Tom Kuser

Program Director, WSHU Morning Edition host

Tom has been with WSHU since 1987, after spending 15 years at college and commercial radio and television stations. After a short stint as classical music announcer, he was given the task of rebuilding and expanding the news department. Under his direction, the news staff began a tradition of award-winning coverage. Tom has won several Associated Press awards for his own feature reporting, too. He became Program Director in 1999, and has been local host of NPR’s Morning Edition since 2000.

Emily Bogle NPR

The way that some American workers are paid has been a front-burner issue recently, with overtime and on-call scheduling both causing some controversy.

In September, the U.S. Department of Labor said it might change the rules about who qualifies for overtime pay. And retailers that give employees unpredictable, on-call work schedules have been served notice in New York and elsewhere that this might be in violation of some laws.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Taking out a student loan was supposed to be a good investment in your future, but now that loan has turned into a long term debt.

Today, more and more Americans over 40 are still paying back their student loans. Their numbers have gone up significantly in the past 10 years.

Douglas Healey, Bob Child / Associated Press

This year’s local elections in Connecticut are anything but dull. The primaries held earlier this month saw three incumbent Democratic mayors lose to their challengers.

New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio conceded to his challenger Mike Passero for the Democratic nomination.

In Hartford, Mayor Pedro Segarra packed in his re-election campaign and called on his supporters to back rival Luke Bronin.

And then there’s Bridgeport.

Mayor Bill Finch lost the Democratic nomination to former Bridgeport mayor and ex-convict Joe Ganim. But Finch is not giving up.

Ghosts Of Amistad

Sep 15, 2015

In 1839, a Spanish slave ship called the Amistad was captured near Montauk Point on Long Island. The African people, who had been brought on board as cargo in Cuba, had seized the ship after they rebelled and killed the Captain and some of the crew. They were attempting to make their way back to West Africa when they were stopped.

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Committee on Children called a hearing on Aug. 12 to discuss recent reports about conditions at the state’s two juvenile detention facilities: the Connecticut Juvenile Training School for boys and the Pueblo Unit for girls. Both are run by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).