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We debate the recently announced state incentive package for EB and we visit a pair of pet geese

This week, we sit down with The Day’s editorial page editor Paul Choiniere and columnist David Collins to discuss Governor Malloy’s recently announced economic incentive package for Electric Boat. Reporter Martha Shanahan got a chance to visit with a pair of pet geese in Waterford who has stirred some controversy in town.


How do Connecticut public schools vet substitute teachers and we look at how hospitals help those who are terminally ill celebrate life

Reporter Ben Kail talks about recent events at Montville High School that have rocked the community. Foremost is the news that a former substitute allegedly encouraged, or at least allowed, slap-fighting in the classroom and the incidents were not reported in a timely matter to the Department of Children and Families as mandated by law. Ben explains how he submitted a Freedom of Information request for emails to clarify the timeline of events and to see how much school administrators...


The repercussions of a sober house overdose death, inspirational beatbox harmonica and kelp is the new kale

This week, Lindsay Boyle talks about an overdose death at a New London sober house and the repercussions on those left behind including the deceased’s mother, the sober house manager, and other residents. Ben Kail attended a youth summit at Waterford High School that featured an inspirational speaker who showed off his harmonica beatboxing skills. And Martha Shanahan says kelp is the new kale as she visited a couple of local kelp farming operations. In fact, she says, she reached right...


Pakistani family takes sanctuary in a church, Ledyard reassesses their volunteer ambulance service and the Coast Guard Academy measures equity

This week we talk to Charlie Clark about the recent controversy over the possible termination of a contract between the town of Ledyard and Ledyard Volunteer Emergency Squad, the town’s current ambulance service provider. Julia Bergman tells us about a recent report released by the Coast Guard Academy that looks at various metrics in an effort to measure equity among cadets. And Erica Moser spent time with a Pakistani family from New Britain who is taking sanctuary at the First...


Getting to know UConn’s new basketball coach Dan Hurley

On this week’s episode, managing editor Tim Cotter, a University of Rhode Island graduate and a season ticket holder of URI men’s basketball, talks with beat reporter Gavin Keefe about UConn’s new men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley.


Students from southeastern Connecticut make their voices heard during the National School Walkout

On Wednesday, March 14, thousands of students from around the country took part in the National School Walkout exactly one month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida where 17 students and faculty were shot to death. Several hundred students in southeastern Connecticut also participated. Reporter Charlie Clark got an opportunity to talk to students and administration at Ledyard High School before the walkout. He stopped by to talk about what he learned.


Meet Tim Herbst and how is the growing acceptance of marijuana affecting school anti-drug programs

First, in our ongoing series of conversations with candidates for governor in this Fall’s election, we talk to Tim Herbst of Trumbull. Reporter Martha Shanahan stops by to talk about how the growing acceptance of marijuana as a recreational and medical drug is affecting anti-drug education programs at local schools.


Problems uncovered with historic properties owned by Connecticut Landmarks

In a series of columns, David Collins has reported on the conditions of various historical properties owned by Connecticut Landmarks, including one in Stonington and another in East Haddam. Collins joins the podcast to give the latest on Forge Farm in Stonington.


Independent candidates governor, flu vaccines and the latest on North Stonington’s school building project

Independent candidate for governor Oz Griebel and his running mate Monte Frank stopped by to talk about their campaign. The flu has claimed 63 lives in Connecticut since August. Health and environment reporter Martha Shanahan gives us the latest on the flu season and the availability of the vaccine. After petitions put the fate of North Stonington’s multimillion-dollar school building project in doubt, the town cast their votes on Thursday to decide the future of its school district....


A 7-hour rescue of a sailor at sea, icebreaking on the Connecticut and the latest on the Seaside property

This week I talk to Julia Bergman about a complex 7-hour rescue at sea of a wounded submarine sailor. She also takes us up the Connecticut River on a Coast Guard cutter on an ice-breaking mission as accumulated ice on the river prompted emergency conditions in at least one town. Finally, Martha Shanahan gives us an update on the much-debated future of the Seaside Regional Center property in Waterford.


Trump expletive, bomb cyclones and emergency responders

I talked to Paul Choiniere, a columnist and editorial page editor, for his initial reaction to reports of Trump using profanity to describe immigrants from African countries. He also talked a bit about the editorial that was written as a result of the episode. We also talk about The Day’s decision to publish the expletive and the comments we’ve seen from our readers on and on Facebook. Reporter Lindsay Boyle gives us a preview of story she working on that looks at staffing...


Millennials who are starting businesses and pursuing their careers and passions in southeastern Connecticut

The Day recently launched a series looking at millennials who are bucking demographic trends in Connecticut by staying to pursue their careers and passions in the southeastern part of the state. We talked to reporters how and why they chose individuals they featured. We also address concerns from some of the commenters on about the series.


Theater marquee draws lots of attention, a tale of two local businesses, Gold Star Bridge detours and more

On Wednesday, Dec. 20 we ran a story by Rick Koster about what was spelled out on the marquee of the Garde Arts Center, which read in all capital letters: FINAL APPEARANCE: TRANSGENDER, FETUS, VULNERABLE, DIVERSITY, SCIENCE-BASED, EVIDENCE-BASED and ENTITLEMENT It was a message in response to a report by the Washington Post about the list of words and phrases that the Department of Health and Human Services reportedly presented to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that...


A reporter transitions from the serenity of ballet to the snowy scene of a fatal shooting

This week Carlos Virgen talks to arts and culture writer Mary Biekert about a recent Saturday when she went from observing a sublime artistry of ballerina Sara Mearns at The Garde in New London to trudging around in cold, wet shoes on a slushy snow-filled street in another part of New London trying to piece together what happened at the scene of a fatal shooting. It’s just one example of how journalists have to be able to quickly and confidently pivot at any given moment of a day.


Stories from this week and the coming weekend that impact southeastern Connecticut

This week I talk to reporters about stories they are working on or have recently written and ask them to give us an overview and to tell us why the stories might have an impact on our communities.


The Day newsroom tackles issues of trust and transparency in journalism

This week on The Storyline we talk about a project called Trusting News that the newsroom is taking part in. It’s a project to help newsroom increase trust, transparency and accessibility with the communities they serve. I talked to The Day’s publisher Gary Farrugia about what differentiates The Day from other news organizations. I also spoke to reporter Erica Moser and Director of multimedia Peter Huoppi about what the newsroom plans to do to tackle the issues of trust and transparency.


Racial incidents in the Coast Guard Academy, Navy reviews it’s training and we finally have a state budget

This week, we are joined by reporter Julia Bergman who talked to us about recent racial incidents at the Coast Guard Academy, and she caught us up on the recent Navy review of its training and basic seamanship following two deadly collisions involving Navy surface ships. Reporter Erica Moser also stopped by to give us an update on the state budget that was signed by Governor Malloy.


London officials invites Fitch High School students to London for parade

Westminster City Councilor Robert Davis, who also has the title of deputy lord mayor, came with Bob Bone, executive director of London’s New Year’s Day Parade and Festival, to present a formal invitation. They were inviting the marching band and chamber choir at Fitch High School to perform in the 2019 parade and festival.


What’s it like to be a submariner? We spent 48 hours on the USS John Warner

Military and defense reporter Julia Bergman spent 48 hours aboard the USS John Warner and she talked to us about the experience and what sailors had to say about life as a submariner.


USS Hartford returns to New London as friends and family await with cheers, tears and hugs

Hundreds of wives, children, parents, siblings and friends crowded in the rain onto one of the piers at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton to welcome home the USS Hartford and its crew.