By Catie Talarski
Here is what’s coming up – May 2 to 6, 2011.
MONDAY: Bin Laden is Dead
President Barack Obama made the stunning announcement late last night that a long intelligence operation led US forces to a compound 60 miles outside of Islamabad, Pakistan – where they killed Bin Laden in a firefight. In his short speech, he also asked Americans to think back to the sense of unity that the nation felt after 9/11- unity that has since frayed. In New York, at the site of the World Trade Center, and in Washington, outside the White House, crowds cheered and waved American flags. On social media sites like Twitter - the conversation was relentless. On Connecticut commuter trains, heading into the city, passengers were cautiously relieved, and a bit wary of heightened security. Today, where we live – what does the death of Osama Bin Laden mean to you? We’ll hear from national security experts and Pakistani Americans, and from you.
TUESDAY: A New Generation in the Workforce
Workplace consultant Al Bhatt says our places of employment should feel more like a jazz band than a marching band. But how do businesses foster the kind of improvisational and independent workplace that appeals to the millennial generation? He says it’s more than deep expertise, rigorous methodology and crystal clear problem-solving. Coming up, we’ll talk with Bhatt, managers, and millennials about how businesses can empower and engage young people, and create the ideal workplace of the 21st century.
WEDNESDAY: Small Business Breakfast – Bridgeport
Small business is said to be the “engine of economic growth.” So, in a state like Connecticut, which hasn’t had any job growth for two decades – has our engine stalled? And, what will the state’s new budget mean for entrepreneurs and small companies? Join us for a conversation live at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. We’ll be talking with new DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith, and with small businesspeople from the Bridgeport area. It’s part of WNPR’s Small Business Breakfast – which starts at 7:30, followed by Where We Live at 9. Seating is limited (we’re not broadcasting from the center of the hockey rink) so register today at WNPR.org, keyword “Small Biz.”
THURSDAY: The Bro Show
I’m watching the NFL draft, and one after one, these newly minted millionaires take to the stage and each give the commissioner a big ol’ bear hug! Whatever happened to a handshake? On the next Where We Live - it seems the rules are changing for male friendships and intimacy. So, men, get ready to squirm uncomfortably as we present “The Bro Show!” Are you involved in a “bro-mance?” We want to hear about it. High Five!
FRIDAY: Chris Murphy
Up until Sunday night, on the wall of the US special operations command center in Afghanistan, hung a poster of a wanted man. Osama Bin Laden. That poster’s come down now, and Congressman Chris Murphy says he’s likely one of the last Washington visitors to see it. Murphy serves on the foreign affairs committee, and was in Afghanistan last week before the raid that killed Bin Laden. He’ll come by to tell us what he learned during his trip, and what Bin Laden’s death will mean for the US effort in Afghanistan, and its rocky relationship with Pakistan.