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Other than that, here’s what’s happening this week on WWL:
MONDAY: The Education Bubble (rerun)
American children are taught from their earliest years that education is the path toward the prosperity and social mobility embodied in the ideals of the American Dream. To realize this goal, President Obama looks to educate more American students than any other nation by 2030, in part through low-interest federally-subsidized loans. While the loans have spurred significant increases in college enrollment, they may also be responsible, in part, for escalating college tuition, high student loan debt, and a glut of college graduates in jobs unable to pay back the value of their investment. Increasingly, economists, journalists, and policy-makers are questioning whether we have an education bubble that must inevitably burst. On Where We Live, we want to continue the conversation Are we spending more on college than it is worth– or not enough? Is the value of college less than the cost or do colleges need to become more productive places? Why is college so expensive?
The dangers of sugar are gaining the attention of consumers nationwide, possibly accelerated by the New York City ban on large sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages sold in their food establishments and by physicians speaking out about the potential link between ingestion of sugar and disease. We are learning that calories are not all metabolized in our bodies in the same way, or with the same effect, possibly contributing to the chronic illnesses of obesity, hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes that are driving health-care costs up and the quality of our lives down. Join Yale’s Dr. Kelly Brownell, nationally recognized for his work on obesity, as we talk about sugar, health, and policy.
The Malloy administration has been previewing and hinting at what will be in the state’s new energy policy. On Friday, we got to see the details of the plan, which focus on converting to natural gas and additional energy efficiency. Governor Dannel Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commission Dan Esty join us in-studio to discuss the plan and answer your questions.
THURSDAY: Steve Obsitnik
Congressman Jim Himes rode the Obama wave to the House of Representatives in 2008. This year, he’s trying to hold onto his seat in a competitive race against Republican businessman Steve Obsitnik. We’ll sit down with Obsitnik in the studios of WVOF for the next installment of our Where We Vote series. As always, you can join the conversation on-air and online!
To start the program, we’ll speak with Connecticut Mirror reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and state Senator Beth Bye on the upheaval in the state Board of Regents. Regent President Robert Kennedy is being pressured to step down after mistakenly authorizing twenty-one executive pay raises without board approval. Thomas, who broke the story, and chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee Bye discuss the public outrage that has followed. We’ll also talk about a fairly new way to approach medical care, focusing on the “Patient Centered Medical Home.” Alta Lash and Victoria Veltri join us to explain the concept and patients’ closer relationship with their primary care doctor. And finally, we’ll discuss the life of musician Jackie McLean. The saxophone player learned jazz in Harlem from some of the greats, later sitting in for Charlie Parker and recording with Miles Davis. Yet drugs took their toll on his talent. McLean later found redemption as a teacher and community leader in Hartford. Derek Ansell will be with us to speak on his book, Sugar Free Saxophone: The Life and Music of Jackie McLean.