MONDAY: What Typography Tells Us About Ourselves (rebroadcast)
Unless you’re a designer, you might not think about fonts very much. You might have to if you’re stuck doing a company newsletter. But if you stop and really look around you, typography of all kinds surrounds us every day. It creates a visual fabric for our lives and language. On today’s show, we continue a mini series on design with a conversation about typography. What’s the role of fonts in your life? Do you have a favorite one for different purposes? Have you ever thought about what goes into the creation of a typeface? Designers join us in studio to talk about this, including Alexander Isley with us in Hartford, and Nikki Villagomez, who joins us from Cleveland.
TUESDAY: Suburban Corporate Wastelands
173 Acres of office space in Simsbury is up for sale, formerly The Hartford, now what? It’s not a new story. We’ve been following the demise of the former Pfizer research park in Groton, which is now being torn down. The town of Ridgefield bought the former Schlumberger-Doll Research center, which sat vacant for five years. Today we talk about these corporate graveyards with Courant reporter Ken Gosselin. He’s been tracking these properties, and how towns are dealing with the loss of jobs and tax dollars. Some are finding creative uses for these spaces.
WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse with Chris Murphy
Senator Chris Murphy just got back from Europe – talking to allies about US spying abroad and counter-terrorism efforts. He’s also been outspoken about the role of the media in covering the Obamacare rollout. In fact, he’s got so much to talk about, we’re bringing him into the Wheelhouse with Colin McEnroe. Join us for a free-wheeling conversation – and ask your questions of Senator Murphy.
THURSDAY: Ainissa Ramirez and the Science Behind America’s Game (rebroadcast)
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. This hour, we 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.
FRIDAY: Violent Mae
The Connecticut duo Violent Mae was not an intentional musical partnership. Floyd Kellogg started off as Becky Kessler’s producer on her solo album, and he joined her on the other side of the mic. They were voted the Best New Band at 2013 Connecticut Music Awards and they just released their debut, self-titled album. Coming up, Violent Mae joins us in-studio to talk and play some music. You can join the conversation and learn how to get a copy of the album through WNPR, on Where We Live.
Last year, the Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois was demolished. You probably never went there, but Jake and Elwood Blues did. That mall was the setting for the famous Blues Brothers car chase – it’s been closed since before the movie was released and the building was demolished last year. Today, Where We Live, The Atlantic’s Emily Badger wonders whether on its 60th birthday, is the mall heading for an early retirement? We’ll also check-in with an economist about the state of malls in 2013. And we’ll be joined by a local photographer who’s been documenting this decline. We’ll also listen back to a radio piece by Jonathan Mitchell that’s a soundscape of his hometown mall – but could be any mall in America. Were you a mall-rat growing up? How have you seen them change? Do you still go to the mall in the Amazon-era of shopping?
TUESDAY: Small Business: The Big Connect
We’ll listen back to last week’s Small Business After Hours, and what’s a bigger, broader topic than “technology?” Tiny firms that used to have to hire outside help are able to get that help with one click on an app. Technology is helping businesses share and work together in ways they couldn’t just a few years ago. So those are some of the ideas we’ll be trying to get at in a show we’re calling – “Small Biz, Big Tech!”
This week in politics.
THURSDAY: Happy Thanksgiving!
FRIDAY: Special Programming.
MONDAY: Has Corruption Killed the Corporate Reputation?
On Sunday, JPMorgan Chase reached a tentative $4.5 billion settlement over mortgage-backed securities they sold, leading up to the financial crisis. This, on top of a $13 billion settlement with the Justice Department. These big financial hits are happening along with questions about the company’s relationship with the daughter of the former Chinese prime minister. Then there’s hedge fund SAC Capital. FBI Agent April Brooks said at a press conference in early November, “SAC didn’t just break the law; their illegal activity resulted in insider trading that was substantial, pervasive, and on a scale without known precedent, according to the July indictment. It was nothing short of institutional failure.” This hour, Yale Law Professor Jonathan Macey talks about his book Death of the Corporate Reputation. Is there any hope for the return of integrity and reputation to the financial industry? How do we better regulate?
TUESDAY: Call Centers, etc.
WNPR Reporter Jeff Cohen gives us the latest on the controversy surrounding city insurer Earl O’Garro. Cohen will also talk about his reporting on call centers, around the new health care exchange. And we’ll talk about the culture of call centers, and just how many jobs are sent overseas. Also, some lawmakers are looking to punish companies who outsource.
A rollicking hour of local political news.
THURSDAY: Metro North on the Rails
It’s been a rough year for Connecticut’s commuter rail line. From the derailment in Bridgeport to the extended power outage, Metro North commuters have had headache after headache. So what can we do to improve the rail system and get people to-and-from New York city safely and on-time.
FRIDAY: New Mayors!
We’ll have interviews with newly elected Mayors across the state.
Monday: Veteran’s Day Special Programming
We Knew JFK: Unheard Stories from the Kennedy Archives
Never-before-broadcast memories from JFK’s confidantes recorded just after the assassination. Hosted by legendary journalist Robert MacNeil.
Tuesday: Access and Equity: Can We Get Affordable Care to all of Connecticut?
Last week, we recorded our second “Health Equity Forum” in collaboration with the Connecticut Health Foundation. In our first of these town halls, we began with these sobering statistics: In Connecticut, pregnant black women are two times more likely to deliver a smaller baby early, black men are two times more likely to die of prostate cancer than white men, with overall life expectancy for black men significantly shorter than for their white peers. And we could continue to read you numbers like that to define why this health equity project exists – in short: Members of minority groups in America suffer far worse health outcomes than their white peers. Now, there’s a new variable in this discussion – The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.” So that’s the topic of today’s discussion. “Access and Equity: Can We Get Affordable Care to all of Connecticut?”
This week’s political news.
Thursday: Congressman Luis Gutierrez
Last week Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez stopped by Real Art Ways in Hartford, to talk about his life, his relationship with President Obama, and his vision for comprehensive immigration reform. Today, we’ll hear highlights from that interview, and also talk about his new book Still Dreaming: My Journey from The Barrio to Capitol Hill.
Friday: Education Check-in with Dr. Steve Perry
Dr. Steve Perry’s website calls him “America’s Most Trusted Educator” – and he’s made a name for himself on television and speaking tours as an advocate for school reform. He’s also Principal of Hartford’s Capital Prep Magnet school. Perry is also a magnet for controversy for his outspoken views on teacher quality. Perry sits down to talk with us about the state of education in America and Connecticut.
Monday: Organ Donation: Providing Life After Death (rebroadcast)
Every day, around 80 people receive organ transplants in the U.S. But an average of 18 people die daily due to a shortage of much-needed organs, like kidneys, livers, hearts and lungs, even corneas. One body donor can impact the lives of more than 50 people. This hour, a conversation on organ donation and transplantation. Do you have personal experience with organ donation? Are you a donor or recipient? Why did you choose to be a donor?
Tuesday: Campus Sexual Assault, Focus on UConn
As the Hartford Courant’s Jeff Jacobs puts it: What the hell is happening in Storrs? Today we’ll talk about the sexual assault allegations by UConn students, and the federal discrimination complaint alleging that the school failed to protect them. We’ll look at the response from the students and administration, and at the bigger problem of sexual assault on college campuses.
Our weekly news roundtable. If there’s stuff going on, we’ll talk about it.
Thursday: Childhood Obesity
It’s Halloween. What are your kids eating? Today, we’ll talk about childhood obesity. Over the summer we saw the first signs of a national decline in obesity rates among low income children. Researchers in the UK have found a gene that appears to be responsible for an increase in appetite, and slowing metabolism in obese kids. We’ll also find out about the latest research in social and behavioral factors that affect obesity risks, and what scholars are up to at Yale’s Rudd Center.
Friday: Little Ugly and The Hartford Denim Company Live from Downtown Hartford
Little Ugly has become a staple of the Hartford music scene. They were named the “Best Indie Rock” band at the 2013 Connecticut Music Awards and were referred to as “one of the hardest working bands you’ll ever encounter.” Their latest release is calledWhere the River’s Born and we’ll talk with Little Ugly and hear some music.
We’ll also check in with the folks at the Hartford Denim Company, which is making a name for itself far outside of Hartford.
MONDAY: Town Rankings Are In, But Can You Afford to Live Here?
It’s town ranking season again, and Connecticut Magazine is doing things a little different this time around. Instead of grouping towns by population – they’re now looking at average home value. That puts towns like Stamford, Colebrook, Barkhamsted, Simsbury and Ridgefield on top. Today, we’ll dive into what the rankings say, and where you might look to find cheaper real estate. And according to a new report by the Partnership for Strong Communities, there still isn’t enough affordable housing in Connecticut. They say that our state has the nation’s 6th most expensive monthly housing costs, and 8th most expensive home values. PSC policy director joins us to talk about the report, and their new online Rent Roulette game – which looks at finding affordable apartments.
About 1 out of every 3 women, or 33%, deliver their babies by Caesarean section in the U.S. This is a significant increase over the 4.5% of women undergoing the surgical procedure in 1965, and change that has added billions to the cost of childbirth in the U.S. And, the World Health Organization says that countries with a C-section rate higher than 15% put women’s lives at risk. Trinity professor Theresa Morris, author of “Cut-It Out: The C-Section Epidemic in America,” claims that a new culture in medicine avoids risk that makes them vulnerable to lawsuits, protecting the institution over the health and well-being of the patient. She’ll join us along with a practicing physician and health policy expert.
WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse Vacations in the Elm City
We’re hitting the road and taking The Wheelhouse to New Haven. We’ll be joined by the New Haven Independent’s Paul Bass and other reporters to talk about the news of the week, including Tuesday night’s mayoral debate in New Haven. As always, you can join the conversation with the stories you’re following and the things that are making you mad as hell.
THURSDAY: Democracy After the Government Shutdown
UConn Philosophy professor Michael Lynch wrote in a recent New York Times opinion piece, that we’re living in a “dangerous political moment.” Not just because of the shutdown of the federal government and the near default on the nation’s debts, but he writes: “The real damage is caused by the idea that that our current democratic form of government should be shuttered.” That a large segment of the population might think government really is a bad idea.
FRIDAY: Youth Civic Engagement
In a time when some say youth civic engagement is declining dramatically, there are programs that exist to teach students effective deliberation, debate, and discourse. This November, high school students from across the state will flock to UConn to debate current and pressing foreign policy issues, in a simulation of the United Nations. Today, we’ll hear from involved students, as well as author and professor Peter Levine. He’ll talk about his book We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America.
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.
Monday: Gambling on the Environment
Yale History Professor Paul Sabin will join us to talk about his new book THE BET: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future.It looks at an iconic wager between a famous biologist and an iconoclastic economist to examine the clash between environmentalists and their conservative critics—from the late 1960s to the present.
Tuesday: Discerning Religious Life, Struggling with Celibacy
Author David Schickler wanted to be a priest as a young man, but he struggled between his desire to serve God and to be with women. He said, “For me to have become celibate for life would have been to become half human.” Today, The Dark Path author Schickler is joined by a panel of religious thinkers to explore the history of celibacy in the church, and the tensions of those in the discerning process and in religious life.
Wednesday: The Wheelhouse
Will the federal government still be shut down when The Wheelhouse comes back? If the last few days are any indication: yes. We’ll likely continue the conversation about this government shutdown on the next edition of our weekly news roundtable. And there is another fiscal debate on the horizon – the debt ceiling. We’ll consider all of the week’s news on The Wheelhouse.
Thursday: On Life in Afghanistan, Another at Sea
This week marks the 12 year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. But war in this country pre-dates the U.S.’s involvement. In his memoir A Fort of Nine Towers, Qais Akbar Omar recounts his life in Kabul, pre-9/11 when Afghanistan was engulfed in civil war and Taliban rule. Qais recently stopped by our studios to talk about life in war-torn Afghanistan and some of the happier moments.
Friday: Just Doodle It (rebroadcast)
Ever been caught doodling during a meeting a work? A boring class? You’re not alone. Did you get yelled at? “Get your head in the game! You’re distracted! You’re not serious!” Our guest Sunni Brown, author of The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently, says doodling involves a lot of the senses… movement, sound, and visuals… and, far from being a distraction, it actually can enhance learning. A 2009 study from the University ofPlymouth in England tells us we shouldn’t stop doodling. It found that people who doodle remember 29 percent more details than people who don’t doodle while they listen. The reason? Doodling engages the brain, so people don’t daydream. Today, a “Doodle Revolution” – in class, and in the workplace. Today, we talk with expert doodlers and we want to hear from you: Are you a doodler? How does it help you do what you do?
On Sunday, WNPR’s Where We Live was honored by the HartBeat Ensemble at their annual fundraising event. We have long felt an affinity with HartBeat, a troupe that uses stories told by everyday people of our region to drive the dialogue, the plot and the action of their plays. There was plenty of zydeco music and conversation, and some of our CPBN friends were kind enough to join us. Here’s what HartBeat wrote in their introduction to our award.
HartBeat’s Cultural and Civic Leadership Award is given to someone (or a group of someones) who inspire us to do the work that we do. People who have compassion, energy, and who walk their talk. Where We Live and the team that puts it together are truly this, an inspiring group of people who every day bring us engaging contemporary topics, which we as citizens, artists and activists need to be paying attention to. From the economy to the arts to health, from personal to structural. Every time I listen to a Where We Live program, I think, “HartBeat should write a show on that!”
Like HartBeat, Where We Live’s heart and soul resides in Connecticut. Host John Dankosky along with producers Catie Talarski and Tucker Ives (both Connecticut natives) have demonstrated the art of cultural and civic leadership. Where We Live is so important to bring people across the state together into communal conversations about the things that matter. “Where We Live” encourages us to ask questions and seek the answers within our neighborhoods and ourselves. They have proven that providing a space for dialogue and a context for discussion can in fact begin to change the landscape of our world. For that we are grateful, and extend this award for their influence in the cultural and civic life of Hartford and beyond.
We do feel honored to do this work everyday, and thank HartBeat for this acknowledgement of what we do.
MONDAY: Special Broadcast
We’ll present a special report from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX called Reveal. Among the stories we’ll hear is an investigation into the skyrocketing number of opiate prescriptions in veteran’s facilities – veterans becoming addicts with the help of the VA. Our special program also includes resources online at wnpr.org.
Today’s the day the new Affordable Care Act really kicks into gear. The Health Care reform known as “Obamacare” is creating state exchanges where those without insurance can buy it. But how do these exchanges work? We’ll be joined by health care experts, journalists and Kevin Counihan, who’s running the state exchange. And we’ll take lots of your questions.
WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse Brings It Home
After hitting the road last week, our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse is back in the studio to catch up on all the week’s big political news. If previous weeks are any indication, we should be due for a new Republican candidate for governor soon. Colin McEnroe and other local reporters join us in The Wheelhouse.
THURSDAY: Combatants for Peace
Interfaith leaders and activists will be marching in New Haven and their focusing on the on-going Israeli/Palestinian dilemma. We’ll be joined by some of these leaders on both sides who are working together for a peaceful resolution and they’re making their arguments in Connecticut. How should we move forward in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict?
FRIDAY: Jocelyn Elders and Dan Savage on Sex
Joycelyn Elders is a doctor and a public health administrator and advocate. She was appointed the first African American surgeon general during the Clinton administration — and then fired from her post for some frank comments around sex and AIDS prevention.