First, some calendar business. Mark it down:
Thursday at 2PM:”Beyond the Extremes: Contemporary Narratives of Exploration“
The Hartford Consortium for Higher Education in Collaboration with WNPR and Drunken Boat, international online journal of the arts, invites you to a panel on “Beyond the Extremes: Contemporary Narratives of Exploration” moderated by John Dankosky for “Where We Live,” introduced by CCSU poet-in-residence and Drunken Boat Executive Director Ravi Shankar, and featuring snow leopard conservator and Himalayan anthropologist Shafqat Hussain, visual artist and expeditioner Adriane Colburn, University of Hartford historian Michael Robinson, Director of Trinity’s InterArts Program and poet Clare Rossini, and Coordinator of Maritime Studies at Uconn-Avery Point, Helen Rozwadowski.
Come learn about the history of exploration, see tools of the trade, and discuss what new frontiers exist for us to discover in the new millennium.
Where: University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium, Harry Jack Gray Center, 200 Bloomfield Ave (Rte 189) West Hartford CT 06117
Saturday 8PM: The Connecticut Forum, ”Our Fragile Earth” moderated by John Dankosky
We see it everywhere: the pace of human consumption is exceeding the earth’s resources. From frequent natural disasters, food crises, and rising incidence of illness, to water shortages and increasingly extreme weather, the evidence is all around us. Where are the answers? Do they lie in policy? Personal habits? New values? Is it too late to save our planet? What can we do today to protect our earth’s natural resources tomorrow?
And here is what’s coming up on Where We Live this week:
MONDAY: Chris Murphy
As we head toward the state party conventions this election year – it’s time again for “Where We Vote.”Our regular series of conversations with candidates for office gets underway with Congressman and Senate Candidate Chris Murphy.He’s one of a number of candidates running to replace the retiring Joe Lieberman. And, by most accounts, he’s the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. A Quinnipiac University poll also has him with a wide lead over potential Republican challenger Linda McMahon, but only a slim lead over Chris Shays, who we’ll be talking to later this week.
TUESDAY: Minimum Wage Debate
Connecticut’s Minimum wage – now at $8.25 – may be changing. The state house has passed a bill that would hike it by 25 cents each of the next two years. Business groups hate the idea of a raise – workers groups love it. But does $10 a week really hurt…or help anyone? The policy and politics of the minimum wage – on the next Where We Live.
WEDNESDAY: Conflicts of Interest in Health Care
As the business of health care continues to boom, the drumbeat against so-called “conflicts of interest” in medicine and medical research has gotten louder. Does taking money from a drug company really affect how someone does their research or prescribes a drug to a patient? What are the safeguards in place against biased decisions in health care or medical research? WNPR reporter Neena Satija guest hosts
THURSDAY: Chris Shays
Republican Chris Shays represented southwest Connecticut in the U.S. Congress for 21 years, until he was unseated by Democrat Jim Himes in 2008. Now Shays is back as one of a number of candidates running to replace the retiring Joe Lieberman in the U.S. Senate. He’s taking on former WWE CEO Linda McMahon for the GOP nomination. Today we’ll continue our Where We Vote series.
Gabrielle Giffords is a Democrat who had represented Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District since 2007. She was one of 19 people shot at a meet-and-greet political event outside a grocery store in her hometown of Tucson, AZ. Today her husband astronaut Mark Kelly will join us today to talk about the shooting and how he and his wife are overcoming her traumatic brain injury. Kelly is in town to speak at Southern Connecticut State University. (And more…)