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Senator Chris Murphy
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At long last, the election is almost here.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded October 20.

A severe looking white man in a suit jacket and tie with crossed arms faces the camera unsmiling
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Evangelical abolitionist John Brown became an icon of American history when he led a raid on a federal armory at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in an attempt to foment a movement to free enslaved people in the region in October 1859. Before that, he left a legacy in Lake Placid, New York and in Connecticut. 

A new Showtime series titled “The Good Lord Bird” – based on the novel by James McBride – explores Brown’s life. WAMC spoke with Torrington, Connecticut Historical Society Executive Director Mark McEachern about Brown’s roots in New England.

Congressman Joe Courtney
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Alan Chartock: We are in the beautiful second district of connect with Joe Courtney, the democratic congressman from that area, who we are so proud to call our friend. Hey, Joe, let's start talking about phase two of your reopening plan in Connecticut, from the Coronavirus shutdown. What does the State need right now as life slowly gets back to normal.

Congressman Joe Courtney
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Alan Chartock: Here we are in the Congressional Corner with our friend Joe Courtney. He's the congressman from the beautiful second district of Connecticut, and it is beautiful, Long Island Sound not that long a swim to Fire Island. So my question to you, Joe is COVID. You know, we have these two things going on right now, we have the concept of the police and police reform, and we have COVID. And COVID, a lot of people thought was going away and then we could start to reopen things. You got any thoughts on that?

Congressman Joe Courtney
http://courtney.house.gov/biography/

Alan Chartock: Here we are in the Congressional Corner with Joe Courtney, one of my favorite people, a guy from Connecticut who knows all about boats, and you name it. And the Long Island Sound. And he's been with us for a long time. Welcome back Joe.

Representative Joe Courtney: Great to be here.

Senator Chris Murphy
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A former Northeast governor is remaking himself as a Senator from the Mountain West.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded April 27.

Senator Chris Murphy
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Democrats are hoping 2020 is a good year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. This interview was recorded April 27.

Congressman Joe Courtney
http://courtney.house.gov/biography/

How will non-profits survive the pandemic?

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock wraps up his interview with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney.

This conversation was recorded March 30.

Congressman Joe Courtney
http://courtney.house.gov/biography/

What does the Nutmeg State need to fight COVID-19?

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock continues speaking with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney.

This conversation was recorded March 30.

Congressman Joe Courtney
http://courtney.house.gov/biography/

Lawmakers in Washington are sending relief back home.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney.

This conversation was recorded March 30.

Australia finds itself in an environmental emergency.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock wraps up his conversation with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney.

The federal tax overhaul had some unforeseen consequences.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock continues his conversation with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney.

As the first presidential primary voters get ready to go to the polls, the impeachment trial continues.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney.

Congressional Corner With Chris Murphy

Dec 30, 2019
Senator Chris Murphy
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The new year brings a presidential election with it.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Senator Chris Murphy
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North America is getting a new trade agreement.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Senator Chris Murphy
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The Democratic presidential candidates are getting ready for Iowa.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Book Cover for "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" and author photo of Ocean Vuong
Author photo by Tom Hines

Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original - poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel, “On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling written as a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. 

Congressman Joe Courtney
http://courtney.house.gov/biography/

The cost of college keeps going up.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock wraps up his interview with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney.

Congressman Joe Courtney
http://courtney.house.gov/biography/

Does Lyme disease really come from Connecticut?

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney.

Congressman Joe Courtney
http://courtney.house.gov/biography/

In the Northeast, farms and the coast are never too far apart.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney.

John Dankosky
John Dankosky

Tuesday was primary day in two dozen Connecticut communities. Incumbent Democratic mayors in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport all faced primaries. In Hartford, former mayor Eddie Perez was trying to make a comeback against first-term Democratic Mayor Luke Bronin. Perez was forced from office after a corruption conviction in 2010. WAMC News spoke with John Dankosky of WNPR's "The Wheelhouse" for an analysis of the results. 

This is a picture of Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy
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Most superdelegates are keeping their powder dry in the 2020 presidential primary.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This is a picture of Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy
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Not every Senator is running for president.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is a two-week immersive experience for the modern string player, composer, and choreographer. It provides a comprehensive approach to entrepreneurial career-building, contemporary music performance, and intensive, personalized artistic development.

Founded in 2013 and led by composer, conductor, and bassist Peter Askim, the Next Festival has featured some of the most prominent figures in new music today.

Bringing together an intimate ensemble of 20 string players aged 20-30, the festival begins with a week on the grounds of Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut where the musicians create their own schedules of intense study, beginning with one-on-one lessons and chamber music coaching with Peter Askim in the musicians’ chosen repertoire. A public performance at historic Music Mountain concludes the first week. To tell us all about it, we welcome Peter Askim.

Listener Essay - Amidst The Rain

Feb 7, 2019
a burbling stream
Bob Slack

  Debbie Slack was honored to be a recipient of the 2018 Edwin Way Teale Artist in Residence at Trail Wood sponsored by the Connecticut Audubon Society.

Inspired by the residency, Debbie has been writing a series of essays which has expanded into a memoir titled "Trail Wood: A Love Story." Debbie is also focused on publishing her novel, "Margaret Mary and the Gutsy Girls." She is excited for their story to leave the comforts of home and venture out into the hearts of girls everywhere. Outside of writing, Debbie enjoys exploring nature with her husband, Bob, and their two Labradors.

~Amidst the Rain~

On this February eleventh I am torn, not knowing where I need to be. Will stepping into nature provide what I require? What I am searching for?

Congressman Joe Courtney
http://courtney.house.gov/biography/

Self-described dirty trickster Roger Stone is the latest casualty of the Mueller investigation.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock continues his conversation with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

Congressman Joe Courtney
http://courtney.house.gov/biography/

The new Congress means new powers for Democrats in the House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

Listener Essay - Taking Note

Jan 16, 2019
Bob Slack

Debbie Slack was honored to be a recipient of the 2018 Edwin Way Teale Artist in Residence at Trail Wood sponsored by the Connecticut Audubon Society.

Inspired by the residency, Debbie has been writing a series of essays which has expanded into a memoir titled "Trail Wood: A Love Story." Debbie is also focused on publishing her novel, "Margaret Mary and the Gutsy Girls." She is excited for their story to leave the comforts of home and venture out into the hearts of girls everywhere. Outside of writing, Debbie enjoys exploring nature with her husband, Bob, and their two Labradors.

~Taking Note~

This is the third time I visited Edwin Way Teale’s office at Trail Wood, in Hampton, Connecticut, however, it is the first time I arrived without my husband, Bob, and his camera. I am alone, prepared to work, to observe and take note. Previously I had arranged this appointment with Vern Pursley, the caretaker. His warm smile greets me and welcomes me into the home. Vern leaves the front door open and the breeze caresses the screen. Entering Edwin’s office, I gently set my backpack down and remove my paper and pens. Vern tells me to make myself at home and stepping away he says if I need anything to give him a shout. I can’t imagine shouting in this space. I can barely imagine sitting at Edwin’s desk and actually writing. The last time I stepped inside and sat down, I was in such a state that I trembled.

Voters in central Connecticut are sending U.S. Rep. John Larson back to the U.S. House of Representatives for an 11th term.

Jahana Hayes
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Acclaimed educator Jahana Hayes is declaring victory in her bid for a U.S. House seat representing northwestern Connecticut.

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