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The Full Story
72 minutes | 13 days ago
What’s Next For Black Lives Matter
Just seven months ago, people filled the streets of cities throughout the US and the world calling for racial justice. Now it’s a new year, and we’ve gone through an election, an insurrection and an inauguration of a new President and an historic Vice President. How does this national transformation impact the work Black Lives Matter groups are pushing for in Connecticut and Long Island? A conversation with guests: Chivona Renee Newsome , the Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Greater NY Dr. Anthony Bennett, Lead pastor of The Mount Aery Baptist Church and Co-Chair of CONECT Professor Crystal Feimster , Associate Prof of African American Studies, History and American Studies at Yale University Michael Oretade is the president of Black Lives Matter 860 in Hartford Scot Esdaile , Connecticut NAACP President The Full Story airs Friday at 7 p.m. on all WSHU frequencies. Missed an episode? Subscribe to The Full Story podcast on Apple Podcasts , Spotify , Stitcher or Google Play .
49 minutes | 25 days ago
Preserving African American History
How do you preserve African American history? Connecticut author Jill Snyder started with her own family. Her book: "Dear Mary, Dear Luther" is a rare collection of 1930's love letters written by her parents. While researching the book, Snyder discovered a unique story of a Black family's journey through American history. On Long Island, the Town of Huntington is working to save the Crippen House, a significant relic of African American history. A conversation with guests: Jill Snyder, author "Dear Mary, Dear Luther" Robert Hughes, Huntington Town Historian Irene Moore, Chairwoman of the African-American Historic Designation Council You can hear more of Jill Snyder this Wednesday, February 10th at 6 PM through the New Haven Museum Facebook page. Click here for the link. The Full Story airs Friday at 7 p.m. on all WSHU frequencies. Missed an episode? Subscribe to The Full Story podcast on Apple Podcasts , Spotify , Stitcher or Google Play
58 minutes | a month ago
Home and Hearth: Housing and Food Security During the Second Wave of COVID-19
The moratoriums on rent and mortgages In Connecticut and New York set to end in December have been extended into the New Year. Does that help homeowners and renters and landlords, or does it just delay the impending evictions? What are lawmakers doing to keep people in their homes? And last year, local food banks struggled to meet the growing demand for their services. What are they doing this year to keep people fed? Housing and food security. A conversation with guests: Paule Pachter, CEO Long Island Cares Erin Kemple, Executive director, The Connecticut Fair Housing Center Ian S. Wilder, Esq., Executive Director, Long Island Housing Services Rafie Podolsky, Attorney and public policy advocate Connecticut Legal Services, Inc . Minerva Perez, Executive Director OLA of Eastern Long Island
46 minutes | 2 months ago
Conn., N.Y. Lawmakers Get Ready For 2021; Suffolk County Police Head To Missouri
2020 is behind us. And the new year has just begun. So what will 2021 bring us? First up, the state legislatures for Connecticut and New York started their sessions this week. Lawmakers have a lot of ground to cover, including distributing vaccines, balancing budgets, and legalizing recreational marijuana. We speak with reporters covering Hartford and Albany to get their take on the opening day. The Suffolk County Police Department members head to Ferguson, Missouri, to lead a training on implicit bias in policing. A conversation with guests: Karen DeWitt - WSHU’s Capitol Correspondent in Albany Ebong Udoma - Senior Political Correspondent for WSHU Yancey Roy - Newsday Albany Bureau Chief Risco Mention-Lewis - Deputy Police Commissioner , Suffolk County
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Appalachian Folk Ballads and Urban Sci-Fi
It’s our final show of the year. So we’re saying goodbye to 2020 with music and literature. But be warned, the culture we’re sharing is gritty. We’ll go on a song catching journey with a Connecticut based musician searching for a medieval European ballad in Appalachia. Then we head to Bridgeport, where a science fiction author imagines a world without guns or technology. Old European ballads and Urban Science Fiction, that’s next on The Full Story. A conversation with guests: Derek Pitor , Musician Chase Bolling, author and Managing Editor of SF/For the Culture; the fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative fiction side of W. Clark Presents Innovative Publishing
56 minutes | 2 months ago
Farmers Markets: Keeping the Food Supply Chain Moving During COVID-19
While many businesses were forced to close their doors during the pandemic shut down earlier this year, farmers markets stayed open. Their produce was in demand, and they helped to keep the food supply chain flowing. Today on The Full Story, we’re checking in with farmers markets in Connecticut and New York to find out how they’re making it through the COVID-19 pandemic. A Conversation with Guests: Bryan P. Hurlburt - Connecticut’s Commissioner of Agriculture Jiff Martin - Sustainable Food System Associate Educator for UConn Extension Ethel Terry - Market Manager Long Island Growers Market Art Costa - President/CEO OF Thames Valley Sustainable Connections
50 minutes | 3 months ago
SCAMS! They're Out to Get You
The holidays are here. And so are the scammers. They're out in full force to separate consumers from their hard-earned money. And the pandemic has opened the door to a unique form of fraud with fake testing kits and bogus cures. Today on The Full Story, we examine the consumer fraud scams in our region and what you can do to stop them. A conversation with guests: Luke Frey, Associate Director of Communications at Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut Erica Michalowski, MSW, Community Outreach Director at AARP Connecticut Mitch Gross, Eversource Connecticut Media Relations Robert Vessichelli, investigator and scam expert for PSEG Long Island
57 minutes | 4 months ago
The 2020 Youth Vote
This year there was a significant effort to get young people to vote. And that effort paid off. Researchers are still crunching the numbers, but the latest data suggests that around 50 percent of voting-eligible young people, ages 18-29, cast a ballot in the 2020 Presidential election. Today on The Full Story, we’ll explore how the youth vote can shape elections and how young people shaped one of the most historic Presidential races in recent memory.
55 minutes | 4 months ago
Post Election Wrap Up and Covid-19 Strategy
It’s the end of a historic week on so many levels. More voters cast their ballots in 2020 than in any previous Presidential Election. There were also more mail-in ballots than ever before, and some races are still undecided. As if that's not enough, this drama is playing out as a pandemic - once again - spreads through our nation. Today on The Full Story, we check in with local political reporters for an update on local races. And we speak with Health officials about the rise in COVID-19 cases in our region and what's being done to stop the resurgence of the virus. A conversation with guests: Joye Brown, Political writer and columnist at Newsday Ebong Udoma, WSHU’S Senior Political Reporter Deidre Gifford - Acting Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health Josh Geballe - Governor Lamont’s Chief Operating Officer and Connecticut’s Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services Dr. Gregson H. Pigott, Suffolk County Health Commissioner
70 minutes | 4 months ago
Thrilling Tales of Terror: Why We Love To Be Scared
A headless horseman roams a sleepy hollow. Unearthly sounds echo out of a small mountain in Connecticut. The spirit of a lovesick woman haunts a lake on Long Island, where she lures men to their deaths. Our region is rich with ghoulish tales of ghosts, horror, and unexplained events. Today on The Full Story, we dim the lights and huddle close (while socially distancing, of course) to hear these eerie local legends. And we check in with a folklorist to find out why telling tales of terror are not only thrilling but also key to our culture. A conversation with guests: Jonathan Kruk, Master Storyteller Author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky Tony Spera , Co-Director New England Society of Psychic Research, and curator Warren's Occult Museum Davis Dunavin, WSHU Reporter and Creator of the podcast Off The Path Stephen Gencarella , Professor of folklore studies at the University of Massachusetts and the resident folklorist at the Connecticut River Museum
47 minutes | 4 months ago
What Is Motivating People To Vote?
What is motivating people to vote?
46 minutes | 4 months ago
Is Racism a Public Health Crisis?
Can your race be bad for your health? Some cities and towns in our region say yes! Yes, it is! The outcry for racial justice following the death of George Floyd has caused municipalities, and even some states around the country, to officially declare racism a public health crisis. Racial disparities in our social and health care systems can compromise Black and Brown people's well-being in our communities. The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted this imbalance. But what happens next? Today on The Full Story, we speak with healthcare professionals, activists, and lawmakers about why racism is a public health crisis and what to do to change it. A conversation with guests: Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette, Ph.D. Executive Director from Health Equity Solution Elisabeth R. Benjamin, MSPH, JD, Vice President, Health Initiatives Community Service Society of NY Nuchette Black-Burke is a town council member in Windsor Matthew Lesser , CT State Senator Elaine Gross is Founder and President of ERASE
51 minutes | 5 months ago
Checking In On The New School Year
A new school year has begun. How are teachers, students, and parents managing learning during COVID-19? A conversation with guests: Dr. Donald Perras, Educational Consultant Jeff Leake, President of the Connecticut Education Association Gwen Samuel, parent and Founder of Connecticut Parents Union Professor Judy Falaro, Director of Special Education Programs at Quinnipiac University
47 minutes | 5 months ago
Essential Workers - Definition, History, and Importance
What is an essential worker? When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit our region, we heard a lot about them. People who worked in Healthcare, sanitation, supermarkets, and the post office became essential. They risked their health to keep us all going. So what are we doing for them? What sectors of work are essential? Who decides? And how are essential workers compensated for putting themselves on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic? We also take a look at the history of how the pandemic highlighted the importance of essential workers and how they keep us all going as we make our way through this health crisis. A conversation with guests: Jennifer Klein, Professor of 20th Century US History at Yale University Roger Senserrich, Communications Director Working Families Organization , Connecticut Stephanie Hoopes - Director of the United Way ALICE Project Sal Luciano, President of the CT AFL-CIO
48 minutes | 5 months ago
Keeping the Power On
More than eight hundred thousand residents were left in the dark when Tropical Storm Isaias swept through Connecticut in August. Many blamed the big utilities saying they are not prepared to prevent the widespread outages. But others say it’s time to stop the finger-pointing and start planning for long term solutions! Today on The Full Story that’s what we’re going to do. We’re looking at what it would take to improve the electrical grid in Connecticut to endure future extreme weather conditions. We speak with all the stakeholders, including one environmental reporter who says the state needs to guide the utilities in a new direction. A conversation with guests: Ebong Udoma, WSHU's Senior Political Reporter Jan Ellen Spiegel, CT Mirror Reporter on energy, environment, food and agriculture Marissa Gillett, Chairman CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Jennifer Schilling, Vice President of Grid Modernization at Eversource Energy Amy McLean, Senior Policy Advocate and Connecticut
49 minutes | 6 months ago
Elections and the Right to Vote
The 2020 election season is in full swing but it’s like no election season we have ever seen.
48 minutes | 6 months ago
The art of protest. Whether it’s street graffiti during the Arab Spring, yellow umbrellas of Hong Kong’s democracy movement, murals of George Floyd in the United States or slam poetry; art helps us make sense of events that can overwhelm us.
46 minutes | 6 months ago
The State of the Arts
Cultural institutions, like museums, theaters, galleries, and music clubs, are gathering places for the masses. They are also some of the last venues to open up following the shut down in Connecticut and New York; getting together in large numbers is still not safe. But that doesn’t mean culture has stood still. The Full Story explores how the arts interpret, document and respond to life-changing events.
48 minutes | 7 months ago
Criminal Justice During Protest & Pandemic
When people live through extraordinary times, they’re challenged to rethink the social structures and systems that they once accepted as normal. Criminal justice is one system that has been fiercely called into question. The death of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, and COVID-19 have many taking a closer look at how the justice system functions in our country.
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