Felix Contreras is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers.

Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR's award winning series 50 Great Voices.

World Cup Village in downtown New Haven
12:48 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

World Cup fever grips New Haven, Conn, at outdoor viewing party at Pitkin Plaza

Soccer fans watching the Brazil Croatia opening match of the 2014 World Cup on TV screens outdoors at Pitkin Plaza in downtown New Haven on Thursday June 12 2013.
Credit Ebong Udoma

As World Cup fever grips the globe, fans in New Haven, Connecticut are watching the matches live outdoors on large TV screens in a downtown courtyard. The courtyard called Pitkin Plaza is now known as New Haven’s World Cup Village.  Host country Brazil took on Croatia in the opening match.

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Report says 44 school shootings after Sandy Hook
5:47 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Larson calls for vote on background check bill

Rep. John Larson speaking on the House floor on Wednesday
Credit C-SPAN

A new report  by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns and other advocates says between the 2012 shooting in Newtown and February of this year, there were 44 school shootings in the U.S, with 30 more since then. Congressman John Larson of Connecticut is calling for a vote on legislation requiring background checks to purchase guns.

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Transportation
5:12 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Tree clearing along Merritt 30% done, says CDOT

The Connecticut Department of Transportation says tree clearing along the 37 mile-long Merritt Parkway is about 30 percent complete. DOT crews have been on a major push to clear trees along the state’s roads since Hurricane Irene, the October snowstorm in 2011 and super storm Sandy. 

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11 children involved with DCF died in 2013
10:09 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Report to examine deaths of children in Conn. DCF care; hearings called for

An upcoming report on child deaths in Connecticut is expected to show a number of infants and toddlers who were involved with the state’s Department of Children and Families died last year.  The report is already prompting calls for a public hearing into the deaths of kids in DCF’s care.

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Town hopes to open park in 6 months
7:01 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Islip updates skeptical residents on dumping

Islip officials delivering an update to Brentwood residents on illegal dumping
Credit Gabrielle Fonrouge

Officials on Long Island hosted a public forum Wednesday night to update residents on the illegal dumping at several Islip sites. State and local health officials were present to answer questions on potential health risks.   

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DGA wants to buy ads for Malloy campaign
6:12 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Federal judge dismisses Democratic Governor's Association challenge to Conn campaign finance law

A US District Court judge in New Haven dismissed a lawsuit challenging Connecticut’s election campaign law on Wednesday. The national Democratic Governor’s Association had claimed the state’s campaign law is unconstitutional.

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Vintage Radio
1:47 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

A Radio for the Great Depression

Edwin Armstrong as a major in WWI

Last month we looked at the RCA Radiola 46, a lavish high end radio that went into production in the spring of 1929, about 6 months before the October market crash that began the Great Depression. This month will be the first half of a two part article in which we will look at how radio faired in those difficult times and how RCA in particular changed its business philosophy to survive.

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Bills range from tasers to sewage
6:34 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Malloy signs 65 bills on range of topics; vetoes two

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed 65 bills on Monday, dealing with everything from birth certificates to brew pubs.

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Boughton and Lauretti team up on GOP ticket
4:38 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Boughton campaign says Lauretti has enough signatures to qualify for GOP primary

Danbury, Connecticut Mayor Mark Boughton’s gubernatorial campaign said on Tuesday its collected more than the 8,190 signatures needed to get Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti on the ballot for Lieutenant Governor in the state GOP primary. The outcome of Lauretti’s petition drive will determine the lineup for the August 15th GOP gubernatorial primary. 

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