Here’s what we have for you next week:
MONDAY: The Future of Cities (rebroadcast)
TV shows and Sci-Fi books and from the 1950’s and 60s brought us images of future cities filled with flying machines, moving sidewalks, helpful robots and meals at the push of a button. Although we never quite got there, we do have internet, a phone in our pocket that does everything and we sent a roving space lab on Mars. But what do the visionaries of today have planned for the city of tomorrow? What if we developed transit systems that go 100 or maybe 200 miles per hour that could go ten times faster than that using evacuated tube transport? And what if, as our cities get more and more crowded, we could build floating “seascrapers” that harness ocean currents? Today, on Where We Live, we’ll talk with designers, dreamers and a science fiction writer about the world of the future! And you can join the conversation. What do you think the city of the future will look like?
TUESDAY: Convention Talk
The Republican National Convention featured a big speech by Mitt Romney, a national introduction for Paul Ryan, Clint Eastwood talking to a chair, and a blustery keynote by Chris Christie. What will the democrats do to follow that up? Well, they have Dan Malloy to make Chris Christie jokes. We’ll dissect the RNC that was and the DNC that’s about to be.
WEDNESDAY: Connecticut River
The 410-mile-long Connecticut River was recently designated America’s first National Blueway. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said restoration and preservation efforts on the river are a model for other American rivers. The Federal Government also just announced they are giving up on restoring Atlantic salmon to the river. It’s the most dammed watershed in North America, but there are major efforts underway to remove the dams to make it easier for fish to travel. Coming up, we’ll talk about how the Connecticut River has changed and what’s being done to keep it clean and healthy.
THURSDAY: Warming Water
Arctic ice recently reached its lowest point on record, contributing to higher ocean temperatures. The melt pushes sea creatures to adapt, alters our coastlines, and affects weather patterns. What changes do warmer ocean waters mean where we live? Tune in to hear from marine scientists about the latest from the Arctic and the Atlantic coast.
FRIDAY: The Renaissance of the Connecticut Farm
After years of decline, Connecticut farms are on the rise, and they’re smaller, more diverse, and more self-sufficient than ever before. It seemed for a long while that Connecticut farms were going out with the 20th century as more and more farms were being plowed under to make way for new suburban housing and commercial development. The cost of cultivating big tracts of land dedicated to tobacco and dairy was just too high to resist the big cash offers from developers and towns in need of tax revenue. And our few bigger producers just couldn’t compete with the international agribusiness that stocks supermarket shelves with food trucked in from all over. But thanks to a rising demand for local, fresh, and healthy, a new crop of Connecticut farms are sprouting up. They’re small, their crops are diverse, and they’re even profitable. Today, we’ll talk to people excited by the new face of farming in CT and what they’re doing to keep it growing. Have you ever tried Jilo or Calabaza Squash? Have you visited a farmers market or local farm stand this summer?