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For the People with John Voket



Can you believe in one of the world's richest regions, one agency sheltered at least one new homeless child every day last year? This morning at 7, John Voket goes to the front lines of homelessness with Alpha Community Services YMCA - which is hosting its next Walk to End Homelessness May 16.
What's a 'phantom debt collector'? We'll check in with Connecticut BBB to help protect you from phantom debt collectors, “reputation management” scammers, unscrupulous dating services, and other consumer predators.
And we'll wrap with the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence calling you to support two bills under legislative review - designed to better protect victims, and to fully understand the toll domestic violence takes on our children.

Posted 5/3/2015 7:00:00 AM



What does underage drinking have to do with the state's consumer agency? It's alcohol awareness month, so John Voket and the award-winning For the People will pass on some wise advice about the serious consequences of underage drinking from Connecticut's Consumer Protection Commissioner.
Have you heard about the big tribute to state veterans who served in Vietnam? We'll clue you in on the upcoming Vietnam War 50th Anniversary celebration with the director of CCSU's Veterans History Project, and a Vietnam Vet helping to organize the event.
And if you know of a child in crisis, stay tuned - we'll wrap up introducing you to the Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center.

Posted 4/26/2015 6:00:00 AM



Did you know every dollar Connecticut is claiming to save in cutting services to the disabled and to mental health programs in the coming years could cost you $5, $7 or more just a few years down the road? This morning, John Voket and the award-winning For the People brings in Norwalk-based Keystone House, and experts from NAMI Connecticut to talk about proposed budget cuts and how they can jeopardize thousands of state residents. And we'll invite you to support the May 16 NAMI Walk in Hartford, and Keystone's Mystery Gala!
Then, we'll wrap with a representative and recipient from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). And we'll tell you how you can party with PHA and get to see Jay Leno at the Bushnell May 1st.
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Posted 4/19/2015 7:00:00 AM



How deep do you have to dig before hitting a water, gas, or potentially deadly electrical line? It's 'Call Before You Dig Month' in Connecticut, so this morning at 7, John Voket will give you the '811' on why you need to call wherever and whenever you're digging much deeper than a few inches.
Do you juice? We'll help you 'rethink your drink' with the folks at Get Healthy CT - pouring on some good advice about the surprising variety of unhealthy juices - and juicing practices out there.
Then we'll bring in the superintendent of Connecticut's Technical High School System - talking cutting-edge workforce development and STEM training for the system's many sought-after graduates.
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Posted 4/12/2015 7:00:00 AM



What are some of the biggest misconceptions about the state's medical marijuana program? This morning at 7, John Voket and the award-winning For the People brings you a perspective on medical marijuana straight out of one of Connecticut's licensed dispensaries in the last of our four-part series 'Going to the Drugstore.'
Then we'll check in with the DEEP's Safe Boating Division to talk about pre-season safety concerns and a move to involve boaters in improving the environmental health of two major state waterways.
And did you know 2015 is the International Year of Soils? We'll go to a USDA scientist to talk about why the soil health movement is growing, and why healthy dirt is good for farmers and consumers alike.
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Posted 4/5/2015 7:00:00 AM



What can the sea teach kids about science, history, technology and math? This morning at 6, John Voket and the award-winning For the People introduces the founder of Connecticut's Maritime Education Network - jump-starting kids' leadership and academic skills while letting them get their feet wet!
Did you ever wonder about your tax dollar ROI when it comes to Connecticut's environment? We'll check in with the state's Council on Environmental Quality and get a look at the CEQ's latest recommendations on how to get more green from your tax dollars.
Why would 21st Century pharmacists want to improve on skills their predecessors were doing a century or more ago? Part three of our series, 'Going to the Drugstore' and members of the state Pharmacist's Association will explain!
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Posted 3/29/2015 7:00:00 AM



Why do charter schools see themselves as a clear and distinct option for more families across Connecticut? This morning at 7, John Voket and the award-winning For the People will introduce you to Achievement First, where students are held to high expectations that they can and will achieve academic success.
Are you having trouble getting a good night's rest? Does your mate or roommate snore like a buzz saw? It's National Sleep Awareness Month and we'll bring a doctor/patient team in from St. Francis Sleep Center to help you fix that.
And what about vaccines? Part 2 of our series 'Going to the Drugstore' will pump you full of good info about why the Connecticut Pharmacists Association says you and your family need to stay vaccinated.

Posted 3/22/2015 7:00:00 AM



How does Hartford's growing population of homeless teens access legal help when they don't even have an address to receive mail? John Voket and the award-winning For the People will introduce you to a new mobile legal services clinic recently launched by the Center for Children’s Advocacy.
How often do you visit your neighborhood pharmacy? Today, we launch a new series - 'Going to the Drugstore' - examining the programs, services and front-line personnel in Connecticut's Pharmaceutical industry - featuring members of the state Pharmacist's Association.
And we'll wrap showcasing a new and successful program at the Danbury-based Women's Center aimed at reducing intimate partner violence among Connecticut's college age students called 'Where Do You Stand.'

Posted 3/15/2015 7:00:00 AM



Did you know that the upcoming Bowl-to-Benefit the The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services is less than a week away - so it's time to get your bowling shoes, get registered and keep your ear to the broadcast to learn about why - more than ever - it's mission critical to help support this worthy cause.
Are you financially challenged? Then we'll help you get banked - get saving - and cash in on a wealth of knowledge about managing and improving your financial practices with the free programs being offered statewide by The Connecticut Money School.
Is there a child in your life suffering with a learning disability? Our final segment will reveal how Connecticut-based Smart Kids with LD is supporting thousands of families and kids with information, workshops and advocacy to help them improve their learning skills and succeed in school.

Posted 3/8/2015 7:00:00 AM



Where can you and your family get the freshest, cheapest, most tasty veggies? Grow them yourself, of course. And who can help anyone from newbies to veteran farmers get the most from their garden, whether it's just a window box, or your whole back 40? NOFA CT, of course. Get pumped for NOFA's 33rd Annual Winter Conference next weekend at WestCONN in Danbury by checking out our recent broadcast from NOFA's 'Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference,' which was held back on January 24 in New London.

Posted 3/1/2015 7:00:00 AM



How is your town or city ever going to lower property taxes? This morning at 6 on the award-winning 'For the People' with John Voket, learn about CERC - a support agency working to lower your property taxes by retaining or attracting new commercial development.
Are you afraid your child could be enticed to try liquor or drugs? He'll introduce you to Ginger Katz and her Courage to Speak Foundation and invite you and your kids to their next family dinner event.
We'll open coming to you from the grand opening of Western Connecticut Hospice & Home Care's first of its kind residential hospice facility, and close talking immigration and a brand new study on the subject just released by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Posted 2/22/2015 7:00:00 AM



With a February 15 deadline to sign up for health care coverage on the Connecticut Exchange and across the nation, we'll replay a recent interview with AccessHealthCT that reviews some of the most important information you need to know about securing your health care coverage.
Then we'll check in with The WorkPlace and hear about how the agency's innovative Platform to Employment job creation program is succeeding not only across Connecticut, but in a growing number of cities across the nation.
And we'll wrap with our source from the CT Better Business Bureau discussing some of the winter and storm related scams victimizing vulnerable consumers, businesses and homeowners across the state.

Posted 2/8/2015 7:00:00 AM



This morning we'll open talking with AIDS-CT a robust clearinghouse agency supporting, educating, and advocating for the thousands of Connecticut individuals and families living with HIV or AIDS.
Then we'll touch base with Connecticut's Council on Environmental Quality, and learn about their punch list of recommendations to the state legislature this session designed to better protect and preserve the state's environment.
And we'll wrap up reminding folks who are at risk of losing their home, that there is emergency assistance out there from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, which is also helping residents into their first homes with below market borrowing rates and down payment assistance.

Posted 2/1/2015 7:00:00 AM



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 7:00:00 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 7:00:00 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 7:00:00 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 7:00:00 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 7:00:00 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 7:00:00 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 7:00:00 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 7:00:00 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 7:00:00 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 7:00:00 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 7:00:00 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