Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
Monday: Redefining Disability (rebroadcast)
If you take a look at movies or TV, you’d think that having a disability is the worst fate possible– maybe even worse than death. Better to not be born at all than struggle through life unable to walk, hear, see or talk. Then there’s the flip side – the media loves to show us the brave, courageous, inspiring stories of disabled people. Those stories meant to teach a lesson of compassion to the able bodied. But people living with disabilities are beginning to challenge these ideas. Their impairments are not the problem, but it’s social and environmental barriers that make them “disabled.” And as for that “sympathetic” portrayal, long the standard practice of the Jerry Lewis telethon? Disabled advocates are pushing for a new picture that doesn’t pity or single out – but treats everyone as equals. Today, we’ll look at the history of the disability rights movement, and how we got to where we are today. We’ll discuss changing perceptions, and how media and news coverage affect our views about disabilities.
Tuesday: Connecticut’s Native People and Tribal Casinos
Lucianne Lavin, of the Institute for American Indian Studies and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, will join us in studio to discuss her new book Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples: What Archaeology, History, and Oral Traditions Teach Us about Their Communities and Cultures. And we’ll check in with Boston Globe reporter Mark Arsenault about the proposed tribal casino in Southern Massachusetts.
Wednesday: Connecticut and Submarines
Connecticut is home to the first submarine base in the nation. But discussions about BRAC – Base Closing and Realignment Commission – put Connecticut’s base on the defensive. As warfare and national defense continues to evolve, what does the future hold for submarines? The nation’s military focus is pivoting towards Asia so does it make sense to have a base on the east coast? We’ll talk about the role of Connecticut in the military’s submarine program and what is being done to protect it from future BRACs. What would happen to our state’s economy if the base does shut down?
Thursday: DSS Commissioner Rod Bremby
It’s the 20th anniversary year of the Department of Social Services and today we’ll sit down with Commissioner Rod Bremby to talk about the organization’s new modernization project, health care reform, and so much more.