For The People

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

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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

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03/16/14

Chickens and Bees and Worms and Seaweed - are just a few things we're going to be talking about this morning as For the People hits the floor at the Northeast Organic Farming Association's Winter Conference at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. We'll talk to a crop of interesting and informative guests about NOFA and the role that organic gardening and related practices can play in improving your planet, your community and your family's health.

Posted 3/16/2014 6:00:00 AM

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03/09/14

We'll open welcoming back Ginger and Larry Katz, of The Courage to Speak Foundation. Since shortly after losing their son, Ian to a drug overdose, they formed The Courage to Speak Foundation to do everything in their power to prevent this tragedy from happening to another family. And we'll invite you to the foundation's upcoming 10th Annual Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night.
Then, we'll check in with David Kelly, a Norwalk based licensed clinical social worker. We'll pick up on a recent talk he gave to the local chapter of NAMI about self-injury or cutting, and learn about the phenomenon while helping concerned parents and family members better understand and spot these behaviors early and intervene appropriately.
And we'll wrap up with the architect of Norwalk Hospital's free early lung cancer detection program. If you are a current or former smoker, you have an increased risk for developing lung cancer, and the best hope for survival is early detection. So we'll tell you how to access a free Low-dose lung CT scan - the only test that has been proven to detect early lung cancer and improve survival.

Posted 3/9/2014 6:00:00 AM

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03/02/14

Twenty-Three years strong, Triangle Community Center is the only organization focused exclusively on the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County. So we'll open talking about how this agency is working with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on special event at the Webster Bank Arena promoting an LGBT-friendly sports initiative called You Can Play.
Then we'll check in with the Connecticut Public Transportation Commission to review the high points of its 2013 Annual Report containing six recommendations for improving public transportation services in Connecticut.
And we'll wrap up inviting you to learn more about improving school climate and eliminating bullying and other counterproductive behaviors in Connecticut's Schools with a specialist on School Climate from the CT Dept of Education.

Posted 3/2/2014 6:00:00 AM

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02/23/14

We'll open chatting with some folks from Keystone House, which provides persons with disabilities support so they can adjust to and remain in the community environments of their choice while experiencing as much independence as individually possible.We'll also discuss how you can help by sponsoring or attending Keystone House's upcoming gala.
Then we'll get into the second part of our Heart Month series this February talking about the 'Know Your Numbers' campaign to educate and get life saving cardiovascular screenings to people in the region who need it most.
We'll close with the Norwalk Health Department, which is working to transition as many qualified residents as possible to Access Health CT - the state's clearinghouse for health insurance coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act. The deadline to sign up to get health insurance without paying a penalty is looming, so we'll tell you how to sign up.

Posted 2/23/2014 6:00:00 AM

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02/16/14 pt 2

We'll open up this morning chatting with with The Council on Environmental Quality about their special report 'Preserved But Maybe Not,' which takes a hard look at how well the state is handling preservation of public land that is technically owned by all of us here in Connecticut.
Then we'll visit with a couple of representatives of The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services at BHcare, which serves 7,000 victims and their children annually in the region with 24-hour staffed hotline, emergency shelter, court advocacy, safety planning, counseling, support groups, elder abuse assistance, and more. And we'll be inviting you to support their work by sponsoring or attending the 26th Annual Bowl-to-Benefit Umbrella coming up in March.
And we'll wrap discussing the newest heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines for doctors. What does that mean for you? Should you change your medications? Should you see a doctor for obesity treatment? How do you know if you’re healthy? These are among the questions we'll have answered in this first of a two-part series during February - Heart Month.

Posted 2/16/2014 6:30:00 AM

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02/16/14 pt 1

We'll open up this morning chatting with with The Council on Environmental Quality about their special report 'Preserved But Maybe Not,' which takes a hard look at how well the state is handling preservation of public land that is technically owned by all of us here in Connecticut.
Then we'll visit with a couple of representatives of The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services at BHcare, which serves 7,000 victims and their children annually in the region with 24-hour staffed hotline, emergency shelter, court advocacy, safety planning, counseling, support groups, elder abuse assistance, and more. And we'll be inviting you to support their work by sponsoring or attending the 26th Annual Bowl-to-Benefit Umbrella coming up in March.
And we'll wrap discussing the newest heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines for doctors. What does that mean for you? Should you change your medications? Should you see a doctor for obesity treatment? How do you know if you’re healthy? These are among the questions we'll have answered in this first of a two-part series during February - Heart Month.

Posted 2/16/2014 6:00:00 AM

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02/09/14

Connecticut’s performance in the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians’ state-by-state report card on America’s emergency care environment shows mixed results, so we called on the former President of

the American and Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians, and long-time Norwalk Emergency Room Doctor to explain why Connecticut only earned a C grade for its support of emergency room patients.
Then we'll visit with representatives of this year's Band Together Against Alzheimer's event coming up at the Fairfield Theater Company. We'll talk with an Alzheimer's Association representative, the event's

title sponsor and one of the co-founders of band Together about why this event and the programs it supports are so important.
And we'll wrap up with a replay from last fall where we introduced listeners to the new leader of Connecticut's Council on Human Rights and Opportunities - America's first state-based human rights agency.

Posted 2/9/2014 6:00:00 AM

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02/02/14 pt 2

Connecticut retailers are under intense pressure to keep pace with technological advances, shifting demographics, and increased globalization. So we'll talk with the President of the CT

Retail Merchants Association about their new 'Together We're Stronger' campaign and a number of other issues affecting the state's retail marketplace.
Then we'll welcome back the founder of Melissa's Project to get the latest news about this statewide agency offering a non-traditional treatment model that delivers appropriate and

reliable services to persons with severe and persistent mental illness living in our communities.
The we'll meet Treasured Time a not-for-profit helping keep memories alive for families battling cancer and other life threatening illnesses. We'll hear about how this charity is

granting wishes for parents with life-threatening illnesses who want to create a lasting memory with their children. And we'll invite you to their upcoming fundraiser on valentine's Day weekend.

Posted 2/2/2014 6:30:00 AM

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02/02/14 pt 1

Connecticut retailers are under intense pressure to keep pace with technological advances, shifting demographics, and increased globalization. So we'll talk with the President of the CT Retail Merchants Association about their new 'Together We're Stronger' campaign and a number of other issues affecting the state's retail marketplace.
Then we'll welcome back the founder of Melissa's Project to get the latest news about this statewide agency offering a non-traditional treatment model that delivers appropriate and reliable services to persons with severe and persistent mental illness living in our communities.
The we'll meet Treasured Time a not-for-profit helping keep memories alive for families battling cancer and other life threatening illnesses. We'll hear about how this charity is granting wishes for parents with life-threatening illnesses who want to create a lasting memory with their children. And we'll invite you to their upcoming fundraiser on valentine's Day weekend.

Posted 2/2/2014 6:00:00 AM

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01/26/2014

We'll open with the President of Housatonic Community College talking about a number of new programs for students, those returning to college as adults, several successful workforce development programs and community activities going on at one of the nations fastest growing community colleges right in the heart of Bridgeport.
Then we'll welcome back Shepherds Mentoring - answering the Call of at-risk inner city Connecticut youth, offering them a quality college preparatory education at a non-public high school with the introduction of a positive role model – a Mentor. We'll learn more about the program and meet one of Shepherds' mentor/student teams.
And we'll wrap catching up with the latest developments in research being supported through The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. And we'll bring in Naugatuck Firefighter Tim Andrews who supports the cause every year by participating in an upcoming benefit race to the top of the Empire State Building.

Posted 1/26/2014 6:00:00 AM

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01/19/2014

We'll open talking with a psychiatrist who is part of an ongoing effort to help improve public understanding of mental health issues in Connecticut. And we'll be inviting you to a free public event entitled “Raising Awareness, Breaking Down Barriers,” which will be focusing on the stigmas and fears that are often associated with behavioral health issues, and how they can be overcome.
Then we'll visit with a couple of representatives of The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services at BHcare, which serves 7,000 victims and their children annually. And we'll be inviting you to support their work by sponsoring or attending the 26th Annual Bowl-to-Benefit Umbrella.
And we'll wrap talking with the Healthy Eyes Alliance - January is National Glaucoma Awareness month, and the Healthy Eyes Alliance will be talking about why glaucoma remains the leading cause of blindness in the US and the World.

Posted 1/19/2014 6:00:00 AM

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01/12/2014

We'll open up chatting with Connecticut's Agriculture Commissioner about the latest Governor’s Council for Agricultural Development findings. This year's report summarizes the council’s second year of work on Grow Connecticut Farms, the strategic plan for Connecticut’s $3.5 billion agricultural industry, which represent about 28,000 jobs.
Then we'll replay a program featuring the founder of Harmony4Kidz. She and the growing number of volunteers at Harmony4Kidz are committed to assisting underprivileged children and teens with music education in the Greater Bridgeport Area.
And we'll wrap up with information about an upcoming event sponsored by Empowering Through Beauty Inc. a Connecticut-based non-profit working to support women and girls by building confidence and promoting self-sufficiency through self-esteem workshops, educational programs, social entrepreneurship and anti-poverty seminars.

Posted 1/12/2014 6:00:00 AM

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12/22/13 Pt 2

We'll continue our talk about Connecticut's families who are still waiting for loved ones who are prisoners of war and missing in action with the new leader of the state's chapter of the League of POW and MIA Families, and invte you to an upcoming event honoring Connecticut's Vietnam Vets.
And we'll wrap with a representative of the National Council on Behavioral Health, which has been following developments in Newtown and Sandy Hook one year post 12/14. We'll hear how the organization is fighting for more rights and support for families of individuals with behavioral health challenges, and learn how the Connecticut is doing promoting Mental Health First Aid and other related initiatives.

Posted 12/22/2013 6:35:00 AM

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12/22/13 Pt 1

We'll open paying tribute to dozens of state organizations, businesses and others who have been good stewards of Connecticut's environment, and who are recent recipients of the latest round of the Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection's GreenCircle Awards.
Then we'll talk about Connecticut's families who are still waiting for loved ones who are prisoners of war and missing in action with the new leader of the state's chapter of the League of POW and MIA Families.
And we'll wrap with a representative of the National Council on Behavioral Health, which has been following developments in Newtown and Sandy Hook one year post 12/14. We'll hear how the organization is fighting for more rights and support for families of individuals with behavioral health challenges, and learn how the Connecticut is doing promoting Mental Health First Aid and other related initiatives.

Posted 12/22/2013 6:00:00 AM

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12/15/13

Today we welcome back two organizations that are taking very special care to be sure you and your families remain healthy, happy and safe through the holiday season and into the new year. We'll open talking with the CT Public Interest Research group - ConnPIRG about their latest reports on food safety, transportation and we'll review the 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report flagging consumers to dangerous and potentially deadly toys.
Then we'll visit with the CT Better Business Bureau to bring you a multitude of tips and good advice on how to avoid being scammed or ripped off this holiday season.

Posted 12/15/2013 6:00:00 AM

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12/08/13

We'll open up this last program before the first anniversary of the Newtown tragedy talking to a representative of The Newtown Foundation about the upcoming national vigil honoring the Sandy Hook victims and other activities tied to the anniversary and the incidents of 12/14.
Then, we'll reconnect with Liberation Programs to talk about how easy it is to fall into addictive and self destructive substance abuse habits, particularly during the holidays.
And we'll wrap up speaking with Ben Barnes, secretary of Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management about the latest OPM state fiscal accountability report. We'll discuss the sustainability of Connecticut's finances, job market and government systems.

Posted 12/8/2013 6:00:00 AM

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11/24/13

This morning we're going to open with an extended special report featuring Connecticut based Environment and Human Health. That group's new research report closely examines the health risks that flame-retardants pose to the general population and recommends sweeping policy changes to protect the public. We'll talk about why this report has such far reaching public health and safety implications.
Then, we'll meet the new executive director of Connecticut's Council for Human Rights and Opportunities - the CHRO - originally established as the nation's first-ever anti discrimination agency. We'll hear about the important work CHRO is doing under its new leadership reinforcing anti discriminatory practices in employment, housing, public accommodation and credit.
And we'll wrap up inviting you to wrap up a child's toy, and attend the Weston Women's League's 2013 Toys for Tots Winter Gala coming up December 7 at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Posted 11/24/2013 6:00:00 AM

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11/17/13

On the 11 month anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy we went back to Sandy Hook center to talk with representatives of Connecticut Main Street Center about how they are lending support to merchants and commercial property owners in the area who are still suffering the fallout and after effects of 12/14. We'll hear about the unique assets of Sandy Hook and how the community is poised to roll out a marketing campaign to bring sustainable commercial traffic back to the community.
Then we'll speak with the CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven about how that organization is coordinating millions of dollars in philanthropy to numerous communities and causes in our region, and how the foundation is working creatively on fortifying its funds to do even more good in the future.

Posted 11/17/2013 6:00:00 AM

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11/10/13

Top state and environmental officials have announced that 23 grants totaling almost $1.3 million will be coming into local government and community groups in the region for projects aimed at improving the health of Long Island Sound, from a pool created by several environmental agencies and foundations. This morning we'll talk with the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation about their role in implementing these grants to help preserve the sound.
Then, we'll chat with the Commissioner of Connecticut's Dept of Revenue Services, the taxman, about how his agency is working to improve customer service, and how to take advantage during the final few days of the state's latest and unprecedented tax amnesty program.
Then we'll wrap up with our friend the Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate here in November - National Epilepsy Awareness Month - and we'll meet a mom who is working on her own special advocacy on behalf of her young daughter who suffers with the condition.

Posted 11/10/2013 6:00:00 AM

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11/03/13

We'll open with Governor Dannel Malloy. This week the governor announced several related initiatives including a new program aimed at home and property owners along Connecticut's coast, and additional assistance for others impacted by the storms of 2012 including state farmers and others still suffering fallout from Superstorm Sandy.
Then we'll invite you to get involved beautifying your home, business and community with the Connecticut Master Gardeners Program. We'll also learn about a special Master gardeners program for young people, as well as how pesticides are still harming the state's inland waterways.
Then we'll return to issues related to storm Sandy as we chat with a representative from CT Light & Power about a first of its kind system to the utility is putting in service to identify and repair residential power outages better and faster than ever before.

Posted 11/3/2013 6:00:00 AM

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10/27/13

It's National Teen Driver Safety Week, so we'll turn to Connecticut based 'Survive the Drive' to learn about how this nonprofit educational organization is educating drivers of all ages, particularly vulnerable and inexperienced teenage drivers, about the often tragic and permanent results of inattentive driving.
Then we'll hear from Fisher House - Providing a "home away from home" for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. We'll invite you to help support this worthy cause and Connecticut's first Fisher House through Fred Astaire Studios and their Dancing With Our Heroes Event.
Then we'll replay a 2011 broadcast about the Young Parent Program of Milford, providing confidential services to youth under 22 years of age to promote healthy choices, responsible decision-making, healthy birth outcomes, and prevention of future unwanted pregnancies.

Posted 10/27/2013 6:00:00 AM