Check out Tuesday’s show – the first in a monthly series of Election “Double Headers” featuring John and Colin co-hosting the 9AM and 1PM shows – all about politics and the 2012 elections. Followed by an intentional-unintentional series on Skyskrapers, Bridges, and maybe Roads. Or parking lots.
And if you missed the WNPR/PRX special BULLIED: Teen Stories from Generation PRX that aired this morning, it will re-air tonight at 7PM and then during our Essential Radio slot on Sunday at 2PM.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
Tuesday 2/28 at 7PM WWL producer Tucker Ives will be sharing some of his favorite radio at *the ear cave* at La Paloma Sabanera. BYOB. BYOE.
Thursday 3/1 at 5PM we’ll be taping a show at the Connecticut Historical Society - all about TREES! It’s called “Imagine Your Town Without Trees” and we’ll be talking to environmentalists, urban foresters, and artists.
Friday 3/2 at 6PM John Dankosky will be hosting a Boggle Party! No joke. Be there, with your boggle goggles. There will be some WNPR celebs and all proceeds go to the YMCA literacy program.
Enough news items.. here’s what we have on the schedule for next week:
Artist Alix Lambert is exploring the nature of crime – and how it affects people and the places they inhabit. Her new multi-media work at Real Art Ways includes a portrait of Hartford, drawn through interviews with residents about their experience with crime in their city. We’ll also talk to a leading expert on Historic Preservation about the economic benefits of preserving our past, and get the latest on the state’s $22 million dollar marketing campaign.
TUESDAY: Election 2012 Double Header
Today starts the beginning of a monthly series of WNPR election “double headers” in which John Dankosky and Colin McEnroe will co-host WWL and CMS.
At 9AM John and Colin will talk about how difficult it is for new people to break into the political system. For people who aren’t in politics – it seems like an awful business. Raising money, cashing in favors, countless meetings and handshakes. So why do people want to do it? And what does it take to actually be successful? We’ll talk to people who tried to get in the political game but just couldn’t make it? What were they thinking? Does the system keep out fresh ideas and voices?
And at 1PM they’ll tackle the strangeness of Connecticut politics. We’ve been home to (and given comfort to) mavericks and outsiders of all kinds (long before John McCain and Sarah Palin changed the way we think of mavericks). Jerry Brown was our idea of a Democratic presidential candidate in 1992. And Joe Lieberman has somehow gently landed his career on the tarmac after being reviled by both major parties. So, are there rules and mores that apply here that don’t apply elsewhere? Is our reputation for valuing party-jumping mavericks really deserved? And is it evaporating here in 2012?
WEDNESDAY: Skyscrapers and Otherwise Tall Buildings
Tall buildings define today’s urban landscapes, creating memorable skylines and iconic images defining place. These skyscrapers are getting bigger – no longer just “tall” but mega-tall and super-tall! What goes into the design and maintenance of these buildings, and what impact do they have on the city at ground level? Are we reaching an outer limit on how tall buildings can be? When CésarPelli designed the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, they were the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Since it opened in 1997, Tapei and Dubai have constructed even taller buildings. We talk with Pelli about designing these towers and try to get a sense of just how high we can go. We’ll also hear from Kate Ascher – she wrote The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper about living and working in vertical structures — and eVolo magazine editor Carlo Aiello, who runs an annual conceptual skyscraper competition. What is a skyscraper in the 21st century?
Connecticut’s bridges have an average age of just over 47 years, five years above the national average. One report found that Connecticut has over 380 structurally deficient bridges and some lawmakers are calling for federal funding of renovating them. What makes a bridge “structurally deficient” and what danger are drivers actually in?
FRIDAY: TBA (this may possibly be a show about Roads.)