By Catie Talarski
Better late than never! Here is what’s on tap for this week May 9 to 13 2011
To help celebrate CPTV’s documentary 60’s in Connecticut, Where We Live presents a documentary of our own, Woodstock Revisited. This documentary chronicles the adventures of several Connecticut residents as they make their way to the three-day music festival in 1969, and find out how it changed their lives forever. Produced by Lori Mack, senior producer of The Faith Middleton Show, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock in 2009, Woodstock Revisited mixes these voices with archival audio and music.
Tuesday: Design Thinking
From shopping to banking to taxes design thinking is all around us in our everyday lives. But what exactly does this new buzz phrase “design thinking” mean? Today we try to understand this new way of looking at the systems that govern our lives, health, finances, even our environmental impact. We’ll talk with several participants in this past weekend’s conference that addressed the importance of design in reshaping healthcare, to learn how this new strategy can reduce a fragmented system and empower patients to take control of their own health. And we’ll explore the fun side of statistics as we look at revolutionary new uses of data visualization to make this jumble of numbers accessible, even beautiful.
Wednesday: George Jepsen, Attorney General
George Jepsen’s predecessor was well known for being “media savvy” – and that’s a nice way to put it. Reporters joked that Attorney General Richard Blumenthal would show up for “a garage door opening.” Now, Jepsen – a much more low-key kinda guy, is forging his own path as AG. We’ll talk about his vision for the office, and how he hopes to get out from under the shadow of a man who served in the job for 20 years.
Thursday: Getting In
Many high schoolers know before even reading the contents – if the letter is in a thin business envelope, the news is bad, a thick manilla envelope…get ready to pack your bags! Springtime marks the sometimes glorious, sometimes devastating college admissions season where the country’s young, bright students discover the institution that will define their next 4 years and perhaps the rest of their lives. But while more young adults than ever before are entering higher education to propel them up the social ladder, author Ann Mullens argues the higher education experience is actually perpetuating the very class disparity it was intended to work against. Through a case study of 100 students at Yale University and Southern Connecticut State University, we’ll look at two schools that are at once two miles and worlds apart. So what are people doing to bridge this entrenched class divide? We’ll look at the New Haven Promise program to see how it plans to motivate and enable more inner-city students to seek higher education, and ask whether financial aid can be really be the great equalizer.
Friday: Reporter Roundtable on Capitol Madness
Late night meetings on union concessions; layoff notices rattling the state workforce; and a “plan B” that stands for bad news in state goverment. Coming up – our regional reporter roundtable goes inside the capitol to find out what’s happening with the budget, bills and bargaining.