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June is Pride Month for the gay community. And this particular Pride comes after a year of pandemic shutdown that has forced a community already adept at fighting for its survival to fight even harder and more creatively than ever. To talk about his struggle and that of the drag performers at his club, John Pepe, owner of Chez Est, joined Connecticut Public Radio’s All Things Considered.


If William Shakespeare were writing Hamlet today, he might alter that work’s most famous line as follows: “To bringeth employees back to the office, or let them worketh remote. That is the question!” Employers across the land are wrestling with this as the country reopens from the long pandemic shutdown.

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As we recently marked the one-year anniversary of the police killing of George Floyd, the inescapable fact is that the killing would have never happened had then-officer Derek Chauvin de-escalated the situation rather than escalating it.

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Legislation that will ban deceptive advertising practices by limited services pregnancy centers in Connecticut is on its way to the governor’s desk after House Democrats voted it through Wednesday. To discuss this -- and the coming abortion challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court -- I invited Liz Gustafson to All Things Considered. She is the state director of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, or NARAL.

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A lot of people were surprised to hear the news that University of Connecticut President Tom Katsouleas was stepping down after only two years on the job. Chris Keating is the journalist who broke the story for the Hartford Courant, and he joined Connecticut Public Radio’s All Things Considered to talk about why this happened and what comes next for UConn.

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The extended income tax deadline is coming up next Monday, May 17. Tax filers this year will have to grapple with pandemic-related complexities like how to handle those federal stimulus payments. Accountant Angel Li of Glastonbury-based firm FML says the only slightly confusing scenario here is if those stimulus payments never came. Speaking on All Things Considered, Li also gave advice on the tax implications of 2020 unemployment payments, as well as how to take advantage of the new federal child tax credit.

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Now that a jury has found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd, America is wondering what changes this case has wrought on the way police officers do their jobs. To weigh in with his thoughts, John DeCarlo joined All Things Considered. He’s the director of the Master’s Program in Criminal Justice at University of New Haven and the former Branford Police Chief.

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Amazon workers in the company’s Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse last week voted overwhelmingly not to join a union. This happened despite tales from inside Amazon warehouses across the country of grueling work conditions and little time for bathroom breaks.

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Connecticut lawmakers are considering two cannabis legalization bills. Gov. Ned Lamont is backing a Senate bill, which was voted out of the Judiciary Committee this week. The other is a House bill. Rep. Robyn Porter has championed that measure, which was voted through to the House for debate in late March.

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While 2020 will be remembered for the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the world’s racial reckoning after George Floyd’s death, one thing 2021 is sure to be remembered for is the ugly rise in attacks on Asian Americans. William Tong, Connecticut’s first Asian American attorney general, joined All Things Considered to talk about how the Asian American community is processing this nationwide phenomenon. He also talked about the legal powers he’s fighting for to combat anti-Asian crimes. 

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According to a 2019 report by the Federal Reserve, the typical white family in America has five times the wealth of the typical Hispanic family and eight times the wealth of the typical Black family. One thing this means is that kids from these families are at a disadvantage from birth compared with kids from wealthier families.

More than 80 handguns were turned in at the 10th Annual Capital Region Gun Buyback. Officers used the back of the tags to write down information about the guns, which aren't actually loaded.
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Predictably, it’s already been suggested that the recent mass shooting in Colorado was more an issue of mental health than anything else. Kathy Flaherty of the Connecticut Legal Rights Project says that kind of thinking tends to be both a mistake and harmful to people with psychiatric disabilities. She spoke about this on Connecticut Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

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The Hartford has rejected Chubb's $23 billion acquisition bid. Insurance industry expert Frederick McKinney of Quinnipiac University spoke to Connecticut Public Radio's All Things Considered about why he thinks the company made this decision, and whether the saga is really over.

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Insurance giant Chubb has made an unsolicited $23.24 billion offer to acquire locally based The Hartford Financial Services Group. To mull over what will and what could happen here, insurance industry expert Frederick McKinney of Quinnipiac visited with All Things Considered.

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New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker this week unveiled two city budget proposals: One assumes increased funding from the state and Yale. The other assumes no such additional support, instead balancing the budget with a big tax increase, layoffs and the closing of a library, firehouse and senior center. On All Things Considered, the mayor talked about how the budget pressures his city is facing has him imploring Yale and the state to help out.

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Make no mistake: Many elected officials were traumatized by the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6. Connecticut Congresswoman Jahana Hayes says she is still working out her own feelings. On All Things Considered, Hayes gave a thoughtful, personal response to the question of whether Jan. 6 will have a chilling effect on people wanting to run for public office.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has stripped Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her two committee assignments in a process initiated by Connecticut Congresswoman Jahana Hayes.

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Images of the mob that attacked the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6 show a dizzying array of political and religious symbols among the crowd. There were flags, logos, sweatshirts and tattoos. Philip Gorski is a professor of sociology and religious studies at Yale University and author of American Babylon: Christianity and Democracy Before and After Trump. He spoke recently with Connecticut Public Radio’s Diane Orson.

President Donald Trump has been heard on tape asking Georgia’s election chief to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state. Trump suggested in a telephone call Saturday that the official find enough votes to hand Trump the victory. That conversation was the latest step in what’s being called an unprecedented effort by a sitting American president to reverse the outcome of a free and fair election that he lost.

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As he weighs free agent offers this offseason, former Yankee Didi Gregorius is partnering with Johns Hopkins to encourage folks who have tested positive for coronavirus to enroll in a clinical trial for a new covid therapy. 

Johns Hopkins wants to see if plasma drawn from an asymptomatic COVID-19 patient and injected into someone who has tested positive within 6 days could help that newly diagnosed patient recover faster. 

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Earlier this month, a cybersecurity company named SolarWinds revealed it had been hacked. And because it had been hacked, many of SolarWinds’ clients got hacked too -- including most of the federal government. Cybersecurity expert Tim Weber of Farmington-based ADNET Technologies joined All Things Considered to talk about why this hack is a big deal and what it can teach us about being safer online.

Donna Sullivan visits with her longtime partner, Walter Zbikowski, through a window at Parkway Pavilion at Enfield nursing home.
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A Hartford architect says outdated nursing home designs probably contributed to the rampant spread of the coronavirus among nursing home communities. Myles Brown, a principal at Amenta Emma Architects, says many nursing homes statewide are decades old and were designed in a way that discourages social distancing. Though he acknowledges the cost of either retrofitting existing homes or building new ones will be high, he says the cost of doing nothing will be higher. He spoke on All Things Considered.

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Now that COVID-19 vaccines are starting to roll out, will schools and workplaces require their people to be vaccinated? Is that even legal? To talk more about this, Pullman & Comley attorney Mark Sommaruga joined All Things Considered.

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Connecticut’s own William Tong is one of 48 state attorneys general suing Facebook over its alleged anti-competitive practices. What’s the harm of Facebook’s practices? And what are the chances this lawsuit will succeed? To answer those questions, we invited Bloomberg News journalist Sarah Frier to join us on All Thing Considered. She covers social media companies extensively, and she’s written a book called No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram.

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With the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine already here in Connecticut and the Moderna version reportedly close behind, the big question now is: Will enough of us actually take the vaccine? Recently, Yale infectious diseases specialist Dr. Manisha Juthani joined All Things Considered to talk about why we should not fear taking these new COVID vaccines.

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Some 31,000 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine arrived in Connecticut Monday -- a mere nine months after America and much of the world shut down due to the pandemic. Multiple experts have told us here at Connecticut Public Radio that vaccines usually take years to develop and that a key factor in expediting the novel coronavirus vaccine has been the over 40,000 people worldwide who have volunteered for clinical trials.

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The Mashantucket Pequot tribe, owner of Foxwoods Resort Casino, says it’s made a deal with the online sports betting and fantasy sports operator DraftKings. Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, indicates this move is largely in anticipation of state lawmakers legalizing sports gambling in Connecticut next year.

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With the second wave of coronavirus infections seemingly roaring across Connecticut, state teachers unions have been calling for students to go to a distance-learning-only model for the time being. But the state -- led by Gov. Ned Lamont -- remains adamant about keeping kids at least partially in the classroom.

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The folks who do the actual casting of votes to the Electoral College in presidential elections are having something of a higher-profile moment now with President Trump and his team openly angling for them to vote for him in Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania -- states where the popular vote went to Joe Biden.

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We’ve heard much rhetoric from politicians and the media about President Trump’s allegations of election fraud as he continues to refuse to concede to President-elect Joe Biden. One group we haven’t heard much from is our nation’s corporate chief executive officers.