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For the People

Our award-winning public affairs program, For the People is hosted and produced by John Voket.

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05/22/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket reviews a number of key reminders about skin cancer prevention with an expert from St. Francis Hospital. Then we'll check in with US Senator Chris Murphy for a wide ranging chat touching on a number of local, state and national issues the lawmaker is involved with.And we'll close visiting with Family Reentry - a unique and highly successful program helping transition residents from incarceration back to gainful roles in their communities and the workforce.

Posted 5/22/2016 7:00:00 AM

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05/08/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket reviews all the economical advantages you can get after booking your home energy audit - pays tribute to all of Connecticut's emergency medical responders ahead of National EMS Week, along with tips on what you need to know if you're facing a dire medical emergency - and invites you to join the fight against homelessness with Alpha Community Services YMCA at the 14th Annual Walk to End Homelessness.

Posted 5/8/2016 7:16:00 AM

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05-01-16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket delivers the 2-1-1 - Infoline is celebrating its 40th anniversary, so we learn all about the 2016 version of this unique help-by-telephone service available free to residents 24/7/365. Then we'll get our seasonal scam alerts from our friends and consumer watchdogs at Connecticut BBB. Finally, we'll talk Medicaid, and learn why the state's program is showing improved health outcomes and care experience on one hand, and downward per-enrollee cost trends on the other.

Posted 5/1/2016 7:00:00 AM

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04/24/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket checks in with Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill about why it's easier than ever to get registered to vote - even if you are age 17 - and want to vote in Tuesdays primaries. Then we'll hear from the Governor's Prevention Partnership about two new and important campaigns warning about the deadly risks of opiates, and a program to oppose the state legalizing marijuana for recreational use. And we'll wrap up learning about Connecticut's Exchange Clubs and how their members are pitching in to support local and global organizations to help make everyone's world a little better.

Posted 4/24/2016 7:00:00 AM

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04/17/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket bids farewell to the retiring CEO of Operation Fuel; invites inventors and 'makers' to a big Makers Faire coming up in Westport; introduces the new and expanding Western Connecticut Health Network; and replays a segment to remind homeowners and contractors that it's'Call Before You Dig' month.

Posted 4/17/2016 7:00:00 AM

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04/10/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket welcomes Governor Dannell Malloy to our Hartford studios to talk about Second Chance 2.0, new DMV leadership and other subjects including how he's using travel bans to protect state LGBT workers. Then we'll visit Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty in New Britain to talk about subjects including our national security and the threat of ISIS, what she's doing about the escalating opioid epidemic and her strong advocacy on STEM education and careers for the states workforce.

Posted 4/10/2016 7:00:00 AM

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04/03/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket wraps up a two-part report from the Northeast Organic Farming Association's recent Conference at WestConn. We'll visit with Connecticut's Agriculture Commissioner, and talk to exhibitors to find the best seeds to get your first or latest garden started, generating your own electricity from solar power, we'll dig into composting with UConn's School of Agriculture and have a leisurely chat about slow foods.

Posted 4/3/2016 7:00:00 AM

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03/27/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket introduces you to the surprisingly young and dedicated founder of Connecticut's global nonprofit, Planting Pencils; points you toward Jersey Mike's for the company's 'Day of Giving' March 30; and get's you ready for digging in this spring with the the first of a multi-part series of broadcasts from the recent Northeast Organic Farming Conference at WestConn.

Posted 3/27/2016 7:00:00 AM

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03/20/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket catches up with folks restoring Bridgeport's Barnum Museum following a devastating urban tornado. Then, we're inviting all women business owners and professionals to celebrate the third annual 'Women-Owned Business Day' at the Capital on March 30. And we'll wrap introducing you to the new Western Connecticut Health Network.

Posted 3/20/2016 7:00:00 AM

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03/13/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket introduces Connecticut's All Our Kin, which was recently honored for its work on the national stage for their work building high-quality, sustainable family child care programs, and seeking to expand statewide. Then, we'll head to the country to explore Auer Farm and the many interactive agricultural experiences available for everyone. And we'll wrap up with a spokesperson from AARP unpacking proposed legislation designed to help make it easier for everyone working in small businesses to save for retirement.

Posted 3/13/2016 7:00:00 AM

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03/06/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket opens with a medical authority discussing diabetes ahead of March 22 - Diabetes Alert Day. Then we'll check-in with first-term State Senator Tony Hwang to get an eye inside the statehouse as lawmakers grapple with an out of control state deficit. And we'll wrap getting a front line perspective on one of the world's most widely recognized human service charities - Connecticut-based Save the Children.

Posted 3/6/2016 7:00:00 AM

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02/28/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket celebrates Heart Month helping Connecticut women understand how very special they are when exhibiting signs of potentially deadly cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. Then we'll check in with the National Brain Tumor Society's Connecticut Chapter to learn more about how the agency supports and educates individuals about this critical medical condition. And we'll wrap up highlighting 20 years during which the Courage to Speak Foundation has educated thousands of young people and empowered them to reject the temptations of drugs and alcohol.

Posted 2/28/2016 7:00:00 AM

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02/21/16

It's February - National Senior Independence Month, so this morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket talks with a former trauma nurse about services and new technologies supporting safety and independence for seniors. We'll ring up Connecticut's Department of Housing, DOH Commissioner to get the details on $54 million pouring into several shoreline communities to strengthen and sustain housing infrastructure. And we'll replay a segment touting Connecticut's Vet Centers, offering programs to help support our combat heroes and their families 365 days a year across the state.

Posted 2/21/2016 7:00:00 AM

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02/14/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket closes out Social Emotional Learning Awareness Week with more Love from Sandy Hook, as we visit with Dr Jeremy Richman and unveil the Avielle Foundation' SPARK Project. Then we'll learn about two very different literacy training organizations in the first segment of a new series called 'Teaching Connecticut To Read.' And we'll wrap replaying a chat with Connecticut Office of Policy & Management Secretary Ben Barnes discussing the launch of a new statewide fraud prevention website already saving taxpayers millions.

Posted 2/14/2016 7:00:00 AM

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02/07/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket gets a crash course in pediatric dentistry, and invites any child in need to a free pediatric dental clinic coming up February 26.
Then, CT BBB reveals the latest scams affecting folks across the state. And we'll close welcoming Scarlett Lewis, a Sandy Hook parent celebrating Social Emotional Learning Awareness Week beginning today, by promoting the Jessie Lewis Choose Love Movement - and a very special event coming up February 12 at Quinnipiac University.

Posted 2/7/2016 7:00:00 AM

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01/31/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket is talking transportation - and how we're going to fund shoring up our transportation infrastructure - by unpacking Governor Malloy’s recently released Transportation Finance Panel Report.
Then we'll reach out to thousands of folks across the state who could benefit from a new law that took effect January 1 enabling physicians to prescribe off-label prescription drugs.
And we'll wrap up refocusing on rare diseases with the Connecticut-based National Organization for Rare Disorders and the upcoming Rare Disease Day on February 29.

Posted 1/31/2016 7:00:00 AM

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01/24/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket welcomes state OPM Secretary Ben Barnes, talking about FightFraud.ct.gov, a brand new website where residents and state employees can go to help fight fraud, waste and abuse. Then we'll continue our focus on the opioid epidemic sweeping Connecticut with MCCA, one of the state's leading providers of addiction recovery services. And we'll wrap showcasing an exciting partnership between Alexion Pharmaceuticals and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the 'Here in New Haven' charitable giving initiative.

Posted 1/24/2016 7:00:00 AM

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01/17/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket checks in with US Senator Chris Murphy for a quick-moving chat covering the President's State of the Union Address, misconceptions about the fight against ISIS, as well as progress on gun violence and mental health reforms. Then we'll transition to the decidedly lighter subject of puppies - that's right - puppies, with a trio of representatives from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. And we'll wrap introducing you to a grassroots nonprofit borne out of the tragedy of a lost child, with the founder of One Innocent Life.

Posted 1/17/2016 7:00:00 AM

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01/10/16

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket will invite you to the next 'Open Studios' at the New Britain Artist's Coop. We'll take a radio tour of Adam's House, providing no cost bereavement support and unique residential recovery for families after the loss of a parent. And we'll wrap up with the Human Services Council - talking about how Connecticut is among national leaders in promoting equality among LGBT persons.

Posted 1/10/2016 7:00:00 AM

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01/03/15

Why is former US Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin reaching out to adults in Connecticut about vaccines? And why are there so many inland projects being underwritten to help protect Long Island Sound? This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket answers those questions as well as replaying another segment about The Community Fund for Women & Girls - the second oldest women’s endowment in the state, and focusing on eight key programs being funded during its 20th Anniversary year.

Posted 1/3/2016 7:00:00 AM

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12/27/15

This morning on the award-winning 'For the People,' host John Voket talks to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Marietta Robinson about the new 'Anchor It!' campaign to help educate and prevent tragedies caused by un-anchored furniture.
Then we'll learn about Best Buddies - a volunteer movement creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for youths and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
And we'll wrap discussing the money you give to do good, unpacking some of the high points of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's annual report, 'Giving in Connecticut.' to try and learn how all all this giving is making a difference.

Posted 12/27/2015 7:00:00 AM

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12/20/15

This morning John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' is replaying the second of a two-part series we did in early July where we created a radio guidebook to your Social Security Administration. Then we'll invite parents to be part of the PLTI - Connecticut's no cost Parent Leadership Training Institute is registering now for 2016. If you ever doubted that you could play an important role in your child's school and your community, stay tuned. Then, with the state's open enrollment period ending soon, we'll touch base with Connecticut's health insurance marketplace, AccessHealthCT, to fill you in if you're un- or underinsured. We'll also feature a replay of the second half of our 'Radio Handbook on Your Social Security Administration.'

Posted 12/20/2015 7:00:00 AM

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12/13/15

On the eve of the third anniversary of 12/14, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' replays two interviews with 12/14 parents Dr. Jeremy Richman, who along with his wife Jennifer Hensel, established the groundbreaking Avielle Foundation and it's research into brain health and behavior; and Grammy nominated saxophonist and arranger Jimmy Greene and his wife Nelba Marquez-Greene, who just hosted a sold-out Ana Grace Foundation symposium on community healing in memory of their daughter. We'll also feature a replay of the first half of our 'Radio Handbook on Your Social Security Administration.'

Posted 12/13/2015 7:00:00 AM

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12/06/15

This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' brings you a replay featuring an alphabet soup of guests: the RWJF - the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which just recognized Bridgeport as one of only eight communities in the nation to receive this year's Culture of Health Award. AARP, and an invitation to attend any of the remaining Life Reimagined Check-up events happening around the state in the coming weeks. And the WBDC - the Women's Business Development Council unveiling a first of its kind business micro loan program run by women for women.

Posted 12/6/2015 7:00:00 AM

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11/29/15

This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' is celebrating agricultural preservation with The Working Lands Alliance, a project of American Farmland Trust. Then we'll replay a report focusing on why the state's workplace related illnesses are trending so much higher than the national average.
Then we'll close connecting with a expert in public health and oncology during the Great American Smokeout, to discuss ties between smoking and lung cancer, as well as resources to help you kick the habit.

Posted 11/29/2015 7:00:00 AM

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11/22/15

This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' opens with advice on how to roll back holiday stress so you can really enjoy the upcoming seasonal celebrations.
Then we'll introduce the latest round of programs benefiting from grants during the Community Fund for Women & Girls 20th Anniversary year.
And we'll wrap up replaying an interview featuring CT Main Street and an innovative way for communities to promote economic development with Tax Increment Financing.

Posted 11/22/2015 7:05:00 AM

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11/15/15

This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' talk with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention about National Survivors of Suicide Day on November 21, and how suicide survivors can access relief and support for grief, guilt and anger they may be feeling. We'll also visit with representatives from the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter to learn how donations raised this year are helping families living with Multiple Sclerosis. And we'll reinforce some advice about prostate cancer, which, if diagnosed early, has better than a 90% survival rate.

Posted 11/15/2015 7:00:00 AM

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11/08/15

This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' introduce an outreach specialist representing Connecticut's Vet Centers.
Then we'll air a very special visit with Nelba Marquez Greene and Jimmy Green, whose Ana Grace Project is honoring the daughter they lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School by hosting a symposium for trauma responders at Western CT State University.
And since November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, we'll welcome Connecticut's Epilepsy Advocate, and a representative of the LGS Foundation zeroing in on this pervasive type of epilepsy.

Posted 11/8/2015 7:00:00 AM

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11/01/15

This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' highlights an alphabet soup of agencies - Connecticut's WBDC, which just launched a micro loan program for women entrepreneurs; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RJWF), which recognized Bridgeport among eight communities in the nation for its Culture of Health; and AARP and their new Life Reimagined Check-Up program.

Posted 11/1/2015 7:00:00 AM

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10/25/15

This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' introduces you to two educators leading a Connecticut Technical High School progam creating components for NASA. We'll also visit with a state Area Agency On Aging to hear about three important programs for seniors and the disabled, as well as a new program supporting state residents with Multiple Sclerosis.

Posted 10/25/2015 7:05:00 AM

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10/18/15

Supporters of a lawsuit against the state being waged by a the CT Coalition for Justice in Educational Funding (CCJEF) learned this week that organizer Dianne Kaplan deVries had lost her valiant battle with cancer. So this morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' replays the last interview with deVries and the CCJEF President. But first, we're reminding schools across the state about the deadline for the Bob's Furniture Stores Celebrate the Arts $25,000 grant, and a multi-million dollar boost for job creation programs at The WorkPlace.

Posted 10/18/2015 7:00:00 AM

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10/11/15

Can witnessing even a single traumatic incident affect the emotional, social or physical wellness of a child into adulthood? And how well is Connecticut doing fighting homelessness?
This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' replays a pair of interviews focusing on the state's goal to eliminate homelessness, and in-between, we'll feature the author of a groundbreaking study on the short and long-term effects of childhood trauma.

Posted 10/11/2015 7:00:00 AM

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10/04/15

This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' helps celebrate the 20th anniversary of Caroline House, taking an innovative dual track approach to educating immigrant parents and their children.
Then we'll replay a segment discussing how a dozen other southern Connecticut nonprofits are applying grants to support immigrants or serving formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.
And we'll conclude revealing how you can own - and sit on - one of the pieces from the inaugural Stratford Street Sculpture public art initiative.

Posted 10/4/2015 7:00:00 AM

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09/27/15

This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' talks with two suicide survivors during National Suicide Prevention Month, to promote a half-dozen 'Out of the Darkness' walks happening in the coming weeks. But before that, you'll meet founders of The Pilot House, supporting dozens of youths and young adults on the autism spectrum, and the Social Communication Foundation, reaching out to kids who may be stigmatized or socially ostracized as a result of a communication-related disability.

Posted 9/27/2015 7:00:00 AM

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09/20/15

This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' unveils a new study out of UConn Health systems that tries to decipher why so many folks across the state are suffering workplace illnesses. We'll also check in with an expert on prostate health during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Then we'll meet a mom who is turning the tragic loss of her daughter into a campaign to sign up more organ donors, and hosting an upcoming event to benefit LifeChoice Donor Services.

Posted 9/20/2015 6:00:00 AM

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09/13/15

This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' invites listeners to the 28th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge benefiting no fewer than 18 different charities. Then we'll get the latest warnings and tips from Connecticut BBB including ways to avoid getting your smart phone hacked at public charging stations. And we'll wrap with Connecticut Main Street Center - introducing the newest way to generate economic development projects to improve your community.

Posted 9/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

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09/06/15

This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' talks to Comptroller Kevin Lembo about how his office found and eliminated hundreds of millions in specific compound drug costs from state health plans, with no apparent negative health outcome. Then we'll prep you for Autism Awareness Week and promote a bunch of activities being hosted by The Kennedy Center's Autism Program. And we'll wrap with the PEW Charitable Trusts, which just released a revealing and troubling study about how Americans are paying a lot more wharehousing low level drug offenders, more often with ineffective results.

Posted 9/6/2015 6:00:00 AM

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08/30/15

This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' introduces New Seasons and Journey Found - serving individuals with developmental, cognitive and physical disabilities, and invites you to their inaugural Manchester Park-A.I.D. Motorcycle Jamboree.
Then we'll replay an early July interview with AccessHealthCT as the statewide health insurance marketplace gears up for this fall's open enrollment.
And we'll conclude chatting with the Mattress Recycling Council and celebrating Connecticut's new statewide mattress recycling program.

Posted 8/30/2015 6:00:00 AM

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08/23/15

What can folks in Waterbury, Norwich, Winsted or Danbury do to improve the environmental health of the Connecticut River? And did you hear about the new programs being funded to assist recently incarcerated individuals and immigrants in Greater New Haven? This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' checks in with the The Connecticut River Watershed Council and invites listeners to the upcoming 'Source to Sound Cleanup;' chats with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven about new funding for programs aimed at assisting local immigrants and formerly incarcerated individuals; and promotes an upcoming family event to benefit Milford's REACH OUT Project and the I'mPossible Project, serving communities throughout Southern and Central CT.

Posted 8/23/2015 6:00:00 AM

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08/09/15

Have you had your immunizations? - Have your kids? And do you think your little girl isn't smart enough to be a genius computer code writer? This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' we'll meet the the tournament director for the 2015 CT Open, coming to New haven August 21 - 29 - and tell you about why you must attend if you aren't a fan of the game. Then we'll turn to girls and STEM education and introduce a couple who has established the Hartford area nonprofit Girls for Technology. And we'll check in with St Frances Hospital's Chief of Infectious Diseases just because August is National Immunization Awareness Month!

Posted 8/9/2015 6:00:00 AM

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08/02/15

Our annual visit to the 20th Anniverary Gathering of the Vibes at Seaside Park in Bridgeport welcomes a number of new and old friends coming to you live from the Vibes Non Profit Village. It's Sunday - family day today at the Vibes so be sure to head out and check out all the worthy agencies and causes along with all the great music, food and fun. Stay tuned and hear from the Vibes Diretor of Sustainability, Save the Sound, Wharf Rats, the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, Get on the List, the Music Never Stops Foundation and the Road to the Vibes winner and festival opener Relative Souls.

Posted 8/2/2015 6:00:00 AM

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07/26/15

Did you know that in 2014 police in Connecticut recorded the fewest arrests in more than 40 years? And what it means for the state to have one of the nation's most experienced utility regulators? This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' takes a look at the Malloy administration's cultural shift on crime and incarcerations as the state's new 'Second Chance Society' initiative ramps up. Then we'll meet one of the longest tenured utility regulators in the country serving our state, and then take a different llok at utility challenges as Operation Fuel launches its summer fundraising appeal.

Posted 7/26/2015 5:00:00 AM

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07/19/15

How can a mother who lost her daughter to a drug overdose, or friends of a victim involved in the Sandy Hook tragedy possibly realize something redeeming from their losses? This morning, John Voket and the award-winning 'For the People' opens and closes with local causes turning the ultimate tragedy into a force for good. We're opening with an organizer of the Race4Chase kids triathlon program honoring Sandy Hook Elementary School victim Chase Kowalski. And we'll wrap talking to the mother and friend of a shoreline heroin overdose victim who are celebrating her life by by hosting a joyous music fest in Guilford later this month while encouraging parents to support loved ones suffering through addiction.
In between we'll talk with the state's healthcare insurance marketplace, AccessHealthCT about how the program is doing in year three of operation, and about a ramp up to open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act this fall.

Posted 7/19/2015 6:00:00 AM

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07/12/15

This morning we open with the second half of our Radio Handbook on Your Social Security. We'll talk more about how this federal program might be of benefit to you, and why it's so important to know about Social Security even if you are decades away from your retirement years.
Then we'll reconvene with our favorite consumer protection guru, Howard Schwartz of the BBB Serving CT. We'll talk about scams and give you tips to avoid being scammed when you're planning to move, get married, if you're considering getting a new puppy, or if you've been invited to participate in a themed walk, 5k or other type of 'fun run.'
And we'll wrap on a serious subject, newborn abandonment - we'll talk to a pioneering former state lawmaker who helped introduce Connecticut's Safe Haven Law, which has prevented the abandonment of two dozen infants since 2000. We'll also catch up with a working group researcher who helped establish Connecticut's first ever Safe Haven Day.

Posted 7/12/2015 6:00:00 AM

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07/05/15

Do you have any clue how much Social Security can help support you in retirement, or for that matter, how the Social Security Administration's services can help you today? We'll open this "Happy New Fiscal Year" show with part one of a 2-part 'radio handbook' about Social Security, and how state residents can benefit from many services the agency offers, even if your retirement years are a long way away.
Then we'll check in with the CT Dept of Housing Commissioner, and the Conn Coalition to End Homelessness about the latest state homeless population census, which just delivered some good and even historic news about how we are better caring for and housing our homeless.
And we'll wrap up chatting with a representative from one of the state's Area Agencies on Aging about critical information that seniors should know about the resources, services and opportunities for them at each of the regional agencies on aging, and we'll key in on a unique volunteer initiative matching savvy seniors to be tutors and mentors for young and challenged students in southern Connecticut.

Posted 7/5/2015 6:00:00 AM

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06/21/15

This morning John Voket and the award-winning For the People visits with the American Civil Liberties Union to hear about a new law aimed at reducing the thousands of school-based arrests happening across the state every year.
Then we'll congratulate and learn all about the 2015 grads of Connecticut's Parent Leadership Training Institute - working to empower parents as leaders in their schools and communities.
And we'll wrap reminding state nonprofits about the 'Extreme Charity Makeover' competition, with its June 30 deadline approaching for nominations.

Posted 6/21/2015 6:00:00 AM

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06/14/15

How do you take a snapshot of a half-dozen neighboring communities? And where can hundreds of returning Connecticut college grads go to find a job in their home state?
This morning John Voket and the award-winning For the People unveils the Valley Community Foundation's community snapshot - the first step in a two year process to better understands the needs of the southern Naugatuck Valley. Then we'll treat you to a sub from Jersey Mike's, while explaining how to help benefit Connecticut Special Olympics. And we'll wrap inviting you to this week's 'RecruitCT' job fair, matching hundreds of in-state jobs to recent college grads.

Posted 6/14/2015 6:00:00 AM

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06/07/15

Have you served in the armed forces? Or maybe you're interested in checking out some of the hot attractions at this year's International Festival of Arts & Ideas? This morning John Voket and the award-winning For the People brings back one of the state's most dedicated veteran advocates to discuss the ramping up of municipal veterans service offices and other issues related to all our local heroes.
Then we'll feature an exclusive preview of the 20th Anniversary Festivals of Arts Have you served in the armed forces? Or maybe you're interested in checking out some of the hot attractions at this year's International Festival of Arts & Ideas? This morning John Voket and the award-winning For the People brings back one of the state's most dedicated veteran advocates to discuss the ramping up of municipal veterans service offices and other issues related to all our local heroes.
Then we'll feature an exclusive preview of the 20th Anniversary Festivals of Arts & Ideas, and wrap up introducing a new and struggling domestic violence shelter serving the greater Waterbury area.

Posted 6/7/2015 6:00:00 AM

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05/31/15

How much of what we pay toward fixing our roads actually ends up as real, sustainable improvements? And where can you turn if you can no longer afford to pay for the pets you dearly love?
This morning John Voket and the award-winning For the People will chat with a representative of ConnPIRG about a recent study that pulls back the veil on the “users pay” myth when it comes to roadway improvements taxpayers think they are paying for.
Then we'll meet STARelief and Pet Assistance, helping keep pets and people together during financial hard times. And we'll tell you about protecting your pets and keeping them happy during the dog days of summer.
We'll also introduce Griffin Hospital's 'Wellness For Life' program and invite you to the 7th Annual Center for Cancer Care 5K Walk/Run.

Posted 5/31/2015 5:00:00 AM

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05-24-15

Are you a man age 50 or over - or a woman older than 12? Maybe you're a homeowner who can't afford, but would benefit from energy-saving home improvements?
Today, John Voket and the award-winning For the People explores two rapidly escalating trends - skin cancer for men over 50, and breast cancer for virtually any woman in Connecticut. We'll keep you informed with experts in both fields of oncology.
We'll also tell Connecticut residents looking to do energy efficiency improvements, about a couple new programs making those projects more affordable - even covering the costs of a new furnace or solar installation!

Posted 5/24/2015 6:00:00 AM