media Lab

Hartford, CT - Four candidates from Connecticut are fighting for a senatorial seat this fall, and continue to campaign for a chance to represent the state. Many Connecticut residents are following the race, but what about college students? Candidate Chris Murphy has stated that "today about 20 percent of 20 year olds vote, and 80 percent of the 80 year olds vote."

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3:25 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Calder in Connecticut

July 22nd is the birthday of Alexander Calder, one of the best-known and most prolific sculptors of the 20th century.  His work hangs in museums all over the world, but for over forty years, he lived and worked in Roxbury, a small town in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills.

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3:38 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Samuel Amadon, The Hartford Poet

Chion Wolf

Samuel Amadon is a poet who grew up just outside of Hartford. He left for college, and grad school, but kept finding himself coming back to the capital city. Now he teaches in South Carolina, and has recently published “The Hartford Book” – a collection of gritty poems he wrote about his time living in and around Hartford.

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3:31 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

As Segarra's Deadline Passes, Hartford's Rovella Still Isn't Permanent Chief

 

Last week, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said acting Police Chief James Rovella would become permanent chief today/yesterday.  All that was left was a background check.  But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the check isn't done -- and Rovella hasn't been sworn in.

 

Here's how Segarra described Rovella's appointment last week.

 

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11:26 am
Wed July 18, 2012

ECSU's Elsa Núñez On The University's Role In Connecticut

Chion Wolf

As the University of Connecticut gets bigger - with more global aspirations - what does that mean for the state university system?

This fall, Dr. Elsa Núñez starts her seventh year as president of Eastern Connecticut State University. Some view it as UConn’s little sister campus in nearby Willimantic. But Núñez has bigger plans. She wants ECSU to make a name for itself as a first-choice liberal arts school.

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4:37 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Who Are The State's Uninsured?

 

As Connecticut officials try to comply with the Affordable Care Act and provide health coverage to the uninsured, they have a big question to answer: Just who are the state's uninsured?  WNPR's Jeff Cohen has this report.

 

Connecticut has over 300,000 people without health insurance.  Of them, more than 200,000 are adults who will be able to buy insurance from the state's new online marketplace -- called an exchange -- come 2014.  These are adults who aren't poor enough for Medicaid and who don't have insurance of their own. 

 

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1:27 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Bevin Bells On The Road To Recovery

Tucker Ives

It's been six weeks since the Bevin Brothers factory burned to the ground and the East Hampton company is moving forward with plans to rebuild. WNPR's Tucker Ives reports on what's ahead for the last bell factory in Belltown USA.

Since the devastating fire, Bevin Bells has received an outpouring of support from across the country. That support convinced the company's president, Matthew Bevin to get his family's business up and operating again.

"We will continue to put one foot in front of the next until we're continuing to make bells in Belltown," said Bevin.

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11:54 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Ethiopian Pop and Schizophrenic Rock

This week on the Needle Drop, we'll be sampling new tracks from Parquet Courts, Ariel Pink's  Haunted Graffiti, and electronic music producer John Tejada. We'll also be listening to the latest albums from these two artists: Ethiopian pop sensation the Debo Band, and the schizophrenic singer-songwriter duo known as Foxygen.

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10:46 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Pop-Up Storefronts

Chion Wolf

Popup storefronts are popping up all over. Maybe even in your town.

Here’s the idea: You take one empty retail space and offer it up for free. A new business comes in for a day, a week, a month, or who knows?  

The hope? It can re-energize a commercial strip and fill in a sad, vacant storefront while giving entrepreneurs a chance to test out new ideas and hopefully turn it into a sustainable business.

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11:36 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Understanding Global Environmental Politics

NASA

At the Rio Earth Summit that just concluded, more than 100 world leaders gathered to talk global sustainability and set goals for the environment. President Barack Obama was not among them. Neither was Angela Merkel of Germany or David Cameron of the UK. This may say something about the real importance of these gatherings.

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6:42 am
Mon July 16, 2012

City Slighted By CEO's Comment

A comment by the European CEO of the clothing storeGant  in New Haven has drawn the ire of some in the city.

Dirk-Jan Stoppelenburg heads company, and one of his 600 or so stores opened on Broadway in New Haven last year. Here’s what he had to say about New haven in an interview last month:

“Only two things only ever came out of New Haven. Yale University and Gant.”

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6:17 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Connecticut's "Transportation Gap"

Chiyeuk (Wikimedia Commons)

New research from the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy program finds a stark disparity in public transit options between Connecticut’s bigger cities and their surrounding areas.

Brookings researcher Adie Tomer spent two years running transportation models in 100 metro regions across America. He says having data on commuting times is crucial in figuring out how to jumpstart struggling economies.

“Public transportation is a critical cog in actually making sure our metropolitan economies function to the peak of their abilities," Tomer says.

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6:33 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Proposed Hartford Ordinance Aims To Clear Out Police Upper Ranks

 

As James Rovella prepares himself to be Hartford's next permanent police chief, there's a move on the city council to clear out the police department's upper ranks. 

 

Ken Kennedy is a city councilman and an ally of Mayor Pedro Segarra.  He's got an ordinance pending that would give an incentive to the city's two assistant chiefs to retire.  He's working on another that would apply to the two deputy chiefs.

 

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3:59 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

VIVE LA FRANCE

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was one of the best-known French painters of the 1700s, known for his slightly risqué representations of upper class life in Paris before the French Revolution.  Why was one of his pictures showing men and women playing blind man’s buff printed and published in Hartford, Connecticut during the 1830s?  Why was court painter Jacques-Louis David’s famous portrait of Napoleon Crossing the Alps reproduced in no fewer than five different prints by Hartford’s Kellogg brothers?

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11:54 am
Fri July 13, 2012

The Rise of Women

UNE Photos

Women outpace men in colleges and graduate school and account for half of the workforce, so why are there still so few women in top jobs?

Because women have more education and career opportunities than ever before, because they’ve entered male-dominated fields like medicine, the military and engineering in numbers only dreamed about by their grandmothers...there’s a case that we’ve reached a kind of “gender equity.”

But women hold only 14% of corporate executive jobs.  Only a third make partner in law firms, and their wait is longer.

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4:17 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

CSI: From TV To The Classroom

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It may be summer break but some high school science teachers from Connecticut and as far away as Thailand are in class this week to learn more about forensic science.  According to the University of New Haven which is running the training program, there's more demand for schools to offer courses in forensics.

For more details, WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Steven Shiner.  He's the director of training at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensice Science at the University of New Haven.

The school has been running the program since 2005.

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1:29 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Dancing In The Big City

Christopher Duggan

The dance ensemble, the Brian Brooks Moving Company returns to Wesleyan University for a pair of performances tonight and tomorrow night at Wesleyan's Center for the Arts Theater in Middletown. On the program is the New England premier of his new work Big City. The dance company has performed all of the world. Joining us by phone this morning is dancer and choreographer Brian Brooks. 

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