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Dueling Protests in New Haven After Officer Exonerated | WSHU News | March 30, 2015

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Finding a Second Chance in Connecticut’s New Manufacturing Landscape | WSHU News | March 3, 2015

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Connecticut is promising lots of jobs to students in the field of advanced manufacturing: a range of work that requires that requires the latest and most advanced technology and more precision than traditional manufacturing. The state sees it as a second chance to be a nationwide manufacturing player – and some students are betting it’ll give them a second chance, too.

Restoring Bridgeport’s Weird, Wonderful Barnum Museum | WSHU News | February 12, 2015

IMG_1748Nineteenth century showman P.T. Barnum was the father of the American circus. He was also an early mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and he developed much of the city’s downtown. And among his wonders is the Barnum Museum.

Its colorful sandstone and terra cotta architecture is a fanciful mix of styles, with a big dome and towers. It certainly stands out from the glass office buildings and banks of downtown Bridgeport. And it’s been closed for five years, since a tornado damaged the building and its 25,000 artifacts, but restoration work is underway. And when the museum reopens, planners say it might look like a 21st century theme park.

A Cold Night for New Haven’s Homeless, and Those Who Serve Them | WSHU News | State of Disparity, January 9, 2015

Under the shadows of Yale University, on the coldest night of the year, some people are heading home. Some are getting ready to sleep outside. And some are doing everything they can to help.

The New Haven Green around sunset, January 7, 2015.

The New Haven Green around sunset, January 7, 2015.

Department of Justice Intervention May Help Connecticut Police Regain Trust | NPR Morning Edition, December 17, 2014

The sort of tension we saw between police and community in Ferguson, Missouri is an old story in East Haven, Connecticut. Five years ago, that city’s police were in conflict with Latinos. Now, East Haven is a case study of what police can change. This story aired nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition.

The Haunted “Annabelle” Doll of Horror Movies is Real — And She’s in Connecticut | WSHU News, October 9, 2014

annabelleThe horror film Annabelle is the story of a possessed doll that terrorizes a family. The doll was also a character in the 2013 filmThe Conjuring, and it turns out she isn’t just a work of fiction. She’s based on a real doll, now kept in a basement in rural Connecticut with other artifacts her keepers say are haunted or possessed. Join me on a journey into the dark heart of the Warren Occult Museum.

Scientists Prepare to Battle the Emerald Ash Borer | WSHU News, June 10, 2014

EAB Claire RutledgeA little green beetle from Asia is reeking havoc on trees across Connecticut. The emerald ash borer came here in 2012, and it eats ash trees alive by cutting off their water source from the inside. You’ll know it’s here from the presence of little squiggly lines hidden underneath the bark — and from the rows and rows of dead or dying ash trees. Scientists and arborists alike expect this summer will be the worst ever. Find out why. (It involves something called the “Death Curve.”)

Last Call for Metro Bar Cars | All Things Considered, May 12, 2014

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This feature aired nationally on NPR’s All Things Considered. It takes the listener aboard the final ride of the last bar car in America — maybe forever. The train left New York’s Grand Central Station on Friday, May 9, destined for New Haven, Conn. It’s a story about the end of a long-romanticized era in America: the smoky, crowded bar car, with its whiskey-drinking businessmen playing dice and networking. It’s a story of lifelong friendships and happy coincidences.

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