This week on Where We Live:
Monday: Gideon at 50
Gideon v. Wainwright is arguably one of the most influential cases in law history. 50 years ago this month, it changed American law by providing counsel to those who could not afford it on their own. Today, Where We Live, we reflect with Connecticut public defenders on this landmark verdict. The anniversary comes in the midst of funding troubles for public defenders – and following up on a previous show – concerns about overzealous and overreaching prosecutions. We’ll also talk about work being done in the state to free those who have been wrongfully convicted. Later, we’ll talk to the brother of Timothy Cole, who was wrongfully convicted and died in a Texas prison. He was that state’s first posthumous exoneration.
Tuesday: The Silver Tsunami is on its Way!
America is getting older and Connecticut is growing grayer faster than almost every other state. But don’t expect this new group of seniors to just retire all at once; they’ll be working longer, in part because they want to, but also to rebuild those nest eggs smashed during the recession. We’ll be exploring the coming “Silver Tsunami” coming up on the next Where We Live.
Wednesday: Freeing the Chimps
For a long time, scientists and the public believed that we needed to hold chimps captive for the sake of research and scientific progress. But those beliefs are changing. In 2011 the Institute of Medicine issued a report that found that most chimp research is actually unnecessary. This led to the National Institutes of Health recently announcing that nearly all of the 451 chimpanzees it owns or supports in research labs will be permanently retired and moved to a sanctuary. Coming up, a conversation on the ethics of animal research and what this new shift means for our scientific communities. Wesleyan professor and author Lori Gruen joins us. She runs a website tracking the last 1000 chimps being held in captivity for research. We’ll also talk to author Chip Walter about human evolution and his book Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived.
Thursday: SCSU President Mary Papazian
Mary Papazian just finished up her first year at SCSU at a tough time for the state’s public universities. Many are taking issue with Governor Malloy’s budget and unfair support to the University of Connecticut. In a letter to state officials, http://ctmirror.org/story/19375/top-faculty-state-colleges-dangerous-signs-we-are-being-downgraded<br /><br />
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Friday: Newtown Check-in // Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injury has gained attention because of the effect on war veterans and football players. But it’s much more widespread. With your severe brain injuries – those that happened in the 60s – most people didn’t survive. So we are dealing with a whole new population as medical advances have saved many more lives then these individuals now have many more challenges. Today, where we live, understanding brain injury. We’ll also hear what police found in the home of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza. After search warrants were released yesterday, we learned new information detailing the guns and ammo the Lanzas had at home.