Coming Up on WNPR

January 26 to 30, 2015

MONDAY: Dementia on the Rise: It's Time to Deal With It
In December, NPR correspondent Ina Jaffe ran a series of stories on the use of anti-psychotic medication in nursing home patients, many with dementia. While the use of these medications in low doses can calm an agitated patient and maintain a safe environment, the FDA warns they can also increase the risk for other health ailments in these patients, such as heart disease. We explore how care of the elderly is changing in Connecticut and beyond, and whether nursing homes are keeping pace.

TUESDAY: The Blizzard of the Year
Connecticut is seeing the biggest weather event of 2015 (so far). We hear updates from across the state and region. Share your snow stories with us and report on the conditions where you live. (Governor Dannel Malloy was scheduled to be live in studio, but that show will be rescheduled to a later date.)

WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse
Join us for our weekly news roundtable.

THURSDAY: The Jury System, From the Ground Up
As opening statements in the Dhozkhar Tsarnaev trial in Boston have been delayed, and as an unprecedented 9,000 potential jurors are called for the Aurora Theater shooting trial in Colorado, we take a look at everyone'’s favorite civic responsibility: jury duty. Where did this idea of justice by a group of impartial peers even come from? How well does our system, in practice, reflect the original ideal? 

FRIDAY: The Challenges of Being a Teen
West Hartford teacher and author Cindy Rodriguez joins us to talk about her debut novel, When Reason Breaks, about two very different teenage girls navigating the difficult terrain of family, high school, and emotions that threaten to overwhelm their ability to cope. The story is a starting point toward an expanded conversation about the challenges facing teens today, and how adults in schools are trying to help students navigate these tumultuous years. 

January 26 to 30, 2015

MONDAY: The Scramble
We recap the big news of the weekend and tell Colin what he missed while sleeping off the flu.

TUESDAY: Puzzles
One might assume that technology is replacing puzzles as a means of entertainment, but the opposite is true. Puzzles are finding their way into digital platforms and are being touted more as as a vital educational tool for children. Our instinctual drive to problem-solve shows no signs of going anywhere. 

WEDNESDAY: Overconfidence
We wouldn't be able to get through a day without some confidence that every action wouldn't leave a trail of mistakes that would propel us into a state of constant doubt and an inability to function. At the other extreme, overconfidence in our abilities can have a detrimental, if not deadly, effect. The effects of overconfidence are everywhere - from unnecessary wars to fatal car crashes to the conviction of innocent people based on faulty, yet confident testimony. What drives overconfidence? 

THURSDAY: The Little Helicopter That Could
In 2011, Toronto-based engineers Cameron Robertson and Todd Reichert set out to achieve the impossible: to build the first-ever human-powered helicopter. Decades of attempts by aeronautical engineers had proved unsuccessful. But for Robertson and Reichert, that was no deterrent. This hour, we hear about their incredible journey to make "impossible flight" possible. 

FRIDAY: The Nose
Join us for our weekly news and culture roundtable. 

January 26 to 30, 2015

MONDAY: What Do We Know About Learning?
From an early age, we a’re told that learning is self-discipline, that we must confine ourselves to designated study areas, turn off the music, and maintain a strict ritual if we want to ace that test, memorize that presentation, or nail that piano recital. What if almost everything we were told about learning is wrong? Benedict Carey, author of How We Learn, joins us for the hour.

TUESDAY: How to Avoid Foot Surgery
The congenial New York foot specialist Dr. Rock Positano is known nationally for helping patients avoid foot and ankle surgery. He was featured on the front page of The New York Times expressing dismay at women who choose cosmetic foot surgery to force their feet into high-end designer shoes. This hour, we look at which shoes are most foot friendly; why cosmetic foot surgery is thriving; and how to take care of the feet to avoid knee and hip surgery, as well as sprained ankles.

WEDNESDAY: The Food Schmooze
We go light on this week'’s fresh edition of The Food Schmooze®: easy pho soup... quick yogurt dip for veggies... The Bloody Healthy Mary Martini... spicy tuna tartare... Dr. Yavari's egg white salsa omelet to get your day started in a high protein way... plus fantastic flank steak tacos that are easy on the waistline and irresistible.

THURSDAY: Sexual Health for Women and Men
More young women, without mates, are freezing their eggs in storage in case careers or the lack of a partner delays the decision to have a child. Is it safe? Does it work? Also, what do you need to think about before you get a genetic test to see if you're high risk for cancer. Today we look at sexual health for women and men. We talk with doctors Mary Jane Minkin,  Erin Wysong Hofstatter and Elena Ratner of Yale University. 

SATURDAY: The Food Schmooze (rebroadcast)
We go light on this week'’s fresh edition of The Food Schmooze®: easy pho soup... quick yogurt dip for veggies... The Bloody Healthy Mary Martini... spicy tuna tartare... Dr. Yavari's egg white salsa omelet to get your day started in a high protein way... plus fantastic flank steak tacos that are easy on the waistline and irresistible.