MONDAY: Ainissa Ramirez and the Science Behind America’s Game
We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the epidemic of injury in the game of football – concussions and traumatic brain injuries… but have you ever asked yourself why football helmets are designed the way they are? And how better helmet design might actually have made the game more dangerous? And while you’re at it, have you considered “the divine randomness of prolate spheroid?” That’s science talk for the unlikely evolution for the shape of the football. Today, we’ll tackle the game, and the science behind it, with science evangelist Dr. Ainissa Ramirez. She has a new book out called Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game. And we’ll look ahead to the Winter Olympics. We’ll talk to an Ithaca College professor who looks into the biomechanics of figure skating.
TUESDAY: First-Generation College Students
The transition from high school to college is tough for anyone. But if you’re the first in your family to go to school, you’re a trailblazer and have a whole other set of challenges. From knowledge of the college application process, to financial aid, to campus life, there are more hurdles to get past when you’re the first to go through it. On the next Where We Live we’ll be joined by a panel of first-generation college students, both past and present to share their stories.
WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse
Will the government still be shutdown? Yesnomaybe. But The Wheelhouse will keep on rolling and we’ll catch up on all the week’s news.
THURSDAY: Radio Meets Books
If you listen to public radio, you know Frank Tavares. Colin McEnroe called him NPR’s Yoda, but you probably best know him as the voice of NPR. He’s wrapping up his tenure as the voice that says, “This is NPR” after funding credits but this Connecticut resident (and WNPR supporter) will join us to talk about his new book of short stories, The Man Who Built Boxes. Tom Bodett is a panelist on Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me and said, “We’ve always known what Frank Tavares sounds like. Now we see what he thinks like too.” Get to know Frank on the next Where We Live.
FRIDAY: The Distance Between Brothers, and Rinku Sen on Race and Poverty
Christopher Capozziello has been photographing his twin brother Nick for years. His latest book of photography, The Distance Between Us is just as much about Chris as it is Nick though. Nick was born with cerebral palsy and Chris used his photography and experiences to document not only his brother’s life, but to help him move past the guilt of being the healthy twin. We’ll hear from both brothers about the project from the perspective of the photographer and the photographed. And author and activist Rinku Sen will join us to preview a talk she’s giving in Connecticut about “The Structure of Race and Poverty: Implications for the Future of Young Children.” She will talk about the definition of structural racism, the opportunity gap vs achievement gap and what we can do in Connecticut to increase the chances of success for all young children in our state.