MONDAY: Sequestration in Connecticut
Last week the President and Congressional leaders failed to come to an agreement to prevent $85 of across-the-board spending cuts that will have long lasting implications for the country and for our state. Today, we talk sequestration with our democratic political analyst Bill Curry. Also, former NPR congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook talks about her latest DecodeDC podcast on dysfunction in Washington, and how the sequester has a lot in common with Henny Penny. “The sky is falling!” Congressman Jim Himes joins the conversation as well.
TUESDAY: Global Ed // Obama Picks McCarthy to Head EPA
Today, we’re taking a look at global education in advance of a panel John Dankosky is hosting with the World Affairs Council. We will explore how we compare to our more successful neighbors when it comes to figuring out what makes for a good teacher and how we know it when we see it. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently released the results of their 3 year project exploring the measures of effective teaching and determined what many students have suspected for a long time–students might be the best judge of how they learn best and the best way to teach it.
WEDNESDAY: Let’s Get Creative
What are the essential habits of mind for people who aspire to a long creative life? Is creativity more about having a talent – or having a discipline? Where does creativity come from in the brain, and how can we keep it fresh? Join us for a conversation about art, creative and critical thinking, and best practices. A group of high school students joins us in studio along with our creativity experts.
THURSDAY: Population Demographics
Author and Journalist Jonathan Last says if American’s don’t start to have babies, we’re in for a huge economic crisis. In his book What to Expect When No One’s Expecting, he explains why the “population implosion” happened and how it is remaking culture, economy and politics around the world. We’ll also talk about the negative consequences of over-population on our globe.
FRIDAY: Ice, Ice, Baby
Today, most of us take ice for granted. Want a cold drink? Put some ice cubes in it. Hurt your knee? Put some ice on it. But before modern refrigeration, obtaining and maintaining ice was a little more difficult. Fortunately, the prevalence of ice in the cold regions of our world helps preserve important geological history through the use of ice cores. We’ll also talk about Stonington’s Captain Nathaniel Palmer. He was one of the first explorers to spot Antarctica back in the 1800s.