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April is  . A new bill passed last year means that more autistic adults could receive services from the state. Today, we...
04/12/2024

April is . A new bill passed last year means that more autistic adults could receive services from the state. Today, we talk about it and we want to hear from you. Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen live on Connecticut Public

April is Autism Acceptance Month. A new bill passed last year means that more autistic adults could receive services from the state. Today, we talk about the Connecticut Autism Waiver program and who might qualify for services in the future.

This hour, we discuss the diversity of Lunar New Year traditions within the AAPI community where we live. Many celebrati...
04/11/2024

This hour, we discuss the diversity of Lunar New Year traditions within the AAPI community where we live. Many celebrations are occurring this weekend. Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. How do you celebrate? Listen via Connecticut Public.

Chinese New Year was in January, but there are many Lunar New Year traditions spanning months. This hour, we’ll hear about some of them. With more than 170,000 Asian and Pacific-Americans in Connecticut, how do you celebrate the new year?

Starting with the class of 2027, financial literacy is a required course for all high school students in Connecticut. To...
04/09/2024

Starting with the class of 2027, financial literacy is a required course for all high school students in Connecticut. Today, we hear from the Council for Economic Education and Representative Corey Paris. Have you taken a personal finance or financial literacy course? Reply below or call us between 9-10am: 888-720-9677. Listen live on

Financial literacy is now required coursework for all students in Connecticut starting with class of 2027. Today, we take a look at this course, and hear from the people that got it into classrooms.

Are you traveling to the path of totality in time for the solar eclipse? Or planning to observe from home? This hour, we...
04/08/2024

Are you traveling to the path of totality in time for the solar eclipse? Or planning to observe from home? This hour, we discuss the science of the eclipse, and how to safely enjoy it, with Wesleyan astronomer Dr. Meredith Hughes. Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen via Connecticut Public.

This hour, we discuss the science of the eclipse, and how to safely enjoy it, with Wesleyan astronomer Dr. Meredith Hughes. Plus, "umbraphile" or eclipse chaser Kate Russo explains why these natural phenomena are such a unifying social event.

Five percent of bridges in Connecticut are in “poor condition.” Today, we talk about what needs to be done to update the...
04/05/2024

Five percent of bridges in Connecticut are in “poor condition.” Today, we talk about what needs to be done to update the bridges and roads in our state, and we talk about the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. Listen live on Connecticut Public

Watching the Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse in Baltimore has made a lot of us talk about the state of our infrastructure. Today, we talk about this incident, updating bridges and roads in our state, and the future of green infrastructure.

This hour, author Garrard Conley joins us to discuss his second book and fiction debut, "All the World Beside." Call us ...
04/04/2024

This hour, author Garrard Conley joins us to discuss his second book and fiction debut, "All the World Beside." Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen via Connecticut Public.

This hour, author Garrard Conley joins us to discuss his second book and fiction debut, "All the World Beside."

Are you traveling to see Monday's total solar eclipse? Or planning to observe it where you live? Add your comment below ...
04/03/2024

Are you traveling to see Monday's total solar eclipse? Or planning to observe it where you live? Add your comment below or call us Monday at 888-720-9677 between 9am-10am. Listen live on Connecticut Public.

Next week, many Vermont schools will close or let students out early to prepare for a total solar eclipse. Some teachers have been preparing for the event for years.

This hour, we hear from Emily Ballesteros, a management coach and the author of the new book, "The Cure for Burnout." Sh...
04/02/2024

This hour, we hear from Emily Ballesteros, a management coach and the author of the new book, "The Cure for Burnout." She defines the phenomenon, and fields around addressing burnout. Listen live on Connecticut Public

"Burnout" is more than just a buzzword. So, how do we combat it? This hour, we hear from Emily Ballesteros, author of the new book "The Cure for Burnout."

This hour, we hear from curators and experts at the Yale Peabody Museum, to discuss the new approach to collections and ...
04/01/2024

This hour, we hear from curators and experts at the Yale Peabody Museum, to discuss the new approach to collections and community-building, less than a week after reopening. Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen via Connecticut Public.

This hour, we hear from curators and experts at the Yale Peabody Museum less than a week after the reopening.

You’ve heard of Bigfoot and Nessie, but did you know Connecticut is home to a host of creatures, or "cryptids"? This hou...
03/29/2024

You’ve heard of Bigfoot and Nessie, but did you know Connecticut is home to a host of creatures, or "cryptids"? This hour, we hear from Patrick Scalisi and Valerie Ruby-Omen, author and illustrator of a new field guide to cryptids where we live. Listen live on Connecticut Public

Bigfoot and Nessie and Glawackus — oh my! This hour, we learn all about cryptids, or creatures we’re not sure exist, here in Connecticut and beyond.

Longtime U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman died yesterday. He was 82. This hour, we reflect on Lieberman's political career,...
03/28/2024

Longtime U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman died yesterday. He was 82. This hour, we reflect on Lieberman's political career, impact and legacy. We want to hear from you. Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen via Connecticut Public.

Longtime U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman died yesterday according to a statement from his family. He was 82. This hour, we discuss his political career, impact, and legacy.

This hour, we revisit our conversation with the author Rebecca F. Kuang, which was focused on the award-winning book “Ba...
03/26/2024

This hour, we revisit our conversation with the author Rebecca F. Kuang, which was focused on the award-winning book “Babel,” during an event organized by RJ Julia Booksellers. Listen live on Connecticut Public

This hour, we revisit our conversation with author Rebecca or RF Kuang, focused on her award-winning novel, "Babel."

"Everyone has a hair story to tell." What's yours? This hour, we hear from The Curly Hair Salon and one local who wrote ...
03/25/2024

"Everyone has a hair story to tell." What's yours? This hour, we hear from The Curly Hair Salon and one local who wrote about how they help to untangle "hair trauma." Plus, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art previews a new exhibit, "Styling Identities." Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen via Connecticut Public.

This hour, we hear from one salon that’s just for natural curls in Connecticut, and a local student who wrote about how stylists there help to untangle "hair trauma." Plus, curators at the Wadsworth Atheneum preview a new exhibit, Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories.

Today, we're airing the first and second episode of the new podcast Unforgotten. It’s a history lesson many of us didn’t...
03/22/2024

Today, we're airing the first and second episode of the new podcast Unforgotten.

It’s a history lesson many of us didn’t get in school: Slavery has deep roots in Connecticut and across New England. Enslaved people helped build the foundation of much of this state. In this five-episode podcast from Connecticut Public, reporter/producer Diane Orson and editorial consultant and curator Frank Mitchell talk about efforts to shed light on this history and they explore why it matters.

It’s a history lesson many of us didn’t get in school: Slavery has deep roots in Connecticut and across New England. Enslaved people helped build the foundation of much of this state. Get to know some of these men and women and the lives they lived. Hear from descendants who reflect on their lov...

This hour, we check in with some pet shelters on how the “pandemic boomerang” is affecting them now. Plus, we’ll talk to...
03/21/2024

This hour, we check in with some pet shelters on how the “pandemic boomerang” is affecting them now. Plus, we’ll talk to farm animal and wildlife rescues in Connecticut. Listen via Connecticut Public.

Local animal shelters say they are struggling to keep up with calls from people trying to surrender pets. This hour, we check in with those shelters. Plus, we hear from farm animal and wildlife rescues in the state.

A new report claims an ‘alarming lack of oversight’ of some Connecticut special education schools. Today, we hear from t...
03/19/2024

A new report claims an ‘alarming lack of oversight’ of some Connecticut special education schools. Today, we hear from the authors of the report: Office of the Child Advocate and Disability Rights Connecticut. If you’re navigating special education in Connecticut, we want to hear from you. Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen live on Connecticut Public

Today on Where We Live, we hear from the Office of the Child Advocate and Disability Rights Connecticut. We learn about their investigation into a group of schools serving special needs students and what can be done to protect the rights of these students.

What does it mean to be an artist in community, whether in Connecticut or New York City? This hour, we hear about relate...
03/18/2024

What does it mean to be an artist in community, whether in Connecticut or New York City? This hour, we hear about related historical exhibits on view The Ely Center, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and the Griswold Museum. Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen via Connecticut Public.

There are several historical exhibits celebrating local avant garde artists currently on view or in the works in the state. This hour, we learn about these artists and their legacies, exploring the influence of New York-based art movements on Connecticut art-makers, Pop Art in particular.

Flannel and blue jeans - they’re staples in most of our closets. But textiles, fabrics and clothing is a dying industry ...
03/15/2024

Flannel and blue jeans - they’re staples in most of our closets. But textiles, fabrics and clothing is a dying industry here in the U.S. Some makers are trying to change that. New York Times reporter and author Steven Kurutz joins us today to talk about his new book "American Flannel." And hear from a local mill here in Connecticut, American Woolen Company. Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen live on Connecticut Public

A flannel shirt and blue jeans - are these staples in your wardrobe? Today on Where we Live, we hear about the small but mighty American clothing and textile industry, and how some entrepreneurs are trying to preserve it. New York Times reporter and author Steven Kurutz joins us.

At the Maurice Sendak Foundation in Ridgefield, the late artist's legacy is kept alive and "wild" by a team of experts. ...
03/14/2024

At the Maurice Sendak Foundation in Ridgefield, the late artist's legacy is kept alive and "wild" by a team of experts. This hour, we hear from them after the posthumous release of the picture book, "Ten Little Rabbits." Listen via Connecticut Public.

At the Maurice Sendak Foundation in Ridgefield, the late artist's legacy is kept alive and "wild" by a team of experts. This hour, we hear from them just after the posthumous release of the picture book, "Ten Little Rabbits."

Around the globe, artists are using their mediums to show how climate change is impacting our planet. Today, we’re explo...
03/12/2024

Around the globe, artists are using their mediums to show how climate change is impacting our planet. Today, we’re exploring the convergence of art and science. We'll be talking with artists using their craft to have conversations about the environment. Listen live on Connecticut Public

This hour on Where We Live, we discuss how art can tell a story about our changing environment. We’ll hear from the Mattatuck Museum and how its “Sea Change - See Change” exhibit is raising awareness of how climate change is impacting our oceans.

What makes Connecticut Connecticut? This hour, a roundtable of Connecticut Public hosts discuss. Listen via Connecticut ...
03/11/2024

What makes Connecticut Connecticut? This hour, a roundtable of Connecticut Public hosts discuss. Listen via Connecticut Public.

This hour on Where We Live, a roundtable of Connecticut Public hosts a debate over what makes Connecticut Connecticut and what stereotypes we think we can shake off. We asked listeners, "How would you rebrand the state?"

Medications like Ozempic are used to treat diabetes. But some people are using it to lose weight. Today, we talk about t...
03/08/2024

Medications like Ozempic are used to treat diabetes. But some people are using it to lose weight. Today, we talk about these drugs, and combating weight stigma in and out the doctor’s office. Hartford HealthCare, UConn and Stamford Health joins us to talk about it. Do you or someone you know have experience using one of these medications? Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen live on Connecticut Public

Medications like Ozempic are used to treat diabetes. But some people are using it to lose weight. Today on Where We Live, we talk about these drugs, and combating weight stigma in and out the doctor’s office.

This hour, we discuss the local ceasefire resolutions being proposed in city and town councils in Connecticut, plus, the...
03/07/2024

This hour, we discuss the local ceasefire resolutions being proposed in city and town councils in Connecticut, plus, the significance of Vice President Kamala Harris’ recent call for an immediate, six-week ceasefire. Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen via Connecticut Public.

This hour, we discuss the local ceasefire resolutions being proposed in city and town councils in Connecticut, plus, the significance of Vice President Kamala Harris’ call for an immediate, six-week ceasefire.

For kids today, there’s a whole new career path that wasn’t an option back then: social media influencer. Some young peo...
03/05/2024

For kids today, there’s a whole new career path that wasn’t an option back then: social media influencer. Some young people aren’t waiting to become social media influencers; they’re already ones. Today, we hear about the realities of working in this space — and how some young people are advocating to get their privacy back. Do you have a child who wants to make it as an influencer? Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen live on Connecticut Public.

TW: Just a note to our listeners: there will be some discussion of Child Sexual Abuse.

A new investigation by the New York Times spotlights the dark side of the Kidfluencer world. Today, we learn more about what the work of a Kidfluencer looks like, and how some young people are fighting to get their privacy back.

Applying for financial aid is no easy task. And a new FAFSA form hasn’t made things easier for incoming college students...
03/01/2024

Applying for financial aid is no easy task. And a new FAFSA form hasn’t made things easier for incoming college students. Today, we talk about the state of financial aid, student loans and the cost of higher ed. We hear from Washington Post, Wesleyan University and the Chronicle of Higher Education. And if you’re currently navigating FAFSA, student loans and all things financial aid, we want to hear from you! Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen live from 9-10am on Connecticut Public.

Applying for financial aid is no easy task — whether it’s you OR your child heading off to college. Today on Where We Live, we talk about the state of financial aid, student loans and the cost of higher ed.

Burnout is more than a buzzword. So, how do we combat it? This hour, we hear from Emily Ballesteros, author of the new b...
02/29/2024

Burnout is more than a buzzword. So, how do we combat it? This hour, we hear from Emily Ballesteros, author of the new book "The Cure for Burnout." Call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen via Connecticut Public.

"Burnout" is more than just a buzzword. So, how do we combat it? This hour, we hear from Emily Ballesteros, author of the new book "The Cure for Burnout."

Are you struggling with the FAFSA application? Where We Live wants to hear from you! This coming Friday, we're talking a...
02/27/2024

Are you struggling with the FAFSA application? Where We Live wants to hear from you! This coming Friday, we're talking about the future of financial aid, student loans and the price of college. Reply below with your experience and listen live on Connecticut Public

The Education Department is relaxing a host of compliance requirements for college financial aid offices, giving administrators more time to process FAFSA data when it lands in their offices.

It has been just over two years since Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine. Today, we hear from Americares and some a...
02/27/2024

It has been just over two years since Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine. Today, we hear from Americares
and some advocates working to aid Ukrainian refugees. If you have a question or comment about the war, call us at 888-720-9677 or post your comment below. Listen live from 9-10am on Connecticut Public

It has been just over two years since Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine. Today on Where We Live, we hear what is happening on the ground in Ukraine, and how refugees are adjusting to life away from their home country.

Some physicists here in Connecticut are hoping to make our state the “Quantum Corridor." Today, we’ll attempt to answer ...
02/26/2024

Some physicists here in Connecticut are hoping to make our state the “Quantum Corridor." Today, we’ll attempt to answer the question: “what is quantum mechanics?” Listen on Connecticut Public.

Quantum Mechanics is coming to Connecticut. This hour on Where We Live, we hear from two professors who are working to make Connecticut the Quantum Hub and learn what quantum mechanics is anyhow.

Paula Poundstone has done standup comedy for nearly 45 years. She’s the host of the comedy podcast, Nobody Listens to Pa...
02/23/2024

Paula Poundstone has done standup comedy for nearly 45 years. She’s the host of the comedy podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone. Today, the "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" panelist joins us to talk about how comedy has changed over the years, and what it’s been like returning to stand up amid the pandemic. We get into her signature stand up style, never shying away from engaging the audience, and making each show a little unique. Listen live on Connecticut Public

Paula Poundstone’s forty year comedy career has had ups and downs. Today on Where We Live, the Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me panelist talks about how comedy has changed over the years, and what it’s been like returning to stand up amid the pandemic.

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