MONDAY: Let’s Get Creative (rebroadcast)
We talk about creativity here on Where We Live every so often… it’s one of our favorite subjects. In fact, this year we’ll be partnering with Connecticut Creates – a consortium of creative people around the state – to have more of these conversations. Today’s “creative conversation” is thanks to two dozen high school students from Watkinson School in Hartford, who are all pursuing a creative arts diploma in music, film, theater, dance, visual arts, or writing. They wanted to come by WNPR for a visit, and we invited them to do more than that… we asked them to be a part of a conversation that focuses on the questions that interest them the most. They want to know how they can use creativity in their lives, and how they might be able to make successful artistic careers. They also want to talk about what makes good art, and how to hone their skills. So we’ve assembled a panel of “creative experts” to talk about just that. This year, we’ll be partnering with Connecticut Creates, a new collective of thinkers and doers, who are striving to spread creative thought across our state. So, where do you think creativity comes from? How do you tap into it in your own life?
TUESDAY: Magazine Show: A Look At Pool Safety / A New CT Office of Early Childhood? / Exploring X and the City
Legislation is in the works to change safety standards for swim classes after two high school students drowned last year. Today we’ll look back on the drownings and talk with the state representative sponsoring the bill. Also, leading up to the Week of the Young Child, we will be joined by state officials to discuss the Governor’s proposed Office of Early Childhood. And we’ll talk with the author of “X and the City,” John A. Adam, about how we can understand cities through mathematical modeling.
WEDNESDAY: College Ready
About 2/3 of students entering our community colleges and 1/5 of those entering state universities are placed in remedial and developmental math and English courses. Last year Gov. Malloy signed a new law into effect, “An Act Concerning College Readiness and Completion.” Among other things, it will give support to graduating high school seniors, to help them better prepare for college or the workforce. Coming up, we’ll talk remediation and look at the ways students are falling behind when it comes to college prep. And we’ll look at some programs that have been working in schools for years, getting students interested early.
THURSDAY: Health Care Losses
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal would eliminate Medicaid coverage for thousands of poor parents through the HUSKY A program, eliminate the state-run Charter Oak Health Plan and slash payments to hospitals, largely in response to implementation of new federal health reform provisions scheduled to start on Jan. 1, 2014. While the Malloy administration says that fewer patients will be uninsured once health reform rolls out, hospitals say they will still face financial challenges because many of the newly insured will be covered by Medicaid, which tends to pay less than treatment costs. And, the Connecticut Hospital Association warns that implementation of these cuts will result in job loss and “immediate and lasting damage.” At the same time, Consumer Reports just came out with their updated hospital safety ratings and found that while some hospitals are doing a really good job, some still aren’t safe enough. And guess what, Connecticut is home to one of the best, and one of the worst.
FRIDAY: Religion Roundtable
Today we talk about the new Pope and the future of the Catholic Church with a panel of theological thinkers. Chris Doucot joins us from the Hartford Catholic Worker. We’ll hear from the Knights of Columbus, and Yale Divinity School feminist Teresa Berger.