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Where We Live is a call-in talk show about who we are in Connecticut and our place in the world.

    The Secret Lives Of Dinosaurs

    The Secret Lives Of Dinosaurs

    When you think about a dinosaur what springs to mind? Probably something with giant teeth...but is it grey and scaly like a lizard? What about the sound it makes? Does it have a roar like a supersized lion?

    Earlier this month Where We Live producer Carmen Baskauf moderated a virtual event with paleontologist Julia Clarke, a lecture presented by the Yale Peabody Museum.

    Clarke studies the evolution of dinosaurs—including birds—and in her research, Clarke takes on questions that seem impossible to answer, like: What color were dinosaurs? And what might a Tyrannosaurus rex sound like?

    Clarke looks for clues in our modern living dinosaurs to better understand what their ancient extinct ancestors might have been like, what she calls “the secret lives of dinosaurs.”

    GUEST:

    Dr. Julia Clarke - John A. Wilson Professor of vertebrate paleontology at the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT Austin and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. 

    Catie Talarski contributed to this program.

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    Journalist Maria Hinojosa On Her New Memoir, 'Once I Was You'

    Journalist Maria Hinojosa On Her New Memoir, 'Once I Was You'

    Maria Hinojosa has been a groundbreaking journalist reporting on politics, immigration, and more for years.

    From being the first Latina in NPR’s newsroom to starting her own media company, Hinojosa has pushed the mainstream to acknowledge the importance of Latinx representation.

    This hour we talk with Hinojosa about her new book Once I Was You, A Memoir of Love and Hate In A Torn America.

    The memoir weaves together her personal story with an in-depth analysis of the US immigration system.

    GUEST:
    Maria Hinojosa - journalist and founder of Futuro Media a nonprofit media organization, where she is the host of NPR’s Latino USA and co-anchor of “In the Thick” political podcast. She is also the author of the new memoir Once I Was You, A Memoir of Love and Hate In A Torn America.

    Listeners can tune into Latino USA every Saturday at 6 p.m. on Connecticut Public.

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    'Survival of The Friendliest': Dogs Became Our Best Friends By Being Nice

    'Survival of The Friendliest': Dogs Became Our Best Friends By Being Nice

    Dogs are man’s best friend, but what’s really going on inside of their heads?

    This hour, we talk with canine cognition researcher Brian Hare.

    Hare runs Duke University’s Canine Cognition Center, and is the co-author of the new book: Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity.

    Hare’s research says what makes our furry friends such great companions also gives them a unique cognitive edge: their social intelligence.

    We learn more about the evolutionary history of how dogs became so attuned to our emotions and interactions. What can we learn from the success of our canine companions?

    GUEST:
    Brian Hare - Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University and co-director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center. He is co-author, along with Vanessa Woods, of the new book Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity

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    The Future Of Connecticut Prisons: A Conversation With Angel Quiros

    The Future Of Connecticut Prisons: A Conversation With Angel Quiros

    How is the Department of Correction preparing for the next wave of the coronavirus? How are prisons working to contain the spread of the virus amongst Connecticut's prison population? 

    This hour, newly appointed DOC Commissioner designate Angel Quiros joins us to answer our questions and yours. 

    Coming up, we talk about the commissioner’s plans to reduce Connecticut’s prison population starting with stronger community support and programming, as well as efforts to reduce recidivism in our state. 

    We want to hear you. What questions do you have for Commissioner Quiros?

    GUESTS:
    Angel Quiros - Connecticut Department of Correction Commissioner Designate (@CTCorrections)
    Kel Lyons - justice reporter for Connecticut Mirror (@Kelan_Lyons)

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    The Show Must Go On: Pandemic Theater

    The Show Must Go On: Pandemic Theater

    This year often feels like a Shakespearean drama!

    This hour, theaters around the state join us to talk about the future of the performing arts. What does a Zoom performance look like? Can it really replicate an in person performance?

    Do you miss going to some of our state’s amazing performing arts centers? We want to hear from you.

    GUESTS:
    Melia Bensussen - Artistic Director at Hartford Stage (@HartfordStage)
    Taneisha Duggan - Producing Associate at Theatreworks in Hartford, Connecticut (@TWHartford)
    Jacqui Hubbard - Executive artistic director at Ivoryton Playhouse (@IvorytonPlayhou)

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    Hartford Faces Two Health Crises: Pandemic And Gun Violence

    Hartford Faces Two Health Crises: Pandemic And Gun Violence

    Connecticut’s capital city is experiencing another public health crisis amidst the pandemic -- an epidemic of gun violence.

    There have been more than 50 shootings in Hartford since September.

    This hour, we talk about what’s behind this disturbing rise in violence, and how to address it. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin joins us and we hear from anti-violence advocates.

    How should we make sense of a rise in shootings through a public health lens? We hear from an expert who used to lead the CDC’s national injury prevention center.

    GUESTS:
    Luke Bronin - Mayor of Hartford
    Deborah Davis - Programming Coordinator for Mothers United Against Violence. She’s worked with the organization for the past 10 years after she lost her son Philip to gun violence in 2010
    Jackie Santiago – CEO of COMPASS Youth Collaborative in Hartford
    Linda Degutis - Lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health and Adjunct Professor at Emory University’s Rawlins School of Public Health. She is the former Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC

    Cat Pastor contributed to this program.

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