Where We Live

Connecticut Public Radio

Produced by Connecticut Public, 'Where We Live' puts Connecticut in context. Host Catherine Shen brings us fascinating, informed, in-depth conversations and stories beyond news headlines.  We start local, but we take time to explore domestic and international issues and consider how they impact us personally and here at home.

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Our Editor's Take

Connecticut is one of the nation's oldest states. Located in central New England, it has a rich and fascinating history. Where We Live is a newsroom podcast based out of Hartford. The Connecticut Public Radio show explores news stories, both global and local. Host Catherine Shen has a straightforward, informative style of reporting. Though based out of Connecticut, the show applies to more than Connecticut locals. Shen invites listeners nationwide to explore the stories that connect people.

Each episode of this radio show combines insightful interviews and expert analysis. Shen is an excellent interviewer who fosters captivating conversations. From each guest, she elicits a thoughtful and compelling narrative. Topics on the show range from socio-political to environmental topics like green burials. With each episode's focus, Where We Live uses a deep, nuanced approach.

The podcast's strength lies in drawing connections between Connecticut and global news. Shen demonstrates how events that seem distant have a big impact on locals. Her reporting illuminates the interplay between international news and daily life in Connecticut. Some stories start at the local level, focusing on a story within the state. Other episodes start with a global topic and then scale down to the state level. Where We Live also discusses New York topics, as many in Connecticut work in the city. It even talks about the delicate art of obituary writing.

Shen is an accomplished storyteller and reporter. Her career in journalism began reporting on the fashion industry in California. She went on to report on cultural and political news for many publications. Following her year as Connecticut Public Radio's education reporter, she took over Where We Live. Shen's experience as a print and digital journalist makes her an engaging host on this podcast.

Listeners of the show enjoy it as a platform for Connecticut's community. Shen gives a voice to important figures in the state. By showcasing local news, Where We Live seeks to inspire and empower listeners. Those interested in this state's context within global news might enjoy this show.

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Haters gonna hate, but romance novels are winning reader's hearts worldwide
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Haters gonna hate, but romance novels are winning reader's hearts worldwide
Every year, we produce a summer reading hour to talk about some of our favorite books of this year, and give you recommendations of the best beach reads. And this year, we’re diving into the illustrious, the notorious, the infamous paperback: the romance novel. There’s a lot of stigma attached to romance reading, especially within the reading community. But this top grossing genre is actually one of the most popular book genres in the world. Today, we go beyond harlequin bodice rippers and Fabio and dive into the world of romance with our panel. Got a favorite romance novel or love story? We want to hear from you. GUESTS: AK Nevermore: president of the Connecticut Romance Writers of America and author living in Connecticut Michelle Smith: President/Owner The BookSmiths Shoppe, LLC. in Danbury Lauren Anderson: Founder of Possible Futures Bookspace in New Haven. Authors featured in this broadcast: AK Nevermore Kristan Higgins Amy Neff JJ Graham Krystal Marquis Chloe Liese Book recommendations from the staff at Connecticut Public Normal People, by Sally Rooney A Court of Thorns and Roses (series), by Sarah J Mass Fourth Wing (Empyrean series), - Rebecca Yarros Author Emily Henry Author Casey McQuiston The Selection, series by Kiera Cass Bridgeton, series by Julia Quinn The Princess Diaries, series by Meg Cabot Conversations with Friends, by Sally Rooney Persuasion by Jane Austin Dylan Reyes contributed to this episode which originally aired May 24, 2024.Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
'Where We Live' revisits producer Katie Pellico's memorable moments
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'Where We Live' revisits producer Katie Pellico's memorable moments
This hour, we’re celebrating some of the most memorable moments with Katie Pellico as she begins another chapter of her career. She'll soon start a new position managing development and communication at Common Ground High School, Urban Farm and Environmental Education Center in New Haven, but we won't soon forget coverage she helped to lead on... Connecticut's slate of new social studies initiatives and standards: 'Think like a historian': State approves new social studies standards November 13, 2023 'Teaching with truth and complexity': Checking in on the state's Black and Latino Studies elective August 17, 2023 Meet the teaching cohort modeling culturally-responsive AAPI education in Connecticut May 19, 2023 Connecticut tribes co-create state social studies curriculum, centering 'our culture and our ways' January 26, 2023 How scholars are rethinking how history is taught: Rewriting the Thanksgiving story, while centering Indigenous voices November 30, 2023 Examining the history and legacy of 'sundown towns' in Connecticut November 27, 2023 Uncovering the history of eugenics at Yale University, and its 'afterlives' October 2, 2023 How museums in the state are doing the same: Taking a tour of the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut May 6, 2024 Artist Pablo Delano's 'Museum of the Old Colony' lands at Venice Biennale April 29, 2024 Exploring the 'new' Yale Peabody Museum April 1, 2024 Mohamad Hafez installs 'Eternal Cities' at the new Yale Peabody Museum December 4, 2023 Healing and humanizing through artifact: Visiting the Museum of Jewish Civilization November 16, 2023 Healing and humanizing through art: Visiting Palestine Museum US in Woodbridge November 9, 2023 Grassroots legislative efforts, including those led by disability groups: A look at efforts to improve accessible parking regulation in Connecticut May 9, 2024 Connecticut disability advocates push for legislation to improve medical access February 15, 2024 Wheelchair repairs can take months: What local advocates are doing to change that July 17, 2023 Amazon responds to proposed bill aimed at warehouse 'quotas' May 15, 2023 Connecticut may continue 'incremental' expansion of HUSKY Health coverage May 4, 2023 Lawmakers call for nurse protections amid 'patient care crisis' January 24, 2023 Environmental coverage: How new federal limits on 'forever chemicals' will affect Connecticut April 22, 2024 An update on efforts to address flooding in Hartford's North End, plus a look at how farms are faring January 22, 2024 Connecticut coral could play a key role in climate resilience July 31, 2023 Seeding the next generation of farmers in Connecticut July 13, 2023 A look at environmental justice efforts in Connecticut: 'It's everybody's problem' February 28, 2023 And... Efforts to clean litter are lifesaving for wildlife July 8, 2024 'We need a moonshot for long COVID': What we know (and don't know) about the illness April 18, 2024 There's no singularity when it comes to honoring Lunar New Year, including in Connecticut April 11, 2024 Bigfoot gets all the glory, but Connecticut has its own cast of cryptids March 29, 2024 Author Rebecca F. Kuang on 'Babel,' revolution and students as visionaries March 26, 2024 'Kinks in the movement': Staging a curly hair revolution in New Haven March 25, 2024 Book ban requests still 'soaring' in Connecticut. Plus, vigil held at Capitol for Nex Benedict March 4, 2024 The 'wild rumpus' continues: Maurice Sendak's legacy lives on at Ridgefield Foundation February 12, 2024 Connecticut is the land of steady habits, but no steady identity January 25, 2024 'Before there was Salem, there was Connecticut': State formally pardons accused witches October 19, 2023 Cups, discs, wands and swords: Tarot and 'divination' in Connecticut August 11, 2023 Efforts to protect transgender care in Connecticut June 29, 2023 The delicate art of obituary-writing May 22, 2023 Students lead push to observe Muslim holidays in school calendars April 20, 2023 'A Scientist's Warning': Dr. Peter Hotez on the dangers of 'anti-science' April 10, 2023 In 'Reciprocity Project,' Indigenous voices reframe our relationship to the Earth February 10, 2023 'RuPaul’s Drag Race' spotlights Connecticut’s 'thriving' drag scene January 27, 2023 A parent and child's perspectives on the need for trans and nonbinary allyship December 29, 2022 Honoring Native American veterans November 10, 2022 Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What ProPublica's investigation of Shrub Oak tells us about the needs of autistic students
Jul 2 2024
What ProPublica's investigation of Shrub Oak tells us about the needs of autistic students
Finding long-term resources and programs for young people with autism can be challenging, and in some cases, incredibly disheartening. The needs of autistic youth can vary. As a spectrum disorder, some diagnosed with high functioning autism can live relatively normal lives pursuing college, careers and relationships. But others require more support. Those with intellectual disabilities and communication challenges often require lifelong support to assist with tasks of daily living. One school that claimed to fulfill that need was Shrub Oak International School in New York. This school takes students from across the country, including Connecticut. But a recent investigation by ProPublica showed that this institution that costs nearly $600,000 a year is failing its students. This investigation uncovered several accusations of neglect and abuse. Today, we hear about the investigation by ProPublica. The Office of the Child Advocate weighs in and hear about a recent complaint against High Road Schools in Connecticut. GUESTS: Sarah Eagan: Connecticut Child Advocate Jennifer Smith Richards: reporter for ProPublica Jodi Cohen: Reporter for ProPublica Dr. Mary Doherty: founder of Autistic Doctors International and anesthesiologist Where We Live is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode.Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Shaking up the summer with some (outdoor) Shakespeare
Jun 14 2024
Shaking up the summer with some (outdoor) Shakespeare
Fools and wise man, come hither! This summer’s day program of Where We Live will dedicate an hour to the master of comedy and tragedy alike, Sir William Shakespeare. Outdoor productions of William Shakespeare’s plays go back to well…the time of William Shakespeare! And every summer this tradition comes alive on stages across Connecticut. Today, we talk about Shakespeare in the park, the common and even - the sound! We’re joined by thespians across the state staging productions of this iconic playwright.  GUESTS: James Bundy: Dean and Artistic Director of the David Geffen School of Drama and Yale Repertory TheatreLaura Sheehen: Co-founder of Capital Classics Theatre Company in HartfordAaron Simms: Managing and Producing Director of Shakespeare on the Sound in Norwalk, Connecticut Theater companies featured in this broadcast, including summer 2024 productions: Shakespeare on the Sound - Norwalk June 12- June 30: Romeo and Juliet, Pinkney Park, Rowayton, CT Breakdancing Shakespeare - Hartford Stage June 17 – July 27: Hartford Stage Capital Classics - Hartford July 10 – August 4: The Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival will feature two full-length productions of Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew — outdoors — on the campus of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford. Shakesperience - Litchfield Hills (Washington Depot, CT) August 7-11: Romeo and Juliet, River Walk Pavilion, Washington Depot, CT (Free Admission) Elm Shakespeare - New Haven August 16 – Sunday, Sept 1: Richard III, Edgerton Park, New Haven (Free Admission) Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theatre - Middletown Where We Live is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode.Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.