Where We Live

Connecticut Public Radio

Where We Live is a call-in talk show about who we are in Connecticut and our place in the world.

Author Tovah Martin on enjoying your garden in every seasonMeet the teaching cohort modeling culturally-responsive AAPI education in Connecticut
Asian American and Pacific Islander history will be required in Connecticut public schools by the 2025-26 school year, according to a new, soon-to-be-signed mandate. The measure was backed by Make Us Visible CT, a grassroots advocacy group working to "build capacity in the Connecticut school system to develop a robust and inclusive Asian American and Pacific Islander curriculum." This hour, we'll hear from one of ten classes participating a community of practice, modeling how this content can be meaningfully taught. UConn Asian and Asian American Studies Institute Activist-in-Residence JHD (Jennifer Heikkila Díaz) is working with Bassick High School in Bridgeport, among other schools in the Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford areas, to collaborate on culturally-responsive curriculum around Thi Bui's moving graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do. We'll hear from JHD, along with English teacher Ricardo Alvelo and two of his students. Plus, we hear from Kaitlin Tan Fung, a multimedia artist and art educator who developed art projects and prompts to help students respond to the memoir. Thi Bui, an educator herself, learned the graphic novel format in the hopes her book could help to solve the "storytelling problem of how to present history in a way that is human and relatable and not oversimplified.” How can educators participate in that process? GUESTS: JHD (Jennifer Heikkila Díaz): Chief of Talent and Operations, New Haven Promise; Activist-in-Residence, UConn Asian and Asian American Studies Institute; Cofounder, aapiNHV; Steering Committee Member, Anti-Racist Teaching & Learning Collective Ricardo Alvelo: English Teacher, Bassick High School in Bridgeport Destinie Melendez: Student, Bassick High School Janette Espinoza: Student, Bassick High School Kaitlin Tan Fung: Multimedia Artist; Art Educator, Elm City College Preparatory Elementary School in New Haven Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Baby formula shortage leads to questions on product promotion, and maternal leave policies affecting breastmilk supplyThe role oysters play in the health of Long Island SoundGovernor Ned Lamont discusses first term, short session, reelection campaign, and moreAuthor Sy Montgomery on her new book: "The Hawk's Way"How contaminants like PFAS and microplastics are being tracked in ConnecticutHospital prices vary widely for same procedures statewide – what’s a patient to do?
A new report on hospital costs by Hearst Connecticut shows widely different prices for the same procedure at hospitals statewide. And insurers are negotiating astoundingly varied prices for – say – a C-section or an hour of critical care. To a consumer, the hospitals would appear comparable in quality and are located just miles apart. Certainly, shopping for healthcare is different from shopping for a toaster. The price is dependent on the type of insurance plan, and the billing codes are mind boggling. Yet, in a well-functioning, competitive market, such extreme variations in comparable services would not exist – according to a Brookings report in 2020. This hour on Where We Live, Mary Katherine Wildeman, author of the Hearst Connecticut special report, dives into patterns in the data. And the data is still hard to find – there isn’t a central searchable database where consumers can compare prices for a pre-scheduled procedure at hospitals statewide. Also this hour on Where We Live, Vicky Veltri from the Office of Health Strategy announces a new tool that will soon become available to patients in Connecticut. So what exactly will hospital price transparency – now required by law – accomplish? And, insurers will also have to share price information, starting July 1. Could employers begin directing their employees to make certain healthcare choices versus others? Beyond transparency, we look at a bill that was just passed by Connecticut lawmakers that will give the state the authority to cap the rise in healthcare costs. The bill will also hold providers and insurers accountable. GUESTS:  Mary Katherine Wildeman: Data Reporter, Hearst Connecticut. Authored the Hearst Connecticut Special Report: “Hospital care costs are wildly different across CT. Explore the once secret data.” Vicki Veltri: Executive Director, Office of Health Strategy, State of Connecticut  Paul Kidwell: Senior Vice President of Policy, Connecticut Hospital Association Nick McLaughlin: Founder & CEO, Breeze Health, a Goodroot Inc. affiliated company Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 11 2022
49 mins
Election season begins, and an update on cannabis in our stateBeyond Central Park: The legacy of Connecticut native Frederick Law OlmstedIt's all connected: Understanding how our physical and mental health are linkedWarmer winters make for more ticks. What are the challenges in diagnosing diseases they can carry?Despite Connecticut’s first-of-its-kind “safe haven” for abortion legislation, barriers to access exist
Connecticut lawmakers passed legislation strengthening reproductive rights, making the state a “place of refuge” for people seeking abortions. This hour on Where We Live, we talk about this measure – which has become more important in light of the leaked Supreme Court documents — indicating a decision to overturn Roe. V. Wade. The Guttmacher Institute reports that nine states have enacted a total of 33 abortion restrictions as of April 15. More states are writing restrictions into law. States have enacted 11 measures protecting abortion access in seven states. Guttmacher reports that 2020 was the first year that more than half of U.S. abortions were medication abortions. According to data obtained by Where We Live, there were 9,373 abortion visits at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England’s (PPSNE) 14 health centers in Connecticut in 2021 – of which 6,282 were Medication Abortions (MAB), and 3,091 were in-clinic abortions. PPSNE is the largest provider of abortion care in Connecticut, while Hartford GYN is the state’s only independent clinic for abortion. Connecticut’s “safe haven” legislation is first-of-its-kind in the nation. Produced by Sujata Srinivasan. Special thanks to Matt Dwyer and Camila Vallejo for extra audio. GUESTS:  Rep. Matt Blumenthal (D-Stamford, Darien): House Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee Julia Simon–Kerr: Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law Dr. Kate Pascucci: OBGYN, West Hartford Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 4 2022
49 mins
What will an Elon Musk-run Twitter look like?How a nationwide spike in union organizing is playing out in Connecticut, from Starbucks to schools
Union election petitions are up 57% over the last year, and "Starbucks petitions account for nearly a quarter of all petitions filed since January," reports NPR labor and workplace correspondent Andrea Hsu. This hour, we hear from Hsu about this momentum, and from one Starbucks employee and union organizer in West Hartford. The Corbin's Corner location was the first in our state to file for a union election last month. Teachers at Common Ground High School in New Haven voted 62-8 to unionize last year. We'll get the latest on where collective bargaining stands in the wake of teacher cuts. School administrators insist the cuts are budget-related, and "deeply regret any appearance that this process is related to union organizing." Hsu reports that since 2012, "the share of petitions coming from manufacturing companies has fallen by about half." So what are the conditions driving this broader push for organized labor? Plus, Wednesday marks the final day of the legislative session, and prison reform advocates are calling for COVID-19 protections. We check in with the Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice about the #FreeThemNowCT campaign. GUESTS: Andrea Hsu: Labor and Workplace Correspondent, NPR Kuzco Gong: Partner, Starbucks; Union Organizer Emily Schmidt: Chemistry and Physics Teacher, Common Ground High School; Member, UAW Local 2110 Chelsea Farrell: Organizer, UAW Local 2110 Kenyatta Muzzanni: Director of Organizing, Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 2 2022
49 mins
Unpacking the pros and cons of bariatric surgeryJen Hewett on identity, community and inclusivity in craft
How does craft deepen your understanding of your history, your community, or yourself? And how can predominantly-white craft spaces better welcome diverse experiences? Textile artist and printmaker Jen Hewett threads the needle on these questions in her latest book, This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community and Connection. The book includes interviews with 19 fiber artists, and surveys hundreds of creators of color, all of whom draw on their relationship with making. This hour, we hear from Hewett. Plus, Susi Ryan is an author and social justice activist from Connecticut who co-founded the quilt guild, Sisters In Stitches Joined By The Cloth. Ryan recently wrote a piece about how craft connects her to her ancestors, titled "Cloth Has Given Me A Voice," for Mass Humanities' We, Too, Are America series. She says, "Cloth has given me a voice to recall the memory of my enslaved ancestors." 1 of 2Sisters In Stitches Joined By The Cloth quilt exhibit at a Venture Smith Day event. Smith became a successful farmer in colonial Connecticut, and documented his life and his experience of slavery in the 18th century.Sisters In Stitches Joined By The Cloth2 of 2Sisters In Stitches Joined By The Cloth quilt exhibit at a Venture Smith Day event. Smith became a successful farmer in colonial Connecticut, and documented his life and his experience of slavery in the 18th century.Sisters In Stitches Joined By The Cloth "The quilts that I create visually depict and document in cloth the life journeys of my family, my ancestors, and the many others who lived through the African diaspora," Ryan writes. "The stories my quilts tell allow me to ease into uncomfortable conversations about such critical issues as racism, social and medical justice, prison reform, African American history and literature, farm, food and housing sustainability, climate change, women’s rights, religion, politics, and human trafficking, that sadly still exists today." GUESTS: Jen Hewett: Printmaker; Textile Artist; Author, This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection Susi Ryan: Author; Speaker; Social Justice Activist; Co-Founder, Sisters In Stitches Joined By The Cloth Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 28 2022
49 mins
Connecticut businesses are cutting ties with Russia. Can corporate governance impact Russian leadership?
Stanley Black & Decker, Xerox, and Otis Elevator are among a growing list of Connecticut companies exiting or reducing ties with Russia, as a result of its war in Ukraine. This hour on Where We Live, we hear from a Yale School of Management researcher who is compiling the global list, on whether and how the corporate exodus – as well as pull backs by state pension funds – could impact decisions by the Russian leadership. We look at how corporate exits helped to end apartheid, and how individual investors and customers are exercising their voice in corporate governance and on broader, geo-political ideologies. Beyond ideology and de-risking, we also hear from the author of a Harvard Business Review paper on how companies in ESG-focussed portfolios (Environment, Social, Governance) perform badly on ESG, and how little influence investors have on the ESG behavior of companies or countries. That might be the case for large corporations, but in Connecticut and elsewhere, young, socially-minded entrepreneurs are successfully launching ESG companies – and raising funds from investors who share their dream. We hear more from the founder of an incubator – a social enterprise in Hartford. GUESTS: Steven Tian: Research Director, Yale School of Management Chief Executive Leadership Institute Sanjai Bhagat: Provost Professor of Finance at the University of Colorado at Boulder Kate Emery: Founder of the Walker Group and Founder of reSET Social Enterprise Trust Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 27 2022
49 mins
Ukrainian refugees are arriving in ConnecticutLegislative session winds down, with state budget still up in the air