This weekend: Be sure to come by Bushnell Park Sunday night for the first of Hartford Parks Free Movies After Dark! The movie is Anchorman. I’ll be helping to judge the mustache competition. Winner gets an official plaque from the City of Hartford. Snazzy.
Next week: Dankosky is out! Enjoy some of our favorite rebroadcasts as well as a few of our favorite fill-in hosts.
Speaking of, get your hands on a Dankosky mug while they last.
MONDAY: Connecticut Was Built By Rock (And Roll), Glaciers and Lava (Rebroadcast)
We take certain things for granted. Like the mountains, rivers and rocks around us. So what made Connecticut look the way it looks today? As you kayak on the Connecticut River, drive over Talcott Mountain, or swim in Long Island Sound…there are millions of years of history underneath you. Coming up tomorrow we’ll look at the geography and geology of Connecticut and New England. According to at least one geologist, we live on some of the most diverse land in the country. We’ll also talk to a photographer who traveled around the Northern United States to find those giant boulders that are part of our everyday lives but don’t quite fit in. They most likely come from glaciers.What are your favorite geologic features of Connecticut? What do you want to know about that boulder in your backyard?
TUESDAY: Paved Paradise (Rebroadcast)
Picture a parking lot….what comes to mind? A sea of asphalt, white lines, birds pecking at discarded food. Don’t forget the stray shopping carts, bright lighting at night, and blinding glare by day. Not the most pleasant place. But to Eran Ben-Joseph, a parking lot can be much more: a place with trees and grass, maybe solar panels; a functional, even pleasant gathering place. His new book,ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking, considers the parking lot, a place he says can be designed more sustainably, with community-building in mind. Not everyone’s sold on the idea of making them better. Two of our guests, Norman Garrick and Chris McCahill from UConn,say we just need fewer of them. What do you think about parking lots – should we put effort and money into improved design? Or should we focus instead on eliminating them?
WEDNESDAY: Nones Having Fun
While political candidates are quick to claim a religious faith, you sometimes have to wonder to whom they are speaking. A recent Pew Center report said 19% of Americans claim no religious affiliation. A Trinity College report said that the so-called “nones” are the fastest growing group on the religion landscape. Who are the nones, and why do they matter? You might think Hartford is an epicenter of some kind of movement within the religious landscape. Last October, the Freedom from Religion Foundation held its annual convention in Hartford – in part because members wanted to tour the home of that famous agnostic, Mark Twain. A report done in part by Trinity College said that the one group that has grown in every state – including Connecticut – were people who profess no religious affiliation. Susan Campbell guest hosts.
WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil guest hosts.
WNPR’s Jeff Cohen guest hosts!