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JD is out this week, but we have some great shows for you:
MONDAY: Presidential Magazine
Tonight’s the night we’ve all been waiting for…the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. After one strong performance each, the series goes to a tiebreaker. So today to celebrate, where we live, we’ll talk Presidents and politics. First – highlights of a “mock” presidential debate between two prominent Connecticut politicians at Central Connecticut State University last week. Ned Lamont has Obama’s back. Tom Foley is in Romney’s corner. It’s ON! This week is also the 50th anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis – we’ll look at how secret recordings JFK made help us understand the aftermath of this complicated time. And we’ll look at the life John Quincy Adams. The first son of a founding father to be president, he left written diaries covering 65 years of history – and they tell the story of a man who lived a nearly “superhero” life.
TUESDAY: Medical Marketing
Before entering the waiting room, you may already have expectations of what you want from your doctor. Advertisements and public service announcements on TV, billboards and in magazines may be the reason you’re at the doctor’s office in the first place. How does medical marketing directly to patients affect health care costs and care? WNPR reporter Jeff Cohen hosts a conversation with the state health care advocate, doctors and health reporters about this practice. Does marketing impact your own health care decisions?
WEDNESDAY: A Conversation, or Two
MSNBC political analyst and Salon.com editor Joan Walsh says that our nation has been slowly tearing itself apart along racial, class and economic lines. So she’s asking the big – and provocative question “what’s the matter with white people?” She says that the country’s majority racial group is longing for a golden age that never was. Coming up Walsh will join us. She’ll be at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center tonight. We’ll also sit down with producer Aengus Anderson, who is on his third cross country interview expedition – this time talking to BIG thinkers about the future. We’ll get all philosophical, and hear some voices from his podcast “The Conversation.”
THURSDAY: Goodnight Blue Moon (rebroadcast)
Today, we’re in our studio 3 for some live music with the New Haven indie-folk band “Goodnight Blue Moon.” They’ve been playing as a band in the area since 2008…but many of them have been playing songs together for much, much longer. Erik Elligers is the lead singer and plays guitar. His wife Nancy plays cello and his brother Sean plays trumpet. Along with Mathew Crowley and Henry Lugo, they’ll be playing songs from the band’s new record, “How Long.” They’re part of an indie-folk movement that has essentially taken over traditional folk festivals like Newport, and has launched bands like the Avett Brothers to stardom. We’ll hear some songs played live – and talk about making music with Goodnight Blue Moon.
FRIDAY: Prison Reentry
WNPR reporter Diane Orson guest-hosts today, following up on her “NPR Cities” reporting about incarceration costs and prison reentry. We’ll talk about Connecticut’s past prison buildup, and the state’s current strategy. We’ll look at programs that are helping former inmates get a second chance.