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Catie Talarski

Senior Director

Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Connecticut Public Radio.

Catie got her start in documentary radio at the Salt Institute in Portland Maine. She was one of the first producers for Where We Live, before becoming Executive Producer -- overseeing all locally produced shows and podcasts at WNPR.

Catie has documented end-of-life decisions made by young people with Cystic Fibrosis for NPR’s Hearing Voices, and dug into archival tape of artist Romare Bearden for Studio 360. For WNPR, she’s explored the underbelly of Hartford’s Park River, and the history of the women who helped save the Mark Twain House. She worked with the Public Radio Exchange to produce the hour-long specials BULLIED: Teen Stories from Generation PRX and Left Behind, Dropping Out.

Catie was a teaching assistant at the Transom Story Workshop, and has taught storytelling and journalism classes to high school students in and around Hartford.

Her foray into magazine writing includes an article about her Polish heritage published in SilverKris, the in-flight magazine of Singapore Airlines.

 

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Allegations against Alabama Republican Roy Moore -- who is accused of sexual misconduct with minors -- don't seem to be stopping his bid for the U.S. Senate. On Tuesday, President Trump openly endorsed him, saying we should believe Moore because "he said it didn't happen." 

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Attorney General - and former Senator - Jeff Sessions has spent more time on Capitol Hill than he’d like over the last few months, again facing tough questioning about what he did and didn’t know about contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign he was a part of. 

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This hour, we review the results of local elections across the state, and look at races across the country -- many of which were swept by democrats, including formerly republican gubernatorial seats in Virginia and New Jersey. Some are saying that's a blow to President Trump

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Two famous Connecticut families have their names enshrined on buildings and roads. Both are back in the news for different reasons this week. 

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We’ve been searching for months to find the right words to describe what’s it’s been like watching state lawmakers and the governor try to come together on a budget deal for the state. Senator Martin Looney, Democrat from New Haven has likened it to the process of having a prolonged tooth abscess that's finally being extracted. "A combination of exhaustion, pain, and relief," he said. 

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The President is in a heated back and forth with Senator John McCain, about comments McCain made at an event Monday night -- warning the United States against turning toward "half-baked, spurious nationalism." Trump's also getting pushback for not reaching out sooner to the families of soldiers who died in a recent attack in Niger.

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A feud between President Trump and "Liddle Bob Corker," Republican Senator from Tennessee, is creating tension between the president and the GOP. This is on top of reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a "moron." 

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A massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas over the weekend left 59 dead and more than 500 injured. It reignites the frustrating debate over gun regulations, a fight largely led by Congressman Chris Murphy

President Donald Trump made his long-awaited trip to Puerto Rico on Tuesday; and the Supreme Court took up a case on partisan gerrymandering.

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With the threat of nuclear weapons from North Korea, questions about the future of the Iran nuclear deal, and more aggressive, nationalistic rhetoric coming from the U.S president -- could we see nukes being used again?

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Hurricane Maria has left Puerto Rico devastated, without electricity, running water and months if not years of recovery ahead. If you were watching cable news, though, the crisis was overshadowed by President Trump's rally speech and tweetstorm denouncing NFL players protesting during the national anthem.

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President Donald Trump vowed, during a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, to "destroy North Korea" if it threatens the U.S. 

The early feedback for Hillary Clinton's new book What Happened is rolling in. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it's "sad," and Bernie Sanders is understanding about her criticisms towards him.

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Cleanup and damage control has just begun in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and already another potentially catastrophic hurricane, Irma, is headed straight towards Florida. 

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott called Hurricane Harvey "one of the largest disasters America has ever faced." The devastating storm has dumped more than 40 inches of rain on Houston, the most "extreme rain event" in U.S. history. It has displaced thousands, and rescue efforts continue. 

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Connecticut Republicans and Democrats seem closer to a budget proposal -- but it's not without controversy. 

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