By Catie Talarski
Here is what we’ve got next week March 28 to April 1, 2011
MONDAY: Continuing the Labor Discussion
Today Connecticut labor leaders respond to Governor Malloy’s claims that if he doesn’t reach an agreement with unions, massive layoffs are on the table: “If it’s the only option, it’s the only option to pursue.” And on the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire we’ll talk to New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse about the evolution of the nation’s labor laws and labor unions since the tragic fire 100 years ago. Also, we’ll give you tips on shopping “sweat free.”
TUESDAY: Tracking Lost Civilizations (rebroadcast)
Could it be true?! The lost city of Atlantis has been found! Well, not yet, but a University of Hartford archeologist is on the case. Archeologists have been surveying marshlands in Spain where a space satellite photograph identified what looked like a submerged city in the midst of one of the largest swamps in Europe. What they found might surprise you. Coming up, we’ll talk about the search for Atlantis. And then we’ll check in with National Geographic explorer-in-residence Spencer Wells, who has been using DNA from people all over the world to document and create the first-ever map of human migration – showing how humans came to populate the planet after leaving Africa some 60,000 years ago.
SPECIAL EVENT, TUESDAY AT CCSU: Lifting the Veil
Journalism is changing. We know that. But how are journalists managing that change? “Lifting The Veil” is a conference meant to uncover some of these secrets, and present new ideas about the news business. These conversations will be recorded for WNPR’s award-winning news/talk show Where We Live in front of a live audience at Founders Hall at Central Connecticut State University, Tuesday March 29.
WEDNESDAY: An Exchange About Sol Lewitt (rebroadcast)
The Hartford-born artist Sol LeWitt is known for his large-scale wall drawings and paintings, which are still being “re-created” by artists to this day. His work is the subject of a massive retrospective at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Three enormous gallery floors show off the scope of his work and the changes it made. Now that museum is presenting another aspect of his work – an “exchange” in which artists trade works and objects – A kind of “open source” model for the art world. Collaboration was the key to Sol Le Witt’s art – the collaboration between the many artists and craftspeople who helped him realize the what the art-going public would finally see. It was truly conceptual art he made – art based on ideas. In fact, LeWitt often said “the idea becomes the machine that makes the art.” Today we’ll celebrate the work and life of Sol LeWitt – we’ll talk to his friends, colleagues and admirers about what keeps his art and his ideas so vital.
THURSDAY: David Folkenflik
David Folkenflik is media correspondent for NPR. His reports offer insight into the operation of the media amid tectonic shifts in the industry and cast light on figures who help shape the way the news business works. Geraldo Rivera of the Fox News Channel once described Folkenflik as “a really weak-kneed, backstabbing, sweaty-palmed reporter.” Others have been kinder. The Columbia Journalism Review, for example, gave him a “laurel” for his reporting that immediately led the U.S. military to institute safety measures for journalists in Baghdad. And, recently he was named to The Wire “50 Most Influential People in the Media.” In choosing David, The Wire cited the consistent quality of his reporting on shows like Morning Edition and All Things Considered, his insightful Twitter feed and how he “admirably” handled covering his own employer during the Juan Williams debacle. His thought-provoking stories often spark debate and chatter, especially his rumination on the value of journalism school today, his two-part series looking at ideology in the media, and his coverage of how new media has influenced revolutions in the Middle East. Poynter has also praised David’s use of Twitter, showing how he uses a series of tweets to summarize and contextualize breaking news. Folkenflik will talk with WNPR’s John Dankosky about these and other issues on Where We Live, taped from Tuesday night’s events.
FRIDAY: Reporting Back
It’s a rollicking roundtable of regional reporters talking about relevant, remarkable, and even ridiculous local politics and news. You don’t want to miss it.