Monday: Monthly Malloy
Keith Phaneuf of the Connecticut Mirror, the state “budget guru” has been pulling apart the budget problems the Malloy administration faces in an epic, three-part series. He says there are lots of reasons why Connecticut residents should be worried. As Malloy often points out, he inherited this mess from the previous administration, but his “fixes” have raised plenty of questions – including a promise of no more tax increases, and a reliance on an economic rebound which may or may not be coming. Today, where we live, Governor Dannel Malloy and his budget chief Ben Barnes join us in studio.
Tuesday: Syria and Chemical Weapons, and More on the State Budget
The situation in Syria gets more confusing by the day. The Obama Administration is treading very cautiously around conflicting reports of who actually staged a sarin gas attack, the government of besieged President Bashar al Assad, or the rebels fighting to take over the country. The US backed Israel’s decision to make military strikes by air in Damascus – but there are questions over whether this might mean an escalation of tensions in the region. Senator John McCain, and others, have called for arming the rebels…but Senator Chris Murphy, who just returned from the region, has doubts. Today, where we live, Murphy will join us…and we’ll talk about the spectre of chemical weapons in Syria. We’ll also debrief with Keith Phaneuf…our budget guru from the Connecticut Mirror. Governor Malloy took him to task for his three-part series on the state budget yesterday on the show…we’ll hear Keith’s response.
Wednesday: Evolution, and Green Chemistry
In a follow-up to our recent Science show, we’ll revisit the topic of teaching science. This time, our focus is on evolution. Are some schools refusing to teach evolution? BrownUniversity professor Ken Miller, co-author of one of the most widely used high school biology text books, will discuss the topic. We’ll also be joined by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette science reporter David Templeton and a retired Connecticut teacher who wasn’t allowed to mention Charles Darwin’s name in class. And, is it possible to design chemicals that aren’t hazardous to the environment? YaleUniversity’s Paul Anastas thinks so. He’ll join us to talk about “Green Chemistry.”
Thursday: Suicide and Mental Health
In a report released last week, the CDC says that more people aged 35-64 die from suicide than from car accidents, and they have been since 2009. Suicide rates have risen dramatically for middle-aged Americans in the last 10 years, and the highest jump is for men aged 50-54. But, while suicide prevention efforts in America have focused primarily on adolescents and older adults, we’ve not placed as much emphasis on the more settled middle-aged group of mostly baby-boomers. Today we talk about what might be causing this rise, and look at how Connecticut lags behind in mental health screening for children.
Friday: What’s Up With Stuff?
Go to your local big-box retailer and you can buy a t-shirt for a few bucks. In today’s economic climate, it’s not surprising that it was probably made in China. But think about that – an item that was touched by dozens of hands (or machines) from around the world can be yours for next-to-nothing. NPR’s Planet Money team is reporting on apparel manufacturing by following the story of their Planet Money t-shirt. We’ll be joined by NPR’s Alex Blumberg to talk about this project and about what it tells us about where our “stuff” comes from.