Monday: The Mafia and Connecticut
The presence of the Five Families in New York is well documented both in the news and in pop culture. But how does the Mafia’s influence reach into Connecticut? Coming up, we’ll speak with journalist Chris Hoffman who described New Haven in the 1950s as a paradise for one gangster. And we’ll hear about life in the Mafia firsthand from Salvatore Polisi, who was an associate for the Colombo and Gambino Crime Families. He’s in an upcoming National Geographic Channel documentary called Inside the American Mob. We’ll also hear from journalist Dick Lehr about the trial of Boston gangster Whitey Bulger.
A recent Q-Poll reports that the majority of American voters see Edward Snowden as a whistleblower and not a traitor. University of New Haven professor Stuart Sidle says he’s neither of those – he’s an activist. Today we’ll talk about Snowden, and about whistleblower laws in Connecticut. We’ll talk to Sidle and Coleen Rowley, a former FBI agent who wrote a whistleblower memo after 9/11.
Wednesday: The Wheelhouse
On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we’ll be joined by Journal Register editor Matt DeRienzo to talk about the week in news, including the not-quite-warm reception that Governor Malloy received at the Eastern League All-Star Game.
You can’t turn on the TV news or check your Facebook page without encountering a conversation about the complicated tangle of race, guns and the law in the George Zimmerman case. Is the death of Trayvon Martin, as one of our guests today has said, “The black community’s Newtown?” Is it just a high-profile example of something that happens too often in America, a young black man dying from a gunshot?Today, where we live, we’ve gathered a panel to discuss what this case tells us about race and racism in America, and what we can do about it.”Trayvon Martin will go down as a benchmark for what’s happening in America,” says Marilyn Alverio, one of our four guests.We’re not going to retry a case that’s already been pulled apart in so many ways. Instead, we hope to hear from you about your reactions, thoughts, feelings and hopes for the future.
Friday: Gut Check: Befriending Bacteria (rebroadcast)
There are more bacteria in our bodies than there are human cells: about 10 microbes for every cell! UConn microbiologist Joerg Graf says “If you took a person and removed all the human cells, you would still see the outline of a human body.” So what are all these bacteria doing? And are they helping or hurting us? Michael Pollan’s most recent exploration in the New York Times Magazine looks into humans’ relationships with bacteria and germs. He calls this bodily microbial farm a “second genome” that might hold keys to our health. And, he’s one of many saying that our obsession with hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial soap may be doing us more harm than good. Today, we’ll talk to Professor Graf about the bacteria that live in our bodies and in our digestive system. And we’ll hear how you can get involved in mapping your own gut microbiome.