Davis Dunavin


Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He fell in love with sound-rich radio storytelling while working as an assistant reporter at KBIA public radio in Columbia, Missouri. Before coming back to radio, he worked in digital journalism as the editor of Newtown Patch. As a freelance reporter, his work for WSHU aired nationally on NPR. Davis is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism; he started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.

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New York City has halted a nearly $10 million incentive package for the Hartford, Connecticut-based insurance company Aetna. The package was part of a plan for Aetna to move to the city.

Aetna announced last year it would move its headquarters to New York City beginning in late 2018 after nearly two centuries in Hartford. But the move became uncertain after the drugstore chain CVS Health bought Aetna for $69 billion.

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A superior court judge in Connecticut is deciding whether to toss out a lawsuit filed by parents of two children killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting. The suit says Newtown and its school district were negligent in its response to the shooting.

The plaintiffs are the parents of Jesse Lewis and Noah Pozner, two first-graders killed in the shooting. Their lawsuit alleges the school failed to order a lockdown, which might have saved lives.

H.P. Lovecraft in June 1934, and the exterior of Lovecraft Arts & Sciences in Providence, R.I.

The city of Providence, Rhode Island, mostly celebrates the legacy of author H. P. Lovecraft – one of the fathers of horror fiction and, increasingly, a pop culture icon. But there’s a lot to grapple with – and his bleak, wordy prose about incomprehensible interstellar monsters is far from the most difficult thing about Lovecraft.

Excerpt from Nyarlathotep read by G.M. Danielson, music by Kevin MacLeod.

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P.T. Barnum is the subject of the new film, The Greatest Showman, in which he’s played by Hugh Jackman. The film follows Barnum as he opens a museum in New York City and employs a ragtag group, mostly made up of people with disabilities or unusual physical characteristics.

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One of America’s most well-known sword swallowers has died.

Johnny Fox was a comedian, a magician and a pickpocket. He grew up in Connecticut and performed at circus sideshows, Renaissance faires and at Coney Island.

But his specialty was doing weird things to his body. Swallowing swords, mostly, but he also drove nails up his nose and ate fire. His biggest claim to fame may have been a Maalox commercial in which he smashed a light bulb with a hammer and started chewing away at the shards.