by Catie Talarski
Here’s whats on the docket for August 30 to September 3. Holy cow, it’s already September! As usual, shows are subject to change due to breaking news, canceling guests, or Dankosky’s car breaking down. But you should still mark these in your calendars. Right now.
MONDAY: Planning Cities (rescheduled from last week!)
When hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans, it gave urban planners a unique chance to rebuild a great American city. Author Kristina Ford uses the story of New Orleans to talk about the trouble with city planning. Also, suburban advocate Joel Kotkin says the plan needs to extend beyond city borders.
TUESDAY: Stem Cell Debate
Last week a federal district judge blocked President Obama’s 2009 executive order that expanded embryonic stem cell research, saying it violated a ban on federal money being used to destroy embryos. This ruling came as a surprise to scientists around the nation, including here in Connecticut, where $100 million has been committed to stem cell research over 10 years. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says he’ll fight to reverse this ruling, which temporarily holds up $54 million in research nationally. Coming up, we’ll talk to a panel of researchers from across the state about what this might mean for one of the most promising industries in our state.
WEDNESDAY: The Best Part of Waking Up
Grab your cup of Joe and tune in… It’s the coffee show! Coming up, we’ll preview an exhibit at the Peabody Museum featuring the most popular beverage in the world (after water, of course). We’ll check in with a coffee aficionado in Seattle, some local “micro-roasters”, and the founder of a coffee importing company social enterprise, to see how coffee impacts everything from migratory birds to politics.
THURSDAY: Stuck In Traffic
It’s one of the most heavily traveled sections of the busiest road in America. It seems the stretch of I-95 through Connecticut is always full of traffic and construction – but it is an unavoidable part of our lives. All along the Eastern Seaboard, Interstate 95 has helped shape the daily lives and vacation dreams of the roughly 100 million people who live beside it. Today, we’ll explore our little section of the highway that stretches from Maine to Florida – as part of the NPR series “The Road Most Traveled”.
FRIDAY: Store Front Friday
The economic downturn means more empty storefronts in city centers. But folks are getting creative. A new initiative called Project Storefronts is aiming to revitalize downtown New Haven by turning vacant storefronts into temporary artist galleries. John Dankosky strolls through New Haven for some window gazing. We’ll also hear from the mayor of New Britain about the town’s plans to boost the local economy. What makes a successful downtown? How can we utilize empty storefronts? Join the conversation.