Immigration Reform
1:10 am
Fri November 21, 2014

In Conn., Mixed Reaction From Immigrants To Obama's Executive Action

About 50 people gathered at Neighbor's Link in Stamford, Conn. to watch President Obama's speech on Thursday, November 20, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

Undocumented immigrants held viewing parties all over the country Thursday night to watch President Barack Obama’s address to the nation on immigration.

In Stamford, Connecticut, about fifty people gathered in the community room at a social service agency in the city. They watched intently as President Obama delivered his 10-minute speech. When it was over, there were some cries of joy, and some of pain. The agency’s director, Catarina Horak, explained why.

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Classical Music Highlights
12:10 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

A Grand Beginning

John Field

Pianist and composer John Field's career took him from his native Ireland all the way to Russia, and it all started with his Piano Sonata Opus 1, no. 1.  We'll enjoy it tonight.

Israel leaving DCCC after two terms
11:11 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Israel As DCCC Chair: "It Could Have Been Far Worse"

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, listens to Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as they receive updates on election day information at the Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Long Island Congressman Steve Israel says it could have been worse.

The six-term incumbent from Huntington, N.Y., has finished his second term as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a job aimed at getting — and keeping — as many Democrats in Congress as possible.

As head of the DCCC, Israel had to raise money, screen candidates, decide which candidates to spend the money on, and strategize national messaging.

In addition to all that, Steve Israel found the time to write a novel.

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Classical Music Highlights
1:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Is it Old or New?

With some pieces of music it's easy to pin down which century they were written.  This morning, though, we'll enjoy truly timeless pieces from the Baroque and our own time.  

Transportation
11:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

NTSB: More Attention Needs To Be Paid To Sleep Disorders

An Amtrak train, top, traveling on an unaffected track, passes a derailed Metro North commuter train, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York.
Credit AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

In December of 2013, an engineer fell asleep while driving a Metro-North train in the Bronx.  It derailed, killing 4 people. 

The NTSB released a report on Wednesday with safety recommendations.  Among those recommendations is that railroads should routinely screen employees who perform "safety-sensitive" functions for sleep disorders.

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart says they've made the recommendation to regulators of all transportation industries. He says, for example, it’s been helpful for the trucking industry.

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Crime
1:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

In New Canaan, Police Get A Life-Saving Tool For Overdoses

Norwalk Hospital's Jim Brubaker demonstrates on a CPR dummy.
Credit Davis Dunavin

In much of New York and New Jersey, police have been using an antidote called Narcan to treat heroin overdoses for the past two years — officials in Suffolk County say it's saved 360 lives there. And, while most local departments in Connecticut don't use the drug, that's starting to change.

In New Canaan, police are getting training in administering Narcan to people who have overdosed and stopped breathing. It just takes two squirts up the nose. But, in the field, it could save a life.

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Classical Music Highlights
12:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

That Constant Ringing!

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allen Poe said the inspiration for his poem, "The Bells," was the variety of bells he heard while living in the Bronx, from jingly sleigh bells, to the somber tolling of church bells. Tonight we'll enjoy Rachmaninoff's arrangement of "The Bells" for chorus and orchestra.  

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Classical Music Highlights
1:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

A Modern (19th Century!) Man

Violinist and composer Mark O'Connor
Credit shorefire.com

19th Century folk hero Johnny Appleseed would probably feel at home in our time.  He was a vegetarian and an animal advocate.  This morning we'll enjoy a tribute to this forward-thinking man with a portrait by violinist and composer John O'Connor.  

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Electricity rate hike
2:19 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Conn. Electricity Rates Set For January Hike

Most electricity consumers in Connecticut are getting a rate increase on Jan. 1. That’s because state regulators approved higher rates for Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating today.

The reason for the increase is because the cost of getting natural gas to electricity power plants has been rising due to limited pipeline capacity, said Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the Public Utility Regulatory Authority.

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Vintage Radio
12:12 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Atwater Kent

Atwater Kent, circa 1925.
Credit Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, photographer unknown.

I could not write articles about vintage radio without including Atwater Kent, both the man and his radios. He is a legend among vintage enthusiasts and radio collectors, revered with near deity status.

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