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For The People

Our award-winning public affairs program, For the People is hosted and produced by John Voket.

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09/14/14

We were already planning a program on concussions before UConn's Casey Cochran announced his departure from football due to his multiple head injuries earlier this week, so with this latest news in sharp focus, we'll chat with a leading authority on concussions from Associated Neurologists of Danbury following a sports workshop at a local high school.
Then' we'll talk about the importance of fatherhood on the heels of an important new study out of Yale, and invite you to celebrate fatherhood next weekend when the second annual 'Dads Matter Too' event comes to Library Park in Waterbury.
And we'll wrap up with a Recovery Month spotlight on a statewide initiative called 'Speak up - Reach Out' which encourages people to talk about substance abuse and mental health issues in an attempt to further reduce stigmas against Connecticut residents, and to promote behavioral health and wellness.

Posted 9/14/2014 6:00:00 AM

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09/07/14

This morning we'll introduce you to the folks hoping to make the Creative Living Community of Connecticut a reality for future residents who will work alongside a population of permanent developmentally disabled resident workers in this first of its kind farmstead environment - and we'll invite you to the organizations upcoming farmstead fair.
Then we'll check in with Cindi Bigelow and two of the 18 recipient nonprofits that will benefit from the 27th Annual Bigelow Community Challenge coming to Southport on September 28.
And we'll wrap replaying an interview we aired earlier this year about another innovative program - the Technical Skills Training Initiative from the Connecticut Workforce Alliance.

Posted 9/7/2014 6:00:00 AM

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08/31/14

What does the CT Sierra Club have in common with the CT Clean Energy Options program - our first guest for one thing - we'll open learning what the Sierra Club is doing nationally and locally, and we'll learn about the overlap to a statewide program helping residents enhance their residential energy efficiency.
Then we'll give you the lowdown on the latest AARP Scorecard - hey, even if your NOT over 55 - there is critical information in this new report if you live or work in Connecticut, or have loved ones here.
Then we'll wrap talking about how Planned Parenthood is opening up new programs and horizons for residents seeking healthcare options, and the expanding role the organization is playing in local public health initiatives.

Posted 8/31/2014 6:00:00 AM

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08/24/14

Today we'll begin with the Alzheimer's Assoc CT Chapter and guests from Maefair and Northbridge health care centers talking about how new legislation and funding of Alzheimer's research is rolling out; the new CT Alzheimer's plan; and we'll invite you to a series of statewide walks and an upcoming dance in Stratford to benefit Alzheimer's Association outreach and research efforts.
Then we'll touch base with Operation Fuel and talk about two programs being offered, the first to help Connecticut residents pay for summer cooling and utility bills, and the second, Project BEST offering education and financial assistance to small businesses utilizing energy efficiency measures.
And we'll wrap introducing you to New Seasons Inc. providing state-of-the-art care and support for persons with cognitive and physical disabilities in from Hartford to Ellington, and joining Miss Connecticut inviting you to an upcoming golf tournament and wine tasting benefit.

Posted 8/24/2014 6:00:00 AM

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08/17/14

This week we're taking aim at drivers who choose to drink and get behind the wheel. We'll plug into a press conference and bill signing that highlights new and tougher penalties for DUI drivers - especially for first offenders.
Then we'll learn about the All Stars Project and its sixth national base of operation which recently launched in Bridgeport. The All Stars Project is transforming the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults.
And we'll wrap with an update of interest to all veterans on Connecticut's Fisher House - building and maintaining long term residential facilities near military hospitals so families of seriously injured soldiers can stay close during the long rehabilitation process. We'll also invite you to support the effort at this year's Dancing With Our Heroes event coming up September 13.

Posted 8/17/2014 6:00:00 AM

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08/10/14

Today we'll be visiting with two individuals on similar life-saving missions to help educate Connecticut residents about Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation or CPR, and the installation of AEDs - automatic external defibrillators which provide a life saving shock to individuals suffering from a heart attack.
Then we'll speak to the Director of the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It's been a deadly year for domestic violence victims in Connecticut, and the coalition has just released a very important report aiming to address the increasing incidents of intimate partner violence across the state.
And we'll wrap up talking about our beloved pets with a local animal control officer, and inviting listeners to Branford's Woofstock concert and fundraising event coming up August 16.

Posted 8/10/2014 6:00:00 AM

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08/03/14

This week For the People makes its annual trip to the 2014 Gathering of the Vibes to preview Connecticut's largest music festival - and promote a number of the nonprofit causes and community building groups meeting and greeting Vibes visitors on the event's Nonprofit Mall. We'll also talk to one of the first acts to play this year's Vibes, as well as special guest Zane Kesey live from the Further bus!

Posted 8/3/2014 6:00:00 AM

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07/27/14

Are you having trouble making your mortgage payments? - or you see that you'll be having trouble in the near future? We'll tell you how the free federal Making Home Affordable program can help - even if you're out of work, and even if you are upside down in your current home.
Then we'll shuck a few oysters and invite you to Connecticut's biggest one day festival - the 40th Annual Milford Oyster Fest. We'll talk about why oysters and aquaculture are so important to the state and regional economy, and give you all the details on the upcoming Oyster Fest and very special Oyster Eve celebration.
And then we'll close with the Meriden-based Community Economic Development Fund - offering business financing even when banks say no, and hosting loads of free workshops to help owners thrive and take their small businesses to the next level.

Posted 7/27/2014 6:00:00 AM

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07/20/14

What's making Connecticut sick, and what is the state and its Department of public health doing about it - in our first segment we'll talk to the lead physician at the DPH and get the low down on Connecticut's brand new chronic disease plan.
Then we'll key in on one of the things causing many of the chronic diseases here in the state - tobacco use - if you use tobacco and are trying to quit - even if you've failed before - stick around and learn about Commit2Quit, a free program being offered to anyone looking to kick the tobacco habit for good.
And what about you folks who are having trouble making your mortgage payments - or you see that you'll be having trouble in the near future - we'll tell you how the federal Making Home affordable program can help - even if you're out of work, or upside down in your current home

Posted 7/20/2014 6:00:00 AM

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07/13/14

We'll open with big news from the Norwalk Health Department which has just become not only the first municipal health agency in Connecticut, but the first in New England to receive national accreditation.
Then we focus on another critical health issue, tobacco use - and we'll clue you in on how to kick the habit for good with the new and expanded availability of MCCA's Commit2Quit program.
And we'll wrap with a reply of a segment we aired last quarter featuring The Kennedy Center's expressive arts program offering each participant with developmental or other disabilities an opportunity to express creativity, enjoy self-discovery, promote community-building and most importantly, experience the personal enjoyment of creating something beautiful.

Posted 7/13/2014 6:00:00 AM

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06/29/14 p2

This morning we'll help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Literacy Center of Milford by inviting you to the agency’s first-ever 2014 NEON NIGHTRUN to be held in Downtown Milford on July 12. And we'll talk about how the Literacy Center provides services at no cost to folks who want to learn the English language or enhance their reading, writing, speaking and math skills.
Then we'll visit with Easter Seals Goodwill Industries a progressive, community-based agency enhancing employment, educational, social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges.
And we'll wrap introducing you to the local AARP Experience Corps based at the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut - engaging older adult tutors to improve K-3 student literacy in disadvantaged schools including those in the greater New Haven/Hamden areas.

Posted 6/29/2014 6:30:00 AM

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06/29/14 p1

This morning we'll help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Literacy Center of Milford by inviting you to the agency’s first-ever 2014 NEON NIGHTRUN to be held in Downtown Milford on July 12. And we'll talk about how the Literacy Center provides services at no cost to folks who want to learn the English language or enhance their reading, writing, speaking and math skills.
Then we'll visit with Easter Seals Goodwill Industries a progressive, community-based agency enhancing employment, educational, social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges.
And we'll wrap introducing you to the local AARP Experience Corps based at the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut - engaging older adult tutors to improve K-3 student literacy in disadvantaged schools including those in the greater New Haven/Hamden areas.

Posted 6/29/2014 6:00:00 AM

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06/22/14

Whether it be storytelling, dance, music-making, visual arts, yoga, poetry or drama, The Kennedy Center expressive arts program - which is only in its first weeks of operation - is already helping the developmentally disabled individuals it serves. So we'll talk to one of the leaders of this innovative program.
Then we'll see what's cooking with the Cancer Project, promoting cancer prevention and survival through a better understanding of cancer causes, particularly the link between nutrition and cancer. And we'll invite you to a series of cooking classes to help educate cancer survivors and caregivers about improving that important health/nutrition linkage.
And we'll wrap with our long-time partners at Planned Parenthood, who are reaching out this summer reminding residents about the critical public health and prevention services they offer under the new affordable care act - many at low or no cost to those who cannot afford them.

Posted 6/22/2014 6:00:00 AM

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06/15/14

Today we are dedicating our first segment to emergency responders - whether law enforcement, fire service or emergency medical - if you are or know a responder, listen and learn about a first of its kind program happening next weekend in Newtown - a first responder tactical performance training clinic open to all state responders that could save and will greatly improve your life on and off the job.
Then we'll wrap up with a pre-summer visit by Connecticuit BBB - we'll clue you in on scams and unscrupulous activities that could ruin your summer, endanger your finances, and put your family and property at risk - so stay tuned for that important information.

Posted 6/15/2014 6:00:00 AM

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06/08/14

We'll open talking about a global environmental crisis involving some of our littlest creatures - Bees! We'll ask the Connecticut State Beekeeper about how to counter the recent loss of vast populations of bees, along with promoting an upcoming program about bees, and many other family-friendly events at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby.
Then we'll highlight this year's International Festival of Arts & Ideas with the festival director to help orient you to some of the most special presentations, exhibits and concerts at the festival between June 14 We'll open talking about a global environmental crisis involving some of our littlest creatures - Bees! We'll ask the Connecticut State Beekeeper about how to counter the recent loss of vast populations of bees, along with promoting an upcoming program about bees, and many other family-friendly events at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby.
Then we'll highlight this year's International Festival of Arts & Ideas with the festival director to help orient you to some of the most special presentations, exhibits and concerts at the festival between June 14 & 28.
Then we'll zero in on the 2014 Pizzafest - a scrumptious bonus for Arts We'll open talking about a global environmental crisis involving some of our littlest creatures - Bees! We'll ask the Connecticut State Beekeeper about how to counter the recent loss of vast populations of bees, along with promoting an upcoming program about bees, and many other family-friendly events at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby.
Then we'll highlight this year's International Festival of Arts & Ideas with the festival director to help orient you to some of the most special presentations, exhibits and concerts at the festival between June 14 & 28.
Then we'll zero in on the 2014 Pizzafest - a scrumptious bonus for Arts & Ideas visitors - and highlight the agency benefiting from your Pizzafest patronage - The Connection.

Posted 6/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

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05/25/14

May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month - While skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, it can almost always be cured when found and treated early. We'll learn how communities, health professionals, and families can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on with the assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine.
Then we'll check in with the Connecticut League of Conservation voters about a grand slam for the state's environment in the 2014 legislative session. We'll talk about the great advances made regarding land and water preservation and a number of other important environmental initiatives.
And we'll wrap talking PT Barnum with the director of Bridgeport's Barnum Museum. We'll learn how the Barnum's restoration process is going, hear about the upcoming Barnum Festival, and all the great ways the museum is promoting America's greatest showman and the Park City.

Posted 5/25/2014 6:00:00 AM

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05/18/14

It's been awhile since we spoke to the CT Coalition for Justice in Educational Funding, CCJEF a broad-based nonprofit that fighting to achieve an adequately and equitably funded PK-12 public education system . So we'll get updated on why the CCJEF is reaching out to community and educational leaders across CT, and the status of the groups lawsuit against the state.
Then we'll check in with Fellowship Place, helping adults with mental illness lead more meaningful, fulfilling & healthy lives by offering resources, education, and opportunity. They're bringing in actress, film maker and advocate Mariel Hemingway for a dinner and a movie fundraiser June 6, so we'll tell you all about that as well.
And we'll wrap up talking about safety on the waters with a spokesperson from Norwalk's US Coastguard Flotilla. It may be getting warm, but venturing into or onto the waters of Long Island Sound can be a dangerous proposition if you don't take the proper precautions. We'll learn why and get some important water safety tips.

Posted 5/18/2014 6:00:00 AM

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05/11/14

Spring is here and with prom and graduation season upon us we'll be focusing on teen driving safety today beginning with our friends from CT-based Survive the Drive, committed to reducing traffic crashes, especially among teenage novice drivers.
Then we'll turn our attention to education - After five years offline, Stamford-based J.M. Wright Technical High School will debut its brand new campus this spring. So we'll talk to Wright Tech's new principal about how the school’s re-vamped curriculum will challenge students to test their knowledge in work environments inside the school that replicate real-life job settings.
Then it's back to teen driving safety with the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of PA. We'll chat with the author of “Adolescence, Attention Allocation, and Driving Safety,” to learn about what's going on in teen drivers' heads that can have life-changing impact when they get behind the wheel.

Posted 5/11/2014 6:00:00 AM

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05/04/14

Education officials in Bridgeport and Stamford are considering a legal fight to prevent new charter schools from moving into those cities. So we'll bring in the leader of Families for Excellent School a privately funded group organizing Park City parents in support of education reform and charter schools.
Then we'll hear about the McGivney Community Center - a non-profit providing youth with an educational "safe haven" from the dangers of the streets through After-School and Evening Programs, and Summer Camp. We'll talk with the Center's director and a board member who used to be a McGivney kid just a few years ago, and invite you to their gala and auction later this week.
And we'll wrap visiting with Make-A-Wish Connecticut, which is gearing up for its annual Walk for Wishes. We'll talk with the organization's new CEO about how the charity is helping to make wishes come true for Connecticut children battling life-threatening conditions.

Posted 5/4/2014 6:00:00 AM

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04/27/14

Next Saturday, May 3 at Eisenhower Park in Milford from 12-4 pm the CT Yankee Council Boy Scouts will be holding a multi-community food drive. So we'll sit down with a council representative along with members of the Community Services Department in Orange, whose food pantry will be among the many recipients of donations from this food drive and family scouting event.
Then we'll welcome in studio, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven whose 2014 Great Give on-line giving campaign is about to launch. We'll also talk with the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven to learn about how donations from last year's Great Give are already benefiting this agency.
And we'll wrap up talking about 'Go Back to Get Ahead' - a plan to get thousands of state residents back to college to complete their degrees by offering them a free tuition incentive. We'll also hear about the exciting CSCU 2020 initiative from Connecticut's President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

Posted 4/27/2014 6:00:00 AM

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04/20/14

We'll open our Easter morning broadcast with Children In Placement, a statewide child advocacy and youth empowerment program aiming to see every child in a safe and permanent home, preparing for life outside of the state system. We'll talk about this important agency and invite you to their premier fundraiser, Cooking for Casa, featuring wine, jazz, and exquisite foods from the area's best eateries.
Then we'll talk with a state environmental official about the latest round of 15 urban forestry grants, and focus in on how a couple of those grants will be targeted improving the quality of life and the environment in Bridgeport.
And we'll wrap up talking about strokes - also known as 'brain attacks.' St. Vincent’s Medical Center is hosting its first ever Stroke Symposium & Health Assessment Screening on Wednesday, April 23. The Stroke Symposium will include programs for professionals for the public, so we'll check in with a couple of reps from Saint V's to share what you need to know about this important event.

Posted 4/20/2014 6:00:00 AM

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04/13/14

We'll open welcoming back a panel representing the Rape Crisis Center of Milford which is hosting its 8th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes benefit coming up April 27 in downtown Milford. We'll not only challenge all you fine gentlemen listening to take a stand against sexual assault, but to also walk the talk at this popular awareness and fund raising event.
Then we'll speak with a representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) talking about the Emergency Watershed Protection Program and its Floodplain Easement initiative - designed to help home and property owners who faced damage from Superstorm Sandy.
And we'll wrap up talking about an important public safety concern. Governor Dannel Malloy has proclaimed April call Before You Dig Month, so we'll welcome a spokesperson for the CBYD effort to discuss the law and why its so important to call before you dig and to make the necessary plans to keep yourself safe and protected if you're planning a DIY or home improvement project.

Posted 4/13/2014 6:00:00 AM

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04/06/14

Students at Norwalk's Brien McMahon High School were recently joined by Connecticut Department of Labor Wage Enforcement agent Susanne Tufano to learn about teen rights in the workplace, wage standards, sexual harassment and other issues. So we'll talk with the workshop presenter and pass some of that information on to young people throughout the region who are poised to enter the workforce this spring.
Then we'll chat with the Westport Young Woman’s League, a non-profit philanthropic organization that welcomes women committed to promoting a sense of community through volunteerism, social activities and fundraising for local charities. We'll also invite you to the upcoming League Minute Man Race and help you plan to attend the League's CraftWestport fundraiser coming up in the fall.
And we'll wrap up with the second part of a series focusing on the hundreds of Connecticut families affected by Cystic Fibrosis. We'll learn about this condition from the perspective of a family member of a child with CF, and invite you to a series of upcoming walks raising awareness and support for CF research and support programs locally.

Posted 4/6/2014 6:00:00 AM

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03/30/14

We'll wrap our last program in March by reminding you that March is Myeloma Awareness Month - so we'll go to a local couple who is leading the fight against myeloma while living with the disease in their own family.
Then we'll touch base with an investigative reporter who is looking into the current and future implications of the rising seawater phenomenon and how Connecticut communities along the coast are reacting and planning for the future as the Atlantic continues to encroach on homes, businesses and important buffer environments.
And we'll wrap up returning to the subject of health - this time getting up to speed on research and outreach for more than 300 Connecticut families affected by Cystic Fibrosis. We'll learn about this condition and invite you to a series of upcoming walks raising awareness and support for CF research and support programs locally.

Posted 3/30/2014 6:00:00 AM

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03/23/14

This morning we'll open up with a segment on a new and highly successful program that is tracking unemployed high tech workers into new positions through the CT Workforce Alliance and its Technical Skills Training Initiative.
Then we'll learn about one of the many positive programs springing from the Sandy Hook School tragedy - Race 4 Chase - a growing partnership with several areas YMCAs which is inspired by young triathlete Chase Kowalski who was among those children lost on 12/14.
And we'll wrap up in studio with a threesome representing Read to Grow - a nonprofit promoting language-building and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and supporting parents as their babies' first teachers. And we'll be inviting you to their lunchtime fundraising reception with Arianna Huffington coming up in April in New Haven.

Posted 3/23/2014 6:00:00 AM