MONDAY: Covering Trauma in the News
The mass murder in Newtown Connecticut raised many questions about how the media covers traumatic events – and how those same events may traumatize reporters. In early April, before the Boston Marathon bombings, John Dankosky brought together a conversation with journalists who’ve covered violence at Central Connecticut State University. Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma was joined by Tina Susman, national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, who has covered war in Iraq, Somalia and Rwanda; and WNPR reporter Jeff Cohen, who covered the Newtown shooting and its aftermath for NPR. Listen as they discuss the media’s role and its boundaries when reporting on tragic events. And, we will assess the impact of this work on the journalists themselves.
TUESDAY: Connecticut Library Association
Today we broadcast LIVE from Cromwell at the 122nd annual Connecticut Library Association Conference. We’ll talk about how libraries create community, and how they are keeping up with today’s changing world. It’s a library party!
WEDNESDAY: Learning Disabilities
For a parent with a child who has a learning disability, it can be hard to navigate the “minefield” of services, programming and placement. There are ongoing disputes between parents and teachers, and a push to integrate special education students into “regular” classrooms. Today, we talk about how schools are taking care of students with learning disabilities, and how parents can better know their rights.
This Saturday is the seventh annual Samba Fest, a Brazilian music festival on the Riverfront Plaza in Hartford. Today, we will be talking about the importance of Samba music in Brazilian culture as well as Capoeira, the Brazilian dance and martial art form. We will also be speaking with the Ambassador from the Brazilian Consulate here in Hartford, to talk about the issues facing Brazilian communities in Connecticut.
As the United States brings two Middle Eastern wars to a close, we’ll talk with Ryan Crocker. He served in Iraq before becoming ambassador to Afghanistan – a job he wrapped up last year. He’s speaking at a World Affairs Council event about his experiences and what the future looks like in that tumultuous region. We’ll preview that conversation. And New York state medical director and chief psychiatrist Lloyd Sederer joins us to talk about his new book The Family Guide to Mental Health Care: Advice on Helping Your Loved Ones. We’ll also talk to Baratunde Thurson. The former Director of Digital for The Onion is at the CT Forum this weekend for a panel of Funny Smart People.