Here’s what we have this week, including a LIVE debate on Thursday morning at CCSU!
Also to note: Tuesday night! Colin McEnroe is taking his turn hosting *the ear cave*… I have a feeling it will be packed in that little coffee shop, so come early to get a seat.
AND John Dankosky will be hosting Science Friday again this week – so be sure to tune in at 2PM.
MONDAY: Chris Donovan
Chris Donovan is the outgoing speaker of the house in Connecticut – and now he’s the party’s endorsed candidate for the 5th district seat.That race has made a lot of news in just the last week alone – with candidates criticizing each others’ campaigns – and the likelihood emerging of an August primary filled with choices from both parties.In some ways, Donovan came into this race for the open seat as the front-runner, building on big support from labor and the Democratic establishment. But he’s been criticized in the last few days as well, for letting a popular “jobs bill” die in the legislature because of his push for a hike in the state minimum wage.Today, where we live, our Where We Vote series continues with Chris Donovan.
TUESDAY: Community Courts
When young adults commit minor crimes, the punishment can derail opportunities chance for success. It doesn’t have to be this way. Join Judge Raymond Norko of the Hartford Community Court as we explore the concept of neighborhood-focused courts that harness the power of the justice system to address local problems, and Debra Barrows of Community Partners in Action, who works with outside stakeholders such as residents, merchants, churches and schools to help offenders form more positive relationships within their communities. We’ll also examine how a community’s perception of the legal system influences future behaviors.
WEDNESDAY: “Integrated” Communities As The Key To Prosperity?
Fair housing advocates say that “integrated” communities with various racial, ethnic and economic groups are the key to prosperity. In fact, administration officials says that President Obama has the “desire to see a fully integrated society.” This has led to battles in places like Westchester County, NY, where federal housing officials are fighting with local authorities over housing, zoning, and what “fully integrated” really means. Meanwhile, we read this week that more than half of all babies born last year were members of minority groups, the first time in U.S. history. Within a few decades, minority groups will make up the majority of Americans. So, here’s a question: Is the push for “integrated” communities part of plan that some towns embrace and others resist – or will “integration” an inevitable consequence of changing demographics? We’ll hear more about the fight over federal affordable housing mandates in Westchester, and take a look at the integration of Connecticut towns.
THURSDAY: Senate Debate Special
Chris Murphy and Susan Bysiewicz are heading toward an August primary that will determine the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. WNPR and Central Connecticut State University present a unique debate between the candidates as part of special Election 2012 coverage on Where We Live. John Dankosky and Colin McEnroe will kick things off at 9:00 a.m. with a “pre-game” show, featuring the Connecticut Mirror’s political reporter, Mark Pazniokas. Then, at 9:15, Bysiewicz – a former Secretary of the State, and Murphy – a congressman representing the 5th district, will sit down for questions from two veterans of Connecticut politics. Democrat Ned Lamont is a distinguished professor at CCSU and a former candidate for governor and senate; Republican Oz Griebel is head of the Metro Hartford Alliance, and a former candidate for governor. They’ll ask questions in a debate moderated by John Dankosky – host of Where We Live, and the Vance Chair in Journalism and Communications at CCSU. Following the debate, Colin McEnroe and Mark Pazniokas will provide analysis and commentary. The debate will be held at Torp Theatre in Davidson Hall on the campus of CCSU in New Britain. The two-hour program will be rebroadcast that evening at 7 p.m.
FRIDAY Creativity Magazine
Not all young people are leaving Connecticut. Some have become pioneers in their own communities. Coming up, we’ll look at “Connecticut Creates”, a new initiative that profiles and connects the movers and shakers in our state. And we’ll catch up with the American Mural Project’s Ellen Griesedieck.