MONDAY: The Art of Debate
We’ve seen some interesting political debates in the past couple of weeks. On Monday we’ll talk about candidates sparring – as well as “the art of debate,” how debate skills are taught in high school, and how debate training might apply to daily life or figuring out who should get your vote.
TUESDAY: Where We Vote: Jim Himes
We wrap up our 2012 Where We Vote series with incumbent 4th District Congressman Jim Himes. He entered office in 2008 with the Obama wave and this year he’s up against Navy veteran and businessman Steve Obsitnik. We’ll talk to Rep. Himes in the studios of WVOF at Fairfield University about the economy, healthcare and foreign policy. You can join the conversation and ask questions of Jim Himes on the next Where We Live.
WEDNESDAY: The Rail Show
We talk a lot about the future of high-speed rail. But how did we get to where we are today? We’ll talk about the expansion of rail throughout the U.S. from the construction of the transcontinental railroad also known as “Hell on Wheels,” to today’s Amtrak ride which some people think is a different type of hell. We’ll talk to the author of a book about some of the political battles surrounding the transcontinental railroad called The Great American Railroad War.
THURSDAY: Gary Knell (rebroadcast)
After the high profile resignation of NPR’s former CEO, the organization needed a fresh start. A year ago, Gary Knell took over. NPR faced criticism over the firing of Juan Williams and the undercover sting on a NPR fundraising executive caught bashing the Tea Party. After the search for a new CEO, the NPR board hired Gary Knell - then the CEO of Sesame Workshop. Upon the announcement, he acknowledged that NPR was caught in Washington’s political cross hairs over funding. So how’s the job been so far? We’ll talk with Knell about the organization’s recovery from controversy and the future of public radio.
FRIDAY: Casino Show
Two recent books tackle the issue of casino gambling in Connecticut from very different perspectives. Skip Bronson was one of the developers trying to build a casino in Hartford – a deal that was eventually called off just before the state announced plans with the Native American tribes. We’ll talk with Bronson about his latest book, The War at the Shore. We’ll also talk to former Congressman Robert Steele about his book, The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town. It’s a novel set in a small fictional Connecticut town, but it’s set against the real-life story of the development of gaming in this state.