Today, we focus on incarceration. In 1986, Bonnie Foreshaw shot and killed a pregnant woman in the state of Connecticut and was sentenced to 45 years in prison without the possibility of parole, the longest sentence given to a woman in our state’s history. While it might seem, at first glance, that justice was served, her case is not that simple. Also, Human Rights Watch visited nine states and 20 prisons to interview prison officials, corrections and gerontology experts, and prisoners for a report that found an ill-equipped prison system unable to care for the needs of an aging population of prisoners. And we’ll talk to University of New Haven professor Randall Horton about his poetry and his course on prison literature.
Tuesday: Surviving Political Scandal… Or Not
In recent years it seems as though politicians have gone from kissing babies and public appearances, to kissing mistresses and public apologies. Anthony Weiner is simply the latest in a long line of politicians who have found themselves wrapped up in a personal scandal. Although politicians have been having affairs, well, for as long as there have been politicians, it seems like now more than ever, the extra-curricular activities of our elected officials are getting them in deeper and deeper trouble. Today we’ll look into why so many politicians are able to make career comebacks after being embroiled in scandal and what this has to say about the memory of the American electorate. Do voters simply forgive and forget?
Wednesday: The Wheelhouse
Most of the Where We Live crew is taking a much needed vacation but that won’t stop us from bringing you a brand-new, pre-recorded edition of The Wheelhouse. We’ll check-in Rep. Rosa DeLauro about one of her top issues: economic equality for women. We’ll also hear from longtime state senator and commissioner of the state’s Department on Aging, Edith Prague. She talks about her life in public-office and what she’s trying to do in her new job.
Thursday: Reviving Chet Baker and the Poetry of Joni Mitchell
Jazz performer Chet Baker was known for his voice, and his bad boy image. He battled drug addiction throughout his life but still made music that resonates with many today – including Connecticut-based performer June Bisantz. She’s performing at this year’s Litchfield Jazz Festival with the Chet Baker Project and she joins us in-studio to talk about Baker’s life and her interpretation of his music. We’ll also talk about a new book, Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell’s Songs.
Friday: We’re Going Back To 1996 (rebroadcast)
Even if they’re not crawling all over your neighborhood as we feared, the cicadas have returned! There’s a lot of buzz around the millions of cicadas swarming along the East coast this summer, the eggs of a brood last seen17 years ago. And they have us thinking about the the last time they were here. It was 1996 and the world was a different place. The New York Yankees won their first World Series since 1978 in an unforgettable moment for their fans. We also elected a president, hosted the summer Olympics in Atlanta, and played with Tickle Me Elmo. And DOMA became law. 1996 WAS a big year, but we don’t easily remember it. It doesn’t hold the magic of 1969 or the emotional tug of 2001 in our minds. So, today, where we live, like the cicadas, we’re burrowing into 1996. I’d been in Connecticut for two years, and this show was a distant dream. What were you doing? And please don’t tell me you were doing the macerena. Today, we’ll take a look back at the politics, sports and culture of 1996 and we want to hear from you? We’ve got two turntables and a microphone on Where We Live.