Monday: A Slower Than Usual Commute
The derailment of a Metro-North train on Friday evening resulted in dozens of injuries and threw this week’s commute into disarray. We’ll check in with reporters who are covering the state’s response to this accident, talk to a passenger involved in the collision and Jim Cameron, chairman of the Metro-North Commuter Council. Do you normally get to work by train? How did Friday’s events affect your commute this morning?
(Note: our originally scheduled show with Dan Kennedy about his new book, “The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age” has been rescheduled for a later date.)
Tuesday: Suburban Poverty
It’s common to associate city life with poverty. But a new study suggests otherwise. Is poverty spreading faster in suburban communities? We’ll talk to several authors about their findings and hear from the executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Children about what’s happening in our state.
Wednesday: Daphne Lee Martin (rebroadcast)
Today, a memento from our yearly pilgrimage to our favorite little seaport town: New London, Connecticut. It’s home to a DIY art and music scene that seems to grow every year. We’re revisiting our program from February, where we broadcast live from The Telegraph – It’s a record shop, used bookstore and performance space owned by Daphne Lee Martin and her husband, Rich Martin. Daphne has been a fixture on the Connecticut music scene for years with her bands Raise the Rent and Roadside Attractions. She was voted “Best Country Artist” at last year’s Connecticut Music Awards. Her brand new record, Moxie is an altogether different affair. Less a collection of songs – more a soundtrack to a wild burlesque show. Underwater, dreamy vocals, you hear reggae beats under New Orleans horns, bossa nova, honky tonk, gypsy and swing – all in a late-night cabaret. We’ll be hearing this new music played live, and talking more about the music scene in New London, about the “vinyl revival.”
Thursday: Sexual Assault in the Military
Earlier this month the Pentagon released a report estimating that 26,000 people in the military were sexually assaulted in 2012 – that’s up from 19,000 in 2010. Also in the news, officers in charge of sexual assault prevention programs for the Air Force and the Army have been arrested for alleged sexual assaults. Today, WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil guest-hosts a conversation about the push to reform the U. S military in addressing this epidemic. We’ll also check in with advocates in Connecticut to find out how local veterans are finding support. And U.S Senator Richard Blumenthal will update us on legislation he’s co-sponsoring to eliminate sexual assaults in the military.
Friday: The Water Dilemma
In Connecticut, many of us take our clean drinking water for granted. Turn on the faucet and the water pours out for drinking, cooking, bathing, watering our lawns…but will that always be the case? Other parts of the world and even this country are not as lucky. The droughts throughout much of the U.S. are decimating agriculture out there. Today, Connecticut Mirror and WNPR reporter Neena Satija guest-hosts a show on Connecticut’s need for a water strategy. We’ll also check-in with other states who are preparing for potential water shortages and those who already have a problem.