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For The People with John Voket

For the People with John Voket



All of Connecticut's United Ways have collaborated in a report about something called ALICE – in some communities in Connecticut, ALICE can represent more than one out of every two households. ALICE means Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed - and today our first and last segment will begin exploring ALICE, where we'll be talking with United Way leaders from across the state, as well as members of ALICE households, to put their voices behind the issues in this report.
In between, we'll check in with the CT Business and Industry Association - CBIA, to hear what the state's largest business agency wants to see coming out of the 2015 legislative session.

Posted 1/25/2015 6:00:00 AM



We're going to introduce you to the director of one of five Connecticut Access Independence Centers and find out how they promote independence and opportunities for persons with disabilities through advocacy, empowerment and education.
Then we'll meet the co-founder of Live Green CT! - building environmental, economic and community sustainability in partnership with residents, community and municipal leaders, non-profits and eco-friendly businesses.
And we'll wrap reminding you the latest deadline to register for coverage under the affordable care act is February 15. We'll get you everything you need to know about why and how to register during our visit with Connecticut's health insurance exchange - AccessHealthCT.

Posted 1/18/2015 6:00:00 AM



This morning we're going to introduce you to a unique collaboration that linked together the CT Dept of Consumer Protection, The CT Science Center in Hartford, and the founder of Stamford-based Square One Financial Education that is helping teach financial literacy and good budgeting practices to adolescents, teens and their families.
Then we're going to bring you a reply of a segment we recorded last November with an expert on video and computer gaming addiction, Dr Paul Weigel who led a symposium on this compelling subject at Fairfield University last fall.
And we'll wrap talking with representatives at the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust about that agency's highly successful Homeownership Academy - a free series of one-on-one support sessions to help prepare future homeowners for one of the most important investments they will ever make.

Posted 1/11/2015 6:00:00 AM



We're going to open our last program of the year chatting with Veterans Services officials from Middlesex and Norwalk Community Colleges. These guys know the challenges and are ready to help with transitions from armed service back to school, because they are vets themselves.
Then we'll touch base with Operation Fuel, and talk with the economist and author of a new study highlighting the social costs for families who have to endure Connecticut winters in the cold, because they can't afford the state's extreme energy costs.
And we'll close with a question - What's the difference between normal postpartum baby blues, and a serious medical condition that can affect the critical early development between mother and child? Stay tuned and we'll clue you in with an expert on maternal depression from the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut.

Posted 12/28/2014 6:00:00 AM



Encore!Hartford fast tracks unemployed executives into leadership positions with CT nonprofits. We'll hear all about it and see if you qualify for the next Encore!Hartford class.
Then we'll put a call in to CT DEEPto review its latest GreenCircle Award Program which honors businesses, schools and organizations making a real difference preserving natural resources and protecting the quality of the state’s air, water and lands.
And we'll conclude with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, which just released its first environmental poll results indicating most Americans want the United States to take a lead role in combating global warming.

Posted 12/21/2014 6:00:00 AM



We're going to touch base with Go Back to Get Ahead - a Connecticut State Colleges & Universities looking to assist another 500 individuals who hope to return to college and complete their education in 2015.
Then, on this second anniversary of the Sandy Hook School tragedy, we'll speak with surviving parent Dr Jeremy Richman about The Avielle Foundation - honoring his late daughter and working to prevent violence by fostering brain health research, education, and policy; while promoting community development, engagement, and responsibility.
And we'll close focusing on holiday depression with a representative from Saint Francis Behavioral Health Group - we'll discuss what causes it, how to recognize it, and what to do to mitigate it.

Posted 12/14/2014 6:00:00 AM



Did you know that Connecticut has the second highest population of homeless veterans in the nation. We're going to open with the Connecticut State Coordinator for the National League of POW/MIA Families to talk about continuing efforts to address this shameful problem, as well as efforts to establish veteran outreach agencies in all of the state's 169 cities and towns.
Then we'll check in with our source at CT Better Business Bureau to bring you the latest consumer warnings and to help orient you on scams and other unscrupulous practices lurking around many corners this holiday season.
And we'll wrap with our annual visit with ConnPIRG the state's public interest research group reviewing their 2014 'Trouble in Toyland' report - to help warn all you gift buyers about the most dangerous and potentially harmful, even deadly toys that may be on your holiday gift list this season.

Posted 12/7/2014 6:00:00 AM



We've got a rare four-part program this morning beginning with Boys & Girls Village - we'll chat with the agency's president about how their programs give some of Connecticut’s most vulnerable children and families the opportunity to heal, learn and grow.
Then we'll check in with Harmony4kidz, a grassroots movement in southern CT connecting young children and teens to the joy of learning how to play a musical instrument.
After the break, we'll continue our National Epilepsy Awareness Month coverage with a former state resident and her Colorado organization working to bring a breakthrough hemp-based supplement to our state next year to help treat intractable epilepsy.
And we'll wrap with Junior Achievement - training and equipping Connecticut's next generation of business professionals, inventors and entrepreneurs.

Posted 11/30/2014 6:00:00 AM



We'll bookend the show inviting you to get into the spirit of the holidays by helping agencies that serve folks across Connecticut. We'll open focusing on Hartford's Holiday Light Fantasia benefiting the Channel 3 Kids Camp, and wrap our program featuring the Fantasy of Lights at Lighthouse Park in New Haven benefiting Easter Seals Goodwill Industries. In between we'll begin our annual Epilepsy Awareness Month focus with Connecticut's Epilepsy Advocate, and Colorado's Realm of Caring which is looking to bring relief to thousands of children and adults suffering from intractable epilepsy.

Posted 11/23/2014 6:00:00 AM



This week, we're coming to you from the recent The Safe Kids Connecticut Injury Prevention Conference in Hartford. As we visit with some of the conference guests, we'll pass on some critical - possibly life saving information about poisoning and burn prevention; we'll chat with the 'Dr. Alisa Baer - the Car Seat Lady; and sit down for an extended conversation with Dr. David Strayer, author of a groundbreaking study on distracted driving.

Posted 11/16/2014 6:00:00 AM



Preventing obesity in early childhood is a critical public health priority. So we'll touch base with Connecticut's Child Health and Development Institute to review its groundbreaking report on early determinants of child obesity and ways to prevent it.
Then we'll check in with a panel from NAMI Connecticut, whose volunteers have been there with support, education and advocacy for family members, people living with mental health challenges and Connecticut's communities for 30 years.
And since Nov. 14 is Diabetes Awareness Day - we'll close taking a look at how one CT Hospital is identifying staffers at risk for type 2 diabetes, and providing lifestyle modification programs to help prevent this life-changing, life-threatening health condition.

Posted 11/9/2014 6:00:00 AM



Our last show before Election Day welcomes Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to celebrate Connecticut's successful on-line voter registration, and to explain the ballot question voters will be asked to answer when they head to the polls this Tuesday.
Then we'll talk long-term Care with the director of Connecticut's innovative Long-Term Care Partnership, which was the first of its kind in the nation and is now duplicated in dozens of other states.
And we'll wrap previewing a Fairfield University workshop for mental health professionals and parents featuring an authority on video or computer game addiction.

Posted 11/2/2014 7:00:00 AM



We're going to introduce you to Connecticut's Health Care Advocate - and hear how her office is recovering millions of dollars residents have coming to them from health insurance claims that just can't seem to get resolved.
Then we'll reach out to more than 6,000 people in Connecticut living with MS with our guests from The Connecticut Chapter of the national MS Society and a prominent MS researchers who is doing groundbreaking work in the state.
And we'll close with LifeChoice Organ Donor Services which is encouraging more minorities to register as donors, and we'll meet one of their heart transplant recipients.

Posted 10/26/2014 6:00:00 AM



We'll open touching base with The Kennedy Center, offering innovative, comprehensive community services to persons with disabilities and special needs. And we'll invite you to the Kennedy Center's 50th Anniversary Four Seasons ball coming up next Saturday.
Then we'll check in with the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) and hit a number of high points of the league's 2014 Environmental Scorecard, which tracks and rates your state legislators on how much they support, or don't support environmental proposals.
And we'll wrap with New England Young at Heart – an online community of resources for aging adults who want to live healthy and inspired lives. And we'll tell you how to join in on their first Internet webinar with Dr Bernie Siegel on October 27.

Posted 10/19/2014 6:00:00 AM



Meet a panel talking about physical therapy for cancer survivors at the Center for Cancer care at Griffin Hospital, and their upcoming benefit walk and run October 18.
Connect with turningpointct.org, a web resource for Connecticut's young people developed by young people supporting thousands of peers dealing with mental health issues.
And get to know Shatterproof - a CT nonprofit protecting children from addiction and aiming to end the stigma facing those affected by addiction.

Posted 10/12/2014 6:00:00 AM



Today we open with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and a couple of individuals who became supporters of MADD after drunk driving tragedies hit home in their families. And we'll ask you to participate in this year's Walk Like MADD events including a brand new walk coming to Fairfield County October 25.
Then we'll head to Waterbury to learn more about this year's 32nd annual Business Women’s Forum coming up October 10. We'll let you know how your attendance will help enhance your status as an entrepreneur, business owner or professional.
And we'll wrap with Easter Seals Goodwill Industries - promoting opportunities and empowerment for Connecticut's disabled. We'll help launch the agency's one million pound challenge and help you find a place for all those household items, furnishings and clothes you've been promising to get rid of this fall.

Posted 10/5/2014 6:00:00 AM



Today we'll open with Fran Pastore, who founded and leads the Women's Business Development Council - offering advocacy and support for entrepreneurs, professionals women-owned businesses (and men, too). We'll talk about the role WBDC is playing in state and national labor and workplace policy making, and review a number of upcoming fall programs being offered across the state.
Then we'll get some sobering and shocking news from MCCA, a major substance abuse prevention and support system working in western Connecticut, about the epidemic of heroin use, overdoses and deaths, primarily among young, white suburban males in their teens and early 20s, and what loved ones and communities can do to help address the issue.
And we'll wrap up with Howard Schwartz of Connecticut BBB, which made national news this week after helping countless consumers get refunds on bogus supplements from a state supplier. We'll also talk about protecting yourself from recent retail data breaches.

Posted 9/28/2014 6:00:00 AM



Did you know that one out of five 18 to 25-year-olds are affected by mental health issues? Fortunately, there are many ways to get help and are first guests this morning here to point you in the right direction. We'll introduce you to turningpointct.org, a resource site developed for Connecticut's young people by Connecticut's young people.
Then we'll give equal time to the Boy Scouts and The Girl Scouts councils here in Connecticut as they reach out to recruit new members into the 21st Century world of scouting.
And we'll wrap up chatting with Dr. Richard Garvey, a state physician participating in goodwill medical missions to Haiti, and we'll invite you to Bridgeport's Bijou Theater for a fun night of music raising funds for his cause.

Posted 9/21/2014 6:00:00 AM



We were already planning a program on concussions before UConn's Casey Cochran announced his departure from football due to his multiple head injuries earlier this week, so with this latest news in sharp focus, we'll chat with a leading authority on concussions from Associated Neurologists of Danbury following a sports workshop at a local high school.
Then' we'll talk about the importance of fatherhood on the heels of an important new study out of Yale, and invite you to celebrate fatherhood next weekend when the second annual 'Dads Matter Too' event comes to Library Park in Waterbury.
And we'll wrap up with a Recovery Month spotlight on a statewide initiative called 'Speak up - Reach Out' which encourages people to talk about substance abuse and mental health issues in an attempt to further reduce stigmas against Connecticut residents, and to promote behavioral health and wellness.

Posted 9/14/2014 6:00:00 AM



This morning we'll introduce you to the folks hoping to make the Creative Living Community of Connecticut a reality for future residents who will work alongside a population of permanent developmentally disabled resident workers in this first of its kind farmstead environment - and we'll invite you to the organizations upcoming farmstead fair.
Then we'll check in with Cindi Bigelow and two of the 18 recipient nonprofits that will benefit from the 27th Annual Bigelow Community Challenge coming to Southport on September 28.
And we'll wrap replaying an interview we aired earlier this year about another innovative program - the Technical Skills Training Initiative from the Connecticut Workforce Alliance.

Posted 9/7/2014 6:00:00 AM