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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.

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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 Path Back To Normal: Majority of Connecticut Residents Get COVID Vaccine

    The Path Back To Normal: Majority of Connecticut Residents Get COVID Vaccine

    More than 7 in 10 adults over the age of 18 in Connecticut have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. And on Monday, the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for children age 12-15 under its Emergency Use Authorization. This will expand the pool of residents eligible to be vaccinated to an even younger cohort--starting later this week.

    But as more workers come back to in-person offices, can employers mandate the vaccine for workers? This hour, we talk to an employment law expert.

    First, we hear from Connecticut's Acting Public Health Commissioner Deidre Gifford about the state's vaccine program and more. What questions do you have?

    GUESTS:
    Deidre Gifford - Acting Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), and Commissioner of the Department of Social Services (DSS)
    Daniel Schwartz- partner at Shipman and Goodwin, LLP. He practices employment law for both large and small companies. He is also the author of the Connecticut Employment Law Blog

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    Universal Basic Income Might Be Coming To Hartford

    Universal Basic Income Might Be Coming To Hartford

    Universal Basic Income, a program popularized --by presidential candidate Andrew Yang, might be coming to a Connecticut city. 

    This hour, we talk with members of a task force that are working to create a pilot program in Hartford, providing UBI to a select group of single parents. Universal Basic Income test programs have popped up in California and other parts of the globe - we talk about who benefits and who will pay for it.

    Could Universal Basic Income become the core part of government programs in the future? Would it mean ending SNAP, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and other government assistance programs?

    Later, we hear from the founders of the Hartford Poetry Bus.

    We want to hear from you.

    GUESTS:
    Dr. Gina Rosich - Assistant Professor at University of Saint Joseph Department of Social Work and Equitable Community Practice
    Steven Ross - Professor of Economics at University of Connecticut
    Sarah Holder - Staff Writer at Bloomberg City Lab
    Melanie Faranello - writer and teaching artist at Charter Oak and founder of Poetry on the Streets
    Susan Mazer - Director of the Youth Arts Institute at Charter Oak

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    Work In Progress: Going Back To Work During The Pandemic

    Work In Progress: Going Back To Work During The Pandemic

    Connecticut's unemployment rate has hovered above 8 percent, more than double the rate pre- pandemic. But now that the job market is picking up, why are business owners having such a hard time hiring? 

    This hour, we talk about what employers are doing to get people back to work. We hear from a local landscaper who is navigating hiring during the pandemic. 

    What will the job market look like after the pandemic? We want to hear from you.

    GUESTS:
    Eric Nelson - Owner of Garden Paths, Inc. 
    Patrick Flaherty - Director of Research, Connecticut Department of Labor
    Gary Burtless - Senior Fellow, Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution 

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    Pay Transparency: One Way To Reduce Wage Gap For Women And People Of Color

    Pay Transparency: One Way To Reduce Wage Gap For Women And People Of Color

    Women, on average, make 82 cents for every dollar earned by men. And women of color make even less than that.

    This hour, we take a look at the role greater pay transparency can play to address the wage gap in our country. Advocates in Connecticut say that listing starting salaries publicly for open positions is a step towards evening the playing field.

    We want to hear from you, too. Do you have salary transparency at your workplace?

    GUESTS:
    Maya Raghu - Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)
    Madeline Granato - Policy Director at the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF)
    Tyler Falk - Reporter covering public radio for Current, an independent trade publication that covers public media

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    Comptroller's Public Option Health Insurance Plan Encounters Resistance

    Comptroller's Public Option Health Insurance Plan Encounters Resistance

    This hour, we speak with Connecticut Comptroller Kevin Lembo on his public option proposal to give more people the chance to join a health insurance program overseen by the state.

    The Connecticut Partnership Plan is already offered to municipal workers and school employees. 

    But how would he pay for it?

    And how would he avoid frightening away insurance companies that are big employers in the state?

    Guests:
    Connecticut Comptroller Kevin Lembo
    Kaiser Health News Senior Correspondent Mary Agnes Carey

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    Financial Literacy For Kids, And Beyond!

    Financial Literacy For Kids, And Beyond!

    Ever wonder why you were required to learn algebra, but not how to balance a checkbook and file your taxes? Although personal finance and accounting are offered as an elective in many high schools, they're not often required for graduation.

    This hour, we talk to Nan Morrison - President and CEO, Council for Economic Education about teaching our children to be more financially literate. The secret is starting them young! 

    Do you wish you had the chance to learn subjects like investing, credit, and even just basic budgeting? We want to hear from you. 

    GUESTS:
    Nan Morrison - President and CEO, Council for Economic Education
    Lew DeLuca - Coordinator, Student Financial Literacy & Advising at Southern Connecticut State University

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Great show!

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This show is great for CT residents, and I love it on WNPR. I have a hard time tuning in live because of the hours it airs, so I am very happy to see it as a podcast.

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