Happy 4th! Dankosky is out all week, so we have some special broadcasts for you, including a in-depth look at the issue of youth violence (and the prison system) guest-hosted on Monday by Jeff Cohen and on Tuesday by Susan Campbell.
Here’s what’s happening:
MONDAY: Kids in Prison
What’s an adult? And, when it comes to crime, should a teenager be treated like one?Last week the U-S Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole for murder. In a split decision, the court’s majority said sentences like that were cruel and unusual.And did you know that, up until 2010, 16-year-olds charged with most crimes in Connecticut were handled in the adult judicial system? And did you know that until July 1, the same could be said for 17-year-olds? The changes are at the heart of what was called the “raise the age” effort — and today we’ll talk to lawmakers and legal experts about how the new law has played out. Coming up, WNPR reporter Jeff Cohen guest hosts a program looking at these issues, and what we should do with young people who commit terrible crimes.
TUESDAY: Violence and Youth
When a rash of shootings occurs — as it did last month in Hartford — you have to ask two questions: Why? And: How can we stop this, particularly when the shooters and/or victims are young people. Coming up, Susan Campbell guest hosts a conversation on the effects of violence on young people. We’ll look at the latest research on the developing brain, and find out how cities are dealing with the problem in creative ways.
WEDNESDAY: Fourth of July Special
Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home
At a time of political gridlick and polarization at the national level, Groundwork explores the tone and flavor of democratic action in towns and cities, where one’s antagonist is not an opposing talking head or a politician from a state of a different “color,” but a neighbor.
THURSDAY: Independent Voters, Lincoln and Water
We keep hearing how independent voters are the key to this year’s election. But who are these independents anyway? Journalist Linda Killian has them split into groups: NPR Republicans, America First Democrats, Starbucks Moms & Dads…and the Facebook Generation. See yourself in there? We’ll also talk to Lee Epstein who wrote a piece for the Atlantic Cities blog on water quality. He says healthy watersheds and sustainable in-town development are directly linked. “What happens on the land affects the water downstream” across a wide area. And this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and a new book examines the deliberation that President Lincoln went through as he made this nation-altering decision.
FRIDAY: Search Engines (rebroadcast)
Remember when we used to have to do “research?” You know, go into dusty library backrooms? Spool through microfilm of old newspapers? Save important information in overloaded file drawers? Of course, the internet changed all that, with the advent of the “search engine.” The more that went up on the web, the more there was to search – and the better the search engines got, the more stuff went up on the web. Now, it seems we have an endless amount of human knowledge, easily accessble in that little Google search box. But how does it get there? And why do most of us “Google” something, and not “Bing” it? Why not Lycos or AltaVista? Today, we’ll search for the answers to these questions: So how do these search engines work? What are they looking for? And how do I know they’ll actually find the results I need? And, we’ll talk to the founder of a startup search engine…ever heard of “Blekko?” It’s cool…you should…Google it.