Culture

Overcoming a "sissy" image
6:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Badminton woos Americans on Long Island

Danish badminton player Flemming Quach returning a volley at the 2014 Yonex Suffolk County Community College U.S. Open Championships.
Credit Charles Lane

The tall and lithe Michelle Li from Toronto dings a goose feathered shuttlecock to and fro in a lazy, backyard barbeque sort of way. The rubber-nosed projectile flies over the net as she takes a dainty step here, a swing of the ponytail there, and then she jumps a foot and half in the air, and…

WHOP

Li hasn't clocked her "smash" but she guesses it's around 200 mph. This with a racket weighing less than a quarter pound which, perhaps, mischaracterizes the sport in general as non-contact, non-competitive, non-American.

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Replica of historic ship may visit Sailfest
6:25 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Amistad reconsidering skipping trip to New London after Malloy threatens to drop funding

The "Freedom Schooner Amistad" in New Haven
Credit Craig LeMoult

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is threatening to reconsider supporting additional state funding for the replica Amistad slave ship. That’s because the group managing the schooner said it’s planning to skip this weekend's Sailfest in New London.

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Culture
8:04 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Burning of Fairfield

A re-enactor during the Fairfield Museum's Opening Celebration, September, 2007
Credit Fairfield Museum and History Center

On July 7th of 1779, British troops stormed the town of Fairfield, Connecticut. They burned houses, barns and shops to the ground. It was a grim moment in the middle of the American Revolutionary War. Davis Dunavin takes us to the living history of the revolution during a walking tour presented by the Fairfield Museum and History Center on Sunday.

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Replica schooner docked in New Haven
6:18 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

175 years after Amistad revolt, non-profit struggles to carry on story

The replica "Freedom Schooner Amistad" in New Haven on Wednesday
Credit Craig LeMoult

A hundred and seventy five years ago Wednesday, 49 African men and four children who had been sold into the slave trade, revolted on board the schooner La Amistad. The ship ultimately made it to Connecticut, where today, a non-profit with a state-funded replica of the ship is struggling to carry on the story.

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Author Interview
3:31 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Refeathering the Empty Nest: Life After the Children Leave

Greenwich author Wendy Aronsson at WSHU's studios in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Some 25 million American parents are classified as "empty nesters".  They're free from the daily obligations of raising children after those children have left home for the next stage in their lives.

 Wendy Aronsson is a psychotherapist from Greenwich and author of Refeathering the Nest:Life after the Children leave. She says you can not only survive this change but you can thrive, as well.
 

She also likes to avoid the term "empty nest". Fairfield County Public Radio Host Bill Buchner asked her why...

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