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49 minutes | 4 hours ago
Translation Please! Understanding Digital Body Language
You’ve been working late and you just finished a big report that you sent off to your boss. And you received a one word reply back - "Thanks (period)." How does that make you feel? More and more of our communication takes place online - but our online language is not something we’ve learned. It’s still a new medium. Today, we talk about digital body language with author, Erica Dhawan . We want to hear from you. Do emojis belong in a work email? How can you make your best first impression, through zoom?! GUESTS: Erica Dhawan - Author of Digital Body Language: How To Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Connecticut Author Roya Hakakian On Her New Book, A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO AMERICA
Roya Hakakian came to the US as a refugee from Iran when she was just a teenager. Now, the Connecticut author and poet has drawn on her life story to create a “guidebook” about the immigrant experience. This hour, Hakakian joins us to talk about her new book, A Beginner’s Guide To America. We want to hear from you, too. How has the history and experience of immigration in your family shaped your experience as an American? GUESTS: Roya Hakakian - Author, poet, and Connecticut resident. Her latest book is A Beginner’s Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 4 days ago
Are You "Bad At Grammar"? Think Again
Read the transcript of this interview here. We all communicate in our daily lives, but how do languages actually work? This hour, we talk with linguist Nicole Holliday about the science behind language. We learn about the socio-linguistic cues that we all rely on everyday. And we talk about how much of what we learned about “good grammar” is actually wrong. Are you a stickler for grammar? If so, have you thought about why? GUESTS: Nicole Holliday - Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University Pennsylvania Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 5 days ago
Go Play! The Importance Of Play And Learning In Childhood
When you think back to your childhood, what was your favorite thing to do? Did you have a favorite stuffed animal or did you spend a lot of time outside? Today, we talk about the importance of play. There are lots of conversations about learning loss in the pandemic but learning through play is as important as classroom learning. What does playtime look like in your household? We want to hear from you. GUESTS Jessica Hoffmann - Director of Adolescent Initiatives at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Associate Research Scientist at the Child Studies Center Dr. Victoria Gould - a clinical psychologist and play therapist Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 6 days ago
Congressman John Larson: New Plans, New Tunnels
This hour, a look into a future that might be for the city of Hartford. Some planners want to bury I-91 along its path between the Connecticut River and downtown Hartford. They would reimagine the levee underneath the highway as a green hill overlooking the river. They envision extensive development in nearby parts of Hartford with restored water views. Connecticut First District Congressman John Larson is no stranger to big plans for highways in the Hartford area. He sees a unique opportunity for the city. Guests: Connecticut First District Congressman John Larson Hartford Courant Political Reporter Daniela Altimari Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 7 days ago
The Path Back To Normal: Majority of Connecticut Residents Get COVID Vaccine
More than 7 in 10 adults over the age of 18 in Connecticut have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. But as more workers come back to in-person offices, can employers mandate the vaccine for workers? This hour, we talk to an employment law expert. First, we hear from Connecticut's Acting Public Health Commissioner Deidre Gifford about the state's vaccine program and more. What questions do you have? GUESTS: Deidre Gifford - Acting Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), and Commissioner of the Department of Social Services (DSS) Daniel Schwartz- partner at Shipman and Goodwin, LLP. He practices employment law for both large and small companies. He is also the author of the Connecticut Employment Law Blog Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 8 days ago
Universal Basic Income Might Be Coming To Hartford
Universal Basic Income, a program popularized --by presidential candidate Andrew Yang, might be coming to a Connecticut city. This hour, we talk with members of a task force that are working to create a pilot program in Hartford, providing UBI to a select group of single parents. Universal Basic Income test programs have popped up in California and other parts of the globe - we talk about who benefits and who will pay for it. Could Universal Basic Income become the core part of government programs in the future? Would it mean ending SNAP, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and other government assistance programs? Later, we hear from the founders of the Hartford Poetry Bus. We want to hear from you. GUESTS: Dr. Gina Rosich - Assistant Professor at University of Saint Joseph Department of Social Work and Equitable Community Practice Steven Ross - Professor of Economics at University of Connecticut Sarah Holder - Staff Writer at Bloomberg City Lab Melanie Faranello - writer and teaching artist at Charter Oak and founder of Poetry on the Streets Susan Mazer - Director of the Youth Arts Institute at Charter Oak Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 11 days ago
Work In Progress: Going Back To Work During The Pandemic
Connecticut's unemployment rate has hovered above 8 percent, more than double the rate pre- pandemic. But now that the job market is picking up, why are business owners having such a hard time hiring? This hour, we talk about what employers are doing to get people back to work. We hear from a local landscaper who is navigating hiring during the pandemic. What will the job market look like after the pandemic? We want to hear from you. GUESTS: Eric Nelson - Owner of Garden Paths, Inc. Patrick Flaherty - Director of Research, Connecticut Department of Labor Gary Burtless - Senior Fellow, Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 12 days ago
Pay Transparency: One Way To Reduce Wage Gap For Women And People Of Color
Women, on average, make 82 cents for every dollar earned by men. And women of color make even less than that. This hour, we take a look at the role greater pay transparency can play to address the wage gap in our country. Advocates in Connecticut say that listing starting salaries publicly for open positions is a step towards evening the playing field. We want to hear from you, too. Do you have salary transparency at your workplace? GUESTS: Maya Raghu - Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) Madeline Granato - Policy Director at the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) Tyler Falk - Reporter covering public radio for Current, an independent trade publication that covers public media Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 13 days ago
Comptroller's Public Option Health Insurance Plan Encounters Resistance
This hour, we speak with Connecticut Comptroller Kevin Lembo on his public option proposal to give more people the chance to join a health insurance program overseen by the state. The Connecticut Partnership Plan is already offered to municipal workers and school employees. But how would he pay for it? And how would he avoid frightening away insurance companies that are big employers in the state? Guests: Connecticut Comptroller Kevin Lembo Kaiser Health News Senior Correspondent Mary Agnes Carey We want to hear from you.Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 14 days ago
Financial Literacy For Kids, And Beyond!
Ever wonder why you were required to learn algebra, but not how to balance a checkbook and file your taxes? Although personal finance and accounting are offered as an elective in many high schools, they're not often required for graduation. This hour, we talk to Nan Morrison - President and CEO, Council for Economic Education about teaching our children to be more financially literate. The secret is starting them young! Do you wish you had the chance to learn subjects like investing, credit, and even just basic budgeting? We want to hear from you. GUESTS: Nan Morrison - President and CEO, Council for Economic Education Lew DeLuca - Coordinator, Student Financial Literacy & Advising at Southern Connecticut State University Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 15 days ago
As School Year Wraps Up, Connecticut Gets Ready For Summer
Another school year in a pandemic is winding down. That means parents have been thinking about summer plans like summer camps. The Lamont administration has said it will invest COVID-19 relief money to make summer camp experiences accessible to all Connecticut students. This hour, we talk with a camp director and hear from state agencies that serve kids. What’s in store for summer 2021? GUESTS: Kath Davies - Director of Camp Hazen YMCA, a summer camp in Chester, Connecticut Beth Bye - Commissioner of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Chris Soto - Director of Innovation and Partnerships at the Connecticut State Department of Education Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 18 days ago
Our Pandemic Pastimes Are Here To Stay
With no commute to work and no gathering with friends, how have you been spending time during this pandemic? This hour, we talk about pandemic hobbies and the lifelong benefits of having a hobby. Whether you are baking sourdough bread, or learning a new language - we want to hear from you! What’s your pandemic hobby? Don’t feel like you have time to pick up a new hobby? It takes less effort than you think. GUESTS: Tara Parker-Pope - Founding Editor for “Well”, The New York Times Consumer Health Section Brigid Schulte - author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time and director of the Better Life Lab at New America. She is also a long time journalist and former Washington Post staff writer Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 19 days ago
State Regulator Says Eversource Failed In Its Response to August Outages
How many days were you out of power last summer after Tropical Storm Isaias? The outages last August impacted hundreds of thousands of residents. Some lasted more than a week. This hour, we talk with Marissa Gillett, Chairman of PURA, Connecticut’s utility regulator. The agency investigated how the state’s two major electric companies dealt with the storm and issued a final decision. What will it mean for consumers? GUESTS: Patrick Skahill - Reporter for Connecticut Public Radio, covering science and the environment Marissa Gillett - Chairman of Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 20 days ago
Lamont, Fellow General Assembly Democrats Present Rival Budget Plans
This hour, it affects virtually everyone in the state of Connecticut in one way or another, but it can be difficult to understand. The state budget decides how much we pay in taxes, and it helps determine the level of resources for important services like education, care for elderly people, and public health. We dive into the politics and process of funding state government. What do you care about? Sean Scanlon -- Democratic State Representative from Branford and Guilford and Co-chair of the General Assembly Finance Committee Catherine Osten -- Democratic State Senator and Co-chair of the General Assembly Appropriations Committee Keith Phaneuf -- CT Mirror budget reporter We want to hear from you.Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Insects Around The World Are Disappearing. What Can We Do About It?
Insects are the most abundant group of animals on the planet. There are an estimated 10 quintillion of them on Earth. But in recent years, scientists have found disturbing evidence that insect populations are on the decline around the world. The environmental threats to insects are numerous: deforestation, pesticides, and climate change all seem to play a part in declining populations, a phenomenon UConn ecologist David Wagner and colleagues described as a “death by a thousand cuts” in a January 2021 special issue of PNAS dedicated to the issue of insect decline. This hour, we talk with the scientists and journalists trying to make sense of the precipitous decline in insect populations around the world. We hear from a Nevada researcher whose recent study in the journal Science helps pinpoint the role of climate change in disappearing butterfly populations across the American West. And we ask: what does loss could mean for us, and what can we do about it? GUESTS: Elizabeth Kolbert - Staff writer at the New Yorker and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction. She wrote a cover story for National Geographic’s May 2020 issue about worldwide insect decline. Her new book is Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future Dr. David Wagner - Entomologist and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UConn Dr. Matthew Forister - Insect ecologist at the University of Nevada, Reno Further Reading: National Geographic: Where Have All The Insects Gone? (April 23, 2020) “If humans were to suddenly disappear, biologist Edward O. Wilson has famously observed, the Earth would ‘regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed 10,000 years ago.” But “if insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.’ It is, therefore, shocking—and alarming—that in most places scientists have looked recently, they’ve found that insect numbers are falling.” Science: Butterflies are vanishing in the western U.S.—but not for the reasons scientists thought (March 4, 2021) “Earth is in the midst of an insect apocalypse, with thousands of species dwindling over the past several decades. Scientists have often blamed habitat loss or pesticide use. But a new study of butterflies in the western United States has found that warmer fall weather may be taking as big, if not a bigger, toll.” Read the full study here. PNAS: Eight simple actions that individuals can take to save insects from global declines (January 12, 2021) “Eight simple actions, most with immediate impact, that many people can undertake on their own, regardless of background, occupation, or geographic location.”Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 6 months ago
Rebecca F. Kuang Ends THE POPPY WAR Fantasy Trilogy With A Blaze
Rebecca F. Kuang started writing her first novel, The Poppy War, when she was just 19 years old. Now, the final installment in the author’s dark military fantasy series, The Burning God, comes out today. This hour we talk with Kuang, who will also be starting a PhD program at Yale University in East Asian Languages and Literature. She has pursued an extensive academic career in modern Chinese studies—while also writing Nebula and Locus award-nominated fantasy novels. Kuang’s stories weave the fantastic with her deep knowledge of twentieth century Chinese history. GUEST: Rebecca F. Kuang - who writes as R.F. Kuang, is the author of The Poppy War series. The final book of the trilogy, The Burning God, comes out November 17th. Kuang is also an incoming PhD student at Yale University in East Asian Languages and Literature. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 25 days ago
Gun Violence: Where We Heal
Almost two weeks ago today, two children in Hartford were shot and killed within hours of each other. This week, on the heels of the Derek Chauvin verdict, a sixteen year old black girl was shot and killed by the police in Columbus, Ohio. This hour, we discuss what happens after gun violence. Representative Brandon McGee and Kelvin Lovejoy from Hartford Communities That Care join us. How should communities support victims and families affected by this trauma? GUESTS: Kelvin Lovejoy - Intervention Specialist, Hartford Communities That Care State Representative Brandon McGee - represents Windsor and Hartford. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 3 months ago
FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel On Closing The Digital Divide
Telehealth, Google Classrooms, and Zoom have become essential for daily life in the pandemic. This hour, we learn about the role of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make sure all Americans have access to broadband internet. We talk with the FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, a West Hartford native. And later, we get perspective from a Wall Street Journal technology policy reporter. Has your family struggled to access or afford high-speed broadband internet? GUESTS: Jessica Rosenworcel - Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ryan Tracy - Technology Policy reporter at the Wall Street Journal Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | a month ago
House Minority Leader Candelora Objects To Vaccine Bill
This hour, we speak with the top Republican in the state house the next steps after a fight in the state House over a vaccine bill. The proposal would end the practice of allowing parents to avoid vaccination for their children by claiming religious objections. The house approved the measure, but it has yet to come up for a vote in the senate. Also, is the governor doing the right thing, by planning to end most COVID-19 restrictions next month? Vincent Candelora -- Connecticut House Republican Minority Leader Susan Raff -- WFSB Eyewitness News Channel 3 Chief Political Reporter We want to hear from you.Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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