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Student Mental Health Days

New York is considering giving public school students mental health days. The goal is to help students cope with increasing pressue on academics while dealing with anxiety over broader issues like school safety, climate change and mass shootings. Two states are already doing it. We'll discuss the idea with guests: Brad Hoylman, New York state senator, D- Manhattan Judy Falaro, assistant teaching professor of education, Quinnipiac University Michael Alfano, Ph.D., dean, Isabelle Farrington...


Affordable Housing vs. Real Estate Opportunities

There is a struggle in our region to balance affordable housing for residents with development opportunities for the real estate industry. New laws in New York, opposed by landlords and developers, give more protections to renters. But in Connecticut, Milford has put a moratorium on the state’s affordable housing requirements to encourage development. We’ll discuss what’s happening in real estate with guests: Fred Thiele, New York State assemblyman, I-Sag Harbor Sean Ghio, policy director,...


Week In News: September 13, 2019

Governor Andrew Cuomo has plans to curb vaping in New York and sue opioid manufacturers. And Connecticut had some key primary elections this week. We’ll bring you the results and more, with guests: Ana Radelat, reporter, Connecticut Mirror Karen DeWitt, capitol bureau chief, New York State Public Radio Kaitlyn Krasselt, statewide political reporter, Hearst Connecticut Media Davis Dunavin, reporter, WSHU


The State Of Nonprofits

A report by the New York State Comptroller shows nonprofits are employing more people and offering more vital services, like mental health support, to communities. This is especially true on Long Island. Meanwhile, Connecticut is repeatedly accused of being bad for business. Is that true for nonprofits? We'll discuss the state of nonprofit organizations in our region, with guests: Bob Ward, deputy comptroller of budget and policy analysis, Office of New York State Comptroller Martin Cantor,...


Remembering 9/11

Eighteen years after the 9/11 attacks many first responders continue to live with PTSD. Now a pilot study from Stony Brook University suggests they could face another mental health challenge...dementia. We examine that study and share your memories of September 11th, with guests: Dawn Kirchner, spouse of a first responder with severe cognitive problems post-9/11 Sean Clouston, Ph.D., associate professor, Family, Population and Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University Gary Rose, Ph.D.,...


Overhauling The MTA

The MTA has a new plan to streamline its operations. Supporters say the agency needs to be revamped to work more efficiently, but critics worry it could disrupt service for riders and would cut more than 2,000 jobs. We'll discuss the MTA overhaul plan with guests: Alfonso Castillo, transportation reporter, Newsday Lisa Daglian, executive director, Permanent Citizens Advisory Council for the MTA Christopher Natale, general chairman, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen Local 56 J.D. Allen,...


Back To School: Start Times And Safe Spaces

Should elementary and high school students start classes later in the day? Some parents and scientists on Long Island say yes. What about so called safe spaces on college campuses? One university president in Connecticut says...let's talk about it. We will, with guests: Craig Canapari, MD, director, Yale Pediatric Sleep Center ; member, Start School Later Lauren Hale, PhD, professor, family population and preventive medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine ; founding...


Week In News: September 6, 2019

Suffolk County lawmakers vote to keep controversial red light cameras for another five years, Connecticut's attorney general says he would consider a settlement with Purdue Pharma but it will cost them, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont backs away from tolls. We’ll have these stories and more with guests: Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief, Newsday J.D. Allen, news editor, WSHU Kyle Barr and Rita Egan, reporters, TBR News Media Dan Haar, columnist and associate editor, Connecticut Hearst...


The Legacy Of Sheff v. O'Neill

The landmark lawsuit, Sheff v. O’Neill, was meant to integrate the school system in the Hartford area. Did it work? Exploring the legacy of Sheff v. O’Neill with guests: Martha Stone, executive director, Center for Children's Advocacy Scott T. Garosshen, attorney, Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C. Elizabeth Horton Sheff, lead plaintiff on behalf of her son, Milo; co-chair, The Sheff Movement for Quality and Integrated Education Christopher Peak, reporter, New Haven Independent


The Quality Of Our Drinking Water

How do you get your water? Is it clean? Is it safe? Local authorities talk about what they’re doing to maintain the high quality of our water supply. Our guests: Lori Mathieu, public health section chief, Connecticut Department of Public Health Stephen Terracciano, associate director, New York Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey Chris Gobler, Ph.D., endowed chair of coastal ecology and conservation, School of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences , Stony Brook University Steve Colabufo,...


Revising The Endangered Species Act

The Trump administration wants to revise federal protections for endangered species by putting a cost on each plant or animal. The White House says the changes will make spending more transparent. Ten state attorneys general have joined conservation groups in challenging an early draft of the changes, saying the revisions put more wildlife at greater risk of extinction and ignore the threat of climate change. How will the changes impact endangered animals in our region? Our guests: Karl...


Labor Unions In Connecticut; Vaping And Lung Disease

In advance of Labor Day, we discuss Connecticut food service workers’ call for unionization and why it’s happening now when union membership has been declining. We’ll also discuss the growing prevalence of vaping among youth and the alarming reports of vaping-related illnesses that have begun to emerge. Our guests: Alberto Bernandez, executive board member and assistant supervisor, Connecticut District, 32BJ SEIU Sal Luciano, president, Connecticut AFL-CIO Mitch Pally, CEO, Long Island...


Attacks On Legal Immigration

The Trump administration wants to change federal immigration rules to limit migrants' abilities to enter the country legally. For those who are already here, new rules seek to penalize those who rely on food assistance, Medicaid and other government programs, and potentially render them ineligible to become permanent residents. We'll discuss attacks on legal immigration, with guests: William Tong, Connecticut attorney general Sandra Feist, immigration attorney, Grell Feist PLC ; chair, Media...


Supporting Young Adults With Disabilities

Every year, there are young people with disabilities who graduate from or age out of specialized support programs. Their options may include enrolling in college or vocational school, or getting a job. But that can present a host of new challenges. How can caregivers best help them? And what services are available to these young adults as they age? Our guests: John and Mark Cronin, son and father, founders of John's Crazy Socks Jason Watson, director of community engagement, Nassau Suffolk...


Immigrant Entrepreneurs

The Trump administration says it wants immigrants “standing on their own two feet” financially. In our region, many immigrants are already established in the business community. We'll discuss immigrant entrepreneurship with guests: Andrew Lim, director of quantitative research, New American Economy Frederick McKinney, Ph.D., Carlton Highsmith Chair of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and director, People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship , Quinnipiac University Manoj Wadhwani,...


The Problem With State Pensions

The growing cost of Connecticut pensions has become a linchpin in the two-year state budget process. As a result, the funding of public services may decline and residents may have to pay even more in taxes to offset the cost of pension obligations. In New York, state pensions are looking healthy, but a volatile market could reverse that. Can we solve the problem with state pensions? Our guests: Keith Phaneuf, state budget reporter, The Connecticut Mirror Jonathan Steinberg, Connecticut state...


The Week In News: August 23rd

Connecticut, New York, and Vermont sue the Trump Administration over its plan to deny Green Cards to immigrants who recieve public assistance. New York sues the EPA over the Hudson River cleanup. The Coast Guard is accused of trying to block a federal investigation into racism. The race for Bridgeport mayor heats up. We discuss these stories with the reporters who covered them on The Full Story.


Will Unvaccinated Kids Be Allowed Back In School?

As our kids head back to school over the next few weeks, New York has repealed the religious exemption for vaccinations. Are unvaccinated kids heading back to school? What are the ramifications? What's the latest on the issue in Connecticut?


Holding Institutions Accountable For The Sexual Abuse of Children

It's been one week since the Child Victim Act went into effect in New York, and hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against churches, schools, and the scouts. Meanwhile, Hearst Connecticut Media has concluded a nationwide investigation into how the Boys and Girls Club has failed to protect children from abusers.


Stopping The Regional Rise In Fentanyl And Meth Overdoses

This year the total number of deaths by drug overdose in the US dropped for the first time since 1990. That’s because the number of deaths by prescription opioid painkillers also dropped. But fatal ODs linked to fentanyl and methamphetamine are on the rise. What’s being done in our region to stop this trend?