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Ray Hardman

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Ray Hardman began his broadcasting career at WFSU in Tallahassee Florida where he served at different times as a producer, Operations manager, and Morning Edition host. Ray joined the WNPR staff in 1996, as a reporter and host. He later became the Music Director for WNPR, and in 2002 he went back to his newsy roots as the host of WNPR’s Morning Edition.

From 2002 to 2009 Ray divided his time between WNPR and CPTV, first serving as a correspondent on CPTV’s news magazine Main Street. He later became the host of Main Street, and from 2005 to 2009 was the host and producer for CPTV’s Front and Center with Ray Hardman.

Ray holds degrees from St. Mary's College of Maryland and Florida State University. In his spare time, Ray fronts a garage band called The Radiation. Ray lives in West Hartford with his wife Kathleen, and their sons Benjamin and Jackson. 

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The Yale Muslim Students Association was shocked to learn over the weekend that the New York Police Department spied on their organization in 2006 and 2007.

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President Obama warned that "the basic American promise is at risk" in last night's State of the Union address. Mr. Obama offered what he called a blueprint for an economy that's built to last. Joining us by phone to get his assessment is U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.

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If you wish your child spent more time outdoors, and less time playing computer games, here is one more thing to worry about - some of those computer games may actually increase your child's consumption of junk food, that's according to a new study from Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Joining us by phone is lead author of the study, Jennifer Harris - she is also the Rudd Center's director of marketing initiatives.

Connecticut's child advocate is stepping down after 12 years. Jeanne Milstein said Tuesday she will retire March 1.

Milstein told WNPR's Morning Edition that it was simply time to move on and that she leaves the department in very capable hands.

On WNPR's Where We Live, Governor Malloy said of the child advocate position, "I do look forward to the day when that position is not necessary, but that won’t be happening in the foreseeable future.

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From The Time Machine to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, many movies either focus on scientists or are rooted in science. As part of a national program, Hartford's Real Art Ways is trying to bring film and science even closer together.

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The University of Connecticut announced yesterday that it’s raising tuition starting in 2013. Yearly increases thru 2016 will be 6 percent, 6.3 percent, 6.5 percent and 6.8 percent...nearly doubling the cost of attending UConn in less than 12 years. Tuition and fees for an in-state student is currently $10,670. Under this plan, it could grow to $13,130 by 2016.

"Booker" is one of singer songwriter Milton's most well known songs, a tribute to the late New Orleans pianist James Booker. In fact it was the NPR song of the day back in 2009. With his husky soulful voice and evocative lyrics, Milton has garnered high praise from critics and scores of fans. Milton plays Friday night at Cafe Nine in New Haven, and he joins us now by phone.
 

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The Connecticut Mirror's Mark Pazniokas looked at how Governor Dannell Malloy is taking a broad look at new ways to bring more gambling revenue into state coffers. Mark Pazniokas joins us now by phone.

From Pazniokas' story:

With competition rising on all sides, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he is working with the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans to stabilize their market share -- and Connecticut's 25 percent cut of the gross profits from their slot machines.

On Monday, Connecticut's new Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor addressed the task force charged with finding solutions to Connecticut's achievement gap - the disparity between poor and wealthy students. Connecticut's achievement gap is considered the widest in the nation. Commissioner Pryor joins us now by phone.

Ballet companies far and wide are deep into Nutcracker mode this time of year. The Ballet Theater Company of West Hartford is no exception, but it may be the only production of the Nutcracker being choreographed by a former Marine. Roman Baca served in Iraq, and he joins us now by phone.

The Ballet Theater Company's production of The Nutcracker gets underway next week, December 15-18 at the Carol Autorino Center on the campus of St. Joseph College in West Hartford.

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It's been 10 days since the unusual Autumn Nor'easter rocked Connecticut with heavy snow and massive power outages, and Connecticut is still feeling the effects. Joining us by phone to talk about the recovery efforts is 1st District Congressman John Larson.

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New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry weaves factual history into his thriller novels. In his latest novel, The Jefferson Key he connects the assassinations of four Presidents to a hidden clause in the U.S. Constitution. Steve Berry will be in Hartford this weekend for a series of events, and he joins us now by phone.

November 5, 9 am - 1 pm History Matters Event, Writers Workshop, Hartford, Connecticut

November 5, 4:30 - 6 pm History Matters Event, "An Evening With Steve Berry", Hartford, CT

Eastern Turkey is still reeling from last Sunday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake and the hundreds of aftershocks since then. For Turkish Americans living in Connecticut it's been a tense time. Joining us by phone is the president of the Turkish Cultural Center of Connecticut, Nebi Demirsoy.

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