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Samite playing flute
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Samite Mulondo went from a refugee camp in Kenya to collaborating with Paul Simon. This hour, the musician and Uganda native joins us to share his story and his music.

Miriam Engel / The Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra ventured outdoors earlier this week to perform a free concert in Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood.

On this sunny, spring lunch hour in Hartford, the HSO's Jazz Quartet ripped into a bunch of standards, including "Blues Inn” by Hartford's own Jackie McLean. Almost on cue, people began milling into The Hartford's Liam E. McGee Memorial Park - employees of The Hartford with their Styrofoam box lunches, grade school students in their school uniforms, and people from the neighborhood drawn by the music.

Vanessa de la Torre / Connecticut Public Radio

Commencement was two days away and Karina Lasalle Arroyo had hauled out nearly seven months’ worth of luggage from her time in Connecticut.

She stood in a dormitory parking lot and confirmed she was ready to go home.

Bob Adelman / Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline

This Memorial Day weekend, Connecticut residents will flock to the shoreline, raising umbrellas and spreading towels along the state's beaches.

Yet, behind this sunny imagery hides a somber history -- a story of coastal ownership and exclusivity.

This hour, University of Virginia professor and Free the Beaches author Andrew Kahrl joins us. We reflect on the impact of Connecticut’s private and restricted beaches and learn about a 20th-century crusade to unlock the state’s coast. 

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

United Technologies intends to hire 35,000 employees over the next five years, including 2,000 new jobs in Connecticut.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut delegates assembled in Hartford over the weekend for the state’s 2018 Democratic convention. This hour, we wade through the results of their meeting and consider what lies ahead between now and the August primaries.

Plus, the Great Recession may be over, but trends in local home prices remain… well, pretty bleak. We find out why and take your comments and questions. When was the last time you bought or sold a home? What was your experience?

And finally: Calling all parents! NPR has a new series just for you. It’s called, “How To Raise A Human” -- and it’s all about… yes, you guessed it... parenting. We go behind the scenes with Science Desk correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff. 

Patrick Skahill / Connecticut Public Radio

A Hartford police officer is in critical condition after being stabbed in the neck Thursday.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

An estimated 13,000 Puerto Ricans came to Connecticut after Hurricane Maria, according to The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.

Vanessa de la Torre / Connecticut Public Radio

Minutes into touring the Mark Twain House in Hartford, the visitors came across a black-and-white photo of a young Clara Clemens, a daughter of Mark Twain. Soon, it dawned on everyone that Clara looks a lot like Milianis Rivera, a Puerto Rican evacuee.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

A House bill to provide state aid for evacuees from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is being held back by its sponsors. The move is being made because it likely wouldn’t have made it out of the appropriations committee.

A polling place on Election Day 2017 in Waterbury.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

The state Senate passed a bill Saturday committing Connecticut to the effort supporting a national popular vote for the United States presidency.

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The bands Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Rush, Asia, and Styx have sold, literally, hundreds of millions of albums.

And that's despite the fact that This Is Spinal Tap is a devastatingly accurate spoofing of, ya know... all those bands.

This hour: a look at the rise and fall of progressive rock.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Until there’s a resolution on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals -- or DACA -- program, Alan Dornan of Wethersfield said he’ll protest and walk the streets in support of Dreamers -- those brought to the United States as children.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

The Capital Region Development Authority has opened the bidding process for the sale of Hartford’s XL Center.

Bulkeley High School senior Yeicy Alejandro, smiling at left, talks to her new mentors from Central Connecticut State University. They're in the new "Ambassadors" program - Puerto Rican evacuees helping other students displaced by Hurricane Maria.
Vanessa de la Torre / Connecticut Public Radio

Communications major Marivelisse Acosta attends Central Connecticut State University. But on Wednesday night, she stood in the cafeteria of Hartford’s Bulkeley High School, contemplating what to say as a mentor to the school’s displaced students from Puerto Rico.

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