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Crowdsourced Science

Nov 18, 2011
Cano Vääri (Flickr Creative Commons)

Today, we’re talking about crowds...their power, and perhaps, their combined wisdom.

A recent Boston Globe column called the scientific world a closed society. But technological innovation has opened up the field to the ordinary citizen on the outside with online programs such as Foldit and Planet Hunters - attempts at “crowdsourcing” some of our trickiest problems.

Harriet Jones

Big box stores are under pressure. A drastic drop in consumer spending has gone along with a shift to making purchases online. But what does all this mean for the small independent retailer? WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, it may actually represent an opportunity for the main street mom-and-pop store.

The retail industry is in turmoil. But while big box stores come and go, some things remain the same.

Chion Wolf

Yesterday more protestors were killed in Syria, Turkey bombed rebels in Iraq and the Greek protests turned violent...again.

The news looks pretty violent these days. But renowned psychologist Steven Pinker says that our ancestors were far more violent than we are today.

It is those stories of violence and mayhem that enter our homes on TV or even here on public radio. Those extraordinary stories get seared into our memory and we forget about the countless numbers of people who die of old age every day.

It’s well known that Connecticut’s economy is heavily dependent on defense spending. But concern usually centers around the state’s big employers like Electric Boat and Pratt & Whitney. A new survey aims to demonstrate what the effects might be of defense cuts on small subcontractors. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

Cutbacks in the nation’s defense budget, once unthinkable, are now firmly on the table.

J Holt

Governor Dannel Malloy’s jobs summit Thursday brought together economic thinkers from inside and outside Connecticut to brainstorm about how to get the state’s economy moving. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, Malloy also used the event to launch a new initiative.

“Thank you very much – please – we’ve got work to do…..”

Governor Malloy signaled to the crowd gathered at the Connecticut convention center that his attention is now moving from the state budget to the state’s economy.

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 17

Oct 16, 2011
Cindy Papish Gerber

Episode 17 was recorded on Sunday October 16th at 116 Crown in New Haven.

Governor Dannel Malloy will kick off his highly anticipated one-day jobs summit today, a curtain-raiser to a special legislative session later this month, focused on the economy.  WNPR’s Harriet Jones has been talking to entrepreneurs, new and established, about how jobs are really grown in Connecticut.

Last year U.S. companies spent more than $26 billion advertising on the Internet. They’re on track to surpass that record number in 2011. In the latest in our occasional series, WNPR’s Harriet Jones looks at the small Connecticut companies who are benefiting from that trend.

Times might be hard in many industries right now, but at the offices of WebSolutions in Meriden, you’d never know it.

Technical High School Builds Lab For Green Trades

Sep 21, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

Connecticut’s Technical High School System is building energy-efficient buildings that will serve as laboratories for students to learn about green technology. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the first one opened this week

Harriet Jones

The rise of the Internet has changed the face of marketing for small companies.  And for some, it’s changed the way they do business entirely. In the second of our occasional series, WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports on one small Connecticut business that’s gone completely virtual.

As any UConn fan knows, the business of sports is big business.  Scott Yeager is showing me round the warehouse of his sports apparel company, Husky Wear.

And the list goes on. And on.

Fordham University

Marshall McLuhan was the prophet of today’s digital world.  This year, he would have turned 100.  

Try on, for example, this passage from the beginning of McLuhan’s most widely read work, “The Medium is the Massage.”

Youth instinctively understands the present environment – the electric drama. It lives mythically and in depth. This is the reason for the great alienation between generations. Wars, revolutions, civil uprisings are interfaces within the new environments created by electric informational media.

Revisiting the "Amazon Tax"

Aug 26, 2011
J Holt

The passage of an internet sales tax in Connecticut earlier this year was highly controversial. Even the commissioner of the Department of Revenue Services warned the state might suffer economic damage. WNPR’s J Holt brings us the story of one company dealing with the consequences of the new law.

Warchol- “Go get it!” (Dog panting)

That’s Josh Warchol and his dog Jesse. For the last three years, Josh has been senior engineer for a small software company called Fanzter

Flickr Creative Commons, BotheredByBees

If I told you last week that in response to political protest, a government shut down cell phone service, you would have thought I meant maybe Syria. 

Photo by Expert Infantry Courtesy of Flickr CC

A group of computer students at Trinity College have created a smartphone app to improve disaster relief management.  As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the project aims to help Haitians recovering from the 2010 earthquake.

Trinity is part of a collaboration between Wesleyan University and Connecticut College to create free software that benefits the common good. It's funded by the National Science Foundation.

courtesy Tangoe

One of Connecticut’s fastest-growing tech companies has just gone public, selling shares on the Nasdaq for the first time. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, software provider Tangoe chose an interesting moment for its debut on the markets.

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