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Ray Hardman


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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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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Connecticut's 2nd District Congressman Joe Courtney returned from a visit to Afghanistan earlier this week. Courtney is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and he joins us by phone.

Beinecke Library at Yale University

Maybe you read comic books as a kid - maybe you still do, or you have children that escape into the graphic narratives that have become part of our popular culture. A new exhibit at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University explores the earliest roots of the modern day comic book. Joining us by phone this morning is the curator of Comic Inventions - The Pre-history of the Graphic Narrative in the 19th Century, Tim Young.

The Sacred Heart University community has been rocked by the senseless death of former basketball star Chauncey Hardy. Hardy was playing professional ball in Romania where he was killed late Sunday. Joining us by phone is Chris Elsberry, he is a sports columnist for the Connecticut Post. 

Moonshine Is Back

Oct 11, 2011
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Moonshine. The word evokes images of Hillbillies sipping out of jugs or mason jars, and brass stills nestled deep in the backwoods during prohibition. A Connecticut start-up has brought Moonshine into the 21st century, and as WNPR's Ray Hardman reports, the liquor is getting a lot of attention.

"Basically this is where the product is in its tanks ready to be made into the finished product. So we've got moonshine here in these two 50-gallon drums and we've got the organic..."

Child advocates, concerned citizens, and state lawmakers will be in Hartford  today for Foster Youth Day at the State Capitol. Joining us by phone is  New Haven State Representative Toni Walker, she will hear from a panel of young adults who will speak about aging out of the state Foster care system.

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It's been nineteen months since the Kleen energy power plant explosion in Middletown killed six and injured nearly 50 workers. Now, the National Fire Protection Association has issued recommendations to avoid such a disaster at other natural gas plants. Joining us is the President of the National Fire Protection Association, James Shannon.

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Yesterday two Big East schools, Pittsburgh and Syracuse were accepted into rival league the Atlantic Coast Conference. This has schools scrambling to determine the future of their sports programs, including UConn, which according to some sources is already in discussions with the ACC. Joining us to talk about this shake up is Hartford Courant sports writer Dom Amore.

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Every ten years, a bipartisan committee made up of members of Connecticut's General Assembly go through the tedious process of redrawing legislative and congressional maps. Often the Reapportionment committee's work breaks down into partisan politics. Earlier this week, the Reapportionment committee wrote a letter to Governor Dannel Malloy acknowledging that they will miss their September 15th deadline, which is today. Joining us by phone is House Minority leader and co-chair of the Reapportionment committee Lawrence Cafero.

A Darkened Connecticut

Aug 29, 2011
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A day after Tropical Storm Irene knocked out power to half of Connecticut's residents, 700-thousand remain in the dark. More than 800 crews are beginning to repair the damage throughout the state. Joining us by phone is Connecticut Light and Power's spokesman, Mitch Gross.

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What happens when four friends, all veteran musicians with a love of rock and roll and baseball get together? Well, they call themselves the Baseball Project, and they head out on the road. The Baseball Project rolls into New London for a show tonight. Joining us by phone is singer and guitarist for the Baseball Project Scott McCaughey, he's also front man for Minus 5.

Border Toll Outrage

Aug 22, 2011
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Rhode Island is considering placing tolls on I-95 near the Connecticut border. Joining us by phone to discuss the potential impact to Connecticut is North Stonington State Representative Diana Urban.

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A recent rash of accidents involving elderly drivers in Connecticut has state lawmakers, law enforcement and senior advocates again looking at the tricky issues that concern senior drivers.

Joining us by phone is Jennifer Millea, she is the Communications Director for AARP - Connecticut.

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Today was supposed to be the day crews start the process of dry docking Connecticut's two state run ferries for the winter. The future of these historic ferries are uncertain. After state union workers rejected the first labor and concessions deal with Governor Malloy, the ferries were targeted for closure, but remain open while union members mull over a second deal. In the meantime the towns that surround the ferries are looking for other ways to keep them open.

A recent rash of suicides among Connecticut police officers has law enforcement leaders concerned. Tomorrow at Central Connecticut State University the nonprofit Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement welcomes some 300 police officers, dispatchers, counselors and others to a conference that looks at the issue of suicide prevention for police officers. Joining us by phone is Sergeant Troy Anderson, he is a CT state Trooper and is State Coordinator for the State Troopers Offering Peer Support or STOPS Program.

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A Group of Yale Undergraduates who participated in Yale's Rainforest expedition and Laboratory course have found an organism that can break down plastic, holding the promise of significantly reducing waste in the world's landfills. Their paper was published in the journal Applied and  Environmental Microbiology.

Joining us by phone is one of those students, and one of the lead authors of the paper, Jon Russell.

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The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival gets underway in East Hartford and runs through the weekend. Some of the best Bluegrass acts in the country will perform this weekend. What started 16 years ago as a small get together of local bluegrass musicians and fans has become one of the biggest Bluegrass festivals in the US.

Joining us by phone is C. Roger Moss, director of East Hartford's department of parks and recreation which organizes the event

Journalist and New Haven native Clare Gillis testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday on a measure that would ensure that the U.S. lives up to its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular relations. Earlier this year Gillis was captured and detained in Libya by pro-Qaddafi forces.

She joins us by phone to discuss her situation and what can be done in the future.

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When the space shuttle Atlantis lifted off on its final mission earlier this month, it brought along a little bit of Hartford with it. A group of eighth graders from the Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School in Hartford's North End wanted to measure the effect of microgravity on Tomato growth, so they wrote a proposal and it was accepted.

We talk to principal Melony Brady about her students' project.


In the wake of the failed labor concessions agreement between Governor Dannel Malloy and state labor unions, state agencies are feeling the crunch. The Office of the Chief public defender has to cut about 7.5 percent of their overall budget, which some believe will hinder the states poorest from getting proper legal counsel, and will make it difficult for public defenders to honor their constitutional obligations.

We are joined by Mike Lawlor, undersecretary for criminal justice planning.

Federal lawmakers spent the weekend working on ways to break the standstill in budget talks. While there is still hope that lawmakers can come up with a package of spending cuts and taxes, including President Obama's $4 trillion so called grand bargain, with an August 2 deadline quickly approaching, a simple raise of the debt limit, as proposed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will be the more likely outcome.

Here to talk about reaction from Connecticut's congressional delegation is the Connecticut Mirror's Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen.

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Deficit cutting negotiations with President Obama and Congressional leaders continued yesterday with no apparent progress.  Time is running short to raise the government's debt limit.  We talk to Congressman John Larson about the impasse.

The Science of Song

Jun 10, 2011
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A series of tornadoes ripped through the Springfield, Massachusetts area yesterday afternoon, tearing off roots, uprooting trees, scattering debris and leaving at least four dead.  We talked to WNPR's Nancy Cohen who was live at the scene. 

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