Exciting week! John Dankosky is heading to New York City to guest-host NPR’s Science Friday. You can follow his exploits on his new twitter handle @johndankosky.
Also, if you haven’t noticed, it’s fund drive season! That means it’s time for you to stock up mugs/totebags/a hearty L.L.Bean wreath. As always, thanks for your support.
MONDAY: Andre Dubus III
After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. On Sundays, Andre spent time with his dad, an author and college professor. Coming up, a conversation with House of Sand and Fog author about his new memoir Townie – about a clash of worlds, physical violence, and the failures and triumphs of love. Dubus will be in Hartford speaking at the Billings Forge MashUP.
TUESDAY: Special Session Preview
Governor Malloy is rolling out a “jobs plan” for the state, and has called for a one-day special session of the legislature to try and jumpstart the economy and cut into Connecticut’s 9 percent unemployment rate. And, he’s hoping to do it with bi-partisan support from lawmakers. A reporter roundtable previews the jobs session.
WEDNESDAY: Bill Curry
President Barack Obama faces reelection in a little more than one year. He’s had notable foreign policy successes, but has been stymied in his attempts to pass domestic legislation. Some Democrats say he hasn’t been forceful enough…and he’s already the subject of daily attacks by Republicans. After the historic 2008 election – are Americans already ready to move on from the man who promised hope and change? Bill Curry’s been studying the Obama presidency and talks about the President and his reelection chances – one year out.
THURSDAY: Stealing Rembrandts…And Picassos And Vermeers (rebroadcast)
AnFBI databaselists more than 6,000 pieces of stolen and missing artwork. In 2004, the FBI created an art crime team dedicated to recovering stolen or otherwise missing paintings, sculptures and cultural artifacts from around the world. Thirteen pieces in that database were taken from theIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. In 1990, that’s where one of the most notorious art heists of all-time occurred. Today, we’ll talk with the head of security at that museum who has written a new book on art theft. We’ll also ask the director of a local museum what they’re doing to prevent art crime, which has a rich history right here in New England. We’ll also check in with WNPR’s Diane Orson who has been following the case involving Van Gogh’s Night Cafe, which can be seen in Yale’s Art Gallery.
Following up on a recent show– we’ll talk to former state DEP commissioner Gina McCarthy, who now works for the EPA. We’ll also talk to ProPublica’s managing editor Stephen Engelberg about his current series on the 2001 anthrax attacks. The most recent story highlights the lax security surrounding the anthrax bacteria at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.