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"Dialogue" is one of the longest-running interview shows in Connecticut broadcasting. Begun in the early 1970s, Dialogue is a half-hour public affairs program on the Connecticut Radio Network featuring candid one-on-one interviews with Connecticut elected officials, state commissioners, business leaders, citizens group representatives, and occasionally celebrities. Some of the most famous individuals who have been guests on the programs include: Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, George Bush (as presidential candidates), also the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jane Fonda, former Sen. Al Gore, Billie Jean King, and Jim Calhoun. On a weekly basis the program provides Connecticut radio stations with a strong public affairs program to inform and entertain listeners on issues of the day.

"Dialogue" is one of the longest-running interview shows in Connecticut broadcasting. Begun in the early 1970s, Dialogue is a half-hour public affairs program on the Connecticut Radio Network featuring candid one-on-one interviews with Connecticut elected officials, state commissioners, business leaders, citizens group representatives, and occasionally celebrities. Some of the most famous individuals who have been guests on the programs include: Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, George Bush (as presidential candidates), also the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jane Fonda, former Sen. Al Gore, Billie Jean King, and Jim Calhoun. On a weekly basis the program provides Connecticut radio stations with a strong public affairs program to inform and entertain listeners on issues of the day.
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"Dialogue" is one of the longest-running interview shows in Connecticut broadcasting. Begun in the early 1970s, Dialogue is a half-hour public affairs program on the Connecticut Radio Network featuring candid one-on-one interviews with Connecticut elected officials, state commissioners, business leaders, citizens group representatives, and occasionally celebrities. Some of the most famous individuals who have been guests on the programs include: Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, George Bush (as presidential candidates), also the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jane Fonda, former Sen. Al Gore, Billie Jean King, and Jim Calhoun. On a weekly basis the program provides Connecticut radio stations with a strong public affairs program to inform and entertain listeners on issues of the day.

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Dialogue: 167 Kevin Lembo

6/17/2018
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June 17th, Dialogue Show State Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D). This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Democratic State Comptroller Kevin Lembo. In the program, Lembo explains his decision to seek reelection to his current post rather than run for governor. On the issues, Lembo discusses his continuing effort in Connecticut and nationwide to crack down on price gouging on prescription drugs. He also talks about the status of Connecticut’s economy and state budget.

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 166 Nelson “Oz” Griebel

6/10/2018
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June 10th, Dialogue Show Independent candidate for governor Nelson “Oz” Griebel. This week on Dialogue reporter Steve Kotchko interviews independent gubernatorial candidate “Oz” Griebel. In the program, Griebel explains how he is handling the challenges of an independent run for governor including getting enough voter signatures to gain a place on the ballot, and raising money to finance a viable campaign. Griebel also discusses his views on key issues including taxes, transportation...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 165 Amy Parmenter

6/3/2018
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June 3rd, Dialogue Show Amy Parmenter, manager of public and government affairs for the AAA of Greater Hartford. This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews AAA official Amy Parmenter. In the program Parmenter discusses the so-called “100 deadliest days”—a reference to the summer spate of fatal motor vehicle crashes involving teen drivers. She also explains the recent significant spike in gasoline prices and how long the upward trend will last in Connecticut.

Duration:00:25:00

Dialogue: 164 Paul Formica

5/27/2018
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May 27th Dialogue Show State Sen. Paul Formica (R-East Lyme). This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Republican State Sen. Paul Formica, co-chair of the legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee. In the program, Formica describes key elements of the recently-approved bipartisan state budget plan. He also discusses issues that may separate Republicans from Democrats as the two parties make their case to the electorate in advance of the November state...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 163 Martin Looney

5/20/2018
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May 20th Dialogue Show This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews the top Democratic leader in the State Senate, Sen. Martin Looney of New Haven. This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews the top Democratic leader in the State Senate, Sen. Martin Looney of New Haven. In the program, Looney reviews the just-completed 2018 legislative session. He discusses what’s inside the bipartisan state budget package. Looney also talks about several key measures that...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 162 Brenda Watson

5/13/2018
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May 13th Dialogue Show Brenda Watson, executive director of Operation Fuel. This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Brenda Watson, executive director of Connecticut’s Operation Fuel. In the program, Watson discusses the “add-a-dollar” program on utility bills that allows consumers to help their neighbors who may have difficulties paying their electric, gas, or water bills. Watson explained that May is the end that the utilities winter “no shut off” protection ends,...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 161 Robert Klee

5/6/2018
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May 6th Dialogue Show Robert Klee, Commissioner of the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews State DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee. In the program, Klee discusses the recent Air Quality Awareness Week, and offers tips on how consumers can change their driving, air conditioning, and appliance-use habits to help curb air pollution. Klee also describes how the state is dealing with Trump administration...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 160 Melissa Ziobron

4/29/2018
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April 29th Dialogue Show State Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R-East Haddam) This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews State Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R-East Haddam). In the program, Ziobron, a top ranking Republican on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee, discusses the struggle, now underway, to find a bipartisan solution to this year’s state budget challenges. Ziobron describes the differences she sees between Republican and Democratic proposals that must be resolved to...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 159 Shawn Lang

4/22/2018
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April 22nd Dialogue Show Shawn Lang, deputy director of AIDS Connecticut This week on Dialogue reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Shawn Lang deputy director of AIDS Connecticut. In the program, Lang describes the status of AIDS treatment today and discusses the struggle to maintain public awareness about the HIV/AIDS challenge in an era when other illnesses command the spotlight. Lang also talks about the important of getting tested for HIV so patients can get assistance before HIV...

Duration:00:25:00

Dialogue: 158 Brian Flaherty

4/15/2018
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April 15th Dialogue Show Brian Flaherty, vice president for public policy at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA). This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Brian Flaherty, vice president for public policy at CBIA—the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. In the program, Flaherty explains why businesses in Connecticut have some problems with proposed legislation to protect workers from sexual harassment and legislation to regulate how employers...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 157 Mae Flexer

4/8/2018
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April 8th Dialogue Show State Sen. Mae Flexer (D-Danielson) This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Democratic State Sen. Mae Flexer, one of the legislature’s most vocal supporters of women’s rights legislation. In the program, Flexer explains why she was one of several officials calling for the resignation of Connecticut Democratic Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty. Esty faces claims that she improperly protected a key male staffer against allegations of sexual harassment...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 156 Ned Lamont

4/1/2018
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April 1st Dialogue Show Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ned Lamont. This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ned Lamont. In this program, Lamont, who has run before for governor and U.S. Senate, explains why he wants to be elected governor this November, despite Connecticut’s continuing deficit crisis. Lamont discusses his strategy for attacking the deficit problem, improving the state’s transportation system, and creating more jobs. He...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 155 Josh Elliot

3/25/2018
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March 25th Dialogue Show State Rep. Josh Elliott (D-Hamden). This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Democratic State Rep. Josh Elliott, an advocate of legalization of marijuana in Connecticut. In the program, Elliott addresses a variety of topics tied to the marijuana issue including how much tax revenue pot sales could bring in, how marijuana would be regulated in the state, and the likelihood of passage of a marijuana bill this year. He responds to critics who claim...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 154 James Smith

3/18/2018
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March 18th Dialogue Show James Smith, co-chair of the State Commission on Fiscal Stability & Economic Growth. This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews James Smith, co-chair of the State Commission on Fiscal Stability & Economic Growth. In the program, Smith explains and defends many controversial recommendations in the Commission’s new report including recommendations for tax hikes, spending cuts, and labor negotiation changes. He says systemic reforms are needed to get...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 153 Eric Hammerling

3/11/2018
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March 11th Dialogue Show Eric Hammerling, executive director of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. This week on Dialogue 2018, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Eric Hammerling of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. In the program, Hammerling explains the new “passport to the parks” program that will allow Connecticut residents free access to all state parks. Hammerling describes the benefits of the program, how it will be financed, and potential political trouble for...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 152 Joe Markley

3/4/2018
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March 4th Dialogue Show State Sen. Joe Markley (R-Southington). This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Republican State Sen. Joe Markley, a strong opponent of restoring tolls to Connecticut highways. In the program, Markley disputes various claims made by those who support tolls. He also warns that if tolls come back, the public will be upset with the sheer number of toll locations, the cost of tolls on a yearly basis, and possible fines and penalties if toll bills...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 151 Brenda Kupchick

2/25/2018
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February 25th Dialogue Show State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield). This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews State Rep. Brenda Kupchick, a leading member of a bipartisan coalition to pass new animal welfare laws. In the program, Kupchick describes the various pieces of legislation, and discusses why preventing animal cruelty and neglect is directly linked to the overall moral obligations of society.

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 146 State Sen. Kevin Witkos

1/21/2018
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January 21st Dialogue Show State Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-Canton), deputy Senate Republican president pro tempore. This week on Dialogue reporter Steve Kotchko interviews a Republican State Senate leader, Sen. Kevin Witkos. In the program, Witkos looks back at the crisis-plagued 2017 legislative session and ahead to the 2018 session that opens in February. Witkos talks taxes, deficits, education, spending, and transportation. He is asked to comment on how election year politics will affect...

Duration:00:24:59

Dialogue: 145 Amy Parmenter

1/14/2018
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January 14th Dialogue Show Amy Parmenter, manager of public and government affairs for the AAA Allied Group. This week on Dialogue, reporter Steve Kotchko interviews Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for the AAA. Schwartz discusses the recent cold wave and snowstorm that pushed AAA’s emergency road crews to the limit. She explains what you can do to get ready for winter’s next big challenge. Parmenter discusses a new poll her agency is working on that will seek input from Connecticut drivers...

Duration:00:24:59