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.

Ebong Udoma

WSHU’s Ebong Udoma has been an award winning journalist for more than 20 years.

Ebong is our Connecticut State Capitol reporter, and has covered presidential visits, high profile political races, and municipal corruption trials, including one that led to the resignation of former Governor John Rowland.

He also covered the political transitions in Nigeria in1993 and 1999 for Pacifica Network News.

Ebong is back in his native Nigeria for the next few months to work on a new media project called Gotel Africa.

The Linden Triangle is an intersection of streets in Hempstead on Long Island.  Nearby is a park; there's a charter school, a Mercedes Benz dealership.  Not really surprising for your average Long Island suburban neighborhood.  But the Linden Triangle is not average.  Theses streets form a hub for drug sales, shoot-outs, and a deadly gang war.  Journalist Kevin Deutsch spent quite a bit of time with the people who live amid the violence  that plagues the Triangle.  He writes about the gangs, the community, and the police in his new book.  It's called,

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How would you explain sleep to an 11-year-old? That's the question scientists around the world will attempt to answer for a competition that's to be judged at Stony Brook University this spring. It's called The Flame Challenge. It's an annual competition organized by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

Actor Alan Alda is the inspiration behind the challenge. He says the idea came out of his own life.

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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, ushered in  the year 5775, which also  marks the beginning of Shmitah.  Shmitah  occurs every seven years.   According to biblical laws no planting or harvesting is allowed.  It is a sabbatical for the land and a practice that would fit in well with the Climate Change Summit at the United Nations, this week. 

Rabbi Joshua Ratner is the director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New Haven and the Associate Rabbi and Director of Engagement at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. 

Black Fives Foundation

The Greenwich, Connecticut-based Black Fives Foundation has collected hundreds of artifacts from a period in sports history called the Black Fives Era.  It refers to the first half of the 20th century, in segregated America, where African Americans formed basketball leagues of their own.

WSHU's Tom Kuser speaks with founder Claude Johnson about an exhibit at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan, which features many of those artifacts.

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