Everyone counts down the days to vacation, right? Well not in America...it seems we’d rather keep working.
Yes, despite all the data that time off makes you happier, healthier and MORE productive, a majority of americans - some 57percent had unused vacation time at the end of 2011, and most of them left an average of 11 days on the table.
Meanwhile, profits per-employee are at a 10 year high. What if we just cut into those corporate profits by taking a day we’ve earned here and there?
There's a broken down dam on the Farmington River, where anglers and paddlers like to have fun. But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, it won't be there long.
It's called the Spoonville Dam, about a dozen miles up the Farmington from where it meets the Connecticut River. Its original purpose was to create hydro power over a century ago. But then, in 1955, overpowering floods washed out about a quarter of the dam -- leaving huge fragments down river. And for the past half century, the entire river has funneled through a very narrow, very fast moving breach.
After a national search process, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has named the city's new police chief. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the mayor decided to stick with a man he already knew.
James Rovella has been acting chief of police. A former city cop and state inspector, Rovella came back to the department initially to run its shooting task force. The result has been a sharp decline in gun crimes and shooting victims in the city.
The whole point of the company Journatic is that you’re not supposed to know that they exist.
What do they do? Well, they provide news stories for papers - sometimes written under fake bylines - often “reported” from far flung places. Think that story about West Hartford gas prices had the local touch? Might be someone from California...or the Philippines.
The tall ships of OpSail will take their leave of New London this morning after a weekend of celebration. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
The Coast Guard Barque Eagle, a familiar sight on the Thames River, lead the parade of sail into New London Saturday as 23 ships berthed at the final port of call for OpSail. Joanne Broat is the medical officer and the cook aboard the Amistad.
“It’s good, it’s good to be back here – it’s been 2000, so 12 years – everybody’s happy.”
Born in Bethel, CT in 1810, Phineas Taylor Barnum was one of history’s most colorful characters. At the age of 21, he purchased a printing press and soon learned to use sensational advertising to capture the public’s attention and create what we today would call “buzz”. Barnum moved to New York City in 1834 and in 1841 opened Barnum’s American Museum, which featured over 500,000 artifacts, curiosities, and human attractions, including the Feejee Mermaid, Chang and Eng the “Siamese Twins”, and Sara Swan the “Tallest Girl in the World”.
The tall ships sail into New London this weekend for OpSail – the first time in 12 years that Connecticut has hosted the event. WNPR’s Harriet Jones visited the city to see how it’s getting ready.
Coming into New London on Eugene O’Neill Drive, you might glance across one of the city’s car parks and notice two painters hard at work on an enormous mural. Ten feet up in the air on a hydraulic platform.
An internal investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in the Democratic congressional campaign of Chris Donovan has cleared the state house speaker. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.
The fundraising scandal involving Donovan began when his now former finance director was arrested and charged with conspiracy -- he allegedly tried to hide the source of campaign donations. Donovan has said he had no knowledge of the impropriety -- but he hired former U.S. Attorney Stan Twardy to do an internal investigation.
Lee Epstein, in a recent piece for the Atlantic Cities blog, wrote that healthy watersheds and sustainable in-town development are directly linked: “what happens on the land affects the water downstream” across a wide area.
He says sprawling development damages water quality for the whole region. When we spread out our town development, rather than keeping it in areas that are already developed, there’s more waste and less vegetation to absorb it.
Epstein is with the Lands Program of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
When violence strikes a city – as Hartford was struck last month in a weekend of shootings that left two dead and eight wounded – you have to ask why, and you have to ask how can we prevent this from happening again?
Especially when the violence involves young people, a city stops and ponders. One of the dead was a 16-year old Windsor High student, shot while attending a Sweet Sixteen birthday party.
What's an adult? And, when it comes to crime, should a teenager be treated like one?
Did you know that, up until 2010, 16-year-olds charged with most crimes in Connecticut were handled in the adult judicial system? And did you know that until yesterday, the same could be said for 17-year-olds? The changes were at the heart of what was called the "raise the age" effort -- and today we'll talk to lawmakers an legal experts about how the new law has played out.
The economic downturn has hit many of the small towns in Connecticut ’s Northwest corner hard. As WNPR’s Lori Ann Brass reports, these “ Main Street ” business districts think they have a much better chance of surviving the economic downturn if they work together.
The American Civil War was an exceptionally deadly war that lasted longer than either side anticipated. A particularly fatal set of battles was the Seven Days Battles at the start of the war, which set the tone for things to come. The Seven Days Battles lasted from June 25 to July 1, 1862 and were the culmination of Major General George B. McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign, an unsuccessful attempt to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
This is the winner in Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s video contest that sought to answer the question “why should I vote?”
The winners are a group of students from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, who worked on the project as part of the CPBN (Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network) Media Lab. The winning video will air as a public service announcement this fall for the more than 500,000 local customers who subscribe to Comcast Cable, Inc. The members of the winning group include: Michael DiChello; Amy Roy; Brian Johnson and Nils Toledo Jr.
As Connecticut’s growing season heads towards its peak, farmers are facing greater risks from more pests and diseases than they’ve seen in recent years. The situation could turn even worse because, as WNPR's Jan Ellen Spiegel reports, a popular pest management program was cut at the last minute. And that means there will be fewer eyes on the fields, just when they may be needed most.
Students are learning math and reading, but do they know how to get along with others around the world?
It’s called “cultural competence” - a facility with different languages, an understanding of climate and geography, and familiarity with global financial markets. And according to the Connecticut World Affairs Council, it’s what our students lack. A “global context.”
Those who share this view say covering science, technology, engineering, and math - is great, but it isn’t enough.
Tourism in Connecticut seems to revolve around a few big names. The Seaport, the Aquarium, and the casinos. These are prominently featured in the state’s new marketing campaign. But the industry is also sustained by hundreds of small businesses – inns, restaurants and small attractions. They’re wondering if they’ll get a fair shake in this new focus on state marketing. WNPR’s Sarah Miner reports.
Every summer, a world of arts and ideas descends on New Haven Connecticut - and we're here to take a look and a listen.
Today, we're broadcasting live from The Study at Yale - a beautiful, modern hotel, right in the heart of the city on Chapel Street. We're only a block from a few of Yale's terrific art galleries. But honestly, during the Festival of Arts and Ideas, art is everywhere.
A new finding by a Wesleyan University professor may hold promise for people suffering Neurological Disorders like Alzheimer's and Epilepsy. WNPR's Ray Hardman speaks to Dr. John Kirn, Professor of Biology and Chair of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program at Wesleyan University whose work focuses on the brain of a small songbird.
Most major league players have a lot of stories to tell. But Steve Blass might have more than most. He went from a skinny prospect in the tiny Connecticut town of Falls Village to become the star pitcher on a World Series team, where he befriended a baseball icon.
Title IX is 40 years old this week...and slowly over that time, it’s meant a big boost in Women’s athletics.
Just to give you some idea - there are nearly 10 times as many high school girls playing organized sports today as there were the year the law went into effect. At the college level, nearly half of the athletic scholarships go to female athletes.