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The Civilian Conservation Corps’ Lasting Impact On Connecticut

Jul 18, 2017

In the midst of the Great Depression more than 80 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps — giving jobs to young men to support their families, while conserving the country’s wild lands and upgrading our state parks.

This hour, we learn about the CCC’s impact in Connecticut and we hear from one “CCC boy” who is now 102 years old.

Former CCC boy Michael Popovich holds a copy of Marty Podskoch's book on the CCC in his West Hartford home.
Credit Jeff Tyson / WNPR

Historian and Connecticut author Marty Podskoch joins us. His latest book is called Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories & Legacy of the CCC.

Have you noticed the work of the CCC in state parks like Squantz Pond and Chatfield Hollow?  

And later, lawmakers in Hartford still haven’t agreed upon a state budget. We get the latest from Christine Stuart, Editor-in-Chief of


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Chion Wolf contributed to this show.